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Changes in zoning could jeopardize school's federal funding
If too many higher-income students are moved to Robert Taylor Elementary, it could lose Title I status
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009
If Robert Taylor Elementary School is rezoned next year, it could lose its Title I status, which brings extra money to help poor and minority children.
Basic High students return to classes, subdued, after teacher's slaying
Choir to perform during Tuesday concert and Wednesday memorial service
Monday, Jan. 5, 2009
Basic High School choir students are remembering teacher Matthew Cox through performances they perfected during his classes. Monday, the first day back to school after Cox's death, was tough for many of the students, Assistant Principal Roxanne Kelley said. "It's kind of quiet today on campus," she said.
Boulder City brings in 2009 with First Night event
Event helps residents take a look back at 2008 and also look forward to new year
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009
Friends and family members gathered for an opportunity to purge their woes and express their hopes for the new year as part of Boulder City's fifth annual First Night.
Hundreds celebrate new year in Henderson
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009
As the explosion of each firework echoed through Montelago Village at Lake Las Vegas, hundreds of revelers whooped and hollered, welcoming the new year just as the minute hand ticked over to midnight.
Summerlin-area students chosen for county honor band
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
Band students attending many Summerlin-area high schools recently found out they have something to celebrate: Several were specially chosen to perform with the Clark County School District honor band Jan. 24.
County students chosen for honor band
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
About 75 Henderson students were chosen to perform with the Clark County School District honor band Jan. 24.
New school board trustee studying up
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
The new Clark County School District board representative for Henderson and Boulder City never pictured a life in politics. She did, however, plan to be involved in her children's school lives.
Funeral planned for slain Basic High teacher
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
Funeral services for the Basic High School teacher found dead in his home last week will be held in his home state of Michigan.
Out of the blue, local principal gets national award, big check
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008
C.T. Sewell Elementary School Principal Carrie Larson had never seen a check this size — a 25 with three zeros behind it.
$25,000 education award stuns Henderson principal
Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
A Henderson principal today got the surprise of her lifetime.
For kids, day off means time in the snow
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
In one small community near Pecos Road and Windmill Parkway, at least seven snowmen were found at homes within half a mile of each other.
Coronado band wraps presents to raise funds
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
Some students can think of nothing more than the upcoming winter break as it draws near, but for several dedicated band students, the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to make some much-needed money.
Hinman Elementary collects 450 toys for children
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
At Edna F. Hinman Elementary School, students have learned what 450 stuffed animals can look like. A line of them trails down one hall on both sides of the wall and curves around the corner before reaching an end.
Teen driver denies manslaughter, reckless driving charges
16-year-old David Jensen charged in death of Coronado High sophomore
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
A month after Coronado High School sophomore Olivia Brandise Hyten, 15, was killed in a car crash, the teenager driving the vehicle denied charges filed against him in Juvenile Court.
School District might increase class sizes to deal with decreased budget
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
The Clark County School District is considering temporarily increasing the class sizes in kindergarten, first and second grade as a way to balance the budget for the next biennium.
Thorpe students take to stage to celebrate the season
Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
With a smile plastered on his face and his mouth open as wide as it would go, William Kuykendall, 6, proudly sang out several season-appropriate tunes Dec. 4 for Jim Thorpe Elementary School's holiday program.
1,000 students could be moved to balance attendance
Friday, Dec. 12, 2008
With a Clark County School District panel on a mission to fill seats at Liberty High School, four other area high schools are involved in proposals that could rezone up to 1,000 students.
School board to weigh budget options today
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
After compiling the results of parent, principal and staff surveys, Clark County Schools Superintendent Walt Rulffes plans to bring the first round of recommended cuts to the School Board today.
Scow retires from School Board post
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
Mary Beth Scow says her past 12 years on the Clark County School Board have been a joy, but she has something even better in her future: Children and lots of grandchildren.
Green Valley High band to play at inauguration
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
Henderson shoppers may get a lot more than they bargained for when they go shopping during the holidays.
District considers school boundary realignments
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
More than 15 elementary schools serving Summerlin-area children are up for possible rezoning for next school year.
16-year-old driver charged in crash that killed Henderson teen
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
Nearly three weeks after Coronado High School sophomore Olivia Brandise Hyten was killed, the teenager driving the truck she rode in was charged in Family Court.
High school students discuss controversial issues during forum
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
With cuts of $120 million per year for the next biennium looming over the Clark County School District, several high school students took an opportunity to provide their two cents Nov. 25 at the annual Sun Youth Forum.
Henderson students discuss controversial issues during event
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
Students from Henderson took advantage of the annual Sun Youth Forum to weigh in on the potential budget cuts in the Clark County School District, which could amount to $120 million per year cut from the budget for 2009-2011.
High school students discuss controversial issues during event
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008
The Sun Youth Forum Nov. 25 changed the way Hillary Williams thinks about school. She went from an attitude of "school is school" to realizing the importance of athletic achievement versus academic achievement, she said.
School boundaries to be shuffled to ease crowding
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008
A Clark County School District panel agreed Tuesday to move forward with two proposals that would move up to 450 students from Palo Verde High School to Bonanza High School beginning next school year.
