LRSD Student Art Selected for Arts Center Exhibition

LRSD students from three elementary schools and one high school were selected as winners at the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. Washington Elementary fourth grader, Jalesa Humphrey and Little Rock Central eleventh grader, Zach Blair, were selected as “Best of Class” for their grade level. Carver Magnet Elementary Kindergartener, Andrew Daniel, and Wakefield Elementary third grader, Ricardo Alvarez, both received Honorable Mention recognition for their grade level.

This year’s awards reception will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7th, in the Children's Theater, in conjunction with an Arts Center Family Festival.

Image #1 (top): Jalesa Humphrey—Washington Elementary (4th grade)
Image#2 : Zach Blair—Little Rock Central High (11th grade)

Image #3 (bottom left): Andrew Daniel—Carver Magnet Elementary (Kindergarten)
Image#4 (bottom right): Ricardo Alvarez— Wakefield Elementary (3rd grade)


Pulaski Heights Middle School Students Know History

Please congratulate the National History Day District 7 winners from Pulaski Heights. PHMS students won 13 awards and even swept one category, Historical Paper. Ms. Buford received the award for Outstanding Junior Division Teacher. Most of these students will move on to the state level competition on April 20, 2013 at UCA.

Historical Paper 1st – Alex Crawford, 2nd – Lillian Clement, 3rd – Angie Brown

Individual Performance 1st - Owen Kong-McLain

Documentary Honorable Mention – Stevie Wise

Individual Exhibit 1st – Jack Curtis

Group Exhibit 2nd – Makynzi Watson-Williams & Jordan Staggers, Honorable Mention – Tulshi Amin & Meredith Hatfield

Individual Website 1st Hannah Cozart, 2nd – Madeline Wood, Honorable Mention – Sam Griffin

Group Website 1st – Addison Stone, Alex Pickell, Elisabeth Bates; 3rd – Olivia Hope, Megan Sander, Riley Chafin

Double Spotlight for Gibbs Art Program

THEA FOUNDATION GIFT Gibbs Magnet Elementary School artists have been given a wonderful gift of art supplies! Herron Horton Architects founders, Jennifer Herron and Jeff Horton, made a generous donation to the Thea Foundation that was matched by the Foundation. Herron Horton Architects made the stipulation that the art support  go to Gibbs where both of their children attended school.

Central High Debate Students Raise the Bar, Again

Little Rock Central High School won first place in the Arkansas Bar Association's Regional High School Mock Trial Competition held March 2 in Ft. Smith. The tem advances to the state level in Little Rock on March 9, 2013, where they will vie for the opportunity to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Championship later this year in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Last year the Central High team won the State Championship and competed for the national title in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Little Rock Central High participants were Sarthak Garg, Ryan Gauger, Ian Goza, John Harpool, David Xiang, Joseph Hwang, Astha Mittal, Maddison Perry and Drew Ricciardone.Their sponsoring teacher was Kathleen Holladay and attorney coaches were Clarke Tucker and Matt Wells. Mrs. Melinda Bieth and Mr. Bob Goza assisted.

Lynn Lisk of Fort Smith, program director and assistant professor in the Legal Assistance/Paralegal Program at UAFS, said the competition teaches high school students about the legal system and how it works. He called the competition "an invaluable tool."

Hall's Mandy Nguyen Named Poetry Out Loud State Champ

Hall High’s School Champion, tenth grader Mandy Nguyen, won the title of Arkansas State Champion in the statewide Poetry Out Loud Contest held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Pulaski Technical College Auditorium.  Nguyen along with Hall’s poetry coach, Ms. Georgia Walton, will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to represent Arkansas in the national contest. As the State champion, Mandy won a $200.00 first place prize and Hall won a $500.00 award for use on poetry related items. This is the third state level win for Hall High School and Ms. Walton, the only high school and poetry coach to have that distinction in the State. Three wins from a single high school and poetry coach is also believed to be a National distinction throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Hall’s previous winners are the late Roshundalyn Scribner in 2006 and Temple Price in 2008.

Parkview Drama Students take Arkansas History on the Road

The Parkview drama department brings Arkansas history alive with an original children’s touring show about Arkansas’ past.  During the month of February, the Parkview Drama Department tours “Nate and Addie’s Arkansas Adventures,” a fast-paced family friendly show featuring five stories from Arkansas past.  In addition to performances as a part of the Dr. Seuss Birthday week at the Clinton Presidential Center on Feb. 26th and March 1st, the 22 Parkview students toured the show to Romine, Franklin, and Rockefeller Elementary School performing for approximately 750 students. Additionally the show was performed at Horace Mann Middle School for 275 7th grade Arkansas History students.

