November 2022 Highlights and Celebrations
February 2023 Highlights and Celebrations
January Bears of the Month - Risk Takers
Kodiak- Emmanuel Rodriguez Carmona; Jacob Cunningham
Atlas- Brenda Hernandez Reyes; Gage Reimer
Polar- Evan Schieltz; Paige Yarcho
Glacier- CJ Esquibel; Eden Johnson
Grizzly- Kohl Olguin; Ara Casares
Sun- Natasha Robles Jones; Brennan Blake
Panda- Taylor Henry; Tanner James
Not pictured: Taylor Henry, Brenda Hernandez Reyes, Emmanuel Rodriguez Carmona
Julian Salas pictured (December Bear of the Month and was absent)
February Bears of the Month - Knowledgeable
Kodiak – Jimmy McClintock; Kenna Wood
Atlas – Kaylin Kenzy; Rowan Diehl
Polar – Miah Adkins; Alexander Jones
Glacier – Janessa Pollock; Jack Friedman
Grizzly – Mariia Rishko
Sun – Liz Hong; Luke Howell
Panda – Finley McCann; Pierce MacHendrie
Not pictured: Rowan Diehl and Luke Howell
DCSD Rockstar Award
Congratulations to Lora Parker on being selected as a DCSD Rockstar Teacher! DCSD Rock Stars is a program created that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and outstanding work of DCSD employees. Lora was nominated for being an outstanding educator. She organized fundraising opportunities to buy extra athletic equipment for our school. She always goes above and beyond to communicate with parents and our students love her. She is always willing to help a coworker out and never fails to have a positive attitude. Superintendent Erin Kane visited Mesa to present Lora with her award.
Student Spotlight: Connor Gallen
How’s your spelling? Connor Gallen’s spelling is top notch! He is the winner of DCSD’s Spelling Bee!
Hands on Learning with Christian Brothers Automotive
Christian Brothers Automotive brought in engines to Mr. Kasper's classroom for students to tear down. This hands-on experience allowed students to gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of a car engine and how it can impact the performance of a vehicle. It also gave them an opportunity to learn about potential career paths in the automotive industry. This type of outreach and engagement with the community is an excellent way to promote STEM education and inspire young minds. Christian Brother's will be back again on March 10th for an all girls day.
International Baccalaureate Grant for Teacher Professional Development
Exciting news! Thanks to a generous grant from the Rocky Mountain Association of IB World Schools (IBARMS), talented teachers from Douglas County HS and Mesa teamed up to create innovative and engaging IB units and assessments. These educators worked to ensure that students from both schools will reap the rewards of their collaboration, gaining invaluable knowledge and skills that will serve them well into the future.
Student Spotlight: World Affairs Challenge Team
Congratulations to our World Affairs Challenge (WAC) team for their dedication and hard work in completing their research, submitting their final video, and presenting their innovative solution to the judges. The team researched ways to increase the use of renewable energy and explored hydrokinetics. Your outstanding efforts and contributions have set the standard for future WAC teams at Mesa. Congratulations again!
Coming Soon: Book Recycling Bin
The District Library Media Center has partnered with Dream Books to place book recycling bins at schools across the district. Mesa will have a bin placed at the front of the staff parking lot for community members to donate books. Dream Books collects the books and uses advanced technology and equipment to evaluate and sort them. They determine the best course of action for each book, whether it's to market them for sale, donate them, or recycle them in an environmentally responsible way.
Wish Week at Mesa Middle school was a heartwarming event that brought the whole community together to support Carlos, a student who is battling a serious illness. The students, staff, and community worked together to raise funds to make Carlos' dream of visiting the Virgin Islands a reality. We were also able to grant many more wishes for Colorado kids with the extra money raised. Mesa raised $6,340! We were able to combine our efforts with Douglas County High School and all the other feeder schools for a combined total of $83,775. This is a Douglas County HS record! We are so grateful for your kindness and generosity!
Student Council attended DCHS’s closing Wish Week assembly. Mesa was recognized as the top fundraiser out of all the feeder schools!
Front Row: Jack Vakoc, Claire Haselhorst, Megan Thorne, Addison Jenkins, Landon Villalta.
Second Row: Grace Martine, Isabella Kahn, Kimball Carr, Jada Cabral, Fayth Turnbaugh, Chloe Ensinger
Back Row: Cailyn McNary, Amy Booth, Tara English, James Terry, Cade Woolbright, Miah Adkins, Tyler Rinker, Maylen Thompson, Lilianna Turk
Throughout Wish Week, students participated in various activities, including a school assembly with DCHS, dress up days, and penny wars. The support shown for Carlos was truly inspiring, and it was incredible to see the whole community come together to help make his wish come true.
Girls and Women in Sports Award Recipients
Congratulations to Mesa's 2022-23 recipients of the Girls & Women in Sports Award. This year our coaches nominated the following outstanding female student athletes to represent Mesa: Julie Allen, Sophia Hummel, Addison Jantz, Megan Thorne, & Fayth Turnbaugh.
From The Classroom
Students in Mr. Jacobson's classes are exploring culture, geography, economies and more of countries around the world.
6th Grade Literacy
Ms. Bailey’s sixth graders are exploring text structures using texts about other children making change in their communities.
Exploring Family Trees
Who’s on your family tree? Students in Ms. Davis’ classes used the design cycle to investigate either their own family tree or that of a celebrity. Students used digital tools such as Canva and Lucid Charts. Through this project, Ben Housner learned about his great grandfather and his experience in the Norwegian Navy.
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