• Jan Vesely Masthead
  • January 7, 2019


    Dear Kyrene Community,

    Happy New Year, and welcome back. I hope the winter break gave everyone time to recharge and that we are all returning with energy and enthusiasm for the second half of the year.

    Enrollment Begins TODAY

    As a reminder, enrollment for the 2019-20 school year is now open, and registration has moved online. Online enrollment ensures a faster, more efficient, and more convenient process for our families. More information about online enrollment is available here, or you can go directly to the online portal. The online process is for both our new and our continuing Kyrene families.

    Welcome, New Governing Board Members

    This week, Kyrene will welcome two new members to our Governing Board, Margaret Pratt and Kevin Walsh. It is an honor to have two Kyrene parents joining our board, so please join me in thanking them for making such an important commitment to all of our Kyrene students and staff.

    As we say hello to Mrs. Pratt and Mr. Walsh, we bid farewell to outgoing Board President Kristen Middleton and Board Vice President Bernadette Coggins. I thank them both for their service to Kyrene.

    Staff Celebrations

    I want to congratulate Kyrene educators Hannah Parnell, of Kyrene de la Mirada, Katherine Riley, of Akimel A-al Middle School, MTSS Coordinator Sharyn Weinheimer, and Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator Julie Hackmann, who have all achieved renewal of their National Board Certificate. Kyrene is very proud to have 25 National Board Certified Teachers on our staff. Congratulations to each of these educators, and thank you to all of our highly-qualified, exceptional teachers for the work you do day in and day out for Kyrene students.

    Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education Awards

    Nominations are now underway for the 30th Annual Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education Awards. If you know of a Tempe educator or staff member who exemplifies the extraordinary, creative and inspirational quality of education that the youth or our community receives, nominate them here. Categories include: Class Act, Inspiration, High Impact, Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, Rising Star, and Teacher of the Year.

    Nominations close on January 31, and the award ceremony will be held May 10. We are so grateful to the Tempe Diablos for their continued support of our teachers and staff.

    We have excellent momentum going into our new semester, and I am looking forward to a strong second half of the year. Keep up the great work.


    Dr. Jan Vesely

    Learning. Leading. Achieving.


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