Volume 45, No. 11, April 28, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher appreciation week 2017: Thank you

The Governing Board has declared May 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week at Mesa Public Schools. To all of our fabulous educators who make a difference in our students' lives every single day, thank you!

Local businesses want to thank you, too. Here are several teacher (and staff) discounts and offers that will be in effect this month.

School lunch prices to increase

At the April 11 board meeting, the Governing Board approved an increase in school lunch prices for 2017-18. Elementary lunch prices will be $2.05, up 10 cents from the current price of $1.95. Junior-high and high-school students will see prices rise 25 cents to $2.75 and $3.25, respectively. Choice and success school pricing may vary.

The change was required by a regulation for districts participating in the National School Lunch Program to close the gap between the average weighted paid lunch price and the federal free lunch reimbursement rate.

Did you know? Mesa charges less for school lunch than our neighboring districts, including Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley and Queen Creek.

Commencement ceremony change

Revisions to Policy IKFB, commencement ceremonies, were approved at the April 25 Governing Board meeting. Eligible non-graduating students may be able to participate in the commencement ceremony if their participation is recommended by the principal and approved by the superintendent.

Eligible students must fit one of three categories: students with disabilities, students with serious hardships, and exchange and other foreign students. A student may only participate in one commencement ceremony. Participation in the ceremony does not mean that a student is a graduate or entitled to a diploma.

2017-18 administrative moves

At the April 25 board meeting, several administrative changes for the next school year were announced. The following principal moves will occur July 1:

  • Redbird principal Nicolas Parker will lead Hawthorne Elementary
  • Hawthorne principal Stephanie Montez will lead Adams Elementary
  • Adams principal Terri Ringland will lead Redbird Elementary
  • Whittier principal Charles Starkey will lead Lowell Elementary
  • Lowell principal Doreen Herrick will lead Brinton Elementary

Immigration resolution signed

After community feedback about fears among immigrant families, the board signed a resolution, affirming the provision of safe, welcoming and inclusive schools for all students. In the rare circumstance that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) might visit a campus, the school has been directed to immediately contact the superintendent or assistant superintendent, who will only grant access to a student or student records if legally required by a valid warrant, subpoena or court order, or if the parent or legal guardian consents.

Learn more and attend a community forum at Taylor Junior High Monday, May 1, at 6 p.m.

Cue the applause

Robert Meldau, Eisenhower Center for Innovation principal, was recently named Principal of the Year by Playworks Arizona. Meldau received the award for his commitment to creating a healthy school community.

Zahner family accepts 2017 Teacher of the Year award from Mesa Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Ryne ZahnerMesa Chamber of Commerce recognized their 2017 Student and Teacher of the Year at the Annual Leadership Awards Dinner April 21. Skyline High School senior Charlotte Ruth was named Student of the Year. She received a $1,000 scholarship. Ryne Zahner was posthumously awarded the Teacher of the Year award. Zahner, who taught math at Mesa High, passed away in January. Several of his students nominated him for the award. On hand to accept the award was Zahner's family. Along with a plaque, the family received a $500 contribution to the Ryne Zahner Memorial Scholarship Fund. (Pictured, left to right: Brooke Zahner; Karla Zahner, EdTech trainer; Brett Zahner, Smith Junior High CTE teacher; and Sally Harrison, Mesa Chamber president)

Congratulations to our April Employees and Educators of the Month, who were recognized at the April 25 Governing Board meeting. MacArthur Elementary fifth-grade teacher Karen Weinstein and Lowell Elementary reading interventionist Maria White were named Educators of the Month. Salk Elementary health assistant Sherry Hussein and Native American Education Program home/school liaison Jennifer Lefler were named Employees of the Month. Mesa High's Jeremy Spilsbury was named Volunteer of the Month.


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Heidi Hurst, district communications supervisor

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