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The Board of Education has reached negotiated agreements with JESPA. Details of the agreements can be found below:

  • Steps will be given for education support professionals for the 2021-22 school year.
  • A cost of living adjustment of 3.13% will be added to all steps for education support professionals.
  • Employees will cover fifty (50) percent of any future insurance premium increase and the District will cover fifty (50) percent of any future insurance premium increase; however, there is no insurance premium increase for the 2021-22 contract year.
  • The statement in DP344 Vacation Schedule for Twelve-MontPersonnel II.B. stating: “After September 30, the vacation allowance may not exceed the days accrued for the current year” will temporarily, for the 2021-22 year only, be adjusted to “After December 31, the vacation allowance may not exceed the days accrued for the current year.” The intent is to move the deadline of September 30 for using vacation days to December 31 for the 2021-22 year.
  • Due to the moratorium placed on DP354B NEG – Attendance Incentive-Education Support Professionals last year for the current year, the funds normally used for this incentive were instead used to pay those individuals who would not have otherwise qualified for the State COVID Stipend. As a result, no attendance incentives will be paid in July 2021.
  • DP354B NEG – Attendance Incentive-Education Support Professionals will be revised to allow Education Support Professionals who have up to four qualifying absences to receive the full absence incentive amount.

The Board of Education has reached negotiated agreements with JEA. Details of the agreements can be found below:

  • All salary levels on the traditional licensed salary schedule will be increased $1,875 (base salary of $50,500).
  • Employees will cover fifty (50) percent of any future insurance premium increase and the District will cover fifty (SO) percent of any future insurance premium increase; however, there is no insurance premium increase for the 2021-22 contract year.
  • Teacher Legislative funds will be distributed at a standard rate per qualifying teacher regardless of years of service or the school level of the employee.
  • Notification from Human Resources will be sent on October 1 and February 1 informing applicable employees that a seventh period has been authorized and approved but is subject to change.
  • The 187th contract day will remain as a flexible work day, not specified on the calendar but must be worked by Thanksgiving of each year.
  • Due to the moratorium placed on DP354 NEG -Attendance Incentive-Licensed last year for the current year, the funds normally used for this incentive were instead used to pay those individuals who would not have otherwise qualified for the State COVID Stipend. As a result, no attendance incentives will be paid in July 2021.
  • DP304 NEG Teacher Transfer policy suspended through September 30, 2020.
  • Two policies will be updated.
    • Policy DP354 NEG Attendance Incentive will be revised to allow teachers who have up to four absences to receive the full absence incentive amount.
    • Policy A5 NEG Released Time for Licensed Employee Agent Group President will be revised to include clarifications and updates that reflect current practices.

The following are new administrative assignments:

New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:

  • James Groethe, assistant principal at Copper Hills High appointed assistant principal at Bingham High School, replacing Kenneth Damron who resigned.
  • Sterling Hunt, assistant principal at West Jordan High appointed assistant principal at Copper Hills High, replacing James Groethe who was transferred.
  • Noelapoomaikala (Noelani) Ioane, teacher specialist in Teaching & Learning appointed assistant principal at West Jordan High, replacing Sterling Hunt who was transferred.
  • Josh Sullivan, assistant principal at Channing Hall, appointed assistant principal at Bluffdale and Antelope Canyon Elementary.
  • Aubri Moench, teacher at Fox Hollow Elementary, appointed assistant principal, on an open contract, at a location to be determined.

During the 2021-22 school year, Jordan School District will offer coursework for a gifted and talented (GT) teaching endorsement in partnership with Southern Utah University.

How will a GT teaching endorsement benefit me?

  • A GT endorsement will build a knowledge base about an important sector of education.
  • A GT endorsement will help teachers build a repertoire of strategies to challenge all students by adding depth, complexity, higher-order thinking, and creativity to daily instruction.
  • A GT endorsement will help teachers develop differentiation strategies to better meet the unique needs of high-ability learners in all classrooms.
  • A GT endorsement will qualify educators to teach in an ALPS classroom and to hold other positions in gifted and talented programming.

What are the credit requirements for a GT endorsement?

  • Four core classes are required for the Endorsement:
    • EDUC 5400 3 Credit Hours Learning, Development, and Individual Differences in Gifted Education
    • EDUC 5440 3 Credit Hours Learning Environments for Gifted Students
    • EDUC 5430 3 Credit Hours Curriculum and Instructional Planning in Gifted Education
    • EDUC 5420 3 Credit Hours Assessment in Gifted Education
  • A “professional learning activity” is also required. Examples of this include participation in an additional class, webinar, or conference, specific to gifted and talented education. A wide variety of opportunities at local, state, or national levels will satisfy this requirement.

What are the current costs for a GT endorsement?

