ADE Commissioner Johnny Key Appoints Howard “Baker” Kurrus New Superintendent of LRSD

Howard Baker Kurrus was named the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District today at a press conference held at the district. Kurrus will begin his new role immediately.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key appointed Kurrus, a former Little Rock School Board member, to the position. Kurrus replaces Marvin Burton, who served as interim superintendent after Dr. Dexter Suggs resigned recently. Burton will resume his previous role as deputy superintendent.

“Because of his extensive experience creating and leading effective organizations, Mr. Kurrus will be a tremendous asset and resource for the Little Rock School District,” Key said. “As a former school district board member, Mr. Kurrus is dedicated to serving the students, parents, teachers and administrators in the district. I have the upmost confidence in his ability to lead the district during this time of transition with six schools in academic distress and pending loss of desegregation funds.”

“I also want to thank Mr. Burton for his commitment and service to the district and Little Rock community,” Key said. “His willingness to step in and work with me and the ADE team has been of great value.”

Parkview Drama Teacher Spencer Sutterfield 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. Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School Teacher Spencer Sutterfield was named Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year for 2015, earning the coveted Marian G. Lacey Educator Award, the district’s highest recognition. Sutterfield was also awarded a $1000 cash prize, a gift bag from Knowledge tree that included a $100 gift certificate and will receive a Dell Venue Pro that can be used as a tablet or a laptop.

Teachers representing every campus in the district were recognized during the gala. Level winners were also named and included High School Teacher of the Year Summer Vaught, Central High School, Middle School Teacher of the Year, Michelle Vire, Pulaski Heights Middle School, and Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Nathalie Massenelli. Level winners took home $500 each in cash prizes, Dell Chromebooks and gift bags from Knowledge Tree including $50 gift certificates.

Pictured (left to right): Nathalie Massenelli, Jefferson Elementary, Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Michelle Vire, Pulaski Heights Middle, Middle School Teacher of the Year; Spencer Sutterfield, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High, 2015 Teacher of the Year & Marian G. Lacey Educator Award winner; and Summer Vaught, Central High, High School Teacher of the Year.

LRSD proudly salutes all of its teacher during next week’s Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8.

Dunbar Spanish Students Bring Home 16 Medals!

Congratulations are in order for Dunbar Magnet Middle School world language students who attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School earned a 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medals. “Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2015.”

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teacher Robin Kratzke.

Brevard

Robert

Oro

Headley

Lanae

Oro

Mann

Adam

Oro

 

Potts

Jasper

Oro

 

Wilson

Adrian

Oro

 

Aguinag

Christopher

Oro

 

Guerra

Cesar

Plata

 

Lopez

Alexander

Oro

 

Murillo

Emilio

Plata

 

Nelson

Maximilliano

Oro

 

Rivera

Yamilet

Plata

 

Hibbard

Morgan

Oro

 

Mouw

Peter

Oro

 

Vaughn

Jasme

Plata

 

Chavez

Osvaldo

Bronce

 

Romero

Bryant

Oro

 

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

PHMS 6th Graders Heading to History Day Nationals

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 Pulaski Heights Middle School 6th graders Ainsley Anderson, Samuel Lu, and Aaron Tran earned the honor of representing the Little Rock School District and the state of Arkansas at the National History Day competition to be held June 13-18 at the University of Maryland.   They placed second in the junior group website division at Saturday's state competition.  They worked tirelessly throughout the 1st semester with their GT Seminar teacher, Ms. Lisa Lewis, on researching their topic for the theme “Leadership and Legacy in History”. Their selected topic was “First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: U.N. Delegate, Leader for Human Rights, and Leaving a Legacy for Future Women to Follow.” Way to go, Panthers!

LRSD Salutes Future Engineers From the Campus of Metropolitan Career-Technical Center

Vocational Education, now recognized as Career-Technical Education has long been recognized for learners who choose ‘hands-on’ education.

Advanced academics are incorporated into the lessons in Career-Technical Education for general use and professional development.  Vocational students learn the skills of high paying, highly technical professions as well as learning the advanced literacy, math and general academic skills needed to be well-educated students, potential employees and entrepreneurs.

Students graduating from Vocational Training have the advantage of being immediately prepared for professions that may require long apprenticeship periods and additional education for non-vocational students.  Many times these students have jobs even before they graduate, and being employed can help fund their long term goals for additional education.

For over 50 years, LRSD’s Metro Career-Technical Center has been producing well-rounded students prepared for high-paying technical professions in the state of Arkansas and beyond.

This youtube link shows some of the projects these students were working on last year: 

Rockefeller Students Shine at 2015 AAIM Festival

Rockefeller students represented LRSD well at the 2015 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Student Media Festival on Saturday, April 25, 2015. AAIM is dedicated to the improvement of education through the use of technology and media. The student media festival recognizes original works by students across the state.

Instructional Technology Specialist Shantail Miller and Library Media Specialist Neitasha Tims teamed up to facilitate learning that lead to numerous award winning multimedia projects; reinforcing learning throughout all subject areas. Rockefeller students won 12 awards ranging from 1st to 3rd place.

