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Shelly White named January Volunteer of the Month

White dedicates her time and love to fourth-grade students at Sirrine Elementary. She was honored at the Jan. 26 Governing Board meeting as Volunteer of the Month.

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Board honors January Employees of the Month

Employees from Stapley Junior High, and Hermosa Vista, Keller and Stevenson elementary schools were recognized for their service at the Jan. 26 board meeting.

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With Google Expeditions, students take extraordinary field trips

Students explore the world, sea and space in Google Expeditions' virtual field trips.

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Board selects 2016 leadership

The school board has elected its president and clerk for 2016.

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Mesa students celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students from all grade levels were invited by the City of Mesa to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the "Many Faces, One Community" districtwide contest.

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Board celebrates January Students of the Month

The Governing Board honored five outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the Jan. 12 board meeting. Students from Mountain View High School, and Falcon Hill, Lindbergh, Robson and Whitman elementary schools have been named January Students of the Month.

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Mesa Academy named best middle school in Arizona

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies is ranked top middle school by SchoolDigger.com. The Academy serves students in fourth through eighth grade.

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ECA contributions boost confidence and opportunities

Girls on the Run is just one extracurricular activity that is assisted by community donations.

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Hey and Ruiz named 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

Irving Elementary teacher Meredith Hey and Hawthorne Elementary teacher Jennifer Ruiz join an exclusive club of Arizona educators named Exemplary Teachers.

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Board recognizes December Students of the Month

The Governing Board honored six outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the Dec. 8 board meeting. Students from Carson and Taylor junior high schools, and Adams, Hale, Hermosa Vista and Holmes elementary schools have been named December Students of the Month.

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Educational gift ideas for every child

Scratching your head for a perfect gift that combines fun and learning? Here are 12 ideas that won't break the bank.

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Cora Jensby named Volunteer of the Month

Jensby helps Roosevelt Elementary first-graders with their reading and writing. She was honored at the Nov. 24 Governing Board meeting as Volunteer of the Month.

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Board honors November Employees of the Month

Employees from Mesa High, Summit Academy, and Irving and Porter elementary schools were recognized for their service at the Nov. 24 Governing Board meeting.

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Boeing funds Claiming the Evidence grant

New grant funded by Boeing provides Mesa Public Schools teachers additional opportunities to integrate scientific explanation into the classroom.

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Mesa star athletes to be honored

Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame inducts its 2015 members Monday, Nov. 23, at Red Mountain High School.

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Mesa High band wins state championship title

Mesa High School Marching Band named tops in Division II at the Arizona State Marching Band Championship Nov. 14.

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Chick-fil-A® Spirit Day benefits Mesa Public Schools

Eat at participating restaurants Wednesday, Nov. 18, to benefit the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.

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Students of the Month recognized at board meeting

The Governing Board honored five outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the Nov. 10 board meeting. Students from Dobson High School, SHARP School, and Entz, Guerrero and Keller elementary schools have been named November Students of the Month.

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David and Laura Fabiano named Volunteers of the Month

The Fabianos are a constant support to students and staff at Crismon Elementary. They were honored during the Oct. 27 Governing Board meeting.

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Board honors October Employees of the Month

Employees from Brinton and Lindbergh elementary schools, and Poston and Smith junior high schools were honored for their outstanding work at the Oct. 27 Governing Board meeting.

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Mesa Public Schools joins League of Innovative Schools

Mesa Public Schools joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs and researchers from across the U.S.

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Musician Dylan Gardner rocks Red Mountain

The Warner Bros. recording artist recently visited Red Mountain High School to give a special performance.

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10 questions to ask at parent-teacher conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are around the corner. Here's what to ask your child's teacher.

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Students of the Month honored at board meeting

The Governing Board recognized six outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the Oct. 6 board meeting. Students from East Valley Academy, Fremont Junior High, and Brinton, Ishikawa, Lowell and Sirrine elementary schools have been named October Students of the Month.

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Julie Spilsbury named Volunteer of the Month

Spilsbury has been a valuable resource to the Taylor Junior High community. She was honored at the Sept. 22 Governing Board meeting.

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Board honors September Employees of the Month

Employees from Dobson High School, SHARP School, Johnson Elementary and Grounds were honored for their outstanding work at the Sept. 22 board meeting.

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Sixteen district schools recognized for high-quality civic learning

More than half of the 2014-15 Arizona Civic Engagement Schools are from Mesa Public Schools.

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District wins national finance award for 28th consecutive year

George Zeigler and his team were awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the district's annual financial report.

