Volume 44, No. 6, Dec. 16, 2015

Holiday graphicHave a safe and happy winter break!

The countdown has begun to winter break. Have a safe, happy and warm holiday, filled with lots of relaxation, time with loved ones and delicious treats. Remember, schools are closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 1. District offices are closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Schools and offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

Department holiday hours

Communications & Marketing will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1.

Human Resources and Employee Benefits are closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, with limited services Dec. 21-22. The offices will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 21, and 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Dec. 22.

Information Systems help desk is available 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. The help desk is closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Synergy support is available 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, and closed Dec. 22 to Jan. 1.

Payroll will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1. Employees are urged to verify their mailing addresses and submit any changes immediately to Human Resources.

Movie tickets change

As of 2016, Harkins Theatres has raised the prices of their movie tickets. Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, all Harkins tickets sold at the Administrative Services Center will be $7 each, up from $6.50. As a reminder, only exact cash or check are accepted. Tickets are sold in the ASC lobby from 8:45 a.m. to noon then from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Movie ticket sales will be unavailable Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 for winter break.

Discounts are available

If you're still on the lookout for last-minute holiday gifts, don't forget to view the employee discounts page. While you're at it, peruse this list of educational gift ideas for all children. And if joining a gym is your New Year's resolution, check out these wellness discounts.

Chime in on new calendars

The district would like your input on calendar options for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Fill out this simple online survey and share your thoughts today. 

Retirement receptions

Though we're always sad to say goodbye, help celebrate our 2015-16 retirees at individual retirement receptions. Please be sure to email any upcoming receptions to Kathy Easter in Communications and Marketing. Keep an eye on the district's retirement receptions page for updated listings.

2016 SciTech Expo

The SciTech Expo and Science & Engineering Fair are back March 5, 2016, at Skyline High School. View the SciTech Expo page for more information and exhibitor registration (deadline is Jan. 21). The Science & Engineering Fair public viewing will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the awards assembly at 2 p.m. 

Cue the applause...

Reta YanikReta Yanik (pictured), agricultural science teacher at Westwood High School, is one of 19 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2015 XLR8 Institute at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, last month. Selected participants engaged in intensive professional development sessions focused on setting priorities, finding their own work-life balance, and moving their careers and agriculture programs forward.

Dr. Greg Reid, Entz Elementary principal, has moved on to the finalist stage in Rodel's search for 2016 Exemplary Principals. Reid will find out Jan. 10 if he's been named a Rodel Exemplary Principal. Good luck!

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies has been named the top middle school in Arizona by SchoolDigger.com. Using information and assessment scores from the Department of Education, the SchoolDigger database profiles more than 136,000 schools in the nation. Schools are ranked by calculating an average standard score. This is the second year in a row that Mesa Academy received the top spot. 

Feeding Frenzy logoCongratulations to Stapley Junior High, winner of the inaugural Feeding Frenzy districtwide food drive. Stapley competed against eight other district junior high schools to see which school could collect the most food for United Food Bank in one week. Stapley took first place with 21.69 pounds per student, or a whopping 20,748 pounds total. In second place was Franklin Junior High with 5.94 pounds per student, or 1,676 pounds total. Summit Academy 7-8 took third place with 3.68 pounds per student, or 1,689 pounds total. Congratulations to all of our junior high schools, who collected 29,677 pounds of food for United Food Bank!


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Heidi Hurst, district communications supervisor

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