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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.

 

Board Unanimously Approves Proposed Facilities Plan

In a unanimous vote during Thursday night’s board meeting, the Little Rock School District Board of Directors approved the formation of a Millage Committee and the administration's proposed list of improvements.

Roberts Elementary Town Hall Meeting Postponed

The Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 at Roberts Elementary is postponed.  We will advise you when the date is rescheduled.  

LRSD Open Enrollment is Jan. 26 - Feb. 6

It’s time to register for the 2015-16 school year.  Open Enrollment for the Little Rock School District is January 26 - February 6, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The first week, January 26 - 30, will be at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th St. The Student Registration building will be closed this week. New rules will apply at St. Mark, with specific days assigned to specific grade levels. Click here to view the schedule chart.

Booker Educator Named One of Four Amazing Educators

Courtesy of Little Rock Family Magazine

Fueled by her deep love for teaching and education, Booker Arts Magnet Elementary teacher Dixie Fair, has been in the classroom for almost 28 years. For her commitment, Fair was recently named an “Amazing Educator” by Little Rock Family Magazine – one of only four to receive the coveted recognition.

Follow These Tips to Prevent the Flu

The Little Rock School District would like to provide you with tips to help keep your family healthy during flu season. While the district is not experiencing any issues related to the flu, in light of recent health developments across the country, you may want to review the following health tips. The best protection against the flu is getting a flu shot every year. Health officials remind us of these four tips, which if practiced daily are the best defense to keep yourself and your family well:

  1. wash your hands frequently
  2. use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing; if a tissue is not available cough/sneeze into your arm not your hands
  3. avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  4. avoid physical contact with anyone who displays symptoms

New Public Education Foundation Members Introduced at Board Meeting

The new board members of the Public Education Foundation (PEF) were introduced at the December 18, 2014 LRSD school board meeting.  Foundation members will work closely with the district to provide support for students and staff. 

In addition to promoting a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the academic performance of our students, the PEF is also responsible for the introduction of an annual signature event known as "Academic Signing Day" - similar to athletic signing days, but focuses on the academic success of the district's students. 

2014-2015 Testing Schedule

Please be advised of the following test dates:

Dates                                                    Assessment
December 15-19                                  Math (grade 2)
January 20-21                                      Mid-Year EOC Biology Exam
January 20-23                                      Math (grades 3- 5)
January 26-30                                      Literacy (grades 3- 5)
TBD                                                        Math and Literacy (grades 6-11)
January 26-March 6                            NAEP Assessment for selected schools
March 3                                                 ACT Exam (grade 11)
March 9-11                                           PARCC Performance Based Assessments (grades 3-8)
March 11-17                                         PARCC Performance Based Assessments (grades 9-10 & EOC)
March 16-May 1                                   English Language Development Assessment
March 5-6                                             Science Alternate Portfolios Due (grades 5, 7, & 10)
March 30-May 15                                 National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
                                                                Alternate Assessment (grades 3-8 & 11)
April 7-9                                                Iowa Test of Basic Skills (grades 1-2)
April 14-15                                            Benchmark Science Exam (grades 5 & 7)
April 28-29                                            EOC Biology Exam
April 29- April 30                                  PARCC End Of Year Assessments (grades 3-8)
April 30-May 6                                      PARCC End Of Year Assessments (grades 9-10 & EOC)

Tips You Can Use to Help Your Child Have a Successful Testing Experience!
Make sure your child . . .

  1. Gets plenty of rest the night before the test.
  2. Eats a good breakfast the day of the test.
  3. Feels confident about taking the test because of constant encouragement from you.
  4. Is present everyday during testing.
  5. Has a pleasant home environment free of unnecessary stressors.
  6. Knows you’re thinking about him/her as you wish him/her good luck as he/she leaves for school.

Six LRSD Elementary Schools Named Reward Schools for 2014

 

LRSD Top 10% Schools
Forest Park Elementary School: $36,783.69
Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages: $23,580
Roberts Elementary School: $81,577.38
Terry Elementary School: $33,239.77
Williams Traditional Magnet Elementary School: $36,630

LRSD Top 20% School
Jefferson Elementary School: $18,382.80

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.

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. 

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