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ADE Commissioner Johnny Key Issues New Statement Regarding LRSD

April 22, 2016 - Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key issued a new statement today regarding the Little Rock School District.  To read the statement, click here.

Joint Message from Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key and Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus

April 20, 2016 -The Arkansas Department of Education and Little Rock School District remain committed to providing student-focused learning opportunities and achieving academic excellence.

Today, the dedicated employees of the Little Rock School District opened schools, provided transportation, served lunch, and taught students. Plans to open a new middle school in west Little Rock and build a new high school in southwest Little Rock continue to move forward. The new administration will continue building upon the foundation to ensure that students have rich and rewarding educational experiences and are prepared for college and career.

The district is dependent on hardworking staff, committed parents, and steadfast community support. Support from these groups is needed to aid in a successful transition. By working together, we can develop and implement a thoughtful, forward-looking process that prepares the district for sustainability, growth and student success.

 

Michael Poore Will Succeed Baker Kurrus as LRSD Superintendent in July

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key announced today that Michael Poore has been named the Little Rock School District superintendent
effective July 1. 

Poore is currently the superintendent of the Bentonville School District, a position he has held since June 2011.  He will succeed current Superintendent Baker Kurrus, whose contract expires at the end of June.

“A year ago Baker Kurrus was willing to take on an enormous task, and what he has accomplished since taking the reins last May has set a solid foundation for the future,” Key said. “He has restored trust, empowered educators, and improved communication and accountability. Under Baker’s leadership there has been a renewed focus on teaching and learning. He has led the district in preparing for the future in the areas of facilities and finances. He was the right person to lead LRSD during a critical time of uncertainty. Michael Poore is a strong instructional leader who will build on the foundation that Baker has established. As an administrator, Mike has developed initiatives through which educators, administrators and communities have worked collaboratively to impact student achievement. He is the right person to lead LRSD in the next steps toward achieving academic excellence throughout the district.”

Message from Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding LRSD Security Measures for 2016-17

Message from Superintendent Baker Kurrus
April 14, 2016

LRSD Safety and Security Measures for 2016-17 School Year

The Little Rock School District has been a leader in school safety and security for a number of years.  We know that a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment is essential for all of our students.  We also know that parents and guardians need to have peace of mind.  With these things in mind, we are making some noticeable changes in our safety and security program for the 2016-17 school year.   These changes have been studied carefully by our safety and security director and our other team members.  We have also reviewed the incidents which have actually occurred in and around our buildings.  After careful consideration, we are comfortable that we are improving our overall safety and security program by making these changes.  

We already have magnetic security locks which control access into all of our buildings, and utilize monitoring and visibility plans.  We will be doing additional training so that these tools are used more effectively.  We will employ a mix of school-based resource and security officers, new high-definition cameras and technology, and mobile patrols.  These patrols can be dispatched quickly if problems arise, and they will also be present in areas of need when not on a particular call.

LRSD 2016 Sr. High Credit Recovery Opportunities Announced

2016 Senior High Credit Recovery Location (Grades 9-12)

Credit recovery programs for students in grades 9 through 11 will be offered at each high school.
Hamilton high school students will attend at their school of origin.
Students in 12th grade who need one-half to one unit of credit to graduate will attend the ACC program at Metropolitan Career & Technical Center, 7701 Scott Hamilton.

LRSD 2016 Middle School Summer School Session Announced (Grades 6-8)

Middle School Summer School Location
Mabelvale Middle School, 10811 Mabelvale West
Hamilton middle school students will also attend at Mabelvale.

DATES
June 15 - July 13, 2016
July 4 (Monday) - Holiday 
                                                  

LRSD Celebrates Its Award-Winning Schools

Congratulations to our award-winning elementary and middle schools!!!

Top 5% Performance - Forest Park, Gibbs Magnet, Jefferson, Roberts, and Williams Magnet.
Top 10% Performance-  Forest Heights STEM

Top 5% Growth
Mann Magnet Middle
Mabelvale Middle
Forest Park Elem.
Gibbs Magnet Elem.
Williams Magnet Elem.
Terry Elem.
Roberts Elem.
Forest Heights STEM
Cloverdale Middle
Pulaski Heights Middle

Top 10% Growth
Henderson Middle
Jefferson Elem.

LRSD Celebrates Its Award-Winning Schools

Congratulations to our award-winning elementary and middle schools!!!

Top 5% Performance - Forest Park, Gibbs Magnet, Jefferson, Roberts, and Williams Magnet.
Top 10% Performance-  Forest Heights STEM

Top 5% Growth
Mann Magnet Middle
Mabelvale Middle
Forest Park Elem.
Gibbs Magnet Elem.
Williams Magnet Elem.
Terry Elem.
Roberts Elem.
Forest Heights STEM
Cloverdale Middle
Pulaski Heights Middle

Top 10% Growth
Henderson Middle
Jefferson Elem.

Joint Basketball FUN-raiser Benefits LRCH's Band and Flag Line

April 8, 2016 - Join LRCH's band and the LRSD Communications Department tonight for a joint basketball fundraiser, featuring the Power 92 Jammers Charity Basketball League, to support the band and flag line's upcoming appearance at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the communications team's student, staff, and parent recognition events, including a proposed celebration for student athletes. 

New Verizon Security Requirements Detail Purse/Bag Rules

Attention LRSD Stakeholders:

The following information will be particularly important as we approach graduation season.  In the spirit of cooperation, we are requesting that you familiarize yourselves with the security measures in place at Verizon Arena.  Knowing these rules in advance, and following them, will help ensure an enjoyable experience for all who plan to attend LRSD graduation ceremonies.  These requirements apply to everyone who enters the Verizon site.