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Mesa Public Schools hosts 35th annual College Fair

The popular event provides opportunities for students to meet representatives from colleges, technical schools, businesses, the military and more. Attend the College Fair Sept. 28 at Mesa High School.

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Rodel names five district semifinalists

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona selected five Mesa educators as 2016 semifinalists in the Exemplary Teacher Initiative competition.

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Celebrate Citizenship Day, Constitution Week

At their Aug. 25 Governing Board meeting, members proclaimed Citizenship Day on Sept. 17 and Constitution Week from Sept. 17 to 23 in Mesa Public Schools.

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Mountain View senior experiences life as a senator

Kennedy Prock enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime in Washington, D.C., this summer.

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Nine Mesa seniors named 2016 National Merit® Scholarship semifinalists

National Merit® Scholarship Program semifinalists hail from Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain and Westwood high schools. 

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Register now for Mesa Youth Volleyball

Mesa Youth Volleyball is open to third- through eighth-grade boys and girls throughout the community.

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District to host parent meeting on Native American funding

Parents and guardians are invited to attend at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the school district's Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa.

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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 and meet the teachers Aug. 19; parents of seventh-graders, Aug. 25.

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Mountain View earns top-10 spot in Arizona high school ranking

U.S. News & World Report ranked high schools nationwide and named Mountain View No. 10 in Arizona.

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School meal prices to change in 2015-16

Due to federal government requirements and rising food costs, Mesa Public Schools breakfast and lunch prices will rise slightly in the new school year.

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Class of 2015 graduates

More than 3,600 students graduated May 21, 2015, from Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline, Westwood and East Valley Academy high schools.

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AzMERIT update and what's next

In spring 2015, approximately 45,000 Mesa Public Schools students took the new AzMERIT assessment. 

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Westwood senior wins Gates Millennium scholarship

Sarely Licona will attend University of Rochester on a full-ride scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Longfellow students receive books to remember principal

As principal David Christensen retires this year, he leaves behind a literacy legacy for his Longfellow Elementary students.

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2015 graduation information

Mesa Public Schools will graduate more than 3,800 seniors Thursday, May 21. Graduation ceremony times and locations are: Dobson High School : Dobson football stadium at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6  p.m.  East Valley Academy : Hilton Phoenix/Mesa at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets required.  Mesa High School : Mesa High Jackrabbit...
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Four Mesa Public Schools students selected as Flinn Scholars

The Mountain View and Westwood seniors won the competitive scholarship package from the Flinn Foundation. The merit-based scholarship, given to only 21 Arizona seniors this year, is valued at $115,000.

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Nine Mesa schools win A+ Award

2015 Arizona A+ School of Excellence award winners include Highland, Ishikawa, Keller, Mendoza, Porter, Robson, Sirrine, Sousa and Washington elementary schools.

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VIP Variety Show celebrates all students

Mountain View High School's third annual event showcases the talents and musical gifts of students with special needs. This year's show is Friday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $2, or $1 with school ID. Children under 5 are free.

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Board proclaims Teacher Appreciation Week!

The school board and superintendent proclaimed May 4-8 as Teacher Appreciation Week and May 5 as Teacher Day in Mesa Public Schools. Join us in acknowledging the lasting contributions of teachers to our lives, our community and our country.

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Michael Norberg honored as Volunteer of the Month

Norberg has volunteered at Ishikawa Elementary for four years. He was recognized as the Volunteer of the Month at the April 28 board meeting.

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Board honors April Employees of the Month

Employees from Crossroads, Community Education, Mountain View High School and Las Sendas Elementary School were honored for their outstanding work at the April 28 board meeting.

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Join us at the Student Service Awards

Award winners will be honored during the 46th annual celebration at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa.

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Red Mountain selected for AP Capstone Diploma program

Red Mountain High School becomes the first comprehensive high school in the East Valley to offer the program to students.

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Red Mountain seniors earn national journalism honors

Seniors Nicole Gimpl and Sarah Kocher were selected for the NSPA Journalism Honor Roll.

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CTE students to be recognized April 30

More than 1,100 students will be honored at the April 30 event.

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Informational parent meetings scheduled

Parent Leader Training will be held April 23 at 6:30 p.m. The next Superintendent Latino Parent Council meeting is set for April 29 at 5 p.m.

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Board proclaims Public School Volunteer Week!

The Governing Board and superintendent proclaimed April 20-24 as Public School Volunteer Week in Mesa Public Schools. Join us in celebrating the contributions, service and dedication of our volunteers.

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Young at Art celebrates 27 years

The annual arts gala will be held Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m.

