On behalf of the faculty and staff of Mesa Union School, it my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. We are looking forward to welcoming approximately 625 students, an increase of 14 students over last year. We also are delighted to welcome four new teachers—in second grade, in the resource program, in junior high English and social studies, and in music. This is the first time in Mesa Union’s history that we’ve been able to have a full-time credentialed music teacher on staff. In an era where school music programs seem to be diminishing, the Mesa community is dedicated to increasing the arts and music, one of the many factors that sets Mesa Union apart from other schools. Thanks to our community, our Superintendent, and our Board of Trustees for their support!
Be sure to check out the bell schedule that was included in your opening mailers and on our website, as our start times and dismissal times are slightly different from last school year. Of important note is the dismissal each day, since we will be having the entire school being dismissed, with just a five minute staggering between some grades. To assure the safety of all of our students (and parents), we will not allow vehicles to enter the U-shaped roadways at dismissal time. This will facilitate the safe crossing of students from the school grounds to parent cars in the parking lot. Students will be able to safely cross the U-shaped roadways without worry about cars in the area. Parents are urged to park in the semi-circular parking lots in front of the school and walk in to meet your child, when possible. Additional parking options include parking along the lemon trees between the trees and the white line, and of course, in the very large parking lot between the school and the 118 highway. Thank you for your understanding of this new protocol.
Also of important note to TK/Kindergarten families is that dismissal from the August 23rd to October 20th will be at 1:00pm every day. Families should plan to walk in and meet your kinderkid in front of the double doors and the blue fence near the kindergarten quad. The teachers will only release the kindergarten students to their parents (or other responsible adult listed on the Emergency Card).
We will always keep you posted of school events in Mesa Matters published every Sunday evening, website updates, and through the use of our new Mesa Union school app (more details coming on the app). For new families to Mesa, I look forward to meeting you at our Ice Cream Social event on Monday, August 21st starting at 4:30pm. This will be an informal gathering for the whole family, after some brief introductory information. I’ll be there, along with Superintendent Turner. Ice Cream will be provided be our wonderful Mesa PFO. See you there!
Dr. Stephen Bluestein