52 CCSD Students Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

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A total of 52 Clark County School District (CCSD) high school students have been selected as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and qualify to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million to be offered next spring.

These students were among the highest-scoring participants in Nevada, and out of more than 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools nationwide, who entered the program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is the initial screening for program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To become a National Merit finalist, each semifinalist and his or her high school are required to complete a detailed application that provides information about the candidate’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors, and awards received. Merit Scholar designees will be selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.

“Being named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist is an outstanding accomplishment, and our students and staff should be proud,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “This demonstrates true dedication to academic achievement and I congratulate these students on this honor and wish them the best on their path to becoming National Merit finalists.”

CCSD congratulates the following National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists:

Advanced Technologies Academy

  • Garcia, Yanyel E.

  • Lewis, Colin J.

  • Perez-Herrera, Edward

  • Rice, Ty J.

  • Rose, Davis A.

  • Shadd, Isaiah E.

  • Wittwer, Colton

  • Zheng, Benet C.


Arbor View High School

  • Scow, Caleb B.


College of Southern Nevada

  • Shipley, Peverel D.


Coronado High School

  • Digiacomo, Nicolas G.

  • Dorrough, Patrick H.

  • Fakler, Wyatt P.

  • Gerardo, Raymond T.

  • Ghani, Moonis M.

  • Ha, Elizabeth

  • Hettinger, Joshua T.

  • Kyong, Daniel L.

  • Shankar, Sanjay C.

  • Sullivan, Zachary T.

  • Veyne, Maximilian T.

  • Vott, Steve S.


Ed W. Clark High School

  • Adams, Sophia

  • Birt, Charles P.

  • Chundu, Sahi

  • Chung, Kenneth J.

  • Coloma, Caitlyn Taylor H.

  • Hoffman, Malcolm T.

  • Lin, Sydney E.

  • Lok, Daniel A.

  • Patel, Dylan

  • Reddy, Jaiden S.

  • Shah, Isha K.

  • Spagnolo, Mathew

  • Tian, Melissa Y.

  • Wade, Subhan B.

  • Wang, Grace Y.

  • Wang, Kaitlyn K.

  • Wang, Yiting

  • Wrote, Evan R.

  • Zhan, Felix Y.


Green Valley High School

  • Nguyen, Henry J.

  • Remington, Lily E.


Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

  • Rohani, Kusha R.


Palo Verde High School

  • Carver, Clark A.

  • Nielson, Mya M.

  • Raju, Priya D.

  • Variar, Rahul G.


Rancho High School

  • Danser, Andrew M.


Virgin Valley High School

  • Tan, Jaden


West Career and Technical Academy

  • Jain, Vihaan

  • Kwon, Athina

CCSD Meal Distribution Information – Update

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As of September 9, the Clark County School District (CCSD) will be providing free school meals to all children 2 – 18 years of age. CCSD is able to extend the meals to all children after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a waiver that CCSD requested.

Students may pick up meals at any food site. A student’s parent/guardian may also pick up meals for students without the child present during the meal pickup.

Please see the updated information for frequently asked questions on how to pick up meals during full-time distance education now that CCSD has received a waiver from the USDA.

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A partir del 9 de Septiembre, el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark (CCSD) proporcionará comidas escolares gratuitas a todos los niños de 2 a 18 años de edad. El CCSD puede proporcionar las comidas a todos los niños después de que el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) aprobó una exención que el CCSD solicitó.

Los estudiantes pueden recoger las comidas en cualquier sitio de distribución de alimentos. El padre o tutor del estudiante también puede recoger las comidas para los estudiantes sin que el niño/a esté presente cuando se reciban los alimentos.

Consulte la información actualizada a continuación para ver las preguntas frecuentes sobre cómo recibir los alimentos durante la educación a distancia de tiempo completo ahora que el CCSD ha recibido una exención del USDA.

CCSD School Earns Arts Schools Network Exemplary School Designation

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Clark County School District School (CCSD) K.O. Knudson Academy of the Arts has been designated an Exemplary School in recognition of its commitment to excellence by the Arts Schools Network Board of Directors. The five-year designation is awarded for 2020-2025.

“I am extremely proud that K.O. Knudson Academy of the Arts is being recognized as one of the top performing arts schools in the nation,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “The arts are an integral part of a student’s education and Knudson Academy of the Arts is a wonderful example of how the hard work of our teachers, support professionals and administrators make CCSD #1 For Kids as well as a national model for excellence in education including the arts.”

Since 1997, K.O. Knudson Academy of the Arts has offered its students a unique middle school experience, with access to rigorous academic instruction that infuses arts-integration. The K.O. experience provides opportunities for students to pursue multiple courses of artistic study to discover their passions. Through accelerated learning, support and encouragement – they foster an experience that makes the community demand an encore. It is the mission of K.O. Knudson Academy of the Arts to achieve academic excellence through the integration of the arts across the curriculum. Faculty and staff strive to create and maintain a safe and welcoming learning environment that empowers and challenges students to think critically, creatively and insightfully while developing their passion for the arts.

