Edcamp Arkansas 2017

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Event Date
September 16, 2017
8:00 – 3:00

Don Roberts Elementary School
16601 LaMarche Drive
Little Rock, AR 72223

Count Down the Days Until School Starts on the Newly Released 2017-2018 Student Calendar!

New 2017-2018 Student Calendar Released! Click here to download and print pdf calendar now. WALL CALENDARS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT SCHOOLS SOON.






































BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! The new 2017-2018 LRSD district-wide Student Calendar has been released for the new school year. Students, parents, staff and community will be able to find information for events occurring throughout the district this year.

The new calendar is AVAILABLE NOW as a download/printable PDF file on, and the wall calendar version will soon be available at your child’s school. Check back often for updated calendar info in the online PDF-version throughout the year, which will be updated as necessary.

In addition to event dates and school contact information, the calendar also contains valuable information about the following subject areas: CARE Program, Early Childhood Education, School Schedules, Child Nutrition, Testing and Evaluation, Attendance, Safety and Security, Transportation, Snow Days, Student Health, Graduation Requirements, Parent/Family & Community Engagement, Student Registration, Community Advisory Board, and LRSD’s Blackboard APP.

This year we are featuring student artwork from the 2017 LRSD Artistry in the Rock Exhibition on the front and back covers, with plans to solicit entries for the 2018-19 version. Get creative and prepare your ideas for next year’s artwork!

Reminder - Check-in Dates, July 27-28, 2017

             Check-in photo with pictures of  logo, apple, clock, books and check-in dates.

Check-in for high schools and remaining K-8 students is July 27-28, 2017. 

High Schools
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Middle Schools
10:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

Elementary Schools
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Checking in now allows the district to prepare for your child’s arrival next year, including scheduling and transportation.  If you have moved, please check in at Student Registration, 501 Sherman Street.

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!


Little Rock Schools - Revised Summer Food Service Program Schedule

The Little Rock School District Child Nutrition Department is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children (18 and under) without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows.

Please click on this link to see times and dates for the Summer Food Service Program

Principal Assignments for 2017-18 School Year

The Little Rock School District is pleased to announce the following selections for high school principal at school sites listed below:

LRSD’s Planned Capital Improvement Projects with Second-Lien Loan/7-23-17

June 23, 2017 - The Little Rock School District plans to move forward on the construction of a new high school located in southwest Little Rock, off Mabelvale Pike Road and Richsmith Lane. The District will utilize second lien bond financing that will generate $90 million in construction funds. The District plans to use $55-60 million of these funds to assist in the construction of the new high school.

Camp Can Do Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Community Carnival

                Group photo of Camp Can Do participants
June 19, 2017 - Camp Can Do, Little Rock School District's unique summer program serving students identified as English Learners or students with limited English proficiency, celebrated its 10th year anniversary with a community carnival at two sites:  Chicot and Brady elementary schools!

LRCH Grad Earns Language Scholarship to Study Abroad

Photo of Karina BaoShe's the former U.S. Brain Bee Champ, earned a perfect score on the ACT, and now Karina Bao can add another distinction to her credit - recipient of the prestigious National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI -Y) scholarship.  This latest feat will allow the 2017 Little Rock Central High graduate to study Arabic in Morocco this summer.  She is among approximately 600 students nationally, who will recieve the highly competitive scholarship to study in a foreign country. 

Regarding the honor, Bao released the following statement:

LRSD Graduates Continue Impressive Scholarship Gains

           Pics of twin grads taking selfie with teacher in graduation gowns.

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

Picture of kid drawing on construction paper that indicates summer vacation. 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. 

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

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


Metro Activity Center
Metropolitan Career Technical Center
Tuesday May 16    
6:00 p.m. ACC    
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:


-Cell Phones



-Other metal objects

Items that may be kept on your person:





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.

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