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Little Rock School District Aspiring Leadership Institute - 2017

By Dr. Ericka McCarroll
Bale Elementary Principal/Leadership Facilitator

The purpose of the LRSD Aspiring Leadership Institute is to identify, recruit, and groom school-based leaders to assume leadership positions in the near future within the Little Rock School District.  The institute is framed around the newly adopted professional standards for educational leaders which are:

  1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  2. Ethics and Professional Norms
  3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
  4. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  5. Community of Care and Support for Students
  6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel
  7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff
  8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community
  9. Operations and Management
  10. School Improvement

This four-session institute will provide participants with rigorous and thought-provoking activities to extend thinking and practices around the leadership standards.  All participants are expected to be fully engaged, arrive on time, and attend each themed session from 4:30-8:00 p.m.:

October 24 - Exploring the Leader Within
December 12 - Cultivating a Culture of Excellence
February 27 - Cultural Responsive Leaderishp
May 8 -  Culminating Activities

Participants

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Kelly Chaney
UALR - Instructor

Picture of Jerica Moore Jones
Jerica Moore Jones
Watson - Teacher 

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Eric Bunting
Parkview - Math Teacher

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Jennifer Nelson 
Mabelvale Middle
School Improvement Specialist

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Khamilla "Gina" Khoury 
Elementary
Literacy Facilitator
Picture of Jasmine Geter
Jasmine Geter
Parkview
Literacy Facilitator
Picture of Juliana Reynolds
Juliana Reynolds      
Fulbright - 4th Grade Teacher
  pICTURE OF jILL HOLLOMONJill Holomon
Pinnacle View - SPED Teacher
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Angela Saine
Williams - 4th Grade Teacher
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Tammy Bullock
Rockefeller - Reading Teacher
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Charlotte Cook
Carver - Young Astronaut Specialist
Picture of Nathalie Coulter
Nathalie Coulter
Jefferson - 1st Grade Teacher
Picture of Amanda SwiftAmanda Swift
Western Hills - Reading Teacher
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Carletta Burchett
Dodd - Instructional Tech Specialist
Picture of Stacie Breshears
Stacie Breshears
Wakefield - Academic Intervention Spec.
Picture of Tyronza Thames-WalkerTyronza Thames-Walker
Elementary - Math Facilitator
Picture of Jherrithan DukesJherrithan Dukes
Meadowcliff - Music Teacher

 
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Hazel Harris   
Bale-Instructional Technology Specialist
Picture of Roxie BrowningRoxie Browning
Hall - School Improvement Specialist
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Crystal McMullen
NLRSD - Teacher Leader

                     
                       

                                                                            
         

Open Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year: December 4-15, 2017

Open Enrollment in the Little Rock School District 2018-19 School Year takes place December 4 - 15, 2017. Take advantage of unique and innovative educational opportunities by enrolling in one of LRSD’s schools. You can enroll your child in pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, sign up for a magnet school, transfer to a new school or transfer from another district into the LRSD during this period.

It’s simple to register for school in the Little Rock School District!  If you are a returning student, you can go to your neighborhood school.  If you are new to the district or registering for the first time, go to: 

LRSD Student Registration Office
501 Sherman St. (at Capitol Ave.)
Little Rock, AR 72202
501-447-2950

Little Rock School District 2018-19  OPEN ENROLLMENT  P3-12 Find Out What's New and Exciting in the LRSD! Take advantage of unique and innovative educational opportunities by enrolling in one of LRSD’s schools during Open Enrollment, December 4 - December 15, 2017.  You can enroll your child in pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, sign up for a magnet school, transfer to a new school or transfer from another district into the LRSD during this period. December 4-15, 2017 Early Childhood P3/P4, Forest Heights STEM Academy, Magnet Schools, Kindergarten -12 and Address Changes  It’s simple to register for school in the Little Rock School District!  If you are a returning student, you can go to your neighborhood school.  If you are new to the district or registering for the first time, go to:   LRSD Student Registration Office 501 Sherman St. (at Capitol Ave.) Little Rock, AR 72202 501-447-2950 LRSD.orgClick here for a printable pdf file

 

Meet LRSD Athletes of the Month for September and October

October 2017
Congratulations to Parkview Senior Zachery L. Smith, named LRSD Athlete of the Month for October 2017.  He is a standout running back and strong safety. Zach as he is affectionately called, had  836 rushing yards on 36 carries for 8 rushing touchdowns at the time of his selection. He also had 6 receptions for 86 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown.  All this while being active in his community and church.  He’s a member of Arkansas Commitment and maintains a 3.025 GPA.  

