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Vegas PBS Kids Writers Contest is Open Until March 26

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Elementary school teachers in the Clark County School District (CCSD) are encouraged to have their students submit entries in the Vegas PBS KIDS Writers Contest.

The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. It is made possible by local financial support from Janice Allen, empowering children in grades K-5 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories.

Students can write about any topic according to PBS Ready To Learn Coordinator Jessica Russell. Students can write about fact, fiction, poetry or prose, but all submissions must be original works. The entries will be judged for originality, creative expression, storytelling technique, illustrations and overall impression.

“We are very excited to hold the writers contest again this year,” said Jessica Russell, Vegas PBS Ready To Learn Coordinator. “We are happy to create an educational environment where children can learn through engaging and unique experiences by using their creativity and letting their imaginations soar.”

Submissions to the VEGAS PBS KIDS Writers Contest must be received by Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form signed by a parent/guardian.

Stories can be mailed to Vegas PBS at:

3050 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Entries may also be emailed to

A panel of judges will select local winners in the spring of 2021. All local winners will be recognized by Vegas PBS and will receive trophies, a hardcover version of their story, autographed books, and a custom backpack filled with additional reading and writing resources.

Four CCSD Board of School Trustees Take Oath of Office

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LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees welcomed three new members and one returning member during a special board meeting Monday, January 4, 2021. During the ceremony, each newly elected and re-elected Trustee individually took the oath of office.

“We are excited to welcome our newly elected Trustees to the CCSD family, and congratulations to President Brooks for being elected to another term in District E,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Our future is strong, and we will conquer all obstacles, and triumph together. We have a truly dedicated staff of educators, support professionals and administrators who are committed to student success each and every day. Congratulations and welcome!”

Current Board of School Trustees President Lola Brooks took the oath of office after being elected to a second term. Newly elected Trustees Evelyn Garcia Morales, Lisa Guzmán and Katie Williams all took the oath for the first time.

Lola Brooks – Trustee District E

Lola Brooks first moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and was first elected to the School Board in 2016. She represents District E, which includes Summerlin and parts of northwest Las Vegas. Mrs. Brooks earned her B.A. in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Trustee Brooks currently works as a Student Data Analyst at a local independently operated charter school. She reports student data to the state, manages various technology platforms, and performs other duties related to data collection and analysis. She previously worked as a nonprofit consultant, helping nonprofits improve their data, technology, and operational practices. She was also previously employed as a Project Coordinator at United Way of Southern Nevada, where she focused on education initiatives and data projects.

As the first member of her family to receive a traditional high school diploma and complete college, Trustee Brooks is passionate about reaching and serving at-risk students. She is also passionate about meaningful stakeholder engagement and amplifying the voices of teachers, parents, and students.

Trustee Brooks has been married to her husband, Steve, since 2002. They have one son attending school in CCSD.

Evelyn Garcia Morales – Trustee District C

Evelyn Garcia Morales was elected to the CCSD Board of Trustees on November 3, 2020 to represent the students, families, and educational community of District C. She is a first-generation American whose parents worked tirelessly and reinforced the long-term value of an education. “¡Échale ganas!” (translated, give it all you’ve got!)  were her mother’s daily reminder, to make the most out of every opportunity.

So she did. Evelyn is a proud graduate from Mojave High School, located in the north part of CCSD’s District C. After high school, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and later a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University in Virginia. She holds certificates from the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy and the Dare to Lead program, based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown.

Evelyn has dedicated her professional career to creating and leading educational opportunities for diverse communities. Early in her career at the YMCA of Southern Nevada, she led outreach programs that provided after school tutoring and drug prevention classes, and managed the Family Resource Center based in District C. Additionally, she spent 11 years managing award-winning national leadership programs for Latino students across the country.

Today, she has the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas (FFLV), a post-secondary access, and attainment non-profit organization located at Chaparral High School. FFLV’s vision is that all students, regardless of their circumstances, will one day have the opportunity to attend college, graduate, and actively participate in transforming their communities to create a better society. Evelyn has seen this evolution take place in her own life as a first-generation college student which propels her to give back.

Evelyn is an active member of Las Vegas and has continuously advocated for the education of children and adults. She is a founding member of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority,

Inc., UNLV Chapter, an alumnus of the inaugural class of NEW Leadership Nevada, and was selected among 60 leaders to participate in Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2020.

