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Teachers Treated To Special Luncheon At Lowman Elementary School

Teachers at Zel & Mary Lowman Elementary School got a surprise last week! Not only were they treated to a home cooked lunch courtesy of Principal Kathy Konowalow, they were also served by members of the Lowman Elementary Student Council.

Konowalow brought in her special family recipe meatloaf and chicken, macaroni and cheese and snow peas.  In addition, the teachers went home with something that should make their lives a little easier to keep organized. The Cannery Casino has "adopted" Lowman Elementary and its neighboring school Jacob E. Manch Elementary. 

Every year the Cannery provides a Teacher Appreciation gift near the end of the school year and this year chose to provide each instructor with an organizer emblazoned with "Together We Can Make A Difference". The Cannery will also be inviting Lowman and Manch teachers to come have lunch at the Cannery Row Buffet next month to honor their work and dedication to students.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Reid Meets with Students from Local Private School

Reid Meets with Students from Local Private School

Nevada Senator Harry Reid recently met with a dozen students from American Heritage Academy in his Washington, D.C. office as they traveled to the nation’s capital with Headmaster Laurel Beckstead.

"Education goes beyond the classroom and visiting our nation’s capital is a important way to learn about the history of our country and democracy," Reid said. "However, this is not a substitute for a solid education at home and it's up to all of us to ensure all Nevada's schools and teachers have the resources they need to help our state's students compete in the 21st-century global economy."

American Heritage Academy in Las Vegas serves families from North Las Vegas to Henderson. American Heritage Academy began 16 years ago as a small home school group that has grown into a private school of 160 students ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school.

Author O'Neill Entertains Students, Hosts Book Discussion

Author O'Neill Entertains Students, Hosts Book Discussion

Local elementary students will learn ways to inspire and "perform" stories, and to expand on the writing process in lively, interactive assemblies this week with Alexis O'Neill, author of the book "The Recess Queen."

Tuesday assemblies will be at Scherkenbach Elementary in the morning and Fitzgerald Elementary in the afternoon. Wednesday assemblies will take place at Kesterson Elementary in the morning and Adcock Elementary in the afternoon. The events are only open to school students, but O'Neill will host a public book discussion at the Centennial Hills Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The locations for the assemblies resulted from a random drawing process with the participating elementary schools.

O'Neill shares insights from the world of professional writing and the importance of persistence when learning a new skill or following a dream.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

Nevada Mining Association Hosts Science Education Workshop

Nevada Mining Association Hosts Science Education Workshop

The Nevada Mining Association will host the 26th Annual Southern Nevada Earth Science Education Workshop at Faith Lutheran High School from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21.

The free workshop is open to all K-12 teachers, librarians and administrators, and features one day of classroom work and two days of organized field trips to mines and other facilities. The goal of the workshop is to provide new knowledge, insight and materials that teachers can use to help students learn about minerals and mineral production in Nevada.

The workshop also includes beginner-level sessions for first-time participants and an advanced track session for those educators  familiar with rocks and minerals. New activities, methods of presentation and advanced exercises will be included in the curriculum.

Squires Students to Participate in Mock Trial

Squires Students to Participate in Mock Trial

Local fifth-graders will participate in a mock trial beginning at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday in Department 2 at North Las Vegas Justice Court, 2428 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Building ‘A,’ which is at the corner of Martin Luther King and Carey Avenue

The mock trial is the highlight of the Kids in the Court program designed to teach children about the operation of the courts and to encourage them to stay in school. The Tuesday mock trial will feature a fictional case in which a student maliciously sprays another child’s bicycle with paint.

"I am very proud of Kids in the Court," said North Las Vegas Chief Judge Natalie L. Tyrrell, who will try the case in her Department 2 courtroom. "This is the 10th year the court has partnered with C.P. Squires, an at-risk school in North Las Vegas.