Category archives for: Education

Passion for government launches Corona on a quest for best in U.S.

Story by Chelsea Martin It’s official. Corona del Sol High School’s Competition Government team, under the guidance of teacher Tim Smith, earned bragging rights at the “We the People” Arizona state tournament on Jan. 6. The team will represent Arizona in the 27th annual We the People National Finals April 26-28 on the campus of […]

Kid Power

Photo by Chelsea Martin Resource students from Kyrene del Sureño Elementary School presented their semester project to a welcoming, supportive crowd, including the students’ families, a contingent of fellow students and special guests, including district superintendent Dr. David Schauer; principal Dr. Marianne Lescher, who developed the project; and district science coordinator Monica Crowder. The students’ […]

Teen’s initiative yields pleasant surprise

Story by Diana Whittle In an age of rising tuition costs, Johnny Coronel is every parent’s dream of a college-bound student: He initiated his own search for funds, and struck pay dirt. While navigating the Internet for clues to available scholarships, Coronel, a senior at Corona del Sol High School, landed on the website for […]

Kyrene staff, parents, kids gain new perspectives from advanced use of digital technology

Story by Diana Whittle The increased use of technology in the Kyrene Elementary School District continues to make teaching more effective and efficient, says a group of 15 users of new software, computers and other educational tools. At the request of the Kyrene Governing Board, Technology Services Director Mark Share assembled the users to update […]

Voters’ OK of Kyrene, Tempe Union measures allows planning to start now for future school maintenance

Story by Diana Whittle The voters’ approval of budget override measures in both the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union High school districts, lets administrators breathe a partial sigh of relief. Although the funds don’t actually come into play for several years, planning can progress with the knowledge that the resources will be in place to […]

‘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 […]

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