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Blended learning: Education by inspiration

Blended learning: Education by inspiration

Story by Michelle Hirsch Photo by Billy Hardiman With an alphabet soup of such terms as blended learning, fl ipped classrooms, oneto- one devices, critical thinking, connected math, achievement gap, PARCC assessments, brain breaks, STEM, STEAM, STEAMD—whoa! It seems one has to go back to school just to understand how students are learning in 2015. […]

Apartment fears not based on current zoning map for Corona/So. Tempe Character Area, notes planner

Apartment fears not based on current zoning map for Corona/So. Tempe Character Area, notes planner

Editor’s note: Nancy Ryan, project management coordinator overseeing the development of Tempe’s Character Area Plan, has issued a response to residents opposing what they feared could be the possibility of apartments being built in their area. Her comments follow. We recently received emails from residents of the Corona/South Tempe Character Area voicing their opposition to […]

New year, new coach, new hopes

New year, new coach, new hopes

By Diana Whittle As the new head football coach at McClintock High School, Spencer Waggoner’s goal in the New Year is to bring a winning tradition back to the A+ rated school in Tempe. And, given his achievements as a former student athlete, Waggoner knows first-hand the formula for personal success. He’s also no stranger […]

School boards install 3 new members

School boards install 3 new members

By Diana Whittle Starting this month, the governing boards of the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union school districts will reflect a few position changes due to the elections held last November. Returning to the Kyrene board for her second, four-year term is Bernadette Coggins; newly elected to the board is Kristen Middleton. Current Kyrene Governing […]

Something fishy is going on here

Something fishy is going on here

Not to worry, though. Jointly arranged by the Arizona Department of Fish and Game and the city of Tempe, the annual Welcome Back the Trout event at Tempe Town Lake encouraged families and area residents to watch as thousands of rainbow trout from the state’s Page Springs Hatchery were released. The event ended with an […]

In Fall . . . In Fashion. Fashion tips for the season

In Fall . . .  In Fashion. Fashion tips for the season

By Michelle Hirsch It’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe for fall, now that the weather has cooled. Local boutiques and resale shops offer many fashion choices minus the inconvenience of mall parking or the expense of department stores. Joy Yurcaba, store manager at Lizard Thicket, located in the Boulevard Shops on Chandler Boulevard […]

$1.5 million renovation coincides with high-school district’s new focus on partnering with business

$1.5 million renovation coincides with high-school district’s new focus on partnering with business

By Michelle Hirsch Tempe, Chandler and Ahwatukee residents joined staff, students, elected officials and business partners for a gala ribbon-cutting celebration signifying the completion of a $1.5 million renovation project at offices of the Tempe Union High School District. District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Baca joined Governing Board President Mary Lou Taylor, Vice President Moses Sanchez […]

A longtime favorite gets a long-deserved recognition

A longtime favorite gets a long-deserved recognition

Popular Tempe musician Walt Richardson became the first inductee into Mill Avenue’s new Walk of Music, a tribute to the many contributors to the Valley scene ‘who have made a true difference in the culture of music,’ noted Tempe Councilman Joel Navarro. Richardson opted to reward one of his fans with a guitar (bottom, right), […]