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Public Notice - Discussion of 2014-15 LRSD Annual Report Scheduled for Monday, November 2

 

Public Notice
October 30, 2015

Discussion of 2014-2015 LRSD Annual Report 
Monday, November 2, 2015
LRSD Admin Bldg
810 W. Markham
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    

Parkview Quarterback Named LRSD Athlete of the Month for September 2015

In October of 2014, the Little Rock School District launched a new student-athlete recognition program. Recognizing the importance that athletic competition can have in developing well-rounded, achievement-driven students, the district now recognizes an athlete, or in some cases athletes, to feature as the “LRSD Athlete of the Month.”

September 2015
Parkview Patriots Quarterback Koilon Jackson, a junior, was named Student Athlete of the Month for September. In 5 games he has 34 rushing, 806 passing, 1 rushing TD, 14 passing TD’s and 2 interceptions.
Koilon was instrumental in the recent Parkview Patriot win over rival Little Rock Catholic (35-5). In addition to the important leadership role he plays on the team, Koilon is a solid student who volunteers at his dad’s center, P.A.R.K.  (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids). P.A.R.K. is a non-profit organization which was established in 1993 by Keith Jackson. The mission of P.A.R.K. is to provide "high-risk" students the opportunity to further their education by completing high school so they can attend college.

Click here to read more about other outstanding LRSD student athletes.

Important Message to Parents from ADE Commissioner Johnny Key

Attention LRSD Parents:

Please see an important message below from Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key.

 

October 13, 2015  

Statement and Letter to Parents from Commissioner Johnny Key 

Upon review of the communication regarding the release of scores from the PARCC assessment, it is apparent that we used language that left a misleading impression that Arkansas was backing away from high standards. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the action taken by the State Board of Education on Thursday was adoption of the cut scores for the high school level assessments as recommended by the PARCC states.  

Any assertion that Arkansas has adopted Level 3 as demonstrating proficiency is inaccurate. We fully embrace the higher level of expectations reflected in our standards and our assessment system, as these are critical components of advancing our K-12 education along the path to excellence.

Our description of Level 3 and above as reflecting students being "on track for college and career readiness" was in error. We should have then, as we will from this point forward, used the actual descriptions from PARCC to accurately reflect the performance of students at Level 3 as approaching academic expectations for college and career readiness.

To assist parents in understanding the PARCC results, we have prepared the letter below that explains the levels and what they mean for students. It is our hope that this information will generate robust conversations between parents and educators.

 

New, Earlier Open Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year

          

In an effort to make the Open Enrollment process easier and more convenient for parents, the Little Rock School District has moved up the dates for the 2016-17 school year.  New this year, Open Enrollment will be held from October 19 - December 18, 2015 during periods designated in the chart above.

Check Us Out! Find Out What's New and Exciting in the LRSD!!!

The Little Rock School District offers a variety of educational opportunities to meet your child’s needs.  If you are looking for classrooms that are interesting, innovative and rigorous, be sure to take advantage of visiting any of the district’s K-12 campuses during our “Check Us Out” events.  Simply contact the school you’d like to visit by calling to make an appointment for either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to see for yourself.

Check Us Out Tours
All Schools
Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 8

 

National Champion School King Elementary Opens Live Positively™ Fitness Center

Chairman Jake Steinfeld of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Superintendent Baker Kurrus, Principal Karen Carter, and other distinguished guests  visited King Elementary School to cut the ribbon on the school’s brand new, state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center. 

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils recently selected King Elementary to become a National Champion School. King Elementary School is being recognized for its efforts in promoting physical fitness innovation and healthy living standards to their students.  The fitness center was financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Amerigroup Foundation, and Nike, Inc.

Wakefield Students Raise $4225 in Honor of Classmate with Leukemia

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Wakefield Elementary concluded Childhood Cancer Awareness activities with an assembly to celebrate the results of fundraising efforts for third grade student Channon Dunn, who has been diagnosed and is being treated for Leukemia at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Over a two-week period in September, students had the opportunity to donate a dollar and then color a ribbon orange in support of Channon. The school looked incredible with a virtual sea of orange ribbons lining the walls. The money  raised was donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund in honor of Channon Dunn. The principal, Les Taylor, set a goal of $3000 and by the beginning of the second week it was clear that goal would be met. The goal was then raised to $4000 and once again students exceeded it.  At the end of the two week period, the students and staff at Wakefield raised $4225 for the Cancer Fund at Children’s Hospital. Way to go Wakefield!

Let's Help LRCHS Marching Band & Flagline go to Hawaii

The LRCHS Marching Band has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor with students from across the U.S. and Japan but they need your support to fund the trip. Click here to download the flyer.

