Volume 44, No. 8, Feb.1, 2016

Les Paul is coming to Mesa

Les Paul Experience

Skyline High School will be rockin' out in February when Les Paul's Big Sound Experience comes to campus. The tour celebrates the 100th anniversary of musician, inventor and cultural icon Les Paul. Attendees experience Paul's life through exploration, technology, sound and hands-on entertainment. Skyline and Patterson Elementary students will get exclusive access before the tour is open to the public. All in the community are invited to the free event 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. 

Resource adoption presentations

The district will host resource adoption presentations for AP U.S. History, AP Psychology, Sociology, and Psychology 1 and 2 Feb. 2-3 at Mesa High. Community members, teachers and administrators who'd like to look at the resources and provide feedback are invited to attend.

TBI Family Night

Staff are invited to attend the Traumatic Brain Injury Family Night Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the Student Services Center third floor conference room. Dinner and discussion begin at 5:30 p.m. This will be an excellent opportunity for district staff who would like to learn how to better help their students with brain injuries. Special guest Dr. Michael Lavoie, pediatric neuropsychologist, will be there to share insight and answer questions.

SeaWorld® San Diego Teacher Fun Card

Teachers, still pondering spring and summer break plans? SeaWorld® San Diego offers a free Teacher Fun Card and three free single day tickets to all active and certified K-12 Arizona credentialed teachers. Register on the Sea World educational programs website. The card is valid for unlimited admission to SeaWorld® San Diego through Dec. 31, 2016.

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.

Sarah Bevier 2

This issue, meet Sarah Bevier, speech language pathologist at Entz Elementary. 

MA: What do you do at Mesa Public Schools?
Bevier: I am a speech language pathologist. I work with kindergarten-through-sixth-grade students with a diverse range of speech and language needs.

MA: How does your department contribute to student success? 
Bevier: We support students' communication skills so they can access their curriculum.

MA: What would your colleagues be surprised to learn about you? 
Bevier: I love an adventure but I am not a thrill seeker. So the most uncharacteristic thing I have ever done is swim with great white sharks. It was terrifying and awesome... definitely a once in a lifetime experience.‚Äč

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.

Apply for instructional support jobs

Teachers on non-exclusionary contracts are eligible to apply beginning Feb. 15. To be considered for a position, you must complete an online application no later than March 6. Under the Internal Applicants section, click "View internal positions" for position information, complete job description and the online application.


  • Mathematics (elementary and secondary)
  • Reading (elementary)
  • Social studies/science (elementary)
  • Credit recovery (high school)
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Professional development
  • Instructional intervention (Focus- and Priority-designated Title I schools)
  • Title I School Improvement (school-based positions - elementary & junior high)

Educational technology trainer
Gifted-endorsed teacher (elementary)
vAcademy teacher (mathematics)

Please note: These are anticipated openings and they may change.

Cue the applause

Traci Acevedo January EOTMCongratulations to our January Employees of the Month. Traci Acevedo, office specialist, Keller Elementary; Luis De La Torre, fifth-grade teacher, Stevenson Elementary; Stacy Murphy, secretary to the principal, Hermosa Vista Elementary; and Kathryn Notarpole, social studies teacher, Stapley Junior High, were recognized at the Jan. 26 board meeting. Nominate a colleague for Employee of the Month. (Pictured: Acevedo is congratulated by Steven Peterson, board president.)

Our January Volunteer of the Month is Shelly White from Sirrine Elementary. White spends two days per week volunteering with Jennifer Jackman's fourth-grade class. Nominate a wonderful helper for Volunteer of the Month.

Dobson High School has been named a Recognized ASCA Model Program by the American School Counselor Association. RAMP schools are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment. Dobson joins Holmes, Irving, Johnson, Robson and Washington elementary schools as RAMP schools.

Jennifer Ruiz, sixth-grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary, was recognized at the Jan. 25 State Board of Education meeting as a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of four state finalists for math and will find out later this year if she's won. Good luck, Jennifer!

spelling bee 16Congratulations to the winners of the district's annual spelling bee! Students from 53 schools faced off Jan. 23, in the Franklin at Brimhall auditorium. Arella Payne, a sixth-grader at Franklin at Brimhall, was declared champion with the word "nebbish." Andrew Yakerson, an eighth-grader at Poston Junior High, took second place. Rounding out the top five were Peyton Rule, a fifth-grader at Ishikawa; Elias Harrington, a sixth-grader at Red Mountain Ranch; and Ashton Davis, a seventh-grader at Fremont Junior High. The students will represent the district at the regional spelling bee Feb. 20 in Tempe, along with nine students from Mesa Academy, Carson and Rhodes junior high schools, and Brinton, Bush, Falcon Hill, Highland Arts, O'Connor and Pomeroy elementary schools. (Pictured from left: Arella Payne, Andrew Yakerson, Elias Harrington, Ashton Davis and Peyton Rule)

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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