Message from the Superintendent
Welcome to a brand new year and another fresh start!
As the Churchill County School District opened the school year last August, we entered with a fresh start of our own and set our sights on continuing excellent traditions while pushing ourselves to innovate and create learning environments for the future. We open 2019 with new goals, including preparing all learners to be life-ready and developing the many facets of the individual citizen for our community, our state, our country, and the world. As the demands of society change quickly, it is crucial that our students possess not only reading and math skills, but also critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Our graduates must be innovators, problem solvers, and global citizens who are prepared to be flexible and adaptable.
We are charged with ensuring that students possess the tools to be articulate, expressive thinkers and lifelong learners who are responsible and resilient. When students are engaged in their own learning and are surrounded by a safe environment and committed adults, they grab hold of the possibilities and achieve at high levels, academically and socially. Education is about providing students with situations to address challenges that we cannot predict, to use adaptive skills in order to tackle problems that we cannot expect, to maximize technology’s opportunities, and to respect and understand diverse backgrounds and beliefs.
As quickly as information multiplies, schools cannot cover the curriculum of the past. While maintaining rigorous programs that have been in place, schools must provide curriculum offerings that educate through a variety of delivery methods, including self-paced options, project-based learning, and work-based learning to name a few. We must provide various career pathways for students to investigate and consider as they select courses to pursue. We must integrate technology into our daily practices for not only efficiencies, but to design, create, and extend our thinking beyond traditional uses.
With all this in mind, we move forward as a system committed to excellence. It is my honor to serve all the learners of Churchill County, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!
-- Summer Stephens is the new Superintendent of the Churchill County School District, newly hired in April of 2018. She comes to us from a farm near Surprise, Nebraska, but has most recently resided in Upton, Wyoming. She and her husband Bert have three awesome daughters Elizabeth, Madeline, and Poppy and a new family member, Scooter. She once tried out for Teen Jeopardy where she met Alex Trebek, and has owned a catering and baking businesses with her sister called "Sweets on the Side."
Staff report — The Kids Heart Challenge is an activity conducted with the American Heart Association (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart). This was the first year for the Churchill County School District to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge. Robyn Jordan, parent-community involvement coordinator for CCSD said “the representative from the American Heart…Read More
by Rachel Dahl — The Churchill County School District Board of trustees met last night to approve the tentative budget for the 2019-20 school year. Faced with a $2.5 million shortfall, (see Dowd Explains DSA Cuts…) trustees considered budget cuts provided by superintendent Summer Stephens and Director of Business Operations Phyllys Dowd. Cuts were presented to…Read More
by Rachel Dahl — The Churchill County School District Board of Trustees will meet tonight, April 9th, to discuss and act upon a tentative budget for the 2019-20 school year. The fiscal Year 2020 budget is due to the state department of education by April 15th. The budget committee met last week to talk about…Read More
Staff report — This information is taken from the Nevada Legislature website and is an attempt to explain and help in understanding the way the Distributive School Account works. The DSA provides direct state financial aid to school districts and charter schools for K-12 public education in Nevada. The DSA is based on a funding…Read More
by Rachel Dahl — The Churchill County School District budget committee met Thursday night to discuss potential cuts to the 2019-20 district budget that would bring expenditures in line with reductions in the per pupil allocation that comes to Churchill County. CCSD is slated to receive $6,929 per pupil next year instead of the…Read More
by Michelle Taylor — April is designated as the Month of the Military Child. You see them every day; they are playing with your children, on sports teams, serving as volunteer. They are shopping, they are dining, they are attending school, or playing at the park. They look like your child, they laugh, they cry,…Read More
Staff report — The Health Occupations Students of America, HOSA, students from the Churchill County High School were recently recognized by the school board for their accomplishments at the state HOSA conference. The mission of HOSA is to inspire students to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. “HOSA is…Read More
by Rachel Dahl — The Churchill County School District is anticipating a budget short-fall this year and is working to cut $2.5 million from the 2019-20 school district budget. In what Superintendent Summer Stephens called, “a perfect storm” of budget problems, she presented several ideas to the school board last week which will then be…Read More
By Leanna Lehman — Local elementary schools showcased student work and invited families to participate in Science and Literacy Nights at E.C. Best, Numa, and Lahontan Elementary schools Thursday night. All three elementary schools saw a great turn-out as many families made their way from one school’s events to the next. According to Lahontan Elementary…Read More
State of Nevada NIAA 3A State Champions — Team Takes 4th Place The Churchill County School District recently honored the state champion wrestlers at their board meeting. Trustees Amber Getto and Trisha Strasdin presented the awards to Ben Dooley who wrestled in the 285 class, winning the 3A regional and state honors; Tommy McCormick who…Read More