“Instrumental” to Student Success, Music Teacher Nicolas Jacques Scores a $25,000 Milken Educator Award”
Nevada educator and students band together for better learning at Carson Middle School
Nietzsche wrote that “Without music, life would be a mistake.” But thanks to band teacher Nicolas Jacques, that’s a mistake no one is making at Carson Middle School in Carson City, NV. Music is everywhere in the school, the district and the surrounding community as students throng to join Jacques’ concert band, marching band and jazz band ensembles. Employing smart technology through music apps for sight-reading and testing, Jacques challenges students to expand their minds to work together communally as well as improve their skills individually. Band students develop superior discipline under his tutelage even as they have fun expressing themselves. More than just a high energy elective, Jacques’ band program inspires and elevates student engagement while strengthening academic achievement.
But it was Jacques who was elevated today at a surprise school assembly where he was presented with a Milken Educator Award by Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken and Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert. An elated Jacques was named a 2019-20 recipient of the national recognition, which comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. He is one of two Milken Educator Award winners from Nevada this year, and is among up to 40 honorees for 2019-20.
The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching” has been opening minds and shaping futures for over 30 years. Research shows teacher quality is the driving in-school factor behind student growth and achievement. The initiative not only aims to reward great teachers, but to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding America’s next generation of leaders. Milken Educators believe, “The future belongs to the educated.”
Jacques is improving that future by working in concert with parents, peers and students. Incorporating the joy of belonging and creating something beautiful together into the daily curriculum, Jacques’ band students go on to shine in regional and state competitions reflecting their hard work and dedication. An inspirational teacher who improvises like a jazz musician within the structures of the educational system, Jacques’ out-of-the-box approach prepares students for greater performances academically and on the larger world stage.
“Nicolas Jacques cultivates a work ethic and passion for music that will last a lifetime,” said Milken. “The rewards of practice, creativity and collaborative harmony are multiplied by his strategic use of high-tech tools and keen insight into his teenage students. As both an educator and a leader, Nicolas inspires students and teachers from primary grades through university. We are proud to have Nicolas Jacques add his voice to the National Milken Educator Network.”
“Nicolas Jacques exemplifies what it means to be a teacher of music, and I’m thankful to the Milken Family Foundation for recognizing his talents with this prestigious award,” said Governor Sisolak. “Mr. Jacques has taken his students to new heights, performing in numerous festivals throughout Washoe County and utilizing cutting-edge technology to help students become better musicians. It comes as no surprise that the confidence and discipline instilled by Mr. Jacques’ teaching has contributed to his students’ high academic performance. Improving K-12 education in Nevada is my top priority as Governor, and empowering teachers like Mr. Jacques is how we make real progress.”
“I am thrilled that for the first time in more than a decade two very deserving educators in Nevada are receiving the Milken Educator Award,” said Ebert. “Two of my top priorities in the state are to elevate the teaching profession and end our teacher shortage. This award not only rewards deserving teachers but signifies how important teachers are in our society. I would like to congratulate Nicolas Jacques for the daily inspiration and music he brings into the lives of young students in Carson City every day.”
“It is not a coincidence that our music program thrives at Carson Middle School,” said Carson City School District Superintendent Richard Stokes. “Nicolas Jacques gets students throughout all of his classes genuinely excited about music. He started the jazz band in 2013 and they perform admirably every year in the Reno Jazz Festival at the university. Having 264 students in his concert, marching and Jazz bands really shows what a gifted teacher Mr. Jacques is and how students want to be part of his programs. It is very rewarding to observe the joy his students display when they perform and to watch their progress under his tutelage. On behalf of the Carson City School District, I would like to thank the Milken Family Foundation for recognizing a great teacher.”
RSVP NEVADA DAY CARNIVAL
Mills Park in Carson City
Carnival rides for adults and children, live music, food booths, craft vendors & more. Hours: 10/24 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 10/25-26: Noon – 9 p.m.; 10/27: Noon – 8 p.m.
All-day ride wristbands are $30; $5 Discount Coupons available at RSVP website, RSVP office, & RSVP booth. Proceeds assist seniors to help them remain independent and at home with dignity.
NEVADA DAY STORE
Features Nevada and Battle Born Logo Wear, Home Means Nevada, local pottery, jewelry, authors, and more. Located at 716 N. Carson St., open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Home Means Nevada will have their booth out front of the store on Friday October 25th from noon to 5:00 p.m. and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Parade Day, as well as at Telegraph Square near Curry and Proctor.
For more info visit www.NevadaDay.com, or call 775-882-2600.
