LRSD Welcomes New Superintendent - Dr. Dexter Suggs

Please help us welcome Dr. Dexter Suggs to the Little Rock School District.  Dr. Suggs began serving in his official capacity as superintendent July 1.  During the past few weeks, Dr. Suggs has spent time becoming familiar with the District and its stakeholders. 

"I am excited to begin my new role as superintendent of the Little Rock School District. I am looking forward to working with students, parents, teachers, support staff and the community to transform LRSD into a model of excellence.   The success of our students is directly aligned to a dedicated, skilled, and resourceful staff, active and strong parental involvement, and supportive communities," said Dr. Suggs. "Together, we can work to ensure that every child receives the very best education."


On June 17, 2013, the Little Rock School District received official notification from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) that Hall High School and McClellan High School had been placed on probation by the State Board for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Carver Receives 3M Ingenuity Grant to “Spark” Student Curiosity

Carver Magnet Elementary School was recently awarded a grant from the 3M Corporation in the amount of $9,995.00 to purchase materials to engage the students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences. The 3M Corporation has awarded Carver Magnet Elementary School 33 educational grants since 2009 for a total of over $119,000.

This year’s winning grant application, entitled “Engage Me,” is based on the first “E” of the five phases of science education, “Engage.”  The five E's of science education are: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.  A variety of materials will be purchased that will “Engage” and excite students about the subject matter so learning will occur.  

•    To introduce students to electrostatics, the Van De Graaff generator will quite literally "spark" student curiosity with 100,000 - 400,000 volts to provide a "hair raising" experience.  
•    A Laser Theater light show in Carver’s Young Astronaut Lab will inspire and engage students about the scientific properties of light.
•    The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover will allow students the ability to program a robot to carry an item, feed a pet, or even guard a room.  
•    SmartMax Magnet Sets will be introduce student to magnetism and give them the opportunity to build and engineer designs.
•    K’NEX spatial building sets will be used to build and launch water rockets

Brady Elementary receives Thea's Art Closet Grant

Brady Elementary received $1,500 in art’s supplies from Thea’s Art Closet at a recent press conference. Summit Bank and the Thea Foundation each gifted $750 to create the $1,500 art supply gift.

Brady received supplies from a customized list created by the school’s art teacher varying from essential items such as drawing paper, acrylic paints and colored pencils to more sophisticated items such as modeling clay, India ink and Aphacolor pastels. Brady Elementary is the third LRSD to receive a Thea’s Art Closet grant this school year.


81 LRSD Graduates Honored at Academic Signing Day


Eighty-one students from the Little Rock School District's Class of 2013 were honored at the ninth annual Academic Signing Day on May 20th at the Governor's Mansion.  The event was presented by the Public Education Foundation and the Little Rock School District. 

Academic Signing Day mirrors athletic signing days, where top athletes sign letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level. As with athletic signings, high achieving students choosing to study here in Arkansas, out-of-state or even out of the country are equally celebrated!


Many members of the Class of 2013 have received significant academic awards and substantial scholarships. While several of this year's honorees have chosen to attend Arkansas colleges and universities, others plan to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities accross the country and abroad, including Harvard University, St. Andrews University in Scotland, UCLA, Sewanee: the University of the South, Middlebury College, Northwestern University, and Washington University in St. Louis.


To qualify for Academic Signing Day, graduates were required to achieve at least one of the following: 1) cumulative 4.0 grade point average from ninth through 12th grade; 2) valedictorian, salutatorian, or the third or fourth highest rank in their class; 3) National Achievement Semifinalist; 4) National Hispanic Scholar; and/or 5) National Merit Semi-finalist.  The list of honorees follows this article.


Letter from Superintendent Regarding Severe Weather Protocol

Dear Parents:

Our hearts go out to the families of those who were impacted by the weather-related tragedy in Oklahoma.   It is a sobering reminder of the need for ongoing vigilance in reviewing emergency plans for all Little Rock School District campuses and buildings.  As part of those plans, each school has practiced and initiated drills in the event of severe weather. 

