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Q3 Blomquist Hale Newsletter CoverThe Blomquist Hale Newsletter for the 3rd Quarter has arrived.  In this issue, you will find articles on:

  • Get Better Sleep: Can’t put that racing mind to bed? Whether it’s stopping you from quickly falling asleep or staying asleep, there’s no question an unsettled mind can be a major obstacle to slumber. Insomnia can occur in anyone, given the right circumstances. Particularly during periods of stress or anxiety, difficulty falling or staying asleep may manifest.
  • How to Use ‘Scheduled Worry Time’: If you have a major project due at work in two weeks, this may cause you to have increased stress. It may seem insurmountable. Rather than being overwhelmed, break it down into manageable chunks—and then get to work.
  • Stop a Racing Mind: Don’t Stay in Bed, Calm Your Mind and Keep it Positive.
  • Focus on Your Senses: Create a Wind-Down Routine for your senses of Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste and Sound.
  • Falling Asleep Quickly: Tips include - Lower the Temperature, Eat a Healthy Dinner, Focus on Breathing Exercise Daily, Get on a Schedule, No Electronics, Practice Meditation Limit Caffeine, and Avoid Naps Read Something.

 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 home address in Skyward. Please make sure that your address is correct to avoid a delay in receiving your pay. 

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: 

Fall 2021 Course Offerings FlyerLooking for a great class to help you blend technology and learning?  Sign up in JPLS today for a Digital Teaching and Learning Fall Course starting Sept. 27. Learn about Canvas, Nearpod, Google and more. Search DTL in JPLS to see the summer catalog of courses.

  • Nearpod
    • Nearpod Certified Educator
  • Canvas
    • Canvas for Elementary Teachers
    • Canvas for Secondary Teachers
  • Google
    • Google Certified Educator Level 1
    • Google Certified Educator Level 2
  • Tech Tools Cafe
    Explore a variety of tech tips for teachers

    • Especially for Digital Coaches
    • Get ideas for Tech Tuesdays
  • Graphic Design Basics For Secondary
    • Explore basic principles of graphic design
    • Explore tech tools (Spark, Canva, Photoshop/Illustrator)
    • Make classroom and content visually appealing
  • MasteryConnect
    • Mastering MasteryConnect

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

Utah State University is excited to announce a recent redesign of their Instructional Leadership coursework which allowed them to compact the curriculum and reduce the credit requirements for the M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and the Administrative/Supervisory Concentration (ASC) Licensure Programs.

If you're interested in learning more, you can find most of your answers on the USU Instructional Leadership website.

You may also email Alison Lavigne at  She would be happy to answer any questions you may have after reviewing the website.  If you decide to apply for the program, the deadline for Spring 2022 is Oct. 29, 2021. The deadline for Summer 2022 is March 4, 2022.

Dear Teachers,

Thank you for your enthusiastic participation in LETRS training! You are a pleasure to work with!! We look forward, with you, to see your efforts pay off as students reach their full potential in reading.

In order to help us with the tracking of the completion of Units for compensation, we’re asking each participant to fill out a google form (available on LETRS Information web page) for EACH Unit completed.

Completed forms will be submitted at the end of each month for compensation in the following month’s paycheck.

Please reach out to Ronna Hoffman 801-567-8242 or with any questions you may have.

Pull Up a ChairUtah Retirement Systems will be available for one-on-one retirement planning sessions at the District Office on Tuesday,  Oct. 5 & Wednesday,  Oct. 13. Sessions will be posted on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Appointments fill quickly so don’t delay.

Advanced registration is required so please see the instructions below to register for an appointment on the URS website.

  1. Go to
  2. Log into your myURS account by clicking on LOGIN in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the Education Tab.
  4. Click on “Individual Retirement Planning Sessions”.
  5. Find the session that works best for you.  Select the session to reserve your appointment.
  6. Please be sure to bring your estimated annual income, retirement account statements (including non-URS), Social Security Statement (get yours at and your investor profile (take the questionnaire at myURS).

Say Boo to the Flu FlyerGet vaccinated against the flu at your school’s on-site Say Boo to the Flu clinic & Community Nursing Services (CNS) will donate $2 per eligible immunization back to the school.

  • 2021 CNS School Flu Clinic Schedule
  • District Office Flu Clinic - Oct. 4 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Room 129
  • Auxiliary Services Building Flu Clinic - Oct. 6 3 - 6 p.m. in the North Auditorium

Reduced & no-cost flu vaccines will be available to individuals & families who are uninsured & unable to pay.

