Education Notebook

Palo Verde High School, 333 S. Pavilion Center Drive, was awarded a 2011 National Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils.

The award recognizes those councils that meet a variety of criteria, including exemplary leadership, service and activities to improve the school and community.

More than 160 nationwide high school councils were given the award.

Three schools name new principals for 2011-12 academic year

The Clark County School District has named three new principals to schools undergoing reorganization for the 2011-12 academic year.

According to a March 22 story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Chaparral and Mojave high schools and Elizondo Elementary School were required to change leadership to comply with the conditions of federal School Improvement Grants being sought by the district.

Dave Wilson, principal of Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, will succeed p rincipal Kevin McPartlin at Chaparral, 3850 Annie Oakley Drive .

Antonio Rael, principal at Fremont Middle School, will take over for p rincipal Charity Varnado at Mojave, 5302 Goldfield St. in North Las Vegas.

Keith France, principal at Lincoln Elementary School, will succeed p rincipal Alyson Jones at Elizondo, 4865 Goldfield St. in North Las Vegas.

All principals will remain at their current assignments through the end of the school year. Incoming principals must begin assembling their new schools’ staff for next year. The federal grant limits reorganized schools to keep only 50 percent of their employees.

Western High School, 4601 W. Bonanza Road, and Hancock Elementary School, 1661 Lindell Road, also are undergoing reorganization. Western p rincipal Neddy Alvarez and Hancock p rincipal Jerre Moore were allowed to keep their jobs because they have been at their schools for fewer than three years.

The federal grants will provide about $850,000 per year for three years to improve academic achievement.

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

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, 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

Virtual public school hosting informational session

Nevada Connections Academy plans to host an informational session for the 2011-12 school year from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 19 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 4280 S. Grand Canyon Drive.

The session will allow interested families to meet NCA’s teachers, parents and current students.

NCA is a virtual public charter school that serves students in kindergarten through 12 grade. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit

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. April 19, 21, 26 and 28.

For more information, call 257-6100 or visit

Health district and UNLV seek input on community well-being

The Southern Nevada Health District and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas plan to host community forums to gather information and assess health-related needs in the community. The information will be used to help develop strategies to improve quality of life.

F orums are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the UNLV Student Union, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway.

Attendees are asked to RSVP at 759-0750 or and indicate their session preference.

For more information, call Nancy Menzel at the UNLV School of Nursing at 895-5970.

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 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

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 April 20 and is available at

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,

Email any important reunion information to 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, call 737-5977 or search for the class on

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

AFS Intercultural Programs seek host families

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 or call 633-5891.

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