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Displaying the implementation of the new salary on a table, CCSD is working to honor the agreements made in the December 2023 contract. The contract fulfills most of the demands made by CCEA. “We have never seen anything like this. I really think its thanks to CCEA and all the work they did up in the legislature for education,” Computer Science teacher Dana Cuni said. “The underserved populations in the district are suffering the most so hopefully this is a big enough package to say “Maybe I wasn’t going to be a teacher but maybe I would like to try it.” because the pay will be big enough.”
CCEA, CCSD Reach Historic Contract Agreement
18 percent increase added to teacher salaries
Jianna Aganon February 7, 2024
The contract will be fully effective within the next two years with an increase of 10 percent this year and an increase of eight percent in 2025.
Preparing for King and Queen of Hearts, the Student Council (StuCo) invites different clubs and encourages them all to participate. The King and Queen of Hearts fundraiser held in February is an annual fundraiser to raise money for the American Heart Association.  “It’s for a good cause and since it’s like a competition type thing, I think it raises spirits and gets people more active in school and to participate more,” Vice President of Design Academy Emilio Garcia said. “Some of the challenges were figuring out the logistics and getting smaller clubs to participate and once we get to week two and three getting donations gets challenging.”
STUCO TO HOST ‘KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS’ FUNDRAISER
Supporting the American Heart Association
Joy Ryan, Staff Writer • February 5, 2024
During the week of Feb. 5, anyone can donate money to representatives wearing a sash and holding a bucket.
After postponing the form for three months, the FAFSA has now become available during periods of time as they monitor site performance. Changes have been made to allow its users to seamlessly apply financial aid for higher education. “I’ve known about FAFSA since last year because my sister was applying to college,” senior Shantell Hunt said. “Honestly, I thought the application was weird because your parents had to set up their own account. When my sister did hers last year, she had to ask my dad a lot of questions about his finances but this year there weren’t too many questions about it.”
New FAFSA Available Periodically
Changes were made to make form simpler to complete
Yaritzza Montenegro, Copy Editor • January 22, 2024
FAFSA is only available for periods of time as the company “monitors site performance."
While walking across campus on the new sidewalks, students make their way to class. For several years, students walked along the dirt and stones, causing them to violate an institutional rule. “[The] rule is for everyone to use the sidewalks because they are level and provide better footing when compared to the stones,” Assistant Principal Cameron Roehm. “The rule is there for safety reasons and I would hope students would want to keep their shoes cleaner by not tracking through the stones.”
NEW CROSSWALKS ON CAMPUS
Sidewalks installed over winter break
Joy Ryan, Staff Writer • January 19, 2024
Students are greeted with new crosswalks when entering campus.
This sign hangs above the coin donation jars. The jars will be stored in the front office in A building. “If it doesn’t go well, or if people don’t participate it’s going to be disappointing because of everything that we’re making,” student council member Tyler Moran said. “If people don’t participate and help fundraise, our prom may not be as good as they expect.”
Class of 2026 Stuco Hosts Penny Wars Fundraiser
Funds go towards future prom for current sophomores and juniors
Zelina Panissidi, Staff Writer • January 8, 2024
The event will be held from January 8th-19th.
Walking onto campus, students enter through designated student entrances. Administration observes the students walking in to ensure lanyards are being worn, and to ensure who is coming onto the campus. “Having admin or security monitors watching us as we come in definitely makes me feel safe,” senior Gavin Cabrera said. “They make sure people cannot sneak onto campus and that students are wearing their lanyards which overall improves the safety of our campus.”
Enforcing New Campus Safety Procedures
Policies to keep students, staff safe
Ava Julian, Staff Writer • January 8, 2024
Learn about the new safety procedures being enforced on campus.
As Hospitality III students work on their “Managing Stress” project, a short presentation on the benefits of stress relieving techniques, substitute teacher Collin Dodos works on grading assignments. Dodos is the third substitute brought on to teach the hospitality class this semester. “I wouldn’t say that I took this course because I was interested in hospitality as a topic, but because it was a job that was offered to me,” Dodos said. “I do get how it could be hard on the students, but there’s not much that can be done in this situation. I’m trying to make the best out of it and to be positive in the classroom.”
