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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.

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• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School

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Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle school Principal Mike Deignan poses with students in front of the school sign that is advertising their "A" rating.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of its Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

According to its website, the name of the school is from the Akimel O’odham language and it means, “Children of the River.”

Principal Mike Deignan said the school offers sport activities and a learning lab before school starts, which provides students time before school to seek extra help with work completion or tutoring.

“That keeps our students involved with a lot of things, between the sports and the learning lab,” Deignan said.

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• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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