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School Officer Appreciation Day

(Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016) Happy National School Security Officer Appreciation Day!

Thank you for your service!

McClellan Homecoming Changed to Oct. 14

The McClellan High School Homecoming has been changed from the Friday, September 30 game against Mills, the annual Marshmallow Bowl, to the Friday, October 14 game against Beebe.

Governor's All-Region & All-State Coding Competitions Announced at Hall

September 16, 2016—  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the inaugural Governor's All-Region and All-State Coding Competition to an auditorium full of 11th grade students at Hall High School. Eight regional competitions will occur simultaneously across the state on Monday, November 7. Winners of the regional competitions will then compete at the state level for scholarships. Schools are permitted a specific number of teams based on enrollment and students compete in teams of three. Verizon is the sponsor for the prizes at the All-State Coding Competition.

1st Place: $2000/team member
2nd Place: $1500/team member
3rd Place: $500/team member

The 1st place team’s school will win a classroom set of iPads valued at $20,000. 

#LRSDListens - Twitter Town Hall

#LRSDListens

Twitter Town Hall

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6-7 p.m.

Don’t have Twitter?  Tune in to LRSD TV (Comcast Channel 4 or U-Verse Channel 99)

To join the conversation, leave a comment or question here:  #LRSDListens

Please send questions/comments that pertain to the topics being discussed.

Back-to-School Workshops—2 Locations—Sat. Sept. 17

On Saturday, September 17, 10 am - 12 noon, LRSD Parent Involvement will host Back-to-School Workshops at two locations. Refreshments, door prizes and child care will be provided.

  • Western Hills Elementary, 4901 Western Hills Ave., 72204, (Central East Cluster: Bale, Booker, Carver, Central, Dunbar, Franklin, Gibbs, Hamilton, King, Horace Mann, Metropolitan CTE, Rockefeller, Stephens, Washington, Western Hills, and Wilson. Click here to view flyer in English (y Español).
  • Pulaski Heights Middle School, 401 N. Pine St., 72205 (West Cluster: Brady, Forest Heights STEM Academy (K-8), Forest Park, Fulbright, Hall High, Henderson, Jefferson, McDermott, Pinnacle View Middle, Pulaski Heights Elem. & MIddle, Parkview Magnet High, Roberts, Romine, Terry, and Williams Click here to view flyer in English (y Español).

ASU Partnership with Horace Mann Gives Future Scientists a Head Start

In a first-ever opportunity for middle school attendees, students at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School will partner with Arkansas State University (ASU) to collect data for plant and gas research projects, sending the data to ASU for further analysis.  ASU will interpret and discuss the data with Mann students, encouraging further study and experimentation.

Administration and teachers at Horace Mann believe this partnership will enhance curriculum and better prepare students interested in science and math, and will help improve ACT scores.

State Representative Charles Blake was on hand for the announcement and presented a ceremonial award check to Horace Mann which will be used, in part, to help support this initiative.   

LRSD College Night— Tuesday, September 27

Save the date for LRSD’s 42nd Annual College Night on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6-8 pm. The event will take place at the Metroplex Event Center, 10600 Colonel Glenn Rd.

Students will be introduced to college reps from across the country. Students are encouraged to register prior to the event. To register, visit www.gotocollegefairs.com. Registrants will then receive a "barcode" that they may print and take with them to the college fair, and college reps will scan the barcode instead of having students fill out information cards at each table. This is not required, but it is recommended. 

It’s Time for the Grandparents Day Sweepstakes

This month in honor of Grandparents Day, September 11, LRSD is celebrating involved grandparents across the district through its annual Grandparents Day Facebook Sweepstakes. Winners will be randomly selected to attend the Grandparents Day Luncheon on Friday, October 7. Prizes will be distributed at the luncheon. This contest is a sweepstakes without voting.

How to enter:
Visit one or more grandchildren at school and take a photo of your visit. Upload the photo through September 28, 2016. Multiple entries permitted (one per grand child). The grandparent should be in the photo.

Entry Method #1: (preferred): Go to http://woobox.com/9nvphm (No additional steps required)

Entry Method #2: Enter by making a public post on LRSD’s Facebook page using #LRSDgrand2016 in the comment section of the post pinned to the top of LRSD’s Facebook Page.

