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Sept. 2023 HR Connections NewsletterNew Educator Induction 2023
On Aug. 11 we returned to an in-person session of New Educator Induction to welcome 450 educators to Jordan School District. In attendance were educators representing 8 countries and 20 states, both new and returning educators to Jordan School District. Thank you for all who came and supported these educators at the clap in and clap out. The words of appreciation, willingness to step in and help with a variety of media interviews, enthusiasm, costumes and more made this event memorable.

We wanted to give a shout out to Eric Price, principal, and WestJordan Middle staff, for hosting us and smiling at our shenanigans for weeks in preparation. The list of individuals, groups, departments and community partners to thank is long. Without the support of everyone involved this event would not have been as successful. THANKS to ALL of YOU who were involved.

2nd JSD Grow With Us Job Fair
Thank you to all of those who attended and participated in the Job Fair at Oquirrh Hills. Several new hires were processed as a result of this job fair.

Remember that the January Job Fair will be held at Copper Mountain Middle School on January 24th. You will receive more information and reminders as the date draws closer.

Substitute Office - September Substitute Incentive
Our substitute incentive bonus is back. For substitutes who qualify as outlined with NO CANCELLATIONS during September, 2023 will be eligible for a bonus to be paid on the October10th paycheck.

** As a reminder, benefit-eligible substitute teachers working full-time at the various schoollocations throughout the District DO NOT QUALIFY for the monthly substitute teacher bonus incentives.

September 2023 Substitute Incentive Bonus

  • 16 days worked - $275.00
  • 14 days worked - $175.00
  • 11 days worked - $100.00
  • 8 days worked - $50.00

REMEMBER: These bonuses are contingent upon NO CANCELLATIONS during that month of September. There are no exceptions to the ‘No Cancellation’ eligibility requirement, regardless of circumstances.

Reconciliation Reminders
It is reconciliation time again. Remember that we have made significant changes.

In order to have changes made after the Frontline lock date, you will need to submit the Google Form. (We recommend you bookmark this link.) **This form does not replace the Move Money process**

New absences entered after the deadline will need to have a Google Form completed as well. Here are a few helpful reminders to help your reconciliation:

  • Using the Sub Sign-in and Sign-out sheet with the “AAA School Principals Month End Report” inFrontline and the “My Employees Detailed Transaction Report” in Skyward to complete your reconciliation. (See Canvas course for details and helpful reminders.)
  • Encourage educators to actively use the “Notes to Substitute” section
  • Posting the Substitute Expectations in many places, including at your Sign-In and Sign-Out location.
  • Full Day Fridays! Remember to check Fridays to make sure absences show as a full day forsubstitutes, to ensure that they are paid accurately.
  • Reconcile daily when possible, weekly at minimum.

Sub Office Contact Information
Don't forget the Sub Office has updated contact information:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 801-567-8219

On the HR Calendar

  • Sept. 1 - FTE Enrollment/Staffing- 10th DayCount
  • DUE DATE Sept. 1 -Temporary Agreements DUEto HR
  • DUE DATE Sept. 1 - Extra Period Stipends DUE
  • Sept. 4 - District Office Closed for Labor Day
  • Sept. 9 - Fall Recess Lottery Window Opens
  • Sept. 8 - First Substitute Pay Day
  • Sept. 15  - CACTUS Upload
  • Sept. 19 - Fall Recess Lottery Window Closes
  • Sept. 20 - FTE Audits Released
  • Sept. 25 - All Employee Payroll
  • Oct. 2  - FTE Enrollment/Staffing Reports
  • Oct. 2 - USBE CACTUS Reports
  • DUE DATE Oct. 2 - FTE Audits DUE to HR

**30 days AFTER student instruction begins - Educators with an Associate Educator License (AEL) will meet with HR to review their Professional LearningPlan (PLP)**

Extra Period Stipends
To ensure accurate pay, extra period stipends need to be submitted in Skyward by Sept.1.
**Hourly teachers need to be submitted annually.**

FTE Audits This Month
September starts FTE Audits. Information will be forthcoming in JAM. Please watch for details andupdates.

The release date of the FTE Audits to be reviewed is scheduled September 20th. The FTE Audits willbe due on or before October 2nd.

Volunteer Fingerprinting Reminder
Volunteer fingerprinting is still by appointment ONLY. Volunteers must make an appointment and have the completed and administrator signed volunteer form with them.

Remember, the school keeps Code of Conduct Signature Form. Please do not send volunteers to be printed who have not completed the process.

