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September 29, 2014
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MANDATORY enrollment for the 2015-2016 benefits year will be August 15 through September 8 through http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OEBB/Pages/index.aspx. All staff eligible for benefits will be required to log into Oregon Educators Benefit Board to select insurance plans for the 2015-16 year, even if they are opting out. In addition, there will be a Dependent Eligibility Verification for members with dependents.
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Carissa Martus, a teacher at Quatama Elementary, spent summer of 2015 on study-travel trips. She was one of 35 educators selected from 2,700 North American candidates as a Grosvenor Teaching Fellow to circumnavigate Iceland July 7-17 with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. The trip provides "immersive geographic learning experiences" that she can take back to her classroom. Her blog includes reflections on how to incorporate her experience back at Quatama - the kids will be learning a lot about Iceland's culture and geography!
Martus also fulfilled her passion for integrating geography and world music as she studied at the Gugak Center in South Korea for two weeks, one of 17 musicians selected from around the world.
National Geographic press release
Martus' Iceland blog
South Korea photobook
District Retirement Reception from May 13 at South Meadows Middle School.
If you would like to take your class to the Washington County Museum for a field trip but don’t have the funds for transportation, you’re in luck! Through a generous donation by the Reser Family Foundation, the Museum is able to offer a limited number of grants for free bus transportation. Click here to learn more about field trips at the Museum and to access a transportation scholarship form.
Deadline to apply is Friday, April 3
Hillsboro School District is pleased to announce the continuation of its Classroom Technology Innovation (CTI) Grant program. All licensed staff are encouraged to apply. The ultimate goal of the grants is to help educators increase students' access to 21st century tools while narrowing the achievement gap for all learners. Grant money may be used to purchase hardware, software, peripherals, student subscriptions, or whatever else a teacher finds to be an innovative and engaging tool for helping their students succeed. Do you have a dream about how technology could impact your students' learning? Apply today and turn that dream into a reality! For more information, visit the CTI grant Google Site. Please direct questions to email@example.com.
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Tuition support available, following successful application
Staff interested in earning a teaching license in special education to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities are invited to apply for a University of Oregon Special Education Program grant. This two-year licensure and endorsement program prepares pre-service or in-service teachers to work with students with low-incidence disabilities ages 3-21 in elementary and middle/high school. Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply for an initial special education teaching license and endorsement across these multiple levels. Application deadline is February 15, 2015. Click here to learn more.
It’s tax time again, and W-2s for staff will be mailed home and available in the iPortal by the end of January. Please take a few moments to log in to the system and make sure your mailing address and other personal information is current. Thank you for your continued support and welcome to 2015!
Twelve spots available for HSD elementary teachers
Portland State University has received a three-year, $1 million grant to provide targeted science professional development to elementary teachers. The award was made by ODE as part of their federally-funded Title IIB Math-Science Partnership Program. The project will operate out of the Portland Metro STEM Partnership and will train 70 elementary teachers to serve as instructional specialists during the implementation of Oregon’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It will also provide science content instruction for supporting the implementation of NGSS to over 300 elementary teachers. Applicants must have three or more years of teaching experience, be committed to participating for all three years of the program, and have their administrator’s support. Deadline is January 30, 2015. Click here to learn more and click here for the application.
Abstracts will be accepted through Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Hillsboro Schools Foundation (HSF) is once again offering grants for innovative curricula, programs, or projects. The grant proposal process will be in three steps: 1) One-page abstract; 2) Full grant proposal to those invited; and 3) Completion Report. Grant requests are for the 2015-16 school year. This year, HSF is offering two types of grants: Tier 1 grants will range from $10,000-$15,000 (2 will be awarded); and Tier 2 grants will be for up to $5,000. A total of $50,000 will be awarded. Abstracts are due to Robanne Johnston (503-701-9010) by midnight on Wednesday, February 4. The invitation letter, grant abstract form, and scoring rubric are all available on the Staff Grants page of the website.