Library displays holiday garb, holds charity fundraiser
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008
From the likes of the Giving Tree to All That Jazz, five themed trees and 40 wreaths are decking the halls of the Paseo Verde Library, each handmade by members of Friends of Henderson Libraries.
Basic health center reaches out to students
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008
In only its fourth year of service, the Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School Based Health Center at Basic High School has begun reaching out to more of the community, welcoming students from every Henderson school.
Henderson Chamber honors teachers
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008
Nearly 40 Henderson teachers gathered with their administrators on Thursday to receive words and certificates of thanks for their work in the classroom.
Judge's son released to parental custody
Michael Mosley must wear monitoring device after fatal crash earlier this month
Monday, Nov. 24, 2008
Michael Mosley, the 16-year-old son of District Judge Donald Mosley, was released to the joint custody of his estranged parents today after a hearing before Family Court Judge William Voy.
School rezoning options split Henderson community
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008
Parents of high school students living in Seven Hills breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after a zoning committee decided not to split the community and send half of the students to Liberty High School.
Students win contest as they envision being mayor
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Fifth graders around Henderson have decided, if they had a chance to be mayor, they would make the environment and economy their priorities.
Lake Mead Christian Academy students dress up to teach, learn history
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Three- and four-foot tall versions of Robert E. Lee, Betsy Ross and Annie Oakley roamed the halls of Lake Mead Christian Academy Friday along with several other famous Americans, dead and alive.
Thurman White students collect food for children in need
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
Students at Thurman White Middle School have found ways to help their peers at White and other Henderson schools.
Hundreds attend funeral for teen killed in crash
Olivia Hyten remembered at memorial service for her laughter, smiles
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
Dressed in a peach-colored party dress, Ajah Brandise Hyten stood in front of a few hundred people inside the chapel at Palm Mortuary in Green Valley today. Classical music flowed from her violin, as friends and family members embraced each other or ran their fingers along pocket-size photos of Ajah's 15-year-old sister, Olivia Brandise Hyten.
School officials get earful on budget cuts
Parents, students air frustrations at town hall meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008
Every morning at 5:20 a.m., Henderson resident BreAnna Morales, 17, boards a school bus to head to Canyon Springs High School, where she is a junior in the Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy. She rides for an hour and half before arriving at 6:50 a.m. — 10 minutes before classes begin.
Friends remember smile of teen killed in accident
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008
Anyone who met Olivia Irelin Brandise Hyten could agree on one thing: Her smile was her most memorable trait.
Return to school difficult for students after teen's death
Monday, Nov. 17, 2008
The words "Lynn — Forever Loved and Never Forgotten" line a wall at the Anthem Hills Park skate park where 15-year-old Olivia "Lynn" Hyten spent much of her spare time.
School District asks parents for input on potential cuts
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008
So far, Clark County public schools have cut $133 million, Anticipating that more cuts are in their future, School District officials are asking parents what should be trimmed first.
Mack Elementary students learning to make a 'real' newspaper
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Students in Nate Mack Elementary School's Gifted and Talented Education classes are learning how to sniff out news stories and enlighten their fellow students in an effort to start a true-to-life school newspaper.
Parents find alternatives for childcare on schools' days off
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Nevada Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Family Day — what's a parent to do with all of the days off from school?
Marching band season nears close at Sam Boyd festival
Though not a competition, event offers bands a late critique
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
About 200 parents huddled against the chill at Sam Boyd Stadium Thursday night for the 35th annual Clark County School District Halftime Show Review. Twenty-eight high school bands braved the cold for one of the last performances of the season.
School zoning meeting breeds strong opinions
Henderson-area residents discuss where to draw lines
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Parents and residents eager to get a look at the possibilities of rezoning several Henderson-area high schools voiced their opinions Thursday at a meeting of the Attendance Zone Advisory Commission.
Gibson Elementary staff members get behind the counter to raise funds
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
James Gibson Elementary School teachers traded in their grading books for aprons for an evening to raise money for the school.
Students get lesson in culture
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Foothills Montessori School student Lauren Wolfgram, 13, is beginning her ninth year at the school, and in that time she's had the opportunity to explore the world's varied cultures at least once each year.
Robert Taylor's gotcha
School allows students to buy items with tickets won for good behavior
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
City planners and private developers, who normally are penciling out infrastructures and bottom lines, turned their attention to environmental concerns Oct. 29.
New Rec Center to open in one year
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
As shovels hit the ground Oct. 30, many Sun City Anthem residents breathed a sigh of relief as construction officially began on the community's third recreation center, for which planning began nearly seven years ago.
Reading club takes hold at Del Webb school
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Garrett Hofmann, 12, likes to read, but he finds that he doesn't get to talk about the books he's reading much with his classmates.
Science specialist makes herself at home at Sewell
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008
Now that high school students and fifth graders are required to take science as part of their proficiency exams, C.T. Sewell Elementary School's principal has decided to give her students an edge by hiring a science specialist.
Celebrity Pro-Am a real "Partee"
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008
What better place for children to learn how to be responsible, business-minded adults than the golf course, said Brian Hurlburt, a board member for the First Tee of Southern Nevada and tournament chairman of the Danny Gans' Partee Fore Kids celebrity Pro-Am.

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