Employee newsletter, April 7, 2021

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April celebrations

It's always great to take the opportunity to celebrate our colleagues. This month is School Library Month, and this week is National Library Week. Thank you to our outstanding media center specialists for all you do to foster a love of reading in our students.

April's special celebrations include:

Find more opportunities to celebrate on our special days calendar.

Summer Xplore is hiring

Community education is hiring part-time program managers and instructional assistants for the summer Xplore program. The summer session is June 1-July 28, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Franklin at Brimhall, Hermosa Vista Elementary, Mesa Center for Success at Jordan and SHARP.

Looking for a few great testimonials

We are always looking for employee testimonials to use in future recruitment materials, including flyers, videos, social media and the careers website. Love your job? Please take a few moments to fill out this easy form. Thank you.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

East Valley Tribune featured district news in several articles, including ESSER funding, staffing, both student and staff Resilience in the Pandemic writing contest winners, and the district's face covering requirements. Superintendent Andi Fourlis also participated in an interview to discuss her reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Move One Mesa launch was covered on ABC15, 3TV/azfamily, and in the Daily Independent and East Valley Tribune.

Scott Thompson, assistant superintendent of business and support services, and Josh Buckley, government/economics teacher at Red Mountain High, spoke with 3TV/azfamily about the district's ESSER funding.

ABC15 interviewed Jefferson Elementary Principal Genessee Montes and Marlo Loria, director of CTE and innovative partnerships, about Jefferson's new JAG Boutique.

Cue the applause

Raquel Ramos photoCongratulations to Carson Junior High orchestra director Raquel Ramos (pictured) for being awarded the grand prize in the Wenger Corporation Thank You Educators campaign. More than 30 students nominated Ramos for this award, and she was named the top winner out of the 350 educators nominated from across the country. Raquel was nominated for "showing every student compassion and kindness while keeping the love for music alive." Raquel will receive a trip to the Music for All event of her choice in 2021.

For the fourth year in a row, Mesa Public Schools has been distinguished as a Best Community for Music Education. This year's award criteria focused on access to music education during the pandemic. Congratulations to our district music educators for their excellent work.


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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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