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Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy Open House April 30th

GSGTA will be open to 1st grade students the up-coming school year 2015-2016! The GSGTA students and staff invite all:
  • 1ST Grade Parents and Students
  • GT students in grade 2-5
  • Parents and students who are interested in more information about GSGTA.
Applications will be available and the student registration office will also be onsite.
Students from all LRSD School Zones may apply. LRSD provides bus transportation to GSGTA students.

Statement Regarding Little Rock School District Superintendent

Today, Commissioner Johnny Key reached an agreement with Dr. Dexter Suggs that resulted in Dr. Suggs’ immediate resignation as superintendent of the Little Rock School District. Mr. Marvin Burton will serve as interim superintendent for the Little Rock School District. 

Commissioner Key offered the following statement:

Transforming the LRSD to Best Serve the Needs of Students

The Little Rock School District reaffirms its commitment to putting children first by creating and supporting an educational culture and climate where each school and each student can be successful.  To accomplish this goal, we must transform our district into a model that will continue to proactively address student achievement, teacher/leader quality, parental involvement, community engagement and financial stability.

"In successful schools, the planning, implementation and evaluation of new approaches focus on enhancing student learning," according to the Center for Education Research. It is our pledge to our community to renew our energy so that our purpose is clear – the best results for our children, our families, and our stakeholders.

The information shared on a dedicated page of the website will help provide insight on the district’s goals, processes and plans.  Among the topics on the page are:  proposed plans for Baseline Elementary, Rockefeller Elementary, and the seven-period day.  To learn more and be redirected to the page, please click here.  We will share regular updates.

Blackboard has Acquired ParentLink - What this Means for LRSD

Over the last 18 months Blackboard has been redoubling its focus on K12 education. A part of this effort has included the acquisition of ParentLink, the provider of the industry leading mobile application, mass notification services, and social media tools.  This purchase took place in November of 2014, and over the last several months Blackboard has been integrating ParentLink products into their portfolio.

A part of this migration has been to re-brand the products that were formerly marked as ParentLink products.   You may have seen this in the mobile app as the “powered by ParentLink” became “powered by Blackboard”.  You will notice this eventual change of branding on the lrsd.org website in the area where you have normally accessed ParentLink.

We recognize that in any time of change there can be uncertainty, but Blackboard has assured us that during this transition they have been highly interested in adopting not only the products, but the service levels and customer success practices established by ParentLink.  In short, they say they will continue to provide the same level of service, and provide the same personal support on which our stakeholders have come to rely.

Over the next several days/weeks/months, your ParentLink App will receive an update which will include changes in branding - the "powered by ParentLink" will be replaced by “powered by Blackboard”. 

 

However, our District icon should remain the same. (This is the one teachers, parents, community members and other stakeholders have been downloading on Google Play and iTunes.)

Please know that it remains our commitment to provide stakeholders with timely, accurate and beneficial information.  We will keep you  posted regarding any additional changes. 

 

Exciting New Microsoft Technology Opportunity Offered to LRSD Students and Staff

The Little Rock School District, in partnership with Microsoft, has purchased the opportunity for students to download and use the current version of Microsoft Office as part of its contract with the software company.  Now students, grades 3-12, have free access to the current version of Microsoft Office for their home computers, laptops, or other mobile devices capable of running Microsoft Office.  Other benefits such as the web version of Office are included.

Slate of Members Selected to Serve on LRSD Civic Advisory Committee

 

Following a selection process Tuesday that included state legislators from Little Rock School District boundaries, seven zone representatives and two philanthropic organizations were identified to serve on the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee. These members will help comprise the 33-member body (legislators selected one additional philanthropic organization from the original applicants) that will also consist of two students and two teachers from each of the six LRSD schools with academic distress designations.

 

The zone members and philanthropic organizations are:

 

Zone 1

Joy Springer

Zone 2

Anika Whitfield

Zone 3

Peter Gess

Zone 4

Dionne B. Jackson

Zone 5

John L. Wilkerson

Zone 6

Marq Golden

Zone 7

Brenda "BJ" Wyrick

Philanthropic Organizations

         Little Rock Public Education Foundation - Eugene Levy

         Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance - Kathy Webb

 

The LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Little Rock School District Administration Building, 810 W. Markham, to review the progress of the LRSD in meeting established goals to be removed from state authority. The LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will make recommendations for communication of data to the general public and stakeholders of the LRSD.

