Volume 46, No. 6, Dec. 21, 2017

Family eating dinner during MPS Chipotle Day Nov 29 2017Thank you for supporting Chipotle Day

Just by eating dinner at Chipotle Nov. 29, our community raised $8,249.06 for the Mesa Public Schools Foundation, a $400 increase over last year's total.

Thank you to our employees for participating and helping to spread the word. We also thank Chipotle for being an incredible partner. 

The Mesa Public Schools Foundation will use the money raised to help students and staff via their various programs. Learn more about the foundation.

Help students and lower your tax bill with the ECA tax credit

Extracurricular Activity (ECA) contributions support district students in everything from field trips to testing fees for SAT, ACT, AP and more. Help a student and possibly lower your tax bill with the dollar-for-dollar ECA state tax credit. An individual may contribute up to $200, and a couple filing jointly can contribute up to $400. Donate by mail, at district schools through Friday, Dec. 22, or at the Administrative Services Center. You can also contribute online through MPS web pay. Contact Carol Alexander in student activities at 480-472-0133 for guidance. To be eligible for the 2017 tax credit, your contribution must be received or postmarked by April 17, 2018.

Check pay stubs and tax forms on iVisions

Log in to the iVisions employee self-service portal to view pay stubs, tax withholding information, accrued vacation and sick pay, and more. Access your portal using your active directory login. Forgot your login? Call the information systems help desk at 480-472-0044 to reset it.

Limited administrative services available during winter break

District offices are closed Dec. 25 to Jan. 2, with limited administrative services available Jan. 3-5. Reach human resources at 480-472-7200 and payroll at 480-472-0106. Please note, payroll and HR will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22.

Have a safe and happy holiday season and winter break! Schools are back in session Monday, Jan. 8.

Cue the applause

Be sure to tune in to the Cactus Bowl Dec. 26 to celebrate the 14 district teachers who won Wishes for Teachers grants from Fiesta Bowl Charities. Each teacher receives $5,000 for a classroom project. Wishes for Teachers winners are Adams Elementary's Jennifer Ochoa and Natalie Short, Crismon Elementary's Darlene Moser, Emerson Elementary's Lirio Patton, Falcon Hill Elementary's Emma Crotty, Hale Elementary's Denise Mika, Jordan Center for Early Education's Margaret Precup, Las Sendas Elementary's Marisol Alber, Kino Junior High's Spencer Brown, MacArthur Elementary's Jennifer Malloy, Red Mountain High's Mike Peterson, Roosevelt Elementary's Faith Meyer. Taylor Junior High's Matison Jensen and Zaharis Elementary's Mindy Przeor.

franklin jr high teacher aminah abdelhaqSeven district educators have just been named National Board Certified Teachers. Congratulations to Edison Elementary's Anne Osuna, Franklin Junior High's Aminah Abdelhaq (pictured), Hale Elementary's Nicole Powell, Lowell Elementary's Rachel DeChristina, Mesa High's Tamara Tapia, Red Mountain Center for Early Education's Maria Barker and Skyline High's Rebecca Cryder.

Congratulations to our 20 Civic Engagement Schools for 2016-17. For the third year in a row, the district has dominated the Arizona Department of Education Excellence in Civic Engagement awards. Rhodes and Shepherd junior high schools, and Red Mountain and Westwood high schools were recognized as Schools of Excellence, which is the highest honor possible and was awarded to just eight schools in the state. Schools of Distinction are Carson and Franklin junior high schools; Dobson and Skyline high schools; and East Valley Academy. Schools of Merit are Mendoza and Sirrine elementary schools; Fremont, Kino, Poston, Smith and Taylor junior high schools; Mesa, Mountain View and Superstition high schools; and Summit Academy.

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Heidi Hurst, communications and marketing supervisor

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