Principal Jocelyn Sims with students at Kyrene Centennial Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.

With schools across Ahwatukee finishing up their first week of the fall semester, Kyrene Centennial Middle School is committed to keeping positivity and hard work its main focal point.

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Housing approximately 1,100 students, newly appointed Principal Jocelyn Sims said keeping student’s interest is their top priority.

Sims said during the first day of school faculty members stressed their new Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) system, where they work on being more prepared, polite and performing.

“We call it the Sabercat way,” Sims said. “These are the things we want our kids to follow while they’re on campus, so we taught the kids what it means to be prepared, polite and performing in every aspect of the campus on Monday.”

For the beginning of the second week, the school is planning a breakfast for bus drivers who work for the school, speaking with them about how the “Sabercat way” works.

For more information about Kyrene Centennial Middle School, visit www.kyrene.org/cen.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa

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