Category archives for: Education

2014 Seton grad writes her way to $103k in scholarships

By Amy Wolff When Elise Goitia, a senior at Seton Catholic Prep and Tempe resident, submitted her young adult novel Lark to San Diego State University’s National Writer’s Conference, she had no idea she would beat adults from all over the country for the coveted Conference Choice Award. In the SDSU competition, writers submit advance […]

Tempe Diablos award $280,000 to area’s outstanding teachers

Teacher of the Year recipients are: JoAnne Skoglund of Kyrene Altadeña Adrianna Aragon of Nevitt Elementary Sergio Holguin of Mountain Pointe H.S. Photos by Billy Hardiman

Coveted A+ rank for 2 area schools

Corona del Sol High School and Akimel a-Al Elementary School in the Kyrene School District are among 34 public schools named winners of Arizona Educational Foundation’s coveted A+ School of Excellence competition for the 2013- 2014 academic year. Since 1983, AEF has honored exemplary pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools in Arizona with this program, […]

Common Core curriculum focuses on more enlightened graduates, skilled workforce

By Diana Whittle With the Common Core curriculum fully implemented into the curriculum of Tempe classrooms, educators are broadening their focus to explain the new learning expectations to students and parents. Common Core curriculum was adopted in 2010 in Arizona, as well as in 46 other states, to create the next generation of K-12 standards […]

All Smiles for young blind student

Despite being 7,700 miles and 11-plus hours apart, Tempe residents Denise Rentschler and Kate Baldanza forged a bond that helped bring happiness to a blind 9-year-old and hope to dozens of other disabled kids. The pair’s long-distance collaboration netted almost $7,000 in donations to Team Asa, a non profit focused on helping special-needs kids. Rentschler […]

Kyrene schools to remodel lobbies as part of enhanced security plan

By Diana Whittle At the start of classes next fall, students and their families will find measures in place designed to help improve the safety and security of campuses at seven Kyrene schools: newly remodeled entry lobbies. The upgrades will be completed in a phased-in approach, with work beginning this summer and being completed by […]

Marcos music program plays their way into the NEMC nationwide contest

 Skills learned on the playing field can build more than just athletic prowess. They can lay a foundation for teamwork, for tenacity, for the ability to confront life’s challenges head on. And while the route may be less strenuous, the roadmap to a successful, rewarding adulthood lies within the reach of many young people who […]

Brisas school’s marimba band grows from teacher’s passion

by Chelsea Martin Research has found that studying music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably exercise in different areas. Kyrene de las Brisas music teacher Karen Monks is one who boldly preaches by those dictums. Monks, who has been with the Kyrene district since 1981, has been a fervent believer in […]

Fine Arts Showcase Preview

More than 500 Kyrene kids are busy preparing for a free, firstever, district-wide Fine Arts Showcase, coming to Desert Vista High School on Friday, April 4. Art and music students from throughout the district will show off their talents, including choir from Waggoner; D.R.U.M. Club from Niños; art group from Traditional Academy; Mallet Masters from […]

MCC promotes civic engagement

By Sally Mesarosh Mesa Community College student Amanda Fahy believes there’s more to a college education than just academics. This past semester she took time from her studies to volunteer at Care Partnership, a nonprofit that helps nearly 20,000 people every year. Fahy helped out in the organization’s after-school program by assisting with homework and […]

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