Entry Method #3: Enter by making a public post on Instagram with #LRSDgrand2016 Additional steps required.

Entry Method #4: Enter by making a public post on Twitter with  #LRSDgrand2016 Additional steps required.

Entry methods 2-4 require additional information be provided to communications@lrsd.org:

  1. Social media handle used to enter the contest.
  2. Grandparent name (s) in the photo
  3. Grandparent email address (Winners will be notified by evite from pingg)
  4. Grandparent phone number (To address email bounces)
  5. Attach photo

WARNING: The privacy settings on your social media account may prevent #LRSDgrand2016 entry methods from working.

Back-to-School Community Walks Wrap Up - But Effort to Continue this Fall

Superintendent Mike Poore has now "made the rounds" to all seven Little Rock School District zones as part of his "Entry Plan."  The Listen and Learn Community Walks provide an opportunity for stakeholders to have a face-to-face interaction with the superintendent and members of his administrative team, whether they have students in the district or not.  Poore sees this as a unique way to engage community members, taking the message of LRSD directly to their front door. 

50 Fantastic Fathers Winners Announced

Join us in congratulating the top 25 winners from our Dads Take Your Child to School Facebook Photo Contest. Winners received email invitations through pingg.com to the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon sponsored by Chick-fil-AF on Thursday, September 1, 11:30am, in the LRSD Student Center, 810 W. Markham St.

ADE Announces Opportunities for Stakeholder Engagement Regarding the Arkansas Accountability System 

LITTLE ROCK (August 25, 2016) — The Arkansas Department of Education today announced opportunities for stakeholder engagement regarding the Arkansas Accountability System. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law Dec. 10, 2015, reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and gives states and districts more authority to develop their own accountability system. 

For more than a year, ADE has collaborated with stakeholders to develop a strategic vision for excellence in education in Arkansas. In order to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, a comprehensive accountability system must be developed in order to measure whether students and schools are meeting educational expectations. 

“Arkansas is leading the nation in computer science education, and we can provide the same leadership role in education as a whole by providing a more student-focused education starting with every child in Arkansas,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Our Department of Education is leading the way by creating a state plan and accountability system under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. ADE, under Commissioner Key’s leadership, is working to create a transparent process that engages students, educators, parents and other stakeholders from across the state. Together we can create a plan that will not only elevate the level of education in Arkansas but will cement our state as a national leader on this critical issue for generations to come.” 

LRSD Enacts New Cell Phone Policy for Five High Schools

The Little Rock School District enacted a new cell phone policy for the responsible use of cell phones at all five high schools during the 2015-2016 school year. The policy allows 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 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  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 Increases Substitute Pay by 23%

The Little Rock School District has increased the daily rate of pay for degreed (4-year BA/BS or Masters) and certified substitute teachers by $15 in an effort improve the substitute teacher fill rate and become more competitive with neighboring school districts. The new daily rate of pay for degreed or certified substitute teachers will be $80 for subs who work between one and 20 days.  After 20 consecutive days in the same classroom the rate of pay increases to $90. The District aims to increase the quality and retention rate of its substitute teacher pool and convey to substitutes that the District values their dedication to LRSD students.

LRSD, and two neighboring districts contract with PCMI/Will Sub to place substitute teachers in classrooms and share the same pool of qualified teachers. The automated system allows substitutes to select which school district, school and classroom assignment that they prefer.  The ability to receive a higher pay rate is an important factor in the selection process.

LRSD Director of Human Resources Rhonda Benton explains, “We want to recruit and retain the very best substitute teachers. High quality substitutes are vital to student performance. When we demonstrate to substitutes that we value them, it has a positive impact on our students.”

Click here more information about becoming a substitute teacher. 

BIG Changes for Big Pitch

BIG Changes for Big Pitch

The Project Prevent Youth Coalition (PPYC) proudly announces the 13th Annual Big Pitch Film Festival. This year’s festival will be open for submissions on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The closing date for submissions will be Friday, February 17, 2017.

