CCSD Transportation Department to Host Job Fair for Bus Drivers

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The Clark County School District Transportation Department will host a bus driver job fair Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Richard C. White Transportation Center, 4499 S. Arville St., Las Vegas, NV 89103.

In an effort to reduce the shortage that is being experienced locally as well as nationally, applicants can apply onsite, and will have the opportunity to have questions answered and speak with current drivers about what duties are included as part of the job. CCSD provides paid training and assistance in obtaining the proper license. Applicants also will have the opportunity to ride in a bus around the yard to get a feel for what it is like to be a bus driver.


For more information, call us at (702) 799-5427 Option 2

Star Graduates 2019 – ECTA

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East Career and Technical Academy Star Graduate Jayla Scott has seen it all. She has fought through housing and food insecurity, time in foster care, an unstable family life and so much more. But look at her now: She is a powerhouse of positivity and strength. She is generous and energetic, and she never stops.

Because she has not always had it easy, she has a heart for those who struggle. And wow, is she accomplished. She is in the top of her graduating class, has served over 500 hours as a skilled volunteer at Sunrise Hospital, has revitalized East Tech’s Black Student Union and is a HOSA (a national student organization for health education and biomedical sciences) award winner.

Jayla has been accepted to schools across the country, and is likely going to turn down a full ride to Stanford University so she can accept a full ride to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has a passion for helping others, and will continue to do amazing things for all those around her. Jayla will change the world. She is a force, and she will not stop until she has made the world a better place.

Her Titan family is so very proud of this Star Graduate, and we cannot wait to see what she does next!

Star Graduates 2019 – A-Tech

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Yosmerith Hoyos did not speak English before she started kindergarten, as her mother had immigrated to Las Vegas just a few years prior from Columbia. Despite early challenges, she persevered and went on to achieve academic success. She has excelled at Advanced Technologies Academy earning a 4.57 GPA, while taking eight AP courses in diverse disciplines including AP Psychology and AP Calculus AB. Yosmerith is in the legal studies program, and helps mentor new A-TECH Mavericks as a student ambassador.

She is a top-rated competitive gymnast and works as an instructor at GYMCATS. Yosmerith remains an active member of the A-TECH community and is a board member of the Hispanic Student Union (HSU). Under her leadership, HSU has tripled its membership and organized several cultural events.

Her teachers describe Yosmerith as self-reflective and driven yet humble. Yosemerith earned a QuestBridge full-ride scholarship to Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota to study neurosurgery this fall.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Yosmerith Hoyos of A-TECH!

Dr. Jara Distributes First of Superintendent Challenge Coins to Deserving CCSD Employees

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In mid-March, Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara awarded the first Superintendent Challenge Coins to a dozen deserving Clark County School District employees.

He surprised dedicated, hard-working CCSD employees who have demonstrated going above and beyond in making CCSD number one for kids.

His first stop on March 14 was at the Education Services Division, where he distributed the Superintendent Challenge Coins to 11 CCSD employees who volunteered to stay late on Feb. 21, when Safekey programs closed early due to inclement weather.

Those receiving the Superintendent Challenge Coins were:

  • Jackie Castellanos, dispatcher
  • Maritza Espinoza, attendance officer
  • Pam Foltz, senior attendance officer
  • Will Hall, attendance officer
  • Leo Jones, attendance officer
  • Brooklyn Lauriano, attendance officer
  • Mary Rice, attendance officer
  • Robert Sperbeck, attendance officer
  • Edgar Thomas, attendance officer
  • Derrick Turner, attendance officer
  • Annette Wilson, attendance officer


Later that morning, Dr. Jara visited Ethel W. Staton Elementary School to surprise kindergarten teacher Nikki McGuire, who had recently been profiled in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story for her commitment and love of teaching while fighting chronic myeloid leukemia since 2009.

Dr. Jara offered words of encouragement to McGuire, who was joined by fellow teachers and Principal Lindsay Tomlinson during the presentation. The superintendent said it was an “honor to meet one of our many heroes.”

CCSD Recognized as ‘2019 Best Communities For Music Education’ for 20th Year in a Row

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For the 20th consecutive year, the Clark County School District 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 20th 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 tremendously honored to once again be awarded with this recognition for the 20th year in a row,” said CCSD Director of Humanities Shannon La Neve. “We know this award would not be possible without the tremendous support from our Board of Trustees, and our CCSD family of teachers, administrators and support professionals who make the remarkable CCSD music education program a reality.”

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 623 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award in 2019.

Star Graduates 2019 – Shadow Ridge

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Sean Stewart is the nomination for Shadow Ridge High School’s Star Graduate. While at Shadow Ridge High School, Sean has maintained 4.5 GPA including AP and Honors level courses.

In addition to academic achievement, Sean works as editor in chief of The Lariat, our school newspaper, plays on the men’s varsity soccer team and does community service during his free time. Each summer, he volunteers with Families for Effective Autism Treatment’s summer youth camps. Additionally, he’s a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.

Besides the academic achievement and his involvement in school and community organizations, Sean Stewart will graduate this May from Shadow Ridge High School with a perfect attendance record across 12 years.

Star Graduates 2019 – Indian Springs

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Taylor Hickman is the Star Graduate from Indian Springs High School. Taylor has attended Indian Springs schools from kindergarten through his senior year of high school. He has been recognized for outstanding attendance during 10 of his 13 years in school, and he has had perfect attendance four different times.

Taylor is an outstanding student, citizen and athlete. He has participated in numerous extracurricular activities, including basketball, baseball, football, band, theater and student council. Taylor is currently on track to graduate sixth in his class and plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall.

The Indian Springs community is proud of Taylor’s accomplishments and wishes him the best for the future.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Taylor Hickman of Indian Springs High School!

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Green Our Planet’s Largest Student-Run Farmers Market

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Green our Planet, the Clark County School District and Bank of Nevada will present the Biannual Student Farmers Market April 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas. Billed as the largest student market in the U.S., the free event will feature approximately 500 students in Southern Nevada. Students run the market themselves, selling fruits and vegetables that are grown in school gardens and handmade crafts. The market is held every fall and spring.

“Green Our Planet provides schools the opportunity to have gardens and STEM learning in an exciting way for Clark County School District students,” said CCSD Community Engagement Executive Director Joe Caruso. “It also allows our students to learn about nutrition, finances and business skills in preparation for the real world during the farmers market experience.”

Nominate an Educator For the 2018-19 New Educator of the Year

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Each school year the Clark County School District recognizes outstanding new educators. The award is to recognize and celebrate outstanding new educators – in a variety of categories – who have demonstrated excellence and dedication to students and the school community.

To nominate an outstanding new educator, click here. The deadline to nominate someone is Friday, April 5, 5 p.m.

(The 2017-18 recipients of the New Educator of the Year Award are pictured above.)

Recipients of the award will have their picture displayed in the lobby of the Edward A. Greer Education Center. An administrator, colleague, community member, parent, or student can nominate new educators.

A new educator is defined as someone who has no prior contracted experience and was hired during the 2018-19 school year.

Finalists Named for the Heart of Education Awards

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Over 720 Clark County School District teachers have been named finalists for the 2019 The Heart of Education Awards. The Heart Of Education Awards will honor CCSD teachers with an invitation-only event at The Smith Center, where 20 teachers will be selected to receive awards. The prestigious evening will feature a red carpet, swag bags for all of the invited teachers, and spectacular entertainment. Support for the event is provided by The Rogers Foundation and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.