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WCSD arts grant funding renewed
RENO — The recent renewal of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Department of Innovation will keep more Washoe County students engaged in learning through the arts in the 2010-2011 school year. The Washoe County School District (WCSD) received a three-year Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant award totaling $967,132 in fall 2009 with an increase of $89,000 this year. The professional development offerings...
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Local student to appear on ‘Today’ show
A fifth grader from Hunsberger Elementary School in Reno will appear on the “Today” show as one of several students chosen nationwide to be a guest book critic. Murphy Bourdreaux will have an opportunity to review the book “A Whole Nother Story” by Dr. Cuthbert Soup, offer his critique and ask the author questions. The “Today” show’s Al Roker hosts a segment called “Al’s Book Club for Kids” and invites children between 9 and 12 years of age. B...
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ASCENT program at Hug seeks volunteers
RENO — Hug High School and the University of Nevada, Reno’s All Students College Educated in Nevada Today (ASCENT) are seeking volunteers to mentor students who would be the first in their family to attend college. “We currently have more kids requesting mentor support than we have mentors,” ASCENT coordinator Monika Mala said. “This program can make a life-changing difference for our students at Hug. We just need more adults who are willing t...
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Superintendent to Deliver State of Education Address RENO — Washoe County School District Superintendent Heath Morrison will deliver the annual State of Education Address at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the McQueen High School Theater, 6055 Lancer St. Morrison will provide an update on the progress of the Washoe County School District’s strategic plan, “Envision WCSD 2015 – Investing In Our Future.” He will also share some of the achievements of school...
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School volunteer receives Goodwill Award today
RENO — For years, Lifestyle Homes founder Bob Lissner built homes for Truckee Meadows residents. Today, he will be recognized for his service in building students’ skills in his line of work and technology. Lissner is receiving the Goodwill Award at the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society’s 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dinner Celebration. Lissner has 25 years of experience as a self-employed computer software develope...
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Applicants sought for college tourism scholarship
CARSON CITY — Applicants are being sought among Nevada high school seniors for the annual $1,000 June Stannard Memorial Scholarship to pursue a college degree that will lead to a career in the tourism industry. The scholarship was created in 2008 to honor the memory of Stannard, a longtime operations manager for the Winnemucca Convention Center and avid supporter of Nevada’s tourism industry Deadline for submitting applications is March 11. Fo...
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Head football coach named at Hug High
RENO — A new coach will be standing on the sidelines at Hug High School next fall. Derek D. Bennett will immediately assume the role of head football coach and begin working in eager anticipation of the Hawks’ 2011-12 football season. Bennett lives in Sparks, with his wife, Jasmine, and two sons, 10th grader Jawon and fourth grader Kaiden. Bennett is a longtime business owner in Sparks and joined the staff at Hug High School earlier this year ...
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Public Schools Week to rally for education
RENO — A group of nonpartisan and volunteer parents, educators, administrators and concerned citizens has organized Parent Leaders for Education with a goal of advocating for the support of education as a top priority in the upcoming session of the Nevada Legislature. Their first order of business was to establish Jan. 10-14 as Public Schools Week and to receive proclamations for the week from the cities of Reno and Sparks. Representatives fro...
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Students compete in first bridge tourney of the year
RENO — Reno Youth Bridge held its first Regional Tournament on Thursday for the 2010-2011 school year at the Grand Sierra Resort. Bridge team members from Washoe County School District’s middle schools were invited to compete for the 2010 Regional RYB Bridge Championship Trophy at the venue of the American Contract Bridge League’s Holiday Regional Tournament now in progress at the Grand Sierra Resort. Thirty students and teachers braved the co...
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Hollinger retires after 12 years as trustee
RENO — Outgoing Washoe County School District Trustee Nancy Hollinger once taught young children at Florence Drake Elementary School, then Lena Juniper Middle School. Today, she says those children also taught her a thing or two about life. “They taught me how to be more tolerant,” Hollinger said. “They taught me it’s important to have a sense of humor — it’s hard to teach without it. They taught me they have good minds and they’ll use them if...