HISTORICAL EAST-SIDE TOUR
Join Bernie Allen and Eileen Cohen on Fri., Oct. 56, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. as guides lead you on a two mile walking tour of the historical east side of Carson City. This free tour begins at the Capitol steps and continues to the location of the former children’s home, which was also the site of the 1897 Corbett Fitzsimmons heavyweight title fight. The tour also includes a visit to the site of the former V&T Railroad shops as well as many other historic locations. For more info, call Bernie at 775-883-7264.
HISTORICAL WEST-SIDE TOUR
This free tour begins at 1:30 p.m. in the front courtyard of the Nevada State Museum. Explore the historic Westside of Carson City where many notable residents have lived. These include Abraham Curry, Orion Clemens and his brother, Samuel, Duane Bliss, William Stewart, James Nye, Dat-So-La-Lee and many others, including the Governor’s Mansion. This approximately 90 minute walking tour will highlight the homes, churches and schools of early Carson City. Most of this area is also a historic district with other beautiful historic homes all along the way. For more information, call Debbie Lane at 775-841-4456.
7TH ANNUAL BLINKY MAN BIKE RIDE
Blinky Man is a nighttime bike ride through the streets of Carson City. Participants dress up in costumes and decorate their bicycles with colorful lights, before riding together through town on a circuit with five stops at local bars and eateries. This year’s event starts Friday, Oct. 25th at 6:30 p.m. Starting at Jimmy G’s, 301 N. Carson Street. From there riders then go to The Tap Shack, Feisty Goat and Living the Good Life before finishing up at Westside Pour House at Telegraph Square. Anyone with a bicycle that is properly lighted for night riding is free to participate. For more information, go to Facebook.com/BlinkyManCC.
NEVADA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM
Located at South Carson Street & Fairview Drive, the museum is open Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In honor of Nevada Day, FREE admission all day Friday, October 25 andSaturday, October 26, 2019! The museum also offers McKeen Motor Car rides October 25-27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Ride tickets: $8 for ages 12+; $4 for ages 4-11 yrs; free for ages 3 and younger. Purchase ride tickets at the Wabuska Depot at the Museum. For more info, call 775-687-6953 or visit carsonrailroadmuseum.org.
NEVADA STATE MUSEUM
The Nevada State Museum – located at 600 N. Carson Street in Carson City. The museum celebrates Nevada’s natural and cultural history and features the historic Carson City Mint. The Historic Press Number 1 will be running and minting medallions. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In honor of Nevada Day, the Nevada State Museum is offering FREE admission all day on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019. Regular Museum Admission other days: $8 for adults; FREE for ages 17 & younger and for museum members. For more information call 775-687-4810 or visit museums.nevadaculture.org/nsmcc.
LA KA LEL BE NEVADA DAY POW WOW
Grand Entry Times: Friday 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at Noon
New Location – The MAC, 1860 Russell Way, Carson City
PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT GOVERNOR’S MANSION
A Nevada Day tradition, the pancake breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion (606 N. Mountain St.) is hosted by the Carson City Republican Women’s Club and takes place from 7:00-9:30 a.m. on parade day. Cost is $6 for Adults and $3 for Kids 10 and younger. Proceeds go towards a scholarships of $2,000 to a deserving senior from Carson or Dayton High School.
Breakfast includes: pancakes, eggs, ham, orange juice and coffee. The Governor is often available for photos. You might even spot surprise celebrities and famous political guests at this annual Carson City tradition! For more info visit www.ccrwclub.com or call Mary Burgoon, 775-315-0993.
20th Annual Nevada Builders Foundation, Nevada Day Breakfast Buffet at Red’s Old 395 Grill.
Saturday, October 26th 2019 6:00 am – 9:30 am
Red’s Old 395 Grill is located at 1055 S. Carson St.
Enjoy a full breakfast buffet of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, coffee, orange juice or hot chocolate! Red’s famous Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas are also available at the bar.
Proceeds go to the Nevada Builders Foundation, Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to all four community colleges in our great state.
Early Bird Special $6 tickets purchased in advance or before 7am Parade Day. Tickets bought after 7am are $8.00. Hurry and get your tickets now www.NevadaBuilders.org/Nevada-day-breakfast-buffet/
30TH ANNUAL NEVADA DAY CLASSIC RUN/WALK
The Classic, hosted by Tahoe Mountain Milers, benefits Guide Dogs for the Blind. Local guide dog puppies-in-training and their raisers from the group Eyes for Tomorrow will serve as course marshals to guide runners and walkers through the west side of Nevada’s capital city.
