A column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal praises CCSD for “leading the way in ELL innovation.” The column was written by Sylvia Lazos, a professor at UNLV’s law school and co-chair of the Education Committee of the Latino Leaders Council.
During an event on Tuesday, Sept. 23, State Treasurer Kate Marshall will be joined by CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, school administrators, students, teachers and more than 200 parents to launch the second year of the Nevada College Kick Start Program. Approximately 35,000 accounts were opened in Nevada during the program’s initial launch in 2013. 35,000 additional accounts are being opened for this year’s kindergarten class. The Tuesday event will take place at 9:45 a.m. at John W. Bonner Elementary School, 765 Crestdale Lane, Las Vegas. The Treasurer’s Office says the Kick Start Program is helping support the dream of a college education by establishing $50 college savings accounts for all public school kindergarten students attending school in Nevada. No taxpayer dollars are being used in the program. For more information, visit http://collegekickstart.nv.gov.
For the third consecutive year, the Clark County School District (CCSD) has set a new record for student enrollment. On Friday, Sept. 19, 318,597 students attended school in the nation’s fifth-largest school district, which encompasses all of Clark County and includes 357 schools. This is a preliminary number that will be subject to verification.
Friday was the official Count Day for school districts in Nevada and the attendance on that day determines the amount of funding each district receives from the state on a per pupil basis. Last year’s Count Day, the official attendance for CCSD was 314,643. However, enrollment continued to grow by more than 2,500 students during the course of the year and CCSD did not receive additional funding for those students because they either weren’t in school on Count Day or they enrolled after Count Day.
"Count Day is an important day fiscally for us because it determines our budget,” said Board of School Trustee Carolyn Edwards. “I would not be surprised if we continue to grow during the school year just as we did last year.”
The increase of nearly 4,000 additional students from Count Day one year ago places an additional strain on an already overcrowded district, where its elementary schools are already 18 percent over capacity. Earlier this year, the district moved 10 additional schools to year-round schedules and rezoned 17 others in an effort to alleviate overcrowded schools.
"The board will continue to take a look at how we can accommodate students in our schools and look for creative ways to draw students toward our underutilized facilities,” Edwards said.
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development program will hold its National Youth Science Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Diaz Elementary School. The family-friendly event, hosted by the Diaz Eagle Artists 4-H Club, will focus on rocketry with demonstrations of air and straw rockets and other activities. The school is located 4450 E. Owens, Las Vegas. For more information, call Karen Best at (702) 257-5538.
In conjunction with Week of Respect Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, CCSD students are being asked to wear blue clothing on Friday, Oct. 3. A proclamation by Gov. Brian Sandoval says Week of Respect aims to help ensure that Nevada is known as a place of mutual respect where bullying is not tolerated. For more information, call the CCSD Equity & Diversity Education Department at (702) 799-8484.
More than 520,000 Nevadans have registered to participate in the annual statewide public earthquake drill, the Great Nevada Shakeout, scheduled for Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. Nevada Seismological Lab Director Graham Kent said, “Nevadans need to realize they live in earthquake country. Nevada has the third highest incidence of large earthquakes in the United States. A major earthquake in any community, north or south, is possible.” The Great Nevada ShakeOut is a simple, coordinated “drop, cover and hold on” exercise. To register as an individual, business, school or government agency or organization, go to www.shakeout.org/nevada. All Nevada residents are encouraged to register and participate.
United Way of Southern Nevada was awarded a $1,000,000 grant to provide children ages five years and younger an opportunity to attend high-quality preschool programs. Windsong Trust, a private foundation, funded the grant that will provide 250 full-time scholarships for one full year, as well as teacher training and professional development for 135 teachers. “We know quality early childhood education and family engagement are the keys to a successful academic future, and we believe every child deserves a solid start,” said Cass Palmer, president and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. Palmer added, “With a solid preschool experience, children will enter kindergarten ready to learn.” For more information, call Vanessa Maniago at (702) 205-5676.
The Henderson Blue Ribbon Commission on Educational Excellence and Youth Opportunity (Blue Ribbon Commission) will host its annual College Night workshop from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30. The free event takes place at Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Rd., and is open to parents and students. Registration is not required. The workshop will provide college-bound students and their parents with resources, tips and recommendations on preparing for college and what to expect. Speakers will present topics such as applications, scholarship resources, resumes, and more. For details, call (702) 267-4016.
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.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) has replaced its previous student information system with a new one that will also serve as the district’s parent messaging system. Infinite Campus is a “one-stop shop” for all student and school information accessible through the Web and as a mobile app for Apple iOS or Android users. Through Infinite Campus, students and parents will receive real-time access to information so they may better understand, monitor and participate in the educational process. Students will have access on Sept. 5 when the schools distribute student login information and parents will have access on Sept. 30 when activation keys are mailed out from CCSD. More information is available in a report by KLAS-TV.