Category archives for: Education

Back to School!

It was back-to-school day, and smiles nearly everywhere suggested the kids were ready for the challenges — and the fun — that awaited. Wrangler News photographer Billy Hardiman was on hand for the big event at Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and Kyrene Middle School. Photos by Billy Hardiman/Wrangler News KMS: Jazmine Gaona and […]

New start, end times coming to Kyrene elementary, middle schools

By Diana Whittle When the 2014-15 school year begins on Aug. 4, students at nine schools in the Kyrene district will have a new start and ending time in a change to keep all schools on the same schedule. The start time at all middle schools now will be 8:30 a.m., with an ending time […]

Strategies to help ease students’ back-to-school concerns

By Michelle Hirsch It’s the exciting start of another school year, and while most students and parents are looking forward to new activities, teachers and friends, many are also experiencing anxiety and fears. Students are wondering: What is my teacher going to be like? Will I do well in classes? Will I have friends to […]

Group works to lift Arizona’s 46th-place ranking for kids’ wellbeing

By Diana Whittle For the past 16 years, Tempe youth have had a friend in Lynette Stonefeld and the program she manages, “Commitment to Schools.” “We serve more than 6,000 kids and their families in the Tempe Union, Tempe Elementary and Kyrene school districts by collaborating with leaders in education, business, social service, and government,” […]

Coach Nenaber’s return to Corona signals new optimism

By Alex Zener Corona’s new head football coach Cory Nenaber has been on the job a little over six months now and there are signs that the Aztec football program may be on the right track after a string of disappointing seasons. Besides winning only 13 games in the past four years, participation was at […]

New security measures to be in place when Kyrene students go back to school Aug. 4

By Diana Whittle Newly remodeled lobbies in seven Kyrene District schools will be ready when classes resume Aug. 4. This according to Eric Nethercutt, director of transportation and facilities. The schools include Brisas, Manitas, Mirada, Niños, Norte, Lomas and Akimel A-al, according to Nethercutt, who has served on the district’s Safety and Security Team over […]

Cool learning choices at Connolly, Curry schools

Story by Diana Whittle Photos by Billy Hardiman Summer school classes in the Tempe Elementary district offer kids plenty of cool learning opportunities without being in the hot sun. “Tempe’s summer school program is among the least expensive in the Valley, and it offers a wide variety of classes for both in- and out-of-district students […]

Quilt project creates a tightly knit group of Cielo Elementary kids, parents

Story and Photo by Chelsea Martin Anything repetitive inevitably becomes dull to the average person. That’s the main reason out-of-the-box thinkers like Marni Anbar, Colleen Atnip and Monique Zurga decided to put a spin on this year’s art-masterpiece project at Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School. The three are this year’s PTO co-chairs of the project. […]

Retiring teacher reflects on lives she helped change, including her own

By Diana Whittle After a career spanning 42 years, Kathleen McLemore, who just retired as a teacher at Kyrene Middle School, feels she is a lucky woman indeed. “I estimate that I taught nearly 10,000 students over the years, and I know that I improved their lives. “My years of teaching were wonderful, and I’m […]

8th Grade Promotion

Eighth graders at Aprende, Kyrene and Pueblo middle schools got an impressive sendoff to high school, their next stopping point in the learning process. The 340 Aprende grads heard words of encouragement as they got their sendoff. At Pueblo, 322 students and their parents gathered for promotion ceremonies. And at KMS, 412 young hopefuls received […]

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