CNS is able to bill the following insurances (No Copay): Aetna, All Savers, Altius, Ameriben, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Direct Care Administrators, DMBA, EMI Health, GEHA, Health Utah, HealthEZ, Healthwest, Imagine Health, MailHandlers, Meritan Health, Molina, Molina Marketplace, Oxford Health, PEHP, Select Health, Tall Tree Administrators, Town & Country, Tricare, United Health Care, U of U Health, UMR, WISE Network, CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare, Part B, & most Medicare Advantage Plans.

Note: Community Nursing Services (CNS) Immunization Program is committed to providing positive moments and experiences while providing safe and convenient on-site flu shot clinics throughout Utah. Additional cleaning and preventative measures are being followed by all CNS clinical staff secondary to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Come join Utah Retirement Systems for an informational webinar on your retirement benefits.

The following webinars are available this fall for URS members to attend:

  • Tier 1 Public Safety and Firefighter: Understanding Your Pension
    This webinar discusses the Tier 1 public safety and firefighter retirement benefits for employees with URS service credit prior to July 1, 2011. | Wednesday, September 8, 2021 |10:00 a.m. | Register
  • Creating Your Retirement Lifestyle
    Exploring the enormous personal and lifestyle transitions in retirement. | Monday, September 13, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. | Register
  • Understanding and Choosing URS Savings Plans and Investment Options
    You must make many different choices in saving for retirement. See which savings plans and investment options are right for you. | Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | Noon | Register
  • A Closer Look at Purchasing Service Credit
    Are you thinking about purchasing additional service credit to enhance your retirement benefits or retire a little early? Come learn more about the opportunities of purchasing service credit. | Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. | Register

Are you interested in or currently pursuing a STEM endorsement, let US PAY FOR YOUR EDUCATION! This is now called STEM EIP = Endorsement Incentive Program.

Submissions can be made now - use the application. Have questions? Review our FAQ Document. If your questions aren’t answered, please reach out to your representative. We would love to talk to you!

This is a GREAT opportunity!

  • Amy Kinder: Mathematics
  • Jane Harward: Science
  • Kami Taylor: Computer Science

UEN Plan Tool Transition PageGreat news! UEN is updating how we support hosting and sharing lesson plans. The new method uses Open Author on eMedia to provide better flexibility and features such as comments, core alignments and more.  

As we say hello to a fresh new way to manage lesson plans online, we’ll be saying good-bye to the old Lesson Plan tool this November, so please be sure to download any lesson plans and attachments you wish to keep by November 30. Use the following link for detailed instructions.

If you’d like to add them to the new platform, it’s ready to go right now, with dozens of new lesson plans and a template you can customize with your content. 

Please contact Jared Covili, Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant, with questions at

Dear Employees,

Jordan Years of Service PinsWe recently sent a notice to all schools and departments requesting information regarding individual employee years of service. We are using this information to recognize individuals for their time spent working here, with Jordan School District “Years of Service” Pin Sets.

The pin sets are being given to every employee based on the number of years they have worked for the District.  We are asking employees for their years of service so that we can be as accurate as possible.  Remember to include part-time and full-time years!

Thank you for your assistance as we recognize all of you, our valued employees, for your years of service in JSD. Enjoy your pin sets!

Samples of years of service pins


PLANNING & MATERIALS - This working training will provide participants with guidance on how to navigate a FOSS manual in order to plan a lesson. Guidance and support will be given in pulling supplies for upcoming investigations and insuring teachers are ready to jump into teachingFOSS when the training is complete. (3 hours)

DIGITAL SUPPORTS WITH FOSS IN THE CLASSROOM - Designed for teachers who have not yet delved in to the FOSS digital resources, this training will review all the instructional supports available for both teachers and students. (1 hour)

FOSS & SEED STANDARDS ALIGNMENT - One of the most significant questions about theFOSS curriculum is how it aligns with the Utah SEEdStandards. This training will address that question, as well as review cluster questions from the RISE test and discuss how the FOSS curriculum helps students understand cluster question expectations. (1 hour) 

FOSSMAP ONLINE TESTING - In this training participants will explore the FOSSmap online testing platform. Setting up individual classes, assigning assessments, grading, and navigating the reports will all be included. Teachers will come away with the ability to use FOSSmap for online assessment in the upcoming school year. (1.5 hours)

INTRODUCTION TO FOSS - Offered specifically for teachers new to teaching or new to Jordan School District, this training will review the SEEd Standards, provide background for why the district has chosen FOSS, review a lesson, and explore the resources available. This is the 2020-21 initial FOSS training. (1.5 hours)

USING SCIENCE NOTEBOOKS AND ASSESSMENTS IN K-2 - Ever wonder how K-2 students could navigate a science notebook? Puzzled about what a good lower-grade notebook entry would look like? Come to this training to understand more about how to get K-2 students really doing and recording science. (1 hour)

CUSTOMIZED SCHOOL TRAININGS - The science specialists would be more than happy to tailor ANY training time to best meet the needs of your faculty. They will gladly come to meet with individuals, PLC teams, or entire faculty groups.


