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Dear Teachers,

It is time to renew Jordan School District’s application for the K-12 Math Personalized Learning Software Grant, which is intended to provide schools with access to math personalized learning software programs to improve student outcomes in mathematics literacy.

Please work with your administration and technology coach to determine how this grant could be used to provide software licenses to enhance the mathematics instruction taking place in your building. Funding is limited, so the Utah STEM Action Center asks that we are intentional in choosing the product(s) and number of licenses for the product(s) requested.

This application must be submitted by the District, so please work with your administration and then submit your request through the JSD Math Personalized Learning Software Grant application by March 14, 2020 (Pi Day). Only ONE submission per school is allowed.

Please be aware that if the licenses provided through this grant are not used or are under-utilized by a school, they may be revoked. In addition, Jordan School District may be barred from applying for this grant in the future.

To be effective, here are the recommendations for the use of each product:

Provider

Product

Supported

Usage Recommendations

Curriculum Associates

iReady

K-8

30-49 minutes per week plus 70-100% pass rates

Dreambox

Dreambox

K-8

Five lessons per week

McGraw-Hill

ALEKS

3-12

1 hour per week OR 5 topics per week

MIND Research Institute

ST Math

K-8

K-1: 60 minutes per week

2-8: 75 minutes per week

Imagine Learning

Imagine Math

K-Algebra 1/ Geometry

Quarter 1: (Sept-Nov 2016) 5+ lessons completed

Quarter 2: (Dec-Feb 2017) 10+ lessons completed

Quarter 3: (Mar-May 2017) 15+ lessons completed

Mathspace

Mathspace

3-PreCalculus

30 minutes per week OR 3 subtopics mastered per week

The mathematics personalized learning software has been shown to have a significant impact on student achievement for those students who met the recommended weekly usage.

We are required to choose from the approved vendors and products in the table above. Please contact the vendors with any questions about the products in which you are interested. They are more than happy to assist you and will often offer additional services to your school if they know that you are applying for the K-12 Math Personalized Learning Software Grant.

Here are links to the vendors’ websites with more information about what they are offering:

Thank you for all that you do for our students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Noelani Ioane, MS
Mathematics Content Teacher Leader

SEL Accelerator FlyerCome prepared to jump-start your 2020 year during the first ever Social & Emotional Learning Accelerator on Friday, March 6 from 1 - 3 p.m. at JATC South. You will have an opportunity to gather ideas and strategies in the following areas:

  • Social Emotional Learning strategies in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and decision making
  • Implementing wellness rooms
  • Parent engagement and involvement
  • Whole school SEL Strategies
  • SEL measurement tools

For more information, please visit wellness.jordandistrict.org/sel 

Youth Mental Health First Aid FlyerThis is an 8-hour training that is being offered for all employees providing certification.

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is for adults to teach how to help adolescents and young adults who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

  • Saturday, March 21, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Jordan School District Auxiliary Services Building, Room 113
  • To register, contact Sharon Steadman at 385-235-0322

Meet the Stars at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention With Discounted Tickets for Jordan School District Employees, and Family Members! FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention will take place on September 17-19, 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ and Jordan School District are teaming up and giving YOU, our valuable employees and your family members, a chance to get discounted up to 35% OFFyour tickets to FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention™ 2020!

Buy tickets on the Fan X site and use FANX20JORDAN (all caps) at checkout. Use this link to find out more about the ticket options. This promo code will expire on February 29, 2020, at 11:59 PM.

Note: You must first choose the tickets to purchase and then enter the FANX20JORDAN to see the discount.

FanX® Salt Lake Comic Conventions™ are Dan Farr Productions annual events, and are now the most attended conventions in the state of Utah and are some of the largest pop culture conventions in North America. Past events have attracted celebrities like Stan Lee, Chris Evans, Mark Hamill, Jeremy Renner, Elijah Wood, Dick Van Dyke, Tom Felton, Jason Momoa, Matt Smith, Sir Patrick Stewart, Buzz Aldrin and many, many more.

*Discount offer is for Jordan School District employees, family members and friends only. Offer valid on Multipasses, Single Day, Gold and VIP passes. Tickets will not be mailed out after the shipping deadline.

FanX Tickets on sale now

Important Payroll dates for March 2020

  • Payroll Due:  including all February absences and approvals: 3/3
  • Last day to change direct deposit accounts: 3/10
    ** Please let Payroll know of any changes to your account after this date. Any bank account changes will affect your check on payday.
  • Paychecks available for viewing in Employee Access: 3/21
    ** Strongly recommended
  • Payday: 3/25

True Time Deadlines for Pay Period 2/3/2020 – 3/1/2020

  • Employee Final Submittal: 3/4/20
  • First Approval: 3/6/20
  • Final Approval: 3/10/20

Parent/Teacher Conference

  • Traditional Elem: 3/11 & 3/12
    (Comp Day 3/13)
  • YRE Tracks A,C,D: 3/9-3/13
    (If PTC is missed, leave day is recorded on  3/14)
  • Track B: 3/30-4/3
    (If PTC is missed, leave day is recorded on 4/4)

As per DP335 & DP370: Licensed employees may not use a personal or alternative leave day if absent from parent/teacher conferences.  They may use a sick day or a no-pay day if applicable.  The absence should be entered on the comp day.

