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 eight 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.
The July issue of Think Global Flight News features Diana LeSueur, MPS Flight Center instructor. She teaches fifth-graders aviation science and simulation. Many of her students have become Civil Air Patrol cadets, pilots and aeronautical engineers. They fueled her own desire to become a pilot. Now she's literally soaring to new heights on her way to becoming a real flight instructor.
Members of Mesa High's football team will be at the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., for a service learning project 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 30.
Update: Schools reopened for on-site registration July 15. Classes begin Aug. 7. We're eager to welcome our students to the new school year!
The award, from The Gatorade Company and USA TODAY, recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.
Colleges offered the class of 2013 a record-breaking $86 million in scholarships and grants. That's over $7 million more than last year.
The national organization presented its 2013 Outstanding Student Impact Award to the MPS elementary physical education specialist for her remarkable efforts, dedication, creativity and collaboration.
Mesa Public Schools received an Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The recognition confirms the district's commitment to financial accountability and transparency.
GED to MCC registration is June 17 and July 30. Traditional GED registration is Aug. 10 and 17. Make an appointment by calling (480) 472-7259.
Elaine Griego, a fifth-grade teacher at Ishikawa Elementary, received the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and the Coach Jesse Parker Legacy Award.
Save more than 60 percent on admission and skate rental, thanks to a partnership between Skateland and the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.
A+'s, A's and B's abounded on the Mesa Public Schools Quality Service Survey of parents, students and staff.
Students collect drink pouches as a recycling and service-learning project. Proceeds benefits Arizona Brainfood, which provides food for hungry children on the weekends.
The Phoenix Suns and Century Link presented Westwood's basketball program this year's $5,000 Team Assist award for outstanding community service.
There's no better place to bring friends and family of every generation. Guests — young and young at heart, listeners and Lindy Hoppers – are guaranteed a great time from 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 at Mesa High. Tickets are on sale now.
Porter Elementary students in the Hope Club, an environmental awareness organization, are helping children affected by the global water crisis.
The Franklin West Elementary team won the grand-prize trophy in this spring's districtwide reading competition for fifth- and sixth-graders. Entz placed second; Salk, third.
Enjoy the unique, engaging and award-winning narratives, poems, essays and class books in the district's Voices 2013 writing competition.
Students throughout the East Valley — with a passion for science, technology, engineering, medicine or math — need look no further than Red Mountain High. Choose a comprehensive college-prep curriculum, and earn a new STEM Diploma.
The State Bar of Arizona will award Tom Pickrell, the school district's general counsel, the 2013 Public Lawyer Career Achievement Award in June.
The school board and superintendent proclaimed May 6-10 as Teacher Appreciation Week and May 7 as Teacher Day in Mesa Public Schools. Join us in acknowledging the lasting contributions of teachers to our lives, our community and our country.
Red Mountain High School won the national Rookie of the Year Award in Division I, and individual gold, silver and bronze medals in essay, music, economics, interview, speech, science, and language and literature. Harrison Finzel, winner of three gold medals, was named the top "scholastic" student nationwide.
May winners represent the district's Materiel Distribution Center and Mail Center, Red Mountain High, Rhodes Junior High and Westwood High.
Bonnie Long has volunteered at Rhodes Junior High for four years. The school board and superintendent honored her as the district's Volunteer of the Month for May.
Red Mountain High junior Kimran Sidhu is ready to graduate a year early. Then she's off to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, near Dublin. She has important tips for teens to help them chart their pathway to a promising future.
The Red Mountain High School social studies teacher will tour Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Nara, Kyoto and Yokohama.
Red Mountain was named Arizona's No. 1 school. The Mountain Lions were honored by the Arizona Interscholastic Association at the Champions Award Luncheon at the University of Phoenix Stadium on May 20.
Mesa Public Schools honored Educators and Classified Employees of the Month at the April 9 board meeting.
Benjamin Ellsworth, a student in David Gardner's theater program at Mountain View High School, finished in the top 10 at National Shakespeare Competition.
On April 26, the city of Mesa and MacArthur Elementary School will observe Arbor Day by planting a tree at Candlelight Park. Reading-aloud and tree-planting celebrations will also be conducted at 12 elementary campuses.
Bring your family and friends to see the smash-hit show at 7 p.m. April 25, 26 and 27 in the Rhodes Junior High auditorium, 1860 S. Longmore, Mesa. Tickets are $5 at the bookstore in advance and $6 at the door.
Zaharis Elementary's Lemonade Club presented $414 to Academy Award winner, author and musician Jeff Bridges, international spokesperson for Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry.
Arizona State University and Mesa Public Schools are proud of professional cellist, composer and arranger Zack Clark. Simply Three, Clark's pop and jazz trio, will debut its new music video and single April 23. Clark will perform at ASU April 26.
The 44th annual Exceptional Student Services Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. Everyone's invited to attend.
