Employee newsletter, March 2, 2022

Upcoming events

School celebrations continue

Schools continue to recognize decades of educational excellence by hosting anniversary celebrations. Upcoming events include:

Planning a school anniversary celebration this year? Reach out to Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director, with more information for a mention in an upcoming issue.

Wellness opportunities

Cook with the Fare Maven from the comfort of your home to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Fare Maven brings you four sessions to cook alongside her to make simple, delicious and healthy meals. The sessions take place on Zoom from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Make it a family activity, invite friends, or use it as "me" time. Register online and save your spot.

  • March 8 - Super Summer Salads
  • March 17 - Blend It
  • March 22 - Healthy Brain Foods
  • March 30 - Healthy Snacking

Mobile Onsite Mammography (M.O.M.) — Preventive screenings will be held across the district March 14-18. Female employees and female spouses of employees over 40 are eligible. To schedule an appointment, call 480-967-3767. View the schedule.

Know your numbers — Free confidential biometric screenings will be held across the district. Learn your numbers and earn 100 points toward the wellness incentive program. Find more details on the wellness webpage.

2022 RUN3rd5k

Join the 8th annual RUN3rd5k at Red Mountain High School on April 2. Save $5 with coupon code MPS. Learn more and register. Prefer to volunteer? Learn more about individual and team opportunities to support this event, which raises money for after-school running programs.

Form 1095-C statements are now available

Form 1095-C, the employer-provided health insurance offer and coverage statement, has been mailed to eligible employees' homes. The form is also available to download on the benefits online enrollment system, accessed via the benefits webpage. Log in with your active directory user and password. Select Enroll Now, then under My Documents, select Tax Documents. You may see more than one statement on your portal. Be sure to download the most recent version. You are not required to submit the form to the IRS, but it may be helpful when filing your taxes. If you have additional questions about Form 1095-C or your taxes, visit the IRS website.

All three medical plans offered by the district meet minimum essential coverage (MEC), mandated by the individual shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act. Questions? Contact the benefits department at benefits@mpsaz.org or 480-472-7222.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

East Valley Tribune included an article about the district's plans to upgrade school HVAC systems. 

AZPREPS365 featured Dobson High school resource officer Jay Ingram's support of the school's athletics program. 

ABC15 visited Stevenson Elementary for a story about the Next Education Workforce model. 

The February issue of Ranchers' Roundup included an article about Dobson High's new cybersecurity CTE program.

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Looking for a few great testimonials

Thank you to everyone who has already shared their feedback. We continue to collect information for employee testimonials to use in future recruitment materials, including flyers, videos, social media and the careers webpage. Love your job? Please take a few moments to fill out this simple form. Thank you.

Rocio Sosa with wellness awards

Cue the applause

The district recently received awards from the Wellness Council of Arizona for its wellness program, Take Steps for Wellness. The district won the Process, Progress & Leadership award for improved health metrics, reduced risk factors and decreasing the rising costs of care. The district also received the Employer Resiliency Recognition award for supporting not only employees, but also employees' families and communities through this past year, going the extra mile to respond to employee and community needs. (Pictured: Rocio Sosa, director of benefits)

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Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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