Volume 45, No. 7, Jan. 13, 2017

Mesa celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

District schools and offices are closed Monday, Jan. 16, to observe Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee will sponsor festivities for the community on Monday, including:

  • The annual parade, which begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street.
  • A festival at Mesa Arts Center from noon to 4 p.m. While there, celebrate the winners of the district's Writing, Multimedia and Oratory Awards at 2 p.m. See the full list of award winners.

Change for Change is back!

Change for Change logoOver the last two years, Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools raised almost $40,000 to feed Mesa families. This year's Change for Change coin drive competition, which benefits Mesa United Way, runs Jan. 17-27.

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. 

Volunteer at the Academic Decathlon

The 2017 Region IV Academic Decathlon competition needs your help. Volunteer to be an essay, interview or speech judge, testing proctor or more. Interested? Fill out the Google Form with your preferences. The competition is Feb. 3-4 at Cooley Middle School in Gilbert. Questions? Email coordinator Judi Willis at 4thregionaz@gmail.com.

Apply to teach summer school

Applications are being accepted to teach Community Education tuition-based summer high school. Teachers are needed June 5 to July 14, Monday through Friday. The morning session is 7:30 a.m. to noon, and the afternoon session is 12:30 to 5 p.m. Submit your application before Feb. 3.

Wellness opportunities at the district

Get a healthy start to 2017 by taking advantage of district wellness opportunities. The Weight Watchers at Work program is now available at Fremont Junior High and the Administrative Services Center. Attend a free Carb Cycling and Habits class Jan. 24 at Mesa Education Center. Sign up for a 15-minute Biometrics screening Feb. 13-28 at several district locations. Learn more and register on the Wellness site

Health Office Appreciation Day

Health office appreciation day graphic

Health Office Appreciation Day will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 25. 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.

See you at the SciTech Expo

Celebrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) with students from across the district at the annual SciTech Expo, and science and engineering fair. The free event begins 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Skyline High School. Visit the SciTech Expo site for more information.

A dollar can make a difference in Mesa

District employees may donate a dollar or more to the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence through payroll deduction. These tax-deductible contributions benefit students and staff in a variety of ways. Learn more about Dollar Makes a Difference on the Foundation website.

Cue the applause...

Patrick Walsh, director of creative and performing arts, was named Administrator of the Year by Arizona Thespians. Walsh was recognized for his dedication to promoting theater education in Mesa.

Renee Parker, principal at Sirrine Elementary, was recognized as the January STEM Principal of the Month by Grand Canyon University. Asked about STEM opportunities at Sirrine, Parker said, "Learning is collaborative and project-based, with students working in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. Students are developed into creative and critical thinkers using problem-based learning."

Fiesta Bowl grand marshals from Whitman Elementary

Alexis Soloff, fourth-grade teacher at Edison Elementary, received honorable mention in the Teacher of the Year awards by Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA). The awards honor teachers with a passion for teaching science. She was recognized at the annual conference in November.

The Fiesta Bowl Organization selected 40 Arizona teachers representing A+ Schools of Excellence™ to serve as Grand Marshals in the 46th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade Dec. 31, 2016. Congratulations to Whitman Elementary School teachers Susan Stanton, Lori Lane and Holly Butler (pictured) for representing Mesa Public Schools in the parade.


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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