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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


Mesa public schools

The Mesa Unified School DistrictIs the State’s Largest

67,220STUDENTS filled Mesa’s

7,421,133SCHOOL BUILDINGS in

(Total Sq. Ft.)

87SCHOOLS & 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

3,954TEACHERS (includes all

certified contract employees)

instruct

67,220STUDENTS with the

assistance of

5,715OTHER 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

55,353MEALS served daily8 million per year

989FOOD SERVICES

EMPLOYEES

(includes 370 student employees)

57.9%FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH

(Based on Elementary Schools enrollment)

131NURSES AND HEALTH

ASSISTANTS

providing health services.


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A Menu of Services and Personnel2009-2010

407EMPLOYEES providing a clean

healthy classroom environment

64EMPLOYEES caring for

1,366ACRES of grass, athletic fields & courts

116EMPLOYEES (Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters,

refrigeration technicians and

other maintenance people) keeping

schools in good repair

24MECHANICS (plus 38 staff members) maintaining approximately

506BUSES

724BUS DRIVERS and other transportation staff

34,000MILES per day transporting

19,000STUDENTS per day and

7,500FIELD trips per year

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


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GRADUATESCLASS OF 2009

Dobson605

Mesa High725

Mountain View799

Red Mountain835

Skyline545

Westwood582

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 7Basketball25

Football 23Golf14

Track 32Wrestling 6

Softball 4Volleyball 4

Cross Country 13Gymnastics 7

Soccer 2Tennis 7

Swimming & Diving 10

*Represents both Boys and Girls from 1908 to present


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ATHLETICS

2008-2009

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

7,454Students 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

Dobson5

Mountain View6

Red Mountain7

Skyline2


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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

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

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

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

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

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

15,003Total 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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ACT COMPOSITE SCORES1990-1991 through 2008-2009


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SAT Critical Reading(Formerly Verbal) Trends1995-1996 through 2008-2009


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SAT Math Trends1995-1996 through 2008-2009


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SAT Writing2005-2006 through 2008-2009


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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, utilizing the stat-mandated formula, was 2.0 percent in 2008-2009. 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 – Boys1997

Swimming & Diving – Boys1987

Swimming & Diving – Girls1987

Football1987

Softball1990

Track – Boys1991

Tennis – Boys1995

Soccer – Boys 1999

Basketball – Boys1997

Golf – Boys2003


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ATHLETICSMesa High School State Championships

Baseball1927, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1958

Basketball – Boys1917, 1918, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1933, 1936, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1988, 2004

Football1928, 1933, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1990, 1992

Golf`1957, 1979

Track – Boys1950, 1952, 1962, 1982, 1988

Wrestling1977, 2006, 2007, 2008

Softball1988

Tennis – Boys1950, 1951, 1952


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ATHLETICSMountain View High School State Championships

Basketball – Girls1988, 1998

Basketball – Boys1987, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Football1978, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002

Volleyball1984, 1988, 1999

Gymnastics – Girls1986, 1987

Golf – Boys1987, 1991, 1992

Cross-Country – Boys1987, 1991, 1992

Tennis – Boys1988

Tennis – Girls2008

Baseball1990, 1998

Track – Boys1994, 2000, 2003, 2004

Track – Girls1993, 1994, 1995, 1997

Swimming – Girls1998

Wrestling2000


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ATHLETICSRed Mountain High School State Championships

Cross-Country – Girls1991

Track – Girls1992, 1996

Golf – Boys1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Wrestling1994

Football2001

Softball2006

Tennis – Boys2005

Basketball – Girls2007


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ATHLETICSSkyline High School State Championships

Track - Girls2006, 2007

Track – Boys2006

Swimming – Boys2006


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ATHLETICSWestwood High School State Championships

Cross-Country – Boys1964, 1967, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996

Football1964, 1988

Gymnastics – Girls1976

Swimming – Boys1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1976

Track – Boys1965, 1969, 1973, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999

Track – Girls1976, 1977, 1987, 1988, 1989

Volleyball – Girls1993

Softball1982


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SCHOOL DISTRICTSESTABLISHED

1879Lehi Elementary School District

1882Mesa Elementary School District

1885Alma Elementary School District

18##*Highland Elementary School District

1887Jordan Elementary School District

1894Nephi 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

  • 1945-1946Elementary and high school districts consolidated under one administration.

  • 1945-1946Schools were desegregated.

  • 1951-1952Changed 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- 1909John Loper, Both Mesa and Mesa HS Districts (Two School Boards) 1909-1914H.Q. Robertson

1914-1917G. C. Sherwood

1917-1920H.E. Matthews

1920-1932Herman Hendrix

1932-1937O.P. Greer

1937-1946Rulon T. Shepherd

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

1967-1984George Smith

1984-1999Jim Zaharis

1999-2000Dale Frederick

2000-2009Debra Duvall

2009 - PresentMike Cowan


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