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Let's Celebrate the Arts With Talented LRSD Students and Staff

                        

LRSD's annual Artistry in the Rock exhibition, now in its 6th year, promises to deliver fantastic performances and a visual display of excellence by students, grades PreK-12.  The public is invited to the free three-day showcase Monday-Wednesday, March 14-16, 2016, at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road.  A few of the highlights include:

ACT Readiness Program June 8 -29, 2016

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP) this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students and targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test scores must be attached to the application. 
 
The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 8 -29, 2016. Transportation is not provided with this program.

Registration Now Open for Dell 2110 Netbooks at all LRSD Schools

February 26, 2016— Registration is now open for $75 Dell 2110 Netbooks and $50 desktop computers, pre-loaded with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Word 2010, at all LRSD schools until Thursday, March 10. Reserve, pre-register and prepay for your computer at your child's school and then pick it up at Computer Power Day + Parent Academy for Student Success on March 12, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, at Henderson Middle School, 401 John Barrow Rd. Qualified families may also purchase Comcast Essentials for $9.95/month. Plus, Broadway Joe from Power 92 will be broadcasting live from 9-11 am.

Download the Computer for Kids Parent Agreement here.
Click here to view the flyer in English (en Espanol).

Parent Academy for Student Success (P.A.S.S.) will run concurrently and is open to all LRSD families. CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED and DOOR PRIZES AWARDED AT EACH ORIENTATION SESSION. PLEASE NOTE: You don’t have to purchase a computer to attend workshops. Sessions and information will include:

March 18, 2016 Will Be a Weather Make-up Day

ATTENTION LRSD PARENTS: You will recall that LRSD offices and schools were closed Friday, January 22, 2016 due to inclement weather.  In order to stay on our original schedule for the last week of school, the Little Rock School District administration has decided that students would best benefit by attending school on Friday, March 18, 2016, using that date as an Inclement Weather Make-up Day.  Students were originally scheduled to be out of school on March 18.   

Click here to view the revised student calendar page for March.

For campuses on A-B Block scheduling, March 18th will be an “A” day and represent the official end of the quarter.

Earlier Registration Dates Help LRSD Prepare for Exciting New School Year

The Little Rock School District will not close any schools in the 2016-17 school year.  In fact, plans for the upcoming year are off to a great start!  Student assignment letters have already been mailed out; and the district continues to enroll students daily

Moms Matter Facebook: Enter Feb. 15; Vote Feb. 16-24

Enter February 15 • Vote February 16-24 • Rx Catering Winner's Luncheon Friday, March 1

Calling all moms and female guardians! Don't forget to attend Parent Conference Day, February 15, take a photo and enter the Moms Matter Facebook Contest by midnight for a chance to win great prizes including two (2) technology prizes. Our list of prize donors is growing daily, but here is the current list: zenstudio, Arkansas Burger, Graffiti's, Tease Salon, Catering to You, Maggie Moos, Museum of Discovery, Playtime Pizza, and Big Rock Mini Golf and Fun Park.

Click here to view the flyer in English and Español.

PREFERRED ENTRY METHOD (FACEBOOK): Please use the Moms Matter APP or go to http://woobox.com/mfeh68
    
Or use #LRSDmom2016 on Twitter, Instagram (public profiles only) or the post pinned at the top of our Facebook page. THESE METHODS require an email to communications@lrsd.org with the following information: 1) Mom/Female guardian name 2) Twitter, Instagram or Facebook handle used to enter contest in the subject line 3) mom’s email address to be used to invite winners to luncheon 4) valid phone number 5) school name.

PLEASE NOTE: Facebook and Instagram likes, Twitter re-tweets/favorites are not votes. One vote per Facebook user per day.  To vote or enter you must like the LRSD Facebook page. The top 25 vote getters and 25 randomly selected “wild card” winners will receive an email invitation to a luncheon on Friday, March 4. RSVP in a timely manner to reserve your spot. A special thank you to our luncheon sponsors: Rx Catering and Olive Garden!

Photo should  be of mom and child’s teacher and taken at the child’s school. Photos and/or captions containing inappropriate content will be disqualified.  To be eligible for prizes moms/female guardians must have student(s) enrolled in the LRSD and follow all contest rules including entry method rules for #LRSDmom2016 entries. The administrator reserves the right to remove entries and change entry and voting deadlines.

LRSD Offers Career Day— March 16, 2016

Maybe college is the right choice for you...maybe not. Maybe you’d like to work while you go to college. The LRSD will, once again, offer students an opportunity to meet with two-year colleges, technical schools, employers and representatives from the military to help students make the right post-secondary choice at the LRSD Career Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2016 at Pulaski Technical College-South Campus, located at 13000 Interstate I-30.

