New Educators of the Year Honored as Part of Teacher Appreciation Week

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The Clark County School District is honoring its more than 18,000 dedicated educators through a variety of activities during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11. Teachers change the lives of children on a daily basis, and their impact extends far beyond the classroom. Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to honor those who lend their skills and passion to educating the children of Southern Nevada.

On May 7, Hancock Elementary School teachers and educators from nine other CCSD schools were surprised with treats from Freed’s Bakery Las Vegas. Cast members from the hit TV show “Vegas Cakes” personally delivered the pastries to educators in their classrooms.

On May 8, members of the CCSD Board of School Trustees joined with Human Resources Department representatives to honor seven New Educators of the Year.

On May 9, Dunkin’ Donuts, Lyft and WGU Nevada gave away free donuts to CCSD teachers, and made a special delivery to Josh Stevens Elementary School. Additionally, players from the Raiders visited Gene Ward Elementary School to honor teachers, and provided them with lunch in recognition of their hard work and dedication to students. The players also interacted with third-grade students in the Kids Construction Zone shovel drawing contest to view their Raiders-themed artwork.

Cowabunga Bay owner Shane Huish partnered with the CCSD School-Community Partnership Program and visited six CCSD schools on May 10, presenting outstanding teachers with season passes for the selected educators and their families.

On the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week, Wahoo’s Tacos and More delivered burritos and churro chips, as well as chips and salsa to teachers at three schools to show their appreciation for CCSD’s dedicated educators.

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Star Graduate: Israel Gonzalez-Cervantes of Desert Rose High School

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Star Graduate Israel Gonzalez-Cervantes of Desert Rose High School has an infectious smile and positive attitude. These traits helped him to become one of the natural leaders of the senior class.

Israel was actively involved in student government, eventually serving as Student Body president for the 2017-2018 school year. As the student representative to the School Organizational Team, Israel’s insight was beneficial in sharing a student’s point of view in the decision-making process. He was also a member of the CCSD School Board Student Advisory Committee.

Israel plans to attend the College of Southern Nevada during the fall 2018 semester, and is still deciding on his major.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Israel Gonzalez-Cervantes of Desert Rose High School!

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Lawrence JHS Students, Family Members and Staff Raise Funds for Cancer Train

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Lawrence Junior High held its annual “Dodgeball For Cancer” event on May 3, raising more than $1,200 for Cancer Train of Las Vegas. More than 370 students took part in the event, which attracted 200 spectators. The event also featured NFL player Frank Summers, who has played for the Steelers, the Chargers and the Bills. For more information, call Krystal Howell at (702) 799-2540.

Star Graduate: Keith Seldon of Del Sol Academy

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Star Graduate Keith Seldon of Del Sol Academy has faced many challenges but has prevailed through them all. He embodies perseverance and is one of the hardest working student athletes at Del Sol.

No matter what the situation or challenge, he never gave up on himself. Keith took honors classes all through high school and has always kept his grades up.

He will graduate with a GPA of greater than 3.0. Keith has played varsity basketball for three years and will be receiving a college scholarship to play the sport he loves so much.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Keith Seldon of Del Sol Academy!

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Three Distinguished CCSD Seniors Named 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars

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Three Clark County School District (CCSD) students are a part of the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing only 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

The CCSD students are:

· Andrew T. Wang – Ed W. Clark High School (Presidential Scholar in Academics)

· Alisha M. Yi – Ed W. Clark High School (Presidential Scholar in the Arts)

· Leah Yim – West Career and Technical Academy (Presidential Scholar in Academics)

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as their efforts in community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Nationally, 3.6 million students are expected to graduate from high school this year, according to the U.S Department of Education. From those students, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2018 ceremony will be held June 24, when each honoree will receive a Presidential School Medallion.

To learn more about the award, click here.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2018

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The Clark County School District will honor its more than 18,000 dedicated educators through a variety of activities during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11. Teachers change the lives of children on a daily basis, and their impact extends far beyond the classroom. Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to honor those who lend their skills and passion to educating the children of Southern Nevada.

On May 7, Hancock Elementary School teachers and educators from nine other CCSD schools were surprised with sweet treats from Freed’s Bakery Las Vegas. Cast members from the hit TV show “Vegas Cakes” personally delivered the pastries to educators in their classrooms.

Share your Teacher Appreciation Week events and activities via social media by using #TeacherAppreciationWeek.

Spring Valley High School to Take Part in STEM Research Project Led by Pepperdine University

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A research project including the participation of students at Spring Valley High School and led by Professor Eric Hamilton of Pepperdine University will be featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will be held online May 14-21 at http://stemforall2018.videohall.com. The presentation, entitled the “International Community for Collaborative Content Creation (IC4) Project,” looks at the intersection of learning, collaboration and culture when students work together globally on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Participants currently hail from the United States, Kenya, India, Namibia and Finland. The IC4 project site at Spring Valley High School is led by Israel Ramirez. The project is funded by the US National Science Foundation. For more information, contact Project Manager Danielle Espino at danielle.espino@pepperdine.edu.

Star Graduate: Cassidy Hoeckendorf of Liberty High School

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Star Graduate Cassidy Hoeckendorf of Liberty High School embodies grit, passion and determination. She has overcome extreme adversity during high school, yet has been able to maintain a 4.2 GPA.

Cassidy started high school with an IEP that was soon transitioned into a 504 plan because of her success in Honors and AP classes. She was a scholar athlete as a member of the cheer team in grades nine through 11, and then All Star Club cheer during her senior year.

Cassidy gives back to her community by volunteering time with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. She was chosen to represent the Patriots on the Clark County School District’s Board of Trustees Student Advisory Committee.

Sadly in July, before Cassidy’s senior year, she was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in her life. Although she was forced to miss the first two months of her senior year, Cassidy once again showed her passion for learning and determination to graduate as she maintained a 3.75 GPA in her Honors classes. She plans to attend UNIR in the fall.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Cassidy Hoeckendorf of Liberty High School!

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Star Graduate: Gustavo Moreno of Moapa Valley High School

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Hard work and determination are among the traits of Star Graduate Gustavo Moreno of Moapa Valley High School. He works after school and on weekends; and half of his money goes to his family, while the other half goes to his savings account.

The youngest of six children, Gustavo will be the first in his family to attend college. Gustavo said, “I really value learning something new every day, in and out of school.”

Gustavo has been very active at MVHS, participating in numerous activities including Jobs for America’s Graduates, Advanced CADD, track and field, soccer and construction technology. With a weighted GPA of 4.1, Gustavo plans to attend the College of Southern Nevada to complete his general studies, and then pursue his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UNLV. He also intends to obtain a master’s degree.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Gustavo Moreno of Moapa Valley High School!

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