Category archives for: Education

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 […]

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 […]

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