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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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HoHoKams and Mesa high schools team up for City Swim Meet

The civic group’s flagship annual event is to be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Kino Aquatics Center.

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School Board recognizes Students of the Month

Students from a variety of grade levels and regions were honored as October Students of the Month. The school board, superintendency, principals, teachers, families and friends were there to recognize the winners and celebrate their success.

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Stay healthy with these tips

Health Services encourages everyone to stay healthy and stay in school.

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Bradley named Mesa Public Schools Volunteer of the Month

Mesa Public Schools officials recognized Joan Bradley of Mountain View High School at the district's Sept. 28 school board meeting.

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Irene Frklich named Educator of the Year

East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Irene Frklich as the 2014 Educator of the Year. 

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School board honors Employees of the Month

Employees of the Month in Mesa Public Schools are Nancy Herrera, Washington Elementary; Aldy Montufar, Lincoln Elementary; Kim Raczynski, Taylor Junior High; and Cathy Thornton, Sousa Elementary.

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Junior ROTC hosts "golden-age" homecoming

The student cadets in Mesa High School's Air Force Junior ROTC program hosted a homecoming dance on September 12 for the residents of The Citadel assisted living facility in Mesa. 

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Fourteen district schools recognized for providing high-quality civic learning

Mesa Public Schools students are informed and engaged citizens.

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Mesa Public Schools 34th Annual College and Career Fair

Junior and senior high school families are invited to attend Op Shop from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, at Skyline High School, 845 S. Crismon Road, Mesa. Parents and teens throughout the east valley are welcome to our college and career fair.

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Six Semifinalists named in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program

National Merit® Scholarship Program Semifinalists hail from Dobson, Mountain View and Westwood high schools. 

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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, Sept. 23 at the school district's Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa.

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Field Elementary unveils newly renovated library

Target and The Heart of America Foundation donated materials, books, technology and volunteer hours to completely reimagine the Field Elementary library.

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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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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. 13; parents of seventh-graders, Aug. 19. 

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Dr. Michael Cowan named Distinguished Administrator of the Year

Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, was named Distinguished Administrator of the Year by Arizona School Administrators, Inc. for his leadership and contributions to education.

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Mesa Public Schools wins Spirit of Mesa Award

Mesa United Way presented the Spirit of Mesa Award to Mesa Public Schools for contributions to the community.

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Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo named Leader of the Year

Mesa United Way honored Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo as the Employee Campaign Leader of the Year. Villanueva-Saucedo is the Mesa Public Schools community liaison. 

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Class of 2014 graduates

More than 3,900 seniors graduated from Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline, Westwood and East Valley Academy high schools.

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Eisenhower wins national bronze award for nutrition education

Mesa's Eisenhower Center for Innovation staff is making a difference in the lives of their students.

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Mountain View teens to dance in Bergamo, Italy

Mountain View High School's Sky and Talon Duncan will perform in June at the Spirit of the Planet Festival in Bergamo, Italy.

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Find free food, fun, friends

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. 

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Kids battle it out with books

Mesa elementary schools wrapped up their 18th annual Battle of the Books competition with a third place finish at regionals.

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District adopts future school year calendars

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.

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Mesa mathletes shine at county challenge

Mesa Public Schools elementary students earned top awards at the Maricopa County Sixth-Grade Math Challenge. 

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Kindergartners receive free books

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.

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Hawthorne teacher wins $5,000 Teacher Appreciation Week surprise

Valley Honda Dealers awarded Diana Bamper, Mesa Public Schools kindergarten teacher, $5,000 in classroom supplies and equipment at a schoolwide assembly.

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Allen Quie named East Valley's top special education leader

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. 

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Come to REDCON game convention

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. 

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Work for our Transportation Department

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. 

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Phonetic Spit enhances writing, speaking skills

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!

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Five Mesa schools win A+ Award

2014 Arizona A+ School of Excellence award winners include Falcon Hill, Red Mountain Ranch and Zaharis elementaries; Taylor Junior High; and Red Mountain High.

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Nadine Miller wins Hot Shot Award

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization presented the Hot Shot Award to Nadine Miller, director of the Mesa Public Schools Health Services and Audiology Department.

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Mesa honors Volunteer of the Month

Mesa Public Schools officials recognized Brad Nelson of Red Mountain Ranch Elementary at the district's April 22 school board meeting.

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Board proclaims Teacher Appreciation Week!

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.

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Stapley trio to perform at Ford's Theatre

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!

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School district celebrates top employees

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.

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Sign up now for summer fun and learning

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.

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Mesa math winners advance to regionals

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, Ishikawa, Highland and O'Connor elementary students will compete at the Regional Sixth-Grade Math Challenge in May. 

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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 at 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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