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Latinos and Education Topic of Town Hall

Latinos and Education Topic of Town Hall


Latinos and education will be the focus of a town hall planned for Saturday.

The Latino Leadership Council will host the town hall, which is set to start at 10:30 a.m. at the East Las Vegas Community and Senior Center.

The discussion will be hosted by Fernando Romero, the state director of National Council of La Raza. The panel will also include Boyd School of Law professor Sylvia Lazos and former Clark County School Board Chair Larry Mason.

Recent studies show that the graduation rate for Hispanic students in Clark County is among the lowest with fewer than 50 percent of students graduating on time.

The town hall is free and open to all members of the community. 

Chaparral High School Model of Turnaround School Success

Chaparral High School Model of Turnaround School Success


Changes may be on the horizon for several campuses in the Clark County School District, because they are failing to make the grade.

The CCSD will select a handful of low-performing schools Monday to be designated as turnaround schools.

A school that went through the same process two years ago has shown the program can work.

Chaparral High School was made a turnaround school in 2010. The principal was replaced along with half the teaching staff. David Wilson replaced the outgoing principal.

"When we came into the school, there were good people, but there were a lot of problems. There was floor to ceiling graffiti in the bathroom. There were a lot of violence issues, and not a lot of focus on graduation," Wilson said.

Elizabeth Moses is a social studies teacher at Chaparral. She watched the school's transition.

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized


Students at Desert Pines High School will be celebrated for their participation in a dropout prevention and job competency program.

Desert Pines High School and the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will host a celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday to induct chapter officers and recognize more than 30 students participating in JAG. The inaugural dinner will take place in the school, 3800 Harris Avenue, Las Vegas, and will include remarks from Governor Brian Sandoval, who serves on the National JAG Board and helped bring the program to Nevada.

The program, which is in its pilot year in the school district, provides dropout prevention, dropout recovery and school-to-career strategies for students. The program assists juniors and seniors to stay on track to graduate and also provides support for young adults to pursue college or jobs with career advancement opportunities.

School Zoning Meeting Set for Tuesday


School attendance zones will be a topic of a meeting set for this week.

The Clark County School District Attendance Zone Advisory Commission will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the district's offices, 2832 East Flamingo Road.

According to the agenda, the advisory commission will discuss public comments made in previous meetings and hear from anyone who wants to talk about zoning changes.

The district is looking at three different proposals to change school zoning in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley in an effort to relieve overcrowding. 

Two Las Vegas Students Selected for U.S. Senate Program


Two students from Las Vegas have been selected to be part of the United States Senate Youth Program.

Natasha Greene of Las Vegas High School and Cindy Thai of Durango High School will be part of the 104 students delegates at the 51st annual program that will be held March 9 through 16 in Washington, D.C.

The program was created in 1962 and is funded by The Hearst Foundations. Every year it brings together some of the top students from around the country for a week-long study of the federal government.

Both Greene and Thai are outstanding students at their schools and have held several leadership roles.

Nevada State College Gets OK to Add Buildings

Nevada State College Gets OK to Add Buildings


The plan calls for new buildings for nursing and education classes and administration.

The Board of Regents on Friday gave its OK to construct two new buildings on the Nevada State College campus.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Saint Anne Students Help Prepare Food Boxes For Thanksgiving

Saint Anne Students Help Prepare Food Boxes For Thanksgiving

Students at Saint Anne Catholic School took a brief escape from their school books this week to learn a different kind of lesson.

For about an hour, members of the eighth-grade class experienced what it's like to help those less fortunate. The students packed more than 50 food boxes that will go to families who are clients of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA).

According to SNRHA, the average annual income of clients receiving housing assitance is approximately $10,450. The food boxes contain everything needed for a family of four to enjoy a holiday meal on Thanksgiving including a 10-pound turkey, dressing, mixed vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. The food boxes are part of the Arizona Charlie's Feed a Family program.