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MPS proudly presents Dinner and Harps

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.

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Red Mountain student wins national photo award

Red Mountain High's Mali Cao, Pinnacle yearbook staffer, is one of only 68 winners in the National Showcase: 2014 Photo Contest.

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Holocaust survivor shares wisdom with teens

What can the few remaining Holocaust survivors teach us before they are gone? Red Mountain High students found out from Helen Handler. 

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See 'First Generation' free film screening

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.

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Enjoy the district's writing contest anthology

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!

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Take 25 to protect children

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.

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You're invited to Young at Art gala and show

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.

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Join us at the Exceptional Student Services Awards

Award winners will be honored during our 45th annual celebration at 7 p.m. May 2 in the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa.


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Vote for Highland to win a garden grant

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.

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Red Mountain wins Best in the West

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.

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School board honors Employees of the Month

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.

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Enroll in senior high summer school

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.

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Come to Family Day

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.

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Sign up for Elementary Summer Fun Days

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.

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It's Red Mountain Ranch Elementary's 20th birthday!

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.

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Celebrate Whitman's 50th anniversary

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.

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District writing contest winners named

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.

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District honors Employees of the Month

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.

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Attention all golfers!

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!

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Keller shines in state essay contests

Keller Elementary students won six awards in Grand Canyon State Games writing contests.

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Miller wins Arizona's Excellence in Teaching Music Award

Karen Miller, Mesa Public Schools harp specialist, won the Excellence in Teaching Music Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association.

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Preview our High School Harp Ensemble's concert tour

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.

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Transition Expo to benefit students with disabilities

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.

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Students of the Month are making their mark!

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.

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Mall awards Sousa Elementary $2,200

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.

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District hosts parent meeting on Native American funding

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.

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Explore What's in Store!

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.

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Fremont concert to benefit kids in Kathmandu

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.

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Come to SciTech Expo, Discovery Trek

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.

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Mesa recognizes Employees of the Month

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.

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District honors Volunteer of the Month

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. 

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Register for Red Mountain's Steve Rushing Memorial 5K

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. 

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Kindergarten preregistration begins Jan. 27

Kindergarten preregistration for the 2014-15 school year begins Jan. 27 during school hours. Extended hours are available Jan. 28. 

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Say 'thanks' on Health Office Appreciation Day

Join Mesa Public Schools in honoring school nurses and health assistants Jan. 29

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Register for fun, free parent workshops

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.

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Students of the Month are in the spotlight

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.

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Apply now for open enrollment

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.

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Mesa High band wins Holiday Bowl, parade titles

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. 

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Mesa students honor MLK's life and legacy

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.

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Budding tycoons showcase skills 'Shark Tank' style

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.

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School board honors Students of the Month

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.

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BBVA Compass blue elves bring holiday cheer to Roosevelt

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.

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Dobson student to play in Honor Band of America

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.

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Cressy named Volunteer of the Month

The school board honored Nancy Cressy of Longfellow Elementary as the Mesa Public Schools Volunteer of the Month for November.

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Board honors Employees of the Month

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.

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Buy holiday choir CDs

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.

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Dobson FFA gains steam at competitions

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.

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World War II veteran visits Keller Elementary

Keller Elementary fifth-grade students learned about Falcon Field and World War II from British veteran Stan Whalley.

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Come to Astronomy Night for hands-on fun

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.

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Rhodes duo win Great Moments in Teaching Award

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.

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MPS presents . . . Students of the Month

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! 

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Dobson FFA celebrates Ag Literacy Day

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.

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Tom Brennan named Educator of the Year

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.

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Board honors Employees of the Month

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.

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Duclos named MPS Volunteer of the Month

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. 

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Nicole Galindo named Leader of Tomorrow

Nicole Galindo, Mesa High counselor, won the Leader of Tomorrow Award from the Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association. 

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Arnett certified as an athletic administrator

Jeremy Arnett, Westwood assistant principal and athletic director, was honored by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. 

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Celebrate National School Bus Safety Week

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.

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ADE names Reward Schools

The Arizona Department of Education commended nine Mesa Title I schools as Reward Schools for increasing student achievement.

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Grimes named Arizona Bioscience Teacher of the Year

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.

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MPS honors Volunteers of the Month

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.

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Jarvis named top junior high CTE teacher

The Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona named Carson's Randy Jarvis the Outstanding Junior High Teacher of the Year. 

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National Merit, College Board honor MPS teens

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.

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Students create athletic core values

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."

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Celebrate Citizenship Day, Constitution Week

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.

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Join us at Op Shop college and career fair

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.

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Rodel names five MPS semifinalists

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona selected five Mesa educators as 2014 semifinalists in the Exemplary Teacher Initiative competition.

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Make parenting a pleasure!

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
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Register for Mesa Youth Basketball skills camps

Mesa Youth Basketball is open to fourth- through eighth-grade boys and girls throughout the district.

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Come to the Dobson football field dedication

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. 

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Looking for that Warrior Pride?

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.

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Mesa schools earn top civics awards

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.  

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Government finance officers laud MPS

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.

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Come to parent meetings on sex education

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. 


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Stay safe on the road

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.

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Science students benefit from experts, experience

Mesa's animal science students attended a weeklong summer camp filled with ups and downs, surprises and unforgettable opportunities. 

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Meet Diana LeSueur, flight instructor

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.

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Athletes commemorate words that will never die

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.

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Register this summer

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! 

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Val Kaff named Arizona Softball Player of the Year

The award, from The Gatorade Company and USA TODAY, recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.

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Grads offered $86 million in scholarships!

Colleges offered the class of 2013 a record-breaking $86 million in scholarships and grants. That's over $7 million more than last year.

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The First Tee honors Deb Pangrazi

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.

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MPS earns financial reporting award

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.

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Enroll in GED to MCC

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. 

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Griego receives Legacy, Lincoln awards

Elaine Griego, a fifth-grade teacher at Ishikawa Elementary, received the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and the Coach Jesse Parker Legacy Award.

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Let's go roller skating in June!

Save more than 60 percent on admission and skate rental, thanks to a partnership between Skateland and the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.

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MPS earns high marks for quality service

A+'s, A's and B's abounded on the Mesa Public Schools Quality Service Survey of parents, students and staff.

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Las Sendas raises $950 for Arizona Brainfood

Students collect drink pouches as a recycling and service-learning project. Proceeds benefits Arizona Brainfood, which provides food for hungry children on the weekends.

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Westwood wins Team Assist grand prize

The Phoenix Suns and Century Link presented Westwood's basketball program this year's $5,000 Team Assist award for outstanding community service.

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Come to Moonlight Serenade Swing Dance and Dinner

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.

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Porter partners with Njumbi Primary School in Kenya

Porter Elementary students in the Hope Club, an environmental awareness organization, are helping children affected by the global water crisis.

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Franklin West wins Battle of the Books

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.

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Read Voices 2013 anthology

Enjoy the unique, engaging and award-winning narratives, poems, essays and class books in the district's Voices 2013 writing competition.

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Opt for a new STEM Diploma at Red Mountain

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.

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Pickrell receives Career Achievement Award

The State Bar of Arizona will award Tom Pickrell, the school district's general counsel, the 2013 Public Lawyer Career Achievement Award in June.

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It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

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.

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RMHS takes sixth at national Academic Decathlon

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.

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MPS honors May Employees of the Month

May winners represent the district's Materiel Distribution Center and Mail Center, Red Mountain High, Rhodes Junior High and Westwood High.

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Bonnie Long named MPS Volunteer of the Month

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.

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Go-getter Kimran Sidhu is on the fast track

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.

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