A Knightly Newsletter Aug. 2021


Now that the school year is fully underway, there are many exciting things happening! SchoolDigger.com has released its rankings based on AZM2 test results and Mesa Academy has been ranked 2nd out of 497 Middle Schools in Arizona and 4th out of 782 elementary schools! Congratulations Knights!

It is also progress report time. Be sure to communicate with your teachers, know your grades and use the information from progress reports as feedback on what to adjust and what to continue as you move forward in the quarter.

I want to thank each of you for your help with our implementation of the MPS COVID Mitigation Strategies. We will continue to strongly recommend masks when inside the building, utilize one-way hallways, implement social distancing as much as possible, and much more. We all have to work together to keep our Knights safe!

Lastly, our robotics clubs have been meeting and practicing and other clubs are starting up. Listen carefully to the announcements each day so you don’t miss out on opportunities to join our awesome clubs!- Nikki Wilfert, Principal


Congratulations to our newly-elected officers! You have clearly demonstrated the IB trait, risk-taker. President- Joey Sandoval; Vice President- Kieralyn Kennington; Secretary- Davis Sterling; Treasurer- Abigall Allport; Publicist: Lauren Cooper

Student Council officers and representatives voted on several motions at their first meeting in Aug. Stay tuned for more student council information in the next newsletter! Be sure to listen to our morning announcements to hear about our first Spirit Day, October 29th!!


UKnighters is a new club on campus designed specifically for our new 4th and 5th graders. Our current 8th graders are matched up with our new Knights and act as guides and mentors. A BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. Lindsay and Ms. Brown for sponsoring UKnighters and helping our new Knights feel at home!

UKnighters held a successful meet and greet with incoming 4th and 5th students and their 8th-grade buddies. A great time was had by all.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the books is a fun learning and teamwork experience for 5th and 6th graders. It is a great opportunity to show your knowledge of books! You will be reading: Lightning Thief, Maniac MageeNumber the Stars, and Frindle. For more information, please visit Battle of The Books for more information.

Art Club

Art Club is a great opportunity for artists to learn and advance their art skills with Mrs. Chiren. Art Club will not be held until later this year.


National Junior Honor Society membership is an outstanding opportunity to develop the habits and standards important to succeed in high school, college, and a career. Chapters in secondary schools across the nation strive to give practical meaning to the society’s goals of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. NJHS is sponsored by Mrs. Lindsay and Ms. Brown. NJHS held its first meeting and elected officers. Congratulations to: Maya Anderson- President; Tommy Holliday - Vice President; Emmalee Ohmer - Secretary and Zach Owens- Treasurer.

Novel Writing Club

Do you like to write novels in your free time? Well then, this club is for you. Novel Writing Club Starts Tuesday, September 7, and meetings are held almost every Tuesday after that. For more information, go to Mrs. Procopio’s page and click “Novel Writing Club” in the left corner.

National Academic League

Do you make big brain moves? Well, you would like National Academic League or N.A.L. Our N.A.L. Team competes with other schools. The competitions test the teams’ academic skills like reading, writing, social studies, and history. Games will start in January and are open to all grades. We need players who are good thinkers and good presenters. Games are on Thursdays and sometimes on Tuesdays. Tryouts will be in September and games will be hosted by Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Merlene in Mr. spencer's room or Mrs. Merlene’s room. For further information email Mr. spencer or Ms. Merlene.

From Mrs. Lindsay's Counseling Corner

In August, we had a Teen Suicide Workshop for parents and we had Teen Lifeline come to the school and speak with our students. Our 6th - 8th graders received a Teen Lifeline sticker on their planner, a resource they can use to know they are not alone. If you need resources and more information please feel free to visit Teen Lifeline.


Close Up 8th Grade Trip

The Close Up trip to Washington DC and Philadelphia is a great opportunity for our 8th graders to learn about U.S. History and Civics. They will leave on May 1st and arrive home on May 6th. The 8th graders will spend a day in Philadelphia. While in D.C. they will visit the US capitol, several monuments, and museums, including the Holocaust Museum and the African American museum. The cost of the trip is $2,050, which includes hotel, transportation, airfare, program, and food. Students must have passing grades and excellent behavior to attend. Please email Mr. Spencer or Ms. Brown if you have any questions.

Aug. 2021 Noteworthy Knights

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, we strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The following students have been nominated and recognized as:

Caring students show empathy, compassion, and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment. August Caring Students: Emily Talbott (5th Grade), Eli Rencher (4th Grade), and Elijah Ortiz (4th Grade).

Communicators express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. August Communicator: Mrs. Sandoval (Spanish Teacher)

New MAAS Staff

Ms. Delgado

What do you know about our new Health & Wellness teacher? Ms. Delgado is an Arizona native. She graduated from ASU with a Master’s Degree in Education and loves to travel in and out of the country. Ms. Delgado said, “It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Mesa Academy Community”. We are all extremely excited to welcome her to our Mesa Academy family!

Mr. Dixon

We are all ecstatic to meet our new Band and Music Tech teacher, Mr. Dixon. Mr. Dixon graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s Degree in Music education as well as a Master’s degree in conducting with an emphasis in Education. “I look forward to making great music here at the Academy, and I hope to make everyone's day a little more special and unique.” Did you know that Mr. Dixon is 6 foot 4 inches, his pupils are different sizes, and he has two dogs, a Boxer, and a German Shepherd? For his first professional performing orchestra job, he played the triangle only- and only had 3 notes. He got paid $100 per note for that gig! Welcome to Mesa Academy!

Mrs. White

Dana White is our new orchestra teacher. She first learned to play the violin at nine years old after being inspired by a jazz musician named Mr. Irwin, the orchestra teacher at her elementary school in Henderson, Nevada. After graduating from high school she went on to study music at Arizona State University where she played viola in the symphony. In 1997 she graduated with a music education degree. She began her teaching career in Tempe Public Schools and has since taught in both public and private schools. Ms. White strives to convey the importance of expressing ourselves through music in our daily lives. When she’s not teaching or performing music she is hiking or cooking; her two favorite hobbies. Welcome to Mesa Academy, Mrs. White!

Ms. Betance

We are pleased to announce that we have our very own health assistant! Stephanie Betance has had an astonishing experience! “It’s so fun! Everyone is so nice! I am super excited for what the school year has to offer!”, she said. We are so happy that Ms. Betance has joined our Mesa Academy family!

We hope you had a great 1st month! MAAS Newsletter Team: Aiden Sawson, Anna Reeves, Emma Hughes, Arianne Rencher, Claire McNamee, Cosette Sampson, Hadley Kennington, Joey Sandoval, Liam Zappone, Olivia Merrill, Olivia Van Slyke, and Ryan Weinstein.

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