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Education Notebook

Kitty Ward Empowerment School, 5555 Horse Drive, is offering full-day, tuition-based kindergarten for children who are 5 or older by Sept. 30 for the 2011-12 school year. The cost is $325 a month, and zone variances are being accepted. For more information, call 799-4501.

sign up for free introduction
to Spanish course

CALA Academy, 3281 N. Decatur Blvd., plans to offer a free eight-hour introductory Spanish language course, split into four classes over two weeks.

The classes are scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 26 and 28. For more information, call 257-6100 or visit calaacademy.com.

Darnell Elementary School offers
full-day kindergarten

Darnell Elementary School, 9480 W. Tropical Parkway, is offering full-day, tuition-based kindergarten for the
2011-12 school year. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3:21 p.m. Monday through Friday and costs $325 a month. Registration is open through April 29. Children must be 5 by Sept. 30 to register. For more information, call 799-6630.

Thompson Elementary School offers
full-day kindergarten

Thompson Elementary School, 7351 N. Campbell Road, plans to offer full-day, tuition-based kindergarten for children who are 5 or older by Sept. 30 for the 2010-11 school year. The cost will be $325 a month. For more information, call 799-3430.

eighth-graders gear up
for high school

The UNLV Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, GEAR UP, plans to host a transition conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mojave High School, 5302 Goldfield St., for eighth-graders preparing to enter high school. About 240 students from various middle schools will receive information, attend workshops and hear from guest speakers. The event will end with a field trip to Crystal Palace Skating Center.

herron elementary school to receive extreme library makeover

Herron Elementary School’s library will be renovated this fall with new technology and more than 2,000 books.

The school, at 2421 Kenneth Road, was chosen by Target and The Heart of America Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes literacy.

Second- and third-graders at the school will share some of their own ideas that may be incorporated into the final design. Herron, which serves more than 900 students and is nearly 50 years old, was one of five Clark County School District schools eligible for the program.

Cozine Elementary School offers
full-day kindergarten

Cozine Elementary School, 5335 Coleman St., plans to offer full-day, tuition-based kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year. Enrollment ends April 29, and children must be 5 or older by Sept. 5. The cost is $325 per month.

For more information, call 799-0690.

local banks teach children to save

Elementary school students will learn this month about financial responsibility and the importance of developing savings habits from volunteer instructors from eight local banks.

Volunteers in the Teach Children to Save program, organized by the United Way of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Bankers Association, plan to visit more than 130 classrooms and educate more than 7,500 students.

For more information, visit teachchildrentosave.com.

Students with dyslexia can nominate teachers as ‘unsung heroes’

The International Dyslexia Association is accepting nominations through May 15 for teacher, tutors or other educators who have made a difference in the lives of dyslexic students.

The award will recognize each nominated educator as an “unsung hero” by sending a letter to that teacher and listing them on the IDA website.

All teachers will be placed in a drawing for one free conference registration, a $250 travel stipend and three nights’ accommodations to attend IDA’s 62nd annual conference, Reading, Literacy & Learning, Nov. 9-12 in Chicago. To nominate someone, visit interdys.org/honorateacher.htm.

Online school offers scholarships

Advantages Online Private School is offering an essay contest for two $750 scholarships for Clark County high school students. The students’ 200-word essays should describe the biggest educational challenge they face in high school and how they are conquering it. Entries are due April 29, and scholarships may be used to cover the cost of a course offered by the accredited online school. For more information, visit advantagesschool.com.

Scholarships available to Italian-American students

The Sons of Italy Las Vegas Lodge 2158 is offering three $500 scholarships for college-bound high school seniors of Italian descent.

Awards will be based on grades, school activities, a personal essay and contributions to the community. Applications are due May 10.

Sons of Italy is a national organization of Italian-American men and women.

For more information, call 896-1987 or visit sonsofitalylasvegas.com.

Cultural Diversity Foundation
offers scholarships

The Cultural Diversity Foundation is offering college scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Students must be Clark County residents, maintain a 3.0 GPA and show financial need.

The deadline for submissions is May 6. For a complete list of scholarships, criteria and applications, visit cdfnv.org/scholarships or call 646-2615.

The foundation also plans to host online workshops with tips on how to search and locate scholarship awards online. The class is open to college-bound high school students and college students.

The cost is $25 to $50, depending on income. To register or view class schedules, visit cdfnv.org/onlineworkshops.

Scholarships available for students
of Norwegian descent

The Sons of Norway’s Vegas Viking Lodge is accepting applications for scholarships for high school seniors of Norwegian descent.

Last year’s scholarships ranged from $250 to $750. Scholarships are determined by grades, financial need, extracurricular activities and the application essay.

The application is due Wednesday and is available at vegasviking.com/scholarship.

For more information, call 645-6666.

Post reunion information
on school district’s website

Clark County School District alumni who are planning a high school reunion may post information on the Clark County School District’s website, ccsd.net/schools/reunions.

Email any important reunion information to dsheehan@interact.ccsd.net and it will be posted.

Basic High School class of 1971
to reunite in October

The Basic High School class of 1971’s 40th reunion is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 at the Fiesta Henderson, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway.

The cost is $71 for those who register by May 19.

For more information, email bat8@aol.com, call 737-5977 or search for the class on facebook.com.

Inaugural Science Festival
coming in May

The inaugural Las Vegas Science Festival is seeking participants for the event, which is scheduled for May 1-7 at various Las Vegas Valley locations.

A Rubik’s Cube competition is scheduled as part of the event. Teams of eight students will attempt to solve 25 cubes. The school that solves the cubes in the shortest time will win up to $750 to be donated to their school.

The festival plans to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math with speakers and exhibitions.

Applied, natural and health sciences organizations are encouraged to contribute as educators, hosts, volunteers or sponsors.

For more information, visit lasvegas

High schools hosting flu clinics

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering weekly flu clinics at Chaparral High School, 3850 Annie Oakley Drive; Durango High School, 7100 W. Dewey Drive; Silverado High School, 1650 Silver Hawk Ave.; Desert Pines High School, 3800 Harris Ave., and Mojave High School, 5302 Goldfield St.

Clinics are scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Flu shots and other immunizations are available at the health district’s public health center, 625 Shadow Lane, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit snhd.info.

AFS Intercultural Programs
seeks host families in southern nevada

AFS Intercultural Programs, a nonprofit high school student exchange organization, is seeking host families in the Las Vegas area. Hosts provide a bed, meals and a family environment.

For more information, email Cathy Sheehy at afs.cathy@yahoo.com or call 633-5891.

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