CCSD to Replace 29 Football Fields with Artificial Turf

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is kicking off a plan to convert 29 natural grass fields to artificial turf. The upgraded fields will provide an improved experience for student-athletes throughout CCSD. The District is excited to partner with Hellas, the firm that is completing Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.

“Athletics are an important part of keeping students engaged in academics and improving their overall health,” commented Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Our team has done a tremendous job of ensuring a better experience for all student-athletes throughout CCSD. This long term investment in our schools will provide our student-athletes with high-quality turf that will give more students greater access,” he added.

The staggered schedule will enable activities to continue while upgrading fields across the District. The goal is to have all 29 fields converted no later than April of 2021. The CCSD Student Athletics and Activities is working with school principals to schedule athletic activities and other events around the replacement projects.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday operations, CCSD remains committed to making the necessary improvements to our facilities to provide the return on investment students and taxpayers deserve. The vast majority of the field replacement projects are being funded through Government Service Tax (GST) revenue dedicated for capital projects. The remainder are being paid for through the Capital Replacement Fund that accounts for projects not undertaken more than every five years. An estimated 900 jobs will be created throughout the $45 million project, which is a reflection of CCSD’s continued investment in the Southern Nevada economy.

Below is the tentative schedule for replacement projects that may change based on external variables.

To learn more about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.

Group I Construction Schedule starting August 3, 2020

Coronado High School
Chaparral High School
Foothill High School
Western High School
Eldorado High School
Sierra Vista High School
Bonanza High School
Desert Pines High School
Basic Academy of International Studies

 

Group II Construction Schedule starting October 10, 2020

Silverado High School
Mojave High School
Cheyenne High School
Del Sol High School
Green Valley High School
Cimarron-Memorial High School
Durango High School
Liberty High School
Desert Oasis High School

 

Group III Construction Schedule starting December 9, 2020

Spring Valley High School
Las Vegas High School
Centennial High School
Shadow Ridge High School
Sunrise Mountain High School
Legacy High School
Canyon Springs High School
Laughlin Junior/ Senior High School
Palo Verde High School
Virgin Valley High School
Moapa Valley High School

 

Java with Jara on July 13: Virtual Town Hall About Reopening Our Schools

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Join Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara for a virtual town hall teleconference hosted by Board of Trustees President Lola Brooks, on Monday, July 13, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Participants can submit questions in advance by emailing engageccsd@nv.ccsd.net, or can ask questions during the call.

To join the conversation, dial 877-229-8493 (Pin: 119398) at the time of the event or stream it online at ccsd.net.

Replays of previous town hall teleconferences can be found at ccsd.net/virtualtownhall.

Previas juntas comunitarias en inglés pueden escucharse en ccsd.net/virtualtownhall.

Trustees Provisionally Approve Reopening School Plan

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees unanimously voted to provisionally approve the Reopening Our Schools Plan for submission to the Nevada Department of Education. The plan was developed under the guidelines of the Governor’s Phase 2 reopening plans for the State of Nevada.

The proposed plan above meets requirements that CCSD must fulfill with the state of Nevada’s guidelines which includes social distancing.

To view the Reopening Our Schools Plan presentation that includes model schedules for teachers and students, click here.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the proposed reopening of CCSD schools click here.

Please continue to check ccsd.net for the most up to date information.

Questions can be submitted to engageCCSD@nv.ccsd.net.

CCSD Summer Learning Resources

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CCSD launches summer learning resources website summerconnections.ccsd.net and conexionesdeverano.ccsd.net

CCSD Summer Connections will be the one-stop-shop website for parents and students to locate information on credit retrieval services, family guides for summer learning, virtual learning opportunities with educational partners and more.


CCSD lanza el sitio web de recursos de aprendizaje de verano summerconnections.ccsd.net and conexionesdeverano.ccsd.net.

CCSD Summer Connections será el sitio web para padres y estudiantes para ubicar información sobre servicios de recuperación de crédito, guías familiares para el aprendizaje de verano, oportunidades de aprendizaje virtual con socios educativos y más.

June 29th Town Hall Teleconference: Reopening Our Schools

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Please mark your calendars to join Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara for a virtual town hall teleconference, hosted by Board of School Trustees Vice President Linda P. Cavazos. Dr. Jara will answer questions regarding recommendations presented to the Board of School Trustees on June 25 for the reopening of CCSD schools this fall.

Monday, June 29, 2020, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Participants can submit questions in advance by emailing engageccsd@nv.ccsd.net, or can ask questions during the call.

To join the conversation, dial 877-229-8493 (Pin: 119398) at the time of the event or stream it online at ccsd.net.

An additional Town Hall is planned for Monday, July 13, 2020, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Replays of previous town hall teleconferences can be found at ccsd.net/virtualtownhall.

Three CCSD School Leaders Receive Prestigious Recognition

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is pleased to recognize three CCSD administrators who have received prestigious recognitions for their hard work in providing rich and rigorous education to our students.

The three CCSD administrators receiving the special distinctions are:

  • Dr. Cailin Ellis, principal of Victoria Fertitta Middle School, was named the 2019-2020 Secondary Principal of the Year by the Nevada Association of Secondary Schools (NASA) and Secondary School’s Principal’s Association of Nevada (SSPAN).

  • Ms. Rebecca Tschinkel, principal of Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School, was named the 2019-2020 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Nevada Elementary School Principals Association (NESPA).

  • Ms. Dina Meyer, assistant principal at E.W. Griffith Elementary School, was named the 2019-2020 Assistant Principal of the Year by NESPA.

 

“This is a wonderful achievement and I would like to thank our school leaders for their continued contributions,” said CCSD Board of School Trustees President Lola Brooks. “Our community is fortunate to have such great leaders focusing on the academic success and well being of our students. I congratulate them all for receiving this honor.”

