Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What’s New in Benefits? Online Open Enrollment!

Guest Blogger:
Tina Johnson, Assistant Director of
Administrative and Human Resources

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment runs from

Monday, May 23rd through Wednesday, June 1st

We know that as the school year winds down, thinking about something as exciting as your employee health benefits may not be high on your list. With that in mind, the Administrative and Human Resources staff have made a special effort to make enrolling in health benefits as simple as possible. Brand new this year is the Online Employee Health Benefits Open Enrollment!

You should follow these instructions to complete the Online Open Enrollment:

  1. Log on to www.janesville.k12.wi.us
  2. Scroll to the middle of the page and click on the For Staff box. Numerous options will appear below it. You will want to choose Employee Access (this is the last option in the first column).
  3. Skyward will appear on the screen.  Please login with the same Login ID and password used to log in​to your computer account​​.
  4. Once you have accessed Skyward, a box should pop up, informing you that you have an Online Form that needs to be completed. You can access the form by clicking on the link.  
  5. Once you have entered in all the information, you will scroll back to the top.  You should select ‘Save’ OR ‘Print and Save.’
  6. You should then  click on ‘Step 2, Complete Online Form.’ There will be a box to check that indicates you have completed the online form.  Please check ‘Finish and Submit.’
  7. You should receive a verification email indicating that you have completed the Online Open Enrollment Process.

After you have completed the Online Open Enrollment process, you may go back and print your form by logging back into Skyward. Under the Employee Information Tab, select ‘Online Forms.’  Your Enrollment form will show under completed Online Form. You can view and print from this area.

Who should have access to the Online Open Enrollment?

Online Open Enrollment will be available to employees who work 6 or more hours per day, or certified staff who work more than 4 hours per day (at a pro-rated amount).  If you do not have access to Online Open Enrollment, and feel that you are eligible for benefits, please contact Jamie Brown at ext 5007 to discuss the eligibility parameters.

As a reminder, this open enrollment is for your health benefits only, and must be completed by June 1, 2016. Enrollment for other benefits offered through the district, such as your Flex Spending Account, etc., will be done separately at a different time. 

We know this is a new process for everyone, and the Administrative and Human Resources team appreciates your time and patience as we go through the first Online Open Enrollment together!  


Q: What if I don’t want to make changes to my current coverage?

A:  The Online Open Enrollment form must still be completed.

Q:  I am not sure if I have coverage.  Who should I contact?

A:  Please contact Jamie Brown at ext. 5007 or jabrown@janesville.k12.wi.us to discuss your eligibility.

Q:  I can’t login to Skyward.  Who should I contact?

A:  Please contact Tina Johnson at tjohnson@janesville.k12.wi.us or ext. 5022 for help logging into Skyward Employee Access.

Friday, May 20, 2016

International Career Development with DECA

 Guest Bloggers:
John Zimmerman, Parker High School DECA Advisor and
Melissa Ellis, Craig High School DECA Advisor

The Parker and Craig DECA Chapters have recently returned from the 71st annual International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 17,000 DECA members, advisors, and business sponsors gathered for this conference. Participants tested their skills in different business and marketing competencies, shared their work and school experiences, and celebrated student accomplishments.

Seven Parker and four Craig DECA members attended the conference. While there, they participated in business role-plays, interviews, market research presentations, written marketing exams, and written economic exams. All DECA events, whether at the local, state, and international level, rely on business support and corporate professionals to be able to provide a valuable experience to DECA participants. The Parker and Craig DECA Chapters would like to thank the local businesses for their financial support.

Parker High School DECA International Qualifiers
Parker DECA was well represented by:
  • Jessie Lobrano and Emily Feirer - Buying and Merchandising Operations Research Event;
  • Claire Timm - Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event;
  • Michael Henry - Retail Merchandising;
  • Carly Treinen - Business Management; and
  • Ian Brown and Bree Porter - Financial Services.

Craig High School DECA International Qualifiers
Craig DECA was well represented by:
  • Alyssa and Coby Brault - Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event; and
  • Max Rammer and Joey Spoden - Buying and Merchandising Operation Research Event.

The students were able to network with more than 80 exhibitors representing businesses and colleges. The students participated in different activities outside of their competitive events by attending a Nashville Sounds baseball game and visiting the Opryland facilities. All of our students represented Parker and Craig High Schools, and Janesville, with the greatest of integrity and professionalism.

“The opportunity to compete at the International level was exciting. It is something I will never forget. It was great to meet and network with students from all over the world,” said competitor Claire Timm.
“Going to Nashville was a once in a life-time experience for me. It was really cool to see how the different levels of competition are run, as well as seeing other projects fellow DECA members created. My twin brother was my partner, and it was awesome for both of us to be able to see what real life business scenarios are like, as we both have always had an interest in business,” said competitor Alyssa Brault.

