Tommy D. Branch, Jr. Selected as Newest Board Member

After interviewing four candidates, LRSD Board Members selected Tommy D. Branch, Jr. to succeed Michael "Pete" Peterson.

Branch brings a wealth of hands-on experience with at-risk youth, making him highly qualified to address the unique challenges of educating youth. As a product of the Little Rock School District, beginning at Carver Elementary and graduating from J.A.Fair High, he is a committed advocate for the District.

He attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where he studied in the areas of Music and Political Science, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management. Tommy also participated in the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  

Kinderbuddies Program at Wilson Elementary Boosts Literacy Skills

As one of the strategies to improve test scores in third grade, Wilson Elementary has implemented a program called “Kinderbuddies.”  Every Friday afternoon, the third grade children read a story to one of the children in the kindergarten classes. This program is the brain-child of Jannette Torrence and Tianka Sheard, the literacy and math coaches, as well as 3rd grade teachers Laura Ferguson and Melodi Jones.

On Monday morning, the third graders choose a book to practice and read to their own very special kinderbuddy on Friday afternoons. Third grade students are also responsible for formulating questions to ask their little buddy about the story. The program makes kindergarten children feel special, while improving the fluency skills of third graders. More importantly, it is building self-esteem in both kindergarteners and third graders.

International Education Week Celebrated at Gibbs

Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages celebrated International Education Week (IEW) with V.I.P guests from around the world and around the corner. To kick off the week, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola read a proclamation that designated September 12 as Walter Nunn Day. Mayor Stodola also shared his personal experience as a foreign exchange student in Turkey and invited Gibbs students to apply for his Mayor’s Council— a program that sends high school students abroad to visit Little Rock’s Sister Cities in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Mexico.

Jane Mendel Reading Day— an LRSD tradition for 16 years and counting!


Volunteers shared their love of reading with over 650 elementary classes on Tuesday, November 13th in honor of the 16th annual ViPS Jane Mendel Reading Day.


“This is our district’s most popular volunteer activity, said Rita F. Qualls, president of Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS).  Volunteers begin signing up to read in September. All of our classes were full by the first of November this year.  Many of these volunteers eagerly look forward to this special day and have been reading to our students every year since the project’s inception. We greatly value their sharing of time, energy and enthusiasm with our students.  


Don't Forget LRSD's United Way Campaign - Let's Give!!!!

United Way- Celebrating 125 Years of LIVING UNITED The next time you hear of a family that has lost its home to a fire, or learn about a student who might need a little extra help because his or her family faces some challenging times, think about the work of the Heart of Arkansas United Way and how your generous support can and does make a difference. The agency supports several organizations within our community that provide assistance to LRSD students and families. Volunteers and other agencies come together, under the umbrella of United Way UW), to assess the critical needs of the city, invest donated dollars where they will do the most good, and monitor programs that have received UW money to make sure they are running effectively.

Geology Rocks!


Fifth grade students at Wilson Elementary were inspired by a recent classroom visit from Arkansas Geological Society Geologist Sandra Chandler. Students learned that minerals aren’t just found in rocks but in everything from ice cream to television screens. Her demonstrations allowed students to use all of their observational senses including taste and listening.


The room filled with giggles when bits of kaolin dangled freely from the tongues of one small group of students demonstrating how the mineral stays attached to your tongue or lips on its own. Chandler explained, “Kaolin sticks to your tongue because it is a clay mineral that absorbs moisture. This property makes it great filler and can be found in toothpaste, ice cream and even milk shakes. It’s also used in ceramics, cosmetics, and light bulbs.”

The Best Me is Drug Free


More than 1,000 LRSD students gathered recently at the Riverfront Amphitheater for the annual LRSD Red Ribbon Rally to promote abstinence from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Mistress of Ceremony and UAPB Media Liaison, Toni McCastle, and a DJ set an energetic and exciting stage for the event. Parkview Magnet High School students provided the presentation of colors by the ROTC under the direction of Commander James Castleberry.  Another Parkview student , Tressa Tiner, belted out the National Anthem.   Assistant City Manager Bryan Day and External Affairs Liaison Bharath Mohan read proclamations from the Mayor and the Governor respectively.


Blue Ribbon and Centennial Celebrations Continue for Forest Park

Forest Park Elementary School has earned another mark of distinction - landing in the Educator's Spotlight in the national publication Extradordinary Educators.  The article focuses on the Accelerated Reader and Star Reading programs as critical components of the school's and students' success.

