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LRSD Seeking AVID Tutors at 6 Schools

The Little Rock School District needs tutors, who will be paid $10/hour, to assist in the AVID programs at six of our schools. There will be an AVID Tutor Training held at the IRC Building (3001 S. Pulaski Street) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. 

Tutors must be enrolled in college and available to work “during the school day” to tutor students while they are in their classes.

Tutors should possess the following qualifications:

  • Be a college student or have attended college
  • Have good academic standing of 3.0 GPA or better
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Have good written and oral communication
  • Have strong writing and math skills
  • Have a "clean" federal background check

The rate of pay is $10.00 per hour.  Flexible scheduling is available for part-time positions.  If interested, please contact Laureen Isom with Little Rock School District at 501-447-2971 or Laureen.isom@lrsd.org.

Pick Your Prize, Dad!

Congratulations to our winning dads and father figures!!!!  Thanks for your participation in our  Dads Take Your Child to School contest!  We hope this is the beginning of your involvement with your student on campus throughout the school year. We need you!

Dads, we’re distributing prizes a little differently this year. When you come to our Chick-fil-A 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon, you’ll have the opportunity to pick your prize. The dad with the most votes chooses first and the rest follow him. 25 dads will be invited based on votes and another 25 will be randomly selected. Save the date for the winner’s luncheon on Friday, September 4 at 11:30 am— you must be present to win. Winners will receive email invitations by Friday, Aug. 28 (distributed through celebrations.com).

Here are some of the great prize packages we have put together so far:

  1. Razorback Super Fan: 2 tickets to the Sept. 12 football game at War Memorial Stadium, dinner at the Lettermen’s Club; and pre-game photo opp on the field
  2. Tech Savvy Dad: Kindle (courtesy of myOn), portable phone charger (courtesy of Edwin Watts); $40 worth of photo print credits (courtesy of Bedford Camera)
  3. Science Guy: Family membership to the Museum of Discovery and $25 Walmart gift card
  4. Dapper Dad: Southern Tide button down (courtesy of Mr. Wicks) and $25 gift card to Mens Wearhouse
  5. Adventure Man: 5-visit punch card to the Little Rock Climbing Center, Ultra Bright LED flashlight (courtesy of Cantrell Ace Hardware) and $25 gift card to Ozark Outdoor Supply
  6. Golf -“Fore” Dad: Two rounds of golf, and a prize package from Edwin Watts
  7. Family Fun Night: Four rounds of mini golf at Big Rock Fun Park and $20 gift certificate to Whole Hog Café
  8. Grill Master: Weber Grill, and a $20 gift certificate to Hillcrest Artisan Meats. Plus, grill tools and accessories, courtesy of Lowe's.
  9. Car Buff: Car wash kit (courtesy of Advance Auto Parts)
  10. Candid Camera: Bedford Camera will select a photo based on composition, lighting and emotional impact and the winner will win $80 gift card toward the purchase of photo prints and more.
  11. Handyman: RYOBI Starter Drill Kit valued at $70, courtesy of Home Depot
  12. The Presidential: Admission for four guests to the Clinton Presidential Center, a $50 gift certificate to Cafe 42, The Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook, "Selected Remarks by William Jefferson Clinton and a pocket-sized notebook
  13. Dare Devil Dad: Family four-pack to the Arkansas State Fair, Oct. 9-18, 2015.
  14. Roller Guy: Passes to Arkansas Skatium

Want to Play College Sports? Get Ready.

Student atheles please review the NCAA Eligibility Check List below and take the steps required at your grade level in order to be eligibile for NCAA athletic scholarships. For more information about GPA and ACT/SAT requirements visit: www.2point3.org.

Freshman Ask your counselor for a list of your high school's NCAA core courses and make sure you take them. Study hard and earn good grades.

Sophomores Register at the beginning of the year at  www.eligibilitycenter.org. Make sure you take core courses on your high school's list of NCAA courses.

Juniors Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time. Take the ACT or SAT and submit  your socres to the NCAA using code 9999. At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send your official transcript to the Eligibility Center.

Seniors Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary. Request amateurism certification after April 1. After you graduate, ask your counselor to sumbit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.

LRSD Piloting New Cell Phone Policy at Five High Schools

Effective immediately, the Little Rock School District is piloting a new cell phone policy for the responsible use of cell phones at all five high schools for the 2015-2016 school year. The new pilot policy will allow students to have their phones in their possession, but they cannot use them, and the phones cannot make any noise at all, unless the use is authorized by the classroom teacher. LRSD recognizes the potential of cell phones and other electronic devices to be effective instructional tools and educational classroom resources.

According to the policy, JICJ, ‘Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that respects the rights of others and minimizes any distractions that occur in the learning environment.’  To view the full policy governing the pilot use of cell phones at Central, Hall, J.A. Fair, McClellan and Parkview, click here.

