Winter 2021



School District 

Community Quarterly Newsletter | CARSON CITY, NEVADA | Winter, 2021



Richard StokesI learned from a wise man once that in many languages the month January is named after the Roman god Janus, who often was depicted with two faces—one looking back on the past, one looking forward to the future. Reflecting on 2020 often causes feelings of sadness, pain over terrible losses, and deep frustration over unwanted changes in our lives. But it also invites a spirit of hope and gratitude for the many blessings we received, for the richness of past experiences, and for the brightness shining on our future.

Janus Greek GodIn these coming days, weeks, and months, as stretching as they may be, please be reminded that with every new day, a new dawn comes. And with every new day comes a new start. As we conclude our second quarter and begin the second half our school year, we are pleased to welcome all Pre-K through sixth graders back to in-person, on-campus instruction, four days a week, Tuesdays through Fridays. It has been our desire and duty to find the methods and systems that have best addressed the academic needs of our students and families while living within the Pandemic. As governmental directions and social conditions change, our educational operations have also reflected these changes. We will continue to use the guidance and best practices suggested by national and state leaders in an effort to keep our students and staff safe. But we also know the best way to educate and meet the delicate social and emotional needs of our community’s school-age students is to provide them with caring teachers and in-person educational opportunities. 

As we press forward, we have plenty to celebrate and there is much to accomplish in the coming weeks and months. I want to thank all of you for your service and commitment to our students and their families.  I appreciate all that you do and am grateful to work alongside of each of you as we help to prepare our next generation of leaders.

Richard Stokes
Superintendent, Carson City School District


TurnersSchool employees within the Carson City School District began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 8. Several locations located around the Quad county region have been designated, and employees are able to choose from any location in the Quad County region. 

“We believe this will have a positive impact on reopening schools by minimizing the health risks to school employees and the community they serve,” Carson City School District Risk Manager Ann Cyr said. “The health department notified me on January 4 that they were opening up Tier 2 and were ready to begin vaccinating educators and school staff. We have been working closely with them to provide access to electronic scheduling for our employees.” 

First dose of COVID vaccineNow that employees will have an opportunity to receive the vaccine, the district has shifted its testing strategy to focus on students and staff who become symptomatic during the school day and their close contacts. Using the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid test kits provided by the state, school nurses will work to more quickly identify school cases and control spread in the school community.     


School DashboardThe Carson City School District continues to monitor data concerning the current COVID-19 conditions in the Quad County area and refine plans for reopening. A COVID-19 School Dashboard is now available at the State of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services Office of Analytics website. 

The school district continues to work in close cooperation with a dedicated school investigator at the health department to identify active cases and close contacts. This data is reported to the Office of Analytics. Investigations are now supported by Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid test kits being administered in school health offices. The tests may be performed on students and staff who become symptomatic during the school day and their close contacts. Tests are only administered on student and staff who have symptoms or are identified as close contacts of a school related case. For information on asymptomatic testing, please visit the health department’s website for the current calendar of testing sites.        


Return to SchoolBeginning Tuesday, January 19, all third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students may begin attending their zoned school for in-person, on-campus instruction, four days a week, Tuesdays through Fridays. The Carson City School District School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer the modified instruction model at a special school board meeting Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. The district previously announced a return to 4-days-per-week, in-person learning for Pre-K to second grade students Oct. 20, 2020. The wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing between students is still expected.

For all students (at all grade levels) throughout the Carson City School District, Mondays will remain remote learning days. Students, both full-remote and in-seat, will check in with their homeroom teachers electronically and work independently throughout the school day. Any students and families who have elected full-remote instruction may continue to remain in the remote learning instruction model if they choose. 

Students in grades seventh through twelfth will remain in their assigned cohort groups and will continue to receive instruction via the hybrid-blended learning model. We would also encourage all bus families who are willing and able to please transport their child to and from school to help free up space on buses. For more information on this announcement, please visit our website at or contact your school. Thanks for your ongoing support of our schools.


Strategic PlanThe Carson City School District needs local community members to attend the quarterly Community PLC (Professional Learning Community) meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. The meeting will be hosted virtually through Zoom. Login information will be available on the district website.

The purpose of the meeting is to accumulate feedback from community members on how the district’s strategic plan is performing and suggest ideas and systems to meet the goals and objectives of the plan. 


