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Parkview Chess Club Revived by LRSD Employee

Help presented itself from an unlikely source when Fund and Budget Coordinator Leroy Harris offered his assistance in jumpstarting the Chess club for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, but Harris provided the shot in the arm that the club needed to get enthusiastic players to join.

The club, which had dwindled to only a few students – had been waning in recent years. This year, the club has seventeen enthusiastic players – thanks in large part to Harris’ efforts.

For four years, Harris has dedicated his time and expertise to the Chess Club at Gibbs Magnet School for International Studies and at Dunbar Middle School. In addition, Harris has helped to organize city wide chess tournaments for players in grades K-8 for the last two years. 

The decision to assist Parkview was an extension of the work Harris was already doing in the schools and community – and as his students became older, it just made sense to extend the program up.

“It became apparent that a gap existed betweeen LRSD high school students who played chess and opportunities to continue playing in tournament environments. I, along with other volunteers, decided to try to fill that void by volunteering at the high school level with students we’d worked with in K-8 tournaments,” Harris said.

Game! Set! Match! LRCH's Edward Zhao Wins Boys Singles Title at Conference Championship!

Edward Zhao wins the top spot for Little Rock Central's Boys Tennis Team at the District Tournament. He will advance to the state tournament with the following team mates: Sean Corrothers, Ian McVinney, Kiran Chakka, Noah Adams and Kess McSwain. Ninth Grader Becky Sherman from the Central Girls Tennis team will also advance to the state tournament.

 

The Tigers played hard but also with great sportsmanship, as was remarked by several team coaches.  Coach Davenport would like to thank JV Tennis Player/Manager Eric Meincke for all his hard work during the tournament. Join us in cheering these student-athletes on at the State Tournament, Oct. 15-16 at Burns Park in N. Little Rock.

Williams Magnet Recognized as a Higher Performing School

 

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Williams Magnet Elementary School as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School. The Little Rock School District's Williams Magnet Elementary School received Higher Performing (HP) recognition in Math and Literacy.

Two Central High Students Named National Achievement Semifinalists

The Little Rock School District is proud to congratulate its 2013 National Achievement Semifinalists:  Tatenda M. Mukunyadzi and Alexis G. Taylor, both from Central High School.  The students were named this week among 1,600 Black American High School Seniors designated as Semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The scholastically talented students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered in the spring. We wish Tatenda and Alexis well in their pursuit of the scholarships.

Parkview Debaters Place First in Mock Trials

Parkview debaters went undefeated to capture the First Place Award at the Creekview Invitational Mock Trials in Dallas, Sept. 21-22. Parkview’s Claire Frueauff edged out the current world champion to be named Outstanding Witness.  

Victory, sweet victory:  Parkview Debate Team members from left:  Juniors Colin Boyd, Claire Frueauff, and Ramzee Williams, Senior Captains Wilson Jones and Charles Cohen, Senior Raven Cole and Sophomore Jordan Borst; Mrs. Pat Treadway, debate coach, Junior Luke Kim and Senior Captain Tanner Clements. 

Photo by Senior Tanner Clements

 

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.

 

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