The same disciplinary procedures currently in place for the possession and use of cell phones will apply to the unauthorized use of cell phones or electronic devices. Click here to view the 2015-2016 Student Handbook. See rule 24 regarding use of cell phones and other electronic devices on page 75.  Unauthorized cell phone use is a category 2 offense (see page 34).

LRSD and ACH Announce Innovative Partnership Serving Student Athletes

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) and Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH)) are partnering to offer the athletic training services provided by the ACH Sports Medicine department at all middle school and high school football games and practices starting this fall.

ACH Sports Medicine athletic trainers will be on the field for all football games to provide injury prevention and treatment support to all LRSD football players. They’ll also provide support for all basketball games and other home events like wrestling, soccer and baseball games. Athletes — from cheerleaders and short stops to goalies and dancers — will also have access to ACH athletic trainers during their practices and school days throughout the week.

Statement from LRSD Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding LRSD-LREA Contract

The following is a statement issued today by Superintendent Baker Kurrus regarding the contract between the Little Rock School District and the Little Rock Education Association:

The Little Rock School District has a contract with the Little Rock Education Association (LREA) that runs through October 31, 2015.  I am in the process of negotiating with the Little Rock Education Association with respect to the period which extends beyond that contract. I appreciate, value and respect my LREA colleagues at LRSD.  We are working cooperatively at this time to further the best interests of our students and our school district.  Our teachers and other support personnel are critical to the success of our students.  I will be negotiating with the leadership of LREA.  I will not be negotiating by or through blog posts or other social media.

Our district faces a number of challenges which will require major changes in almost every facet of LRSD operations.  I believe these changes will improve student outcomes while strengthening the district in the long run.

My goals for LRSD will be to continue to offer great opportunities for students while also allowing professional educators and staff to have fulfilling, rewarding careers.

Baker Kurrus


To read the draft of the proposed agreement:

LRSD-LREA

To read the current agreement:

Teachers (PDF)

 

All LRSD High Schools— 8:45 am – 3:50 pm

To accommodate the move from A-B block scheduling to a seven-period day an additional 5 minutes has been added to the school day at all high schools in the district. PLEASE NOTE: There is a typo in the student calendar, which INCORRECTLY lists the secondary school schedule as 8:45-3:55. Also, the schedule for grades 9-12 at Hamilton Learning Academy will be 8:45 am - 3:45 pm while the schedule for grades 6-8 will be 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.

The move to a seven-period day offers many advantages to student learning including more time with instructors. J.A. Fair, Hall and McClellan high schools will move to a seven-period day beginning this school year. Central, Parkview and Hamilton Learning Academy will keep the A-B Block Schedule and use the additional 5 minutes for announcements and to ensure a smooth transition between classes.

All LRSD middle schools except Horace Mann will have the same start and end time as last year— 8:45 am – 3:45 pm. Horace Mann will start five minutes earlier at 8:40 am but will also end at 3:45 pm.

Back to School Meet and Greet Events

The following list includes LRSD schools that will host back-to-school events.  We will update as information continues to come in:

Wednesday, August 5 (Last names A-L) and Thursday, August 6 (Last names M-Z), 9am-12noon
Warrior Academy (Freshman Orientation) Hall High School

Thursday, August 6
Back to School Bash Otter Creek Elementary 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
(Note:  this is the first of two planned events for Otter Creek)

Statement from LRSD Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding Recent Playground Fires

August 4, 2015

Statement by LRSD Superintendent Baker Kurrus

Little Rock School District personnel are working with authorities to determine the causes of the two recent playground fires at Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy and Franklin Elementary School.  Each case appears to have been arson.  These deliberate acts are senseless.  The children at both of these schools are temporarily deprived of the opportunity to play on the equipment.    The damages are being assessed at this time.  Preliminary loss estimates are in the range of $225,000.   The damaged areas of the playgrounds are closed.  The adjoining areas which are undamaged are being used in accordance with past practices to the extent possible.

Contrary to previous reports, no determination with respect to insurance coverage has been made.  The school district is not soliciting donations at this time.  The district has offered a reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with any information regarding these acts should call the Little Rock Fire Marshal at 501-918-3710.

 

Back-to-School and Meet-and-Greet Events

Don't forget Check-in tomorrow and Tuesday, August 3-4, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  If you have an assignment letter, check in at your assigned school; if not, or if you are new to the district, visit the Student Registration office at 501 Sherman Street.

The following list includes LRSD schools that will host back-to-school events.  We will update as information continues to come in:

Dads Take Your Child to School Day is August 17

Once again the first day of school we are asking all dads to take your child to school. Enter the Facebook Photo Contest for a chance to win great prizes!