EVMSMark your calendars. We will host a meeting to discuss classroom-space expansion plans for Eagle Valley Middle School. The meeting will be in the gym, Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. Face masks and socially distanced protocols will be observed. We will address anticipated long-term growth of the district and the need to find solutions for a growing school enrollment. The meeting is open to the public. Spanish translation will be available during the meeting. Those who are unable to attend in person may provide comments at [email protected]. Please share this invitation with colleagues, friends and neighbors who may also be interested in participating.


Crossman - Varner - CacioppoThe Carson City School District is pleased to announce new leadership roles for the School Board of Trustees. At their first meeting of the year Tuesday, Jan. 12, Joe Cacioppo, District 7, was named the newest president of the Carson City School District Board of Trustees. He replaced former President Mike Walker, District 5, as the school board’s leader. Trustees Richard Varner, District 4, and Laurel Crossman, District 2, were also elected vice president and clerk, respectively. Varner replaced former Vice President Cacioppo and Crossman replaced former Clerk Varner. Each of the three leaders will serve one-year terms in their respective roles.

Judge Russell and Trustee CrossmanAdditionally, Trustees Cacioppo, Crossman and Walker took their oaths of office and were sworn in as elected city officials at the Carson City Courthouse Monday, Jan. 4. Cacioppo and Crossman, elected in 2012, were both sworn in for their third terms and Walker, who was elected in 2016, was sworn in for his second term. All three were sworn in by the Honorable James Russell, District Court Judge, Department 1. Cacioppo retained his third term representing District 7, defeating challenger Joy Trushenski in the general election last November. Both Crossman and Walker were elected unopposed. It is anticipated that each elected official will serve a four-year term as trustees on the Carson City School Board. 

Cacioppo - Crossman - WalkerThe 2021 School Board Members include alphabetically by last name Joe Cacioppo, District 7, president, Donald Carine, District 6, member, Laurel Crossman, District 2, clerk, Lupe Ramirez, District 1, member, Richard Varner, District 4, vice president, Mike Walker, District 5, member, and Stacie Wilke-McCulloch, District 3, member.

Also of note in 2021, Trustee Crossman will serve as the new president of the Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) and Trustee Stacie Wilke-McCulloch will chair the Pacific Region of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).


Lupe Ramierez and Renae CortezTrustee Lupe Ramirez was honored as the 2020 Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) New School Board Member of the Year and Mrs. Renae Cortez was honored as the NASB 2020 Administrative Assistant of the Year.

Once a year, NASB recognizes the achievements and contributions of school boards, school trustees, teachers, administrators, educational advocates and others from across the state of Nevada. Read more here.


ABABIO AND HOLLOWAY Patricia Ababio, Graphic Arts teacher in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Carson High School, and Rhonda Holloway, English teacher at Carson Middle School, are the two most recent teachers in the Carson City School District to earn their National Board Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards

NBCT is widely considered to be the highest professional recognition for educators and includes a five percent pay increase in acknowledgement of accomplished teaching.

Carson City School District, Northwestern RPDP and the Nevada State Education Association have partnered together to encourage educators to be a part of the National Board Certification program. National Board Certification was developed by teachers to retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide.

Both of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

These teachers join 14 other board certified teachers in the district: Christina Bourne, music teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Lacey Carey, Literacy Specialist ELA at Fritsch Elementary School; Jenny Chandler, AP Government/AP Art History teacher and Social Studies department chair at Carson High School; Rachel Croft, STEM coach at Bordewich Bray Elementary; Debra Crozier, second grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Jessica Daniels, principal of Carson Montessori School; Jeff Hendricks, special education teacher with Student Support Services; Leah Hampton, math teacher at Carson High School; Amy Jensen, fifth-grade teacher and GATE coordinator at Bordewich Bray Elementary; Nicolas Jacques, music and band teacher at Carson High School; Joanna Kaiser, GATE Implementation Specialist; Molly Martin, first-grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School; Nicole Medeiros, second-grade teacher at Bordewich Bray Elementary and Pamela Shank, fourth/fifth-grade teacher at Fremont Elementary.


Victor Garcia-MendezMr. Victor Garcia-Mendez, an English Second Language paraprofessional at Mark Twain Elementary School in Carson City, was one of only two school employees nominated by Governor Steve Sisolak to represent Nevada in the national selection process for the Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award. Each state was invited to nominate up to two outstanding employees for selection of a national honoree by the U.S. Department of Education.

