Employee newsletter, November 22, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving Break
Dr. Fourlis shares a message of gratitude to students, families, teachers, staff and community partners for making this school year one that is full of celebration and success. Let’s finish our semester strong. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break!
A Conversation with our Superintendent Nov. 30
District employees are invited to the upcoming Mesa Public Schools employee town hall: A Conversation with our Superintendent. The event begins at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Mesa High School auditorium, 1630 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa. The town hall is co-presented by the district, MESPA and MEA. The MESPA portion of the program begins at 5 p.m. followed by the MEA portion of the program at 6 p.m.
Submit your questions in advance to Dr. Fourlis and superintendency for consideration at bit.ly/AskDrFourlis.
Incoming board members
Congratulations to the newly elected members of our Mesa Public Schools Governing Board who will begin their four-year terms in January 2023. Incoming new member Rachel Walden, and re-elected incumbent member Marcie Hutchinson, will join current board members Dr. Joe O’Reilly, Lara Ellingson and Kiana Maria Sears. Learn more about the Governing Board.
Many thanks to all those who participated in the recent Staff survey. We received over 5,000 responses – the highest number ever to complete the survey! The survey found that 88 percent of employees who took the survey enjoy working with the other employees in their school or department. This confirms just how great it is to work for Mesa Public Schools.
If you would like to explore more about what we learned from the survey, look at the 2022-2023 District Employee Dashboard in your Qualtrics account.
Please note: if you have never accessed your Qualtrics account, please go to the Research & Evaluation website and follow the instructions on Requesting a Qualtrics account. Within 24 hours the dashboard will be shared with you.
Governing Board meeting highlights
To help our employee stay informed, Meeting Highlights of each Governing Board meeting are posted after adjournment. Highlights from our latest meeting are located in the Documents section of BoardDocs. As always, you can access the full agenda and video too.
Mesa Public Schools in the news
Mesa Tribune the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Bus Program granted the district $750,000 to defray the cost of purchasing additional propane-powered school buses. The district plans to put the funds toward the purchase of 25 propane buses to replace existing diesel or gas buses. (November 17, 2022)
The Hechinger Report featured Mesa Public Schools for its “team-teaching” model in a national series about Reimagining the Classroom. The story discussed the district’s approach to using “teams of distributed expertise” for classroom instruction and highlighted its Next Education Workforce partnership with ASU. (November 3, 2022)
Associated Press featured Mesa Public Schools for its “team-teaching” model in a national series about Reimagining the Classroom. The AP story discussed the district’s approach to using “teams of distributed expertise” for classroom instruction and highlighted its Next Education Workforce partnership with ASU. Dr. Andi Fourlis, and district principals Chris Gilmore (Westwood High) and Andrea Lang Sims (Whittier Elementary), were interviewed and showcased how the new model has been integrated in their schools to create collaborative classrooms designed to change the teaching and learning environment to better serve teachers, which leads to better student outcomes. (November 3, 2022)
Cue the applause for our rockstars
Congratulations to Mangpor Luanvorawat, a 10th-grade student at Mountain View High, for winning the 2022 AIA Girls Badminton Division I Singles State Championship.
Congratulations to Brenden Hammond, a 12-grade student at Westwood High, for winning the 2022 Unified Badminton Silver Division Doubles State Championship with teammate Porter Jefferies.
Congratulations to Porter Jefferies, student at Westwood High, for winning the 2022 Unified Badminton Silver Division Doubles State Championship with teammate Brenden Hammond.
Congratulations to Brian Budd, P.E. teacher for Lehi Elementary, for being named the recipient of the 2022 Ina Gittings Founders Award for Teachers by Arizona Health & Physical Education.
Congratulations to Dr. Samara Way, the district's Child Find program coordinator, for being named the recipient of the 2022 Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association of School Psychologists.
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