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Forest Park Elementary Gets Blue Ribbon Recognition

Join us in congratulating Forest Park Elementary in its selection as a “Blue Ribbon” school – one of only 269 nationwide.  Forest Park was honored as one of the highest performing schools. The announcement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan came this morning during a news conference.


The “National Blue Ribbon Schools” program recognizes schools in two areas of performance:  “Exemplary High Performing” – recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, measured by state assessments for nationally-normed tests; and “Exemplary Improving” – at least 40% of the schools’ disadvantaged students demonstrate the most progress in improving achievement levels, measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Top education officials from each state nominate schools for this distinction.  This coveted recognition has been bestowed on nearly 7,000 of the nation’s schools since the program’s inception 30-years ago. 


Please join us in celebrating this outstanding recognition for Forest Park, its students, parents, teachers and staff! 

The Parent Academy -“It’s a New Season” is a Win-Win

The Little Rock School District’s Parent Involvement Department recently kicked off the 2012-2013 school year with a new vision for parents. The initiative - “It’s a New Season” - is a part of the shared vision to increase student achievement by promoting parental involvement.  Studies show that students whose parents are active and engaged in their education have better outcomes.  When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits.

ParentLink 9 Gets Smarter

LRSD is enhancing its ability to quickly and easily notify parents, staff and community members through a variety of communication channels, tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual. In addition to parents and students receiving messages via telephone (landline or cell), text message, email, fax, TTY and printed letters, the district is ramping up its social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The rollout of the ParentLink 9 upgrade includes new mobile applications that will give parents and administrators the ability to use their smart phones to send and receive pertinent school-related information.

Athletic Schedule Changes

In light of the anticipated severe weather approaching, athletic schedule changes have been enacted for Wednesday (8/29), Thursday (8/30) and Friday (8/31). The changes are as follows:

8/30 Mt. Home 9th grade @ Little Rock Central High moved to Wednesday (8/29) Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 6 p.m.
8/30 JV game - Russellville  @ Parkview - JA Fair is moving to Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 5 p.m.
8/30 Mills @ Parkview moving from Fair to Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
8/31 Sheridan @ Hall moving from Scott Field to Little Rock Central High / Quigley Stadium, 7 p.m.

Carol Fleming Among the Top 1% of Speech Language Pathologists

Carol Burke Fleming, MS/CCC-SLP, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). This recognition is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow; it puts Fleming among the top .02% in her profession. In fact, she is one of only 14 Arkansans to receive this recognition. Her areas of distinction were:  clinical service in the area of Speech Language Pathology, service to ASHA, and service to and leadership positions in state Speech-Language- Hearing Associations. She is also a valued member of several local and national associations.

iPads Roll Out at Forest Heights Middle School


It was an exciting day at Forest Heights Middle School as representatives from 12 LRSD departments gathered alongside a group of sixth grade students and the leadership team at Forest Heights to usher in a massive shipment of 126 iPads.


"The iPad middle school initiative was a huge undertaking which required the cooperation of more than a dozen LRSD departments and took nearly 12 months to implement," according to Ashleigh Davis, LRSD instructional technology specialist.


Jobs for Arkansas Graduates’ Score Big at National JAG Conference

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates’ Specialist, Sherrie Mays, Hall High School; Mary Jacobs, J. A.  Fair High School; and Gladys Godley, McClellan High School were honored for their commitment and dedication to their students at the 29th National JAG Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. 


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