Staff News and Announcements

  • EAP Newsletters

    Our employee assistance program provider, RBH, puts out monthly newsletters on topics related to worksite and life balance. To access the newsletters, go to myRBH.com, click “I’m a Member,” and enter the access code: OEBB.


     

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  • Holiday Print Shop Schedule Reminder

    Please remember that there will be a planned disruption in printing services over winter break as the Print Shop gets new equipment installed under the District’s current lease agreement. Any print items needed immediately after winter break should be ordered no later than Dec. 17. Any orders received after that date will likely not be completed and delivered to buildings until mid-January.


     

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  • United Way Campaign

    Our 2018 United Way Campaign is now under way! As you are aware, the need in our community is greater than ever – please consider participating this year and contributing as generously as you can. If you’ve contributed in the past and would like to continue, you must renew by filling out a new pledge form each year.

    Your United Way of the Columbia-Willamette directs all of its funding right here in the four county region: Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah, and Washington. It uses a needs-based approach to provide immediate and long-lasting aid, ensuring that your donation goes where it is needed most.

    Your contributions help fund programs like:

    • 211info – People can dial 2-1-1 from their phone and connect with a comprehensive support hub serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Support covers food, shelter, financial assistance, health care and a variety of other human services.
    • Safety Net – The Safety Net is an initiative that funds emergency food, rent, and utilities relief for families and individuals.
    • Your own favorite tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charity – You may direct your donation to meet specific needs that matter most to you – simply write in your charity’s information on the pledge form (minimum $50 annually, or about $4.25 a month for 12 months).

    Your contribution can be a one-time check or credit/debit card charge to United Way or a monthly automatic payroll deduction or credit/debit card charge. A pledge form is available here for your convenience.

    For more information, please see these FAQs, visit the United Way website at https://www.unitedway-pdx.org/about or contact Marleen Zytniowski or Katie Russell-Willis (503-844-1771 or x2771) in Communications. When you decide to donate or pledge, please turn in your pledge form directly to them via interdepartmental mail to AC201, your office manager or you can fax your completed form to 503-844-1557. If you are using monthly payroll deductions, please note the following deadline:

    • January 7– to set up an 12-month deduction for 2019, beginning with the January 2019 paycheck

    Your contribution matters. Thank you for all you do to support the education of our community’s students and showing how it is to “Live United.”


     

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  • OEBB Resilience Webinar

    OEBB is hosting its first resilience webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Presented by StressStop.com founder James Porter, the webinar provides six simple steps for lowering stress in the workplace: raising awareness, problem-solving, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, resilience, and social support. Space is limited, so register now to reserve your space.


     

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  • Staff Policy Updates

    Our Board of Directors is working with the Oregon School Boards Association to update all HSD policies over the course of the next two years. At their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Board approved several policies in the Support Services section. They were also alerted to changes in several administrative regulations (ARs), which do not require Board approval. Please refer to the Board packet (beginning on page 24 for the ARs and page 61 for the policies) to review the new policy/AR language. We will continue to alert you to policy changes affecting personnel as they occur.  


     

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  • Be a Mentor

    Staff are asked to consider volunteering their time to mentor a male Latino high school student through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The goal is to find mentors for 60 freshmen to increase the students’ positive school connection, improve their academic outcomes, and, ultimately, to increase their graduation and college-going rates. Time commitment is Tuesdays from 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. for a year. Please see this flyer for more information.


     

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  • Endorsement Offerings at Lewis & Clark

    Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling offers a variety of endorsement programs for Oregon educators at a reduced rate. The courses are offered both online and on-site; all are welcome to join either cohort, even if they are not employed in the district where the cohort is located. Please visit their website to learn more.


     

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  • Multi-Factor Authentication Goes Live 11/15

    Just a reminder that if you have not yet configured multi-factor authentication for your Microsoft Outlook e-mail account, you will need to do so before Thursday, Nov. 15, or you will not be able to access your e-mail when you are away from the HSD network.


