Volume 46, No. 4, Oct. 25, 2017

You are cordially invited to a conversation with the superintendent, employee town hall, hosted by mesa public schools and mesa education association, wednesday, nov. 8, 2017, 5 p.m. MEA-hosted reception, 5:30 event begins, mountain view high auditorium, 2700 e. brown rd., mesa, submit questions to dr. cowan at bit.ly/AskDrCowan; mesa public schools logo, mea logoAttend the employee town hall

Join Dr. Cowan at A Conversation with the Superintendent: employee town hall Nov. 8 at Mountain View High School.

Dr. Cowan and superintendency will be discussing current district matters and answering questions submitted by employees.

Mesa Education Association hosts a reception on campus at 5 p.m., and the event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. All employees are invited to attend. A live stream of the event will be available online.

Speak Up 2017!

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a national research project.

Your views will help inform school and district decisions and planning, and will be included in state and national discussions on digital learning policies, programs and funding.

To "Speak Up" visit speakup.tomorrow.org to take the survey. It takes just 20 minutes to add your voice! All participation is 100% confidential.

Customer service rockstars

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

  1. Lindbergh Elementary School — 49 entries
  2. Adams Elementary School — 24 entries
  3. Whitman Elementary School — 10 entries

Customers raved about wonderful service at many schools and departments, including this comment from a Jefferson Elementary family. "We were displaced from Texas due to Hurricane Harvey and everyone has been exceptionally nice and accommodating. We are extremely pleased with this school."

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. 

A Dollar Makes a Difference in Mesa

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

Chipotle Day is back

Save the date: Mesa Public Schools Chipotle Day is Weds., Nov. 29, from 4 to 9 p.m. Get dinner from any Mesa Chipotle location, as well as the Baseline and Stapley Gilbert location, and 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Mesa Public Schools Foundation. Last year, the fundraiser brought in more than $8,000 to benefit Mesa teachers and students.

Be sure to show the flyer on your phone or tell the cashier you're there to support the fundraiser. 

The new Achieve is here

Achieve Fall/Winter 2017 cover

The Fall/Winter 2017-18 issue of Achieve is currently making its way to mailboxes in district boundaries. Check out the cover story on high school athletics, and learn about service learning, MDLP, professional development and more.

Copies will arrive soon at all district schools and departments. Need extras? Call the communications and marketing department at 480-472-0223. Read the issue online at mpsaz.org/achieve.

This community-focused, cost-efficient district publication comes out twice a year. It's designed to promote district programming to all residents who live within Mesa Public Schools boundaries, whether or not they have school-aged children. Outside advertisements keep Achieve costs low. 

Review board policies GCPD and GDPD

Governing Board policies GCPD and GDPD contain references to misconduct and procedures for administering appropriate discipline to employees engaged in misconduct. Action ranges from a written warning or letter of reprimand to dismissal. Find more information on page 11 of the employee handbook.

Cue the applause

Congratulations to Mesa High School's John Jung, who was named K-12 educator of the year by the North American Association for Environmental Education. He was recognized for excellence in and out of the classroom. Jung was due to receive his award at the association's national conference in Puerto Rico, but the event was cancelled due to devastation from recent hurricanes.

Westwood High School's video production class, under the direction of teacher Carl Ross, won a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for their "Undercover Boss" episode of Warrior News Network. Westwood won the 2017 High School Student Production Award For Excellence in Newscast, beating out students from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and California.

Mesa High biotechnology teacher Amanda Cherry was one of three Arizona educators selected by the Society for Science and the Public to attend the 2017 Research Teachers Conference in Washington, D.C. During October Break, she joined 200 teachers at the conference in collaboration with biotechnology company Regeneron.


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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