In celebration of Computer Science Week, December 8-14, teachers across the District will be participating in this year’s “Hour of Code.” According to the event’s website, the Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Hour of Code movement is worldwide and last year 47,878,196 students participated! More than 2,500 Hillsboro students are already signed up for this year’s event, and we hope more teachers and students will join the fun! The Hour of Code makes it simple with free pre-made activities and lesson plans. Click here to register for the Hour of Code and you will be sent all the information you need to get started. Also, please sign up on the HSD Hour of Code Form so we know who is participating throughout our District. Then, just find one hour this week to let kids code! If you have questions, please contact Technology Integration Facilitator Chris Hesselbein.
A new round of Weight Watchers will begin on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Tobias Elementary School. If you’re interested in participating, please plan to attend the Information/Registration meeting on Tuesday, January 6, from 3:30-4:30pm. Please click here to see the flyer or contact Tobias office manager Theresa Kinnan (503-844-1310 x6898) for more information. Open to all HSD staff.
A free Social Security and Retirement Planning seminar hosted by First Investors, an approved 403(b) vendor for the District, is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, from 5:30-6:30pm in the Administration Center Board Room. Topics include when to draw Social Security, strategies to maximize income over lifetimes, how to pair it with PERS survivor benefits, the effects of death/disability on Social Security benefits, and more. Reserve your space by e-mailing or calling Skylar Koon (503-296-7676 ext. 322).
Each year, Hillsboro School District joins forces with United Way of Columbia-Willamette to mobilize our community around a single goal: to improve lives in the Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington County region. Participating in the United Way’s annual campaign provides you with the opportunity to share in this vision and improve the community in which you work and live.
In the spirit of helping those in need, please consider contributing to this year’s United Way campaign. Local agencies need ongoing help with the most basic needs in the community. The United Way’s program for specific agency donation allows donors to select an agency of your choice to receive your contribution. There are many Washington County agencies that work directly with children and families. You may also designate your own tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity to receive your donation through the United Way.
United Way’s Cornerstone Partners have designated their own corporate gifts to help underwrite the operating costs of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Their continuing support ensures that 100% of your contribution is invested directly in programs to help people in need in our local community.
To learn more about United Way and to view a complete listing of Cornerstone Partners, please visit United Way’s web site at http://www.unitedway-pdx.org/cornerstone-program.
This year’s District campaign runs from Monday, November 17, to Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Materials will be distributed to your office manager and you will be emailed a printable pledge sheet on the first day of the campaign.
Each of us has an opportunity to give back to our local neighbors and communities, especially in these trying economic times. Thank you for what you do, not only as an educational professional, but also as an integral, contributing member of our local community.
A free PERS and Retirement Planning Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22.
District partner First Investors is providing the informational session at no obligation for employees and their partners, whether they are planning to retire this year, in 5 years, or 20 years. Topics include PERS retirement options that will affect retirees and their families, understanding how the paperwork process works, as well as different retirement ideas, e.g., "double-dipping," the IAP account, and how choices can affect taxes.
When: Wednesday, October 22
Where: Hillsboro School District Administration Board Room
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Who: This seminar will be presented by Skylar Koon of First Investors, an approved 403(b) vendor for the District.
This event is completely complimentary, however space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-296-7676 ext. 322.
Disclaimer: Hillsboro School District cannot, and does not, provide financial or investment advice to employees. The District is merely facilitating employee access to reliable information and services pertaining to personal financial planning. The District does not endorse this vendor or seminar. Hillsboro School District does not receive any form of compensation from any particular retirement vendor for the services and products offered.
Employees with Kaiser insurance
Please note that Kaiser has agreed to allow 100 of their members access to District Flu Shot Clinics. Once the 100-person quota has been met, Kaiser members will need to go to a Kaiser facility for their flu shot. We will maintain updated numbers here for your reference.
Flu shots available for Kaiser members: 44 as of 10/21/14
* Dependent children must be at least 9 years of age. Questions? Call Michelle Brady extension 6669.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and patience while we work through the September 19th payroll issue. As you may know, there were technical issues that required the District to use a wire transfer instead of the usual method for distribution in order for direct deposits to post on the correct day. Unfortunately, federal wire fees of various amounts were initially assessed by some banks.