Check your Payroll Deadlines for bi-monthlyFrontline/Skyward reconciliation for substitute pay days.

2023 Q3 Blomquist Hale NewsletterThe Blomquist Hale Newsletter for the quarter has arrived. In this issue, you will find articles on:

  • Helping Your Child With Stress & Anxiety - All kids and teens feel stressed at times. Stress is a normal response to changes and challenges. And life is full of those, even during childhood. We tend to think of stress as a bad thing, caused by bad events. But upcoming good events (like graduations, holidays, or new activities) also can cause stress. Kids and teens feel stress when there’s something they need to prepare for, adapt to, or guard against. They feel stress when something that matters to them is at stake. Change often prompts stress, even when it’s a change for the better. Stress has a purpose. It’s a signal to get ready.
  • What to Do and Not Do - When children are anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can actually make the youngster’s anxiety worse. It happens when parents try to protect kids from their fears. Here are pointers for helping children escape the cycle of anxiety in a healthy way.
  • Managing Anxiety: Home & School - Anxiety is another word for feeling worried or scared. It’s normal for children and teens to feel anxious sometimes, like before a big test at school or talking in front of a group of people. But if your child’s anxiety gets in the way of normal activities, such as sleeping alone at night, playing outside or going to school, they may need extra support. The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent your child from feeling anxious and help them handle worries when they happen.

Jordan School District is bound to provide the life carrier the information that is currently listed in InfinityHR, our enrollment system. As a reminder, you should verify what our records are showing as far as your beneficiary goes each open enrollment period at the minimum. You are able to change this information at any time. Please log into InfinityHR - to verify that you have it set up correctly. Especially if you have had a life event change. You can add both primary and secondary beneficiary(s).

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Insurance Services / / 801-567-8146

SUU Endorsements FlyerSUU is offering endorsements for free with a USBE Grant if you are currently teaching K-12 In Utah

  • Educational Technology
  • Elementary Stem
  • Elementary Science
  • Elementary Math
  • Elementary Math Specialist

Other endorsements are available for only $300 per class:

  • Gate (6 classes)
  • ESL (6 classes)
  • K12 Literacy Specialist (6 classes)

Ready To Learn More? Join a quick 30 minute Zoom With SUU to learn how to apply and why you should capitalize on this enrichment opportunity.

Language and Culture Services would like to share some amazing community resources that have been sent to us. From Hispanic Heritage month to field trips for students.

  • Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! (Sep. 15 - Oct. 15)
    Our second largest community in Jordan District is the Hispanic Community and we want to look for ways to celebrate and recognize this month at your school. Announcements, music, flyers home. Bring parents in as volunteers to share their culture. Let us know how you’re celebrating. Here are a few resources to help you.
  • The Bopsim Korean Festival on Friday, Sept. 29. In collaboration with Korean government-operated entities and the University of Utah, they present this festival which carries special significance as it commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Korea-US Alliance. Field trip for students from 11 - 2:30 p.m. Please email for coupons and vouchers for yummy cup bop.

  • Calling all 7th - 9th grade students and educators in Utah! - The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is excited to host the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit — a free and virtual youth leadership event—on Monday, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 from 9-11 a.m. The program will be the same on both days to accommodate more school schedules. This annual program aims to motivate students of diverse identities to explore college and career pathways, financial empowerment, and leadership development.  Schools can bring their students together and participate. Learn more at the 2023 Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit page.
  • Men and Women of Promise - Men and Women of Promise Conferences expose students to a different way of life through a one-day corporate experience with professionals who listen and help cast a vision for their lives. The Men of Promise Conference will be held on Oct. 3rd and the Women of Promise Conference on Oct. 4th. Contact Marty Carter for permission slips and sign ups. For more information visit the DBU Global Men & Women of Promise page.
  • For 9th - 12th grades Expect the Great - Expect The Great is a free event focusing on college and career awareness and readiness for African, African-American, and Black students and communities in the state of Utah. The theme of this initiative is “Build, Invest, Connect”. Registration is available on the SUU Expect The Great site.  Charter busses will be available.

Sept. 2023 ELLevation Training FlyerLanguage and Culture Services will be offering a virtual PD on Sept 22 at 1 p.m.  LCS will be offering training on how to use the ELLevation website, a great resource for schools and teachers in supporting their ML students!

  • Site overview
  • How to access information about your ML students in one place.
  • Teaching strategies to support ML students during instruction.
  • Opportunities for PD through ELLevation and earning USBE Credit.

