Spring 2022



School District 

Community Quarterly Newsletter | CARSON CITY, NEVADA | Spring, 2022



Richard StokesAs we enter the final week of a much more normal feeling school year, I am excited to participate and attend all the traditional end-of-the-year events and activities. It almost feels like the COVID-19 Pandemic is but a mere memory now that precautionary measures have been lifted in our schools and throughout the country. Thank you to all who endured. Thanks to all our teachers and administrators who were tasked with essentially “building the airplane while we were flying it.” Thanks to all the parents and families who made last minute adjustments to their schedules to accommodate school schedules and transportation complexities and changes. Thanks to all the nurses and health professionals who spent so much time administering COVID tests and vaccinations. It has been a couple rough years to try and hold school, but we are all enjoying the reprieve and more normalcy. 

We are incredibly blessed with teachers who are dedicated to their work and children. It truly is an art of love and compassion. Thank you all for your efforts in helping to shape the citizens of tomorrow. This noble work is no easy task and I can think of no finer group of professionals to accomplish the job than you.  As always, if you have questions or wish to discuss your child’s academic progress or school happenings, please don’t hesitate to contact a staff member with whom your child works or myself.

Richard Stokes
Superintendent, Carson City School District


Andrew FeulingRichard Stokes, retiring superintendent of the Carson City School District, will pass the superintendent torch to Andrew Feuling July 1, 2022. The school board of trustees voted unanimously, 7-0, to offer the contract for superintendent to the district’s current fiscal services director at the April 6 special session school board meeting.

“Mr. Feuling graciously accepted,” Mr. Stokes said. “We will be working closely together this next month to ensure a smooth transition for the district.” Click here to read the full story.


Holding HandsThe event which took place in Uvalde, Texas was heartbreaking and very hard to understand. Please take time to read through this helpful online tool in “Talking with Children About Tragic Events.” You may also share this same request with your children. The safety of our staff and students has always been a priority and is something we constantly reevaluate to maintain a safe learning environment at all our schools. We appreciate your understanding when we request visitors to check in at the main offices while on our school campuses and before visiting classrooms. We stress to students to act responsibly and to report information to an adult or use SafeVoice if they hear or view anything on social media that might be considered a threat or a cry for help.


Visitor StandsCarson High School will host a traditional in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021, Saturday, June 4, 2022, starting at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the football field. Attendees will be able to sit in the bleachers and other areas will be available such as grass areas and the outside edge of the football field. 

Visitor StandsPlease be advised that the eastern most (visitor) stands will not be available during ceremony because they are being refurbished due to safety concerns. This will have an impact on the total number of seats available to the public for graduation. District staff is working to bring in some portable bleachers; however, we will still have substantially less seating than normal. Please plan accordingly. 


I Belong HereThe Carson City School District has produced and shared a ‘You Belong’ video, which emphasizes the importance of having a sense of belonging. Initially premiering on the district’s YouTube channel, the video was designed to remind each student, family member and employee the significance they have as a resident of Carson City and as a contributing member of the school district. As part of the video, the Carson City School District reminds everyone “You belong…You fit in…Stay with us…You’re good enough…You will make it.”


Distinguished Student AwardsThe Carson City School District took time at the May 10, 2022, School Board meeting to recognize 32 individuals with the “Distinguished Student Award.” The student winners were selected by administrators and recognized from their respective schools as having specific qualities, skills and characteristics that distinguished them. 

Distinguished Student MedalThe award defines the term ‘distinguished’ as something special in a person that can be recognized or identified from others by unique features or characteristics. The word implies any subtle or small differences that are good or honorable that sets one person apart from others. Winners of this award may be identified as good scholars, helpful, on-time, nice, obeying the rules and protecting others. Click here to view the list and names of all the students recognized and to read the full story.


David LoweDavid Lowe, special education teacher at Fremont Elementary School in Carson City, was chosen by the Nevada Mining Association (NVMA) as one of 50 teachers across the Silver State to be honored with a $50 Gift Card during Teacher Appreciation Week. Mr. Lowe was selected for his continued efforts educating students with disabilities with care, compassion, patience and dedication, encouraging them to believe in themselves and know they can accomplish their goals and dreams by working hard. Read more here.


