CCSD photographer Michele Nelson will discuss the 47th Annual High School Photography Contest during the next Inside Education, airing Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on Vegas PBS, channel 10. Also featured will be a conversation with Jeff Hinton, Michael Landsberry Teacher of the Year. Additionally, the half-hour program will include Heather Caputo's story about Valley High School teacher David Holst, who was recently named “Teacher of the Game." Inside Education is the only weekly TV show that focuses on CCSD and public education in southern Nevada.
Unified Sports brings together Special Olympic athletes and general education peers, competing together as a unified team. Adapted Physical Education staff and Project Facilitator Michelle Elliott brought together 14 secondary schools to compete at Chaparral High School on March 7, 2014. The Sunset tournament will be held March 14 at Spring Valley High School. Sunrise Unified Basketball Middle School division photos can be seen at
CCSD will present the semiannual College Readiness Educational Workshop (C.R.E.W.) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Canyon Springs High School. The workshop will provide school/community scholarship and financial information to sophomores, juniors and their parents. A letter from Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky provides additional information; click here for the English version and here for the Spanish version. If you have any questions, please call Gwen LaFond at (702) 799-8441 or Greta Peay at (702) 799-8484.
Tuesday's meeting of the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission (AZAC) is among the highlights of "The Week Ahead" for March 8-14, 2014.
El Tiempo: La importancia del bilingüismo/The importance of bilingualism.
At an event highlighting the upcoming High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE), Cimarron-Memorial High School Principal Lori Sarabyn praised the teachers who have been working diligently to help students pass the exams. She said, “All year long, we have been working very hard for (the HSPE) week.” Like other high schools in the district, Cimarron-Memorial held boot camps, after-school tutoring and other opportunities for students to prepare for the HSPE, which is set for March 3-7. The exams are crucial because students must pass all portions of the HSPE (mathematics, science, reading and writing) in order to graduate. Sarabyn told the 150 students in attendance, “I think all of you should feel very confident and very self-assured about taking the tests next week.” The half-hour event included a "mini boot camp" in which students tackled a math question (see picture).
During a meeting on Feb. 27, 2014, the Board of School Trustees approved a grant application to purchase 510 Apple iPad tablet computers for early-childhood teachers and administrators. According to the Las Vegas Sun, “The Nevada Legislature approved funding through the state’s Department of Health and Human Services for instructional technology for this school year.”
State Treasurer Kate Marshall is reminding Nevada families that the deadline to enroll in the Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program for the 2014 open enrollment period is Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. The Nevada Prepaid Tuition program enables parents, grandparents and other family members to lock in future college tuition rates at today’s prices. “Parents should act fast to take advantage of the Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program benefit of locking in today’s tuition costs,” Marshall said. “College tuition and fees have gone up four times faster than the consumer price index. Purchasing a contract today provides peace of mind that you’ll be ready when the time comes for your child to attend college."
This year's Family Engagement in Education Summit will be held Thursday, March 13, 2014 in the Crowley Student Union at the University of Nevada, Reno. Among the speakers will be Michele Brooks, Assistant Superintendent for the Boston Public Schools' Office of Family and Student Engagement. Brooks is credited with strategically aligning Boston’s family-engagement efforts with the district’s academic goals, which moved the work of her office from a peripheral activity to one that is central to the needs of the district’s 57,000 students and their families. Registrations for the summit are due March 5. To register, visit www.nvsummit.org.