Education Notebook

Tobler Elementary students buy groceries, help school.

Tobler Elementary School, 6510 Buckskin Ave., raised more than $7,700 through the Shop for Schools program, sponsored by Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.

More than 250 schools in Nevada participated in the program, which donated a dollar to the school for every $20 spent by students and their families at nearby Fresh & Easy stores.

Fresh & Easy awarded an additional $5,000 to Tobler for being the top raising the most money.

Schools raised more than $164,000 from September through December.

Kitty Ward Empowerment School offers full-day kindergarten

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.

Darnell Elementary 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 Friday . Children must be 5 by Sept. 30 to register. For more information, call 799-6630.

Thompson Elementary 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.

Cozine Elementary 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 Friday , and children must be 5 or older by Sept. 5. The cost is $325 per month.

For more information, call 799-0690.

World Heritage Student Exchange
seeks host families

The World Heritage Student Exchange program is seeking host families in the Las Vegas Valley for high school boys and girls.

Couples, single parents and families with or without children are welcome to apply. Students can be hosted for a semester for a school year.

Exchange students are available from Spain, Germany, China, Norway, Russia, France, Italy, Sweden and more.

For more information, call 800-888-9040 or email info@world-heritage.org.

Learn from an expert before taking SAT

Students preparing to take the SAT can sign up with 2400 Expert, a company that teaches test-taking strategies.

The program is run by former Clark High School valedictorian Shaan Patel, who received a perfect SAT score of 2,400 .

Classes meet three times a week for six weeks for instruction or practice exams for a total of 60 classroom hours. Classes take place at Intelligent Offices, 9550 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 253.

Summer classes are scheduled from May 16 to June 26 and June 27 to Aug. 14.

For more information, visit 2400expert.com or call 505-1296.

UNLV offers counseling services

The UNLV Center for Individual, Couple and Family Counseling is offering confidential therapy sessions Mondays through Thursdays by appointment.

Marriage and family therapists offer services for stress, unemployment, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, suicide and violence.

No one will be turned away because of the inability to pay.

For more information, call 895-3106.

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 Friday , and scholarships may be used to cover the cost of a course offered by the accredited online school.

For more information, visit advantagesschool.com.

Teachers get funding for class projects on website

Local school teachers can apply for donations for classroom projects through donorschoose.org.

The nonprofit website, founded in 2000, allows public school teachers to describe specific educational projects for students, and donors choose the projects they want to support.

More than 160,000 teachers have secured more than $71 million worth of books, art supplies and technology resources.

Locally, more than 150 teachers have used the website to secure more than $119,000 in funding.

Teacher Leanna Kromer from O’Callaghan Middle School, 1450 Radwick Drive, has funded eight classroom projects total ing more than $2,000 since January.

School district to get new deputy superintendent of instruction

Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones plans to recommend a new deputy superintendent of instruction at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The board will be asked to approve the hiring of Pedro Martinez, deputy superintendent for the Washoe County School District in Reno.

Martinez would replace Lauren Kohut-Rost and begin work May 11 if approved. Martinez was chief area officer, chief financial officer and budget director of Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, before coming to Nevada.

Inaugural science festival
coming in May

The inaugural Las Vegas Science Festival is seeking participants for the event, which is scheduled for Sunday through May 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
sciencefestival.com.

Students with dyslexia can nominate teachers as ‘Unsung Heroes’

The International Dyslexia Association is accepting nominations through May 15 for teachers, 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.

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.

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.

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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