  • SUU Recording Fees: $23 per credit hour / $69 per 3-hour core class.
  • Books: $50.00 (approximate) per core class.
    • Some books can be borrowed from the GT department.

What format will be used for instruction? When and where will the classes be held?

  • Jordan School District instructors teach classes in a blended format with two sessions each week:
    • One session will be in a live format: face-to-face or online.
    • One session will be virtual/asynchronous and may include practical classroom applications.
  • Live classes: Tuesdays from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m. at the ASB or online via Zoom.
  • Asynchronous classes: three-hours of instruction/activities via Canvas.
  • Each core class will last approximately eight weeks.
  • Using a hybrid of a live and virtual format, the four core classes can be completed in one school year.

Are you interested in joining the 2021-22 GT Endorsement cohort?

Contact for questions you may have: Rebecca Smith rebecca.smith@jordandistrict.org / 801-567-8368.


Gifted and Talented (GT) Endorsement / 2021-22 Cohort

  • Live sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Live sessions will be held at the ASB or through an online format.
    • A detailed schedule will be included with each class.
  • Virtual / asynchronous classes will be completed between the live sessions.
Learning, Development, and Individual Differences in Gifted Education
EDUC 5400  (3 Credit Hours)
Learning Environments for Gifted Students
EDUC 5440  (3 Credit Hours)
Curriculum and Instructional Planning in Gifted Education
EDUC 5430  (3 Credit Hours)
Assessment in Gifted Education
EDUC 5420  (3 Credit Hours)
Instructors Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton Rebecca Smith, Taryn Cox & Frankie Walton
Session 1 Live - Aug. 24, 2021 Live - Oct. 26, 2021 Live - Jan. 4, 2022 Live - March 15, 2022
Session 2 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 3 Live - Aug.31, 2021 Live - Nov. 2, 2021 Live - Jan. 11, 2022 Live - March 22, 2022
Session 4 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 5 Live - Sept. 7, 2021 Live - Nov. 9, 2021 Live - Jan. 25, 2022 Live - March 29, 2022
Session 6 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 7 Live - Sept. 14, 2021 Live - Nov. 16, 2021 Live - Feb. 1, 2022 Live - April 5, 2022
Session 8 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 9 Live - Sept. 21, 2021 Live - Nov. 23, 2021 Live - February 8, 2022 Live - April 12, 2022
Session 10 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 11 Live - Sept. 28, 2021 Live - Nov. 30, 2021 Live - Feb. 15, 2022 Live - April 26, 2022
Session 12 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 13 Live - Oct. 5, 2021 Live - Dec. 7, 2021 Live - Feb. 22, 2022 Live - May 3, 2022
Session 14 Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous Virtual / Asynchronous
Session 15 Live - Oct. 12, 2021 Live - Dec. 14, 2021 Live -March 1, 2022 Live - May 10, 2022

Open enrollment is ending June 15.  One final week to go to the InfinityHR enrollment system to enroll or make changes to existing plans.  
 
As a reminder if you wish to participate in Flexible Spending or Dependent Care, you must elect new amounts each plan year.
 
Be sure you receive a Confirmation Statement after you review and confirm your elections or changes will not be processed.
 

If you have any questions please reach out to the JSD Insurance department and they will be happy to assist you (801-567-8146).


Enrollment May 15 – June 15
Benefit eligible employees will need to login to the InfinityHR enrollment system to verify dependents, add beneficiary information, make open enrollment elections, and enroll in Flexible Spending.

Open Enrollment Tips

FSA and Dependent Care
If you wish to participate in Flexible spending or dependent care, you must elect new amounts for your flexible spending account each year using the InfinityHR online enrollment tool.

Benefit Statement Confirmation
Be sure you receive a Confirmation Statement after you review and confirm your elections.

Confirmation Dialog Box Sample

H.S.A. Contributions
H.S.A. direct deposits can be made through the payroll department, not through the InfinityHR online tool.

This is your last chance to request reimbursement for eligible STEM courses taken between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. If you want to see a complete list of courses that qualify, or have questions about this program,  please look over the Frequently Asked Questions Document.

In order to qualify for the reimbursement, you must complete the Google Form and include all requested attachments. Read the Google Form carefully to make sure you provide the necessary documentation. Please submit your completed Google Form by June 7 @ 5:00 PM.

Looking for a great class to help you blend technology and learning?  Sign up in JPLS today for a Digital Teaching and Learning Summer Course. Learn about Canvas, Nearpod, Google and more. Search DTL in JPLS to see the summer catalog of courses.


