It has been previously announced that Weebly and Wix websites would be blocked by the iBoss Content Filter. This action has been cancelled. Wix and Weebly sites will continue to be available to employees.
This is your last chance to request reimbursement for eligible STEM courses taken between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. If you want to see a complete list of courses that qualify, or have questions about this program, please look over the Frequently Asked Questions Document.
In order to qualify for the reimbursement, you must complete the Google Form and include all requested attachments. Read the Google Form carefully to make sure you provide the necessary documentation. Please submit your completed Google Form by June 7 @ 5:00 PM.
Looking for a great class to help you blend technology and learning? Sign up in JPLS today for a Digital Teaching and Learning Summer Course. Learn about Canvas, Nearpod, Google and more. Search DTL in JPLS to see the summer catalog of courses.
- You will learn all the basics and advanced features of Nearpod and connect pedagogy to creating Nearpod lessons.
- Nearpod Certified Educator
- Nearpod Certified Educator: Advanced
- Use Canvas to effectively organize assignments, quizzes, and discussions.
- Canvas for Elementary Teachers
- Canvas for Secondary Teachers
- Work toward Google Educator certifications.
- Google Certified Educator 1
- Google Certified Educator 2 - By invitation
- Come explore a variety of tech tips for teachers
- Especially for Digital Coaches
- Get Ideas for Tech Tuesdays
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Family Exercise Advice - Regular exercise together with family can help keep you strong physically and emotionally, especially during challenging times. Summer season is a good time to focus on being more active, especially outdoors.
- Smart Sipping - Sugar-sweetened beverages have become the single greatest source of calories and added sugars in the American diet. We consume lots of sugar-rich sodas, fruit drinks, iced tea and energy drinks, and that’s problematic because overconsumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Family Health and Fitness Day is June 12 - Exercise for kids and parents is important for health. And pursuing fitness together can be fun, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises finding activities the whole family can enjoy, such as playing in the park.
- Headache Awareness Month - Forty million Americans suffer from chronic migraines, tension and other headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation. The NIH reports headaches are a major cause of missed work. While sudden and severe headaches warrant immediate medical care, don’t ignore any frequent or chronic headaches.
To receive the monthly Be Well Newsletter via email and check out back issues, please visit the EMI Hope Health Newsletter page.
The following are new administrative assignments:
New Assignments effective July 1, 2021:
- Michael Haynes, JEF Board Member appointed director of the Jordan Education Foundation, replacing Steve Hall who is retiring.
- Amanda Bollinger, consultant in Special Education appointed staff assistant in the Special Education Department.
- Kaye Rizzuto, Social Studies teacher at Elk Ridge Middle appointed consultant in the Teaching & Learning Department, replacing Pam Su’a who is retiring.
- Tamara Rajczyk, teacher specialist in Special Education appointed consultant in the Special Education Department, replacing Shelly Davis who is retiring.
- Audrey Fish, assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle appointed principal at Sunset Ridge Middle, replacing Kim Searle who is retiring.
- Lisa Jackson, principal at Southland Elementary appointed assistant principal at Fort Herriman Middle, replacing Audrey Fish who was transferred.
- Garett York, assistant principal at Westvale Elementary appointed principal at Southland Elementary, replacing Lisa Jackson who was transferred.
- Tyler (TJ) Davenport, elementary teacher at Plymouth Elementary in the Granite School District, who was offered open contract in February 2021, appointed assistant principal at Westvale Elementary, replacing Garett York who was transferred.
- Frank Preston, assistant principal at Herriman and Butterfield Canyon Elementary appointed assistant principal at Herriman and Daybreak Elementary.
- Jennifer Smith, assistant principal at Foothills Elementary appointed assistant principal at Copper Canyon and Welby Elementary.
- Michelle Kilcrease, assistant principal at Blackridge Elementary appointed assistant principal at Blackridge and Foothills Elementary.
- Angela Hamilton, assistant principal at Bastian Elementary appointed assistant principal at Bastian and Butterfield Canyon Elementary.
- Allyson Stovall, assistant principal at Southland and Welby Elementary appointed part-time assistant principal at Southland Elementary.
- Kami Taylor, teacher specialist in Teaching & Learning appointed consultant for STEM and Computer Science in the Teaching & Learning Department.
- Todd Theobald, assistant principal at Daybreak Elementary, part-time, appointed part-time administrator on special assignment in the Teaching & Learning Department.
