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David Philippi of Northwest Career & Technical Academy Honored as “STEM Champion”

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Northwest CTA Community Partnership Coordinator David Philippi was honored as STEM Champion by the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. The 24-year CCSD veteran was honored at the EWEEK Banquet, held Feb. 24 at the Gold Coast. EWEEK is an annual event to celebrate the engineering profession. Pictured, left to right, are Clark County Building and Fire Prevention Department engineer Carla Plama, David Philippi and Stanley Group Project Manager Helena Murvosh.

Vegas Golden Knights Announce Partnership with CCSD Middle Schools

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The Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) have had a phenomenal first year on the ice and they are looking to extend their success into the community through the establishment of a hockey program in Clark County School District (CCSD) middle schools.

Representatives of the VGK and the CCSD gathered at Walter Johnson Academy of International Studies last week to announce the partnership that will add hockey to the physical education curriculum at the district’s middle schools.

Through this program, middle schools will receive street hockey equipment consisting of sticks, jerseys, goals and balls courtesy of the VGK. In addition to the equipment, physical education teachers will be provided with professional development and a complete curriculum book to introduce hockey to their students, who will also be provided with handbooks explaining the rules of the game.

The implementation of this program will be phased in at schools during the remainder of the 2017-18 and start of the 2018-19 school years.

In making the announcement, VGK General Manager Kerry Bubolz said the program is part of the vision that owner Bill Foley has had for some time.

“Community is a contact sport,” said Bulbolz. “For us to be successful in this market on a long-term basis, we have got to build the game at the youth level. Ultimately, we are going to get the opportunity to put hockey sticks in literally thousands of kids’ hands in grades six through eight through their PE classes.”

CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky thanked the VGK and community partner NV Energy for making the program possible and he highlighted some of the benefits to students.

“Not only is hockey about skill development, it’s about developing teamwork and collaboration,” said Skorkowsky. “Everything they do is about working together and that is exactly the type of program we want to bring into our schools here in Clark County. We want programs that will not only benefit the physical development of our students, but also the mental and social-emotional development of our kids.”

To view some of the highlights from the event, which also featured the cheerleaders from the school and Chance, the VGK mascot, click this link.

STEM High School Teachers Invited to Take Part in RET Summer Program

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The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Big Data Program is a six-week summer program designed to keep STEM high school teachers involved on the cutting edge of engineering and computer science. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, teachers will work alongside graduate and doctoral students with the aim of sharing their findings and projects in their classrooms. For more information, visit RET. or call (702) 895-2054.

CCSD Students Help Nevada Lead the Nation in AP Participation & Participation Gains

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Once again, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is being honored nationally for its work to improve college readiness through Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams – and for its work to improve college readiness for traditionally underserved minority student groups. CCSD students played a large role in helping Nevada earn the largest five-year increase and three-year increase in the percentage of public high school graduates earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in the nation, according to new data released by The College Board.

· Nevada’s five-year increase in the number of students earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam: 8.2 percent points (from 16.5% in 2012 to 24.7% in 2017)

· Nevada’s three-year increase in the number of students earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam: 6.6 percent points (from 18.1% in 2014 to 24.7% in 2017)

The percent of public school students in Nevada’s graduating class of 2017 scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam was 24.7 percent, compared to the national average of 22.8 percent. Overall, Nevada ranked 14th in the nation this year.

In the 2016-17 school year, 30,837 CCSD students enrolled in an AP course across all advanced subjects, and students took 25,201 AP exams. Of those total number of exams taken, students scored a 3 or higher on 11,929 exams.

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CCSD High Schools Sweep Regional Science Competition

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As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Clark County public school students swept the top spots at a regional science competition, and a team from Clark High School will represent the area at nationals in April.” The R-J said, “Four students and an alternate from Clark High School won the 27th annual regional Nevada Science Bowl over the weekend.” The students on the winning team are Jay Desai, Brennan Ferrington, Ashish Kalakuntla, Jeff Luo and Alex Bean. The other CCSD schools in the top five spots were Coronado High School, Palo Verde High School and Rancho High School. Clark High School’s second team tied with Green Valley High School for fifth place.

American School Counselor Association Honors Bruner Elementary School

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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has honored Bruner Elementary School as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

This announcement coincides with National School Counseling Week, Feb. 5-9, sponsored by the ASCA to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors to students at school districts across the U.S.

According to the ASCA, “Judith Morton-Pelto is the hard-working outstanding school counselor at Bruner Elementary School who has shown her commitment to the students and the school counseling profession. Judy uses data to drive her program development and implementation so all students can achieve success.” The school will be officially honored during ASCA’s annual conference in Los Angeles on July 16, 2018.

Las Vegas Sun to Celebrate the Year in Local High School Sports

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To celebrate the year in local high school sports, the Las Vegas Sun will host its annual Sun Standout Awards on May 23 at the South Point. The awards ceremony is modeled after ESPN’s ESPY Awards. According to the Sun, “The black-tie optional event honors the top games, moments, teams, players and more with such awards as Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Scholar Athlete of the Year and Citizen of the Year.” Nominations are due April 13.