Summer Course OfferingsJSD Digital Teaching and Learning Summer Course Offerings
June 14 - August 8 

  • You will learn all the basics and advanced features of Nearpod and connect pedagogy to creating Nearpod lessons.
    • Nearpod Certified Educator
    • Nearpod Certified Educator: Advanced
  • Use Canvas to effectively organize assignments, quizzes, and discussions.
    • Canvas for Elementary Teachers
    • Canvas for Secondary Teachers
  • Work toward Google Educator certifications.
    • Google Certified Educator 1
    • Google Certified Educator 2 - By invitation
  • Come explore a variety of tech tips for teachers
    • Especially for Digital Coaches
    • Get Ideas for Tech Tuesdays

To register for a course, use the following link or go to JPLS and search for "DTL"


Questions?  Contact Jared Covili at 801-567-8191 or jared.covili@jordandistrict.org

June 2021 Be Well CoverCheck out the June 2021 Be Well newsletter from EMI. Stories include:

  • Family Exercise Advice - Regular exercise together with family can help keep you strong physically and emotionally, especially during challenging times. Summer season is a good time to focus on being more active, especially outdoors.
  • Smart Sipping - Sugar-sweetened beverages have become the single greatest source of calories and added sugars in the American diet. We consume lots of sugar-rich sodas, fruit drinks, iced tea and energy drinks, and that’s problematic because overconsumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Family Health and Fitness Day is June 12 - Exercise for kids and parents is important for health. And pursuing fitness together can be fun, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises finding activities the whole family can enjoy, such as playing in the park.
  • Headache Awareness Month - Forty million Americans suffer from chronic migraines, tension and other headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation. The NIH reports headaches are a major cause of missed work. While sudden and severe headaches warrant immediate medical care, don’t ignore any frequent or chronic headaches.

To receive the monthly Be Well Newsletter via email and check out back issues, please visit the EMI Hope Health Newsletter page.

The following are new administrative assignments:

New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:

  • Michael Haynes, JEF Board Member appointed director of the Jordan Education Foundation, replacing Steve Hall who is retiring.
  • Amanda Bollinger, consultant in Special Education appointed staff assistant in the Special Education Department.
  • Kaye Rizzuto, Social Studies teacher at Elk Ridge Middle appointed consultant in the Teaching & Learning Department, replacing Pam Su’a who is retiring.
  • Tamara Rajczyk, teacher specialist in Special Education appointed consultant in the Special Education Department, replacing Shelly Davis who is retiring.
  • Audrey Fish, assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle appointed principal at Sunset Ridge Middle, replacing Kim Searle who is retiring.
  • Lisa Jackson, principal at Southland Elementary appointed assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle, replacing Audrey Fish who was transferred.
  • Garett York, assistant principal at Westvale Elementary appointed principal at Southland Elementary, replacing Lisa Jackson who was transferred.
  • Tyler (TJ) Davenport, elementary teacher at Plymouth Elementary in the Granite School District, who was offered open contract in February 2021, appointed assistant principal at Westvale Elementary, replacing Garett York who was transferred.
  • Frank Preston, assistant principal at Herriman and Butterfield Canyon Elementary appointed assistant principal at Herriman and Daybreak Elementary.
  • Jennifer Smith, assistant principal at Foothills Elementary appointed assistant principal at Copper Canyon and Welby Elementary.
  • Michelle Kilcrease, assistant principal at Blackridge Elementary appointed assistant principal at Blackridge and Foothills Elementary.
  • Angela Hamilton, assistant principal at Bastian Elementary appointed assistant principal at Bastian and Butterfield Canyon Elementary.
  • Allyson Stovall, assistant principal at Southland and Welby Elementary appointed part-time assistant principal at Southland Elementary.
  • Kami Taylor, teacher specialist in Teaching & Learning appointed consultant for STEM and Computer Science in the Teaching & Learning Department.
  • Todd Theobald, assistant principal at Daybreak Elementary, part-time, appointed part-time administrator on special assignment in the Teaching & Learning Department.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah Retirement Systems one-on-one Retirement Planning Sessions will only be available via telephone or Microsoft Teams video conferencing software. These sessions will be identical in format to the in-person sessions that have previously been offered at locations throughout the state. These Planning Sessions are designed for ALL career stages: beginning, middle, end.

To register for an appointment:

  1. Go to www.urs.org.
  2. Log into your myURS account.
  3. Click on the Education Tab.
  4. Click on “Individual Retirement Planning Sessions” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  5. Find the date and time that works best for you. Although the URS offices are located in Salt Lake County, feel free to sign up for any telephone or video conference session wherever you live in the state.
  6. Complete the Investor Profile Questionnaire. (You will be directed to the online questionnaire as you register for your appointment.)
  7. Please have the following with you for your appointment:
    • your current gross pay rate,
    • any retirement plan balances outside of URS,
    • your URS account login information (user ID and password)
    • and your Social Security statement (get yours at www.ssa.gov).

URS will call you at the phone number listed on your myURS profile at the time of your appointment. Be sure to check this number for accuracy in advance of your appointment.

Please note:  These sessions are NOT to apply for retirement.