  • School administrators and staff are trained to move all students to a designated safe area.
  • Once in that area, students should be advised to assume the tornado response crouch position and cover their heads.
  • Students should remain in the designated area until the all-clear is given. 
  • Teachers are also trained to always take their record book with them in order to account for all students. 

Public Notice of Intent

The Little Rock School District intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications for Bale and Rockefeller Elementary schools. The grant applications are due May 15, 2013.  The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for out of school programming (before school, after school, Saturday and summer programs) and provides both academic program and enrichment activities. Community input is invited. Please contact Linda Young at to share ideas or volunteer.


Holly Brown Named the Marian G. Lacey Teacher of the Year Award Winner


The Little Rock School District kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week with its annual Crystal Awards Ceremony held at the Embassy Suites last night, May 6, 2013. The Marian G. Lacey Award Winner is Holly Brown, a third grade teacher at Terry Elementary.  The award is named after Dr. Marian Lacy, a long time LRSD educator and principal. Elementary, middle and high school level winners are: Mary Anne Struthers, Williams Magnet Elementary; Kasey Miller Neal, Mann Magnet Middle School; and Ryan Parson, Parkview Magnet High School.


Ms. Brown, as the overall winner, will represent the district at the state level in the Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition. Brown won a crystal trophy, a DELL Latitude 10 Tablet and $1000. Elementary, middle and high school level winners received $500 and crystal trophy. 


Each year, LRSD honors outstanding educators with the Crystal Awards Ceremony. Teachers are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a selection committee. The committee selects one outstanding teacher from each elementary school, two from each middle school and three from each high school. The level winners and the overall winner are selected from these groups.


Youth Leaders Needed for Statewide Tobacco Control Youth Board.

Greetings youth, health advocates, community leaders, colleagues, and friends,

The time has come to recruit YOUTH leaders to serve on the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative’s statewide Tobacco Control Youth Board

ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP)

In an effort to help high school students improve their ACT college entrance exam scores, the Little Rock School District will host the ACT Readiness Program, (formally CPEP) this summer at Parkview Magnet High School, 2501 John Barrow Road, Little Rock, AR. The classes will be held Monday through Friday from June 10th  to July 2nd. The time of the classes will be from 8:30-1:00pm each day.  This program is for rising 10th (who have completed Geometry), rising 11th, and rising 12th grade students.  It is open to students from all schools in the central Arkansas area.

LR Fire Dept. Jr. Cadet Program Seeks Applicants

LRSD is partnering with the Little Rock Fire Department (LRFD) to launch a Junior Cadet Program for rising high school juniors and seniors. The program will provide students with hands-on experience and education in the field of fire safety with introductory firefighter courses and the appropriate facilities and equipment to do live simulation drills.

The Junior Cadet Program will be offered at the Metropolitan Career-Technical Center in the fall and is open to upperclassmen at all five LRSD high schools. The cadet program is now accepting applications, which students can get from their high school guidance counselor, due on May 10, 2013.

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LRSD Board Votes to Purchase Land for Two New Schools

Monday night during a special board meeting, the LRSD School Board voted to purchase land in South Little Rock and West Little Rock to build new schools. This decision only included the purchase of land - no determination was made on specific facilities. The vote was 6 in favor of the purchase; 0 against the purchase; and 1 abstention.

  • The South Little Rock site is 56 acres at RichSmith Lane and Mabelvale Pike for cost of $1,372,000.
  • The West Little Rock site is two tracts of land totaling 43.5 acres at the north end of Katillus Road for a cost of $4,200,000.

The next phase of this process includes feasibility and district-wide facilities studies.

ViPS turns 40!