Special Shout Out to All of Our Convocation Food and Door Prize Sponsors

First Security LogoOur friends at First Security rolled out their popular Teal Grill and sponsored lunch for all 3,500 plus LRSD employees.  A special thanks to Frank Scott and the First Security team for manning the grill.  We also appreciate Dr. Lilly Bouie and our Child Nutrition team, who worked alongside First Security.

August 15 is Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads bring your child to Work Day Aug 15thEnter the Dads Take Your Child to School Day Facebook 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, August 15

2. Snap a photo with your cell phone or camera of you with your child at school

3. Upload your photo to LRSD’s Facebook photo contest page (http://woobox.com/ptszjp) or use #LRSDdad2016 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook post at the top of our feed. #LRSDdad2016 entries are only valid after the following information is submitted to communications@lrsd.org:

a. Twitter/Instagram Handle or Facebook Name used for submission
b. Dad's Name
c. Child's School
d. Dad's email Address (for notifying winners + luncheon invitation)
e. Dad's Phone Number

4. Invite your Facebook friends to vote for your photo before the contest closes on Wed., Aug. 24. 

The top 25 will receive invitations to the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon on September 1.  Another 25 Dads will be randomly selected to receive “wild card” invitations. All prizes will be distributed at the 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon. You must be present to collect a prize. Contest dates subject to change.

Lucky Linda - Winner of Everett Buick GMC's 2016 Encore at Convocation

Linda Kindy with New Car

Congratulations to Linda Kindy, LRSD Adult Education Department, winner of the 2016 Buick Encore during the district's back-to-school convocation.  Kindy, a 38-year employee, was thrilled when her name was drawn by Everett Buick GMC's namesake and owner Susie Everett.

"My husband teased me and my daughter about it, telling us the night before that one of us Winning ticket being drawn from a tumbler drummight be lucky," said Kindy.  (Her daughter also works for the district)  "I'm so thankful to have had my name pulled," she added.  Kindy, who says she's never won anything, has been supportive of new Superintendent Mike Poore's community walks, and jokingly said she planned to drive her Encore to the site of the next "walk."

Everett Buick GMC to Donate 2016 SUV to Lucky LRSD Educator

A lucky Little Rock School District employee will soon be tooling around town in a brand new 2016 Buick Encore thanks to the generosity of Everett Buick GMC of Benton.  Solidifying the company's commitment to investing in the communities it serves, Everett Buick GMC announced its partnership with the district, and plans to give one employee keys to the sleek SUV during the district's opening day convocation at Barton Coliseum, Monday, August 8, 2016, 9 a.m.

The convocation, themed, "The Power of US - Grand Slam for Student Success," will be the first time all district employees will get to hear from new Superintendent Mike Poore in person, and learn more about the shared vision for all LRSD employees.

"We are proud to have a company like Everett lead the way, stepping up to the plate to say we want to help make a difference in educational communities, our district in particular, "said Poore.  "We could never pay teachers and support staff enough for their time and dedication, ensuring that our students are well equipped for college and career, so this is a great example of how generous businesses like Everett can help us support their work."
 

1st Leg of Community Walk Spans Washington and Stephens Elementary School Zones

Superintendent Mike Poore, Karen Schneider and others pose in front of Washington ElementaryDespite triple digit heat, LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore made good on his promise to hit the pavement during his first "Community Walk" events, July 23.  Going door to door, Poore introduced himself to several residents living in school zones 1 and 2, neighborhoods comprising the Washington and Stephens elementary school areas.  In addition to principals Katherine Snyder and Phillip Carlock, as well as a few of their staff members, community members, PTA representatives, and ministers joined the effort.

          Superintendent Mike Poore and volunteeers pose in front of Stephens Elementary
 

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You...LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore

Listen and Learn Community Walk logo

As part of his Entry Plan, Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore will launch the first of a series of Listen and Learn Community Walks this Saturday, July 23, noon-2 p.m., in neighborhoods that comprise Zone 1 and 2 of the Little Rock School District.

Donning blue shirts with the Community Walk logo, Poore and a small group of  LRSD staff and district supporters will go door-to-door, visiting with stakeholders on designated Saturdays in each of the district's seven zones.  Subsequent dates will be posted on the district's website. 

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