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31 May CCSD receives many honors during 2015-16

The 2015-16 school year comes to a close this week for most of the Clark County School District’s (CCSD) 357 schools. However, it closes with great gains and achievements that we can continue to boast about into next school year.

There are many programs, schools and individuals who were recognized for excellence this year, but some of the highest honors included:

For the first time ever, CCSD had three National Blue Ribbon Schools – Sue H. Morrow and Glen C. Taylor Elementary Schools and Sig Rogich Middle School. Only 335 schools in the entire nation received this designation.

For the 17th consecutive year, CCSD’s Music Education Program has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants.

Eileen B. Brookman Elementary School set a Guinness World Record in January for having the longest continuous chain of glow sticks. This effort was “linked” to a reading initiative and each of the 20,000 glow sticks represented a book that a student had read during the school year.

Only 100 schools were recognized as 2015 National Title I Distinguished Schools and CCSD had two of them I Patricia A. Bendorf Elementary School and Lawrence and Heidi Canarelli Middle School.

Sandra Thompson Elementary School was one of only 124 schools to receive the National Parent Teacher Association School of Excellence Award.

CCSD had 52 students selected as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists.

Northwest Career and Technical Academy student Mackenzie Wooten was named as a U.S. Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education. Only 160 students nationwide were chosen for this honor and Wooten was one of only 20 of the Presidential Scholars to be selected for Career and Technical Education.

Superintendent Skorkowsky was also among those receiving awards as he was selected as the National Superintendent of the Year by Jobs for America’s Graduates.

Douglas Trinkle from Variety School, Francis Rodgers from John R. Hummel Elementary School and Brenda McNair from Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School were named as the winners of the 2016 Special Education Teacher Awards from the National Association of Special Education Teachers.

A record 25 CCSD schools celebrated the achievement of earning merit awards from the Magnet Schools of America.

Dr. Anne Grisham of Sandy Searles Miller Academy of International Studies was chosen as Region VIII Principal of the Year by Magnet Schools of America.

The Teacher Education Academy at Ed W. Clark High School received the Magnet Schools of America President’s Award.

Spring Valley High School was chosen as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School in recognition of its successful implementation of the AVID system.

The Cimarron-Memorial High School Robotics Team placed third in the World Championship Robotics competition. With a third place finish this year, a second place finish in 2015 and a world championship in 2007, the school also received the Chairman’s Award and was placed in the Hall of Fame, which means they will automatically qualify for the world championship event every year.

Congratulations to all the schools and individuals for their recognition and for helping students achieve excellence during the 2015-16 school year!