Employees of the YearAdrienne Wiggins, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and ELA (English Language Arts) Coach at Empire Elementary School, was honored as the Carson City School District’s Educator of the Year, at the Tuesday, April 26, School Board Meeting and annual event. Additionally, Kerri Finn, School Nurse - Clinical Aide at Pioneer Academy, was recognized as the Education Support Professional (ESP) Employee of the Year, and Jason Zona, principal at Pioneer Academy, was recognized as the district’s Administrator of the Year. 

Kerri FinnWiggins and Finn were selected from 25 site winners including 11 teachers and 14 ESP employees who were selected from peers and administrators from various sites and schools within the district. The Administrator of the Year was selected from nominations from 27 school administrators. Each candidate endured a series of strenuous interview questions from a panel of comprehensive judges. Upon conclusion of those interviews, the panel then made the difficult decision of selecting “one” ESP employee of the year, “one” educator of the year and “one” administrator of the year. There were many cheers, tears as educators honored the joys of teaching. Click here to read the full list of employees honored at the event or watch the entire meeting here. Photo credit: Jessica Garcia, Nevada Appeal.

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Cara TiradoCara Tirado, K-12 Curriculum & Assessment Science Coordinator for the Carson City School District, was chosen by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of only five individuals nationally to receive a Leader in Sustainability Fellowship for the coming 2022-2023 school year. 

Carson City School District will receive ongoing support from the center and its partners over the course of the next year and will benefit from connections and resource sharing with a broad network of other school district sustainability staff. Read more here.


Sustainability AwardsThe most energy efficient school district in the state of Nevada, Carson City School District, took time to honor school leaders and students for sustainability efforts at its first inaugural “Green Impact” Awards Ceremony, May 12, 2022, at the Governor’s Mansion. Most notably, district leaders earned 3 of only 10 total Trailblazer Awards available nationally through the Green Schools National Network.

Green Impact AwardsFamilies, teachers, leaders and community partners gathered for a night of celebrating sustainability strides within the school district. Empire Elementary Principal Susan Squires, Director of Operations Services Mark Korinek and Superintendent Richard Stokes were all acknowledged as recipients of the Trailblazer Award, which is a coveted recognition given to only a handful of leaders across the nation for their pioneering spirit in leading their organizations down the sustainability path. To view the full list of those students and employees honored.


TJ3 RoseMore than 50 Carson High School (CHS) Seniors were recognized for collectively earning more than $5.1 million in scholarships (a number that will continue to rise). Their accomplishments, which highlighted the academic success of the Class of 2022, were celebrated in an awards ceremony Thursday, May 19, in Senator Square at Carson High School. 

The students applied to more than 500 scholarships available. Mr. Chambers also noted the total amount of scholarships will continue to rise as graduation draws closer. Scholarships were presented for more than two hours by contributing organizations and representatives. Please click here to view the evening’s entire program and slideshow.  View the full list of scholars and sponsors here or read more from KTVN, Ch. 2 here. 

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

Please 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.

  • May 30 (Monday) Memorial Day (School Holiday)
  • June 1 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Pioneer Academy, dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
  • June 1 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Carson High School, dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
  • June 1 (Wednesday) Minimum Day, Middle Schools dismiss at 12:00 noon
  • June 1 (Wednesday) All Elementary Schools dismiss at regular time, 3:15 p.m.
  • June 1 (Wednesday) Eagle Valley Middle School 8th Grade Drive-Thru Promotion, 1 p.m., EVMS
  • June 1 (Wednesday) Pioneer Academy Graduation, 6 p.m., Community Center, Theater
  • June 2 (Thursday) Last Day of School
  • June 2 (Thursday) Minimum Day, Pioneer Academy, dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
  • June 2 (Thursday) Minimum Day, Carson High School, dismiss at 11:40 a.m.
  • June 2 (Thursday) Minimum Day, Middle Schools dismiss at 12:00 noon
  • June 2 (Thursday) Minimum Day, Elementary Schools dismiss at 12:40 p.m.
  • June 2 (Thursday) Carson Middle School 8th Grade Drive-Thru Promotion, 1 p.m., CMS
  • June 3 (Friday) Designated Make-up Day for (employees only)
  • June 4 (Saturday) Carson High School Graduation, 9 a.m., Carson High School, Football Field. Note: stadium bleachers (visitors on the eastside) will be closed for construction
  • June 6 (Monday) Designated Make-up Day for (employees only)
  • June 8-30 Summer School, Credit Recovery
  • June 14 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center, Bob Crowell Board Room
  • June 28 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center, Bob Crowell Board Room
  • July 4 (Monday) Independence Day Holiday
  • July 12 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center, Robert Crowell Board Room
  • July 26 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center, Robert Crowell Board Room
  • Aug. 9 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center, Robert Crowell Board Room
  • Aug. 15 (Monday) First Day of School
  • Aug. 23 (Tuesday) School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center, Robert Crowell Board Room


Fine Arts EndorsementsNineteen Carson High School Fine Arts students were awarded Fine Arts Diploma Endorsements at the Senior Showcase event in Senator Square at Carson High Tuesday, April 10, 2022. The students honored will celebrate the achievement by wearing brown Fine Arts cords at graduation.

