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MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. No Better Place to Learn. The Mesa Unified School District Is the State’s Largest. 67,220 STUDENTS filled Mesa’s 7,421,133 SCHOOL BUILDINGS in (Total Sq. Ft.) 87 SCHOOLS & A VARIETY OF FOCUS PROGRAMS on

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mesa public schools

MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

No Better Place to Learn

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The Mesa Unified School DistrictIs the State’s Largest

67,220 STUDENTS filled Mesa’s

7,421,133 SCHOOL BUILDINGS in

(Total Sq. Ft.)

87 SCHOOLS & A VARIETY OF

FOCUS PROGRAMS on

1,408 ACRES OF LAND (at school sites)

200 SQUARE MILES.

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A Menu of Services and Personnel2009-2010

3,954 TEACHERS (includes all

certified contract employees)

instruct

67,220 STUDENTS with the

assistance of

5,715 OTHER WORKERS who

support instruction by offering

a variety of services (includes

all classified staff, contract and

non-contract)

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A Menu of Services and Personnel2009-2010

55,353 MEALS served daily 8 million per year

989 FOOD SERVICES

EMPLOYEES

(includes 370 student employees)

57.9% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH

(Based on Elementary Schools enrollment)

131 NURSES AND HEALTH

ASSISTANTS

providing health services.

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A Menu of Services and Personnel2009-2010

407 EMPLOYEES providing a clean

healthy classroom environment

64 EMPLOYEES caring for

1,366 ACRES of grass, athletic fields & courts

116 EMPLOYEES (Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters,

refrigeration technicians and

other maintenance people) keeping

schools in good repair

24 MECHANICS (plus 38 staff members) maintaining approximately

506 BUSES

724 BUS DRIVERS and other transportation staff

34,000 MILES per day transporting

19,000 STUDENTS per day and

7,500 FIELD trips per year

449 VEHICLES, operations work trucks, Food and Nutrition delivery trucks, security vehicles

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GRADUATESCLASS OF 2009

Dobson 605

Mesa High 725

Mountain View 799

Red Mountain 835

Skyline 545

Westwood 582

EVA 78

Total Graduates 4,229

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$50,387,991In Scholarships

Offered to 1,111 graduating seniors

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Points of Pride

Entz Elementary is a 2009 Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education announced that Entz Elementary was named a 2009 National Blue Ribbon School. It is among four Arizona public schools to receive the recognition.

Recent National Blue Ribbon Schools are Franklin West Elementary, Franklin Northeast Elementary, and Longfellow Elementary

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Points of Pride

A Red Mountain High School student, was recently selected as a Flinn Scholar. Only 20 students from Arizona are selected each year from 400 applications. The scholarship, which offers more than $60,000 in benefits, provides full tuition to an Arizona university for four years as well as a yearly stipend. After the freshman year, scholars attend a three-week seminar in Eastern Europe. They also have an additional paid travel abroad option.

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies students who won the Elementary Grand Champion School award in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. Several students also received individual first place honors. The Academy and Mesa High School also had many other students who placed in the top three of their category in this statewide competition.

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Points of Pride

Students from Dobson, Mesa, and Red Mountain high schools who achieved state champion status in the Arizona Future Problem Solving Bowl. This academic competition was created to help students think more creatively and productively about critical issues. These students will move to the international competition at Michigan State University later this month. (2009)

America’s Promise Alliance ranks Mesa Public Schools No. 1 in graduation rates among the nation’s 50 largest cities. Standard and Poor’s named MPS an Academic

Outperformer. The district has also been honored in Education Week, Newsweek and Money magazine, which listed us among the Best 100 Districts in America.

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Points of Pride

Mesa students earned team and individual state championship standing in Academic Decathlon, We the People, Forensics League, All-State Music Festival, Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, Arizona Future Problem Solving Bowl, Career and Technical Education competitions, Presidential Scholar competition, National Academic League, the National Stock Market Game, World Scholars Cup, track and field, swimming,

wrestling, diving, girls tennis, spirit line, cheer, pom and stunt competitions.

