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Pre-K to Grade 3 Students Begin Hybrid Instruction

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) announced the timeline for all students to return to face-to-face instruction at a press conference on Feb. 24, 2021. The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is top priority. Comprehensive Health and Safety procedures are outlined in CCSD’s Hybrid Instructional Model Implementation Guide available online in English and Spanish at reconnect.ccsd.net.

“As I’ve stated for many months now, I want schools open. It’s important for our students, staff and our entire community,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I have been very vocal about this with the staff, parents and the community and in the media. This is why we have been working with our employee bargaining units for months.”

Governor Steve Sisolak’s easing of restrictions last week has provided an expedited route to reopen our schools and that is how CCSD is proceeding. District staff have been busy working to figure out what the change in restrictions means for our students, to include a date for each grade level to return to schools, along with logistics such as bus routing, food service, COVID-19 testing, and contact tracing.

CCSD opening timeline

  • March 1 – All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 students return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • March 22 – Grades 6, 9, and 12 can return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • April 6 – Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 can return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • April 6 – Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 will return to five days a week for face-to-face instruction

CCSD will continue to offer a full-time distance education option to our families who feel more comfortable keeping their children at home.

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

The District is also working to allow students to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.

  • Spring Sports

    • Practices to begin April 3, 2021

    • Competition to begin April 16, 2021

    • The following sports: boys and girls track, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls diving, baseball, softball, boys golf and boys volleyball

  • Intramural Fall sports

    • April 5 – May 1, 2021

      • Football

      • Full-contact competition

      • 20 days of practice culminating in a one-hour intrasquad competition

      • Football Intramural window is earlier to allow for the yearly helmets and pads to be reconditioned in time for the regular 2021-22 fall season

    • May 3 – 22, 2021

      • Sports include: boys and girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country and girls volleyball

      • Staggered to avoid forcing students to choose a single sport

      • These intramural/intrasquad sports will have a 20-day practice/competition window

  • No spectators will be allowed at any CCSD athletics events

  • School athletics will follow all guidelines from CCSD, the state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA)

  • All coaches and adults associated with the team will have to have a negative test before activities begin

  • Performing Arts

    • Students will be able to engage in live learning and traditional rehearsals

  • Safety protocols will be implemented to ensure the safest possible return to face-to-face instruction
  • Similar to athletics, students will be permitted to engage in outside of class activities and rehearsals like, marching band, drill team and theater 
  • To ensure continued safety of our community, performing arts classes will have the option of engaging in streamed concerts for the immediate future

 

Reopening schools, bringing back staff and students, and continuing a distance education model requires a lot of logistics and consideration. The District asks for the community’s patience as CCSD works to bring back all students and staff to face-to-face instruction safely.

As additional information becomes available, details will be shared with parents via ParentLink, and with all CCSD staff by email. Updated information will also be available online at reconnect.ccsd.net.


El CCSD proporciona información actualizada sobre los planes de apertura para todos los niveles de grado

El 1 de marzo comienza el calendario para todos los estudiantes que regresan al salón de clase

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark (CCSD) anunció hoy en una conferencia de prensa el calendario para todos los estudiantes que regresan a la enseñanza presencial. La seguridad, el bienestar de los estudiantes y el personal son la máxima prioridad. Los procedimientos integrales de salud y seguridad se describen en la Guía de Implementación del Modelo para la Enseñanza Híbrida del CCSD, disponible en inglés y español en reconnect.ccsd.net.

“Como he dicho durante muchos meses, quiero las escuelas abiertas. Es importante para nuestros estudiantes, el personal y para toda nuestra comunidad,” dijo el Superintendente del CCSD, Dr. Jesús F. Jara. “He hablado mucho sobre esto con el personal, los padres, la comunidad y los medios de comunicación. Es por esto que hemos estado trabajando con nuestras unidades de negociación de empleados por meses “.

La flexibilización de las restricciones por parte del gobernador Steve Sisolak la semana pasada ha proporcionado una ruta acelerada para reabrir nuestras escuelas y así es como está procediendo el CCSD. El personal del distrito ha estado ocupado trabajando para determinar qué significa el cambio en las restricciones para nuestros estudiantes, incluir una fecha para que cada nivel de grado regrese a las escuelas, junto con la logística, como ruta del autobús, el servicio de alimentos, las pruebas de COVID-19 y la localización de contactos.

