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Kyrene board OKs increases in teachers’ planning time for art, music, PE classes

Members of the Kyrene schools governing board have voted to increase the amount of time teachers get to plan for art, music and physical education, resolving months of intense discussion on the matter. The 4-0 vote drew applause from staff and community members. “I believe we have agreed that we need to make some improvements […]

Class Act

Fifth-graders at Grace Community Christian School lent a helping hand to members of Phoenix-based Rio Vista Center, a non-profit Christian organization that provides resources for the Valley’s less fortunate families. Fifth-grade teacher Pat Getz brought her entire class to the center, helping to unload trucks of food to be distributed to residents. Jenna Huitink, community […]

Creative minds at work

Remember Bert, the street artist in Mary Poppins, who captured the imagination of kids with his chalk drawings in the well-known children’s movie? Kyrene students not only got to see this form of live art but drew their own sidewalk paintings during an Art Masterpiece program at Waggoner Elementary and Kyrene Middle schools. For the […]

Taking a ride on the wings of history

When I first learned that I’d been invited to take a flight in the renowned “flying fortress” of World War II, a B-17 bomber nicknamed Sentimental Journey, I jumped at the chance. I’d not only get to experience a piece of history but be able to join other media types and Chandler City Council members […]

Taste of Kyrene art donation

Steve and Melissa Todd, of south Tempe, have been collecting western art for over a decade. Upon walking into their house, you’ll think you’ve just walked into a art gallery, filled with western oil watercolor prints and paintings. Steve grew up surrounded by paintings of the southwest, watching his grandmother, Anna Miller Corbell Todd, paint […]

Taste of Kyrene raised more than $44,000

This year’s Taste of Kyrene proved to be larger than the last year’s event, with more guests and greater representation between staff leaders and community members. “It’s definitely grown,” said MarJean Steinkamp, who was integral in setting up both events. “It’s just very, very exciting to see it get bigger.” With 500 guests at the […]

Building leaders, one kid at a time

Kyrene’s first ever leadership academy, started this year at Pueblo Middle School, is building new leaders with a passion for helping their community. And the group was applauded earlier this month by the Kyrene Governing Board for their outgoing endeavors. Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State University’s head women’s basketball coach, helped to develop the program […]

Lease-back concept viewed for teachers

One more potential revenue-generator for the Kyrene School District is under study, focusing on a phased retirement plan that would lease retired employees back to the district through an outside company at 78 to 80 percent of the employee’s salary. Employees would collect a portion of their retirement pension at the same time. During a […]

Going-away party is one more adventure for retiring principal

Gerri Shaw retires this year after a decade as principal of Kyrene Aprende Middle School and 10 earlier years in classrooms around the district. It’s been quite an adventure, she admits, with lots of surprises along the way. But Shaw got the biggest surprise of all this year at an assembly just prior to spring […]

Mansion plan rejected by City Council

Chandler City Council members have turned down a zoning and use permit requested by the newest owner of one of Chandler’s most impressive private residences, a home once owned by prominent east Valley developer Conley Wolfswinkel. Residents were strongly divided during the fully packed council meeting, held Feb. 23. Many voiced concerns over a proposal […]

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