The State Treasurer’s office announced that the number of applications from Nevada families during the 2014 open enrollment period for the Silver State Matching Grant Program increased 62 percent over last year for a total of 414 applications. This marks the fifth open enrollment period for the Silver State Matching Grant Program, which is available to Nevada families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than $75,000. Families who meet the eligibility requirements can receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $300 annually in their SSgA Upromise 529 Plan account. Last year, the program distributed more than $67,283 in matching funding to 236 participants. The open enrollment period for the program runs from April 1 to July 31 each year. Matching funds come from program manager fees paid to the state; no taxpayer dollars are used.
The CCSD Board of School Trustees recognized Robert "Bob" Ellis of SNAP Towing during the board's Aug. 28, 2014 regular meeting. Ellis was honored for the many contributions he has made to CCSD including Whitney and Sewell Elementary Schools.
The CCSD School-Community Partnership Program is accepting nominations for this year’s Teacher of the Game recognition program. One teacher will be selected and recognized at each UNLV Runnin’ Rebel home game. To nominate a CCSD teacher, visit http://ccsd.net/game. For more information, click here or call Judy Myers at (702) 799-6560.
A team of Northwest Career and Technical Academy students captured first place in the inaugural Findlay Automotive/Cox Communications iChoose to Drive Cox Safe Driving Campaign. The talented team consisted of leader Travis Flesher and fellow NWCTA students Sandra Pena, Garrett Hunt, Erick Rodriguez and Chase Thelen. They received $1,000 during a ceremony at Findlay Honda Northwest. Their school also received $1,000. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “The initiative required local teens ages 13-18 to create a 30-second public service announcement about the dangers of distracted driving.” The winning spot will air through Aug. 31, 2014 on Disney XD, ESPN, ABC Family, Lifetime, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, TLC, TNT and Cartoon Network.
As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Those who thought Sierra Vista’s football team was just going to sit around and mope about being moved down a division might want to think again. Facing Division I-A schools in the upcoming season, the Mountain Lions have a newfound confidence and are ready to do what they’ve hoped for the last few years: win."
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “There may be fewer students per kindergarten teacher because of a state mandate, but the Clark County School District is struggling to find room for the 167 additional kindergarten classes this creates.” The R-J said CCSD will ask the state for $3.92 million to buy 60 portable classrooms. The newspaper, “District officials expect district-wide enrollment to jump from 315,000 at this time last year to 320,000 students, with most of the growth happening at elementary schools.”
The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees’ Sex Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is accepting applications of interest from individuals wishing to join this committee. The SEAC has vacancies for two parents who have children attending CCSD, one teacher (current CCSD health teacher preferred), and one non-voting male student who will be attending a CCSD school as a junior in the 2014-15 school year. People of diverse ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications can be submitted by fax to (702) 799-0257, electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via U.S. Mail to CCSD Board of Trustees, 5100 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89146. The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at 5 p.m. For more information please refer to the Sex Education Operational Guide for K-12 Curriculum Development and the Sex Education Advisory Committee Procedures Manual.
Bonanza High School's Class of 1984 will hold its 30-year reunion Sept. 26, 2014 from 7-11 p.m. at Aces and Ales, 2801 N. Tenaya, Las Vegas. For details, call Janet Amador of Southeast CTA at (702) 799-7500. Read about this and other upcoming CCSD high school reunions at http://ccsd.net/students/school-reunion-information.
The CCSD Board of School Trustees recognized CCSD's Do the Write Thing Challenge Program during the trustees' regular meeting on Aug. 28, 2014. Among the speakers were Do the Wright Thing Student Ambassadors Justin Cummins and Sarah Rappleye.
The Mountain Ridge Little League team received an enthusiastic “welcome home” on Aug. 27, 2014 when they returned to Las Vegas after a stellar performance in Little League World Series. On Aug. 27, according to KSNV-TV, “The youthful boys of summer starting their eighth-grade year and arrived at Cadwallader Middle School to a heroes’ welcome.” Mountain Ridge placed fourth in the competition, held in Williamsport, Pa.