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Southern Nevada Students Receive Scholarships

Southern Nevada Students Receive Scholarships

A southern Nevada student is getting help to go to college thanks to a young man who will be playing football at UNLV.

Jared Lebowitz from La Canada Flintridge, California was originally picked to receive a scholarship from pro football hall of famer Warren Moon.

However, Lebowitz was recruited to play quarterback at UNLV. The young man requested the money go to another student, and as a result, Joshua Mayfield of Chaparral High School will now get the scholarship.

He is one of two southern Nevada students getting the scholarship. Carlos Martin from Las Vegas High School is also getting money. The three other students are from Southern California.

The students received the honor during a ceremony at the Luxor Friday. 

Students Honored, Teachers Rewarded at Wengert Elementary

Students Honored, Teachers Rewarded at Wengert Elementary

Teachers at one local elementary school received a gift for their hard work to improve student performance, during a ceremony Friday.

All 75 teachers at Wengert Elementary School got gift cards to be spent on classroom resources for their efforts to improve the school.

The rewards came as the Nevada State Department of Education named the school as a High Progress Reward School, which means it is a Title 1 school that is making progress in improving all students performance.

"It just feels so great. Our students work so hard it is really awesome for them to get that acknowledgement," first grade teacher Mercedes Krause said.

Krause also said kids go through supplies at a remarkable rate, and the gift cards will go a long way to restocking her classroom.

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest


Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

New Teachers Honored in Teacher Appreciation Week

New Teachers Honored in Teacher Appreciation Week


The Clark County School District kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week by highlighting the district's New Teacher of the Year honorees.

Fourth grade teacher Katie Lawrence at Beckley Elementary School was surprised with a gift certificate to the Public Education Foundation's Teacher Exchange and balloons, during a ceremony Monday.

The gifts didn't stop there. Lawrence was taken outside to see a tow truck full of school supplies from Fast Towing.

"I can't wait to share this with my kids. I can't wait that we have more Expo markers, that's a big one: the Expo markers, and I get to share all these great things with my students and the supplies are great," new teacher of the year Katie Lawrence said.

Lawrence is one of several first year educators to be honored throughout the week.

Three Southern Nevada Students Named Presidential Scholars


The 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars have been announced, and they include three students from southern Nevada.

The 141 students represent some of the best and brightest from around the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The 2013 Presidential Scholars for southern Nevada are Caolinn Y. Mejza, Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts, Sharon T. Fang, Clark High School, Justin M. Joseph, Valley High School.

The awards are not just given for academic excellence but also for community service, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

The three students from southern Nevada were selected from the more than 3,000 candidates who qualified for the 2013 awards because of their scores on the SAT and ACT exams. A commission then reviewed applications and selected the scholars.

The program was founded in 1964 and since it was created has honored more than 6,000 students.

Chaparral High to Host Next Superintendent Meeting

Chaparral High to Host Next Superintendent Meeting


Chaparral High School will be the latest school to host a town hall meeting on finding a new superintendent for the Clark County School District.

The school board voted earlier this month to table hiring a firm to find a replacement for former superintendent Dwight Jones. Instead, the board decided to hear input from the community about hiring interim superintendent Pat Skorkowsky to the position permanently.

Community meetings have been held at schools around southern Nevada. The board will make a decision on the position during a meeting set for May 20.

The meeting will be Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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.