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CCSD Expands Mobile Internet Access for Students in Need

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) has added an additional route to the Wi-Fi bus schedule announced earlier this month. Along with the 14th Wi-Fi bus route, CCSD has relocated some of the stops on existing routes to better serve students throughout Clark County. The changes will take effect on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

An updated list of bus stop locations and times can be found by clicking here. Additional information about the Wi-Fi for Students program is available at transportation.ccsd.net.

Previous Release – Provided on Friday, May 1, 2020

The Clark County School District (CCSD) will begin testing a system for Wi-Fi access at various locations throughout the Las Vegas valley on Friday, May 1, 2020, via school buses that will be parked at different locations along designated routes.

CCSD Transportation has established 13 bus routes that will operate daily allowing students access to Wi-Fi at designated times. Each bus route will include four stops daily to provide more than an hour of Wi-Fi access to CCSD students at each location. The routes will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

Students will be able to access the Wi-Fi signal up to 400 feet from the bus. CCSD will encourage social distancing practices as adherence to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines will be critical to the success of the program. Each bus will also be equipped with signs encouraging students and parents to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and encouraging people to wear masks in public. Those who have Wi-Fi access in their homes are being asked to stay in their homes and utilize their own connectivity to further assist with social distancing.

For internet access, students will need to get the network name and password from the signs posted on or near the bus.

CCSD has already distributed more than 60,000 Chromebooks to students during the school closures in an effort to offer equitable access to distance learning opportunities to every child. Students in need of a computer to access student learning extensions and other educational opportunities should contact their school to request a device.

Students in need of technical assistance at the mobile Wi-Fi locations can contact the District Technology helpline at (702) 799-2988.

Maps and a list of the Wi-Fi bus stop locations and times is available by clicking here. Media outlets seeking photos of the Wi-Fi equipped buses may obtain them by clicking here.

For more information about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

Star Graduates 2020 – College of Southern Nevada High School (East)

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I am pleased to recommend Isaac Garcia as CSN East High School’s Star Grad. I have only known this student for a few months as the previous counselor left in September. However, in the short time Isaac has distinguished himself at the College of Southern Nevada High School. I feel Issac embodies all that is good about young people today: dedication, passion and determination.

As a result of his tenacity, he has developed very clear educational and vocational goals. He has great vision and can be seen almost as an “old soul, wise beyond his years”. Isaac aspires to be a photojournalist and even has a job as a photoshop instructor for other kids. Along with this job, Isaac also works as a host at a local restaurant, does various community service projects as well as being involved with sports; specifically cross-country and track & field placing at the state level. In an effort to achieve these goals, the rigorous dual credit college preparatory high school program that is the College of Southern Nevada High School, has proven that Isaac can be successful in a college environment. He currently garners a 3.0 college GPA along with carrying a 4.0 weighted high school GPA.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Legacy High School

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Legacy High School is proud to recognize Shariesa Smith as our Star Graduate for 2020. Shariesa consistently set an exceptional example for others to follow and exemplified what it means to leave a Legacy. In addition to maintaining a rigorous academic schedule of Advanced Placement courses throughout her four years at Legacy, she devoted time toward various school and community-based organizations. She currently serves as the President for the Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, City of Las Vegas Batteries Included, and Legacy Project programs.

In addition to utilizing these experiences to develop personal leadership skills, Shariesa served as a positive role model and assisted up and coming students. As the Vice President of the Black Student Union (BSU), Shariesa dedicated numerous hours in order to make positive contributions to the school’s overall climate and culture.Shariesa served as a student representative for the School Organizational Team and provided meaningful input from a student perspective. To quote Shariesa, “Attending Legacy opened so many doors which allowed me to get involved with the community and become a leader within my school. Now I can leave a legacy so that other students can follow my footsteps.”

