Volume 46, No. 3, Oct. 3, 2017

Gary Barkman and Michelle Hamilton of Purchasing at the Sept. 12 governing board meeting

Schools and departments in the spotlight

This year, the district has launched a new Governing Board recognition program, Spotlight Recognitions. It's designed to give our community a more comprehensive look at our schools, programs and departments. At our schools, we're celebrating outstanding students, volunteers extraordinaire, employees and educators who make a difference, and customer service champions. Departments highlight employees who make a difference and customer service champions.

At the Sept. 12 board meeting, Eisenhower Center for Innovation and purchasing (pictured) were recognized. At the Sept. 26 meeting, Westwood High, health services, and Edison and Jefferson elementary schools were recognized.

Each recognition comes with a short video for the school or department website. Visit the Spotlight Recognitions page on the communications & marketing website to watch videos, see awardees and learn more.

Thanks for your United Way contributions!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's United Way campaign. If you haven't returned your form to communications & marketing yet, please do so before Thursday, Oct. 5. Contact Miguel Flores, 480-472-0223, with any questions. 

Use iVisions to access pay stubs, tax information and more

The district's self-service iVisions portal gives employees access to personal information, including pay stubs, W2 forms and employee documents, including contracts and transcripts. Employees can request tax withholding changes and expense reimbursements. It's also a great way to ensure the district has your updated contact information. Access the portal on the employee resources page or visit ivisions.mpsaz.org/ivisions.

Remember to notify supervisors of absences due to illness

Certified employees, administrators and classified supervisors must make a reasonable attempt to notify their immediate supervisors of any absence, and reason for absence, at the earliest opportunity — and no later than two hours before the start of their regular workday. By 3 p.m., these employees must notify their immediate supervisors if they will or will not return to work the next day.

Classified employees must notify their immediate supervisors of an absence at the earliest opportunity — and no later than their scheduled start time. These employees must also indicate the reason for absence and their expected return date. Failure to follow these guidelines may be just cause for disciplinary action, including deduction of salary.

Badge replacement charges

Lose your badge? Find costs, ranging from $5-20, on the badge request form. The form is a payroll deduction authorization to cover the replacement fee, and must be signed by the employee and administrator before it's returned to human resources.

Damaged badge replacements and name changes will be reprinted with photos on file at no charge if the old badge is sent to HR with the form. A new photo costs $20. Questions? Contact Christi Chapman, HR director, 480-472-0420.

Learn more about donating sick leave

The Medical Leave Assistance Program allows employees to donate sick leave to eligible employees undergoing a personal or family member's prolonged illness or injury. Find eligibility guidelines, policy and the sick leave donation form on the human resources web page.

Review the district's drug and alcohol policy

Policy GBKB and its regulations affect all employees. The guidelines are designed to ensure a safe workplace, promote employee health and well-being and comply with federal and state drug-free workplace mandates. Review the district's drug and alcohol policy, and learn about testing on the human resources web page.

Have a safe and fun October break

Whether you have the full week off or just plan to take a couple vacation days, have a great October break. Need to visit payroll or human resources, or buy movie tickets? District administrative offices will be open Oct. 9-13. 

Cue the applause...

2017 blue ribbon school sealFranklin at Brimhall Elementary School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. The school won the award for overall excellence from the U.S. Department of Education. Principal Jeff Abrams and Patti Karr, sixth-grade teacher, will accept the award in November at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

Lupe Cota from Stevenson Elementary has received a 2017 Esperanza Latino Teacher Award. Cota was surprised by Chicanos Por La Causa, the nonprofit award sponsor, and former principal Kathy Ray, who nominated her for the award, in a classroom celebration. Cota, who teaches first and second grade ELD, is one of only four educators to win the award this year. 

Congratulations to Mesa High art and digital photography teacher Sue Wright. Her photo of an elk in Rocky Mountain National Park was selected as a winning image in the Great Outdoors photo contest, sponsored by international publication Photo District News. View her photo on PDN's website.


Send news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications and marketing supervisor

Submit an award or recognition or tell us about a special event via our good news form.


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