     

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  • Health and Wellness

    Our employee assistance program provider, RBH, offers a wealth of resources on a variety of topics related to health and wellness. Their webinar series focuses on topics ranging from depression to caring for aging parents to exercising, and more. From noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, they will offer a webinar on the Art of Communication. Click here to register, or if you cannot participate at that time, you can access archived webinars on RBH’s YouTube channel. See upcoming webinars, access monthly newsletters, and find other helpful information on their website. Click “I’m a member” and enter access code: OEBB. Also, did you know that the Great American Smokeout is Nov. 15? If you or a loved one needs help breaking a tobacco habit, click here for resources.


     

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  • Nike Grant Opportunity

    The Nike Community Impact Fund is currently accepting grant applications through Friday, Nov. 30. Grants are one-year awards of $5,000 to $20,000. Eighty percent of grant awards support projects that deliver impact through the lens of sport and physical activity, while the remaining twenty percent support organizations and projects that address community challenges through innovative community-based solutions. Learn more here. Project ideas must be supported by your principal and reviewed at the District Office prior to submission.


     

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  • Diabetes Awareness and Prevention

    Did you know that more than one in three Americans have prediabetes and 90 percent of them don’t even know it? Fortunately, most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable and reversible with lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, limiting carbohydrate intake, and staying active.


     

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  • Pacific University MAT Offerings

    Pacific University offers Masters in Teaching degrees in a “low residency” model that mixes online and evening classes, allowing you to earn your degree and license while working. Learn more at pacificu.edu/MAT or e-mail teach@pacificu.edu.


     

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  • Multi-Factor Authentication

    Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an advanced security layer included on Microsoft Outlook accounts to make it more difficult for hackers to gain access to and control of your e-mail account. MFA will be enforced for all adults in HSD on Thursday, Nov. 15. We are only focusing on our Office 365 e-mail platform (Outlook) at this time. We are encouraging staff to enroll in MFA and start using this prior to the Nov. 15 deadline. Instructions on how to configure MFA is available here. (Please note that this is much easier to do on a computer than a mobile device!). And a list of FAQs is available here. Both documents are housed in JiTTER.


     

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  • Licensed Staff Listening Session

    Licensed staff members are cordially invited to attend a listening session with Superintendent Scott on Monday, Nov. 5, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Hilhi, 3285 SE Rood Bridge Rd. This is a great opportunity to learn more about important activities taking place in the District and to ask any questions you may have.


     

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  • Professional Development Process Improvements

    The process for requesting course pre-approval and/or tuition reimbursement has gone digital-only! Paper requests will no longer be accepted. The following online forms are available via the the links provided or on MyHSD: Classified Professional Improvement Request; Licensed Course Pre-Approval for Tuition Reimbursement. If you have any questions, please email Administration Center Receptionist Ines Santos.


     

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  • Concordia Scholarships

    The NWRESD and Concordia University-Portland are now in partnership, which means that member school districts qualify for various scholarships, such as $4,000 for MEd & MAT, 20% off tuition for certificate programs, 30% off tuition for the on-campus EdD program, $10,000 for the online EdD program, and more. Click here to see the scholarships flyer, here to see a brochure about the MEd program, and here to see a brochure about the EdD program. Call 503-280-8501 for more information.


     

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  • Retirement Planning Seminar

    A free PERS/403(b) and retirement planning seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Administration Center Board Room, 3083 NE 49th Pl. The workshop is open to all HSD staff members and their partners, whether you are planning to retire in the near future or are just getting started with the District. The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Skylar Koon, 503-296-7676 ext. 322.


     

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  • Wellness Day

    Please join us for a day focused on self-care and wellness on statewide inservice day: Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tobias Elementary School, 1065 SW 206th Ave. From our keynote speaker Diana Cutaia to multiple breakout sessions, there is something for everyone. Register on Serebra; attendance is voluntary. See the flyer for more details.


