Volume 44, No. 15, May 26, 2016

Prop. 123 update

Unofficial results show Prop. 123 passing by a narrow margin. Once the results have been verified and the FY16 funds are released, eligible employees can expect to receive one-time additional compensation of 3.5 percent of their current base salary in July. The board has begun acting on the proposed 2016-17 budget with Prop. 123 funding. At the May 24 board meeting, they approved the compensation plan, health benefits plan and appointed the new elementary deans. Learn more about Prop. 123's impact on the 2016-17 budget and employee compensation.

MEA pay change

Beginning July 1, 2016, all employees covered by the MEA working conditions document will be paid one week in arrears, which aligns with all other district employee groups. It's important to plan now for next year's pay schedule change. Find more information on the certified employee news feed.

TCP changeTime clock change July 1

If you are an employee who currently uses a time clock, things will look a little different July 1. That is when a new system, TimeClock Plus, will replace all current district time clocks. Employees will now have two options to clock in and out, monitor accruals, and request leave and time off — the wall clock or computer-based web clock.

Find more details about the switch to TimeClock Plus at mpsaz.org/payroll/tcpinfo. Training schedules and materials will be coming soon to make the transition as seamless as possible. 

Mesa Foundation board members needed

Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence is looking for new volunteer board members. One certified representative and one classified representative are needed. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Helen Hollands, director of communications and marketing, by Monday, June 6. Learn more about the foundation on its website.

Movie ticket sales summer hours

From June 3 to July 8, Harkins movie ticket sales at the Administrative Services Center will be available Monday through Thursday. To purchase the $7 tickets, visit the ASC receptionist between 7:30 a.m. to noon or 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Check and exact cash amount are accepted as payment. Please bring your employee ID or other proof of employment. 

It's great to be a teacher event

University of Phoenix is teaming up with the district for the June 8 "It's great to be a teacher" event. The event takes place 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa.

Attendees will learn how to become a certified teacher through an alternative pathway, as well as how to become a substitute teacher and instructional aide at the district. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a teacher, this will be an excellent opportunity to advance your career.

Summer programs and camps

Still looking for summer activities for your little ones? Luckily, community education has you covered. There are still a ton of excellent opportunities available, such as KidzCamp, and CTE, music and sports camps. Community education offers something for every child. Register now before space fills up. 

Free educator days at area museums

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West invites educators to learn about field trip activities at free "Teacher Thursday" events in July. Learn more about the museum's funding opportunities to underwrite 2016 admission and transportation for Title I schools. Interested in attending a "Teacher Thursday" event? Email your RSVP to education@scottsdalemuseumwest.org with your name, grade level, school and district name, summer contact information (email and/or phone) and choice of date (July 7, 14, 21 or 28).

The Musical Instrument Museum is celebrating Educator Appreciation Month with free admission in July. Throughout the month of July, educators will get into the Musical Instrument Museum at no cost. Discounts will also be available at the museum's cafe, coffee shop and store. Learn more about MIM's Educator Appreciation Month on the museum website.  

Cue the applause...

Lisa BurlesonCongratulations to Lisa Burleson, a special education reading teacher at Poston Junior High! Burleson (pictured) was recognized as a Middle Level Educator of the Year by the Arizona Middle Level Association. Burleson was nominated by her peers and administrators. AMLA recognizes outstanding individual teachers, excelling teams, exceeding administrators and superior lifetime contributors.

Chelise Nahle has won the Teacher of the Year award from radio station KNIX. Nahle, who is a special education teacher at Jordan Center for Early Education, was among 34 teachers named Teacher of the Week in 2015-16. Nahle was presented with a $1,000 check at a ceremony May 12.

For the 30th year, the district has received ASBO's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award recognizes the district's commitment to fiscal integrity and high-quality financial reporting. Congratulations to Chief Financial Officer George Zeigler and the financial services team!

Suzie DePrez, assistant superintendent, will be honored by Arizona School Administrators (ASA) in June. DePrez has been named Arizona Distinguished Administrator for the Educational Services division.

David Sanders was named Chief Information Officer of the Year, by the Phoenix Business Journal and Cox Business for his creativity, tenacity and ability to successfully meet our technology infrastructure needs.

Beth Marchen and Kerri Johnson, PE teachers at Salk Elementary School, were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Walk On! Challenge. Funding has been allocated for recess equipment, climbing walls, recreational activities, field trips and pedometers.

Meg Howell-Haymaker, English teacher and speech and debate coach at Mountain View High School, has been named National Coach of the Year by the National Speech and Debate Association. Outstanding job!

Jefferson Elementary staffers Melissa Gonzalez, Brittany Kimball and Christine Quick represented the district at the Hispanic Leadership Institute. They completed 11 sessions where they enhanced their leadership skills and connected with the Hispanic community. Gonzalez, Kimball and Quick have pledged to advocate for the community through education and community service.

Have a fabulous summer!

Have a safe and happy summer, and enjoy a little reading by the pool. The district's Voices 2016 anthology can be downloaded as a PDF for e-readers.

Don't forget to sign up for summer session professional development. Lots of courses still have seats available.


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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