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Star Graduates 2020 – Northwest CTA

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Erick Garcia-Saldivar attends NWCTA and he is our Star Graduate. Erick is an intelligent young man who succeeds academically in challenging Honors courses. I was delighted when Erick told me he was interested in pursuing a Teaching degree. There are many reasons that lead me to believe that Erick is an exemplary student. Not only is he challenging himself in academic courses, but he is a first-generation student in his family to attend college. He is bilingual in Spanish, organized, tenacious and curious. Erick truly is a student that does not give up when confronted with a challenge. He never gave up trying out for the Boys Soccer team and finally made varsity his senior year in high school. This year, his soccer team won the State Championship and his competitive spirit is what will help him achieve his future goals.

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

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Star Graduates 2020 – East CTA

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Kristianne Davis leads with love. Her servant’s heart is what she carries into all she does, and that, along with her natural curiosity, guides the things she does and the person she is. She knows how to help students find the help they need, and always leads with kindness in all she does. Kristianne dedicated her high school career to being the best student she can be as a member of East Tech’s Early Childhood Education Program, and for making the most of every moment. She will graduate from high school with 36 college credits, is in the top one percent of her graduating class and has left an indelible mark on both her preschool students and the students she connected with during her teaching internship. Kristianne’s ability to motivate others lies in her kindness and her servant’s heart. She genuinely cares about other students. She is inspirational and hard-working. She is patient and has a great sense of humor. We hope to welcome her into the teaching profession knowing that she will bring that servant’s heart, curiosity and passion for others back to CCSD and the Las Vegas valley. We are so proud of Kristianne, and she is a shining example of the best we all can be.

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

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CCSD School Gardens to Feed Families in Need

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The fruits and vegetables grown from approximately 180 Clark County School District (CCSD) gardens will be used by local restaurants to make meals to be delivered through the non-profit Delivering with Dignity. With CCSD campuses closed, the annual Green Our Planet farmer’s market that was scheduled to take place on Earth Day was canceled. But the produce grown by CCSD students will not go to waste.

“Our partnership with Green Our Planet has been great for our students,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara “The gardens have provided a great educational environment and it will be a true farm to table experience as their hard work will help feed numerous families in our community.”

Along with CCSD and Green Our Planet, the collaboration includes the Delivery with Dignity, a program co-founded by Punam Mathur, executive director of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation; Julie Murray, chair of the Moonridge Foundation; and renowned restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, in partnership with Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick and United Way of Southern Nevada. Launched as an emergency response to the healthcare and economic crisis created by the novel coronavirus, the program delivers high-quality meals made by independently owned restaurants directly to the doorsteps of individuals most in need.

“We are thankful for our farmers who have been working hard to be sure none of the produce goes to waste,” said Ciara Byrne, co-founder and co-CEO of Green Our Planet. “Only a month ago, we were preparing for the nation’s largest farmers market and then one of our biggest concerns became where will all this produce go? So, it only makes sense for the students to give their vegetables to families in need.”

Thousands of vegetables originally intended to be sold by students at the farmers market will be utilized by Honey Salt and other restaurants to prepare 800 meals for delivery.

“Delivering with Dignity has been built on community partnerships…bringing restaurants, nonprofits, and now the Clark County School District and Green Our Planet, all together to help those most in need,” said Delivering with Dignity co-founder and owner of Honey Salt restaurant Elizabeth Blau. “Honey Salt is thrilled to be able to use this incredible local produce to ensure Delivering with Dignity program recipients and their families are getting nutritious, well-balanced meals. Grown by our local students, I think it is wonderful that the produce will now be used for meals that help our community.”

CCSD students planted chard, radish, beets and other types of seeds in January. The students had no idea that their school gardens would ultimately help their community in such a big way.

“We’re grateful for this partnership with the CCSD and want to thank the students for donating their food to so many in need,” said Byrne.

For more information about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

For more information about Green Our Planet, visit greenourplanet.org.

