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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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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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