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School Highlight: Kyrene Centennial Middle School

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2013 6:33 am

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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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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