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Zoning could send Coronado students to Green Valley
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
Some Coronado High School students may have the option to move to Green Valley High School next year, and some Foothill High School students could have the choice to go to Coronado.
Palo Verde claims first Varsity Quiz title
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009
The Varsity Quiz team from Palo Verde High School had scored high all year. Only the final match Feb. 23 stood between team members and the school's first Varsity Quiz championship.
Volunteer Blvd. could be widened by fall
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009
Volunteer Boulevard, the main route students living in Madeira Canyon and Anthem Highlands would use if they are moved from Coronado High School to Liberty High School next year, is likely to be widened and improved by fall, Henderson city officials said.
Parents get ready to fight school rezoning
Nearly 200 students could move from Coronado to Liberty
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
Parents from the southern half of Anthem met Wednesday to plan a final fight against a proposal to move their children from Coronado High School to Liberty High School next school year. Liberty was 750 students under capacity, so the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission was ordered by the School Board to get students into the school.
To soothe rezoning woes, Liberty's principal touts programs
Some parents upset that 240 students could move from Coronado
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Liberty High School's principal is defending the quality of her school in the wake of protests by Anthem parents that their children may be moved from Coronado High to Liberty.
At Centennial, staying after school is funny business
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009
Members of Centennial High School's improvisation group have no idea what to expect next, but that's just how they like it.
Christian schools hold regional speech meet
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009
Hundreds of students from around Las Vegas and Henderson yelled and giggled while taking the stage of an east Las Vegas private Christian school Friday to celebrate one of many events held by the Association of Christian Schools International.
Budget cuts force schools to drop block scheduling
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009
All but a few schools in the Clark County School District will give up the eight-period schedule that has allowed students to accumulate more credits in a shorter amount of time.
Bakery brings teachers a sweet Valentine's Day treat
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009
About 1,300 teachers in Henderson elementary schools got to start their day Friday with a sweet surprise: cupcakes, topped with "love" and sprinkles as a thank-you for Valentine's Day.
Traveling theater group brings Goolsby students together
Musical lets children shine on stage
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
Precious princesses and plump little peas were the highlight of the day for some students at Judy and John L. Goolsby Elementary School.
Magnet schools show off programs
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
Southeast Career Technical Academy's principal isn't shy about his school, boasting only a 0.4 percent dropout rate and 94 percent of students passing proficiency tests.
District announces three new empowerment schools
Competitive program offers additional money, flexibility
Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
The principal at Ethel W. Staton Elementary School already had an idea of how she would spend an extra $50,000 each year: improving science and technology at her school.
Now, she can make that a reality. Staton Elementary, Chaparral High School and Wendell Williams Elementary School were announced this morning as the latest additions to the empowerment school program.
"Willy Wonka" comes to Green Valley High
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009
As stage hands ran back and forth and students worked busily backstage, more than one guest walked into Green Valley High School's theater humming or singing "I've Got a Golden Ticket."
Kindergartner who wandered away from school found safe
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
A kindergarten student at Glen Taylor Elementary School walked away from school alone Wednesday afternoon and was found unharmed about an hour later.
High school students show their eloquence at poetry contest
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
Students at Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas swept a poetry contest Thursday, but it wasn't without some stiff competition from Henderson and Summerlin students.
Peace Week helps students get along
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
Students at J. Marlan Walker International School have learned it's good to accept their classmates, even when they might be a little bit different.
Driver, 16, in crash that killed teen gets six months
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
The teenager driving the truck Coronado High School sophomore Olivia Brandise Hyten, 15, was riding in when she died in a crash last fall will spend the next six months in youth detention.
Students get into bingo at Gibson's game night
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
Hundreds of parents and students showed up for James Gibson Elementary School's annual family game night Jan. 29, where many students had the chance to play bingo until it was nearly time for bed.
