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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.”

The Best Me is Drug Free


More than 1,000 LRSD students gathered recently at the Riverfront Amphitheater for the annual LRSD Red Ribbon Rally to promote abstinence from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Mistress of Ceremony and UAPB Media Liaison, Toni McCastle, and a DJ set an energetic and exciting stage for the event. Parkview Magnet High School students provided the presentation of colors by the ROTC under the direction of Commander James Castleberry.  Another Parkview student , Tressa Tiner, belted out the National Anthem.   Assistant City Manager Bryan Day and External Affairs Liaison Bharath Mohan read proclamations from the Mayor and the Governor respectively.


Blue Ribbon and Centennial Celebrations Continue for Forest Park

Forest Park Elementary School has earned another mark of distinction - landing in the Educator's Spotlight in the national publication Extradordinary Educators.  The article focuses on the Accelerated Reader and Star Reading programs as critical components of the school's and students' success.

In the article, Forest Park Library Media Specialist Michelle Graves is quoted as saying, " Students who read books within their Star-specified reading ranges, and who take AR Quizzes, expand their vocabulary and strengthen their comprehension skills." "This is evident in our test scores," she added.   

To read  this interesting story that celebrates Forest Park, its students and staff, click on the link below.

Legal Advertisement - School Board Vacancy


Persons interested in representing Zone 6 on the Little Rock School District Board of Directors are invited to apply to serve until the next school election in September 2013.  Applicants must be a resident of Zone 6 of the LRSD and registered to vote in Pulaski County.

The appointee will serve until school elections in September 2013.  The appointee may choose to run for the position on the Board at that time, and if elected would serve the remainder of the unexpired term for Zone 6 (September 2015).

In Memory of Michael "Pete" Peterson

Family, friends and colleagues said farewell to Michael Peterson, LRSD Board member and former educator, during a memorial service Friday at St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock.  Peterson attended school in the District and subsequently worked for LRSD for 38 years.  Peterson was 63. 

Zsuzsanna Diamond Receives 2012 Milken Educators Award

Zsuzsanna Diamond was surprised to learn on Monday, Oct. 29 that she was selected as a 2012 Milken Educator Award. Shortly after lunch, Governor Mike Beebe, Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, and Dr. Gary Stark of the Milken Family Foundation greeted her in the cafeteria of Otter Creek Elementary with a $25,000 check.

Diamond teaches fourth grade at Otter Creek Elementary. Educated in Hungrary, Diamond has been teaching in the Little Rock School District for five years. She is recognized around the district as a passionate and creative educator with a special talent for connecting with kids. Her ability to foster an open, community type classroom environment has proven effective for students and has earned her the respect of her colleagues. In 2011, Diamond was selected as one of ten participants from LRSD to attend the Exxon Mobil-Mickelson Math and Science Institute.



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