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CCSD Celebrates Top Awards from Magnet School of America

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) continues to build upon the success of its Magnet Schools after being selected for two prestigious national awards from Magnet Schools of America (MSA) during its annual conference.

At the conference, MSA announced it had selected East Career and Technical Academy for its highest award as the recipient of the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award as its Magnet School of the Year. In addition, the MSA announced that Gordon M. McCaw STEAM Academy, an elementary school in Henderson, was selected as the recipient of the top award for a New and Emerging Magnet School Merit Award of Excellence.

Star Graduate: Lyzbeth Escobar of Sunrise Mountain High School

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Star Graduate Lyzbeth Escobar of Sunrise Mountain High School embodies the true Miner Spirit. She is strong, dedicated and focused on the goals she has set for herself.

Lyzbeth has always challenged herself by taking rigorous courses and trying new things such as joining the school’s Robotech team. In addition to currently carrying five AP classes while maintaining a GPA of 4.731, Lyzbeth dedicates time to Tae Kwondo, where she has earned many awards. Lyzbeth also volunteers and gives back to her community at her church.

Lyzbeth has overcome many obstacles to get where she is today. She and her sisters, who are also Sunrise Mountain graduates, will be first-generation college students. Lyzbeth will be attending UNLV where she plans to major in engineering.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Lyzbeth Escobar of Sunrise Mountain High School!

To learn about other Star Graduates, click here.

Statement from Newly Appointed CCSD Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, ED.D.

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Newly appointed Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. today released the following statement after the CCSD Board of School Trustees voted to appoint him as the next person to lead the nation’s fifth-largest school district:

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the next 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.”

CCSD Earns 26 Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America

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Twenty-three Clark County School District (CCSD) Magnet Schools are
recipients of 26 Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards for 2017-18. Thirteen
Magnet Schools were awarded Schools of Excellence and 11 schools were awarded
Schools of Distinction.

“We are honored to continuously be recognized, year after year, by MSA for our Magnet
Schools’ outstanding achievements,” said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.
“Having four first-time winners on the list is a testament to the impact our Magnet
Schools are having on student achievement, and the dedication of those who are in the
classroom with our students every day, preparing them for college and career.”

Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts, Kenny C. Guinn Middle School, Walter
Johnson Junior High School Academy of International Studies and Gordon McCaw
STEAM Academy won their first Merit Awards.

“As the district celebrates 25 years of Magnet School education, I am proud that our list
of nationally-recognized Magnet Schools continues to grow,” Skorkowsky added.

The following schools earned the 2017-18 MSA Magnet School of Excellence Award,
which is the top merit award category given to a select group of Magnet Schools across
the nation that have demonstrated the highest level of excellence in all facets of the
merit award application:

Advanced Technologies Academy
Jim Bridger Middle School
James Cashman Middle School
Ed W. Clark High School
Desert Pines High School Academy of Communications and Information
Technology
Desert Pines High School Academy of Hospitality
East Career and Technical Academy
K.O. Knudson Middle School
Jo Mackey Academy of Leadership and Global Communication
Gordon McCaw STEAM Academy
Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Southeast Career and Technical Academy
Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Valley High School International Baccalaureate Program

Schools of Excellence are eligible to receive monetary awards and are eligible to be
named the nation’s top Elementary, Secondary, or New and Emerging Magnet School.
One of the Schools of Excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 and the Dr. Ronald
P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious
magnet school award in the nation.

The following schools earned the 2017-18 Magnet School of Distinction Award, which is
the second-highest level of awards given to Magnet Schools that have met all the basic
requirements outlined in MSA’s merit awards scoring rubric: Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

Kit Carson International Academy
Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts
Robert O. Gibson Middle School
Kenny C. Guinn Middle School
Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet School
Walter Johnson Junior High School Academy of International Studies
Rancho High School Academy of Aviation
Rancho High School Academy of Pre-Medicine
Valley High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
West Career and Technical Academy
Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts

“For over two decades, CCSD Magnet Schools have proven to be the premier choice
for families in CCSD due to their continued success,” said Magnet Schools and Career
and Technical Academies Director Gia Moore. “We owe this success to our hardworking
school community: teachers, support staff, students and parents!”

