Employee newsletter, Oct. 27, 2021

Upcoming events

Adult and visitor meal prices 

On Nov. 1, the adult and visitor breakfast combo meal will increase to $2.75 and lunch combo meal will increase to $4.75. The increase is due to food and paper product price increases and supply chain issues.

Employee offers for upcoming ASU and GCU games

Fan of Arizona State University football? District employees are eligible to purchase discounted tickets for the Oct. 30 and Nov. 27 games. Learn more and purchase tickets online

Grand Canyon University is inviting its K12 education partners to attend a free mens basketball game Nov. 24. A pre-game tailgate with free food, beverages, rides and activities begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Quad outside the arena, followed by the game at 7 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Learn more and reserve your tickets on the GCU website.

Native American Heritage Night

Kick off Native American Heritage Month with a special event presented by the district's Native American Education Program. On Nov. 4, the public is invited to Native American Heritage Night at Westwood High. Steven P. Toya Sr. from Jemez Pueblo is the keynote speaker, and performers include Indigenous Enterprise, Renae Blackwater and Traditional Onk Akimel O'odham Singers. The event begins at 6 p.m. in Westwood's Shepherd Auditorium. Contact NAEP for more information, 480-472-0580.

iCONsortium is Nov. 18

Interested in learning more about personalized learning through literacy? EdTech presents iCONsortium — an innovative opportunity to connect and learn from other teachers. 

  • Nov. 18, 2021
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • In-person at Mountain View High or online
  • Limited seating and virtual opportunities
  • Learn more and register online to reserve a seat in person or virtually

Upcoming special days

Along with Native American Heritage Month and Family Literacy Month, November provides several opportunities to celebrate education professionals. Plan ahead to recognize your team.

Find more opportunities to celebrate on our special days calendar.

Self-care for educators

The popular Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation workshop series is back. The virtual workshop meets Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Sessions include lecture, discussion and practicing techniques. Participants are eligible to earn recertification hours. Learn more and register on GROW.

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Text messages are a great way to receive important news and updates from the district. To opt in to receiving texts, text YES to 67587.

To successfully receive text messages, your cell phone number must be on file in the iVisions employee self-service web portal. Access the portal using your active directory login information.

Need to update your iVisions password? Call the help desk at 480-472-0044. Passwords cannot be reset via email.

Updates from the wellness team

Health for the Holidays — Find your happy place this holiday, with more energy and resilience, as you create a fun winter scene and build sustainable habits. In this six-week wellness program starting Nov. 1, you'll log exercise, nutrition and other simple activities as you "paint" fun winter scenes of places around the world. This free program is available for all district employees and household members over 13. You will even have chances to win prizes. Register online now.

Onsite prostate cancer screenings — After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in American men and the second leading cause of cancer death. Prostate On-site Project (POP) will provide screenings for employees and covered spouses over 40 at no cost. Learn more about the Nov. 8 and Dec. 2 events at Stapley and Fremont transportation centers. 

Mobile Onsite Mammography (M.O.M.) — Preventive mammograms will be held across the district Nov. 15-Dec. 10. Employees and spouses of employees over 40 are eligible. Find the schedule on the wellness website and call 480-967-3767 to book your appointment.

Cigna community resources — Cigna has a community resource tool to locate free or reduced services within your community. Visit cignacommunity.findhelp.com and enter your zip code. You can search by keyword or category. You will receive a list of organizations with details on services they provide, plus their contact information. Try it out, and please share with anyone you know who could use help.

Strike a pose with your pet — Studies show that the bond between people and their pets is linked to several health benefits. Take a photo with your pet and send it to wellness@mpsaz.org by Nov. 30 to be entered into a drawing for a year membership with United Pet Care. As a UPC member, simply take your pet to the veterinarian as often as you need. You'll save instantly on vaccinations, surgeries, dental, medications and more.

Secondhand smoke — The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is Nov. 18. Breathing secondhand smoke for even a short time can hurt your body. It is especially dangerous for children, babies and pregnant women. Protect your loved ones from life-threatening health effects. Over time, secondhand smoke has been linked to serious health problems in nonsmokers. Visit smokefree.gov to gather support, tips and tools to help you quit.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

Roosevelt Elementary special education teacher Sarah Owens was named the 12News A+ Teacher of the Week.

East Valley Tribune featured Shepherd Junior High's Taryn Tidwell and Kino Junior High's Nancy Parra-Quinlan in an article about their recent awards.

Food & nutrition director Sabrina Kvalve spoke to KTAR about supply chain issues impacting school meals. 

Scott Thompson, assistant superintendent of business & support services, spoke to 12News about the bus driver shortage. 

The district's Next Education Workforce partnership with ASU was featured on azcentral.com

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Cue the applause

Group photo at an event with Joe O'Reilly, Nancy Parra-Quinlan and Andi FourlisCongratulations to Nancy Parra-Quinlan, Kino Junior High CTE and STEM teacher (pictured with Superintendent Andi Fourlis and Governing Board member Joe O'Reilly). She has been named the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year by Arizona Educational Foundation. The prestigious award is given to one educator in the state each year. Along with representing Mesa Public Schools all over the state, Parra-Quinlan will represent Arizona in the national Teacher of the Year competition. 

Four district teachers have been named 2021 Arizona Award Winners by Arizona Health and Physical Education. Congratulations to the following educators:

  • Ina E. Gittings Pioneer Award - Rhonda Sigsworth, MacArthur Elementary
  • Future Professional of the Year - Jessika Muggy, Johnson and Zaharis elementary schools
  • Elementary Teacher of the Year - Kerri Johnson, Field and MacArthur elementary schools
  • Adapted PE Teacher of the Year - Elise Sheldon, special education

Looking for a few great testimonials

We are always looking for employee testimonials to use in future recruitment materials, including flyers, videos, social media and the careers website. Love your job? Please take a few moments to fill out this simple form. Thank you.

 

Send your news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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