Mesa Middle School

Wow, so much has happened since the last newsletter!!!

Principal's Message

Dear Mesa Families,

Over the last two months, we have had more activities, events, won more awards, and had a number of celebrations. We hope to capture a small piece of what has been taking place at Mesa in this newsletter.

I think at this point, you are sick of hearing about state testing, but I am going to include it one more time as we approach the testing season on March 31st:

The Colorado Department of Education released the Preliminary 2019 School Performance Framework (SPF) to school districts. These ratings are intended to hold districts and schools accountable for performance on the same single set of academic achievement and growth indicators and measures.

Mesa Middle School will be on a Performance Plan for the 2019-2020 school year (the highest rating possible). To be identified as a Performance school the overall SPF needs to be at or above 53.0. Mesa's score was at 71.0. While we recognize there are various opinions and views regarding state testing we thank everyone for their support around this rating.

We believe that Mesa is an amazing school and we look to create an environment where students feel safe and cared for, and as a result, can grow academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition, we have a supportive community where parents/guardians recognize the positive school experience their students receive at Mesa Middle School.

We will need everyone's help with our upcoming testing season as well. The calendar below includes our state testing schedule. Please contact me with any questions.


Tony Jackowski


State Assessment: The Why, The How, and The What


  • We can see how a child is performing relative to other students at Mesa Middle School, within the district, and state.

  • It prepares students for standardized assessments that they will take in high school, college (SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) or other vocational programs.

  • We can make informed decisions and choices for our students. Test data is used by administration and staff to drive instruction/curriculum and professional development choices.

  • Test data may identify learning gaps that can be addressed.

  • Identification of districts and schools that have struggling students, so help can be provided.

  • There is a correlation of state test scores and property value.

How are the results used?

As part of a BODY of EVIDENCE, state assessments are used to:

  • drive instruction for a student,

  • identify targeted interventions,

  • place students in appropriate classes at the middle school level as well as high school,

  • identify gifted and talented students during the identification process, and

  • determine effectiveness in regards to instruction and determine whether Mesa’s instructional practices are effective.

What happens with the data?

  • CDE is committed to ensuring that data on individual students are secure. CDE does not report individual student data to the federal government; the department has strict policies and procedures in place to maintain data security. For more information on data privacy and security please go to:

  • The results of CMAS are the backbone of the state’s accountability system. The state uses CMAS data to populate the annual school and district performance frameworks which is the result in accreditation ratings for each school and district. If schools do poorly on the state exam there is an impact to the building.

Excerpts taken from this CDE link:

Celebrating Women in Sports

On February 6th, Mesa had the opportunity to celebrate all the girl basketball players at Mesa past and present. Mrs. Blayter and Mr. Weiss presented the seniors (Taylor played for Mesa) with flowers & cards from our teams. Mesa players & coaches were brought out at the Varsity half time to be recognized as well. (Super awesome that the DC gold crown feeder athletes joined us as well!) This is such a wonderful tradition & we are so thankful for everyone who makes this possible.
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The Change Maker's Club

The Change Maker's Club at Mesa Middle School was started when a Glacier student was researching and analyzing the lack of empathy at the middle school level. She approached a teacher with her research and her action plan to start a Change Maker’s Club at Mesa to focus on empathy and service. What started as an idea from one inquisitive, passionate student has turned into a weekly club with over 25 middle schoolers who are now all passionate about making our school and our community a better place. Some of the many projects so far this year have included volunteering at the local food bank, making and donating blankets to a local hospital, helping put together Kits for Kids, cleaning up the school, and organizing a kindness dance that went out to the whole district on National Kindness Day. They are an incredible group of students who bring the IB philosophy to life at Mesa while making our school and community a better place.
In an epic spinoff of the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class, 8th grade I&S students wrote their own American Revolution podcasts at the end of last semester. Top podcasts were sent on to Mrs. Maas's Electronic Publishing students to be recorded and produced! The results were impressive to say the least, and the top 9 podcasts racked up 1,407 views! Click the title for a link to the podcasts.
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This Awesome Mesa student Robbie Howard made his own skateboard in his Innovation and Design class! Great Job Robbie!

