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Two More CCSD Schools Recognized as Nationally Certified Magnet Schools

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) continues to be recognized for having some of the best Magnet Schools in the country as they excel and are honored for their efforts by the national Magnet Schools of America (MSA) organization.

“Earlier this year, our schools received 26 awards from Magnet Schools of America, and now in addition to those honors, I am pleased to announce that two more of our schools have been named Nationally Certified Magnet Schools,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Our Magnet Schools continue to excel and provide the best choice for students in Clark County. This is what making CCSD number one for kids means, providing options for our students so they can achieve their goals and their desired outcomes.”

The two new nationally certified schools are K.O. Knudson Academy of Creative Arts and Technology and Jim Bridger STEAM Academy. Those schools join seven other CCSD schools in achieving nationally certified status from the MSA.

“This is a huge honor for the schools that serve as a national model for what a successful Magnet School should look like,” said CCSD Magnet Schools and Career and Technical Academies Director Gia Moore. “We are very proud of the success of our programs and we are continuing to serve as a model for other schools and districts around the nation. This has been made possible by the support of our Board of School Trustees, administration and the staff and students at each of the schools.”

CCSD added four new schools to its lineup of Magnet Schools for the 2018-19 school year. It now has 40 schools with Magnet programs. The MSA nationally certified program began last year and of the 76 schools nationwide who have achieved this status, nine of those are CCSD schools.

“The certification process recognizes the highest quality schools in public education. Nationally certified Magnet Schools illustrate and emulate rigorous theme-based curriculum, ensure diverse settings in which students thrive and are prepared for college and career,” said Kelly Bucherie, Director for Magnet School Leadership, Magnet Schools of America.

The national certification process is based on the Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of Magnet Schools: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships. Together, these qualities define the common elements of exemplary magnet programs.

To become nationally certified, each school submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership.

The application process required the school to submit evidence demonstrating how it meets each of the multiple indicators within the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school is promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school day, and encouraging parent and community involvement.

To learn more about the Magnet and Career and Technical Education programs in the Clark County School District, visit

CCSD Kicks Off New School Year

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Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet event where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome, via red carpet. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the event also included a surprise for Principal Alaina Criner: Local philanthropist Robert Ellis presented the school with a $10,000 donation, adding Kelly to his roster of adopted schools.

Crestwood Elementary School celebrated the opening of its new 22-classroom building to replace portable classrooms on the campus. The principal and assistant principal dressed up in butterfly attire in connection with the school’s motivational theme based on the “butterfly effect.” A total of 19 CCSD schools will open new classroom additions for the 2018-19 school year to alleviate overcrowding.

Dennis Ortwein Elementary School’s namesake sang a song and officiated at the ribbon-cutting for one of the district’s four new schools that opened in the 2018-19 school year.

An event at Chaparral High School highlighted the partnership of CCSD and JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) of Nevada. At Chaparral, combined efforts have increased the school’s graduation rate and improved student’s job readiness skills.

As KTNV reported, Roger D. Gehring Academy of Science and Technology, one of three new Magnet Schools, put the spotlight on its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The school’s new name was unveiled during a special ceremony.

At Becker Middle School, students learned about SafeVoice, a statewide, anonymous reporting system that can be used by students, parents and others to report threats to the safety or well-being of students.

Gov. Brian Sandoval was among the special guests as Tesla representatives and education leaders from across the state gathered at Cimarron-Memorial High School to reveal new robotics opportunities that will be available to a number of students, teachers and organizations throughout the state in the new school year. As the Nevada Independent reported, “Last month, Tesla unveiled $1.5 million in grant money as part of the electric carmaker’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Nevada.” KLAS also reported on the Cimarron-Memorial event.

Members of the Board of School Trustees, as well as Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, took part in many of the day’s events.

Nominate a School Counselor for Nevada State School Counselor of the Year

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Nevada School Counselors Association seeks to recognize a Nevada school counselor who follows best practices in his/her comprehensive school-counseling program.

Nominate a school counselor that is deserving of being recognized as the Nevada State School Counselor of the year. Not only will they be recognized in Nevada, but will have the opportunity to be recognized by ASCA in Washington, D.C. with fellow School Counselors of the Year recipients from across the country.

Nominations are due by Aug. 22, 2018.

CCSD Superintendent Jesus F. Jara Releases 90-Day Entry Plan

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Today, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Jesus F. Jara released his 90-day entry plan, One Team, One Goal: Making CCSD #1forkids.

Click here to read the plan.

The 90-day entry plan outlines initial focus goals including:

  • Joining with the Board of School Trustees as a cohesive governance team with a singular agenda focused on improving the achievement of all students
  • A focus on rich and rigorous instruction to improve student outcomes
  • A focus on human capital, including strengthening collaborative relations with labor unions
  • Aligning budget and operation decisions to district priorities
  • A focus on organizational capacity and alignment to improve support to schools


During the past three days, Dr. Jara has met with CCSD Trustees, members of the Legislature, principals and teachers. Today, he visited his first district school, Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts, where he interacted with students participating in summer school courses and toured the school’s performing arts magnet program.

Dr. Jara also announced the start of his reorganization plan by hiring two key administrative leaders that he previously worked with during his time at Orange County Public Schools.

  • Diane Gullett, appointed as Deputy Superintendent
  • Jennifer Cupid-McCoy, appointed as Chief of Staff


The Deputy Superintendent position was already included in the budget, and the Chief of Staff position was created by the consolidation of existing positions.

For more information on Superintendent Jara, click here.

High School STEM Teachers Taking Part in RET Program Through July 7

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The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Big Data Program is a six-week summer program that started May 25 and keeps STEM high school teachers involved on the cutting edge of engineering and computer science. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, teachers are working alongside graduate and doctoral students through July 7. The aim is for these teachers to share their findings and projects in their classrooms. For more information, visit RET. or call (702) 895-2054.

Tech Tools for Administrators Training to be Offered June 7 & 8

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CUE-NV and CCSD’s PDE Department will host a free training, “Tech Tools for Administrators,” on June 7 at Bob Miller Middle School and June 8 at Molasky Middle School. Both events will begin at 7:15 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. Attendees may choose one of the trainings or attend both days. To register, go to Pathlore and search “techtools.” For more information, send an email to