Points of Pride
Talented students and staff create an amazing, educational campus
Stapley's student advisory program continues to be a very unique program for our students. The SOS/Survivor is a program designed to enhance the positive affective social environment of our junior high. The Carnegie report, Turning Points 2000, by Jackson and Davis, states the need to "provide a safe and healthy environment as part of improving academic performance and developing caring and ethical citizens." Renowned educator Madeline Hunter speaks to a school's affective environment in her Principals Of Learning with the term 'Feeling Tone'. The feeling tone, or caring environment, so important in the junior high years really revolves around the adults on the campus connecting with and caring about students.
Survivor incorporates a series of designed activities with the purpose of reinforcing Truth, Trust, Respect and Responsibility as behaviors the student actively use to self-monitor their actions. A series of team building activities reach out to include all students during SOS and their lunch time. The subtle reminders of the four behaviors will remain a part of the program even when the Stapley Survivor Challenge changes.
Stapley Scores High!
Stapley's academic performance is one to be proud of. Students tested in fourteen content areas and scored in the top spot in seven areas, second in four, and very strong in the remaining three areas compared to peer schools.
Parent approval ratings of the entire Stapley staff are the highest-ranking of all the Junior and Senior High Schools surveyed throughout Mesa Public Schools. This top honor reflects the dedication and character of Stapley's staff.
Teacher accepted into prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute
In June 2015, Mrs. Kathryn Notarpole, was accepted into the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute that is held in Washington D.C. Mrs. Notarpole is a social studies teacher here on campus. The institute is open to select teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education. It is co-sponsored by Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society. Teachers have the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court Cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methodology for conveying information to students.
High-achieving teachers awarded for their commitment to education
Mrs. Peggy Lord was chosen by Honeywell to attend the prestigious Educators@Space Academy this past summer, June 2016. This program took educators where no classroom can possibly go! Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,375 educators from 55 countries, 52 U.S. states and territories have graduated from the Honeywell Educators@Space Academy.
During the program, educators participated in a variety of activities including 45 hours of classroom, laboratory and field-training. Simulated astronaut training exercises, high-performance jet simulations, scenario-based space missions and flying programs were just a small sampling of what was in the curriculum.
Educators worked together as a team to achieve a multitude of mission objectives. Whether performing experiments in the lab, repairing satellites or adding a module to the International Space Station, all of the educational simulations were realistic, exciting and challenging.
Mrs. Amy Marinella has been selected to participate in the James Madison Legacy Project! She is one of twenty teachers in Arizona to attend trainings. Once training is complete, Mrs. Marinella will be able to start the "We the People" Program at Stapley Junior High. She has successfully completed Phase 1, which included observing the 2016 State Competition, and Phase 2, which was an evening webinar with Constitutional Scholar, John Kaminski. Mr. Kaminski is the Founder and Director for the Center for the Study of the American Constitution.
Mrs. Christina Soper, Band Director, presented a session at the January 2016 Arizona Music Educators Association Conference. The session titled, "Crawl, Walk, Run: Prioritizing your beginning instrumental curriculum", showed other music educators how to successfully start beginning level classes by balancing the many facets involved with this job. Many of the foundational techniques that were taught are employed in her classroom at Stapley Junior High. Additionally, Ms. Soper also presented this session to the entire Mesa Public Schools Band Director Staff in January 2016. Ms. Soper is in her ninth year of teaching and has been at Stapley since 2009. She also serves as band director at Hale Elementary and Lehi Elementary Schools in Mesa.
Mrs. Kathryn Notarpole was selected as the National Ford's Oratory Fellow for the 2014 - 2015 school year. The scholarship awarded is for her and two students to study oratory teaching in Washington DC for one week during the summers.
Mr. Dennis Esparza was chosen as Arizona Career and Technical Education Junior High Teacher of the Year for the 2014 - 2015 school year.
Mr. Dana Dobson was selected as the 2015 Arizona Association of Junior High Student Councils winner of the Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to working with our future leaders.
Mrs. Cory Miller was named Outstanding Teacher by the Masonic Lodge of Mesa.
Mrs. Jennifer Richardson, Nationally Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), successfully re-certified in 2014. Stapley is proud of Mrs. Richardson's accomplishment. Jennifer teachers students with severe intellectual disabilities. She originally received her ten year NBCT in the area of Exceptional Needs: Severe and profound in 2005. The NBCT certification process is based on National Board for Professional Teaching Standards the maintain high and rigorous standards.
The Arts and Athletics are legendary
Stapley's Performing and Fine Arts and Athletics are legendary in Mesa due to their depth and breadth of rigor.
Stapley's Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Drama students perform to packed houses and draw interest from students throughout the entire Mesa community.
Performing Arts is continually awarded the 'Honors with Distinction' at competitions.
Sabercat Athletics is one of the most successful programs in the entire East Valley. Between talented students and experienced coaches, Stapley consistently wins city tournament championships.