Schools

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

8th Grade Promotion

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

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 […]

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, […]