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High School Senior Chosen for American Legion Boys Nation

High School Senior Chosen for American Legion Boys Nation

A young man from Henderson will be heading to Washington D.C. for a hands on lesson in government.

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Graham has been chosen for the American Legion Boys Nation. He is one of only 98 high school students from around the country to be chosen. Graham, and another representative from the state, will spend a week learning about government. They will visit historic sites, participate in forums and learn from lawmakers about the federal government.

Graham was chosen because of his leadership skills, academic record and his participation at the American Legion Boys State.

 

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.  

Students Honor Crossing Guards

Students Honor Crossing Guards

The students and staff at Robert Taylor Elementary School honored the men and women who help them get to school every day.

They held a special breakfast Thursday for the school’s crossing guards. The students decorated placemats and wrote essays thanking the guards for their work. Three of the six winners in the Look Out, Kids About “My Favorite Crossing Guard” essay contest, which included submissions from schools around southern Nevada, attend Taylor Elementary School.

The crossing guards appreciated the effort made by their students to honor them. They say they have one goal every day, keep kids safe.

"I try to tell the kids not to stand too close to the edge because you never know when a driver is going swerve. So, we keep them back a little bit.  I wish drivers would go the speed limit when all these children are around," crossing guard Cheryl Pascone said.

College of Southern Nevada Joins Reform Network

College of Southern Nevada Joins Reform Network

The College of Southern Nevada is now part of a national organization designed to help more students achieve their dream of a college education.

CSN is now part of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The network is made up of 200 institutions around the country that follow strategies to close achievement gaps and increase completion rates for students. Each campus will approach the effort differently, but they will all follow guidelines established by Achieving the Dream. In the end, the network hopes to help 270,000 students around the country finish college.

The college is one of 25 new members of the network. They include community colleges, technical institutes and one historically black college. 

Regis University to Shutter Henderson Campus in 2013

The Henderson campus of Regis University will shut down in August 2013, according to university officials.

Insufficient enrollment over several years is cited as the primary cause for the closure.

The Henderson campus, which has nine staff, one full-time faculty member and 35 affiliate faculty, will continue in operation until Aug. 31, 2013.  There were 169 students enrolled at the Henderson campus in 2011.

Students Jump Ahead with Math Software

Students Jump Ahead with Math Software

 

A Henderson elementary school has a unique way to teach math, and it is making a big difference in grades and test scores.

The students at C.T. Sewell Elementary School are using a program created by the MIND Research Institute. It is called S.T. Math. It uses motivational learning with visual reinforcements to teach kids the fundamentals of math.

The program is like a video game. It features JiJi the penguin. JiJi guides the kids through tough concepts and challenges them to move to the next level. The MIND Research Institute says math is beyond memorizing. The say the program works to make math concepts understandable for students of any level.