Calendario de reapertura del CCSD

  • 1 de marzo: todos los estudiantes de preescolar a tercer grado regresan a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 22 de marzo: los grados 6.°, 9.° y 12.° pueden regresar a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 6 de abril: los grados 7.°, 8.°, 10.° y 11.° pueden regresar a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 6 de abril – de preescolar al 5. ° grado volverán cinco días a la semana para la instrucción presencial.

 

El CCSD continuará ofreciendo una opción de educación a distancia de tiempo completo para nuestras familias que se sientan más cómodas manteniendo a sus hijos en casa.

Deportes y Actividades Extracurriculares

El distrito también está trabajando para permitir que los estudiantes participen en deportes y actividades extracurriculares.

  • Deportes de primavera
    • Las prácticas comenzarán el 3 de abril de 2021
    • La competencia comenzará el 16 de abril de 2021
    • Los siguientes deportes: atletismo para niños y niñas, natación para niños y niñas, buceo para niños y niñas, béisbol, softbol, golf para niños y voleibol para niños.
  • Deportes intramurales de otoño
    • Del 5 de abril al 1 de mayo de 2021
      • Fútbol
      • Competición de full-contact (contacto total).
  • 20 días de práctica que culminan en una competencia interescuadras de una hora.
  • El periodo de fútbol intramural es más pronto para permitir que el reacondicionamiento requerido del casco y las almohadillas se complete a tiempo para la temporada de otoño regular 2021-22.
  • Del 3 al 22 de mayo de 2021
    • Los deportes incluyen: tenis para niños y niñas, fútbol para niños y niñas, carrera a campo traviesa para niños y niñas y voleibol para niñas.
    • Escalonado para evitar obligar a los estudiantes a elegir un solo deporte.
    • Estos deportes intramurales/interescuadras tendrán un periodo de práctica/competencia de 20 días.
  • No se permitirán espectadores en ningún evento deportivo del CCSD.
  • Los deportes escolares seguirán todas las directrices del CCSD, el estado, el Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y la Asociación de Actividades Interescolares de Nevada (NIAA).
  • Todos los entrenadores y adultos asociados con el equipo deberán tener una prueba negativa antes de que comiencen las actividades.
  • Las artes escénicas
    • Los estudiantes podrán participar en el aprendizaje en vivo y los ensayos tradicionales.
    • Se implementarán los protocolos de seguridad para garantizar el retorno más seguro posible a la enseñanza presencial.
    • De manera similar a los deportes, a los estudiantes se les permitirá participar en actividades y ensayos fuera de la clase como, banda de música, equipo de prácticas, teatro.
    • Para garantizar la seguridad continua de nuestra comunidad, las clases de artes escénicas tendrán la opción de participar en conciertos transmitidos en el futuro inmediato.

 

Reabrir escuelas, traer de regreso al personal y estudiantes, y continuar con un modelo de educación a distancia requiere mucha logística y consideración. El distrito solicita la paciencia de la comunidad mientras el CCSD trabaja para traer a todos los estudiantes y al personal a la instrucción presencial de manera segura.

A medida que haya información adicional disponible, los detalles se compartirán con los padres a través de ParentLink y con todo el personal del CCSD por correo electrónico. La información actualizada también estará disponible en línea en reconnect.ccsd.net.

Superintendent Announces School Opening Plan

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) announced today at a press conference the timeline for all students to return to face-to-face instruction. The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is top priority. Comprehensive Health and Safety procedures are outlined in CCSD’s Hybrid Instructional Model Implementation Guide available online in English and Spanish at reconnect.ccsd.net.

“As I’ve stated for many months now, I want schools open. It’s important for our students, staff and our entire community,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I have been very vocal about this with the staff, parents and the community and in the media. This is why we have been working with our employee bargaining units for months.”

Governor Steve Sisolak’s easing of restrictions last week has provided an expedited route to reopen our schools and that is how CCSD is proceeding. District staff have been busy working to figure out what the change in restrictions means for our students, to include a date for each grade level to return to schools, along with logistics such as bus routing, food service, COVID-19 testing, and contact tracing.

CCSD opening timeline

  • March 1 – All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 students return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • March 22 – Grades 6, 9, and 12 can return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • April 6 – Grades 7, 8, 10 and 11 can return to face-to-face instruction under the hybrid instructional model

  • April 6 – Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 will return to five days a week for face-to-face instruction

CCSD will continue to offer a full-time distance education option to our families who feel more comfortable keeping their children at home.

Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

The District is also working to allow students to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.

  • Spring Sports

    • Practices to begin April 3, 2021

    • Competition to begin April 16, 2021

    • The following sports: boys and girls track, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls diving, baseball, softball, boys golf and boys volleyball

  • Intramural Fall sports

    • April 5 – May 1, 2021

      • Football

      • Full-contact competition

      • 20 days of practice culminating in a one-hour intrasquad competition

      • Football Intramural window is earlier to allow for the yearly helmets and pads to be reconditioned in time for the regular 2021-22 fall season

    • May 3 – 22, 2021

      • Sports include: boys and girls tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country and girls volleyball

      • Staggered to avoid forcing students to choose a single sport

      • These intramural/intrasquad sports will have a 20-day practice/competition window

  • No spectators will be allowed at any CCSD athletics events

  • School athletics will follow all guidelines from CCSD, the state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA)

  • All coaches and adults associated with the team will have to have a negative test before activities begin

  • Performing Arts

    • Students will be able to engage in live learning and traditional rehearsals

  • Safety protocols will be implemented to ensure the safest possible return to face-to-face instruction
  • Similar to athletics, students will be permitted to engage in outside of class activities and rehearsals like, marching band, drill team and theater 
  • To ensure continued safety of our community, performing arts classes will have the option of engaging in streamed concerts for the immediate future

 

Reopening schools, bringing back staff and students, and continuing a distance education model requires a lot of logistics and consideration. The District asks for the community’s patience as CCSD works to bring back all students and staff to face-to-face instruction safely.

As additional information becomes available, details will be shared with parents via ParentLink, and with all CCSD staff by email. Updated information will also be available online at reconnect.ccsd.net.


El CCSD proporciona información actualizada sobre los planes de apertura para todos los niveles de grado

El 1 de marzo comienza el calendario para todos los estudiantes que regresan al salón de clase

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark (CCSD) anunció hoy en una conferencia de prensa el calendario para todos los estudiantes que regresan a la enseñanza presencial. La seguridad, el bienestar de los estudiantes y el personal son la máxima prioridad. Los procedimientos integrales de salud y seguridad se describen en la Guía de Implementación del Modelo para la Enseñanza Híbrida del CCSD, disponible en inglés y español en reconnect.ccsd.net.

“Como he dicho durante muchos meses, quiero las escuelas abiertas. Es importante para nuestros estudiantes, el personal y para toda nuestra comunidad,” dijo el Superintendente del CCSD, Dr. Jesús F. Jara. “He hablado mucho sobre esto con el personal, los padres, la comunidad y los medios de comunicación. Es por esto que hemos estado trabajando con nuestras unidades de negociación de empleados por meses “.

La flexibilización de las restricciones por parte del gobernador Steve Sisolak la semana pasada ha proporcionado una ruta acelerada para reabrir nuestras escuelas y así es como está procediendo el CCSD. El personal del distrito ha estado ocupado trabajando para determinar qué significa el cambio en las restricciones para nuestros estudiantes, incluir una fecha para que cada nivel de grado regrese a las escuelas, junto con la logística, como ruta del autobús, el servicio de alimentos, las pruebas de COVID-19 y la localización de contactos.

Calendario de reapertura del CCSD

  • 1 de marzo: todos los estudiantes de preescolar a tercer grado regresan a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 22 de marzo: los grados 6.°, 9.° y 12.° pueden regresar a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 6 de abril: los grados 7.°, 8.°, 10.° y 11.° pueden regresar a la enseñanza presencial bajo el modelo de enseñanza híbrida.
  • 6 de abril – de preescolar al 5. ° grado volverán cinco días a la semana para la instrucción presencial.

 

El CCSD continuará ofreciendo una opción de educación a distancia de tiempo completo para nuestras familias que se sientan más cómodas manteniendo a sus hijos en casa.

Deportes y Actividades Extracurriculares

El distrito también está trabajando para permitir que los estudiantes participen en deportes y actividades extracurriculares.