     

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  • Outstanding Educator Award Opportunities 

    Throughout the year, there are several opportunities to nominate outstanding teachers for recognition and awards. The first of those is accepting nominations now: the Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Program, which recognizes three teachers (one from each level: elementary, middle, and high school) for their commitment to educating students about American history and citizenship. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 31, 2018.


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  • Mandatory Trainings Final Reminder

    All staff members must complete the required annual policy reviews and trainings by Sunday, Sep. 30. Employees should work with their supervisors to schedule their trainings. The expectation is that these trainings will be completed during contracted work hours.


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  • Be College Ready Program

    Be College Ready is a program of the Oregon Savings Network that encourages elementary school students to begin saving early to maximize their investments and prepare for the future expense of college. Participating schools receive free homework folders, pencils, and bookmarks for students, and parents will receive an informational brochure about the Oregon College Savings Plan (OCSP) and how they can enter a sweepstakes to win $100 for an OCSP account.


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  • Staff Flu Shot Clinics

    Flu season is just around the corner, so please consider getting vaccinated at one of our upcoming Staff Flu Shot Clinics:

    • Monday, September 24, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Glencoe commons
    • Tuesday, September 25, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Century commons
    • Thursday, September 27, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Transportation
    • Monday, October 1, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hilhi library
    • Thursday, October 4, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Liberty commons
    • Friday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Facilities
    • Thursday, October 11, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Administration Center (218C)

    Key things to note:

    • Appointments are not needed.
    • Please bring your photo identification and insurance card.
    • Kaiser members are no longer subject to pre-approval, nor are there separate claim forms or limits on the number of members who can participate.
    • You may fill out your claim form ahead of time or at the clinic.
    • The nasal spray form of the vaccine will not be available, only the injection.
    • You may bring your dependent children as long as they are at least 9 years of age and are willing participants.

    For more information, please click the following links:


     

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  • State Assessment Data Release

    ODE will release state assessment results from the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, Sep. 20. Aggregate and disaggregated data on how students performed on their standardized tests from the spring will be available on the Student Assessment page of ODE’s website. This information will be part of the School and District Report Cards that will be released in October.


     

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  • Optional Insurance Coverages

    As part of your benefits package as an HSD employee, we will periodically inform you of opportunities to learn more about optional supplemental insurances, health programs, and more. One such opportunity is provided here for your reference. If you have questions, please contact the HSD Benefits Team.


     

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  • K-12 Summit for HSD Classified and Licensed Staff

    Aug. 23, 2018
    7:30 AM - 3:15 PM at Century High School
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  • Important Information about School Bus Service

    August 20, 2018 - Busing information for all students will be available on Wednesday, August 22, using the “MyBustab on our website. The student’s ID number and birthdate will be needed to access the system. Busing information was mailed home to all incoming kindergartners and first graders only this year.

    As many of you are aware, we have been hit hard by the national shortage of school bus drivers for the coming year. Because of this, we wanted to make you aware of the potential impact you may see at your schools:

      • Some afternoon buses may arrive after dismissal time, especially at secondary schools.
      • Buses may arrive late to athletic contests and other events.
      • With Transportation support staff (Routers, Mechanics, Dispatcher, Office Staff) out driving, there will be delays in the routing of students. This will be most noticeable for students with special needs and students going to daycares or other alternate addresses after school.
      • Trip transportation requests may be denied due to a lack of available drivers.

    • Please note that no exceptions will be made for trips submitted less than 30 days in advance.

      • No field trips, academic or athletic trips will be scheduled during morning and afternoon route times
        • No trips before 9 a.m. on M,T,Th,F and 9:30 a.m. on W with a return to school no later than 1:45 p.m. M,T,Th,F and 1:15 p.m. on W.
        • No departures before 5:00 p.m. M-F.
      • No additional afterschool activity program (K-12) buses beyond the current allocation of one bus per elementary school (two at McKinney and Lincoln Street) and two or three per secondary school.
      • Any overnight and/or extended hour trips (requiring a relief driver) can be arranged with an approved motor coach carrier; these trips can include a District box truck and driver, if needed.
        • Schools will be limited to one District box truck and driver for all other trips.