Arts Schools Network (ASN), the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, awards Exemplary School designations to members that follow A Guide to Assessing Your Arts School in strategically evaluating their school’s purpose, operations and educational programs. The Guide is a collaborative effort by ASN and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools. Due to COVID-19 and the inability to host an in-person conference in 2020, ASN will honor the school at the Awards Breakfast hosted during the ASN 2021 Annual Conference, in Chicago, IL.

Dedicated to excellence and leadership in arts education, ASN, a non-profit association founded in 1981, provides arts school leaders, innovative partners and members of arts education institutions with quality resources, support and networking opportunities. Visit to learn more.

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit

CCSD Meal Distribution Information – Starting August 24

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The first day of Distance Education begins on Monday, August 24, 2020, and the Clark County School District (CCSD) will expand its food sites from 46 current sites to more than 300 food sites district-wide following federal guidelines to provide meals to students.

Starting Monday, students will need to meet free and reduced-price meal program eligibility in order to receive meals at no cost. Free and reduced eligible students will receive meals at no cost and paying customers will need to pay for meals they receive. We encourage all parents to fill out an application for meal eligibility online at

Additionally, under federal guidelines, only students enrolled in a CCSD school or CCSD-sponsored charter school may receive meals at CCSD school sites beginning Monday, August 24, 2020.

Haga clic aquí para obtener una lista de las preguntas frecuentes sobre la distribución de comidas del CCSD

El primer día de educación a distancia comienza el lunes 24 de agosto de 2020, y el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark (CCSD) ampliará sus sitios de distribución de alimentos de 46 sitios actuales a más de 300 sitios en todo el Distrito siguiendo las pautas federales para proporcionar comidas a los estudiantes.

A partir del lunes, los estudiantes deberán cumplir con la elegibilidad del programa de comidas gratis o de precio reducido para poder recibir comidas sin costo alguno. Los estudiantes elegibles gratis o con descuento recibirán comidas sin costo y los clientes que paguen deberán pagar por las comidas que reciban. Alentamos a todos los padres a completar una solicitud de elegibilidad para comidas en línea en

Además, según las pautas federales, sólo los estudiantes inscritos en una escuela del CCSD o en una escuela autónoma patrocinada por el CCSD pueden recibir comidas en las escuelas del CCSD a partir del lunes 24 de agosto de 2020.

Consulte la información a continuación con respecto a las preguntas frecuentes sobre cómo recoger los alimentos a partir del lunes 24 de agosto de 2020 durante la educación a distancia.

New Program Connects Students with Technology

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Connecting Kids Nevada is a new program to connect students with technology. Visit to learn more about how families can obtain internet connectivity and technology assistance. A Family Support Center has also been created to assist Nevadans. Families can call 888-616-2476 and talk to a representative in English or Spanish.

Information is also available for organizations and individuals interested in supporting this program through donations. A link is available here.

The  Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, Communities In Schools Nevada, and The Public Education Foundation have joined forces and announced today the introduction of “Connecting Kids,” a statewide community coalition formed to ensure that all students across the state of Nevada have equal access to virtual learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Beginning with the Clark County School District and expanding to all school districts across the state, the community coalition is committed to getting all students online and connected to their school. To achieve this goal and reach all 312,000 students within the district, CCSD has created a brief survey for all families to answer which can be found at Additionally, The Family Support Center through an innovative partnership with Cox Communications and CCSD has been established to connect every qualified CCSD student to the internet, subsidized by CCSD. The Family Support Center can be reached at 888-616-2476 and will have English and Spanish speaking operators available Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, beginning Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Java with Jara on July 13: Virtual Town Hall About Reopening Our Schools

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Join Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara for a virtual town hall teleconference hosted by Board of Trustees President Lola Brooks, on Monday, July 13, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Participants can submit questions in advance by emailing, or can ask questions during the call.

To join the conversation, dial 877-229-8493 (Pin: 119398) at the time of the event or stream it online at

Replays of previous town hall teleconferences can be found at

Previas juntas comunitarias en inglés pueden escucharse en

Trustees Provisionally Approve Reopening School Plan

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees unanimously voted to provisionally approve the Reopening Our Schools Plan for submission to the Nevada Department of Education. The plan was developed under the guidelines of the Governor’s Phase 2 reopening plans for the State of Nevada.

The proposed plan above meets requirements that CCSD must fulfill with the state of Nevada’s guidelines which includes social distancing.

To view the Reopening Our Schools Plan presentation that includes model schedules for teachers and students, click here.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the proposed reopening of CCSD schools click here.

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