  • Deportes de primavera
    • Las prácticas comenzarán el 3 de abril de 2021
    • La competencia comenzará el 16 de abril de 2021
    • Los siguientes deportes: atletismo para niños y niñas, natación para niños y niñas, buceo para niños y niñas, béisbol, softbol, golf para niños y voleibol para niños.
  • Deportes intramurales de otoño
    • Del 5 de abril al 1 de mayo de 2021
      • Fútbol
      • Competición de full-contact (contacto total).
  • 20 días de práctica que culminan en una competencia interescuadras de una hora.
  • El periodo de fútbol intramural es más pronto para permitir que el reacondicionamiento requerido del casco y las almohadillas se complete a tiempo para la temporada de otoño regular 2021-22.
  • Del 3 al 22 de mayo de 2021
    • Los deportes incluyen: tenis para niños y niñas, fútbol para niños y niñas, carrera a campo traviesa para niños y niñas y voleibol para niñas.
    • Escalonado para evitar obligar a los estudiantes a elegir un solo deporte.
    • Estos deportes intramurales/interescuadras tendrán un periodo de práctica/competencia de 20 días.
  • No se permitirán espectadores en ningún evento deportivo del CCSD.
  • Los deportes escolares seguirán todas las directrices del CCSD, el estado, el Centro para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y la Asociación de Actividades Interescolares de Nevada (NIAA).
  • Todos los entrenadores y adultos asociados con el equipo deberán tener una prueba negativa antes de que comiencen las actividades.
  • Las artes escénicas
    • Los estudiantes podrán participar en el aprendizaje en vivo y los ensayos tradicionales.
    • Se implementarán los protocolos de seguridad para garantizar el retorno más seguro posible a la enseñanza presencial.
    • De manera similar a los deportes, a los estudiantes se les permitirá participar en actividades y ensayos fuera de la clase como, banda de música, equipo de prácticas, teatro.
    • Para garantizar la seguridad continua de nuestra comunidad, las clases de artes escénicas tendrán la opción de participar en conciertos transmitidos en el futuro inmediato.

 

Reabrir escuelas, traer de regreso al personal y estudiantes, y continuar con un modelo de educación a distancia requiere mucha logística y consideración. El distrito solicita la paciencia de la comunidad mientras el CCSD trabaja para traer a todos los estudiantes y al personal a la instrucción presencial de manera segura.

A medida que haya información adicional disponible, los detalles se compartirán con los padres a través de ParentLink y con todo el personal del CCSD por correo electrónico. La información actualizada también estará disponible en línea en reconnect.ccsd.net.

CCSD Provides One-Stop Website For Hybrid Instructional Model Information

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) has launched reconnect.ccsd.net, a one-stop website for helpful information about the District’s hybrid instructional model.

The website is a handy resource for all information related to hybrid instruction, which begins March 1 for pre-kindergarten to Grade 3 students whose families choose for them to return to the classroom. Information on the website includes topics related to health and safety, food service, transportation, and technology, as well as information about hybrid instruction and full-time distance education.

“Our goal is to provide helpful information to parents and students within one website,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I invite parents, students, and the community to visit the website for details about what to expect with hybrid instruction and helpful videos. Additionally, the District understands that not all parents are ready to have their children return to school buildings, so we are proud to provide choice for our families with the continuation of a full-time distance education model.”

The District’s instructional model of full-time distance education will continue as well for families. Throughout the second semester, the District will work to transition additional grade levels to the hybrid instructional model; however, there is currently no timeline for this transition.

Pre-K to Grade 3 parents should expect to hear from their child’s school by the end of this week about which cohort their child will be in.

A Spanish version of the website is also available by visiting reconnect.ccsd.net and clicking the language tab at the top left-hand side of the website and clicking “Español.”

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.

CCSD Celebrates Black History Month

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As part of Black History Month, schools are celebrating the contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history. CCSD schools are doing a variety of activities ranging from studying prominent African-Americans to having events that include song, dance and poetry virtually.

This beautiful collage recognizes some of our school namesakes at CCSD that have contributed to education.

Watch Superintendent Jesus F. Jara’s video, recognizing African-American leaders like Hannah Brown, Helen Anderson Toland and the late Tyrone Thompson who have impacted the lives of CCSD students.

Students Pre-K Through 3rd Grade Invited Back to Campuses

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On January 14, 2021, the Clark County School District Board of Trustees approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the District and the Clark County Education Association to transition students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 into the hybrid instructional model. The implementation of the hybrid instructional model for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 will begin on Monday, March 1, 2021, for students. Throughout the second semester, the District will work to transition additional grade levels to the hybrid instructional model; however, there is currently no timeline for this transition.

