Volume 47, No. 9, March 22, 2019

Dr. Ember Conley open office hours. Dr. Conley looks forward to meeting with employees, parents and community members to discuss ideas for engaging the community in student social and emotional learning. 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 15, in Room 301A of the Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main St., MesaOpen office hours with Dr. Conley

Dr. Conley will be hosting open office hours 3:30-4:30 p.m., Monday, April 15, in Room 301A at Administrative Services Center. Employees, parents and community members are encouraged to stop by to discuss ideas for engaging the community in student social and emotional learning.

Ensure your TimeClock Plus link is correct

If you access TimeClock Plus on a computer, please note the correct link for the webclock is time.mpsaz.org. To access the time manager, visit timemanager.mpsaz.org. If your computer has a previous link bookmarked, please update the link.

Use Chrome for travel PARF

To ensure the travel PARF website works correctly, please use the Google Chrome browser. Find the travel PARF link on the employee resources webpage.

Reminder: 2018-19 employee benefits plan year ends June 30

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, the employee benefits plan year now aligns with the district's fiscal year, July 1-June 30. Deductibles will reset July 1, so please plan accordingly. Additionally and importantly, employees who plan to retire or resign from the district at the end of the school year and fulfill their contract will maintain their benefits through June 30, 2019.

Apply to teach Title I summer school

All district teachers are invited to apply to teach Title I summer school. Most programs will run June 3-20 or June 3-27, 8 a.m. to noon., and applicants must be available for the full month.

Teachers who have already applied to teach Title I summer school at Jefferson, Webster, Whitman or their own site do not need to reapply. Teachers will receive the standard district pay rate. Applications are due April 5. Candidates will be contacted in early May.

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 February were:

  • Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, 7 responses
  • Lindbergh Elementary, 4 responses
  • Student records, 3 responses

Customers praised fantastic service, including this comment from a parent at Field Elementary: "I love this school. I went when I was a child, and now my children attend. Every time I move, I make sure it's within the district."

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

Young at Art

The 31st annual district Young at Art show will be 5 to 10 p.m. April 26 at the creative and performing arts building, 155 N. Center St., Mesa. The gala features artwork from junior high and high school students, along with live dance, music and theatre performances. District culinary arts students will create delectable treats for attendees. 

Find more information and additional gallery dates on the creative and performing arts webpage.

Cue the applause

Congratulations to the winners of the Voices writing contest for students and staff. First place and honorable mention recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony May 2 at Franklin at Brimhall. First-place winners will have their work published in the Voices 2019 anthology. See the full list of awardees on the English language arts webpage. 

The Student Service Awards will be held 7 p.m. April 5 in the Mesa High auditorium. The public is invited to celebrate this year's winners.

Kudos to the staff recognized at the Feb. 26 Governing Board meeting. Educators Who Make a Difference were Field Elementary first-grade teacher Gina Ucci, Stapley Junior High music teacher Cicely Brazier and Whittier Elementary first-grade teacher Connie Wiekhorst. Customer Service Champions were Field Elementary cafeteria assistant Maria "Cuqui" Kask, Stapley Junior High receptionist Jessica Gregory and Whittier Elementary secretary to the principal Evelyn Caho. See all honorees and view spotlight videos on the communications & marketing webpage.


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Heidi Hurst, communications and marketing supervisor

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