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Just a few weeks ago, Kyrene School District experienced a clear election victory for both the continuation of our Maintenance and Operations Override and our second ballot question to allow our governing board to lease, sell or exchange real property (our vacant land). We appreciate this strong vote of confidence and message of support from our community. While Kyrene has a total of 25 schools, 12 of them are in Ahwatukee, educating more than 8,000 students and employing nearly 500 staff members (many who live in the community).
Throughout her life, Dr. Marie Axman has seen her fair share of changes when dealing with moving around the country.
The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) recently announced its 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence, and Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School’s Tara Dale has been chosen as one of the top five finalists for the prestigious award.
On Oct. 18 Jan Evans, director of the Arizona Health and Physical Education Association, honored two tireless advocates for health and fitness at its annual state convention. Debbie Striker from Kyrene de la Paloma was named Arizona Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Jama Nacke, principal of Kyrene Middle School, was awarded Administrator of the Year.
For the past 10 years, Mountain Park Community Church has offered the Ahwatukee community Christian-based yoga not only to give a person’s body peace, but also peace in a spiritual sense.
There was a time when Aaron Frana and Zac Griffin worked long hours in close quarters and ate cold pizza while pouring over game film.
Wellness is a term that has gained in popularity in recent years. Wellness is used as a name for a variety of products and programs, and as a result the term is sometimes misused. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Digest defines wellness as “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.” Adopting healthy lifestyles, including being regularly active and eating well, are “processes” that lead to the “products” of health and wellness.
In today’s electronic generation, most kids show more concerns toward their electronics than getting some physical activity in their daily lives.
A unique wellness center opening near Ahwatukee is offering services that go far beyond the physical needs of clients.
Education administrators from the East Valley and the state highlighted their success and the challenges they face in their efforts to improve Arizona’s test scores during an event hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The teachers have set up their classrooms and the campus has been tidied up to welcome in students for the 2013-2014 school year at Bethany Christian School, an accredited, private K-8 Christian school.
With schools in the Kyrene district opening tomorrow, eager students and parents flooded the facilities of Centennial Middle School during last Wednesday’s Meet the Teacher/Curriculum night.
Jeff Griffin began his time at Mountain Pointe as a track coach in 1994 when Anna Battle and Karl Kiefer started the programs.
After seeing her daughter, Delilah, graduate from preschool at the Foundation for Blind Children’s Chandler campus, one mother stood up and recited a poem for parents, staff and students on Thursday. “The crooked stem no longer mattered, no one missed the leaves, all they saw was the exquisite rose, that someone was a teacher and that rose was my daughter.” Moved with compassion and empathy, several parents wiped away tears at the Cooperative Preschool for the Visually Impaired during the small ceremony at the campus on Warner Road near the Loop 101. Parent Christine Knots said the growth she has seen in her son, Cameron, this year has been huge. Cameron, 5, who has been visually impaired since birth, now dresses himself, feeds himself, uses a Braille writer everyday, and started potty training earlier than expected. “He’s so independent now,” Knotts said. The foundation graduated nearly 40 students from its preschool program around the Valley this past week, with some students now heading to elementary schools in the Kyrene and Chandler Unified school districts. For teacher Jean Murphy, every year graduating her students is unique. “For some reason it’s really hard this year, the changes in the kids have been over the top,” she said, with tears filling her eyes. Murphy said some of the changes included seeing her students walk, learn American Sign Language, improve in motor skills, and more. “It’s just about seeing the light bulb come on and take whatever tiny little step it is,” said Murphy. “It’s always so exciting for me.” Certificates of achievement were handed out to each student on Thursday, along with single, yellow carnations for their parents as a “thank you.” The preschool program packs in a wide array of services to the students in five-hour days during the week. Students are exposed to music, gymnastics, pet, physical and speech therapies as well as social and cognitive development. One of the graduates, 5-year-old Aubrey Brock, could have easily been recognized as “Miss Congeniality,” after running off to the back of the stage giggling after receiving her certificate. Her mother, Aria, said the past year at the preschool has made Aubrey more confident and was truly a “blessing.” “She was already a social butterfly, but I’ve just seen her bloom here and it’s been amazing.” Foundation for Blind Children’s Chandler campus is located at 2005 N. 91st Place. For more information, visit seeitourway.org.
Joss Bates was dropped off at his Ahwatukee home last weekend to find 114 notes hanging around his front yard, displaying quotes, words of comfort, love and encouragement written on them from friends and family.
If anyone kicks off their retirement with a bang, it’s K.R. Scott.
J’ontar Coleman wanted what he felt was rightfully his all along.
It’s been three years since she was paralyzed from the waist down after a soccer incident injured her spinal cord.
The United States has seen a deluge of much-needed attention to the issue of bullying in the last decade. Horrific examples of young people harassing and abusing their peers — sometimes to the point that the victims commit suicide — have forced parents and educators to begin thinking about the issue and to initiate or expand bully prevention efforts. What is often missed in these discussions, however, is the problem of adults who bully young people.
According to the Government Accountability Office, the federal government operates 50 different programs for the homeless. There are 23 programs in housing, 26 for food and nutrition, 130 for at-risk youth. They also operate an astounding 342 programs for economic development, which government is notoriously bad at anyway.
Assumptions were made, jokes were told and Larry Holmes' confidence was shaken.
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Change is hard, whether it be personal or professional. However, evolving is also a key element of progress. Last week at the Kyrene School District Governing Board meeting, we presented information about a year and a half study of our middle school program.
State lawmakers took the first steps Monday to what some hope will be outlawing the "isolation rooms'' used by some schools to deal with problem students.
In a previous column I discussed the PACER, a test of cardiovascular fitness that is part of the national youth physical fitness test battery (FITNESSGRAM). FITNESSGRAM, was developed at the Cooper Institute in Dallas and is now offered as a cooperative program with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). In addition to assessing cardiovascular fitness, the FITNESSGRAM Test Battery includes tests of muscle fitness, flexibility, and body composition.