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Carson City Middle Schools Receive Grants for Hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Carson City Middle Schools Receive Grants for Hands-on STEM Programs

Students and teachers at the two middle schools in Carson City (Carson Middle and Eagle Valley Middle Schools) now have access to a program that will give students a boost in their education and future careers through enhanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM.. The opportunity was made possible with the help of Tesla’s K-12 Education Investment Fund, the Nevada Department of Education and Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on computer science, engineering and biomedical science programs in the classroom.

Carson and Eagle Valley Middle School students will also be introduced to Automation and Robotics which will open many doors through high school, college and future employment.

“Our world is rapidly evolving, and that has serious implications for our students,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Bertram. “We are proud to partner with the Carson City School District to empower students with knowledge and skills that will help them no matter what career path they choose.

Elizabeth Warren coming to Carson City, Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, Boys & Girls Club

Elizabeth Warren
Boys & Girls Club on Russell Way, Oct 2, 5pm doors open. No tickets required

Democratic candidate for President of the USA Elizabeth Warren will visit Carson City on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Boys and Girls Club at 1860 Russel Way. Ms. Warren is holding one of her huge rallies in celebration of her dramatic rise in the presidential polls over the last month.

Doors open at 5pm, with Ms. Warren’s trademark high energy entrance promptly at 6pm. Due to Ms. Warren’s popularity those who plan to attend should get there early. Tickets are not required.

Growing lots of marijuana in plain sight – and they’re busted…

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A Carson City couple growing excessive amounts of marijuana in plain sight has been arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies.

Deputies obtained a search warrant on the residence of Brian and Tanya Walkem at 1116 Fremont in Carson City. When deputies knocked on the door they told the couple that they were there to investigate whether they were in possession of too much marijuana and whether they were growing more than the legal limit under the law.

The Walkem’s proceeded to escort the deputies around the property showing plants growing against the backyard fence, along a side yard, growing in a well lit grow-house, and more plants inside the home. Deputies also found evidence of a process of concentrating marijuana in to a more potent product which is against the law. All-in-all more than $50,000 in illicitly grown and processed marijuana.

Both Brian and Tanya Walkem were arrested – Brian for Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession For Sale, Illegal Trafficking and Cultivation of Concentrated Marijuana. Tanya was charged with Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana and Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Congressional candidate: Clint Koble on Ukraine controversy

From Candidate for Congress Clint Koble:

I support Speaker Pelosi and the U.S. House of Representative’s decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. His actions regarding the whistleblower incident, and the exchange he had with Ukrainian president Zelesnky regarding the Bidens, is alarming and unconstitutional. These latest actions by President Trump cross the line into impeachment territory.

One of the founding principles of our country is that no one is above the law. The House needs to follow through with the impeachment inquiry, and uncover the facts. Our democracy has been held hostage by this President long enough – he ignores our laws and our principles, and even basic human decency. We need to restore a system of checks and balances to prevent abuse of power by the Executive Branch. Our American democracy is defined by those willing to defend and fight for it. There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Stabbing at the Carson Nugget, downtown

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the stabbing of a man inside the Carson Nugget.  Preliminary information is that a heavy-set asian male stabbed the victim and then left the casino.

The assailant is described as a heavy set-asian male wearing a black hat, red shirt and blue shorts with suspenders.

The victim is being transported to the hospital for treatment of his wound(s).

State Schools Superintendent tours the state to assess quality of education in Nevada

Nevada State Superintendent Jhone Ebert and Deputy Superintendent Jonathan Moore listen to math students at Carson High School.

Department of Education State Superintendent Jhone Ebert and several of her staff members continued a statewide listening tour today in Carson City. Meetings began at the Carson City School District offices and then continued to Carson High School, Eagle Valley Middle School, Seeliger Elementary School and Fremont Elementary School.

Her plan throughout the listening tour is to connect with school administrators, teachers and students throughout the day. Towards the conclusion of the day, a community/parents meeting with parent organizations (such as PTA, PTO, GATE, etc.) will also be held in the District Office Boardroom, 1402 West King Street.

Ebert has plans to visit all 17 school districts and the State Public Charter School Authority before the end of the calendar year. She is especially interested in listening to school administrators, teachers, families and community members and hear directly from them what they find is exceptional at each school.

