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School Highlight: Kyrene Centennial Middle School

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 6:33 am | Updated: 4:43 pm, Tue Oct 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

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa

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School highlight: Ambassador Academy

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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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