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.

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: (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:
Group Number: 990029615, Seller ID: Brice61. You may also contact any band student or Brice Evans: 447-1478,

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,

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


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


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  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   ( 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 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!