Volume 44, No. 2, Sept. 4, 2015

Rep. Sinema visits Westwood and Adams; United Way kickoff; Gold Cards available; Multicultural Education conference; AzMERIT update; Employee-only discounts; Send in your Instagram pics; Update your contact info; College fair; Running with the Bulls early registration; Taft turns 50

Sinema at Westwood

Rep. Sinema visits Westwood and Adams

U.S. congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema had a busy day in Mesa on Monday, Aug. 31. In the morning, she stopped by Westwood High School to chat with AP government students and meet Prinicipal Shawn Lynch, 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year John-David Bowman and Dr. Cowan.

In the afternoon, she headed over to Adams Elementary with representatives from Mesa Fire Department to donate $500 to students as part of her Kyrsten's Kids initiative. Mesa Fire & Medical helped raise the money for school supplies for Adams students.

United Way campaign kicks off

Our community needs your help. Thanks to the district's United Way campaign, you can do just that. Don't forget to return your United Way form to your community connector before Sept. 14. Visit the United Way's website to see where your donations are going. Call Kathy Easter at 480-472-0223 if you have any questions. As a reminder, 100 percent of money donated via the Mesa Public Schools United Way campaign goes to charitable organizations. Thank you for helping families in Mesa.

Gold Cards are available

Seniors 62 and over who live in Mesa Public Schools boundaries are eligible for a free Gold Card. This card provides free or discounted admission to school plays, concerts, musical theater and sports, but is not eligible for Arizona Interscholastic Association playoffs. Gold Cards can be picked up in the Administrative Services Center lobby or Curriculum Services Center's building two lobby.

Free multicultural education conference

The fourth annual Multicultural Education Conference, sponsored by the East Valley NAACP, Mesa Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and Maricopa County Community Colleges, takes place Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will be held at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler. James A. Banks, founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, is the keynote speaker. Register online to save your spot before Sept. 10.

AzMERIT update

Students' AzMERIT score reports will be available in November. Want a sneak peek? Check out sample reports and more at www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/. District-provided tutorials and resources will be available to all teachers by October.

Say cheese!

Insta cropThe district's Instagram needs YOUR on-site photos. If you're doing a fun classroom project, interesting activity in PE, or if any other must-share photo opportunities arise, please send your photo to social@mpsaz.org.

Be sure to include the five Ws: Who, What, When, Where and Why. Unless the photo is of a student winning an award, don't include student names. Be sure to double-check any opt-outs before you submit your photo.

While you're at it, don't forget to connect with Mesa Public Schools on FacebookTwitter and YouTube. If you're interested in starting a social media account for your school or site, feel free to reach out to Heidi Hurst at 480-472-0224.

Is your info up to date?

Wondering if you missed that important call? Check the online directory to make sure your contact information is current. If not, contact your site's webmaster.

The annual college fair is back!

Save the date! The 35th Annual College Fair is less than a month away. Meet representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities, technical and vocational schools, military services, professional organizations, and other businesses and industries. The fair will be at Mesa High School, 1630 E. Southern Ave., on Monday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Look for discounts

Did you know several local and national businesses offer discounts for district employees? Keep an eye on the employee discounts page for ways to save money at businesses you love. Discounts on movie ticketstheme parksKids Corner and gym memberships are also available.

Running with the Bulls

RWTB cropRegister early for Mountain View's 3rd annual Running with the Bulls 5K or 10K and save. Participants will receive a shirt, medal, gift bag, refreshments and more. All proceeds go to AzBrainfood and Ronald McDonald House. Running with the Bulls takes place Saturday, Jan. 16, at Toro Stadium, 2700 E. Brown Road, Mesa. The 10K kicks off at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. A free 1/4 mile fun run is available for children with advanced registration.

Taft turns 50

Taft Elementary will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November, and staffers want your Taft photos and stories over these last five decades. They're also collecting items to display in their decade rooms ('60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) during the celebration. If you'd like to share, please call Pam Read (480-472-9075) or Lianne Merrill (480-472-9135) by Oct. 16.

Come join the party on Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Taft Elementary, 9800 E. Quarterline Rd., Mesa. Enjoy the Taft Wall of History, games and food, and check out some vintage cars from the 1960s.


Send news to:

Heidi Hurst, district communications supervisor

Submit an award or recognition or tell us about a special event via our good news form.


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