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Nicole Alcantara

The Review-Journal Spotlights Outstanding Green Valley High School Athlete Izzy Madrid

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Green Valley High School athlete Izzy Madrid is featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that describes her as “a soccer, flag football and track standout for the Gators.” The R-J said Madrid “will conclude her high school career with 12 varsity letters and a soccer scholarship to Division-II Cal State-Monterey Bay.” Madrid also serves as senior class president and a member of the GVHS student council. She told the R-J, “I try to make time for (everything). Thankfully, my coaches are very understanding of when I need to go.”

Website Provides More Guidance to Help Schools Implement New State Law Requiring Volunteer Fingerprinting

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In an effort to assist school personnel and parents who have questions regarding a new state law pertaining to volunteers at schools, the Clark County School District (CCSD) has established a web page with more guidance and information.

Senate Bill 287, passed in the last Nevada Legislative session, requires all volunteers and representatives to be fingerprinted if they have “unsupervised OR regular contact with students.”

Information on the law, including links to start the fingerprinting process, can be found at

School districts in the state define “regular” contact with students as anyone who volunteers or works around students at least four times a month if they are supervised by a CCSD employee. The law also requires that a volunteer who has unsupervised contact with students even one time to go through the fingerprinting process.

CCSD is aware that some parents who would like to volunteer are unable to cover the $60 fee that goes with getting fingerprinted, so the district is currently looking for external sources to help fundraise to offset those costs for those who cannot afford it.

The law also requires volunteers to act as mandatory reporters of child abuse and sign a document acknowledging that responsibility.

Employees who receive questions from volunteers should refer them to the website, which contains a helpful FAQ section that can be reviewed before they begin filling out their online application.

Fingerprinting Fee for Volunteers at Schools

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This “Setting the Record Straight” video clears up misinformation and misunderstandings to ensure employees, families and the community have the facts about the Clark County School District (CCSD) and education-related topics.

INCORRECT INFORMATION: The Clark County School District instituted a fingerprinting fee for volunteers at our schools.

THE REAL TRUTH: The Nevada Legislature passed a law that requires the fingerprinting of adults who volunteer at our schools or during school activities. Senate Bill 287 requires all volunteers who have unsupervised or regular contact with students to be fingerprinted. Regular contact is defined as volunteering at least four times a month. For those volunteers who have unsupervised contact with students or who regularly volunteer, a district-wide application process is described at


Building Structures and Character at East Career and Technical Academy

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For East Career and Technology Academy (ECTA) construction technology teacher Fausto Vega, his greatest satisfaction comes from seeing his students succeed. And succeed they do, both academically and as charitable ambassadors to the local community.

Vega teaches his students all aspects of construction, including foundations, framing, drywall, exterior finishes, concrete, residential wiring, stucco, roofing and more. His students also receive residential and electrical certifications that will help them get viable jobs in the construction industry after graduation. “Some of my students are enrolled at UNLV, studying alongside college students who have not yet earned the same certifications. They are ahead of the game.”

Vega noted that this is a great time for students who are interested in construction, with significant construction projects such as the Raiders stadium under way. “The construction industry is booming in Las Vegas.”

Principal Darlin Delgado said Vega goes above and beyond for his students, school and community. “Mr. Vega is more than a teacher. He is also a role model and mentor for the students at East Tech.”

Construction management opens up a wide variety of opportunities for students. “This field of study can help students go into careers such as structural engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, architecture, interior design and much more,” explained Vega. He works closely with Martin-Harris and other local construction companies, resulting in paid internships for his students.

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Vega has been with the Clark County School District (CCSD) both as a student and a teacher. He graduated from Area Technical Trade Center (ATTC) in 1993 and worked in the construction industry before joining CCSD as a teacher at his alma mater 20 years ago. “Coming from the industry, I know what they are looking for in employees and can share that knowledge with my students.”

Besides their impressive school-related talents, Vega’s students are also known for what they do in the community. “Everything we do has a purpose. If we build a structure, it will go to someplace like a homeless youth association, Three Square or a local school.” One example is a storage shed Vega’s students recently built for Eileen B. Brookman Elementary School.

Vega’s students have also ventured into what might be called the world of medieval construction, building two catapults and a trebuchet for a recent pumpkin-launching event at the Silverton Casino. Yes, catapults and a trebuchet, not your ordinary construction projects. “That work was fun, and required a lot of physics and geometry.” It’s worth noting that the trebuchet was quite effective, launching pumpkins 150 feet.

The other teacher in the ECTA construction management program is Cesar Vega, who happens to be Fausto’s cousin and joined ECTA last year. “Cesar is an experienced architect, and his background is very helpful to his students,” explained Fausto.

Delgado added, “Cesar Vega has been a great addition to the construction program and together, these cousins are a dynamic duo, increasing the college and career opportunities available for students at ECTA.”


Former Members of the Oakland Raiders Visit Stevens Elementary

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Students at Josh Stevens Elementary School in Henderson received a surprise visit by former members of the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 28, in recognition of the school winning the NFL Play 60 Challenge. The school won the contest with the highest average minutes of daily physical activity per student. Following the announcement and mini-pep rally, students joined the Raiders alumni in getting outside and displaying their skills. Click here to watch a video of the event.

North Las Vegas Fire Dept. Honors Athletic Trainer Who Saved a Student’s Life

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During a surprise ceremony, the North Las Vegas Fire Department presented an award to athletic trainer Chely Arias for performing CPR on a Cheyenne High School student athlete and saving her life. The incident took place Oct. 24 on the school’s baseball field during intramurals for the flag football team. The North Las Vegas Fire Department is lauding Arias for her heroic efforts. As reported by KTNV, Arias worked on the student for 11 minutes, performing CPR and using an AED. North Las Vegas Fire Chief Joseph Calhoun and Cheyenne High School Principal Dr. Zachary Robbins were among those on hand for the Dec. 6 ceremony.

Hyde Park Academy Honored as a Finalist for the Khan Academy LearnStorm Competition

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Hyde Park Academy of Science and Mathematics has been named a finalist for the Khan Academy LearnStorm competition. The school is one of just 30 LearnStorm Grand Prize finalists nationwide. Assistant Principal Adam Taylor said, “Hundreds of schools across the country applied, but our school’s engagement, use of growth mindset resources, and perseverance were exceptional.” As a finalist, the school received a cash prize and national recognition. Representatives from AT&T, LearnStorm and others took part in a recognition ceremony at the school on Nov. 27. Pictured, from left to right, are Hyde Park math teachers Suman Tandon, Penny Romonoski and Judy Kraus, along with AT&T External Affairs Director Sandra Douglass Morgan. For more information, email Adam Taylor at

On-Campus Clinic at Valley High School Benefits Students

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Valley High School is going the extra mile in providing essential resources to its students. As reported by the Nevada Independent, the school has an on-campus clinic that helps students with their physical and mental health needs. The Nevada Independent said, “One half provides services such as dental and vision care, while the other half offers group therapy and individual counseling sessions to students battling depression, anxiety or the lingering effects of trauma, among other mental-health issues.” For more information, call Principal Ramona Esparza at (702) 799-5450.