High school junior and seniors are encouraged to attend LRSD Career Day, which will be held from 9:30 to 12:00a.m.

For more information, please contact Laureen Isom, Career Day Coordinator at 447-2971 or laureen.isom@lrsd.org.

Two-year colleges, employers, apprenticeship programs and technical schools who would like to attend Career Day are encouraged to inquire.

Former LRSD Administrator Dr. Jason Pickering Selected Principal for New WLR Middle School

(February 5, 2016) Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus announced today the selection of Dr. Jason Pickering, of Little Rock, as principal of the new west Little Rock middle school, located at 5701 Ranch Road. 

Pickering has served as principal of Bryant High School since 2010.  His previous experience includes an extensive administrative career in the Little Rock School District, having served as assistant principal at Central High School (2005-2010) and the former Southwest Middle School (2002-2005). Prior to his administrative roles, he was a teacher and coach at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School. 

2016 10th Annual Career Day Event— Tuesday, March 16

Maybe college is the right choice for you...maybe not? Maybe you’d like to work while you go to college. The LRSD will, once again, offer students an opportunity to meet with two-year colleges, technical schools, employers and representatives from the military to help students make the right post-secondary choice at the LRSD Career Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2016 at Pulaski Technical College-South Campus, located at 13000 Interstate I-30.

ESL Department’s Name is changing to ESOL

January, 21, 2016—The ESL Department, which provides services for students who speak other languages, will undergo a formal name change to the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Department.  This change is consistent with the name used by the Arkansas Department of Education and national standards. It addresses the fact that many of our students are actually learning two languages simultaneously or come to us with proficiency in more than one language. Referring to these students as “ESL” or “English as a Second Language” learners implies that one language is learned exclusively before English has been introduced.

When our identified ELs (English Learners) are learning English in a native English-speaking country like the United States, where English is used in the classroom to teach them, these students are not necessarily learning a second language. It could, in fact, be a student’s third or even fourth language. Referring to English as a second language is too limiting, and not comprehensive enough in its description. English for Speakers of Other Languages, “ESOL,” is a more accurate description.

Save the Date for 2nd Semester Parent Involvement Conferences

Saturday, January 23, 10am-12noon, Washington Elementary School, 2700 S. Main St. (Central/East) POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO COME.
Thursday, February 4, 5:30-7pm, Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Rd. (Southwest)
Thursday, February 25, 5:30-7pm, Parkview High School, 2501 John Barrow Rd. (West)

Click here to view the flyer. Participating schools for each conference included on the hyperlinked flyer. Haga clic aquí para versión en español.

Plans Underway to Open Two New Schools

January 11, 2016—The Little Rock School District is moving forward with the planning, design and construction of a new middle school in west Little Rock and a new high school in southwest Little Rock. The former board of the Little Rock School District envisioned both projects in the broader context of a millage increase and bond issue. However, LRSD Superintendent Baker Kurrus and administrative staff now believe both projects can be planned, designed, constructed and equipped using existing revenues. Superintendent Kurrus is appointing a committee to choose architects for both projects with their work beginning immediately.

The new west Little Rock middle school will open this fall at the Leisure Arts location for sixth graders with grades 7-8 added in subsequent years. Temporary space for the sixth grade will be provided in the office building while the district begins the process of converting the large warehouse into the permanent middle school facility to accommodate students as they move up. Land and improvements are now under contract for $11,500,000 with a total estimated cost of $15,000,000 to $19,000,000 for the conversion, a new gymnasium, furniture and equipment. The expected enrollment for fall 2016 will be 250-300 sixth graders.

The planning and design phase for the new southwest Little Rock high school will also begin immediately on the $1,372,000 Richsmith Lane property previously purchased with the approval of the former LRSD board of directors. The exact size, scope and cost of the southwest Little Rock high school will be defined through the planning and design process. A large, new, state-of-the-art high school could have a total cost of around $85 million compared to a cost of $19-31 million to refurbish McClellan High School, and will have the capacity to serve the 2,700 students who live in southwest Little Rock.

LRSD to Show Lion Pride at Friday's 5-A Title Game

December 1, 2015 - It’s been more than 40 years since the Crimson Lions of McClellan have brought home a state football championship.  But this hungry pride is hoping to reverse its fortune this Friday night when the 10-2 team takes on Pulaski Academy for the 5-A title.

