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Three LRSD Secondary Schools Lauded for “Beating the Odds”

The Office of Education Policy (OEP) recognized Dunbar Magnet Middle School and J.A. Fair and McClellan High Schools as “High Achieving Schools Serving Low-Income Communities” for student performance on various math and science End-of-Course (EOC) exams.

The Little Rock School District proudly salutes the students and staff at Dunbar, Fair and McClellan for beating the odds and being recognized as “High Achieving Schools Serving Low-Income Communities.”

LRSD Security Officer Teams with Music Co. to Help Students

When Little Rock School District Safety and Security Officer Chad Henson signed on at Jefferson Elementary School, he knew he wanted to make a difference in the lives of students. Recalling his love for music and the role it played in helping him during his formative years, he decided that he wanted to help Jefferson students develop that same passion. There was one problem - the students, to whom he wanted to introduce music, didn't have instruments, nor did they have the means to acquire them. Henson contacted the non-profit organization Art Porter Music Education, Inc. (APME) for help.

The request aligned perfectly with APME's mission - to provide scholarships and to enhance reading, language and mathematical skills and other learning experiences" for students through music. The non-profit assisted another aspiring music student at Jefferson in acquiring a violin and music lessons in 2012.

Through its significant contacts in the community, APME developed a plan with partner Saied Music Company in North Little Rock.   In business since 1946, Saied's manager says it was a natural partnership and a win-win for his company, APME and the students at Jefferson.

"We've been a strong advocate for music in schools for many years," said Saied manager Pat Bowles. "Our company believes that music education is important - it helps students with their core curriculum, including improving math and literacy scores - really in all aspects of life."

"We are thankful to Mr. Bowles and Saied Music Company for allowing the students to use the instruments free of charge. We are equally excited that our Safety and Security Officer, Mr. Henson, has volunteered to teach the students music lessons," said Principal Roberta Mannon. "It demonstrates that while all of our employees may not be assigned to our campus as educators, they understand that the role of teaching and mentoring goes well beyond the classroom."

LRSD CFO Kelsey Bailey Honored as CFO of the Year Finalist

Colleagues of LRSD CFO Kelsey Bailey joined other well-wishers during his recognition as a finalist for CFO of the Year. Bailey was among an elite group of top financial managers honored by Arkansas Business Publishing Group recently  at the Embassy Suites Hotel. We're proud of you, Mr. Bailey. And, yes, You are Our CFO of the Year!!!!!

Click here to read Mr. Bailey's article published by Arkansas Business.

Important Flu Clinic Update - Updated Nov 4th, 2014

Click here for the UPDATED Flu Clinic schedule (Pago 2 en Español).

Due to a delay in flu vaccine shipment that will temporarily decrease the amount of vaccine available to the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is rescheduling several high school flu immunization clinics. This will allow ADH to make flu vaccine available to elementary-aged children who are key transmitters of influenza in the community. In addition, it will allow ADH to provide flu vaccine to more people who are at highest risk for severe flu illness. These high risk people include pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma. The high school flu immunization clinics will be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, ADH encourages all people over the age of 6 months to get immunized against the flu. Flu vaccine is already available through many other health care providers, including pharmacies around the state.

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.

5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness Cancelled

Please be advised that the 5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness, scheduled for November 1, has been cancelled. 

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:

LRSD “Gets Into the Game with School Lunch"

National School Lunch Week Aims to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Foods and Physical Exercise

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Little Rock Schools observed National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The district also hosted a special celebration at Western Hills Elementary Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Special guests included Mr. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe.  Western Hills students, along with Mabelvale Elementary, Mabelvale Middle, and Parkview High schools provided entertainment.  The theme for the event, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” highlighted events and activities that promote the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily in the Little Rock School District (LRSD). Other planned activities for the week included a Facebook coloring contest for elementary students and special menus for the entire week. The deadline for the coloring contest was extended to Friday, October 17, 2014.  See  https://www.facebook.com/mylrsd/app_451684954848385 for details. 

Important Community Meetings - We Want to Hear From You!

The next community meeting regarding LRSD facilities is Monday, October 20 at Hall High School - see details in flyer below.  Please join us for these important discussions.

Congratulations to LRSD's Newest Board Members

LRSD's newest board members were sworn into office on Friday, September, 26, 2014, with crowd of supporters on hand to wish them well.

Joy Springer and Jim Ross will represent Zones 1 and 5 respectively. 

Congratulations to them and best wishes also to outgoing board members Norma Johnson and Jody Carreiro.  More related photos can be found on LRSD's Facebook page. 

Dunbar’s Math Department Gets New Technology!

Natalie Holliman (Math Coach) opens and distributes new technology to Dunbar Middle School Math Teachers.  As the only Middle School with all 6th-8th grade students using the TI-Inspire Calculators, the math department is excited to offer cutting edge & top notch technology to all of their students this year.
 
Research has proven “Technology can reduce the effort devoted to tedious computations and increase students’ focus on more important mathematics. Equally importantly, technology can represent maths in ways that help students understand concepts. In combination, these features can enable teachers to improve both how and what students learn” (Kaput, 2007).
 