    • Due to the senior College and Career visits and the high school Cross Country District meet, we are not accepting any additional trips for Wednesday, October 24.

      • We will alert you to any other blackout dates as soon as possible.

    Thank you very much for your patience, understanding, and adherence to these guidelines as we work to mitigate the effects of our bus driver shortage. If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a driver, please encourage them to apply today!


     

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  • Earn Your Administrator License
    The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators and Concordia University Chicago have developed a rigorous online program that offers preliminary and professional administrator licensure, as well as the opportunity to pursue a master’s or doctorate degree. Deadline to register for the 2018 PreAL cohort is Aug. 1; classes start Aug. 27.


     

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  • June Edition of OSP Connected
    If you have not yet read the June edition of OSP Connected, please take a few moments to do so! This month’s issue is chock-full of great information about the recently-completed survey of 4,000 secondary students and their observations about what is and isn’t working for them in our system, tips on building relationships as you close out the school year, an update on our bond work, and more! There’s even a link to a voluntary survey about equity. You can find the June edition and all past issues of OSP Connected on the Staff News page of our website.


     

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  • Improving Cyber Security in HSD

    Security is becoming an increasingly prioritized focus for the District and is guiding changes in how we operate.

    The first step in improving our safety and security footprint has been the recent implementation of a banner that appears on all email originating from outside of the HSD domain. This alerts staff to be more aware of the source of an email before taking any action listed in the message or opening attachments it may contain.

    We have also started the process of implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for our email and for our Google domain. This helps prevent bad actors from accessing email or Google resources should a user’s password get compromised in some way. Having multi-factor authentication will be a requirement for all staff accounts beginning October 1, 2018.

    What is multi-factor authentication? Multi-factor authentication requires two forms of authentication to login to a resource like Web Mail or Google Drive. One form is the District password you have always used, the other is usually a code sent to you on another device.

    Technology Services will be enabling multi-factor authentication for all staff members in the summer or early fall for both Google and Web Mail. It will be enabled, but not required until October 1, 2018.This means those who want to get an early start on enabling multi-factor authentication can opt in prior to the October 1 deadline and start protecting their accounts now. We will not be enabling multi-factor authentication for students in HSD at this time. As more applications become multi-factor enabled, we will add them to list of required applications enforcing multi-factor authentication.

    Guides have been created for Google and Web Mail that will help people walk through the process of enrolling and enabling multi-factor authentication. These articles can also be found in JiTTER by searching for MFA or Multi-Factor Authentication.


     

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  • Summer Ag Institute Scholarships

    Summer Agriculture Institute is a three-credit, week-long, graduate level class for K-12 educators who have little to no background in the subject matter. The goal is to help educators use agriculture as a context or theme for teaching academic standards. Session #1 is Jun 17-22 in Corvallis; session #2 is July 15-20 in La Grande. The Washington County Farm Bureau is offering ten scholarships to local educators; applications are due Jun 15.


     

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  • Summer Enrollment Opportunity for Optional Benefits

    HSD and American Fidelity Insurance are offering a summer enrollment for optional benefits, such as Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, life insurance, disability, and more, on Tuesday and Thursday, Jul 10 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the District Office, 3083 NE 49th Pl., room 116. Learn more about your available benefits and schedule your one-on-one benefits review at https://benefits.americanfidelity.com/hillsborosd.


     

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  • 2017 PERS Member Statements

    May 18, 2018 - Last week, non-retired PERS members across the state began receiving their 2017 Annual Statements in the mail. Your 2017 statement gives you a snapshot of your PERS retirement benefits, including details about both your pension and Individual Account Program (IAP). Reviewing your statement each year is a great opportunity to ensure all of your personal information is correct and to understand how your retirement benefits are calculated.

