Employee newsletter, Feb. 16, 2022

Upcoming events

Summer work opportunities at operations

The operations department is seeking district employees who are interested in working within its shops and departments this summer. This program runs from approximately May 20 until Aug. 3. Hours are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (some shops vary). Classified employees will be paid their normal hourly rate. Certified employees will be paid the base rate of a custodian ($13.36/hour). Questions? Please contact Berenice Champala at bchampala@mpsaz.org or 480-472-6008.

Calling all alumni and former staff

Did you attend or work at Longfellow or Lowell elementary schools? You are invited to celebrate their upcoming anniversaries.

On Friday, Feb. 25, Longfellow Elementary is hosting a 60th anniversary carnival from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, March 3, Lowell Elementary is hosting its 65th anniversary celebration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All are invited to attend and celebrate the legacies of these outstanding schools.

Review board policies on staff safety and health

All employees are encouraged to promote a safe environment in the workplace. Governing Board policy GBE-R describes guidelines for schools, departments and employees regarding the district's safety and health program. Find more information on P. 14 of the employee handbook. Governing Board policy GBKC contains references to dangerous instruments and deadly weapons prohibited on district property.

Adult education spring classes

The adult education department is currently enrolling adults in GED test prep and ESL classes. Know anyone who could benefit from these free classes? Interested adults can find information and register at mpsaz.org/commed/adult_ed/. Classes are held in person or online. Students must complete the interest form on the website by March 1 to enroll.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

East Valley Tribune featured an article about the Westwood High unified sports program.

3TV/CBS5 featured Westwood High's Working Warriors program.

ASU News included the district in an article about the Next Education Workforce. 

Shoutout Arizona wrote a feature article about district art teacher Christopher Roche.

12News ran a story about Guerrero Elementary teacher Shana Murray and her sixth-grade students training to run the Mesa Marathon.

ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College produced a video about Next Education Workforce that features administrators Greg Mendez (Skyline High), Vatricia Harris (Westwood High) and Superintendent Andi Fourlis.

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Cue the applause

Congratulations to district music department specialist Scott Burgener, who received the 2022 Outstanding Alumni Award from the ASU Music Learning and Teaching faculty.

Jefferson and Pomeroy elementary schools were named 2022 A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Mesa currently has 16 A+ Schools of Excellence, more than any other district in the state.

Congratulations to the 2022 winning teams from Hacktivate Mesa: Red Mountain High's Computineering, who presented on the topic of climate change; Mountain View High's MVT MVPs, who presented on the topic of mental health; and Westwood High's Big Chillin', who represented on the topic of climate change. The teams will share their presentations at the Feb. 22 Governing Board meeting.

View the Feb. 8 Celebrating Success video.


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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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