UNLV will host the 6th Annual Family Enrichment Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored in part by CCSD, the event will feature workshops on mathematics, reading and college readiness. Admission is free to CCSD parents, students and families. A sack lunch will be served. No reservations are needed. For details, call (702) 799-1080.
The Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) will hold its Las Vegas College Fair in the gymnasium at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. High school students and their parents are invited to meet with representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities. Admission is free. The event also will include workshops, testing information and a counseling assistance booth. For more information, visit www.wacaccollegefair.com or call Joel Diamond at (702) 799-7800, ext. 4304.
April marks the nation’s “Month of the Military Child,” a time to honor youth impacted by deployment. The Cooperative Extension invites all Nevada residents to take part in the second annual "Purple Up! For Military Kids" on Friday, April 25, 2014 as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. Cooperative Extension works with military youth and their families through a variety of programs throughout the year. Pictured are Cooperative Extension employees participating in Purple Up! Day 2013. For more information, call J.R. Mendoza at (702) 257-5579.
Nevada PTA will hold its 73rd annual convention April 24-26, 2014 at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino. The convention will feature workshops on topics including effective advocacy for schools, improving parent leadership skills and creating successful programs. General sessions will feature national and local speakers, as well as discussion about decisions that guide Nevada PTA’s advocacy. Additionally, the convention will recognize the achievements of local PTAs, teachers, administrators and students. For more information, call 702) 258-7885 or visit www.nevadapta.org.
Vegas PBS presents a trip to Grand Canyon Caverns/Bearizona on June 15 and 16, 2014. It’s a chance to visit the largest dry canyon caverns, 220 feet below the surface on guided walking trails before continuing on to Williams for an overnight stay at the Comfort Inn. The next day, enjoy a visit to Bearizona to see wildlife in their natural habitats from a deluxe coach. The tour includes bus, hotel, breakfast, lunch and all admissions. For more information, call (702) 737-7500 or visit http://www.vegaspbs.org/specials/#grand.
Statement from Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky regarding the investigation of testing irregularities at Matt Kelly Elementary School:
"When CCSD officials first received test results from the 2012 standardized tests at Matt Kelly Elementary School, we immediately notified the Nevada Department of Education in writing and asked for a validation of the school's scores. I'm grateful that Superintendent Dale Erquiaga took action to investigate the concern when he took office last fall.
"It is important that our community have faith in the validity of our standardized testing. We use our standardized testing results to monitor student achievement growth and assess the success of instruction in our schools.The Nevada Department of Education has conducted a full investigation and has concluded that irregularities occurred. Once I have had a chance to review the department's full report and recommendations, I will take appropriate action so our students, parents and community can move forward."
Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will deliver his first State of the District address on Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. It will be live-streamed on www.ccsd.net, and also will be televised on Vegas PBS April 22 at 7:30 p.m. as a special edition of Inside Education. In his speech, the superintendent will provide a closer look at the growth and progress of CCSD while also addressing challenges and a plan for continued improvement.
The fourth annual Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, offering dozens of free programs, will be held April 25 through May 3, 2014. The festival has become one of the largest annual community educational events, celebrating science and technology unique to this region. The festival is presented by the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and Exhibit IQ, a local company that produces science exhibits for museums. Production support comes from the Clark County School District, College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, the National Park Service, Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association and Biodynamics Inc. Visit www.lasvegassciencefestival.com for more information.
Schools are closed April 14-18, 2014 due to Spring Break. However, CCSD offices are open April 14 -17. Read about this and other CCSD-related calendar items in The Week Ahead.
The CCSD Board of School Trustees approved a $2.1 billion tentative budget for fiscal year 2015. As the Las Vegas Sun reports, the budget includes the hiring of more teachers, support staffers and administrators.