Category archives for: Education

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 […]

Young Einsteins

Photo courtesy Jim Frazey A team from Aprende Middle School participated in an ASU East science fair sponsored by Fiesta Bowl, Honeywell, US Airways and others. The team of four seventh graders placed first out of 64 teams and was due to be among six out of more than180 groups competing Feb. 22 at Arizona […]

Students’ book drive aims to promote literacy in Spanish-speaking countries

By Hayley Gorman One book can change the life of a child. In Latin American countries there aren’t nearly enough children’s books. McClintock High School is helping promote literacy in such countries by collecting money for a non profit charity, Books for a Better World. “Our goal is to promote literacy by distributing books,” President […]

‘Taste of Kyrene’

Story By Chelsea Martin Raising awareness is Shari Vogel’s longtime mantra—and now her daily objective, as this year’s Taste of Kyrene’s co-chair. Vogel was a volunteer of the event for three years prior to accepting the larger planning role this time around. Taste of Kyrene was created to raise funds for the Kyrene Foundation which […]

Two Kyrene schools, principals earn gold awards for impressive academic gains

Story by Diana Whittle Two elementary schools in the Kyrene district demonstrated an Olympic-like feat and grabbed the gold as a “Beat the Odds” school. Both Kyrene de los Manitas in Tempe and Kyrene de las Lomas in Ahwatukee have principals who participated in a mentoring and training program sponsored by the Beat the Odds […]

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