Volume 47, No. 7, Jan. 17, 2019

Profile photos of Elaine Miner and Kiana Maria Sears, Governing BoardNew board president and clerk elected

At the Jan. 8 Governing Board meeting, Elaine Miner was elected 2019 board president, and Kiana Maria Sears was elected clerk (pictured left to right). Learn more about the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board.

Apply to teach summer school

Applications are being accepted to teach community education tuition-based summer high school at Mesa High. Teachers are needed June 3 to July 12 for 7:30 a.m. to noon morning sessions and 12:30 to 5 p.m. afternoon sessions. 

Submit your application before Feb. 4. Please remember to download the form before filling it out.

Listen to EdTech's new podcast

Reboot Revolution is educational technology's new podcast for teachers, by teachers. Hosted by trainer Carrie Seather and produced by trainer Cain Reagan, each episode includes innovative ideas from district educators. Enjoy bite-sized inspirations on your own time, and earn recertification hours. Subscribe on iTunes, Android, Spotify or by email on the Reboot Revolution website.

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 1:30 p.m., Feb. 4, 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. 6, in Room 301A at Administrative Services Center, with future sessions on select Wednesdays through May.

See 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 2, at Westwood High School. Visit the SciTech Expo site for more information.

Plan ahead for retirement

If you plan to retire or resign at the end of your contract year, maximize your reimbursement for unused sick leave by turning in your written notice to human resources on or before the following deadlines:

  • Certified staff and administrators: March 1
  • Classified staff (non supervisory): 30 days prior to last day of work
  • Classified supervisors: 60 days prior to last day of work

Retirement or resignation letters should include:

  • Last day of work
  • If it's a resignation or retirement
  • Your signature

Please submit your letter to your immediate supervisor and send a copy to human resources.

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 police or the Department of Child Safety or both, depending on the circumstances. This report must also be followed by an online report, which can be found on the OnBase reporting system. The online report does not replace your requirement to report to police or DCS. Remember, child abuse must be reported immediately.

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

Customer service rockstars

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

  • Eisenhower Center for Innovation, 8 responses
  • Student records, 7 responses
  • Lindbergh Elementary, 6 responses

Customers praised fantastic service, including this comment from a student at Fremont Junior High: "I appreciate the hard work my teachers put into this school. I am aware of the sacrifices made to help us students become successful, and I would just like to say thank you for your patience and time."

An online survey is available on the district website. Consider placing a link on your school or department home page.

Cue the applause

Kelli Ruiz and John Trezise of Hermosa Vista Elementary School at Jan. 8 Governing Board meetingCongratulations to our 2017-18 Civic Engagement award-winning schools. Schools of Excellence are Rhodes and Shepherd junior high schools; and Red Mountain and Westwood high schools. Schools of Distinction are East Valley Academy; Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies; Carson and Franklin junior high schools; and Dobson, Riverview, Skyline and Superstition high schools. Schools of Merit are Mendoza Elementary; Fremont, Kino and Taylor junior high schools; and Mountain View High School. For the fourth year in a row, MPS won more Civic Engagement awards than any other district in the state.

At the Jan. 15 general administrators meeting, the November-January Horace Mann Rulers of the Month were announced. Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Yslas, director of professional development; Dr. Shaun Holmes, assistant superintendent of human resources; and Dr. Steve Hogen, director of athletics. 

Keiko Hasebe-Dilbeck, principal at Kino Junior High, won the award for outstanding education leadership from Mesa Independent Professional Educators. 

Congratulations to the staff recognized during Spotlight Recognitions at the Jan. 8 Governing Board meeting. Educators Who Make a Difference were Hermosa Vista Elementary special education teacher Kelli Ruiz (pictured with Principal John Trezise) and Red Mountain Center for Early Education special education teacher Maria Barker. The Employee Who Makes a Difference was Sirrine Elementary facility assistant Gisela Calderon.

Customer Service Champions were Hermosa Vista Elementary secretary to the principal Stacy Murphy, Red Mountain Center for Early Education clerical aide Patty Reutter and Sirrine Elementary secretary to the principal Sarah Scarpone. See all honorees and view spotlight videos on the communications & marketing web page.

Enjoy a recap of some of the past month's events and activities in the photos of the month montage.


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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