Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, September 1, 2015

I got up early last Saturday morning and went to the farm.  I worked outside all day.  Being outside by myself helps me sort things out.  Over the last few days, I have been troubled by a number of issues and problems.  Negative attitudes of just a few can threaten the positive direction our district is heading.  The answer is simple, I think.   Focus on student achievement.   If we all work with focus on this singular goal, almost everything will be resolved in our favor. 

Now, to the more than 3,000 LRSD employees who made school opening generally smooth and special, thank you.   I want to brag on the hundreds and hundreds of people who worked so tirelessly getting classrooms ready for our students.  I had a great time with many of these people, and I learned so much about our district by being in our buildings.   We have some of the best of the best, and we can achieve many great things this year. I have seen our teams cooperating and pulling together in the most fantastic ways.  I saw inviting classrooms all over this school district that were waiting for students to step in and get started on learning adventures.  I saw libraries filled with exciting books.   I saw great leadership, and great teamwork.    I think we are a much better organization than we were four months ago.  We can make crisp decisions, and we are much more nimble.  We are working much harder, with confidence and a renewed sense of purpose. 

50 Fantastic Fathers!

This year’s contest features both top 25 winners, chosen by popular vote, and 25 wild card winners, randomly selected. We are waiting to hear back from a few wild card winners, so please check your email and reply if you have not done so. The




Top 25 winning dads are:    
  • Christopher Phillips (1.3 K)
  • Rayvious Hughes (1K)
  • Ira Baker (891)
  • Kamar Brasfield (661)
  • Demarcus Barnes (652)
  • Sydney Macfoy (561)
  • Edrick Alarcon (492)
  • Joe Dunn (410)
  • Brent Mitchell (395)
  • Henry Brooks (369)
  • Drancy Arnold (359)
  • Darrell White Jr. (346)
  • Donnell McTyer (298)
  • Cassius Hardy (234)
  • Stephens (226)
  • Jonathan Walterhouse (224)
  • Allie Freeman (222)
  • Eric Lamb (202)
  • Raydodd Hester (194)
  • Arnold Williams (192)
  • Morris Caldwell (179)
  • Markell Foreman (175)
  • Jansen Goodwin (168)
  • Warren Robinson (165)
  • Julien Battle (160)
The 25 wild card winners are:    
  • Justin Brooks
  • Veysel Erdag
  • Darnell Webb
  • TBD
  • Louis Parsons
  • Ray Lewis
  • Undra Abernathy
  • TBD
  • Rep Charles Blake
  • Kevin Nolder
  • James Bass
  • Marco Murray
  • Terrence Davis
  • Charlie Hampton
  • Russ Swearingen
  • TBD
  • Andre Williams
  • Chris Ross
  • Anthony Wilson
  • Cornelius Haney
  • Willie Miller
  • Ean Bordeaux
  • Gabriel Houston
  • Arjun Agnihothram
  • Anuthama Santhanam

We would like to say thank you to all of the fathers who participated in the Dads Take Your Child to School Day! Your support will impact your child both in school and beyond! We salute you!

Pick Your Prize, Dad!

Congratulations to our winning dads and father figures!!!!  Thanks for your participation in our  Dads Take Your Child to School contest!  We hope this is the beginning of your involvement with your student on campus throughout the school year. We need you!

Dads, we’re distributing prizes a little differently this year. When you come to our Chick-fil-A 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your prize. The dad with the most votes chooses first and the rest follow him. 25 dads will be invited based on votes and another 25 will be randomly selected. Save the date for the winner’s luncheon on Friday, September 4 at 11:30 am— you must be present to win. Winners will receive email invitations by Friday, Aug. 28 (distributed through

Here are some of the great prize packages we have put together so far:

