2 More CCSD Magnet Schools Receive National Recognition

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Two more Clark County School District (CCSD) Magnet Schools have been named National Certified Magnet Schools: Rancho High School and Roy W. Martin Middle School.

Magnet Schools of America recognized both schools this week for their efforts surrounding high-quality, innovative curriculum and instructional programs that promote choice, equity, diversity and academic excellence for all students.

“This prestigious recognition yet again shows that CCSD’s Magnet Schools are a national model for schools providing rich and rigorous education,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “CCSD is focused on ensuring our students are college and career ready, and this honor helps to highlight our commitment to that goal. I would like to congratulate our teachers, support professionals, students and administrators for their hard work recognized by this distinction.”

Rancho High School and Martin Middle School join 10 other CCSD schools that have earned the prestigious designation based around the five pillars of Magnet Schools and the National Magnet School Standards of Excellence.

“This is a tremendous honor as the schools engaged in a difficult, year-long evaluation process,” said Magnet Schools and Career and Technical Academies Director Gia Moore. “The principals and teachers at these schools are phenomenal.”

Other CCSD magnet schools to earn the honor are:

  • East Career & Technical Academy – National Demonstration School

  • Bracken STEAM Academy – National Demonstration School

  • Mabel Hoggard Math & Science Elementary School – Certified

  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy – Certified

  • James Cashman Middle School – Certified

  • Ed W. Clark High School – Certified

  • Northwest Career and Technical Academy – Certified

  • Jo Mackey Magnet School – Certified

  • Jim Bridger Middle School – Certified

  • K.O. Knudson Middle School – Certified

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America, visit magnet.edu. For more information about CCSD Magnet Schools, visit magnet.ccsd.net.

Honoring Super Scholars from CCSD’s Class of 2019

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Harvard College. Yale University. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. California Institute of Technology. University of Chicago. Stanford University.

These are but a handful of the elite colleges and universities that more than 100 students from Clark County School District’s Class of 2019 will be entering this fall.

On Aug. 2, Clark County School District held its first-ever Super Scholars Recognition Luncheon in which students were honored for their acceptance into the nation’s top colleges and universities, based on the rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

The students who were able to attend the luncheon and roundtable were recognized for their accomplishments by Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara and School Board Trustee Dr. Linda E. Young.

In addition to the luncheon at The Public Education Foundation, which the nonprofit organization hosted, Dr. Jara led a roundtable discussion of these high-achieving students.

Students explained why they chose the colleges they’ll attend in the fall; shared with Dr. Jara the stories of teachers, counselors, principals, parents and others who went above and beyond to inspire them; discussed the importance of a school’s environment in promoting learning; explored the impact of the socio-economic gap that can hinder academic achievement, an issue Dr. Jara noted that CCSD’s Focus: 2014 strategic plan is addressing; and discussed other issues confronting public education.

Welcome Back to School

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Take a look at some of the events that transpired on the first day of the 2019-20 school year.



Busy morning at the Wallace Bus Yard! Welcome back students and staff. Let’s have a great year!!! @SuptJaraCCSD @Trustee_Brooks

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Dr. Jesus F. Jara@SuptJaraCCSD

Great day in Clark County for our children! It’s going to be a great year for our 320,000+ students and 42,000 employees! And we are rolling…

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.@SuptJaraCCSD having a little fun with the @liberty_high football team! Nice Haka!!! @Trustee_Wright

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Happy first day of school! CCSD is excited to welcome back our students. @linevon16 and @SuptJaraCCSD are helping greet students at Matt Kelly ES’ red carpet walk with business, community leaders and elected officials including @GovSisolak.

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Governor Sisolak


Proud to welcome the kids from Matt Kelly Elementary this morning! Thank you @NVYouthNetwork for all your tireless work on behalf of all our kids. Have a great first day of class!

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Happy first day of school! @SuptJaraCCSD is checking out the new Student Support Center J.D. Smith Middle School.

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.@SuptJaraCCSD and @RepSusieLee welcomed students at Bonner ES this morning! Congratulations on your classroom additions, they look amazing.

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Thanks to our community partners for helping our @SETechTweets students prepare for career readiness by providing them with work gear for apprenticeship programs as CCSD launched http://apprenticeship.ccsd.net . @onestopcareerNV @RTCSNV

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Thanks for the wonderful tour, Principal Hybarger of Abston ES! @SuptJaraCCSD and @TrusteeFord are enjoying greeting students and checking out their brand new school. The space theme is pretty cool! ??

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CCSD Provides Families with Information and Resources at Cox Back to School Fairs

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will assist students and families as they prepare for the 2019-20 school year during the 12th Annual Cox Back to School Fairs, being held at local shopping malls during July and August.

  • July 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The Boulevard, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway
  • August 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane
  • August 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Downtown Summerlin, 2025 Festival Plaza Drive


There will be over 50 booths at the fairs; various booths will be staffed by CCSD personnel, while the others will represent community agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. School-required immunizations will be offered only at The Galleria at Sunset, The Boulevard and Meadows Mall fairs. Costs will range from no co-pay to low-fee and no charge, depending on a family’s insurance status. Parents are advised to bring their child’s immunization record and insurance card.

