10 Mesa students had top ASU Martin Luther King Jr. contest essays and posters

Ten students from the Mesa area were selected from more than 1,300 entries as winners of Arizona State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Committee children’s essay and poster contest, according to a press release. Participants created posters illustrating their definition of leadership through service, or wrote essays or poems about an individual who personifies […]

Free half-day workshop Jan. 14 helps families plan for college

Students, families, and community members are invited to “Community Learning Day” Saturday, Jan. 14, at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., to learn how to navigate the road from high school to college, according to a press release. This free half-day workshop, kicking off at 9 a.m., provides information on the process and requirements […]

Photos: Mesa LDS Temple Lights

  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple lights were open from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 2017. The Temple is located at 525 East Main Street, in Mesa.

Kiwanis donate dictionaries to local school kids

Christmas came early for students in the Queen Creek Unified School District, including at two schools in Mesa. All third graders at QCUSD elementary schools received a free dictionary to keep at school or at home. The dictionaries were purchased and distributed by members of the Queen Creek Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club is a […]

Educators optimistic after seeing final federal rules on school success

WASHINGTON – State officials welcomed final regulations for the federal school policy that will replace the troubled No Child Left Behind program, which give states more flexibility to determine school success and which schools are falling behind. The 383-page document released Nov. 28 by the U.S. Department of Education also extended key deadlines that states […]

Mesa Public Schools November employees of the month

November Employees of the Month were recognized by superintendency and school board members for their leadership, commitment and dedication to students. Their service to Mesa Public Schools is forever appreciated. Certified and classified employees are nominated for the award by co-workers and endorsed by administrators. Selected employees are honored during the second board meeting of […]

Foster education initiative seeks to improve academic achievement of Arizona students in foster care

Arizona students in the foster care system are consistently underperforming academically. This previously undocumented achievement gap is reported in the 2012-13 report on Arizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap by WestEd. The report shows that students in foster care are a distinct subgroup of academically at-risk students who are “especially at risk for school failure, as evidenced […]

Academic achievement gap plaguing Arizona’s foster children

Arizona students in the foster care system are consistently underperforming academically according to a 2012-13 report on Arizona’s Invisible Achievement Gap by WestEd. This report was sponsored by FosterEd Arizona and the Arizona Community Foundation in the hopes of bringing to light the challenges foster children face academically. This previously undocumented achievement gap compares foster […]

Carol Walton named September Volunteer of the Month at Mesa Public Schools

Carol Walton’s kind, caring spirit makes a difference every day in the lives of Stevenson Elementary students. She was recognized for her dedication at the Sept. 27 Mesa Public Schools board meeting as Volunteer of the Month. Tribute to Carol Walton “Carol’s devotion to Stevenson Elementary is incredible. Every day, she is on campus, helping […]

College of St. Scholastica expands social work program at Mesa Community College

The College of St. Scholastica is expanding its B.A. in social work program and will now offer a spring cohort at Mesa Community College. Classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting Jan. 17, according to a press release. Marcia Runnberg-Valadez, undergraduate Arizona social work program faculty and program director, will manage the spring […]