Fine Arts EndorsementsThis endorsement recognizes outstanding dedication and achievement in the Fine Arts throughout each student’s four years of study at Carson High School, which includes efforts and skill in Choir, Band, Orchestra, Theatre, Ceramics, Visual Arts and Digital Arts. Additionally, many of the students recognized have excelled in multiple disciplines. Read more here.


Water BalloonsStudents at Bordewich Bray Elementary School read a collective total of 52,447 minutes during Reading Week. Because they surpassed the goal of 40,000 minutes, they were able to celebrate with water balloons and squirt guns. Each student received a water balloon and they had a choice to throw it at P.E. Teacher Mr. DeJoseph, Vice Principal Mr. Tuttle or Principal Mrs. Richetta. The smiles on all of the students faces made getting wet well worth it! Mrs. Richetta even wore her swimsuit as part of the deal. The students chose the water balloon fight and swimsuits to go along with the Reading Week theme of "Catch the Wave and Read."

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What is Art?In February, fifth grade students at Mark Twain Elementary School put together a “What is Art?’ mini Art Gallery event. They had learned and discovered from a reading program emphases "What is Art?" Through the art-focused program, many lessons and research of famous artist, both historical and current, helped cultivate discussions surrounding what may be considered as art. Their expressive pieces were displayed in the multi-purpose room where other students were able to view and learn.

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Retirees HonoredForty-two employees who have worked a collective 853 years with the Carson City School District will retire this year. The retirees were recognized at the school board meeting Tuesday, May 24.

“There have been some familiar faces here for a long time, and they all have provided meaningful and dedicated service,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent. “They have all been great friends and outstanding colleagues. We wish them all a well-deserved retirement.”

Each employee recognized had worked within the school district for 10 or more years. Click here to view the full list of those recognized for their dedication to education.

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FBLA 2022Fourteen CHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently attended and participated at the State Business Leadership Conference in Reno, where they walked away with 26 top ten finishes in business career related events. Out of those 26 awards, nine students placed in the top four, which qualified them to participate at Nationals in Chicago, Ill., June 28 - July 3. Due to cost constraints and summer vacation conflicts, only three CHS students will attend the national event: Zach Nichols, Eva Lindbloom and McKenzie Merrell. FBLA is the largest business career and technical student organization in the world with over 230,000 members. Click here to view the list of awards and events won by the CHS students. 


Building BridgesTwo Pioneer Academy students applied engineering principles they learned in the classroom to build a bridge feature to span a drain in the middle of the school's courtyard. The project motivated the students to see real-world connections to the ideas they learn in the classroom. Well done, future engineers! Read more here from CarsonNow.org.


Job FairMany thanks to the more than 84 industry and business vendors who were able to meet with more than 800 students and discuss career opportunities and interests at the Work-based Learning Job Fair hosted at Carson High School in April, 2022. 

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Registration ContinuesFor the coming 2022-2023 school year, the Carson City School District is continuing all Pre-K, Kindergarten, new and returning student updates and full-time online education registrations. As a reminder, this year, there are new kindergarten age requirements, and all full-time online learning will be consolidated through Pioneer Academy 1-12. The new age deadlines for incoming kindergarten students require them to be 5-years-old on or before the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 15. 2022. The Carson City School District is trying to help dispel parent and family confusion when they register their child or children for school or conduct annual updates in Infinite Campus. Knowing when students qualify to enter Pre-K or Kindergarten is a big change this year, and the district is fielding a number of phone calls. Read more here


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. 

Board LeadershipNew Leadership Roles for Carson City School Board
Posted on 01/12/2022
The Carson City School District was pleased to announce new leadership roles for the School Board of Trustees. Richard Varner, District 4, was named the newest president of the Carson City School District Board of Trustees. Trustees Laurel Crossman, District 2, and Lupe Ramirez, District 1, were also named vice president and clerk, respectively. Each of the three leaders will serve one-year terms on the Carson City School Board. READ MORE...