To apply for retirement, contact the URS Pension Department at (800) 695-4877.

URS Financial Wellness Flyer SampleURS now offers a brand-new program designed to improve your financial wellness and lower your financial stress. All employees are eligible to participate. These new sessions are separate from the one-on-one retirement planning sessions that URS also currently offers. 

What can you expect? In these free, confidential sessions conducted via videoconferencing, the goal is to assess and improve your overall financial wellness. URS advisors do this by reviewing and addressing three key areas: 

  • creating a debt management plan, 
  • building an emergency savings fund, and 
  • developing a workable spending plan. 

As there are opportunities to make improvements, your advisor will give you specific recommendations. URS advisors can address other financial topics with you as well. If you have any questions about the URS financial wellness program, you can call the URS Retirement Planning Advisor line at 801-366-7470. 

As part of the financial wellness program, you also now have access to a variety of financial wellness calculators. These calculators are great tools for doing “what if” scenarios on different topics, such as refinancing a mortgage, calculating a car payment, etc. The calculators can be accessed at fwcalculators.urs.org. 

How can you sign up for a personal financial wellness appointment? URS provides this service at no cost to you. You register online through your myURS account at www.urs.org. Once you are logged in, click on the Education tab, and then click on Individual Financial Wellness Sessions. You can then choose a date and time that is convenient for you via a videoconference. These sessions typically last one hour. 

BYU Master's Degree FlyerHave you been considering a master’s degree? Come see if this is right for you! Meet faculty and ask questions of former/current students and learn if BYU can help you reach your career goals.

  • Friday, May 21 at 4:00 pm
    ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 977 5789 9840
    Passcode: TeacherEdu
  • Friday, October 8 at 4:00 pm
    ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 914 0964 3683
    Passcode: TeacherEdu

About the program:
2 year, evening and summer intensive

  • Cohort model with small class sizes
  • Low tuition with potential for funding opportunities
  • Coursework completed on BYU campus
  • GRE optional

The Teaching and Learning Social Studies & History team is hosting the 2021 Summer History/Humanities Academy on Tuesday June 22 - Friday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at at South Jordan Middle School.

The Academy will focus on using humanities primary sources (folk tales, artwork, literature, recipes, music, and etc.) to engage students in the study of  history.  Teachers grades 4-6 may apply.  Stipend of $500 will be given upon completion of Academy and required portfolio.

There are 15 slots available. Participation will be by application. The deadline for applications is May 28. If you're interested, fill out the application below and send it to pamela.sua@jordandistrict.org.

 

Summer School Virtual Math TrainingThe Teaching & Learning Mathematics team is excited to offer a virtual 2 hour training for summer school math (see flyer for details).  Teachers will earn relicensure points, and these hours can also be counted towards the 8 hours of summer school preparation time paid for by the District.

Please contact Melissa Garber (melissa.garber@jordandistrict.org) or Orla Ryan Davis (orla.ryandavis@jordandistrict.org) with questions.

 

This is a drive-thru event. Students and their families are invited to attend the fair closest to their home.

Tuesday May 11, 2021
West Jordan Middle School
7550 S. Redwood Road
4:30-6:30 pm

Thursday May 13, 2021
Copper Mountain Middle School
12106 S. Anthem Park Blvd.
4:30-6:30 pm

Families will receive District and community resources. Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact:
Krista Mecham | krista.mecham@jordandistrict.org | 801-567-83 21
Toni Brown | toni.brown@jordandistrict.org | 801-567-8907

Dear Educators,
We would like to share a new professional learning opportunity with you called Utah Microcredentials. This resource is supported and funded by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and is available to all educators in Utah’s public education system, including teachers, instructional coaches, paraprofessionals, counselors, related service providers, administrators, and other educators.

Microcredentials acknowledge all the different types of professional learning that educators do, both formal, traditional courses and independent, self-directed learning. Realizing that educators are continually honing their craft, Utah Microcredentials provides a way to recognize that learning. Microcredentials represent instructional skills and concepts. A microcredential is competency-based recognition that the holder has demonstrated effective and consistent use of the target skill or concept as a part of their practice. Microcredentials are not earned through seat time, assignments, or tests. They are earned by submitting the required evidence for a specific microcredential on the target skill or concept.

Each Utah Microcredential is worth a 0.5 USBE credit, which may be used for relicensing and for salary changes in certain districts/charters. The cost for each is $20. Earning microcredentials is also a way to demonstrate leadership. Posting earned microcredentials on your webpage, social media, and even outside your door is an invitation to share your skills with others. For more information, you can use these resources:

  • A narrated video that provides an overview of microcredentials,
  • The UEN website for Utah’s Microcredentials,
  • A one-pager of the most frequently asked questions about microcredentials.

You can start earning Utah Microcredentials on MIDAS. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to supporting learning for our Utah students.