Three smart phones stackedAT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon all offer discounts to Jordan School District employees.  Please check out the latest deal flyers below.

This is a reminder for all fifth-grade teachers. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 is the last day to register for the March 6 social studies professional development "Engaging Students in Social Studies/Civic Engagement" to be held at the ASB auditorium.  You'll receive a stipend and relicensure credits for attending, plus a tub of hands-on materials.  Please email pamela.sua@jordandistrict.org to save a slot.  We encourage 5th grade teams to attend together.

Dear Teachers,

Please find below links to applications for the USTAR Math and Science courses. The deadline for the courses to be offered this summer is Friday February 21, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Jane Harward or Noelani Ioane.

Thank you for all that you do for our students.

Teaching & Learning - Math & Science

2020-21 Applications

 

Elementary Teacher – Teacher Wellness Focus Group Invitation
Our District’s Health and Wellness Specialist, McKinley Withers, is conducting a research study on teacher wellness through the University of Utah. He is looking for research participants for focus groups to better understand how school leaders can support improved conditions for enhanced teacher wellness.

The Elementary School Teacher Wellness Focus Group will meet on Wednesday, February 20th   from 4-6pm. If you are interested in participating, please review the information below, and email McKinley Withers for additional information.

Focus group participation for this research will be limited to current elementary school teachers who have 7 or more years of experience as a classroom teacher. If you choose to participate in this focus group, you will volunteer between two and four hours to share your valuable insights and experiences as a classroom teacher–specifically related to how school leaders have, or could, promote your experience of wellness. With an understanding of teacher’s perceptions of what has had a positive impact on their workplace wellness, school leaders will be better equipped to provide meaningful interventions and creative approaches to improve a teacher’s sense of overall well-being.

As a participant you will be asked to respond to a series of questions in a face to face meeting with up to 7 other participants who are also classroom teachers in Jordan School District. These questions will be focused on what school leaders have done well or could do to improve your experience of workplace wellness.


Middle School Teacher – Teacher Wellness Focus Group Invitation
Our District’s Health and Wellness Specialist, McKinley Withers, is conducting a research study on teacher wellness through the University of Utah. He is looking for research participants for focus groups to better understand how school leaders can support improved conditions for enhanced teacher wellness.

The Middle School Teacher Wellness Focus Group will meet on Tuesday, February 18th from 4-6pm. If you are interested in participating, please review the information below, and email McKinley Withers, mckinley.withers@jordandistrict.org, for additional information.

Focus group participation for this research will be limited to current middle school teachers who have 7 or more years of experience as a classroom teacher. If you choose to participate in this focus group, you will volunteer between two and four hours to share your valuable insights and experiences as a classroom teacher–specifically related to how school leaders have, or could, promote your experience of wellness. With an understanding of teacher’s perceptions of what has had a positive impact on their workplace wellness, school leaders will be better equipped to provide meaningful interventions and creative approaches to improve a teacher’s sense of overall well-being.

As a participant you will be asked to respond to a series of questions in a face to face meeting with up to 7 other participants who are also classroom teachers in Jordan School District. These questions will be focused on what school leaders have done well or could do to improve your experience of workplace wellness.

Teaching and Learning is excited to introduce Multisyllable Routine Cards for all 3-6 grade teachers. This is a short daily routine that can be implemented similar to Heggerty in K-2 grade.

Please see the attached flyer and pick a date to attend. The first three sessions are already full and the others are filling up quickly so register soon. Teachers will receive all materials needed to implement the program as well as receive in service pay for attending.

Please contact Mandy Thurman (ext: 88119) with any questions.

Valued Licensed Employee:

The Human Resource Department is contacting you with important information regarding upcoming events and opportunities.

LICENSE RENEWAL
Teachers and other educators whose license will expire on June 30, 2020, are encouraged to begin the license renewal process IMMEDIATELY by going to the USBE website. Personal letters regarding license renewal information have already been sent out. Keep in mind that there is no background cost to the employee.

EARLY NOTIFICATION (Resignation/Retirement)
Employees resigning/retiring at the end of the current contract year that gives official early notification of resignation/retirement will be eligible for a tiered incentive. To qualify, the notification must be submitted online on or before the following dates:

  • December 15, 2019$500.00
  • January 15, 2020 $300.00
  • February 15, 2020$200.00

The incentive will be paid on the last regular paycheck. Notifications of resignation/retirement received after the dates listed above will not qualify for an incentive. The official District resignation/retirement notification form is found in Skyward Employee Access under Task Processes. Please see District policy DP318 for more detailed information regarding resignations. If you do not know your Skyward username or password please contact the Help Desk at 801.567.8737.