If June 4th is the last day employees are working – Employees MUST clock out and submit their True Time on Friday, June 4th.
First Approvers - if June 4th is your final contract day - True Time must be approved by the end of the day.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah Retirement Systems one-on-one Retirement Planning Sessions will only be available via telephone or Microsoft Teams video conferencing software. These sessions will be identical in format to the in-person sessions that have previously been offered at locations throughout the state. These Planning Sessions are designed for ALL career stages: beginning, middle, end.
To register for an appointment:
- Go to www.urs.org.
- Log into your myURS account.
- Click on the Education Tab.
- Click on “Individual Retirement Planning Sessions” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
- Find the date and time that works best for you. Although the URS offices are located in Salt Lake County, feel free to sign up for any telephone or video conference session wherever you live in the state.
- Complete the Investor Profile Questionnaire. (You will be directed to the online questionnaire as you register for your appointment.)
- Please have the following with you for your appointment:
- your current gross pay rate,
- any retirement plan balances outside of URS,
- your URS account login information (user ID and password)
- and your Social Security statement (get yours at www.ssa.gov).
URS will call you at the phone number listed on your myURS profile at the time of your appointment. Be sure to check this number for accuracy in advance of your appointment.
Please note: These sessions are NOT to apply for retirement.
To apply for retirement, contact the URS Pension Department at (800) 695-4877.
- Friday, May 21 at 4:00 pm
ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 977 5789 9840
- Friday, October 8 at 4:00 pm
ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 914 0964 3683
About the program:
2 year, evening and summer intensive
- Cohort model with small class sizes
- Low tuition with potential for funding opportunities
- Coursework completed on BYU campus
- GRE optional
The Teaching and Learning Social Studies & History team is hosting the 2021 Summer History/Humanities Academy on Tuesday June 22 - Friday, June 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at at South Jordan Middle School.
The Academy will focus on using humanities primary sources (folk tales, artwork, literature, recipes, music, and etc.) to engage students in the study of history. Teachers grades 4-6 may apply. Stipend of $500 will be given upon completion of Academy and required portfolio.
There are 15 slots available. Participation will be by application. The deadline for applications is May 28. If you're interested, fill out the application below and send it to email@example.com.
The Teaching & Learning Mathematics team is excited to offer a virtual 2 hour training for summer school math (see flyer for details). Teachers will earn relicensure points, and these hours can also be counted towards the 8 hours of summer school preparation time paid for by the District.
Tuesday May 11, 2021
West Jordan Middle School
7550 S. Redwood Road
Thursday May 13, 2021
Copper Mountain Middle School
12106 S. Anthem Park Blvd.
Families will receive District and community resources. Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact:
Krista Mecham | firstname.lastname@example.org | 801-567-83 21
Toni Brown | email@example.com | 801-567-8907
We would like to share a new professional learning opportunity with you called Utah Microcredentials. This resource is supported and funded by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and is available to all educators in Utah’s public education system, including teachers, instructional coaches, paraprofessionals, counselors, related service providers, administrators, and other educators.
Microcredentials acknowledge all the different types of professional learning that educators do, both formal, traditional courses and independent, self-directed learning. Realizing that educators are continually honing their craft, Utah Microcredentials provides a way to recognize that learning. Microcredentials represent instructional skills and concepts. A microcredential is competency-based recognition that the holder has demonstrated effective and consistent use of the target skill or concept as a part of their practice. Microcredentials are not earned through seat time, assignments, or tests. They are earned by submitting the required evidence for a specific microcredential on the target skill or concept.
Each Utah Microcredential is worth a 0.5 USBE credit, which may be used for relicensing and for salary changes in certain districts/charters. The cost for each is $20. Earning microcredentials is also a way to demonstrate leadership. Posting earned microcredentials on your webpage, social media, and even outside your door is an invitation to share your skills with others. For more information, you can use these resources:
- A narrated video that provides an overview of microcredentials,
- The UEN website for Utah’s Microcredentials,
- A one-pager of the most frequently asked questions about microcredentials.
You can start earning Utah Microcredentials on MIDAS. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to supporting learning for our Utah students.
The following guide has been designed for teachers to use as a resource when planning summer school mathematics interventions. Teachers who will be supporting our students during summer school are encouraged to check out the Summer School Sample Schedule document. More information will be provided during the summer school training on May 19 and 21.