LRCHS Cheerleaders Take Top Spot at Nationals

Little Rock Central High School cheerleaders, the Little Rock Tigers, received first place in the level 5 high school division of the Cheersport National Cheerleading Competition that took place in Atlanta Feb. 15 to 17. The Little Rock Tigers scored 89.67 for their performance at the competition—the highest score of all the high school divisions in the competition. Over 900 teams compete in the Cheersport National Cheerleading Competitions to show off their cheer skills and advance their status in the cheer world.


Two Parkview Students Chosen for Performing Arts Scholarship

Two Parkview seniors, Tressa Tiner and Grace Dostart, were among ten students chosen as Thea Foundation’s 2013 Performing Art Scholarship winners. Tiner took home fifth place honors and Dostart placed seventh. Both students received $2,000 in scholarship money. One hundred twenty students representing 56 Arkansas schools auditioned with vocal, dance or theatre performances at the Argenta Community Theatre on Saturday, February 2, 2013. (left to right: Tressa Tiner, Grace Dostart)



Four LRCH AVID Students Named Dell Scholar Semi-finalists

Join us in congratulating Central High AVID students Kinjal Patel, Rozena Stewart, Britney Washington and Trevyon West for being named semi-finalists for the Dell Scholars program. (left to right: Treyvon West, Britney Washington, Rozena Stewart and Kinjal Patel)

LRCH Thespians Score High Marks and Big Dollars

Little Rock Central High students competed at the 2013 State Thespian Festival, Jan. 24-26, held at Alma High School— the entire troupe was named a “Gold Honor Troupe.” Outstanding performances yielded over $100,000 in scholarship offers to six students: Allison Light, Morgan Maxwell, Will Nicholson, Steven Hulsey, Kloe Richardson and Noah Whitney. Additional scholarship offers are still pending.

Their one act play, Babel’s in Arms, by David Ives was chosen for the festival’s “Showcase.” Other performances chosen for the Showcase included:  Group Acting, Richard III, co-directed by Steven Hulsey and Group Musical, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, co-directed by Noah Whitney. Both received straight superiors and were named Best of Show in their category — the top spot in the Festival’s Showcase.Please congratulate the following drama students for their outstanding performances and special recognition at the Arkansas State Thespian Festival:

Named to All State Cast: Will Nicholson & Noah Whitney
Named to All State Crew: Allison Speed
Elected Chair of the State Student Board of Directors: Will Nicholson

Kids Stick Together— A Gibbs Project for Sandy Hook

UPADTE: Ms. White's class won the KTHV "Hometown Hero" Award and $100 for the Sandy Hook Fund

On Wednesday, January 23, students in Jennifer White’s third grade class at Gibbs International Magnet School, 1115 W. 16th St., began a project called KIDS STICK TOGETHER to help students, staff, and families at Sandy Hook Elementary, where tragedy struck in Newtown, Connecticut. 

LRSD Earns State’s Top Spot for National Board Certification

The Little Rock School District dominates with 210 National Board Certified Teachers, about twice as many as any of the top five school districts in the state. Each year educators in the Little Rock School District strive to attain the highest level of certification a teacher can achieve, the National Board Certification. This rigorous process takes several years to complete and requires several forms of evaluation.

Two Little Rock Central High School Students Designated as State AP® Scholars

Little Rock Central High School is proud to announce that Whitney Gao and Joseph Berleant have earned a State AP® Scholar Award, for their extraordinary performance on the 2012 Advanced Placement® Exams. They are among 108 students nationwide to receive this honor.  


Help LRCH Marching Band Make History at 57th Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC  

One hundred and three Little Rock Central High marching band members, under the direction of Mr. Brice Evans, will perform at the 57th Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 in Washington DC. Eighty-four groups, with a combined total of nearly 15,000 participants, were selected to perform. 

Central and McClellan Take Top Three Spots at "Poets for Passion" Poetry Slam

Two Central students and one student from McClellan high school took the top three spots and bragging rights for a year at the 12th annual Little Rock School District “Poets with Passion,”  Poetry Slam sponsored by J.A. Fair High School. Photo from left: Junior Evan Yi, Central High School, took first place in the “Poets for Passion,” district wide poetry slam competition on Dec. 1; senior Donald Price, McClellan High School, placed third, and sophomore Jourdan Lee, Central High School, earned second place.
Junior Evan Yi of Central High School took first place and a prize of $350, sophomore Jourdan Lee took second place and a prize of $200, and senior Donald Price, of McClellan High School, took third place and the prize of $100.

Click here to read first place winner's poem.