Bozarth Elementary School was among the CCSD schools to take part in International Peace Week and the national Stand 4 Change event. Principal Rodney J. Saunders says 928 students wore white, created a peace sign on the athletic field and sang, “If I Could Teach the World” on May 3, 2013. Bozarth ES is an Operation Respect/Welcoming Schools Anti-bullying school.
A Mariachi music celebration featuring more than 300 CCSD Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico students will take place Friday, May 24, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. CCSD Trustees Carolyn Edwards, Deanna Wright and Lorraine Alderman are expected to be in attendance at the event. There will also be a special appearance by Ranchero singing sensation and Fox Music USA New Artist Award recipient Melinda. The Public Education Foundation, CCSD and UNLV are among the sponsors.
Lucile Bruner's 4th and 5th grade National Honor Society students from Bruner Elementary School were recognized May 15, 2013, by the North Las Vegas City Council for their committment to improving the community. The Honor Society students have adopted Flores Park as one of their community service projects for the past two years.
Desert Pines High School students Elliot Payne and Alayah Traylor won the 2013 Reading Rewards program at their school. The program encourages reading at all levels. Students of all abilities can celebrate the love of reading by reading books and writing critiques that put them in a drawing for a laptop computer donated by local businessmen Terry Kennedy and Patrick Donahoo of Appreciation Financial, LSW. Pictured are:
- Michael Rolands, Assistant Principal, Desert Pines High School
- Diane Phillips, Appreciation Financial, LSW
- Elliott Payne, 9th grade student Desert Pines High School
- Patrick Donahoo, Appreciation Financial, LSW
- Terry Kennedy, CEO of Appreciation Financial, LSW
- Alayah Traylor, 9th grade student Desert Pines High School
- Susan Trombley, Librarian, Desert Pines High School
- Barbara Collins, Assistant Principal, Desert Pines High School
East Career & Technical Academy (ECTA) student James Crist volunteered 40 hours at “Toys 4 Smiles” during April 2013. Toys 4 Smiles is a nonprofit organization that builds toy cars and trucks to give to children of all ages. Using the skills he learned in his construction management program at ECTA, Crist helped produce 600 cars from donated raw lumber. He said, “I liked learning about how to volunteer and knowing that the toys will help children all across the valley.”
Advanced Technologies Academy student Timothy Ponciano won the Final Round at the District Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest on May 18, 2013 in San Diego, California. Sponsored by Rotary International District 5300, the contest's theme was "Peace Through Service," with students presenting a six-to-eight-minute speech about any topic related to the theme.
The National Society of High School Scholars has chosen Southwest CTA student Margaret Chang to become a member of the prestigious organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.
Retired CCSD art instructor Jacqueline Eihausen will offer art classes to local children this summer at the Charleston Heights Arts Center. Summer I session enrollments are now available for classes to be held June 5 through July 20, 2013. No classes will be held July 3-6. For a complete listing of classes and events offered, visit www.artslasvegas.org or call 229-6383. The Charleston Heights Arts Center is located at 800 S. Brush St. in Las Vegas.
More than 50 students at Ethel W. Staton Elementary School received recognition plaques at a special event in honor of their efforts to learn above and beyond the regular curriculum about the state of Nevada and the United States. The 37 fourth graders who were honored met predetermined criteria for learning about the state of Nevada to receive their Great Nevadan award. The 17 fifth graders who were recognized met predetermined criteria for learning about the United States in order to receive their Great American award. Dignitaries who attended the event included Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, CCSD Trustee Patrice Tew and Interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.
Boulder City High School sophomore Luke Logan won his first championship on May 16, 2013 at the boys Division I-A state golf coutrnament at Sierra Sage Golf Course in Reno. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Logan shot 3-over-par 74 to finish at 4-over 146. Coach Regina Quintero said, "He just plays his own game."