Schools

Teen’s initiative yields pleasant surprise

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 […]

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’

‘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

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 […]

Corona band marching to success

Corona band marching to success

I Happy Hour Wine or non-alcoholic beverage. t’s 170 members strong and ready to march. Not for a cause, mind you, but for the sheer enjoyment of it. As a result, this year’s Aztec Marching Band has emerged as one of the largest of its kind in the state. They didn’t get to this lofty […]

Corona enrollment concerns prompt petition campaign; signatures near 2,000 mark, says backer

Corona enrollment concerns prompt petition campaign; signatures near 2,000 mark, says backer

A petition campaign to solve a suggested overenrollment problem at Corona del Sol High School has nearly reached its preliminary goal of 2,000 signatures, according to one of the campaign’s backers. According to Vinny Mirizio, the campaign seeks to stem classroom crowding that potentially could result from a decision to allow students living outside area […]

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

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 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 […]