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  • June 7, 2021


    Graphic that Reads "We made it! Thanks to you!" Dear Kyrene Community,

    Tomorrow marks the end of one of the most unique and challenging years in the history of public education. Kyrene School District has been in operation for more than 130 years and has never had a year quite like this one.

    In January, I shared with you my belief in the resilience of our students, in their ability to grow from the experiences of this past year into innovators and problem solvers. We have witnessed that growth, both in person and online, as our Kyrene kids demonstrated perseverance, fortitude and optimism. They have made me so proud to be their Superintendent.

    I am equally proud to be serving Kyrene’s exceptional educators, leaders and education support professionals. Team Kyrene is more than a team; it is a family, and the work they do is more than a career; it is a calling. That includes Kyrene’s extended family of substitute teachers, food service, custodial staff and other contracted service providers. I am grateful to you all.


    Exemplary Principals

    It is an honor to close the 2021-22 school year with a special recognition of not one, but two outstanding Kyrene leaders. Principal Kelley Brunner of Kyrene de la Colina and Principal Renee Kory of Aprende Middle School have both received the Maricopa County Exemplary Principal Award. The annual award, issued by Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson, is presented to leaders who create a culture where both students and teachers thrive through safe and supportive environments. In schools led by Exemplary Principals, students achieve academically and emotionally, and more teachers remain in the profession. Congratulations to Principals Brunner and Kory!


    Spotlight on Video Production

    In this month’s Superintendent Spotlight on Kyrene, we are turning the cameras around and giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how our outstanding school and District videos are made. All it takes is a little bit of magic!


    All of the monthly Spotlight videos can be found in the Superintendent section of www.kyrene.org.

    For those of you participating in the Kyrene Expanded Learning Program this summer, we look forward to having you back on campus next week. For the rest of our hard-working students, teachers and families, I hope your summer break is a time to relax and recharge. You’ve earned it!




    Laura Toenjes


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