A Project for Better Journalism chapter


District denies application to push back start time to 8 a.m.

April 19, 2018 12:41pm | Ilana Rockwell

An application for Spring Valley to start an hour later and was denied, according to Principal Tam Larnerd, because the change would cost the district upward of $1.3 million. The want for change was driven by new opportunities for students, particularly in the International Baccalaureate […]

Students present personal projects at first annual exhibit

April 19, 2018 12:41pm | Azteca Escobar

International Baccalaureate students presented their personal projects at the school’s first annual Personal Project exhibition on March 21. The class of 2020 are the first IB students to work on and present the projects that are mandatory for the IB program. Students got to pick […]

Former cheer coach arrested for inappropriate conduct

March 21, 2018 12:45pm | Andrew Mendez

Former Spring Valley cheerleading coach Joshua Balelo, 29, was arrested for two felony counts of lewdness with a minor over the age of 14, and two felony counts of child abuse on March 19. Balelo was fired by Principal Tam Larnerd in September 2017 when […]

Grizzlies protest for safer schools, stricter gun regulations

March 15, 2018 8:06pm | Andrew Mendez

More than 500 students and staff walked out of class today and participated in a nationwide movement calling for school safety and increased gun control.  The protest was held for 17 minutes to remember the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on […]

CCSD sees surge in violence after police cuts

March 15, 2018 7:25am | LaChine Wong

Students are noticing an uptick in violence but a decrease in campus police officers after the Clark County School District (CCSD) cut millions of dollars from school safety after their recent budget crisis this year. The reduction caused most schools to eliminate a police officer, […]

Wells Cargo to build second asphalt pit

March 15, 2018 7:10am | Andrew Mendez

The Grizzly community is experiencing air pollution two times higher than the federal standard due to its close proximity to Wells Cargo’s asphalt plant, according to a study conducted by the Clark County School District’s Environmental Services.  The plant, only 208 feet from campus, is […]

Larnerd supports student safety, walkout, with lap for life

March 15, 2018 7:05am | Andrew Mendez

The Grizzly community is taking part of a nationwide movement on March 14 to protest gun violence and raise awareness for student safety. Principal Tam Larnerd has been active on his personal Twitter account, encouraging students to participate in a Lap For Life, which will […]

Sophomores To Complete First Personal Project

February 13, 2018 4:01pm | Arlene Ornelas

For the first time, sophomores are required to do a personal project. With the final authorization of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program last year, sophomore students have been given the additional task of creating a project that represents one of their passions, interests or hobbies. […]

Yearbook Introduces Senior Quotes For First Time

February 13, 2018 4:00pm | Isabel Hillers

Seniors will have a chance to put a quote in the yearbook for the first time in Spring Valley history, a long asked for tradition that will make its mark this year. “I taught several classes of juniors last year and several classes of seniors […]

#GrizzlyStrong: Students donate money, blood to Route 91 victims

October 11, 2017 2:53pm | Andrew Mendez

Nearly two weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Spring Valley community is still coping with its effects after 58 were killed and more than 500 were wounded. The shooting, which took place at the Route 91 country music festival, is only […]