Employee newsletter, April 27, 2022

Upcoming events

Thank you to our administrative professionals!

Today is Administrative Professionals Day, and we are grateful to have so many incredible administrative staff members. You have a positive impact on our students, staff and community. We appreciate all you do. 

Benefits open enrollment ends May 5

Benefits-eligible employees have until May 5 to review, change or enroll in health benefits. Access the benefits enrollment website via mpsaz.org/benefits. Questions? Please email your benefits specialist or call 480-472-7222.

Retirement Reception reminder

The district retirement is Thursday, May 5. RSVP at mpsaz.org/rsvp. Unable to make it? We still ask you to complete the retiree form so we can ensure we have accurate information for you in our program and other materials. Thank you!

Teacher Appreciation Week on DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose.org is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with two days of matched donations. SONIC Drive-In will match all donations 50% May 3, while Dollar General Literacy Foundation will match donations on book projects May 5. Learn more at DonorsChoose.org.

Watch board meeting discussions

Did you know that public Governing Board meetings are livestreamed at mpsaz.org/live and then immediately posted to the district's YouTube? Don't have time to watch the whole meeting? No problem. Watch clips from individual agenda items by selecting the film reel icon within each agenda item on BoardDocs. This feature is typically available within two days of the meeting. Find all meeting agendas on the Governing Board website.

Employee calendars are available online

Unsure when you return from summer break? Find employee calendars on the HR website

Find career opportunities within the district

We are now hiring several positions for the 2022-23 school year. Know someone who'd be a great fit at Mesa Public Schools, or interested in a career change for yourself? Find all of our current openings at mpsaz.org/careers

Learn more about Arizona Teachers Academy

Interested in becoming a teacher? Arizona Teachers Academy offers tuition coverage for eligible students who agree to teach in Arizona schools. Scholarship opportunities are available for the following: bachelor's and graduate degrees, post-baccalaureate certificate, National Board certification and dual-enrollment credential.

The scholarship program is currently available at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Pima, Rio Salado and Scottsdale community colleges. Learn more on the Arizona Department of Education website.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

Incoming Mesa High wrestling coach Anthony Robles was interviewed by Cronkite News.

Westwood High's Meg Bowman was featured in a fansided.com article about unified sports.

Arizona Republic published a feature about Skyline High student athlete Dashawn Johnson.

View our 2021-22 archive of media coverage.

Cue the applause

Dobson High's Elizabeth Rollins was named the Superstition FFA Region Agriculture Teacher of the Year.

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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