Volume 43, Number 8, December 17, 2014

National recognition for Ishikawa; 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher; Outstanding Mentor of the Year; December Employees of the Month; ECA contribution deadline; Discounted movie tickets; Teach this summer; Arizona museum educator workshop, Instructional assistants teacher program; Trip Reduction program and winners; District social media

Ishikawa Elementary recognized nationally

Competing against 55 schools across the state as a Title I Distinguished School, Ishikawa was one of six elementary schools to earn a site visit from the Arizona Department of Education. Congratulations to Principal Shelley Heath and her entire staff for recently being named as the national first runner-up for the state of Arizona and continually raising student achievement. 

rosanne carlsonMesa teacher named 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher 

Third-grade Porter teacher Rosanne Carlson was selected as a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher. Porter has taught for 28 years in Mesa Public Schools and will mentor high-potential student teachers.

"The most enjoyable aspects of teaching are watching the students grow each year," Carlson says. "You experience the joy they feel when they accomplish a new task, large or small. It is amazing to see their personalities develop. I love getting to know the families, and many former families are now friends."

To learn more about Carlson and the Rodel Initiative, click here

Outstanding Mentor of the Year Andrew Beck 

Shephard Junior High math teacher Andrew Beck has been named Mentor of the Year by ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Beck was honored with a certificate of leadership for the ongoing support he demonstrates for student teachers.

sue frost EOM Dec 2014December Employees of the Month are recognized 

Michelle Udall, board clerk, represents the entire Governing Board in expressing her gratitude to Sue Frost, second-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary.

Two deserving Mesa employees were honored by Michelle Udall, board clerk, as December Employee of the Month.

Read their tributes:
Sue Frost, second-grade teacher, Wilson Elementary 
Tosha Tyler, facilities assistant, Taylor Junior High 

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.

ECA contribution deadline quickly approaching for 2014

You can help Mesa students and possibly lower your tax bill by contributing to the state's Extracurricular Activity (ECA) tax credit program. Simply mail in your contribution form with a check or credit card information by December 31, 2014. You can also contribute online

During tax-reporting time, you have the opportunity to deduct your contribution from your tax bill. Please consult a tax adviser to make sure you are eligible for the dollar-for-dollar credit.

All qualifying individual Arizona taxpayers may contribute as much as $200, and a couple filing jointly may contribute as much as $400 to a public school and receive the money back in the form of a tax credit. Your contribution to our schools supports extracurricular activities or character education.

Not sure where to donate? Click here to choose a school based on student poverty, grade levels or location. 
To learn more about the ECA program, click here

Purchase discounted movie tickets through the district

Mesa Public School employees can purchase discounted Harkins movie tickets for $6.50. Click here for more purchasing details, or call 480-472-0500 for more information.

Teach this summer

Community Education Senior High Summer School teaching applications are available at www.mpsaz.org/commed. Click on Community Education / Summer Programs / Summer Employment / Secondary Summer School. Download the application, complete it and return it to Community Education by February 6, 2015.

Educator workshop at Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Museum of Natural History will be hosting an educator workshop on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To kick off the Arizona SciTech 2015 Festival, the AzMNH will provide middle and high school educators the opportunity to learn more about citizen science initiatives at the national level.

For more information, call the Arizona Museum of Natural History at (480) 644-3553 or email AzMNH.info@mesaaz.gov. You may also visit their website for additional information and contacts.

Teacher program for instructional assistants through MCC

In an effort to recruit future teachers, MCC is partnering with MPS to implement a "grow your own teacher" program for current instructional assistants.

Click here to learn more about this unique opportunity. Participants will gain new knowledge and skills to use in the classroom while completing coursework to earn an elementary teaching certificate with a full ESL/BLE endorsement and Teaching Language Acquisition through STEM academic certificate.

There will be an informational meeting with the project director, Megan Garvy, on Wednesday, January 21, at 4 p.m. in the small auditorium at Mountain View High School. If you have questions, contact megan.garvy@mesacc.edu.

Win prizes in the MPS Trip Reduction Program

Save on fuel and vehicle maintenance, minimize air pollution and win prizes when you participate in the district's Trip Reduction Program. Mandated by Maricopa County, the Trip Reduction Program promotes carpooling, taking the bus, walking or biking to work. You are automatically entered in a prize drawing when you join and when you track your alternate transportation to and from work at least two days each month.

Thank you for doing your part to help clean the valley's air.

For more information about the program, contact Kathy Easter at 480-472-0223 or kjeaster@mpsaz.org

November winners:

$20 Target gift cards for continuing members

Linda Carpenter, certificated assistant, Human Resources
Mary Cartwright, office clerk, Franklin at Alma Elementary
Kris Churchman, reading intervention, Longfellow Elementary
Kelvin Einspahr, math teacher, Red Mountain High School
Mindy Przeor, physical education teacher, Brinton Elementary
Diana Rasmussen, media specialist, Stapley Junior High
Jim Rasmussen, construction inspector, Operations
Melinda Shapley, work order clerk, Operations
Laura Tennyson, secretary to construction, Operations
Gina Ucci, first-grade teacher, Field Elementary

$10 Target gift cards for new members

Lionel Daniel, computer lab, East Valley Academy
Val O'Donnell, health assistant, Robson Elementary

Follow Mesa Public Schools on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

All Mesa Public Schools employees have access to social media on district computers. Follow Mesa Public Schools on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Employees, parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs are invited to submit news and photos.




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