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Why do we lock our computers when we walk away?  Because not locking them gives an unauthorized user physical access to computers and that user /attacker doesn't need any advanced technical know-how to steal sensitive information. A momentary lapse in vigilance at work can result in a data breach of epic proportions.

Let's say you're working at your desk and you get up to get something off the printer or to help someone at the front desk. During that brief moment, a low-key cyber villain could easily use a USB drive on your computer to copy sensitive files about you or your organization and get away undetected.

Furthermore, if you were logged in to Gmail, your medical records or your bank account, that cyber villain could wreak havoc on your personal and professional life in a matter of minutes.

Tips for Protecting You Computer and Yourself

The good news is that warding off attacks is really easy. Protecting yourself is simply a matter of using your operating system's screen locking function to lock your computer. You don’t have to logout just lock the screen by doing one of the following.

For each of the following options, be sure you are aware of the password connected to your user login before locking yourself out.

Screen Locking in Microsoft Windows

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select Lock this computer
  • Press Windows+L

Either option will lock your computer and require a password to unlock the screen.

Screen Locking in macOS

  • On an external keyboard or older laptops, press Ctrl+Shift+Eject
  • On a MacBook Air or Pro Retina, press Ctrl+Shift+Power
  • If you are on version 10.13 press Ctrl+Command+Q

If this does not work contact your tech for help setting this up.

So keep your data safe in one easy step: lock your computer whenever you're not in front of it.

UEN Super Blitz FlyerThe Jordan District Digital Learning Team is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual UEN Summer Super Blitz. UEN instructors will be bringing five great courses to Jordan School District.

Immersive Learning with Breakout EDU
ISTE Standard 1
July 9-10,  8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
Designed for educators who want to step up student engagem ent while tackling the Four Cs of education (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration). Breakout EDU is
education's spin on the escape room. In this 2-day course, educators will participate in multiple Breakout EDU learning games, explore the tools and resources needed to develop their own game, and learn modifications for every age, ability level and budget. Breakout EDU can be used with all content areas and ages.

Create Online Educational Media
ISTE Standard 2
July 9-10, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
This course helps teachers find and create digital learning objects to support student learning using resources from UEN's Pioneer Online Library, eMedia, my.uen and more. Participants practice 21st Century skills such as creating mashups, virtual pop-up books, educational interactives and more while exploring strategies for integrating digital media in ways that can increase student engagement and positive learning outcomes. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of source material.

Creating Critical Thinkers Through Coding
ISTE Standard 1 
July 11-12, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
Designed for non-computer programming educators who are interested in making coding part of their curriculum, either in regular classroom instruction or as part of an after school program. This online workshop will focus on improving students' critical thinking and problem solving skills utilizing coding activities, both unplugged and online. This course covers the basic concepts of coding and will teach participants beginning elements of the coding language Blockly. Additionally, educators will program various robots and other educational manipulatives.

Canvas for Online Learning
UEN Essentials,
July 11, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
This course is for teachers who want to learn how to enhance student learning with educational technology and media. Participants explore eMedia, Utah ITV, Thinkfinity and other online resources; create virtual tours and presentations; and learn strategies for helping students develop visual literacy and critical thinking skills.
Flex Course Option:
Experience learning with the best of both worlds, online and in-person. Flex courses allow you to spend one day in the UEN lab and complete the remainder of the course online.

Canvas for K-5 Classroom s
UEN Essentials
July 12, 8:30am-4:00pm, ASB
In this course, participants will be introduced to the basics of Canvas and how it can work effectively in a K-5 classroom. Elements of organization, communication, assignments, and grades will be addressed in regards to how this tool can be productively used to blend your classroom and use technology to engage students and increase learning.
Flex Course Option:
Experience learning with the best of both worlds, online and in-person. Flex courses allow you to spend one day in the UEN lab and complete the remainder of the course online.

The following documents are part of 2017-18 year-end procedures for Nutrition Services.
The lunch clerk at your site has received copies of these documents and they are included here for your information and support where needed. Please be aware, per District Approved Procedural Due Process for Meal Deficit Collection, that deficit lunch account balances must be paid in full for any closed student accounts, transfer student accounts, students moving up to another school (i.e. 6th to 7th, 9th to 10th and seniors).

