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LRSD Students Invited to Submit Art for School Award and Marketing Competition

Bus with door open and smiling bus driver
 
Cartoon Illustration of bus
In an effort to highlight the school bus experience, First Student has organized an art contest for key district partners, such as Little Rock School District, to help communicate the idea that “Happiness Starts with YellowTM”. Students are encouraged to use their imaginations and draw whatever their creative young minds dream up involving the yellow school bus. Some may choose to depict friendships on the bus, studying on the bus, or even bus drivers. The artwork should convey whatever the student associates with happiness while riding the bus. A First Student school bus must be featured somewhere within the artwork.
 

LRSD Announces Summer Meal Service

To see a close up version of the list of summer meal service sites, click here (PDF).

Screenshot of Summer Food Program Schedule

Temporary Closings at Scott Field and McClellan High School

Warning Illustration usually used in Highway Signs (black and yellow bars)Scott Field, located on the campus of Forest Heights STEM Academy, will be closed for approximately three weeks beginning June 20, 2016. The gates will remain locked during surface repair.

The McClellan High School football stadium and field will be closed this summer in preparation for another winning football season. Major renovations will include upgrades to the fence, field, and press box.

Please be patient with us as we work to improve our facilities to better serve the needs of students. Thank you for your support.

ADE Announces Upcoming Meetings for CAB and Stakeholder Group

The State Board of Education will meet Monday, June 27, 2016, in the ADE auditorium at 5:00 p.m.  All LRSD Community Advisory Board applicants have been invited to give a brief introduction.  The meeting will be live streamed.

The Little Rock Area Little Rock Area Public Education Stakeholder Group will meet Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in the ADE auditorium at 5:00 p.m.

The agendas for both meetings will be available at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001636.

Important Information about Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Picture of smiling woman with a bottle of water in her handDehydration occurs when the amount a person is drinking is less than the amount of fluids lost through sweating, urination, diarrhea or vomiting.  Dehydration is very common when exercising outside, and it can lead to more serious problems like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  It’s important to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Click here to download the flyer (pagina dos en Español).

Signs of dehydration:
•          Thirst
•          Dry or sticky mouth
•          Headache
•          Muscle cramping
•          Irritability
•          Extreme fatigue or weakness
•          Dizziness

Talk with your children to make sure they’re taking the right steps to prevent dehydration while playing. Preventing dehydration will keep your child safe from more serious problems like heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.

Make sure they:
•          Drink water 30 minutes before play begins.
•          Take a break every 15-20 min-utes to drink more.  Don’t wait for a child to
            tell you they are thirsty.
•          Drink plenty of water after the play ends.

12 LRSD Schools Receive 32 OEP Awards for Academic Achievement

Two icons of awards from the University of Arkansas College of Education for Best test scores in LIteracy and MathThe Office of Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas recognized 12 LRSD schools with a combined total of 32 awards for top performance on the PARCC exams during the 2014-15 academic year.

Forest Park Elementary School won the top spot in every elementary achievement and performance category.
• Rank #1: State Top 20 Overall PARCC Achievement
• Rank #1: Central Region Overall PARCC Performance
• Rank #1: State Top 10 Elementary Schools PARCC Math Achievement
• Rank #1: Central Region Top 5 Elementary Schools PARCC Math performance
• Rank #1: State Top 10 Elementary Schools PARCC  Literacy Achievement
• Rank #1: Central Region Top 5 Elementary Schools PARCC Literacy performance

Don Roberts Elementary School was also recognized in every elementary achievement and performance category.
Rank #4: State Top 20 Overall PARCC Achievement
Rank #3: Central Region Overall PARCC Performance
Rank #5: State Top 10 Elementary Schools PARCC Math Achievement
Rank #4: Central Region Top 5 Elementary Schools PARCC Math performance
Rank #2: State Top 10 Elementary Schools PARCC  Literacy Achievement
Rank #2:  Central Region Top 5 Elementary Schools PARCC Literacy performance

Four additional LRSD elementary schools received OEP Awards.

