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Principal for a Day at Swope Middle School takes dedication, empathy and knowledge of thermostats

By Jennifer Burton

My first task as Principal for a Day was to greet students as they arrived at Swope Middle School on a rather cold and cloudy morning.  Tuesday, I joined 28 community members who volunteered to go "boots on the ground" at various schools in Washoe county.  We fanned out with the goal of seeing what [...]

WCSD Head Reflects on First 100 Days in Northern Nevada

By Jennifer Burton

The year 2010 holds more change for the Washoe County School District according to Superintendent Heath Morrison, who is completing his first 100 days on the job this week.  On Wednesday Morrison will speak formally about his time here, but I wanted to find out what he's learned so far.  Asked to reflect on his [...]

Washoe County School District Announces Major Changes

By Jennifer Burton

Change is never easy, but Washoe County Schools have a lot riding on their ability to increase graduation rates and raise student achievement in Northern Nevada.
Today the Washoe County School District announced a reorganization at its central office, three months after Heath Morrison took over as superintendent.  Since arriving in August, Morrison has been talking [...]

Local School Leaders Look to Vegas for Innovative Funding Ideas

By Jennifer Burton

Leaders from the Washoe County school district traveled to Las Vegas recently to find out how Clark County is doing with a privately-funded, experimental program that gives individual schools more authority over decisions and more responsibility for their performance.
WCSD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison was part of a small group from Northern Nevada that attended an [...]

Mummified Rat's Nest Piques Kids' Interest at Desert Research Institute Open House

By Jennifer Burton

There's nothing like 22-thousand year old rat droppings to help get kids interested in science.  A sample of petrified poop was a big draw for young science enthusiasts as they toured the Desert Research Institute during an open house in Reno on Saturday.  The sample came from an old pack rat den in a cave [...]