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Franklin East Elementary wins 2021 National Blue Ribbon School award

Franklin East Elementary has been named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education . Only five schools in Arizona received the award this year. Nationwide, 325 schools were recognized for overall excellence.  "This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming...
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Eisenhower Center for Innovation and Stevenson Elementary receive grant to expand after-school success programs

Eisenhower Center for Innovation and Stevenson Elementary have received a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to support after-school programs on site.  The grant provides funding that enables each school to provide targeted after-school services, designed to meet the needs of their student populations. All services aim to help students succeed academically,...
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Parents invited to preview sexual-awareness curriculum

Parents of ninth-graders are invited to preview the district's opt-in sexual-awareness curriculum Aug. 9; parents of seventh-graders, Aug. 16

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Move One Mesa moves students and community forward

Mesa Public Schools has launched a new partnership to improve social and emotional wellness among students, staff and the community. The goal of Move One Mesa is to ignite a culture of learning and well-being throughout the city. Health and fitness expert Chris Powell partnered with Mesa Public Schools, City of Mesa and Mesa Chamber of Commerce to debut his...
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Jeffrey Abrams named Maricopa County Exemplary Principal

The Franklin at Brimhall Elementary and Franklin Junior High principal received the award at a top-secret ceremony September 21, 2020.

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Mesa Public Schools receives EVERFI Champion Seal designation

The seal, awarded to the opportunity & achievement department, recognizes the district's commitment to whole-child education.

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54 district schools named America's Healthiest

Fifty-four district schools have earned a spot on the list of America's Healthiest Schools 2020 by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, receiving national recognition for a commitment to student and staff health and well-being. Mesa Public Schools received the most awards in the nation for a single public school district. Nationwide, 518 schools were selected based on a rigorous set...
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Mesa CARES Healthy Communities Program to offer free COVID testing and flu shots

(Press release provided by City of Mesa) The City of Mesa, in partnership with Mesa Public Schools, will be offering COVID-19 testing and flu shots in a series of public events on five consecutive Saturdays. Testing events are being held in zip codes experiencing higher numbers of positive COVID-19 rates, including 85201, 850202, 85203, 85204 and 85210. Events will be held from 9...
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Parents invited to preview sexual awareness curriculum

Parents of ninth-graders are invited to preview the district's sexual-awareness curriculum Aug. 10; parents of seventh-graders, Aug. 19.

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Mesa Public Schools will open August 4 with remote learning for all students

Learn more about the Safe. Strong. Ready. school opening plan.

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Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Selects New Superintendent

At the April 14 meeting, the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Andi Fourlis as the next superintendent of schools. Appointing a superintendent is one of the primary jobs of a Governing Board. The board worked diligently on this process for months and considered community feedback from surveys, stakeholder meetings and focus groups....
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Mesa Public Schools to host Meet the Finalists livestream event April 6

The public is invited to join Mesa Public Schools for the April 6, 2020, Meet the Finalists livestream event to learn more about the candidates for superintendent of schools.

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Governing Board announces superintendent finalists

At a special board meeting March 27, 2020, the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board selected three finalists for the position of superintendent of schools. The finalists are: Dr. Andi Fourlis, current deputy superintendent at Mesa Public Schools Dr. Heath Morrison, current president of the School group at McGraw-Hill Education Mrs. Holly Williams, current executive director of...
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Governing Board announces superintendent search

The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board has retained McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, to assist in their search for a new superintendent. The board seeks input from community stakeholders as an important element of the search process. Parents, staff, students and members of the community are encouraged to participate in an anonymous online survey to share their thoughts about the state of the...
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Three district schools receive water filling stations from Plastic Oceans International

Crismon, Redbird and Washington elementary schools have received free water filling stations, thanks to a donation from Plastic Ocean International’s Rethink.Refill. initiative . The initiative, which is a partnership with Arizona-based firm Footprint, also provided 100 stainless steel reusable water bottles to each school. “Rethink.Refill. is an opportunity to...
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Red Mountain High senior nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program

R ed Mountain High senior Bella Moya has been named a nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program. Moya received the nomination for her research in the biotechnology program at Red Mountain High School. She is one of five Arizona nominees. Each nominee is selected based on academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, and...
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Mesa Public Schools forms employee recruitment partnership with Arizona Department of Economic Security

In summer 2019, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman approached Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Ember Conley with an idea: a pilot partnership between the district and Arizona Department of Economic Security. The goal? To help alleviate a classified employee shortage. "Running a successful school takes a team of talented professionals working alongside our...
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53 district schools named America’s Healthiest

Mesa Public Schools received the most awards in the nation for a single school district.

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Red Mountain High student named Broadcom MASTERS finalist

Red Mountain High freshman Rylan Gardner has been named a finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Nationwide, 30 out of 2,348 student applicants are selected as finalists for the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. The program seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators. Gardner will next compete in...
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Mountain View High teacher receives Fulbright grant

Tamara Scott, an American Sign Language teacher at Mountain View High School, has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Short Term Program (DAST) grant from the U.S. Department of State. Recipients of the grant are selected on the basis of leadership potential, and academic and professional achievement. She is one of 13 K-12 teachers who will travel abroad as part of Cycle II...
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Eight district seniors named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

District seniors from Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools have been named as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Mesa Public Schools wins $100,000 in national FAFSA completion challenge

Mesa Public Schools has won the $100,000 grand prize in the National Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Challenge. The award was presented Sept. 18, 2019, at the 2019 National College Access Network (NCAN) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The district was recognized for its innovative practices, leadership, effectiveness and sustainability with the FAFSA...
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Taryn Tidwell named Teacher of the Year finalist

(Submitted by Elliott Adams/Mesa Public Schools) Taryn Tidwell, choir and drama teacher at Shepherd Junior High School, has been named one of five finalists  for 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Each year, the Arizona Educational Foundation highlights outstanding public school teachers in Arizona, one of which is named Teacher of the Year and represents the state in the...
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Governing Board meetings now begin at 5 p.m.

Starting with the Aug. 13, 2019, meeting, Mesa Public Schools Governing Board meetings will begin at 5 p.m. Meetings will kick off with student, staff and school recognitions, followed by Board business. Mesa Public Schools Governing Board meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Board Room, Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203. Find...
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John Trezise named Maricopa County Exemplary Principal

The Hermosa Vista Elementary principal received the award during a surprise celebration May 10.

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