Bishop Manogue doubles food drive donations
RENO — Students at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School collected more than 6,600 food items and more than $1,800 in cash to purchase groceries, during their annual school-wide Thanksgiving food drive —more than double what was collected during last year’s drive.
“They came up with some very creative ways to solicit donations from the community,” said teacher and organizer Anna Campbell. “We’re proud of them.”
The school partners with Sister Ca...
Disabled students, teachers meet for summit
RENO — Teams of high school students with disabilities, teachers and counselors representing school districts from across the state gathered for the fifth annual Nevada Student Leadership Transition Summit on Nov. 9 and 10 to increase graduation rates and improve postsecondary outcomes through a greater focus on college and postsecondary preparation.
The student leaders and their adult allies participated in community building activities, hea...
State seeks outstanding math, science teachers
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Education is seeking outstanding teachers to be nominated for the 2012 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching (PAEMST).
The PAEMST program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Since 1983, more than 3,000 teachers have been selected as Presidential Awardees, representing an outstanding group of math and science teac...
Incline JROTC leader honored
RENO — The U.S. Army Cadet Command has recognized Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Del Lepley, a Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructor from Incline High School, with an award that honors the nation’s top instructors.
Del Lepley is the recipient of the Gold Instructor Award, an annual award that recognizes excellence in leadership among JROTC instructors.
Only the top 10 percent of all instructors nationwide are awarded this rec...
Apply now for leadership program
RENO — The Chamber, Washoe County School District and the Education Alliance of Washoe County are accepting applications from Washoe County School District high school juniors for the 18th annual Youth Leadership Program.
These three organizations have graduated nearly 650 students through this award-winning program. This prestigious program is modeled after the successful Adult Leadership Program of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce. The Yo...
Programs this week beat down bullying
RENO — As a part of National Bullying Prevention Month, several WCSD schools will continue to address bullying issues head on this week with creative initiatives and programs.
Verdi Elementary School will focus on anti-bullying this week with numerous activities that promote positive behaviors. During the week-long “Bucket Brigade,” for example, students will write down on a slip of paper when they see someone making good choices or practicing...
Bishop Manogue Catholic to hold Green and Gold tailgate party
RENO — The Bishop Manogue Catholic High School Parents Association is holding its annual Green and Gold fundraiser on Saturday.
This year, it’s a tailgate-style party with local eateries providing an array of delicious food and local microbreweries serving up their handiwork. All the proceeds go directly back to the school to support academics, athletics and the faculty, administration and staff.
Other attractions include classic cars, a sile...
Jessie Beck celebrates fall tradition with scarecrows
RENO — The 30th annual Sensational Scarecrow Contest at Jessie Beck Elementary will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday.
For 30 years the Jessie Beck Parent Faculty Association has hosted the Sensational Scarecrow Contest. This neighborhood tradition includes carnival activities, elaborate scarecrows created by students from across the Truckee Meadows and a multitude of fun activities for families.
For more information and a history of the Sens...
Children learn pedestrian safety during Walk to School Day e...
RENO — Fourteen Washoe County elementary schools along with Safe Kids Washoe County and Safe Routes to School will participate in International Walk To School Day on Wednesday to promote safe behavior for children walking to and from school. Participating elementary schools include Esther Bennett, Caughlin Ranch, Glenn Duncan, Jesse Hall, Stead, Marvin Moss, Kate Smith, Bernice Mathews, Greenbrae, Katherine Dunn, Hidden Valley, Mount Rose, Gra...
Regional Raley’s Reach winners announced
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Van Gorder Elementary School in Sparks has been awarded $5,000 through the Raley’s Reach program.
The program attracted 136 nominations and a total of 66,627 online votes as schools throughout Northern California and Nevada competed for five $5,000 grants to put toward their back-to-school needs.
Locally owned Raley’s stores partnered with Unilever to provide a total of $25,000 in grants to schools in five specified r...
18 area students named National Merit semifinalists
RENO — Eighteen students from seven Washoe County School District (WCSD) high schools are being recognized as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The program named about 16,000 semifinalists for the 2012 awards. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.
To be con...
NSBA: Local school boards encouraged by relief plan
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued a statement stating it is encouraged by the Obama administration’s announcement this week to waive “problematic and burdensome” regulatory requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
“The proposed NCLB regulatory relief plan is a positive step as it could provide much-needed assistance to local school district efforts to improve student achievement,” said Anne L. B...
Local leaders honored for achievements in business, leadership
RENO — Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada (JANN) will celebrate its 26th annual Business Leaders Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 29 in the Peppermill Resort Casino’s Tuscany Ballroom.
JANN will honor incoming laureates Joseph Mayer, president of Mayer and Associates Realty, and Walter M. Higgins III, former chairman of the board for Sierra Pacific Resources (now NV Energy). The gala will provide funding for in-class programs offered to all northe...
Schools in brief
WCSD named finalist for a national award
RENO — Washoe County School District is one of three finalists in the nation for the 2011 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence, an award that recognizes one school district a year that demonstrates exemplary school board governance and improved student achievement.
In the announcement of the finalists for the CUBE Annual Award, the National Schoo...
Nevada gets $14 million literacy grant from feds
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal education department is awarding the state of Nevada more than $14 million in literacy grants to improve the way instructors teach reading.
The department this week announced Nevada was one of six states that will be dividing the $180 million in grant money.
Those six states will hold competitions of their own to award 95 percent of the funds as smaller grants to local school districts and early childhood education...