Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Deadline for sex education curriculum survey extended to Dec. 11

The final two public input meetings involving CCSD’s sex education curriculum will take place today and this evening, as indicated below.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Nevada Partners
710 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Rancho High School
1900 Searles Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

The input received during these meetings will be presented to the Board of Trustees and to Nevada legislators who are expected to consider the topic during the next legislative session in Carson City. To view CCSD's current sex education curriculum and other reference materials, visit www.ccsd.net/parents/sex-ed-info.php.

To take a survey related to CCSD's sex education curriculum, visit http://ccsd.net/district/surveys/sexeducation/index.php. In order to allow more time for area residents to express their views on this subject, the survey deadline has been extended to Dec. 11, 2014. The district will present parent input from the survey to the Board of Trustees separately from community input, and is asking parents to provide a student ID to differentiate parents with a child currently in school from a community member with no children in school.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Mark your calendars for American Education Week

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.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Title I HOPE stocking drive now under way

The Clark County School District Title I HOPE (Homeless Outreach Program for Education) is holding its annual stocking drive and seeking the help of community members to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth this holiday season. For details, click here or call Sue Goldman at (702) 855-6682.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Apply online for a magnet school

The CCSD Magnet Schools and Career and Technical Academies online application is now open for students interested in attending a magnet school. The application is available here. You can also check out their Twitter account: @CCSDMagnet. The deadline to apply is Jan. 8, 2015. For more information, call (702) 799-8492.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
KCLV story focuses on CCSD's IB program

CCSD’s  International Baccalaureate program is spotlighted in a "City Beat" story on KCLV, the official television station of the City of Las Vegas. Among those featured in the story is Gia Moore (pictured), director of CCSD's Magnet/CTA Department.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Confucius Institute program in the spotlight

James Yoder, coordinator of the CCSD Instructional Design and Professional Learning Division, provided a presentation of the Confucius Institute Program at the Oct. 9, 2014 School Board meeting. CCSD is one of just five K-12 school systems in the world to be a part of the Confucius Institute (CI) program. The program is run by Hanban, a non-profit public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. Hanban's mission is to promote Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges. As a part of this program, CCSD has received funding that has enabled the district to expand the Chinese program to a total of nine schools, purchase teaching materials and equipment, and pay for students to attend special cultural performances and celebrations.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
CCSD unveils baseline data for new district scorecard

Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, several members of the Board of School Trustees, and local business and community leaders held a roundtable at Desert Oasis High School today to unveil baseline data for the school district's new scorecard.
The scorecard measures six indicators of success that are derived from the Pledge of Achievement action plan outlined by Skorkowsky last spring. The scorecard sets ambitious targets the school district will work to reach over the next five years.
The Board of School Trustees will use the goals in the scorecard as part of their annual evaluation of Skorkowsky starting in Dec. 2015, after the first full year of implementation. 
“We worked very hard, did a lot of research, and received feedback from thousands of parents and community members to determine the most critical areas of improvement needed in our school district,” Skorkowsky said.
The scorecard, which is available to the public at www.ccsd.net/district/district-scorecard, will be updated each year to show the school district's progress in each indicator area. 
The school district invites parents and the community to track its progress on the six indicators.
“As part of the business community, we are ready to partner with CCSD to help prepare these students,” said Duncan Lee, a businessman and chairman of the Council for a Better Nevada.
Magdalena Martinez, director of education programs for the Lincy Institute, said that meeting the six goals would result in an increase in students who go to postsecondary education, better opportunities for English Language Learner students and more qualified teachers in our community.
Parents and members of the community who are interested in getting more information about the Pledge of Achievement action plan and the scorecard measuring the progress of the plan can take the pledge and sign up for updates at www.pledgeofachievement.com.

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