Construction is almost complete, the Facebook page is up, and the doors are set to open for the 2018-19 school year at Ortwein Elementary, Home of the Olympians! Located at Dean Martin and Interstate 15, south of West Cactus Avenue, the new CCSD school will be helmed by Principal Traci Holloway and house approximately 850 kindergarten through fifth graders.

To kick off the new school year, Ortwein Elementary welcomes students and families to a “Teacher Meet & Greet and Inaugural Tile Event” on Friday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first day will commence on Monday, August 13, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A calendar of key dates and activities for the fall can be found on the school website, with everything from school pictures and spirit days to Trunk or Treat, the fall book fair and the winter holiday program.

The school proudly takes as its namesake retired local teacher and administrator Dr. Dennis Ortwein, whose illustrious career began in 1956—in the newly formed Clark County School District—and spanned more than three decades. An advocate for equality and human rights, Dr. Ortwein played a vital role in desegregating local schools and promoting diversity. You can read more about Dr. Ortwein’s accomplishments here.