Natalie Steinbrink and Brecken Denler qualified to compete at the National Forensic League tournament. Angela Zhang was named Arizona's Forensic League Student of the Year.
Katelyn Ulmschneider has a lot to smile about! She won the national grand prize in P.S. From Aéropostale's T-shirt design contest.
Joan Parish volunteers daily at Madison Elementary. She loves making a difference in the lives of students and staff. And it shows!
As student-achievement partners, Dobson counselors work as a team to provide comprehensive programs and services that are key to the school's exemplary educational environment.
Members of the Arizona Music Educators Association honored Mesa's Melanie Openshaw, Kelly Higgins, Walt Temme and Dorene Pool for their outstanding careers and contributions.
Ishikawa, Summit Academy, Entz and Hale elementary students will compete at the Regional Sixth-Grade Math Challenge in April.
Districtwide Elementary and Junior High Honor Bands will perform at 7 p.m. March 25 at the Mesa Arts Center. Admission is free. Everyone's welcome.
The Mesa Arts Center will feature student artwork, the Symphony of the Southwest and the Youth Symphony of the Southwest in a blockbuster program at 7:30 p.m. March 30. Discount tickets are on sale now.
East Valley students and their families are invited to meet experts on a wealth of programs and services that help students with disabilities succeed in the transition from high school to adulthood.
Parents are busy in the classroom and in the community — learning English language and life skills, pursuing fitness goals, and helping the hungry and homeless.
Enjoy this year's Mesa Young People's Orchestra and Junior High Festival Orchestra in concert at 7 p.m. March 26 at the Mesa Arts Center.
School employees throughout the Valley and beyond are invited to attend the 2013 Educational Technology Expo on March 20 and 21. More than 80 vendors will be on hand.
Enjoy the unique, engaging and award-winning narratives, poems, essays and class-books in the district's Voices 2013 writing competition.
The golf tournament at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club netted $6,048.94 to fund classroom SMART Boards.
Earth Day Cardboard Core Challenge champs won a Dinosaur Petting Zoo field trip, a day with a Disney designer and an award from the city of Mesa.
Washington Elementary's Amy Swietlik, music teacher, will research community music groups in Recife, Brazil, in 2014.
Registration is open now for Summer Aviation Camp, June 3-13, at Falcon Field Airport. The program is designed for students who will enter junior high next school year.
Parent University invites all parents to this month's featured class on March 26 — Deadly Drugs: What You Need to Know About Bath Salts and Spice! Parents are invited to bring their teens and preteens too. Preregistration is required. Admission is free.
See why Mesa's Music Education Program is the best. Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month with us. Come to special events and concerts at campuses throughout the district.
We are grateful to parents and the public for investing in the future by voting for basic improvements that kids need to succeed.
Mesa Academy and runner-up Poston Junior High qualified to compete in the National Academic League's Championship Tournament of Academic Excellence this spring.
Red Mountain and Mountain View high school students are U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates.
Annica Benning, award-winning author, photographer and philanthropist, will appear at Summit Academy on March 6 to celebrate Native American art and culture, literacy and voluntarism.
Register now to play in Dobson High School's April 6 golf tournament at Apache Wells.
Current and former families, friends, faculty and staff are invited to attend Hawthorne Elementary's 50th anniversary party from 5 to 7 p.m. March 1 on the campus at 630 N. Hunt Drive, Mesa.
The finer points of fitness, academic achievement and money management are in the spotlight at Roosevelt Elementary School. We appreciate our partners in the pursuit of excellence in education!
Nathan Bergman, a student at the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, earned a perfect score and the championship trophy.
People of all ages are welcome at the districtwide MPS SciTech Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Stop by the Red Mountain High School cafeteria, 7301 E. Brown Road, Mesa.
Parents and guardians are invited to attend at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in the school district's Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa.
Mesa's simulated space missions are a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 5,000 sixth-graders who push learning to the outer limits each year. Vote for MPS on Arizona's Expect More Excellence Tour.
District Spelling Bee champion Spencer Knighton, a fifth-grader at the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, and the 14 next best MPS spellers qualified to compete at the Maricopa County Region 1 Spelling Bee on Feb 9.
Mesa High will host a presentation by Bernard Scheer, Holocaust survivor, Feb. 11. East Valley residents are welcome. Call (480) 472-5789 to reserve a seat. Admission is free.
Elementary students throughout MPS are invited to the district's 1-Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 at Red Mountain Park. The run is free. Preregistration is required.
Virginia McEnany devotes her time to students and staff at Adams Elementary School. She is the Mesa Public Schools Volunteer of the Month for January 2013.
MPS officials honored staff members from Crossroads Success School, Rhodes and Poston junior highs, and Robson and Field elementaries.
The Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies is accepting applications, now through Feb. 15, for admission to fourth grade in the 2013-14 school year. Limited openings are also available in fifth through eighth grade.
Mesa Public Schools invites national consultants and prominent Valley educators to offer Parent University workshops on child development, behavior, health and academic achievement.