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School is Out, But Back to School is On the Way!

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As we prepare for the new school year, CCSD is asking the community to help students be prepared. We are collecting school supplies for our students in need so that they can be successful.

If you want to help a school near you, we suggest you visit the CCSD Support a School site at Schools post their wish lists on this site for materials and supplies to be used directly in the classroom.

Some of the suggested supplies include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Paper
  • Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Protractors
  • Calculators


You can either contact the school to deliver the items, or contact the School-Community Partnership office for assistance at 702-799-6560.

CCSD Kicks Off New School Year

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Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet event where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome, via red carpet. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the event also included a surprise for Principal Alaina Criner: Local philanthropist Robert Ellis presented the school with a $10,000 donation, adding Kelly to his roster of adopted schools.

Crestwood Elementary School celebrated the opening of its new 22-classroom building to replace portable classrooms on the campus. The principal and assistant principal dressed up in butterfly attire in connection with the school’s motivational theme based on the “butterfly effect.” A total of 19 CCSD schools will open new classroom additions for the 2018-19 school year to alleviate overcrowding.

Dennis Ortwein Elementary School’s namesake sang a song and officiated at the ribbon-cutting for one of the district’s four new schools that opened in the 2018-19 school year.

An event at Chaparral High School highlighted the partnership of CCSD and JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) of Nevada. At Chaparral, combined efforts have increased the school’s graduation rate and improved student’s job readiness skills.

As KTNV reported, Roger D. Gehring Academy of Science and Technology, one of three new Magnet Schools, put the spotlight on its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The school’s new name was unveiled during a special ceremony.

At Becker Middle School, students learned about SafeVoice, a statewide, anonymous reporting system that can be used by students, parents and others to report threats to the safety or well-being of students.

Gov. Brian Sandoval was among the special guests as Tesla representatives and education leaders from across the state gathered at Cimarron-Memorial High School to reveal new robotics opportunities that will be available to a number of students, teachers and organizations throughout the state in the new school year. As the Nevada Independent reported, “Last month, Tesla unveiled $1.5 million in grant money as part of the electric carmaker’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Nevada.” KLAS also reported on the Cimarron-Memorial event.

Members of the Board of School Trustees, as well as Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, took part in many of the day’s events.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies Held for Three New CCSD Elementary Schools

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at three new CCSD schools on Friday:

Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School
Kenneth Divich Elementary School
Shirley A. Barber Elementary School

A fourth new school, Dennis Ortwein Elementary School, also will open for 2018-19, with a ribbon-cutting set for Monday.

The addition of these four new schools brings the total number of CCSD schools to 360 for the 2018-19 school year.

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

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