 

The superintendent and LRSD staff will make presentations of data to the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee for consideration. The LRSD will provide staff support to the committee. A written agenda and minutes of each meeting will be posted monthly on the LRSD website. Transportation of the student committee members will be provided by the district. No stipend, salary, fees membership, or travel reimbursement will be provided to committee members.

 

Additional information regarding meetings of the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will be posted on the district's website. 

 

McClellan's Crimson Lions Bring Home 5A State Boys Basketball Championship

Congratulations to the McClellan Crimson Lions and their Coach Chris Threatt following their 82-73 victory over Maumelle in the 2015 state basketball finals. 

Former LRSD Athlete of the Month Keith Hayes scored 26 points while teammate Andre Jones added 24 points and  pulled down 16 rebounds during Saturday's game.

McClellan, with its 24-6 record, led the entire game shutting down Maumelle - 22-9.

We are proud of the team for representing McClellan and LRSD so well!  Feel free to leave a congratulatory note on our Facebook page:  facebook.com/mylrsd.

Read more to see more pictures...

Revised LRSD Student Calendar for Make-up Days

Attention LRSD Parents:
 
We wanted to inform you of the district’s decision regarding make-up days due to the recent inclement weather. A number of factors were taken into consideration, among them, testing dates, adjusting 3rd and 4th quarters to meet required student-teacher contact days and afterschool activities. A revised Student Calendar is attached here.
 
Additionally,  here are a few more important dates:
  • End of 3rd Quarter – April 3, 2015
  • Beginning of 4th Quarter – April 6, 2015
  • End of 4th Quarter – June 15, 2015
  • Last Day for Students – June 15, 2015
  • Semester Exams will be held on the last (4) student contact days:
    • June 10, 2015
    • June 11, 2015
    • June 12, 2015
    • June 15, 2015

Revised LRSD Student Calendar for Make-up Days

Attention LRSD Parents:
 
We wanted to inform you of the district’s decision regarding make-up days due to the recent inclement weather.  A revised Student Calendar is attached here.
 
Additionally,  here are a few more important dates:
 
  • End of 3rd Quarter – April 3, 2015
  • Beginning of 4th Quarter – April 6, 2015
  • End of 4th Quarter – June 15, 2015

Arkansas's First Lady a Big Hit at Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy

Students at Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy(GSGTA) hosted Arkansas's new First Lady Susan Hutchinson Thursday, (March 14) as she took a tour of the campus and saw firsthand the impressive skills on display.  

The mission of GSGTA is" to provide enriching experiences and advanced opportunities to expand students' creative, social, and academic potential."

Students were excited to share their knowledge about "coding" - an area in which Governor Asa Hutchinson has expressed he'd like to see  more students exposed - and to show off their mastery of technology. Students even had the opportunity to  conduct their own interviews of Mrs. Hutchinson.  

More photos of the First Lady's visit can be found on our Facebook page: facebook.com/mylrsd

To learn more about GSGTA, visit their page by clicking on the logo below.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE - 2015-16 Student Assignment Letters

Attention LRSD Parents:

Due to the inclement weather last week, which forced district offices to close, there will be a delay in the mail-out of student assignment letters for the 2015-16 school year.  Letters will now be mailed this Friday, March 13, 2015.  Thank you for your understanding as we work to complete the process as quickly as possible. 

 

Important Reminders - Upcoming Town Hall Meeting, PARCC Testing and Computer Power Day

Please be advised that the Town Hall meeting scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m., will take place as planned.  The meeting will be held at the Centre at University Park, 6401 W. 12th Street - formerly the Adult Leisure Center location.

Update Regarding LRSD Civic Advisory Committee

Due to inclement weather during the week of February 23, the meeting of state legislators to select zone representatives for the Little Rock School District Civic Advisory Committee was delayed.  State senators and representatives from LRSD boundaries will now convene Monday, March 16, 2015, 3:30 p.m. to select seven (7) regional representatives consisting of parents and community members who reside in the seven (7) zones within the LRSD.  In addition, the committee of elected representatives and senators from the LRSD boundaries will select (1) philanthropic organization serving the Little Rock School District to serve on the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee.  Legislators will select representatives from among the names that were previously submitted by the deadline of February 20, 2015.

