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Literacy Matters Issue 4The Literacy Matters newsletter contains helpful information for teachers and administrators.  This newsletter includes:

  • Teaching Blending in Kindergarten - At this point in the school year, kindergarten students should
    receive phonics instruction in blending the sounds in closed syllables (CVC words). The Teaching Blending lessons from 95% are an effective method for teaching this skill. All schools have access to these materials.
  • Grades 4-6 Lexia Licenses Reminder - The Lexia grant is for students in grades K-3 this year. The grant is very specific; We cannot place students in grades 4-6 on Lexia through the grant, even if there are extra school licenses. At year's end, USBE will work with Lexia to determine how many licenses were used at each school. If a school chooses to place students in grades 4-6 on Lexia, they will need to purchase additional licenses for those students. For help with purchasing additional licenses, please contact Michelle Lovell for more details.
  • Walk to Read Canvas Course Survey - Click this link to access the short survey. Our team is seeking feedback on the Walk to Read Canvas course that provides Walk to Read training for paraprofessionals, teachers, and coaches. If you need access to the course, contact the teacher specialist connected to your school.

The Payroll Department would like to remind all employees to submit a new Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, if your filing status, other income, deductions, or credits have changed, or will change for the next year.

Even though the IRS does not require all employees to complete a new Form W-4 and even if your tax situation has not changed, we recommend you perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you need to make adjustments to your current withholding. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App. To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return.

Please note: if you do not submit a new form, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form, unless you are claiming exempt. If you have been claiming exempt, you must file a new W-4 at the beginning of the year by February 15, 2023 in order to maintain exempt status.

The IRS has also published General FAQs that you may find helpful as you complete the form at www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-2020-form-w-4. 2022 W-4 forms can be filed at any time in the Payroll Department and are available on IRS.gov or the Payroll Department’s jordandistrict.org website.

Nov. 2022 EMI Be Well Newsletter CoverCheck out the Nov. 2022 Be Well newsletter from EMI. Stories include:

  • Boost Brain Health - To reduce your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) it may help to limit screen time that involves sitting. Excessive TV viewing and leisure time screen use have been linked to CHD. Limiting leisure screen time to less than one hour a day could help prevent more than one in ten cases, regardless of your genetic makeup, according to recent University of Cambridge research.
  • Celebrate Healthy Eating -  Holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and many events revolve around food. Sometimes this can be challenging for people who have special dietary needs or follow a rigid eating pattern. The influx of treats, sweets and celebrations focused on eating can be overwhelming.
  • Brain Benefits of Music - To exercise your brain, turn on some music. Research has shown that listening to music can help reduce anxiety, control blood pressure and relieve pain, as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory.
  • Defusing Family Feuds - Along with a festive meal, something else can be served up this time of year — family squabbles. Long-held resentments, political differences — lots of things can boil over around the turkey platter. Plan how you’ll navigate around sensitive topics, cool down any potential arguments and steer conversations into a positive direction.

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


Years of Service Pins websiteJordan School District takes great pride in your work and the role you play in education. We are pleased to continue honoring you for your time spent working in the District with “Years of Service Pins.”

As you reach your next employee milestone, please visit the Years of Service Pins website to request the pin representing your completed years of service. Employees can receive a different pin for every five years of service up to 50 years.

All employees can request their next pin using the link below.  Here are the guidelines:

  • Full or part time employee years are eligible, but not as a volunteer or a student.
  • Every employee can request a first pin after they are hired. As you complete every five years of service, you are eligible to receive another pin.
  • If you have problems with the form, please send an e-mail to pins@jordandistrict.org.

Jordan School District Board authorizes up to four (4) full-time employees to be selected for leave.

Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave provides a 1-year leave for professional study. Educators who have completed at least 7 years of continuous service in JSD may apply. Employees on sabbatical leave receive one-half of their salary. Please read Policy DP333 NEG – Sabbatical Leave for complete information. Applications are reviewed by the Local Professional Improvement Committee and approved by the Board.

Educational Leave
Educators who have worked in Jordan School District for at least three (3) consecutive years may apply for an Educational Leave. Educational leaves are for continued study and must include an outline of studies along with the application. Please read Policy DP332 NEG – Educational Leave for complete information. Educational Leave is without pay.

Applications for 2023-24 Sabbatical and Educational Leaves are due Feb. 1, 2023. Additional questions can be referred to Chris Westra, 801-567-8657.