Lack of Hospitality Teacher Creates Gap in Staffing
Issues continue to arise within program
Adrienne Vera-Perez, Staff Writer • January 8, 2024
Long-term substitutes needed to fill vacant position in Culinary and Hospitality program.
Helping create decorations for the Meteorology Association’s Winter Fest booth, junior Brian Price prepares popsicle sticks to add to his club’s banner. Over the last couple of months, BSU has been in close contact with club leaders to help organize their activities for the event. “I’m really excited for Winter Fest, it’s gonna be super awesome with all the fun activities that are going to be going on,” Price said. “It’s gonna be really cool getting to talk with all the other student-run clubs that are gonna be at the event, and I want to hear how other clubs are going to be growing.”
BSU, STUCO set to host rescheduled Winter Fest
All students welcome to participate in themed activities
Adrienne Vera-Perez, Staff Writer • January 4, 2024
The event will take place on Friday, January 5 from PM.
Creating homemade holiday ornaments, club members reach for the materials needed to make their artwork. The members are making these ornaments to celebrate the upcoming winter season. “A lot of Mexicans, which is where my family is from, tend to make things from scratch,” club member Rebeka Tzintzun said. “That’s what we’re doing with the ornaments, making them from scratch, and scooping them.”
Estudiantes Unidos forms new space for Hispanic students
Students celebrate, learn about heritage
Zelina Panissidi, Staff Writer • January 4, 2024
The club is to meet every first and third Thursday, alternating from rooms E128 and E106/107.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK
SCHOOL OPERATIONS CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK
Classes resume on Jan. 2
Ayma Malik, Editor in Chief • December 12, 2023
Classes resume on Jan. 2.
Monitoring the cafeteria and senior checkouts, newly appointed assistant principal Adonai John-Shiman is completing lunch duty on her third day. “Im excited to be here,” Shiman said. “I know new is sometimes uncomfortable for people, so having a new administrator can be uncomfortable, but I would like everyone, students and faculty, to know that I am here with an open door to embrace whatever has already been the culture at Southwest and just add a little bit of myself to that.”
Assistant Principal Adonai John-Shiman Joins Faculty
Shiman Hired After Kelley’s Promotion
Achilles Caranto, Staff Writer • December 11, 2023
New Assistant Principal Adonai John-Shiman has a passion for education.
BREAKING NEWS: Mass shooting on UNLV campus
BREAKING NEWS: Mass shooting on UNLV campus
Three victims, one suspect deceased
Yaritzza Montenegro and Ayma Malik December 6, 2023
LVMPD determined “no further threat” at 1:34 p.m.
To ensure coverage in the classroom, teachers use software like SmartFind to assign a relief teacher in the case they are absent. The current scarcity of qualified teachers has posed a significant challenge to secure the necessary replacements. “Theres a pretty high demand [for substitutes] right now in the valley. I enjoy it very much because it gives me a lot of working opportunities,” substitute teacher Dylan Drachler said. “When administrators contact me it has been a little more fast paced, saying they need help that day, but I try to look a few days out in advance and get jobs that way.”
CCSD FACES CRITICAL TEACHER SHORTAGE
Students, staff make temporary adjustments as needed
Paizley Swaney, Staff Writer • December 5, 2023

Nevada currently faces a staggering teacher shortage, with only 44 teachers available per 1k students enrolled, placing the state at the bottom...

With “We Are Here Art & Design Showcase” approaching, freshman Morgan Wireman compiles her artwork. Her interests are displayed through the theme of her artwork and colorful pallet. “I think it’s really cool since I like to show my art off to people,” Wireman said. “I like really colorful and bright things so I decided to do candy because there are a bunch of different colors.”
Students to showcase work in art show
Variety of programs, mediums, to be displayed
Amelia Castellanos, Staff Writer • December 5, 2023
Second annual art show theme, "We are Here" hopes to improve on attendance and participation.
BREAKING NEWS: BSU, STUCO Winterfest Postponed to After Winter Break
BREAKING NEWS: BSU, STUCO Winterfest Postponed to After Winter Break
Lack of chaperones pushes event back
Adrienne Vera-Perez, Staff Writer • November 30, 2023
Winterfest is postponed.
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