CCSD Observes Week of Respect

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating the Week of Respect Oct. 1 – 5 with a variety of events and activities at schools, which promote a safe and respectful learning environment. As part of their Pledge to Respect Day activities, students at Clarence Piggott Academy of International Studies, used chalk to write positive messages on the school’s sidewalks and playgrounds. Students also had a blue ribbon fence decorating activity to promote the messages of kindness and respect. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

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Dr. Jesus F. Jara

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman

C.C. Ronnow Elementary School

Dr. Jesus F. Jara (video #2).

West CTA Presents “The Laramie Project” October 9-12

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Two dozen West CTA students, under the direction of Theatre Director Mary Young, will be taking part in the school’s production of “The Laramie Project” Oct. 9-12 in the Wrangler Theater. The play is a dramatization of a real event and hate crime that took place in 1998. Due to the subject matter and strong language, “The Laramie Project” is appropriate for an audience of 13 years of age or older. For more information, click here.

Celebrate Week of Respect the First Week of October

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) will celebrate the Week of Respect, scheduled for the first week of October. Per NRS 236.073, Governor Sandoval proclaimed Oct. 1 – 5 as the Week of Respect, which is the launching of a yearlong effort to enhance a safe and respectful learning environment. CCSD’s theme is “Be an Upstander” and culminates on Friday, October 5, with “CCSD Get Your Blue On.”

Woolley Elementary Principal Darryl Wyatt Earns National Recognition

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Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School Principal Darryl Wyatt is among 62 principals from across the U.S. and overseas to be selected for the prestigious National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) 2018 class of National Distinguished Principals.

“Today’s principals are tasked with attending to students’ social and emotional needs at greater levels, even while they give their all to drive academic success in their school communities,” said Dr. L. Earl Franks, NAESP’s executive director. “NAESP’s National Distinguished Principals program recognizes the outstanding leadership of highly successful principals and is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to outstanding school leaders.”

On its website, the organization said, “In his 17 years of principalship, Dr. Darryl C. Wyatt has cultivated a systematic and community-oriented approach to leadership, the impacts of which have rippled far beyond the individual schools which he has served.”

NAESP will celebrate the 62 outstanding principals at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12.

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A Passion For Teaching That Is Everlasting

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John Perri started as a teacher in the Clark County School District when he was 22 years old.

Now, 50 years later, John Perri is still going strong. He is a math teacher at Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

“I started in 1969 — same year as man landed on the moon as a reference,” Perri told the Sun. “I’ve taught every math course that ever existed, and I taught math courses that don’t exist anymore.”

The Las Vegas Sun’s Camalot Todd profiled the enthusiasm and dedication of Perri who, Todd writes, “has mustered up more than a few ways to keep students engaged in learning concepts from puzzles that illustrate geometric principles to prime numbers used in factoring for algebra.”

Read the Sun’s full profile of John Perri.

Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara to Hold Community Discussion Sept. 19

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Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara will hold a “Java with Jara” discussion, open to the entire community, as part of his district-wide listening tour. Dr. Jara will talk with parents, students, employees and community members at the gathering.

The community-wide event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Rancho High School, 1900 Searles Ave., Las Vegas.

Spanish interpreters will be available at the event

CCSD Heralds Schools’ Achievements Under More Rigorous Star-Rating System

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara celebrated that 94 schools attained a 4-Star or 5-Star ranking in the 2018 Nevada School Performance Framework released Friday — despite more rigorous standards.

CCSD Board of School Trustees President Deanna Wright heralded the 46 5-Star schools, 48 4-Star schools and 44 schools that increased at least one Star from the 2017 results.

“We know there are pockets of excellence throughout CCSD, and today we want to celebrate the many educators who are exceeding standards to deliver first-class education to their students,” Wright said.

The announcement of the results was held at Addeliar Guy Elementary School in North Las Vegas, which increased from 2 Stars to 4 Stars.

This is the first time the state has implemented a new, more rigorous requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that caps points from schools with opportunity gaps, which are gaps in achievement between student subgroups.

The Star rankings of 12 CCSD schools were capped because of these new standards.

“Just as the Nevada School Performance Framework shines a spotlight on schools that are achieving, it also provides an opportunity to focus our efforts in areas where not all students are thriving,” Dr. Jara said. “Our shared work is not complete until we establish excellence by providing rich and rigorous instruction to all students. I am extremely proud of our teachers, principals and students. Our team is committed to making CCSD #1 for Kids.”

CCSD leaders also discussed the first Star ratings released in five years for high schools. All of CCSD’s Career and Technical Academies achieved a 5-Star ranking, as well as CCSD’s College of Southern Nevada High Schools.

The Nevada Department of Education, earlier this month, released Smarter Balanced math and English Language Arts (ELA) assessment results showing that CCSD increased in 11 out of 12 categories in 2017-18 and in all of the categories over the 2016-18 time span.

For more information recapping CCSD’s performance, please click here to read the complete news release.

CCSD Celebrates High Achievement and Growth in Star Ratings

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On Sept. 14, the Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara celebrated that 94 schools attained a 4-Star or 5-Star ranking in the 2018 Nevada School Performance Framework released today — despite more rigorous standards.

CCSD Board of School Trustees President Deanna L. Wright heralded the 46 5-Star schools, 48 4-Star schools and 44 schools that increased at least one Star from the 2017 results.

“We know there are pockets of excellence throughout CCSD, and today we want to celebrate the many educators who are exceeding standards to deliver first-class education to their students,” Wright said.

The event was held at Addeliar Guy Elementary School in North Las Vegas, which increased from 2 Stars to 4 Stars.

This is the first time the state has implemented a new, more rigorous requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that caps points from schools with opportunity gaps, which are gaps in achievement between student subgroups.

Palo Verde High School and Neal Elementary School Honor Victims of 9/11

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Along with other somber tributes across our nation, two Clark County School District schools held separate ceremonies Tuesday morning in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Palo Verde High School’s Air Force JROTC held its annual rededication ceremony in remembrance of the victims, including the school’s foreign languages teacher, Barbara Edwards. Edwards was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11.

CCSD Board of School Trustee Lola Brooks was among those in attendance as a new flag was placed on the Barbara Edwards Memorial. The school’s Color Guard, drill teams, and choir also participated.

Neal Elementary School held a special flag-raising ceremony, which was attended by all students and staff.

The Cheyenne High School Army ROTC Color Guard, band, and choir was on hand for this special observance. All students assembled and listened to a message from Principal Denise Murray, whose husband was a Port Authority police lieutenant who was previously stationed at the World Trade Center. Mrs. Murray and her husband lost 32 of their Port Authority Police friends on 9/11.