Employee newsletter, September 22, 2020

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National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Register to vote or update your information at azsos.gov. The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3 election is October 5.

Tune in to our Facebook Live events

Every Wednesday at 4 p.m., district leadership and special guests host Facebook Live Q&A events at facebook.com/mpsaz and in Spanish at facebook.com/mpsenespanol. Event videos are posted at mpsaz.org/reopen/videos after each session.

NASA artwork contest for elementary students

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is hosting an artwork contest for children ages 4-12. The winning artwork will be used to create a 2021 calendar with different space-related themes each month. The themes educate students about the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more. The contest deadline is October 28, 2020. Find directions and more information at nasa.gov.

Upcoming opportunities to celebrate 

It's always a great idea to recognize colleagues for a job well done. Take the opportunity to say thank you during the following recognition opportunities:

Find more reasons to celebrate on our special days calendar.

Mesa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

The City of Mesa Housing and Community Development is accepting applications for the Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. The online application is available in English and Spanish. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit mesaaz.gov for qualifications and more information.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

Edison Elementary counselor Jaime Clemens wrote a column for Expect More Arizona, which included tips to help families thrive this school year.

Dobson/Westwood area assistant superintendent Arlinda Mann spoke with Telemundo about modified in-person learning.

Community partnerships coordinator Michele Grimaldi appeared on 3TV/CBS 5 to discuss the flu vaccination/COVID-19 testing events provided in partnership with the City of Mesa. Telemundo covered the first event at Longfellow Elementary and interviewed district communications specialist Nina Allred and migrant education clerk Lillianne Ohep.

Lindbergh Elementary cafeteria manager Lyn Reidhead and food & nutrition director Sabrina Kvavle were featured in a 3TV/CBS 5 story about the department's dedication to feeding the community throughout the pandemic.

Mesa Tribune featured an article about the district's emergency and security procedures.

ABC15 aired a feature about Mesa High's SRO, Brian Gray, who is proud to serve his hometown community.

The Atlantic has published a follow-up article based on the reporter's interview last year with now-retired Westwood High educator Judith Harper.

Cue the applause

Left to right: Steve Watson, Andi Fourlis, Jeff Abrams and Elaine Miner at the Exemplary Principal Award celebration at Franklin at Brimhall Elementary/Franklin Junior HighIn a top-secret surprise celebration yesterday, Franklin at Brimhall/Franklin Junior High's Jeff Abrams was awarded the Exemplary Principal Award from Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson. A small group of special guests watched in person while masked and physically distanced. Teachers and students watched the award ceremony via livestream in their classrooms. Watch the short presentation. Pictured left to right are: Watson, Superintendent Andi Fourlis, Abrams, Governing Board President Elaine Miner.

Mesa Public Schools has earned the EVERFI Champion Seal. The seal, awarded to the opportunity & achievement department, recognizes the district's commitment to whole-child education. Less than five percent of school districts in the nation earn the designation.

Red Mountain High's Jaime Leverington was one of two Arizona educators named 2020 Economic Education Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Council on Economic Education.


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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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