• Friday Reminders for 3/15/2019
    From Technology
    Remember to run the Mojave Update on your computer by March 31.  Mr. Van Dyke, has sent several emails with information on how to do this.   You may go to this link https://sites.google.com/upperadams.org/uasdmojaveupgrade/home to view a short tutorial on how to proceed with the upgrade. If you have any questions or need assistance. please email Mr. Van Dyke.
     
    From Candy Bretzman
    Unger-Stock Teacher of Excellence Award - Deadline for Nominations 4/19/2019
    Please submit your nominations for the Unger-Stock Teacher of Excellence Award to Candy Bretzman no later than 4/19/2019. Nomination forms can be found on the district website or by contacting Candy directly at c.bretzman@upperadams.org 
     
    From the Business Office
    The employee W2's are now available to view and print on the employee portal.  
    INSTRUCTIONS:
    Login in to your account for the employee portal.  
    Click on MY INFORMATION
    In the information box click on PAY HISTORY
    Check the box next to the line: I CONSENT TO RECEIVE MY FORM W-2 ELECTRONICALLY IN THE STAFF PORTAL
    After you check the box go to the YEAR drop down and pick the year in which you would like to view your W2.  When you chose a previous year, a message on the right side of your screen, above the Display Net Pay will appear in blue.  PRINT W2
    If you click the blue PRINT W2 message your W2 will open in a different window in PDF format. 
    Please contact Lois Swope in the Business Office if you have any questions. 
     
    Snow Make-up Days
    As you all are aware, there have been several snow days this year.  The make-up day schedule is below:
    April 17 - School in session
    April 18 - School in session
    April 22 - School in session:  For 12 month Classified Employees only - this day will become a "Floating Holiday".   This may not be taken, before April 22, and must be used by June 30, 2019.  Employees will need to choose "Floating Holiday" from the "Absence Reason" drop down list. 
    May 30 - Early Dismissal
    May 31 - Early Dismissal/Last Day of School, Graduation
    June 3 - Inservice day for professional employees
     
     
    Friday Reminders for 3/8/2019
    From the Business Office to All UASD Employees
     
    Entering Sick and Personal Leave in the Absence Portal
    Please remember:  When entering a sick day absence it must be entered into SAMS as .25, .5, .75 or full day.  All personal time must be half or full.  Personal or Sick leave absences that are not entered into the program correctly will not be approved and will be sent back to the employee for corrections to be made.   A Leave Time Increments for SAMS sheet is attached for your reference.
     
    All Reimbursements
    Please note that all employee reimbursements will be paid through payroll and put in the employee's direct deposit account.  The reimbursemen will be listed as a non-taxable item on the paystub with the following reference:  PURC - purchase, MILE - mileage, or TUIT - tuition reimbursement.  Employees will receive reimbursement on their last pay of the month. Reimbursement amounts are not taxable and will not appear on the annual w-2.
     
    Staff Portal Reference Guide
    The reference guide for navigating the new staff portal is attached for your convenience.  All employees should have receive a copy of this in the email that was sent out with your login and password for the new staff portal.  Please contact the business office if you did not receive your password.
     
    Hiring Event
    If you know of anyone who would like to substitute for the district, please share the attached "Hiring Event" flyer with them.  This event will take place on March 14.  Interested applicants should register with the person listed on the flyer.
     
    Health and Wellness
    See the attached latest edition of "Live Well, Work Well".
    See the attached issue of the March - April Wellspan EAP newsletter.
     
    Friday Reminders for 3/1/2019

    All Employees

    New Financial Information Systems 

    A new web based software referred to as FIS (Financial Information Systems) is now being used for financial accounting, payroll and personnel.  A memorandum is attached with additional information, updates, and what is changing in the system.  Please be sure to read the memorandum for important information.

    New/Revised Forms (see attached)

    Conference Reimbursement Form - Revised

    Travel Reimbursement Form - Revised with new mileage amount

    Course Pre-approval and Reimbursement Application - Revised with Total Amount line added to the bottom of the form for payroll. 

    Miscellaneous Reimbursement Request - New Form

    Please keep in mind that you must use the revised forms.  The forms can also be found on the District website.

    New Staff Portal

    All employees should have received an email last Friday, 2/22, from the following email address:  noreplyfis@schoolport.org .  Another email immediately followed requesting employees to not access the portal until after 2/26.  

    If you have not logged into your portal yet, please remember that you will not be able access the portal without the password you initially received from the email mentioned address above.  

