In honor of National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6), the CCSD Food Service Department is offering all elementary students a free breakfast on Thursday, March 5 at the school's regularly scheduled breakfast time. The Food Service Department says it is very important that students start the day with a good meal as it helps them concentrate on their school work while improving their health. The CCSD Food Service Department follows USDA National School Lunch Program regulations and provides an entrée, fruit, fruit juice and milk in every breakfast. All CCSD schools serve breakfast, and the district served 11,827,374 breakfasts during the 2014-15 school year. Check out www.fns.usda.gov/tn/national-school-breakfast-week to learn more about school breakfast.
Guest readings, book drives, dress-up days, trivia contests and scavenger hunts are just some of the many activities under way at CCSD schools for the week of March 2, Nevada Reading Week. Click here to view the schedule. Pictured is artwork by Chaparral High School student Rebekah Solorzano, who had the winning entry in a Reading Week art contest.
UNLV and the Clark County School District are bringing back a pollen monitoring program that will measure the amount of pollen in the air. According to KLAS-TV, “Monitoring stations will be spread out to six different locations throughout the Las Vegas area. Pollen is sucked into a machine 30 feet off the ground, collected and brought back to the lab where researchers will literally count the pollen in the air.” The results will be posted online every weekday morning.
March 2015 calendars for Future Smiles, Eye Care 4 Kids and the Dr. Joel & Carol Bower School-Based Health Center are now available online. Students attending CCSD schools or those in need of immunizations for enrollment in a CCSD school are eligible for services at the centers. For more information, call Related Services Coordinator Vicki Herman at (702) 799-7461.
The 7th Annual Family Enrichment Day will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNLV’s Student Union, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. Admission is free to CCSD students and families. For more information, call (702) 799-0303.
To view bills, meeting calendars and all session-related materials related to the current session of the Nevada Legislature, visit www.leg.state.nv.us. The legislative website also provides the Personalized Legislative Tracking (PLT) system where you can subscribe to bills of interest and be notified of hearings. To sign up for the PLT, visit https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/78th2015/Plt.
Clark County residents now have a better idea of what’s causing their stuffy noses, sneezing and wheezing this allergy season. UNLV and the Clark County School District (CCSD) have revived a monitoring program to track when and how much pollen is in Southern Nevada’s air. The partnership includes the Clark County Department of Air Quality. “CCSD is very excited to be a part of this collaborative project,” said Mary Pike, CCSD director of science, health and physical education. “Not only will Southern Nevadans benefit from being aware of the concentration of airborne pollen on a day-to-day basis, but we will also be able to provide a variety of educational opportunities for our CCSD students.”
The Public Education Foundation invites teachers, administrators and community members to nominate a teacher for the Myra Greenspun Teacher Excellence Award. One teacher will be selected to receive an award of $3,000 to be used in his or her classroom or school or for professional development as well as an honorarium of $1,000. In addition, the selected teacher will be awarded 500 credits to be used at The Public Education Foundation’s Teacher EXCHANGE. Teacher nominations may be submitted by fellow teachers, administrators or community members and are due by Feb. 27, 2015. A teacher may not nominate himself or herself. The nomination application is available at http://thepef.org/programs_grants.html. For more information, call Lisa DenBleyker, at (702) 799-1042.
School attendance is now taken into consideration for students under 18 who wish to apply for a learner's permit or driver's license. Per Senate Bill 269, students who do not meet the 90% attendance standard in the current semester will be unable to apply until the next semester, provided they have met the 90% standard during that semester. Learn more about SB 269 at ccsd.net/driverslicense.
The CCSD Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) programs offer unique opportunities for individuals who are seeking a rewarding career teaching students in high-need areas. CCSD welcomes strong, diverse candidates with rich life experiences, conferred bachelor’s degrees in areas other than education, and a passion for helping all students succeed. Candidates accepted into an ARL program participate in rigorous professional development. Upon successful completion, candidates become eligible for full-time employment as contracted CCSD teachers. Employment includes outstanding retirement and medical benefits. For more information, visit www.vegasteaching.org.