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.