Bale GT Specialist Named STEM Champion

Creativity and energy that’s what  Little Rock School District Gifted and Talented Specialist Jennifer Thomas brings to the classroom when inspiring her students at Bale Elementary to appreciate STEM education; and for her efforts she was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2014 ISEA STEM Champion Award.
 
This award honors public and private elementary, middle, high school teachers who have served as champions for integrated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in their school and/or community. The STEM-Champion Award serves as a standard of excellence for individuals who promote integrating STEM with other core subject areas. Each year, the International STEM Education Association seeks out individuals who have implemented STEM programs, provided professional development, encouraged others, and have been instrumental in supporting integrated STEM education.
 
Thomas, who serves students grades K-5, worked to convert a classroom at her school into a STEM lab where she taught STEM lessons. She has also collaborated with other educational professionals to secure grants to help fund STEM-focused curriculum at Bale. In addition, she created lessons for Bale’s afterschool program and delivered professional development about STEM to her colleagues.
 
To be named a STEM-Champion Award recipient is to join an elite group of educational innovators. All recipients of this award share an important quality - they have taken direct action to champion STEM education that impacts all students in the classroom.
 

Dedicated Long-time Parkview Employee Honored By Former Student

Story contributed by Judith Murray, Parkview

He is considered a “Parkview treasure,” and can be seen in the school halls every day, always smiling, always greeting students and staff. He has worked for the district for 47 years – 42 of them for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School.

The Little Rock School District is Seeking Budget Efficiency Advisory Committee Members

Interested applicants who wish to serve on LRSD’s Budget Efficiency Advisory Committee should complete the attached form and return to the Office of the Superintendent by the close of business December 1st, 2014. The committee will advise and make recommendations to the LRSD Superintendent/School Board on budgetary issues, including overall priorities and revenue requirements based on its understanding of the budget process, and community feedback in developing future budget strategies.

Tournament of Champs Wednesday and Thursday at Burns Park

LRSD is also  proud to support our tennis team members from Little Rock Central High School - invited to the Tournament of Champs tomorrow.

 

Becky Sherman (Central - pictured on the right) – Girls Singles; Anil Chakka (Central - pictured on the left) – Boys Singles

(Also pictured 3rd place State Tennis Champ Edward Zhao)

Bracket play is listed below.  We wish our teams the best!

 

Hall High Champs Hopeful for Another Victory

When Hall High senior Jasmine Brown and junior Ashley Gray take to the tennis court tomorrow, this dynamic duo will do so with newfound respect. The pair was part of a three member tennis team that formed late in the school year, but mustered the will to prove they not only had the heart of champions, they had the determination, also.

Important Health Update

The Little Rock School District is taking a proactive approach to infectious disease control prevention and preparedness.  Fortunately, the district has not seen any cases of severe infectious disease; however, we will continue to follow protocols and guidelines as issued by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In addition, LRSD's health team has implemented the following:

Dunbar Students Attend AETN's U.S. Senate Race Debate

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School’s Broadcast Journalism classes attended the taping of the 2014 AETN sponsored Debate for United States Senate at UCA in Conway, AR on Monday, October 13. Since the 2013-2014 school year, Dunbar has participated as a PBS Student Reporting Lab, affiliated with the Jim Lehrer News Hour. The students in Mr. Jason Raymond’s class were attending the event as official press, and participated in the post-debate press room Q&A with candidates following the ninety minute debate. Participating students included: James Wilson, Arianna Hansberry, Jada Flint, Bryant Romero, Treyvon Weathers, and Kylar Williams.

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