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."
Music Education in Fallon Will Never be the Same by Rachel Dahl — Last week Tom Fleming put out a call to friends and family inviting them to attend his last Annual Pit concert at the old high school, and they came in droves. Fleming retires this year after a 32-year run at teaching. In…Read More
by Leanna Lehman — This week 5th graders from Numa Elementary School made their way from the four walls of their classrooms to the grassy banks of the Carson River for the annual Carson River Work Day. Hosted by the Lahontan Valley Conservation District, several agencies combined efforts to create a fun-filled opportunity for kids…Read More
Calling all Churchill County High School music alumni, families, and fans — Friday, May 10th is the Annual Pit Concert, starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be in the Old High School at 690 S. Maine. As retiring teacher, Tom Fleming says, “the greatest place ever for a capella singing.” This will be his last…Read More
Project Based Learning in action — Liam Few presents research and solutions by Rachel Dahl — A group of nine high school and middle school teachers just returned from a trip to Southern California where they visited several schools to gather information about Project Based Learning. One major component of PBL and a piece that…Read More
by Rachel Dahl — The Churchill County School District Board of Trustees meets tonight in their regular meeting at the Old High School at 6:00 p.m. At their last board meeting each member of the board of trustees shared what they learned at the National School Boards Association conference that was held in Philadelphia,…Read More
Clarification: The Nevada Ready Pre-Kindergarten Grant was submitted for the May 1st deadline. The ZOOM grant for Dual Language Learners will be submitted if the expected funding is passed during this legislative session. by Leanna Lehman — The Churchill County School District director of special services, Derild Parsons, has just submitted two grants to…Read More
A Memo from Churchill County School District Special Services — Northside Early Learning Center is currently accepting applications for Pre-Kindergarten; however, there is no guarantee of placement for those who have applied, due to uncertain funding circumstances for the 2019-2020 school year. Funding will be determined by July, at which point ChurchillCSD families will be…Read More
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