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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

Hyde Park Academy Named 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 will receive a cash prize and national recognition. Representatives from AT&T, LearnStorm and others will take part in a recognition ceremony on Nov. 27 at the school. For more information, email Adam Taylor at tayloam2@nv.ccsd.net.

Las Vegas High School Students Volunteer at 14 Local Non-Profits

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Nearly 160 Las Vegas High School students took part in the 19th annual “Be a PAL Community Service Day” on Nov. 17, providing a day of community service at 14 local non-profit organizations. PAL is an acronym for Partnership at Las Vegas, and LVHS students have been volunteering in this capacity every year since 1999. According to Faculty Advisor Robert Bray, the PAL Program at LVHS is the oldest Career and Technical Education program of its type in Southern Nevada.

32 CCSD Schools Took Part in Student-Run Farmers Market Hosted by Zappos

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More than 300 CCSD students took part in what was described as the nation’s largest student-run farmers market, which took place Nov. 16 in downtown Las Vegas at Zappos. Students from 32 CCSD schools sold produce from their gardens at the event, which was presented by Green Our Planet in cooperation with various local organizations. Coronado High School teacher Gary Manning told KVVU, “Having our students participate in the farmers market elevates their education by teaching them entrepreneurial and business skills. That’s not something you can teach easily from a textbook.” KVVU said, “The Outdoor Garden Classroom Program, founded by Green Our Planet in 2013, is a comprehensive learning experience for elementary to high school students. It focuses on nutrition, financial literacy, and conservation education.” Proceeds from the produce sales went back to the schools’ garden programs. For more information on Green Our Planet, call Sarah Russell at (703) 927-9205. Pictured are students and staff from Vassiliadis Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Green Our Planet.)

 

Acclaimed Actor Jay Nagle Visits Lawrence JHS Drama Students

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In partnership with The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, acclaimed actor Jay Nagle visited Drama Club students at Lawrence Junior High Schoolon November 13, offering acting tips and strategies in advance of an upcoming school performance. Nagle recently moved to Las Vegas from Chicago where he spent 15 years teaching theater, dance and early childhood development. Prior to that, he ran the original Musical Theatre Company from 1990 to 2002. Nagle’s acting credits include national tours of Beauty and the Beast, N.Y.C. Lincoln Center Town Hall and Off-Broadway. He presently serves as the senior programmer at Winchester Park and Cultural Center.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky Discusses American Education Week in the Latest “Pat, Personally”

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says in “Pat, Personally,” “It works out well that this week (the week of Nov. 13) is American Education Week, a week that honors the teachers who spend innumerable hours working with our children, and also the staff who keep our students safe, transport our students, prepare their food, keep their school clean – and so much more.”

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.

 

62 CCSD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

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A total of 62 Clark County School District (CCSD) students from 15 high schools have been selected as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They represent less than one percent of the U.S. high school seniors who received this honor and qualified to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million to be offered next spring.

These students were among the highest-scoring entrants in Nevada, and out of more than 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools nationwide, who entered the program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To become a National Merit finalist, each semifinalist and his or her high school are required to complete a detailed application that provides information about the candidate’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. Merit Scholar designees will be selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists were recognized during an event Nov. 13 at Green Valley High School. Pictured, from left to right, are Chief Academic Officer Mike Barton, CCSD Board of Trustees member Linda Cavazos, A-TECH student Yngham “Megan” Wang, CCSD Board of Trustees President Deanna L. Wright and CCSD Board of Trustees Clerk Carolyn Edwards.

Yet another American Education Week is planned for Thursday. “Stay tuned” to ccsd.net for details!

“Hee Haw” Hoedown Raises Funds for Virgin Valley HS Graduating Seniors

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The Mesquite Community Education Association (MCEF) sponsored a fundraiser Nov. 14 for this year’s VVHS graduating seniors. Described as a “Hee Haw” hoedown, the evening featured student entertainment and a BBQ dinner prepared by VVHS students. As reported by the Mesquite Local News, “MCEF was formed last year by community volunteers and high school personnel who work to encourage post-high school education for (VVHS) high school graduates.” In its first year, MCEF raised $8,000, which was awarded to eight VVHS seniors. For more information, call Darlene Nelson at (406) 431-1181.

 

Title I Hope Provides Services to More Than 11,000 Students

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With the holiday season just around the corner, many people are looking for ways to contribute to help those in need. One way may be through supporting the Clark County School District’s Title I HOPE program.

Many are surprised to learn that the district is currently serving more than 11,000 students who are classified as homeless. The criteria for being homeless includes a variety of situations ranging from “couch surfers” to students whose families live in weekly or monthly rental facilities. However, the common thread is that all of these students need, and are eligible for support services through the district’s Title I HOPE department.

Although the department has Title I in its name, the services provided through Title I HOPE are available to homeless students at any of the 358 CCSD schools, not just those with an official Title I school designation.

“Unfortunately, we have one of the highest rates of youth homelessness in the entire nation,” said Coordinator Kelly-Jo Shebeck. “Our services of providing assistance are available to all 358 CCSD schools and the seven charter schools sponsored by the district.”

The services primarily consist of providing students with basic necessity items so they can be successful in school. To fulfill these needs, the department provide backpacks that contain a variety of personal hygiene items that students may not have access to on their own. Shebeck said assistance can also come in the form of providing school and physical education uniforms as well as clothing and shoes. They also work to remove transportation barriers for students and provide referrals to community service organizations.

“Each school has a contact person, usually a counselor, who will serve as an advocate for homeless students,” said Shebeck. “If a school has a need, they just need to contact us and we will see what we can do to provide assistance.”

While Title I HOPE focuses on helping students, they can use assistance themselves in the form of donations. Although they receive some Federal Title I funding, it is not nearly enough to accommodate the needs of 11,000 students.

Individuals, businesses and/or community organizations who would like to provide donations to support the department, can contact Coordinator Meg Pike or Shebeck via Interact.

“While our department is small, the need is great especially around the holidays, so we appreciate all the community support that we can receive,” said Shebeck.