For more information about the Delivery with Dignity Program, visit www.DeliveringwithDignityLV.org.

Hi-Resolution video and photos may be found by clicking here.

Star Graduates 2020 – Valley

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In 8th grade, Slateon Frederick and his parents decided that attending a magnet high school would be best for his goal of attending military college. He learned about Valley High School?s MSTEM (Military Science, Technology, and Emergency Management) program and was hooked! He joined the Cyber Patriot team and was placed with other freshmen on the B-Team for Cyber Patriot. The team won first in state Gold Tier All Service Division and third in state overall for three years in a row. Slateon ran cross country for three years and has been a part of JROTC for four years. JROTC has afforded him multiple leadership opportunities as S4 supply and logistics, Company Commander, and Battalion Executive Officer. He served on the board of Valley Viking Scholars for the last two years and is proud to be part of this group that celebrates student success through community service. As a senior, he applied to the service academies and was medically disqualified. He did not let this deter him. He is proud to announce that he is a national four-year Army ROTC scholarship winner and will be attending the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina in the fall.

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

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Star Graduates 2020 – Moapa Valley

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Autumn Robertson has achieved an impressive weighted GPA of 4.275, but it is even more remarkable because Autumn was homeless her freshman year and missed that school year completely. She was taken into foster care and placed in Moapa Valley where she has really thrived. She worked very hard to catch up and excel academically. Not only that, she got involved in classroom and leadership activities. She works as a classroom aide/tutor for several teachers. Autumn is our current MVHS JAG Career Association President and this year’s MVHS National Honor Society Blood Drive Coordinator. She has taken advantage of some great opportunities in our county and state as well, earning a summer internship with the Clark County Summer Business Institute with the University of Nevada, Reno. She was also selected to represent Moapa Valley at Camp Anytown, a leadership and diversity camp for the state of Nevada. She was also nominated and serves as a current Youth Ambassador to improve foster care in Nevada.

Autumn is the most service and socially aware student I have ever met. She thinks globally and cares deeply about doing things to benefit her community and the planet, and she takes action to make change in her own life. She also calls on and compels her peers to act. Autumn has been accepted to the University of Nevada, Reno and will pursue a degree  in Economics. She plans to pursue her graduate and doctoral degree in order to become a College Professor. She currently lives with her fictive kin, Shari and Bob Lyman from Moapa.

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

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Star Graduates 2020 – Durango

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Pio Bragado has spent his academic career not only succeeding academically, but also leading the Durango High School student body through exemplary leadership skills and an unparalleled positive attitude.

From the start of his high school career, Pio dedicated himself to excelling in the Durango High School Air Force Junior ROTC. Throughout his time as a student cadet he has been lauded by peers and superiors alike for his hard work, dedication, and the success of the unit as a whole. His natural leadership ability, coupled with fierce determination has led him to be selected, and serve as a First Sergeant, Corps Officer, Director of Operations, Captain/Commander of the Physical Fitness Team, and a member of the Armed Drill team.

Pio’s determination can also be traced to his stellar academic record. His commitment to academic excellence has earned him straight A?s throughout his entire high school career. This feat is made more impressive by the rigorous academic course load Pio has always embarked on, including challenging classes such as AP Physics I, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Lit/Comp.

As a graduate of Durango High School he will not only graduate with a College and Career Diploma, but also as an AP Scholar. He will also reach the highest honor of Durango High School Valedictorian.

If Pio’s academic achievement and extracurricular activities were not impressive enough, it is important to note that Pio has not accomplished all of his success without facing adversity. As a freshman, Pio suffered a great tragedy in the loss of his father. As a young adult, Pio, although devasted by this loss, faced this adversity with poise, strength, and resiliency. Even during the dark time in his life, Pio still managed to work hard and maintain his own high standards for achievement. Although Pio’s dedication to success during such a difficult time is impressive to say the least, it is perhaps even more impressive that throughout this hardship, and the other challenges he has faced, Pio still exudes kindness and positivity. It is with this impressive academic background, dedication to extra-curricular activities, and superior personal qualities that Pio has applied for admissions to prestigious institutions such as the Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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

Distance Education Information

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During the timeframe in which the schools in the Clark County School District are closed, student learning extension opportunities are provided for all students. These student learning extension opportunities provide activities for students to engage in learning at home.