Porter honored by National Network of Partnership Schools. At Porter Elementary, principal Tony LaMantia and his staff saw the need for parents to have a place of their own. With funding from a Walmart Neighborhood Store, Porter opened a Parent Resource Center. Porter was featured in a recent publication of the National Network of Partnership Schools.

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Points of Pride

All six MPS high schools were honored in the 2009 Best High Schools Search by U.S. News & World Report and School Evaluation Services.

America\'s Choice and the Council of Great Urban Schools commended MPS for having the lowest high school dropout rate among the country\'s large urban districts.

Standard and Poor’s named MPS an Academic Outperformer.

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Points of Pride

Space MissionsThe district’s Space Integration Module program, a Boeing-MPS partnership, will be featured at the National Science Teachers Association regional conference in Phoenix in December (2009). It will also be in the spotlight at the Space Exploration Educators Conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston in February.

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ATHLETICS

State Championships*

Baseball 7 Basketball 25

Football 23 Golf 14

Track 32 Wrestling 6

Softball 4 Volleyball 4

Cross Country 13 Gymnastics 7

Soccer 2 Tennis 7

Swimming & Diving 10

*Represents both Boys and Girls from 1908 to present

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ATHLETICS

2008-2009

5,848 Games, Matches and Meets were held for students’ participation in sports events

7,454 Students participated in interscholastic athletics

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NATIONAL MERIT

“Each year a total of some 55,000 high school students are honored in the National Merit Program and the National Achievement Program and more than 10,500 of the most outstanding participants receive scholarships worth a total of $50 million for college undergraduate study.”

-- National Merit Scholarship Corporation

2008-2009 National Merit Finalists

Dobson 5

Mountain View 6

Red Mountain 7

Skyline 2

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PERFORMING ARTS

Mesa teens earned 65 choral, 25 orchestra, 20 band and 4 harp positions at the All-State Festival (2009).

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PERFORMING ARTS

8,439 Number of students who participate in elementary band and orchestra on a weekly basis

3,708 Number of students who participate in junior high band, orchestra, and chorus on a weekly basis

352 Number of students who participate in junior high guitar, theory, harp and steel drum programs on a weekly basis

2,179 Number of students who participate in high school band, orchestra, and chorus on a weekly basis

325 Number of students who participate in high school guitar, theory, harp and steel drum programson a weekly basis

15,003 Total number of students who participate in instrumental, vocal or other music classes on a weekly basis

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ACT and SAT

With an average composite score of 23.5 on the ACT, Mesa students (2009 graduating class) scored well above state (21.9) and national (21.1) averages

On the SAT, Mesa Public Schools Class of 2007 outperformed the previous class, as well as the state and nation as follows:

CriticalReading* MathWriting

MPS 522 547 499

Arizona 516 521 497

National 501 515 493

*Formerly Verbal

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGESERVING 6,500 STUDENTSREPRESENTING

Countries: 54 (e.g., Syria, Italy, Thailand)

Languages: 41 (e.g., Croatian, Spanish, Taiwanese)

Hispanic: 18 (e.g., Brazil, Mexico)

Native American: 6 (e.g., Apache, Pima)

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGESERVING 6,500 STUDENTSREPRESENTING

Countries:

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGESERVING 6,500 STUDENTSREPRESENTING

Languages:

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MPS DROPOUT RATE

The MPS dropout rate for grades 7-12 was 2.99 percent and grades 9-12 was 3.66 percent in 2006-2007. This is well below state and national dropout rates.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Last spring, 1,300 students took 2,172 AP exams and scored high enough on 83 percent of the tests to qualify for college credit.

Students performance on the AP exams means a savings of thousands of dollars in college expenses.

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ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS

Focus Schools

Crossroads

East Mesa Early Childhood Education Center

McKellips Middle School

Riverview High School

S.H.A.R.P.