Four decades of service – that’s what the Little Rock School District’s Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) will celebrate during this year’s “A Evening for the Stars” reception, April 16th at the Airport Holiday Inn. The event will honor schools, volunteers, and businesses with outstanding volunteer involvement.   A special award established by ViPS in honor of the program’s founder, Jane Mendel, will be presented to a volunteer who has provided an exceptional level of district-wide service.
The event is free and open to anyone who volunteers with the Little Rock School District. Reservations can be made by calling ViPS at 447-4450 or click here to make reservations online.
LRSD would like to send out a big thank you to all volunteers –you truly make a difference!


Parkview High School Presents Hairspray

Come to Parkview to view Hairspray April 5th & 6th at 7:30 p.m. and April 7th at 3:00 p.m.


Hairspray PSA from Little Rock School District on Vimeo.

Don't Forget - Tuesday, April 30th is the Last Day for Artistry in the Rock and the 7pm Faculty Jazz Performance

By Jasmine Pourhosseini

LRSD students and faculty are eagerly preparing for the third annual Artistry in the Rock (AITR), April 28-30, to showcase the many creative talents our district has to offer during three days of dramatic and musical performances and a visual arts exhibition.  The event has been expanded one day to include a jazz reception for adults featuring a LRSD Faculty Jazz Ensemble and a Jazz Trio on April 30. 

It's Time for Testing!

This week, April 1-5, grades 1-2 are taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and grade 9 is taking the Iowa Test of Educational Development.Tomorrow, April 2, the voluntary universal ACT assessment will be administered. Next week, April 8-12, grades 3-8 will be taking Augmented Benchmark Exams. End-of-course geometry exams are April 16-17, end-of-course biology exams are April 23-24, end-of-course algebra I exams are May 7-8.

Make sure your child:

• Gets plenty of sleep the night before the test. A loss of one hour of sleep is equivalent to [the loss of] two years of cognitive maturation and development.  Recommendations by age group: 3-6 years old: 10-12 hours/day. 7-12 years old: 10-11 hours/day. 12-18 years old: 8-9 hours/day

• Eats a good breakfast the day of the test. Avoid sugary foods. High-protein foods like scrambled eggs can help aid concentration and minimize fatigue

• Is present every day during testing period.

• Has a pleasant home environment free of unnecessary stressors.

• Knows you’re thinking about him/her. Wish your child good luck every morning of testing.

Tips for children:

• Answer easy questions first then go back and answer harder questions

• For hard questions, eliminate incorrect options then make an educated guess

• Answer every question, guess if necessary

• If the child finishes before time is called, recheck answers for that
 test only

Mann Students Show Off New Fine Arts Wing

Professional dance floors, dedicated dressing rooms, convenient and secure instrument storage areas, sound-absorbing walls and a 20-person piano lab are a few of the unique amenities students can take advantage of at Horace Mann’s Arts and Science Magnet Middle School’s $4.3 million Fine Arts wing that was dedicated on Tuesday.

The dedication ceremony included remarks from LRSD Board President Dianne Curry, LRSD Board Member Norma Johnson, Assoc. Superintendent Dr. Daniel Whitehorn, and lead architect Steve Grisham of TAGGART Architects. Student participation included the Parkview High School Color Guard, Mann students Cameron Connor who led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rebekah Harpool who sang the National Anthem, and a performance by the Horace Mann Ensemble. Afterwards, dignitaries and members of the media toured the new facilities with student guides and enjoyed a reception with light refreshments.

2013-2014 Student Calendar Approved by Board

During Thursday night's board meeting,  the LRSD Board of Education approved the student calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. We are preparing the 2013-2014 calendar-at-a-glance to go home in backpacks soon. In the meantime, here are some of the key dates for students:

First Day of School  August 19, 2013

Winter Vacation for Students December 23, 2013 – January 6, 2014

Spring Break March 24 – March 28, 2014

Last Day of School for Students June 3, 2014

Inclement Weather Make-up Days June 4 – June 10, 2014

To see the full calendar click here