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Guest Author Visit

New York Times bestselling author April Henry, visited with Mesa students on 2/12 and shared her experiences as a writer and active researcher.
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Mesa Students

Mesa 8th grade Girls who were recognized at the DCSD Girls & Women in Sports Banquet
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Mesa's Colorguard

Our Winter Guard team has started their competition season with ground breaking results. At their most recent competition at Chaparral High School on 2-15-20, they scored an incredible 85.50, the highest of the day in the entire RMCGA circuit. The judges were impressed with their high level of training and skill at such a young age. Their unique show tells the story of a girl having a bad dream through SHEL's remake of the song "Enter Sandman."

This season, our winter guard has been doing incredibly well, putting up record high scores. This past Saturday, 2-29-20, they competed at Loveland High School. At finals, they scored an unbelievable 90.79, unheard of for a mid-season score. This score is already within one point of last year's final State Championship winning score. There has been talk in the RMCGA and judging community about this incredible Mesa Middle School winter guard and how talented beyond their years they are. RMCGA wants our guard to try moving up from our Middle School class to competing in the Scholastic Regional A class, the beginning level for high schoolers. The judges feel we would be competitive there, even against older guards. To be asked to move up a class this in this age group is an incredible honor, and everyone should be incredibly proud of what our winter guard students have accomplished this season so far with our show, "Enter Sandman".

A link to the video of the Loveland performance. If you see any of the following students, please congratulate them:

Natasha Heth, Peyton Clark, Seanna Sauer, Abigail Shoemaker, Morgan Dimock, Kyra Shipp

Katie Ross, Mira Kelly, Natalie Carmody, Kira Kyung, Ismena Cruz, Dakota Bunce, Alix Williams, Cierra Cervantes, Hailey Frank, Abigail Parkinson, Abigail Hoekstra, Katrina Hall

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Club Day

Club Fridays happens once a month with the purpose of connecting peers with each other as well as adults in the building. Some of the club offerings include creative writing, calligraphy, music practice and soccer. Students who need extra time to complete work based on work habits grades are given study hall during club time to get caught up. Over the past three years, students have had opportunities to build skills and find their interests through this club time.

Mesa's Book Fair: Thank you for the support!!!

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TSA Competition

Congratulations to Mesa's TSA. All students did such a great job representing Mesa at the state Conference. We had six teams in semifinals, three teams score 3rd place, and one team score 1st. Also, please congratulate Jason Kasper. His knowledge and teaching pedagogy were a prime factor in the students’ success!

TSA Members

Aryssa Cote (3rd place in Assistive Technology)

Bella Mastreno (1st place in Mass Production)

Daniel Aguilar

Lorenzo Arguelo

Collin Balacuit (3rd place in Assistive Tech. and Forensic Tech,)

Nicole Balacuit

Kembree Clark

Peyton Clark

Weslee Hales (3rd place in Video Game Design)

Andrew Hill (3rd place in Video Game Design)

Calleigh Keller

Andrew Kilman

Sami Laforest (1st place in Mass Production)

Mathew Lockwood

Juliet Mendik

Mikiera Miller

Matthew Monaghan (3rd place in Video Game Design)

Aidan Myers

Jacob Newman

Aidan Page

Katie Ross

Richard Seme (3rd place in Video Game Design)

Joseph Stech (3rd place in Forensic Tech.)

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Polar Plunge

Thank you for everyone who braved the cold to plunge this year and all those who donated to our team! Mesa Middle School team raised $3,353 so far for Special Olympics Colorado!
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Rock Ridge Elementary

Some amazing students from Rock Ridge Elementary school came to Mesa to help our students by passing out information on supports that are offered in the school and the community. Thank you Rock Ridge students!!!
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Counselor’s Corner

Hello MMS Families. The Counseling Department has been very busy providing support to your students this month even as we prepare for next year. We have completed our course registration meetings for 7th and 8th. We are planning to meet with our new 5th grade students that will be joining us as 6th graders next year--we are VERY excited! We are scheduling tours in May for our incoming 6th and 7th grade students. We have various small groups going. The new groups this quarter will be an Executive Function Group, a Friendship Group, an Anxiety Group, as well as a couple Time Management Groups.

