Volume 46, No. 8, Feb. 8, 2018

Complete your Trip Reduction survey before Feb. 16

Staff at all sites with more than 50 employees must complete the mandatory Trip Reduction survey before Feb. 16. The brief online survey from Valley Metro asks how employees commute to work. All answers are confidential. If you have not received the link to your survey and your site has more than 50 employees, please see your site secretary.

Student playing with activity at 2017 SciTech ExpoSee you at the SciTech Expo

Celebrate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) with students from across the district at the annual SciTech Expo. The free event begins 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Westwood High School. Visit the SciTech Expo site for more information.

Under our Spell literacy conference

Zaharis Elementary hosts Under our Spell, its second annual literacy conference, March 3. Hear from authors Jennifer A. Nielsen (The Ascendance trilogy) and Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer).

Twenty diverse breakout sessions are also available to attendees. Learn more and register.

Submit Student Service Award nominations

The 49th annual Student Service Awards will honor:

  • special education students for outstanding achievement
  • teachers, students, support staff, family and community members, schools and district departments for exemplary service and contributions to students with disabilities

We count on you to nominate people who make a difference. Award winners will be honored in a ceremony April 6 at Westwood High School. Find the nomination form and guidelines. Nominations are due Feb. 23.

For more information, contact Mindy Herbert, special education secretary, 480-472-0702. 

Customer service rockstars

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

  • Lindbergh Elementary School — 32 entries
  • Sousa Elementary School — 31 entries
  • Guerrero and Irving elementary schools (tie) — 16 entries 

Customers raved about wonderful service at many schools and departments, including this comment from a parent at Dobson High School. "Vicki Tello helped me figure out payments. I appreciated the kind help. Service with a smile. Thank you."

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.

Apply for certificated opportunities

Teachers on non-exclusionary contracts are eligible to apply now for instructional support positions. To be considered, you must complete an online application no later than Feb. 20. After creating an internal account on Recruit & Hire, find these opportunities by searching "Learning."

  • Educational technology trainer
  • MDLP ELA content specialist 
  • ESEA Improvement specialist
  • Parent University specialist
  • Title I School Improvement specialist

Please note: These are anticipated openings that may change.

Applications are also being accepted for the elementary summer school supervisor position, which starts March 1 and reports to the director of community education. View qualifications, responsibilities and application instructions. For more information, contact Kathy Mulhern, community education secretary, at kmmulhern@mpsaz.org.

Cue the applause

Mason Schreiber with award Feb 2018It's been a great month for district music educators!

Congratulations to Mountain View High choir director Mason Schreiber (pictured), and Hale Elementary and Stapley Junior High band director Christina Soper. They are recipients of the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award from Arizona Music Educators Association.

The orchestra programs from Mountain View High, directed by Dr. Walter Temme, and Red Mountain High, directed by John Haggard, were recognized with the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association William E. Richardson Program of Excellence Award.

Karalee Hagen, Franklin East Elementary orchestra director, was named Outstanding Classroom Teacher by the Arizona chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Congratulations also goes out to Janet Spicer, gifted and talented teacher at Bush and Mendoza elementary schools. She was named Teacher of the Year by Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented.


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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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