Six district schools earn 2019 A+ award

Principal Josh Henderson reads to Lincoln Elementary kindergarten studentsSix Mesa schools have been named among the best K-12 public schools in the state. These outstanding schools are winners of 2019 A+ School of Excellence™ awards from the Arizona Educational Foundation:

  • Emerson Elementary School, Christel Swinehart-Arbogast, principal
  • Ishikawa Elementary School, David Shill, principal
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Josh Henderson, principal
  • Mendoza Elementary School, Deb Lynch, principal
  • Sirrine Elementary School, Renee Parker, principal
  • Washington Elementary School, Michele Grimaldi, principal

"The A+ School of Excellence™ program celebrates outstanding schools throughout Arizona, calling attention to the positive stories and successes occurring in public schools," explains Kim Graham, AEF executive director. "The application and evaluation process for this program is comprehensive and rigorous. We applaud these schools for exceeding expectations to meet their students' needs and for achieving overall success despite the many challenges that face the education community statewide."

Since 1983, the foundation has honored A+ Schools of Excellence™ to give recognition to remarkable Arizona public schools. Schools submit applications that document demographic information, current programs and practices, parent and community involvement, leadership, and commitment to excellence, equity, service and high achievement. A team of trained judges selects A+ Schools of Excellence™ after conducting site visits throughout the state.

"Emerson Elementary School is thrilled and honored to be named an A+ School of Excellence™," says Swinehart-Arbogast. "Our staff, students and community live our vision every day, and this continued partnership makes a difference on campus and in our neighborhood. 'What starts here, changes a community!'"

Each of this year's 52 award-winning schools receives $500 and an A+ School of Excellence™ banner. Schools hold the A+ title for three and a half years. Mesa currently has 23 A+ Schools of Excellence™, more than any other district in the state. The district's A+ schools also include Brinton, Crismon, Field, Irving, Jefferson, Las Sendas, Pomeroy, Taft, Whitman and Zaharis elementary schools; Summit Academy; Shepherd, Smith and Stapley junior high schools; and Mountain View, Red Mountain and Westwood high schools.

(Information courtesy of the Arizona Educational Foundation)

Lincoln Elementary Principal Josh Henderson reads to kindergarten students during Read for the Record in October 2018. (Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)


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