Reducing gun danger on tap at Carson City Town Hall meeting at local restaurant


From Clint Koble, candidate for U.S. Congress:

On the heels of a much needed town hall on gun safety and legislation in Reno, Clint Koble, Democratic congressional candidate for Northern Nevada’s CD-2, will be holding his second town hall on the topic tonight in Carson City.

Koble will engage Northern Nevadans in a much needed discussion about congressional action to strengthen America’s gun laws.

Commenting further…

I support Speaker Pelosi and the U.S. House of Representative’s decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump. His actions regarding the whistleblower incident, and the exchange he had with Ukrainian president Zelesnky regarding the Bidens, is alarming and unconstitutional.  These latest actions by President Trump cross the line into impeachment territory. 

One of the founding principles of our country is that no one is above the law. The House needs to follow through with the impeachment inquiry, and uncover the facts. Our democracy has been held hostage by this President long enough – he ignores our laws and our principles, and even basic human decency. We need to restore a system of checks and balances to prevent abuse of power by the Executive Branch.  Our American democracy is defined by those willing to defend and fight for it. There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: La Santaneca Restaurant, 316 E Winnie Ln, Carson City

Pedestrian hit by an SUV at Long and Rand

9:08am – A pedestrian has been hit by an SUV at Long and Rand Streets.  The vehicle left the scene (hit and run) and was described as a green Ford Explorer with license plate Nevada 369-GMU.  The victim is up and walking around.  Paramedics are arriving on scene.

9:17am – Patient declining medical attention.

Carson School District pondering the future of property at 1600 Snyder Avenue

Carson High School
Meeting begins Wednesday, 6pm, September 25th

School District’s Strategic Plan Meeting to Focus on 1600 Snyder Property

The Carson City School District’s quarterly Professional Learning Community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 6 p.m., will offer a report from the Citizens Committee for 1600 Snyder. The meeting, held inside the Carson High School Library, will be the first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year.

The citizens committee, which has met every Wednesday throughout the month of September, will provide feedback regarding their suggested uses for the 1600 Snyder Property.

The purpose is to learn how the school district’s strategic plan is performing and suggest ideas on how to better help meet the plan’s goals, objectives and strategies.

The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end promptly at 7:30 p.m. Citizens may park along the curb (both sides) in front of Carson High School and enter the building at the south entrance near the flag pole. Citizens are welcome to share this invitation with colleagues, friends and neighbors who might be interested in attending this meeting and/or joining the group.

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ABOUT Carson City School District

Located in Nevada’s capital, Carson City School District offers public education to approximately 7,600 students throughout Carson City. The district includes 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 alternative high school and 1 comprehensive high school. Carson City School District boasts many successes including impressive graduation rates, strict safety measures, programs for gifted students and advanced-placement classes, among several others. In a joint venture with Western Nevada College, the Carson City School District Jump Start College program allows students to complete their senior year of high school and freshman year of college simultaneously. For more information, visit carsoncityschools.com.

Fist fight at Cactus Jacks downtown

2:30pm – Report of a fight between three males at Cactus Jacks in downtown Carson City.  Police are enroute.  Info from the scene is that all three are white males, in their 20’s.  

2:34pm – Sheriff’s deputies have caught up with one of them at Washington and Curry.

Brewery Arts Center is back to being self-owned – City relinquishing ownership

BAC and it’s parking lot at King and Minnesota.

View from the BAC looking west toward the church and the large concert areas between the two.

The Brewery Arts Center is back to being the owner of itself. Carson City Supervisors gave the historical icon back to the Brewery Arts Center board and staff during Thursday morning’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The original ownership change to the city was to enable the BAC to take advantage of big federal grant dollars to help bring the grand olde building back to health as relating to the 200th anniversary of the founding of our nation, 1776.

As part of the ownership switch the BAC staff gets the Center and the one block of Minnesota Street to the west. The BAC already owns the old Catholic Church on the west side of the parking lot which is an open-air concert venue of growing acclaim.

Official transfer of ownership of the BAC building from the city to the BAC staff and board is expected to happen within the next 40 days, if not sooner.

