Volume 47, No. 2, September 7, 2018

Ishikawa third grade teachers in #oneteam shirtsShare your #oneteam spirit

Employees throughout the district are embracing this year's #oneteam theme. This is Ishikawa Elementary's "third-grade squad." Share your collaborative #oneteam pride by emailing photos and videos to news@mpsaz.org. 

In case you missed it, watch the #oneteam kickoff rally on the district's YouTube channel.

Need more #oneteam wristbands for staff? Contact Miguel Flores in communications & marketing, 480-472-0223.

Election activity reminders

On Nov. 6, our community will vote whether to pass a $300 million bond and 15% budget override, as well as fill two spots on the district Governing Board. Board candidates are Marcie Hutchinson, Rhonda Levenda, Jenny Richardson and Ben Smith. We'll tell you more about the candidates in a future issue. In the meantime, here are a few important reminders from Arizona state law and district Policy GBG - District and Staff Participation in Political Activities and its regulation:

  • Employees and board members must not use district resources, including school or district social media pages, to influence the outcome of an election. While on duty, employees also may not wear political buttons, T-shirts, hats or other items designed to influence the outcome of an election.
  • Employees acting on the district's behalf must not give students written materials to influence the outcome of an election or to advocate support or opposition to pending or proposed legislation.
  • Employees must not use the authority of their positions to influence the vote or political activities of any subordinate employee.
  • Any distribution of materials about Governing Board candidates or the election must come through Communications and Marketing.
  • Schools may not permit candidates or their representatives to advocate for their election or the defeat of their opponents in district buildings and facilities, except when the candidate or representative is participating in a public forum.
  • If you receive a request for information from a board candidate, please direct them to Communications and Marketing.

Get the facts about the bond and override at mpsaz.org/info.

October break is Oct. 8-12

School is not in session Oct. 8-12. Certified and classified employees whose contract or regular work term is less than 12 months will not work during October break. Administrators, supervisors and 12-month contract classified employees will work Oct. 8-12, unless an absence is approved in advance. If requests are approved, employees must use accruals to cover their absences. 

Short-term classified employees have two paid holidays during October break: Oct. 11-12. Oct. 8-10 are unpaid. Learn more on the employee calendar page on the human resources website.

Chandler Safeway supports three district schools

Pomeroy, Sirrine and Crismon principals with $2,000 checks from Safeway Foundation

As part of its grand reopening Sept. 5, the Safeway store located at Alma School Rd. and Chandler Blvd. donated $2,000 grants each to Crismon, Pomeroy and Sirrine elementary schools. Principals Sandi Kuhn (right), Andrea Erickson (left) and Renee Parker (middle) attended the celebration.

Thanks to our community partners at Safeway Foundation for supporting our schools.

Save the date!

The 38th annual district College Fair will be 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Red Mountain High School. Encourage your students to come out and meet representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities, technical schools, military services and businesses. Parents of seniors can also get assistance completing the FAFSA beginning at 5 p.m. in the Red Mountain Commons. It will be a great time for all!

Plan for retirement

Is retirement in the horizon? Plan to attend a 90-minute Arizona State Retirement System meeting. All meetings are held on the third floor of the Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main St., Mesa.

Route 3 - Retiring within the next three years
Thursday, Jan. 3, 9 a.m. Register

Route 4 - Retiring within one year
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3:30 p.m. Register
Thursday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m. Register
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2 p.m. Register

Register via the links above. Employees who do not have internet access may use the computers in the human resources 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.

Meaningful notice of deferred compensation plan

The district is required by law to provide all employees with meaningful notice of the details of our deferred compensation plan. Please review the plan summary, which provides details about our deferred compensation plan and the options available to you.

Review board policies on employee misconduct

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

Customer service rockstars

Satisfied customers continue to take the time to recognize school and district staff for stellar customer service. The schools and departments that received the most responses in August were:

  • Native American Education Program - 49 responses
  • Lindbergh Elementary - 45 responses
  • Lehi Elementary - 26 responses

Customers praised courteous employees, including this comment from Elizabeth, a district teacher, about the Help Desk. "Nikki Gervasio did a superb job of addressing and resolving ALL of my issues. She was knowledgeable, friendly and concise. I felt heard. Thank you!"

Need more customer service cards at your location? They're free from the warehouse — code: 9135151ESW. An online form is available on the district home page. Consider placing a link on your school or department home page. 

Cue the applause

This summer, five district teachers were recognized as Most Valuable Teachers by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation: Crismon Elementary's Carrie Cicotte, Mesa High's Kelly Wright, Patterson Elementary's Stacy Hartman, Pomeroy Elementary's Christie Allen and Stapley Junior High's Anne Leroy. Each MVT honoree received a $1,000 grant for their classroom.

Send news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications and marketing supervisor

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