Volume 40, Number 7, Oct. 7, 2011

National Blue Ribbon Award, National Bus Safety Week, Employees of the Month, public hearing, Cardinals Hero in the Classroom, school and district highlights, resources and reminders

Franklin East student
Franklin East Elementary is a national Blue Ribbon School.

Franklin East earns Blue Ribbon Award

Franklin East Elementary was named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for overall academic excellence.

Principal Dawn Carpenter and Felicia Muller, sixth-grade teacher, will accept the award in Washington, D.C., in mid-November.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow," said Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education.

"Our parents, teachers and staff are committed to ensuring that all children reach their full potential. I'm honored and proud to be part of our Blue Ribbon Franklin East community," Carpenter said.

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Thank bus drivers, aides for a job well done

National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21. Join Mesa Agenda and the Transportation Department in thanking our drivers and aides for their dedication to student safety and courteous service on the way to and from school, events and activities. Make it a special week for these special people. We appreciate the difficult job they do so well.

Steve and MichelleMPS lauds Employees of the Month

Steve Schiro, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary extended learning teacher, receives an Educator of the Month award from Michelle Udall, board member.

Board members, the superintendency, colleagues, friends and family honored Classified Employees of the Month and Educators of the Month. They received $400 for professional development, supplies, tuition or capital items. September winners are:

Board meeting and public hearing set for Oct. 18

The next regular school board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Brimhall Junior High auditorium, 4949 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. A public hearing on Defining the Future III will follow.

Andrea NorgbergNordberg named a Hero in the Classroom

Andrea Nordberg, Shepherd Junior High math teacher, won the Hero in the Classroom Award from the Arizona Cardinals. They honored her at the Oct. 2 game vs. the New York Giants. She won four tickets, four VIP sidelines pregame field passes and a Cardinals jersey.

Students call Nordberg's classes "awesome and wicked fun." Principal Eileen Cahoon said, "Andrea's students adore her. She truly changes their lives."

"My students inspire me to be a good teacher," Nordberg said. "I absolutely love my job. I'm thankful every day to work with the people at Shepherd and to represent Mesa Public Schools."

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School and district highlights

'In the Trenches'

The Arizona Republic featured Sonia Bribiescas, Kino Junior High team leader, in a Q and A about her college days, her career and her advice for student-athletes. Bribiescas wrote "In the Trenches . . . Mentor Responsibiities" for the October issue of Hispanic Outlook magazine, which focuses on higher education.

Musical Instrument Museum

The Target Corporation awarded MPS $14,112 to fund transportation and admission to the Musical Instrument Museum for 1,341 Mesa students from 14 schools. Full story

Haunted house

Smith Junior High will host a haunted house with a variety of activities for all ages. Everyone's welcome. The party for little ones will be 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Fun for big kids follows from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Stop by the cafeteria at 10100 E. Adobe Road, Mesa. Proceeds benefit the Booster Club and the National Academic League Chapter. Full story

Karen JacksonMPS Volunteer of the Month

Steven Peterson, school board president, presents the Volunteer of the Month Award to Karen Jackson.

Karen Jackson was honored as the MPS Volunteer of the Month in September. This Las Sendas Elementary cheerleader and advocate outdid herself last year.

With Jackson as president, the Parent-Teacher Organization raised $45,000 to put SMART Boards in every classroom. Jackson called businesses for donations, researched new fundraising strategies, organized money-making activities, and communicated the PTO's progress to parents and teachers.

Sustainable garden

School-Home Adjustment Reinforcement Program (SHARP) students will use their academic skills in their new sustainable gardening project to grow vegetables and herbs. They will gratefully accept donated supplies. Full story

Gorilla and Geckos

The Suns mascot visited Guerrero in September to honor Students of the Month and to welcome the elementary school's new mascot, Pacheco El Gecko. The gecko, portrayed by sixth-grade role models, will support Guerrero's Positive Behavior Intervention System: be respectful, be responsible, be trustworthy and be a good citizen.

Resources and reminders

Facebook | Ed Tech open labs | community health fair | national board certification | employee nomination | volunteer nomination | special interest classes | Operations swap meet 

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