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America, visit magnet.edu.

For more information about CCSD Magnet Schools, visit magnet.ccsd.net.

Star Graduate: Ricky Golgart of Foothill High School

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An Eagle Scout and exemplary student, Star Graduate Richard Golgart of Foothill High School will graduate near the top of his class. Although Ricky has excelled in school and devoted many hours to community service, his teachers are most impressed with his character.

He is a genuine, likeable young man who can find the positives during difficult times. His older sister, Riley, was shot in the back during the October 1 tragedy on the Strip. After spinal surgery and weeks of rehabilitation, Riley is recovering from her physical and emotional injuries due in large part to the support and encouragement of family, friends and the local community.

Ricky has a brilliant future as a college student at the University of Nevada, Reno, and later as a professional in wildlife conservation.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Ricky Golgart of Foothill High School!
To learn about other Star Graduates, click here.

Star Graduate: Mateo Markovic of Bonanza High School

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Star Graduate Mateo Markovic is a valedictorian candidate for the class of 2018 at Bonanza High School. He currently has a 4.8 GPA and has not missed a day of school this year.

He is involved in several extra-curricular activities including volleyball and tennis. Mateo plans to attend UNLV, and major in computer engineering.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Mateo Markovic of Bonanza High School!

To learn about other Star Graduates, click here.

Don’t Miss the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival

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The Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival is under way and will continue through May 5 with a variety of events and activities. This annual celebration of learning and exploring, which drew more than 30,000 parents and students last year, is a fun-filled event that encourages students to learn and see the world around them in new and different ways. The event is open to Clark County students and their parents and is co-sponsored by the Clark County School District. For more information about the various events, visit scifest.vegas.

Congratulations to the Heart of Education Awards Finalists

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Congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s Heart of Education Awards, presented by The Smith Center and the Rogers Foundation. Thousands of teachers received nominations from parents, students, alumni, PTA, administrators and the public. Nominated teachers then completed applications that were judged by a group of community leaders who selected 799 finalists. Twenty of the finalists were named as this year’s Heart of Education award winners, and each received a $5,000 prize, plus $1,000 for their schools. The finalists were honored during a fun-filled evening at The Smith Center on April 20.

West CTA Student Parker Badenhuizen Produces Winning Video in iChoose to Drive Campaign

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On April 20, Cox Communications and Findlay Automotive Group presented a $1,000 check to West Career & Technical Academy student Parker Badenhuizen, winner of the iChoose to Drive safe driving campaign. West CTA also will receive $1,000. Kiplyn Sweikert, Badenhuizen’s teacher/mentor, will receive an iPad Pro and a $100 AMEX gift card from Cox Media. Cox Communications will use Badenhuizen’s video, titled “Every 15 Minutes,” as the basis for a 30-second Public Service Announcement about distracted driving. The PSA will air on dozens of Cox cable channels in Southern Nevada from April 30 through June 24. To view the top five finalist videos including the winning video, visit www.iChooseToDrive.com. iChoose to Drive is a safe driving campaign that gets students aged 13 to 18 involved in a behind-the-wheel education safety program by challenging them to create a 30-second PSA against distracted driving – especially texting while driving. Pictured, from left to right, are Parker Badenhuizen, teacher Kiplyn Sweikert, Findlay Automotive Group CFO Tyler Corder and WCTA Principal Amy Docktar-Rozar.

Board of School Trustees Appoint Dr. Jesus F. Jara, ED.D. as Superintendent

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UPDATE: Newly appointed Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. today released the following statement after the CCSD Board of School Trustees voted to appoint him as the next person to lead the nation’s fifth-largest school district:

“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as the next 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.”

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees have voted to appoint Jesus. F. Jara, Ed.D. as CCSD’s next superintendent. The vote came after the board conducted an extensive community outreach campaign to select the next person to lead the nation’s fifth-largest school district. His resume can be viewed here.

The Board of School Trustees will now enter into contract negotiations with Jara to formalize his appointment as superintendent of the Clark County School District.

Jara is expected to begin in June prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year.

For information regarding the superintendent search, visit superintendentsearch.ccsd.net. To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.