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Recruitment Event for Veterans and Their Spouses to Focus on CCSD Employment

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A national nonprofit organization, Heroes to Education, and the Clark County School District will co-host a recruitment event on Feb. 27 to share with veterans and their spouses the many employment opportunities at CCSD.

The local recruitment event will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the North Las Vegas Readiness Center, located at 6600 Range Road.

Among the positions and fields at CCSD that are open to candidates with a variety of skills are:

  • teaching
  • transportation
  • clerical and technical support
  • policing


Other community partners involved in this event include the Nevada Department of Veterans Services; the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation; UNLV Military and Veterans Services Center; Nevada National Guard; and USO Nevada.

Heroes to Education is a national nonprofit organization supporting veterans and their spouses in transitioning to jobs in K-12 education.

CCSD Earns 36 Awards from Magnet Schools of America

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The excellence of the Clark County School District (CCSD) Magnet School programs has once again been recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA).

In making its annual announcement of outstanding Magnet schools,  MSA selected 36 CCSD programs at 34 schools as Merit recipients for 2019-20. Sixteen CCSD Magnet Schools were awarded Schools of Excellence designation and 19 schools were awarded Schools of Distinction designation.

Two programs at Rancho High School earned the MSA Magnet School of Excellence Award. The school earned recognition for its Academy of Pre-Medicine and Academy of Aviation Science & Technology. Valley High School also earned two awards. The school’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism earned a merit award of excellence and the International Baccalaureate Programme earned a Magnet School of Distinction Award.

“A big congratulations to our schools for their ongoing commitment to providing the best choice for all students,” CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara said. “Magnet Schools are a critical part of our effort to improve equity and choice inside the District, this is why we eliminated barriers for our students. Thank you to all of the students, staff and community members who continue to help these programs excel.”

The following CCSD programs earned the 2019-20 MSA Magnet School of Excellence Award, which is the top merit award category given to a select group of Magnet Schools across the nation that have demonstrated the highest level of excellence in all facets of the merit award application:

  • Southeast Career and Technical Academy
  • Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts
  • Rancho High School Academy of Aviation Science & Technology
  • Rancho High School Academy of Pre-Medicine
  • Walter Bracken STEAM Academy
  • Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy
  • C.V.T. Gilbert Academy of Creative Arts
  • Mike O’Callaghan Middle School i3 Learn Academy
  • East Career and Technical Academy
  • Jo Mackey Academy of Leadership and Global Communication
  • Roger D. Gehring Academy of Science and Technology
  • Robert O. Gibson Middle School Leadership Academy
  • The STEAM Academy of Jim Bridger Middle School
  • K.O. Knudson Middle School Academy of Creative Arts and Technology
  • Valley High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
  • Walter Johnson Junior High School Academy of International Studies


Schools of Excellence are eligible to receive monetary awards and are eligible to be named the nation’s top elementary, secondary, or new and emerging Magnet School. One of the Schools of Excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 and the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious Magnet School award in the nation.

The following CCSD programs earned the 2019-20 Magnet School of Distinction Award, which is the second-highest level of awards given to Magnet Schools that have met all the basic requirements outlined in MSA’s merit awards scoring rubric:

  • Lomie G. Heard Elementary School
  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Northwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
  • Hyde Park Middle School
  • Canyon Springs High School Leadership & Law Preparatory Academy
  • Gordon McCaw STEAM Academy
  • Sandy Searles Miller Academy for International Studies
  • Lied STEM Academy Middle School
  • Clarence Piggott Academy of International Studies
  • West Career and Technical Academy
  • Mabel Hoggard Math & Science Magnet Elementary School
  • Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts
  • Valley High School International Baccalaureate Programme
  • Roy W. Martin Middle School
  • Desert Pines Magnet Academy
  • Ed W. Clark High School
  • B. Mahlon Brown Academy of International Studies
  • Kenny C. Guinn STEM Academy


“Through magnet programs, we are able to demonstrate what is possible in the world for all students regardless of background,” CCSD Magnet Schools and Career and Technical Academies Director Gia Moore said. “These programs are such an integral part of our community and provide students opportunities to discover their talents and abilities. These awards are a testament to great leadership and teachers at these schools.”

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America, visit For more information about CCSD Magnet Schools, visit

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

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Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara delivered State of the Schools address alongside CCSD Board of School Trustees members.

The 2020 State of the Schools address included a discussion of progress toward goals laid out in the five-year strategic plan, Focus: 2024, along with continuing efforts to increase student success.

The 2020 State of the Schools was presented by Wynn Las Vegas.

Watch the full 2020 Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara State of the Schools address, here.

CCSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week (February 3-7)

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CCSD celebrates National School Counseling Week, “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans,” from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School Board Names New School After Tyrone Thompson

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The Board of School Trustees unanimously approved Tyrone Thompson Elementary School as the name of CCSD’s new school under construction at Mountains Edge Parkway and El Capitan Way.

Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson’s life was guided by his deep desire to be a dedicated public servant to build stronger and safer communities. Born and raised in Clark County, Mr. Thompson represented the growth and transformation of our valley. He spent most of his life in Southern Nevada, from attending Clark County School District (CCSD) schools to 25-plus years in public service across multiple sectors. Assemblyman Thompson died unexpectedly while serving our community during the 2019 legislative session.

Tyrone Thompson Elementary is expected to be completed in time for the 2020-21 school year and will feature 53 classrooms including a science classroom, art classroom, library and two flex classrooms.

To view the document related to this agenda item, click here. To read the Las Vegas Review-Journal story about the School Board’s decision to name an elementary school after Thompson, click here.

CCSD Celebrates Employees Who Have Three Decades of Service or More

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The Clark County School District honored nearly 100 employees who have each dedicated 29 or more years of service to CCSD at the inaugural Employee Longevity Reception held on Jan. 16 at Spring Valley High School.

Honorees were presented with their 30- and 40-year pins of service by CCSD Board of School Trustees President Lola Brooks, CCSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Diane Gullett, and Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer Maria Marinch.

Anna J. Lee, director of the Academic Support and Community Service Center, has been a CCSD employee for over 40 years, holding a variety of positions. The most rewarding one, she said, was being a teacher.

“I appreciate the recognition that was given to me at the employee longevity recognition ceremony,” Lee said. “I would like to thank the School-Community Partnership Program for honoring those who have worked to make the Clark County School District the best it can be for the students and employees.”

In addition to receiving service pins, each employee recognized for their longevity received a mug and a certificate.

The Employee Longevity Reception was sponsored by Capital One Bank.

Improving employee morale and engagement is an objective of CCSD’s five-year strategic plan, Focus: 2024. As part of this effort, CCSD is recognizing dedicated employees who have worked tirelessly to serve the children of CCSD through events such as Employee Longevity Reception, Superintendent’s Challenge Coins, and the Superintendent’s Honor Roll.

Time is Ticking Away To Nominate A Teacher for Heart of Education Awards

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The deadline to nominate a teacher for the Heart of Education Awards is rapidly approaching: Nomination forms must be submitted online at by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

What better way to give a holiday gift for a deserving teacher than to nominate him or her for this prestigious honor?

Click here for tips on submitting a nomination and examples of previous successful nominations.


CCSD Students to Perform in Holiday Extravaganza Hosted by The Public Education Foundation and The Smith Center

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More than 250 Clark County School District (CCSD) students will perform at the Seventh Annual “Holiday Extravaganza” concert at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4th in The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall. The concert series is a partnership among CCSD, The Public Education Foundation and The Smith Center.

“Holiday Extravaganza” showcases the considerable talent found in CCSD while expressing the joy of the season. Student musicians from more than 30 schools will perform alongside teachers and professionals from across Southern Nevada in a world-class venue.

In addition, visual artists from elementary, middle and high schools will have their work on display in The Smith Center’s Grand Lobby prior to the concert, as doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the performance help support arts programs in the CCSD. Since this concert series began in 2012, approximately 70 schools have raised more than $150,000 for their arts programs through this partnership with The Public Education Foundation.

A limited number of tickets are still available, starting at $15. Tickets may be purchased at The Smith Center Box Office or online at (

The holiday concert is made possible through funding from Dennis and Carol Troesh; additional financial support is provided by Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The media’s point of contact on-site will be Katie Bowen of The Public Education Foundation. She may be reached at or (702) 799-1042 the day of the event.

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit

Licensed Personnel Encouraged to Apply to Join the Nevada State Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Task Force

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The 80th Session of the Nevada legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 276 creating the Nevada State Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Task Force. The Task Force will meet a minimum of four times per year for the purpose of addressing the challenges with attracting and retaining teachers throughout this State.

On or before Feb. 1, 2020, the Legislative Committee on Education shall select one or more teachers, as applicable, to serve as a member of the Task Force.

The Task Force shall:

  1. Evaluate the challenges in attracting and retaining teachers throughout this state;
  2. Make recommendations to the Legislative Committee on Education to address the challenges in attracting and retaining teachers throughout this state, including without limitation, providing incentives to attract and retain teachers; and
  3. On or before February 1 of each odd-numbered year, submit a report to the Director of the Legislative Council Bureau for transmission to the Legislature describing the findings and recommendations of the Task Force.


Eligible teachers must:

  1. Be a licensed teacher with at least 5 consecutive years of teaching experience in a public school in this state;
  2. Be currently employed as a teacher and actively teaching in a public school in this state, and remain employed as a teacher in a public school in this state for the duration of the member’s term; and
  3. Not be currently serving on any other governmental-related board, commission, task force, or similar governmental entity.


The Department will be accepting applications on behalf of the Legislative Committee on Education through Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Eligible educators are encouraged to click here to apply.

Questions regarding the application and/or the Task Force should be directed to KellyLynn Charles at 702-668-4330.