Volume 46, No. 7, Jan. 19, 2018

Ben Smith and Elaine Miner new Governing Board president and clerk for 2018

New board president and clerk elected

At the Jan. 9 Governing Board meeting, Ben Smith was elected 2018 board president, and Elaine Miner was elected clerk (both pictured).

Thank you to Jenny Richardson for her service as 2017 board president. Learn more about the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board.

Share your thoughts with the board before Jan. 23

Share your opinion on the current state of the district and the characteristics you would like to see in the new Superintendent of Schools by Jan. 23. If you need access to the online survey, please visit your school or department office.

Apply to teach summer school

Applications are being accepted to teach community education tuition-based summer high school. Teachers are needed June 4 to July 13 for 7:30 a.m. to noon morning sessions and 12:30 to 5 p.m. afternoon sessions. Submit your application before Feb. 2. Please remember to download the form before filling it out.

Salary and benefits talks begin in February

Governing Board and employee association representatives begin talks on district salaries and benefits soon. All meetings are open to employees and the public. The first MEA session begins 8 a.m., Feb. 5, in the Board Room at Curriculum Services Center. Future sessions will be select Mondays at 4:30 p.m. through May. MESPA sessions begin 3:30 p.m, Feb. 7, in Room 301A at Administrative Services Center, with future sessions on select Wednesdays through May.

Learn how to become a National Board certified teacher

Lauren Cluff, district NBCT and instructor, will host an informational meeting for teachers interested in becoming National Board certified Feb. 1, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Board Room at Curriculum Services Center. Cluff will also facilitate a pre-candidacy class, course DIS0511, to support applicants along the way Feb. 15-April 5. Register on ERO.

Plan for retirement

Planning to retire soon? Get a head start by attending a February Arizona State Retirement System meeting. Meetings will be held on the third floor of the Administrative Services Center.

Route 4 - Retiring within the next year
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m.

Learn more and register for a meeting on the human resources page. Employees who do not have internet access may use the computers in the HR lobby or seek assistance at their work site. Hurry, meetings fill up quickly!

Employees hired to work at least 20 weeks and at least 20 hours per week are required to enroll in ASRS. Contributions are set up automatically through payroll deduction for eligible employees.

It is important to establish an online ASRS account to ensure your contributions are correctly posted. Enrollees can review account statements, use benefit estimation tools and manage beneficiary information. Visit the ASRS resource page to learn more and build your retirement timeline. Questions? Contact Deb Herman in human resources at 480-472-0404.

Thank you graphic with Mesa Public Schools logo

Take the opportunity to appreciate a colleague

Bookmark the special days calendar and never miss the chance to celebrate a colleague. For example, Jan. 24 is Health Office Appreciation Day, while National School Counseling Week is Feb. 5-9.

Thank you to our health office staff, counselors and advisors, and everyone who works hard on behalf of our students. You are appreciated.

Fremont is turning 50!

Fremont Junior High School's 50th anniversary is 5:30 p.m., March 22. If you're a former Fremont staff member (or student) and have old photos to share, please email secretary to the principal Christina Judd

Remember to report suspected child abuse

All district staff are required by law to report suspected child abuse. This applies to both employees and volunteers when acting in the scope of their employment. If you suspect abuse, immediately notify your supervisor or administrator. Reporting to your school resource officer (SRO) fulfills your mandated reporting requirements. Failure to report is a crime. 

Report suspected child abuse to authorities by calling local law enforcement, the Department of Child Safety or both, depending on the circumstances. This report must also be followed by a written report, which can be found on the OnBase online reporting system. The written report does not replace your requirement to report to police or DCS. Remember, child abuse must be reported immediately and without delay.

Find additional information and guidance on the school safety & security webpage. Unsure if the situation constitutes abuse? Call Al Moore, security director, at 480-472-1152 for direction. 

Customer service rockstars

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

Kino Junior High School - 27 entries
Carson Junior High School - 23 entries
Lindbergh Elementary School - 20 entries

The top three schools in November were Sousa, Emerson and Adams elementary schools with 110, 47 and 42 entries, respectively. 

Customers raved about wonderful service at many schools and departments, including this comment from a parent at Porter Elementary School. "Porter is a school of excellence! My family couldn't be more pleased with the care and attention we get from the AMAZING staff. It feels like family. We love the school, campus, staff and curriculum."

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.

Monica Mesa won Mesa Independent Professional Educators Principal of the Year award Dec. 2017

Cue the applause

Longfellow Elementary Principal Monica Mesa (pictured) was named Principal of the Year by Mesa Independent Professional Educators. Mesa was honored at a surprise award ceremony at the school before winter break. She was recognized for her contributions to Longfellow's students, staff, parents and community.

This year, the district launched a new Governing Board recognition program, Spotlight Recognitions, which gives our community a more comprehensive look at our schools, programs and departments.

Fifteen schools have been honored so far, including Kino Junior High School, and Lincoln and Lindbergh elementary schools. Department spotlights included information systems, transportation, security and more. Find all awardees and spotlight videos on the Spotlight Recognitions webpage.



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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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