Sundown High School

Superstition High School

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ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS

Choice Programs and Schools

Biotechnology AcademyEagleridgeEast Valley Academy HighFranklin (Basic) Elementary Schools (four campuses)Franklin Junior High Schools (7th grade)Health Science High SchoolsHighland Arts Integrated Program HomeboundK-12 International Baccalaureate ProgrammeMesa Academy for Advanced StudiesMesa Distance Learning ProgramMontessori Programs (three campuses)Sunridge Learning CenterWorld Studies Academy

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TEACHERS ARE ASSISTED BYTHESE RESOURCES ANDDEPARTMENTS:

Creative Arts Special Education

Basic Skills Psychological Services

Science Guidance Services

Social Studies Summer School

Athletics, K-12 P.E. Performing Arts

Community Education Career and Technical Education

Title I Parent University

Math Homework Hotline English Language Acquisition

Extended Learning/Advanced Placement

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ATHLETICSDobson High School State Championships

Cross Country – Boys 1997

Swimming & Diving – Boys 1987

Swimming & Diving – Girls 1987

Football 1987

Softball 1990

Track – Boys 1991

Tennis – Boys 1995

Soccer – Boys 1999

Basketball – Boys 1997

Golf – Boys 2003

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ATHLETICSMesa High School State Championships

Baseball 1927, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1958

Basketball – Boys 1917, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1933, 1936, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1988, 2004

Football 1928, 1933, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1990, 1992

Golf` 1957, 1979

Track – Boys 1950, 1952, 1962, 1982, 1988

Wrestling 1977, 2006, 2007, 2008

Softball 1988

Tennis – Boys 1950, 1951, 1952

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ATHLETICSMountain View High School State Championships

Basketball – Girls 1988, 1998

Basketball – Boys 1987, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Football 1978, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002

Volleyball 1984, 1988, 1999

Gymnastics – Girls 1986, 1987

Golf – Boys 1987, 1991, 1992

Cross-Country – Boys 1987, 1991, 1992

Tennis – Boys 1988

Tennis – Girls 2008

Baseball 1990, 1998

Track – Boys 1994, 2000, 2003, 2004

Track – Girls 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997

Swimming – Girls 1998

Wrestling 2000

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ATHLETICSRed Mountain High School State Championships

Cross-Country – Girls 1991

Track – Girls 1992, 1996

Golf – Boys 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Wrestling 1994

Football 2001

Softball 2006

Tennis – Boys 2005

Basketball – Girls 2007

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ATHLETICSSkyline High School State Championships

Track - Girls 2006, 2007

Track – Boys 2006

Swimming – Boys 2006

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ATHLETICSWestwood High School State Championships

Cross-Country – Boys 1964, 1967, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996

Football 1964, 1988

Gymnastics – Girls 1976

Swimming – Boys 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1976

Track – Boys 1965, 1969, 1973, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999

Track – Girls 1976, 1977, 1987, 1988, 1989

Volleyball – Girls 1993

Softball 1982

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SCHOOL DISTRICTSESTABLISHED

1879 Lehi Elementary School District

1882 Mesa Elementary School District

1885 Alma Elementary School District

18##* Highland Elementary School District

1887 Jordan Elementary School District

1894 Nephi Elementary School District

*Exact date not known

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Mesa Union High School District #207Established December 26, 1907

Elementary Feeder Districts:

LehiJordanAlmaMesaNephiHighland

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Elementary Schools DistrictsConsolidated intoMesa Elementary District #4July 1946

These Districts Included:

Mesa Elementary School District

Alma Elementary School District

Jordan Elementary School District

Lehi Elementary School District

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Three MPS

Historical Milestones

  • 1945-1946 Elementary and high school districts consolidated under one administration.
  • 1945-1946 Schools were desegregated.
  • 1951-1952 Changed from a 8-4 organization plan to a 6-3-3 plan and Mesa Junior High was born. Mesa Junior High was called East Junior High until 1965 when it was renamed to Mesa Junior High.
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MESA SUPERINTENDENTS

1907- 1909 John Loper, Both Mesa and Mesa HS Districts (Two School Boards) 1909-1914 H.Q. Robertson

1914-1917 G. C. Sherwood

1917-1920 H.E. Matthews

1920-1932 Herman Hendrix

1932-1937 O.P. Greer

1937-1946 Rulon T. Shepherd

1946-1954 Harvey L. Taylor (Mesa combined 1953-1967 Rulon T. Shepherd (One School Board/Two Districts)

1967-1984 George Smith

1984-1999 Jim Zaharis

1999-2000 Dale Frederick

2000-2009 Debra Duvall

2009 - Present Mike Cowan

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