 

September 2017

A three-year starter from McClellan High School earns the distinction as Athlete of the Month in Photo of Bennie Kemp of McClellanSeptember.  Bennie L. Kemp III is the team captain and has racked up quite a few accolades in his time at the school. At the time he was selected, he'd scored five touchdowns in the Crimson Lions' game against Sheridan.  He's only lost eight games since arriving at McClellan. He was second in tackles on the team during his sophomore year.  In addition to being an outstanding athlete, he understands the importance of academics, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

 

Don't Forget Recruitment Open House Events Start This Week

Attention Little Rock School District Community:

Recruitment Open House events begin tomorrow for middle and high schools.  You are encouraged to drop in to see to check out the options and opportunities offered by Little Rock School District.  

***Please note there are two date changes for two middle schools:  

  • Mann Magnet Middle School has changed the date for its event to November 9, 6 p.m.
  • Henderson Middle School's event is now November 28, 6 p.m.

                Please see article for all of the text in this flyer

Link to pdf flyer

 

New Partnership - Little Rock School District, New Beginnings and Fox 16 Against Bullying

The Little Rock School District, in partnership with New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, has teamed up with Fox 16 and Kevin Kelly to promote anti-bullying messages.  Watch Kelly’s reports on Fox 16 and visit the links on this page for important resources. 

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ADH Goes Back To School with Flu Clinics - Updated Schedule!

banner says get ready for back to school 2017 free immunizations
Flu is serious and can cause illness in every age group.

All Arkansans (6 months and older) should get flu vaccine each year to prevent the spread of the flu.

Your child will bring home a consent form with more information.

Protect yourself, your family and your community.  Get the flu vaccine!

Click on this PDF link to view the schedule of Vaccine Clinics

2017 Magnet School Fair - October 28

LRSD Magnet School Fair

Back by popular demand - it's the LRSD Magnet Fair, October 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Park Plaza Mall. 
We look forward to seeing you!

LRSD offers a variety of educational opportunities to meet your child’s needs. Each Magnet school emphasizes a specialized theme: Arts, Math and Science; International Studies and Foreign Languages; Gifted & Talented; and Traditional Studies. If you are looking for classrooms that are interesting, innovative and rigorous, be sure to attend our  “Magnet School Fair” event for details on what each location has to offer.

Participating Schools: Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School, Carver Math-Science Magnet Elementary School, Horace Mann Arts & Science Magnet Middle School, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, Central International Studies High School, Dunbar Gifted & Talented/International Studies Magnet Middle School, Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages, and Williams Traditional Studies Magnet School Elementary.

Click below for PDF-printable flyers:

Magnet School Pair - Click to download printable flyer in English Click to download printable flyer - Spanish version

 

McClellan's Friday Night Game Moved to Quigley Stadium

October 18, 2017

Attention:  McClellan Parents and Supporters

Please be advised that Friday night's game (October 20) between McClellan and Little Rock Christian Academy has been moved to Quigley Stadium on the campus of Central High.  Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

Use of Football Field at McClellanTemporarily Suspended While Turf Work is Completed

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October 5, 2017 - A renovation of the football field at McClellan High School occurred over the summer/early fall and the turf did not grow in as expected, leaving some patches and holes in the field.  As a result no sports activities have occurred on the field this academic school year.  The district has been working with partners to determine an acceptable solution. The safety of our student athletes remains a priority for LRSD, and after further assessment today, it was determined that the field conditions remain unacceptable.  We have, therefore, moved McClellan’s homecoming game against JA Fair on Friday night to Scott Field at Forest Heights STEM Academy, 5901 Evergreen.  We will continue to assess field conditions and determine the location of future games, if needed.

Updates will be posted to the LRSD website and via social media. 

 

Decreasing Absenteeism - Increasing Student Success

Photo of Baseline Principal Jonathan Crossley, other principals and vice principals

October 4, 2017 - Today, a training was held for selected schools for a campaign concerning chronic absenteeism. In short, the audience members— especially the principals—were extremely engaged! A trend emerged: we are all on the same page with the importance of this cause. Decreasing the number of chronically absent students in our buildings will inevitably increase student achievement. We want to do our best to engage all stakeholders—parents, students, community members, media, etc—in order to bring awareness and drive results.
Above Article Contributed by Jonathan Crossley
Baseline Academy Principal

                 

LRSD Moves Forward on Commitment for New High School with Groundbreaking Ceremony

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October 2, 2017 - With 100 shovels in hands, the Little Rock School District (LRSD) and supporters broke ground for a new high school in southwest Little Rock Monday – the first high school built in LRSD in nearly 50 years.  The state-of-the-art high school campus, located at 9715 Mabelvale Pike, will encompass 400,000 square feet of academic and athletic space and is slated to open in the fall of 2020 to combined student populations from JA Fair and McClellan high schools.

