Random Act of Kindness Spurs Perfect Score on ACT

When life long LRSD student Deborah Rookey took the ACT in seventh grade at Horace Mann Arts and Science Magnet School she scored a 27 out of a possible 36. During her junior year at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School, Deborah took the test again and scored a 35, putting her in the 99th percentile. But since she was sick with the flu at the time she wondered what would happen if she took the test when she was healthy. Last month when she took the exam again she stopped by the Starbucks on the corner of Mississippi and Cantrell for a pick me up, which she certainly got when she pulled up to the window and learned that the person in front of her had already paid for her coffee.

According to Rookey, “It just put me in the best mood. When I found out that I got a 36, I really wanted to thank the stranger whose random act of kindness helped to put me in the right frame of mind to perform my very best.” (Photo Credit: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

But if you talk to her teachers, they’ll credit her perfect score to her commitment to constantly challenge herself academically. You’ll hear words like “brilliant” and “model student” when you ask teachers to describe her. Her counselor Monica Watson refers to her as a “renaissance” woman and because she excels in so many areas of the arts and science the description fits. From AP courses, to choir and student congress competitions, Rookey is always ranked at the top. She recently won Best Delegate and Best Bill at the Arkansas Student Congress and she’ll participate in the Women's Honor Choir in the spring.

Soon Rookey will take the SAT in the hopes of obtaining National Merit Finalist status (she’s already a semi-finalist) and she plans to stop at Starbucks again but this time she’ll pay for the coffee of the patron behind her for good luck.

Rookey has spent her entire academic career in the Little Rock School District— attending McDermott Elementary, Horace Mann Arts & Science Magnet Middle School and Parkview Arts & Science High School.

View the KATV news story video here

Fulbright Students Get Into the Spirit of Giving

Fulbright Elementary students put their coins together to benefit those in need this holiday season – collecting money for the “Food for Kids” program, sponsored by the Arkansas Rice Depot.
Students began their service drive on November 5th with classmates collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to donate to the Arkansas Rice Depot.  The coin drive ended Tuesday, November 26th, with a representative from Rice Depot arriving to receive a generous donation of $849 dollars from Fulbright students.

Arkansas Rice Depot Development Assistant Sadie Smith praised the students for their efforts, “One in four kids in Arkansas is going hungry.  Eight-hundred-dollars goes a long way in fighting hunger in Arkansas.  You’ve done an amazing job!  On behalf of the Arkansas Rice Depot, thank you.”

LRSD Student Athletes Win Scholarships

On November 19, 2013 three Central High seniors signed letters of intent to play college sports on scholarship.

Wrestler and Central High Senior Tyler Mann will wrestle for Division I powerhouse Oklahoma State University— consistently considered the best wrestling program, OSU has more national titles than any other school.  Mann’s impressive record on the mat makes it easy to see why he’ll be wresting for OSU next year.

• 2x USA National Wrestling All-American
• 3x Arkansas Wrestling State Champion and 3x Arkansas All-State Wrestler
• 2x Most Outstanding Wrestler Award, 2x Win magazine Wrestler of the 
year, 2x National Champion,
    •  3.06 GPA, honor roll

Swimmer and Central High Senior Christopher Heye will swim on scholarship for Missouri State University, a Division I school.

• 2x Arkansas Swimmer of the Year and Arkansas State Record Holder
• 8x All-State Finisher
• 2x Academic All-American
• 3.9 GPA, National Honor Society

Parkview Wins Best Overall Delegation at Student Congress

Parkview debaters captured the top spot and were named Best Overall Delegation at the Arkansas Student Congress held November 10-12 at the Arkansas State Capitol in little Rock.  The three-day event features high school and college students debating student-authored legislation.

LRCH Senior Tyler Mann Recognized by the 2013 WENDY’S® HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN® Program

Little Rock Central and the Little Rock School District are proud to celebrate Tyler Mann who was recently named School Winner and State Finalist for the prestigious Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award. Mann was chosen for his excellence in academics, athletics, and community leadership, and will move on to the next round of judging to compete for the coveted National award.