Early Numeracy Assessment
Utah Legislators have found value in the data provided by the early learning reading screening assessment and have mandated an early learning mathematics screening assessment, beginning Fall 2021. (House Bill 114)
- District to establish an early learning plan that includes early literacy and early mathematics (HB 114)
- USBE to provide a mathematics benchmark assessment in grades K-3.
- USBE has selected Acadience Math assessment. Learn more on the Acadience Math K–6 page.
- USBE will provide Accadience Math training.
- More details will be forthcoming.
Online Insurance Enrollment System
InfinityHR/Arcoro ( www.infinityhr.com/) will be used for all benefit eligible employees to make benefit elections offered at Open Enrollment and for newly eligible employees. InfinityHR is also used to make changes due to qualifying events throughout the plan year.
All benefit eligible employees will login to the InfinityHR enrollment system to verify dependents, add beneficiary information and make open enrollment elections. Instructions below.
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 2021-22:
- Premiums: No Employee Premium Increase. Premium sheets are located on the District Insurance Department webpage.
- Medical: Reducing the out of pocket maximum on the Value plans from $6,600 individual /$13,200 family to $5,000 individual and $10,000 family.
- FSA: Health Care Account maximum remains $2,750. If you wish to participate in flexible spending, you must elect new amounts for your flexible spending account each year. FSA election amounts do not roll over from year to year. Administrative fee of $2.81 will be paid by the District if you elect $1,200 or greater.
- Prescriptions: Preferred insulin copayments capped at $75 per 90-day supply through the Express Scripts Patient Assurance Program. Preferred insulins are Humalog, Humulin and Lantus.
Enrollment guide, premium sheets, carrier information, certificates and notifications (i.e. CHIP, Medicare D Creditable Coverage) are available for review on the District Insurance Department webpage (http://www.jordandistrict.org/departments/insurance). If you require assistance in accessing the webpage you may contact the insurance office (contact information below).
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 (http://www.jordandistrict.org/departments/insurance).
Jordan School District Department Contact Information
- Kathryn Brinton: 801-567-8255 Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Angela Ross: 801-567-8341 Angela.email@example.com
- Kori Thaxton: 801-567-8146 Kori.firstname.lastname@example.org
Arcoro Enrollment System - Instructions for enrolling in your benefits online
If you have previously logged into the system you can start this process on step 3 in order to log in for open enrollment.
- You will receive two emails from the system: The first email is an account verification email that will provide a username and include a link to verify your account. You can setup your password by clicking the "Verify Account" button.
The second email will outline the enrollment window dates and provide the URL for the Arcoro site.
- Once you have created a new password, you can use www.infinityhr.com to access the site
- Once you are in the site you will see the login box. You will use the username that was emailed to you and the password that you just created to log in. Once you enter your username and password and click "Sign In," you will be logged into the site.
- If you have forgotten your password you can click on "Forgot your password" which will email you a link to reset your password.
- If you have forgotten your username you can click on "Forgot your username" which will email you a link that will allow you to follow a process to get your username.
Once you have logged into the Acoro system, you will be taken to the your company's home page. From here you will see "New Hire Event or Open Enrollment Event" in the drop down box, click "Begin Event" to make your elections.
- Deciphering Medical Studies - Nearly every day we read or hear about the results of new medical studies. The amount of information is overwhelming and coverage varies among news outlets. Some research is groundbreaking, while other studies add to many years of scientific inquiry.
- Rethink Kid Food - Check any restaurant children’s menu and the selection will look much the same: burgers, pizza and chicken fingers. While familiar and delicious, these foods offer little nutritional value. They provide more salt and fat than children require, and rarely contain enough fiber or vegetables.
- Balancing Act - Work and Family We’ve all heard it’s important to have a work-life balance. But figuring out how to achieve it isn’t always easy.
- Blood Pressure Ranges Explained - It’s important to know your blood pressure numbers and what they mean. After all, high blood pressure raises the risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and dementia.
To receive the monthly Be Well Newsletter via email and check out back issues, please visit the EMI Hope Health Newsletter page.
Teachers can work with a JSD Cohort to complete the Professional Level USBE Programming & Software Development Endorsement. Cohort begins May 10, 2021. Some of the endorsement requirements are waived through working in this cohort. Plan is approved by USBE and USU. One college course will be taken per semester, with the Professional Level Endorsement completed by Summer 2023. Tuition costs may be reimbursable through the STEM Endorsement Incentive Program.
