J.G. JOHNSON: DARE graduation on Dec. 18
The D.A.R.E. Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a preventive program that is aimed to equip local youth with the skills to resist peer pressure and experimenting with harmful drugs.
J.G. Johnson Elementary School Principal Jeff Skelton said one of the unique features of D.A.R.E. is the use of specially-trained, uniformed police officers as instructors.
“Our local sheriff’s deputies come in and they go over their program on drugs and how to say no to peer pressure and bullying. They go through a worksheet and everyone who finishes their journal or workbook will get to be part of the graduation ceremony.
“It will be on the 18th of December and they will receive a t-shirt and a certificate. We are also having our Christmas programs next month. The 20th will be the K-2 program at 1:45 p.m. and on the 21st is the 3rd to 5th graders at 2 p.m.,” Skelton said.
FLOYD: Breakfast with Santa on Saturday
Officials at Floyd Elementary School are giving thanks to students and their families following the annual “Turkey Trot” in the Artesia community last week.
“I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I would like to thank the staff here at Floyd, the Artesia community, and all of the family and friends who helped to make our Turkey Trot such a successful event,” said Principal Jason Odegard.
“Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. We have another event coming up this Saturday that we invite all of you to attend. Our annual Breakfast With Santa will be this Saturday morning. It is a fun event, and we look forward to seeing many of you there. Also coming up this weekend is the Silver Tappers show at Saddle West.
“There are shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Silver Tappers have decided this year to donate funds to each of the elementary schools to help reimburse teachers for supplies that they purchase for projects in their classrooms.
“We hope that many of you will be able to attend one of their performances to show support for their efforts to help us. If you are interested, we do have some tickets for sale in the office.”
Parents are also encouraged to take their students to the “Breakfast with Santa” celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tickets are $2.50 or $15 for families of six or more.
Pancakes, sausage, juice, and milk will also be offered.
Parents can also have their child take a photo with Santa by bringing a camera to the event.
HAFEN: Christmas programs planned for Dec. 13
Hafen Elementary School wants parents to mark their calendars for several events scheduled to take place next month.
Principal Todd Nelson said students at the school will be assured of fun and frivolity.
“We have a Christmas program with our first and third graders. They will be singing and doing a play as well. It’s a great time for parents and for students to show off their talents and to celebrate this time of year. It’s just going to be a nice evening with the parents and the students.
“Our fantastic first graders will be performing a Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. The Hafen Third Grade class will be performing their Christmas Musical, “The Little Bell Who Couldn’t Ring” on Thursday, Dec. 13, immediately following the First Grade Christmas Concert,” he said.
NCSD: Parents encouraged to visit new website
Nye County School District officials are encouraging parents to check out the new website, which has a brand new look.
The changes have made the website more user-friendly by dividing up the sections to meet the needs of parents, students, and staff with overall district information.
The website provides links to each individual school website, zoning maps, school calendars, parenting tips, Parent/Student Handbook, transportation forms, Common Core State Standards and much more.
The district encourages parents to take the time to explore the district and school websites for valuable information.
STUDENT BODY: Working parents have child heath benefits options
Nevada Check Up is the state’s children’s health insurance program. The program gives working parents access to low cost health care coverage for their uninsured children from birth through 18 years of age.
Families may qualify if their child receives free or reduced lunches according to the guidelines of Nevada public health programs for children.
Children may also be able to be covered either under the Nevada Check Up program or Medicaid for their health care.
Necessary documents needed are the child’s Social Security card and birth certificate, one month of paycheck stubs for anyone in the house who is working to verify income.
For more information call 1-877-543-7669.