VideoNew CC Schools Foundation Video Shows How Grants Support Education
Posted on 01/14/2022
With the start of a new semester, the Carson City Schools FOUNDATION (CCSF) created a new video that demonstrates how money donated to the organization is used to benefit education. To view the video, please click hereREAD MORE...

Story of CHSThe story of Carson High School
Posted on 01/31/2022
Meander through a Carson High School yearbook from the 1930s or ’50s or ’70s, and read the graduates--Paul Laxalt, a Nevada governor and senator; Bob Crowell, a popular Carson City mayor; Lisa Schuette, Carson City supervisor; Grace Bordewich, well-loved and admired teacher; Ken Furlong, Carson City sheriff. There are the CHS students from familiar ranching families, the Lompas, the Longs, the Bordas, the Andersons, the Schultzes. READ MORE...

Presidential ScholarsCHS Seniors Named Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Posted on 02/01/2022
Carson High School seniors Allison Gerow and Elias Palumbo were named candidates as part of the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Gerow was named for accomplishments in advance placement and NJROTC courses, and Palumbo was recognized for his accomplishments in Career and Technical Education. All U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates are nominated by their Chief State School Officers. READ MORE...

Logo DesignCHS Student Earns Award for Designing Carson City Public Works Logo
Posted on 02/03/2022
Carson City Public Works recognized Tierney Frost, a junior at Carson High School (CHS), with an award for designing the logo that will brand the East William Street Complete Streets Project. The project will include a transformation of the corridor between North Carson Street and the Interstate-580 interchange from a high-speed vehicle thoroughfare to a destination roadway shared by all users including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. READ MORE...

Chloe CrookshanksCrookshanks Named Delegate for Society for Range Management
Posted on 02/09/2022
Carson High School Junior Chloe Crookshanks, 16, was selected by the Nevada Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) to participate in the High School Youth Forum (HSYF), a SRM sponsored youth activity held jointly during the 75 Annual SRM meeting. The meeting was held in Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 6-10, 2022.  READ MORE...

Board CertificationLinda Belnap Recognized with National Board Certification
Posted on 02/10/2022
Linda Belnap, English as a Second Language teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School, was recognized at the school board meeting, Feb. 8, 2022 for earning her National Board Certification. Also recognized were Lacey Carey, Literacy Specialist ELA at Fritsch Elementary School, and Nicole Medieros, Second Grade teacher at Bordewich Bray Elementary, for maintaining their certifications. READ MORE...

WinterfestCarson High Announces 2022 Winterfest King and Queen
Posted on 02/11/2022
CHS named Javier Arellano and Reese Mackenzie as the 2022 Winterfest King and Queen. Additionally, Mackade Chambers and Jocelyn Guttierrez were named the 11th grade Winterfest Prince and Princess, AJ Marhevka and Katarina Klatt were named the 10th grade Winterfest Prince and Princess, Ethan Hendee and Jessica Barry were named the 9th grade Winterfest Prince and Princess. Congratulations to all the candidates named. READ MORE...

ScholarshipMark Twain Elementary Pathologist Earns Scholarship for Speech Therapy
Posted on 02/16/2022
Mark Twain Elementary School Speech-Language Pathologist Taylor Mandelli was the recent recipient of the “Apple Award” from the Delta Kappa Gamma NU Chapter in the amount of $100.00. Delta Kappa Gamma is an educational organization of teachers who support other teachers. READ MORE...

EngineeringCarson and Eagle Valley Middle School Girls Introduced to Engineering
Posted on 02/24/2022
Nearly 50 female students from both Carson Middle and Eagle Valley Middle Schools participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED) at the University of Nevada, Reno this past February. The national event, or Girl Day, is a time when volunteers and educators act as role models, facilitate engineering activities and show young females how engineering is a great career choice and a great way to change the world. READ MORE...

Scholastic Art WinnersCHS Students Named Scholastic Art and Writing Contest Winners for 2021
Posted on 02/25/2022
Scholastic Art and Writing Contest winners from Carson High School: Claire Williams, 17-year-old junior in Karen McCraw’s Art class, received a Gold Key award and an American Visions nomination for her piece, The Rise of Awareness. Aubrey Glazner, 17-year-old senior in Kara Ferrin’s Photography class, received a Gold Key award and an American Visions nomination for her piece, Black in a White World. READ MORE...