ELLevation via Zoom Meeting ID: 830 0071 9835
Passcode: language

Because of an Educator Video Contest flyerUtah PTA is holding a video contest for all aspiring filmmakers.  Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 13. Here are the requirements for submission:

  • Open to all fully or partially enrolled Utah Public School Students from Grades K-12.
  • Entry Divisions: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12
  • Each video entry must be the original work of an individual student entering.  Only one student can be the applicant and should be filmed in the video.
  • All videos must be submitted on Utah PTA’s website application. Videos must be submitted in MP4, MOV, or WMV format.
  • Any and all persons whose image and/or voice are recorded for the video entry must sign the Consent Form provided below. If persons recorded are minors, they must have their parents sign the Consent Form agreeing to the terms therein. Entries that do not have proper Consent Form releases for each person recorded will not be considered for the contest.
  • For the students’ safety, first names only can be used in the videos except for the educator’s name. Students are encouraged to film the video in places that are not easily recognizable. Students will need to turn off location geodata when filming or remove it from the film before submitting it.
  • Each video entry must be 90 seconds or less to be considered.
  • The content must be family friendly, clean and appropriate.  Inappropriate videos will not be considered.
  • All copyright laws must be obeyed. Students must verify that they own the rights to all media (video, photos, music, etc.) contained in their entry. If students are using royalty-free materials, they must include credits for these materials in their entry. If students are using copyrighted materials, they must be able to provide written permission for their use of the material from the copyright owner.
  • Entries that violate copyright laws and do not contain proper credits, will not be considered for the Because of an Educator Video Essay Contest.

To submit an entry an entry and review consent form guidelines, please visit the Utah PTA contest page using the link below.

With the beginning of the new school year comes new pay rates along with new deductions.  All employees are encouraged to log in to Employee Access and review their salary placement, FTE, insurance premiums, deductions, name, and address.  This information can all be located under the EMPLOYEE INFORMATION tab.

*Checks that are not direct deposit will be mailed to your school or department.

Your actual paycheck is available to view up to two (2) days prior to payday each month in CHECK HISTORY. If you have questions, please contact the following:

2023 Flu Clinic FlyersThe following Flu Shot clinics have been scheduled for JSD Employees and their dependents.  Please remember to bring your current insurance medical ID card.

Flu Shot Clinic Schedule for DO & ASB

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 3 - 6 p.m. | Auxiliary Services Building
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 | 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | District Office

Flu Shot Clinic Schedule for Schools
Please check the linked Google spreadsheet below frequently as schedules may change.

Be kind to your mind - Headspace FlyerHeadspace offers free access to their app for all District employees. Mindfulness has been shown to help people stress less, increase focus, and sleep more soundly. Meditation helps you to be more mindful — and Headspace is your personal guide, with hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, focus, and movement. You’ll have free access to the entire Headspace library.

Connect with friends and over 70 million people who have downloaded the app. Just follow these steps to sign up and start your journey. Need help? Headspace is here at

  1. Visit or scan the QR code in the flyer.
  2. Create a Headspace account or log in with an existing account and verify your email address.
  3. Download the Headspace app and get started.

Paycheck iconSchool Holiday – Labor Day – Sep 4
Critical Days Sept. 1 & Sept. 5

As Per DP335(B) and DP335 NEG: Contracted employees who have not been approved by Human Resources for using an annual/personal day on Critical Days may be docked (licensed $156 or ESP 40% of their daily rate) unless the leave reason is listed as an exception in policy.

An explanation of the exception must be written in the time off description box. Please refer to policy for further clarification.

Parent Teacher Conference
Middle & High School Sept 27 & 28

As per DP335(B) and DP335 NEG: Annual/Personal leave shall not be used during Parent Teacher Conferences.

  • Payroll Due: Sept. 5
  • Direct Deposit Changes by Sept. 10
  • View Paycheck: Sept. 21
  • Pay Day: Sept. 25

True Time Deadlines
Date Range Aug. 7 – Sept. 3
Employee Submittal: Sept. 6
First Approval: Sept. 8
Final Approval: Sept. 12

 Substitute Deadlines

Date Range Due  Payday
Aug. 21 - Aug. 31 Sept.1 Sept. 8
 Sept. 1 - Sept. 15 Sept. 15 Sept. 25

5th Annual Women In the Money Conference FlyerThe Utah Women in the Money Conference is a personal finance conference designed for Utah women hosted by the State Treasurer of Utah. This is a valuable resource for those who teach and inspire our next generation, so any educator or public education employee may use the following code during registration to attend the conference in person for free: Educate2023. (There is no cost for anyone to participate virtually.) 

