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Schools Receive Money to Improve Literacy

 

Six schools around southern Nevada received thousands of dollars in grant money to help improve literacy.

The retail giant Target is giving the schools $50,000 to fund reading intervention programs for second and third-graders. The program uses teacher development, substitute teacher support and a web-based curriculum. Students can access innovative practices for reading online.

At Wednesday’s donation ceremony, kids were given books to take home and fill their own libraries. The ceremony took place at Jydstrup Elementary School, but five other schools will be getting donations. Beckley, Deskin, Fyfe, Hinman and Pittman Elementary Schools are all getting money to set up the program.

Charter School for the Deaf Closing

The Las Vegas Charter School for the Deaf is closing its doors for this school year.

A spokesperson for the school said donations were way down and they couldn't afford to open this year. The school says they're looking at restructuring to make the school more viable. They're hoping to reopen and stay open but no time line has been announced.

About nine students attended the school last year and it already had 15 applications for the current school year. Those students will now be enrolled in the Clark County School District. The school spokesperson says the down economy is the biggest reason they saw a drop in donations.

Two Students Compete in International Science Fair

Two students from Northwest Career and Technical Academy recently competed and won prizes in this year's International Science Fair.

Student Alexandra Wheatly won first place in specialty awards from the Society of Microbiologists. Her project was in microbiology and the Great Basin Flow. It is the second time she has been at the science fair. Student Cameron Jones entered a project in animal sciences. Both of the students won third in their respective project categories. Each won $1,000. Wheatly received another $1,000 for her specialty award. The students worked with teacher Carol Adamson on their projects.

The International Science Fair brought together 1,565 junior scientists from 65 countries.

 

Senator Reid Meets with Students from Las Vegas Schools

Senator Reid Meets with Students from Las Vegas Schools

Senator Harry Reid met with students from several Nevada schools Thursday.

Thirty-two students from six Nevada schools were in Washington, D.C. for the annual National History Day Contest. The Las Vegas students were from Cadwaller Middle School, Saville Middle School, the Northwest Career and Technical Academy and the Las Vegas Academy. They joined students from Eureka County and Reno to meet with the senator on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The National History Day Contest is an academic program that encourages kids to research an historical figure or event. When the research is finished they present their findings and conclusions in an essay, exhibit, website, performance or documentary. That work is submitted to a panel of judges that include professional historians and educators. Local and state winners move on to a national competition in Maryland.

Arbor View Students Visit Reid's Office

Arbor View Students Visit Reid's Office

 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid this week met with students from Arbor View High School in his Washington, D.C. office. Eight students and their teacher from the Clark County public high school traveled to the nation’s capital to learn the lessons of history and government in person.

“I'm glad I had the opportunity to sit down with these bright young students from Arbor View High School in Las Vegas,” Reid said. “These impressive students are highly engaged on the issues affecting their education and I encouraged them to remain actively involved.”

Arbor View High School opened in 2005 and today serves nearly 2,700 students in grades nine through 12.

Students Show Off Alternative Ways to Get Around

Seniors at the Northwest Career & Technical Academy will show off senior projects in the parking lot of the school on Monday.

The students have created human powered vehicles using bicycle parts. The vehicles had to follow specific design and safety requirements. On Monday, they'll race each other. The idea was to get the students to think alternative fuels and engineering.

The competition starts early at 7 a.m. 

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

If you're looking to see your favorite student walk the graduation stage, turn to Cox Cable channel 96 or head to its website.

Cox Communications, in partnership with the Clark County School District, Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center, will broadcast local high school graduation ceremonies from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 29. The Cox 96 broadcasts will also be available via streaming video at www.Cox96.net and follow the broadcast schedule.

The majority of graduation ceremonies originating from the Orleans Arena (OR) will be broadcast live while ceremonies originating from the Thomas & Mack Center (TMC) will be tape delayed. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13