As the school year is coming to a close think safety first.  Slips, trips and falls are second only to motor-vehicle accidents as a cause of death in the United States.  Falls account for 15-20 percent of all workers’ compensation costs.  The good news is falls are easy to prevent.  Take the time to watch for and correct hazardous conditions, and you can lower your chance of injury. Use these suggestions to make your workplace safe:

  • If you need to reach for something, get help. Don’t use your desk, table, box, wastebasket, chair, bookcase or a ledge!  Use the correct ladder or stepstool for the given task.
  • Take your time. Many falls happen when people are walking fast or running.
  • Never stand on the top rung/step of a ladder. Secure and stabilize all ladders before climbing them.
  • Keep walkways free of clutter.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen.
  • Don’t carry more than you can handle. Loads that are too heavy or too big don’t allow you to see properly.
  • Make sure computer and telephone cords are not underfoot.

Always think safety first!

Insurance Open Enrollment is June 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018. Here is the information you need to know about plan and premium changes and the schedule for benefit presentations where questions will be answered.

Open Enrollment 2018-2019

Open enrollment is June 1, 2018, through July 31, 2018, for an effective date of September 1, 2018. 

Benefit Presentations and Q&A Meeting Schedule

May 23 at 3:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Auxiliary Services Building
North Auditorium
7905 South Redwood Road

May 24 at 5:00 pm
District Office
Room 129
7387 South Campus View Drive

Health and Benefits Fair

The Health and Benefits Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Auxiliary Services Building North Auditorium, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Representatives from the Public Employees Health Program (PEHP), Express Scripts, CRX International, Dental Select, Educators Mutual, Total Dental Administrators, Opticare, CIGNA Life and Long-Term Disability, AFLAC, Blomquist Hale, Senior Benefits and Utah Retirement Systems will be at the Health and Benefits Fair. Free blood pressure, body composition, blood glucose, cholesterol and glaucoma screenings will be provided at no charge.

Health Insurance Benefit Changes

In an effort to maintain a comprehensive offering of benefits, while at the same time keeping premiums at the current level, the following changes will be made for 2018-2019:

Premiums: No Employee Premium Increase
Premium sheets are located on the District Insurance Department webpage.

Medical: Administrative changes recommended by PEHP on all plans.
Star plan deductible increased to IRS mandatory minimum $1,350 employee and $2,700 family.

FSA: Health Care Account maximum increased to $2,650. Online Flexible Spending enrollment.

Prescription: Voluntary CRX International prescription savings program.

Dental: For changes in TDA dental premiums visit the District Insurance Department webpage.

Enrollment guide, premium sheets, election forms, carrier information, certificates and notifications (i.e. CHIP, Medicare D Creditable Coverage) are available for review or printing on the District Insurance Department webpage. If you require assistance in accessing the webpage you may contact the insurance office at 801-567-8146 or 801-567-8341.

  • Complete the “Employee Benefit Change Form” ONLY if you are making changes or enrolling for the first time. New hires complete the “New Hire Benefit Election Form”.
  • If you wish to participate in flexible spending you must elect new amounts for your flexible spending account each year. Amounts do not roll over.
  • Current Employees must return completed forms to the District Insurance Office by July 31, 2018. Forms may be submitted the following ways:
    • Hand deliver to the JSD Insurance Department (7387 S. Campus View Dr., West Jordan, near Jordan Landing)
    • Fax (801-567-8070)
    • Scan and email (see email addresses under contact information)
    • US Mail (7387 S. Campus View Dr., West Jordan, UT 84084)

NEW THIS YEAR - You may enroll in Flexible Spending online at Log into PEHP for Members at Click the Online Enrollment button at the top of the page to enroll in FLEX$ during open enrollment. If you have any issues with online enrollment please contact PEHP Flex Department 801-366-7503.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) is a document, required to be made available by Health Care Reform. The purpose of the SBC is to provide information to help employees compare health plans. The SBC is available on the District Insurance Department webpage. A paper copy will be provided upon request. If you have any questions regarding the SBC, please contact a member of the Insurance Department for clarification.

Please familiarize yourself with the benefits in the master policy. A copy will be mailed to your home at the beginning of the new plan year and will also be available on the District Insurance Department webpage.

Jordan School District Department Contact Information

Last Names: A-I
Tammy Iddings: 801-567-8146

Last Names: J-S
Jeanne Ince: 801-567-8341

Last Names: T-Z & Retirees
Kathryn Brinton: 801-567-8255

Fax: 801-567-8070

Now Hiring graphicFacility Services is currently looking for summer maintenance help. Duties include mowing, weeding, grounds care or other duties as assigned. Minimum age is 16. Apply by visiting

Click on “Classified Apply Here”, then "Click to view current job openings", then select one of the two positions listed below:

Misc-Summer Mtnce Adult (HS Graduate and 18 years old minimum)
Misc-Summer Mtnce Student (Not graduated and 16 – 18 years old)

Willing to work with your schedules.
If you have questions, contact Facility Services at 801-567-8861

Members of the rock band ‘OK Go’ are known for their unique approach to music videos often using science and math concepts to achieve special effects. Now they want to support teachers in the classroom and they are doing it in a fun and unique way.

They are launching something called OK Go Sandbox, providing educators with a collection of music videos they can use as part of classroom instruction. To learn more check out OK Go Sandbox.

paycheck-clipartPlease take the time to review the following time-sensitive Action Item.

Due to schools transitioning from Year Round to Traditional, select Jordan School District employees can choose to change their pay frequency.

Click on this link for information if you are a:
· Licensed or Classified employee hired before the 2015-2016 school year and working at the 17 schools listed below. Your pay frequency is scheduled to change by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Bluffdale, Butterfield Canyon, Columbia, Daybreak, Eastlake, Elk Meadows, Falcon Ridge, Hayden Peak, Herriman, Midas Creek, Monte Vista, Mountain Shadows, Oquirrh, Riverton, Rose Creek, Silver Crest and Welby

Click on this link for information if you are a:
· Licensed or Classified employee currently assigned to a year round (YRE) school and have not requested to change to a traditional pay frequency. You have the option of remaining on a YRE pay frequency, or transitioning to a traditional pay frequency for the 2018-2019 school year.

Click on this link for information if you are a:
· Bus Driver or Bus Attendant on a year round (YRE) pay schedule and have not requested to change to a traditional pay frequency for the 2018-2019 school year. You have the option of remaining on a YRE pay frequency or transitioning to a traditional pay frequency for the 2018-2018 school year.

If you have further questions, contact HR at 801-567-8150.

Lock LogoOne of the most significant threats we face today in a digital world is keeping our information and accounts safe from intrusion. The single best action we can take to combat this individually is to have exceptionally strong passwords.

The challenge we all face is that cyber attackers have developed sophisticated and effective methods to guess passwords. This means bad guys can compromise your passwords if they are weak or easy to guess.

An important step to protecting yourself is to use strong passwords. This can be done by creating complex passwords. However, these can be hard to remember, confusing and difficult to type. Instead, we recommend you use 'passphrase'. A passphrase is a series of random words or a sentence. The more characters your passphrase has, the stronger it is. The advantage is these are much easier to remember and type, but still hard for cyber attackers to hack.

Here are two examples of passphrases:


What makes these passphrases so strong is not only are they long, but they use capital letters and symbols. (Remember, spaces and punctuation are symbols.) At the same time, these passphrases are also easy to remember and type.

You can make your passphrase even stronger by replacing letters with numbers or symbols, such as replacing the letter ‘a’ with the ‘@’ symbol or the letter ‘o’ with the number zero. If a website or program limits the number of characters you can use in a password, use the maximum number of characters allowed.

Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 program. There will be 2 cohorts, one beginning in August and one beginning in January.

Applicants will be placed based on critical need for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) compliance regarding English learners and timely application.

Because of the SUU process, applicants will not be added to a cohort within 30 days of the first night of class.

Find information regarding the endorsement and the application process.

Please review the following critical deadlines regarding the financial year-end processes for 2017-18. The dates could have a major effect on your location's ability to operate.


May 21, 2018 – Traditional Schools

Last day to enter and approve FY 2017-18 Inventory Requisitions (posted in current year), guaranteed delivery June 1, 2018.

May 25, 2018 – All Locations

First day to enter next year startup orders. Use FY 2018-19 to post in next year. Use FY 2017-18 to post in current year. Any Inventory Requisitions entered on or after May 25, 2018 to be delivered after July 1, 2018, should be entered as a FY 2018-19 Requisition.

June 1, 2018 – Traditional Schools

Last day for delivery of FY 2017-18 Inventory orders.

June 8, 2018 – All Locations

Last day to enter, and for Principals to approve, any FY 2017-18 Inventory Requisitions (posted in current year). Inventory Requisitions to be delivered by June 25, 2018.

June 25, 2018 – All Locations

Last delivery for all non-food FY 2017-18 Inventory orders.

July 3, 2018 – All Locations

Continue entering FY 2018-19 Inventory Requisitions. Warehouses resume delivery schedules.


April 13, 2018

All FY 2017-18 Purchase Requisitions using the Special Ed budget must be received by the Special Ed department.

May 1, 2018

All Purchase Requisitions estimated to be $50,000 or more must be routed to Purchasing.

