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Celebrating LRSD's Outstanding Volunteers

Little Rock School District Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) hosted its district-wide volunteer recognition reception, “An Evening for the Stars,” Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shrine Scimitar Temple. 

Awards in outstanding volunteerism were presented to schools, volunteers and organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcement of Important Changes to School Immunizations

 Attention LRSD Parents:

LRSD wants  you to be aware that the Arkansas Department of Health has announced important changes to School Immunizations.  Please see news release from ADH below.

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2014

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year Changes anticipated to be in effect Sept. 1, 2014

Public Notice of Intent

The Little Rock School District intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications for Cloverdale Middle School, J.A. Fair High School, and Hall High School. The grant applications are due May 1, 2014. The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for out-of-school programming (before school, after school, Saturday, and summer programs) and provides both academic programs and enrichment activities. Community input is invited. Please contact Linda Young at linda.young@lrsd.org to share ideas or volunteer.

School Choice Information

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) would like to inform parents of students in adjoining school districts that Public School Choice is available for their children.

The Public School Choice program was established to give parents and students more options with respect to where students attend public school and to enable any student to attend a school in a district in which the student DOES NOT reside, subject to the restrictions contained in ARKANSAS PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE ACT 1227 OF 2013.

Parents should be aware if their resident school district has been granted an annual exemption from the Arkansas Department of Education for non-participation in school choice, the Little Rock School District cannot accept your application.

LRSD School Choice Application Form

Put on the Puzzle: April is Autism Awareness Month!

The Division of Special Programs (DSP) and LRSD invite you to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

Save the Dates for Artistry in the Rock April 21-25

SAVE THE DATES, April 21-25, for Artistry in the Rock and show your support of the arts in the Little Rock School District. Attend one of the fundraising events to support the Dr. Morris Holmes Artistry Scholarship Fund.

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Franklin Elementary Holds Family Literacy Night at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Franklin Elementary invited their students and families to an evening of food, fun and learning at The Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The event included a scavenger hunt where participants made nutritional snacks, learned important test-taking tips, were read children's books by Franklin staff members, viewed videos of Franklin students’ past performances in the theatre and enjoyed tours of the greenhouse and gardens. Franklin students and their families were also treated to door prizes and a hot dog dinner to round out the evening. Franklin student artwork was also displayed and will be hanging in the foyer of the library for several weeks for library patrons to enjoy. Many families took advantage of the opportunity to sign-up for library cards and picked up calendars to participate in other activities the library offers. Increasing literacy and math proficiency is a top priority at Franklin and the library is an excellent resource for families to use to assist in reaching that goal.

 

Weather Make-up Days

As a result of missed days due to inclement weather, the last day of school for Little Rock School District students will be Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  Semester exams will be held the last four (4) days that students attend school.

Arkansas and LRSD Lead the Nation in Efforts to End Childhood Hunger

 

Today, Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges saluted LRSD efforts to end childhood hunger while helping to launch “1 Million More: No Kid Hungry National Breakfast Challenge.” 

 

“Eating a healthy breakfast dramatically changes kids’ lives,” said Jeff Bridges, national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign while visiting Stephens Elementary School. “Too many kids are starting the day too hungry to learn. Today we’re challenging the nation to join us in a million more children to breakfast in the classroom in the next two years.”

 

The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes Share Our Strength, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Governor Mike Beebe, launched in October 2010. The campaign is ending childhood hunger in Arkansas by connecting kids with the healthy food they need where they learn, play, and live.

 

LEARN: Success = Breakfast after the Bell
Arkansas and the Little Rock School District are leading the charge to make sure all kids start their day with a healthy school breakfast.

Arkansas is one of the top 10 states in the nation increasing school breakfast participation among low-income students.

737,359: The number of additional school breakfasts Arkansas served to kids who need them in 2013

1.5 million: The number of additional school breakfasts Served in Arkansas since the start of the No Kid Hungry campaign.

 

The Impact: School breakfast in linked to long-term impacts like greater academic achievement, improved health and stronger economic potential. According to 2013 research from the consulting firm Deloitte (“Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis”), connecting 70% of eligible school kids in Arkansas to school breakfast lead to:

38,789 additional days of school attended per year;

25,860 students with better math scores per year;

6,465 additional high school graduates out of the current crop of
elementary school students.

 

Arkansas: Number One in the Nation in Boosting Summer Meals

When school is out, kids are even more vulnerable to hunger.  Arkansas and the Little Rock School District are leading the country in efforts to connect eligible kids to free, healthy meals over the summer. According to preliminary 2013 USDA data, Arkansas had the largest increased in summer meals served of any state in the country.

1.6 million: The number of additional summer meals served to kids who needed them during the summer of 2013. (The total number of meals served was an estimated 4 million.) That increases accounts for nearly a quarter of the overall national increase in summer meals last year.

