Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, was named Distinguished Administrator of the Year by Arizona School Administrators, Inc. for his leadership and contributions to education.
Mesa United Way presented the Spirit of Mesa Award to Mesa Public Schools for contributions to the community.
Mesa United Way honored Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo as the Employee Campaign Leader of the Year. Villanueva-Saucedo is the Mesa Public Schools community liaison.
More than 3,900 seniors graduated from Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline, Westwood and East Valley Academy high schools.
Mesa's Eisenhower Center for Innovation staff is making a difference in the lives of their students.
Mountain View High School's Sky and Talon Duncan will perform in June at the Spirit of the Planet Festival in Bergamo, Italy.
Free breakfasts and lunches will be served this summer to bridge the hunger and nutrition gap for children in need. Adult prices will range from $1.25 to $3.25.
Mesa elementary schools wrapped up their 18th annual Battle of the Books competition with a third place finish at regionals.
The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board approved calendars for 2015-16 and 2016-17 at its May 13 meeting. The district's 2014-15 calendar was adopted in 2012.
Mesa Public Schools elementary students earned top awards at the Maricopa County Sixth-Grade Math Challenge.
Mesa Public Schools kindergartners, and their counterparts throughout Arizona, will receive new books to take home, thanks to a remarkable couple that cares about kids and community service.
Valley Honda Dealers awarded Diana Bamper, Mesa Public Schools kindergarten teacher, $5,000 in classroom supplies and equipment at a schoolwide assembly.
Allen Quie, principal of Jordan and Red Mountain Centers for Early Education in Mesa Public Schools, received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the East Valley Council for Exceptional Children.
Junior high and high schools students and families throughout the district are invited to REDCON from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 at Red Mountain High, 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa.
We're hiring and training school bus drivers. Driving a school bus is a great part-time job for adults, 21 and older, including college students. Complete the easy online application.
Fifth- and sixth-graders in the Gifted and Talented Program at Roosevelt Elementary in Mesa Public Schools recently "spit" into a microphone, but not the way you think!
2014 Arizona A+ School of Excellence award winners include Falcon Hill, Red Mountain Ranch and Zaharis elementaries; Taylor Junior High; and Red Mountain High.
The Arizona Partnership for Immunization presented the Hot Shot Award to Nadine Miller, director of the Mesa Public Schools Health Services and Audiology Department.
Mesa Public Schools officials recognized Brad Nelson of Red Mountain Ranch Elementary at the district's April 22 school board meeting.
The school board and superintendent proclaimed May 5-9 as Teacher Appreciation Week and May 6 as Teacher Day in Mesa Public Schools. Join us in acknowledging the lasting contributions of teachers to our lives, our community and our country.
Kathryn Notarpole, Stapley Junior High seventh-grade social studies teacher, and students Austin Cox and Morgan Denman, will represent Arizona at the National Oratory Retreat and Performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., where Lincoln's legacy lives!
Employees of the Month in Mesa Public Schools are Chris Donlon of Whitman Elementary School, Bob McCartney of Crossroads Success School, Dick Miller of Rhodes Junior High School and Bonnie Roberts of Lincoln Elementary School.
Sign up soon for KidzCamp and Tweens 'n' Teens summer programs. The Community Education Department of Mesa Public Schools offers a multitude of opportunities to beat summer boredom for students of all ages throughout the East Valley.
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, Ishikawa, Highland and O'Connor elementary students will compete at the Regional Sixth-Grade Math Challenge in May.
Dinner and Harps, on May 5, promises to be a memorable evening, featuring a gourmet meal and the most magnificent music! Admission to the concert is free. Dinner tickets are on sale now.
Red Mountain High's Mali Cao, Pinnacle yearbook staffer, is one of only 68 winners in the National Showcase: 2014 Photo Contest.
What can the few remaining Holocaust survivors teach us before they are gone? Red Mountain High students found out from Helen Handler.
Come to a free screening of the award-winning "First Generation" documentary at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Mesa Arts Center. Everyone's welcome.
The Voices 2014 anthology features the work of first-place winners in this year's district writing contest. Enjoy the unique, compelling and engaging voices of Mesa Public Schools students and staff. Now is their time to be heard!
The district's School Safety and Security Department invites parents and other trusted adults to Take 25 and make time to talk about child safety.
Join us at the Young at Art opening extravaganza from 5 to 10 p.m April 25 at the district's Creative and Performing Arts Building, 155 N. Center St., Mesa. The Young at Art exhibit continues through May 1. Admission is free. Everyone's welcome.
Award winners will be honored during our 45th annual celebration at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa.
Second-graders in Amy DeLong's class at Highland Elementary are in the running for up to $20,000 to create an organic garden. Vote daily April 1-21 on the Seeds of Change website.
Red Mountain welding students, taught by Dan Hurst, won the Mesa Public Schools Best in the West invitational. Hurst, a veteran in the industry, is an expert in hands-on experience and real-world applications.