Rival middle school quiz teams prep for showdown
Monday, Feb. 2, 2009
With a month left until their first competition, members of Bob Miller and Sig Rogich middle school's Junior Varsity Quiz teams are preparing for battle.
Zoning options OK'd, move to School Board for approval
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Students living in Madeira Canyon and Anthem Highlands will be moved from Coronado High School to Liberty High School next year, but some may have the option to remain if a number of students zoned for Coronado choose to leave and the School Board approves the recommendation.
Commission keeps students in community together
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
All students from a northwestern community at Alexander Drive and Tenaya Way will stay at Ruthe Deskin Elementary School together, the Clark County Attendance Zone Advisory Commission decided.
Students rewarded for voracious reading
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Third grader Faith Teagarden didn't realize she would be a star for a day today.
But when she was escorted to a limousine for a ride to Barnes & Noble, she wasn't embarrassed either. Instead, she showed off her best 1980s "Walk Like an Egyptian" dance moves before hopping into the limo.
Summerlin school likely to go to year-round schedule
Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Linda Rankin Givens Elementary School will probably switch from a nine-month to a year-round schedule next year in order to avoid big changes in its attendance zone.
Select students showcase skills in Honor Band performance
Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Before her performance with the Clark County School District honor band got under way Jan. 24, Kelsey Ripplinger, a Boulder City High School student, already knew the sound she would be waiting for.
Six Henderson elementaries could switch to 12-month calendar
Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Six Henderson elementary schools are on a list of 74 in Clark County that are being considered to switch from a nine-month to a year-round schedule next year.
Golf tourney planned in memory of teen killed in crash
Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Family members of a Coronado High School sophomore student killed Nov. 14 will be marking the three-month anniversary of her death with a memorial golf tournament.
New School Board member talks budget, attendance zones
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
Things went a little off-track at the Clark County School District Southeast Region's first parent action committee meeting Thursday, when an intended budget discussion took a turn toward new school boundaries. New School Board member Deanna Wright wanted to hold a parent meeting before the Legislature convened in February to talk to parents about the budget crisis and tell them what they can do to help the School District.
Students get on the map to learn geography
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
It's not hard to get eighth grade students at Del Webb Middle School interested in learning about North America. All it takes is a gigantic map that covers a good portion of their library.
Several attendance zoning options still on the table
School Board says no to changing boundaries only for future students
Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
High school students in the Clark County School District will not have the option of phasing as an alternative to being rezoned next school year. Phasing would have allowed students already attending a school to remain at that school, while new students would have to abide by boundary changes.
Top spellers face off
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
When students from around the Las Vegas Valley found out they made it to the spelling bee semifinals, they probably didn't count on one nerve-wracking aspect: Spelling at the semifinals meant they would be broadcast into homes of potentially thousands of people.
Love of geography propels elementary student to state bee
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
An Aggie Roberts Elementary School student beat out eight of his peers Jan. 16 to win a chance to participate in the state National Geographic Bee in April.
Driver, 16, pleads guilty in death of Henderson teen
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
The teenager driving the truck Coronado High School sophomore Olivia Brandise Hyten, 15, was riding in when she died in a crash Nov. 14 pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter during a hearing in Juvenile Court today.
Green Valley students rally for band members in D.C.
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
Members of Green Valley High School's marching band had one major goal when they played in President Barack Obama's inauguration parade Tuesday: They wanted to play "Viva Las Vegas" when they passed the viewing stand, as a tribute to their home.
Students race to read for prizes
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
The visitor had been at C.T. Sewell Elementary School only once earlier this year, but the students instantly recognized him as he walked in the door Friday.
End of semester a reality check for students
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
The first semester of the school-year ended Friday, and many high school students have come to the realization that maybe they shouldn't have slacked off quite so much the first couple of months.
Inauguration trip a reality for Walker International students
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009
Students at J. Marlan Walker International School had no problem on Friday reciting who had served the shortest term as president: William Harrison's one-month term easily took the cake.