Each principal from the six academically distressed schools in LRSD has also been requested to select two (2) students and two (2) teachers who will represent the six academically distressed schools to serve on the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee.  

The final list of 32 committee members will be posted to the LRSD website:

12 Teachers

12 Students

7 Regional reps

1 Philanthropic organization

Civic Advisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities

LRSD Civic Advisory Committee

The LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Little Rock School District Administration Building, 810 W. Markham, to review the progress of the LRSD in meeting established goals to be removed from state authority.  The LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will make recommendations for communication of data to the general public and stakeholders of the LRSD.   Additional electronic meetings may be held at the discretion of the superintendent.

LRSD Superintendent and LRSD Staff

The superintendent and LRSD staff will make presentations of data to the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee for consideration.  The LRSD will provide staff support to the committee.  A written agenda and minutes of each meeting will be posted monthly on the LRSD website.  Transportation of the student committee members will be provided by the district.  No stipend, salary, fees, membership, or travel reimbursement will be provided to committee members.

 

6 LRSD Schools Recognized as Most Improved Schools (2009 to 2014)

The Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas recognized five LRSD schools in its Outstanding Educational Performance Awards: Highlighting High Achieving Arkansas Schools, which recognized the most improved schools from 2009 to 2014 based on Benchmark and End-of-Course (EOC) exams. LRSD is proud to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of students and faculty at the following schools:

1. Wilson Elementary School — Ranked 4th in the state and 3rd in Central Arkansas in Mathematics with an improvement from 40% Proficient/Advanced to 63% and  3rd in the state in Literacy with an improvement from 58% Proficient/Advanced to 87%

2. Terry Elementary School — Ranked 9th in the state and 5th in Central Arkansas in Mathematics with an improvement from 62% Proficient/Advanced to 80%

3. J.A. Fair High School — Ranked 10th in the state and 4th in Central Arkansas for EOC Algebra with an improvement from 20% Proficient/Advanced to 42%

4. Mabelvale Middle School — Ranked 3rd in the state and 2nd in Central Arkansas for EOC Algebra with an improvement from 86% Proficient/Advanced to 100%

5. Henderson Middle School — Ranked 8th in the state and 4th in Central Arkansas for EOC Algebra with an improvement from 79% Proficient/Advanced to 86%

6. Central High School — Ranked 2nd in Central Arkansas for Grade 11 Literacy with an improvement from 64% Proficient/Advanced to 79%

To view the full report, click here.

LRSD Budget Efficiency Advisory Committee Members Announced

In a joint announcement Friday, February 27, 2015,  Interim Little Rock School District Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs and long-time education advocate Baker Kurrus shared the names of members of the newly established LRSD Budget Efficiency Advisory Committee. Under the direction of Kurrus, who was appointed by Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood, these members will be charged with assisting the District in a review of its finances and developing a plan to achieve long-term stability. Members are:

  • Roger Ball
  • Baker Kurrus
  • Bruce Moore
  • Peggy Nabors
  • Bobby Roberts
  • Verma Simmons
  • Steve Strickland

Committee members will also make recommendations to the Superintendent of the Little Rock School District and the Arkansas Commissioner of Education (acting in the role of school board), which are designed to balance the Little Rock School District budget in support of the District's long-term financial stability.   The committee will endeavor to recommend actions which allow the District to meet its goals as outlined in its Strategic Plan.

 

Moms Matter Facebook Contest Extended with New Rules

Moms: Visit with your child’s teacher and enter our Facebook Contest to win an iPad mini and other great prizes!

NEW PHOTO RULES: Moms/female guardians enter by taking a photo with your child’s teacher in the classroom or taking a photo with you and your child doing an educational activity and uploading it to the Moms Matter Facebook Contest February 25- March 4. Moms are encouraged to meet with the child’s teacher by appointment.

