Volume 43, No. 5, Oct. 20, 2014

Rodel Exemplary Teacher semifinalists; Lindsey Cassidy named Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona Teacher of the Year;  Employees and Volunteer of the Month; National Merit semifinalists; Civic Engagement Awards; Pizza Town Hall; Read for the Record; Mesa Latino Town Hall; Mesa High's "Seussical"; Red Mountain High School's "The Road to Shambala"; RAD class for women

Are you a military veteran?

If you have had the honor of serving our country, we would like to know! Please take a moment to share your information, so that we may acknowledge your service in an upcoming issue of Mesa Agenda. Questions? Please call 480-472-7224.

Congratulations to our employees

Rodel announces Exemplary Teacher semifinalists

Semifinalists for the Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award include elementary educators Rosanne Carlson, Porter third grade; Brandon Short, Whittier sixth grade; Cassandra Woods, Roosevelt sixth grade; and Meghan Zins, Whitman third grade. Exemplary teachers will be named in November.

Cassidy named Arizona Teacher of the Year 

Lindsey Cassidy was recognized as Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona Teacher of the Year at the 15th annual Sharing Walk on Sept. 30. Cassidy, an early childhood special education teacher at Johnson, was nominated by her student's parents and selected from applicants statewide. "I don't feel that what I do is above and beyond, but I guess they do," shares Cassidy. We are proud to call her one of our own. Congratulations, Lindsey!

Board honors Employees of the Month 

Employee of the MonthKim Raczynski, Taylor Junior High's secretary, listens as Mike Nichols, board member, reads her Employee of the Month tribute.

Mike Nichols, school board member, honored our Educators of the Month and Classified Employees of the Month in September. Read their tributes:

Nancy Herrera, facility assistant, Washington Elementary
Aldy Montufar, music and band teacher, Lincoln Elementary School
Kim Raczynski, principal's secretary, Taylor Junior High School
Cathy Thornton, second-grade teacher, Sousa Elementary

The employment recognition program honors school- and district-based staff members who contribute greatly to the quality of MPS. They make a remarkable difference in the lives of students and staff. Nominate someone where you work. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online.


Joan Bradley named Volunteer of the Month 

Mike Hughes, school board president, honored Mountain View High School's Joan Bradley as the district's Volunteer of the Month in September. Bradley, the marching band booster president, has donated countless hours to the Toro band for more than three years, and has a special way of making everyone feel welcome. Mountain View students and families treasure her contributions to the program.

Nominate your volunteer.

Joan Bradley, volunteer of the month, and Mike Hughes, board president,reflect on Joan's dedication to the Mountain View High School band program.

Hats off to our students

National Merit names semifinalists 

Our six National Merit semifinalists are among the top one percent of high school seniors nationwide. These academically talented students have an opportunity to compete for more than $30 million in National Merit Scholarships offered next spring. We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them luck in the competition. 

Fourteen schools recognized for civic engagement; Skyline is a School of Excellence

District schools walked away with a majority of the awards presented at the Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony on Sept. 17. Of the 27 schools recognized statewide, 14 are from Mesa Public Schools. Way to lead, Mesa, Dobson, Red Mountain, Carson, Franklin, Fremont, Kino, Poston, Rhodes, Smith, and Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies!

You're invited

Read for the Record

Join millions of Americans across the nation in celebrating literacy by reading the children's book "Bunny Cakes," by bestselling author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells. Read for the Record is recognized this year on Oct. 21 and guest readers include:

Mayor John Giles at Crismon from 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Councilman David Luna at Jefferson from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Councilman Dennis Cavanaugh at Washington from 8:15 - 9 a.m.

Help your students be a part of this exciting world-record event!

Mesa Latino Town Hall

The 12th Annual Mesa Latino Town Hall will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. This is an informative meeting that brings the community together to discuss issues affecting Latinos in Mesa. Mesa Public Schools continues to be a signature sponsor for this event.

Mesa High invites you to "Seussical"

Mesa High presents "Seussical", a fun-filled family event! Come see this award-winning cast as they capture the hearts of all ages through the eyes of Dr. Seuss.

Red Mountain High School presents "The Road to Shambala"

Come to this creative parody of "The Wizard of Oz". Enjoy the music of Three Dog Night in "The Road to Shambala", a jukebox musical the whole family will love.

Self-defense class for women

We are offering a free self-defense class for women called "RAD", which stands for "Rape Aggression Defense." If you are interested, please contact Jaime Jimenez in district security at 480-472-1157.

We want your news!

Communications and Marketing welcomes your photos and stories about school and department achievements, activities, and events for the MPS Facebook/Twitter page. Send emails to Courtney Mollineaux, community relations specialist, at clmollineaux@mpsaz.org. Questions? Please call 480-472-7224.


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