Upcoming Events

Mesa Activity Day--Thursday, March 5, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Mesa Commons

Join us for an hour of healthy activity stations including free snacks, therapy dogs, cornhole, games, fingernail painting and more!

LINK for more information.

Career Day

Mesa students want to know what you do at work! Mesa’s Annual Career Day is Wednesday, April 29th, and we need presenters (like you) to spend the morning with our students describing “a day in the life” at your job. For more information (or to confirm your spot) please click on this link or contact the counseling office: (303) 387-4772.

Community Wellness Night at Mountain Vista High School March 9 7-9 pm

Please know that we are honored to serve your child(ren) and give us a call or send an email if we can be of service to you.

Your Mesa Middle School Counseling Department

8th Grade Last Names A-K Ann Halcromb 303-387-4771

8th Grade Last Names L-Z Andrea Kovach 303-387-4766

7th Grade Last Names A-J Christy Graham 303-387-4765

7th Grade Last Names K-Z Jessica Zimmerman 303-387-4869

Counselor for PREvention Glenn (GT) Thompson 303-387-4764

Counseling Administrative Asst. Jennifer Welcom 303-387-4772

Congrats to our students who won a new book and to another who won a jar of gummy worms after correctly guessing the total amount!

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Daughters of the American Revolution Annual American History Essay Contest

The Daughters of the American Revolution Castle Rock Chapter held their annual American History Essay Contest back in September. This contest was open to all Castle Rock schools 5-8th grade. Mesa had four students from both 7th and 8th grade participate in this contest. The topic this year was “What would it be like to be on the Mayflower Voyage?” Mesa Middle School took the top four places in the Contest. 8th grader, Mira Parker from the Sun Team took first place, 7th grader Sophia Johnson, from the Atlas Team took second place, 8th grader, Juliet Mendick from the Sun Team took third place and Christian Ruiz from the Atlas team took fourth place. Congratulations to all of our essay winners. They did an excellent job representing Mesa Middle School with their great writing!

Mesa Apple Award Representatives

This year the Mesa Apple Award Representatives were Mrs. Joni Blayter (classified) and Mrs. Alice Adetoye (certified). These two amazing educators along with representative from across the district were celebrated at the Apple Awards Event on February 29th. Mrs. Blayter won the classified Apple Award for the entire district.
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Congratulations to Sophia Johnson, the winner of our Reading Challenge at Mesa.

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Important Dates:

3/5/20- Healthy activity day at Mesa in the commons

3/6/20-Dr. Seuss Day Read Across America

3/9/20- Mesa Spirit Night @ Chick-Fil-A

3/10/20- Choir Music Showcase - 6:30 pm

3/11/20- NJHS Induction Ceremony - 6-7 pm

3/12/20- Kickball Game/Tournament 3:00 - 4:30 pm

3/16 - 3/20/20- NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

3/25/20- Mesa PTO Mtg @ 5:30 in the Mesa Library

3/24/20- Passport to Mesa- Incoming 6th Graders 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

3/26/20- International Towne - Polar Team

3/27/20- Pep Assembly (Assembly Schedule)

3/27/20- International Towne - Polar Team

3/31/20- CMAS Testing 8th ELA/Math

4/1/20- CMAS Testing 7th ELA/Math

4/2/20- CMAS Testing 8th ELA/Math

4/3/20- End of Second 6 Week Grading Period for Second Semester

4/3/20- CMAS Testing 7th ELA/Math

4/7/20- CMAS Testing 8th ELA/Math

4/8/20- CMAS Testing 7th ELA/Math

4/9/20- CMAS Testing 8th Science

4/10/20- CMAS Testing 7th Social Studies

4/14/20- Mesa Spirit Nights - Smart Cow

4/17/20- No School

4/20/20- NO SCHOOL - Teacher PD Day

8TH GRADE PARENTS: Don't forget to mark your student's eighth grade milestone with an ad in the 2020 yearbook! Order online at We've extended the deadline

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