They knew he died of pneumonia, but they didn't know his death was, in a sense, caused by his inauguration speech. He caught pneumonia after talking for 1 1/2 hours on a freezing cold night, teacher Heidi Zilles said.
Marching into history
Green Valley High School band ready to march at Obama's inauguration parade
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
Members of Green Valley High School's marching band concentrated as they rehearsed Thursday after school, but they couldn't repress their smiles and laughter. In 12 hours, they would be on a plane to Washington, D.C., to march in President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration parade Tuesday. There may have been some nervousness among the laughter: Will it be cold? What should I wear? What if the luggage gets lost? Will I make the 4 a.m. flight? If that was the case, most of the students hid it well.
District could make boundaries apply only to future students
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
The idea of setting new school boundaries for only future students and letting current students stay at their current schools until they graduate or are promoted may occur in Summerlin, a first for the Clark County School District. The concept was discussed at a meeting of the district's Attendance Zone Advisory Commission Thursday as it worked to determine possible boundary lines for schools next year in the western half of the Las Vegas Valley.
School district sets makeup date for December snow day
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
A day off from school because of snow last month may have been fun, but now students will make up that time on March 2. Previously scheduled as a staff development day, when students stay home but teachers come in for seminars or other work, March 2 will now be a regular school day.
Elementary school greenhouse teaches more than basics
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
After not seeing their pansies since they were planted, students at Frank Lamping Elementary School were excited to enter their greenhouse Friday to prune and fertilize the flowers.
Greenspun Junior High has familiar face as new principal
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
Barbara and Hank Greenspun Junior High School recently, and unexpectedly, welcomed a new principal.
Rezoning plans for southwest schools on the table
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
After more than two hours of discussing the future zoning status of nearly 30 schools in the southwest region, the parents who were at Durango High School for Tuesday night's input session on attendance boundaries agreed on at least one thing: They don't want changes.
Panel suggests hundreds of students shuffle schools next year
Board recommends two attendance proposals for School Board's OK
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
Most of the Coronado High School students who live in Anthem could move to Liberty next year, and Foothill High School would get no immediate relief from its crowded halls and classrooms. After a three-hour meeting, a Clark County School District advisory panel agreed Tuesday on its final recommendation for rezoning Henderson schools. The elementary school proposals will go to the School Board for approval Feb. 24, and the high school ones on March 3. The School Board can accept or change the recommendations.
School zoning proposals prompt heated debate
Zoning commission to vote on attendance changes for Henderson schools
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
Hundreds of Henderson parents and a few high school students were at Foothill High School Monday night to voice opinions on the school district's attendance zoning proposals for elementary and high schools. For more than a month, members of the Clark County School District Attendance Zone Advisory Commission have been looking at possibly changing school boundaries.
Author gets advice during middle school visit
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
The world of children's literature involves going through a lot of adults first.
Girl Scouts ready themselves for annual cookie sale
Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
While some people await Groundhog Day to know spring is around the corner, others have their own way — Girl Scout cookie sales.
School Board elects new officers
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
Members of the Clark County School Board on Thursday elected three new officers to represent them for 2009.
Tears, emotions flow at memorial for Basic High teacher
Students, ready to move forward, air grief at emotional ceremony
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
Staff and students at Basic High School have made their feelings clear: Once a wolf, always a wolf. At a memorial Wednesday evening for slain choir teacher Matt Cox — their "fallen wolf" — family, friends, colleagues and students gathered to remember Cox and, as Principal David Bechtel said, take the first step toward moving on since his death.
Hospital-sponsored yoga class helps students relax after holidays
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
As soft music played in the background, Debra Symons led her class through the rhythmic movements of yoga at the Paseo Verde Library Dec. 29.
Students sing in memory of slain choir teacher
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009
After word of their teacher’s death made its way to his students, members of Basic High School’s choir knew they had to continue with their prescheduled concerts.

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