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Important Community Meetings - We Want to Hear From You!

The first of a series of planned community meetings regarding LRSD facilities is tonight - see details in flyer below.  Please join us for these important discussions.

Congratulations to LRSD's Newest Board Members

LRSD's newest board members were sworn into office on Friday, September, 26, 2014, with crowd of supporters on hand to wish them well.

Joy Springer and Jim Ross will represent Zones 1 and 5 respectively. 

Congratulations to them and best wishes also to outgoing board members Norma Johnson and Jody Carreiro.  More related photos can be found on LRSD's Facebook page. 

Dunbar’s Math Department Gets New Technology!

Natalie Holliman (Math Coach) opens and distributes new technology to Dunbar Middle School Math Teachers.  As the only Middle School with all 6th-8th grade students using the TI-Inspire Calculators, the math department is excited to offer cutting edge & top notch technology to all of their students this year.
 
Research has proven “Technology can reduce the effort devoted to tedious computations and increase students’ focus on more important mathematics. Equally importantly, technology can represent maths in ways that help students understand concepts. In combination, these features can enable teachers to improve both how and what students learn” (Kaput, 2007).
 
Dunbar Middle School students began using this technology Mid-April of last year, but only at the 8th grade levels.  The excitement among the teachers is EXPLOSIVE and trickles down to our students.  Our Algebra I teacher, Mr. Cain, stated “The TI-Inspire will be very helpful for our students because they  are very hands-on and this TI-Inspire graphing calculator provides that engagement beyond any other calculator on the market today.  Also this technology can be a positive and effective data generating tool to assist me as a teacher with quick and reliable feedback in the classroom in the form of quick assessments.”
 
Dunbar Magnet Middle School is making strides each year to offer the best for students and this is one step in the right direction for meeting students where they are in their technological worlds.  Natalie Holliman stated, “We can’t request the students to muffle their technology advances, we as educators have to offer opportunities to advance our technology efforts.”  
 
Kaput, J. (2007). Technology becoming infrastructural in mathematics education. Models & Modeling as Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
 
 

Important Immunization Update

The new school immunization regulations from Arkansas Department of Health will protect many of our students from horrible diseases that are preventable. However, due to the overwhelming number of students needing these vaccines, many local doctor’s offices and Health Departments do not have appointments available until after December. 

LRSD Announces College Night - October 7- Utilizing Bar Code Technology


The Little Rock School District is hosting College Night on Tuesday, October 7 from 6-8 pm at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Rd. (Please note - the LRSD calendar has the date listed incorrectly as October 1)

How to get your child vaccinated for the flu in school

This year, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), LRSD is holding Flu Immunization clinics in schools to provide flu vaccine for students and staff. Click here for the Flu Clinic schedule (Pago 2 en Español). 

It is very important that you follow through with all the steps required so that your child can be protected from the flu.

 

For your child to receive the flu vaccine, you must: 

 

 

 

1. Read and sign the linked the Vaccine Information Statement for the vaccine (espanol)

2. Read and Sign this FERPA consent form (Note: both 1 & 2 MUST be signed) (espanol)

3. Read and complete the front and back of the ADH consent form.

4. PRINT clearly all information required on ADH consent form.

5. Make sure you have signed the ADH consent form for the flu vaccine.

6. Sign the school district consent form.

7. Return both consent forms to your child’s school as quickly as possible

Town Hall Meetings With a Twist - Featuring Breakout Sessions

 

The Little Rock School District Board of Directors and the Superintendent are continuing to seek input about the direction The New Little Rock School District is taking, the reforms underway, and the future of the school district.

When and Where

Keeping Your Child from Getting Sick

Although district health administrators have not seen any cases of Enterovirus D68 at LRSD schools, we wanted to make sure parents were aware of any symptoms for which they need to be alert.  We are sharing tips from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. 

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover Your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you’re sick

For more information, see www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/EV68/

Forest Park Ranked #2 in the State for Literacy

In a report issued by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas two LRSD elementary schools were recognized as high achieving “overall” schools in Arkansas based on performance on the benchmark exams.

Forest Park Elementary earned the number two spot in literacy with 97% of students tested earning proficient or advanced scores on state benchmark exams. Don Roberts Elementary achieved the rank of  24 in mathematics with 91% of students earning proficient or advanced scores on state benchmark exams.

In this report, schools are considered as a whole, as opposed to grade-by-grade basis. To view the full report click here.

School Bus Safety Tips

To view the full list of student school bus safety tips, click here.

