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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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  1. MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS No Better Place to Learn

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. GRADUATESCLASS OF 2009 Dobson 605 Mesa High 725 Mountain View 799 Red Mountain 835 Skyline 545 Westwood 582 EVA 78 Total Graduates 4,229

  7. $50,387,991In Scholarships Offered to 1,111 graduating seniors

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. ATHLETICS 2008-2009 5,848 Games, Matches and Meets were held for students’ participation in sports events 7,454 Students participated in interscholastic athletics

  16. 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

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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. ACT COMPOSITE SCORES1990-1991 through 2008-2009

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

  22. SAT Math Trends1995-1996 through 2008-2009

  23. SAT Writing2005-2006 through 2008-2009

  24. 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)



  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. ATHLETICSSkyline High School State Championships Track - Girls 2006, 2007 Track – Boys 2006 Swimming – Boys 2006

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. Mesa Union High School District #207Established December 26, 1907 Elementary Feeder Districts: LehiJordanAlmaMesaNephiHighland

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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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