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A Message from the Principal

Hello Mesa Families,


We are in full swing for the school year. We so appreciate your support by attending Mesa's Student Led Conferences and Book Fair. The event was well attended and we were happy to see so many Mesa families there.


In November, we will have another opportunity for parents/guardians to visit Mesa during Parent/Guardian Visitation Day. Please review the calendar below for the date and more information will be out shortly. November will be a busy month with Parent Visitation Day, Concerts, Feeder Concerts, the Patriotic Celebration and more. We hope to see you at these events.


Our PTO has done an amazing job this year supporting our teachers and creating a number of fundraising opportunities, please look below for how you can help to support Mesa.


This year Mesa was recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School where we demonstrated our commitment to inclusion by meeting the 10 standards of excellence as identified by the Special Olympics Unified Program. Only a handful of schools in Colorado are recognized for this honor and we appreciate the dedication of our teachers, students and parents in supporting this work.


As always if you have any questions or if there is something we can support you with, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. We are always looking to grow and improve.


Sincerely,

Tony Jackowski

Principal

ajjackowski@dcsdk12.org

National School Recognition Program

A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.


The primary activities within these standards include: Special Olympics Unified Sports® (where students with and without disabilities train and compete as teammates), Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement. Banner Unified Champion Schools should also be able to demonstrate they are self-sustainable or have a plan in place to sustain these activities into the future.


Class of 2019 National Banner Unified Champion Schools in Colorado:

  • Black Forest Hills Elementary School, Brighton High School, Chaparral High School, Colorado State University, Greeley Central High School, Greeley West High School, Legend High School, Mead High School, Mesa Middle School, North Valley Middle School, Regis Jesuit High School, Smoky Hill High School, Valley High School, Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

PTO Information

Monthly PTO Meetings
The Mesa Middle School PTO meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, with the exception of December and May. The meetings take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Middle School Library.

Meeting Dates: September 25, October 23, November 20, January 22, February 26, March 25, April 22, and May 13.


King Soopers Fundraising
Help raise money for Mesa with every trip to the grocery store!

The Mesa Middle School PTO is now enrolled in the Community Rewards program with King Soopers! Simply register your SooperCard online at KingSoopers.com, go to My Account, then Community Rewards. Search for Mesa Middle School PTO or enter code PP995 and they will send us a contribution each time you swipe your SoopersCard at the register!

It is that easy to raise money for our school while doing your regular shopping!


Annual Giving Campaign
This school year, the Mesa Middle School PTO won't be asking you or your students to sell wrapping paper, candles, candy, or to get pledges for fun runs. Instead, we are asking you to invest in our teachers and students by donating online (and to share our campaign with your friends and families too).

Our Colorado Gives Annual Giving Campaign allows you to support our school without taking a catalog to work or to your neighbors!
http://coloradogives.org/mesaPTO19_20


Spirit Nights

Join the Mesa Middle School community throughout Castle Rock as we help raise money for the PTO at local businesses.

October 24: Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers
November 6: Mad Green's and Papa Murphy's (both locations)
December 4: Papa Murphy's (both locations)

December 5: Rink at the Rock
December 9: Vitality Bowls
January 8: Papa Murphy's (both locations)

January 14: Chick-fil-a
February 5: Papa Murphy's (both locations)

February 11: Chili's

March 4: Papa Murphy's (both locations)

April 1: Papa Murphy's (both locations)

April 14: Smart Cow

May 6: Skate City Littleton

May 13: Papa Murphy's (both locations)

Mesa Students that Participated in the Play 60 Denver Bronco All Ability Clinic

Why IB?

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Optional Questionnaire Regarding State Testing which will Support A Castle Rock Parent Earning their EdD.