If you are a contracted employee and need to take Annual/Personal Leave before or after Winter 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
Winter Recess
(180, 184, 187, 206, 207,  Contracts)
Dec. 22, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023 Nov. 7 – Nov. 17, 2022
Winter Recess
(242, 245 Contracts)
Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023
(245 works Dec 27-29)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 21, 2022

The Utah State Board of Education has announced the 2022-23 Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) qualifications and application deadlines. The application deadlines are printed below.  Information regarding the TSSP program and qualifications is found at the following Utah State Board of Education (USBE) link:

Application Term Dates
An application term indicates a preference of when and how often the educator would like to receive any bonus. Applicants may select one of the following terms before the respective deadline:

Term # of Payments Application Available & Accepted Application Deadline
Annual 1 Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
6 a.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2023
11:59 p.m.
Semester 2 Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
6 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023
11:59 p.m.
Trimester 3 Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022
6 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022
11:59 p.m.

AP Educator Dinner FlyerWe want to share exciting new opportunities in Utah for teachers, campus leaders, students, and families and also take time to celebrate the great work that you are doing to provide early college opportunities in your communities.

This information is for AP teachers, AP coordinators and site education leaders who should make their dinner reservation prior to Nov. 28, 2022. See more details in the attached flier.

2023 Elementary Math Tournament FlyerPlease see below for more information about the Jordan District Elementary Math Tournament.  All schools are invited to participate!  Contact Rebecca Smith @ 801-567-8368 or Taryn Cox @ 801-567-8468 with questions you may have.

Jordan District Elementary Math Tournament @ Daybreak Elementary

  • Date: April 7, 2023
  • Time: Approximately 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Registration: Registration forms and detailed information will be entered in JAM in January 2023.
  • Entry Fee: Gifted and Talented will cover all registration fees.
  • Transportation: Schools are responsible for transporting students to the event.
  • Teams: Teams are composed of five high-level math students from grades 4, 5, or 6. Most teams are composed of 6th grade students. However, 4th and 5th grade students commonly attend and do well. The number of teams schools can send depends on interest. Participating schools can usually send 2-3 teams.
  • Format: The tournament has 2 rounds—individual and team. All students compete in both rounds. Each round has 10 questions.
  • Supervision: Adult chaperones and scoring help are required from each participating school.
  • Lunch: All participants and adult helpers bring their own lunches.
  • Preparation: Practice complex problem solving. After registration, schools will receive practice problems from previous tournaments.

Show Up for Teachers FlyerBelow is a note from First Lady Abby Cox about an upcoming virtual symposium on Nov. 12 that will continue the conversation about educator wellness. We hope you will be able to attend and share this opportunity with any educators in your circle!

Hello Friend,

Thank you for your continued support of teachers as an Educator Advocate. As a team, we are constantly striving to uplift and sustain the educators of Utah. We received great feedback from our first ever in-person conference this summer and are so grateful for your participation. I have included the impact report from that event that contains specific feedback from the participants. I hope you will be able to take a look.

I want to continue the conversation around educator well-being and mental health in an online virtual symposium on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 12. As an Educator Advocate, you are welcome to attend, and encouraged to share this opportunity with the educators in your life. This three-hour symposium will include incredible speakers, a panel discussion with legislative and policy leaders, and a live Q&A session with a licensed therapist.

Thanks to our partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Legislature, this symposium is free to attend for all Utah educators and staff. USBE will offer three relicensure points to qualified attendees. Attendees can register to join us on Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m. by going to www.ShowUpUtah.org/wellness.

Utah First Lady Abby Cox


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 Nov. 4 from 1 - 2 p.m. 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
  • Identify how Writable fits within your core instruction
  • Prepare for next steps on your learning path

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

Writable PD - Presented by Writable Developers and StaffVirtual Training


  • Kindergarten Night Out will be held on Nov. 9 at 4:15 p.m. in the ASB auditorium. Kindergarten teachers, coaches and administrators are invited to attend.
  • First-Grade Night Out will be held on Nov. 16 at 4:15 p.m. in the media center of South Jordan Middle. First-grade teachers, coaches and administrators are invited to attend. 
  • The last sessions for LETRS training for Unit 4 through USBE for teachers who started LETRS training last year will be held on Nov. 4, 9, and 30. The Midas course number is 60079. Please remind teachers to sign up for a training if they have not done so already. The book work and online work should be completed prior to attending the full-day training. 
  • The Information Systems department will be changing the usernames and passwords for Lexia on Nov. 7. If there are any questions about this process, please contact Michelle Lovell.

Professional Development on Nov. 4 | Afternoon PD options for teachers from the Gifted & Talented program in the Teaching & Learning department.

Join us on Zoom for a session specific to secondary or elementary teachers.