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Credit union scholarship rated among Nevada's best
CARSON CITY — Greater Nevada Credit Union’s scholarship program was recently named one of the Five Best Scholarships for Nevada Residents by NewsMax, a national news media organization. Since its scholarship program began in 2001, Greater Nevada has awarded $129,000 to 129 students. Applications are provided to public high schools throughout northern Nevada every spring, and students planning to attend college or a trade school after graduatio...
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Sparks Rotary donates 1,700 calculators
SPARKS – The Rotary Club of Sparks Centennial Sunrise last week donated more than 1,700 calculators to the fourth grade students of the city of Sparks.  The presentation of the calculators was made to the majority of the 22 elementary schools in Sparks on Thursday. The Sparks Rotary Club last week took a dozen children from Kate Smith Elementary School shopping at Walmart for Christmas. The club is well known for its annual Kids Free Fishing D...
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Bishop Manogue to hold live Nativity scene RENO — Bishop Manogue Catholic High School students will take to the stables for the school’s traditional live Christmas nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Nativity reenactments will last 10 minutes with 15 minutes breaks in between. In between performances leadership students of Bishop Manogue will be offering gift-wrapping, the choir will be singing and there will be refreshments for all...
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GREENevada wins Pepsi grant money
RENO — The GREENevada Schools NOW! High School Sustainability Competition idea has been voted by the public to receive a Pepsi Refresh Grant of $50,000. The GREENevada Coalition will now use the grant to sponsor a Washoe County high schools sustainability plan competition. “The challenge to all Washoe County high schools will be to make a positive impact on the environment by making a positive change in their school,” said Fayth Ross, Desert R...
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Gutierrez named Civic Leader of the Year
RENO — The Washoe County School District board of trustees President Estela Gutierrez was recognized by the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce this week as the recipient of the 2011 Raymond I. Smith Civic Leader of the Year Award. She was honored at the chamber’s annual chairman’s office party on Thursday at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino. “Estela Gutierrez is this year’s recipient of the Civic Leader of the Year Award because she shares the...
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Week of Nov. 29
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Principal calls on dads to be more involved
RENO — When Hidden Valley Elementary School parent Matt Gordon adopted 7-year-old MaiSee a few years ago, she couldn’t read, write or recognize shapes and colors. With Gordon’s encouragement, she caught up. Today, at 10 years old, she has surpassed grade-level expectations for her age. Gordon, a stay-at-home father who has two adopted children and several foster kids, said he’s seen both sides of the spectrum when it comes to fathers who are o...
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Capstone Award benefits hungry families and children
RENO — On Thursday, Dermody Properties presented its annual Capstone Award to the Washoe County School District and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which will provide food to 75,000 people and help provide breakfast to 4,000 more low-income children each school day. The school district received a $25,000 award to expand its universal equipment to feed breakfast to nearly 4,000 additional children per day by expanding the program in Hug High ...
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Cougars ROTC marches in Vets Day parade
RENO — On Nov. 11, about 135 Spanish Springs High School Junior ROTC Cougar Battalion cadets marched in the Veterans Day Parade in Reno, according to Cadet First Lt. Nick Wilson. This Veterans Day, the Cougar Battalion formed a World War II Color Guard in memory of the soldiers who fought in that war, Wilson said. The Cougar cadets also provided an Honor Guard, made up of drill team members, to march with the Reno American Legion Post No. 1. A...
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Honors given to asst. principals
RENO — Two Washoe County School District assistant principals who have earned statewide and local awards were recognized Tuesday at a meeting of the board of trustees. Hug High School Assistant Principal Mary Frey was chosen as the Nevada 2011 High School Assistant Principal of the Year and Nevada Assistant Principal of the Year. Traner Middle School Assistant Principal Raegan Virgil was named the WCSD 2011 Middle School Assistant Principal of...
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