    If you are currently employed in a PERS-covered position, your annual statement is mailed to the address your employer provided to PERS as of mid-March 2018. If you do not receive your Member Annual Statement by June 1, 2018, please contact PERS Member Services via phone or email.

    Member resources
    To help members understand their annual statements, PERS offers an online FAQ and other resources. New this year are digital example statements on which you can hover over any piece of data outlined in blue to read tips and other helpful information (requires an up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader).

    If you cannot click links in this email for security reasons, the resources can be found linked to from the Oregon PERS home page at www.oregon.gov/PERS.

    Individual Account Program (IAP) investment information: Make sure your date of birth is correct
    Please note that in 2018, the investment strategy of the IAP changed from a one-size-fits-all approach to target-date funds that reduce investment risk and volatility as you age. Investment returns under the target-date fund model will be reflected on next year’s statement. Because 2018 investment returns (shown on your spring 2019 statement) will be based on your age, please make sure your date of birth is correct on your 2017 statement. An insert included with this year’s annual statements includes further information.

    Questions about your PERS benefits?

    PERS offers:

    Please be patient in the coming weeks as PERS Member Services experiences more calls and email than normal due to the mailing of annual statements.


     

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  • Enrollment for Optional Benefits

    Representatives from American Fidelity Insurance are currently visiting schools to assist staff members in signing up for optional benefits, such as Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, life insurance, disability, and more. Follow this link and select “Schedule Appointment” to see a list of schools and the dates and times available. You can also self-enroll online now through May 15, or between Aug. 30 and Sep. 7. See this flyer for additional information.


     

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  • Exception Time Sheets and Year-End Payroll Information

    Please note that exception time sheets for May are due on Friday, Jun. 1, and those for June are due on Friday, June 15. See this memo for additional information. Also, in preparation for year-end payroll processing, please ensure that your address is correct in iVisions and that your direct deposit information is accurate by Thursday, May 31. Incorrect information will lead to hard copy checks being returned to Payroll and direct deposits being made into old accounts. Receiving a new check can take up to 10 days. Please see this memo for additional information. 


     

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  • Student Advisor Sought for State Board of Education

    The State Board of Education is currently seeking nominations of incoming high school seniors for possible appointment as a student advisor to the Board from August 2018 through July 2019. Nominations must be made by high school counselors, principals, or the superintendent; and student nominees must complete an application. Materials should be sent to Zoe Larmer by Friday, May 4, 2018.


     

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  • Career and College Ready: What CTE Is and Isn’t

    Career and technical education (CTE) integrates academics and skills-based curriculum in a relevant and rigorous way, while also featuring high school and post-secondary partnerships that allow for clear pathways to certifications and degrees. It is not just vocational education or a way to track students into a particular career field, nor is it a lower quality of education. Rather, CTE courses build transferable skills that lead to success in both career and college. Read more in the April edition of OSP Connected.


     

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  • Wonderful Third Wednesdays

    April’s Wonderful Third Wednesdays (WTW) professional development sessions are taking place on Wednesday, Apr. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Brown Middle School, 1505 SW Cornelius Pass Rd. Classified and licensed staff will be paid extended contract for their attendance. Take a look at the sessions offered this month and please sign up through Serebra.


     

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  • Learn Spanish!

    Remember, HSD staff can use professional development funds for Spanish trainings. Undergraduate and graduate coursework is allowed for all employee groups. The first step is to complete pre-approval paperwork and send it to the appropriate HR staff member:


     

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  • Free Retirement Planning Seminar

    Staff are invited to attend a free retirement planning seminar hosted by the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) on Tuesday, Apr. 17, at 5 p.m. at the Administration Center, 3083 NE 49th Pl. Attendees will be introduced to the Retirement Pathfinder tool and will be able to create a personalized retirement plan with assistance from a financial advisor. To register, go to my.VALIC.com/seminars and enter the registration code: HSDHIL11AB for English or HSDHIL11AC for Spanish.


