Marketing & Communications

Volume 1, Issue 2

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2019-21 Employees of the Year Celebration

Congratulations to all of our nominees! Please visit our 2019-21 Employees of the Year website for the complete list of nominees.

Employees of the Year Finalists:

Teacher of the Year Finalists

Angelo Martins, Mesquite Elementary

Alexis Mason, South Valley Junior High

Support Staff of the Year Finalists

Kiem Allison, Nutrition Services

Vicki Haro, Highland High

Kevin Moeller, Highland Junior High

Administrator of the Year Finalists

Albert Dutchover, Operations

Thea Hansen, Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Ryan Nelson, Technology Services

All employees are invited to celebrate our nominees and finalists at the:

2019-21 Employees of the Year Awards Special Virtual Watch Party

Thursday, April 22, 6pm


25 Year Employee Celebration

We are pleased to present this year's 25 years of service employees in the video below. At Gilbert Public Schools, our employees are central to our core values and the success of our students and schools. Each year we are honored to recognize those who have served the district long term.

Please visit our 25 Year Employee website on the Employee Hub to view our current year and past years' honorees.

2020-21 25 Year Employees | Gilbert Public Schools District | Gilbert, Arizona

GPS BeWell

GPS BeWell has received the high honor of Healthiest Employer Finalist in the Large Company category by the Phoenix Business Journal! Way to go BeWeller's!

We had an active third quarter which included our January Fab Abs and Happy New Year Challenge, February Random Acts of Kindness & Cardio Challenge, March Book Study, Couch - 5k Training, GPS Virtual Run for Fun, Financial Wellness Series and an evening of drawing and painting fun at our community event! We were also fortunate to receive a special GPS video message from, Brad Aronson, author of Kindness, our recent book book study selection. You are invited to listen here!

As we look to wrap up our current BeWell year on May 15, 2021, we have a few exciting activities taking place prior:

  • Free Meditation, Intermediate Yoga and Body Toning classes going on now through to the end of April, open to all employees and available for registration through Frontline Education
  • Stress Management Program throughout the month of April
  • In lieu of the Benefits Fair, we will be offering an Employee Hub Scavenger Hunt for the point and the win!
  • April BeWell podcast with special guest, Dr. Noreen Roman, Psychologist and GPS employee, with a conversation about mindfulness. Take a listen here!
  • Days of Summer Shape-up Challenge in May

In order to give all GPS employees BeWell options over the summer, we will begin our new BeWell year on June 1, 2021. Look for the 2021-22 points list and information to be available through our BeWell website on the Employee Hub and sign-up link to come out after May 15.

BeWell is an optional employee wellness program that provides incentives for participation and, most importantly, strives to provide health support and resources geared to physical, mental, social, financial and community health. Participants sign up to participate annually. For complete program details, visit our BeWell website.

As always, please reach out to us at if you have any questions.


Morgan, Nick & Conna

THRIVE College & Career Success Guide

Did you know that THRIVE was awarded the ASPRA Excellence Award for both branding and website excellence for 2020?!

It is a valuable resource for all families and we want to remind you to promote and use this resource as often as you can to encourage student success.

Digital assets that you can use are created internally by district and managed in the THRIVE shared drive folder, along with communication asset folders for campuses. You can use these graphic assets on your websites, Smore communications, and on social media. Access the THRIVE website at for more information.

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Remember to keep your school’s public website google calendars up to date each week!

Take the time to make events more robust by adding the location and a detailed description inside your event. These details are imperative to include, and will be displayed on your website, which will better inform your community and reduce the amount of inquiries you get from families.

It’s time to plan to add next year’s events in anticipation of the new school year before summer break.

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Videography Tips

Top 3 Free Photography Apps for Android and iPhone

1. Snapseed

Best For: All around editing and adjusting exposure

  • Easy to use
  • Numerous editing tools
  • Ability to modify color, exposure, and focus
  • Several filters to choose from
  • Ability to straighten, crop, rotate
  • Includes editing tools like brushes, lens blur, and text


Best For: Stylish editing and high quality filters

  • Modify filter levels between a subtle or heavily adjusted look
  • Lots of filters but costs extra to unlock all of them
  • Make photos look like classic film with one-click
  • Exposure, cropping, and color tools

3. Adobe Lightroom CC

Best For: Advanced users or for fast pro level adjustments

  • Advanced tools are fairly simple to use
  • One-click presets save lots of time in editing
  • Ability to mix colors
  • Includes all basic editing tools



There are several ways to participate in the efforts to preserve our air quality by becoming an Alternative Mode User. You can report your participation each day if you use one of the Alternative Modes of Transportation listed below.

  • Ride a Bike

  • Walk

  • Carpool

  • Vanpool

  • Ride the Bus

  • Hybrid/Electric Vehicle

Each time you are an Alternative Mode User you are eligible to win a prize. There will be a drawing each month with (10) AMU winners. The prizes are movie tickets, bus passes and gift cards with a value of $15.00. There is also a quarterly drawing with a prize value of $50.00 and annual drawing with a value of $100.00.

Questions? Michelle Coen

(480) 497-3444

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Connect with Us!

Dawn Antestenis, Director

Terri Bradford, Digital Media Strategy & Brand Manager

Bryan Clifford, Multi-Media Journalist

Conna Jones, Special Projects / Administrative Assistant

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