Volume 44, No. 7, Jan. 13, 2016

change for change 2016

Change for Change is back

Last year, Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools raised almost $15,000 to feed Mesa families in the first Change for Change coin drive competition. This year, students hope to collect even more. The competition, which benefits Mesa United Way, runs Jan. 19-29. Staff and community members are welcome to participate. Just bring your coin and dollar donations to any of the six schools' front offices during the drive. The three schools that collect the most money will win a prize for their school. 

Enroll in the TEAMS Mesa Master's in Secondary Education program

Prepare to teach math or science in a junior high or high school, and earn cash while you're at it. The TEAMS Mesa Master's in Secondary Education with teacher certification program is a 15-month ASU program designed for those interested in teaching grades 6-12. In May 2016, the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College will award $25,000 to candidates enrolled in the TEAMS Mesa program. Find more information on the ASU TEAMS Mesa site.

Apply to teach summer school

Applications are being accepted to teach Community Education tuition-based summer high school. Teachers are needed June 6 to July 15, Monday through Friday. The a.m. session is 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the p.m. session is 12:30 to 5 p.m. Submit your application before Feb. 5.

Introducing... Meet Your Colleague!

In each issue of Mesa Agenda, we'll be spotlighting an employee from various departments and schools throughout the district. In a district our size, the diversity of positions is incredible. Here's your chance to learn something new about Mesa Public Schools.

Peggy Steinfadt 3

This issue, meet Peggy Steinfadt in the audiology department.

MA: What do you do at Mesa Public Schools?
Steinfadt: I work as an audiology technician. We conduct state-mandated hearing screenings. Throughout the year, we go to schools and screen students who are new to the district, in special education, and in first, second, sixth and ninth grades. I do this with the help of 13 other fantastic audiology technicians, a wonderful office manager, and two part-time and one full-time audiologists.

MA: How does your department contribute to student success? 
Steinfadt: Through the hearing screening program, we help determine those students who need further evaluation by either an audiologist or a doctor. Once identified with a hearing problem, the student can get the assistance needed to help them succeed academically and socially.

MA: What would your colleagues be surprised to learn about you?
Steinfadt: My husband and I volunteer one weekend per month at St. Vincent de Paul doing home visits, delivering food baskets and more. And I love sci-fi adventure movies — yeah, Star Wars!

Is there a department, school or position you'd like to learn more about? Suggest a future Meet Your Colleague interview subject by emailing Heidi Hurst, district communications supervisor.

Health Office Appreciation Day

Health Office Appreciation Day will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 27. 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.

MPS in the news

David Sanders, chief information officer, and Nathan Myers, director of educational technology, were featured in EdTech Magazine, talking about the district's "untethered teaching." Read the full article online.

Williams College wrote an article about the special relationship between first-generation students at their school and fifth-grade AVID students at Lowell Elementary. 

Pick up the January issue of Raising Arizona Kids to read about the 2015 National Healthy Schools bronze award-winning P.E. programs at Irving and Lowell elementary schools.

Sousa Elementary kindergarten teacher Wende Miller has such an impact on her students that a mother contacted CBS 5 Pay It Forward to help her say thanks. Miller was awarded $500 on behalf of her students.

Cue the applause

Dawn Carpenter

Congratulations to Franklin East Elementary School principal Dawn Carpenter (pictured). She was recently named Principal of the Year by Mesa Independent Professional Educators. Every year, Mesa Independent Professional Educators recognizes a principal who has demonstrated excellence in professionalism, personal relations, communication and leadership.

Congratulations to Skyline High School's We the People team and teacher Nancie Lindblom. The team took second place in the state competition Jan. 9. We the People promotes civic competence and responsibility among students across the nation. Way to go, Coyotes! 

Red Mountain High School's award-winning welding team continued its hot streak at Mesa Community College's welding competition Jan. 7. The team took first place, edging out Skyline in the final competitive weld-off. Congratulations to the team and coach Daniel Hurst.

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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