Employees of the Month in Mesa Public Schools are Doug Aaron, Custodial Department; Chris Coughlin, Taylor Junior High; Vicki Grant, Falcon Hill Elementary; and Holly Platt, Sirrine Elementary.
Sign up for senior high summer school now through 4 p.m. May 30. Classes begin June 2. Register in person, online or by mail.
Family Day is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa. Join us for free family activities and entertainment.
Mail-in and online registration are open for K-6 Summer Fun Days. Academic and special interest classes are set for 8 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 2-27. Students throughout the district are welcome.
Alumni, former employees, neighbors, families and friends are invited to join current students and staff at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary's 20-year celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. April 17 at 6650 E. Raftriver St., Mesa.
Everyone is invited to join students and staff at Whitman Elementary School's Fiesta 50th Celebration of excellence in education from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 6 on the campus at 1829 N. Grand, Mesa.
The results are in for this year's K-12 district writing contest. Winners will be honored May 1, and their work will be published in the annual Voices anthology this spring.
Employees of the Month in Mesa Public Schools are Jane Lemon of Pomeroy Elementary Montessori, Art Gallardo of Red Mountain High, Carol Rowley of Holmes Elementary and Brittany Lambert of MacArthur Elementary.
You're invited to play in Skyline High's Coyote Pride Golf Outing on April 12 at Viewpoint Golf Resort. Play is limited to 32 teams, so sign up soon!
Keller Elementary students won six awards in Grand Canyon State Games writing contests.
Karen Miller, Mesa Public Schools harp specialist, won the Excellence in Teaching Music Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association.
Mesa Public Schools will treat you to the most magnificent music! Bring your friends and family to a free High School Harp Ensemble performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.
Families throughout the East Valley are invited gather information and talk to experts about how to help students with disabilities succeed in the transition from high school to adulthood. Join us April 8.
The school board honored six February Students of the Month from a variety of grade levels and regions. The superintendency, principals, teachers, families and friends gathered to recognize the winners and to celebrate their success.
Sousa won first place in the 2013 School Cents shopping partnership program sponsored by Superstition Springs Center. The mall awarded 10 Mesa schools thousands of dollars.
Parents and guardians are invited to attend at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 in the school district's Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa.
Eighth- through 12th-graders and their parents are invited to Explore What's in Store, a college and career readiness event. Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa.
Fremont Junior High will present its annual Charity Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the auditorium at 1001 N. Power Road, Mesa. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.
At this year's Sci-Tech Expo, Mesa Public Schools will showcase the theme "Full STEAM Ahead!" — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — at Red Mountain High School from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27.
Employees of the Month in Mesa Public Schools are Nancy Berthold of Mesa High, Sabrina Dunn of Jefferson Elementary and Jan Jackson of Highland Elementary.
Mesa Public Schools officials recognized Enedina Chapin, president of the Poston Junior High Music Booster Club, at the district's Jan. 28 school board meeting.
The Red Mountain High track and field team, coaches and Booster Club members will sponsor the Steve Rushing 5K Memorial Run on March 15. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds fund scholarships.
Kindergarten preregistration for the 2014-15 school year begins Jan. 27 during school hours. Extended hours are available Jan. 28.
Join Mesa Public Schools in honoring school nurses and health assistants Jan. 29
Choose from more than 20 Parent University classes this semester. They are designed for moms, dads, guardians, educators and anyone else who cares about kids — from toddlers to teens. Everyone throughout the Valley is invited. Preregistration is required.
Mesa honored six January Students of the Month from a variety of grade levels and regions. The school board, superintendency, principals, teachers, families and friends gathered to recognize the winners and to celebrate their success.
It's time to apply for open enrollment in the 2014-15 school year. We offer many exciting options in education — at neighborhood schools, choice schools and success schools. We welcome students from other Mesa schools and other Arizona school districts.
Winners again! The Jackrabbit Marching Band captured the field show championship at the San Diego Holiday Bowl and took first place in the Big Bay Balloon Parade competition. Mesa High is Arizona's two-time back-to-back Division II State Champion Marching Band.
Mesa's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration includes a banquet, parade, festival, candlelight prayer service, basketball classic and presentation of awards for outstanding student achievement in writing, art, oratory and multimedia contests.
Skyline High marketing students presented their business plans to bankers and business people for a realistic look at what it would take to make their entrepreneurial dreams — earning a profit, doing something they love and serving their community — come true.
Five Students of the Month stepped into the spotlight at a December school board meeting. District officials, principals, teachers, family and friends gathered to honor the winners for their outstanding achievements.
Thanks to Project Blue Elf, a new program funded by BBVA Compass Foundation, prekindergarten through second-grade students at Roosevelt Elementary received toys and decorated holiday cookies.
Dobson's Alex Dergal is among the 100 most elite band students nationwide. He will perform in the Honor Band of America at the Music for All National Festival this spring.