Gibbs Magnet Elementary School was recognized for literacy achievement and performance.
Rank #4: State Top 10 Elementary Schools PARCC Literacy Achievement
Rank #4: Central Region Top 5 Elementary Schools PARCC Literacy performance 

Jefferson Elementary School was recognized for literacy achievement.
Rank #9: State Top 10 Elementary Schools PARCC  Literacy Achievement

Three LRSD elementary schools were recognized for “beating the odds” with top performances among “high poverty” elementary schools in the state and region.

Forest Heights STEM Academy was recognized in four categories.
Rank #3: State Top 10 “High Poverty” Overall PARCC Achievement
Rank #2: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” Overall PARCC Math
Rank #2: State Top 10 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy Achievement
Rank #1: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy

Geyer Springs Gifted & Talented Academy was recognized in two categories.
Rank #8: State Top 10 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy Achievement
Rank #2: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy Achievement

Terry Elementary was ranked #3 among  “High Poverty” elementary schools in Central Arkansas based on PARCC Math.

Otter Creek Elementary was ranked #4 among “High Poverty” elementary schools in Central Arkansas on PARCC Literacy.

Both Pulaski Heights Middle School and Mann Magnet Middle School received OEP Awards.

Pulaski Heights Middle School was ranked #4 in the central region for middle school literacy performance.

Mann Magnet Middle School was recognized in three “beating the odds” categories.
Rank #7: State Top 10 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy Achievement
Rank #1: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy Achievement
Rank #1: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” PARCC Math Achievement

Two LRSD high schools received OEP Awards.

Parkview Magnet High School was recognized in three achievement categories.
Rank #5: State Top 10 Overall PARCC Achievement
Rank #7: State Top 10 PARCC Literacy Achievement
Rank #1: Central Region Top 5 PARCC Literacy Performance

J.A. Fair High School was recognized for high achievement among high poverty schools in for math and literacy.
Rank #4: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” PARCC Math
Rank #4: Central Region Top 5 “High Poverty” PARCC Literacy

Important Announcement Regarding Transfer With No Transportation (TNT)

Please be reminded our TNT (Transfer with No Transportation) application process will begin Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 17 at the LRSD Student Registration Office, located at 501 Sherman Street from 8:00-5:00.  Families will be notified July 1, 2016.

TNTs will be decided on a first-come, first- served basis, as well as seat availability. 

 

McClellan Football Field Temporarily Closed for Renovations

June 7, 2016—In preparation for another winning football season, the Little Rock School District will conduct major renovations this summer on the football field at McClellan High School. This will include upgrades to the fence, field, and press box. When this extensive project begins, the field will be closed for public use until further notice. Please be patient with us as we work to improve our facilities to better serve the needs of students. Thank you for your support.

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.

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.
 

Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, June 24, 2016

" Eternal vigilance is not just the price of liberty.  It is also the price of freedom and equality. "

I have been a poor correspondent lately, primarily due to the daily pressures of this job.  I am under contract until June 30, 2016.  I intend to press on until the finish.

On Mother's Day, I spent some time thinking about my mother, Joan Baker Kurrus.  She died before I got out of law school.  She was always loving and supportive, even when perhaps a more unbiased person would have seen my flaws.  She convinced me that I could do just about anything if I did my best.  I can still remember her taking my brother, sister and me to the shallow end of the swimming pool when we were small children.  She didn’t want us to have any fear of the water.  She enrolled us in Red Cross swimming lessons when we were old enough to go.  I found out a bit later, maybe when I was six or seven, that she couldn’t swim, and that she was deathly afraid of the water.  She didn’t want us to live with her fears.

My mother was not college-educated, but she took a correspondence course on children’s literature so that she could help us with our reading.  She had wonderful friends, Betty, Rusty and Betty.  They played bridge, and tried to learn to speak French because they loved the sound of the language.  Mom was born too soon to be everything she might have been in different times.  She was engaged politically and socially, and she always tried to help those in greatest need.  She grew up in Pine Bluff during segregation.  She and my dad knew it was reprehensible, and they never countenanced any kind of discrimination.  They threw kinfolks out of our house who used the wrong words.

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.

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