Evelyn proudly resides in District C with her husband Victor, their son Ezra, and their dog, Spot.

Lisa Guzmán – Trustee District A

As an educator and education advocate, I have supported public education issues since my father had me walk the strike line in Deer Park, New York. I grew up in Stony Brook, New York, went to high school in Gainesville, Georgia, and attended Arizona State University to get away from cold weather. I met my husband of 30 years in Arizona. We have two amazing boys that are now 26 and 20. Our eldest has a degree in political science and English from ASU. Our youngest is pursuing his degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language at Arizona State University. We have Sun Devil Nation in our home.

My teaching career was in Arizona both in urban and rural districts. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education with an English as a Second Language emphasis. I have a master’s degree in Educational Technology and Business Leadership. I started advocating for educational issues full time in 2007 when I joined the Arizona Education Association team. I trained educators across the United States in online education when I joined the NEA Member Benefits team in 2013. Now, I advocate for Nevada educators every day. I have been a Henderson resident since I joined the Nevada State Education Association’s team in 2015. I have enjoyed advocating for educators from around the state of Nevada and for the last two years, I worked with the Education Support Professionals in Clark County.

I have confidence that my experience with educators across the county, my education, and my advocacy skills will bring a different perspective to the board. I am certain this is why my community put their trust in me.  I understand the difference between urban and rural schools. As the representative for District A, I want to familiarize myself with all the needs of the students and communities that the Clark County District serves.

Katie Williams – Trustee District B

Katie Williams is a Combat Veteran and Current member of the Nevada Army National Guard. Katie was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1990 and moved to Illinois in 2003 where she graduated High School from Altamont Community High School in 2008.

She joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 where she was stationed with Alpha company 634th BSB out of the 33rd Infantry Brigade. Katie returned from Afghanistan and served various positions in the Illinois Army National Guard such as Administration, Joint Operations Center Team Member, and Recruiting and Retention where she first learned to love education.

In 2018, Katie was offered a Master Recruiting position in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Nevada Army National Guard and immediately jumped on this new adventure.

In 2020, Katie was elected to the Clark County School Board for District B in a landslide, bringing an outsider’s voice in education and bringing her military experience to the district.

It is Katie’s hope that we can better serve our students and parents by giving them more opportunities and setting up their path for success, whichever path they choose.

CCSD Board of School Trustees Elect Officers

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LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees selected Trustee Linda P. Cavazos as Board President during their Work Session held Wednesday morning. Trustee Lola Brooks had held the position for the past two years.

Trustees also selected Trustee Irene A. Cepeda as Board Vice President and Trustee Evelyn Garcia Morales as Board Clerk during the meeting.

“I would like to congratulate our new Board officers made up of three Latinas, Trustee Linda Cavazos as President, Vice President Irene Cepeda and Evelyn Garcia Morales as Clerk. I look forward to working with the entire Board to focus on student achievement,” said Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I would also like to thank outgoing President Trustee Lola Brooks for her two years of extraordinary service as President to our students and staff. Additionally, I would like to welcome our three new Trustees Evelyn Garcia Morales, Lisa Guzmán and Katie Williams to the CCSD family.”

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit


CCSD to Celebrate Peace Week January 18th-22nd

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CCSD is celebrating Peace Week Jan. 18 through 22, 2021. Students will take part in activities virtually that contribute to the creation of a more peaceful world. CCSD’s Peace Week theme is “Be Inclusive.”

Peace Week focuses on helping educators, students, and the community to promote a culture of peace in Nevada and around the world. Individuals work on understanding and managing conflict in their own lives.

The Clark County School District (CCSD) developed the online Canvas Peace Week 2020-2021 Guide in an effort to support schools in implementing activities that support a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning environment. The guide seeks to bolster the year-long effort by providing suggested resources, activities, and lesson plan ideas with a focus on enhancing a safe and respectful learning environment.

All CCSD schools are encouraged to post pictures on social media and share what they are doing as part of Peace Week, using hashtag #CCSDPeaceWeek.

CCSD Meal Distribution Information – Update

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Click here for CCSD Meal distribution FAQ’s

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.

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

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 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.

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 for the most up to date information.

Questions can be submitted to

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, 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

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