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Fallen Officer To Be Honored at School Ceremony

Fallen Officer To Be Honored at School Ceremony

 

Local law enforecement and school district officials will remember a fallen officer at a ceremony Friday.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie and other law enforcement officials will take parrt in the annual Marc Kahre Honor Day celebration at Marc Kahre Elementary School, 7887 West Gowan Road.

Parents and families are invited to attend the featured event of the day, the annual parade of officers that will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Kahre Field. School personnel will be available to guide those in attendance to the proper location for the event.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

 

Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

GOP Bills Target Education Reforms

GOP Bills Target Education Reforms

 

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Two Republican-backed bills introduced in the Nevada Senate seek to impose new education reforms affecting under-performing schools and teacher layoffs.

SB195 sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson would allow parents of students in under-performing schools to petition the school board to make specific changes, including changing the governance structure to an empowerment  school.

SB193, sponsored by Sen. Greg Brower, would require school districts to consider the evaluations of teachers and administrators when determining layoffs. Under existing law, evaluations can be considered when layoffs are implemented. Brower's bill would require performance evaluations be factored when layoff decisions are made.

Young Poets Compete for Scholarship

Young Poets Compete for Scholarship

 

Some of Clark County’s finest young poets will square off Tuesday for the chance to win a scholarship.

Thirty students selected from more than 1,000 entries across Clark County will perform their finest poetry recitations in the Poetry Out Loud semi-finals. The participants represent 15 local schools, and the winners will advance to the Nevada finals in Reno on March 16 to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 for their school’s literary programs.

Poetry Out Loud encourages kids to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The state winner will compete at the national level in Washington D.C. for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes.

The event takes from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Charleston Library Theater, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.

Student Concert Benefits Newtown Shooting Victims

Student Concert Benefits Newtown Shooting Victims

 

Students at Cadwallader Middle School hosted a concert Thursday to benefit victims of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

The school’s band, choir, orchestra and guitar programs, along with the school’s STATUS (Students Taking Action to Terminate Unlawful Substances) group, sponsored a benefit concert to show support and offer aid to the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Tickets cost $2 and donations were accepted as well, with all money going being sent to Connecticut.

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

 

Students at Desert Pines High School will be celebrated for their participation in a dropout prevention and job competency program.

Desert Pines High School and the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will host a celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday to induct chapter officers and recognize more than 30 students participating in JAG. The inaugural dinner will take place in the school, 3800 Harris Avenue, Las Vegas, and will include remarks from Governor Brian Sandoval, who serves on the National JAG Board and helped bring the program to Nevada.

The program, which is in its pilot year in the school district, provides dropout prevention, dropout recovery and school-to-career strategies for students. The program assists juniors and seniors to stay on track to graduate and also provides support for young adults to pursue college or jobs with career advancement opportunities.

Police Patrol Mt. Charleston for Senior Ditch Day

 

Nevada Highway Patrol, Metro Police and Clark County School District truancy officers partnered to find southern Nevada students skipping school for senior ditch day Tuesday. Law enforcement made a special effort in the area of Mount Charleston.

School principals will call law enforcement when they hear students are planning to skip school. A billboard is set up letting kids know there is a checkpoint ahead. Students who are 18 years old were sent back in their car. Students younger then 18 were taken back to school in a van.

"There is always a kid missing school for some reason or another. The problem is it is district wide, all at the same time, on the same date. So, you are talking about large volumes of kids, all with the same idea," Sgt. Andrew Legrow said.