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.

Kaylee Beardall Dec Student of the Month 2015The Mesa Public Schools Student of the Month program gives the district the opportunity to celebrate success. 

Each month during the school year, students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the district are selected to receive the award. Honorees are recognized for quality of character and excellence in leadership, academics, arts, athletics and more.

Students of the Month win plaques and other prizes

Zainab Al-Saeedi, eighth grade, Taylor Junior High
Ellie Arnett, sixth grade, Hermosa Vista Elementary
Kaylee Beardall, eighth grade, Carson Junior High
Bianca Diaz de Leon, sixth grade, Adams Elementary
John Keeler, sixth grade, Hale Elementary
Stephanie Michelle Olvera Marquez, first grade, Holmes Elementary 

Board meetings come alive as families, friends, principals and teachers join district officials to honor Students of the Month. As videos show students in their daily school lives, their principals or other school representatives read thoughtful tributes aloud. Students take home special plaques and professional-quality portraits, provided by Mesa Public Schools. Winners also receive gift cards from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence. Every presentation ends in proud handshakes, hugs and roaring applause from the crowd.

High expectations result in high student achievement

Student of the Month portraits hang on walls of honor in the Board Room and in the lobby of the Administrative Services Center. These smiling faces remind everyone who stops by that Students of the Month are shining examples of how high expectations pay off for the children of Mesa Public Schools.

Pictured: Kaylee Beardall, an eighth-grader at Carson Junior High, is celebrated by her principal, Ray Chavez. (Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)


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