Click here for all the student learning extension opportunities and additional resources for parents, students, employees and members of the community.

Click here to download the student learning extension activities.


Educación a distancia

Ahora que las escuelas en el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Clark están cerradas se han desarrollado oportunidades de continuación para aprendizaje para todos los estudiantes. Estas oportunidades proporcionan actividades para que los estudiantes se involucren en su educación en el hogar.

Haga clic aquí para ver todas las oportunidades de continuación para aprendizaje y para ver recursos adicionales para padres, estudiantes, empleados y miembros de la comunidad.

Haga clic aquí para descargar las actividades de continuación para aprendizaje del estudiante.

CCSD Registration for 2020-21 School Year Now Open

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Online registration for Clark County School District (CCSD) students for the 2020-21 school year is now open. Parents should note that the 2020-21 school year is scheduled to begin on Aug. 10, 2020.

Families new to CCSD may begin their registration process online via register.ccsd.net.

Families with currently enrolled students can complete registration using Parent Portal via Infinite Campus (campusportal.ccsd.net). The process will take less than five minutes for existing CCSD households.

Parents or guardians who already have an Infinite Campus account will see an announcement through the Parent Portal and a link connecting them to the 2020-21 registration page.

Student Record Services Director Greg Manzi noted that each year the department responds to feedback from families and improves the process of completing the registration online. New for this year, families will be able to review the CCSD K – 12 Student Code of Conduct. Families with multiple children will also see an option in certain areas to copy the responses from one child to the next, speeding up the process. He added, “Families can use a computer or a mobile device to complete registration.”

CCSD urges all parents to register and enroll their students by the first day of class, due to the funding methods used by the state of Nevada.

“Completing online registration is the first step in the enrollment process and allows existing families to update their contact information, which is critical for school staff to get in contact with families,” said Manzi. “It is important to complete the online registration as soon as possible so that each school site can complete their site-specific portion of enrollment and student schedules. The District is funded based on the average daily enrollment each quarter, therefore completing the process of registration and enrollment by the first day of school is essential.”

To find out which school a student is zoned for, parents may visit http://dzg.ccsd.net/.

For details regarding registration requirements, parents may visit register.ccsd.net.

For more information about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

CCSD Recognized as “2020 Best Communities for Music Education” for 21st year in a row

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For the 21st consecutive year, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Music Education Program has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

Now in its 21st year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“CCSD’s Humanities Department is proud to continue leading the nation in music education for the 21st year in a row,” said CCSD Director of Humanities Shannon La Neve. “The unparalleled support of the Board of School Trustees, Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, teachers, administrators and support professionals are the backbone of
the CCSD music education program that continues to provide students with an invaluable appreciation for the arts.”

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM are often models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, CCSD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. CCSD joins 754 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award in 2020.

For more information about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

Star Graduates 2020 – Western

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Western High School celebrates Aaliyah C. Thomas as their Class of 2020 Star Grad Award Winner. Aaliyah is a Western High School Valedictorian candidate. She currently serves as the President of HOSA and earned a scholarship to participate in a trip to Egypt. Teachers and friends describe Aaliyah as a tough competitor, who works hard for every accomplishment she has achieved.

Raised by her aunt, Aaliyah has learned to be extremely organized, persistent, and reported to be one who never gives up. No doubt her four AP classes this year have well prepared her for college. Senior Aaliyah has applied to more than 20 colleges including Brown University, Dartmouth College, Hofstra University, and Loyola Marymount. Western High School wishes Aaliyah Thomas a lifetime of continued success and is proud to have been part of her journey.

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

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