2014 Benefits Newsletter
The 2014 Benefits Newsletter is now available. We encourage you to take a look and see what is happening for the upcoming plan year.
2014 Benefits Plan Year Information Now Available
Employees can now see the estimated payroll deduction rates for the 2014 plan year. The Medical Plans at a Glance gives a brief overview of the plans. Also available is the 2014 Guide to Benefits booklet.
Benefits Information for New Northshore Employees
Information on employee benefits can be found at www.nsd.org/benefits. You will find PowerPoint presentations on the medical and retirement plans offered by Northshore. New employees have 30 days from their hire date to enroll in their benefits options.
Substitute Release Time for National Board Certificated Candidates
The Northshore Schools Foundation has made a generous contribution to help fund support for substitute release time for National Board Certificated Teacher (NBCT) candidates in the Northshore School District. This release time may be used to study and complete National Board assessments, collate portfolio entries and prepare final portfolios for submission for National Board certification. Please email Human Resources Adminsitrative Assistant Kim Marienau for more information.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Outbreak
The whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic that began in December 2011 still continues. Though pertussis activity is down from a peak in May 2012, it is still much higher than usual. Click here for information on whooping cough.
Important Health Benefits News - Changes in Benefit Plan Year
The new plan year begins Jan. 1, 2013, and runs through Dec. 31, 2013. The health coverage will reflect the new program and premium structures mandated by the law, which are being developed and will be published when available.
New Teacher/Principal Evaluation System
The Instructional Quality Committee has developed a Web page that houses the most current information available about the New Teacher/Principal Evaluation System. In addition to state information, there are Frequently Asked Questions, access to Danielson’s entire Framework for Teaching document, Danielson rubrics aligned to new criteria, and a place to submit questions. Please be aware that the New Teacher/Principal Evaluation project is a work in progress at the state-level, and as a result, the local level. We will update the information regularly as the work continues.
If you are planning to start your Pro-Teach in the fall, please visit the following Web site for information: www.waproteach.org.
Northshore Employees - Do You Have a Cost Savings Idea for the District?
If you have an idea how the school district can save money or cut down on costs, please take a minute and complete the cost savings idea submission form. To submit your idea, please click here.
HomeStreet Bank Hometown Loan Program
Northshore partnered with HomeStreet Bank in March 2002 to offer The Home Town Home Loan Program, an employer-assisted housing program, to all Northshore School District employees. The Hometown Home Loan Program offers a wide selection of home loan options whether you are buying your first home or refinancing or remodeling your existing home. The Hometown Home Loan Program offers many benefits and savings, which include:
You Can Help Lower Utility Costs
We are asking you to help in the district's effort with managing sustainability and lowering our utility costs. If everyone does their part of ensuring that all non-essential equipment such as lights, electric heaters, coffee pots, radios, etc are either turned off or unplugged we may meet a few cost savings goals. For example, we could potentially save roughly $25,000 over a three day weekend; just think how many three day weekends there are. We appreciate your assistance and gentle reminder as we work together on sustainability. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Fujiwara.