VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL HOSTS COMPUTER DRIVE
The Clark County School District plans a Laptops for Learning drive through Dec. 31 to benefit Virtual High School students who can’t afford computers. Virtual High School allows students to take online classes.
The school, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, will accept computers in good, working condition. Data will be wiped clean by U.S. Micro Corp.
For more information, visit ccsdde.net or call principal Darlin Delgado at 702-855-8435.
TECHNOLOGY GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO TEACHERS
CenturyLink is offering $35,000 in education grants through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. Applications are open to all Southern Nevada teachers working in public or private schools who are “looking to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement,” according to CenturyLink.
The application deadline is Jan. 10; grants are to be presented in April. The number of grants awarded will depend on the applications, which are to be reviewed by a panel of local technology professionals.
For more information or to apply, visit centurylinkteachersandtech.com.
SCHOOL DISTRICT RELEASES 2014 GRADUATION SCHEDULE
The Clark County School District has released its 2014 high school graduation schedule, which can be found at tinyurl.com/ccsdgrad2014. Graduations are scheduled June 2-14, most of them at The Orleans or the Thomas & Mack Center.
AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS KICKS OFF GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN
After-School All-Stars Las Vegas announces the kickoff of a holiday campaign called Giving Tuesday. Thanks to two anonymous donors, those who participate in the campaign will see their dollars matched by each of the anonymous donors, tripling the original donation amount.
Donations may be made at asaslv.org or by calling 702-770-7601. Once the donation is made, it will be matched by each of the anonymous Giving Tuesday donors.
CCSD PROVIDES SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT
The Clark County School District is holding open enrollment to provide students and their parents with additional options regarding school selection.
The open enrollment interest form and other information is available at ccsd.net/schools/open-enrollment. Interest forms will be accepted online through Feb. 3.
The schools available for selection during the open enrollment process have been chosen because of the number of open seats and additional capacity at that school.
BOOK DRIVE TO BENEFIT LOCAL SCHOOLS
City National Bank and Barnes & Noble plan a book drive through Jan. 1 to benefit schools in Nevada and other states. To participate in the drive, shoppers can buy a book at select Barnes & Noble stores and donate it. People can also drop off a new book at any City National branch, or visit readingisthewayup.org to donate money for the purchase of new books.
City National’s Reading is the Way Up literacy program will match each book donation up to $75,000. The books are expected to be donated to schools in Southern Nevada and elsewhere early next year.
Participating Barnes & Noble locations include 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. and 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. For a list of City National Bank locations, visit cnb.com.
MOJAVE MAX EMERGENCE CONTEST KICKS OFF
The annual Mojave Max Emergence Contest has kicked off, offering participants the chance to guess when Mojave Max, a live tortoise who lives at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, will leave his burrow in the spring. Participants are encouraged to try to guess as closely as possible the correct day, hour and minute when Max will emerge.
Anyone can enter the contest, but only one kindergarten- through 12th-grade student enrolled in a Clark County public, private or registered home school is eligible to win prizes. The grand prize winner’s class will receive T-shirts, a pizza party and a field trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The winner also receives a laptop computer, a digital camera and a yearlong pass to federally managed fee areas. The winner’s teacher will receive a laptop computer.
To enter, visit mojavemax.com and click on “Contest.” Since the contest launched in 2000, the earliest Max has emerged was 11:55 a.m. Feb. 14, 2005. The latest was 12:41 p.m. April 17, 2012.
NEVADA STATE COLLEGE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE
College-bound students are invited to an open house scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Nevada State College, 1021 E. Paradise Hills Drive.
Open to new, returning and transfer students, the event is slated to have an overview of academic programs, a faculty meet-and-greet, a walkthrough of the admission process, financial aid workshops and campus tours.
For more information, call 702-992-2170 or visit nsc.edu/openhouse.
SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKS INPUT THROUGH SURVEY
The Clark County School District is seeking input through an online survey to help create district improvement plans. The 15-question survey, the Nevada Comprehensive Curriculum Audit Tool for Districts, or NCCAT-D, is avaliable at tinyurl.com/ccsdnccatd.
The NCCAT-D, created by the Nevada Department of Education, is a tool for evaluating school district curriculum and instruction practices and more. Ten Nevada school distircts, including CCSD, are participating in the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 20.
Parents and guardians with questions may contact the CCSD Research Department at 702-799-1187.