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Raiders Alumni Celebrate Peace Week at Del Sol Academy

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Schools throughout the Clark County School District (CCSD) observed Peace Week in Nevada with a variety of activities, but perhaps the best one took place at Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts.  Representatives from the the Raiders organization, including Raiders Alumni Roy Hart and James Harris, were at the school to dedicate a Peace Pole on the campus and participate in a Peace Walk through the campus.

Multiple student clubs and performance groups participated in the event, that included a check presentation. The Raiders awarded a $5,000 grant to CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Department. The funds were used to purchase Peace Poles and Peace Week T-shirts that were awarded to 25 different schools throughout the district in support of Peace Week.

The primary goals of Peace Week were to build a culture of peace and provide opportunities for schools to make progress toward building this type of culture.

Dedication Ceremony Held for Lomie Heard Elementary School

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A dedication ceremony was held Jan. 22 for Lomie G. Heard Elementary School, a Marzano Academy. The original Lomie G. Heard Elementary School closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The new Lomie G. Heard Elementary School opened in the fall of 2017, as a Magnet S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) school. The event included a celebration of what would have been Lomie G. Heard’s 113th birthday.

Project from Walker International School to Blast into Earth Orbit

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Five CCSD schools recently submitted entries in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The project allows students to participate in real world conditions to create an experiment to be tested in space. The five participating schools were French ES, Tomiyasu ES, Walker ES, McDoniel ES and Greenspun JHS. A panel of judges selected Walker’s entry as the one that will fly on a supply rocket in June and be tested on the International Space Station (ISS). The Walker ES project involves testing the germination rate of quinoa seeds in the micro gravity of the ISS. Pictured, left to right, are Walker ES students Hunter Dodds, Colin Brandel, Baron Petersen, Roman Medina and Spencer F. GATE Specialist Pam Locascio is the faculty advisor on the project.

CCSD Schools Awarded for PBIS/MTSS Efforts

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The CCSD-MTSS Initiative and the Nevada APBS, in conjunction with the Nevada PBIS Technical Assistance Center, announced the CCSD award recipients for their PBIS/MTSS efforts.

On Dec. 1, the following schools were awarded the state’s highest recognition towards fidelity of implementation during the 2nd Annual Association of Positive Behavior Supports (NV-APBS) Conference at the University of Nevada, Reno.

School of Distinction Award Recipients:

Roy Martin Middle School (bronze)
William E. Snyder Elementary School (bronze)
Cowan Academic Center (bronze)
South Academic Center (silver)
Matt Kelly Elementary School (silver)
Marvin M. Sedway Middle School (silver)
Ruby Duncan Elementary School (silver)
Brian and Teri Cram Middle School (gold)
Ralph Cadwallader Middle School (gold)
Jack Lund Schofield Middle School (gold)
Clifford O. Pete Findlay Middle School (gold)
Aggie Roberts Elementary School (gold)
Thurman White Academy (gold)
Tony Alamo Elementary School (platinum)
Dell H. Robison Middle School (platinum)
E W Griffith Elementary School (platinum)
Vincent L Triggs Elementary School (platinum)
Theron H & Naomi D Goynes Elementary School (platinum)

Video Award Recipients:

Tony Alamo Elementary School (best-in-show)
Rex Bell Elementary School (1st runner-up)

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The Smith Center and The Rogers Foundation announced that nominations are now open for their fourth-annual Heart of Education Awards, recognizing outstanding educators in Clark County School District (CCSD). Anyone can nominate a CCSD teacher through January 18, 2019 at

This awards program honors CCSD teachers across all grades and curricula who go above and beyond for their students, such as launching valuable new programs and devoting time outside the classroom to support students in need.

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On Nov. 28, Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara recognized the principals of 62 Clark County schools (including two CSSD-sponsored charter schools) as part of the 2018-2019 Superintendent’s Honor Roll. Click here to see the list of schools and principal names.

At the celebration event, hosted by The Public Education Foundation, the principals each received a certificate of achievement, commemorative pink and a vinyl banner to display at their school site.

Please join the Superintendent in congratulating the leadership and staff at these schools for their accomplishments in receiving this special honor.

Student Farmers Market Set for Thursday, November 8

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Green our Planet will present its Biannual Student Farmers Market on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas. Billed as the largest student market in the U.S., this free event will feature 400 students from 40 schools in Southern Nevada. The market is held every fall and spring. Students run the market themselves, selling fruits and vegetables that are grown in school gardens.

U.S. Department of Education Names Goolsby Elementary a National Blue Ribbon School

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Education designated John and Judy Goolsby Elementary School in the Clark County School District as a National Blue Ribbon School in the “Exemplary School Performance Category.”

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.

The U.S. Department of Education selected only 349 schools in the country (including public and private) as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The award is based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Goolsby Elementary School, along with Roy Gomm Elementary School and Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages in the Washoe County School District, were identified by the Nevada Department of Education as being in the top 15 percent of state schools ranked by performance on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) reading and math scores.

The principal of Goolsby Elementary School, Kimberly Cunningham, said “our staff is so excited about this nomination. It shows the high levels of achievement that our students can reach. It takes a team of committed educators, parents, staff, and students to reach and achieve our goals.”

National Blue Ribbon Schools will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

Fox 5’s Shining Star: See How Michael Thrower Gives Back to the Community

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Michael Thrower, a Clark County School District purchasing supervisor who also is a CCSD Police Services chaplain, recently was named a Fox 5 “Shining Star” for his volunteering that seeks to spiritually comfort those serving in law enforcement.

Thrower is founder of Adopt-A-Cop’s Nevada chapter, which assigns one prayer partner for every law enforcement officer in Nevada. “We want to bring them that comfort that could only be given to you by a spiritual life,” Thrower told Fox 5.

As the recipient as the Fox 5 Shining Star, which recognizes outstanding people in our community who go above and beyond, Thrower also receives $500 to continue his mission.

View the Fox 5 story profiling Thrower’s work with Adopt-A-Cop.