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Rancho Students Take Flight in Aviation Competition

Rancho Students Take Flight in Aviation Competition

 

Students from Rancho High School will soon go up against the nation’s best aviation students in the Real World Design Challenge.

The challenge is a nationwide competition that encourages high school students to design an environmentally friendly, light-sport aircraft. Rancho High School is home to a magnet program for students interested in aviation.

The program creates an opportunity for professionals to mentor students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and will allow a partnership to emerge across the state to help Clark County School District’s engineering leaders of tomorrow to be ready for the next steps of their career upon exit from high school.

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.

UFC Star Mir to Talk with Students

UFC Star Mir to Talk with Students

UFC star Frank Mir will take part in a town hall Wednesday with hundreds of local high school students.

More than 200 students will participate in the annual Ward 5 Teen Town Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. in Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers, 400 Stewart Ave. Teens from Rancho, Canyon Springs, Western and Mojave High Schools will discuss a variety of topics, including the issue of bullying, building confidence and having self discipline.

Mir was born and raised in Las Vegas, and currently lives here with his family. At 4 years old, he started studying martial arts, and went on to obtain his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate as a teenager. He excelled in wrestling at Bonanza High School and won the Nevada State High School Wrestling Championships in the heavyweight division.

After graduating from high school, he started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now holds the Black Belt. In recent years he has also become an accomplished Muay Thai kickboxer.

School Kitchen Receives Five-Star Award

School Kitchen Receives Five-Star Award

Restaurants strive for a five-star rating from the Mobil Travel Guide, but for the first time the Clark County School District handed out a five-star rating of its own. It went to a kitchen staff at a downtown school.

The crew at Matt Kelly Elementary School was honored Wednesday for its work. The award went to the kitchen for the overall dining experience, excellent health inspections and outstanding customer service.

“It takes a lot of hard work. We are serious about what we do as far as feeding kids, and the nutrition that is behind it takes a lot of work. But we are glad to do it,” said Shawn Spight, Food Services Supervisor. “We enjoy what we do and we believe in food service.” 

School Adopts Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

School Adopts Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

Spread the Word Nevada, a non-profit children's literacy group, last week partnered with the Windsong Trust and adopted Vail Pittman Elementary School in Las Vegas.

This marks Spread the Word Nevada's 25th school adoption since it was founded in 2001, and the second of three schools funded by the Windsong Trust through a $100,000 grant awarded to continue the organization's mission of advancing childhood literacy. A total of three schools will be adopted by the end of the year through this community partnership.

The adoption celebration took place in the school's multipurpose room with two kickoff assemblies presented to approximately 600 students, followed by a distribution of one book bag and five books to each student. PBS Inside Education joined the celebration and covered the event for a segment on its regular show, which will air at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dental Clinic Brings Care to Underserved Kids

Dental Clinic Brings Care to Underserved Kids

 

A new dental clinic on the Clark High School campus will provide children with much-needed dental care.

Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian joined Clark County School District Trustee Chris Garvey Friday to officially open the new Future Smiles Dental Center for education and prevention of oral disease, or E-POD, for at-risk children from birth to 18 years. The new clinic is located in a city of Las Vegas modular building at Clark High School, 4291 W. Pennwood Ave.

Nevada third graders have the highest number of dental problems in the country. Teachers and staff see more and more children with dental issues and no insurance.

“I was doing lunch duty and this little fellow could not eat his peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was causing him pain and he was crying,” school counselor Diann Marcella said.

Miss America Visits Las Vegas Academy Today

Miss America Visits Las Vegas Academy Today

Miss America plays the piano and she’ll do it Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Teresa Scanlan, the 2011 Miss America, will be on stage at the Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theater, 315 S. 7th Street, at 1 p.m.

Students will welcome Scanlan and will participate in a Master Class where she will play the piano. Scanlan won the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant with a piano performance of “White Water Chopped Sticks” and she will be sharing her performance knowledge with the students of the Academy.