Employee newsletter, Feb. 2, 2022

Upcoming events

National School Counseling Week

Next week is National School Counseling Week. We are grateful for our talented counselors for all you do for our students. Learn more and find opportunities to celebrate

Free tax-preparation services for eligible individuals

Mesa United Way's VITA program provides expert tax-preparation services free of charge to low- and moderate-income households across the East Valley. This year, households with an income of $58,000 or less qualify for VITA services. VITA ensures tax returns are prepared accurately, and individuals and families receive all the tax benefits to which they are entitled. Learn more and find VITA locations at mesaunitedway.org/vita.

New trauma and behavior newsfeeds

The student support systems department has created newsfeeds about behavior and trauma-informed care. Read the first issues and subscribe on the department website. Upcoming behavior topics include non-compliance, procedures and routines, error correction and aggression. Upcoming trauma topics include trauma practices and "Regulate, relate & reason — foundations to trauma-informed practices."

Wellness updates

Biometric screening update

Due to staff shortages, biometric screenings at schools will be rescheduled to a new date in March. Details will be posted as soon as they become available. 

A biometric screening is a 15-minute, non-fasting test that measures height, weight, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels. February screenings include:

  • Feb. 16 — Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Dr.
  • Feb. 22 — Student Services Center, 1025 N. Country Club Dr.
  • Feb. 23 -— Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main St.
  • Feb. 28 — Fremont Transportation, 7038 E. Adobe

Learn more and register. Limited walk-ins available.

Feeling overwhelmed or need help?

Uprise Behavioral Health, formerly known as Employee Assistance Program, can help in many different areas of your work and personal life. Available services include counseling, financial, legal, ID theft prevention and recovery. As a district employee, you and your family are eligible for eight free sessions per issue. Contact Uprise directly at 1-800-327-3517 or 1-800-395-1616. Learn more.

Human resources updates

Remember to report suspected child abuse

All district staff are required by law to report suspected child abuse. This applies to both employees and volunteers when acting in the scope of their employment. If you suspect abuse, immediately notify your supervisor or administrator. Reporting to your school resource officer (SRO) fulfills your mandated reporting requirements. Failure to report is a crime.

Report suspected child abuse to authorities by calling local law enforcement, the Department of Child Safety or both, depending on the circumstances. This report must also be followed by a written report, which can be found on the OnBase online reporting system. The written report does not replace your requirement to report to police or DCS. Remember, child abuse must be reported immediately and without delay.

Find additional information and guidance on the school safety & security webpage. Unsure if the situation constitutes abuse? Call Al Moore, security director, at 480-472-1152 for direction.

Review board policies on staff technology use

Governing Board policy GBSA and its regulation describe guidelines for employee technology use. Find more information on P. 21 of the employee handbook.

Information systems used surplus sale

District employees will have the opportunity to purchase surplus technology items that are no longer supported by the district at the Feb. 9 used surplus open house. Older items available to purchase include iPads (Gen 4 and older), MacBook Pros and iMacs (2012 and older), and Apple TVs (Gen 3). Sales are first come, first served, and employees are limited to two items each. Cash or personal check are accepted. Learn more.

NAU Education Appreciation Day

Northern Arizona University is offering discount tickets to district employees for the upcoming Feb. 26 game vs. Weber State. Tickets can be purchased online through the NAU Education Appreciation Day ticket portal. Learn more and purchase tickets

Mesa Public Schools in the news

East Valley Tribune featured an article about the district's new initiative, Graduation PLUS. 

East Valley Tribune included an article about Kyle Enders taking over as Red Mountain High head football coach. Mesa Tribune also included an article about Adam Schiermyer being hired as the next Skyline High head football coach. Arizona Republic included an article about Danny White joining the Mountain View High football coaching staff. The article was picked up by Yahoo! News. 

Flinn Scholarship finalists Autumn Fairbanks (Skyline), Natasha Kiriluk (Westwood) and Lydia Pastore (Red Mountain) were interviewed by Mesa Tribune.

Mesa Tribune included an article about a Dobson High alumnus donating a chemistry lab instrument to his alma mater. 

Arizona State University's The State Press interviewed 12-year-old Skyline High senior Jimi Hernandez for a recent article. 

3TV/CBS5 celebrated Dr. Andi Fourlis for her NSPRA Superintendent to Watch award. 

ABC15 featured a recent campus makeover event at Taft Elementary, facilitated by The Home Depot Foundation and HandsOn Greater Phoenix. 

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Cue the applause

Congratulations to the Dobson High counseling team for winning the Most Innovative Player award from the Arizona FAFSA Challenge in December. The award recognizes Arizona high schools each month throughout the school year for their innovative efforts and work toward FAFSA completion.

Dr. Jeff Quamo, assistant director of bands at Mesa High, won the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. 

 

Send your news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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