CounselorsSchool District Honors Counselors for National School Counseling Week
Posted on 02/08/2022
The district was pleased to honor school counselors during National School Counseling Week, Feb. 7-11, 2022. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the week helped focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. READ MORE...

Reading WeekCarson City Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss Day, Reading Week
Posted on 03/02/2022
There were several “Things” running around Seeliger Elementary School and throughout the Carson City School District during Reading Week as students dressed in costumes of some of their most beloved Dr. Seuss characters. Each year, National Read Across America Day is observed on March 2, the birthday of children’s book author Ted Geisel, a/k/a Dr. Seuss. And in celebration, many schools dedicate an entire week as “Reading Week.” READ MORE...

Harry ChalekianSeeliger Elementary Students Write Book for Nonagenarian’s Birthday
Posted on 03/03/2022
Former educator, math teacher, U.S. Army Veteran and world traveler Harry Chalekian, 91, celebrated his birthday this year with some special individuals who were only a tenth of his age. Seeliger Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Susan Lowther coordinated a special present for Mr. Chalekian. Her class of 10 and 11-year-olds were able to design and write a book for the nonagenarian titled “When I am 91.” READ MORE...

Mr. Carson HighAdam Sulik Crowned Mr. Carson High 2022
Posted on 03/07/2022
Carson High School Senior Adam Solik, 17, was crowned ‘Mr. Carson High,’ March 4, 2022, at the school’s cheerleader fundraising event in the Bob Boldrick Theatre at the Carson City Community Center. READ MORE...

Kindness for Chris‘Kindness for Chris’ Campaign Encourages Daily Acts of Service
Posted on 03/08/2022
The ‘Kindness for Chris’ Campaign invited everyone to perform acts of service each day and take pictures, either during or after, the service provided. They then, sent pictures to @kindnessforchris on Instagram and/or posted them using the hashtag #kindnessforchris on social media. Students and staff also wore lime green March 11 in support of Lymphoma Awareness. READ MORE...

McKinney-VentoMcKinney-Vento Program Gains $40K Donation from Harley Davidson
Posted on 03/09/2022
Eaglemark Savings Bank and Harley Davidson Financial Services donated $40,000 to Carson City School District’s McKinney-Vento Students in Transition Program to support housing needs, Wi-Fi, supplemental transportation costs and other materials as needed for unaccompanied students through graduation. READ MORE...

HOSA 2022Two Carson High HOSA Students Take State, Others Shine in Competition
Posted on 03/21/2022
Carson High School (CHS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) HOSA-Future Health Professionals had two state champions at the State Leadership Conference at the Nugget Resort in Sparks, Nev., March 13-16. McKenna Budd took state for Clinical Nursing and Alicia Cortes Solis for Cultural Diversities & Disparities in Healthcare. READ MORE…

Sheriff's CadetSheriff’s Cadet, CHS Junior Trinity McLaren Assigned to 911 Dispatch
Posted on 03/29/2022
Carson City Sheriff’s Office Cadet Explorer and Carson High School Junior Trinity McLaren was the first Cadet to be assigned to 911 Dispatch in the Public Safety Communications Division of the Carson City Sheriff’s Department in more than 32 years. READ MORE...

Mini MusicalWild Horse Children’s Theater and Empire Elementary Hosted Mini Musical
Posted on 03/30/2022
The Wild Horse Children’s Theater and Empire Elementary School partnered to host a mini-musical production at the school, April 4. Approximately 30 students, grades 3-5, performed in the play.

Pinewood DerbyPinewood Derby Gives CHS Engineering Students Hands-on Experience
Posted on 03/31/2022
Carson High School CTE students received hands-on experience when they created and raced their own pinewood derby cars. The experience was more sophisticated than a typical Cub Scout contest because the students had to first create the car design using the computer-aided design (CAD) software, Autodesk. They then used power tools to build their car from a block of wood to fit the specifications of their CAD results. READ MORE...

LibrariansSchool District Honors School Librarians for Library Week, April 3-9, 2022
Posted on 04/04/2022
In recognition of National Library Week, April 3-9, Carson City School District took a moment to highlight the essential role school libraries and librarians play in supporting learning, promoting literacy and strengthening the school community. READ MORE...


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Prom 2022Have you captured some amazing photos at some of our school sites or around town? 

Please share your photos with us. Feel free to email our Public Information Officer Dan Davis, APR, [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.

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