The race starts at 8:00am on the corner of Telegraph and Curry Streets (just west of the Carson Nugget) and makes its way through the city’s beautiful historic district. Regular registration is $35 (thru 10/25/19); Race Day registration is $40 (between 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., at the Nugget Casino, 2nd floor.) Participants get an event T-shirt, post-event refreshments, and a swag bag. Any extra event T-shirts will be available for $15 after the race starts. https://www.tahoemtnmilers.org/nevada-day-classic.html
35TH ANNUAL CHILI FEED
Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and State Senator James Settelmeyer will host the annual Chili Feed in the Carson Nugget’s upstairs Banquet Center (507 North Carson St.) on parade day from Noon – 2 p.m.
Admission is free, so arrive early for the popular event! Enjoy free chili with all the fixins. It’s a great opportunity to meet old and new friends, plus chat with federal, state, and local leaders. More info available at NevadaDay.com, or contact Janet at (775) 315-3373.
CARSON VICTORY ROLLERS
The Second Annual “Battle for the Silver Skate” #B4SS Tournament hosted by your local roller derby team, the Carson Victory Rollers, returns as a featured activity for the Nevada Day weekend festivities. Six teams from Nevada, California, and Idaho will battle it out at the Carson City Community Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Special Co-ed exhibition bout starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday night. Free to Public! For more information go to
RE/MAX NEVADA DAY BALLOON LAUNCH
Watch the majesty of hot air balloons launching right on Carson Street near the Carson Mall beginning at 8:00 a.m. on parade day (weather permitting). The balloons fly for about an hour and are usually down before the parade even starts. The launch operates under the assistance of the Great Reno Balloon Race. Team RE/MAX flies their signature hot air balloon, along with many other balloons. Sponsors can ride in a balloon and hang their banner from the balloon’s basket. To sign up as a sponsor or learn more, call: 775-882-2600.
NEVADA DAY PARADE
The military fly-over will signal the start of the parade, which begins at William Street and N. Carson Street, and ends 4 hours later at the intersection of Stewart Street and S. Carson Street. The parade features marching bands, floats, equestrian groups, political candidates, historical displays, burning man art cars, and much more. View a list of parade entries further back in this program.
NEVADA DAY BEARD CONTEST
Held immediately following the parade, the Beard Contest takes place on the main stage at McFadden Plaza There is no entry fee, the contest is open to anyone with a beard. Award categories include: best overall winner, longest, fullest, reddest, whitest, blackest, best salt and pepper, best groomed, scruffiest, and most bearded community. Learn more at www.nevadaday.com.
46TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLE JACK DRILLING CONTEST
The World Championship Single Jack Rock Drilling Contest takes place on Sat., Oct. 26, 2019 in its new location: Max Casino parking lot on North Carson St. The competition begins around 11:00 a.m.
Contestants use 4 1/2 pound hammers and a 3/4” bit of steel to drill as deep and as fast as they can in a 4,320 pound piece of Sierra White Granite from the Yosemite area (the hardest known granite in the region). Contestants have 10 minutes to pound the drills into the solid stone, their only help is from an assistant who runs water into the hole so the loose stone chips are splashed out with every stroke of the hammer. The deepest hole wins.
The contest goes back to the Comstock mining skills of earlier times, when blast holes for dynamite were punched into ore bodies by hand. Contestants vie for a chance at a World Champion title. To learn more visit www.NevadaDay.com.
GOVERNOR’S MANSION TOURS
Tours of the Governor’s Mansion (606 N. Mountain St.) take place after the parade from 2 – 4 p.m. Tour the upstairs and downstairs of the home where Nevada’s Governors and their families have lived since 1909 – the current home to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his family. For more info call 775-687-3000.
35TH ANNUAL CHILI FEED
This is the third year U.S. Senator Jackie Rosen will host the annual Chili Feed at the Carson Nugget’s upstairs Banquet Center (507 North Carson St.) on parade day from Noon – 2 p.m. Admission is free, so arrive early for the popular event! Enjoy free chili with all the fixins . It’s a great opportunity to meet old and new friends, plus chat with federal, state, and local leaders. More info available at NevadaDay.com, or contact Senator Rosen’s office at 775-337-0110.
TELEGRAPH SQUARE BLOCK PARTY
Join old and new friends and dance to the music of “The Trippin King Snakes” from 3 – 6 p.m. in Telegraph Square (at Telegraph & Curry Streets), sponsored by the Westside Pourhouse. Enjoy free live music, plus visit food and drink vendors and nearby businesses.