     

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  • Century High Activities Director Advances To NSC/NASSP Finals

    Congratulations are in order for Century High School Activities Director Julie Kasper who is a Region 7 finalist in the National Student Council High School Student Council Adviser of the Year, a prestigious recognition! Ms. Kasper will attend the 2018 NASC National Conference in Plymouth, Minnesota on June 26th where she will be recogized and the national winners will be announced on stage. The National Student Council is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Well done and congratulations Julie Kasper!


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  • Smarter Balanced Testing Window Opens
    HSD’s window for Smarter Balanced assessments is April 2 through June 8, 2018. Our goal as a district is to do everything we can to make sure students are able to show what they know on their tests. Accurate data about student achievement can help all of us improve instruction and better support students in reaching and exceeding tough instructional standards, and can only be realized when students take the tests seriously and do their best.

    One of our core objectives this year for Smarter Balanced testing is to create and maintain a positive testing culture in our buildings. Your school test coordinators, in partnership with District assessment staff, have been working hard to do just that. Here are a few tips for creating that positive testing culture and ensuring students and families are well-prepared:

    • Send a letter or email to parents letting them know when their student will be testing and the importance of the test.
    • Post your testing schedule on your school’s website.
    • Make sure students have opportunities to take the practice test before testing begins. Practice tests are available at: http://oaksortal.org/students/
    • Talk to students and families about making sure students are well-rested and eat a healthy breakfast on test days.
    • Provide snacks and breaks for students during testing.
    • Encourage students to relax during the test, do their best and have a positive attitude.
    • Create systems of rewards and incentives for students showing up and doing their best on the test.
    • Use the resources on the HSD Assessment website including ideas for a positive testing culture, parent letter templates, parent flyers, etc. to further help incentivize students.

    If you have questions or need assistance on any of the above, please contact HSD Test Coordinator Tom Luba.


     

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  • Summer Term Special Education Classes
    This summer, George Fox University is offering several courses toward the SPED Endorsement that will be taught right here at the District Office. George Fox bills HSD directly, and the District will pay using your tuition reimbursement benefit. You can even borrow ahead from that benefit so there is no out-of-pocket expense!* (*A one-time registration fee of $40 is not reimbursable.) E-mail Kristina Gantt in HR if you have questions or would like to register for any or all of the available classes.

    SPED 521 Assessment and Evaluation- Instructor - Kristen Clarke
    May 5, 12, 19 and June 2
    4.5 quarter credits - This course addresses assessment and evaluation as the means for making instructional decisions. The candidate will learn and practice multiple ways of assessing students. These include informal assessment, progress monitoring, formal evaluations, and standardized achievement tests to synthesize all that data to create a cohesive picture of the student’s standing, and continue to use the appropriate assessment tools to generate the information needed to make curricular and program decisions. Understand the special identification process (the discrepancy model, IQ vs. academic achievement test).

    SPED 531 Case Management - Instructor Linda Warberg
    June 23, June 28, June 29, June 30
    3 quarter credits -  Candidates will gain knowledge and skills in writing effective Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and acquire communication and collaboration strategies to facilitate IEP meetings and interactions with families. Candidates will identify key issues that could lead to litigation. Course content includes communication, organization, and administrative management.

    The following courses, SPED 513, SPED 524 and SPED 552 are taught as a group. These are the Life Skill/self-contained courses. Instructor: Erin O'Conner - July 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27. 

    SPED 513 Structures for Teaching and Learning: Functional
    4.5 quarter credits -  This course prepares candidates to meet the needs of school students with low incidence learning disabilities who may or may not spend some time in general education classrooms.  Candidates explore and discuss low incidence disabilities including: intellectual disability, hearing impairment, visual impairment, deaf/blindness, communication disorder, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, and other health impairments. Functional living skills are incorporated into content planning.

