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Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

School Board Focus on School Safety at Special Meeting

School Board Focus on School Safety at Special Meeting

 

Since the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, school safety has been at the top of most parents’ minds.

The Clark County School District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting about safety at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Desert Pines High School's multi-purpose room.

The board will discuss several issues concerning student safety, including Clark County School Police, crisis response, and safe routes to school. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to express concerns and ideas. No actions will be taken by the board during the meeting.

For more information, call the board’s office at (702) 799-1072. Spanish translation will be available.

 

Six Schools Benefit from New Reading Centers

Six Schools Benefit from New Reading Centers

 

The Clark County School District is touting the success of a new program designed to improve student reading skills and educator effectiveness.

The Reading Skills Development Centers are a partnership between CCSD and UNLV and have been set up in six elementary schools. The centers focus on students kindergarten through third grade.

Tutors, coaching and master-reading teachers are all used in the centers to help students improve their reading skills.

Students from Camberio, Long, Manch, Martinez, Peterson and Williams elementary schools are benefitting from the program.

Those schools were chosen because they have a high number of English language learners, and low reading scores. However, the principals and staff were committed to increasing reading skills and improving instruction techniques.

 

GOP Bills Target Education Reforms

GOP Bills Target Education Reforms

 

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Two Republican-backed bills introduced in the Nevada Senate seek to impose new education reforms affecting under-performing schools and teacher layoffs.

SB195 sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson would allow parents of students in under-performing schools to petition the school board to make specific changes, including changing the governance structure to an empowerment  school.

SB193, sponsored by Sen. Greg Brower, would require school districts to consider the evaluations of teachers and administrators when determining layoffs. Under existing law, evaluations can be considered when layoffs are implemented. Brower's bill would require performance evaluations be factored when layoff decisions are made.

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

 

Students at Desert Pines High School will be celebrated for their participation in a dropout prevention and job competency program.

Desert Pines High School and the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will host a celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday to induct chapter officers and recognize more than 30 students participating in JAG. The inaugural dinner will take place in the school, 3800 Harris Avenue, Las Vegas, and will include remarks from Governor Brian Sandoval, who serves on the National JAG Board and helped bring the program to Nevada.

The program, which is in its pilot year in the school district, provides dropout prevention, dropout recovery and school-to-career strategies for students. The program assists juniors and seniors to stay on track to graduate and also provides support for young adults to pursue college or jobs with career advancement opportunities.

Partnership Aims to Ease Transition from CSN to UNLV

Partnership Aims to Ease Transition from CSN to UNLV

 

The College of Southern Nevada and UNLV are formalizing a partnership to help students transition between the schools.

CSN President Michael Richards and UNLV President Neal Smatresk will unveil the UNLV/CSN Transfer Partnership on Tuesday at the CSN Charleston campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

School officials said the partnership, which includes housing two full-time UNLV transition advisors within CSN Transfer Centers, is designed to improve the transfer experience and provide CSN students with more support as they move from the two-year college to the four-year university.

“Navigating the transition from community college to university can be difficult, and the transfer office will provide significant assistance in for students planning that transition. We also hope it will inspire others whose goals did not include a four-year degree to think bigger,” said UNLV executive vice president and provost John White.

Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey

Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey

 

For some schoolchildren in southern Nevada, the meals they eat at school and Safekey after-school programs are their only nutrition.

With that difficult reality in mind, the Clark County School District, City of Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank are partnering to expand food offerings at 44 Safekey sites in Las Vegas. 

The Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement with Three Square at Wednesday’s council meeting.

The program will expand a pilot program between the city, Three Square, and the school district started last year. The Safekey Snack Enhancement pilot program began at 15 Safekey sites, which were selected based on geographic area, program enrollment and the school’s Free and Reduced Lunch participation percentage.