Friday, May 13, 2016

TAGOS Leadership Academy hosts Career Day

picture of Stephanie DavisGuest Blogger -- Stephanie Davis, English Advisor, TAGOS Leadership Academy

I knew I was going to be a teacher when I was a third grade student at Walworth Elementary School.  That school year, I had the opportunity to assist a student who had just moved to the United States from her home in Japan.  I sat with her every day in the back of the room and helped her with her work.  When my teacher, Mrs. Gregory signed my yearbook that year, she wrote that I would make an excellent teacher someday.  I’d like to think that I have made her proud.
Not every student is as lucky as I was.  While I knew at a young age what I wanted to be when I grew up,  many high school students, including seniors, still struggle to decide what they want to do with their lives.  At TAGOS we utilize Career Cruising to help students find their path, but we also hold an annual Career Day.  We believe it is very important to expose our student population to different types of careers and college options that they may not have considered or even known about.  We want students to see the wide variety of options they have, whether it be college, a technical school, the military, an internship, or entering the workforce right away.
Career Day at TAGOS was started last year and was organized by our social work intern, Amanda Jo Serrano, a Parker High School graduate. Amanda Jo did a fabulous job putting this event together.  The event was organized to engage students with careers they are already interested in, and introduce them to careers they may not have previously considered.  TAGOS serves 7th-12th grade students and we wanted all students to spent time rotating through the sessions, not just our juniors and seniors.  It is never too early, or too late to learn about different careers.  Our first Career Day was a great success and we decided to make it a yearly event.

This year, Career Day was held on April 25th and was organized by our social work intern, Megan Vincent a Craig High School graduate. Megan did a great job organizing a successful event.  We had several presenters attending from a broad range of fields, including: Radio (99.9 WJVL), Cosmetology (Academy of Cosmetology), US Army, Hospice & Nursing (Mercy), Counseling (Mercy), Tattoo Artist (Alkali), Dental Hygienist (Robinson & Prijic), Music Production, Janesville Police Department K-9 Unit, Photography, Janesville Fire Department & EMT, as well as UW-Colleges and Blackhawk Technical College.  
This year’s event was a great success, Many students were able to walk away with great information.  We received good feedback from students, staff, and presenters. A few comments provided include:

  •  “I love art and I never thought about using my skills in the tattoo industry.  I don’t know whether that is the path for me, but it was interesting to learn about a different type of career using art.” 
  • “I learned that I can finally fulfill my dream and fly in the military.”
  • “I was interested in nursing before, but I had never considered a career as a hospice nurse.”  
  • “I enjoyed the counseling presentation.  I am considering a career in counseling after hearing Mrs. Benash speak.”
  • “I’m glad UW-Colleges and BTC were both here.  I know I want to go to college, but I’m just not sure where.  Hearing them both talk about their available programs will help me make a decision.”
  • “This was a great, well organized event.  We had very high attendance.  Students were engaged, polite, and asked well thought out, pertinent questions.  The K-9 Unit was a big hit and the kids were excited to pet Fred the dog.”

In addition to our outstanding presenters, we are thankful for the food donated by Kwik Trip, Texas Roadhouse, and Mac’s Pizza Shack. Through their generosity, we were able to have breakfast and lunch available for all of our volunteer presenters.We hope to continue the Career Day event at TAGOS in years to come, adding many more careers and participants for students to learn about.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Please thank the people that make our schools great

May 2-6 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Providing an education to every child is not just about preparing students for successful employment in the future, it is the foundation of our democracy. Engaged citizens help a community thrive, and students that graduate from high school are more likely to remain engaged and active citizens, wherever their paths may lead them. We are lucky to live in a community that supports its local schools and understands the importance of education. The success of our students and the quality of our schools is reflective of the dedication of our employees. This includes the staff preparing school meals, answering the telephone calls, keeping the classrooms and hallways clean, counseling students, helping students safely cross the street, and teaching the children. During Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, May 2-6, let’s remember to thank the people who do such amazing work in our schools.

The work of educating our children is not just a job of our teachers. It takes a team of individuals, each with their specific role, working together to create positive learning environments in our schools. Many of us had a teacher who inspired us or guided us toward the path we would follow later in life. Or we remember a school secretary that always had a hello and a smile for us when we came to school. Or it’s the coach that told us to focus on the fundamentals or helped us perfect a certain skill. When we think back to our own school days, I am sure we can all recall someone who had a positive impact on our lives. The School District of Janesville is filled with dedicated employees that today’s students will someday look back upon as inspirations.

Without a doubt, our teachers and school staff work to solve problems that would baffle most of us. They do the amazing with fewer resources than would be expected for a task of such importance. They strive to create learning environments in our schools where every child is provided with an opportunity to learn and succeed. 

Our employees, with their compassion and dedication, have a far-reaching impact on our students and our communities. Please join me in thanking the teachers and staff in our schools for what they do for the students of Janesville—not just during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week—but throughout the year!