While the program is tailored to women, men are welcome to attend. Educators are encouraged to share this opportunity with their students and their students' parents (see attached flyer).

The conference will be held in-person at the Sheraton Salt Lake Hotel and virtually on the EventMobi platform on Thursday, September 28 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday, September 29 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (You do not need to attend both days, but are welcome to.) Sessions will also be recorded and available for those who registered for up to a year following the event.

Register at: and use the code Educate2023 upon check-out in the coupon code section.

Please spread the word about this valuable resource to your coworkers, friends, and family.

Sept. 2023 Teaching & Learning NewsletterCheck out the attached flyer or use the links below for the latest updates from Teaching & Learning for September. Learn tips and tricks, sign up for upcoming PD, and learn about important updates from the T & L team.

JSD Health & Wellness Giveaway PosterJust a reminder to participate in the Health and Wellness Giveaway before it closes on Sept. 12.

A poster with a QR code has been hidden in an important area of each JSD school and/or building. Get a preview of the poster (attached) for an idea of what to look for.

Once you find the hidden QR code, you will be instructed on how to participate.

Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous wellness gift basket that has been donated by JEF.

Entry to the drawing will close on Sept. 12.

Your wellness starts now!

The annual Nutrition Services Pan Sale is right around the corner. You'll find great prices on new commercial grade kitchen items. Come check it out on Sept. 20 and 21 from 12 - 6 p.m. at the Auxiliary Services Building. Please use Entrance A to enter the North Auditorium. Cash and credit cards will be accepted and the sale is open to the public.

2023 Pan Sale Flyer

NAMI Suicide Prevention FlyerThis month, Jordan Health & Wellness wants to spread hope and vital information to all educators, staff,  and students, especially those affected by suicide. The goal is to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help please contact safeut or 988.

TAKE FIVE MINUTES to complete five action items developed by the National Council for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) for their Take 5 to Save Lives campaign:

  1. learn the signs
  2. know how to find help
  3. do something to get involved
  4. talk about suicide prevention
  5. share the 5 steps

Also, please checkout the Live On Utah Playbook for more tips and resources.

Jordan School District Employees are responsible for knowing and adhering to all District policies and procedures. The annual crucial policy review is now available to District employees in Skyward through "Online Forms."   As a condition of continued employment, all employees, with the exception of minor students, are required to complete the crucial policy review by Nov. 1, 2023.

Employees may access this policy review via their Employee Access in Skyward. If you need assistance in accessing Skyward, please call the help desk at 801-567-USER (8737).

Please see the attached Tutorial if you need additional assistance in accessing or completing the policy review.

Writeable PD FlyerThis is an optional PD for all secondary teachers to learn more about Writable and how it can be integrated into any class in order to strengthen students’ writing. The virtual training session will be held on Sept. 22 from 1 - 3 p.m.  You can register in JPLS: Course #101966 Section #127761 Below is a description of the PD:

Getting Started: In this initial session, participants will learn how Writable fits within their core curriculum and become prepped and ready to begin using the program as they continue through the learning path.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the key features and uses for Writable, including the new AI Feedback feature
  • Identify how Writable fits within your core instruction
  • Learn how to incorporate Writable into both informal and formal writing assignments

Essential Question: What do I need to know to get started with Writable and how will I continue learning?

Ballet West In Theater Offerings FlyerBallet West is again providing free presentations of the following ballets in the Capitol Theater:

  • Dracula (Grades 5-12)
  • The Firebird (Grades 1-12)
  • The Nutcracker (Grades K-12, One and Two-Hour Presentation Available)
  • Swan Lake (Grades 1-12)
  • Fairy Tale Theater: Beauty and the Beast (Grades 1-12)

Each program begins with an educational introduction and is followed by a portion of the repertoire currently being performed for the general public. 

The link to Ballet West’s website with further information (including dates and times) on all of the student performances is Ballet West Student In-Theatre Performances. In addition, please feel free to refer to the flyer below for more information. 

If you  are interested in having your class attend any of the performances, please contact Susy Peterson at or 801-567-8296. Seating is limited and performance slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. 

Please be aware that transportation costs must be covered by individual schools. Neither Ballet West nor the Teaching and Learning Department will be covering the costs of transportation.