“On behalf of Little Rock Central and the Little Rock School District, we are excited to celebrate and honor the outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements of Tyler Mann with this prestigious award,” said Nancy Rousseau, Principal

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is recognized as the most esteemed award at the high school level, as it encourages future leadership by acknowledging well-rounded students.

Mann was selected as a School Winner and State Finalist based on the following accomplishments:

2x USA National Wrestling All-American, 3x Arkansas Wrestling State Champion, 3x Arkansas All-State Wrestler, 2x Most Outstanding Wrestler Award, 2x Win magazine Wrestler of the year, 2x National Champion, 3 year Varsity Cross Country, 2 years Football, 3 years Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 3 years Young Life city program,  1 year Beta Club, 1 year EAST Lab Program,  Drama Club – Troubadours, Member of Immanuel Baptist youth group, member of USA youth sports wrestling association and volunteer youth Coach

33 Amazing LRSD Seniors Receive National Recognition

The Little Rock School District is proud to announce the names of 30 seniors who have received fall academic honors. These scholastically talented students, recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, deserve praise for their lifelong commitment to academic excellence.

Results for Gibbs Magnet's First Reading Bowl!

Gibbs International Magnet School has just concluded its first Reading Bowl of the year! Students in grades 3-5 had an assigned book over the summer. Upon their return to school in August, the children anticipated involvement in a quiz bowl competition around their book. The competition was conducted in each classroom. The winning team in each classroom faced off against the winning team in the opposing grade level homeroom!

Homeroom winners were: Third Grade - Mrs. Jennifer White’s students; 4th Grade - Mrs. Julie Davis’s students; and Fifth Grade - Ms. Jennifer Gillespie’s students! Each student on the winning teams received a certificate with their team photo. A trophy is also displayed outside each classroom! These children exhibited great sportsmanship! They are looking forward to the next Reading Quiz Bowl at Gibbs!
Pictured above are (1) fourth graders and (2) third grade students competing in the first-ever Gibbs Reading Quiz Bowl!

LRCH Students Named Living Heroes of the New South

The students of Little Rock Central High have been selected by a panel of distinguished jurors as new heroes of civil rights by Southern Living for their work on the ongoing experiement, The Memory Project. This year, Southern Living recognized four honorees for representing “the next generation of leaders forging a better future without forsaking a bitter past." We are so proud of all of the students who have participated in the Memory Project over the past nine years. This honor is well deserved!

To read the essay by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who was the first African-American female student at the University of Georgia, about the Memory Project at Central click here.

Gibbs Educator Participates in Japan Society’s Global Conference in NYC

In May, Ms. Vicki Stroud Gonterman, International Studies Specialist at Gibbs International Magnet School, received a select invitation to participate in the Third Annual Going Global: International Student Social Networking Conference for Educators organized by the Japan Society.  Gonterman, one of only ten US-based educators invited, attended the three day conference, August 7-9 in New York, with educators from Japan and Pakistan. The all-expenses paid conference was sponsored in part by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Toshiba International Foundation.  The U.S.-Japan Foundation submitted Gonterman’s name for inclusion in the conference as she was their 2006 Elgin Heinz Humanities Educator of the Year.   

Gonterman now has a Japanese “Kamishibai” lesson published online with the Japan Society on their educator’s website!  Click here to view the lesson.  Also, as a result of participation in the conference, Gonterman is currently establishing a new partnership with an international elementary school in Japan.
Click here for information about global networking opportunities available through the Japan Society.

Photo: Gonterman is sitting on the far right of the first table with educators from Japan and Pakistan.

Ms. Fleming Goes to Washington

This summer, Pulaski Height Middle School Speech Pathologist Carol Fleming was asked by the Arkansas Education Association to represent  the state at a Republican Capacity Building meeting with the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C. 


The event was designed to bring educators from select states together to discuss the best ways to effectively build working relationships with legislators in order to lobby at the state and local levels on issues important to education.


While in Washington, Fleming had the opportunity to meet the NEA Executive Director and network with other educators from around the country. Fleming also witnessed the historic passing of the bipartisan compromise bill that rolled back student loan interest and ties new rates to U.S. Treasury yields.


