Volume 46, No. 2, Sept. 7, 2017

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United Way campaign kicks off this week

Help Mesa families this year by participating in the district United Way campaign. It's easy! Just return your United Way form to your community connector before Sept. 21. Visit the United Way website to see where your donations are going. Absolutely 100 percent of money donated via the Mesa Public Schools campaign goes directly to charitable organizations that use your money to help families in Mesa. Contact Miguel Flores, 480-472-0223, if you have any questions. Thank you for helping.

Apply for a Foundation minigrant

Mesa Public Schools Foundation sponsors the minigrant program to fund projects regular school budgets can't accommodate. Have an idea for an innovative project that benefits student achievement and complements the curriculum? Apply for a minigrant (up to $1,000) before the Sept. 29 deadline.

October break is Oct. 9-13

School is not in session Oct. 9-13. Certified and classified employees whose contract or regular work term is less than 12 months will not work during October break. Administrators, supervisors and 12-month contract classified employees will work Oct. 9-13, unless an absence request is approved in advance. If requests are approved, employees must use accruals to cover their absences. 

Short-term classified employees have two paid holidays during October break: Oct. 12-13. Oct. 9-11 are unpaid. Learn more on the employee calendar page on the human resources website.

Free parent classes cover a variety of topics

Did you know Mesa Public Schools offers FREE parent-focused classes every year at various schools and district offices? These Parent University classes are open to all parents and guardians, whether or not they live in Mesa. Please encourage families at your school to participate in these excellent courses.

Class topics range from positive parenting life skills to academics and technology. Class lengths vary from one evening to several weeks, depending on the subject.

Save the date!

College Fair

The 37th annual district College Fair will be 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Dobson High School. Encourage your students to come out and meet representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities, technical schools, military services and businesses. It will be a great time for all!

GCU scholarship for district employees

Grand Canyon University offers a special scholarship opportunity for district employees: a 20- to 30-percent tuition scholarship for degrees including Master in Educational Leadership, Master in Special Education, Bachelor in Elementary Education and Master in Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Learn more online or call Jen Collum, 480-431-0461.

Sign up for wellness opportunities

The district's wellness department offers a variety of free classes, covering topics such as Diabetes prevention, healthy cooking and wellness coaching. Employees can also sign up to track steps and earn prizes in the Get Fit on Route 66 walking program, which kicks off Oct. 2. Weight Watchers at Work starts Sept. 13 at Administrative Services Center and Fremont Junior High. Register on the wellness website.

Gold Cards are available

Seniors 62 and older who live in Mesa Public Schools boundaries are eligible for a free Gold Card. This card provides free or discounted admission to school plays, concerts, musical theater and sports, but is not eligible for Arizona Interscholastic Association playoffs. Gold Cards can be picked up in the Administrative Services Center lobby or Curriculum Services Center's building two lobby.

Customer service rockstars

Congratulations to the top three schools and departments that received the most customer service survey submissions from their communities in August:

  1. Keller Elementary School — 38 entries
  2. Lindbergh Elementary School — 36 entries
  3. Native American Education Program - 30 entries

Customers raved about wonderful service at many schools and departments, including this comment about Taft Elementary custodial staff going above and beyond to help a colleague in need. "When faced with a flat tire at the end of a long work day, the night custodial staff at Taft went out of their way to help me. They even went so far as to help me purchase and install a new tire so I would be able to safely drive home. They are amazing!"

Need more customer service survey cards? They're free from the warehouse with code 9135151ESW. An online form is available on the district website. Consider posting a link on your school or department home page. 

Cue the applause

Seussical the Musical photo June 2017Congratulations to Ani and Matt Erickson, Sousa Elementary and Red Mountain High teachers, who were honored for their summer adaptive musical, Seussical KIDS. The City of Mesa production, which partnered Red Mountain students with individuals with intellectual disabilities, was awarded the 2017 Adaptive Program award from the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.

Allison McIntosh, science teacher at Rhodes Junior High, was named 2017 Arizona Outstanding Earth Science Teacher by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. McIntosh was honored for her work in inspiring students to be excited about earth sciences.

Skyline High School was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family. The grant funds a program, Coyote Strong, that focuses on prevention, life skills and getting students more involved at the school and in their community. 


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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