Rookey Scores Again!!!

Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School's Deborah J. Rookey is among sixteen members of the Arkansas high school Class of 2014 graduates named this week as recipients of National Merit Scholarships that are financed by colleges and universities.

The recipients will join about 2,500 other college-sponsored award winners announced in May. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 a year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Rookey plans to purse a legal career after completing her studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

You'll recall, Rookey was one of two LRSD students to score a 36 on the ACT during the 2013-2014 school year.

“Spectrum” by Parkview High School Debuts on YouTube

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, and spent the day on campus with students, providing them an interactive experience in writing, recording, and editing their own video on the mobile audio/video recording facility. The result is a soulful, uplifting song that captures “the beauty of life.” Click here to view the video on YouTube.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit, state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 17th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013. For more information please visit

16 LRSD Students Earn Qualifying Scores in the Duke TIP

Two LRSD students, Katherine Taylor (Pulaski Heights Middle) and Anna Rumpz (Mann Magnet Middle), were singled out for the highest level of the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), a program in which 7th graders are selected based on qualifying test scores test scores on the SAT or ACT college readiness exams. Taylor and Rumpz received Grand Recognition, State Recognition and were invited to attend the Center for Summer Studies. Two other students from Mann Magnet Middle School, Sally Kashala and Eric Williams, also qualified for the Center for Summer Studies and received State Recognition. Students who qualify for the Center for Summer Studies represent the highest-scoring students in Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search across all 16 states that participate in the program. The courses offered at the Center for Summer Studies are some of the most challenging and rigorous available to academically gifted students in the country.  

Another 12 students received State Recognition and/or invitations to attend the Academy for Summer Studies, which offers exceptional academic and social experience for those students who are among the top 5 percent of the academically talented students in their grade level.

Join us in congratulating the following students for their outstanding performance on the ACT or SAT college readiness exams as 7th graders!

Mabelvale Middle School Choir Headed to Carnegie Hall

The Mabelvale Middle School Choir, led by Choir Director Matthew Farr, has been selected to perform at historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. The trip is set to take place March 28-31, 2015, with the performance scheduled for March 30, 2015. In order to make this dream a reality, the students are seeking donations and/or sponsors to fund the trip. Donations may be made at All proceeds directly impact the Mabelvale Choir Program. 

"This trip will be a fun and exciting educational experience for our choir students that supersedes all others, "said Farr. "The students will work with professional conductors and singers as well as attend master classes that will enhance their individual vocal abilities," he added. 

From Arkansas to Africa - Western Hills Students Create "Circle of Change"  

From pickles to pencils to popsicles...whatever it took to raise the money, determined students at Western Hills Elementary sold it on campus and in front of a local skating rink to benefit students in Tanzania. Now the work of these serious young pitchmen and women is paying off. They managed to collect mostly coins, and some foldable money in the amount of $5,000 dollars as part of their "Mbegu" service project to purchase school supplies for students in Tanzania. The name for the service project is derived from the Swahili word for "seed."  


"We wanted to plant the seed of change in our students' minds so it would grow and make them more aware of the needs of others," said Western Hills teacher Kristy Taylor.  

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Washington University of St. Louis and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Among Top College Choices for LRSD Graduates at 2014 Academic Signing Day     

Ninety-five students from the Little Rock School District's Class of 2014 were honored at the tenth annual Academic Signing Day on Monday, May 19


Abhilasha Gokulan

Dartmouth College

Abrar Matin

University of Southern California

Akiko Kyong-McClain

Temple University

Alden Walters


Alena Higgins

University of California Santa Barbara

Alexander "Alex" Shannon

Centenary College of Louisana

Alexander Parr


Alexander Zhang


Alexandra Honeycutt


Allison Light


Ankita Das


Anne Schexnayder


Ashley Finney


Astha Mittal


Attrice Meeks


Audrey Bauman


Avinash Arulmurugu

Boston University

Ayesha Patel


Briana Jones


Callah Mitchell


Chloe' Robinson

University of Memphis

Christian Coletti

Oklahoma State University

Christyal Holloway

Arkansas State University


Rice University

Claudia Vargas

Pulaski Tech College

Darielle Brown


Darius Ford

Washington University of St. Louis

Darryonna Armstrong


Deborah Rookey

Washington University of St. Louis

Destinee Boddie

Rhodes College

Elizabeth Palmer

University of Washington at Seattle

Emily Claire Mackey

Wake Forest University

Emma Gaither


Eric Gasby


Errick Jackson

Harvey Mudd College

Esther Park

University of Penn

Evan Yi

Davidson College

Evan Young


Farhan Kawsar

Rice University

Gabrielle Miller


Garrett Bethel


Georgia Gazette


Hannah Bullard

Barnard College

Hannah Tackett


Irish Pelayo

Pulaski Tech College

Jackson Weaver


Jacob Oldham


James Joseph Abraham


James Burrow


James Hill

Rice University

Joseph Hwang

Georgetown University

Jourdan Lee

Tulane University

Justin Guyton

Washington University of St. Louis

Kaitlyn Perreault

Boston University

Katherine Knight

Texas Christian University

Kennedy Green


Kiran Chakka

New York University

Kristen Eldridge


Leila Kerr

Baylor University

Lela-Tamara Fluker

Lyon College


Pulaski Tech College

Lindsey Graefen

Anderson University

Mackenzie Bodie


Manuel Alvarez Romero


Melinda Lue

Pomona College

Nasasha Worthy

Arkansas Tech

Natalie Doris


Natasha Thompson

University of Southern California

Nathan Harkey

Harding University

Nathanael Ji


Rachel Haislip

UCA Honors College

Rong Ding

St. Lous College of Pharmacy

Ross Regan

University of South Carolina

Ryan Wass

U of A at Fayetteville

Sarah Alexander

University of Georgia

Sarah Dodd

Harding University

Sarah Greenbaum

Rhodes College

Sarah Halford


Siddharth Jambhekar

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sonya Mehta

Case Western Reserve University

Stephanie Menhart

University of California San Diego

Sydney Alman

Northwestern University

Taurean Brown

Pomona College

Tiraneka Broadway


Tylon Jackson


Victoria Linn Spradley


Walter Bass

University of Virginia at Charlottesville

Will Richardson


William Mitchell

Rhodes College

William Nicholson

Columbia College in Chicago

Wyatt Williams


Xavier Wills


Yulia Batalina


Yuxiu (Katherine) Wang

Hendrix College


Sophomore from Central Chosen as Finalist in GENIUS Olympidad

Anirudh Pidugu, a sophomore at Little Rock Central, qualified as a finalist of the GENIUS Olympiad from Arkansas. GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is founded and organized by the Terra Science and Education and hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego. Anirudh submitted his project under the title of “NON PRECIOUS METAL CATALYSTS AS FUEL CATHODES IN OXYGEN REDUCTION REACTIONS.” He received various awards such as first place Energy and Transportation at the Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair; fifth place overall at the regional competition and honorable mention at the Arkansas Science Fair. His paper was selected by the Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) as one of the top 12 papers in the state. On top of all of this, Anirudh was a speaker at the Arkansas JSHS event. Anirudh has the opportunity of a lifetime to join 328 other students from around the world at the 2014 Genius Olympiad. 

Don Roberts Elementary Teacher Honored as LRSD's Top Educator

The Little Rock School District honored its best and brightest teachers with the annual Crystal Awards Gala Monday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel.  Don Roberts Elementary School Teacher Steven Helmick was named Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year for 2014, earning the coveted Marian G. Lacey Educator Award, the district's highest recognition.  Helmick was also awarded a $1,000 cash prize, a Dell Latitude 3340 laptop and gift bag from Knowledge Tree.


Teachers representing every campus in the district were recognized during the gala.  Level winners were also named and included Bernestine Rhodes, Hall - High School Teacher of the Year; Sharon Dallimore, Pulaski Heights  - Middle School Teacher of the Year; and Vanessa Hendrix, King - Elementary School Teacher of the Year.  Level winners took home $500 each in cash prizes, Dell tablets and gift bags from Knowledge Tree. 


The task of providing a strong foundation upon which all other learning first falls on the shoulders of an elementary teacher.  From greeting frightened kindergartners on the first day of school to sending confident 5th graders on to middle school, the building blocks of learning are formed in these teachers' classrooms.  Middle school and high school teachers continue to impact students' lives helping to get them ready to successfully navigate college and/or career, ultimately preparing them to be productive, engaged citizens.


LRSD proudly salutes all of its teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. 

McClellan Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

McClellan Senior Darryonna Armstrong was recently named one of 1,000 national winners of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Armstrong was chosen because of her strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and overall academic achievement.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is awarded each year to 1,000 high school seniors who successfully complete the rigorous application process, which includes a series of essays and certain economic stipulations. This year over 52,000 students from across the nation applied for the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Armstrong is able to attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is renewable each year based on the stringent Gates Millennium Scholarship program guidelines. Armstrong plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the fall.

For the Second Time This School Year— Another LRSD Student Makes Perfect ACT Score

Chandler Smith, son of Horace and Jennifer Smith, a junior at Little Rock Central High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.


“It is no surprise to us that Chandler Smith made a 36 on the ACT; we know him to be a very driven student. What his perfect score doesn’t reflect is his amiable personality. His teachers describe him as a wonderful person and a joy to have in class,” said Little Rock Central High Principal Nancy Rousseau.


Smith began attending LRSD at age 3 as a student in the Rockefeller Early Childhood Education Program. He then attended Dunbar Middle School, where he was captain of the Quiz Bowl Team. When he was a sophomore he scored a 35 on the ACT. He is currently on the Quiz Bowl at Central High.


You may recall Parkview's Debra Rookey also scored a 36 on the ACT in the fall semester. 


The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.


In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, "While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals."


All major U.S. colleges accept ACT test scores, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.



Top LRSD Science Teacher Among Four Honored With DuPont Scholarship

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and DuPont Public Affairs Manager,  Mary Kate Campbell, recognized  Parkview Science Department Chairman Mr. Leslie Williams and three (3)  other Little Rock Science Educators as DuPont Office of Education Scholarship Recipients.  Scholarship recipients received trips to the National Science Teachers Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in April, 2014.


Williams is Chairman of the Science Department and a highly regarded science educator from Little Rock Parkview High School.  Williams attended the National Science Teachers Conference in Boston, MA, April 3-6 as an NSTA DuPont Office of Education Sponsorship recipient.


Henderson EAST Students Win in Hot Springs


Henderson Middle School represented the Little Rock School District at the annual EAST Conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  Henderson EAST students won the following competitions:


1st place - VersaCAD - Mapping Project of Rock Creek, Kealan Washington

1st place - ArchiCAD - Health Care Center, Kameron May

3rd place - Students for Healthy Communities - Come Dine With Us, Amya Hutchinson, Wesley Suen, Michael Dunn, Kheli Jones

Honorable Mention - Storytelling with Maps - Premature Births, Jung Kim, Amya Hutchinson, Nadia Hernandez

Congratulations LRSD National History Day Winners!

The District 7 National History Day Competition was held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  LRSD students competed at the elementary, middle and high school levels. High school and middle school winners progress to the state completion on April 19, 2014. Join us in congratulating the following:

LRSD Destination Imagination Students Take Top Honors

Four teams from Dunbar Magnet Middle School (DMMS) placed first in their respective challenges at the Arkansas Destination Imagination (DI) Northern Regional Tournament in Greenbrier on Saturday, March 1. Students from Horace Mann Magnet Middle School participated on two of the Dunbar teams.

The DMMS teams competed in the Technical, Scientific, Structural and Project Outreach challenges. Congratulations to the student teams and their volunteer team managers, who will compete at the state level on April 5 in Little Rock at Forest Heights. Teams placing first at the state tournament qualify for the global finals in May in Knoxville, Tenn.

Parkview Captures Top Spots at the 2014 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships

Parkview Debate and Acting students captured first and second place at the Arkansas Mock Trial Championships sponsored by The Arkansas Bar Association.   The varsity Blue Team racked up nine wins and no losses to earn a spot in the championship round.  The junior varsity Red Team garnered eight wins to only one loss, and defeated the defending state champions to land in the finals.  In a 2-1 ballot decision by a jury of Arkansas Bar Association members, the decision went to the Blue Team.  Those students will represent Arkansas at the National Mock Trial Championships in Madison, WI May 7-11.  

STATE CHAMPS: Front Row: Melissa Vachon (10);  Melody Garrett (11);  Hannah Burdette (11); Arkansas Bar Association President, Jim Simpson;  Claire Frueauff (12); Colin Boyd (12).  Second Row: Deborah Rookey (12), Luke Kim (12), Ramzee Williams (12)

STATE TEAMS: Bottom Row: Jordan Borst (11), Jordan McElroy (11),  Second Row: Andres Rodriquez (10); Leila Kerr (12); Billie Harmon (12); Melody Garrett (11); Hannah Burdette (11); Jim Simpson, Arkansas Bar Association President; Claire Frueauff( 12); Lexi Baltzley( 12); Josie Efird (11) Third Row: Deborah Rookey (12), Melissa Vachon (10), Colin Boyd (12), Sean Anderson (11). Top Row: Luke Kim, Ramzee Williams(12).