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 consisting of Trustee Dr. Linda E. Young, 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. School Matters provides area residents with the opportunity to submit their questions online and receive answers from board members and CCSD officials. Visit http://ccsd.net/parents/school-matters to submit your question(s) in advance.
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.
Good health was the key message that students heard at the kickoff of the 8th annual UNLV Coaches Challenge held Oct. 20, 2014 at Elise Wolff Elementary School in Henderson. The annual event is a collaborative effort between CCSD, the Southern Nevada Health District and UNLV Athletics. It encourages children to make healthy food choices and to participate in physical activity every day. For more information, call Stephanie Bethel at (702) 759-1393 or visit www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/coach-challenge.
Northwest Career and Technical Academy will host the fourth annual Fun Run/Walk for Future Teachers on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Funds raised will support future teachers through the Feature Educators Association’s College Scholarship Program.” For more information, visit www.nwctahawks.net.
Executives from Station Casinos joined CCSD officials representing the 10 Smart Start elementary schools at a special breakfast at Red Rock Resort on Oct. 14, 2014. According to KTNV-TV, “Since 2000, Station Casinos has contributed more than $2.5 million through Smart Start to dozens of high-need elementary schools. Each of the 10 school principals at the breakfast was presented with a $5,000 donation to support both teachers and students.” For more information, call Station Casinos at (702) 862-3154.
CCSD recently observed Week of Respect. Click here for a video of the week's highlights.
The Clark County School District is committed to collaborating with parents and the community on all issues, especially the topic of sex education curriculum. For information on our CCSD's current sex education curriculum, as well as curriculum in other school districts and other reference materials, visit http://www.ccsd.net/parents/sex-ed-info.php. The site also provides information about AB 230, a bill that was introduced in the 2013 legislative session that would have created a more comprehensive sex education curriculum throughout Nevada. The bill did not pass, but the subject may surface again in the 2015 legislative session.
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.
On various dates through Oct. 24, Vegas PBS Ch. 10 will air debates related to federal, state and local races and two ballot initiatives. Candidates vying for the offices of Congressional district three, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and Clark County sheriff will take part in the debates. There will also be debates concerning ballot initiatives Questions 2 and 3. The debates will be moderated by political commentators Steve Sebelius and Elizabeth Thompson. Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell said, “As a public service media organization, Vegas PBS is committed to providing independently minded voters with non-commercial, non-sectarian and non-partisan debates that focus on issues elected officials are most likely to confront during their terms and offer exchanges about significant ballot initiatives.”