As the safety and health of our students and staff is a priority, the District will implement the safety and health protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Southern Nevada Health District.

Next Steps

In order to plan for this transition, the District is requesting that all Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 parents complete the hybrid cohort questionnaire. The three item questionnaire is vital to helping schools plan for staffing and transportation. In order to access the survey, please click here. The deadline to complete the questionnaire is 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Parents who have already taken this questionnaire in the last week will have one opportunity to change their response before the deadline.


El 14 de enero de 2021, la Junta de Fideicomisarios del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark aprobó un Memorando de Acuerdo entre el Distrito y la Asociación de Educación del Condado de Clark para hacer la transición de los estudiantes de Pre-Kindergarten al Grado 3 al modelo de instrucción híbrido. La implementación del modelo de instrucción híbrida para estudiantes de Pre-Kindergarten hasta el tercer grado comenzará el lunes 1 de marzo de 2021 para los estudiantes. Durante el segundo semestre, el Distrito trabajará para hacer la transición de niveles de grado adicionales al modelo de instrucción híbrido; sin embargo, actualmente no hay un cronograma para esta transición.

Como la seguridad y salud de nuestros estudiantes y personal es la prioridad, el Distrito implementará los protocolos de seguridad y salud en alineación con los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades y el Distrito de Salud del Sur de Nevada.

Próximos pasos

Para planificar esta transición, el Distrito solicita que todos los padres de Pre-Kindergarten hasta el Grado 3 completen el cuestionario de cohorte híbrido. El cuestionario de tres elementos es vital para ayudar a las escuelas a planificar el personal y el transporte. Para acceder a la encuesta, haga clic aquí. La fecha límite para completar el cuestionario es a las 6:00 p.m. el viernes 29 de enero de 2021. Los padres que ya hayan respondido este cuestionario en la última semana tendrán la oportunidad de cambiar su respuesta antes de la fecha límite.


On Thursday, November 12 the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees received a presentation on the Plan to Transition to the Hybrid Instructional Model (ENG) and Plan para la Transición al Modelo de Educación Híbrida. Following the recommendation of the Board President and the Superintendent, with consideration given to Governor Steve Sisolak’s recent Stay at Home 2.0 order and the raising numbers of COVID-19 cases, the Board of School Trustees did not take action on this item.

The Board acknowledged the difficulties of transitioning to a hybrid model of instruction during a time when local and national health data indicates concerning trends in COVID-19 positive cases. Trustees continued to express concern for the mental health crisis and the academic crisis associated with students in distance education and stressed the need for additional support in these areas.

District staff presented to the Board of School Trustees health and safety precautions outlined in the Plan to Transition to the Hybrid Instructional Model. These measures included voluntary employee COVID-19 testing through T.I.E.S, improved HVAC strategies and strict cleaning protocols for District schools and buildings, as well as additional mental health support through the Lifeline pilot program and Wellness Check Teams.

The hybrid model provides face-to-face instruction for students in cohorts A and B and online instruction for students in full-time distance education. The hybrid model also allows for transportation for eligible students to and from school and the continuation of food distribution for all students.


The District has launched the COVID-19 Positive Cases Dashboard, which allows students, parents, staff and the public to locate and identify which schools and work locations have had or currently have positive COVID-19 cases. Cases displayed on the dashboard are cumulative cases tracked since March 16, 2020, for staff and students.

It is important to note that data utilized to update the dashboard are based on internally confirmed and self-reported COVID-19 positive lab results. The dashboard does not make a distinction between students who are in distance education, hybrid or face-to-face instruction models.

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.

Please continue to check ccsd.net for the most up to date information.

Questions can be submitted to engageCCSD@nv.ccsd.net.

June 29th Town Hall Teleconference: Reopening Our Schools

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Please mark your calendars to join Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara for a virtual town hall teleconference, hosted by Board of School Trustees Vice President Linda P. Cavazos. Dr. Jara will answer questions regarding recommendations presented to the Board of School Trustees on June 25 for the reopening of CCSD schools this fall.

Monday, June 29, 2020, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Participants can submit questions in advance by emailing engageccsd@nv.ccsd.net, 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 ccsd.net.