TEACHER TRANSFER FAIRS
The dates of the Teacher Transfer Fairs below are for current Jordan School District teachers seeking a new teaching opportunity! The transfer fair will be combined for both elementary and secondary teachers. Please have copies of your resume available to distribute. Your JSD ID badge is required. Come explore your options!

  • Transfer Fair Elementary and Secondary
    February 19, 2020 | Elk Ridge Middle School (gym) 3659 9800 S, South Jordan, UT 84009 4:00-6:30 p.m. Waffle Love food truck will be on site

TEACHER HIRING & TRANSFER TIMELINE
Schools who have “hard to fill” or “known vacancies” for 2020-2021, may advertise those positions immediately by contacting HR. These positions will be posted for a minimum of five working days before hiring.

  • “Hard to fill openings” include math, special education, psychologists, SLP’s, DLI, physics, chemistry, biology, earth systems, integrated science, agriculture, computer programming, health science, auto & diesel technology, Title 1, engineering, and
  • February 19-February 28 Teacher Transfer Fair & Early Transfer Window
  • March 2, 2020- General Hiring & Transfer Window

Pull Up a ChairUtah Retirement Systems will be available for one-on-one retirement planning sessions on the following dates:

  • Feb. 19 ASB Room # 103
  • Feb. 25 District Office #117
  • March 5 District Office #117
  • March 31 ASB RM #105
  • All Sessions will be posted online two weeks prior.

Advanced registration is required so please see the instructions below to register for an appointment on the URS website.  Appointments fill quickly so don’t delay.  However, counseling sessions are available at other locations that are also listed on the URS website.

  1. Go to www.urs.org.
  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 salary (if close to retirement include your 3 or 5 highest years), any retirement plan balances outside of URS, and your Social Security statement (get yours at www.ssa.gov).

Infinity Directions for EnrollingAll employees are required to access the new online enrollment system to verify dependents, add beneficiary information and elect or waive additional benefits.  Directions for accessing the online enrollment system can be found in the attached PDF files below.

You can enroll in the following benefits Feb. 3 - 18 at infinityhr.com for a March 1 effective date.

  • Life
  • Accidental Death & dismemberment
  • Aflac Accident
  • Aflac Critical Illness
  • Aflac Hospital Advantage

All benefits are offered on a guarantee basis which means no health questions! Please visit infinityhr.com starting on Feb. 3 to get started.

Attention JSD Educators,

Hidden Valley Middle in Bluffdale will open in August, 2020.  Applications are now being accepted for the positions outlined below (Phase A):

  • Head Counselor (To begin February, 2020)
  • Media Specialist (To begin March, 2020)
  • Department Chairs (To begin August, 2020)
    • CTE
    • English
    • Fine Arts
    • Math
    • PE/Health
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • World Languages
  • The following department chair positions have been filled at the principal’s discretion:
    • Special Education

The new elementary school in West Jordan will also open in August, 2020.  Applications are now being accepted for the positions outlined below (Phase A):

  • Team Leaders (To begin August, 2020)
    • Kindergarten
    • 1st grade
    • 2nd grade
    • 5th grade
    • 6th grade
    • Special Education
  • The following team leader positions have been filled at the principal’s discretion:
    • 3rd Grade
    • 4th Grade

Additional compensated work for certain positions may be required prior to the beginning of the contract year.

JSD educators interested in applying for the positions listed above ​must submit ​an application​ using Skyward "Employee Access".  Please see the attached tutorial for application instructions.  External applications will be accepted after JSD educators have been give first consideration.

For information regarding a position advertising schedule, position descriptions and instructions on how to apply, visit the Work At Jordan Job Postings at the New Schools page.

For assistance in accessing Skyward Employee Access, please contact the Help Desk at 801-567-8737.  For questions regarding positions at Hidden Valley Middle School, please contact principal Shawn Mcleod at shawn.mcleod@jordandistrict.org.

New Online Insurance System FlyerAll employees will need to access the new system to verify dependents, add beneficiary information and elect or waive additional benefits.

Enroll in the following benefits as of  February 2020:

  • Life
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Aflac Accident
  • Aflac Critical Illness
  • Aflac Hospital Advantage

All benefits are offered on a guarantee basis which means no health questions!

Watch for more details.

Healthy Utah 2020 Testing ScheduleAll employees and spouses covered on the Jordan School District PEHP medical plan are eligible to participate in this health incentive program. Healthy Utah offers a free 30-minute appointment with a professional staff member, which includes these assessments:

  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes risk
  • Blood pressure
  • Body composition

See the poster for more information on dates, times, locations and how you can set up an appointment to be screened. You can even earn a "Good For You" cash rebate just by participating!

Painting For the Pantries FlyerWest Jordan Women in Business is teaming up with That Paint Thing for a night of dining, painting, and prize drawings. 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to Jordan Education Foundation to be used for the Principal's Pantries throughout the Jordan School District.

The event will be held on Feb. 7 from 6 - 9 p.m. at  Jordan Hills Elementary. Use the links below to purchase tickets.  For questions, call the West Jordan Chamber at 801-970-3671