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UNLV Gets Money to Expand College Prep Program


UNLV will be getting money to expand a program that helps middle school kids get ready for college.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP targets kids in low-income or under-performing schools. The idea is to teach kids starting in seventh grade the skills they need to get into college and succeed once they are there.

The Department of Education announced Tuesday it was giving three grants to the program totaling $7 million. The money will allow the program to expand into 11 middle schools around the Las Vegas Valley.

GEAR UP provides students with counseling on college admissions and financial aid. They also get help in class and after school to improve their grades. The program also helps teachers with professional development.

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley made the announcement Tuesday. She says programs like this one will help with job creation in the future.

Advanced Technologies, Bendorf Elementary Honored

Advanced Technologies, Bendorf Elementary Honored


Advanced Technologies Academy and Bendorf Elementary School recently earned high praise as National Blue Ribbon Schools, as named by the federal education department.

These schools are among the 305 being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.

“America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers.  Their success is an example for others to follow.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. Since 1982, more than 6,500 of America’s schools have received this award.

Students Flock to North Las Vegas Charter School

Students Flock to North Las Vegas Charter School

School starts next week for the Clark County School District. There are some schools that are already in session: public charter schools.

Charter schools are publicly funded. They’re given money by the state but they’re run by an independent board of directors. The 100 Academy of Excellence located near Carey Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in North Las Vegas is one of those schools. It has seen a huge jump in enrollment. The number of kids has nearly doubled from 350 when it opened last year to 600 this year.

“We have been able to expand because we have had so much support from the community,” said Principal Peggy Selma.

Local businesses have donated a new playground and thousands of dollars in school supplies. The non-profit group, 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, helped the school go door-to-door to bring in students from as far away as Henderson.

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Clark County School District schools start Monday and so do Safekey programs.

The 22 Safekey sites in North Las Vegas are set to open on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29. Potential recreation center closures resulting from recently approved budget reductions will not affect Safekey operations.

Parents can register for Safekey now or attend Clark County School District open house events, where City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide registration forms.  Parents can register and pay their $5 enrollment fee at these events. Parents also can register online at www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com and at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce Street or Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

North Las Vegas to Hold Back To School Fair

The City of North Las Vegas is partnering with Nevada Youth Alliance to hold a back to school fair Saturday to help families get ready for school.

The Health and Education Fair will be at the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents of school-aged children will get access to free dental checkups, eye screenings, immunizations, physicals for sports, blood pressure and blood sugar checks. There will also be free hair cuts along with booths and vendors with education and health information for the whole family. Representatives from Nevada Check Up and Medicaid will be there to show people how to sign up for the programs.

A dance and fashion show will follow the fair in the Horn Theater on campus. Admission to the whole fair is free. 


Vandals Damage Mojave High School

Vandals Damage Mojave High School

Four suspects are under arrest after Clark County School Police say they vandalized Mojave High School in North Las Vegas.

The four are being held at Juvenile Detention Center on charges of burglary and malicious destruction of property. Police say the suspects broke into the school grounds by jumping a fence. Once inside the school police say they broke windows, kicked in doors, sprayed graffiti and dismantled computers. 

The suspects were caught when North Las Vegas Police received a 911 call from one of the suspects' parents who found stolen items in their garage. North Las Vegas Police called School Police. An estimated $10,000 in damage was done to the school.

Students Rewarded for Test Scores

Students Rewarded for Test Scores

Students at McCall Elementary got a special reward for passing an important standardized test.

Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow challenged the students last fall to take and pass the Nevada Criterion Reference Test. He promised the students who passed one or more parts of the exam they would get a pizza party and a reward. Friday he fulfilled that promise with a special party and new backpack filled with school supplies.The students' names were also put into a drawing for a new bicycle. 

"We're so glad that we have community support and that the kids are getting recognition, because they have worked really, really hard as well as the staff and the teachers," said Roseann Johnson-Parker, Assistant Principal at McCall Elementary. 

 McCall Elementary students who took the test turned in record high math and science scores. They also saw improvement in reading scores.