Schools

Kyrene board advances boundary study

By Diana Whittle New boundaries for elementary schools in the Kyrene district have been approved, and the initial changes are expected to begin for the 2015-16 school year which starts in August. The changes passed in a 4-0 board vote on Nov. 13. The attendance realignments will be implemented over a three-year period, with the […]

Tempe High band program receives a $5,000 D-backs grant

By Michelle Hirsch Music can bring joy, stir emotions — and deliver a big check to Tempe High School. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, partnering with the University of Phoenix, selected Tempe High’s United Sound band program as one of 30 winning school programs to receive a $5,000 check in this year’s D-backs $150,000 School Challenge. […]

New year, new coach, new hopes

New year, new coach, new hopes

By Diana Whittle As the new head football coach at McClintock High School, Spencer Waggoner’s goal in the New Year is to bring a winning tradition back to the A+ rated school in Tempe. And, given his achievements as a former student athlete, Waggoner knows first-hand the formula for personal success. He’s also no stranger […]

School boards install 3 new members

School boards install 3 new members

By Diana Whittle Starting this month, the governing boards of the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union school districts will reflect a few position changes due to the elections held last November. Returning to the Kyrene board for her second, four-year term is Bernadette Coggins; newly elected to the board is Kristen Middleton. Current Kyrene Governing […]

Educators confront some of the coming year’s challenges,

By Michelle Hirsch Is Common Core really in jeopardy or is it here to stay? This seemed to be the No. 1 question posed to eight of the East Valley’s top educators at Tempe’s annual State of the Schools address. The answer seemed clear: Common Core, despite any political threats that may have emerged, won’t […]

$1.5 million renovation coincides with high-school district’s new focus on partnering with business

$1.5 million renovation coincides with high-school district’s new focus on partnering with business

By Michelle Hirsch Tempe, Chandler and Ahwatukee residents joined staff, students, elected officials and business partners for a gala ribbon-cutting celebration signifying the completion of a $1.5 million renovation project at offices of the Tempe Union High School District. District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca joined Governing Board President Mary Lou Taylor, Vice President Moses Sanchez […]

Tutor time: Local high school helps in tutoring

Members of Corona del Sol’s SPOK Club — an acronym for Students Passing On Knowledge — have done just that with a group of kids from Aprende Middle School. The mentors have attracted a considerable following, not only among the Aprende students but among the high-schoolers and the school principal, who see the initiative producting […]

Aspiring Robin Hoods

Aspiring Robin Hoods

Aspiring Robin Hoods, gender notwithstanding, seem to be quivering with excitement at the newly adopted archery program being offered at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School, with other schools hopefully soon to follow. The availability of bows and arrows, which currently is being expanded, is part of the Kyrene district’s youth enrichment initiative. Planning is being coordinated […]

Entreprenurial pair find a missing link to their education, fill the void with an online resource

When she began her educational trek toward a hoped-for career in nursing, Rebecca Rhea found a minor obstacle in the way: a dearth of interactive online resources. A Tempe Coventry resident and 2014 graduate of Grand Canyon University, Rhea linked up with classmates Anna Bright and Tonya Smith to solve the problem. Their collaborative efforts […]

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