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Starbase Academy Opens at Nellis Air Force Base

Starbase Academy Opens at Nellis Air Force Base

 

A partnership between the Clark County School District and Nellis Air Force Base was unveiled Wednesday. It is called Starbase Academy.

The program focuses on teaching kids science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is supported by a grant and is open to all Clark County schools. The program includes class work, hands-on projects and cooperation with base employees. Students get a chance to see how people in the Air Force use science, technology, engineering and math in the real world.

Superintendent Dwight Jones, 926 Group Commander Colonel John Breeden, and 99th Air Base Vice Wing Commander Carol Yannarella were all part of the ribbon cutting at the base. 

Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary

Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary

 

School officials notified parents at Lomie Heard Elementary School on Tuesday that several students were diagnosed with scabies.

Principal Kori Deal sent home a letter informing parents that some students are being treated for the tiny itch mites and asking that any parent suspecting their child might have contracted scabies take them for medical care before returning them to school. Deal also wrote that she requested the school be sprayed with pesticides to kill any remaining mites and rescheduled the school’s open house for September 20.

School district officials referred to the outbreak as “minor,” but one Heard parent wrote on the 8 News Now Facebook page that as many as 40 students are being seen for potential scabies symptoms. Susan Johnson also wrote she feels “the lack of common sense in handling this (situation) is ridiculous. School should be canceled and (it should be treated) instead of creating an epidemic that affects the … troops on base.”

State Unveils Matching College Grant Program for Military Families

State Unveils Matching College Grant Program for Military Families

 

A college grant program will now be open to all active military and active reservists in Nevada.

State Treasurer Kate Marshall and USAA announced plans Wednesday to expand a matching college grant program to help Nevada military parents plan their children's future.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

School District Kitchen Up and Cooking

School District Kitchen Up and Cooking

 

School starts again Monday for Clark County School District students and already the main CCSD kitchen is cooking.

The central kitchen in North Las Vegas prepares food for more than 300,000 students. The staff was preparing more than 100,000 meals for the start of the new school year. The kitchen uses 150 cooks and assembly line workers to put together and prepare the meals.

The kitchen is dedicated to producing healthy meals. The district has contracted with farms in California, which means the produce used in the meals are often fresher than what is in the grocery stores.

"Our meals include more fruits and vegetables than they ever had. We now have 51 percent of meals made with whole grain. We have a limit on fat, a limit of calories and a limit on sodium," Virginia Beck with CCSD Food Service said.

CSN and VA Partner to Educate Homeless Veterans

CSN and VA Partner to Educate Homeless Veterans

 

The College of Southern Nevada is looking for homeless veterans to be part of a program it is launching this fall semester.

CSN will be part of the Veterans Retraining Assistance program which provides education and training services for unemployed and homeless veterans. The program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Veterans who qualify can get up to 12 months of help paying for full-time postsecondary education equivalent to $1,473 a month. Local homeless shelters are working with CSN to recommend qualified veterans.

An orientation on the program is set for Friday at the CSN Veterans Education Center, 6375 W. Charleston Boulevard. Call 651-5060 for more information about the meeting.

To qualify, veterans must meet the following criteria:

Military Families Get Back-to-School Help

Military Families Get Back-to-School Help

 

It is almost time for back to school for most kids in southern Nevada, and kids with parents in the military are getting some extra help to go back to class.

Operation Homefront Nevada has spent the last month collecting school supplies for the annual Back-to-School Brigade program. This weekend those supplies will be disturbed to the children of service members. The event will be Saturday at the Floyd Edsell Training Center, 6400 Range Road.

Operation Homefront Nevada has teamed up with local businesses to collect pens, paper, scissors and other items needed for school. They also worked with Operation Homefront groups from around the country.

CSN Students Graduate Monday

CSN Students Graduate Monday

 

The College of Southern Nevada is conducting its 40th annual commencement ceremony Monday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

This year marks a record number of students who are eligible to get a degree or certificate. This year 2,321 students are eligible to graduate. That is nearly 750 more students than the 2005 to 2006 school year.

"Getting my associate degree means that I am starting to lay the foundation for my son and me to thrive on,” said CSN 2012 Student Commencement Speaker and Class of 2012 graduate Seria Larry.

Larry is a survivor of domestic violence, a student government representative, honors student and a single mother.

CSN offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs in more than 130 areas of study.