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LRSD Makes History with Two Schools Advancing to Mid-West Science Competition

Parkview 's "Real Steel" Engineering Club wins B.E.S.T. Robot Performance Award

Parkview's "Robie the Patriebot" out-performed a large field of 16 competitors to win a spot in the Frontier Trails BEST competition. The event, November 29 through December 1, is hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith and will include schools from eight regions from all over the Midwest United States. Parkview team's robot won their spot by outperforming all others on a 3-dimensional playing field - taking the 2nd Place Performance Award by scoring as many points as the 1st Place Robot from ASMSA.

Tommy D. Branch, Jr. Selected as Newest Board Member

After interviewing four candidates, LRSD Board Members selected Tommy D. Branch, Jr. to succeed Michael "Pete" Peterson.

Branch brings a wealth of hands-on experience with at-risk youth, making him highly qualified to address the unique challenges of educating youth. As a product of the Little Rock School District, beginning at Carver Elementary and graduating from J.A.Fair High, he is a committed advocate for the District.

He attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where he studied in the areas of Music and Political Science, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management. Tommy also participated in the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  

Kinderbuddies Program at Wilson Elementary Boosts Literacy Skills

As one of the strategies to improve test scores in third grade, Wilson Elementary has implemented a program called “Kinderbuddies.”  Every Friday afternoon, the third grade children read a story to one of the children in the kindergarten classes. This program is the brain-child of Jannette Torrence and Tianka Sheard, the literacy and math coaches, as well as 3rd grade teachers Laura Ferguson and Melodi Jones.

On Monday morning, the third graders choose a book to practice and read to their own very special kinderbuddy on Friday afternoons. Third grade students are also responsible for formulating questions to ask their little buddy about the story. The program makes kindergarten children feel special, while improving the fluency skills of third graders. More importantly, it is building self-esteem in both kindergarteners and third graders.

International Education Week Celebrated at Gibbs

Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages celebrated International Education Week (IEW) with V.I.P guests from around the world and around the corner. To kick off the week, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola read a proclamation that designated September 12 as Walter Nunn Day. Mayor Stodola also shared his personal experience as a foreign exchange student in Turkey and invited Gibbs students to apply for his Mayor’s Council— a program that sends high school students abroad to visit Little Rock’s Sister Cities in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Mexico.

Little Rock Central High SECME Students Continue to Shine

On November 3, 2012 Little Rock Central High SECME students won the local Robotics Competition for the first time. LRCH outdistanced ASMSA, National Park Technical from Hot Springs, Parkview, E-Stem, and 15 other schools to win the first place trophy. LRCH now will move on to Fort Smith to face 200 other schools from 20 different states in Regional Competition.

Jane Mendel Reading Day— an LRSD tradition for 16 years and counting!


Volunteers shared their love of reading with over 650 elementary classes on Tuesday, November 13th in honor of the 16th annual ViPS Jane Mendel Reading Day.


“This is our district’s most popular volunteer activity, said Rita F. Qualls, president of Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS).  Volunteers begin signing up to read in September. All of our classes were full by the first of November this year.  Many of these volunteers eagerly look forward to this special day and have been reading to our students every year since the project’s inception. We greatly value their sharing of time, energy and enthusiasm with our students.  


Don't Forget LRSD's United Way Campaign - Let's Give!!!!

United Way- Celebrating 125 Years of LIVING UNITED The next time you hear of a family that has lost its home to a fire, or learn about a student who might need a little extra help because his or her family faces some challenging times, think about the work of the Heart of Arkansas United Way and how your generous support can and does make a difference. The agency supports several organizations within our community that provide assistance to LRSD students and families. Volunteers and other agencies come together, under the umbrella of United Way UW), to assess the critical needs of the city, invest donated dollars where they will do the most good, and monitor programs that have received UW money to make sure they are running effectively.

Geology Rocks!


Fifth grade students at Wilson Elementary were inspired by a recent classroom visit from Arkansas Geological Society Geologist Sandra Chandler. Students learned that minerals aren’t just found in rocks but in everything from ice cream to television screens. Her demonstrations allowed students to use all of their observational senses including taste and listening.


The room filled with giggles when bits of kaolin dangled freely from the tongues of one small group of students demonstrating how the mineral stays attached to your tongue or lips on its own. Chandler explained, “Kaolin sticks to your tongue because it is a clay mineral that absorbs moisture. This property makes it great filler and can be found in toothpaste, ice cream and even milk shakes. It’s also used in ceramics, cosmetics, and light bulbs.”


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