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Henderson elementary school in running for $100,000 tech grant
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
“We have to get that sustained push,” Moynihan said. “Not just one more vote, we have to keep it going.”
Kindergarten today: It’s no longer as easy as ABC
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
The kindergartners walk into Raeleen Martinez’s classroom and begin digging through their superhero and princess backpacks for their reading booklets. Martinez’s sing-song voice and perpetual smile welcome them to her class at Martinez Elementary School and get them started on their first activity, reading the booklet, “I Like Salad.” She tells them to read the words they know. The boys and girls seated at their group tables know ...
Company’s water conservation contest offers cash prizes for students
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Las Vegas K-12 students have a chance to turn ideas about water conservation into cash, courtesy of ...
Search for next UNLV president raises red flag for one regent
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The chairman of UNLV’s president search committee raised questions about the selection process after a candidate who had been rejected was resurrected among the final ...
3 finalists named for UNLV president
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The number of candidates for UNLV president has been narrowed to three. The candidates were announced today during a meeting of the UNLV Board of Regents and Presidential Search Committee. The finalists are ...
Mama and Papa Jaguars are liking having a second set of parents at school
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Desert Pines High School set out to give student-athletes added support as “another way to show the kids we’re here for you.” The Mama and Papa Jaguar Program does just that.
You’re not a kid anymore: Program uses role play to teach students about finance
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
What's the best way teach kids the value of a dollar? In the Capital One Junior Achievement Finance Park program, the answer is to bring them face-to-face with the monetary decisions their parents face on a ...
Philanthropist’s $12M gift to boost special education programs at UNLV
Gift from estate of Kitty Rodman is largest in history of College of Education
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
When longtime UNLV supporter Kitty Rodman died in February, she had one more gift waiting for the university. UNLV officials announced today that Rodman had willed a $12 million grant to ...
CCSD to replace portables with permanent elementary school at West Prep Academy
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
For five years, the portables have been home to the school's 500 elementary students. Now some of the final dollars of the Clark County School District’s 1998 Capital Improvement Plan bond will be used to build a permanent grade school.
Las Vegas homeless program for youths offers graduates more than a diploma
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
For young adults like Angelo Kelley, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth offers a pathway out of a life on the street and opportunities to ...
For autistic children and their families, this UNLV honoree offers hope
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
For providing care for families with autistic children in Las Vegas and becoming "one of the best assets that Touro University has," Dr. Nicole Cavenagh has earned ...
Study: Despite new funding formula, Northern Nevada schools still come out on top
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Nevada’s new higher education funding model may not be the great equalizer it was billed to be for Southern Nevada schools, according to a UNLV Lincy Institute report released today. Last year, the Legislature approved ...
Adult class aims to clear up confusion from Common Core
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Some parents are getting frustrated trying to help their children with math homework.
New nonprofit touted as hub for health care in Nevada
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
A new medical entity has emerged in Nevada, but its mission isn’t to compete with hospitals and medical schools — it’s here to help them. The Nevada Medical Center was unveiled ...
Standout principal: Job requires vision, compassion and willingness to get dirty
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Lee Esplin had no idea what he had accomplished as a top school administrator until a colleague nominated him to be ...
2 Las Vegas Valley schools named among best in the country
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Two Las Vegas Valley schools were named among the best in the country today, earning the National Blue Ribbon School award from the ...
UNLV education major awarded Gov. Guinn scholarship
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
UNLV senior Tara Leigh Myl received a financial boost in her goal to finish college without any debt, becoming the Southern Nevada recipient of the ...
Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical school
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
UNLV has taken another step in an effort to establish an accredited medical school. Last week, the university submitted an application to begin the accreditation process for ...
Lights! Camera! Math! Vegas PBS show offers homework help for students
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Andrew Sullivan and Andrew Lenselink are stars of a reality show like no other in Las Vegas. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the two don matching shirts and become TV tutors ...
Professor’s goal: Make UNLV a hotbed for robotics
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
For the past 14 years, Paul Oh has been working with students at Drexel University to turn science fiction into reality. His specialty is robotics. His projects include designing a flying ambulance to rescue people injured in disasters, developing a field of indoor flying robots to help first responders and ...
Wynn hosts back-to-school fair at casino for employees
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Ana Zaragoza browsed education booths amid a crowd of co-workers during her lunch break today at Wynn Las Vegas, collecting pamphlets about resources she was learning about for the first time. She had no idea about a tutoring website that her 16-year-old daughter could ...
‘You are college bound’: State sends message with free savings accounts for every kid
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Parents and children gathered Tuesday at Bonner Elementary for the launch of the Nevada College Kick Start Program, which gives the state’s 35,000 kindergarten students each a college savings account with ...
At Jydstrup Elementary, students speak 37 languages — and learn a lesson in diversity
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The Clark County School District includes 85,000 students who don't speak English as a first language. Administrators can’t afford to hire interpreters to transition the students into the classroom, so it’s up to the teachers ...
Project aimed at tackling truancy gets underway next week
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
More than 120,000 students were reported truant in Clark County during the 2013-14 school year. The Truancy Diversion Project is designed to decrease that number through a ...
Count Day: CCSD enrolls record number of students
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
It’s 9:30 a.m., time for morning attendance at Rex Bell Elementary School on one of the most important attendance days of the year. The children, 30 in all, sit quietly at their desks as they wait for their name to be called ...
