Aaron J. Nelson, born June 2, 1982 in Lake Preston, S.D, passed away in the early morning of Aug. 21 after battling a near death hospitalization a year prior. Aaron attended elementary schools in Sturgis and Rapid City, S.D., and after moving to Ahwatukee he attended Kyrene Centennial Middle School and graduated in 2000 from Mountain Pointe High School. He was employed by the Ahwatukee Target for four years as a supervisor and in 2004 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Aaron flew on AWACS reconnaissance and surveillance missions around the world and achieved the rank of senior airman. Two years ago, he married Shauna Myers of Montana, who also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and outranked him (“at work only”).
P.E. teacher Howard Warshaw gives direction to K. Deal, his mother, Mirlanda Mose, and sister, L. Manymules (left) during the first day of school at Kyrene Centennial Middle School on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
The beginning of the school year provides opportunities for fresh ideas and positive changes to enhance learning experiences for all children. During the spring and summer, the Kyrene School District Governing Board and district leaders were hard at work considering ideas that would impact the budget for the 2014-15 school year. The final budget approved on July 8 was not only balanced, it also represents an investment in spending for whole-child programs such as art, music, physical education, library, math/literacy coaches who provide support and a change to the start times for Kyrene middle schools. This budget also demonstrates the board’s commitment to invest in one of our most valuable resources — teachers and staff who received a cost of living increase.
First-year teachers at the Kyrene School District gathered at the district office Monday morning and attended teacher orientation where they received information on what to expect for the coming school year and a career within Kyrene.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald