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September 29, 2014


 

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Sign up to Host an Hour of Code

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.


Weight Watchers Registration

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.

 


Social Security Seminar

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).


2014 United Way Campaign

Dear Colleagues:

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.

 

Sincerely,

Mike Scott
Superintendent


PERS and Retirement Planning Seminar 10/22/14

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 to skylar.koon@firstinvestors.com 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.

 


 

Hillsboro School District Flu Shot Clinics for Employees
& their covered dependents*

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.


    September Payroll Update

    UPDATE (9/25/2014 11:34am) - 
    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:

    Michelle Morrison, morrisom@hsd.k12.or.us
    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

    Congratulations Hillsboro School District 2014 Retirees



    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:

    Classified      
    Last First From Retirement Celebration Date/Place
    Biggins Carole Administration Center  
    Calderon Juanita South Meadows Middle School  
    Cannell Rick Transportation  
    Clough Sandra Transportation  
    Dickie Ruth Orenco Elementary School  
    Ehlers Sherry South Meadows Middle School  
    Erickson Joanne Groner Elementary School  
    Graves Carole Transportation  
    Grimm Terry Quatama Elementary School  
    Heimbuecher James Transportation  
    Hertel  Maxine Orenco Elementary School  
    Hinkle Patricia South Meadows Middle School  
    Humphrey  Gail Tobias Elementary School  
    Johnson Marilyn Orenco Elementary School  
    Kahler Teresa Imlay Elementary School  
    Mapston Tonia West Union Elementary June 3, 3:30pm, West Union Media Room
    McDowell Anne Ladd Acres Elementary  
    Miller Susan Transportation  
    Nemec  Jerry Transportation  
    Patten Cynthia Brookwood Elementary School  
    Perea  Ileana Glencoe High School  
    Rosales  Jennie Witch Hazel Elementary School  
    Stadelman Kenneth Transportation  
    Waters James Hillsboro High School  
    Yokoyama Aileen Lenox Elementary School  
           
    Licensed      
    Last First From Retirement Celebration Date/Place
    Aartsen Kathleen Patterson Elementary School  
    Boyer Christine Jackson Elementary School June 12, 3:30-4:30pm - Open House in her classroom at Jackson.  Former students and families are invited to attend!
    Collamer Janet Reedville Elementary School  
    Cooper Victoria Witch Hazel Elementary School  
    Davis-McLain  Susan Glencoe High School  
    Digman Carol Farmington View ES  
    Domes  Don Hilhi  
    Doyle  Ann Eastwood Elementary School  
    Eberle Christine Imlay Elementary School  
    Edwards Barbara Orenco Elementary School  
    Fonder Kevin South Meadows Middle School  
    Fowler  Holly Patterson Elementary School  
    Hennessey Mary Lincoln Street Elementary School  
    Hudspeth Shelley Hilhi  
    Humphreys Mary MEC  
    Johnson Christine Evergreen Middle School  
    Johnson Connie Lincoln Street Elementary School  
    Kalish Rebecca Patterson Elementary School  
    Karlin  Julia Brookwood Elementary School  
    Karlin Lisa Tobias Elementary School  
    Krueger Debra North Plains Elementary School June 6, 3-5:30pm, North Plains Elementary 
    Mauritz Joann Evergreen Middle School  
    Ramer Judith Minter Bridge Elementary School  
    Robertson  Connie Orenco Elementary School  
    Robinson Kathryn Liberty High School  
    Russo  Jill Reedville Elementary School June 10, 3:30-5:30pm at Coyotes, 5301 Baseline Rd.
    Scott Silverna Hilhi  
    Sipich Colleen Minter Bridge Elementary School  
    Smart Mary Lou AC - Office for School Performance  
    Springer Michael Glencoe High School  
    Stoaks Constance Quatama Elementary School  
    Strachan Neil Brown Middle School  
    Trousdale Gregory Farmington View Elementary School  
    Vaughan  Teresa West Union Elementary School  June 3, 3:30pm, West Union Media Room
    Wehrman  Jeffry Imlay/Quatama Elementary Schools  
    Welter  Maureen Poynter Middle School  
    Wong  Keith Eastwood Elementary School  
           
    Super Tech-Admin      
    Last First From Retirement Celebration Date/Place
    Donald Lavoie Facilities  
    Hill Janis Quatama Elementary School  
    Lauri Lewis Human Resources Open House on Friday, June 6, 3:30-5:30pm at the Administration Center 
    Lindberg Vicky Liberty High School  
    Wiebe Marva Board Secretary  

    Staff Announcements

    Congratulations, Crystal Apple Award Winners

     

    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(*).

     

    Licensed Staff:

    • Jessica Ackerman, Child Development Teacher, Liberty High School*
    • Nicole Chronister, Kindergarten Teacher, Tobias Elementary School
    • Alana Cross, Grade 3/4 Teacher, Eastwood Elementary School
    • Sarah Denny, Teacher/Instructional Coach, Hilhi
    • Holly Fowler, Grade 2 Teacher, Patterson Elementary School
    • Lindsay Garcia, Grade 4 Teacher, Minter Bridge Elementary School
    • Paul Hanson, Science Teacher, Liberty High School*
    • Michael Meyer, Transition Services Teacher, CTS House*
    • Matt Nova, LSC Coordinator, Evergreen Middle School
    • MariaEugenia Olivar, Teacher on Special Assignment, Minter Bridge Elementary School
    • Suzanne Paroulek, Counselor, Tobias Elementary School
    • Kelly Purdy, Child Development Teacher, Hilhi
    • Sara Retzlaff, Grade 2 Teacher, McKinney Elementary School
    • Jill Russo, Grade 4/5 Teacher, Reedville Elementary School
    • Suzie Strachan, District Nurse, Hillsboro School District

     

    Classified Staff:

    • Carrie Bertram, Library Tech, Minter Bridge Elementary School
    • Ananda Dwantham, Bilingual Assistant, Minter Bridge Elementary School
    • Jolene Erickson, ERC Secretary/Special Education Assistant, Reedville Elementary School*
    • Kristina Estrada, Office Manager, Hillsboro Online Academy*
    • Diana Farlow, Office Manager, Hilhi
    • Julie Glass, Instructional Assistant, Eastwood Elementary School
    • Gayle Jourdan, Executive Secretary/Office Manager, Student Services
    • Aileen Yokoyama, Special Education & ERC Specialist, Lenox Elementary School*

     

    Administrative/Supervisory Staff:

    • Grant Corliss, Principal, Witch Hazel Elementary School*
    • Linda Harrington, Principal, Hillsboro Online Academy
    • Don Lavoie, Custodial Supervisor, Facilities Department*
    • John Matsuo, Principal, Lenox Elementary School
    • Mike Strande, Principal, Rosedale Elementary School
    • Kona Williams, Principal, Eastwood Elementary School
    • Ted Zehr, Principal, Century High School*

     


    May 22, 2013

    Brookwood’s Barbara Nasewytewa Earns OnPoint’s Educator of the Year Award

    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

    Hillsboro School District 2013 Retirees

    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.) 

     

    Congratulations to our Crystal Apple Award Nominees!

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