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Boulder City High Named Five Star School

Boulder City High School is one of 14 high schools in the Clark County School District to earn a five star ranking.

The district released the rankings Thursday. The five star ranking is based on several criteria including the federal standard known as Adequate Yearly Progress, graduation rates, academic growth, college and career readiness and school climate. Schools are compared against each other rather than against one standard. Superintendent Dwight Jones says the comparison system is a turning point in the district’s efforts to raise the education bar.

Five star schools are rewarded with more flexibility in curriculum, budgeting and day-to-day operations. This is the first year the district has used the five star ranking system for schools.

Teacher Wins Big Award

A Northern Nevada teacher with Boulder City ties wins a major award.

FERNLEY -- After working as a part-time tutor during her senior year in high school, Deanna LeBlanc knew she wanted to become a teacher, witnessing first hand how her tutoring helped girls at the Children's Home in Boulder City to learn their multiplication and reading.

Read more at the Reno Gazette-Journal

Company Collects School Supplies for Kids in Need

A southern Nevada title company with an office in Boulder City is collecting back-to-school supplies for kids in need.  

Nevada Title Company will be gathering items from now until Friday, September 2. They're looking for necessities from pens and pencils to backpacks and binders. They're also collecting travel-sized toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. All the items donated will be given to the Clark County School District Focus School Project. The project pairs businesses with schools to make sure students get the supplies they need to be successful.

You can drop off items at the Nevada Title office on Hotel Plaza between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Here's a list of some of the items they're collecting:

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

If you're looking to see your favorite student walk the graduation stage, turn to Cox Cable channel 96 or head to its website.

Cox Communications, in partnership with the Clark County School District, Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center, will broadcast local high school graduation ceremonies from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 29. The Cox 96 broadcasts will also be available via streaming video at www.Cox96.net and follow the broadcast schedule.

The majority of graduation ceremonies originating from the Orleans Arena (OR) will be broadcast live while ceremonies originating from the Thomas & Mack Center (TMC) will be tape delayed. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13

Students Walk to Fight Cancer

Students Walk to Fight Cancer

Students at high schools across southern Nevada are walking all night to raise money for cancer research. 

It is part of the Relay for Life event. Students in Boulder City, North Las Vegas, Mesquite and Henderson will take turns walking around school tracks for 12 hours. People involved will camp out along the track. They can enjoy music, entertainment and food. 

The Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. on Friday at Boulder City High School. Walkers will be there until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Money raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Spring Valley HS Students Take Part in Drunk Driving Exercise

Spring Valley HS Students Take Part in Drunk Driving Exercise

Students at Spring Valley High School will participate today and Friday in the Every 15 Minutes alcohol awareness program.

As part of the program an accident reconstruction scene is set up at 3750 S. Buffalo (in front of the school.) Two mangled vehicles are part of the scene and four students will be positioned inside as part of the accident reconstruction. Fire department, medical personnel and police personnel will help to "rescue" the participants using the jaws-of-life. A flight for life helicopter will also land at the scene and transport one of the "victims" to the hospital. Students will witness the events from the sidewalk.

An assembly will be held at 8:30 a.m.