Employee newsletter, August 4, 2021
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!
We are glad to welcome our new employees, and welcome back our returning staff. You are reading Mesa Agenda, the district's employee newsletter. Please be sure to read each issue to stay in the know. Find an archive of previous issues at mpsaz.org/agenda/archive.
Governing Board meetings
The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Meetings are held in the Board Room of the district's Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa. Study session starts at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting following at 6:30 p.m. Meetings also livestream at mpsaz.org/live.
Public comment is accepted in person. Community members who wish to contact the board virtually may do so by emailing individual board members. Find meeting agendas and more information on the Governing Board webpage.
Opt in to texting
Text messages are a great way to receive important news and updates from the district. To opt in to receiving texts, text YES to 67587.
To successfully receive text messages, your cell phone number must be on file in the iVisions employee self-service web portal. Access the portal using your active directory login information.
Need to update your iVisions password? Call the help desk at 480-472-0044. Passwords cannot be reset via email.
Brush up on your SchoolMessenger skills
Are you an employee who uses SchoolMessenger but could use a refresher after summer break? Check out our library of training videos to get back up to speed in no time.
Educator Appreciation Night at Mesa Arts Center
At 5 p.m. on Aug. 26, our friends at Mesa Arts Center are hosting a free virtual event just for Arizona educators. Participants will enjoy a live performance by Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey and opportunities to win raffle prizes. Learn about arts experiences to share with students. Find details and RSVP on the Mesa Arts Center website.
Grant opportunity with Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix
The Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix are inviting teachers and staff to "Pitch Us Your Program" for a $5,000 classroom or school grant. Nominations are due Sept. 30, 2021. Find eligible categories and pitch your program idea on the Diamondbacks website.
Help us celebrate success
Amazing things are happening at Mesa Public Schools, and we love to share student, staff and school success stories with our community. How can you help? Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org that appeals to the broader Mesa community.
We will consider submissions to pitch to local media, or to share through the district news feed or social media accounts (Facebook, Facebook en Español, Twitter, Instagram or Instagram en Español). We're especially looking for stories that align with our Mesa Public Schools Portrait of a Graduate.
If you have questions about submitting news for consideration, feel free to email Heidi Hurst.
Mesa Public Schools in the news
It's been a busy summer with plenty of positive media coverage about the district. Find links to more than 35 print, TV, radio and online stories from summer 2021.
Cue the applause
Congratulations to Kino Junior High STEM and CTE teacher Nancy Parra-Quinlan (pictured) for being named a top 10 candidate for 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Join us in wishing Nancy luck as she moves on to the next level of competition, which includes an in-person interview, lesson demonstration and impromptu speech.
Las Sendas Elementary gifted & talented teacher Dr. Jeanne Boiarsky was named a KTAR News 92.3 FM's Gaydos and Chad Show's Pay Tribute to a Teacher winner. Boiarsky, who has been teaching for 30 years, won a $2,500 prize.
Christine Niven, adult education department specialist, has been named to the Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2021-22. The 10-month fellowship is a partnership between the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and Center for the Future of Arizona.