Blomquist Hale has three workshops scheduled for the month of September! See attached for workshop flyers and details outlined below.

LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling)
In an effort to help everyone be aware of everything they need to know about LETRS, we have added a page on the Teaching & Learning site that is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on all things LETRS. If there are things you’d appreciate being added to the page, please reach out to Ronna Hoffman at 88242 or This page is intended to be a helpful resource. Check it out!!!

Kindergarten Night Out
Kindergarten Night Out will be held on Sept. 8 from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. in the ASB auditorium.  Please invite all kindergarten teachers to attend.  We will be learning some tips and tricks to use in Walk to Read for students who are above level.  This is a time to collaborate and get some freebies for the classroom.

HD Word Plus Weekly Road Map
There is a new curriculum planning tool available for third-grade teachers who are using HD Word Plus called the HD Word Plus Weekly Road Map.  This map will help guide teachers through the resources available in HD Word Plus and it serves as a helpful day-to-day planning guide.  This resource will continue to be developed throughout this school year.

Literacy Q&A
The literacy department is hosting a weekly literacy Q&A every Thursday in September from 3:30-4:30.  An updated link to this meeting is included. Please share this information with your teachers and coaches and feel free to join us if you have any literacy questions. Please be sure to use the link below to access the meetings.

Literacy Launch Session
Another make up session of the Literacy Launch has been added for anyone who still needs to attend the training.  The new dates are September 27th and 29th and these dates are now available in JPLS.

Heggerty and MSRC Training
Two additional dates for Heggerty and MSRC training have been scheduled for September 7th and 14th for anyone still needing this training.  The classes are available for sign up on JPLS.

Really Great Reading
We are expecting the additional Really Great Reading teacher manuals and student workbooks to arrive this Friday, September 3rd by 7:00 pm.  They will be sent out to schools next week as long as they arrive on time.  The student workboards are still on backorder.

Phonics Decodable Readers
Each school should have received or should be receiving shortly, a shipment of phonics decodable readers from High Noon Books/Academic Therapies Publications. These were mentioned during Literacy Launch training.  These books are perfect for upper-grade students who are working on building decoding skills.  These books should be stored in a central location where all teachers can have access to them.  The set of books will include 8 different series with a total of 86 books.  The series are listed below:

    • Magic Belt Series (12 books)
    • Alba Series (12 books)
    • Totem Series (12 books)
    • Talisman Series One (10 books)
    • Rescue Series (10 books)
    • Titan's Gauntlets Series (10 books)
    • Talisman Series Two (10 books)
    • Amber Guardians Series (10 books)

USBE Survey
USBE has requested that teachers participate in a brief survey.  This survey will be sent out to teachers through Canvas and participation in the survey is encouraged.

If you are a contracted employee and need to take Annual/Personal Leave before or after fall recess for any reason not listed in policy DP335NEG or DP335B, you must submit a request as follows:

How to Request
During the window, the employee must send the request through email. Please include your name, school, position, and the date you are requesting the leave. Requests left on voicemail or over the phone will NOT be accepted.

The employee will receive an email confirmation within two working days after submitting the request. If the employee does not receive a confirmation email, then Human Resources has NOT received your request and your leave will not be approved.

School Holiday Date of Holiday Window
Fall Recess
(All 242, 245 Contracts)
October 21-22, 2021 Sept. 6 – Sept. 16, 2021
Fall Recess
(180, 184, 187, 207, 206 Contracts)
October 18-22, 2021 Sept. 3 – Sept. 13, 2021

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

  • Grains: The Whole Truth - If you love oatmeal, brown rice and whole-grain bread, you’re in luck. Whole-grain foods are fiber- rich, loaded with vitamins and good for overall health. However, most Americans choose refined grains (such as white bread or white rice) instead of nutrient- dense whole-grain options.
  • Get ready for the 2021-2022 flu season - Everyone should receive a yearly flu vaccine starting at age six months. Vaccination not only protects you from potential serious illness — it also helps reduce the strain on our health care systems. The safety of flu vaccines is backed by 50 years of extensive research. Get updates at
  • Food Close to Home - Supporting local farmers has gained momentum in the past ten years. Here’s what you need to know about buying locally grown food. Local food doesn’t always have a predetermined distance, but it’s generally accepted that it’s produced within your area or state. From fresh produce to locally raised meat, choosing local has several benefits. It helps create jobs and economic growth in your community, helps the environment by decreasing the carbon footprint, and builds relationships between food growers and consumers.
  • Understanding Teens - Teenagers go through massive changes, and their developing brains don’t fully mature until their mid- twenties. Check out a quick guide to what constitutes typical teen behavior, and red flags for serious problems.

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