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Smatresk to outline new focus for smaller UNLV

UNLV has reached a turning point, the university’s president will tell students, faculty and staff at his annual State of the University address. Neal Smatresk said Wednesday the days when UNLV operated on a growth-is-good model are over. With budget cuts taking their toll in millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs lost, the university must be more focused, he said.

Schools tap district’s crisis response team to cope with student deaths

Arbor View High School student Alyssa Otremba, 15, was killed Sept. 2 walking home from school, and 16-year-old Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School student Christina Portaro died Sept. 3 in an ATV accident in Brian Head, Utah. The schools and their administrators prepare for these tragedies so they are able to respond to their students’ needs in the most effective way possible.

Fern Adair Conservatory has been training Las Vegas performers since 1974

The busiest time at Fern Adair Conservatory is just after school when young performers converge. For a few hours it becomes “Fame” and “Glee” all rolled into one.
“This is their home away from home,” said Victoria Hetey, who handles public relations and marketing for the conservatory. “It’s a big family here. We know how they’re doing in school. We know when they’re testing. They dance, they take a break and work on homework, they dance some more.”

Educational Surrogate Parent Program seeks volunteers to advocate for special needs students

Children with disabilities face an uphill battle in school as it is. For those without parents or guardians to look out for their best interests, it’s even tougher.
The Educational Surrogate Parent Program provides these children with an advocate whose sole purpose is to ensure their academic needs are being met.

School district representatives make home visits to would-be dropouts

Clark County School District administrators, counselors and teachers visited about 300 homes across the Las Vegas Valley on a recent Saturday morning as part of the Reclaim Your Future initiative to encourage students who have not enrolled this year to come back to class.

Elementary school overcomes language barriers

Sink or swim. That’s been the reality lately for Bendorf Elementary School. The once-affluent, primarily Caucasian neighborhood has shifted from homeowners to foreclosures to renters. More children are poor, a known hindrance because hungry children are unfocused students.

Advanced Technologies Academy achieves Blue Ribbon status again

The familiar voice of Principal Karen Diamond carried to every corner of campus, stilling all classroom activity. She had an announcement, something most principals will never say in their whole careers. But the announcement has been made twice at this high school within a decade.

School Board in Washoe County up for award

RENO — Washoe County School District is one of three finalists in a nationwide award for excellent school boards.

Pilot program brings iPads into the classroom

Kelsey Leos balanced on her tiptoes, trying to look over the shoulders of those ahead of her. She was desperate for a glimpse at her new Algebra 1 textbook at the front of the line.

Clark County School District Superintendent urges schools to engage students, raise the bar

Dwight Jones is entering his ninth month as superintendent and faces a $150 million budget deficit. Of the school district’s more than 20,000 seniors, half are not on track to graduate this year. More rigorous curriculum and tougher standardized tests are likely going to lower proficiency scores and the graduation rate in coming years. These problems weigh heavy on Jones’ mind and keep him working late hours.

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