Port Jefferson UFSD Newsletter

Human Resources - 5th Edition - June 2023

CONGRATULATIONS to our Tenure Candidates!

The District is pleased to announce that the Board of Education has granted tenure to the following instructional personnel. Please help us congratulate them for their service, dedication and hard-work that they have provided to our students, staff and community members!


The Port Jefferson School District will like to give a warm welcome to our new staff members! Please help us wish them a successful career as a member of our Royals team!!


Enrollment to waive any of the District's health insurance plans (medical, dental, excess/vision) began June 1st and closes June 30th. As you did last year, you'll need to sign onto the JJ STANIS portal (link below) to decline insurance and be eligible for a declination payment in June 2024.

Please have a scanned copy of your insurance card handy before you begin. Also, please review the attached instructions.

In case you forgot your username, it is your social security number (no dashes).

Effective date: 7/1/2023

The portal address is:


Please check your SPAM folder for confirmation email from JJ Stanis customer service. If you do not receive an email, please contact Customer Service at 516-465-3900.

If you currently carry the Districts' medical, dental, and excess major medical/vision insurance and DO NOT wish to waive any of the insurances, you do not need to do anything.

If you currently decline a policy and you're looking to pick-up any of our policies, effective July 1st, please print the appropriate application (attached) and send it to me before June 30. Please note, if you are picking up family medical, you must include a copy of all dependent birth certificates and social security cards. In addition, if you are adding a spouse and have been married more than a year, we will need proof of joint financial obligation (can be 1st page of your 2022 joint tax return).

Remember, this is time sensitive!! If you decline in August, your declination check will not be for the full year. Therefore it is important for you to do it in June.

**If you waive your health insurance anytime during the year, it is your responsibility to go onto the JJ Stanis Declination website to decline insurance. Any reminder is a courtesy. Your declination payout at the end of the year will be prorated based on the date of submission.**

If you know someone who does not receive district emails, please print this and pass along.



The Port Jefferson School District is excited to offer the following SUMMER CAMPS - ONLY OPEN TO PORT JEFFERSON RESIDENTS AND STAFF



Various days & times


The goal of the camps will be to extend and enrich student knowledge in coding and drones. These camps will allow students to think critically, while engaging in fun and stimulating experiences with their classmates.

*Coding - July 25-27 & August 1-2 @ 12:30pm - 2:30pm ES

*Drones - August 21-25 @ 12:30pm - 2:30pm MS

To register for the Academic Enrichment camps click on the link below

For more information see "Academic Enrichment Camp" attachment


for the camps can be made via MYSCHOOLBUCKS on our website or via check made out to Port Jefferson School District and sent to :

Attn: Dr. Robert Neidig

550 Scraggy Hill Road

Port Jefferson, NY 11777



Various days & times


The goal of these camps is to teach the fundamentals of the sport while incorporating essential life lessons, such as teamwork and sportsmanship, all while having fun.

*Martial Arts * Boys Basketball * Boys/Girls Tennis*Boys/Girls Lacrosse * All Sports *Cheerleading * Girls Basketball * Football * Baseball* Girls Volleyball * Boys/Girls Soccer *Boys/Girls Track * Cardio Kickboxing

You can register for the camps by visiting the Athletic Department page on our website or click on the link below

For more information see "Athletic Camp Flyer" attachment


for the camps can be made via MYSCHOOLBUCKS on our website or via check made out to Port Jefferson School District and sent to :

Attn: "Athletic Office"

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School

350 Old Post Road

Port Jefferson, NY 11777



July 31- August 1, 2023


The Summer Music Camp will provide students with the unique opportunity to begin their musical experience prior to the upcoming school year. It will provide all students with an enjoyable and positive way to begin or continue their musical training as well as offer a place for friends to meet and play music together.

Band Classes

*Beginner - Woodwinds/Brass, Ukulele & Percussion

*Intermediate - Band (Preq NYSSMA Level 1)

*NYSSMA Jump-Start (Prior Band Exp)

String Classes

*Beginner - Violin/Viola, Ukulele & Cello/Bass

*Intermediate - Orchestra

*Chamber Orchestra

For further information and to register see downloadable "Music Camp Enrollment Form" attached


for the camps can be made via MYSCHOOLBUCKS on our website or via check made out to Port Jefferson High School and sent to :

Attn: "Music Department"

Earl L. Vandermeulen High School

350 Old Post Road

Port Jefferson, NY 11777



5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

  1. Connect with other people
  2. Be physically active
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Give to others
  5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Business Office Corner

Important 2022-2023 Payroll dates

June 23, 2023 - 10 Month Employee's Last Pay (9 days)

June 30, 2023 - 12 Month Employees & PT/Subs (5 days) Payroll

2023-2024 Payroll dates

July 7, 2023 - 12 Month Employees (5 days)

Sept 15, 2023 - 10 Month Employees - First payroll (9 days)


JUNE 2023

  • June 19, 2023 - NO SCHOOL
  • June 20, 2023 - Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony - 10:00am ES Scraggy Hill Field
  • June 21, 2023 - Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony - 5:30pm Athletic Stadium
  • June 23, 2023 - HS Graduation - 6:00pm HS Bowl
  • June 26, 2023 - HS Prom

Excel Tips


  1. Right click a worksheet tab
  2. Click Protect Sheet
  3. Enter password
  4. Check the actions you allow the users of your worksheet to perform
  5. Click OK
  6. Confirm the password and click OK
Note: If you do not check any action, users can only "view" the excel file. They wouldn't be able to "edit"

Learn more about our Policies

Policy 0330: Evaluation of Professional Staff - http://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BS7PLK5F71B1


The purpose of the performance appraisal are

  1. to improve the instructional program
  2. to assist the professional staff in improving and upgrading academic performance
  3. to assist the Superintendent in properly evaluating employees for reasons of tenure and discipline decisions; and
  4. to proved a formal procedure for communication between the teacher and the administrator regarding the instructional program and student progress.

What is EAP?

It's an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through BOCES: https://www.portjeff.k12.ny.us/download/pdfs/Business_Office/Benefits/EAPRightForMeBrochure.pdf, that provides confidential crisis intervention, assessment and referral services to employees, retired employees and their families.

Below are a few examples of services EAP provides counseling for:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Marital conflict
  • Self-esteem

EAP provides services 12 months a year and is available during school breaks and summer. They have both daytime and evening hours. To schedule an appointment or would like additional information, you can call (631) 289-0480 or visit their website: www.esboces.org/EAP and visit the EAP orientation PowerPoint presentation on the welcome page

Medford Office

1741D North Ocean Avenue

Medford, NY 11763


Commack Office

35 Crooked Hill Road, Suite 103

Commack, NY 11725


Hampton Bays Office

188 W Montauk Hwy, Suite E1

Hampton Bays, NY 11946


Board of Education

All of Board of Education Meetings are streamed LIVE! Check them out: https://vimeo.com/showcase/portjeffboemeetings

Need to locate our Board Agendas and Minutes: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/vpublic?open

Bargaining Agreements:


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Human Resources

Isha Morgenstern - Executive Director of HR

Regina Booker - Personnel Assistant (Part-time) - Tues & Wed 8am - 4pm/Thurs 8am - 11:30am