The Business Office has been working with our 127 bank partners to reverse the fees and each bank branch is responding in a unique way. Because some banks may not reverse the fee until the end of the month, we are requesting that affected staff members to please wait until then before submitting reimbursement documentation to the business office. Some staff have contacted their bank directly and successfully requested a fee waiver as a customer courtesy.
We have identified the cause of the problem and can say with confidence that the same issue will not occur again. If fees are not reversed by the bank by September 30, please submit a statement of bank activity (electronic is ok) to:
HSD Admin Center, Business Office
UPDATE (9/19/14, 12:56pm) -
The District was able to work with U.S. Bank to have funds wired into employee bank accounts. This is a different method of payment and it's possible banks may charge a "wire fee." If that is the case, employees are asked to present proof of the fee to the Payroll Department for reimbursement. It is also possible banks may not accept wire transfer funds. The District is currently contacting each of its 127 banking partners to determine whether or not they will accept the wire transfer, if not, the ACH deposit will be made by midnight tonight. If that is the case and employees receive a bank charge due to their paycheck posting after September 20, the District will reimburse with proof of the fee. The District will ensure that no employee loses any money as a result of payroll being posted to their bank account after September 20.
Friday, September 19, 2014 – Employees with direct deposit, please note: your payroll check will post by midnight tonight, meeting the obligation of the September 20 payday. We are working with the bank to see if we can get the checks to post earlier today and will keep you updated on our progress.
May 29, 2014
Hillsboro School District was pleased to honor its retiring staff members at an event on Thursday, May 22, in the South Meadows Middle School Commons. Superintendent Scott welcomed the staff members and their guests and presented each of them with a keepsake apple before turning the microphone over to attendees who wanted to share their personal stories and well-wishes. Sincerest appreciation goes out to each of our retirees for their many years of dedication, hard work, and service to students.
We wish you all the best in your future adventures! The retirees are:
Congratulations are in order for the thirty staff members who were nominated for Crystal Apple Awards and for the nine who took home the coveted trophy during the awards ceremony on Thursday, February 27, at the Tuality Health Education Center.
This is the 9th year the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the awards, which recognize staff members who go above and beyond to promote and provide excellence in education.
The list of nominees is below; winners are indicated in bold with an asterisk(*).
May 22, 2013
Congratulations are in order for Barbara Nasewytewa, 5th Grade Teacher at Brookwood Elementary School. She has been named 2013 K-8 Educator of the Year in the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education contest, sponsored by OnPoint Community Credit Union. Her awards include getting her mortgage paid for one year, plus $1,000 for her school for resources and supplies.
The contest is meant to “honor and celebrate effective and innovative teaching methods that spark enthusiasm and passion in students, parents, and their peers…[with the award going to] teachers who inspire creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom, educators who demonstrate exemplary teaching methods and style, and individuals who have significant impact on students, parents and peers.’ (Source: www.onpointprize.com/OnPoint-Teacher-Prize.aspx)
Two Hillsboro School District teachers were up for the award in the K-8 category: Robin Davies, 1st Grade Teacher at Farmington View Elementary School, and Barbara. As a Finalist, Robin has earned $500 for herself and $500 for her school.
According to Principal Ken McCoy, “Barb creates a respectful and productive environment where students feel safe and valued. She constantly puts extra time into planning and organizing great lessons that reach all of her students; is always reflective regarding her instruction in an effort to continually improve; and strives for regular, meaningful and impactful collaboration with her peers.”
Watch KGW News Channel 8’s coverage of the OnPoint Prize announcement here.
Congratulations again to Barbara and Robin!
May 20, 2013
Congratulations and many thanks to our retiring staff members! We truly appreciate your years of hard work and dedication to Hillsboro students, and we wish you well in the next phases of your lives!
A list of retirees* is available here. (*Please note that certain retirees have asked that their names not be shared publicly at this time.)