2.1 million: The number of additional summer meals served to kids who need them in Arkansas since the start of the No Kid Hunger campaign,

 

The Impact: While we’re helping to connect more kids to summer meals, the No Kid Hungry campaign will also work with the USDA to facilitate planning in six other states to translate the success in Arkansas and the Little Rock School District around the nation.

 

LRSD Reading Initiative 2014-2015

Little Rock School District Reading Initiative 2014-2015
Supporting LRSD Goal of All Students Reading Proficiently by the end of 3rd Grade

The New Little Rock School District's plan for reading teachers is intended to meet the needs of struggling students by providing an extension of research-based LRSD Elementary Literacy Integrated Core Curriculum.  The plan for LRSD reading teachers isn't new; it is an extension of the core curriculum and instructional design for elementary literacy. Through extension of the core curriculum, reading teachers will work with groups of students with similar needs to improve literacy performance and achievement.

Congratulations to all of the Moms Matter Winners!

Ramona Turner McGee took first place with 263 votes and will receive an iPad mini! The top 50 moms will all be invited to the Boulevard Bread Company Moms Matter Luncheon with Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Winners will enjoy delicious sandwiches from Boulevard Bread Company and a gift bag!  Click here to access the gallery and enjoy the inspirational messages.

If you see your photo in this web article, send us your email address (especially if you entered via Twitter or Instagram). Click here to email us and we’ll send you an evite.

 

LRSD's Superintendent and Faculty Face McClellan Student Athletes in Charity Basketball Game

In his first challenge on the hard wood, Little Rock School District Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs will lead a team of faculty basketball players against McClellan High School student athletes in a charity benefit game at McClellan, 9417 Geyer Springs, Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:50 p.m. in the gymnasium.  

 

McClellan High School's marketing organization, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), was attempting to raise $200 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which is DECA's national community service project. However, ticket sales have already exceeded the campus organization's original goal. Picture: McClellan Lions in Strategy Session

Reminder about Elementary Report Card Changes

In an effort to encourage the use of technology and provide a comprehensive look at their student’s records, parents of LRSD elementary students will now be able to access their child’s academic progress electronically.  The reporting process and period for elementary and secondary schools is now the same (made available January 21, 2014).

However, no actual report cards will be generated at the elementary level.  Parents who wish to receive an actual report card that will look like the one below, should contact their child’s school.

Elementary Report Card Changes

In an effort to encourage the use of technology and provide a comprehensive look at their student’s records, parents of LRSD elementary students are able to access their child’s academic progress electronically.  The reporting process and period for elementary and secondary schools is now the same (made available January 21, 2014).

However, no actual report cards will be generated at the elementary level.  Parents who wish to receive an actual report card that will look like the one below, should contact their child’s school.

20 LRSD Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Twenty  teachers in the Little Rock School District have accomplished the highest level of certification they can achieve, National Board Certification. The certification process is rigorous, takes several years to complete and requires multiple forms of evaluation.

Forest Heights K-8 STEM Academy to Move Forward

On Thursday, January 9 during a Special Board Meeting the Little Rock School District Board of Directors approved in a 4-3 vote the proposed Forest Heights K-8 STEM Academy. More information will be made available soon.

Welcome Back Message from LRSD Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs

Happy New Year LRSD Students, Parents and Staff!

I wanted to take a moment to welcome you back.  We have just wrapped up an exciting and rewarding first half of the school year, and with our collective efforts, the start of 2014 promises to be hopeful and productive. 

We are proud to introduce some new initiatives and creative educational approaches that we believe will help ensure bright futures for all of our students.  However, even with our best endeavors in the classroom, we will need commitment and support from parents, community members, clergy, elected officials, and business leaders – to help our students achieve their potential.  We all have a vested stake in their futures.

Be sure to keep up with LRSD by downloading our free Little Rock School District App; liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. (Details about the App can be found by clicking on the corresponding rotating banner above.)

In keeping with our motto:  Children Come First, we are here to serve our students and look forward to working together on their behalf during the remainder of the 2014 school year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dexter Suggs
Superintendent of Schools

How to Report Bullying

Bullying of any type has no place in a school setting. To encourage a bully-free learning environment in all LRSD schools, administrators have completed comprehensive anti-bullying training to help them better identify issues relating to bullying and to provide tools to support both the student who is bullied and the student who is doing the bullying. LRSD has enhanced monitoring and visibility plans on each campus and provided symbolic anti-bullying stickers for each campus.

LRSD offers a number of different ways to report bullying:
• Students/Parents should contact the Principal/Building Administrator, or
• Call the LRSD Bullying Tip Line: (501) 251-1636, or
• Use the Tip line feature of the LRSD ParentLink app.  You may download the app at no charge from Google Play, the Amazon App Store or iTunes.

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