Here’s how it works:
1. Dads and father figures take your child (Pre-K -12th) to school on the first day of school, August 17.  
2. Snap a photo with your cell phone or camera of you with  your child at school (photo must be taken on school grounds with a current LRSD student).
3. Upload your photo to LRSD’s Facebook photo contest page by midnight August 17. Click here to enter the contest, vote, or view the gallery.  Here's the shareable link: http://woobox.com/2fynma You may also enter via Twitter, or Instagram using #LRSDdad but you must have your PROFILE SET TO PUBLIC for this method to work. You must also send the following information to communications@lrsd.org: 1. Dad's name 2. Valid email address (we prefer dad's email) 3. Twitter, Instagram handle/name used to enter the contest 4. valid telephone number. This information will only be used to contact winners.
4. Invite your Facebook friends to vote for your photo before the contest closes on Wed., Aug. 26 using this link: http://woobox.com/2fynma  LIKES ARE NOT CALCULATED AS VOTES.

The top 25 will receive invitations to the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon on September 4. Another 25 Dads will be randomly selected to receive "wild card" invitations.The Dad with the most votes will receive a technology prize. All prizes will be distributed at the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon. You must be present to collect a prize.

If you experience any problems you may email communications@lrsd.org or call 447-1032. We will try to respond to everyone within 24 hours. LRSD reserves the right to remove any entries or comments deemed inappropriate.

Important Upcoming Events for August

Please take a moment to review the 2015-2016 student calendar page for the month of August below. You'll find many important dates including Check In, 6th and 9th grade orientations, the first day of school and Dads Take Your Child to School Day. To view the entire calendar, click here. Student calendars will be distributed at Check In—August 3-4, 10 am - 7 pm. Click here to view the entire 2015-2016 student calendar.

 

 

 

Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, June 26, 2015

 

I just left a meeting of the eight incoming principals who were recently appointed.  I told them that they were an outstanding group, and they are.  Six of the new principals will work in elementary schools or early childhood centers.   One thing the principals and I discussed was the transition of their students to middle school.   I have spent some time examining the readiness of our sixth-graders for middle school.  Far too many are not prepared.  We have one middle school where less than 49.5% of the students are proficient or advanced in math and literacy.  At another middle school, 46% percent of the students entering sixth grade last year were not proficient in literacy.  Sixty percent were not proficient in math.  We need to eradicate these problems, root and branch, both in the early grades and thereafter.  We will do all we can in every grade, but we simply must kill these problems at the root.    

FHSA, McDermott and Fulbright Land on Top in myOn Reading Challenge

The results for the 2014-2015 myOn Reading Challenge are in and Forest Heights STEM Academy won the top spot with 23,579 books read. McDermott earned the number two spot with 21,259 books read and Fulbright came in third with 18,952 books read.

LRSD Slated to Open 15 New Pre-K Classrooms this Fall

The Little Rock School District is pleased to announce that it will be adding 15 new P-4 (four-year-old) classrooms for qualifying students in the 2015-16 school year. In addition to families meeting the criteria listed in the chart found on the flyer, the student must be four by August 1, 2015.  Click here to download the flyer in English - en Espanol

The new seats will be available at Woodruff Early Childhood Center and Bale, Booker, Carver, Franklin, Geyer Springs, Rockefeller, Romine, Stephens, and Washington  elementary schools. Registration will be held at Woodruff Early Childhood Center, 3010 W. 7th on the following dates:

  • June 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 24, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • June 25, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To register, qualifying families must bring:
Birth Certificate or Proof of Birth
Child's Social Security Card or Number
Current Proof of Address (utility bill or rental agreement with parent/guardian's name )
Current Proof of Income (pay stub from previous 30 days or 2014 W-2)

If your child has already been assigned a pre-K seat, he or she will remain at his/her assigned school.

LRSD Spring 2015 Newsletter

                                   Click here to read the LRSD Spring 2015 Newsletter

                                              Click here to read the LRSD Spring 2015 Newsletter

LRSD Security Officer Showcases Jefferson Jammers

 

This past fall, LRSD Safety and Security Officer Chad Henson began mentoring aspiring student musicians at the school where he is assigned, Jefferson Elementary.  Now, after six months of honing their horn skills, the talented students showcased their talents in an end-of-the-year musical performance on Tuesday, June 9th.

 

You may recall that Henson wanted to make a difference in the lives of students at Jefferson through music, but did not have instruments or 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. Henson and some of Jefferson's fifth graders were on full display for a concert to remember.

LRSD Students Excel In Destination Imagination Competition

Students from Booker Arts Magnet and Pulaski Heights Middle School were among four LRSD schools that  participated in the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, TN from May 19th - 23rd.

Booker Arts Magnet Jackson's Jaguars team placed 16th out of 82 teams competing in the scientific challenge, Making Waves. The team had to design and construct an incredible sound machine that produces two different sounds. They also created and integrated two visible displays of sound waves into the presentation. The end result allowed them to create and present a story that included a change to a faster or slower narrative pace.

Keeping Active Students Healthy

LRSD Health Services Department recommends regular physicals for students of the Little Rock School District..  Regular physicals are required by the state and needed for many recreation programs.  Physicals can also often help detect and treat medical issues when they are just getting started and therefore easier to treat.

Free physicals are being offered Saturday at:
2015 Community Health & Wellness Expo
St. John Baptist Church | 2501 S. Main, Little Rock, AR
Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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