Bad traffic crash on South 395 near Topsy

12:25pm. Report of a bad accident on South 395 near the intersection with Topsy.  One vehicle has rolled over.  Fire-Rescue and law enforcement are enroute.

1:08pm. Several vehicles damaged.  No word on injuries.

At least three vehicles came together in the intersection of 395 and Topsy, northbound lanes

Most heavily damaged car. Extent of injuries not yet reported.

No word yet on accident sequence or who’s at fault…

Northbound traffic on 395 directed to Topsy Lane, then north into Carson City.

Carson City Schools show notable progress in student achievement

From Carson City Schools:

Seventy percent of the schools in Carson City showed improvements in the latest Star Ratings report, according to the Nevada Department of Education State. With Sunday’s release of the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF), 7 of the 10 schools within the Carson City School District improved enough to earn a higher star ranking.

All the elementary schools within the district showed improvements. Two of the biggest success stories are found in Mark Twain and Seeliger Elementary Schools. Both schools jumped up two-star ratings from the year prior. Mark Twain previously scoring two-stars, jumped to four-stars, and Seeliger previously scoring three-stars, jumped to the highest five-star rating.

Seeliger Elementary School earned a five-star rating
Fritsch Elementary School earned a four-star rating
Mark Twain Elementary School earned a four-star rating
Carson High School earned a three-star rating
Bordewich Bray Elementary School earned a three-star rating
Empire Elementary School earned a three-star rating
Fremont Elementary School earned a three-star rating
Carson Middle School earned a two-star rating
Eagle Valley Middle School earned a two-star rating
Pioneer High School earned a two-star rating

What does it mean to be rated as a five-star school? According to the Nevada Report Card, a five-star school “recognizes a superior school that exceeds expectations for all students and subgroups on every indicator category with little or no exception.”

Additionally, two of the heaviest impacted schools including Empire and Fremont have increased their star ratings, a higher ranking each year, for the last two years. The district also noted that it was important that none of their schools rated at a one-star level.

“We are celebrating the growth that has occurred in our district and appreciate the hard work exhibited by our teachers and students,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent for the Carson City School District. “While we are excited to see the growth in many of our schools, we are not fully satisfied and will be focusing on those areas that will continue to show academic improvement in the district.”

Stokes additionally mentioned Carson High School earned a total index score of 84, which would normally determine a five-star rating. However, due to the TSI (Targeted School Improvement) designation, the school was only awarded a three-star rating.

Under the NSPF, indicators and measures are customized for the elementary, middle and high school levels. Schools earn points based on performance in each measure, which are added together to generate a score for each indicator. The results for each indicator are then added together to create a total Index Score, which is on a scale between 1 and 100. This Index Score corresponds to a star rating from one to five.

The lower score at Carson High School may be attributed to English Language Learners significantly underscoring on the ACT, said Tasha Fuson, associate superintendent of Educational Services for the Carson City School District. Carson High School scored 10 out of 10 on English Language Proficiency.

“Overall, districtwide, these are good scores,” Fuson said. “Specifically, we have made substantial growth with our English Learners achieving English Language proficiency and increasing early college options and graduation rates for our high schoolers. Showing overall improvements in seven out of the ten schools within our district is great news, especially since our district has large subpopulations of students served on Individualized Education Plans, within the English Learners Program and receiving Free or Reduced Lunch who require additional supports within the school environment.”

The NSPF star rating system was shaped by stakeholders from across the state and is designed to summarize the performance of a school based on multiple indicators and measures. Parents, students, educators and communities can use star ratings to understand how schools are performing and closely examine the indicators and measures that determine the ratings.

A one-star rating indicates that a school did not meet state performance standards while a five-star school is exceeding all expectations. The star rankings are based on proficiency and growth measures in math and English Language Arts, graduation rates and absenteeism rates.

Stokes also noted that clarifications are still coming from the Department of Education. Some corrections have been made on the Nevada Department of Education website since the rankings were released Sunday. For more information, please click on the Nevada Report Card button on doe.nv.gov.

Traffic Crash a mile up Spooner (Hwy 50)

10:25am – A motorcyclist headed up to Tahoe on Highway 50 reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into the concrete middle divider.

10:31am – Report from the scene is that those involved are up and walking.

10:33am – No serious injuries. Fire-Rescue units are returning to Carson City.

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