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CCSD Celebrates High Achievement and Growth in Star Ratings

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On Sept. 14, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara celebrated that 94 schools attained a 4-Star or 5-Star ranking in the 2018 Nevada School Performance Framework released today — despite more rigorous standards.

CCSD Board of School Trustees President Deanna L. Wright heralded the 46 5-Star schools, 48 4-Star schools and 44 schools that increased at least one Star from the 2017 results.

“We know there are pockets of excellence throughout CCSD, and today we want to celebrate the many educators who are exceeding standards to deliver first-class education to their students,” Wright said.

The event was held at Addeliar Guy Elementary School in North Las Vegas, which increased from 2 Stars to 4 Stars.

This is the first time the state has implemented a new, more rigorous requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that caps points from schools with opportunity gaps, which are gaps in achievement between student subgroups.

Goolsby Elementary School Named National Blue Ribbon School

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Judy and John L. Goolsby Elementary School has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content, according to the DOE.

Only three Nevada schools were selected for this national honor this year. Additionally, the DOE selected only 349 public and private schools nationwide as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018.

CCSD Commemorates Anniversary of 1 October

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Clark County School District students at Basic Academy of International Studies wore handmade bracelets to commemorate 1 October and show their Vegas Strong pride on the one year anniversary of the tragedy.

The school also had a Gift of Words wall in honor of 1 October where students could leave positive messages on sticky notes for one another and even hand them out to classmates.

Gov. Brian Sandoval encouraged all Nevadans to wear Vegas Strong clothing on 1 October, in honor and remembrance of the victims and survivors of the 1 October events nearly a year ago. Sandoval said, “Our great state has shown the country and indeed the world what Vegas Strong is every day for nearly a year. The events of 1 October affected so many and I think it is only right to show the world again how Vegas Strong Nevada is on the one year anniversary.”

CCSD Observes Week of Respect

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating the Week of Respect Oct. 1 – 5 with a variety of events and activities at schools, which promote a safe and respectful learning environment. As part of their Pledge to Respect Day activities, students at Clarence Piggott Academy of International Studies, used chalk to write positive messages on the school’s sidewalks and playgrounds. Students also had a blue ribbon fence decorating activity to promote the messages of kindness and respect. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

Please take a moment to watch the following videos:

Dr. Jesus F. Jara

Toe Tag Monologues

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

C.C. Ronnow Elementary School

Dr. Jesus F. Jara (video #2).

West CTA Presents “The Laramie Project” October 9-12

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Two dozen West CTA students, under the direction of Theatre Director Mary Young, will be taking part in the school’s production of “The Laramie Project” Oct. 9-12 in the Wrangler Theater. The play is a dramatization of a real event and hate crime that took place in 1998. Due to the subject matter and strong language, “The Laramie Project” is appropriate for an audience of 13 years of age or older. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Week of Respect the First Week of October

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will celebrate the Week of Respect, scheduled for the first week of October. Per NRS 236.073, Governor Sandoval proclaimed Oct. 1 – 5 as the Week of Respect, which is the launching of a yearlong effort to enhance a safe and respectful learning environment. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

Woolley Elementary Principal Darryl Wyatt Earns National Recognition

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Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School Principal Darryl Wyatt is among 62 principals from across the U.S. and overseas to be selected for the prestigious National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) 2018 class of National Distinguished Principals.

“Today’s principals are tasked with attending to students’ social and emotional needs at greater levels, even while they give their all to drive academic success in their school communities,” said Dr. L. Earl Franks, NAESP’s executive director. “NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to outstanding school leaders.”

On its website, the organization said, “In his 17 years of principalship, Dr. Darryl C. Wyatt has cultivated a systematic and community-oriented approach to leadership, the impacts of which have rippled far beyond the individual schools which he has served.”

NAESP will celebrate the 62 outstanding principals at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.


A Passion For Teaching That Is Everlasting

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John Perri started as a teacher in the Clark County School District when he was 22 years old.

Now, 50 years later, John Perri is still going strong. He is a math teacher at Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

“I started in 1969 — same year as man landed on the moon as a reference,” Perri told the Sun. “I’ve taught every math course that ever existed, and I taught math courses that don’t exist anymore.”

The Las Vegas Sun’s Camalot Todd profiled the enthusiasm and dedication of Perri who, Todd writes, “has mustered up more than a few ways to keep students engaged in learning concepts from puzzles that illustrate geometric principles to prime numbers used in factoring for algebra.”

Read the Sun’s full profile of John Perri.