Volume 43, Number 9, January 22, 2015

Shelley Heath recognized by Mesa Professional Educators; Emerson Elementary receives Gold Medal; Mesa Public Schools early childhood program gets a new look; District launches a new app; Mt. View boot camp; Third annual SciTech Expo; Special Education needs Spanish interpreters; Health Office Appreciation Day; District social networking pages

Shelley HeathHeath wins Outstanding Educational Leadership Award

Mesa Professional Educators honored Shelley Heath, Ishikawa principal, with the Outstanding Educational Leadership Award for her commitment and dedication to learning. Colleagues nominated Heath, highlighting her leadership and focus on student achievement.
This is the second time Heath has been recognized with this award, previously winning in 2003.

Heath is pictured with her husband, Russ Heath, and daughter, Kristin Driscoll.

Gold Medal Award granted to Emerson Elementary

The Beat the Odds Institute honored Emerson Elementary with a Gold designation for 2015. Six schools in the state of Arizona were recognized with this distinction, and Emerson couldn't be more proud. Emerson received this honor by meeting a number of criteria, including successfully boosting student achievement by demonstrating academic grow in a majority of grades and subjects. Former principal, Mark Norris, and current principal, Christel Arbogast, both humbly give credit to the endless efforts and hard work of the teachers, staff members and students.

kinderu logoA new look for Mesa Public Schools early childhood programs 

Existing preschool programs in Mesa, including Mesa Early Learning Preschool (MELP), First Things First Preschool (FTF),Pre-K, Community Ed. Preschool, Pre-K Plus, SPED Preschool, PEER program and Child Development Centers are now all classified under one program name: KinderU.

Registration materials for 2015-16 school year will be branded with the new name.

Many options are available to Mesa children and those that live outside district boundaries. Spring semester openings are still available at several locations. Click here for more information.

pic of appDistrict launches a new app

Mesa Public Schools launched a new app for iPhone and Android devices on Jan. 22. The app brings district and school information to parents' fingertips, and makes communication a snap.

Special features allow parents to customize the information they receive from their child's school. They are able to access accounts, call in a child's absence, stay afloat with district and school news, and link the school calendar to their personal calendar. District social media is quickly accessible with instant convenience to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram pages. One touch and a parent can stay up-to-date with all of the district happenings.

The Mesa Public Schools' app is available for free download through Google Play for Android users and the App Store for iPhone/iPad users.

Questions? Contact Courtney Mollineaux at X27224.


Did your resolution include getting healthy and staying fit? Mt. View Toro strength coaches will host an Adult Fitness Boot Camp starting in February. This camp is open to MPS staff as well and all adult members in the Mesa community.

The cost for staff is $120 and for community member it is $140. Click here for more information. 

Third annual SciTech Expo

Mesa Public Schools will host its signature event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 21, at Red Mountain High School. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects and activities from schools across the district will be showcased.

If you are interested in hosting a table for students, families and community members to participate with a hands-on activity, contact Korin Forbes or Cheryl McCaw 

Registration forms must be submitted by Friday, January 23rd.

Spanish interpreters needed for special education

The Special Education department has an ongoing need for Spanish speakers to serve as interpreters for meetings across the district. Interpretation requires a high level of skill in both English and Spanish. In addition, interpreters must have the flexibility to work hours before and after the typical school day and be willing to interpret at schools other than their home base. Due to wage and hour restrictions, only classified employees working less than 40 hours may apply. Certified staff may also apply, however no overtime is paid.

If you are interested, visit the Special Education website from any school or district computer, click on the "Forms and Manuals" button, click on the letter "B" and then click on the Bilingual Interpreter Application. Please print, complete and send through interoffice mail to Nina Allred, Special Education secretary at the SSC or fax it to 480-472-0705.

In addition to completing the application, interpreters must pass a short oral interpreting test and complete a training session. We accept applications throughout the school year.

Health Office Appreciation Day

Health Office Appreciation Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Being ready to learn includes being well enough to learn; School Nurses and Health Assistants are important members of the education team.

Health Office duties range from overseeing immunizations, conducting healthcare screenings and providing first aid, to monitoring and assisting students with serious medical conditions. Our health staff is a critically needed resource in every school community. Please offer them the special recognition they deserve on Health Office Appreciation Day.

Follow Mesa Public Schools on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

Follow Mesa Public Schools on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Employees, parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs are invited to submit news and photos.


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