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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.

Hoggard Elementary to Hold Special Celebration for its 25th Anniversary as a Magnet School

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Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet Elementary School will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a Magnet School on March 10 from 10-1. Mabel Hoggard was the first elementary Magnet School in the state and is celebrating this silver anniversary with a time to visit with former teachers and friends and tour the campus. There will be special guest speakers, entertainment and activities. To register for this event, visit For more information, call Stacey Scott-Cherry at (702) 799-4740.

We Love Our Schools!

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In January and February, Clark County School District is showing the love for some of our schools that have recently been recognized for improvements in student achievement while serving student populations with challenges.

We hope you take the time to learn about the schools highlighted in our “We Love Our Schools” campaign and what they are doing to increase student achievement, including:

  • Recently named 4- and 5-Star schools in the ZOOM program that support English Language Learners and the Victory program that supports learners from other at-risk schools
  • 2017 Shining Star Schools that serve populations of students from lower-income neighborhoods and have closed the opportunity gap
  • Five CCSD high schools with the largest increases in graduation rates for the class of 2017
  • CCSD’s 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools, which honors schools that have achieved high levels of student achievement or made significant improvements in closing the opportunity gap between subgroups of students
  • CCSD’s 2017 National Title 1 Distinguished Schools, which are Title 1 schools serving students from at-risk communities that have made innovations that led to gains in student achievement
  • Several other schools that have recently been recognized for increasing achievement while serving populations of students with challenges


These school communities have worked hard to increase student achievement and ensure that all students can reach their full potential. We hope the community will join us in celebrating their success and learning from their innovative hard work!

For more information on the schools, visit!

Deadline in January 18 for the Heart of Education Teacher Nominations

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The Smith Center and The Rogers Foundation are once again inviting the community to nominate outstanding Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers to be considered for the Heart of Education Awards. Nominations are due by Thursday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m.

Anyone can nominate a CCSD teacher. Information needed in the nomination form is the teacher’s name, school, CCSD email address and the reasons for the nomination. This should include the various ways the teacher has gone above and beyond to support students.

Nominated teachers must complete an application by Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. Nominated teachers will receive an email advising them that they have been nominated, and link to the portal where they can complete the online application.

Community leaders, education experts and sponsors will judge the applications based on the quality of the application, recommendation letters and compelling stories about the nominated teacher.

Finalists will be included in a souvenir booklet, to be distributed at the Heart of Education Awards, and will also receive a printed certificate honoring them as a Heart of Education finalist, as well as two tickets to the gala event.

The top 20 winners selected by the judges will each receive a trophy and $5,000. Each winner’s school will also receive $1,000 to be used for a program of the winning teacher’s choosing.

For more information, visit

Nominations Being Accepted for Myra Greenspun Excellence Award

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The Public Education Foundation invites teachers and community members to nominate a teacher for the Myra Greenspun Excellence Award. Two teachers (one elementary, one secondary) will be selected to receive an award of $3,000 to be used in their classroom or school, or for professional development, as well as an honorarium of $1,000. In addition, the selected teachers will be awarded 500 credits to be used at the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Exchange. Teachers nominations may be submitted by fellow teachers, administrators or community members and are due by March 2, 2018. A teacher may not nominate himself or herself. For more information, call Lisa DenBleyker at (702) 799-1042.

University of Chicago Names Green Valley High School Teacher an Outstanding Educator

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Thane Webb loves to teach science. And that may be an understatement.

The Green Valley High School teacher’s enthusiasm was so influential on former student Robyn Myers that Myers – now a student at the University of Chicago – nominated him for the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award.

The award is given to educators who have influenced, challenged or helped University of Chicago students along the path toward intellectual growth, and Webb was selected as one of the 2017 winners.

“An award like this, where it came from a student who thought highly of me, means a lot to me,” Webb said. “It’s humbling to realize how much of an impact you can have on someone else’s life.”

According to Myers’ nomination form, one thing stood out about Webb’s teaching style: the unwritten curriculum of helping young people develop into adults. Webb cared for each student’s needs, taught them how to advocate for themselves and how to develop a work ethic that fits them.

Webb teaches the material in a way applicable to life and not solely for test preparation. It was those traits in addition to teaching the Advanced Placement curriculum that Myers found helpful from Webb.

“Knowing I can help another human on this planet move forward and live a life of curiosity and imagination is what makes teaching science worth my effort,” said Webb. “Really, it’s the students that make the choice to pursue their dreams. I’m just glad I can be there to help them do that.”

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