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – College of Southern Nevada High School (South)

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During her Junior year, Annabella’s family experienced an extreme tragedy. Her father took his own life in October 2019. Three months later, her mother also passed away. She and her four siblings struggled to cope with the enormous grief and loss of their parents while also attempting to navigate all of the legalities and financial burdens that came with it. As a student, somehow, Annabella continued to excel in our rigorous dual credit program. She has also been a devoted member of our Student Council. She is incredibly self-aware and has never once played herself as a victim. She has a sweet and indomitable spirit that is an inspiration to her teachers and peers alike. I am so proud to have known her and gratified to have been able to support her in any small way through this challenging time.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Rancho High School

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First-generation college-bound Latina Denises Justo-Soriano will graduate from Rancho High School near the top of her class. She credits her accomplishments to hard work, dedication, and an encouraging family. Denises embodies Rancho’s philosophy of taking advantage of opportunities and experiences. She’s done this throughout her academic career, enrolling at two of the district’s nationally certified magnet programs, first at Cashman Middle School and then at Rancho High School. Denises has participated in flag football all four years, serving as team captain for two. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Hispanic Student Union, and Magnet Ambassadors, and she has consistently maintained one of the highest GPAs in her class. Outside of Rancho, Denises has been a part of the local non-profit organization Leaders in Training, which seeks to address the educational inequities facing students of color. Denises was named a Questbridge Scholar and will be receiving a full-ride scholarship to Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where she will continue her studies in pursuit of a career in medicine. Rancho High School is proud to name Denises Justo-Soriano a Star Grad of the Class of 2020.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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CCSD Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)

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The Clark County School District honors its more than 18,000 dedicated educators. 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.

Please follow CCSD on Twitter @ClarkCountySch or like us on Facebook and Instagram at Clark County School District to see how school communities are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Share your own celebrations using #TeacherAppreciationWeek.

While this week shines a spotlight on teachers, we want every one of our more than 42,000 employees to know we appreciate you and your work on behalf of our students. Thank you for your daily dedication, especially in our current circumstances, to making CCSD #1forKids

Star Graduate 2020 – Nevada Learning Academy

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Lena decided to transfer to Nevada Learning Academy for her senior year so that she could continue her school work while maintaining her job. Although it was a major transition from traditional to online school, she managed to excel in her studies. Throughout high school, she constantly pushed herself by taking honors courses and seven AP classes but that hard work has paid off and she is now graduating at the top of her class with a 4.655 GPA. She is very passionate about science and the workings of the medical field. She hopes to one day become a physician’s assistant or a nurse anesthetist so that she can assist her own community and make a contribution to the healthcare field. She hopes to attend UNLV Honors College or Howard University in the fall to major in Biology and minor in Biochemistry.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Desert Pines HS

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Amy Ploudre is a Desert Pines High School senior with an unweighted GPA of 3.9 and a weighted GPA of 4.7. Amy has been a member of National Honor Society for two years and has been actively involved in the Community Service Club for two years. Amy has also been an active member in the marching band since her sophomore year at Desert Pines High School, playing the flute and serving as a drum major. Amy is involved in the TRIO Upward Bound program. Amy is dedicated, inquisitive, driven, and a natural leader.

Amy consistently seeks what is right for others, instead of being right above others. She takes initiative and is always the first student to reach out while never being afraid to ask for help or clarification. Amy is a kind, thoughtful, hardworking, humble, and very intelligent young woman.

In the fall Amy will attend UNLV and will major in social work so she can give back to her community.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Canyon Springs HS

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Jailene is a first-generation American, high school student, and, soon to be, college student. She has overcome many obstacles as the daughter of immigrants without a high school education. Jailene started her high school career uninterested and just moving through the motions with no idea of what her future would hold. She quickly rose above and beyond and immersed herself in her passion for community service and creating change and discovered her love for astrophysics. Her passion for service has led her to volunteer in many ways from volunteering at a local hospital and elementary school to organizing a blood drive and other projects on campus. From physics research to her love for reading, Jailene is a well-rounded student who is both humble and demonstrates pride in everything she does. She has grown into a strong leader who is not only ranked one in her class but was accepted into four ivy league universities along with 15 other prestigious universities including Stanford University and Duke University. She will be attending Harvard University in the fall with a full aid scholarship where she will be majoring in astrophysics and mathematics.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduate 2020 – Arbor View HS

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Maria “Sam” Cheng is an amazing Arbor View High School senior who has been accepted to USC’s Mechanical Engineering Program! Sam has participated in a wide range of classes and activities while at Arbor View and has challenged herself both academically and in extracurricular activities. She is a CTE completer in the PLTW Biomedical program and has taken 12 AP courses. She plays the piano, has participated in the AVHS Band and was a member of the swim team. We are so proud of her accomplishments and hard work!

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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