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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

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.

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).

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.

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

The following are new administrative assignments:

  • Secondary Assignments Effective Jan. 21, 2020
    • Shawn McLeod, principal at South Jordan Middle appointed principal at Hidden Valley Middle.
    • Nicole Johnson, assistant principal at Jordan Hills and Rosamond Elementary Schools appointed principal at South Jordan Middle.
    • Amber Zdunich, assistant principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle appointed assistant principal at Hidden Valley Middle.
    • Jody Deland, CTE teacher at South Jordan Middle appointed assistant principal at Joel P. Jensen Middle.
    • Audrey Fish, assistant principal at Oquirrh Hills Middle appointed assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle.
    • Jennifer Jarrard, teacher specialist at Kauri Sue Hamilton appointed assistant principal at Oquirrh Hills Middle.
  • Secondary Assignment Effective July 1, 2020
    • Raimee Jensen, assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle appointed assistant principal at Hidden Valley Middle.
  • Elementary Assignments Effective Feb. 3, 2020
    • Tami Bird, principal at Rose Creek Elementary appointed principal at the new elementary school in West Jordan.
    • Karen Egan, principal at Bluffdale Elementary appointed principal at Rose Creek Elementary.
    • Cynthia Tingey, principal at Riverton Elementary appointed principal at Bluffdale Elementary.
    • Joel Pullan, principal at Oakcrest Elementary appointed principal at Riverton Elementary.
    • Ken Westwood, principal at South Jordan Elementary appointed principal at Oakcrest Elementary.
    • Beverly Griffith, assistant principal at Fox Hollow Elementary appointed principal at South Jordan Elementary.
    • Nancy Ward, educational support consultant in Teaching & Learning appointed assistant principal at Fox Hollow Elementary.
    • Brenda Anderson, instructional coach at Mountain Shadows Elementary appointed assistant principal at Jordan Hills and Rosamond Elementary.

  • Payroll due: 1/3/20
  • Last day to add, close or change direct deposit accounts: 1/9/20
    **  Please let Payroll know immediately if you close your account or make any changes to your account
  • Paychecks available for viewing in Employee Access: 1/22/20
  • Payday: 1/24/20

True Time Deadlines for Pay Period 12/2/19 – 1/5/20

  • Employee Final Submittal: 1/8/20
  • First Approval: 1/10/20
  • Final Approval: 1/14/20

Use of Personal Leave Days before/after School Holiday

  • New Year’s 1/1/20
    YRE, 242, 245: 1/2/20
    Traditional, 206: 1/6/20
  • Martin Luther King 1/20/20: 1/17/20

As per DP 335(B):  Employees who have not been approved by Human Resources for using a personal day before and after a holiday may be docked (certified $116 or classified 40% of their daily rate). Please refer to policy for further clarification.


  • *Traditional Grade Transmittal Day: 1/21/20

*All 206, 242 and 245 employees must record a leave day if not in attendance.
*Traditional principals may use a vacation day as this is a non-student day
*This is a paid contract day for 179-day year round employees, therefore, a leave day must be recorded if not in attendance.

Remember to submit a new W-4 if your filing status, other income, deductions, or credits have changed or will change for the next year


The IRS redesigned the Form W-4 to increase transparency and accuracy in the withholding system.  The changes on the revised 2020 Form W-4 are:

  1. There are five steps on the W-4 for the employee to complete
    • Step 1:  Personal Information (required)
    • Step 2:  Multiple Jobs or Spouse Works (if applicable) – do one of the following:
      • Use estimator at www.irs.gov/W4App - most accurate withholding
      • Use Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 3 of W4 – rough estimate of withholding
        You may check the box with only two jobs total – higher withholding
    • Step 3:  Claim Dependents (if applicable)
    • Step 4:  Other Adjustments (optional)
    • Step 5:  Sign and Date (required)
      Employees who only complete the required Steps 1 and 5: When employees only complete Steps 1 and 5, employers will figure withholdings based on the filing status’s (single, married, head of household) standard deduction and tax rates with no other adjustments. 

      Adjustments on Steps 2, 3, and 4 are optional, and will affect withholding calculations:  Employees will need to provide detailed information on their household income.  If employees have privacy concerns, use the worksheets or the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator and only provide their total withholding amount in Step 4.

  2. No more withholding allowances – Employees will no longer be able to adjust their tax withholdings using allowances.  Instead, employees will provide employers with amounts to increase or reduce tax withholdings.
  3. Additional worksheets – The form includes two worksheets (Multiple Jobs Worksheet on page 3 and tables for employees with multiple jobs on page 4).
  4. Exemptions – Employees who write “Exempt” on Form W-4 in the space below Step 4(c) shall have no federal or state income tax withheld from their paychecks.
  5. Current employees are NOT required to submit a new W-4 form – Employees who are hired in 2020, or wish to revise their W-4 information after December 31, 2019, must use the 2020 Form W-4.

2020 IRS W4 Form