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Elementary Students Seek World Reading Record

Elementary Students Seek World Reading Record


Students at Staton and Whitney Elementary Schools are working to set a world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

This literacy event is to raise awareness about the importance of early education and reading. In partnership with Jumpstart’s 2011 Read for the Record and the Pearson  Foundation, pajama-wearing Ethel Staton Elementary School students will read Anna Dewdney’s book “Llama Llama Red Pajama” at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Staton Elementary School is located at 1700 Sageberry Dr., Las Vegas. Students will be sharing their love of reading with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Also on a record-setting path will be Whitney Elementary School students who will be participating in literacy fun with Governor Brian Sandoval at Whitney Elementary, 5005 Keenan Ave., Las Vegas, at 1:15 p.m.

Everyone can participate in the Read for the Record challenge by reading online. The community is invited to visit www.wegivebooks.org/campaigns/read-for-our-schools and register to read. "Llama Llama Red Pajama" is available to read on www.wegivebooks.org, as are many other children’s books.

Private Schools Restart with More Students

Private Schools Restart with More Students


Summer is officially over for kids who attend some of the valley's private schools.

Monday was their first day back and this year students will notice a jump in the number of classmates. .

The new principal at Bishop Gorman High School, Kevin Kiefer, says he’s getting ready for the student population to increase to 1,500 over the next four years.

“We are actually at a point where we have to install three portable buildings because this building no longer big enough to hold all of our students," said Kiefer.

Another large private school Faith Lutheran Junior and Senior High School are also seeing an increase in students. The economy has not hurt enrollment, in fact, the executive director of the school says families at his school are going out of their way to make sure their children can attend.

Charter School for the Deaf Closing

The Las Vegas Charter School for the Deaf is closing its doors for this school year.

A spokesperson for the school said donations were way down and they couldn't afford to open this year. The school says they're looking at restructuring to make the school more viable. They're hoping to reopen and stay open but no time line has been announced.

About nine students attended the school last year and it already had 15 applications for the current school year. Those students will now be enrolled in the Clark County School District. The school spokesperson says the down economy is the biggest reason they saw a drop in donations.

School Gets Million Dollars for Scholarships

A private school in Summerlin received a million dollar grant that will help grow its program for high school students.

The Adelson Educational Campus received the money thanks to the Adelson Family Foundation. The foundation gave the money to the campus to expand scholarships for high school aged students.

“Last year we were able to provide over 35 percent of our families’ substantial scholarship assistance. This grant will not only allow us to keep up with that serious demand, but it will also allow us to give the gift of education to many more deserving students,” said Head of School, Paul Schiffman.

The campus received the money because it is one of only three specially accredited private schools in southern Nevada. It also has a previous relationship with the foundation. Plus, the foundation felt the school already had resources in place to use the money effectively immediately.

Reid Greets Adelson Students at Capitol

Reid Greets Adelson Students at Capitol

Students from The Adelson Education Campus in Summerlin met Monday with Nevada Senator Harry Reid on the steps of the United States Capitol.

“I was pleased to welcome these impressive young Nevadans during their trip to our nation's capitol,” Reid said. "I've always believed that education must go beyond the classroom and visiting Washington is a terrific way to learn about the history of our country and our unique system of government.  We must work together to ensure that all Nevada's students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.”

Cimarron-Memorial High School Grabs Third in Robotics Competition

Cimarron-Memorial High School Grabs Third in Robotics Competition

Cimarron-Memorial High School's robotics team is celebrating, after it placed third in the FIRST World Robotics Championship.

The school competed against 17 other teams from countries around the world. The teams must build then program a robot to perform certain tasks. The team also placed first in its division against 87 other teams. 

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

If you're looking to see your favorite student walk the graduation stage, turn to Cox Cable channel 96 or head to its website.

Cox Communications, in partnership with the Clark County School District, Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center, will broadcast local high school graduation ceremonies from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 29. The Cox 96 broadcasts will also be available via streaming video at www.Cox96.net and follow the broadcast schedule.

The majority of graduation ceremonies originating from the Orleans Arena (OR) will be broadcast live while ceremonies originating from the Thomas & Mack Center (TMC) will be tape delayed. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13