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Education Notebook, June 5-11, 2014

ADELSON TEACHER NAMED EDUCATOR OF THE MONTH

Mandy Madnikoff, a teacher in the Lower School at Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 Hillpointe Road, was selected as Nevada Educator of the Month after she was nominated by her fourth-grade students. The award and monetary gift were presented by Sierra Nevada College and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Madnikoff is one of nine teachers who will be considered for the Nevada Teacher of the Year Award in June.

PLANT WORLD NURSERY ANNOUNCES ART CONTEST WINNERS

Plant World Nursery recently announced the winners of its Picture Paradise Art Contest. More than 1,000 entries were received in the contest, which was a partnership with the Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Program. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade were asked to express in a drawing their vision for paradise on Earth.

Wolff Elementary School, 1001 Seven Hills Drive in Henderson, was awarded top prize for the school with the most entries and will receive $500 from Plant World Nursery for the school’s garden.

The winning students are: First place and $200, third-grader Luke Anderson, Allen Elementary, 8680 W. Hammer Lane; second place and $150, fourth-grader Brianna Hajdari, Thomas Elementary, 1560 Cherokee Lane; and third place and $100, third-grader Audrey Hall, Parson Elementary, 4100 Thom Blvd.

ALL 4 KIDS TO BE OFFERED AT CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER

The program All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit is being offered by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension for children 3 to 5 through Aug. 18 at the Cambridge Community Center, 3930 S. Cambridge St.

The program encourages children and their parents to be healthy, active and fit by providing interactive experiences that promote healthful habits.

The program is free and is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Space is limited, and classes are taught in English and Spanish.

To sign up, call 702-948-5942 or email all_for_kids@unce.unr.edu.

NEVADA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY PLANS JUNE 5 INFORMATION SESSION

The Nevada Connections Academy plans to host an information session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 5 at the Centennial Hills Community Center YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. The session is for families interested in meeting the virtual public school’s teachers and parents of children currently enrolled.

For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit connectionsacademy.com.

NORTHWEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY RANKED NO. 4 IN NEVADA

U.S. News and World Report magazine reviewed more than 31,200 public high schools from across the nation as part of its 2014 Best High Schools Rankings.

Schools were ranked within each state and nationally, based on students’ performance on standardized tests as well as college-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The magazine also looked at how well schools educated their black, Hispanic and low-income students.

Northwest Career and Technical Academy, 8200 W. Tropical Parkway, was ranked the fourth-best high school in Nevada and 1,239th nationally, up from 2,206th nationally last year. The silver Medal-winning school had a 40 percent participation rate and a 27 percent passing rate on the Advanced Placement exams.

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