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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.

Five LRSD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to Global Finals

Imaginations ran wild on Saturday, April 6 at the Arkansas Destination ImagiNation (DI) State Championships in Benton, when five DI teams from three LRSD schools won first place and qualified to advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals next month at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Three teams from Carver Magnet Elementary School, and one team each from Forest Heights Middle School and Gibbs Magnet Elementary School all had qualifying first place scores to compete against thousands of students from over 25 different countries from around the world at the Global Finals. 

Gibbs Magnet Elementary dominated overall with first place in three different categories—repeating the achievement of being the only school in the State Finals with three teams advancing to the Global Finals from last year. The categories were: Wind Visible, a scientific challenge; In Disguise, a fine arts challenge; and Real to Reel, a documentary film project meant to address a community need. In the fine arts challenge, Gibbs won the Instant Challenge and the Renaissance Award, a special recognition for exceptional skill in the area of engineering, design or performance. Last year, Gibbs emerged as the Global Winner in the scientific category beating teams from around the world.


For the sixth year in the row Carver Magnet Elementary School won first place at the elementary level for “In the Zone,” the most difficult category requiring a trifecta mastery of engineering, design and mathematical concepts. In fact, LRSD schools won at every level of competition in the highly technical “In the Zone” category with Forest Heights Middle School and J.A. Fair Magnet High School winning first place at their respective levels. Dunbar Magnet Middle School won the category’s Instant Challenge securing third place at the middle school level of “In the Zone.”  Only Forest Heights and Carver advance to Global in this category. 


Teams from Williams Magnet Elementary, Henderson and Mann Magnet Middle Schools also competed. In the scientific challenge, Wind Visible, Williams placed third and Carver placed fourth while Mann placed third and Dunbar placed fourth in the Twist-O-Rama structural challenge. Carver also placed eighth in the improvisational category, Change in Realitee. Hundreds of teams competed in the State Finals at Benton High School.


McDonald All American Stars Shine Brightly

Bobby Portis and Tyler Scaife, Hall High School's historic McDonald's All-Americans, each tasted victory on the boys' (110-99) and girls' (92-64) West teams, respectively, of the 2013 McDonald's All-American Games in Chicago April 3rd. They make Hall and LRSD proud. Their respective wins in the All-American Games continue their winning season, as they each led their Hall teams to 2013 6A Championships. Bobby has signed a letter of commitment with the Arkansas Razorbacks, while Tyler has committed to Rutgers. We wish these basketball superstars much success in their endeavors.

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!


2013 Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair Results

The results are in for the 2013 Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Southwest Energy, and the Central High Science Fair team has won 2nd place overall. Team first place honors went to the winning team of Dana Abulez and Devyani Shekawat from Central. Individual first place winners from Central were Ayush Saraswat in the computer science category and Dhruba Dasgupta in the energy and transport category. Osvaldo Cossio of Parkview won first place in the biochemistry category.

Click here to view the complete list of winners (LRSD winners highlighted in yellow). Students won nearly $15,000 in cash prizes and another $15,000 to pay for travel to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona next month.

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
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