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Heart of Education Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

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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

‘Be an Upstander’: CCSD Kicks Off Week of Respect

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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.



Giant Mars Maps to Educate the Next Generation of Explorers

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Clark County School District (CCSD) students from Kermit R. Booker Innovative Elementary School and Jan Jones Blackhurst Elementary school participated in an interactive presentation on Giant Mars Maps™ led by Aldrin Family Foundation’s (AFF) ShareSpace Education Executive Director Jim Christensen. The presentations were held at two of the 19 schools that will receive the 25 feet by 25 feet vinyl maps of the planet Mars as part of the AFF Giant Mars Maps™ education package.

Following a brief introduction by AFF President Andy Aldrin, CCSD Board of School Trustees members and Superintendent Jesus F. Jara, CCSD students listened and interacted with Christensen as he provided students with information on the characteristics of Mars, including the distance of Earth to Mars, the topography of the Red Planet and what traveling to Mars will look like in the future.

“Giant Mars Maps are a means for sparking creativity in kids while they sit, stand, walk, play and learn together,” said Dr. Andrew Aldrin, president of AFF. “Our aim is to put maps into the hands of schools where we think they can do the most good, especially in underserved communities. Our goal is to ensure all kids get the chance to be exposed to STEAM using the excitement of space exploration and we are proud to now expand our reach to Las Vegas by partnering with Clark County School District.”

“Community partnerships are vital for our Focus: 2024 strategic plan goal of ensuring all CCSD students are receiving an education that prepares them for the future,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “The Aldrin Family Foundation’s Giant Mars Maps™ and educational components will provide our educators an additional avenue to grow instruction and educational experiences in the district.”

Along with the 19 Giant Mars Maps that will be donated to CCSD schools, the partnership between CCSD, The Public Education Foundation, Desert Research Institute (DRI) and AFF will help with the creation of four traveling Giant Mars Maps™ green boxes. The DRI will house the green boxes and can be used by schools throughout the district.

“The Public Education Foundation is proud to be a leading partner with the Clark County School District, Desert Research Institute, and the Aldrin Family Foundation in strengthening STEAM education, through the magic of space exploration, within our public school classrooms,” said Judi Steele, President and CEO of The Public Education Foundation.

To view high resolution images from today’s event, click here.

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit

About the Aldrin Family Foundation

The Aldrin Family Foundation (AFF) strives to cultivate the next generation of space leaders, entrepreneurs and explorers who will extend human habitation beyond the Earth to the Moon and Mars. AFF’s STEAM-based educational tools, curriculum and programs span from a child’s first classroom experience through graduate school and professional programs. This vertical pathway unites explorers at all levels to learn from each other’s vision for space, ultimately creating the first generation of Martians.

About ShareSpace Education

ShareSpace Education, one of the key organizations within the Aldrin Family Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating children’s passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) by providing innovative, interactive educational tools to schools, teachers and information education throughout the United States and abroad. Founded in 2016 by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, ShareSpace has reached more than 300,000 children and continues to grow its impact each year.

About The Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation was founded almost 30 years ago by leaders from the public and private sectors who believed that improving our public schools was too big a task for a school district to take on alone. At any given moment, thousands of Nevada’s children, families, and educators are benefiting from resources that The Foundation has strategically invested in schools, classrooms, and communities. Our flagship programs include: leadership academies for high-achieving teachers and administrators; a collaboration with the community to award more than $2.5 million in scholarships each year; an innovative family engagement program that coaches parents how to support their children in school and also how to find employment in the community; and, the Teacher EXCHANGE, which provides much-needed school supplies and materials to teachers. Over the years, we have supported educators and pushed the system to ensure our students succeed not only in the classroom, but also in life.

For more information about The Foundation, please visit Follow us on Facebook @ThePublicEducationFoundation and Twitter @ThePEFtoday

Two CCSD Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

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Two Clark County School District (CCSD) schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools in the Exemplary High Performing Schools Category by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) today. The CCSD schools honored are Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) and Charles and Phyllis Frias Elementary School. Only three schools in Nevada were selected for this national honor this year.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon School awards affirm the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

“We are extremely proud of our two schools being honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Advanced Technologies Academy and Charles and Phyllis Frias Elementary School prove yet again that CCSD is quickly becoming the #1 choice for parents and students to receive a rich and rigorous education in Clark County. This is a true testament to the hard work of our teachers, support professionals, administrators and students. Congratulations to them for achieving this tremendous recognition.”

The award is based on the individual school’s overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. This year, the DOE selected 362 public and private schools nationwide as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019.

The schools will be recognized by the DOE during a ceremony in Washington D.C. in November.

CCSD Mariachi Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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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.