I am former district teacher and current school administrator in another district. I am a Castle Rock resident and parent of 2 elementary-aged kids who attend district schools. I am working on my EdD in educational leadership. Thanks for your willingness to participate in my research. Your answers and the school name will be kept anonymous. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: dagoo_1999@yahoo.com

DCHS IBDP Nights

The Douglas County High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is pleased to once again hold two information nights about the program this fall. The events will be held in the high school theater auditorium as follows:

Monday, Oct 28, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, Dec 3, 6:30 PM


8th grade students and their parents are invited to learn about the IB program, prerequisites, processes, opportunities and successes. IB teachers will host tables by subject and will be present to answer questions from parents and students. Current IB Seniors will also be on hand to share their experience.

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Mesa's Book Fair

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TedX Stage

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You never know where a Mesa Bear will end up! Anna Christensen, currently a freshman at DCHS was be on the TedX stage this weekend in Colorado Springs.

Mesa's Cross Country Team

Mesa's amazing X-C team competed in the Polson Ranch Invitational put on my DCHS. All of the athletes pushed themselves to their limits running an additional 1/2 mile and breaking many personal records. James Gramling took 10 place overall for boys & Chloe Johnson took 12th overall for the girls.
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Mesa's Counseling Department

The Counseling Department has been completing their Student Snapshots, where they meet with every 7th grader and all new 8th graders to Mesa. So far, the Counseling Team has completed over 221 Student Snapshots, and will continue them throughout the next few weeks. Some of the things discussed during these meetings is who is a trusted adult at school, how has the year been and what kind of support they want from the Counseling Department.

Student Led Conferences

Mesa's Guest Author Visit

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Glacier's Team Building Field Trip

Welcome Back to School Dance

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September: Students of the Month - Inquirers


Atlas – Elsa Hiller, Brad Castillo Lopez

Polar – Ellie Renfro, Nate Cusinato

Glacier Kate Arnot, Pearce Thompson

Grizzly – Ellie Bradford, Rex Rogers

Sun Rylan Adsit, Gabe Dunlap

Panda – Corynn Avery, Cameron Bellum

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:




10/10/19-Picture retakes- Link

10/14/19-10/18/19- Fall Break- No School

10/22/19-SAC Meeting (Library) 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

10/23/19- PTO Meeting- 5:30 pm at Mesa MS in the Library

10/24/19- Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

10/25/19- Club Friday

10/29/19- Choir Feeder - Concert (tentative) 6:30pm

10/31/19- Halloween Dance 3:00-4:30 pm

11/1/19- End of Second 6 Week Grading Period for First Semester

11/1/19- 11/22/19- NJHS Food Drive

11/5/19- Band Feeder Concert @ 6:30pm at DCHS

11/6/19-Spirit Night at Mad Greens and Papa Murphy's (both

locations)

11/6/19- Fall Play ( times TBD)

11/6/19- 7th Grade Vision and Hearing

11/6/19- 8th Grade Career Expo

11/7/19- 8th Grade Vision and Hearing

11/11/19-NO SCHOOL - Teacher PD Day

11/12/19- Parent Visitation Day- 7th Grade AM- 8th Grade PM

11/12/19- Patriotic Celebration 6:30 pm

11/20/19- PTO Meeting- 5:30 pm at Mesa MS in the Library

11/18/19- 12/22/19- Spirit Week for Food Drive

11/25/19- 11/29/19- No School- Thanksgiving Break

12/4/19- Spirit Night at Papa Murphy's (both locations)

12/5/19- Spirit Night - Rink at the Rock

12/6/19- Club Friday- Assembly Schedule

12/9/19- Spirit Night at Vitality Bowls

12/16/19- Band Concert 6:30pm

12/17/19- Orchestra Concert - 6:30pm

12/18/19- Choir Concert - 6:30pm

12/19/19- Assembly Schedule - (Basketball)

12/19/19- End of First Semester Grading Period

12/20/19- NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

12/23/19 - 1/3/2020- NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

1/6/2020- NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

1/7/2020- Start of Second Semester

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NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE:

The Douglas County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.