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Back to School and Transportation

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) includes transportation within its definition of “related services.” This means that students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) have the right to receive specialized transportation services if it is needed. The handout Transportation for Students with Disabilities could be helpful to parents as students start back to school. To learn more about transportation click on Nevada Department of Education School Transportation webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions from US Department of EducationContact your child's school or visit one of these district sites if you have specific questions or concerns about transportation.

What's New in School?
Back to School Fairs and School Preparation Time!

Preparing for a new school year can be a big task for parents.
Check out the following websites for your district to get
questions answered and learn how to help your child have a
great start to the new year!
              
Stop by the Nevada PEP table at the following Clark County School District/
Cox Communications Back to School Fairs

BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRS
Galleria at Sunset
August 6, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meadows Mall
  August13, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boulevard Mall
  August 20, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Downtown Summerlin
August 27, 2016
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
 
Click below to view Nevada School Districts information:
Clark County School District - Back to School Guide
Washoe County School District - Registration Information
Nye County School District - School Start Dates
Elko County School District - Registration Information
Douglas County School District - Registration Information
Carson City School District - School Start Dates and Calendars
White Pine County School District - School Registration Information
Humbolt County School District - Registration Information
Lyon County School District - Registration Information
Storey County School District - Registration Information
Lincoln County School District - Registration Information
Lander County School District - Registration Information
Esmeralda County School District - School Start Dates and Calendars
Pershing County School District - School Start Dates and Calendars
Mineral County School District - School Start Dates and Calendars
Churchhill County School District - Registration Information
Eureka County School District - Registration Information
Nevada Charter School Information - Charter School List

Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices RECEIVES GRANT FROM Aging and Disability Services Division  FOR $1.6 Million
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cindy Roller, Executive Director, Nevada Hands & Voices
 
Kevin Carter, Executive Director, Deaf Centers of Nevada
702- 363-3323  
kevin@dcnv.org

Nevada June 1, 2016  – Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices are pleased to announce they have received a $1.6 million grant from the Nevada State Aging and Disability Services Division. These funds will support the creation of two centers in Nevada that will provide support statewide for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired. 

The collaborative efforts of Deaf Centers of Nevada and Nevada Hands & Voices will provide services across the age range from birth into elderly years.  Nevada Hands & Voices supports families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.  The organization is a collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.  This diverse group includes families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods.  Nevada Hands & Voices strives to help our deaf and hard of hearing children birth to twenty-one statewide reach their highest potential.   Deaf Centers of Nevada addresses the health, social, recreational, and logistical needs of the deaf or hard of hearing population statewide.  Deaf Centers of Nevada strives to help deaf and hard of hearing individuals improve and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle and to maximize their quality of life through equal access to communication, health, and human services, as well as social activities.

“This funding will expand the amount of supports and services deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the lifespan receive in our state and we couldn’t be more excited to receive these funds to support and help more people than ever before!”- Cindy Roller, Executive Director Nevada Hands & Voices.

“What a wonderful day for the members of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in the state of Nevada.  I could not be more proud of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community who came together with one voice to communicate their need for services and advocacy which will help them live happy, healthy and independent lives.  I am honored and humbled that the Deaf Centers of Nevada will have the opportunity to be able to provide advocacy, services and a social setting for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, and to open a Deaf Community Center that they can call their own!” – Kevin Carter, Executive Director Deaf Centers of Nevada.

The Aging and Disability Services Division awards an annual grant through a competitive application and review process to provide Communication Services to be funded with “the telecommunication device for the deaf” surcharge through the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2017.  The RFP is published and administered by the Disability Services Unit of Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD).

The purpose of the funds are to provide access to services (previously called advocacy services), equipment and assistive technology, training related to equipment,  and information and referral regarding resources in the community, for persons who are culturally Deaf, late-deafened, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and persons with speech disabilities. In addition, with the passage of AB200, emphasis was placed on increasing access to education, employment and health and social services for consumers of the program. These services empower individuals to gain or maintain a level of independence, while influencing individuals to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.   The program also provides information to state and local entities about communication disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Nov. 18, 2015
Contact Dave Sheehan, (702) 799-5304       
                                                                                                             
Business and Community Leaders to "Walk a Mile" in School Principals' Shoes
Job shadowing featured on third day of American Education Week


WHAT:
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Business/Community Leader & Principal for a Day Job Shadowing Event
Business executives and community leaders from across the valley will walk a mile in a principal’s shoes, getting to see the inner workings of a school firsthand. More than 90 business leaders will engage in job shadowing at 100 CCSD schools.

  • 10 a.m. - Job shadowing at Cheyenne High School, 3200 W. Alexander Road, North Las Vegas 89032
  • 11:30 a.m. - Luncheon at Texas Station Hotel and Casino, 2101 Texas Star Lane, North Las Vegas 89032
The job shadowing opportunities will be followed by a luncheon with Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky as the keynote speaker. CCSD Trustee Deanna L. Wright will also be in attendance.

The Clark County School District (CCSD) is celebrating American Education Week (AEW) through events aimed at praising students and staff for their achievements and hard work. AEW is a nationally celebrated movement to honor public education and those who make a difference every day in the lives of young people.

The CCSD community is encouraged to share their AEW activities on social media by using both of the hashtags #CCSD and #AEW2015.