Featuring large classrooms, shared collaboration spaces, simulation labs, virtual classroom technology and maker spaces, the school will strive to prepare students for the global stage through project-based learning and unique academic approaches.  The high school will accommodate 2,250 students, 9-12th grades, and will cost approximately $101 million to build, including contingency estimates.

In addition to an advanced 21st century learning environment, the new high school will feature visual and performing arts, along with a 1,200 seat auditorium, and comprehensive athletic facilities to support the student-athlete - that include an arena-sized gym, a combined football and soccer field, track and field facilities, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts, to name a few.

Roberts Elementary Students Earn Coveted Blue Ribbon DistinctionToday

           Children with hands in the air reaching for blue confetti dropping from ceiling 
 
In a school-wide assembly today, students and staff at Don Roberts Elementary School
learned that they had been designated as an Exemplary High Performing School for 2017 by
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - earning a National Blue Ribbon distinction. Roberts is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of 3 schools from Arkansas to be recognized in 2017.
 
The "National Blue Ribbon Schools" program recognizes schools in two areas of performance:  "Exemplary High Performing" - recognized among their state's highest performing schools, measured by state assessments for nationally-normed tests; and "Exemplary Improving" - at least 40% of the schools' disadvantaged students demonstrate the most progress in improving achievement levels, measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Top education officials from each state nominate schools for this distinction.  This coveted recognition has been bestowed on nearly 9,000 of the nation's schools since the program's inception 30-years ago.  

 

Representatives from Roberts will travel to Washington DC to be recognized during an awards ceremony in early November.  Ceremonial events and activities begin the afternoon of Monday, November 6 and culminate in the awards lunch and presentation on Tuesday, November 7.

   
Decked in blue clothing, students were only told that they would be participating in a special assembly today.  The surprise video announcement by Secretary DeVos left them roaring with excitement.  Following the announcement, students were treated to "blue" snow cones.   
 

COMPUTER POWER DAY

Little Rock School District Computer Power Day - October 7, 2017 - Henderson Middle School - powered by Internet Essentials from Comcast - Computers for Kids

REGISTRATION for COMPUTER POWER DAY
begins Monday, September 18 and ends Thursday, October 5. 

EVENT DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

VISIT www.LRSD.org/CPD FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS.

 

Central-East Cluster Team Kickoff September 9th, 2017

Central East Cluster Team "Kickoff to a Successful School Year" is Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Stephens Elementary, 3700 West 18th Street 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Click on this PDF link to read the complete flyer

Catch mini-seminars and get your DOOR PRIZE ticket stamped. Participants must attend at least three (3) seminars to be eligible for the GRAND prize drawing.
 

Home Access Center Available for Checking Your Student's Records

Attention LRSD Parents:

This is to advise you that we have been informed by the state that the Home Access Center (HAC) is now available for you to review your student's online records. You should have received a letter in the mail that included your login and password. If you did not receive a letter, please contract your child's school on Tuesday.

Thank you.

College Night – Tuesday September 26th 6-8PM

The 43rd Annual College Night will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017  from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Metroplex Event Center located at IHeart Media (10800 Colonel Glen Road).

Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, military and financial institutions throughout the country will be in attendance.

All High school students and parents are welcome to attend.  Financial aid information will be available.

LRSD Announces Bid Award for Capital Improvement Plan

LRSD Announces Bid Award for Capital Improvements

The Little Rock School District, in conjunction with Stephens, Inc. and the RSI Group, LLC as co-municipal advisors, announced Wednesday that Bank of America Merrill Lynch was awarded the bid for the sale of second-lien bonds to fund $90 million in capital improvement projects. 

The District received qualified bids from four investment firms pertaining to the $92,055,000 Little Rock School District Construction Bonds Series 2017 with the best bid being received from the firm Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a true interest cost of 2.775189%. The bid results are below:

Bid Results issue size 92,055,000 Construction Bonds, dated 09212017 maturity 020133 sale date 08302017 time 10 oclock Bidder and tic fields Bank of America Merrill Lynch tic 2,775189 Robust W baird and co 2.888520 wells fargo bank 2.939999 morgan stanley and co llc 3.300161

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