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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

100-402.

 

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:

Middle School Improvement Initiative Defines Collaboration

Collaboration is a process whereby teachers work together (usually by grade level and content) to interpret the curriculum, develop lesson plans, reflect on teaching and learning, and examine student data/work in a cooperative effort to improve student achievement.

And the Awards Keep Rolling In - Congrats to the 2013 National Merit Semifinalists!

The Little Rock School District is proud to  share the great news about the district’s newest National Merit Semifinalists! Ten students from Little Rock Central High now have this proud distinction.   Please congratulate: 

David H. Chen
Arhita Dasgupta
Clayton B. Gentry
Joshua E. Hammons
Steven L. Hulsey
Patrick C. Kellycooper
Emilio A. Nunez-Garcia
Anna W. Parker
Andrew M. Ricciardone
Leigh G. Wills
 

Forest Park Elementary Gets Blue Ribbon Recognition

Join us in congratulating Forest Park Elementary in its selection as a “Blue Ribbon” school – one of only 269 nationwide.  Forest Park was honored as one of the highest performing schools. The announcement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan came this morning during a news conference.

 

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 7,000 of the nation’s schools since the program’s inception 30-years ago. 

 

Please join us in celebrating this outstanding recognition for Forest Park, its students, parents, teachers and staff! 

The Parent Academy -“It’s a New Season” is a Win-Win

The Little Rock School District’s Parent Involvement Department recently kicked off the 2012-2013 school year with a new vision for parents. The initiative - “It’s a New Season” - is a part of the shared vision to increase student achievement by promoting parental involvement.  Studies show that students whose parents are active and engaged in their education have better outcomes.  When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits.

ParentLink 9 Gets Smarter

LRSD is enhancing its ability to quickly and easily notify parents, staff and community members through a variety of communication channels, tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual. In addition to parents and students receiving messages via telephone (landline or cell), text message, email, fax, TTY and printed letters, the district is ramping up its social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The rollout of the ParentLink 9 upgrade includes new mobile applications that will give parents and administrators the ability to use their smart phones to send and receive pertinent school-related information.

Athletic Schedule Changes

In light of the anticipated severe weather approaching, athletic schedule changes have been enacted for Wednesday (8/29), Thursday (8/30) and Friday (8/31). The changes are as follows:

8/30 Mt. Home 9th grade @ Little Rock Central High moved to Wednesday (8/29) Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 6 p.m.
8/30 JV game - Russellville  @ Parkview - JA Fair is moving to Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 5 p.m.
8/30 Mills @ Parkview moving from Fair to Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
8/31 Sheridan @ Hall moving from Scott Field to Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 7 p.m.

iPads Roll Out at Forest Heights Middle School

 

It was an exciting day at Forest Heights Middle School as representatives from 12 LRSD departments gathered alongside a group of sixth grade students and the leadership team at Forest Heights to usher in a massive shipment of 126 iPads.

 

"The iPad middle school initiative was a huge undertaking which required the cooperation of more than a dozen LRSD departments and took nearly 12 months to implement," according to Ashleigh Davis, LRSD instructional technology specialist.

 

Common Core Prepares Students for College/Career

The Little Rock School District is committed to helping students develop the broad knowledge and technical skills they need to meet today’s college challenges and workforce demand by adopting Common Core Standards. The Standards were developed through a national collaboration of educators and governors across the country adopting Common Core for grades K-8.

The goal is to improve student achievement in literacy and math. The district, along with many other school districts across the country, will be working to improve teaching and learning to ensure that all children will graduate from high school with the skills they need to be successful. Arkansas is one of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, that is adopting the new standards voluntarily.

Back-to-School Tips

Whether you’re child is a kindergarten student, an incoming freshman or a confident senior, heading back to school signals a time of transition: new classes, new teachers, new schedules and a new social scene. Hopefully these tips will make the transition from summer to school a bit easier.

Cough Cough, Ahh-Choo! Oh Goodness, what do I do?

LRSD Helpful Numbers and Frequently Asked Questions

PHONE NUMBERS FOR TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

LRSD Special Needs Dispatch 501.447.7553

First Student 501.447.4130

Bus Stop Information

Click here for the new First Student Brochure

For bus stop information please call the First Student Phone Bank at 501-447-4165, Monday – Friday 8am-5pm

Free and Reduced Meal Policy

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LRSD Celebrates Teacher of the Year

The Little Rock School District congratulates Bridget Sweetser Shinn for being the recipient of the 2012 Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year the Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year.

We also celebrate Keith Richardson, Natalie Holliman and Sarah Jane Relano for representing the teachers of the Little Rock School District in the High, Middle and Elementary schools of the Little Rock School District.

 

 

May 25th is National Missing Children's Day

Most of us take 25 minutes to watch our favorite television show. Take 25 minutes to talk to your children about safety.

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