Category archives for: Education

‘When disaster strikes, it’s too late’

Story by Lynn Johnson How would you fare in a disaster? Would you panic or would you be able to think logically and make informed decisions? Helping you to consider various emergency scenarios was the focus of a community preparedness fair on Oct. 19 that featured 56 booths and had more than 1,000 attendees. Sponsored […]

Niños staff unveils plan to boost student achievement

Story by Diana Whittle Student achievement in Kyrene schools is closely aligned with the performance of a school’s administrator and teachers, with both increasingly required to work as a team. “We’ve adopted a cultural change in Kyrene that shapes the way we do business in our schools. We expect principals and teachers to work together […]

Kyrene after-school program aims to nurture a lifelong appreciation

Story by Diana Whittle A new musical experience for fourth and fifth graders in the Kyrene School District begins this month on a high note, with 85 students enrolling in the after-school program. Students agreed to attend practice once a week at Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary, with a live performance scheduled this spring at […]

A day at the fire museum: Every kid’s dream come true

Every summer, hundreds of kids from Tempe, Chandler and other Valley communities visit the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, near the Phoenix Zoo, to learn about fire safety, have fun and get wet! The museum is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 Sundays (closed […]

‘Blake’ Norvell remembered for his passion, infectious smile

Blake Norvell is gone, but his achievements—and his smile—won’t be forgotten. William “Blake” Norvell died May 28, and it took only days for family and friends to establish a Blake Norvell “Smile” Scholarship, designed to honor the man who left a mark on those he knew and loved. The scholarship also recognizes Norvell’s hard work […]

Lewis Foundation issues annual $20k scholarships

South Tempe-based T.W. Lewis Foundation has awarded scholarships to local high school seniors at its 12th annual scholarship banquet. Recipients are awarded $20,000 scholarships based on demonstrated leadership potential, personal character, academic achievement and financial need. Scholarships to attend the Honors College at either Arizona State University or University of Arizona went to: back row—Kristy […]

Temepe Union override OK’d without increase

Voters in the Tempe Union High School District will be asked to continue—but not increase—the current level of funding generated through a previous Maintenance and Operations override election. The request for continuation of the existing 10 percent property tax add-on will go on the November ballot. Governing Board members voted unanimously on the matter June […]

Paloma girl’s artwork honored in city’s environmental art competition

Ruby Trella, a fourth grader at Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary Schbool, and her teacher have been honored by the Chandler City Council for Ruby’s winning artwork in the city’s 2013 Environmental Art Contest, according to Kyrene Governing Board member Michelle Hirsch. Out of 700 entries, Ruby’s was one of 19 selected by the judges […]

Bullying: What’s A Mom To Do?

Moms seem to know when something is not “right” with their kids. Even if the kids say everything is fine, moms can frequently tell when this is not true. And it’s often that “mom intuition” that uncovers the real reasons for behavioral changes in kids, especially in regards to bullying and intimidation. Step 1: Listen […]

Architecture students’ futuristic views unveiled in museum display

Visions of the future can spring to life almost anywhere, and this month they’re at the Tempe History Museum. An algae farm, a biodiesel station, an elementary school and nine other buildings preview the insight that fourth-year architecture students at Arizona State University have for the future of the Ash and Farmer avenues area in […]

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