Local officials say prescription drug abuse is increasing among young people. To help address the problem, the CCSD Police Department held a “Pill Take Back Day” on Saturday, July 26, at Sierra Vista High School. At the event, 200 pounds of medications were turned in, the highest amount of any of the collections the department has held. Since the start of the year, the CCSD Police Department has received and taken more than 500 pounds of medications out of circulation.
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.
On Aug. 4, the City of Las Vegas will begin accepting registrations for its Safekey programs for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, visit https://recreation.lasvegasnevada.gov or call (702) 229-3399. The City of Las Vegas is one of several municipalities that offer Safekey programs at CCSD schools during the school year.
The Nevada Department of Education is accepting applications from members of the general public who are interested in being considered for appointment to a team that will review the state’s educator preparation programs. The review team will be appointed by the Nevada State Board of Education at its next meeting on Aug. 14. The review team must include:
- One representative from a public educational institution in Nevada which offers a course of study and training for the education of teachers or other educational personnel;
- One representative from a private educational institution in Nevada which offers a course of study and training for the education of teachers or other educational personnel
- At least one licensed teacher
- At least one representative of a local school district
- One member of the Board
- And ... one member of the general public
To apply, submit a letter of interest to email@example.com by July 31, 2014. The letter should include a description of the professional position, experience and areas of expertise of the person interested in appointment. For more information, call (702) 668-4320.
As reported by KSNV-TV, "Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky announced a reorganization of several district departments to direct more time and resources to two key areas of focus: professional development for teachers and administrators, and services to support English language acquisition."
In his comments about the recently announced reorganization of several CCSD departments, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said, "We know that putting a quality teacher in each classroom is the best way to increase student achievement. The Board of School Trustees has directed our district to provide the right training and support to our teachers and enhance instruction in the classroom. This reorganization also aligns our work to provide support for students working toward English language acquisition." Click here for more information.
North Las Vegas is among the local municipalities offering Safekey during the school year. The city’s Recreation Department describes the program as a “recreational enrichment program for children, designed to meet the needs of the working parent.” Like other Safekey programs, it corresponds with the CCSD calendar. For details, call (702) 633-1608.
The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) will provide immunizations at the following Back to School Fairs:
- Meadows Mall – Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Boulevard Mall – Saturday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Galleria at Sunset – Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Administrative fees for shots range from $16 to $25. Some shots may have other fees. Parents/guardians will need to bring their child’s shot records and Medicaid or Nevada CheckUp card, if applicable. For more information, visit www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org or call (702) 759-0850.
The Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program aims to prevent injuries to children and adults from bicycle and pedestrian crashes by training them with the knowledge and skills needed to be competent and safe in traffic. Click here for more information.
Hundreds of families in Clark County are homeless. According to KNPR, “The Clark County School District estimates that as many as 9,000 students don't have a stable place to live.”