Education notebook


Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School, 2015 S. Hualapai Way, competed April 27-30 in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. Faith Lutheran was one of 113 schools nationwide to qualify for the competition, which tests students’ knowledge in biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, astronomy and math.

Teams of four students answered questions in a fast-paced, "Jeopardy!"-style match, as part of a double-elimination tournament. Advanced Technologies Academy, 2501 Vegas Drive, also qualified.


The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will donate all change tossed into the fountain near the southwest corner of the shopping center by Guess, bebe and Fat Tuesday in May to help support teachers and students in the Clark County School District. The money will be donated to Communities in Schools of Nevada, a dropout prevention organization that supports more than 22,000 at-risk students in 37 schools.

Miracle Mile Shops also will offer discounts for school district teachers through May at restaurants and shows. For a list of offers, visit


Clark County School District students in grades four through six are scheduled to perform in the Bristlecone Storytelling Festival from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave., and May 23 and 24 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave.

Students will recite popular children’s stories in the library’s lecture hall.


The College of Southern Nevada is raising money to help homeless teens attend college. CSN raised more than $1,000 at a barbecue fundraiser April 17 at its Charleston campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. The event was part of the High 5 Drive, a monthlong effort by CSN and Silver State Schools Credit Union to raise funds for the CSN Youthful Enterprise Scholarship.

Donations can be made at Click on the blue "give now" button and, under "apply donation to," select the Youthful Enterprise Scholarship.

Donations can also be made at all SSSCU locations.

For more information, visit


The Nevada State Treasurer is accepting applications for the fourth annual $529 College Savings Day Contest, open to all Nevada students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Two students from Clark County will receive a $529 prize to be used to open a college savings account or enhance an existing one. The contest is sponsored by the Newmont Mining Corp.

This year’s theme is "I want to go to college so I can become a …" Students must complete the sentence and submit a drawing or an essay of 50 words or fewer.

Entry forms can be downloaded at The entry deadline is May 21, and winners will be selected May 23.


More than 400 students at Twin Lakes Elementary School, 3300 Riverside Drive, received new shoes and socks April 27 from the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation and United Healthcare of Nevada. Every student got to walk through the foundation’s mobile shoe store, measure their feet and pick a pair of shoes.

Started in 2007, the foundation provides new shoes to thousands of at-risk students annually in the Clark County School District. For more information, visit


Northwest Career and Technical Academy, 8200 W. Tropical Parkway, plans to host a 3K and 5K walk and run at 9 a.m. May 19. The Chalk Walk was organized as a way for teachers, students and other community members to honor inspirational educators. Proceeds will fund scholarships for high school seniors who plan to major in education. Registration is $10 if done by today and includes a T-shirt.

For more information and to register, call NWCTA’s teacher education program leader Mary Abbott at 799-4640, ext. 4089, or email abbottm@


Station Casinos recently gave $6,000 donations to 10 Las Vegas Valley elementary schools.

Each Station Casinos property is paired with an at-risk school as part of the Smart Start program to help with funding, school supplies, food and events. Since 2000 Station Casinos has donated $2.4 million to elementary schools in Clark County.

Schools receiving donations are:

Sewell Elementary School, 700 E. Lake Mead Parkway, partnered with Fiesta Henderson

Robert Taylor Elementary School, 144 Westminster Way, partnered with Green Valley Ranch Resort

Detwiler Elementary School, 1960 Ferrell St., partnered with Fiesta Rancho

Hollingsworth Elementary School, 1776 E. Ogden Ave., partnered with Sunset Station

Dearing Elementary School, 3046 Ferndale St., partnered with Boulder Station

Whitney Elementary School, 5005 Keenan Ave., partnered with Station Casinos and Wildfire Gaming

Bell Elementary School, 2900 Wilmington Way, partnered with Palace Station

Fitzgerald Elementary School, 2651 Revere St., partnered with Santa Fe Station

Craig Elementary School, 2637 E. Gowan Road, partnered with Aliante Station

Squires Elementary School, 1312 E. Tonopah Ave., partnered with Texas Station


Liberty High School, 3700 Liberty Heights Ave., received $10,300 May 1 for being the top fundraiser in the Shop for Schools program sponsored by Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.

More than 260 Nevada schools participated in the program from September through December, raising more than $213,000. Schools received $1 for every $20 spent at nearby Fresh & Easy stores. Liberty’s total included a $5,000 bonus for finishing in first place.

For more information and to register for the 2012 program, visit


Advanced Technologies Academy, 2501 Vegas Drive, competed April 27-30 in the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. Advanced Technologies Academy was one of 113 schools nationwide to qualify for the competition, which tests students’ knowledge in biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, astronomy and math.

Teams of four students answered questions in a fast-paced, "Jeopardy!"-style match, as part of a double-elimination tournament. Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School, 2015 S. Hualapai Way, also qualified.


Spring Valley High School teacher Ian Salzman was named Educator of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas. Salzman received the award April 25 at an award banquet at the Stratosphere. He received a plaque, a trophy, a gift certificate from Bernhard & Williams Photography and $500.

Four other teachers in the Clark County School District were finalists for the award and received a plaque, a gift certificate and $100. Teachers included Jennifer Hemme of Green Valley High School, Kelly Mabel of Las Vegas Academy, Louis Markouzis of Liberty High School and Jeremy Olson of Las Vegas High School.


Truth Christian Ministries International, a nondenominational worship center, is set to offer free courses to better master the English language from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays at 5101 N. Rainbow Blvd.

For more information, visit or call 396-3189.


The Adventuredome at Circus Circus, 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is selling tickets to its inaugural GradBlast 2012, planned for 7 p.m. May 24. The event is set to feature unlimited rides, four dance floor areas and prizes, including a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro.

High school students from Southern Nevada, Utah and California can purchase tickets for $49.95. For tickets and more information, visit or call 691-5861.


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has workshops scheduled to help teach small business owners what resources are available at UNLV libraries and how to use them effectively.

The Business by the Book workshop series is a four-part program that started April 11. The first workshop was Demystifying Your Customer: Market Research Made Easy. Future workshops are Getting to Know Your Customer, scheduled for June 13; Marketing Resources Revealed, scheduled for Aug. 15; and Social Media Socialized, scheduled for Oct. 10.

The workshops are taught by business librarian Patrick Griffis. For more information, call Griffis at 895-2231. To register for a workshop, email


The Medical Skills for Life Institute is offering 10 $5,000 and $500 tuition grants to the first 20 students who enroll and are accepted through June 30 for the medical assistant or phlebotomist program.

For more information, call 645-7900 and ask for the admissions department from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.medicalskillsfor

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