Dunbar Middle School students began using this technology Mid-April of last year, but only at the 8th grade levels.  The excitement among the teachers is EXPLOSIVE and trickles down to our students.  Our Algebra I teacher, Mr. Cain, stated “The TI-Inspire will be very helpful for our students because they  are very hands-on and this TI-Inspire graphing calculator provides that engagement beyond any other calculator on the market today.  Also this technology can be a positive and effective data generating tool to assist me as a teacher with quick and reliable feedback in the classroom in the form of quick assessments.”
 
Dunbar Magnet Middle School is making strides each year to offer the best for students and this is one step in the right direction for meeting students where they are in their technological worlds.  Natalie Holliman stated, “We can’t request the students to muffle their technology advances, we as educators have to offer opportunities to advance our technology efforts.”  
 
Kaput, J. (2007). Technology becoming infrastructural in mathematics education. Models & Modeling as Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
 
 

Important Immunization Update

The new school immunization regulations from Arkansas Department of Health will protect many of our students from horrible diseases that are preventable. However, due to the overwhelming number of students needing these vaccines, many local doctor’s offices and Health Departments do not have appointments available until after December. 

Town Hall Meetings With a Twist - Featuring Breakout Sessions

 

The Little Rock School District Board of Directors and the Superintendent are continuing to seek input about the direction The New Little Rock School District is taking, the reforms underway, and the future of the school district.

When and Where

Keeping Your Child from Getting Sick

Although district health administrators have not seen any cases of Enterovirus D68 at LRSD schools, we wanted to make sure parents were aware of any symptoms for which they need to be alert.  We are sharing tips from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. 

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover Your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you’re sick

For more information, see www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/EV68/

Forest Park Ranked #2 in the State for Literacy

In a report issued by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas two LRSD elementary schools were recognized as high achieving “overall” schools in Arkansas based on performance on the benchmark exams.

Forest Park Elementary earned the number two spot in literacy with 97% of students tested earning proficient or advanced scores on state benchmark exams. Don Roberts Elementary achieved the rank of  24 in mathematics with 91% of students earning proficient or advanced scores on state benchmark exams.

In this report, schools are considered as a whole, as opposed to grade-by-grade basis. To view the full report click here.

School Bus Safety Tips

To view the full list of student school bus safety tips, click here.

  • Arrive at the bus stops 10 minutes before bus time. Remember the driver is NOT PERMITTED to wait for students.
  • Stay 10 feet away from the front or back of the bus so that the bus driver can see you
  • Wait for the driver to signal you to board the bus. Never move towards the bus until it has stopped and the driver opens the door.
  • Before stepping off the curb to board the bus, look left and right to make sure your path to the bus is clear, especially if the bus is stopped.
  • Check that drawstrings, backpack straps, scarves and loose clothing cannot get caught on the bus handrails, door or seats.
  • Keep the aisles clear. Backpacks or books can block the way to the emergency exit.
  • Students should never use the rear emergency exit except upon the direction of the driver or other authority.
  • Do not leave your seat until the bus arrives at your stop.
  • Do not put your head or arms out of the windows when on the bus.

Congratulations 50 Fantastic Fathers!

We want to congratulate all the fathers and male role models who participated in the Dads Take Your Child to School Day! It is our hope that you will continue to show your support for your child's education by attending important events like Open House and Parent-Teacher Conference Day. You might also consider joining the PTA or checking out the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program available at many schools. If your school doesn't have a WATCH D.O.G.S. program, consider partnering with other fathers to start one (http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/). Also, www.fathers.com has a many great resources for dads.

TOP 50 DADS: Official notification that you are a top 50 winner will come as an email invitation to our 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon on August 29 at 11:30am. Emails will be sent out on Monday. We will distribute prizes including the iPad Mini and enjoy a luncheon donated by Chik-fil-a on Markham and University at the luncheon. If you entered using the hashtag method, #LRSDdads, please remember we need the Twitter or Instagram name used to enter the contest along with the dad's name, email address and phone number (send email to communications@lrsd.org) Also, if someone entered the contest for you under their Faceboook account we will also need the Facebook name of the entrant along with the dad's name, email address and phone number.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTNERS FOR DONATING PRIZES! ParentLink (iPad Mini), Chik-fil-a (lunch), Museum of Discovery (family membership), JoS. A. Bank (silk tie), Mr. Wicks (Southern Tide polo), Home Depot (power drill), Edwin Watts (golf balls) and Arkansas Game and Fish (golf towels). We would also like to thank the following businesses for donating gift cards or certificates: Washington Barber College, H.A.M., Dam Goode Pies, Ozark Outdoor Supply, Men's Wearhouse, Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park, and Big Orange. If you have a business and you'd like to support parental involvement for LRSD students, it's not too late. We’ll be doing a Sweepstakes contest for grandparents in September and a contest for moms in February. Email pamela.smith@lrsd.org if you are interested in providing a donation. No donation is too small!

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