May 18, 2018

Begin entering FY 2018-19 Purchase Requisitions. Select FY 2018-19 to post in next year. Use FY 2017-18 to post in current year. Please enter the respective year in the description field as seen below. FY 2017-18 Purchase Requisitions can be entered through June 8, 2018. All FY 2018-19 Purchase Requisitions will not be sent to vendors until after July 3, 2018.

June 6, 2018 – All Locations:

Last day for P-Card purchases for FY 2017-18.

June 8, 2018 - All Schools:

Last day to enter, and for Principals to approve, any FY 2017-18 Purchase Requisitions (posted in current year).

June 21, 2018

Last day for Administrator of Schools level approvals for FY 2017-18 Purchase Requisitions. Not guaranteed after this date.

July 3, 2018 - All locations:

Continue entering FY 2018-19 Purchase Requisitions.



As always, Accounting needs “verification” of receipt of goods or services immediately after delivery.  What constitutes a “verification” is: 1) a PO#, 2) a signature, 3) a date, and 4) an indication whether Accounting should keep the PO open (the PO has only partially been filled) or close the PO (all items received in full). The “verification” can be done on a packing slip, a copy of the PO, or a copy of the invoice.

Summer Product Received at Traditional Elementary Schools:

Purchased items being delivered by vendors and received at schools over the summer break must remain in a designated holding area. When staff returns they can account for the items properly, verify and submit the proper paperwork in a timely manner to the Accounting Department. This will help eliminate confusion between the schools and vendors on the whereabouts of items delivered.

May 18, 2018 - All Locations:

P-Card Reconciliations due in Accounting.

June 6, 2018 - All Locations:

Last day for P-Card expenditures for FY 2017-18.

June 7, 2018 - All Locations:

All items (mileage reimbursements, NPOs, check requests, Journal Entries and “verifications”) to be paid with FY 2017-18 budgets should be approved and received in Accounting by this date. Those received after this date, may be paid with FY 2018-19 budgets.

June 8, 2018 - Traditional Schools:

P-Card Reconciliations due in Accounting.

June 19, 2018 - Year-round schools and Departments:

P-Card Reconciliations due in Accounting.

June 27, 2018 - Elementary Schools:

Last day to submit Cash Receipts.

July 5, 2018 - All Locations:

FY 2017-18 Mileage Reimbursements Requests due, but if received after June 7, 2018, may be paid with FY 2018-19 budgets.


June 1, 2018 - Traditional Schools:

All True Time submissions due. Nutrition Managers approvals due by the end of the day.

June 4, 2018 - All Locations:

May Payroll due.

June 6, 2018 - All Locations:

True Time submissions due.

June 8, 2018 - All Locations:

True Time 1st approvals due.

June 11, 2018 - All Locations:

True Time final approvals due.

June 28, 2018 - All Locations:

Last day to enter FY 2017-18 Time Off.

June 29, 2018 - All Locations:

Any FY 2017-18 time off to be approved.

July 3, 2018 - All Locations: June Payroll due. Begin entering FY 2018-19 time off.

Year-round Schools:

True Time submissions due. Nutrition Managers approvals due by the end of the day.

July 5, 2018 - All Locations:

True Time Submissions due.

July 9, 2018 - All Locations:

True Time 1st approvals due.

July 11, 2018 - All Locations:

True Time final approvals due.  

INSURANCE: All Locations:

May 23, 2018

Annual Question and Answer Sessions.

3:30 and 5:00 pm, ASB.

May 24, 2018

Annual Question and Answer Sessions.

5:00 pm, District Office.

June 13, 2018

Annual Health Fair, 3:30-5:30 pm, ASB.

Flyers and posters will be sent to all locations.

Any questions regarding deadlines, please contact either Kurt Prusse, Purchasing Director, 801-567-8701 or Michael Heaps, Information Systems Director, 801-567-8737

Teachers needing to renew their license must be fingerprinted and begin the renewal process immediately to avoid contract termination. An authorization release form must be provided to HR when you arrive for your fingerprinting appointment. This form is available to print from the USBE website.

If you have any question contact Stacy (801) 567-8221 or Jill (801) 567-8227 in HR for more information.

The Jordan School District Payroll Department encourages everyone to use the IRS' Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.” This is even more important this year because of recent changes to the tax law for 2018.

The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work.

There are several reasons to check your withholding:

  • Checking your withholding can help protect against having too little tax withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time next year.
  • With the average refund topping $2,800, you may prefer to have less tax withheld up front and receive more in your paychecks.

If you are an employee, the Withholding Calculator helps you determine whether you need to give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. You can use your results from the Calculator to help fill out the form and adjust your income tax withholding.

To access the IRS Withholding Calculator or for more information on tax withholdings follow this link.