Volume 43, Number 11, March 5, 2015

Submit Student Services Award nominations by March 13; Employees and Volunteer of the Month; State champions in Mesa Public Schools; Music in our Schools; Upcoming district performances; Trip reduction survey

Submit Student Services nominations by March 13

Each spring, Student Services honors:

  • special education students for outstanding achievement
  • regular education students, teachers, support staff, community members, schools and district departments for exemplary service and contributions to students with disabilities

We are counting on you to nominate people who make a difference! Award winners will be honored in a ceremony May 8 at the Mesa Convention Center.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available online. Nominations are due by March 13. For more information call Stephanie Nehl, special education secretary, 480-472-0702.

Stephanie StorkMPS honors Employees, Volunteer of the Month

Steven Peterson, Governing Board clerk, recognizes Stephanie Stork, who creates a wonderful learning environment as resource center specialist at Washington Elementary.

The school board honors teachers, support staff and volunteers who contribute greatly to the quality of Mesa Public Schools and make a difference in the lives of students and staff. Click the names to read this month's tributes:

Employees of the Month

Carol LarsenVolunteer of the Month

Carol Larsen, Jefferson Elementary

Employees win certificates, tributes and $400 for professional development. Volunteers win certificates, tributes, candy-bouquet tumblers and coasters from MPS. They win $50 gift cards and books titled "The Giving Tree" from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Nominate someone where you work. Employee and volunteer nomination forms are available online.

Volunteer of the Month, Carol Larsen, is recognized by Bruce Cox, associate superintendent. Larsen is appreciated for instilling the love of reading in the first-graders at Jefferson Elementary. 

State champions in Mesa Public Schools

Congratulations to Mountain View wrestling and Dobson girls basketball for taking their schools to the state championships!

Mountain View earned the Division I title for the second consecutive year in Prescott Valley, February 14. Read more. 

Individual wrestling champions from Mesa Public Schools include Jonathan Allen, senior, Mesa High; Josh Jaramillo, senior, Dobson High; Austin Moyer, senior, Westwood High; Kieffer Taylor, senior, Mountain View High; and James Williams, junior, Mesa High.

Dobson Lady Mustangs took the Division I title by conquering Millenium 58-49 in the state championship showdown, March 2.

Music in our Schools Month

March marks 30 years of celebrating Music In Our Schools Month, which is sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. It raises awareness about school programs and the importance of music in education.

Everyone is invited to attend the many concerts and special events that will be taking place this spring throughout Mesa Public Schools as part of the district’s music education program. 

District performances

  • "Merry Wives of Windsor," Mesa High School, March 27-30
  • "Les Miserables," Skyline High School, April 1-2
  • "Much Ado about Nothing," Westwood High School, April 9-11
  • "Shrek the Musical," Dobson High School, April 29-May 2

Trip reduction survey

The annual trip reduction survey will be conducted in March. Maricopa County requires employee participation. Thank you in advance for completing the survey and returning it to your site coordinator.




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