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"Building a Better Me" Leadership Training

September 23, 2016 - LRSD students from Stephens and Mabelvale elementary schools participated in a student leadership academy, "Building a Better Me," designed to help them develop skills to be successful at school and in their respective communities. The event is the first in a series of student leadership academies the district is planning for the 2016-2017 school year. Students had the opportunity to learn about four leadership styles through guest speakers and group activities: integrity, character, performance, service and passion.  Guest speakers included: Superintendent Mike Poore, Sidney Moncrief, Dr. Julian Murray, Joseph Booker, Miguel Fuentevilla, Raven Richards and Kevin Hunt, Sr.

Mateo Named Regional Finalist in Arkansas Teacher of the Year

September 22, 2016—Emma Mateo, 2016 Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year, was named one of 14 Arkansas Teacher of the Year regional finalists. Mateo was a special education teacher at Otter Creek Elementary School when she won the top honor for LRSD. She now works at the new west Little Rock middle school, Pinnacle View, where she serves as a member of the school’s leadership team and chairs the School Based Intervention Team in addition to her regular duties supporting the school’s English and math teachers in educating exceptional children.

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recognize the regional finalists at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol. During the ceremony, the four state semi-finalists will be announced.

McClellan Homecoming Changed to Oct. 14

The McClellan High School Homecoming has been changed from the Friday, September 30 game against Mills, the annual Marshmallow Bowl, to the Friday, October 14 game against Beebe.

Governor's All-Region & All-State Coding Competitions Announced at Hall

September 16, 2016—  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the inaugural Governor's All-Region and All-State Coding Competition to an auditorium full of 11th grade students at Hall High School. Eight regional competitions will occur simultaneously across the state on Monday, November 7. Winners of the regional competitions will then compete at the state level for scholarships. Schools are permitted a specific number of teams based on enrollment and students compete in teams of three. Verizon is the sponsor for the prizes at the All-State Coding Competition.

1st Place: $2000/team member
2nd Place: $1500/team member
3rd Place: $500/team member

The 1st place team’s school will win a classroom set of iPads valued at $20,000. 

Back-to-School Workshops—2 Locations—Sat. Sept. 17

On Saturday, September 17, 10 am - 12 noon, LRSD Parent Involvement will host Back-to-School Workshops at two locations. Refreshments, door prizes and child care will be provided.

  • Western Hills Elementary, 4901 Western Hills Ave., 72204, (Central East Cluster: Bale, Booker, Carver, Central, Dunbar, Franklin, Gibbs, Hamilton, King, Horace Mann, Metropolitan CTE, Rockefeller, Stephens, Washington, Western Hills, and Wilson. Click here to view flyer in English (y Español).
  • Pulaski Heights Middle School, 401 N. Pine St., 72205 (West Cluster: Brady, Forest Heights STEM Academy (K-8), Forest Park, Fulbright, Hall High, Henderson, Jefferson, McDermott, Pinnacle View Middle, Pulaski Heights Elem. & MIddle, Parkview Magnet High, Roberts, Romine, Terry, and Williams Click here to view flyer in English (y Español).

ASU Partnership with Horace Mann Gives Future Scientists a Head Start

In a first-ever opportunity for middle school attendees, students at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School will partner with Arkansas State University (ASU) to collect data for plant and gas research projects, sending the data to ASU for further analysis.  ASU will interpret and discuss the data with Mann students, encouraging further study and experimentation.

Administration and teachers at Horace Mann believe this partnership will enhance curriculum and better prepare students interested in science and math, and will help improve ACT scores.

State Representative Charles Blake was on hand for the announcement and presented a ceremonial award check to Horace Mann which will be used, in part, to help support this initiative.   

LRSD College Night— Tuesday, September 27

Save the date for LRSD’s 42nd Annual College Night on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6-8 pm. The event will take place at the Metroplex Event Center, 10600 Colonel Glenn Rd.

Students will be introduced to college reps from across the country. Students are encouraged to register prior to the event. To register, visit www.gotocollegefairs.com. Registrants will then receive a "barcode" that they may print and take with them to the college fair, and college reps will scan the barcode instead of having students fill out information cards at each table. This is not required, but it is recommended. 

It’s Time for the Grandparents Day Sweepstakes

This month in honor of Grandparents Day, September 11, LRSD is celebrating involved grandparents across the district through its annual Grandparents Day Facebook Sweepstakes. Winners will be randomly selected to attend the Grandparents Day Luncheon on Friday, October 7. Prizes will be distributed at the luncheon. This contest is a sweepstakes without voting.

How to enter:
Visit one or more grandchildren at school and take a photo of your visit. Upload the photo through September 28, 2016. Multiple entries permitted (one per grand child). The grandparent should be in the photo.

Entry Method #1: (preferred): Go to http://woobox.com/9nvphm (No additional steps required)

Entry Method #2: Enter by making a public post on LRSD’s Facebook page using #LRSDgrand2016 in the comment section of the post pinned to the top of LRSD’s Facebook Page.

Entry Method #3: Enter by making a public post on Instagram with #LRSDgrand2016 Additional steps required.

Entry Method #4: Enter by making a public post on Twitter with  #LRSDgrand2016 Additional steps required.

Entry methods 2-4 require additional information be provided to communications@lrsd.org:

  1. Social media handle used to enter the contest.
  2. Grandparent name (s) in the photo
  3. Grandparent email address (Winners will be notified by evite from pingg)
  4. Grandparent phone number (To address email bounces)
  5. Attach photo

WARNING: The privacy settings on your social media account may prevent #LRSDgrand2016 entry methods from working.

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