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Agenda and Meeting Date Set for LR Area Public Education Stakeholder Group

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

The June 6 agenda for the Little Rock Area Public Education Stakeholder Group meeting is now posted on the ADE Website on the State Board Agenda Page http://www.arkansased.gov/state-board/meeting-agenda.

Information from Arkansas Department of Education Regarding LRSD Community Advisory Board

Please read the information in the following attachments from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding estabishing a Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board.  This information is in English and Spanish.

Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board

Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board Spanish

Information from Arkansas Department of Education Regarding Public Education Stakeholder Group

Please read the information in the following attachments from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding estabishing a Little Rock area Public Education Stakeholder Group.  This information is in English and Spanish.

Little Rock Area Public Education Stakeholder Group

Little Rock Area Public Education Stakeholder Group - Spanish

LRSD Civic Advisory Committee Shares Stakeholder Survey Results

In conjunction with their regular monthly meeting, members of the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will share results of a recent survey of LRSD students, parents, staff and community members Thursday, May 19, 2016, 5 p.m., at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, 1000 E. Roosevelt Rd.

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                                                   

(One subject)    7:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
(Two subjects)  7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

REGISTRATION
June 10, 2016 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
June 13, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION FOR OUT OF DISTRICT STUDENTS
$100.00 OUT OF DISTRICT FEE , PLUS TUITION
June14, 2016           7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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.

Please help us adhere to the rules set by the arena, and those established by schools for our students' special day.  Thank you in advance for your support. 

Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, May 10, 2016

"Listen to your heart.  Let it guide you."

Hello Straight Talkers.

Yesterday I briefly posted a column which had some very personal reflections, including some about my mother.  After consulting with my editorial board (my wife and kids), I decided to pull it down, for now.  My son said he loved the stories, but that the tone was not in keeping with previous things found in this space.  He said, “I think you should thank everyone for the support and encourage them to continue putting energy and excitement into the schools after you’re gone.  You said recently in a press conference that you liked competition, and that was refreshing to me.  If everyone continues to work hard and continues to prove that LR schools perform just as well or better than the other schools, the people that want the best for their kids will want their kids to go to the LRSD.”

Thanks to all who are ignoring the distractions and focusing on the classroom.  Thanks to all who have worked so hard to get our students ready for their standardized tests.  Thanks to all who have administered all of these tests, and given so much in the last year.

My son is right.  We have the best schools, and I love competition.  We are winning.  We have room to get better, and we are moving in the right directions.  The superintendency is not the key to the success of the district.  The people in schools provide the stability, trust and competence that parents seek with respect to the educations of their children.

I just got back from Little Rock City Hall.  The city board honored three brilliant young women from LRSD, Erica Braswell of Hall, Isha (pronounced “Eye-sha”) Horton of Parkview, and Natalie Amos of McClellan.  Erica is both a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Dell Scholar.  Isha is a Gates Millennium Scholar.  Natalie is a Dell Scholar.  These young women are incredible people, in addition to being gifted students.

Proposed 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Submission

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center applications for Dunbar Magnet Middle School and Mabelvale Middle School. The 21st Century grant seeks to establish out-of-school programming, such as after school and summer programs, for the school and surrounding community. The deadline is May 19, 2016. Volunteers and community partners are welcome. For more information contact either of the following LRSD staff members:

Central High 9th Grader to Compete at  GENIUS Olympiad 

Pollution. Overcrowding. Global Warming. Environmental deterioration is knocking at the door of millions of people world-wide. While many ignore the knock, Little Rock Central High Ninth Grader Meghana Bollimpalli is among the high school students from around the world answering the call for change at the GENIUS Olympiad. As a result of her work, she has been named a finalist among thousands of applicants and will compete at the GENIUS Olympiad beginning June 13, 2016.
 

LRSD Continues to Provide Power Snacks

Supper meals, better known in Little Rock Schools as  “Power Snacks" are still being offered at the school sites listed below immediately after school.  The At Risk After School Meal Program is offered to anyone who is 18 years of age or younger.  This program is sponsored by the USDA, and administered by the Department of Human Service’s At Risk After School Programs.  Each program is open to the public and meal service is offered immediately after school in each cafeteria.  For group participation, please call the LRSD’s Child Nutrition Department at (501) 447-2450.  Participants who are not enrolled in Little Rock School District must enter the facility through the principal’s office.  Menus for the At Risk Program are posted on the Child Nutrition website of LRSD.

Otter Creek Educator Named LRSD Teacher of the Year

          
                                               Emma Mateo, 2016 LRSD Teacher of the Year

Special Education Teacher Emma Mateo, Otter Creek Elementary, was named  2016 Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year for the Little Rock School District during the annual Crystal Awards Gala Monday night at the Statehouse Convention Center, attended by nearly 700 guests.  Level winners for 2016 include:  April Rike, Williams Magnet Elementary School; Yvonne Bolden, Horace Mann Magnet Middle School; and Wanda Keith, McClellan High School.  These outstanding educators along with another 63 school-level winners were honored Monday night.   

These teachers, deemed the best of the best,  were selected by their peers to represent their schools at the campus level.  Level winners, representing elementary, middle and high school teachers, completed a rigorous application process and were ultimately chosen by a panel of judges.  The overall LRSD Teacher of the Year is named from among this group, earning the prestigious Marian G. Lacey Educator of the Year Award.

(In photos to the left, April Rike, Elementary Teacher of the Year and Wanda Keith, High School Teacher of the Year - above, and Yvonne Bolden, Middle School Teacher of the Year - below)

As the overall LRSD Teacher of the Year, Mateo will now have the opportunity to compete at the state level.  In the past two years, the LRSD Teacher of the Year has been selected as a regional Teacher of the Year finalist.

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.

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