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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.

 

Gene Williams selected to Teach at Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Gene Williams, K-5 Science Lab Instructor at Carver Magnet Elementary, has been selected to teach Math and Science at the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy for the next three summers. Qatar is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia.  In 2008, Williams participated in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy; the following year, he was invited to join the faculty.  

Parkview Chess Club Revived by LRSD Employee

Help presented itself from an unlikely source when Fund and Budget Coordinator Leroy Harris offered his assistance in jumpstarting the Chess club for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, but Harris provided the shot in the arm that the club needed to get enthusiastic players to join.

The club, which had dwindled to only a few students – had been waning in recent years. This year, the club has seventeen enthusiastic players – thanks in large part to Harris’ efforts.

For four years, Harris has dedicated his time and expertise to the Chess Club at Gibbs Magnet School for International Studies and at Dunbar Middle School. In addition, Harris has helped to organize city wide chess tournaments for players in grades K-8 for the last two years. 

The decision to assist Parkview was an extension of the work Harris was already doing in the schools and community – and as his students became older, it just made sense to extend the program up.

“It became apparent that a gap existed betweeen LRSD high school students who played chess and opportunities to continue playing in tournament environments. I, along with other volunteers, decided to try to fill that void by volunteering at the high school level with students we’d worked with in K-8 tournaments,” Harris said.

Game! Set! Match! LRCH's Edward Zhao Wins Boys Singles Title at Conference Championship!

Edward Zhao wins the top spot for Little Rock Central's Boys Tennis Team at the District Tournament. He will advance to the state tournament with the following team mates: Sean Corrothers, Ian McVinney, Kiran Chakka, Noah Adams and Kess McSwain. Ninth Grader Becky Sherman from the Central Girls Tennis team will also advance to the state tournament.

 

The Tigers played hard but also with great sportsmanship, as was remarked by several team coaches.  Coach Davenport would like to thank JV Tennis Player/Manager Eric Meincke for all his hard work during the tournament. Join us in cheering these student-athletes on at the State Tournament, Oct. 15-16 at Burns Park in N. Little Rock.

Williams Magnet Recognized as a Higher Performing School

 

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Williams Magnet Elementary School as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School. The Little Rock School District's Williams Magnet Elementary School received Higher Performing (HP) recognition in Math and Literacy.

Two Central High Students Named National Achievement Semifinalists

The Little Rock School District is proud to congratulate its 2013 National Achievement Semifinalists:  Tatenda M. Mukunyadzi and Alexis G. Taylor, both from Central High School.  The students were named this week among 1,600 Black American High School Seniors designated as Semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The scholastically talented students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered in the spring. We wish Tatenda and Alexis well in their pursuit of the scholarships.

Parkview Debaters Place First in Mock Trials

Parkview debaters went undefeated to capture the First Place Award at the Creekview Invitational Mock Trials in Dallas, Sept. 21-22. Parkview’s Claire Frueauff edged out the current world champion to be named Outstanding Witness.  

Victory, sweet victory:  Parkview Debate Team members from left:  Juniors Colin Boyd, Claire Frueauff, and Ramzee Williams, Senior Captains Wilson Jones and Charles Cohen, Senior Raven Cole and Sophomore Jordan Borst; Mrs. Pat Treadway, debate coach, Junior Luke Kim and Senior Captain Tanner Clements. 

Photo by Senior Tanner Clements

 

Carol Fleming Among the Top 1% of Speech Language Pathologists


Carol Burke Fleming, MS/CCC-SLP, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). This recognition is one of the highest honors the Association can bestow; it puts Fleming among the top .02% in her profession. In fact, she is one of only 14 Arkansans to receive this recognition. Her areas of distinction were:  clinical service in the area of Speech Language Pathology, service to ASHA, and service to and leadership positions in state Speech-Language- Hearing Associations. She is also a valued member of several local and national associations.

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates’ Score Big at National JAG Conference

Jobs for Arkansas Graduates’ Specialist, Sherrie Mays, Hall High School; Mary Jacobs, J. A.  Fair High School; and Gladys Godley, McClellan High School were honored for their commitment and dedication to their students at the 29th National JAG Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

LRSD's Nutrition Program Recognized for Helping Students Get Healthier Start

Several LRSD Schools were recently awarded cash prizes by the Midwest Diary Council for increasing participation in the ‘Breakfast in the Classroom’ program.  Woodruff Elementary was honored as a Silver Level Winner and the recipient of a $1,000 prize while Honor Roll Level Winners: Geyer Springs Elementary, Rockefeller Elementary, Wakefield Elementary and Stephens Elementary were awarded $250 each.  L

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