Volume 40, Number 11, Dec. 5, 2011

NFL PLAY 60 grant, Trip Reduction benefits, national board certification precandidacy classes, Employees of the Month, coaching job openings, summer school supervisory job openings, Ed Tech open lab, Volunteer of the Month, retirement parties, Facebook postings, school highlights and events

Hula hooping

Jefferson wins NFL PLAY 60 grant

Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals player, awarded the grant and taught the Ultimate Gym Class at Jefferson Elementary.

Jefferson Elementary is one of only 34 schools nationwide to receive an $11,000 PLAY 60 Super School Grant from the NFL to combat childhood obesity. Amy Blevins, PE teacher, wrote the grant. It will fund classroom nutrition kits, and equipment for PE, recess and intramurals.

Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals player, awarded the money to Blevins, Principal Tim Moe and Araceli Balderas, who was honored as Jefferson's Super Parent.

Campbell presented as inspirational message to students about physical activity and student achievement. He also taught the Ultimate Gym Class — jumping and pumping, cone course agility, football relay race, toning training and hula hooping.

Trip Reduction offers gift-card drawings for the holidays and beyond

If you participate in the district's Trip Reduction Program, you can win monthly prize drawings. New participants are eligible for $5 gift cards to Cold Stone Creamery. Continuing participants can win $20 Target gift cards. Bike, walk, take the bus or share a ride to work at least twice a month — and keep a log online. Get started now.

Earn national board certification

Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the most prestigious credential in the profession. Precandidacy classes will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28. Download the flier for information on reimbursement, professional leave, stipends and more.

MPS honors Employees of the Month

Brad and Steven

Bradley Peterson, Fremont Junior High teacher, accepts his award from Steven Peterson, board president.

Steven Peterson, school board president, honored MPS Employees of the Month in November. Read their tributes:

Irma Armenta, cafeteria worker, Carson Junior High
Amy Drake, second-grade, Webster Elementary
James Lucero, lead electrician, Operations Department
Brad Peterson, Career and Technical Education, Fremont Junior High

Winners receive certificates and $400 for professional development. Please nominate your colleagues for their contributions to MPS and the positive difference they make in the lives of students and staff.

Earn extra money as a coach

The junior high boys flag football, girls volleyball and cross country seasons are set for Jan. 9-March 3. Would you like to coach one of the sports? The pay is $500. Please contact John Huckelberry, community education activities specialist, at (480) 472-7267 or jchuckel@mpsaz.org.

Apply for summer school supervisory jobs

Community Education needs summer school supervisors. Apply for the high school position by Jan. 9. The elementary posting closes Feb. 6. For details, log on to Community Ed's employment Web page.

Drop in at Ed Tech's open lab Dec. 8

Educational Technology trainers are on hand to help you during open labs. The next open lab is from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at 546 N. Stapley Drive. Drop in with questions about Architeck, Grade Book, DataStore, Podcasting, SMART Board, Acuity, Mobi, SmartMath, LibGuides, MPS Connect and Clickers. Read more.

District, foundation honor Volunteer of the Month

Patty GalazMike Nichols, school board clerk, surprised Patty Galaz of Redbird Elementary with the district's Volunteer of the Month Award in November. Winners receive $50 gift cards and books titled "The Heart of a Volunteer" from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.

"Thank you, thank you so much for the surprise," Galaz said through tears. "This is awesome! It's so great to work with you guys every day. It means a lot to me. To see all the kids and to help them with everything they need is amazing. Thank you." Nominate an outstanding volunteer.

Come to midyear retirement parties

Red Mountain High will host a reception for Nurse Ellie Ucci from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the library resource center at 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa.

Westwood High will honor Peggy Schulz, health assistant, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the staff cafeteria at 945 W. Eighth St., Mesa.

Request Facebook postings

Does your school or department have news of interest to parents and the public? Community Relations will post your information, links, pdfs and photos on the district's Facebook page. Send an e-mail to Lynda Jordan, community relations specialist, at lkjordan@mpsaz.org. Questions? Call (480) 472-0224.

School highlights and events

Vespers — Come to Mesa High's 65th annual Vespers Concert at 5 p.m. Dec. 11 in the auditorium at 1630 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Enjoy Vivaldi's "Gloria" and other sacred music, performed by the combined A Cappella Choir, Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra, directed by Camille Coffey and Karalee Hagen. Admission's free.

No Shave NovemberNo Shave November  —  Johnson Elementary teachers Michael Gillilea, David Wilson and Randy Mann accepted the No Shave November challenge to highlight prostate cancer awareness. They have the beards to prove it!

Astronomy Night — Gaze at the stars and planets through East Valley Astronomy Club telescopes beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 on the basketball courts at Brimhall Junior High, 4949 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Admission's free.

Junior ROTC champions — Westwood High Air Force Junior ROTC cadets were named grand champions at the Desert Talon Drill Meet. Maj. Ed Greer and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Shaffer teach the winners.

Arts and crafts festival — Carson Junior High will host a festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at 525 N. Westwood. Everyone's invited to buy and sell. For information, download the flier, or call (480) 472-2920.

HoneyBaked sale — Order ham, soup mix, turkey, cake, salsa, condiments and gift certificates by Dec. 16 from O'Connor Elementary. Pick up Dec. 20 at 4840 E. Adobe St., Mesa. See the flier for details.

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot — Stevenson Elementary's annual Turkey Trot promoted active, healthy lifestyles and Thanksgiving cheer. The Holiday Committee, and PE teachers Courtney Teatro and Rudy Sanchez, hosted the event.

Selectshops.com, Our Savior's Lutheran and The Church of the Master donated complete turkey dinners for 65 Stevenson families.

Christmas trees — Buy your Christmas tree at Red Mountain High, 7301 E. Brown, now through Dec. 20. Shop between 5 and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit Red Mountain bands.

Car show — Salk Elementary will host its annual Car Show for Cancer on March 24. It's open to all cars, trucks, motorcycles and specialty vehicles. Clubs may park together. Call Humberto Keeme at (602) 228-7279 or send an e-mail to stepbystep@cox.net for information.

Resources and reminders

Facebook | Employee of the Month nomination | Volunteer of the Month nomination


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