Employee newsletter, February 3, 2020

Upcoming events

Share your thoughts with the Governing Board

The board would like your opinion on the current state of the district and the characteristics you would like to see in the new superintendent.

Please complete this short survey by Feb. 12. If you need access to a computer, please visit your school or department office.

February is a time to celebrate

Feb. 3-7 is National School Counseling Week. Thank you to our hard-working counselors who dedicate their lives to serving others. You make a difference for our students, staff and community.

We'll also be celebrating Black History Month and Career & Technical Education Month on social media throughout February. Follow along @mpsaz and share. Find more opportunities to celebrate your colleagues by reviewing the special days calendar on the communications & engagement webpage.

Salary and benefits talks begin this week

Governing Board and employee association representatives begin talks on district salaries and benefits this week. All meetings are open to employees and the public.

The first MEA session is 1:30 p.m., Feb. 3, in the Board Room at Curriculum Services Center. Future sessions will be select Mondays at 4 p.m. through May. MESPA sessions begin 3:30 p.m, Feb. 5, in Room 301A at Administrative Services Center, with future sessions on select Wednesdays through May.

Elaine Miner Marcie HutchinsonBoard president and clerk elected

At the Jan. 14 Governing Board meeting, Elaine Miner was re-elected 2020 board president, and Marcie Hutchinson was elected clerk (pictured left to right). Learn more about the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board.

Governor's Youth Commission now looking for student applicants

Know an incoming sophomore, junior or senior who is ready to serve the community, form partnerships and create real change in Arizona? Encourage them to apply for the 2020-21 Governor's Youth Commission. Applications close March 31.

Announcing the 2020 U.S. Census Student Video Contest

Mesa Public Schools and the City of Mesa 2020 Census Task Force have partnered to present a video contest for Mesa Public Schools students. The top three videos will earn cash prizes for their school, ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Additionally, the top videos will be shown on the City of Mesa's TV channel, and shared via district and City of Mesa social media.

The contest is open to ALL students, and videos will be judged on creativity, originality and clarity of messaging. Each video should clearly convey the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. The video submission deadline is Friday, March 6. Learn more at mpsaz.org/census.

Summer school and Title I opportunities available

Apply now to teach community education and outreach elementary summer school. The session runs 8 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, June 1-26. Location is TBD. Applications are due March 6. Please remember to download the form before filling it out.

Title I is hiring teachers for the summer elementary extended services program. The program comprises 12 summer school locations, with three to five schools clustered together at one site. Summer school hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Thursday, June 3-25. June 1-2 is mandatory curriculum and staff training. Learn more and apply online by Feb. 13.

2020-21 Title I School Improvement Specialist openings are posted and will close Feb. 13. Interested? Apply online through Recruit & Hire.

Calling all Mountain Lions

Did you or someone you know graduate from Red Mountain High in 1989-90? You're invited to celebrate 120 years of high schools in Mesa at the Feb. 25 Governing Board meeting. We're inviting alumni to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and be recognized at the meeting. RSVP and learn more at mpsaz.org/120

Submit Student Service Award nominations

The 51st 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 7 p.m. April 17, 2020, at Shepherd Junior High School. Find the nomination form and guidelines. Nominations are due Feb. 21.

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

Mesa Public Schools in the news

East Valley Tribune included an article about Mesa High's wrestling program, led by coach David DiDomenico. Read more district sports articles at eastvalleytribune.com/varsityxtra, including recent stories about Skyline High basketball, Mesa High soccer and a Kobe Bryant tribute at a recent Mesa/Skyline basketball game.

The Jan. 22 Alice Cooper Solid Rock Teen Center announcement at Westwood High received media coverage throughout the Phoenix area, including East Valley Tribune, Arizona Republic, KTAR, and segments on ABC15, FOX10 and 3TV/CBS 5. It was featured nationally in USA Today

The Plastic Oceans International refilling station donations at Crismon, Redbird and Washington elementary schools were featured by KJZZ, KTAR, East Valley Tribune and azednews.com.

Cue the applause

Ingrid and Robert from research & evaluation at jan. 28 governing board meeting

Dr. Michael Garcia, director of opportunity & achievement, and Jaime Clemens, Edison Elementary counselor, have been honored by the Arizona School Counselors Association. Garcia was named Administrator of the Year and Advocate of the Year, while Clemens was named Counselor of the Year.

The research & evaluation and teaching & learning departments were honored during the spotlight recognitions program at the Jan. 28 Governing Board meeting. Research analyst Ingrid Zamudio Millan (pictured with director Robert Carlisle) and elementary science and social studies content specialist Korin Forbes were named Employees Who Make a Difference. Customer Service Champions were research technician Dena Posteher and teaching & learning secretary Karen Carr. See all honorees and view spotlight videos on the communications & engagement webpage.

View some of the district's recent accomplishments in the Jan. 28 celebrations video.

Send your news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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