Interested teachers should complete the Cohort Survey
If you need more information or have questions, please reach out to Kami Taylor, email@example.com, 801-567-8621.
Multiple Federal agencies are investigating numerous fraud schemes targeting the unemployment insurance (UI) programs across the United States. Fraudsters, some of which are transnational criminal organizations, are using the stolen identities of U.S. citizens to open accounts and file fraudulent claims for benefits, exploiting the unprecedented expansion of the benefits provided in response to economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Many victims of this crime have no knowledge that criminals have applied for UI benefits in their name. You may only discover that you were a victim of this crime upon seeing the following red flags:
- You are told by a current or former employer that a UI claim has been submitted with your information;
- You did not apply for UI benefits, but you receive a determination letter from your state or another state regarding a UI claim filed under your name;
- You receive a notification that you failed the security verification process for your UI claim;
- You file a lawful UI claim and you receive a notice that your claim was rejected because the state has already received a claim under your name.
The District Human Resource department is taking immediate steps to address suspected fraudulent claims. These include:
- Contacting current employees to verify if the employee filed a UI claim.
- Immediately notifying the state agency of confirmed fraud claims.
- Providing impacted employees steps to follow to report fraud.
For more information or if you believe you may be impacted, please visit the following websites for information on reporting fraud and protecting your credit.
The Wellness Bus (TWB) is a community health initiative that helps people manage and prevent prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. TWB provides FREE, FAST and SAFE blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, in addition to nutritional counseling. Screenings include:
- Blood (Sugar) Glucose
- Blood Pressure
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
The wellness bus can be found at the following locations on these day:
- MONDAYS 9AM - 1PM: West Valley City Redwood Recreation Center 3060 S Lester St., West Valley City
- TUESDAYS 3- 7PM: Glendale Sorenson Unity Center 1383 S 900 W, Salt Lake City
- WEDNESDAYS 3- 7PM: Kearns Kearns Library 4275 W 5345 S, Kearns
- THURSDAYS 3- 7PM: South Salt Lake Central Park Community Center 2797 S 200 E, So. Salt Lake
- 1ST & 3RD FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH 10AM - 2PM: Provo Community Action Services 815 S. Freedom Blvd, Provo
- 2ND & 4TH FRIDAYS OF THE MONTH 10AM - 2PM: Ogden Marshall White Community Center 222 28th St, Ogden
Check out the Wellness Bus flyer, website and social media using the following links:
JA Inspire Virtual Career Expo is Junior Achievement’s capstone career development program for 9th-12th grade students brought to life by our region’s employers. Using virtual technology, JA Inspire 2021 is a career expo event filled with local businesses and higher education exhibits providing downloadable career information and exhibitor videos.
Available at no cost to you, JA Inspire 2021 is adaptable for in-class or remote learning!
- The JA Inspire Career Expo live event day is Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Students will have flexible access on the live day and extended student access for 90 days after the event.
- On April 19th, JA will provide teachers a link to our FlipSnack Digital Student Workbook.
- There are 5 pre-event lessons and 1 post-event lesson. The lessons are 15-20 minutes each and contain fillable PDF forms, embedded videos and a career assessment. These can be teacher led or assigned to students as self-guided.
- Over 60 local businesses, within many of the 16 career clusters, will have virtual booths with business, higher education and career cluster information, videos, pamphlets, and more. All booths are developed by the business, just like an in-person career fair.
- Students have the opportunity to visit as many booths as they would like. They may visit businesses within their career cluster chosen through the assessment, or they may visit others that seem interesting to them.
- The students' virtual backpack allows them to collect information from the booths and access it at a later date. Students will have access to the entire career fair for 90 days after the event, allowing them to share information with teachers and others at home.
- Motivational speakers and career readiness content from our booth sponsors are available live or on-demand in the auditorium.
- A Leaderboard feature motivates students to visit booths, watch videos and download documents.
- JA Inspire can be completed while in school or while students work remotely. It's up to you. There is no live interaction with or between students, so it is a completely safe environment for all.
- A Teacher Training Call was held last week to demonstrate the online portal and answer questions regarding the event. It can be accessed at the following link if you'd like to check it out:
- Please share this with any students participating.
- Finally, to register students, please visit the following site:
- We will assign confidential usernames for the students to use on the live day and share those with you in May. I've also attached the Educator Manual which contains FAQs for the event.