Tom Axtell, General Manager
The Governor’s State of The State Address last month, recent meetings of the Metro Chamber of Commerce, Latin Chamber of Commerce and Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, and research reports from the Guinn Institute and Brookings Mountain West have all focused on the necessity of improving our state’s K–12 schools.
Often lost in the concern about dropout rates and test scores is any recognition or celebration of those students, teachers and schools who achieve excellence. Every February, Vegas PBS produces a number of specials that present successful young scholars pursuing excellence, and the policy makers who lead our schools.
Varsity Quiz airs every Monday night in February. Now in its 48th season, Varsity Quiz is a fast paced test of student knowledge of history, literature, math and science. Winning teams receive college scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas. Local students will also show off their impressive spelling skills on the 2015 Clark County School District Spelling Bee. The local winners advance to the state championship, and state winners advance to the national competition.
Vegas PBS will host and record the championship round of the 24th annual Nevada Regional Science Bowl, for broadcast later in March. Top high school students compete for an “expenses paid” trip to the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The first place team will also receive five thousand dollars for their school’s math or science department.The founding sponsor of the Nevada Regional Science Bowl is the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Field Office and NSTec.
This month,Vegas PBS will air also School Matters, a live call-in special addressing issues facing K–12 education in Southern Nevada. The program allows you to query CCSD Trustees about school-related topics. On February 3, CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will present his annual State of the District speech on an Inside Education Special Edition.
Vegas PBS is a public service educational media organization. We are pleased that with your support, we can broadcast programs that stimulate young minds, provide a forum to discuss important issues facing our state’s schools and showcase the academic achievements of our best students.