  • Arrive at the bus stops 10 minutes before bus time. Remember the driver is NOT PERMITTED to wait for students.
  • Stay 10 feet away from the front or back of the bus so that the bus driver can see you
  • Wait for the driver to signal you to board the bus. Never move towards the bus until it has stopped and the driver opens the door.
  • Before stepping off the curb to board the bus, look left and right to make sure your path to the bus is clear, especially if the bus is stopped.
  • Check that drawstrings, backpack straps, scarves and loose clothing cannot get caught on the bus handrails, door or seats.
  • Keep the aisles clear. Backpacks or books can block the way to the emergency exit.
  • Students should never use the rear emergency exit except upon the direction of the driver or other authority.
  • Do not leave your seat until the bus arrives at your stop.
  • Do not put your head or arms out of the windows when on the bus.

Congratulations 50 Fantastic Fathers!

We want to congratulate all the fathers and male role models who participated in the Dads Take Your Child to School Day! It is our hope that you will continue to show your support for your child's education by attending important events like Open House and Parent-Teacher Conference Day. You might also consider joining the PTA or checking out the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program available at many schools. If your school doesn't have a WATCH D.O.G.S. program, consider partnering with other fathers to start one (http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/). Also, www.fathers.com has a many great resources for dads.

TOP 50 DADS: Official notification that you are a top 50 winner will come as an email invitation to our 50 Fantastic Fathers Luncheon on August 29 at 11:30am. Emails will be sent out on Monday. We will distribute prizes including the iPad Mini and enjoy a luncheon donated by Chik-fil-a on Markham and University at the luncheon. If you entered using the hashtag method, #LRSDdads, please remember we need the Twitter or Instagram name used to enter the contest along with the dad's name, email address and phone number (send email to communications@lrsd.org) Also, if someone entered the contest for you under their Faceboook account we will also need the Facebook name of the entrant along with the dad's name, email address and phone number.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTNERS FOR DONATING PRIZES! ParentLink (iPad Mini), Chik-fil-a (lunch), Museum of Discovery (family membership), JoS. A. Bank (silk tie), Mr. Wicks (Southern Tide polo), Home Depot (power drill), Edwin Watts (golf balls) and Arkansas Game and Fish (golf towels). We would also like to thank the following businesses for donating gift cards or certificates: Washington Barber College, H.A.M., Dam Goode Pies, Ozark Outdoor Supply, Men's Wearhouse, Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park, and Big Orange. If you have a business and you'd like to support parental involvement for LRSD students, it's not too late. We’ll be doing a Sweepstakes contest for grandparents in September and a contest for moms in February. Email pamela.smith@lrsd.org if you are interested in providing a donation. No donation is too small!

Bell Schedules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2014 - First Day of School

School Start and End Times

7:40am - 2:25pm

Booker Arts Magnet, Chicot, Fair Park ECC, Franklin, Fulbright,

Aligning Our Facilities Goals with Increased Academic Achievement Goals For Our Students

The Little Rock School Board will receive a study from Fanning-Howey, the architectural/engineering firm, hired by the district to create the district's Facilities Master Plan this Thursday, August 14, during a work session.  The work session will take place following the 5 p.m. board agenda meeting.

McClellan 9th Grade Early Start Program August 11th - 15th

Who: All McClellan High School Incoming 9th Graders

What: Your teachers have a wonderful transition program planned for you that includes getting-to-know you activities, team building activities, goal setting activities, and much more!

When: August 11 – 15, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.

Notice: Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act

The application  period for Little Rock School District students who elect to participate in the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act for the 2014-15 school year ends Wednesday, July 30, 2014.   All completed applications should be delivered to 501 Sherman Street, Little Rock, AR, 72202.

If the applicant’s transfer is approved, he/she will be notified by first class mail within 30 days from the day the application is submitted.   If LRSD does not receive an application, the student will attend his/her assigned school. 

Please note: 

Attention Forest Heights STEM Academy Parents:

We are putting the finishing touches on the new website for FHSTA.  As we continue preparing to welcome our students and for an exciting new year, we will share information on the main website and on FHSTA’s website, once it is completed.  Meantime, following are school supply lists for the Academy:

Forest Heights STEM Academy 6-8 Supply List

FREE Summer Food Program Starts June 16!

The Little Rock School District, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will provide breakfast and lunch to children (18 and under) without charge at sites throughout the city of Little Rock. Please click on the ""Read More" link to see the schedule.

 

Latest Information from Fanning Howey on LRSD Facilities Study

New information has been posted by Fanning Howey to the Little Rock School District facilities study web page.  Information on the page includes the presentation made by FH during a LRSD Board work session earlier this week.  Please click on the following link to be redirected to the page.

http://www.littlerockfacilitiesmasterplan.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/LRSD-Board-Work-Session_052714-SM.pdf

LRSD Buildings and Athletic Structures Survey

Attention LRSD Parents and Stakeholders:

Many of you may have already participated in the facilities study community meetings at your child’s school which were conducted by Fanning Howey.  We appreciate your attendance.  LRSD has been working with Fanning Howey to assess all district buildings and athletic structures.  The community meetings were designed to gather input from you.  We want to make sure that every stakeholder has a voice in this process.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend one of the meetings, you are encouraged to leave your input via an online survey. 

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