NEVADA DAY FREE CONCERT
The Capital City Community Band opens its 43rd concert season with a free concert of patriotic and Halloween favorites on Sat., Oct. 26th, at 2 p.m. at the Amphitheater in the Legislative Mall in Carson City, NV (weather permitting.)
The concert is FREE to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. For more information, visit cccb.weebly.com.
TRICK-OR-TREATING IN CARSON CITY & THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION
Walmart gives Carson High something to cheer about!!
The Carson High School Cheer Team would like to thank Walmart on Market Street in Carson City for awarding them a $5,000 Community Grant to help support the team. The money will be used for the 2019-2020 Competition Season. The team conducted two cheers inside the store as their way to say “Thank You” to the Walmart team.
Last year, the team earned a third place prize in their division in the USA Spirit National Cheer Competition. Their goal is to earn a first place award this year.
Food for Thought puts out call for kids winter coats
In cooperation with the Carson Nugget, Food for Thought is reaching out to not only fill the bellies of kids on the weekend, but to keep them warm as well. They are now collecting winter coats in all sizes to be distributed to needy children at the Kids Christmas Brunch on December 23rd hosted by the Carson Nugget in the ballroom. Coats may be dropped off at 3247 N. Carson St., Ste 118 in the shopping center once housing K-Mart – or a better indication would be near Yogurt Beach.
According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) September 2019 economic report was very good. Employment in Nevada is up 6,000 over the month and 45,200 over the year. The state’s unemployment rate is unchanged from August, at 4.1 percent, and down 0.4 percentage point when compared to last September.“It is encouraging to see that this month’s economic report reflects steady growth in Nevada’s economy. Employment in the state continues to rise, exceeding the national job rate, while unemployment and initial claims remain low. Personal income also shows improvement, with growth approaching the national average.
While the state’s labor market remains encouraging, we must continue our efforts to ensure ongoing job opportunities for all Nevadans,” Governor Steve Sisolak said.DETR’s report also notes that Nevada initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 8,441 and realized a year-over-year increase this month, up 1.8 percent in September, or 151 claims. “Although the national economic outlook remains uncertain, Nevada’s economy reflects a tight labor market and is holding positive trends.
The unemployment rate held steady once again this month (September) remaining relatively low. Additionally, the state’s share of people who have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks make up just 0.8 percent of our state labor force, a level consistent with a healthy labor market. Although the state’s economy realized positive measures in September, we will continue to monitor both Nevada and the nation’s labor markets for signs of a turning point.” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR. Additional September Report Highlights:
•Total employment rose by 3.2 percent over the year, more than double the current U.S. growth rate (1.4%).
•Professional and business services added the most jobs out of all sectors, for the 12 -month period ending in September 2019, increasing by an average of 12,800 jobs over the same year time the year prior.
•Information for the second quarter of 2019 shows per capita personal income in Nevada was up over the month at $50,675 and was 90% of the national level of $56,541.500 E. Third Street, Room 200 │ Carson City, Nevada 89713 | 2800 E. St. Louis Ave. | Las Vegas, NV 89104Phone: (775) 684-3911 │ (702) 486-7923 | www.detrnv.gov│ Fax: (775) 684-6426 | Fax: (702) 486-7924.
•This month’s national unemployment rate (3.5%) is the lowest it’s been since December of 1969, nearly fifty years ago.The gap between Nevada’s rate and the nation’s increased from 0.4 percent in August to half a percent in September.•Nevada’s long-term unemployment (those unemployed for 27 weeks or more) rate stands at 0.8 percent, unchanged over last August. •From January 2014 to August 2019, the unemployment rate for Asians, Blacks, and Whites have all been trending downward. •Year-to -date through September, 272,430 ads have been posted for jobs in Nevada, an increase of 47,503 (21.1 percent) from the same period last year.
CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada JobConnect will host a job fair in Northern Nevada on Tuesday, October 29th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Carson City JobConnect building at 1929 North Carson Street. The theme is “Better Jobs, Better Pay” and highlight positions starting at $15/hour with diverse employers in the region. Varied businesses including non-retail businesses, government, printing company, trade and heavy equipment companies will participate, hiring fulltime, part-time, permanent and seasonal workers.
“Jobseekers will be interviewed on the spot and should come dressed appropriately with plenty of resumes. JobConnect is hosting fall hiring job fairs. The last co-sponsored, jobfair recently held in Las Vegas was extremely successful with record breaking numbers for jobseekers and participating employers. Job seekers should be encouraged by the ongoing stability and improvement of the job market throughout the state and additional employment opportunities as we near the holiday season.
