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 raising the most money. Schools raised more than $164,000 from September through December.

Elementary Schools to offer
full-day kindergarten programs

Three local schools are planning to offer full-day, tuition-based kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year for children who are 5 or older by Sept. 30.

n The program at Kitty Ward Empowerment School, 5555 Horse Drive, costs $325 a month, and zone variances are being accepted. For more information, call 799-4501.

n The program at Darnell Elementary School will run from 9 a.m. to 3:21 p.m. Monday through Friday and costs $325 a month. Registration is open through April 29. For more information, call 799-6630.

n The program at Thompson Elementary School, 7351 N. Campbell Road, costs $325 a month. For more information and registration, call 799-3430.

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 school board 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.

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 or call 505-1296.

Teachers can seek funding
online for class projects

Local school teachers can apply for donations for classroom projects through

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 totaling more than $2,000 since January.

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

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

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