Employee newsletter, December 20, 2019

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Have a safe, fun and relaxing winter break

We hope you enjoy your time with family and friends over break. Happy holidays, and thanks for all you do for our students and community. 

Limited services available during winter break

Human resources and payroll are closed Dec. 23-Jan. 1, with limited services available Jan. 2-3. Reach human resources at 480-472-7200 and payroll at 480-472-0444. The information systems help desk and Synergy support will be closed Dec. 24-Jan 1, and open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 23, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3.

Employee movie ticket sales

Employee movie ticket sales will be unavailable Dec. 24-Jan. 3. Sales are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20, and 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 23, in the lobby of the Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main St. Bring your ID, and cash or check for payment. Please note, AMC Yellow tickets are running low, so it's a good idea to call ahead: 480-472-1174.

Check pay stubs and tax forms on iVisions

Log in to the iVisions employee self-service portal to view pay stubs, tax withholding information, accrued vacation and sick pay, and more. Access your portal using your active directory login. Forgot your login? Call the information systems help desk at 480-472-0044 to reset it.

Several grants awarded to district

The district has received 32 School Safety Grants from the Department of Education. These funding sources will help the district further improve school safety and security. Schools receiving school resource officer (SRO) grant renewals* are Carson Junior High, Dobson High, East Valley Academy and Crossroads, Fremont Junior High, Kino Junior High, Mountain View High, Poston Junior High, Red Mountain High, Rhodes Junior High, Skyline High, Summit Academy, Taylor Junior High and Westwood High. *Mesa High's SRO is funded by Mesa Police Department, while junior high schools not listed above are covered by the Mesa PD off-duty program.

Foundation president holding check for $33,000 in innovation grants at Dec. 10 Governing Board meeting

Schools receiving counselor grants are Adams Elementary, Edison Elementary, Eisenhower Center for Innovation, Emerson Elementary, Guerrero Elementary, Holmes Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Kerr Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Lindbergh Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Redbird Elementary, Robson Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Stevenson Elementary, Webster Elementary, Whitman Elementary and Whittier Elementary. Learn more about the Arizona School Safety Program.

In other grant news, the Mesa Public Schools Foundation presented a check for $33,000 in innovation grants at the Dec. 10 Governing Board meeting (pictured). The grants were presented to teachers and staff at more than 20 schools and departments. Learn more about innovation grant application guidelines on the Foundation website.

Hermosa Vista Elementary received an $8,000 grant from the American Academy of Dermatology to fund a new sunshade in the PE area. 

Arizona State University was awarded $8.7 million to improve college-going outcomes for nearly 56,000 underserved students within Mesa Public Schools, Phoenix Union High School District and Tolleson Union High School District. The grant was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

Skyline High special education teacher Anna Miller was interviewed on ABC15 about her recent SRP Touchdown for Teachers grant award.

The December issues of The Groves, Las Sendas and Mesa Uplands featured an article about the district's employee recruitment partnership with the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Ranchers' Roundup also included the article in its December issue.

The December issues of The GrovesLas Sendas and Mesa Uplands also included an article about Mountain View High's cross country team's successful season.

The December issues of The Breeze, The Groves Report and The View included an article about district supports for staff. Also in the issues are articles about Salk Elementary fourth-grade teacher Soumalee McNamara and Red Mountain High cross country athletes.

Expect More Arizona featured Skyline High's BARR program in its online Excellence Tour.

Mesa Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Janita Gordon and Board Vice President Gaye Kelley appeared on the Mesa Chamber of Commerce Inside Business Podcast Dec. 19. Listen online or download to your mobile device.

Cue the applause

Elaine Veatch and Lauren CluffCongratulations to our new and renewed National Board Certified teachers: Adams Elementary second-grade teacher Aubrey Sanders, Hale Elementary sixth-grade teacher Mandy Heal and gifted & talented teacher Janet Millar-Haskell, Lincoln Elementary KinderU teacher Deana Scott, Longfellow Elementary fifth-grade teacher Elaine Veatch (pictured, left, with NBCT Lauren Cluff), Red Mountain Center for Early Education teacher Sharon Starr-Atkinson, Stapley Junior High science teacher Peggy Lord and Taylor Junior High special education teacher Sheri Reed. Former Dobson High teacher Sheri Redenius also received certification. NBCTs were surprised earlier this week at school with balloons celebrating their accomplishment. Learn more about National Board Certification at Mesa Public Schools. 

Employees were honored during the spotlight recognitions program at the Dec. 10 Governing Board meeting. Educators Who Make a Difference were East Valley Academy/Crossroads history teacher Dylan Fleisch and Redbird Elementary fourth-grade teacher Regina Melendrez. Employee Who Makes a Difference was Susan Ambrose, special education lead Medicaid compliance specialist. Customer Service Champions were East Valley Academy/Crossroads social worker Kimberly Mickle, Redbird Elementary health assistant Guadalupe Erran and special education senior records clerk Diane Skotko. See all honorees and view spotlight videos on the communications & engagement webpage.

View some of the district's recent accomplishments in the Dec. 10 celebrations video.


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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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