WHO:
CCSD trustees, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, CCSD employees and students


Final AEW event:


Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.
Support Staff Appreciation Day
Southeast Career & Technical Academy
5710 Mountain Vista St., Las Vegas 89120
The Board of School Trustees selected outstanding support staff to be honored with a day of pampering and dining. The eight honorees will be recognized for their hard work and will be treated to a salon service and lunch provided by SECTA students. Among those in attendance will be Trustee Kevin L. Child and Trustee Patrice Tew. Note: This will be a surprise to the selected employees.

 
CCSD Police Department to host Pill Take Back Day event
Outreach program provides valuable service for the community

LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) Police Department, in conjunction with the Care Coalition, will sponsor a “Pill Take Back Day” event on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7-11:30 a.m. This community event will take place at Bob Miller Middle School, located at 2400 Cozy Hill Circle in Henderson.

The purpose of the event is to collect expired or unused prescriptions so they can be disposed of in a safe manner, which will also help to keep them out of the hands of children.

“Throughout the nation and locally, we are seeing more children who are abusing prescription drugs, most of which are coming directly from their parents’ medicine cabinets,” said CCSD School Police Officer Robert Mayer. “We are holding this event not only to provide a safe method of disposal, but also to reduce the chances of these medicines falling into the hands of children. The event will also serve as a reminder for parents to secure their medications. We will discuss with them the signs to look for if they believe their children are using drugs.”

CCSD police officers have collected more than 2,300 pounds of medications during the 2014-15 school year, and they are hoping to have a higher level of participation this year. The location for the event changes each time in an effort to serve all areas of the community.

For more information about this event, contact Officer Mayer at 702-366-5244 or 702-799-7830. For more information about the Clark County School District, visit ccsd.net.
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STRONG START NEVADA ADVOCACY TRAIN THE TRAINER

About the Training
The Strong Start Nevada Advocacy Training teaches people how to engage with community members to increase knowledge and support of issues relating to the well-being of Nevada’s children, including support for Early Childhood Education (ECE). Participants will learn about the Strong Start Nevada campaign, the importance of advocacy, how to use advocacy in their everyday lives, and train others to be active participants in their communities.

PLEASE JOIN US!
Learn how you can teach others how to advocate for the children of Nevada.
August 11, 2015
9am-4pm
Las Vegas, NV
If you are interested in the train the trainer session please complete our training application by July 15.
Applications can be completed online at the following url:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSNVtraining2015
Travel Scholarships are available.
Please contact Mirzah Trejo at mirzah.trejo@unlv.edu or 702-895-1040 if you have any questions.
If you are interested in this training but you are unavailable on this date, please email us and we will put you on a list to contact for the next training date.

For Immediate Release
Contact Melinda Malone, (702) 799-5304

District recognized for increasing access and performance for traditionally underserved minority students

LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) has been named a College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year for being the national leader among large school districts — defined as 50,000 or more students — in expanding access to Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses while simultaneously improving AP Exam performance. CCSD students, teachers, district and school administrators and College Board leadership celebrated these achievements with an award ceremony at Ed W. Clark High School. 

"I'm extremely proud of this important distinction," said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. "This award reinforces that our district is headed in the right direction and aligns with our Pledge of Achievement goals to close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates and have students college and career ready by increasing the number of students taking AP courses. Our students and staff are setting goals and reaching them, which positively impacts our entire community and our economy."

CCSD was one of a record 547 school districts across the U.S. and Canada that achieved placement on the fifth-annual AP District Honor Roll. From this list, three AP Districts of the Year — one for each category of district population size: small, medium, and large — were selected based on an analysis of three academic years of AP data.

“The devoted teachers and administrators in CCSD are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity," said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “When coupled with their hard work, the AP Program helps students build confidence, learn to craft effective arguments, earn credit for college and graduate from college on time. The College Board applauds the district’s leadership to ensure that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”

From 2012 to 2014, CCSD:

  • Simultaneously and continuously increased the number of students taking AP classes while improving successful outcomes (a score of 3 or higher) on AP Exams, with 55 percent of all AP students scoring a 3 or higher in 2014;
  • Increased student participation in AP by 9 percent annually and the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 3 percent annually;
  • Increased the percentage of traditionally underserved minority AP students earning a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 9 percent annually — an increase of 424 students since 2012. (Thirty percent or more of the enrollment of the Clark County School District is American Indian, African American, or Hispanic/Latino. In addition, 30 percent or more of the district’s enrollment qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch.)
        
Increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program, indicating that the district is successfully preparing a larger array of its students for the rigor of AP and college studies. Participating in AP course work can also lead to college savings for families because the typical student who scores a 3 or higher on two AP Exams can receive college credit and has the potential to save, on average, $1,779 at a public four-year college and over $6,000 at a private institution.
        
In addition to celebratory events at the district level, all three winning districts will be honored in Austin, Texas during the 2015 AP Annual Conference in July.

In 2014, more than 3,900 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the U.S. offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores. To learn more about AP, please visit exploreap.org.


**Behavioral instructors needed for children with autism!**

What: FEAT and the Lovaas Center are providing a one day training seminar on the most commonly used therapy for children on the spectrum, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). This training is for those who are interested in becoming a Behavioral Instructor or a parent wanting more information on ABA.

Where: East Las Vegas Community Senior Center, 250 North Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

When: Saturday, January 17th from 11-4pm
Interesting in attending?

Please RSVP with The Lovaas Center at 702-877-2520 or
by email at intakes@thelovaascenter.org.
We hope to see you there!