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Students of the Month honored at board meeting

The Governing Board recognized six outstanding Mesa Public Schools students at the April 14 board meeting. Students from Skyline High School, Rhodes Junior High, and Irving, MacArthur, Salk and Washington elementary schools have been named April Students of the Month.

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Chick-fil-A® Spirit Day benefits Mesa Public Schools

Eat at participating Mesa locations on April 21 to support the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence

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Governing Board names new principals

Students, staff and parents at nine district elementary schools will welcome new leaders this fall.

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Mesa recognizes Employees of the Month

Employees from Salk Elementary, East Valley Academy, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary and Whitman Elementary are honored as March winners.

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Red Mountain welding team wins Best in the West contest

Red Mountain's welding team celebrates its win with a group photo. For the second year in a row, Red Mountain High School won the combined team build project in the Mesa Public Schools/CTE Best in the West Invitational Welding Contest, which was held March 6. Students from Mesa's six high schools, and five schools outside of the district, participated in the competition. Vern...
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Students of the Month shine at the board meeting

The Governing Board honored six March Students of the Month from a variety of grade levels and schools. The superintendency, principals, teachers, families and friends gathered to recognize the winners and to celebrate their success.

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Dobson girls basketball team wins state title

It was an exhilarating night for Dobson's girls basketball team March 2, 2015, at Gila River Arena in Glendale. The sixth-seeded team had made it to the state championship game against the fifth-seeded Millennium Tigers of Goodyear.  After a tense and close game, the Mustangs took the lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back. Dobson ultimately won the game 58-49. Dobson last...
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Mesa high schools raise more than $12,000 in Change for Change coin drive

Mesa Public Schools' six comprehensive high schools raised $12,795.26 for Mesa United Way in the Change for Change money drive. The drive ran from Feb. 17-27 at Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools. Each school's student council rallied fellow students to raise money to help families in Mesa.  Superintendent Michael Cowan and student...
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Mesa, Westwood seniors win Student Community Service Awards

Abanezer Sisay and Paige Zuraw each won a $1,000 scholarship from the Mesa Citizen of the Year Association.

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Mesa honors Volunteer of the Month

Mesa Public Schools recognized Carol Larsen from Jefferson Elementary at the district's Feb. 24 school board meeting.

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Employees of the Month are recognized at board meeting

Mesa Public Schools Employees of the Month are Whittier's Kathy Brotherton, Transportation's Angel Castillo, Washington's Stephanie Stork and Longfellow's Cathy Thompson.

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Mountain View junior earns perfect score on AP exam

Mountain View junior Kassandra   Edmondson  is one of only 91 students in the world to earn every point possible on the 2014 Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture Exam. She received the top score of five, which is equivalent to an A in the corresponding college course. Read more about this exemplary student.   Q: How did it feel when you learned about...
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Native American funding parent meeting scheduled

Parents and guardians are invited to attend the meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., at the district's Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa.

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Governing Board recognizes Students of the Month

The Governing Board, superintendency, teachers, principals, friends and family celebrated the success and achievements of six stellar students at the Feb. 10 board meeting. 

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District Academic Decathlon teams sweep regionals

Three district teams earn first, second and third place Academic Decathlon participants from three Mesa high schools came home with a trifecta from the regional meet. Teams from the valley competed at Hamilton High in Chandler on Feb. 6-7, resulting in Mountain View earning first place, while Westwood and Red Mountain took second and third. All six district high schools competed in the...
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Mesa Public Schools presents 2015 SciTech Expo

Get a blast of this year's SciTech Expo, "Full STEAM Ahead," on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Red Mountain High School.

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Westwood High International Baccalaureate application available

East Valley eighth-grade students are invited to apply to Westwood High School's International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, which is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. Students interested in attending this prestigious college-prep program must submit an application by Friday, Feb. 6. The IB Diploma Programme, created in 1968, offers a demanding two-year...
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Arizona educators flock to Porter Elementary for AVID showcase

Porter Elementary's media center buzzed with excitement Wednesday, Jan. 21, as educators from cities such as Tempe, Scottsdale, Queen Creek and Prescott visited the school. Principal Paula Warren welcomed guests with her Southern hospitality to get an up-close look at Porter's progress since becoming an AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Elementary school in 2013. The school...
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Whitman takes home three Educational Excellence Impact Awards

  Left to right: Yvette Dix, TAP ™  Regional Master Teacher; Joshua Henderson, Whitman Master Teacher; Jennifer Burton, Whitman Master Teacher; Erickson; Joan Watson, Whitman Mentor Teacher; Debbie Garlock, Whitman Title 1 specialist and Master Teacher On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Whitman Elementary was recognized at the second...
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Huizar and Wong named Volunteers of the Month

Brenda Huizar of Lincoln Elementary and Carolyn Wong of the Native American Education Program were recognized as Volunteers of the Month at the Jan. 28 board meeting. 