The school board honored Nancy Cressy of Longfellow Elementary as the Mesa Public Schools Volunteer of the Month for November.
November's Employees of the Month are Debbie Arnett, Mountain View High; Elaine Cecil, Webster Elementary; Renée Harvey, MacArthur Elementary; and Mary Ruegge, Dobson High.
Get the season of sharing off on the right note! Pick up some "Desert Holiday Sounds" CDs for gift giving and for your own music library! CDs are on sale now through Dec. 20 at a variety of convenient locations. Proceeds benefit high school choirs and Mesa Rotary charities.
Dobson agricultural science students took first place in floriculture and food science at the Superstition District Career Development Event. Teams are eager to vie for state championship titles this later month.
Keller Elementary fifth-grade students learned about Falcon Field and World War II from British veteran Stan Whalley.
Astronomy Night is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in the cafeteria at Poston Junior High, 2433 E. Adobe St., Mesa. All Mesa students, parents and the public are welcome.
Jeannine Kuropatkin and Allison McIntosh of Rhodes Junior High were honored for creating and presenting a lesson titled Hungry Planet: A Gastronomical Tour of the World.
In a Board Room abuzz with excitement, district officials, families, friends, principals and teachers eagerly awaited Student of the Month awards — the first of their kind in the 135-year history of Mesa Public Schools!
Crismon Elementary students welcomed "camo crusaders" from Dobson High's Future Farmers of America (FFA) for a lesson on the life cycle of a pumpkin.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission selected Tom Brennan as Educator of the Year. Brennan teaches biology at Westwood High School. The commission will honor him at an awards banquet Jan. 11 in Carefree.
Employees of the Month are Maria Corte of Mesa High; Greg Gardner of Hermosa Vista, Ishikawa and Robson elementaries; Kris Landsiedel of the Research and Evaluation Department; and Lianne Merrill of Taft Elementary.
Shirley Duclos of Las Sendas Elementary is the school district's Volunteer of the Month. She works with students in Alane Eaton's second-grade and Jo-Anne Bondelli's fourth-grade classrooms.
Nicole Galindo, Mesa High counselor, won the Leader of Tomorrow Award from the Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association.
Jeremy Arnett, Westwood assistant principal and athletic director, was honored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Join MPS in observing National School Bus Safety Week. Oct. 21-25 is a good time to thank everyone who keeps our kids safe as they travel to and from school.
The Arizona Department of Education commended nine Mesa Title I schools as Reward Schools for increasing student achievement.
Amanda Grimes of the MPS Biotechnology Academy will be honored as the 2013 Arizona Bioscience Educator of the Year at the AZBio Awards on Oct. 10.
Jolene and James Phelps present physical education lessons to Montessori students at Johnson Elementary School. Read the school board's tribute to Mesa's September Volunteers of the Month.
The Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona named Carson's Randy Jarvis the Outstanding Junior High Teacher of the Year.
Our 15 National Merit semifinalists represent Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools. Students honored in the College Board's National Hispanic Recognition Program attend Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools.
Red Mountain High School teens on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee developed core values and published a motivational poster titled "On This Mountain, We Stand as One."
At their Sept. 10 school board meeting, members proclaimed Citizenship Day on Sept. 17 and Constitution Week from Sept. 17 to 23 in Mesa Public Schools.
It's time for junior high and high school students to plan for life after high school graduation. Come to Op Shop from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in the gymnasium at Westwood High, 945 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa. Parents and teens throughout the East Valley are welcome.
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona selected five Mesa educators as 2014 semifinalists in the Exemplary Teacher Initiative competition.
Free. Fun. Informative. Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, next week's Parent University workshops will wow you! Register now for:
- A Pocketful of Parenting Strategies
- How to Stay Calm When Kids, and Life, Push Your Buttons
- One Family: Two Parenting Styles
Mesa Youth Basketball is open to fourth- through eighth-grade boys and girls throughout the district.
The new Mustang Stadium field, at 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa, will be dedicated at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 30, before the varsity opener against Mesa High. Game time is 7 p.m.
Are you ready to show your Westwood High spirit? Come to the first Warrior PRIDE tailgate at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, on the JV baseball field at 945 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa. Stay to kick off the varsity football season at 7 p.m. in the stadium.
Mesa high schools won six of the 20 Excellence in Civic Engagement awards presented by the Arizona Department of Education. Dobson, Mesa, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood were named Schools of Distinction. Mountain View earned the School of Merit designation.
Mesa Public Schools earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Parents of ninth-graders are invited to preview the district's sexual-awareness curriculum and meet the teachers Aug. 14; parents of seventh-graders, Aug. 20.
School starts Aug. 7. To safeguard students, follow these basic guidelines for drivers, bike riders and pedestrians. It's important that adults and children review and understand these tips before heading out the door.
Mesa's animal science students attended a weeklong summer camp filled with ups and downs, surprises and unforgettable opportunities.