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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.


Young Author Shows Off Talent to Friends at Tartan Elementary

Young Author Shows Off Talent to Friends at Tartan Elementary


A student turned author showed off her talents during a special reading for Nevada Reading Week.

Bailey Scow was just 5 years old when she created "Bluebell's Surprise," a book about a butterfly's efforts to find a birthday flower for her best friend Bluebell, a bird.

"She started working on a story about flowers because she loves flowers and went through the whole writing process.  She did many drafts and did her research about flowers," Bailey's mother Julie Scow said.

Bailey won the 2011 Vegas PBS Kids Go! writers contest in the kindergarten age group.

The young author read her book to her peers at Tartan Elementary School. She also signed some copies and donated them to the school library.

"Hopefully, it inspires other kids to do the same thing and too work hard and share their talents with others," the writer's mother said.

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.

Millions Coming to 6 Southern Nevada Schools

Millions Coming to 6 Southern Nevada Schools

Millions of dollars is coming to four middle schools and two high schools in Clark County thanks to an innovation grant.

The $3 million Investing in Innovation is coming from the Department of Education. It will be used to expand innovative classroom practices, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates and increase college enrollment.

The grant money will be focuses on improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs also known as STEM. 

Money will go to Garside Junior High School, Gibson, Findlay and Johnston Middle Schools. Funds will also go to Mojave and Western High Schools.

School districts from around the country had to apply for the grant. Similar to the Race for the Top and School Improvement Grants, the innovation grant is highly competitive. The Clark County School District was one of only 20 districts to receive the grant out of 700 applications.

Weather Forces Classes to be Cancelled at Desert Rose High School

The wet weather is forcing the Clark County School District to cancel classes at Desert Rose High School in North Las Vegas.

Classes for both the regular high school and the adult program will be cancelled for Thursday. There will also be no classes Friday because of a district-wide professional development for teachers.

According to North Las Vegas Police, there are no roads closed in that section of the city. 

School District Kitchen Up and Cooking

School District Kitchen Up and Cooking


School starts again Monday for Clark County School District students and already the main CCSD kitchen is cooking.

The central kitchen in North Las Vegas prepares food for more than 300,000 students. The staff was preparing more than 100,000 meals for the start of the new school year. The kitchen uses 150 cooks and assembly line workers to put together and prepare the meals.

The kitchen is dedicated to producing healthy meals. The district has contracted with farms in California, which means the produce used in the meals are often fresher than what is in the grocery stores.

"Our meals include more fruits and vegetables than they ever had. We now have 51 percent of meals made with whole grain. We have a limit on fat, a limit of calories and a limit on sodium," Virginia Beck with CCSD Food Service said.

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships


A local physical therapy practice recently took part in a large scholarship effort put on by the Latin Chamber of Commerce.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce awarded $107,000 in scholarships to 128 Clark County students from 20 area schools. The scholarships were presented to graduating high school students in financial need at the chamber’s 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 23 at the South Point.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy was a contributing sponsor of scholarships given to Alejandra Acosta of Rancho High School, Chloe Nieves of Silverado High School and Vilma Silva of Cheyenne High School. Each was awarded a scholarship to attend UNLV to continue her education in health care.

Each student will mentor with a Matt Smith professional during their undergraduate career and will be eligible to renew their scholarship if they meet GPA requirements.