Welcome to the pre-meeting edition of RISE Today, the official newsletter for the 2014 McGraw-Hill School Education National Sales Meeting.

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 RISE Today – Issue 1


This newsletter contains important information that will help guide you to and from Phoenix, as well as navigate you through the week’s agenda once the conference begins. You will be able to view the newsletter on the meeting website and on your iPads/iPhones/laptops during the meeting for daily housekeeping news.


Sunday, January 5th Monday, January 6th Tuesday, January 7th
Travel Day (No Sessions)
Opening Reception
Training Sessions
Evening on Own
Training Sessions
Sales Award Banquet
Dress Code
Dress Code
Sessions: Business Casual
Dress Code
Sessions: Business Casual
Banquet: Business Casual
Wednesday, January 8th Thursday, January 9th Friday, January 10th
Training Sessions
Optional Dine Around
Training Sessions
Closing Dinner Event
(No Sessions–Travel Day)
Dress Code
Sessions: Business Casual
Dine Around: Manager’s
Dress Code
Sessions: Business Casual
Closing Dinner: Casual

We’re excited to see you in Phoenix!

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What’s Covered During Your Trip?

  • Room and tax will be billed to the master account for MHSE sales and marketing/editorial associates that are presenting during the conference. Incidentals and extended stays will require a personal or T&E card at check-in.
  • Corporate guests and visitors at the meeting will be asked to supply a credit card for room charges and incidentals at check-in.
  • Internet access is provided complimentary to MHE by the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in all guest rooms.
  • Direct access to the McGraw-Hill internet/intranet will be provided free of charge in the meeting space 24 hours a day.
  • Porterage for arrivals and daily housekeeping gratuity is covered by the MHSE master bill. It is not required that you re-tip the bellman/porter/housekeeper unless you use the bellman during check-out.
  • If you arrive on the MHE ground shuttle, gratuity is included and no additional tip is needed.

On-Site Registration

The registration desk will be located in the conference center on the 1st floor. It will be open from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM on January 5.

If you do not arrive in time to register before the opening reception, please come back in the morning. We will open the registration desk at 7:00 AM every day and stay open during the meeting hours.

  • You will be supplied with a magnetic name badge that we request you wear to all company functions.

Business Center

The hotel offers a full service business center. The business center is located on the conference floor. Charges incurred at the business center will be considered incidentals and charged to your room / department. Keep in mind that hotel business center charges are costly. The best way to avoid large business center charges is to plan ahead.

Need print services in Phoenix?

We have contracted with a local copy center to do print jobs for us on site. If you have a job that you cannot get finished and would like to send it to the Phoenix copy center for delivery to the hotel, contact Barbara Hartgrove or Nora Berardi for more information.


Shipping To and From the NSM

To Send Session Materials (packages that need to be delivered to our meeting planners) label as:

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler AZ 85226
Attn: Becky Field (Meeting & Event Manager)
McGraw-Hill National Sales Meeting / January 5-10, 2014
Box __ of ___

NOTE: Please put a label or marking on the box that clearly identifies its sender and/or session date and title.

Meeting materials can be delivered to the hotel beginning January 2nd do not send packages to arrive sooner than this date as we do not have storage and the hotel will charge us for drayage.

To Send Personal Materials (personal packages to the hotel) label as:

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Registered Hotel Guest’s Name
5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226
(ph: 520-796-8214)

NOTE: The business office handles personal packages and incidental charges will apply for packages received, as well as sent. To avoid these charges, have the package sent to the conference address and we will hold it in Shipping for pick-up.

Freight Shipment from Columbus

We will send a bulk shipment from Columbus with session materials and anything that needs to be freight handled. All boxes received and handled by the hotel are charged a fee, so using this shipping method versus individual shipments greatly helps us to control costs.

If you are a session planner, please do all you can to have your materials ready to go on the truck – truck leaves Columbus (Polaris Office) on December 23rd at 2:00 PM.