  1. Razorback Super Fan: 2 tickets to the Sept. 12 football game at War Memorial Stadium, dinner at the Lettermen’s Club; and pre-game photo opp on the field
  2. Tech Savvy Dad: Kindle (courtesy of myOn), portable phone charger (courtesy of Edwin Watts); $40 worth of photo print credits (courtesy of Bedford Camera)
  3. Science Guy: Family membership to the Museum of Discovery and $25 Walmart gift card
  4. Dapper Dad: Southern Tide button down (courtesy of Mr. Wicks) and $25 gift card to Mens Wearhouse
  5. Adventure Man: 5-visit punch card to the Little Rock Climbing Center, Ultra Bright LED flashlight (courtesy of Cantrell Ace Hardware) and $25 gift card to Ozark Outdoor Supply
  6. Golf -“Fore” Dad: Two rounds of golf, and a prize package from Edwin Watts
  7. Family Fun Night: Four rounds of mini golf at Big Rock Fun Park and $20 gift certificate to Whole Hog Café
  8. Grill Master: Weber Grill, and a $20 gift certificate to Hillcrest Artisan Meats. Plus, grill tools and accessories, courtesy of Lowe's.
  9. Car Buff: Car wash kit (courtesy of Advance Auto Parts)
  10. Candid Camera: Bedford Camera will select a photo based on composition, lighting and emotional impact and the winner will win $80 gift card toward the purchase of photo prints and more.
  11. Handyman: RYOBI Starter Drill Kit valued at $70, courtesy of Home Depot
  12. The Presidential: Admission for four guests to the Clinton Presidential Center, a $50 gift certificate to Cafe 42, The Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook, "Selected Remarks by William Jefferson Clinton and a pocket-sized notebook
  13. Dare Devil Dad: Family four-pack to the Arkansas State Fair, Oct. 9-18, 2015.
  14. Roller Guy: Passes to Arkansas Skatium

Want to Play College Sports? Get Ready.

Student atheles please review the NCAA Eligibility Check List below and take the steps required at your grade level in order to be eligibile for NCAA athletic scholarships. For more information about GPA and ACT/SAT requirements visit:

Freshman Ask your counselor for a list of your high school's NCAA core courses and make sure you take them. Study hard and earn good grades.

Sophomores Register at the beginning of the year at Make sure you take core courses on your high school's list of NCAA courses.

Juniors Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time. Take the ACT or SAT and submit  your socres to the NCAA using code 9999. At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send your official transcript to the Eligibility Center.

Seniors Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary. Request amateurism certification after April 1. After you graduate, ask your counselor to sumbit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.

LRSD Piloting New Cell Phone Policy at Five High Schools

Effective immediately, the Little Rock School District is piloting a new cell phone policy for the responsible use of cell phones at all five high schools for the 2015-2016 school year. The new pilot policy will allow students to have their phones in their possession, but they cannot use them, and the phones cannot make any noise at all, unless the use is authorized by the classroom teacher. LRSD recognizes the potential of cell phones and other electronic devices to be effective instructional tools and educational classroom resources.

According to the policy, JICJ, ‘Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that respects the rights of others and minimizes any distractions that occur in the learning environment.’  To view the full policy governing the pilot use of cell phones at Central, Hall, J.A. Fair, McClellan and Parkview, click here.

The same disciplinary procedures currently in place for the possession and use of cell phones will apply to the unauthorized use of cell phones or electronic devices. Click here to view the 2015-2016 Student Handbook. See rule 24 regarding use of cell phones and other electronic devices on page 75.  Unauthorized cell phone use is a category 2 offense (see page 34).

LRSD Seeking AVID Tutors at 6 Schools

The Little Rock School District needs tutors, who will be paid $10/hour, to assist in the AVID programs at six of our schools. There will be an AVID Tutor Training held at the IRC Building (3001 S. Pulaski Street) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. 

Tutors must be enrolled in college and available to work “during the school day” to tutor students while they are in their classes.

Tutors should possess the following qualifications:

  • Be a college student or have attended college
  • Have good academic standing of 3.0 GPA or better
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Have good written and oral communication
  • Have strong writing and math skills
  • Have a "clean" federal background check

The rate of pay is $10.00 per hour.  Flexible scheduling is available for part-time positions.  If interested, please contact Laureen Isom with Little Rock School District at 501-447-2971 or

All LRSD High Schools— 8:45 am – 3:50 pm

To accommodate the move from A-B block scheduling to a seven-period day an additional 5 minutes has been added to the school day at all high schools in the district. PLEASE NOTE: There is a typo in the student calendar, which INCORRECTLY lists the secondary school schedule as 8:45-3:55. Also, the schedule for grades 9-12 at Hamilton Learning Academy will be 8:45 am - 3:45 pm while the schedule for grades 6-8 will be 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.

The move to a seven-period day offers many advantages to student learning including more time with instructors. J.A. Fair, Hall and McClellan high schools will move to a seven-period day beginning this school year. Central, Parkview and Hamilton Learning Academy will keep the A-B Block Schedule and use the additional 5 minutes for announcements and to ensure a smooth transition between classes.

All LRSD middle schools except Horace Mann will have the same start and end time as last year— 8:45 am – 3:45 pm. Horace Mann will start five minutes earlier at 8:40 am but will also end at 3:45 pm.

Back to School 2015 Newsletter

Published by jackbgarvey on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:08

                                              Click here to read the Back to School 2015 Newsletter

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