DONATE TODAY: Cash/Checks to LRCHS Band may be sent to the school at 1500 S. Park, Little Rock, AR 72202 or online at: http://tinyurl.com/pu8q8lj (fee applied to online donation: 4% +.35)

Monday, December 7 (6PM) Pearl Harbor Memorial Concert – Central HS Auditorium – Donations accepted. Swing Reunion Band will also perform.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser
To start shopping go to: https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm
Group Number: 990029615, Seller ID: Brice61. You may also contact any band student or Brice Evans: 447-1478, brice.evans@lrsd.org.

Sonic Community First Value Cards
For only $5 you can get $15-18 in savings at Sonic Drive In. Contact any band student to purchase. Or, contact Brice Evans 447-1478, brice.evans@lrsd.org.

LRSD Charts Future for Students With Proposals for New Facilities

Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus shared important announcements Thursday that would significantly expand educational opportunities for students.  His letter to LRSD employees and members of the Civic Advisory Committee outlines his proposal below:

Letter from Baker Kurrus Regarding Facilities

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Honoring the Little Rock Nine

On this day in history……………..On September 25, 1957, with 300 United States Army troops standing guard, nine black children were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, days after unruly crowds had forced them to withdraw. Thank you to the LR Nine who first blazed the trail to change, and forever alter the history of civil rights in our country.

We honor the Little Rock Nine today and everyday at what is now a diverse Little Rock Central High School.

 

 

Thank you.........

  • Melba Patillo Beals
  • Elizabeth Eckford
  • Ernest Green
  • Gloria Ray Karlmark
  • Carlotta Walls Lanier
  • Minnijean Brown Trickey
  • Terrance Roberts
  • Jefferson Thomas
  • Thelma Mothershed Wair

 

Roberts Among Top 25 in State for 5th Grade Science Benchmark Exams!

Don Roberts Elementary recently won an Office of Education Policy (OEP) Award for Outstanding Educational Performance. The school was ranked 14th in the state and number two in the Central Region for student performance on the 5th Grade Science Benchmark exam.

Each year, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas. These awards are based on the OEP-created “school GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage of students that perform at a particular level on the Benchmark or End-of-Course exam (advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic). To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the entire report.

Parent Involvement Workshop Saturday for Schools in West Cluster

Reminder:

Parent Involvement Workshop Saturday at Terry Elementary, 10800 Mara Lynn, 9 a.m. - noon, for Schools in West Cluster.  The workshop will include parenting tips, door prizes and a continental breakfast.  For a list of schools in the West Cluster, see flyer below:

Save the Date for College Night: Tues., Sept. 29, 6-8 pm

Mark your calendars now to attend this year’s spectacular College Night.  The annual event will be held at the Metroplex on Colonel Glenn located at 10800 Colonel Glenn Road on Tuesday, September 29th from 6:00-8:00PM. 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.  

In addition to the many colleges and universities in attendance, there will be financial institutions and branches of the military at the event.  There will also be two financial aid workshops, beginning at 6:00 - 7:00 and 7:00 -8:00. Click here to view a list of exhibitors.

Grandparents Day Sweepstakes: Sept. 11-18

Enter the Grandparents Day Sweepstakes! September 11-18, 2015

Here’s How It Works:
1. Visit one or more grandchildren at school and take a photo of your visit.
2. Upload the photo (s) between Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 to our Facebook contest page   (http://woobox.com/8udr87). Multiple entries permitted for grandparents with multiple grandchildren. Grandparent should be in the photo with LRSD student at school.
3. Winners will be randomly selected to attend the Grandparents Day Luncheon on Friday, October 2. Prizes will be distributed at the luncheon.

This is a Sweepstakes without voting. Winners will be randomly selected. Prizes will be distributed at the Oct. 2 (by invitation) luncheon. You must be present to win a prize. Questions or problems? Email communications@lrsd.org or call 501-447-1032

16 LRSD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Sixteen Little Rock Central High School students were among this elite group of academically talented high school seniors who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Please join us in congratulating LRSD’s 2016 National Merit Semifinalists:

Nathaniel R. Abraham
Nikita Das
SooJeong Jung
Casey T. Labbate
Eamon Lauster
Yupeng Liu
Nikhil Nair
Anirudh S. Pidugu
Burhan Sarwar
Brittany E. Seymore
Nivetha Srinivasan
Chuang K. Tang
Angela Wang
Jiaqi Wang
Tony H. Wang
David Xiang

Nathaniel Felan, Sophia Ordaz and Emy Zapata were named National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Sophia Ordaz also won the NCTE Achievement Award in Writing.

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!

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 Laureen.isom@lrsd.org.

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 celebrations.com).

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: www.2point3.org.

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  www.eligibilitycenter.org. 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.

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