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53 district schools named America’s Healthiest

Mesa Public Schools received the most awards in the nation for a single school district.

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Red Mountain High student named Broadcom MASTERS finalist

Red Mountain High freshman Rylan Gardner has been named a finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Nationwide, 30 out of 2,348 student applicants are selected as finalists for the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. The program seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators. Gardner will next compete in...
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Mountain View High teacher receives Fulbright grant

Tamara Scott, an American Sign Language teacher at Mountain View High School, has received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Short Term Program (DAST) grant from the U.S. Department of State. Recipients of the grant are selected on the basis of leadership potential, and academic and professional achievement. She is one of 13 K-12 teachers who will travel abroad as part of Cycle II...
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Eight district seniors named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

District seniors from Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain, Skyline and Westwood high schools have been named as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Mesa Public Schools wins $100,000 in national FAFSA completion challenge

Mesa Public Schools has won the $100,000 grand prize in the National Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Challenge. The award was presented Sept. 18, 2019, at the 2019 National College Access Network (NCAN) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The district was recognized for its innovative practices, leadership, effectiveness and sustainability with the FAFSA...
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Taryn Tidwell named Teacher of the Year finalist

(Submitted by Elliott Adams/Mesa Public Schools) Taryn Tidwell, choir and drama teacher at Shepherd Junior High School, has been named one of five finalists  for 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Each year, the Arizona Educational Foundation highlights outstanding public school teachers in Arizona, one of which is named Teacher of the Year and represents the state in the...
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Governing Board meetings now begin at 5 p.m.

Starting with the Aug. 13, 2019, meeting, Mesa Public Schools Governing Board meetings will begin at 5 p.m. Meetings will kick off with student, staff and school recognitions, followed by Board business. Mesa Public Schools Governing Board meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Board Room, Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203. Find...
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John Trezise named Maricopa County Exemplary Principal

The Hermosa Vista Elementary principal received the award during a surprise celebration May 10.

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Three district seniors named Flinn Scholars

Jordan Harb, Nathaniel Ross and Liam Wilson are members of the 34th class of Flinn Scholars.

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Six district schools earn 2019 A+ award

Six Mesa schools have been named among the best K-12 public schools in the state. These outstanding schools are winners of 2019  A+ School of Excellence ™ awards from the Arizona Educational Foundation: Emerson Elementary School, Christel Swinehart-Arbogast, principal Ishikawa Elementary School, David Shill, principal Lincoln Elementary School, Josh Henderson,...
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Ready, set, learn

Kindergarten at Mesa Public Schools is the perfect jumpstart for student learning. Enroll now for Fall 2019.

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17 district schools win Civic Engagement Awards

Mesa Public Schools won more 2017-18 Civic Engagement awards than any other district in the state.

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Two district schools earn 2018 National Blue Ribbon awards

Franklin Junior High School and Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies received the prestigious award for overall excellence in education.

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Six district seniors named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Seniors from Mesa, Mountain View and Westwood high schools have been named to the elite list of students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Eighteen district schools named America's Healthiest

For the second year in a row, Mesa Public Schools was the only Arizona district to be recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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Celebrate Citizenship Day, Constitution Week

At their Sept. 11 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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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. 22.

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Erik Von Burg wins Presidential Award

The Gifted and Talented department specialist has been named one of the nation's top STEM educators.

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Red Mountain High School and the City of Mesa Adaptive Leisure program present Shrek the Musical JR. June 14-16

Red Mountain High School and the City of Mesa are once again teaming up for a unique summer theater production. "It's a musical that features all actors with special needs," says Matt Erickson, director and Red Mountain High theatre teacher. "They're the stars." Three years ago, Mesa's Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities department approached Erickson with an idea for the...
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Mesa Public Schools earns national grant to increase FAFSA completion rate

Mesa is one of 25 organizations in the country to receive up to a $40,000 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge Grant from National College Access Network. The district received the grant to meet the challenge of increasing the Class of 2019's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rate by at least five percentage points, as compared to the Class of 2018. The grant is...
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Dobson High student named Flinn Scholar

Dobson High senior Kelli Brown is one of 22 Arizona students to earn the scholarship award from the Flinn Foundation.

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District debuts drone activity in ongoing partnership with Boeing

After a successful 20-year partnership with Boeing, Mesa Public Schools' Aeronautical Center of Exploration (ACE) has debuted an exciting new activity . Fifth-grade students now visiting ACE at Salk Elementary learn how to fly a drone, thanks to Boeing engineers who designed the activity and curriculum. "This will help students plan their careers in aviation and science, technology,...
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Four Mesa schools earn 2018 A+ award

Four Mesa schools have been named among the best K-12 public schools in the state. These outstanding schools are winners of 2018  A+ School of Excellence ™ awards from the Arizona Educational Foundation: Field Elementary School, Scott Cumberledge, principal Irving Elementary School, Penny Briney, principal Red Mountain High School, Jared Ryan, principal Zaharis...
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Red Mountain, Westwood seniors win Student Community Service Awards

Red Mountain High School's Robin Jackson, and Westwood High School's Katrina Clontz, Hanna Morgan and Jessica Yan have won scholarships from the Mesa Citizen of the Year Association.

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Governing Board selects Dr. Ember Conley as next superintendent

At a special meeting March 6, the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board unanimously voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Ember Conley as the next superintendent of schools. "We had three strong finalists, which made our decision incredibly difficult," says Governing Board President Ben Smith. "The board looks forward to working with Dr. Conley as we lead the district to future...
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