Mesa Newsletter

September Edition

Great kickoff for Sources of Strength. Students were given sun-glasses if they wrote down/shared what gave them strength @SourcesAtMesa.

SAC Parent Survey Action Plan

Last year a parent survey was sent out and completed by 150 households. The attached document will share what suggestions were made and how we followed up. Please click here:

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August Students of the Month: IB Profile Trait of Balanced

Atlas-7: Sonja Strom, Tytan Turnbaugh

Polar-7: Amaya Taylor, Gage Heath

Grizzly-7: Megan Dominguez, Kavan Manzano

Grizzly-8: Arianna DiMartino, Ian Tappin

Sun-8: Reagan Wangler, Avery Weiss

Panda-8: Kassidy Hale, Braxton Sewell

Congratulations to our Parents of the Month for August!

Bobby Marcum, parent of Justin on Team Sun: Thank you for all of your help with Cross Country!

Brad Waldrip, parent of Sara on Team Polar: Thank you for your help with the Fall Play!

DCSD Transportation Information

Let’s Talk feedback (CLICK HERE to complete a feedback form for transportation)

Zpass+ Information (CLICK HERE to sign up for the Zpass+. With the Zpass+ you can see when your child gets on and off the bus.)

Mesa's very own Jen Amos is a PAEMST state finalist

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation and serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Before a teacher can become a PAEMST awardee, they must first complete an extensive application and be chosen by a selection committee as a PAEMST state finalist. Many teachers are nominated to apply for PAEMST, but relatively few take the next step of completing their applications. Of those that complete their applications, only a few can be chosen as state finalists. Mesa is proud to announce that Jennifer Amos is a state finalist.

Unified Sports Recognition

Mesa was interviewed for a new Unified Sports Education Training that is being created by ESPN and Special Olympics North America. We were selected because our teams have been exemplary models of our Unified Player Development Model. The interview and footage will be part of a National Coaches Video through Special Olympics North America and the National Federation of High Schools for teachers and coaches doing Unified Sports. The hope is that the video will be unveiled it at the Special Olympics conference in February.

Mary Caricato, our SSN teacher recognized for her work

On October 3rd, Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and mindSpark Learning, are presenting The Inaugural Succeeds Prize – an evening dedicated to recognizing and rewarding transformational impact in public education across the state. The Succeeds Prize will award more than $135,000 to fund innovation and scale best practices. Together, we will celebrate the educators, schools, and districts making the greatest gains in student achievement. As a stakeholder of education in Colorado, Mary Caricato, one of Mesa's SSN teachers was invited..

Mr. Underwood Honored!!!

Mr. Underwood has been selected as one of three educators to be honored in a special award ceremony at the DCSD Community Event with the Rapids on Saturday, October 7th at 4pm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park! Congratulations to Mr. Underwood for his work.


Many of our students have fallen victim to the symptoms of sleep deprivation. In fact, they can be misdiagnosed with depression, ADD/ADHD, mode disorders and other issues because they are sleep deprived. Simply looking at their phone after lights out can significantly lower their tests scores.

Join us at the Sleep Hygiene Workshop at Sky Ridge Medical Center on September 13 at 6pm. You will learn behaviors and practices from sleep specialists and researchers in order to make sure you and your family function at your absolute best!

Sign up here!

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Mesa Middle School representing at the DCHS Homecoming Parade

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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts performed Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: Romeo and Juliet at Mesa on Thursday, September 28th.

DCHS IB Information Nights

8th Grade IB Informational Meetings on the Diploma Program (this is a continuation of the Middle Years Programme, MYP) will be held at DCHS on two different dates. Both meetings will start at 5:30, Parents and Students are encouraged to attend.

November 9th -DCHS Auditorium

December 7th -DCHS North Commons

"The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at DCHS and all over the world, aims to develop and foster curiosity, compassion and academic excellence. By requiring advanced study in Mathematics, English, the Social Sciences, Science, French, or Spanish, and a sixth subject, the IBDP encourages you to be well-rounded academically. The program’s emphasis on reflective learning, community service and research further enhances your perspective, your understanding and your expressiveness. For this reason, many universities throughout the world see the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as the single most rigorous and meaningful preparation for college."

If you would like more information, please go to the DCHS website and click on International Baccalaureate and/or click here for an IB DP brochure: LINK.


9/25 - 9/29 - Book Fair

10/5 - Mesa PTO Meeting 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Mesa Library

10/9 to 10/13 - Fall Break

10/18 - Picture Retakes - During Lunches

10/23 - 10/27 - Sock Spirit Week

10/24 - Math Night 5:30 pm

10/25 - Drama Class Field Trip to DCHS 9:15 am - 1:00 pm

10/27 - Halloween Dance 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

10/30 - Mesa SAC Meeting - Mesa Library 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

11/2 - 11/4- Fall Play Performance 7:00 pm

Mesa PTO

Dear Mesa Parents/Guardians,

Today and tomorrow are the last days to donate to our PTO fundraiser! If you have already donated, we thank you for your support!

If you haven't yet donated, please take a minute to donate right now at We are asking for just $20 per student. Your donation supports our Mesa teachers and students -- but really, NOT having to sell wrapping paper? PRICELESS!

Donate now at

Thank you!

The Mesa PTO