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LRSD Graduates Continue Impressive Scholarship Gains

          

Thanks to an impressive Class of 2017, Little Rock School District graduates earned more than $24 million in scholarships to attend colleges and unverisities at home and across the country.  The nearly 1,500 seniors in the 2017 class represent all five district high schools.  Congratulations, graduates!

Summer Break Just Around the Corner - Tuesday, May 30 - Last Day for Students

Almost Time for Summer Break!!!

Tuesday, May 30, will be the last day of school for students.  The last day for teachers is Wednesday, May 31. 

Check-in for high schools and remaining K-8 students will be July 27-28.

Reminder to High School Parents - Check Dismissal Times Next Week

Attention High School Parents:

Please be advised that LRSD will adhere to semester testing that is posted on the calendar – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursay and Friday of next week. 

High schools will have established dismissal times.  Check with your child’s high school if you have any questions. 

Please Pardon the Closing of All District Football Fields/Tracks Starting June 1st

Starting June 1, 2017, all Little Rock School District football fields/tracks, with the exception of Booker Magnet Elementary, will be closed to the public for regular summer maintenance. The sites will be closed until maintenance is complete and we notify the public.  Again, Booker will be the only site available for public use. 

LRSD's Lemonade War Celebration, Saturday May 20, Clinton Center

Graphic featuring picutres of lemons and date for Lemonade War Celebration at Clinton CenterWe hope that you have enjoyed reading The Lemonade War at home with your child.  We have been exploring the book through activities and discussions at school.  Jessie and Evan’s lemonade competition has sparked lots of excitement across the district!

LRSD Graduates Prepare For Their Big Day!

                         Picture of students in blue graduating gowns and caps posing for a selfie as a group

With college and career opportunities looming, LRSD seniors are preparing for their final high school assignment... graduation! LRSD baccalaureate exercises will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017; graduation exercises begin Tuesday evening, May 16 for Accelerated Learning Center students and will continue May 23-25, 2017 for traditional high school students. The schedule for ceremonies is listed in the charts below. 

2017 BACCALAUREATE date/times:
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

LOCATION TIME SPEAKER 
     
Central 6:00 p.m Colette Dodson Honorable
Central Alumna
Commissioner of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Hall 4:00 p.m Dr. Laurence B. Alexander
Chancellor, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB)
J. A. Fair 4:00 p.m. Joseph Cole, Dean of Fine Arts & Humanities
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College
McClellan 3:00 p.m. Dr. Anika Whitfield 
DPM Podiatrist
Parkview 4:00 p.m. Susan Altrui
Parkview Alumna
Director of Little Rock Zoo

                                  
                                                                                                                                     
                                                                              
2017 GRADUATION DATES/TIMES:

Metro Activity Center
Metropolitan Career Technical Center
   
Tuesday May 16    
6:00 p.m. ACC    
     
Verizon    
Tuesday, May 23  Wednesday, May 24  Thursday, May 25
6:00 p.m. – McClellan 6:00 p.m. – Hall 6:00 p.m. – Central  
8:30 p.m. – Parkview 8:30 p.m. – J.A. Fair  

                                                                                         

PLEASE NOTE: New security requirements apply to everyone who enters Verizon Arena, which include specific limitations on handbags. Click here for a list of prohibited and permitted items.

 

New, Earlier Check-in Dates for LRSD - Starting May 15

Attention LRSD Parents:

Please be advised that Check-in for the upcoming school year is earlier this year – May 15-19 for elementary and middle schools.  (High school check-in dates are July 27-28, 2017).

Verizon Arena Bag Policy for Graduation Ceremonies

                                  Verizon Arena Logo
Bag Policy

Walk-through magnetometers are mandatory for every Verizon Arena event.  Items that must be placed on the security inspection table:

-Bags

-Cell Phones

-Cameras

-Keys

-Other metal objects

Items that may be kept on your person:

-Coins

-Wallet

-Belt

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LRCH's Dr. Beth Maris Named LRSD Teacher of the Year

May9, 2017 - Congratulations to Dr. Beth Maris, Little Rock Central High School, selected as Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year/Dr. Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year during Monday night's annual Crystal Awards gala.

ACT Readiness Program June 7 -27, 2017

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students. The program targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test score Reports must be attached to the application. 

The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 7 -27, 2017. Transportation is not provided with this program. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2017.

Click on this link for more ACT information

LRSD Senior Staff Provide Informational Message to District Parents and Community Members

Attention LRSD Parents:

A Blackboard (ParentLink) message that includes an informational letter from senior LRSD staff members was sent to you this evening.  The contents of that letter can be found  below (the "Word" version of this letter can be found at the end of this email.):

Senior Staff Informational Letter - English

Senior Staff Informational Letter - Spanish

While administration cannot tell you how to vote, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the issue related to the May 9th election to extend the debt on one bond issue for LRSD.  Early voting begins tomorrow, May 2.  If the extension passes, planned capital improvement projects impacting schools across the District would get underway as early as this summer.   Planned Capital Improvement Projects and Estimated Costs

Meantime, two signficant developments occurred last  week related to the May 9 election: early and election day poll sites were announced, and the City Board of Directors voted 7-1 to support the Little Rock School District's request to hold the election.

In addition to the main early voting site in the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham (across the street from Little Rock City Hall), the four new locations are listed below:

• Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester
• Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Road
• Second Presbyterian Church, Youth Center, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive
• West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow

Early voting will be held weekdays at the downtown location May 2-8, 2017; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and at the four other election locations May 2-7, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Election Day is May 9.

Additonally, you will find a list of  Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

Proceeds Details

Time to Check In for the 2017-18 School Year

Attention LRSD Parents:

Please be advised that Check-in for the upcoming school year is earlier this year – May 15-19 for elementary and middle schools.  (High school check-in dates are July 27-28, 2017).