Mr. Garcia-Mendez was nominated by Mrs. Christina Bourne as an outstanding member of the Mark Twain Elementary School community. He is currently one of four English Language Learning paraprofessionals and has a long list of accomplishments, including creating the iCan Initiative that focuses on supporting parents and guardians of students learning English. Mr. Garcia-Mendez also helps parents understand how to help their child succeed in school as well as supports them in becoming an integral part of the school community through connections with other stakeholders and resources, the nomination read. 


Nutrition ServicesReminder: all school meals for children 18 and under will remain free until the end of the 2020-2021 school year (June 3, 2021). If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Nutrition Services at 775-283-2150. 

NOTABLE FUTURE DATES (Dates & Times are Subject to Change)

CalendarPlease refer to the School District’s Academic School Calendar for additional information regarding school holidays and other important releases. Below are some notable and important future dates.

  • Jan. 26 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • Feb. 9 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • Feb. 15 (Monday) President’s Day (School Holiday)
  • Feb. 23 (Tuesday) All 11th grade students take ACT test (only juniors attend High School)
  • Feb. 23 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • Feb. 24 (Wednesday) Community PLC Meeting, 6 p.m., virtually though Zoom
  • March 9 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • March 14 (Sunday) Daylight Savings Time begins, set clocks forward 1 hour
  • March 23 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • March 29 to April 5 Spring Break (School Holiday)
  • April 13 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • April 26 (Monday) Non-School Day
  • April 27 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • May 5 (Wednesday) Community PLC Meeting, 6 p.m., Carson High School, Senator Square
  • May 11 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • May 25 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • May 28-31 (Fri. – Mon.) Memorial Day Weekend (School Holiday)
  • June 2 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Carson High School, dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
  • June 2 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Pioneer High School, dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
  • June 2 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Carson Middle School, dismiss at 12:00 noon
  • June 2 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Eagle Valley Middle School, dismiss at 12:00 noon
  • June 2 (Wednesday) Eagle Valley Middle School 8th Grade Promotion, 1 p.m., EVMS Gym
  • June 2 (Wednesday) Pioneer High School Graduation, 6 p.m., Community Center, Theater
  • June 3 (Thursday) Minimum Day, Last Day of School
  • June 3 (Thursday) Carson Middle School 8th Grade Promotion, 1 p.m., CMS Gym
  • June 5 (Saturday) Carson High School Graduation, 9 a.m., Carson High School, Football Field
  • June 8 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room
  • June 22 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Community Center, Crowell Board Room


Foundation VideoWith the start of the new semester, the Carson City Schools FOUNDATION (CCSF) is rolling out a new video with more detailed information about how it uses the money donated to the organization and how contributions are made. To view the video, please click here

School District employees can support the CCSF with an ongoing contribution via Payroll Deduction. Individuals and organizations are also able to make a one-time donation using a credit card. To make a one-time donation, or for more information, please visit

District employees interested in making a payroll donation should obtain a Payroll Deduction Form from their site office manager. Ending the deduction can be done at any time by contacting the Carson City School District Payroll Department. If every district employee contributed just $1 per pay period, the district could raise more than $23,000 per year. 

Each semester, the Foundation gives back to educators and students alike. This last semester, the foundation awarded $200 mini-grants as well as up to $2,000 grants for a department, school or grade-level project(s).


TestSpring is the beginning of the testing season for elementary, middle and high school students. There are state and national tests (SBAC/ACT) for students in grades 3-12. District assessments (MAP) for grades K-8 begin now and continue through the end of the school year and many of these tests are mandated by legislation. 

All 11th grade students (juniors) are required (in order to graduate) to take the ACT Tuesday, February 23. Please note, students will not have access to their cell phones during the ACT. Also, CHS does not provide calculators, so students will need to bring their own (review Calculator Policy here). Every student has been notified of their testing room assignment and should arrive at the school by 7:30 a.m.  All 9th, 10th and 12th grade students do not attend school that day (Feb. 23). If students have questions about testing room assignments, they should go to the main office for assistance. 


There’s no secret formula when it comes to passing a standardized test. It’s important to remember that anxiety may hinder performance for the test taker, so take a deep breath and read through a few practical tips to help students prepare for standardized assessments. And please note, don’t schedule doctor’s appointments before, after or during tests. As soon as a student begins taking a test, if they need to leave for an appointment, they will likely not be able to reschedule or finish the exam.

