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Seventeen Magnet Schools Recognized by National Group

A national magnet school organization has recognized 17 of the magnet schools in the Clark County School District.

The Magnet Schools of America or MSA recognized the schools for their overall excellence in programs and achievement.

Seven CCSD schools were named a School of Excellence, the highest designation. The schools include:

  • Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Jim Bridger Middle School
  • James Cashman Middle School
  • Ed W. Clark High School
  • Rancho High School
  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Valley High School.

Ten more schools were given the second highest designation of School of Distinction. Those schools were:

CSN Welcomes Back Students with Information Fairs

CSN Welcomes Back Students with Information Fairs

The College of Southern Nevada is welcoming back students for its spring semester with a series of events next week.

The event known as CSN Connections will offer free food, music and information about student clubs and services.

Students will have a chance to meet their deans, department chairs and student government. People will also be able to learn about student services like tutoring and childcare.

The events will take place at all three campuses:

  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday at the main entrance on the Cheyenne campus
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday at the B building on the Henderson campus
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday at the D building on the West Charleston campus

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

School principals from 10 at-risk schools learned Friday they would be getting money from Station Casinos.

For the 13th year in a row, the company is partnering with the schools to provide them $5,000 each, to pay for programs to meet education goals.

The Smart Start school partnership was announced during a special breakfast at Green Valley Ranch Resort. The company also announced that its employees had gathered backpacks, crayons, pencils and other school supplies to give to their designated school.

"When they come to our school, they just don't bring the stuff. They with them energy and love and support. So to me, they're giving these kids hope, because they now know that someone else loves them and cares for them and values them enough to stay in school and get an education," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.

Historically Black Colleges Part of Recruitment Fair

A group dedicated to getting more kids to go to college is holding a series of college fairs in southern Nevada this week.

United College Action Network will be hosting the 14th annual Historically Black College Recruitment fair at four different high schools around the Las Vegas valley.

The first was held Monday at Legacy High School.

Here is a list of the rest of events:


  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Andre Agassi College Prep Academy, 1201 W. Lake Mead Blvd.
  • 7:15 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Canyon Springs High School, 350 E. Alexander Rd., North Las Vegas.
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Avenue, North Las Vegas.
  • 7:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, Cimarron-Memorial High School, 2301 N. Tenaya Way


Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Valley High Grad Wins College Scholarship

Valley High Grad Wins College Scholarship

A Valley High graduate and North Las Vegas resident was honored Wednesday by the city with a college scholarship.

Nika Sewell earned the Nevada League of Cities Youth Scholarship worth $1,000 for her academic achievement and community volunteerism. This is the second consecutive year the scholarship went to a North Las Vegas resident.

Sewell, 18, is a recent graduate of Valley High School in the International Baccalaureate Magnet Program. She was a flutist in the marching band and advanced concert band. She volunteered with 10 community service organizations, including the West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center, Valley Hospital and the Walker African-American Museum. Sewell also organized a church teddy bear drive that benefitted nursing home residents and children’s hospitals.