Thursday, October 30, 2014
KCLV story focuses on CCSD's IB program

CCSD’s  International Baccalaureate program is spotlighted in a "City Beat" story on KCLV, the official television station of the City of Las Vegas. Among those featured in the story is Gia Moore (pictured), director of CCSD's Magnet/CTA Department.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Confucius Institute program in the spotlight

James Yoder, coordinator of the CCSD Instructional Design and Professional Learning Division, provided a presentation of the Confucius Institute Program at the Oct. 9, 2014 School Board meeting. CCSD is one of just five K-12 school systems in the world to be a part of the Confucius Institute (CI) program. The program is run by Hanban, a non-profit public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Hanban's mission is to promote Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges. As a part of this program, CCSD has received funding that has enabled the district to expand the Chinese program to a total of nine schools, purchase teaching materials and equipment, and pay for students to attend special cultural performances and celebrations.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
CCSD unveils baseline data for new district scorecard

Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, several members of the Board of School Trustees, and local business and community leaders held a roundtable at Desert Oasis High School today to unveil baseline data for the school district's new scorecard.
 
The scorecard measures six indicators of success that are derived from the Pledge of Achievement action plan outlined by Skorkowsky last spring. The scorecard sets ambitious targets the school district will work to reach over the next five years.
 
The Board of School Trustees will use the goals in the scorecard as part of their annual evaluation of Skorkowsky starting in Dec. 2015, after the first full year of implementation. 
 
“We worked very hard, did a lot of research, and received feedback from thousands of parents and community members to determine the most critical areas of improvement needed in our school district,” Skorkowsky said.
 
The scorecard, which is available to the public at www.ccsd.net/district/district-scorecard, will be updated each year to show the school district's progress in each indicator area. 
 
The school district invites parents and the community to track its progress on the six indicators.
 
“As part of the business community, we are ready to partner with CCSD to help prepare these students,” said Duncan Lee, a businessman and chairman of the Council for a Better Nevada.
 
Magdalena Martinez, director of education programs for the Lincy Institute, said that meeting the six goals would result in an increase in students who go to postsecondary education, better opportunities for English Language Learner students and more qualified teachers in our community.
 
Parents and members of the community who are interested in getting more information about the Pledge of Achievement action plan and the scorecard measuring the progress of the plan can take the pledge and sign up for updates at www.pledgeofachievement.com.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Western HS to host LVDA symposium Nov. 3

Community members are invited to get an update on how Las Vegas Downtown Achieves (LVDA) is helping transform the lives of students in downtown schools during a symposium on Monday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Western High School. The event will include presentations by CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and Joseph Morgan, PhD for the UNLV Department of Education and Clinical Studies. LVDA seeks to create systems that can be replicated throughout Nevada to ensure academic success for students, resulting in improved learning, improved test scores, increased attendance, more parent participation and additional support and resources to better serve students. For more information, click here or call (702) 229-6582.

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Monday, October 27, 2014
CCSD to hold public input meetings on sex education curriculum

The Clark County School District (CCSD) will host a series of public input meetings throughout November to involve parents, employees and members of the community in a conversation about the district’s sex education curriculum. "The district is looking forward to taking this next step in the right direction," said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. "We want the community to know that we are listening and that we are committed to collaborating with them to determine what should be taught in our schools. It is important to us that we have a sex education curriculum that meets our students' needs while respecting the values of our community." Click here for more information, including the dates and locations of the public input meetings.

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Monday, October 27, 2014
Mark your calendars for American Education Week

Mark your calendars for American Education Week, scheduled for Nov. 17-21, 2014. The weeklong celebration presents opportunities to celebrate public education and honor the teachers who make a difference in the lives of children in classrooms across America. The first observance of American Education Week took place in Dec. 1921.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Don't miss School Matters Thursday night

The next School Matters will air Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. on Vegas PBS, Ch. 10. Hosted by Nate Tannenbaum, the show will feature a panel to include Trustee Patrice Tew, Trustee Chris Garvey, Chief Student Achievement Officer Dr. Mike Barton and Executive Director of Technology Information Systems Dan Wray. The half-hour program will focus on Infinite Campus and updated graduation requirements.

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