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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky addressed district administrators at their kickoff event for the 2014-15 school year. The event took place Aug. 18, 2014 at The Smith Center.
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.
As KSNV-TV reports, "Parents and students are welcoming a big improvement when it comes to kindergarten classes. Class sizes across the state have been reduced thanks to some much needed help from Carson City." The state's kindergarten class size reduction plan includes an $11 million grant for CCSD.
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.
In his back-to-school video message, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky welcomes everyone to the 2014-15 school year and discusses a variety of topics ranging from Inifinite Campus and Zoom Schools to year-round schools and the influx of new teachers.