An additional Town Hall is planned for Monday, July 13, 2020, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Replays of previous town hall teleconferences can be found at ccsd.net/virtualtownhall.

Three CCSD School Leaders Receive Prestigious Recognition

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is pleased to recognize three CCSD administrators who have received prestigious recognitions for their hard work in providing rich and rigorous education to our students.

The three CCSD administrators receiving the special distinctions are:

  • Dr. Cailin Ellis, principal of Victoria Fertitta Middle School, was named the 2019-2020 Secondary Principal of the Year by the Nevada Association of Secondary Schools (NASA) and Secondary School’s Principal’s Association of Nevada (SSPAN).

  • Ms. Rebecca Tschinkel, principal of Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School, was named the 2019-2020 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Nevada Elementary School Principals Association (NESPA).

  • Ms. Dina Meyer, assistant principal at E.W. Griffith Elementary School, was named the 2019-2020 Assistant Principal of the Year by NESPA.

 

“This is a wonderful achievement and I would like to thank our school leaders for their continued contributions,” said CCSD Board of School Trustees President Lola Brooks. “Our community is fortunate to have such great leaders focusing on the academic success and well being of our students. I congratulate them all for receiving this honor.”

“I would like to congratulate these phenomenal administrators for their accomplishments,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I am proud of their work as they led their school communities through a very challenging academic year. Our school leaders, including Dr. Ellis, Ms. Tschinkel and Ms. Meyer, continued to focus on our students’ success and creatively addressed the challenges,” he added. “I thank them for their extraordinary work.”

Dr. Ellis is the National Distinguished Secondary Principal of the year for Nevada. She serves as principal at Fertitta Middle school and what stood out to the selection committee was Cailin’s positive attitude, innovative ideas, kid-friendly style and theacademic growth her students have shown over the course of her tenure at Fertitta Middle School.

Ms. Tschinkel is the National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the year for Nevada. She currently serves as the principal of Diaz Elementary School. She is a visionary leader who overhauled the school’s climate and culture. She sets high expectations for herself, the staff and the students. She bases all decisions on what is best for the students at Diaz. She is committed to ensuring all students achieve regardless of student group, background and socio-economic status.

Ms. Meyer is the National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for Nevada. She currently serves as the assistant principal at Griffith Elementary School. Her commitment to excellence sets her apart from others. She creates a positive and motivating environment for others. She was essential in helping create and implement a plan to increase Griffith’s achievement. She is deserving of this honor and recognition because of her passion for building relationships, her energy and her leadership.

To learn more about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

Congratulations to this Year’s Finalists and Winners of the Heart of Education Awards

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Congratulations to the approximately 800 Clark County School District teachers who were finalists and the 20 winners of this year’s Heart of Education Awards, presented by The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and made possible by The Rogers Foundation.

The awards program recognizes teachers who go above and beyond for their students. This year, the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the red-carpet ceremony that honors the educators. Instead, on May 20, the 20 winners received a surprise video chat call from their principals and the president and CEO of The Smith Center, Myron Martin.

Each of the 20 winners will receive a medallion, a $5,000 cash prize, and an additional $1,000 to use for a school program of their choice. There also will be full-page ads in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday and in El Tiempo, congratulating the educators.

The 2020 award winners include:

  • Claudia Ahumada, Kermit R. Booker Sr. Elementary School
  • Donato Avila, John C. Fremont Middle School
  • Kari Bastin, Dr. Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School
  • Bianca Bautista, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
  • Belisa Brownlee, Rancho High School
  • Matthew Christian, Barbara and Hank Greenspun Junior High School
  • Robert Cuccurullo, Coronado High School
  • Tiffany Grant, Clifford J. Lawrence Junior High School
  • Elizabeth Harris, Lied STEM Academy
  • Elisa Marcheschi Hickey, Western High School
  • Pamela Honey, Martha P. King Elementary School
  • Carolyn Lara, Spring Valley High School
  • Kimberly Law, Mabel W. Hoggard Elementary School
  • William John Love, Liberty High School
  • Crystal Massengale, E.W. Griffith Elementary School
  • Mark Nekoba, Jack Lund Schofield Middle School
  • Richard Pokropski, Centennial High School
  • Tyler Swick, Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School
  • Michelle Taylor, Mabel W. Hoggard Elementary School
  • Kelly Wagner, Green Valley High School