Snyder lays out his vision for UNLV of tomorrow
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Change is on the horizon at UNLV, acting President Don Snyder said today during his State of University address. Snyder laid out his vision for UNLV’s future. He said that by 2034, he envisions ...
Nonprofit specializes in helping Las Vegas students get back on track
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
When she arrived on the campus of Cimarron-Memorial High School for her junior year, Whitney Cole had a reputation for trouble. She had been kicked out of ...
UNLV scores a world-class supercomputer, touted as boon to research
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
One of the most powerful computers in the world is on its way to being connected to UNLV. UNLV confirmed today that it received Intel’s “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, which will be stored at ...
Applications being accepted for preschool scholarships
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
The application process is underway for parents to receive part of a $1 million grant to send their children to preschool programs in Las Vegas. For the fourth consecutive year, Windsong Trust ...
70 CCSD schools drop in state’s latest performance rankings
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
The stars are falling in the Clark County School District as more schools slipped in the latest Nevada public school rankings than increased. The Nevada School Performance Framework results ...
Program offers at-risk students free tutoring, homework help
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Homework help and tutoring services returned today for thousands of at-risk students in the Las Vegas Valley with the launch of ...
What are kids reading in class? Educators rate some of their favorites
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
When choosing books for their classrooms, teachers face a challenge. What books will hold students' attention while also helping them ...
Henderson teacher ‘overwhelmed with emotion’ after being named ‘Dream Big’ finalist
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
Brenda Moynihan was in the middle of teaching her third-grade class when she got the call to go to the library. She didn’t think it was strange at the time, just part of her job on a normal Wednesday morning ...
UNLV ranks in Top 10 again for diverse student population
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
With a large population of Hispanic students, UNLV’s student population ranked in the top 10 for the fourth consecutive year.
Emotional battlefield: Why college can be tough for military veterans
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
For a rapidly growing group of military veterans studying at UNLV, making the transition to college can be ...
Brainstorming to relieve crowded campuses prompts unorthodox ideas
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Schools are so crowded in Clark County that 23 new ones could open tomorrow and campuses would still be crowded. So when School District officials brainstormed what to do about it, some of their ideas were ...
UNLV program sets out to groom future principals for CCSD
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
A new master's program launching in January at UNLV is designed to produce the principals of the future for Clark County School District. The new program, which was announced Tuesday, is focused on ...
Study says cutting class, even occasionally, can have crippling consequences
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
A study released Tuesday found that missing even a handful of days of school can cripple student achievement in the classroom, with students exhibiting skills that were one or two years below their ...
They come, they study, they stay: Report says Las Vegas is fertile ground for foreign students
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Behind the global tourist destination that is the Strip and a premier hotel college at UNLV, Las Vegas has the fifth-highest rate in the country in retaining international students ...
UNLV won’t pursue funding for new stadium until 2017
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
After months of meetings and discussion, UNLV’s Campus Improvement Advisory Board decided the timing isn’t right to seek funding for a new stadium. UNLV acting President Don Snyder suggested ...
Sister’s ordeal motivates Las Vegas innovator to create anti-bullying app
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Motivated by the bullying of his little sister, Marcos Ontiveros developed an app that will make it easier for students to report being abused by their classmates. The app will be piloted in ...
Higher ed chancellor says UNLV medical school is critical for Nevada
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Sitting before a crowd of businesspeople, lawmakers, educators and other guests, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich reiterated his support for a medical school in Las Vegas, calling it “critical” for the state. Klaich joined the presidents of ...
School’s in session: Stories of the first day from around CCSD
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
At 7 a.m., more than 320,000 students in Clark County began their march into school, marking the end of summer vacation. The first day of school is one of mixed excitement and nerves. Older students rejoin ...
Not kids’ stuff: CCSD officials face major challenges as school year gets under way
Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
When the school bells ring this morning, 320,000 students will march back into the classroom in the Clark County School District. Behind the scenes, district officials are facing major challenges as they ...
Acting UNLV president has a full plate this year
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Don Snyder discusses his objectives for his short term, including such visionary and long-standing goals as a new stadium and medical school ...
Education heroes: Teachers make sure students have what they need, no matter the cost
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Southern Nevada’s teachers do just about anything they can to educate our children. They buy far more supplies than the IRS is willing to reimburse. There are numerous ways for the community to share that burden.
Regents’ OK is ‘huge step’ toward UNLV getting medical school
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
The fate of UNLV’s proposed medical school will now rest in the hands of Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Legislature. The state Board of Regents approved a biennial budget request that includes ...
With CCSD still short 650 teachers, here’s how one school is coping
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
In a perfect world, Kathy Konowalow would be able to fill Pittman Elementary School’s four teacher vacancies with full-time teachers. Yet with four days left until the start of the school year, Clark County School District remains short 650 teachers, and Pittman’s four positions are still open. Life has been anything but perfect ...
Inseparable: A story of friendship, grace and inevitable loss
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Darius Martin and Colton Shrum are 18-year-olds who do a lot of what teenage boys in Las Vegas tend to do: play video games, give each other grief and goof around on the Strip. But their friendship is ...
With 600 vacancies, CCSD turns to long-term subs, out-of-state teachers
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Mariella Castillo was one of 400 long-term substitute teachers amid a sea of newly hired teachers at the Venetian ballroom on Wednesday for Clark County School District’s teacher orientation ...

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