    SPED 524 Assistive Technology & Specialized Support
    1.5 quarter credits -  This course will focus on developing candidates’ ability to evaluate technological and assistive supports and determine appropriateness for exceptional learners. Candidates will design and develop assistive technology tools for use in academic and functional settings.

    SPED 552 Community Supports and Transitional Programs
    3 quarter credits -  This course will focus on the families, individuals, and community supports for individuals with disabilities ages birth - 21. Candidates will identify age-appropriate services such as Head Start, early intervention, vocational educational programs, community experiences, employment and other post-school adult living objectives, acquisition of daily living skills, if appropriate, and access to state and federal services. 


     

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  • 2018 IRS Income Tax Changes
    As a result of the revised income tax withholding tables released by the IRS in February 2018, many HSD employees have seen an increase in their net (“take home”) pay. While HSD cannot advise on W4 changes, staff are encouraged to consult with their tax professional to ensure they are withholding at appropriate levels for 2018.

    Staff can use the IRS Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup” to verify their withholding and help protect against having too little or too much tax withheld and facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty at tax time in 2019.

    The withholding changes do not affect 2017 tax returns due this April. However, having a completed 2017 tax return can help taxpayers work with the Withholding Calculator to determine their proper withholding amount for 2018 and to avoid issues when they file next year.

    Please login to the iVisions Employee Self-Service Portal and select “Employee Tax Forms” to view your current withholding elections. If you would like to change your elections, select the “Click to Fill Out Tax Forms” button on the webpage to complete and submit new forms. If you would like to view the impact to your pay for payroll deduction variables, select “Employee Pay” from the Pay/Tax Information drop-down menu and click on “Paycheck Calculator” in the lower, left-hand corner of the page.


     

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  • President’s Environmental Educator Award
    The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education. Winners will be awarded up to $2,500 to further their professional development in environmental education; their district/local education agency will also get up to $2,500 for environmental programs. Application deadline is Friday, Mar. 30, 2018.


     

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  • Employee Benefit Alert
    If you enrolled in the Kaiser or Moda Preferred medical insurance plans that are supplemented by a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), be sure to submit your Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for services rendered for prompt reimbursement. The plan is designed to offer a low deductible option with a reduced premium, but it only works if participants submit documentation of eligible services. Please contact Mae Hawkins (208-780-1154) at Waldo Associates with questions about the Preferred Plans and submitting for reimbursement.


     

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  • PSU Tuition Reduction Vouchers Available
    When HSD hosts a PSU student teacher, a tuition reduction voucher is offered to the cooperating teacher. If that teacher won’t be using it, it is offered to another HSD staff member. These vouchers are available to all staff on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a voucher, select the class(es) you will be taking, complete the pre-approval form for your employee category, add “requesting PSU voucher” on the form, and submit for approval. Please contact Kristina Gantt in HR with questions.


     

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  • Extracurricular Programs Winter Newsletter
    In his winter newsletter, Director Rian Petrick talks about turf fields and elementary gyms that will be added as a result of the bond’s passage, the new elementary Track program that will launch at six schools this spring, and the addition of athletic trainer hours at each high school. Check out the newsletter and more on the Athletics and Activities department section of our website.


     

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  • Licensure Reminders
    Licensed staff (including administrators) are asked to please make note of the following reminders: 1) HSD and TSPC are two different entities and, as such, do not share required documentation and records systems; 2) TSPC does not automatically send new license details to HSD, so if you license has changed in any way please forward the information to HR; 3) It is the educator’s responsibility to renew their license and make sure all requirements have been met in a timely manner; and 4) PEER forms are not submitted automatically. If you need a PEER form/PDUs verified, please contact Yuri Mota Osorio (licensed teachers) or Tammy Heckenliable (administrators).


     

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