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Employees of the Month are recognized at board meeting

January Employees of the Month are Dr. Rebecca Cryder of Skyline High School, Nick Delgudico from Operations, Josh Henderson from Whitman Elementary and Diane Hobbs of Johnson Elementary. 

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Mesa students and community to celebrate Ida Redbird Day Jan. 30

Mesa will come together to celebrate the life of one of Arizona's most famous artists on Friday, Jan. 30. The public is invited to attend Ida Redbird Day at Redbird Elementary , which is named after the legendary Native American potter. Ida Redbird Day festivities will be held at the school from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be hands-on activities for students to decorate pots in Redbird's style...
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Mesa Public Schools kindergarten registration begins Jan. 26

It’s not too early to prepare if your child is entering kindergarten in fall 2015. Mesa Public Schools will open registration for kindergarten Monday, January 26, with evening registration available on Tuesday, January 27. Early registration provides adequate planning time for your family and for your child’s school. By registering now, schools can plan for class-size...
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New app keeps parents connected

Mesa Public Schools introduces an informative app that provides fingertip access to district news and information.

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Governing Board recognizes Students of the Month

The Governing Board, superintendency, teachers, principals, friends and family celebrated the success and achievements of six stellar students at this week's board meeting. 

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Board elects 2015 leadership

Mesa School Board elected its president and clerk for 2015.

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Mesa students celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students from all grade levels were invited by the City of Mesa to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the "Many Faces, One Community" districtwide contest.

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Mountain View student to represent Mesa in Washington, D.C.

Mountain View High School senior Grant Laufer has won the 2015 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship. He will spend a week in the nation's capital to get an up-close look at government.

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Mesa Students of the Month are honored

Five students from across the district were honored at the December board meeting. Winners celebrated their success with friends, family, teachers, principals, superintendency and the governing board.

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Mesa honors Employees of the Month

December winners represent Wilson Elementary and Taylor Junior High.

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Michael Hughes wins the All-Arizona School Board Award

The retiring Governing Board president received the award at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

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Mesa High and Skyline seniors awarded full scholarships to Yale, Notre Dame

Rayan Alsemeiry, Ruben Inzunza and Catherine Bui were named QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship recipients. Only 501 students nationwide are awarded the scholarship.

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Rosanne Carlson is a Rodel Exemplary Teacher

The Porter Elementary teacher was honored by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona and will mentor high-potential student teachers. 

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Students of the Month are in the spotlight

Mesa Governing Board honored six November Students of the Month from a variety of schools across the district. Friends, family, teachers, principals and superintendency gathered to pay tribute to this month's winners.

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Westwood High's John-David Bowman is Arizona Teacher of the Year

Arizona Educational Foundation honors the Westwood teacher at November luncheon.

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Mesa star athletes will be honored

Mesa sports’ biggest night is back. Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame inducts its 2014 members at Red Mountain High School tonight at 7 p.m. 

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Westwood and Cox "connect" for successful event

Westwood and Carson families were invited to sign up for discounted high-speed Internet and buy a computer for only $10, thanks to the Connect2Compete program.

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Board recognizes Employees of the Month

Employees from Field Elementary and Skyline High School honored as November winners. 

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Mesa students named National Hispanic Scholars

The National Hispanic Recognition Program, administered by the College Board, recognized six academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students across the district.

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Theresa Price named Woman of the Year

Phoenix Indian Center honored Theresa Price as the 2014 Woman of the Year

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Mesa honors Volunteer of the Month

Mesa Public Schools officials recognized Leah James of Entz Elementary at the district's October 28 school board meeting.

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Westwood High School Honors Cancer Survivor

Westwood High School's homecoming parade is always a neighborhood affair, with families coming together to celebrate, cheer on the school and collect sweet treats. This year's parade, held Friday, October 24, was an extra-special event. That’s because the parade’s grand marshal was Westwood High School cancer survivor Roberto Blanco.


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District Employees of the Month are recognized

Representatives from Webster Elementary, Shepherd Junior High, Taylor Junior High and Red Mountain Ranch Elementary were honored as October winners.

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Hope inspires students at SHARP School

Hope comes in many forms. For the students at SHARP School, it is in the the wisdom of a 6-year-old goldendoodle a service dog named Hope and her handler, Pam Reinke.

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