Volume 43, Number 13, April 23, 2015

Apply for instruction support jobs; Art and music events; Latino Parent Council meeting; Movie ticket sales moving May 1; Teacher Appreciation Week; Student Service Awards ceremony; Retirement parties; Red Mountain to offer AP Capstone Diploma; Awards and recognitions

Apply for instruction support jobs

Teachers on non-exclusionary contracts are eligible. Click here to access the online application. Under the Internal Applicants section, click on "View internal positions" for position information, complete job description and the online application. These are anticipated openings and they may change.

Department Specialist, Eagleridge and Elementary MDLP (apply by April 26)

Content Specialist, English Language Arts/Secondary Reading (district-based position, apply by April 26)

● Content Specialist, MDLP (apply by April 30)

● ESEA Improvement Specialist, Title 1 (district-based position, apply by May 3)

Young at Art flier

Young at Art turns 27

The annual Young at Art gala will be held Friday, April 24, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Creative and Performing Arts building, 155 N. Center St., Mesa. Come see adjudicated artwork from junior- and senior-high students, and enjoy dance, musical and theatre performances. Delicious food from culinary arts students will also be available. The event is free and open to all ages. Additional gallery dates are available.

Dinner and harps

The Mesa Public Schools High School Harp Ensemble will present its final concert May 4 at the Creative and Performing Arts Building, 155 N. Center St., Mesa.


Tickets for the dinner are available from:

Friends of MPS Harps, c/o Kristie Godfrey
3428 E. Indigo Cir., Mesa, AZ 85213
Phone or text 480-466-6195
Adult dinner $18; or $21 if ordered after April 23
Child (18 or younger) $10; or $13 if ordered after April 23

Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with ensemble members providing harp solos. The concert will begin at approximately 7 p.m. or immediately after dinner. The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the east lot; enter through the courtyard on the east side of the building.

Contact Karen Miller, MPS Harp Specialist, for more information.

Latino Parent Council meeting April 29

The district's last Superintendent Latino Parent Council meeting of this school year will be Wednesday, April 29, at Redbird Elementary, 1020 S. Extension Rd. Mesa. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. All are welcome, so please encourage families at your school to attend.

Movie ticket sales moving to Administrative Services Center

Beginning Friday, May 1, all discounted Harkins movie tickets will be sold at the Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main Street, Mesa. See the first-floor receptionist to purchase tickets. Please see the movie tickets page for updated pricing, payment information and hours. 

Teacher Appreciation Week and McDonald's freebie

McDonalds teacher appreciation day

Teacher Appreciation Week is fast-approaching. Celebrate Mesa Public Schools teachers all week long from May 4-9. National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 5.

Arizona McDonald's restaurants will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day with a delicious offer. Buy a McCafé drink May 5 and show your school ID. You will receive a keytag valid for a free small McCafé drink every day until Dec. 31, 2015, while supplies last.

46th annual Student Service Awards ceremony

Student Service Award winners will be honored during our 46th annual celebration at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa.

Each year, Mesa Public Schools honors students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement either as special education students or in support of special education students. Awards are also presented to teachers, support personnel and community members who have demonstrated exemplary service to our students with disabilities.

Everyone's invited to join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments and contributions in special education programs and services by this year's winners.

School and department retirement parties

Offer our retirees your congratulations and best wishes at their school and department receptions. The parties are listed alphabetically by location. Please email party information to Kathy Easter. Check the Web page often for additional parties.

Red Mountain to offer AP Capstone Diploma

Red Mountain has become the first comprehensive high school in Arizona to offer the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma. The class of 2017 will be the first with the opportunity to earn the diploma. Teachers Trevor Brimhall and Heather O'Brien will be implementing the program at Red Mountain. Students who successfully complete the program will graduate ready to excel in college.

And the award goes to...

Four students from Mesa Public Schools have been awarded the 2015 Flinn Scholarship. Mountain View's Grant Laufer and Maggie Tucker and Westwood's Lexi Darby and Mary Saxon have won the highly competitive scholarship, valued at more than $115,000. The Flinn Scholars Program pays for tuition to one of the three state universities, room and board, funding for international study-related travel and much more. 

Hawthorne garden

Highland Elementary received $1,000, plus seeds and materials, to grow a sustainable garden from Western Growers Foundation. Hawthorne Elementary (pictured) won $1,000 from Syngenta's Grow More Vegetables seed grant program.

Mesa Academy captured the Junior High Champions Award at the 2015 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. Mountain View senior Alexandra Smith won the University of Arizona Top High School Project Award and Westwood freshman Zach Rolfness received the Office of Naval Research Award, making them eligible to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair May 10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The full list of winners is available on the Arizona Science Center website.

Adriana TapiaSkyline junior Adriana Tapia was awarded the Silver Congressional Award Medal by U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon. Tapia's mother is Mesa High School CTE teacher Tamara Tapia. The Congressional Award is a series of steps from bronze certificate to gold medal. To reach the silver medal, Tapia surpassed the required 200 hours of volunteer service, 100 hours of personal development, 100 hours of physical fitness, and an expedition of 3 days and 2 nights.

Mesa Public Schools communications and marketing received four ASPRA*tions awards from the Arizona School Public Relations Association. The department won Awards of Excellence for the 2014 employee United Way campaign and customer service survey. Superintendent's Latino student roundtable program and the November 2014 Westwood Cox Connect2Compete event earned Awards of Distinction. The Arizona Cardinals won an Award of Excellence for their community relations work with Mesa Public Schools.

Congratulations to Marlo Loria, director of career and technical education. She has won the Bernard Stewart Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona. Loria was selected for the award based on her accomplishments and dedication to students and CTE. She will be recognized during the ACTE summer conference in Tucson.

Send news to:

Heidi Hurst, district communications supervisor

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