Schools

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 […]

Back to School!

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 […]

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

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 […]