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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...
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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 School B...
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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...
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Clark, Washoe school police to receive violence safety grant
WASHINGTON — Rep. Shelley Berkley announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice has awarded the Clark County School District Police Department and the Washoe County School District Police nearly $550,000 in funding for the Secure Our Schools (SOS) program as part of the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. “Preventing school violence and keeping students and teachers safe in our classrooms are top priorities and th...
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Jr. Achievement appoints three new board members
RENO — Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada (JANN) has appointed Jesse Bassett, Melissa Haffner and Jim Magrogan to serve as leaders on its board of directors panel. The new board members will join the 13-person leadership board lead by executive director Bill Heitman. JANN will continue to focus on its mission of providing students with workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education. “By expanding the leadership posit...
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Carrington College to give glimpse of job opportunities
RENO — Carrington College will hold an open house on Thursday for prospective and current students, their family and friends, and the local business community to explore careers in health care fields. Prospective students will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field as well as current students and attend a program demonstration by the program director. Campus tours will highlight the hands-on classrooms and labs that a...
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Superintendent hosts Bag Lunch RENO — Questions, answers and dialogue will be the order of the day as Superintendent Heath Morrison hosts one of his monthly “Brown Bag Lunch” discussions on Wednesday. Wednesday’s event will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the Washoe County School District Brown Center at 14101 Old Virginia Road in Reno (nearest cross street Damonte Ranch Parkway). Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Interpreta...
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Winner of Governor’s Cup blossoms
RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College graduate Katie Knapp, armed with a business plan developed during college courses and a $5,000 award from the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competition, has opened a boutique flower shop in downtown Reno. Bumblebee Blooms Flower Boutique offers custom floral design work, gourmet gift baskets, decadent chocolates and bath and body products in the Sierra Vista building on...
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Nevada Virtual Academy hosts back-to-school event Tuesday
RENO — Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) will host informational sessions about enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year on Tuesday at the Grand Sierra Resort. School Administrators, teachers and staff will be on hand to provide an overview of the program and answer questions. The enrollment window is still open for families interested in NVVA. The event will include free carnival-like activities, from interactive games to bouncing stations. Teach...
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Back-to-school sales to collect items for needy children
RENO — As schools prepare to open their doors for another year of learning, most parents are shopping for back-to-school bargains using a school-issued supply list as their guide. But this year, Reno children are thinking beyond their own backpacks and buying supplies for classmates they have never met. Reno residents are stocking up on items for Operation Christmas Child, a massive year-round project of international Christian relief and evan...
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Nevada State Bank launches $20K giveaway
LAS VEGAS – Nevada State Bank is using social media to give away $20,000 to three Nevada public schools. The bank is launching its “Nevada State Bank $20K Giveaway: You Vote, Schools Win” campaign on Facebook beginning Aug. 21. People are encouraged to vote for their favorite Nevada public school. Three prizes will be awarded to the top three vote getters. The first prize is $10,000, second is $6,000 and third is $4,000. “Social media has beco...
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Stroll-N-Roll at The Summit encourages immunizations
RENO — For the majority of northern Nevada families, August means back to school and getting ready for the school year ahead. For Immunize Nevada, it means National Immunization Awareness Month and an opportunity to educate the community about the importance of immunizing to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. As a state that lags in preventive health care, especially immunizations for children, Immunize Nevada is bringing heal...
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New academic calendar for Bishop Manogue
RENO — Bishop Manogue Catholic High School will implement a new academic calendar this school year. A key feature of the new schedule is that the first semester will be completed on Dec. 22, prior to the Christmas holiday. This means teachers won’t have to “re-teach” for finals, and students will “start fresh” after a three-week break. “By maximizing academic instruction time prior to the break, students have been shown to retain more, and per...
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Anderson Elementary opens today after makeover
RENO — Today is “back to school” day at Anderson Elementary School, which has undergone a complete school revitalization using voter-approved funds from the 2002 rollover bond. Children will be entering brand new classrooms featuring interactive whiteboards, new flooring, cabinets, furniture, new energy-efficient windows with internal blinds, fresh paint and more. The entire school now benefits from enhanced safety/security features as well, i...
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WCSD ROTC leader wins national award
RENO – The leader of Washoe County School District’s Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program has received a national award. LTC Norbert Czech, the director of army instruction (DAI) for the Washoe County School District, was recently recognized as the DAI of the year by the U.S. Army Cadet Command. A DAI is authorized in any school district that has a minimum of five Army JROTC program and there are only 52 DAIs in the United St...
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Week of July 18
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Incoming 7th graders need TDAP vaccine
RENO — Students entering seventh grade this coming school year are required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before they can enroll. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend the vaccine. Nevada added the vaccine as a requirement for school attendance in 2008. The following health providers offer immunizations: • Most physicians hav...
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Grant-funded session gives students a summer boost
RENO — Hundreds of students in the Washoe County School District will return to school this summer thanks to a federal grant being used to offer summer after-school programs. The district received a grant for more than $200,000 to offer the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Session Programs at 12 elementary and four middle school sites. Denise Benson, director of the 21st CCLC/TEAM UP after-school program, said the grant wi...
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