Volume 46, No. 9, March 20, 2018

Dr. Ember Conley, next superintendent of Mesa Public SchoolsBoard selects Dr. Ember Conley as next superintendent

At a special meeting March 6, the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board unanimously voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Ember Conley as the next superintendent of schools.

Pending contract negotiations, Conley will assume her duties as superintendent July 1. Learn more about Dr. Conley.

Mesa Public Schools Night at April 6 Suns game

Join colleagues from across the district at Mesa Public Schools Night Friday, April 6, at the Phoenix Suns game vs. New Orleans Pelicans. Bring your family and show your pride in your favorite school or district shirt. Purchase discounted tickets online for seats anywhere in the arena.

Up for a game on a school night? Discounted tickets for employees are also available for the Tuesday, April 3, game vs. Sacramento Kings. Get to either game by 5 p.m. to watch warmups. See you there!

Customer service rockstars

Congratulations to the schools that received the most customer service survey submissions from their communities in February:

  • Red Mountain Center for Early Education/early childhood special education — 66 entries
  • Sousa Elementary School — 28 entries
  • Carson Junior High School — 20 entries 

Customers raved about wonderful service at many schools and departments, including this comment from a district teacher. "The information systems help line is wonderful. I work in a workspace that is prone to technical issues. The folks at the help desk are always very helpful and solve the issue in a timely fashion. A+ from this teacher."

Need more customer service survey cards? They're free from the warehouse with code 9135151ESW. An online form is available on the district website. Consider posting a link on your school or department home page.

Stay safe while you get your steps

While the weather is perfect for walking during breaks, it's important to stay safe. Please avoid walking through bus yards and other areas with moving traffic. It's also a good idea to avoid parking garages due to blind corners and spots. Remember, the safest place for pedestrians is on the sidewalk.  

Cover of Achieve magazine with junior Mesa High student and kindergarten student from Hawthorne. Text: Mesa Public Schools Achieve; Innovation and Excellence in Education Innovaction y excelencia en educacion All stages of learning From kindergarten to college and career ready Todas las etapas de aprendizaje Desde kinder hasta la universidad y carrera profesional Page 10 NBCT Mesa teachers demonstrate national excellence Las maestras de Mesa demuestran excelencia nacional PAGE 30 A to Z of assessments Evaluaciones de la A a la Z Mesa Public Schools logo Spring/Summer 2018 Primavera/Verano 2018

Achieve is on its way

The spring/summer 2018 issue of Achieve is currently being sent to all mailboxes in Mesa Public Schools boundaries. This issue features articles about Career and Technical Education, kindergarten and National Board certified teachers. 

Copies will arrive soon at all district schools and departments. Interested in extra copies? Call communications and marketing at 480-472-0223. Read Achieve online on the district website. The community-focused, cost-efficient publication comes out twice a year, and outside advertising keeps costs low. It's less than 20 cents per issue to produce and mail Achieve.

Young at Art

The 30th annual district Young at Art show will be 5 to 10 p.m. April 20 at the creative and performing arts building, 155 N. Center St., Mesa. The gala features artwork from junior high and high school students, along with live dance, music and theatre performances. District culinary arts students will create delectable treats for attendees. Find more information and additional gallery dates on the creative and performing arts department page.

Grade enhancement plan

Students in courses aligned with AzMERIT or AIMS assessments are eligible to raise their course grade one level with the district's new grade enhancement plan. Students who earn "proficient" on AzMERIT or "meets" on AIMS will increase each semester grade by one level, up to a B. Students who earn "highly proficient" on AzMERIT or "exceeds" on AIMS will raise their semester grades one level, up to an A. Learn more at mpsaz.org/azmerit/grade.

Libby Nellsch and Mark Andrews of Summit AcademyCue the applause

Congratulations to the employees honored during the Spotlight Recognitions portion of the Feb. 27 Governing Board meeting. Summit Academy's Dr. Libby Nellsch (pictured right with Principal Mark Andrews) and Hale Elementary's Jerry Herbel were named Educators Who Make a Difference. Food and nutrition's Linda Lason was named Employee Who Makes a Difference. Summit Academy's Tyrone Figaro, Hale Elementary's Terri Reece, and food and nutrition's Paula Scoutten were recognized as Customer Service Champions.

Learn more about the Spotlight Recognitions program and see all of this year's awardees.


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Heidi Hurst, communications and marketing supervisor

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