PREFERRED ENTRY METHODS (FACEBOOK ): Please use the Moms Matter APP ( click on “use APP” button in profile pic, or Moms Matter icon under APPS section) or go to http://woobox.com/3hqtjz

Or use #LRSDmom on Twitter, Instagram (public profiles only) or the post pinned at the top of our Facebook page. #LRSDmom METHOD requires an email to communications@lrsd.org with the following information: 
1) Mom/Female guardian name 2) Twitter or Instagram handle used to enter contest in the subject line 3) mom’s email address to be used to invite winners to luncheon 4) valid phone number 5) school name

The iPad Mini goes to entry with the most votes. The top 50 are invited to a luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 12. PLEASE NOTE: Facebook and Instagram likes, Twitter re-tweest/favorites are not votes. One vote per Facebook user per day.
To vote or enter you must like the LRSD Facebook page.

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Photos and/or captions containing inappropriate content will be disqualified.  To be eligible for prizes moms/female guardians must have student(s) enrolled in the LRSD and follow all contest rules including entry method rules for #LRSDmom entries. The photo should be taken at the studen’ts school. The administrator reserves the right to remove entries and change entry and voting deadlines.

LRSD Statement in Response to State Board of Education Action

During a hearing Wednesday, the State Board of Education  voted to immediately remove the Little Rock School District Board of Directors, place the district under state authority, and appoint Dr. Dexter Suggs as interim superintendent of the nearly 25,000 student district.  The move comes in the wake of a series of meetings between the district and the State Board of  Education regarding six LRSD schools labeled as "academically distressed."

Following the meeting, Dr. Suggs issued a brief statement assuring parents and students that the focus would remain the same - that all children receive a quality education.  "We will continue to put children first, continue to move with a sense of urgency and continue to engage all sectors of the community.  It will take all of us working together to transform the Little Rock School District," he said.

Additionally, the State Board of Education issued this statement:

"The State Board of Education and the Arkansas Department of Education want to assure students, parents, and employees of the Little Rock School District that the district mission of providing educational opportunity for students will continue with district operations as scheduled. Buses will run, classes will be in session, lunch will be served, and the needs of the students will be met. The fundamental change in regard to the action taken by the State Board of Education is that the governance and the administration of the district will now be the responsibility of the Department of Education."

"We have a great deal of responsibility and there will be no excuses.  Failure will not be an option," Dr. Suggs added.

Dr. Suggs will hold a follow-up news conference Thursday morning.  We will provide additional information on the lrsd.org website and Facebook page. 

Lady Tiger Named LRSD Athlete of the Month

Central's Kiara Williams, LRSD Athlete of the Month

When her parents told Little Rock Central High junior Kiara Williams to shoot for the moon, she did.  This talented young basketball player has represented her school and team well, earning the highly coveted Downtown Tipoff Club's Arvest Outstanding Player award.  A 6' forward,  Kiara is a well-respected member of Central's Girls basketball team, averaging 14 points per game and giving her the distinction of being one of  the best players in the state.  She can now add the designation of being named LRSD Athlete of the Month for January. 

Open Enrollment for LRSD's 2015-16 School Year Now Underway

 

Monday, January 26, 2015 begins the two week open enrollment period for the Little Rock School District - January 26-February 6.  The first week will occur in the Family Life Center at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th - during which time the Student Registration Office (SRO) will be closed.  The second week will be held at the SRO, 501 Sherman St.

 

In order to streamline the process, eliminate the possibility of long lines, and improve the customer service experience for patrons, SRO has implemented new plans for the first week at St. Mark.

 

Because the largest number of new students seeking enrollment are P3 and P4 (3-4-year-olds), SRO has designated Monday and Tuesday, January 26-27, for P3 and P4 students who do not have any siblings.  Wednesday is designated for P3 and P4 students who have siblings grades K-12. Thursday, K-12 students with no siblings are encouraged to register.  Friday is open to all grades.

 

The second week, February 2-6, the open enrollment process will return to the SRO at 501 Sherman for all students, regardless of grade.

 

Those who are new to the district are also requested to adhere to the schedule above.  Students who have not moved, have not changed addresses, or who are not seeking admission to a LRSD magnet school or academy (Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy or Forest Heights STEM Academy) do not have to do anything and will automatically roll up at their assigned school.

 

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