July 31 is the Deadline for School Naming Applications

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A Call for Nominations is now underway to name one new elementary school slated to open fall 2020. Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2019. A new application is required; applications from previous naming efforts are not being considered. You may request a fillable form by emailing SNC@nv.ccsd.net or calling the Communications and Government Relations Unit at 702-799-5304. For more information, click here.

Cultivating and Sustaining Powerful Parent Partners

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The Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) Department reached over 100,000 family members during the 2018-19 school year through the University of Family Learning (UFL). FACES works hard to support and leverage all stakeholders with increasing student achievement and attendance.

The UFL offers family members an opportunity to access bilingual (and free of charge) workshops, resources, and information focused on increasing both family and student success. Workshops are held at school sites, the 10 FACES Family Engagement Centers, libraries, recreation centers, and other sites throughout the community.

The Fifth Annual Ceremony of Achievement, recognizing family members, schools, and community partners who went above and beyond to engage with FACES during the 2018-19 school year, was held on May 15 at Valley High School. There were 209 family members honored with a Certificate of Achievement for their deep-rooted commitment in engaging in over 50 hours of UFL course work.

Marta Castro and Diana Lozano, honorees who were recognized for their participation in the UFL for five years, credit the UFL for helping them support their children’s learning at home. Castro, recently featured on the Vegas PBS website, said that through “the Ready to Learn Program workshops, I learned that I can teach my children a lot of things that have a huge impact on their learning in school.” Lozano thanked the FACES staff for encouraging her to participate in classes to practice English. She said her children, Kerry and Joel, are the biggest reason she attends workshops.

The three schools recognized as the FACES School Partners of the Year, based upon the family-school partnership model, were Berkeley L. Bunker Elementary School (Region 1), Valley High School (Region 2), and C.C. Ronnow Elementary School (Region 3). Each school received a plaque to signify the shared responsibility of cultivating and sustaining powerful parent partners within their schools.

With parent and community support as one of the five priorities within the Focus: 2024 strategic plan, FACES will continue to work with families, schools, and the community to be #1forKids.

For more information about FACES, contact us at (702) 799-0303 or visit us at faces.ccsd.net.

CCSD Trustees Reschedule Work Session

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UPDATE: The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees has canceled the work session previously scheduled for July 3. Trustees have scheduled a new work session for July 12.  A time and location for the work session is still being finalized as of this release.

The CCSD Board of School Trustees will hold their next few regularly scheduled board meetings and work sessions at different locations.

The change of location is necessary due to planned technology upgrades to the regular board chambers at the Edward A. Greer Education Center.

The CCSD Board of School Trustees meeting scheduled for July 11 at 6 p.m. will be held at the Clark County Commission Chambers, Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155.

The Board work session on Aug. 7 will be held at 8 a.m. at the Sahara Administrative Center, Room 243, 5100 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146.

The Board meetings scheduled for 5 p.m. on Aug. 8 and Aug. 22, 2019 will be held at Valley High School’s Theater, 2839 Burnham Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89169.

CCSD Board of School Trustees meetings are scheduled to return to the Greer Education Center for meetings in September.

More information on the project can be found by clicking here.

A live video link of each meeting will be posted on ccsd.net and on facebook.com/ClarkCountySchoolDistrict.

CCSD and Clark County are separate legal entities with separate governing boards.

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

Over $10,000 in Scholarships Provided During Reclaim Your Future

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The eighth annual Reclaim Your Future Senior Celebration took place on May 10 at the Texas Station. The event, sponsored by the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and the City of Las Vegas, celebrated the nearly 500 graduating JAG Seniors from 20 high schools.

These students have faced tremendous adversity in their lives, yet put education first and will graduate on time. Nevada State College, CSN, Sands Cares, and the Bee-Lievers provided over $10,000 in surprise scholarships.

Additionally, the Las Vegas Aces, the NBA Summer League, and Vegas Golden Knights Foundation also raffled off tickets and apparel throughout the event as well.

The event was emceed by Michael Flores and Nicholas Mathews. DJ Lalas played live music throughout the event, and the students found inspiration in the story of Las Vegas Aces’ Rushia Brown.

School is Out, But Back to School is On the Way!

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As we prepare for the new school year, CCSD is asking the community to help students be prepared. We are collecting school supplies for our students in need so that they can be successful.

If you want to help a school near you, we suggest you visit the CCSD Support a School site at https://ccsd.net/schools/support-a-school/. Schools post their wish lists on this site for materials and supplies to be used directly in the classroom.

Some of the suggested supplies include:

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Paper
  • Binders
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Protractors
  • Calculators


You can either contact the school to deliver the items, or contact the School-Community Partnership office for assistance at 702-799-6560.

Khan Academy and CCSD Discuss Tools to Bring Greater Equity and Access to All Students

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Clark County School District (CCSD) principals and school leaders recently heard from nationally recognized entrepreneur Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, an education nonprofit whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Khan shared his focus on leveling the playing field during a presentation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

One of CCSD’s top priorities in the Focus: 2024 strategic plan is to increase equity and access to underserved and underrepresented students. CCSD is working with Khan Academy to provide all educators with free tools to assist with equity and access throughout K-12 education.

The Khan Academy features more than 6,500 video lessons teaching a variety of subjects. The videos have been watched more than 1.6 billion times, reaching millions of people around the world.

Pictured are Superintendent Jesus Jara (left), Sal Khan (center) and NWEA CEO Christopher Minnich (right).