January 10, 2022
Dear Kyrene Community,
Happy New Year, and welcome back. I hope you enjoyed a relaxing winter break and are recharged for the second half of the school year. A new year is a time for reflection, growth, and hope. My hope for this year is that we all approach 2022 with a fresh, positive mindset. Personally, I am optimistic about the future.
I know the past two years have been challenging and we may yet face new challenges before the school year is over. It is our goal to keep schools open and students in classrooms, but this is a joint effort. Please continue to practice good hygiene habits, screen for symptoms, and stay home when sick. I know you have heard these words many times before, but they bear repeating to ensure we achieve our shared goal of maintaining in-person learning.
January is a very busy month in Kyrene, so make sure you mark your calendar with a few important reminders:
- Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year begins tomorrow Tuesday, January 11. Any student wishing to change schools next year will need to submit those registration changes through ParentVUE.
- Families interested in enrolling their child for the 2022-23 school year are welcome to attend any of our School Showcase Nights beginning this week.
- Kyrene will host career fairs for teachers and other certified staff in January and February. The deadline to schedule a January zoom interview is also Tuesday, January 11.
It’s tax time, and you can ensure your tax dollars go directly to the Kyrene schools or programs of your choice. You have until April 15 to make a tax credit donation on your 2021 taxes.
Excellence in Education
Please join me in congratulating the following Kyrene teachers: Katie Anderson, Tiffani Montelione, and Julio Contreras for earning their National Board Certification. I am proud to say that Kyrene currently has 23 NBC Teachers, who have all undergone a rigorous process that involves many months of research, writing, and production. National Board Certification is the highest certificate an educator can achieve in the United States.
Kyrene has so many outstanding educators, leaders, and support staff. Please take a moment to nominate a Kyrene employee for the Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education Awards. Nominations are open now through the end of January.
Spotlight on Kyrene Governing Board
In this month’s Spotlight on Kyrene, we honor the Kyrene Governing Board. January is School Board Recognition Month, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the five selfless individuals who serve this District and community. Board members are elected officials who receive no pay for their time and commitment to our schools.
All of the monthly Spotlight videos can be found in the Superintendent section of the Kyrene website.
More congratulations are in order this month for 15 of our Kyrene Schools. These schools have earned the 2021 PBISaz AmAZing Award! This award recognizes schools for successful implementation and outcomes with school-wide systems of Positive Behavior Interventions. Kyrene schools recognized are:
Kyrene Altadena Middle School
Kyrene Aprende Middle School
Kyrene de las Brisas
Kyrene Centennial Middle School
Kyrene del Cielo
Kyrene Digital Academy
Kyrene de la Esperanza
Kyrene de las Lomas
Kyrene de la Mariposa
Kyrene Middle School
Kyrene Monte Vista
Kyrene de los Ninos
Kyrene de la Paloma
Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School
Kyrene Traditional Academy
Kyrene is wonderfully diverse, and as we prepare to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, I encourage everyone to continue celebrating the diversity of our community. I would like to close this month’s message with a quote from Dr. King:
“A productive and happy life is not something you find; it is something you make.”