22 Parkview Students Receive IT Academy Certifications

Parkview is proud to announce seven students have earned certification in Microsoft Office Word 2007 and fifteen students have earned the Digital Literacy Certificate from the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA). ITA programs provide industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the digital divide. By helping students achieve a greater mastery of productivity and technical skills, students learn skills critical for success in today’s technologically evolving world.


IT Academy Digital Literacy Certificate

Shantice Bogard

Quanderrius Doss

Richard Duong

Darius Ford

AnaLisa Godinez

Mario Guerra

Araceli Harding

Marcus Hatley

Terrell Henry

Michael Hernandez

Evan Johnson

Jonathan Jones

Luke Kim

Benjamin Lewis


IT Academy Certification in Microsoft Office 2007 Word

Landon Burress

Jordon Chaney

Linzee Jones

Luke Kim

Claire Marratt

Shayconna Miller

Sydnei Miller

Michelle Smith


LRSD Administrator Receives Credentials and Appointment

Dr. Lloyd Sain, Director of Leadership and Secondary Teacher Development, recently received his credentials as an Associate Certified Coach(ACC). After completing 125 hours of coaching training and successfully passing a rigorous written exam and oral coaching assessment at the PCC level, Sain is now among the nation’s emerging professionals to support school leaders as an executive or associate certified coach. Credentialed through the International Coaching Federation, which is the governing body for professional and credential coaches, Dr. Sain completed his intense training with Coaching for Results Global, an accredited training program. As the district’ first certified coach, he will continue to support the work of school and district leaders, academic coaches, teachers, and staff through powerful coaching conversation and training. Many have already witnessed the impact of Dr. Sain’s credentials in his work, in his conversations, and in his ability to inspire others to excel at their professional and personal goals.

In addition, Dr. Sain was recently named as the Director of the Charles D. Moody Research Institute of the National Alliance of Black School Educators(NABSE). NABSE is the nation’s premiere organization that advocates for children of African descent.  An active and dedicated NABSE member, Sain was the first Arkansas educator to be elected and to serve on the NABSE Board of Directors in 2008-2010 as Chair of the Program Development, Research, and Evaluation Commission. In  his new role, he will lead the organization’s research agenda and publications, serve on the National Planning Committee, oversee the research initiatives with NABSE’s partners and districts, and serve again as a National Board Member.


LRCH students “Psych” Out the Competition at AP Psychology Quiz Bowl


More than 60 students from three LRSD high schools vied for bragging rights at the first annual AP Psychology Quiz Bowl, hosted by McClellan High School on May 4, 2013. Central High School team members Will Richardson, BeiBei Dong, Melinda Liu, and Evan Young emerged as the winning team. The competition, held two days before the AP Psychology exam is administered, served as an excellent review for all the participants.


Teachers Katherine Cortinez and Chris Thomas from Central, Carla Jurgensmeyer from Parkview, and Margaret Reed from McClellan worked together to organize the event. District Engagement Specialists Kamesha Lindsey and Laura Beth Arnold also contributed to the event’s success. State Representative Fredrick Love and Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton provided gift cards and breakfast.   


All of the district’s AP Psychology teachers are looking forward to making the competition an annual event.

Two LRSD Teachers Win Competitive Study Opportunity at the Truman Library


Chris Gonterman, Physical Education Teacher at Hall High School, and Vicki Stroud Gonterman, International Studies Specialist at Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School, have both been selected as winners of the Summer Teachers Seminar entitled, “U.S. Presidents and the Middle East: Truman to Obama,” offered by the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri this July. 


The two will attend the weeklong conference, along with teachers selected from across the United States, attend lectures, and utilize the Truman Library’s primary source documents on Presidential Policy Making in the Middle East to create lesson plans. The competitive application process included a personal essay explaining the content and pedagogy that would be utilized in their classroom along with an application and resumé.

Please Help Incoming Parkview Student Win Google Contest

Maddie Robinson just found out that she was accepted to the Parkview Drama Magnet Program (9th grade). If she wins, the $45,000 goes to PV! Please spread the word and vote for her Google doodle. Voting ends May 10th so spread the word quickly.

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