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Spring Valley High School Heads to Paris

Spring Valley High School Heads to Paris

A special opportunity is almost here for a group of local high schoolers.

Lessons about Serbia, Costa Rica and Italy will no longer be confined to the classroom when Spring Valley High School students serve as delegates representing those countries during the Paris Model United Nations (PAMUN).

The event, a once in a lifetime opportunity enjoyed by only five schools across the United States, allows students the opportunity to research and represent a variety of United Nations member countries, while also working with fellow student delegates from across the globe. The exercise in international diplomacy and conflict resolution takes place from December 1-4 in Paris, France.

Spring Valley High School was selected for the program in June, after the school decided the endeavor was a worthwhile experience for students and submitted an application.

Anti-Bullying Efforts Win School Exclusive Concert

Anti-Bullying Efforts Win School Exclusive Concert

 

A Las Vegas school was honored Wednesday for its efforts to end bullying on its campus.

Southwest Career and Technical Academy won the KLUC Flip the Script School Takeover contest. The school won because it had the highest number of voters and pledges to combat bullying.

The students were surprised by the announcement. For winning the contest, the students will get an exclusive live concert by the band Hot Chelle Rae.

Flip the Script is an effort around the state to draw attention to the problem of bullying and the impact it can have on young people. 

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.

School Celebrates Anniversary

School Celebrates Anniversary

A Las Vegas school celebrated 50 years of serving the Las Vegas valley by spelling out its initials in children.

The Las Vegas Day School had students line up to spell out “LVDS”. The picture replicates a picture taken in the 1980s when there were only 200 students at the school. Now, there are more than 900 students, with a staff of 150. 

Advanced Technologies, Bendorf Elementary Honored

Advanced Technologies, Bendorf Elementary Honored

 

Advanced Technologies Academy and Bendorf Elementary School recently earned high praise as National Blue Ribbon Schools, as named by the federal education department.

These schools are among the 305 being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.

“America’s long-term economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers.  Their success is an example for others to follow.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. Since 1982, more than 6,500 of America’s schools have received this award.

Students Earn Visit from UNLV Coaches

Students from Wright Elementary School earned enough points in the annual Coaches Challenge to get a visit from two head coaches.

The Coaches Challenge program encourages students to each healthy and be part of physical activity by doing that they earn points. The schools with the most points get a visit from UNLV coaches. The fifth-graders at Wright Elementary School and third-graders at Nate Mack Elementary earned the most points and will get a visit on Tuesday from UNLV's new head Basketball Coach Dave Rice and the head women's Soccer coach Jennifer Klein.


“We continue to see high rates of obesity among children and to combat this, it is so important to encourage children to create good, healthy habits that will carry through their entire lives. By adopting good habits now they will be able to live active and full lives,” said Coach Rice.

Local Students Receive Engineering and Science Scholarships

 

Ten outstanding Clark County students have been awarded scholarships by National Security Technologies LLC (NSTec), to encourage their interest in science and engineering.

This year’s recipients of the NSTec Engineering and Science Scholarship for Clark County are: