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LRCH Students Join Peers for Aquatic Science Education and Career Exploration Opportunity

Photo of LR Central students who participated in UAPB Aquatic Sciences Day(October 17, 2017) – Teens from eight area high schools - including Central High School, their teachers and chaperones participated in hands-on learning activities and career exploration at the biennial Aquatic Sciences Day at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquaculture Research Station.

October Designated as National Principal's Month

Photo of elementary, middle and high school principals at LRSD

A special thank to all the Little Rock School District principals who support students and staff each day!  You help keep our schools running smoothly and your leadership is invaluable.  We hope you know that you are appreciated not only this month, but the entire school year.  Thank you for your service. 

Here's a quote dedicated to principals - author unknown:

Parkview Educator Earns Distinction in Field of Computer Science

By Judith Murray, Parkview

Parkview educator one of first three in state to earn two approval codes from the department of education to teacher computer science  

 Mr. Dennis Show is an extraordinary math teacher by anyone’s standards. But now he is also one of the first three people in the state to be licensed to teach Computer Science in the secondary schools.

Show, Crystal Yeager, and Velma Lothridge received one (or more) of the new Computer Science approval codes, according to Anthony A. Owen, state director of computer science education. Owen advises eachers, “Keep submitting those applications, and we will get them processed as quickly as possible.”

LRSD Seniors Take Spotlight in 4kidsbykids Twitter Town Hall

          
             Back row:  Communications Director Pamela Smith; Superintendent Mike Poore;
             and Roberts Elementary Teacher Amy Braswell.  Front Row:  LRCH Senior CJ Fowler;
             JA Fair Senior Cartaviaus Thomas-Ayers;  McClellan Seniors Paola Vazquez and
             Talaya Jones; Hall High Senior Amy Cabrera; and Parkview Senior Marcus Watson, Jr.

Parkview's Javon Franklin Named Athlete of the Month for December

Parvkiew Magnet High School's Javon Franklin was named "Athlete of the Month" for December following his outstanding basketball season to this point.  Franklin, a  recent KATV "Full Court Awards" finalist,  is a 6'6" senior forward, known for among other ball-handling skills, his tremendous rebound abilities.  Describing him as a "complete player," Coach Al Flanigan refers to Franklin as his "game-changer."  A member of the 2016 6A State Championship basketball team, Franklin has his eyes on either UALR or Fayetteville for his collegiate basketball career.  

Hall High Students Cash in on Stock Market Game

                             

January 12, 2017 - Congratulations to Hall High School students Jonathon Aquino Velez, Chemir Brown and Kevyn Roman - 1st place winners in their division in the 2016 Stock Market Game, sponsored by Economics Arkansas. The students were honored at an awards luncheon this week  with 300 of their peers from around the state. We're proud of you, and your advisor, Mr. Ben Belton!!!

LRCH Sophomore Reportedly First Arkansas Student to Represent State at National Science Academy

Little Rock Central High School 10th grader Meghana Bollimpalli will represent Arkansas at the annual American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS), scheduled for February 15-19 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Bollimpalli is reportedly the first ever Arkansas finalist to represent our state.

Dominating the Debate Circuit - LR Central At It Again

          

Please help us congratulate sisters and LRCH debaters, Juliette Jung and Christina Jung, for securing their first bid to the National Tournament of Champions at the University of Texas Longhorn Classic in December 2016! The Jungs finished prelims 5-1 and entered eliminations as the 3rd seed. They defeated Westwood (Austin, Texas) in the bid round. LRCH will once again represent Arkansas at the TOC in Lexington, Kentucky in April! Back to back qualifiers is historic for Central's program. Additionally, Juliette was TOP SPEAKER out of 192 debaters in the field! Christina was FOURTH! 

Matthew Cole and Chloe Cunningham finished in the Sweet 16 of the tournament, defeating nationally-ranked Jesuit LR (Dallas, Texas) in Double Octafinals and ending their run in a hard-fought 2-1 decision debate against top 5 team LASA MS (Austin, Texas) in Octafinals. Matthew was recognized at 15th Speaker! 

Both teams competed in the prestigious Texas Round Robin following the Longhorn Classic. Central is the only school from Arkansas to ever be invited to this competition. Jung/Jung finished 3rd Place overall in the Round Robin, and Juliette was 2nd Speaker. A Round Robin is an elite competition for eight teams considered among the top teams in the country. Tiger Debate is very excited to be getting this recognition again this year.  

Juliette Jung -- secured a bid to the National Tournament of Champions, Top Speaker at the UT Longhorn Classic

Christina Jua Jung --  secured a bid to the National Tournament of Champions, 4th Speaker at the UT Longhorn Classic

 

Western Hills Molly Milk Moo "Chines" at National Milk Competition

Congratulations to Western Hills Elementary, winner of the" Made By Milk," milk carton sculpture contest in the elementary under 300 carton category.  Western Hills was also the only school in Arkansas to win this time. Check out the sculpture that was designed and created by the 4th and 5th grade art club.  The sculpture is affectionately named Molly The Milk Moo-Chine -  she roller skates around the cafeteria providing flavored milk choices, even coffee for the teachers!  When you’re done with your carton, her recycling backpack turns the cartons into energy!  Western Hills art club, under the directior of teacher Sarah Burns, will receive $1,000.  Way to "Chine" Western Hills!

 

A Grand Celebration for LRSD Grandparents

LRSD is fortunate to have great support among its stakeholder groups, including fantastic grandparents!  To celebrate their involvement in the education of their grandchildren, the district hosts an annual Grandparents Day Facebook Sweepstakes contest. Grandparents are encouraged to visit their grandchildren's school - usually during the national observance known as Grandparents Day, take a photo with the student and upload that photo to LRSD's Facebook page.

"Building a Better Me" Leadership Training

September 23, 2016 - LRSD students from Stephens and Mabelvale elementary schools participated in a student leadership academy, "Building a Better Me," designed to help them develop skills to be successful at school and in their respective communities. The event is the first in a series of student leadership academies the district is planning for the 2016-2017 school year. Students had the opportunity to learn about four leadership styles through guest speakers and group activities: integrity, character, performance, service and passion.  Guest speakers included: Superintendent Mike Poore, Sidney Moncrief, Dr. Julian Murray, Joseph Booker, Miguel Fuentevilla, Raven Richards and Kevin Hunt, Sr.

Central’s Bao Places 5th at World Brain Bee

Karina Bao, 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion poses with Central High Principal Nancy RussoJuly 15, 2016—Little Rock Central High’s Karina Bao, 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion, recently placed fifth at the World Brain Bee Championship in Cophenhagen, Denmark. Bao competed against national champions from 26 countries.

The International Brain Bee was found 17 years ago by Dr. Norbert Myslinski, and has now expanded to 160 chapters in 40 regions in 6 continents. Its purpose is “to motivate young men and women to learn about the brain, and inspire them to consider careers in basic and clinical neurosciences.” He says “We build better brains to fight brain disorders.”

Rising LRCH Sophomore Earns the Silver Medal at International Competition

                Picture of Rock Cenral High sophomore Meghana Bollimpali
Congratulations to Silver Medal winner and Little Rock Cenral High sophomore Meghana Bollimpali, who represented Arkansas at the GENIUS Olympiad in New York this month.
 

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