Two Exciting Opportunities to Support LRSD This Week - Including Great Music and Great Basketball

April 4, 2016 - If you are inspired by great musical performances, you don't want to miss a rare appearance by the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants.  They will offer a free concert this Thursday, April 7 at Little Rock Central High's gym, 7-9 p.m.  While admission is free, tickets are required.  You may download your tickets in advance on eventbrite.com by clicking here.
(www.usafband.eventbrite.com)

On Friday, April 8, join LRCH's band and the LRSD Communications Department for a joint basketball fundraiser, featuring the Power 92 Jammers Charity Basketball League, to support the band and flag line's upcoming appearance at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the communications team's student, staff, and parent recognition events, including a proposed celebration for student athletes. 

Latest Edition of Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, April 1, 2016

As the week winds down, I want to stop and thank everyone who works so hard to serve the students in the Little Rock School District.   We have had an interesting couple of weeks. As a buddy of mine sometimes says, after all of the talking is over, somebody still has to get the work done.   

Parkview Patriots Defeat Pine Bluff Zebras To Claim 6A State Basketball Championship

                    

Congratulations to the Parkview Patriots and Coach Al Flanigan for their 6A State Championship overtime win over the Pine Bluff Zebras Saturday.  In a hard-fought hardwood battle, Khallil Garland and Ryan “Pip” Pippins scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, to help lead the team to victory Saturday.  (A special thanks to Chanslor Watson for providing the awesome championship photos above.)

LRSD 15 Seconds of Fame Instagram Contest— March 11-30

March 11, 2016—The LRSD 15 Seconds of Fame Instagram Video Contest is only open to LRSD students and staff members. Videos should be created in Instagram and be no longer than 15 seconds sharing what makes your school or teacher (s) great. Entries can be posted from March 11-30. Voting begins March 11. The video with the most votes wins. Superintendent Baker Kurrus will spend the day at the winning school. Videos containing inappropriate content will be disqualified. Click here to enter and vote.

Don't Forget Tomorrow (Sat. March 12) is Computer Power Day!!!

March 11, 2016— Don't forget tomorrow is Computer Power Day!!!!  Parents who have pre-paid may pick up their computers - already loaded with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Word 2010 - at Henderson Middle School 401 John Barrow Rd, during Computer Power Day + Parent Academy for Student Success on March 12, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. Qualified families may also purchase on site Comcast Essentials for $9.95/month. Plus, Broadway Joe from Power 92 will be broadcasting live from 9-11 am.  Spanish Interpretation will also be available.

Don't need a computer?  You can still take advantage of the free workshops during the Parent Academy for Student Success (P.A.S.S.), running concurrently, and open to all LRSD families. 

CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED and DOOR PRIZES AWARDED AT EACH ORIENTATION SESSION. Remember, you don’t have to purchase a computer to attend workshops. Sessions and information will include:

•    ACT Aspire  
•    Edline    
•    Truancy & Dropout Prevention
•    Neighborhood Safety
•    Digital/Social Media Safety

Click here to register for P.A.S.S. Departments and community organizations will be on hand to provide participants with free information and resources. For more information go to www.lrsd.org/parents, call 447-3357 or email kaye.rainey@lrsd.org(Title I ESEA Parent Involvement).

Let's Celebrate the Arts With Talented LRSD Students and Staff

                        

LRSD's annual Artistry in the Rock exhibition, now in its 6th year, promises to deliver fantastic performances and a visual display of excellence by students, grades PreK-12.  The public is invited to the free three-day showcase Monday-Wednesday, March 14-16, 2016, at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road.  A few of the highlights include:

ACT Readiness Program June 8 -29, 2016

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP) this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students and targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test scores must be attached to the application. 
 
The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 8 -29, 2016. Transportation is not provided with this program.

Registration Now Open for Dell 2110 Netbooks at all LRSD Schools

February 26, 2016— Registration is now open for $75 Dell 2110 Netbooks and $50 desktop computers, pre-loaded with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Word 2010, at all LRSD schools until Thursday, March 10. Reserve, pre-register and prepay for your computer at your child's school and then pick it up at Computer Power Day + Parent Academy for Student Success on March 12, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, at Henderson Middle School, 401 John Barrow Rd. Qualified families may also purchase Comcast Essentials for $9.95/month. Plus, Broadway Joe from Power 92 will be broadcasting live from 9-11 am.

Download the Computer for Kids Parent Agreement here.
Click here to view the flyer in English (en Espanol).

Parent Academy for Student Success (P.A.S.S.) will run concurrently and is open to all LRSD families. CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED and DOOR PRIZES AWARDED AT EACH ORIENTATION SESSION. PLEASE NOTE: You don’t have to purchase a computer to attend workshops. Sessions and information will include:

March 18, 2016 Will Be a Weather Make-up Day

ATTENTION LRSD PARENTS: You will recall that LRSD offices and schools were closed Friday, January 22, 2016 due to inclement weather.  In order to stay on our original schedule for the last week of school, the Little Rock School District administration has decided that students would best benefit by attending school on Friday, March 18, 2016, using that date as an Inclement Weather Make-up Day.  Students were originally scheduled to be out of school on March 18.   

Click here to view the revised student calendar page for March.

For campuses on A-B Block scheduling, March 18th will be an “A” day and represent the official end of the quarter.

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