    2019 ANNUAL LION’S CLUB EDUCATOR NIGHT

    All Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Board Members of the UASD along with the staff members from Aramark and Chartwells are invited to attend the

    Lion’s Club Educator Night

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Biglerville High School Cafeteria 

    Social will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

    Please RSVP no later than March 8, 2019 to

    Candy Bretzman at c.bretzman@upperadams.org or at ext. 2751

    PSERS Foundations For Your Future Program

    Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) program at the Chambersburg Area Middle School auditorium, 1151 East McKinley Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 on April 02, 2019 at 04:30 PM. These FFYF program presentations provide active members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all active members attend an FFYF seminar, particularly those planning to retire within the year.

    Advance registration is not required to attend any of PSERS’ large-group meetings. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if you require an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate.

    For Teachers

    A message from the Canner Funds Grant Committee:

    Please remember to submit grant applications for awards to be utilized during the 2019-2020 school year.   The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.  Below is the link to the grant application:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFXFLTS

    Let us know if you have any questions by emailing cannerfunds@upperadams.org

    The Canner Funds Board

    Health and Wellnes

    Preventive vs. Diagnostic

    Have you ever received a bill from your provider for something you thought should have been covered under your preventive care plan?  One rule of thumb:  Do not pay a bill from a provider until you receive the EOB (Explanation of Benefits) for your medical treatment.   Specific codes are used for each procedure, and sometimes procedures can be coded incorrectly.   See the attached flyer to distinquish between what is considered preventive and what is considered diagnostic for benefits coverage. 

    March Recipe 

    See the attached recipe for Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Asparagus

     
    Friday Reminders for 2/22/2019

    PSERS Foundations For Your Future Program

    February 26

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations For Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403 on February 26, 2019 at 4:30 PM. These FFYF presentations provide members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all non-retired members attend an FFYF program meeting, especially if planning to retire within the year.

    Advance registration is not required to attend any of these large-group meetings. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate.

    March 26

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations for Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, 4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111 on March 26, 2019 beginning at 4:30 PM. These FFYF presentations provide active members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all active members attend an FFYF program, particularly those planning to retire within the year. 

    Advance registration is not required to attend any of these FFYF presentations. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if you require an accommodation in accordance with theAmericans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to participate.

    2019 ANNUAL LION’S CLUB EDUCATOR NIGHT

    All Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Board Members of the UASD

    along with the staff members from

    Aramark and Chartwells

    are invited to attend the

    Lion’s Club Educator Night

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Biglerville High School Cafeteria 

    Social will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

      

    Please RSVP no later than March 8, 2019 to

    Candy Bretzman at c.bretzman@upperadams.org or at ext. 2751

    Health & Wellness

    Would you like to stay on track to meet your diet and excercise goals?  Read  Ten Motivational Tips to Keep You Healthy

     
    Friday Reminders for 2/15/2019

    All District Employees

    Upgrade to Payroll System
    Due to an upgrade to the district payroll system, the business office is currently preparing to run a conversion of the financial system for payroll.  Upon successfully completing the next payroll, the business office will be sending a test file to each employee's direct deposit account for used for paycheck depositing, to complete the conversion.  

    Please be aware that sometime before the next pay date, you may see an entry for Upper Adams School District with a $000.00 (zero) amount.  This is would indicate the test has run.  You should see your regular pay posted to your account on the March 1 pay date.  The reason for this test file is to verify that the payroll office has the correct direct deposit information for submitting payment to each employee's bank account for the new system.  If you have a question please contact the business office.

    Hiring Event for Substitutes

    ESS will be hosting a hiring event on February 28, 2019, in the district board room from 10am - 12pm.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in substituting for the district, please share the attached flyer with them.  The interested individual will need to register with Makeda Ellis, recruitor for ESS. Her contact phone number is included on the flyer. The following substitute positions are needed:

    Teachers

    Guest Teachers (non-certified, but has a bachelor's degree)

    Instructional Assistants

    Personal Care Assistants

    Secretaries

    Nurse Assistants (requires LPN or RN license)

     

    2019 ANNUAL LION’S CLUB EDUCATOR NIGHT

    All Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Board Members of the UASD along with the staff members from Aramark and Chartwells are invited to attend the

    Lion’s Club Educator Night

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Biglerville High School Cafeteria 

    Social will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

    Please RSVP no later than March 8, 2019 to

    Candy Bretzman at c.bretzman@upperadams.org or at ext. 2751

     

    From the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    CannerShare

    As a reminder, CannerShare is a resource that is available to all Upper Adams School District Staff.  CannerShare can be found under the Curriculum Section of the District Website and has three components to it: Parent/Student Information, Faculty Information, & Administrator Information.  To access the Faculty & Administrator sections, you must be logged into the District Website as they are hidden from the general public.