Secondary

  • Differentiation in Secondary School: Strategies to Engage All Learners
    Planning a lesson/unit is much like planning a road trip from one city to another. This session will provide teachers with strategies for the creation of differentiated tasks - tasks that are designed with different routes to the same destination!
  • Facilitator: Frankie Walton
  • Target Audience: Middle & High School Teachers
  • Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 865 5200 4517
  • Passcode: 277148
  • Contact: Frankie Walton @ 801-567-8319

Elementary

  • ByrdseedTV: Lessons That Get Kids' Brains Sweating!
    Looking for lessons full of rigor and engagement that take very little time to prepare? Join us for an interactive, hour-long workshop to explore a resource available to all teachers in Jordan District.
  • Facilitators: Rebecca Smith and Taryn Cox
  • Target Audience: Teachers in Grades 3-6
  • Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 881 6057 5638
  • Passcode: 794090
  • Contact: Rebecca Smith @ 801-567-8368

New York Life FlyersNew York Life offers programs for all Jordan School District benefit eligible employees. These services include employee assistance, wellness support, financial, legal & estate support.  If you have any questions, please contact Insurance Services. Check out the flyers below for more information. 

Paycheck iconThanksgiving Recess

  • All Traditional, 206/207 contracts Nov 23-25
  • All 242, 245 contracts Nov 24-25

As Per DP335(B) and DP335 NEG:  Contracted employees who have not been approved by Human Resources for using an annual/personal day before and after a holiday may be docked (licensed $144 or ESP 40% of their daily rate) unless listed as an exception in policy.

An explanation of the exception must be written in the time off description box.

Please refer to the policy for further clarification.


Payroll Deadlines

  • Payroll Due: Nov. 2
  • Direct Deposit Changes by Nov. 9
  • View Pay Check: Nov. 19
  • Pay Day: Nov. 23

True Time Deadlines | Date Range Oct 3 – Nov 6

  • Employee Submittal: Nov. 9
  • First Approval: Nov. 11
  • Final Approval: Nov. 14

Substitute Deadlines
Semi Monthly
Date Range Oct. 17 - 31

  • School Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Dept Deadline:  Nov. 2 (noon)
  • Pay Day: Nov. 10

Date Range Nov. 1 - 15

  • School Deadline: Nov. 16
  • Dept Deadline: Nov. 17 (noon)
  • Pay Day: Nov 23

Do the Write Thing Challenge InstructionsThe Office of the Governor and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) together invite seventh and eighth grade students and teachers to participate in Utah’s 23rd Annual Do the Write Thing Challenge where students examine the impact of youth violence on their lives and communicate in writing what they think should be done to prevent this type of violence.


Laptop with lock screenFor our fourth and final week of Cybersecurity Awareness we are discussing something that is easy, takes only a few seconds to perform, and makes a massive impact in the realm of cybersecurity. We are talking about locking computers before you walk away.

Locking your machine when you are away, even if you aren't leaving the classroom or general area, is a must. Your machine and account have access to sensitive student and district data, and, according to FERPA law, we must be diligent in protecting student data. Leaving a computer unlocked and unattended can violate FERPA law. Not only that, but it could violate other laws as well, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The district’s content filter is designed and set up to have more restrictions for students than for staff. If a student were to access a computer logged in as a staff member, they would have access to all the same things that staff member could access. This includes personal and professional files, file shares, web apps or sites that the staff member has set to “remember” or “auto login,” and internet-based content they normally wouldn't be able to access under their own student login.

Time for a thought experiment! Think about the last time you left your computer unlocked (We’ve all done it). Think about the kind of data and information that was left on your screen. Was it an email to a parent, colleague, or administration about a student or sensitive data? Was it a presentation that you had finished? Was it Skyward? What kind of data could be stolen, and how much damage could be done if a passerby decided they wanted to take a picture of your screen? How much damage could they do if they decided to sit down and comb through the apps that were left open and unattended? Let’s all recommit to locking our computers when we are stepping away, no matter how close or far away we will be.

  • How To:
    • If you are on a Windows PC, you can lock your computer as easy as holding down the ⊞ Windows key and pressing L.
    • If you are on an Apple computer, press and hold ^ Control, ⌘ Command & Q keys. If this keyboard shortcut does not work, your computer is out of date and needs an update.
    • If you are on a Chromebook, press and hold the 🔍 search key, which is the magnifying glass where the Caps Lock key would be, and press L.

Leonardo | Art Through Experience
Educators throughout the state are invited to visit the immersive art experience now playing at the IDEA Space within The Leonardo Museum located in downtown Salt Lake City at Library Square (209 E. 500 South).

To receive two free tickets, simply follow this link and use code TeachArt22 to check out Van Gogh 360Monet to Kandinsky, Italian RenaissanceGreat Impressionists, or Monet To Kandinsky En Español.

The code is good for two complimentary admissions through the month of November.  Art Through Experience programming is open Wednesday through Sunday.