Mesa Middle School

September - October 2021

Message from the Principal

Hello Mesa Families,

We hope that all is well. After a unique start to the school year, I can say we are definitely settling in to what we would see during a more typical year. Students have done an excellent job of acclimating to the school year and are happy to be in school.

We thank all of the parents/guardians that attended our Student Led and Traditional Conferences; it was great to see people in the building! We have some exciting events coming up which include the student talent show and other performances, so please reference the calendar below.

I want to take a brief moment to thank all parents/guardians for your support this year. As we have shared it has been a challenging time, but the community has always been respectful and courteous towards our teacher and staff, for this we thank you.

Please make sure you have a restful and enjoyable fall break. We are excited for the upcoming holiday season and all that comes with it.



Maya Ayres

Maya Ayres is 14 years old and attends Douglas County High School as a ninth grader involved in the International Baccalaureate Program.

She enjoys activities such as skiing, singing, rock climbing, traveling and biking with her family. Her ambitions include growing up to become a Sustainable Architect, designing eco friendly urban buildings and homes.

Her Jewish faith influences her actions daily, driving her to become her best self. During the pandemic, Maya made 50 fleece tie blankets and donated them to a local hospital to comfort those in need. At school, she is involved in Student Government hoping to improve her fellow students’ education and involvement. She also started a club to inspire her peers to participate in community service activities. Finally she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Maya was a student in an advanced social entrepreneurship class at Mesa Middle School, where her activism journey began over a year ago. It was in this class when she found her voice to share about one of the world’s most detrimental issues, plastic pollution. She met with Colorado State Representatives to discuss perspectives on and solutions to plastic pollution. Maya is excited to share her ideas through a professional platform with TEDx and educate others.

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September -Students of the month–(Inquirers)

Atlas – Mazie Hay, Will Mlsna

Polar – Reagan Coles, Liam Weatherson

Glacier- Ryan Hoekstra, Monica Addler

Kodiak – Lilian Wheeler, Jack Vakoc

Grizzly – Olivia Stevens, Jack Swafford

Sun - Maddie Gamble, Cyrus Smith

Panda - Andra Hay, Michael Kirtley

Teachers are ready for Kodiak Kares Day!!!

Kodiak Kares Day had students focusing on community, team building and respecting others.
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Glacier Team Awards!!!

During ME Time on September 2nd, Team Glacier came together to recognize and celebrate their two students of the month, as well an additional five students that exemplify the IB trait of the month, balanced. Our August students of the month were Fayth Turnbaugh and Gavin Earnest. The additional five students were Jada Cabral, Franklin Lobello, Reilly Rynearson, Alex Hall, and Ian Corcoran. Glacier is grateful to have these amazing students on their team to set the bar high at the beginning of the year!

Parent Coffee Talk

Mesa Student Led Conferences and Traditional Conferences

Polar Team Awards

DCHS Homecoming Parade!!!

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In Ms. Thorp's class students have been investigating different types of energy and collecting their own data outside!

Persona Especial in Spanish with Ms. Villegas!

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Pink at Mesa for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Mr. Kaspers class racing CO2 cars!!!!!

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7th and 8th graders had a wonderful flag football season!

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In Miss Haas' 7th grade Language and Literature class, students enjoyed their author share day! We had snacks and a "fireplace" as we listened to our authors share their narratives. It was a wonderful story day!

Counselor Corner

Happy October from your School Counseling Team! Fall Break is finally here! Counselors wanted to share a link with you from our district's Healthy Schools department: Virtual Calming Corner. It has some great resources for stress management and mindfulness, strategies all of us can use!

The Counseling Department at Mesa is not available over Break, or after hours. So, if someone you know is having an emergency, please dial 911.

Here are some additional crisis support resources:

Colorado Crisis Support Line - (844) 493-TALK (8255)

Colorado Crisis Text - text TALK to 38255

Safe2Tell - 1-877-542-7233 . Click here to submit a Safe2Tell tip



10/16/21- Mesa Spirit Day at Lost Coffee and the Cake Company

10/18 - 10/22/21- No school- Fall Break

10/26 8th Grade Virtual Career Expo - 11:15 am - 1:15 pm

10/27/2021- Mesa MS - Choir Feeder Concert - 6:30 pm

10/29/21- End of Second 6 Week Grading Period for First Semester

11/1/2021- No School - Teacher PD Day

11/2/21- Talent Show Dress rehearsals/tech week 3-4pm Commons Stage

11/5/2021- Mesa MS Talent Show 6pm

11/11/2021- Mesa MS PTO Meeting 6:00 pm Location TBD

11/12/2021- Mesa Spirit Night - Creative Cork 6-8 PM

11/22 - 11/26/2021- No School - Thanksgiving Break