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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



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.


LRSD Early Childhood Special Services Program

The Little Rock School District now provides Early Childhood Special Education Services.  Children, ages three (3) through five (5) years, who reside within the Little Rock School District attendance zone may be eligible.  These therapeutic services are not only provided on the elementary school campuses, but also in public and private preschool programs, licensed child care centers, ABC programs, and Head Start centers.

A child may be eligible for services if he/she is experiencing delays that interfere with development in one or more of the following areas:

Middle School Improvement Initiative Defines Collaboration

Collaboration is a process whereby teachers work together (usually by grade level and content) to interpret the curriculum, develop lesson plans, reflect on teaching and learning, and examine student data/work in a cooperative effort to improve student achievement.

And the Awards Keep Rolling In - Congrats to the 2013 National Merit Semifinalists!

The Little Rock School District is proud to  share the great news about the district’s newest National Merit Semifinalists! Ten students from Little Rock Central High now have this proud distinction.   Please congratulate: 

David H. Chen
Arhita Dasgupta
Clayton B. Gentry
Joshua E. Hammons
Steven L. Hulsey
Patrick C. Kellycooper
Emilio A. Nunez-Garcia
Anna W. Parker
Andrew M. Ricciardone
Leigh G. Wills

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! 


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