Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara Delivers State of the Schools Address

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On Jan. 11, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara delivered his first State of the Schools address alongside Governor Steve Sisolak, members of the CCSD Board of School Trustees and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Thom Reilly. Among other things, Jara announced that he and his leadership team have been working on a draft five-year strategy for the district called Focus 2024. It outlines a plan to achieve the goals the Board of School Trustees have laid out for the district over the next five years. These goals include a 90 percent graduation rate and a 100 percent increase in college and career ready diplomas.

The State of the Schools address was delivered at the Thomas and Mack Center, with hundreds of community members in attendance. Click here for more details.

Desert Oasis High School Hosts Job Fair for Students

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About 2,000 Desert Oasis High School students had the opportunity on Jan. 28 to meet with representatives from more than than 30 community businesses and organizations that are looking to bring students into the workforce. While many of the businesses are looking to fill positions now, the event also gave students an opportunity to make arrangements for employment at the end of the school year.

 

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 Police Department Swears in Four New K-9 Officers

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The Clark County School District Police Department held a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 24 for four new K-9 officers, who will play a pivotal role in securing school campuses. The dogs are trained to detect guns and the presence of items associated with guns.

A special thanks to the following schools for their contributions that pay for the dogs’ food, kennels and veterinary care:

  • Desert Pines High School
  • Eldorado High School
  • Mojave High School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • O’Callaghan Middle School
  • Shadow Ridge High School
  • Spring Valley High School

 

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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)

Spring Valley High School Revalidated as Avid Demonstration School

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Spring Valley High School has been revalidated as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration School. The revalidation means the school retains the status it has held since 2013 as the only AVID Demonstration School in the state of Nevada.

AVID is a program that provides professional learning for educators to improve college readiness for all students, especially those traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Demonstration Schools exhibit a college readiness system that is evident across the campus through rigor and high expectations for all students.

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