Friday, August 29, 2014
State announces enrollment increase in Silver State Matching Grant Program

The State Treasurer’s office announced that the number of applications from Nevada families during the 2014 open enrollment period for the Silver State Matching Grant Program increased 62 percent over last year for a total of 414 applications. This marks the fifth open enrollment period for the Silver State Matching Grant Program, which is available to Nevada families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than $75,000. Families who meet the eligibility requirements can receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $300 annually in their SSgA Upromise 529 Plan account. Last year, the program distributed more than $67,283 in matching funding to 236 participants. The open enrollment period for the program runs from April 1 to July 31 each year. Matching funds come from program manager fees paid to the state; no taxpayer dollars are used.

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Friday, August 29, 2014
CCSD working to find classroom space for additional students

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “There may be fewer students per kindergarten teacher because of a state mandate, but the Clark County School District is struggling to find room for the 167 additional kindergarten classes this creates.” The R-J said CCSD will ask the state for $3.92 million to buy 60 portable classrooms. The newspaper, “District officials expect district-wide enrollment to jump from 315,000 at this time last year to 320,000 students, with most of the growth happening at elementary schools.”

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Eye Care 4 Kids gets boost from Nevada State Bank

According to Nevada Business Magazine, “Nevada State Bank recently donated $25,000 to Eye Care 4 Kids, a nonprofit group that provided free eyeglasses to more than 1,500 low-income Southern Nevada school children last school year.” Nationally, as many as one in three school-age children need some sort of vision care.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Southwest CTA grad is among four men to develop anti-bullying app

Southwest CTA graduate Marcos Ontiveros worked with his classmate, Blaze Brooks and two other partners to develop an anti-bullying app that will be piloted at several CCSD schools this fall. As the Las Vegas Sun reports, the Bully Alert app aims to make it easier for students to report bullying. The Sun says, “Rather than summoning courage to tell a teacher or administrator, students can do it from the security of their phone. All they have to do is select the type of incident (cyber, violence, copying, theft, verbal or other), fill out an incident report with the bully’s name, and click send.”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Check out the latest "Pat, Personally"

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says the Clark County School District entered the new school year with many exciting initiatives focused on increasing student success. These include an $8 million investment in professional development of teachers and administrators as well as a new student information system called Infinite Campus that will give parents “real-time” information on their students. Click here to learn more about these new initiatives.

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Three local malls host back-to-school fairs prior to the start of the new school year

The Meadows Mall in Las Vegas hosted the first of three back-to-school fairs on Aug. 9, 2014. CCSD and many local agencies were represented. Pictured is Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky visiting with a pair of CCSD Police officers at Meadows Mall. CCSD Trustees Erin E. Cranor and Carolyn Edwards also attended the Aug. 9 event. Subsequent back-to-school fairs were held Aug. 16 at Boulevard Mall and Aug. 23 at Galleria at Sunset.

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