Employee newsletter, April 13, 2022

Upcoming events

Bookmans staff appreciation event is tonight

Busy tonight? Visit Bookmans,1056 S. Country Club Dr., for the Mesa Public Schools teacher and employee appreciation night, hosted by the professional learning department. Stop by between 4:30 and 6 p.m. to be eligible for door prizes, raffles and 20% off purchases. Learn more.

Calling all future National Board Certified Teachers

Considering National Board Certification? Registration is now open for the National Board Precandidacy Class in Mesa Public Schools. The course, taught by district NBCTs, meets in a hybrid format starting April 28. Learn more and register. Participants will be eligible to participate in Arizona K12 Center's National Board Institute in June. Learn more about National Board Institute and eligibility for National Board Certification funding assistance from Arizona K12 Center.

Upcoming school anniversary celebrations

Lindbergh Elementary celebrates 50 years on April 19 with a family picnic during school lunch periods.

Shepherd Junior High will celebrate their 35th anniversary April 22 during school lunch periods. 

EdTech presents iCONsortium

Join iCONsortium for another exciting learning experience. This quarter's sessions include planning to launch your makerspace, shifting toward a full inquiry-based classroom and supporting learners in embracing the innovative classroom with a keynote by director Nathan Myers. This personalized learning experience is for all educators who want to learn practical strategies to implement personalized competency-based learning in the classroom. Learn more and register online for in-depth descriptions of the sessions. If you have joined us in the past, please be aware that this event is now in-person only.

  • April 28, 2022
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Porter Elementary School, 1350 S. Lindsay Road, Mesa, AZ 85204
  • Register online

New administrative appointments

At last night's board meeting, several new school administrators were announced for the 2022-23 school year. Congratulations to the following:

  • Catherine Beaudoin, incoming principal at Mesa Virtual Campus. Beaudoin is currently team leader at MVC.
  • Joseph Brissette, incoming assistant principal at Skyline High. Brissette is currently assistant principal at Maricopa High.
  • Danielle Kidd, incoming principal at Emerson Elementary. Kidd is currently a dean of students in Gilbert Public Schools.
  • Tamara Merritt, incoming principal at Franklin West Elementary. Merritt is currently dean of students at Keller and Roosevelt elementary schools.
  • Katherine Ryan, incoming principal at Webster Elementary. Ryan is currently team leader at Kino Junior High.
  • Joan Wilson, principal at Rhodes Junior High. Wilson was previously interim principal at Rhodes.

Review policies on ethical code of conduct

Governing Board policies GDA and GCA, along with its regulation GCA-R, outline staff ethical code of conduct.

Wellness updates

Wellness Awards

The 2021-22 Wellness Awards are now open. Nominate an individual or team for Wellness Champion or Healthiest Site. The deadline is Friday, April 15.

Healthy Bingo

Join a challenge to encourage a variety of activities to improve health and well-being. It's easy to play.

  • Complete as many healthy activities as you can during April.
  • As you complete an activity, mark the relevant square.
  • Just like bingo, you "win" by completing five activities in a row — vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

Submit your completed bingo sheet to wellness@mpsaz.org by May 6 to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. You can print, scan and email, or simply email the rows of the five activities you have completed. Download a bingo sheet on the wellness webpage.

SmartDollar

April is Financial Literacy Month. Imagine what you could do without debt payments. Would you buy a new home? Go on a fun vacation? SmartDollar helps you get smarter with money. It doesn't matter how much you owe — you can tackle all your debt to start living a debt-free life.

SmartDollar can help you:

  • Get out of debt fast
  • Save more money
  • Plan your financial future

The best part? SmartDollar is free to benefits-eligible employees, so you can get started right away. Learn more on the wellness webpage.

2022-23 open enrollment

Save the date! 2022-23 open enrollment is April 19-May 5 for all benefits-eligible employees. Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, change or enroll in your health benefits. Later this month, you will receive your open enrollment packet at the address you've provided the district. We recommend you check your current address on file and update if needed on the IVisions self-service portal.

Please watch your email for updates and additional information. If you have any questions about open enrollment or your benefits, please email your benefits specialist or call 480-472-7222.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

East Valley Tribune included an article about the district's arts enrollment, which is higher than the state average.

The April issues of Up Close and Ranchers' Roundup included an article about the district's harp program.

Robson Elementary fourth-grade teacher Blanca Zamora-Yanez was featured in an Arizona Republic article.

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Cue the applause

For the fifth year in a row, Mesa Public Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. The recognition honors quality music education programs and a high level of access to music education. Congratulations to all of our district music educators for your outstanding work! 

District music department specialist Scott Burgener has received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. Burgener was recognized for his leadership in inspiring and motivating excellence in musical performance.

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.

Send your news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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