Science, Social Studies & Mathematics


Our Programs

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2019 Science & Engineering Fair and SciTech Expo

The Mesa Public Schools District Science & Engineering Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 27th and Thursday, February 28th, 2019, at Westwood High School.

The 2019 SciTech Expo will be held on March 2, 2019, from 10am - 2pm at Westwood High School! Mark your calendars for this Arizona SciTech Signature Event, and check out last year's video to see some of the great things in store!

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News & Events


THIS WEEK ONLY: ADE Standards Recommendation Open for Comment

The Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction has recommended that ALL academic content standards for Arizona be replaced by the Hillsdale Barney Charter School Initiative's Scope and Sequence. This includes social studies, science, ELA, and math. The recommendation was made Monday to the AZ State Board of Education. The Hillsdale program will be open for public comment on the ADE website for one week only and then will close. It is important that we as educators, staff, parents and community members make our voices heard and provide our feedback. On the ADE website, you can view the program and submit your response to a survey of 5 questions.

If adopted by the ASBE, this curriculum would take the place of our current and newly proposed standards that committees have been working on for over a year.

If you have any questions please contact the following:

  • Terri Welsh, Secondary Social Studies at x20263 or email
  • Brea Rivera, Secondary Science at x20270 or email
  • Alita Miller, Secondary Writing at x20330 or email
  • Shelly Riccolo, Secondary Reading at x20331 or email
  • Angela Wells, Secondary Math at x20337 or email

Thank you

Mesa Teachers Awardee and Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Mrs. Heal and Mr. Von Berg are presented with awardsCongratulations to Johnson Elementary’s Erik Von Burg and Hale Elementary’s Mandy Heal! This summer, Mr. Von Burg was selected for the nation’s highest honors for teachers of STEMthe Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching! And for the 2019 award, Ms. Heal was nominated as an Arizona State Finalist to move forward in consideration to become a National Awardee!

At the state level, prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics and science educators, district level personnel, and classroom teachers make up committees to select up to three finalists from each category (mathematics or science) to go on to compete for the national award. Each Presidential Awardee receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from NSF. Awardees also are honored during recognition events that take place in Washington, D.C. These events include an award ceremony, professional development opportunities, and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve STEM education.  

Mr. Von Burg and Mrs. Heal were recognized by the Arizona Department of Education at the Arizona State Board of Education on Monday, September 24, 2018.