The Foothill High School marching band has organized an online silent auction as a means to raise money for a trip to New York in 2014. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the 300-member band is expected to play at Carnegie Hall and take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s estimated the trip will cost a total of $600,000. The auction will conclude on Dec. 16, 2013.
Title I HOPE reminds teens that if they are in trouble or need help, they can text "safe" and their current location (address/city/state) to 69866. Within seconds, users will receive a message with the closest Safe Place location and contact number for the local youth shelter. Teens will then have the option to reply with "2chat" to text interactively with a mental health professional for more help.
Nine Northwest Career & Technical Academy students will serve breakfast to children at C.P. Squires Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 from 7-10 a.m. The "Chef for Kids" breakfast is geared toward children in need. For more information, call David Philippi at (702) 799-4640, ext. 4305.
Y.E.S., the Youth Education Spacecraft, landed in Downtown Las Vegas during Nov. 2013. Fourth and fifth grade students from five CCSD elementary schools participated in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) field trips to the interactive exhibit. Students rotated among three learning stations at the exhibit:
- Y.E.S. spacecraft, which combined art and mosaics on the exterior, and space science, robots, light, sound and other technologies inside
- recycled art, where the students designed and created their own mosaic project
- interaction with robots built from recycled materials
Artist Dana Albany, Downtown Project Tony Hseih, Burning Man Project Cory Mervis, and Robotics artist Kal Spellitich are among those who helped bring the Y.E.S. project to Las Vegas and provided time and support for the nearly 300 CCSD students who were able to participate in this experience.
Students from the Northwest Career and Technical Academy’s media communications program visited Vegas PBS on Dec. 5, 2013 and toured the production sets, editing bays, master control center as well as Virtual High School. The group of 46 juniors and a handful of seniors learned about the broadcasting industry from Production Services Manager Kareem Hatcher, General Manager Tom Axtell and other Vegas PBS staff.
The Clark County School District congratulates the winners in the 2013 CCSD Middle School Photography Contest. This year’s contest also was open to elementary school students who had a special combined category. Awards will be presented during the Board of Trustees meeting at the Greer Education Center on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. This year’s winners are listed below:
- Best of Show
- Use your imagination category
- Samantha Garcia, Gibson MS
- Use your imagination
- Dylan Wylie, Burkholder MS
- Animals or pets
- Olivia Del Gandio, Martin MS
- Where have you been
- Lyla Saab, Becker MS
- Dylan Wylie, Burkholder MS
- Elementary school category
- Madelyn Hassenzahl, Gray ES
A total of 6,566 votes were cast in the various categories. The annual contest is coordinated by CCSD Photographer Michele Nelson. Pictured is the Best of Show winning entry from Samantha Garcia.
Learn about business support of CCSD schools in the next "Inside Education," airing Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. on Vegas PBS, ch. 10. Plus, Heather Caputo will show us how schools are protecting student athletes from head injuries. Inside Education is the only weekly television program that focuses on CCSD and public education in southern Nevada. For more information, call (702) 799-1010. (Photo is courtesy of 2010 LVA graduate Danica Engstrom.)
A 2010 Green Valley High School graduate is one of only 32 Americans to be honored as a Rhodes Scholar. Clarke Knight, who attends Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, will enter Oxford University next October. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “The winners were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 colleges and universities. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.”
East Career and Technical Academy is recognizing student Vanessa Hernandez, president of the Valley Health System Teen Volunteer Program. Hernandez had been volunteering at Valley Hospital for two years, including summers, when she was appointed president of the Valley Hospital Explorers Program on May 19, 2013. Her new role encompasses training new volunteers and organizing speakers to speak to the students during volunteer meetings. Her advice to other students is, “You have to really earn what you strive for and don’t limit your goals. Set your goals and don’t settle for less; hard work will pay off.” For more information about the Teen Volunteer Program, visit http://www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com/community-information/volunteering.
Del E. Webb Middle School launched its Plastic Food Drive in conjunction with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth on Dec. 2, 2013. Webb MS students will help feed homeless youth by accepting donations of gift cards. Leading the effort is the Leadership and National Junior Honor Society in cooperation with the entire student body. The campaign runs through Dec. 19 and aims to collect $1,000 in gift cards. To participate, visit http://nphy.org/partnership_events.html.