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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 www.theheartofeducation.org

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 tayloam2@nv.ccsd.net.

CCSD Students and Teachers to Showcase Talent at a Tribute to the Arts Concert Series

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A Tribute to the Arts Concert Series will present its annual Holiday Extravaganza concert on Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m., in The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. The concert series is a partnership among Clark County School District, The Smith Center and The Public Education Foundation.

Holiday Extravaganza showcases the considerable talent found in CCSD while expressing the joy of the season. More than 300 student musicians, representing over 40 schools, will perform alongside teachers and professional musicians in a world-class venue.

In addition, visual artists from elementary, middle and high schools will have their work on display in The Smith Center’s Grand Lobby prior to the concert, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Since this concert series began in 2012, nearly 1,600 students have performed during these events at The Smith Center. Proceeds from concert ticket sales are used to support arts programs in public schools and the Artists 4 Kidz program, an initiative of The Public Education Foundation.

A limited number of tickets are still available, starting at $12. Contact The Public Education Foundation at (702) 799-1042 for more information about purchasing tickets.

The holiday concert is made possible through funding from Dennis and Carol Troesh; additional financial support is provided by Macy’s, Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CCSD Highlights Students and Staff During American Education Week

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating American Education Week this week through events aimed at highlighting the hard work and accomplishments of students and staff. American Education Week is a nationally celebrated movement to honor public education and those who make a difference every day in the lives of young people.

On Monday, Green Valley High School hosted the National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist Reception, in which CCSD recognized its 62 National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. These students are among the less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide to be chosen for this prestigious honor. CCSD Trustees Deanna L. Wright, Linda Cavazos and Carolyn Edwards were on hand for the event.

On Tuesday, Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) presented free books to all students and their families who attended a special event that included CCSD Trustee Deanna L. Wright reading a book to those in attendance. The Breakfast with Books literacy program aims to increase the awareness and importance of reading as a family activity.

Also on Tuesday, there was an Advanced Placement (AP) Celebration at Cheyenne High School, recognizing the achievements of 200 AP students. AP classes provide students the academic skills they need to succeed in college and also provide students with more time to concentrate on the subjects that interest them. Among those in attendance for this event was CCSD Trustee Carolyn Edwards.

On Wednesday, seven outstanding support staff employees were honored for outstanding service during a surprise celebration at West Career and Technical Academy. CCSD Board of School Trustees member Linda Cavazos presented each honoree with a certificate from the Board of School Trustees. The honorees also received a customized portrait created by West Tech students Catelyn Kaufman, Ziad Abou-Nasr, Ben Abrea and Sierra Lowell under the direction of art teacher Mary Beth Heishman.

Thursday’s big event was the 4th Annual “Diced!” Culinary Competition (pictured) at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. Culinary Arts students from four CCSD high schools put their kitchen skills to the test during this friendly competition, as they battled to see which team had the best looking and tasting final dish. Chefs from local restaurants served as guest judges for the competition. The event coincided with the 25th anniversary of Magnet Schools in CCSD.

Winners of the “Diced!” competition were as follows:

1st place – ECTA Team 2
2nd place – NWCTA
3rd place – SWCTA Team 1

CCSD Highlights Students and Staff During American Education Week

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating American Education Week this week through events aimed at highlighting the hard work and accomplishments of students and staff. American Education Week is a nationally celebrated movement to honor public education and those who make a difference every day in the lives of young people.

On Monday, Green Valley High School hosted the National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist Reception, in which CCSD recognized its 62 National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. These students are among the less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide to be chosen for this prestigious honor. CCSD Trustees Deanna L. Wright, Linda Cavazos and Carolyn Edwards were on hand for the event.

On Tuesday, Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) presented free books to all students and their families who attended a special event that included CCSD Trustee Deanna L. Wright reading a book to those in attendance. The Breakfast with Books literacy program aims to increase the awareness and importance of reading as a family activity.

Also on Tuesday, there was an Advanced Placement (AP) Celebration at Cheyenne High School (pictured), recognizing the achievements of 200 AP students. AP classes provide students the academic skills they need to succeed in college and also provide students with more time to concentrate on the subjects that interest them. Among those in attendance for this event was CCSD Trustee Carolyn Edwards.

On Wednesday, seven outstanding support staff employees were honored for outstanding service during a surprise celebration at West Career and Technical Academy. Each honoree received a certificate from the Board of School Trustees plus a customized portrait created by West Tech students under the direction of art teacher Mary Beth Heishman. Pictured are the seven honored employees, their supervisors, the student artists, Mary Beth Heishman, West Tech Principal Amy Dockter-Rozar and CCSD Trustee Linda Cavazos.

 

Nominations Accepted for the 2017-18 LifeChanger of the Year Awards

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Nominations are being accepted for the LifeChanger of the Year 2017-18 awards program, which will honor an outstanding teacher or school employee. To be considered for LifeChanger of the Year, one must demonstrate:

A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
The ability to positively add to the development of the school’s atmosphere
Leadership within his/her school and/or district
A record of excellent performance at the professional level
Commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
Adherence to high moral and ethical standards

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