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Nicole Alcantara

Welcome, New CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara!

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Hi, I’m Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as Superintendent of the Clark County School District, and my excitement for the job has only grown seeing the passion of the entire CCSD community firsthand. I want to thank the Board for choosing me from a group of incredibly talented and dedicated candidates.

Education changed my life; it gave me opportunity. Ensuring that every single student gets that same opportunity is why I first became a teacher and what drives my work every day.

I could not be more eager to get to work alongside CCSD’s incredible teachers, principals, and staff to build on and accelerate the District’s progress, and I look forward to starting by listening to the entire Clark County community about what has been working and where we can continue to improve.

EAST CTA is a Shining Example of Magnet School Excellence in CCSD

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Did you know that East Career and Technical Academy was named Magnet School of the Year by the Magnet Schools of America? The school was recognized for its extraordinary commitment to diversity, academic excellence and curriculum innovation. This is one more example of CCSD’s excellence in terms of its Magnet School program. For more information, visit

Nominations to Name Three New Schools Now Being Accepted

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is accepting nominations through July 13, 2018, to name the three new elementary schools slated to open in in the fall of 2019 as part of the 2015 Capital Improvement Program. These schools will be named for:

1) outstanding former CCSD personnel and former School Board trustees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership locally in the field of education in Clark County and have consistently demonstrated the character to inspire students; or

2) outstanding individuals who are not educators by profession, but serve as a positive role model to children and to the community, and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership locally toward the advancement of education or humanity in Clark County.

In addition, it is important to know there are restrictions pertaining to the nominations. In order for a former employee to be considered, they must have been separated from CCSD for at least two years in order to be considered as a namesake. Elected officials, including former trustees, must be out of office for a minimum of three years.

To view the call for nominations, click here. The school name application is available here. For additional information, click here.

Click here to learn about the 2015 Capital Improvement Program.

Star Graduate: Sara Gu of Sierra Vista High School

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Star Graduate Sarah Gu of Sierra Vista High School was ranked #1 out of 634 seniors at her school. She took 14 honors classes and 17 AP classes, starting in her sophomore year.

Sarah was president of National Honor Society for two consecutive years. She also served as a member of organizations including the Key Club, the Coupon Club and Mu Alpha Theta, while also attending Chinese School every Saturday.

Sarah is kind to others, a natural leader and a devoted friend. While her focus was on academics, she still found time to volunteer in the community, tutoring students after school.

Sarah has struggled with back pain due to scoliosis, which has, at times, been a distraction to her during her teenage years. Due to her diligent study habits and drive, Sarah has overcome any and all obstacles thrown her way.

Sarah plans to attend UNR in the fall and eventually become an OB-GYN.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Sarah Gu of Sierra Vista High School!

To learn about other Star Graduates, click here.


Star Graduate: Ivan Soro of West Career & Technical Academy

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Strong, determined and dedicated are words that describe Star Graduate Ivan Soro of West Career and Technical Academy. Ivan has come a long way to reach his health and fitness aspirations.

As a freshman, Ivan was a shy, quiet young man, but he found his place in the Sports Medicine Program. Ivan discovered his passion for health and fitness while enrolled in this program, which he said “continually supported him like a family.”

Ivan was also involved with WCTA Crossfit and HOSA throughout his high school career. This helped develop his self-confidence, while promoting strong relationships with people who share his values. These relationships led him to his dream job at Project Fitness as a head coach.

Ivan plans to attend UNLV in the fall, to study kinesiology and advance his career goals.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Ivan Soro of West CTA!

To learn about other Star Graduates, click here.

Star Graduate: Alexander Skrypka of Silverado High School

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Star Graduate Alexander Skrypka of Silverado High School has a philosophy of, “Don’t ever give up, and ask for help if you need it and you’ll pass through all your obstacles.” This outlook has helped Alexander overcome physical and academic disabilities.

At five years old he was diagnosed with a medical condition that resulted in his left side being weaker than his right. However, this did not stop him from participating in basketball, swimming, cross country and track at Silverado High School. His love for sports as well as his love for singing in choir helped give him the outlets he needed to be successful in high school.

Outside of school, Alexander also took the time to volunteer at the Discovery Children’s Museum, assisting young children.

Alexander believes in leading by example. He is a tremendous role model to his younger sister and an inspiration to everyone he knows.

His goal is to learn computer science programming at UNLV, have a stable job and raise a family.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Alexander Skrypka of Silverado High School!

To learn about other Star Graduates, click here.


Western High School Class of 1988 to Hold Reunion October 20

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The Western High School Class of 1988 will hold its 30-year reunion on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino. There will also be a family event on Sunday, October 21. To register, click here. For more information, call Adam Mayberry at (775) 232-4636. To view a list of other upcoming CCSD high school reunions, visit If you would like an upcoming reunion publicized on, send the information — including a contact name & phone number — to

City Council Approves School Supplies for Tickets Program

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The Las Vegas City Council has approved a new program that will allow those issued non-public safety parking tickets by the city’s Parking Services Division to pay their fine by donating school supplies. The School Supplies for Tickets program allows those issued tickets between June 10 and July 10 to make a donation instead of paying a fine. City of Las Vegas Parking Enforcement will collect the donations and will present the supplies to Project 150 on Aug. 13. Project 150 is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that focuses on homeless and other vulnerable high-school students. The donations will benefit high school students ages 13 to 17 and will be distributed in time for the 2018-19 school year.