    CannerShare is a section of the Curriculum Website that provides resources for faculty and administrators.  This includes copies of building handbooks, schedules, curriculum resources, links to resources and State information, PSSA & Keystone Booklets, and an interactive calendar that contains all scheduled curriculum meetings, State Assessment Schedules, and professional development activities that are available to you during the school year and summer.  Please check CannerShare periodically for updates and to see what resources are available to you.  If there are any resources that are not included on the CannerShare Website that you would like to see added to any of the three sections (parent/student, faculty, administrator), please let Joe Albin know, and he will be more than happy to try and incorporate your request into the CannerShare Resources.

    There is an attachment to the Friday Reminders email today that provides instructions on how to access CannerShare if needed.  Thank You.

    For Teachers

    A message from the Canner Funds Grant Committee:

    Please remember to submit grant applications for awards to be utilized during the 2019-2020 school year.   The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.  Below is the link to the grant application:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFXFLTS

    Let us know if you have any questions by emailing cannerfunds@upperadams.org

    The Canner Funds Board

    Health and Wellness

    Fitness Your Way!

    Get access to nearly 9,500 fitness locations Enroll Now Whether you want to lose weight and maximize your energy, or manage stress and improve your mood, here’s a great, low-cost way to meet your goals. Fitness Your Way allows you to join a network of fitness facilities for a discounted rate, so you can work out anywhere when it’s convenient for you — at a cost that doesn’t stretch your budget.   See the attached flyer for more information.

     Low Calorie, Healthy Meal Recipe

    Looking for a healthy, low calorie recipe for your next meal?  Check out the attached recipe for Lemon Parmesan Chicken.

     
    Friday Reminders for 2/8/2019

    For All Staff

    Homeless Students Awareness and Understanding

    Homelessness and Unaccompanied Youth otherwise known as, the McKinney-Vento Act, outlines how state educational agencies must ensure that each child of an individual experiencing homelessness, and each youth experiencing homelessness, have equal access to the same free, and appropriate public education, as other children and youth.  This includes a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth.

    The Act requires school districts to assign a Homeless Liaison, who is responsible for providing employees with information to make them aware of what to do if they become aware of, or think they know of, a student in a homeless situation, or who is not accompanied by an adult in the home.  The liaison is also a person who can be contacted to report this information.  The Homeless Liaison for Upper Adams School District is Cindy Steinberger.  You can contact Cindy at 717-677-7191, extension 2711, or by e-mail at c.steinberger@upperadams.org.

    All employees are encouraged to view a training about homeless students, in the SafeSchools training portal. The training is only 26 minutes, and can be accessed in SafeSchools by clicking on the "Extra Training" tab at the top of the homepage, then scroll down to the "Social and Behavioral" section, and click on "Homeless Students Awareness and Understanding".  

    Please see the link below for additional information about homelessness from the Basic Education Circulars on the Department of Education's website:
     

    If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Steinberger.

     

    Travel Reimbursement and Conference Reimbursement Forms

    Just a reminder that travel reimbursement amount for mileage has changed and both conference and regular travel forms have been updated! Please see the attached forms that can also be found on the Staff Page>Employee Forms.  Out of date forms will not be accepted! 

    PSERS - Foundations For Your Future Program

    The Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) will present a Foundations For Your Future (FFYF) program meeting at York Suburban High School, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403 on February 26, 2019 at 4:30 PM. These FFYF presentations provide members with information about PSERS benefits and services. A PSERS Retirement Representative will cover topics such as benefit options, withdrawal of contributions, rollovers, taxes, and legislative actions affecting PSERS. PSERS recommends that all non-retired members attend an FFYF program meeting, especially if planning to retire within the year.

    Advance registration is not required to attend any of these large-group meetings. Please contact the Southcentral Regional Office at 717.720.6335 if requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate.

    2019 ANNUAL LION’S CLUB EDUCATOR NIGHT

    All Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Board Members of the UASD

    along with the staff members from

    Aramark and Chartwells

    are invited to attend the

    Lion’s Club Educator Night

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    Biglerville High School Cafeteria

    Social will begin at 5:00 p.m.

    Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

     

    Please RSVP no later than March 8, 2019 to

    Candy Bretzman at c.bretzman@upperadams.org or at ext. 2751