  1. Test CrammingTake practice tests. The Nevada Department of Education website offers practice tests, which can help prepare children with understanding the test expectations, including the content and mechanics. SBAC offers good examples of practice tests. If the test format seems familiar on test day, kids are more likely to feel comfortable and know what to do.
  2. Promote a positive attitude. Parents should be positive about learning and testing. Kids need to take tests seriously and be strategic, but also feel confident and mentally prepared. Parents can help children feel prepared for the test by encouraging them to visualize success on test day. In other words, ask them to close their eyes and imagine themselves taking the test and feeling great about it.
  3. Discuss what to do if you finish early. It’s important to discuss that this is a good opportunity to double check and verify their answers for accuracy. Parents can coach them to review certain questions that were hard and use the process of elimination to rule out some of the answer choices.
  4. Eat well, exercise and rest. In the weeks leading up to the test, it is important for students to have adequate sleep (eight hours is recommended), eat balanced meals, drink plenty of water, and get exercise. Foods high in protein, and water help to stimulate the brain. Exercise, such as stretching and walking, helps to supply the brain with oxygen. Eating a healthy breakfast before school, particularly on the day of the test, gives the body the fuel it needs to maintain long periods of concentration.
  5. Plan enjoyable and relaxing activities. Trying to squeeze a little more preparation in immediately before the test is not advised because it can lead to feeling overwhelmed. Studying the day before or day of the test leads to increased anxiety and should be avoided. Instead, plan enjoyable activities to feel relaxed and ready.


Now HiringThe global pandemic has proven challenging to businesses and organizations across the state, country and world. Many local school districts cannot find people to fill open positions including transportation, custodial, nutrition, nursing, paraprofessionals and crossing guards. Many are struggling to even maintain enough substitute teachers.

With the state’s new school funding mechanism projecting flat or decreased funding in Nevada for the next several years, many districts are “belt-tightening.” However, there are necessary operational positions that still need to be filled. The Carson City School District currently has open positions for:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • K-12 Teachers
  • Custodians
  • Bus Drivers
  • Para-Professionals
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Nutrition Workers
  • Substitute Custodians
  • School Nurses
  • Substitute Nurses
  • Substitute Special Education Paras
  • Substitute ESL Paraprofessionals
  • Crossing Guards
The Carson City School District said one reason for the lack of candidates is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused hardships on families, where working from home has forced adjustments on career assignments as well as the challenges of remote learning where students are home more often. For those who are interested in applying, contact Human Resources, 775-283-2130, or visit


Adrian ManzanoMr. Adrian Manzano, a third grade student at Empire Elementary School, won the State Fire Prevention & Awareness Poster Contest for his age category. Manzano was honored with his poster placed on billboards in the Elko, Reno/Sparks, Carson City and Las Vegas areas. Additionally, he received a plaque from the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division and recognition by the National Fire Protection Association.

This was the Nevada Department of Public Safety and the State Fire Marshal Division fourth annual poster contest. As part of the fire prevention and awareness campaign, several students arrived early before school to learn about fire safety and work on posters to submit to the contest. Please click here to view all the 2020 winners. More info at and the Nevada Appeal


Nine student were announced winners of the 19th Annual American Citizen Essay Contest. Each winner was recognized at the school board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, and received the following cash prizes: First Place: $80, Second Place: $30 and Third Place: $15. Click here to read the full story in the Nevada Appeal or Grade level winners include the following.

Essay Contest WinnersElementary School Level:
1st Place - Nicholas Budd, 5th grade, Seeliger Elementary School
2nd Place - Harlee Tatham, 5th grade, Fremont Elementary School
3rd Place - Suleiman Abdelhady, 5th grade, SeeligerElementary School

Middle School Level:
1st Place - Nathan Tack, 8th grade, Bethlehem Lutheran School
2nd Place - Sophia Rotoli, 6th grade, Home-schooled
3rd Place - Zane Woods, 8th grade, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School

High School Level:
1st Place - Jacob Budd, 9th grade, Carson High School
2nd Place - Brynn Russell, 9th grade, Carson High School
3rd Place - Todd Gosselin, 9th grade, Carson High School


