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. 

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 Board Election Tuesday

Election day is Tuesday, September 16; polls open from 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Two LRSD school board positions will be decided - Zone 1 and Zone 5.  Election Day polls will be open only for voters who live in the contested zones.  Early and absentee voting has been available for all voters.  See additional details in the following

Announcing the Grandparents Day Sweepstakes, Sept. 8-12

Grandparents Day is September 7 and the Little Rock School District is thrilled to announce the Grandparents Day Sweepstakes, September 8-12. Since about 1 in 10 children are now living in households headed by grandparents, the role of grandparents in a child’s education is very important. The Grandparents Day Sweepstakes is a celebration of everything you, as a grandparent, do to help LRSD students.

To enter the contest visit your grandchild’s school the week of September 8 -12,  snap a photo of you and your grandchild at school together and post it to Grandparents Day Sweepstakes contest page. Scroll down to view the instructions on the different ways to enter the contest.

Here’s the link for entering the sweepstakes and viewing the gallery: This link will be pinned to the top of the District’s Facebook page ( on September 8.

You’ll get bonus entries  when your Facebook friends also enter. This is a sweepstakes or random drawing so encouraging other grandparents to  participate and enter can help you win great prizes. Plus, we’ll randomly select 50 entries to honor at a special luncheon on September 19. Prizes include: Razorback Football tickets, family membership from the Museum of Discover, Arkansas State Fair admission for 4 with parking pass, Walmart gift cards, free gelato from ZAZA, free french fries from Big Orange, free haircuts from Washington Barber College and more to come. Prizes will be distributed at the luncheon.

Ways to Enter
1.    Desktop computer users may visit the Happy Grandparents Day tab, which can be found on the left side of the District’s Facebook page ( PLEASE NOTE: MOBILE USERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW THE TAB.
2.    Use the woobox link: This method will work for mobile and desktop users. The woobox link will be pinned to the top of the District’s Facebook page ( on September 8.
3.    You may also enter the contest through Twitter or Instagram using #LRSDgrandparent in the caption of your photo. PLEASE NOTE: If you enter using #LRSDgrandparent, please email the following information to grandparent (s) name, email address and phone number, along with the Twitter or Instagram name used to enter the contest.

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 ( Also, 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 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 if you are interested in providing a donation. No donation is too small!

Central Tigers Ready to Take Dallas by Storm


Football powerhouse, Little Rock Central High, will face off with James Madison High School of Dallas,  in the 2014 MJ Kelly Gridiron Classic Battle of Traditions on September 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Central boasts two National Championships, 32 State Championships and is ranked 12th in the nation for most wins by a high school football team.


The showcase, pitting the Tigers against the Trojans and scheduled for 2:00 pm on September 1, will feature two high school football programs with a history of rich traditions. This year's game will be held at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium in Lancaster, Texas, just outside Dallas. Next year, Madison High will travel to Little Rock to face off with Central High at War Memorial Stadium. 


"The Tigers are excited to be traveling to Dallas to play in the Gridiron Classic against a very good Madison football team, " Central Coach Ellis Register said.

LRSD Seeking AVID Tutors for Eight Schools

The Little Rock School District needs tutors, who will be paid $10/hour, to assist in the AVID programs at eight of our schools. There will be an AVID Tutor Training held at the IRC Building (3001 S. Pulaski Street) on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m..  
What is AVID?
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. Although AVID serves all students, the AVID elective focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple — raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. 

Welcome Back!

Greetings LRSD Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff and Administrators:

Welcome Back! 

It has been a privilege for me to be a member of the Little Rock Community and to serve as your superintendent this past year.

As I reflect on the Little Rock School District’s vision where we “Put Children First,” my personal commitment  has not waivered – to ensure that we create classrooms and schools of excellence,  where our children are taught by the best and most dedicated educators, led by the most qualified and effective school leaders.   

We will continue to focus on critical areas which will contribute to academic achievement for all students.  In order to realize those kinds of successful outcomes, we must have stronger communication between individuals in the schools, department leaders, committed parents, and community stakeholders.

The responsibility of educating our children is awesome, but partnering together we can meet the challenge of ensuring bright futures and a quality education for all students. 

I am looking forward to working with each of you.


Dr. Dexter Suggs, Superintendent of Schools

Bell Schedules









August 18, 2014 - First Day of School

School Start and End Times

7:40am - 2:25pm

Booker Arts Magnet, Chicot, Fair Park ECC, Franklin, Fulbright,

Aligning Our Facilities Goals with Increased Academic Achievement Goals For Our Students

The Little Rock School Board will receive a study from Fanning-Howey, the architectural/engineering firm, hired by the district to create the district's Facilities Master Plan this Thursday, August 14, during a work session.  The work session will take place following the 5 p.m. board agenda meeting.

McClellan 9th Grade Early Start Program August 11th - 15th

Who: All McClellan High School Incoming 9th Graders

What: Your teachers have a wonderful transition program planned for you that includes getting-to-know you activities, team building activities, goal setting activities, and much more!

When: August 11 – 15, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.

Notice: Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act

The application  period for Little Rock School District students who elect to participate in the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act for the 2014-15 school year ends Wednesday, July 30, 2014.   All completed applications should be delivered to 501 Sherman Street, Little Rock, AR, 72202.

If the applicant’s transfer is approved, he/she will be notified by first class mail within 30 days from the day the application is submitted.   If LRSD does not receive an application, the student will attend his/her assigned school. 

Please note: 

New Immunization Requirements - 2014 - Updated Schedule!

New Vaccine Requirements for Children and Teens
Immunizations against polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, chickenpox, and other infectious diseases have resulted in a dramatic decrease in the incidence of these diseases in children and teens in Arkansas.  However, these diseases continue to occur in childcare facilities, schools, and colleges and universities.  A requirement that children and students provide proof that they have immunity against certain communicable diseases will reduce the risk for an outbreak of those diseases. 

Attention Forest Heights STEM Academy Parents:

We are putting the finishing touches on the new website for FHSTA.  As we continue preparing to welcome our students and for an exciting new year, we will share information on the main website and on FHSTA’s website, once it is completed.  Meantime, following are school supply lists for the Academy:

Forest Heights STEM Academy 6-8 Supply List

FREE Summer Food Program Starts June 16!

The Little Rock School District, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will provide breakfast and lunch to children (18 and under) without charge at sites throughout the city of Little Rock. Please click on the ""Read More" link to see the schedule.


Latest Information from Fanning Howey on LRSD Facilities Study

New information has been posted by Fanning Howey to the Little Rock School District facilities study web page.  Information on the page includes the presentation made by FH during a LRSD Board work session earlier this week.  Please click on the following link to be redirected to the page.

LRSD Buildings and Athletic Structures Survey

Attention LRSD Parents and Stakeholders:

Many of you may have already participated in the facilities study community meetings at your child’s school which were conducted by Fanning Howey.  We appreciate your attendance.  LRSD has been working with Fanning Howey to assess all district buildings and athletic structures.  The community meetings were designed to gather input from you.  We want to make sure that every stakeholder has a voice in this process.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend one of the meetings, you are encouraged to leave your input via an online survey.