K-3 Division
Computer Generated Image
1st Place
Gia Mattox-Bourdeaux, “Sunny Day”

2nd Place
Jamesha Hubbard, “Surprise for Mrs. Miller”

Interactive Multimedia Projects
3rd Place
Jacqueline Broadway and Collin Cunningham, “The Four Seasons”

4th – 5th Grade Division
Black and White Photograph- edited
1st Place
Sharvarri Faulkner, LaNiya Thompson and Treyauna Sanders, “Ms. LaNiya”

2nd Place
Harlem Taylor and Robyn Allison, “Harlem Selfie”

Book Trailer
1st Place
Robyn Allison and Treyauna Sanders, “Liberty Porter”

2nd Place
Treyauna Sanders, “The Birthday Storm”

Live Action Video
1st Place
Harlem Taylor, Kaylin Jeffries, Carson Backus, Jayden Armstrong, Marcus Blue, Jesiyah Handy, Brooklyn Welch, Kishaun Pitts, Lyric Anderson, and Jacovee Brown
“Stand Up to Cyberbullying”

2nd Place
Shavarri Faulkner, Harlem Taylor, Kaylin Jeffries, Kyla Gatlin, and Treyauna Sanders
“Wrangler News”

3rd Place
Jaelon Watson, Lyric Washington, Rakayh Muldrow, Treyauna Sander, Harlem Taylor, Robyn Allison and LaNiyah Thompson
“Cyberbullying”

Arkansas Opportunity School Choice Act Deadline

En Espanol

Your child is eligible to participate in the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act for the 2015-16 school year, which begins May 1, 2015. She/he may apply to attend any public school or school district that has not been classified by the ADE as a public school or school district in academic distress. The application period will continue through Thursday, July 30, 2015, on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applications should be delivered to 501 Sherman Street, Little Rock, AR, 72202.

 If your transfer is approved you will be notified by first class mail within 30 days from the day you submitted the application.  If we DO NOT receive an application for your child, she/he will attend their assigned school.

Please note:  Transfer request for assignments within the boundary of the Little Rock School District will be made on first-come, first-serve basis and seat availability. Finally, all assignments for The Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act transfers are only available from the following schools which have a distressed status: 

  •  Baseline Elementary
  • Cloverdale Middle School
  • Henderson Middle School
  • Hall High
  • J. A. Fair High
  • McClellan High

If you have further questions, please call 501-447-2950.

Click here to see registration process

 

Volunteers in Public Schools Announces Volunteer Awards Winners

 

Little Rock School District Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) hosted its district-wide volunteer recognition reception, “An Evening for the Stars,” on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. 

Awards were presented to schools, volunteers and organizations.  The highest award established by ViPS in honor of the program’s founder, Jane Mendel, was presented to Ginny Belotti, a volunteer who has achieved an exceptional level of service. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ginny Belotti (R), Jane Mendel Award Recipient

Ninety-one individual and business nominees were recognized for their volunteer service.  Thirty-two of those nominees were honored with awards.

Student Awards

Elementary

R.J. Coleman from Roberts Elementary

Secondary

Rachel Schaffhauser from Central High

Staff Awards

Mary Gordon from Woodruff Early Childhood Center

Charlotte Cook from Carver Magnet Elementary

Sammy Grandy from Pulaski Heights Middle

Antony Hobbs from Central High

Alumnus Award

Leroy Harris

 

Leadership Award

Michele Easter from Carver Magnet Elementary

Andrea Dixon from Jefferson Elementary, Pulaski Heights Middle, and Central High

Mentor and Tutor Awards

James Britt from Rockefeller Elementary

Bobby Lovelace from Washington Elementary

Curtis Norwood from Central High School

Lessons For Life, founder Alexis Ware from Henderson Middle School

Community Resource Awards

UALR Children International from Wakefield Elementary

100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock from Romine Elementary

Arnella Hayes-Carter from McClellan High School

Love Your School

Family Volunteer Awards

Missy Duke from Fulbright Elementary

Steve Hyatt from Carver Magnet Elementary

Deana McCormack from Mann Magnet Middle

Ganell Tubbs from Fair Park Early Childhood Center

April Toney from Mabelvale Elementary

Virginia Stuckey from Meadowcliff Elementary, Mann Middle and Parkview High

Cherie Abston from Booker Magnet Elementary

Community Volunteer Awards

Scott Banks from Carver Magnet Elementary

Chuck Greenlee from Cloverdale Middle

Kris Huffman from Pulaski Heights Elementary

Carl Carpenter from Bale Elementary

Parent Involvement Award

Williams Parent Newsletter, Katrina Owoh, editor, from Williams Magnet Elementary

Greta Freeman, Little Rock PTA Council president

Partners in Education Award

Longley Baptist Church from Cloverdale Middle

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church from Wakefield Elementary

Crosswalk Family of God Church from Mabelvale Elementary

 

Fifty individuals earned a President’s Service Award by documenting more than 250 hours of volunteer service to the Little Rock School District this year.   

Four volunteers qualified for the President’s Lifetime Achievement Service Award in recognition of over 4,000 lifetime hours of documented service on behalf of the Little Rock School District. Those volunteers are Don Austin, Whitney Bordelon, Vicki Botner and Michelle Odum.

Schools were recognized for special achievements in volunteer hours.  Top performing schools honored were Roberts and Carver elementaries, Mann middle, and Parkview and Central high schools.

ViPS was founded in 1972 to provide assistance to teachers of the Little Rock School District by promoting volunteerism.  ViPS serves as a link between the district and the community while providing citizens the opportunity to be involved in the education of children.  Over 951,954 hours of volunteer service, valued at over $21 million, were contributed on behalf of the Little Rock School District during the 2014-15 school year.

That is the most volunteer hours ever recorded for a single school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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