2 More CCSD Magnet Schools Receive National Recognition

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Two more Clark County School District (CCSD) Magnet Schools have been named National Certified Magnet Schools: Rancho High School and Roy W. Martin Middle School.

Magnet Schools of America recognized both schools this week for their efforts surrounding high-quality, innovative curriculum and instructional programs that promote choice, equity, diversity and academic excellence for all students.

“This prestigious recognition yet again shows that CCSD’s Magnet Schools are a national model for schools providing rich and rigorous education,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “CCSD is focused on ensuring our students are college and career ready, and this honor helps to highlight our commitment to that goal. I would like to congratulate our teachers, support professionals, students and administrators for their hard work recognized by this distinction.”

Rancho High School and Martin Middle School join 10 other CCSD schools that have earned the prestigious designation based around the five pillars of Magnet Schools and the National Magnet School Standards of Excellence.

“This is a tremendous honor as the schools engaged in a difficult, year-long evaluation process,” said Magnet Schools and Career and Technical Academies Director Gia Moore. “The principals and teachers at these schools are phenomenal.”

Other CCSD magnet schools to earn the honor are:

  • East Career & Technical Academy – National Demonstration School

  • Bracken STEAM Academy – National Demonstration School

  • Mabel Hoggard Math & Science Elementary School – Certified

  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy – Certified

  • James Cashman Middle School – Certified

  • Ed W. Clark High School – Certified

  • Northwest Career and Technical Academy – Certified

  • Jo Mackey Magnet School – Certified

  • Jim Bridger Middle School – Certified

  • K.O. Knudson Middle School – Certified

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

Honoring Super Scholars from CCSD’s Class of 2019

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Harvard College. Yale University. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. California Institute of Technology. University of Chicago. Stanford University.

These are but a handful of the elite colleges and universities that more than 100 students from Clark County School District’s Class of 2019 will be entering this fall.

On Aug. 2, Clark County School District held its first-ever Super Scholars Recognition Luncheon in which students were honored for their acceptance into the nation’s top colleges and universities, based on the rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

The students who were able to attend the luncheon and roundtable were recognized for their accomplishments by Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara and School Board Trustee Dr. Linda E. Young.

In addition to the luncheon at The Public Education Foundation, which the nonprofit organization hosted, Dr. Jara led a roundtable discussion of these high-achieving students.

Students explained why they chose the colleges they’ll attend in the fall; shared with Dr. Jara the stories of teachers, counselors, principals, parents and others who went above and beyond to inspire them; discussed the importance of a school’s environment in promoting learning; explored the impact of the socio-economic gap that can hinder academic achievement, an issue Dr. Jara noted that CCSD’s Focus: 2014 strategic plan is addressing; and discussed other issues confronting public education.

Welcome Back to School

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Take a look at some of the events that transpired on the first day of the 2019-20 school year.



Busy morning at the Wallace Bus Yard! Welcome back students and staff. Let’s have a great year!!! @SuptJaraCCSD @Trustee_Brooks

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Dr. Jesus F. Jara@SuptJaraCCSD

Great day in Clark County for our children! It’s going to be a great year for our 320,000+ students and 42,000 employees! And we are rolling…

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.@SuptJaraCCSD having a little fun with the @liberty_high football team! Nice Haka!!! @Trustee_Wright

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Happy first day of school! CCSD is excited to welcome back our students. @linevon16 and @SuptJaraCCSD are helping greet students at Matt Kelly ES’ red carpet walk with business, community leaders and elected officials including @GovSisolak.

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Governor Sisolak


Proud to welcome the kids from Matt Kelly Elementary this morning! Thank you @NVYouthNetwork for all your tireless work on behalf of all our kids. Have a great first day of class!

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Happy first day of school! @SuptJaraCCSD is checking out the new Student Support Center J.D. Smith Middle School.

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.@SuptJaraCCSD and @RepSusieLee welcomed students at Bonner ES this morning! Congratulations on your classroom additions, they look amazing.

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Thanks to our community partners for helping our @SETechTweets students prepare for career readiness by providing them with work gear for apprenticeship programs as CCSD launched . @onestopcareerNV @RTCSNV

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Thanks for the wonderful tour, Principal Hybarger of Abston ES! @SuptJaraCCSD and @TrusteeFord are enjoying greeting students and checking out their brand new school. The space theme is pretty cool! 🚀🌌

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CCSD Provides Families with Information and Resources at Cox Back to School Fairs

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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.

July 31 is the Deadline for School Naming Applications

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A Call for Nominations is now underway to name one new elementary school slated to open fall 2020. Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2019. A new application is required; applications from previous naming efforts are not being considered. You may request a fillable form by emailing or calling the Communications and Government Relations Unit at 702-799-5304. For more information, click here.