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Thanks to the Kyrene schools for providing this regular report on what’s happening in our Kyrene Corridor classrooms. Next issue: Sept. 11.
Kyrene Middle School
Kyrene Middle School held its annual "Be A Success at KMS Workshop" on Thursday, August 19. This interactive workshop created an opportunity for parents and students to work together in planning and discussing ways to be academically and socially successful. KMS administrators worked with the parents and students to help set academic goals, discover ways to use Student Agendas and learn about the opportunities to get involved at KMS.
Kyrene del Pueblo
Pueblo kicked off the annual Student Council Magazine Sale with assemblies for each grade level. The Cross Country team has already begun practicing for the 2004 fall season. Students in each grade level voted for Student Council presidents on Aug. 20.
Kyrene de las Brisas
The Brisas PTSO Fall Fundraiser began Aug. 25. We are selling Red Apple gift-wrap and other products. The funds earned from this sale will be used for field trips, educational enrichment and additional hours for the health assistant, playground supervisor and library technician.We are also accepting tax credit donations. If you make a donation of $250 for married filing jointly or $200 for single filers, Westcor Shopping Centers will donate an extra $20 to the school. We will take care of the paperwork for you! For questions, please call the Brisas office at (480) 783-2300.
Kyrene del Cielo
Second graders at Kyrene del Cielo are off to a great start of the school year. The new District-adopted Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley math is being used in all second grade classrooms, and both students and teachers are enjoying the stimulating components that are offered through this program.
Second grade teachers and their students are part of the KTTP (Kyrene Teaches Technology Program). Each classroom has five wireless laptops and each teacher has a Proxima projector for classroom use. The integration of technology into the classroom is reaching a new level.
Balance and motion will be the first science unit starting in September. Students will explore these areas using observation, prediction, design and conducting scientific investigations.
Kyrene de las Manitas
During the first week of school, the fifth grade at Manitas did a project about names. It was a getting-to-know-you activity in which the children learn that each of them are unique and special, right down to their individual names. The students had to go home and interview their parents asking how they got their names, who they are named after, what does their name mean, etc. They also asked about what was happening the day they were born.
At school the kids used the interview sheet to write a personal narrative story about themselves. Finally, they did a creative art project with their name. Now they can visually see that each name is special and unique because no two art projects looked similar.
Kyrene de la Mariposa
The school year started at Mariposa with informational curriculum meetings for all grade levels, where teachers shared with parents and guardians the essential skills that will be covered for the school year. Parents also had opportunities to view instructional resources and technology that will be used at each grade and to volunteer for school and class support. Any interested community member may also volunteer, please call our office at (480) 783-3200 for information.
Mariposa continued its A+ Recognition Celebrations on Aug. 25. In recognition of the award, Congressman J.D. Hayworth visited Mariposa and presented a flag that has flown over the capitol. Mariposa School was the only Kyrene School to earn this tremendous honor in 2004.
Kyrene de los Niños
Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Burger and Mrs. Laidley are welcoming new students every day. Kindergarteners are working daily to establish routines and procedures. They've toured the school grounds and have created classroom rules. They are currently producing their first book entitled "Ready For Kindergarten." In centers, they are beginning to work independently on jobs and activities. This year promises to be an active and busy year.
Our school's PTA Fall fundraiser will officially kick off Tuesday, Aug. 31. This year's fundraiser funds will help support various school activities. The program ends Sept. 14.
Kyrene del Norte
The wonderful world of Montessori has joined Kyrene del Norte Elementary school. To get the program properly under way the school graciously allowed construction to take place outside the new Montessori rooms, as well as the Kindergarten rooms to create a beautiful outdoor environment (which was complete by the start of school!). It is now the job of the staff to be gardeners and make use of this wonderful space.
Montessori currently has one Primary class, full of eager children ages 3-6, who are off to a wonderful start. One other Primary Montessori class will be joining the school come October. Both classes will be concentrating on the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Math. They will also have integrated studies of Culture Extensions which is comprised of; Science/Botany, Zoology, Geography, Art and Music. All of the lessons are hands-on and developmentally appropriate, which allow the children to reach to their fullest potential of learning at all times.
Kyrene de la Paloma
The Kyrene de la Paloma School community is proud to announce that it was recently awarded recognition for having the fastest growing and largest Parent Teacher Association in the Southeast Maricopa Region. Paloma’s award-winning PTA will hold its first public meeting of the new school year on at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, in the school library. Parents are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn about the many programs and projects that are planned and to become acquainted with other Paloma families. Free childcare will be provided.
Kyrene del Sureño
Kyrene del Sureño has just opened an additional All-day Kindergarten class. There are still openings available. The All-day Kindergarten program at Kyrene is a tuition-based program. Tuition is $250 monthly and there is a $35 registration fee. The tuition includes field trips, snacks and school supplies. Lunch is not included and can be purchased from the cafeteria or brought from home. If someone has interest in this program or any questions, contact the school office at (480) 783-3000.