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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 10:26 am

For the next few weeks, elementary schools across the Kyrene School District will host their curriculum night for parents to witness what their students do in their classes.

Curriculum night offers Kyrene parents a chance to visit with their child’s teachers and have any questions answered about their child’s educational experience.

Many schools have their own set agenda for curriculum night, but a majority of them will have principals conducting presentations about school policy along with teachers speaking with parents about the year’s curriculum.

Kelley Brunner, principal at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, said curriculum night was one of the most important events for parents to attend throughout any school year.

“Each classroom teachers does about a 30-minute presentation, and the purpose is to really give an overview about what their child’s learning year will look like,” she said.

Brunner also hosts a presentation every 30 minutes for parents about policies at a school level.

“It’s a time for us to go over some of the other procedures so that everyone is on the same page,” she said. “We do it every 30 minutes, so we can hit every family while they’re here.”

Brunner said in past years, Colina’s curriculum night has always been well attended by parents.

“I think they get the comfort of knowing what their child’s day looks like … they also get a clear understanding of how we meet the individual needs of our students,” Brunner said. “Sometimes parents are worried that their child is going to be one of 27, when in actuality they’re one of one because the teachers discuss how they collect information on the children and how they prepare lessons to meet those needs.”

Brian Gibson, principal at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School, shared Brunner’s sentiments about curriculum night, saying, “It’s a good opportunity for them to know what we are going to focus on and if they have a question, we have the answer for them.”

“They basically walk them through on how they can support their child academically,” he said. “It’s some of those different things that they’re going to need to know to help their child be successful.”

For more information on when a school’s curriculum night will be, visit or call the school’s main office.

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