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Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

 As many students are in need of math remediation when they enter Nevada State College, the college has created unique solutions to encourage math mastery, including a math skills challenge program, known as Math Boot Camp, as well as a modular remediation course. NSC will now be able to expand both of these math programs thanks to an $11,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The grant from Verizon will fund the conversion of the current NSC Math Boot Camp skills challenge into a web-based, interactive, real-time challenge as developed by NSC math professor, Dr. Aaron Wong. 

School Uses Grants to Fill Needs

School Uses Grants to Fill Needs

 

A Henderson elementary school lost millions of dollars in funding because of state and federal budget cuts. The principal and teachers at C.T. Sewell Elementary School started looking for ways to make up that money themselves.

Principal Dr. Carrie Buck encouraged teachers and staff to request grants for what they wanted and needed at the school. A $15,000 grant from the state Fish and Wildlife Department paid for a vegetable garden maintained by the students. That is not all. Over the past five years, Sewell Elementary has gotten a new computer lab, before and after school tutoring and fresh fruits and vegetables trucked in everyday.

"It is about 53 years old. It needs a lot of love. It was this gray building that just needed a shot in the arm. We went to work on putting murals up,” Principal Buck said.

Schools Receive Money to Improve Literacy

 

Six schools around southern Nevada received thousands of dollars in grant money to help improve literacy.

The retail giant Target is giving the schools $50,000 to fund reading intervention programs for second and third-graders. The program uses teacher development, substitute teacher support and a web-based curriculum. Students can access innovative practices for reading online.

At Wednesday’s donation ceremony, kids were given books to take home and fill their own libraries. The ceremony took place at Jydstrup Elementary School, but five other schools will be getting donations. Beckley, Deskin, Fyfe, Hinman and Pittman Elementary Schools are all getting money to set up the program.

High Survey Marks for Nevada State College

High Survey Marks for Nevada State College

Henderson-based Nevada State College received high marks in a recent nationwide survey measuring ability to prepare teachers.

The School of Education at NSC ranked first in “Quality of Instruction” and second in “Satisfaction with Faculty and Courses” and “Overall Program Effectiveness” in a nationwide survey of teacher preparation programs conducted by Educational Benchmarking Inc. (EBI).

Graduates of teacher preparation programs at 44 institutions nationwide were surveyed by EBI over the past year to assess the programs’ effectiveness. Nationwide, the exit surveys were completed by more than 8,200 students, including more than 50 NSC graduates.

Hikes for Homeschoolers Upcoming

Hikes for Homeschoolers Upcoming

 

The City of Henderson plans some hikes specifically for children going to school at home.

Homeschoolers are invited to join the Parks and Recreation Department for two educational hikes this fall. The hikes are open to children from 5 to 10 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Although participation is free, registration is required and can be made at any City of Henderson recreation center or online at cityofhenderson.com (activity 644016.)

Each hike is held on a different Henderson trail and includes an outdoor learning opportunity. Children and parents should dress for the weather and bring water.

Classes Start at Nevada State College

Classes Start at Nevada State College

Classes started Monday at Nevada State College in Henderson.

College Application, Scholarship Workshop on Tap

College Application, Scholarship Workshop on Tap

High school seniors-to-be can find help applying for college and obtaining scholarships at an upcoming workshop.

The Henderson Blue Ribbon Commission On Educational Excellence and Youth Opportunity (Blue Ribbon Commission) is hosting its annual college application and scholarship workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.

The free program is sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. Parents and teens may RSVP before Sept. 13 by calling 267-4016. Walk-ins are also welcome pending space availability.