“I would like to congratulate these phenomenal administrators for their accomplishments,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I am proud of their work as they led their school communities through a very challenging academic year. Our school leaders, including Dr. Ellis, Ms. Tschinkel and Ms. Meyer, continued to focus on our students’ success and creatively addressed the challenges,” he added. “I thank them for their extraordinary work.”

Dr. Ellis is the National Distinguished Secondary Principal of the year for Nevada. She serves as principal at Fertitta Middle school and what stood out to the selection committee was Cailin’s positive attitude, innovative ideas, kid-friendly style and theacademic growth her students have shown over the course of her tenure at Fertitta Middle School.

Ms. Tschinkel is the National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the year for Nevada. She currently serves as the principal of Diaz Elementary School. She is a visionary leader who overhauled the school’s climate and culture. She sets high expectations for herself, the staff and the students. She bases all decisions on what is best for the students at Diaz. She is committed to ensuring all students achieve regardless of student group, background and socio-economic status.

Ms. Meyer is the National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year for Nevada. She currently serves as the assistant principal at Griffith Elementary School. Her commitment to excellence sets her apart from others. She creates a positive and motivating environment for others. She was essential in helping create and implement a plan to increase Griffith’s achievement. She is deserving of this honor and recognition because of her passion for building relationships, her energy and her leadership.

To learn more about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

#CCSDReads Summer Reading Photo Contest

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CCSD is encouraging all students to take advantage of the summer break and enjoy a great book. Parents and students may share pictures on social media of them reading their favorite book using #CCSDReads and be eligible to win prizes donated by the community until July 31.

Students risk summer learning loss, which is often known as the “summer slide.” Students can continue building on their reading skills over the summer months. Remember, reading includes much more than just books. Here are a 100 ways to make reading more enjoyable.

Post photos, including student’s first name and CCSD school, on social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – settings must allow public view) using hashtag #CCSDReads and your photo might be selected to win a prize!

  • Post a picture of your child or family reading in an interesting place
  • Post a picture of your child reading something interesting, other than a book
  • Post a picture of your child reading to a sibling, pet, or other interesting buddy (consider social distancing as appropriate)

Any picture of your child reading could be a winner! If you don’t have social media, photos can also be submitted via email to communications@ccsd.net for consideration.

CCSD Summer Learning Resources

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CCSD launches summer learning resources website summerconnections.ccsd.net and conexionesdeverano.ccsd.net

CCSD Summer Connections will be the one-stop-shop website for parents and students to locate information on credit retrieval services, family guides for summer learning, virtual learning opportunities with educational partners and more.


CCSD lanza el sitio web de recursos de aprendizaje de verano summerconnections.ccsd.net and conexionesdeverano.ccsd.net.

CCSD Summer Connections será el sitio web para padres y estudiantes para ubicar información sobre servicios de recuperación de crédito, guías familiares para el aprendizaje de verano, oportunidades de aprendizaje virtual con socios educativos y más.

CCSD Senior Named 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar

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A Clark County School District (CCSD) student from Coronado High School was named a 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholar as part of the 56th annual class of recipients. The Coronado High School senior, Dakyung Lee, is one of 161 high school seniors to be recognized nationally for accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

“Being honored as one of only 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars is a true testament to Ms. Lee’s dedication in and out of the classroom,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “Ms. Lee is an example of the culture of educational excellence that is fostered at Coronado High School,”

“I am so proud that CCSD continues to showcase unmatched educational opportunities in the state of Nevada and I applaud Ms. Lee for this well-deserved recognition as well as the staff and administration at Coronado High School for setting students up to be college and career ready,” Jara added.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,300 candidates qualified for the 2020 awards

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation’s top-performing students with an annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2020 ceremony will be held at a later time as public health circumstances permit. Each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

To learn more about the award click here.

To learn more about the Clark County School District click here.

Congratulations to this Year’s Finalists and Winners of the Heart of Education Awards

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Congratulations to the approximately 800 Clark County School District teachers who were finalists and the 20 winners of this year’s Heart of Education Awards, presented by The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and made possible by The Rogers Foundation.

The awards program recognizes teachers who go above and beyond for their students. This year, the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the red-carpet ceremony that honors the educators. Instead, on May 20, the 20 winners received a surprise video chat call from their principals and the president and CEO of The Smith Center, Myron Martin.

Each of the 20 winners will receive a medallion, a $5,000 cash prize, and an additional $1,000 to use for a school program of their choice. There also will be full-page ads in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sunday and in El Tiempo, congratulating the educators.

The 2020 award winners include:

  • Claudia Ahumada, Kermit R. Booker Sr. Elementary School
  • Donato Avila, John C. Fremont Middle School
  • Kari Bastin, Dr. Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School
  • Bianca Bautista, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
  • Belisa Brownlee, Rancho High School
  • Matthew Christian, Barbara and Hank Greenspun Junior High School
  • Robert Cuccurullo, Coronado High School
  • Tiffany Grant, Clifford J. Lawrence Junior High School
  • Elizabeth Harris, Lied STEM Academy
  • Elisa Marcheschi Hickey, Western High School
  • Pamela Honey, Martha P. King Elementary School
  • Carolyn Lara, Spring Valley High School
  • Kimberly Law, Mabel W. Hoggard Elementary School
  • William John Love, Liberty High School
  • Crystal Massengale, E.W. Griffith Elementary School
  • Mark Nekoba, Jack Lund Schofield Middle School
  • Richard Pokropski, Centennial High School
  • Tyler Swick, Robert and Sandy Ellis Elementary School
  • Michelle Taylor, Mabel W. Hoggard Elementary School
  • Kelly Wagner, Green Valley High School