Employee newsletter, Dec. 8, 2021

Upcoming events

Limited district administrative services available during winter break

District offices are closed Dec. 20-31. Have a safe and happy holiday season and winter break! Schools and departments will reopen Monday, Jan. 3.

National Board Certification pre-candidacy class

Teachers with at least three years of experience who are interested in pursuing National Board Certification are encouraged to sign up for a pre-candidacy class through Arizona K-12 Center.

This online class will prepare you for the board certification process and fulfill part of the requirements for obtaining funding. Classes run Jan. 8-Feb. 26, 2022.

NBCTs in Mesa receive $4,000 when they achieve certification and $1,575 for each year they remain board certified. District coaching and Arizona K-12 Center support are provided. For more information, see the district National Board Certification website.

Hacktivate Mesa

The annual Hacktivate Mesa event is Jan. 25-26 at Mesa Convention Center. At the event, local high school students study and analyze data about an issue in their community. Using what they've learned, student teams discover potential solutions. Learn more and register on the City of Mesa website.

SRP resources for educators

Along with their annual Touchdown for Teachers grants, SRP provides free educator professional learning and materials. Upcoming workshops include a 3D learning course in March, available virtually and in-person. Details and registration will be available in January at srpnet.com/education. K-12 educators can also request free publications (up to 100 each) about energy, water and the environment.

2021-22 district retirement reception

Retirees and administrators, please save the date for the 2021-22 district retirement reception. The event will take place Thursday, May 5, at Mesa Convention Center. More information will be coming soon.

Use iVisions to access pay stubs, tax information and more

The district's self-service iVisions portal gives employees access to personal information, including pay stubs, tax withholding information, accrued vacation and sick pay, and more. It's also a great way to ensure the district has your updated personal and emergency contact information. Access the portal at ivisions.mpsaz.org/ivisions using your active directory login. Forgot your login? Call the information systems help desk at 480-472-0044 to reset your password.

Reminders from human resources

Governing Board policies GDK and GDK-R contain references to Support Staff Workdays. Find more information on classified and certificated workdays on page 23 of the employee handbook.

The district forbids sexual harassment of or by any employee. Please review Governing Board policies GBCX and GBCX-R. Information can also be found on page 21 of the employee handbook.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

Arizona Republic profiled Kino Junior High's Nancy Parra-Quinlan, 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Parra-Quinlan was also interviewed on KJZZ.

Leading up to Thanksgiving, ABC15 ran a 14-part series featuring Whittier Elementary students sharing gratitude. Watch all of the clips here.

The FOX10 morning show featured a segment about the district's harp program, which is the largest in the nation.

Skyline High's soccer program was featured in East Valley Tribune.

The FOX10 morning show featured Edison Elementary's Nelly in a segment about Pawsitive Peers.

ABC15 featured Dobson High's ADL No Place for Hate club.

The November issues of Up Close and Ranchers' RoundUp included an article featuring advice from early learning specialist Trisha Pemberton.

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Cue the applause

Irene Lane receiving Impact Influencer Award from U.S. Naval officerCongratulations to Irene Lane, Mesa High career center specialist (pictured). Lane received the Impact Influencer Award from the U.S. Navy for guiding student Brian Bergstrom to a path of success with the Navy in the nuclear engineering field.

Mesa Public Schools has earned the EVERFI Empowered Seal. The seal, awarded to the opportunity & achievement department, recognizes the district's commitment to whole-child education. Less than six percent of school districts in the nation earn the designation.

Mesa High's Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets earned an overall unit assessment score of "Exceeds Standards" at their recent evaluation, which is the highest rating attainable. Lt Col (Ret) Brian P. Walker and MSgt (Ret) Mark D. Caldwell create a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach effort.

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Masonic Lodge Teacher Award honorees: Natalia Abbott, Franklin East; Omar Awadalla, Holmes Elementary; Kimmi Brown, Lehi Elementary; Vinny Chavez, Westwood High; Lindsay Dominguez, Jefferson Elementary; Matt Erickson, Red Mountain High; Brooke Garcia, Whitman Elementary; Heather Horne, Hermosa Vista Elementary; Brianne Hurst, O'Connor Elementary; Ashley Leos, Pomeroy Elementary; Jackie Luebbert, Edison Elementary; Julie Martin, Falcon Hill Elementary; Maria Martinez, Carson Junior High; Cory Miller, Stapley Junior High; Erin Parrott, Skyline High; Carmen Sorce, Porter Elementary; Elaine Torres, Mendoza Elementary; Patti Trover, Taylor Junior High; Gina Ucci, Field Elementary; Melinda Whisenant, Johnson Elementary; and Allison Zingale, Eisenhower Center for Innovation.

View the Nov. 23 Celebrating Success video

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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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