In an effort to duplicate successful programs in schools, the Clark County School District (CCSD) has launched a “Franchise School” pilot proposal program to begin in the 2015-16 school year. Chief Student Achievement Officer Mike Barton (pictured) said as part of the Franchise model, a successful principal who has demonstrated academic growth and achievement will supervise an additional school using the same or similar practices that have led to their success while continuing to supervise their original or “flagship” school. “Our philosophy at the school district is to bolster best practices to other campuses through expanded leadership opportunities,” said Barton. “While this is a pilot program, we are very hopeful and confident about the success of the model and its continued growth.”
CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky stopped by Dr. Louis Grillo's We the People class at Canyon Springs High School on March 19 to help prepare the students for National We the People, set for April 24-28 at George Mason University. Others who have been assisting the students are Professor Mark Peplowski, Professor David Tanenhaus, Professor Michael Green, David Byerman, Judge Philip Pro and Roger West. For more information, visit www.civiced.org or www.nvbar.org, or call Kathleen Dickinson at (702) 317-1408.
Moapa Valley High School presents the "Catch the Vision" student show on April 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 7:30. The show will feature art, drawing, ceramics, photography, graphic design, fashion construction, culinary arts, ag mechanics and more. The event is free and open to the public.
Spring Break started at the end of the school day on March 27 and runs through April 3. Classes will resume Monday, April 6.
SKECHERS and Zappos.com teamed up with the K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers charitable organization to provide more than 1,200 pairs of new shoes to Hollingsworth Elementary School students on March 27. For more information, call Lara Diab at (310) 402-3784 or Raven McClure at (248) 875-4291.
Metro will team up with the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada on Monday, March 30 from noon to 4 p.m. to give children and families a close-up look at many of the local agencies who provide services to our community. The 4th Annual "Kops for Kids" event will take place in the parking lot of the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, located at 3121 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. The free event provides all children a chance to meet various first responders, including CCSD Police, along with representatives from specialized services who provide care in our community. Visitors will have a chance to tour specialized vehicles and also enjoy snacks and activities including face-painting. For more information, call (702) 828-3394.
An article in Media Planet Education and Career News and in USA Today spotlights CCSD teacher Jason Marshall-Lang and his wife, Mary Simmons. The article focuses on the fact that people of all ages are now earning college degrees. Simmons is on track to complete her master’s degree at UNLV, focusing on Teaching English as a Second Language. Marshall-Lang teaches social science at Cowan Behavior Jr./Sr. High School. The article said, “The barriers may be more pronounced for the older college student who is juggling work, family and health issues, but they are anything but insurmountable. College is attainable at any age and stage in life.”
George Washington, the nation's first president as portrayed by "Living Biographer" Carl Closs, visited 10 CCSD schools the week of March 23. For more information, call Donald Hotchkiss Jr. at (702) 875-1893.
Congratulations to the Rogich Middle School cheerleading squad, which has won five first place trophies at local competitions as well as three grand championships and #1 in the nation at the USA Junior Nationals. Coach Claudine Robinson told KLAS-TV, "The best part is just watching them hit that competition floor on the basketball court and doing what they love to do and succeeding.” Robinson added, "They get onto that stage, and I was in tears. Even now, I'm going to cry how perfect they were and how wonderful their season has been."
The U.S. Navy is spotlighting Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Davis, a Henderson native and 2011 graduate of Basic High School. Davis is serving aboard USS New Orleans, one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones. He is an interior communications electrician aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. The ship is longer than two football fields at 684 feet, 105 feet wide and weighs more than 24,000 tons. Four diesel engines can push the ship through the water at more than 24 mph. As a 21 year-old with numerous responsibilities, Davis said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. For more information, call the Navy Office of Community Outreach at (902) 874-5800.