Pat, Personally

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Celebrating American Education Week

On Thanksgiving, I always reflect on how thankful I am for every Clark County School District (CCSD) staff member who works so hard on behalf of our students.

So it works out well that this week is American Education Week, a week that honors the teachers who spend innumerable hours working with our children, and also the staff who keep our students safe, transport our students, prepare their food, keep their school clean – and so much more.

CCSD hosted several events this week aimed at highlighting the hard work and accomplishments of our students and staff:

  • We recognized our 62 National Merit Scholar semifinalists with a reception at Green Valley High School, presenting certificates to students who are among the less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide to be chosen for this prestigious honor.
  • Spread the Word Nevada presented free books to all students and their families at Gordon McCaw Elementary School.
  • We celebrated the achievements of 200 Advanced Placement students at Cheyenne High School as part of a celebration of the growing number of CCSD students taking AP classes and exams.
  • Seven outstanding support staff from throughout CCSD were honored during a special surprise ceremony at West Career and Technical Academy. Each of the employees, who were nominated by the Board of School Trustees, received a personalized gift from WCTA students.
  • Shirley and Bill Wallin Elementary School held an open house to celebrate its selection as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, along with Sandra Lee Thompson Elementary School.
  • Culinary Arts students from five CCSD high schools will showcase their cooking talents during the fourth-annual "Diced!" culinary competition at Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

I want to thank everyone who plays a role – and they are big roles – in educating and supporting our students.

Let us all take the time to celebrate what makes our district great: Our teachers, our support staff, our administrators, our students, our parents, and our communities. I am thankful for you all.

Enjoy your break next week!