Cristian Garcia PerezThe Carson City School District and Carson High School (CHS) are pleased to announce CHS Senior Cristian Garcia Perez has been named a Semifinalist for the 2021 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, putting him in the running for one of the 150 college scholarships worth $20,000. More than 1,600 high school seniors were selected as semifinalists from a pool of 99,403 submitted applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. See the full list. Click here to read the full story in


Jonah Toral, Nathan Parsons and Bita JazaniCongrats to Jonah Toral, Nathan Parsons and Bita Jazani! They were awarded the fifth annual Rosemary Nebesky Memorial Scholarships by the Carson City Symphony Association last December. The scholarship was established by John and Jennifer Webley of Santa Rosa, Calif., in memory Rosemary Nebesky, who loved music, children and had been a friend and board member of the Carson City Symphony Association. It is awarded each year to one or more Carson City students age 5 to 17 for instrumental music lessons. The winners this year were selected from several well qualified applicants. More students applied than in any previous year. More info at


There is so much great news about Carson City School District. Below are links to some of the recent and popular stories from events and activities throughout the district. 

Ananda CampbellCHS Librarian Awarded $5K Rotary Grant for Historical Document Project
Posted on 12/07/2020
The Carson City School District, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Carson City, was pleased to announce Carson High School’s Librarian Ananda Campbell as the winner of a $5,000 Grant to fund a historical documentation project titled The Story of Carson High School. Nearly a half dozen applications from teachers and teams of teachers were received for this competitive grant.  READ MORE...

Virtual SingingFifth Graders Sing Virtually for Silver and Snowflake Festival
Posted on 12/04/2020
Fifth graders from all six public elementary schools as well as Carson Montessori and Saint Teresa’s performed virtually as a unified holiday choir for the annual Silver and Snowflake Festival of Lights Friday, Dec. 4.  The entire program can be viewed online

HydroponicsHydroponics Project Helps Students Enjoy ‘Fruits’ of their Labor
Posted on 12/03/2020
Students in grades K-5 at Empire Elementary School learned and worked on hydroponics in their classrooms as well as remotely from home this past semester. They also enjoyed the fruits of their labor.  READ MORE...

Transportation Department Supervisor Cheri Fletcher and Teri CantleyFoundation Awards Various Grants to Support Students and Educators
Posted on 11/19/2020
The Carson City School District, on behalf of the Carson City Schools Foundation (CCSF), announced mini and department grant winners for Fall 2020. Each semester, CCSF gives back to educators and students alike. This last semester, the foundation awarded $200 mini-grants as well as up to $2,000 grants for a department, school or grade-level project(s).  READ MORE...

Cookie Dough FundraiserCookie Dough Sales Raise $11,000 for Eagle Valley Middle School
Posted on 11/09/2020
Eagle Valley Middle School (EVMS) went ‘dough to dough’ in the Parent Teacher Organization’s (PTO) annual cookie dough fundraiser. In total, the gross sales were equivalent to more than $15,597. The school earned about 70% of total gross sales, bringing the net total to $11,034. A total of 888 units were sold.  READ MORE...

Air PurifiersRotary Donates 800+ Air Purifiers to Teachers
Posted on 09/29/2020
More than 800 air purifiers were distributed to all teachers and staff members of the Carson City School District. The money and donation was funded from an anonymous donor from the Rotary Club of Carson City. The purifiers were designated as a gift to the teachers and staff and can be used any way the teacher or staff member would like, whether in the classroom or at home.  READ MORE...

Adrienne Wiggins Wiggins Honored with $2K Grant for Innovative Teaching
Posted on 09/21/2020
The Carson City School District was pleased to announce Empire Elementary School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Teacher Adrienne Wiggins received a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) 2020 Unsung Heroes awards competition.  READ MORE...


FacebookBe sure to FOLLOW and LIKE CCSD’s Facebook: ( and Twitter ( pages. Each provide real-time district and school news to the community. The pages are used as a tool to relay information of school closures, emergencies, good news, events, etc. 

The pages aim to engage the community about local, state and national education news/topics, report from live board of education meetings and other district meetings and events and post student and staff pictures and achievements





HomecomingHave you captured some amazing photos at some of our school sites? Please share your photos with us. Feel free to email our Public Information Officer Dan Davis,[email protected], with any shots you’d like to share publicly through our social media. Or tag us @carsoncityschooldistrict on Facebook, @carsoncityschooldistrict on Instagram or @carsonschools on Twitter.

Air PurifiersSignings



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