Do you know a local teacher who stands above the rest — someone who goes above and beyond to put students first? If so, nominate an outstanding teacher today for the Heart of Education Awards! The Smith Center opened the nomination period for its 2020 Heart of Education Awards, designed to recognize exceptional local educators. With support from program sponsor The Rogers Foundation, hundreds of nominated educators will be honored at an invitation-only event in April 2020 at The Smith Center. For more information, visit theheartofeducation.org.
Clark County School District (CCSD) stands strong against bullying and cyberbullying – and reaffirms its yearlong commitment to enhancing a safe and respectful learning environment during the Week of Respect. This year the Week of Respect is Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, and CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander.”
“The Week of Respect’s activities are designed to inspire CCSD students, employees and the entire community as they work together toward a common goal – which includes respect, inclusion, and good citizenship,” says Brandon Moeller, Director of CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Education Department.
Each day of the week has the following themes:
- Monday, Sept. 30 – Celebrate Diversity Day
- Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Respect Diversity Day
- Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Respect Each Other Day
- Thursday, Oct. 3 – Respect Your School Day
- Friday, Oct. 4 – “Get Your Blue On” Day
During the week, myriad activities will be planned each day at CCSD schools, including respect-oriented morning announcements, essays/poems that honor diversity, “meet a new friend” events, creation of artwork that celebrates respect, and much more.
Week of Respect culminates Friday with the “Get Your Blue On” campaign. CCSD encourages everyone to wear blue and share photos on social media using the hashtag #CCSDGetYourBlueOn. Tag @ClarkCountySch and @EDE4CCSD in your tweets.
Interested in becoming a bus driver for CCSD? The CCSD Transportation Department will host a job fair on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon at 4499 S. Arville Yard, Las Vegas.
As part of the event, applicants can apply onsite and they will have the opportunity to talk with current drivers about their duties. Applicants will also have the opportunity to ride in a bus around the yard to get a feel for what it is like to be a bus driver.
Bus drivers earn $15.30 per hour. CCSD provides paid training and assistance in obtaining the proper license. You an apply online as a bus driver trainee at www.teach.vegas or call 702.799.5427 for more information.
Over the past two years, our community showed its heart, courage and dedication to our home.
We are humbled by the acts of bravery in our city and beyond.
CCSD and the Las Vegas Clark County Library District celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with talented middle and high school mariachi musicians. Students will perform at Viva el Mariachi Concert on Friday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas.
Band scheduled to perform:
-Las Vegas High School Mariachi Joya
-K.O. Knudson Academy of Creative Arts & Technology Mariachi Los Pumas
-Monaco Middle School Mariachi Los Gavilanes
With special guests, Sunrise Mountain High School Ballet Folklorico Alborada
This event is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 702.507.3459.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara celebrated the attainment of 4-star and 5-star ratings for 98 CCSD schools on the 2019 Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) released by the Nevada Department of Education.
CCSD Board of Trustees President Lola Brooks congratulated the 44 five-star schools, 54 four-star schools, and 86 schools that increased at least one star from the 2018 results.
“Our schools continue to show improvement throughout CCSD. Today, we want to celebrate the many educators who are focusing on student success to deliver high-quality instruction,” said Trustee Brooks. “I’m extremely proud of our students, teachers, support professionals and administrators for their hard work.”
Additionally, all of CCSD’s career and technical academies, as well as CCSD’s College of Southern Nevada High Schools, achieved a five-star rating.
“Student success is CCSD’s core business and our star ratings continue to highlight our individual school successes, while also showcasing opportunities for growth,” said Superintendent Jara. “I want to congratulate our classroom teachers, licensed educators, principals, support professionals and administrators for their commitment to our children.”
- In 2019, a total of 98 CCSD schools were rated at the four or five-star levels.
- In 2019, a total of 86 CCSD schools increased their star rating:
- 56 elementary schools increased their star rating
- 22 middle schools increased their star rating
- 8 high schools increased their star rating
Schools with exemplary results include:
- From two to five-stars – Vincent L. Triggs Elementary School.
- From three to five-stars – Lawrence and Heidi Canarelli Middle School, Jack and Terry Mannion Middle School, Elton M. Garrett Junior High School, Walter Johnson Junior High School Academy of International Studies, Lois and Jerry Tarkanian Middle School, Grant Bowler Elementary School, and Elise L. Wolff Elementary School.
