Cox Back to School Fairs to be held Aug. 4 and 11

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The Clark County School District will assist students and families as they prepare for the 2018-19 school year during the 11th Annual Cox Back to School Fairs, being held at local shopping malls prior to the start of the new school year.

Sponsored by Cox Communications of Las Vegas, the fairs are free and open to the public, providing “one-stop” opportunities to obtain information and resources in a variety of areas ranging from school lunches to zoning.

Of the approximately 60 booths at the fairs, 17 will be staffed by CCSD personnel, while the others will represent community agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. School-required immunizations will be offered only at The Boulevard and Meadows Mall. Costs will range from no co-pay to low-fee and no charge, depending on a family’s insurance status. Parents are advised to bring their child’s immunization record and insurance card.

The remaining fairs will be held as follows:

Aug. 4 at the Meadows Mall, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Aug. 11 at the Galleria at Sunset, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information on back-to-school, visit ccsd.net/backtoschool.

Click here to view the 2018-19 Back to School Reporter.

CCSD Continues to See Gains in Advanced Placement Pass Rate

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An increased effort to have Clark County School District (CCSD) students take and pass Advanced Placement (AP) courses is paying off, according to preliminary data from the 2017-18 school year.

Districtwide, there were more than 24,600 AP exams administered to 14,064 students during the 2017-18 school year. The pass rate was 49.5 percent, which is an increase of 2.3 percent from the 2016-17 school year.

In addition to the increase in the pass rate, the district also saw increased pass rates among all of its subgroups. The gains from 2016-17 to 2017-18 by subgroups consisted of:

  • American Indian or Alaska native – 2.4 percent increase
  • Black or African-American – 2.8 percent increase
  • Hispanic or Latino – 1.6 percent increase
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – 6.6 percent increase
  • Two or more races, non-Hispanic – 3.0 percent increase
  • Low-income/fee reductions – 2.7 percent increase

“I am pleased to see that CCSD students are accepting the challenge of taking college-level courses and passing their Advanced Placement exams,” said Superintendent Jesus F. Jara. “We are especially encouraged to see the gains in the pass rate by our underrepresented students. Our students are accelerating in college-level material, and this means more students are graduating college and career ready.”

Vegas PBS Among Sponsors of CampMED at UNLV July 19-21

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Vegas PBS, DM AHEC, and several universities, colleges and other stakeholders will collaborate to present CampMED, a three-day, two-night medical-related camp designed to build a pipeline of future medical professionals in Nevada. The camp will take place July 19-21 at UNLV. Students entering their freshman year of high school will have the opportunity to explore their interests in the basic sciences and integrated health care and be exposed to career opportunities in those fields. During camp, students will have the primary goal of diagnosing a fictitious patient and will present their findings on the final day. For more information, call Vegas PBS at (702) 799-1010.

O’Callaghan Middle School Gets a Makeover for the New School Year

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Students who attend O’Callaghan Middle School i3 Learn Academy are in for some surprises when classes resume on August 13. As KTNV reported, the school transformed its library into a cutting-edge work space that includes, moveable cushions, wobble boards and tables that convert into dry erase boards. Principal Scott Fligor told KTNV, “I think it’s all out of the ordinary. I think it’s unique.”

Cox Back to School Fairs to be held July 21 and 28; August 4 and 11

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will assist students and families as they prepare for the 2018-19 school year during the 11th Annual Cox Back to School Fairs, being held at local shopping malls during July and August, with the first event slated for Saturday, July 21.

Sponsored by Cox Communications of Las Vegas, the fairs are free and open to the public, providing “one-stop” opportunities to obtain information and resources in a variety of areas ranging from school lunches to zoning.

Of the approximately 60 booths at the fairs, 17 will be staffed by CCSD personnel, while the others will represent community agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. School-required immunizations will be offered only at The Boulevard and Meadows Mall. Costs will range from no co-pay to low-fee and no charge, depending on a family’s insurance status. Parents are advised to bring their child’s immunization record and insurance card.

The first Cox Back to School Fair will be held July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza, Las Vegas.

The other three fairs will be held as follows:

July 28 at The Boulevard, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Aug. 4 at the Meadows Mall, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Aug. 11 at the Galleria at Sunset, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For information on summer resources including the Cox Back to School Fairs, visit ccsd.net/summer.

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.