In the article, Forest Park Library Media Specialist Michelle Graves is quoted as saying, " Students who read books within their Star-specified reading ranges, and who take AR Quizzes, expand their vocabulary and strengthen their comprehension skills." "This is evident in our test scores," she added.   

To read  this interesting story that celebrates Forest Park, its students and staff, click on the link below.

Legal Advertisement - School Board Vacancy


Persons interested in representing Zone 6 on the Little Rock School District Board of Directors are invited to apply to serve until the next school election in September 2013.  Applicants must be a resident of Zone 6 of the LRSD and registered to vote in Pulaski County.

The appointee will serve until school elections in September 2013.  The appointee may choose to run for the position on the Board at that time, and if elected would serve the remainder of the unexpired term for Zone 6 (September 2015).

Parkview Debaters Back Home After Riding Out Sandy in New York

Ten members of Parkview High Schoo'ls debate team returned to Little Rock on two separate flights this weekend after airline service was cancelled from New York earlier in the week due to Hurricane Sandy.  The students had been in New York with two debate sponsors when Sandy struck and the tournament in which they had  been participating was interrupted.

In Memory of Michael "Pete" Peterson

Family, friends and colleagues said farewell to Michael Peterson, LRSD Board member and former educator, during a memorial service Friday at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock.  Peterson attended school in the District and subsequently worked for LRSD for 38 years.  Peterson was 63. 

Announcing the Upcoming Middle School Listening Tour For Teachers Only

We want to hear from you!

As we assess our Middle School Initiative progress, we would like to invite all middle school teachers to attend a “town hall” type meeting at your school so that we can listen to you and learn from your feedback. 

ACT Predictor Testing for 8th and 10th Graders Tues., Oct. 30


Eighth and 10th Graders should be well rested and eat breakfast for ACT Predictor Testing on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.


Explore is the 8th grade predictor ACT which helps students do the following:


•               choose high school courses that will get them ready for college

•               find careers that match their interest

•               show the subject (s) in which the student needs to improve

•               identify which subjects are most important for certain careers


The four areas of testing are English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Explore will be administered Tuesday, October 30.


PLAN is the 10th grade ACT predictor test which helps students understand their curriculum needs based on courses for a chosen field of study or career. PLAN helps students identify academic areas with the greatest need for improvement and serves as a midpoint measure for academic progress in ACT'S College and Career Readiness System. PLAN will also be administered on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. PLAN has a total composite score of 32. 


National Red Ribbon Campaign Celebrated October 23-31, 2012

The 2012 National Red Ribbon Campaign is scheduled for October 23-31, 2012. The Little Rock School District, in partnership with several community-based organizations, is sponsoring our Annual Red Ribbon Week Rally. The Rally has been scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Riverfront Amphitheater from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme is “The Best Me is Drug Free”.

Congratulations to Dianne Curry

Congratulations to Dianne Curry - winner of another term on the Little Rock School District Board. Curry was re-elected to her seat in Zone 7, surviving a runoff challenge by Tanya Dixon. Zone 7 encompasses areas of Southwest Little Rock. The unofficial results were Curry, 333; Dixon, 262.

There are two new board members who were sworn in last week: Zone 6 winner, Michael Peterson and Zone 3 winner, Leslie Fisken. Photos of the swearing-in ceremony can be found in a posting on LRSD's FACEBBOOK page.

55 Years Ago



Little Rock Central High School will join the National Park Service this week in commemorating the 1957 desegregation of the school.  The campus, considered one of the most beautiful in the country at the time, gained national attention 55 years ago, when nine black students who became known as “The Little Rock Nine,” integrated the school, launching it and them into the center of the Civil Rights Movement. 


One of the most important events during the Civil Rights Movement occurred on September 24, 1957 when President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army to Little Rock to escort the nine courageous students through the doors of Little Rock Central High.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.


The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law



The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.


Annual School Election Results

Click here to view the unofficial results of the 2012 Pulaski  County Annual School Election, including those for LRSD.


LRSD Early Childhood Special Services Program

The Little Rock School District now provides Early Childhood Special Education Services.  Children, ages three (3) through five (5) years, who reside within the Little Rock School District attendance zone may be eligible.  These therapeutic services are not only provided on the elementary school campuses, but also in public and private preschool programs, licensed child care centers, ABC programs, and Head Start centers.

A child may be eligible for services if he/she is experiencing delays that interfere with development in one or more of the following areas: