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CCSD Observes Week of Respect

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating the Week of Respect Oct. 1 – 5 with a variety of events and activities at schools, which promote a safe and respectful learning environment. As part of their Pledge to Respect Day activities, students at Clarence Piggott Academy of International Studies, used chalk to write positive messages on the school’s sidewalks and playgrounds. Students also had a blue ribbon fence decorating activity to promote the messages of kindness and respect. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

Please take a moment to watch the following videos:

Dr. Jesus F. Jara

Toe Tag Monologues

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

C.C. Ronnow Elementary School

Dr. Jesus F. Jara (video #2).

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.

Welcome, New CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara!

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Hi, I’m Jesus F. Jara, Ed.D. I’m humbled and honored to be chosen as 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.

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.”

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.

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 weloveourschools.ccsd.net!

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

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and as Former 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.”