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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.

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#CCSDReads Summer Reading Photo Contest

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CCSD is encouraging all students to take advantage of the summer break and enjoy a great book. Parents and students may share pictures on social media of them reading their favorite book using #CCSDReads and be eligible to win prizes donated by the community until July 31.

Students risk summer learning loss, which is often known as the “summer slide.” Students can continue building on their reading skills over the summer months. Remember, reading includes much more than just books. Here are a 100 ways to make reading more enjoyable.

Post photos, including student’s first name and CCSD school, on social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – settings must allow public view) using hashtag #CCSDReads and your photo might be selected to win a prize!

  • Post a picture of your child or family reading in an interesting place
  • Post a picture of your child reading something interesting, other than a book
  • Post a picture of your child reading to a sibling, pet, or other interesting buddy (consider social distancing as appropriate)

Any picture of your child reading could be a winner! If you don’t have social media, photos can also be submitted via email to for consideration.

CCSD Summer Learning Resources

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CCSD launches summer learning resources website and

CCSD Summer Connections will be the one-stop-shop website for parents and students to locate information on credit retrieval services, family guides for summer learning, virtual learning opportunities with educational partners and more.

CCSD lanza el sitio web de recursos de aprendizaje de verano and

CCSD Summer Connections será el sitio web para padres y estudiantes para ubicar información sobre servicios de recuperación de crédito, guías familiares para el aprendizaje de verano, oportunidades de aprendizaje virtual con socios educativos y más.

CCSD Senior Named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar

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A Clark County School District (CCSD) student from Coronado High School was named a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar as part of the 56th annual class of recipients. The Coronado High School senior, Dakyung Lee, is one of 161 high school seniors to be recognized nationally for accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

“Being honored as one of only 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars is a true testament to Ms. Lee’s dedication in and out of the classroom,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Ms. Lee is an example of the culture of educational excellence that is fostered at Coronado High School,”

“I am so proud that CCSD continues to showcase unmatched educational opportunities in the state of Nevada and I applaud Ms. Lee for this well-deserved recognition as well as the staff and administration at Coronado High School for setting students up to be college and career ready,” Jara added.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,300 candidates qualified for the 2020 awards

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation’s top-performing students with an annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2020 ceremony will be held at a later time as public health circumstances permit. Each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

To learn more about the award click here.

To learn more about the Clark County School District click here.

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

Star Graduates 2020 – Las Vegas Academy of Arts

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Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Star Graduate, Airius Fa’afiu, uses her artistic talents to benefit Las Vegas with community service and starting her own business. As a 2D design major, Airius uses a combination of media in my art. She plans to attend UNLV Honors College in the fall, majoring in Biological Sciences.

One of her most successful accomplishments was managing a significant community service project this year. “I had always had the idea to collaborate with homeless artists and hold an art gallery to give back to the artists. “Home is Where The Art is” was a success as we held a gallery of about 20 artworks. We sold all of the pieces earning over $1000 and received numerous donations of food and clothing. The project was later recognized by PublicServiceNV with a Gratitude Award in the category of Human Kindness.”

Maintaining a 4.7 weighted GPA, Airius explained a recurring challenge she faces is balancing good grades in rigorous courses, growing a successful business in her art brand, community service, household responsibilities, and maintaining a healthy emotional and physical lifestyle. She is supported by a great system of friends and family that helps her to keep balance.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.


CCSD Expands Mobile Internet Access for Students in Need

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) has added an additional route to the Wi-Fi bus schedule announced earlier this month. Along with the 14th Wi-Fi bus route, CCSD has relocated some of the stops on existing routes to better serve students throughout Clark County. The changes will take effect on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

An updated list of bus stop locations and times can be found by clicking here. Additional information about the Wi-Fi for Students program is available at

Previous Release – Provided on Friday, May 1, 2020

The Clark County School District (CCSD) will begin testing a system for Wi-Fi access at various locations throughout the Las Vegas valley on Friday, May 1, 2020, via school buses that will be parked at different locations along designated routes.

CCSD Transportation has established 13 bus routes that will operate daily allowing students access to Wi-Fi at designated times. Each bus route will include four stops daily to provide more than an hour of Wi-Fi access to CCSD students at each location. The routes will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

Students will be able to access the Wi-Fi signal up to 400 feet from the bus. CCSD will encourage social distancing practices as adherence to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines will be critical to the success of the program. Each bus will also be equipped with signs encouraging students and parents to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and encouraging people to wear masks in public. Those who have Wi-Fi access in their homes are being asked to stay in their homes and utilize their own connectivity to further assist with social distancing.

For internet access, students will need to get the network name and password from the signs posted on or near the bus.

CCSD has already distributed more than 60,000 Chromebooks to students during the school closures in an effort to offer equitable access to distance learning opportunities to every child. Students in need of a computer to access student learning extensions and other educational opportunities should contact their school to request a device.

Students in need of technical assistance at the mobile Wi-Fi locations can contact the District Technology helpline at (702) 799-2988.

Maps and a list of the Wi-Fi bus stop locations and times is available by clicking here. Media outlets seeking photos of the Wi-Fi equipped buses may obtain them by clicking here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – College of Southern Nevada High School (East)

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I am pleased to recommend Isaac Garcia as CSN East High School’s Star Grad. I have only known this student for a few months as the previous counselor left in September. However, in the short time Isaac has distinguished himself at the College of Southern Nevada High School. I feel Issac embodies all that is good about young people today: dedication, passion and determination.

As a result of his tenacity, he has developed very clear educational and vocational goals. He has great vision and can be seen almost as an “old soul, wise beyond his years”. Isaac aspires to be a photojournalist and even has a job as a photoshop instructor for other kids. Along with this job, Isaac also works as a host at a local restaurant, does various community service projects as well as being involved with sports; specifically cross-country and track & field placing at the state level. In an effort to achieve these goals, the rigorous dual credit college preparatory high school program that is the College of Southern Nevada High School, has proven that Isaac can be successful in a college environment. He currently garners a 3.0 college GPA along with carrying a 4.0 weighted high school GPA.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.


Star Graduates 2020 – Legacy High School

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Legacy High School is proud to recognize Shariesa Smith as our Star Graduate for 2020. Shariesa consistently set an exceptional example for others to follow and exemplified what it means to leave a Legacy. In addition to maintaining a rigorous academic schedule of Advanced Placement courses throughout her four years at Legacy, she devoted time toward various school and community-based organizations. She currently serves as the President for the Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, City of Las Vegas Batteries Included, and Legacy Project programs.

In addition to utilizing these experiences to develop personal leadership skills, Shariesa served as a positive role model and assisted up and coming students. As the Vice President of the Black Student Union (BSU), Shariesa dedicated numerous hours in order to make positive contributions to the school’s overall climate and culture.Shariesa served as a student representative for the School Organizational Team and provided meaningful input from a student perspective. To quote Shariesa, “Attending Legacy opened so many doors which allowed me to get involved with the community and become a leader within my school. Now I can leave a legacy so that other students can follow my footsteps.”

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.