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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.

Jeremiah Williams from Forest Heights Middle School Has You Covered!

In September, Ms. Amy Walker, Gifted and Talented (GT) teacher at Forest Heights, challenged the students in her GT Seminar classes to come up with ideas for service projects.  She asked each student to research various organizations that reach out to those who need a little extra help, select one worthy of a service project to be conducted during the fall semester, and present a project board that explained the intended service project.  Parents and teachers were invited to come in and vote on one winning project per grade.  Jeremiah Williams presented the winning 6th grade project by choosing to assist the Salvation Army with collecting blankets to be used at homeless shelters.  He named his project, “We Have Got You Covered."

Jeremiah’s goal was to convince the Forest Heights community to collect 100 blankets toward  the Salvation Army’s goal of 1300 blankets to be distributed to people who are staying at homeless shelters.  The homeless are allowed to take the blankets with them, which becomes especially important if they are unable to secure shelter in following nights.  So far, Jeremiah’s project has resulted in the donation of 180 blankets, nearly doubling his goal, and his collection is still growing.
He plans to personally distribute blankets and coffee at the Salvation Army Shelter on December 21st. 
 

Little Rock Central High SECME Students Continue to Shine

On November 3, 2012 Little Rock Central High SECME students won the local Robotics Competition for the first time. LRCH outdistanced ASMSA, National Park Technical from Hot Springs, Parkview, E-Stem, and 15 other schools to win the first place trophy. LRCH now will move on to Fort Smith to face 200 other schools from 20 different states in Regional Competition.

Mock Elections Promote Good Citizenship Across the District

Mock Election events were held across the district on Election Day, November 6, 2012. Students age four to age 18 experienced the election process first hand with mock election events. 

 

At Fair Park Early Childhood Center four-year-olds used ballots and voting booths to vote for candidates Pete the Cat or Clifford the Big Red Dog. 

 

At Franklin Elementary third grade teacher, Tammy Smith, set up electronic voting for third, fourth and fifth graders through nationalmockelection.org. In preparation for voting students watched presidential debates, discussed key issues and studied district-level candidate platforms. 

 

Jefferson Elementary students also got in on the action. According to Principal Roberta Mannon, of the nearly 300 votes cast, 79% went to Barack Obama and 21% were cast in favor of Mitt Romney.

 

At Horace Mann Magnet Middle School it was a particularly exciting scene at the Media Center turned voting precinct when Secretary of State Mark Martin came to Mann and spoke to a group of students. A Mann parent converted the Media Center into a voting precinct with private voting booths and patriotic decorations. EAST lab students created signs about the candidates and posted them around the campus. Students were encouraged to research, read and watch debates in order to make well-informed decisions about the candidates. 

Zsuzsanna Diamond Receives 2012 Milken Educators Award

Zsuzsanna Diamond was surprised to learn on Monday, Oct. 29 that she was selected as a 2012 Milken Educator Award. Shortly after lunch, Governor Mike Beebe, Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, and Dr. Gary Stark of the Milken Family Foundation greeted her in the cafeteria of Otter Creek Elementary with a $25,000 check.

Diamond teaches fourth grade at Otter Creek Elementary. Educated in Hungrary, Diamond has been teaching in the Little Rock School District for five years. She is recognized around the district as a passionate and creative educator with a special talent for connecting with kids. Her ability to foster an open, community type classroom environment has proven effective for students and has earned her the respect of her colleagues. In 2011, Diamond was selected as one of ten participants from LRSD to attend the Exxon Mobil-Mickelson Math and Science Institute.

 

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