The start of a new school year is just a few weeks away for students in the Clark County School District. Classes will begin on Monday, August 25, for students in the nation's fifth largest school district. In an effort to help parents and students be prepared for the beginning of school, CCSD has produced its annual back to school publication, which contains helpful information pertaining to registration, food service, immunizations and bus transportation. The document is available in English and Spanish at http://www.ccsd.net/district/news/publications.
Interested in being a teacher? Consider the Clark County School District, which has hired about 1,200 new teachers for the upcoming school year but still needs to fill about 500 or 600 additional vacancies. According to KTNV-TV, “Most of the new teachers are being hired at the elementary school level, thanks to more state funding to ease overcrowding. Classes resume Aug. 25.
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 2014-2015 school year. People of diverse ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications can be submitted by fax to (702) 799-0257, electronically to email@example.com, or via USPS to CCSD Board of Trustees, 5100 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Deadline for submission is Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at 4 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.
Oniana Boulware, a second grade student at Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet school, was recently named as the winner for her grade level in the national Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Kids Writer's and Illustrator's contest. PBS sponsors the annual contest in an effort to promote learning and creativity through writing and art. Boulware's winning art work can be seen at at http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/read-stories/stories/erics-job.
Southwest Medical Associates will host its Back to School Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 650 N. Nellis Boulevard. The event will include immunizations, sports physicals and more. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (702) 933-1383.
MGM Resorts International presents the 2014 Educators Appreciation Day and Back to School Fair on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mirage Grand Ballroom. Teachers can learn about educational opportunities, such as field trips, guest speakers and curriculum enhancement as well as various community resources available to students and families. Teachers also will have the opportunity to obtain free back to school supplies and enter to win prizes. Teachers must show CCSD identification in order to receive supplies. For more information, call Jessica Chester at (702) 692-9630.
The next School Matters will air Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on Vegas PBS, Ch. 10. Hosted by Nate Tannenbaum (pictured), the show will feature a panel consisting of Trustee Patrice Tew, Trustee Deanna L. Wright, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and Chief Innovation and Productivity Officer Jhone Ebert. The half-hour program will focus on back-to-school, with CCSD classes set to resume Monday, Aug. 25. To submit your questions for the Aug. 21 School Matters, go to http://ccsd.net/parents/school-matters.
Parents are invited to register early for Henderson's 2014-2015 Safekey and Teen Scene programs. Safekey and Teen Scene are before- and after-school recreational enrichment programs hosted by the City of Henderson at all public elementary and middle schools in Henderson. Other local municipalities also offer Safekey programs. For more information, call (702) 267-4100.
The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) is urging parents to beat the back-to-school rush by bringing their pre-schoolers, kindergartners and seventh-graders for mandatory vaccinations at one of its public health centers. The SNHD said, "Summer is an excellent time to review immunization records for both parents and children in order to ensure vaccinations are up to date for everyone, including the DTaP vaccine for children and the Tdap booster for adolescents and adults, both protect against pertussis (whooping cough)." For details, call (702) 759-0850 or visit www.SNHD.info.
Amid rising summer temperatures, HELP of Southern Nevada is collecting bottled water for homeless families. Donations can be dropped off at any Las Vegas area Whole Foods Market through Aug. 31. The water will be collected on a regular basis and distributed to those in need.