- From two to four-stars – Charlotte Hill Elementary School, Roger M. Bryan Elementary School, Joseph M. Neal Elementary School, Harriet Treem Elementary School, and Odyssey Charter School.
The District will continue working to maintain achievements and address needed improvements.
“CCSD remains committed to having all schools be at three stars or higher by 2024,” said Superintendent Jara. “The District’s five-year strategic plan, Focus: 2024, works to ensure equity and access to a rich and rigorous education for all students. We are celebrating our achievements, and will continue to support our classroom teachers and principals to reach our goals and continue to put kids first.”
ABOUT THE NSPF:
The NSPF is an accountability system in which public schools in Nevada are issued an annual index score and star rating based on the school’s performance on various measures over the prior school year. Schools are assigned an overall star rating of one to five stars, relative to total points earned, with total index points possible between 1 and 100.
Information on how schools receive points within each measure of the NSPF is located in the School Rating Report on http://nevadareportcard.com.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) will assist students and families as they prepare for the 2019-20 school year during the 12th Annual Cox Back to School Fairs, being held at local shopping malls during July and August.
- July 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Boulevard, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway
- August 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane
- August 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Downtown Summerlin, 2025 Festival Plaza Drive
There will be over 50 booths at the fairs; various booths 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 Galleria at Sunset, The Boulevard and Meadows Mall fairs. 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 Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Department reached over 100,000 family members during the 2018-19 school year through the University of Family Learning (UFL). FACES works hard to support and leverage all stakeholders with increasing student achievement and attendance.
The UFL offers family members an opportunity to access bilingual (and free of charge) workshops, resources, and information focused on increasing both family and student success. Workshops are held at school sites, the 10 FACES Family Engagement Centers, libraries, recreation centers, and other sites throughout the community.
The Fifth Annual Ceremony of Achievement, recognizing family members, schools, and community partners who went above and beyond to engage with FACES during the 2018-19 school year, was held on May 15 at Valley High School. There were 209 family members honored with a Certificate of Achievement for their deep-rooted commitment in engaging in over 50 hours of UFL course work.
Marta Castro and Diana Lozano, honorees who were recognized for their participation in the UFL for five years, credit the UFL for helping them support their children’s learning at home. Castro, recently featured on the Vegas PBS website, said that through “the Ready to Learn Program workshops, I learned that I can teach my children a lot of things that have a huge impact on their learning in school.” Lozano thanked the FACES staff for encouraging her to participate in classes to practice English. She said her children, Kerry and Joel, are the biggest reason she attends workshops.
The three schools recognized as the FACES School Partners of the Year, based upon the family-school partnership model, were Berkeley L. Bunker Elementary School (Region 1), Valley High School (Region 2), and C.C. Ronnow Elementary School (Region 3). Each school received a plaque to signify the shared responsibility of cultivating and sustaining powerful parent partners within their schools.
With parent and community support as one of the five priorities within the Focus: 2024 strategic plan, FACES will continue to work with families, schools, and the community to be #1forKids.
For more information about FACES, contact us at (702) 799-0303 or visit us at faces.ccsd.net.
The eighth annual Reclaim Your Future Senior Celebration took place on May 10 at the Texas Station. The event, sponsored by the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and the City of Las Vegas, celebrated the nearly 500 graduating JAG Seniors from 20 high schools.
These students have faced tremendous adversity in their lives, yet put education first and will graduate on time. Nevada State College, CSN, Sands Cares, and the Bee-Lievers provided over $10,000 in surprise scholarships.
Additionally, the Las Vegas Aces, the NBA Summer League, and Vegas Golden Knights Foundation also raffled off tickets and apparel throughout the event as well.
The event was emceed by Michael Flores and Nicholas Mathews. DJ Lalas played live music throughout the event, and the students found inspiration in the story of Las Vegas Aces’ Rushia Brown.
Clark County School District (CCSD) principals and school leaders recently heard from nationally recognized entrepreneur Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, an education nonprofit whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Khan shared his focus on leveling the playing field during a presentation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
One of CCSD’s top priorities in the Focus: 2024 strategic plan is to increase equity and access to underserved and underrepresented students. CCSD is working with Khan Academy to provide all educators with free tools to assist with equity and access throughout K-12 education.
The Khan Academy features more than 6,500 video lessons teaching a variety of subjects. The videos have been watched more than 1.6 billion times, reaching millions of people around the world.
Pictured are Superintendent Jesus Jara (left), Sal Khan (center) and NWEA CEO Christopher Minnich (right).