Some of the available positions include package handlers, production associates, route services sales reps, maintenance mechanic, janitor, machinists, bus drivers, mining operators, yard persons, construction team member, general laborer and many more. Some of the businesses participating include, United State Census, Transportation Security Administration, Washoe County School District, Nevada Copper, Petsmart, and Starbucks.Employers can contact the Northern Nevada JobConnect Job Bank at 775-284-9660 for more information, while job seekers are encouraged to contact their local Northern Nevada JobConnectcenter.
A Virginia company is contacting local businesses in Carson City asking for “sponsorships” for materials to benefit Carson High School. However, according to Carson City School District, this company has no real affiliation with the school nor the district.
One business in Carson City received a solicitation claiming they were working with Carson High School’s varsity football team to sell posters. After further correspondence with the Carson High School Athletic Director’s office, it was determined that this solicitation was false and likely a scam.
The company, calling itself “All About Sports” is asking local businesses to send checks or credit card payments to the company’s address in Midlothian, Virginia. Last year in September, a similar scam by “Game Day Media” or “Sports Media Marketing” targeted businesses in Carson City claiming affiliation with the Carson High School Cheer Team. Similar news reports across the country have been made claiming these nefarious companies are misleading local businesses into giving them money for schools that they have no formal relationship with.
“It is sad that there are scammers falsely representing our schools in misleading the good will and generosity of our business community,” said Marc Rodina, vice principal at Carson High School. “We have made a concerted effort to establish strong relationships with numerous businesses across northern Nevada, and it hurts deeply when our partners are targets of fraudulent activity.”
The Carson City School District further cautions the community to confirm the legitimacy of a third-party-vendor through the individual school sites. Individuals or business interested in supporting sports teams at Carson High School should contact the Athletic Director’s Office at 775-283-1900.
5:48am – Traffic crash on southbound Carson Street at Medical Parkway. There are injuries. Traffic is blocked. Emergency entrance to the hospital is just a block away.
Road Report as of October 17, 2019. The following information applies to the period of October 21-27:
Road closures expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:
* Washington Street and intersecting side streets will have intermittent block closures between Phillips Street and Ormsby Blvd., all week, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* Phillips Street will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Elizabeth Street will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Mountain Street at Washington Street will be closed, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, may have traffic holds, possible 10 minute delays
* Sunset Way will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Richmond Avenue will be closed at Washington Street, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* Bulette Drive will be closed at Washington Street, all week
* Bunker Hill Drive will be closed at Washington Street, all week
Lane restrictions are expected at the following locations due to road/utility work:
* College Parkway will have reduced lanes between Carson Street and Northgate Lane, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
* Washington Street will have narrowed lanes with possible holds on traffic between Ormsby Blvd. and Division Street, all week, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* Ormsby Blvd. will have reduced lanes and holds on traffic between Comstock Circle and Newman Place, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
* Saliman Road will have reduced lanes between Fairview Drive and Fifth Street, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
* S. Carson Street will have reduced lanes for southbound traffic between Rhodes Street and Sonoma Street, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
* Longview Way will have narrowed lanes with possible holds on traffic between Waterford Place and Washington Street, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, travel delays up to 10 minutes should be anticipated
* I-580 will have day and night-time lane closures and periodic ramp closures between East Lake Blvd. and Fairview Drive, through next year
* US 50 will have 24-hour single lane closures between Tahoe Golf Drive and Spooner summit, Monday-Saturday, travel delays between 10 and 30 minutes should be anticipated – lane closures expected through late November
Special Event: Nevada Day Parade (October 26th), Saturday between 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the following roads will be closed:
o Carson Street between Winnie Street and Fairview Drive
o Bath Street between Division Street and Carson Street
o Adaline Street between Division Street and Carson Street
o Fleischmann Way between Division Street and Carson Street
o Long Street between Division Street and Stewart Street
o Adam Street between Division Street and Stewart Street
o Park Street between Division Street and Stewart Street
o John Street between Carson Street and Stewart Street
o William Street between Nevada Street and Stewart Street
o Musser Street between Nevada Street and Stewart Street
o Fifth Street between Nevada Street and Stewart Street
o Stewart Street between Carson Street and Fifth Street
Other Roadway News: I-580 exit numbers are being changed per federal requirements which ensure consistent nationwide freeway signs and mileposts to convey a clear message and help guide, warn, and regulate traffic. Current I-580 exit numbers reflect U.S. 395 mileage beginning at the Nevada-California state line near Topaz Lake. Exit numbers are being changed to reflect interstate mileage beginning at the I-580 junction with South Carson Street. All roadway names will remain the same.