ALL ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOL parents are strongly encouraged to check in May 15-19 at their child's assigned school.  If you have moved please report to the LRSD Student Registration Office located at 501 Sherman Street with two current proofs of residence. To help us better serve you, please keep your phone number, address, and email address updated. In order for students to receive a bus for the first day of school, August 14, 2017, address changes must made by June 15.  Students who move from now until the end of the school year are allowed to complete the school year at their assigned school if the parent can provide transportation.  Additionally, most students who are attending schools outside of their attendance zone (magnet schools, transfers, etc.) will not be reassigned due to an address change.

Check-in days and times are as follows:

Elementary Schools

  • May 15-16            7:40/7:50 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 17-19            7:40/7:50 a.m. – End of school day (Normal school hours)

Middle Schools  

  • May 15-16             9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 17-19             9:00 a.m. – End of school day (Normal school hours)

Forest Heights STEM Academy will hold Student Check-In May 15-19, 2017 in the Media Center.

  • The schedule is as follows:
  • May 15th -Monday – 8:00 -6:00
  • May 16th – Tuesday – 8:00 – 6:00
  • May 17th – Wednesday – 8:00 – 3:00
  • May 18th – Thursday – 8:00 – 3:00
  • May 19th – Friday – 8:00 – 3:00

Checking in now allows the district to prepare for your child’s arrival next year, including scheduling and transportation.

All student registration forms can be found at this link.  In order to expedite the process, you may complete the forms and take them with you to check-in.  However, you will be required to complete a Pupil Information Form on site.

*  Please also note that there may be a slight variation in times for each site, depending on the agenda for your child’s school.  If you have questions, please check with the respective school.

Thanks for choosing LRSD!

LRSD Lemonade War Starts Friday April 28th!

Many of us remember that special feeling of having our parents, older siblings or teachers read to us.  As part of its One District One Book effort, the Little Rock School District is highlighting reading, tying it to a lesson in financial literacy.  Beginning Friday, April 28, all 13,000 plus LRSD K-5 students will be enjoying the same book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.  The book focuses on a brother and sister whose sibling rivalry pits them against each other in a little friendly competition to see who can outdo the other in a lemonade war.  To help us launch this district-wide initiative, we have enlisted the help of some celebrity readers.  They are lending their voices to this powerful movement supporting reading.  Click on the links below this article to hear from our celebrity readers.

(A Spanish version of The Lemonade War videos will be uploaded soon.)

The kick-off on Friday will feature simultaneous assemblies at each elementary school with LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore sharing a video message to students and teachers.  Parents are encouraged to join their students during this month-long effort by reading the book with them in the evenings and on weekends.  Research indicates that “children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.”    

Parents are also encouraged to make their own “Lemonade War” videos and take photos, uploading them to Facebook and/or Twitter, using the hashtag #LRSD1District1Book  (with lemon emoji – no space - at the end of the hastag).  Facebook fans and Twitter followers will then be asked to vote on their favorite photo/video.   The winning entry will be recognized from the stage during the closing Lemonade War celebration on the lawn of the Clinton Center, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 20.  More information about the closing celebration will shared in a separate post.

A comment section can also be found to the right of this page where you may ask questions, leave messages, and share stories about your family’s participation in The Lemonade War.  

 

Lemonade War Videos

“The Lemonade War” Introduction with Superintendent Mike Poore from Little Rock School District on Vimeo.

Please click on this link to see all the "Lemonade War" videos.

ACC Graduation and Home-school Graduation

 

Information

ACC Awards Program is May 12th at 10am in the Metro Activity Center

ACC Graduation Ceremony is May 16th at 6:00pm in the Metro Activity Center

**Students within 2 credits may participate in the ACC Graduation Ceremony

*Names of students who are within 1 credit, will be sent to the Home-schools on May 1st

Countdown is On to LRSD's Lemonade War

LRSD's Lemonade War gets underway at elementary campuses across the District Friday, April 28.  Be sure to join the fun and post photos featuring you and your child enjoying The Lemonade War book by Jacqueline Davies.  Your child will be bringing home the book and more information Friday after school. 

FAQs Regarding Planned Capital Improvement Projects

The list of planned capital improvement projects impacting schools across the District can be found  on the following link:  Planned Capital Improvement Projects and Estimated Costs

Meantime, two signficant developments occurred this week related to the May 9 election: early and election day poll sites were announced, and the City Board of Directors voted 7-1 to support the Little Rock School District's request to hold the election.

In addition to the main early voting site in the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham (across the street from Little Rock City Hall), the four new locations are listed below:

• Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester
• Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Road
• Second Presbyterian Church, Youth Center, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive
• West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow

LRSD Seeks Additional Proposals for Re-purposingTwo Campuses Slated for Closing

April 25, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) has decided to re-open the process for soliciting offers to re-purpose Franklin and Woodruff properties. The decision to extend the opportunity for offers is a result of conversations between community members and LRSD, as well as the administration's knowledge of timelines that allow the District greater flexibility in re-purposing the sites. LRSD will accept new proposals and will continue to consider proposals that have already been submitted.

Parkview High School Ranked #3 and Central High School #6 in Arkansas by US News and World Report

US News and World Report has ranked Parkview High School #3 and Central High School as #6 in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas High School Rankings

See the attached link for Arkansas High School rankings

Parkview Magnet High School

"Parkview Magnet High School is ranked 3rd within Arkansas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Parkview Magnet High School is 95 percent..."

U.S. News and World Report ranking of Parkview High School

Central High School

"Central High School is ranked 6th within Arkansas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Central High School is 62 percent."

U.S. New and World Report ranking of Central High School

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