Hoggard Elementary to Hold Special Celebration for its 25th Anniversary as a Magnet School

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Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet Elementary School will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a Magnet School on March 10 from 10-1. Mabel Hoggard was the first elementary Magnet School in the state and is celebrating this silver anniversary with a time to visit with former teachers and friends and tour the campus. There will be special guest speakers, entertainment and activities. To register for this event, visit www.mabelhoggard.net. For more information, call Stacey Scott-Cherry at (702) 799-4740.

Kindergartner Olivia Durham Goes Onstage with Katy Perry

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Josh Stevens Elementary School Kindergarten student Olivia Durham had the rare opportunity to go on stage with Katy Perry during the pop superstar’s Jan. 20 concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As seen in this video, the youngster commented to the audience about the the importance of kindness. Her mom, Tara Martin, said she became “teary-eyed” when she heard her daughter’s on-stage comments. (Video courtesy of Tara Martin.)

CCSD Schools to Compete in the Southern Nevada Mock Trial Competition Feb. 10

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Several CCSD high schools will take part in the Southern Nevada Mock Trial Competition, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 at the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas. Participating schools will include A-TECH, Canyon Springs High School, Clark High School, Coronado High School, Desert Oasis High School, Green Valley High School and Spring Valley High School. The Feb. 10 competition will determine what schools will take part in the State Mock Trial Competition, scheduled for March 2 and 3 at the Regional Justice Center. For more information, call State Bar of Nevada Law Related Education Coordinator Kathleen Dickinson at (702) 317-1408.

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!

Deadline in January 18 for the Heart of Education Teacher Nominations

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The Smith Center and The Rogers Foundation are once again inviting the community to nominate outstanding Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers to be considered for the Heart of Education Awards. Nominations are due by Thursday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m.

Anyone can nominate a CCSD teacher. Information needed in the nomination form is the teacher’s name, school, CCSD email address and the reasons for the nomination. This should include the various ways the teacher has gone above and beyond to support students.

Nominated teachers must complete an application by Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. Nominated teachers will receive an email advising them that they have been nominated, and link to the portal where they can complete the online application.

Community leaders, education experts and sponsors will judge the applications based on the quality of the application, recommendation letters and compelling stories about the nominated teacher.

Finalists will be included in a souvenir booklet, to be distributed at the Heart of Education Awards, and will also receive a printed certificate honoring them as a Heart of Education finalist, as well as two tickets to the gala event.

The top 20 winners selected by the judges will each receive a trophy and $5,000. Each winner’s school will also receive $1,000 to be used for a program of the winning teacher’s choosing.

For more information, visit www.theheartofeducation.org

Nominations Being Accepted for Myra Greenspun Excellence Award

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The Public Education Foundation invites teachers and community members to nominate a teacher for the Myra Greenspun Excellence Award. Two teachers (one elementary, one secondary) will be selected to receive an award of $3,000 to be used in their classroom or school, or for professional development, as well as an honorarium of $1,000. In addition, the selected teachers will be awarded 500 credits to be used at the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Exchange. Teachers nominations may be submitted by fellow teachers, administrators or community members and are due by March 2, 2018. A teacher may not nominate himself or herself. For more information, call Lisa DenBleyker at (702) 799-1042.

CCSD Students Shine at “Shark Tank” Style Business Pitch Competition

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As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, three Cimarron-Memorial High School students “solved a Rubik’s cube-level challenge with cubes of their own, beating out two other teams Friday (Jan. 12) in a ‘Shark Tank’-style business pitch competition at CES.” Students Aspen Anderson, Morgan Hershey and Ajaya Branch designed “Conditional Cubes,” which can be programmed to do various tasks. Second place went to Southwest CTA students Anish Chejerla and Ishaan Raja. Northwest CTA students Jaslin Estavillo and Cherese Lisama came in third.

CCSD Holds Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate New School in the Southwest

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 9 to commemorate the opening of Don and Dee Snyder Elementary School at 8951 W. Ford Ave. in Las Vegas. It is one of seven new schools that opened during the 2017-18 school year. The ceremony gave families and the community a brief look at the new school. Funds for the new schools were made possible by Nevada legislators through the passage of SB 207 in 2015, which allows for 10 years of bonding authority for new school construction and renovation projects and is expected to provide $4.1 billion during this period. CCSD will open four additional schools at the start of the 2018-19 school year. For more information about CCSD’s Capital Improvement Program, visit cip.ccsd.net.