Recyclery Collection Challenge   Magazine Cover Contest Winner   Dobson Contest Submissions    Gene Dufoe      Colleen Howard      Jay Higbee      Golden Bell      NSTA       Collette Bos     Mountain View



i.d.e.a. Museum & City of Mesa Recyclery Challenge Winner

Twenty elementary schools participated in the Recyclery Challenge hosted by the i.d.e.a. Museum and City of Mesa's Solid Waste Management Department. Kindergarten and first grades were tasked with supplying the i.d.e.a. Museum's Recyclery Exhibit with paper towel rolls, egg cartons, etc. that visitors use their imaginations to repurpose. First place for Kindergarten went to Entz Elementary with an average of 55 items per student! The first place for first grade went to Hale with 20.25 items per student. Second place for first grade went to Lehi with 15.73 items per student. A grand total of 33,122 recyclable pieces were collected! Winners received an i.d.e.a. Museum field trip and a pizza party!



Congratulations Elias!

Elias, a second grader at Lincoln Elementary, won second place in the second annual Arizona Geographic Alliance Geography Awareness Magazine Cover Contest. The magazine covers' theme was The Future of Food. In all, over 300 entries were received. 







National Constitution Day Poster Contest Submissions

Watch a slideshow of artwork submitted by Ms. Willis' Dobson students to the National Constitution Day Poster Contest!





AZ SCITECH Festival and Science Fair held at Red Mountain HS, Feb. 28, 2013









Project Citizen

Project Citizen



Project Citizen

    [Mesa, AZ] – On Monday March 26th, students from Smith Junior High and Rhodes Junior High took charge of public policy at the annual Project Citizen District 5 & 6 Showcase.  This program shows students how to identify, create a solution for, and present their solutions for problems in their communities. Showcases took place within respective congressional districts throughout the state.

Project Citizen is a nationwide civic education program that leads students through the public policy-making process. Project Citizen calls on students to solve a problem in their community, big or small, from bullying to traffic. Providing hands-on experience, Project Citizen teaches students to become active members of our community.

Students from the following schools presented portfolios & completed a mock legislative hearing:

·       Rhodes Junior High School (Mesa) – Project: Pro-Rated College Tuition [Awarded – Superior] Teacher: Becky Cryder

·       Smith Junior High School (Mesa) – Project: Bullying [Awarded – Superior] Teacher:  Wiley Popovich

·       Smith Junior High School (Mesa) – Project:  Driving Distractions [Awarded – Superior] Teacher:  Wiley Popovich

The Rhodes Junior High portfolio (Pro-rated College Tuition) and Smith Junior High portfolio (Driving Distractions) will advance to the state showcase and be displayed at Phoenix City Hall starting the week of May 7th.


Awards are given by a panel of judges that rate student hearings and portfolios based on specified criteria.  The following awards are given Superior (highest at 80% or above total points), Exceptional (projects receiving 60-79% of total points), and Outstanding (awards receiving less that 59% of total points.)

January 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest Winners

Kate Bauer receiving her award from Superintendent Huppenthal, October 2011
Arizona Social Studies Teacher of the Year
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From left: 
Maxine Sullivan, Sean Enright, Jamie Boarder, Sup. Huppenthal, Kate Bauer,
Terri Welsh, Korin ForbesKate3

 KateCongratulations to Kate Bauer, Patterson Elementary, Arizona Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
And more congratulations to Kate Bauer & Sheila Simpson at Patterson Elementary.  Their proposal Historical Firsts! Civil War Science and Technology has been selected this year’s winner of the NCSS 2011 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

Colleen Howard Receives DCAT “Making a Difference” Award
from the National Science Teachers Association

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Congratulations SIM Team!
NSTA Award

From left:   Lyra Meyers from DCAT (sponsored award), Colleen Howard (MPS) and Sean Enright (MPS).

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Collette Bos

Instructional Specialist at Smith Jr. Awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. Congratulations Collette!

Volunteer of the Month

Mike Hughes, board member, honored Gene Dufoe, Volunteer of the Month, in Item 6 at the April 27 board meeting.

Dufoe has worked with fifth-graders throughout MPS in the district's Flight Centers since the 2002-03 school year. He runs learning centers, such as the helicopter simulator.
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Gene Dufoe is a member of Desert Sages, a Boeing retiree organization.
Boeing pla
yed a key role in creating the district's Flight Centers.
Az Public Schools–Making a Difference Every Day recognizes the SIM Team.
Take Part features SIM and Colleen Howard
 Congratulations Colleen and the SIM team for being selected as a First Prize winner of the 2010 PBS Teachers Innovation Awards. Her submission was selected out of nearly 700 entries across the country! Colleen's prizes include a four-day, three-night trip to the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on May 17 to 20 to see sneak previews of upcoming PBS programs, meet producers, attend premiere events, and a Smart Board. (top)

(From left) Mary Jane, Kathy, Karri, Terry,
COLLEEN, Don S., Don M.
Way to go!
Jay Higbee, Poston Jr. H.S., Arizona's Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.
to Marlo Loria, Xan Simonson, Amanda Grimes, Katrena Alber, and Jim Sauder and the Biotechnology Academy at Mesa High for being runner up in the ASBA Golden Bell Awards.