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Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara Delivers State of the Schools Address

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On Jan. 11, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara delivered his first State of the Schools address alongside Governor Steve Sisolak, members of the CCSD Board of School Trustees and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Thom Reilly. Among other things, Jara announced that he and his leadership team have been working on a draft five-year strategy for the district called Focus 2024. It outlines a plan to achieve the goals the Board of School Trustees have laid out for the district over the next five years. These goals include a 90 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent increase in college and career ready diplomas.

The State of the Schools address was delivered at the Thomas and Mack Center, with hundreds of community members in attendance. Click here for more details.

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The Smith Center and The Rogers Foundation announced that nominations are now open for their fourth-annual Heart of Education Awards, recognizing outstanding educators in Clark County School District (CCSD). Anyone can nominate a CCSD teacher through January 18, 2019 at

This awards program honors CCSD teachers across all grades and curricula who go above and beyond for their students, such as launching valuable new programs and devoting time outside the classroom to support students in need.

Educators Invited to Take Part in Tech Innovator Symposium on November 3

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CUE-NV and the CCSD BlendED Team will present the Silver State Tech Innovator Symposium on Saturday, November 3, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cimarron-Memorial High School. The theme is Enriching Digital Learning. Educators can register for the symposium at If you have any questions, call (702) 799-0063, ext. 4211, or email

Fox 5’s Shining Star: See How Michael Thrower Gives Back to the Community

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Michael Thrower, a Clark County School District purchasing supervisor who also is a CCSD Police Services chaplain, recently was named a Fox 5 “Shining Star” for his volunteering that seeks to spiritually comfort those serving in law enforcement.

Thrower is founder of Adopt-A-Cop’s Nevada chapter, which assigns one prayer partner for every law enforcement officer in Nevada. “We want to bring them that comfort that could only be given to you by a spiritual life,” Thrower told Fox 5.

As the recipient as the Fox 5 Shining Star, which recognizes outstanding people in our community who go above and beyond, Thrower also receives $500 to continue his mission.

View the Fox 5 story profiling Thrower’s work with Adopt-A-Cop.

25 CCSD Schools Named Shining Stars

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Twenty-five Clark County School District (CCSD) schools have been recognized as Shining Stars Schools by the Nevada Department of Education (NDE).

A Shining Stars School is a high-performing school serving a high percentage of students in poverty. A high-performing school is one that achieved a 4- or 5-Star rating on the most recent Nevada School Performance Framework.

An elementary or middle school serving a high percentage of students in poverty has at least 75 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL). For high schools, the cutoff is at least 50 percent of students eligible for FRL.

“One of our core beliefs is that all students can succeed, regardless of their background and challenges,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara.

“These Shining Stars Schools demonstrate to our community that, with the right supports and dedication to rigor, every child can thrive in our traditional public schools,” Dr. Jara said. “I hope the community joins me in celebrating the success of these schools, including their students, teachers, support professionals, and principals.”

One of the 25 CCSD Shining Stars Schools was Helen M. Smith Elementary School, whose school’s student population has 100 percent eligibility for FRL. In this year’s Nevada School Performance Framework assessment, the elementary School was designated a 5-Star School.

“We appreciate the ‘Shining Stars’ designation because it validates all of the hard work and the many sacrifices that the teachers and support professionals make to educate the students,” said Robert Hinchliffe, principal of Helen M. Smith Elementary School. “They are the individuals who made this happen and I am fortunate to get to work alongside them as they lead the students to success.”

Statewide Smarter Balanced assessment data for elementary and middle schools show that students qualifying for FRL have a proficiency rate approximately 10 percentage points below the average for all students. The majority of elementary and middle school Shining Stars outperformed the state average in math and reading, some by as much as 27 percentage points in math and 21 percentage points in English Language Arts.

This year’s CCSD Shining Stars Schools include 17 elementary schools, two middle schools and six high schools.

This is the third year that NDE has published a Shining Stars Schools list. Following is this year’s complete list of CCSD schools meriting this distinction:

CCSD Shining Stars – Elementary Schools

  • James H. Bilbray
  • Blue Diamond
  • Marion E. Cahlan
  • Crestwood
  • Ruben P. Diaz
  • Pat Diskin
  • Doris French
  • James I. Gibson
  • Addeliar D. Guy
  • Fay Herron
  • Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet
  • Martha P. King
  • Estes McDoniel
  • Lewis E. Rowe
  • Helen Marie Smith
  • Joseph E. Thiriot
  • Louis Wiener Jr.


CCSD Shining Stars – Middle Schools

  • Indian Springs
  • Odyssey (CCSD sponsored charter school)


CCSD Shining Stars – High Schools

  • East Career and Technical Academy
  • Rancho
  • Sandy Valley
  • Southeast Career and Technical Academy
  • Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy
  • West Prep Academy

CCSD Schools Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) is a time to recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States, and to celebrate their heritage and culture. Many CCSD schools are engaging in activities to observe Hispanic Heritage Month. One example is Rancho High School, where the Hispanic Student Union is involved in a variety of activities, including the one shown here. Pictured are the Sunrise Mountain High School Ballet Folkorico Dancers performing at Northwest Career and Technical Academy

CCSD Observes Week of Respect

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating the Week of Respect Oct. 1 – 5 with a variety of events and activities at schools, which promote a safe and respectful learning environment. As part of their Pledge to Respect Day activities, students at Clarence Piggott Academy of International Studies, used chalk to write positive messages on the school’s sidewalks and playgrounds. Students also had a blue ribbon fence decorating activity to promote the messages of kindness and respect. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

Please take a moment to watch the following videos:

Dr. Jesus F. Jara

Toe Tag Monologues

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

C.C. Ronnow Elementary School

Dr. Jesus F. Jara (video #2).

Celebrate Week of Respect the First Week of October

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will celebrate the Week of Respect, scheduled for the first week of October. Per NRS 236.073, Governor Sandoval proclaimed Oct. 1 – 5 as the Week of Respect, which is the launching of a yearlong effort to enhance a safe and respectful learning environment. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

Woolley Elementary Principal Darryl Wyatt Earns National Recognition

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Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School Principal Darryl Wyatt is among 62 principals from across the U.S. and overseas to be selected for the prestigious National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) 2018 class of National Distinguished Principals.

“Today’s principals are tasked with attending to students’ social and emotional needs at greater levels, even while they give their all to drive academic success in their school communities,” said Dr. L. Earl Franks, NAESP’s executive director. “NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to outstanding school leaders.”

On its website, the organization said, “In his 17 years of principalship, Dr. Darryl C. Wyatt has cultivated a systematic and community-oriented approach to leadership, the impacts of which have rippled far beyond the individual schools which he has served.”

NAESP will celebrate the 62 outstanding principals at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.


CCSD Celebrates High Achievement and Growth in Star Ratings

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On Sept. 14, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara celebrated that 94 schools attained a 4-Star or 5-Star ranking in the 2018 Nevada School Performance Framework released today — despite more rigorous standards.

CCSD Board of School Trustees President Deanna L. Wright heralded the 46 5-Star schools, 48 4-Star schools and 44 schools that increased at least one Star from the 2017 results.

“We know there are pockets of excellence throughout CCSD, and today we want to celebrate the many educators who are exceeding standards to deliver first-class education to their students,” Wright said.

The event was held at Addeliar Guy Elementary School in North Las Vegas, which increased from 2 Stars to 4 Stars.

This is the first time the state has implemented a new, more rigorous requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that caps points from schools with opportunity gaps, which are gaps in achievement between student subgroups.