Vegas PBS to Launch New Public Affairs Show July 10

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On July 10, Vegas PBS will launch Nevada Week, a new state-focused politics and public affairs program. Airing on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., the half-hour show will be hosted by Casey Smith, an award-winning journalist and experienced broadcast anchor. Blending in-studio expert panel discussions with in-field story segments, Nevada Week will explore and examine current and emerging local issues and stories that are compelling and critical to Nevada.

Nevada Week builds on the success of the long-running Vegas PBS show, Nevada Week in Review. Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell said, “Nevada Week will inform, inspire and empower our residents and our public/private leaders to make sound decisions and increase civic engagement for the betterment of our community.” For more information, call Vegas PBS at (702) 799-1010.

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.

City Council Approves School Supplies for Tickets Program

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The Las Vegas City Council has approved a new program that will allow those issued non-public safety parking tickets by the city’s Parking Services Division to pay their fine by donating school supplies. The School Supplies for Tickets program allows those issued tickets between June 10 and July 10 to make a donation instead of paying a fine. City of Las Vegas Parking Enforcement will collect the donations and will present the supplies to Project 150 on Aug. 13. Project 150 is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that focuses on homeless and other vulnerable high-school students. The donations will benefit high school students ages 13 to 17 and will be distributed in time for the 2018-19 school year.

Green Valley High School Debate Team Excels at National Speech and Debate Association Tournament

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Congratulations to the Green Valley High School Speech & Debate Team, which took fourth place in the policy debate category at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament, held June 18-22 in Fort Lauderdale. The tournament started with more than 180 policy debate teams, with each team consisting of two debaters.

Additionally, GVHS was recognized with the Debate School of Excellence award, which is presented to the top 20 debate schools based on their finish at the tournament. Pictured, from left to right, are policy debaters Alex Safieddine, Anthony Winchell, Sherry Liu, Rushil Shah and Samin Kamal. Not pictured is Kareem Safieddine. Green Valley’s overall Speech & Debate Team is approximately 90 students. About 20 of those students are involved in policy debate. For more information, call GVHS Speech & Debate Team Coach Scott Ginger at (702) 799-0950.

High School STEM Teachers Taking Part in RET Program Through July 7

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The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Big Data Program is a six-week summer program that started May 25 and keeps STEM high school teachers involved on the cutting edge of engineering and computer science. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, teachers are working alongside graduate and doctoral students through July 7. The aim is for these teachers to share their findings and projects in their classrooms. For more information, visit RET. or call (702) 895-2054.

Record Number of Submissions Received for CCSD Photography Contests

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A record number of Clark County School District photography students participated in the annual elementary, middle and high school photography contests throughout the 2017-18 school year. The elementary and middle school photography contest had over 600 entries submitted across five categories, with Best in Show going to Alexis Faggins of William and Mary Scherkenbach Elementary and Catherine Lee of Clifford J. Lawrence Junior High School.

The high school photography contest featured an astonishing 3,400 entries using a new digital submission process, with the Best in Show going to Aspen Aegerter of Spring Valley High School for her image of the Route 91 Remembrance Wall. High school students submitted photos in the categories of Great Outdoors, Macro, Special Technique/Unclassified, Vegas Strong and Portrait. The Best in Show winner received a new Canon camera.

To view a video montage of all the winners and finalist, 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.

EAST CTA is a Shining Example of Magnet School Excellence in CCSD

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Did you know that East Career and Technical Academy was named Magnet School of the Year by the Magnet Schools of America? The school was recognized for its extraordinary commitment to diversity, academic excellence and curriculum innovation. This is one more example of CCSD’s excellence in terms of its Magnet School program. For more information, visit

Nominations to Name Three New Schools Now Being Accepted

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is accepting nominations through July 13, 2018, to name the three new elementary schools slated to open in in the fall of 2019 as part of the 2015 Capital Improvement Program. These schools will be named for:

1) outstanding former CCSD personnel and former School Board trustees who have demonstrated exceptional leadership locally in the field of education in Clark County and have consistently demonstrated the character to inspire students; or

2) outstanding individuals who are not educators by profession, but serve as a positive role model to children and to the community, and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership locally toward the advancement of education or humanity in Clark County.

In addition, it is important to know there are restrictions pertaining to the nominations. In order for a former employee to be considered, they must have been separated from CCSD for at least two years in order to be considered as a namesake. Elected officials, including former trustees, must be out of office for a minimum of three years.

To view the call for nominations, click here. The school name application is available here. For additional information, click here.

Click here to learn about the 2015 Capital Improvement Program.