Western Hills Art Teacher’s Grant Submission Earns State’s only $10K Technology Grant As LRSD Students Go Global with Hour of Code

November 30, 2015 - Sarah Burns had no idea that her creative “outside the box” thinking would pay off in a big way when she submitted a grant request to help improve technology at Western Hills Elementary where she spends part of her instruction time as an art teacher.   Word came just over a week ago that her school had been the only Arkansas campus selected, along with one entry from each of the 50 states and Washington, DC, to win a $10,000 technology grant.  Burns’ submission detailed how she would incorporate the use of technology in art instruction, and demonstrate that effort during the global movement, the “Hour of Code.”  

The Hour of Code is an international initiative that reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, and provides an opportunity for all of us to see what computer science is about.  The Little Rock School District will have hundreds of students from 16 campuses participating in the “Hour of Code” the week of December 7th , including those attending Roberts and Forest Heights STEM Academy.  To show their excitement about and commitment to this year’s event, staff and students at Forest Heights will be donning Star Wars costumes on campus, Tuesday, December 8.  Last year, LRSD’s students were among 120 million nationwide participating.  Additionally, anyone - ages 4-104, anywhere, can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience is needed.

"The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. "Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries."

New, Earlier Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year

New, this year Open Enrollment in the Little Rock School District began October 19 and ends December 18, 2015 with designated enrollment periods. Open Enrollment will NOT be held in January and February.

Please Note: Applications are still being accepted for Early Childhood P3/P4. 

The last day to submit Forest Heights STEM Academy applications will be December 11, 2015. 

LRCH Senior Name One of Only Five National Student Poets

LRSD is proud to recognize Little Rock Central High Senior David Xiang as one of only five students in the country to be awarded the country’s highest honor for student poets.  See information in article from the National Student Poets Program below.

   

“Every year we have great young people who take this pledge and go on to do some wonderful things. This is the beginning of something phenomenal for each and every one of you. And I am so excited for you. And I don’t want you to be nervous about it . . . I want you to feel empowered by it. You all can do this. You made it to this point. There is nothing you can’t do.”
–First Lady Michelle Obama, during her remarks at the National Student Poets Pinning Ceremony at the White House, October 8, 2015.


First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2015 National Student Poets (from left: Anna Lance, David Xiang, De’John Hardges, Chasity Hale, and Eileen Huang) in the Blue Room of the White House, October 8, 2015. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan for the National Student Poets Program.)

Meet the Class of 2015 National Student Poets

  • The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for young poets (grades 10–11) presenting original work. We are thrilled to introduce the 2015 National Student Poets, who were appointed on October 8, 2015.

David Xiang
Age 17
Little Rock Central High School
Little Rock, AR
Southwest Region


Eileen Huang
Age 15
High Technology High School
Lincroft, NJ
Northeast Region

 


Chasity Hale
Age 16
Miami Arts Charter School
Miami Beach, Florida
Southeast Region


Anna Lance
Age 17
West High School
Anchorage, AK
West Region

 


De’John Hardges
Age 16
Cleveland School of the Arts
Cleveland, OH
Midwest Region
 

 

Former LRSD Teacher of the Year Named 2015 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year

Former Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year, Steven Helmick can now add another distinction to his list of impressive accomplishments - his selection as 2015 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year.  The news about Helmick, now assistant principal at Don Roberts Elementary School, came earlier in the school year, but his school colleagues and officials from the Arkansas Department of Education hosted a surprise reception in his honor Monday at the elementary campus. Helmick was a fifth grade social studies teacher when curriculum specialist Laura Beth Arnold nominated him for the award.  

The local teacher of the year designation is an arm of the National History Teacher of the Year Award program, which supports the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. Each year, one K-12 American History teacher is chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, and U.S. Territories. The program is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program. 

DJ and Payton - Dynamic Debating Duo - Continues Winning Ways

Not only did Little Rock Central High's DJ Williams and Payton Wood win the University of Michigan Round Robin this weekend, they also won the regular University of Michigan Tournament, placing as the top team in a field of over 100.  And, if that's not awesome enough, Payton and DJ were awarded 2nd and 3rd speaker, respectively!  The two are making quite the impression on the national debate circuit.  See highlighted article. 

Article from HS Impact

Click here to read article on corresponding website - photo and text from article found below.

 

Little Rock WW wins Michigan Tournament and Seniors Round Robin

November 2, 2015 · by Josh Clark

Little Rock Central’s Payton Woods and Darrin Williams had an amazing week.  After already leading the TOC bid count through the first two and a half months of the season, they now have even more accolades to their impressive start.  Payton and Darrin started the week by winning the Seniors Round Robin with a 7-1 record.  Payton was also top speaker and Darrin was 5th.

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