Destination Highlights

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

Nestled between the Sierra Estrella and South Mountains, Wild Horse Pass offers spectacular views of the expansive valley and the wild horses which have called the area home for over 500 years. The resort is owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community and echoes the ancient cultures of the Pima and Maricopa Native American Tribes.

It offers many activities:

  • Aji Spa
  • Koli Equestrian Center
  • 2 Whirlwind Golf Club courses
  • 4 spectacular riverside swimming pools with a 111-ft waterfall designed after the nearby Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  • A 2-1/2 mile replica of the Gila River meanders through the resort grounds and offers unique opportunities for running, hiking and walking

The resort’s two wings offer a tasteful variety of accommodations inspired by the culture and beauty of the Pima and Maricopa Indians. This non-smoking facility features superb amenities such a private balcony or patio in each room, views of the golf course or river from every room, bath suites with separate tub and shower, and authentic prints of artwork indicative of each tribe’s cultural influence.


The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass has several dining options. Experience a one-of-a-kind cultural culinary journey at Kai, a Forbes Five Star Award and AAA Five Diamond Award Signature Restaurant featuring Chef de Cuisine, Joshua Johnson. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday – reservations recommended (smart business casual attire required – no jeans).

Ko’sin Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the week, featuring a fusion of American and Southwestern cuisine.

For snacks and light fare, visit the Lobby Bar or the Hanyo Grill which offers sandwiches, salads and drinks poolside. The Sivlik Grill is a clubhouse restaurant at the Whirlwind Golf Club.

Spa and Fitness Center

The Aji Spa/Health Club is a 17,500 square foot state-of-the art facility incorporates ancient traditions and culture of the Pima and Maricopa People. Aji, the Pima word for sanctuary, is a cultural showcase with one-of-a-kind works of art, stunning architecture, a serene environment and treatments based on generations of legends and lore. It features 17 treatment rooms, a full service salon, a state of the art fitness center, relaxing Watsu pool and a traditional Pima roundhouse for meditation.

Fitness Center Hours
24 hr. key-card access daily
FREE for MHE participants

Aji Spa Hours
8am – 6pm daily, extended hours Monday, 1/6 until 9pm
MHE guests a 10% discount for spa treatments from January 1 – 12, 2014

Use this flyer for booking and to receive your discount
Phone: 602-385-5759  | View their treatment menu

Private outdoor running/hiking trails also available

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

This nearby new hotel will also serve as an overflow hotel for this event. Shuttles between the two hotels will be available 24 hours a day. If you are assigned to a room in this hotel, you will be notified by our planning team.

At the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, visitors and guests can indulge in 100,000 sq. ft. of Vegas style casino entertainment without the hustle and bustle of Vegas crowds.

The resort features a variety of fine and casual dining restaurant, including the famous Shula’s Steak House, as well as exciting nightclubs and lounges.


Evening Events

Monday, January 6th

BCS National Championship Game
This will be an evening free.  For those who want to catch the game in a group setting, there are several sports bars in the area, as well as the center bar and a plethora of screens at the Wild Horse Pass Resort & Casino next door. A full listing of options will be available on site.

Tuesday, January 7th 

Sales Award Banquet
On this night School Education and CTB will have separate dinners to recognize sales performances by their individual sales teams in 2013.  These will be business casual events (no jacket required).

Thursday, January 9th

Closing Dinner/Celebration
On our final night we are going to turn Rawhide into a RISE biker bar. This is a night to break out the leather, the blue jeans and the boots. Kick up your heels to a delicious dinner, open mic with a live band, and of course dancing and other fun activities. 



  • Average High Temperature in Phoenix during January: 67 F
  • Average Low Temperature in Phoenix during January: 46 F

Phoenix weather in January is said to be lovely and spring-like, but as you know weather is unpredictable. The warmest day recorded was 88º and the coldest 17º.  We have some outside activities planned, so our advice is to be prepared for either extreme and to dress in layers.

One thing to remember is that meeting space tends to be a bit chilly all year long.  While we will do everything possible to keep the room temperature moderate and comfortable, you may want to bring a lightweight sweater or jacket to the sessions for this reason.