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LRCH Students Join Peers for Aquatic Science Education and Career Exploration Opportunity

Photo of LR Central students who participated in UAPB Aquatic Sciences Day(October 17, 2017) – Teens from eight area high schools - including Central High School, their teachers and chaperones participated in hands-on learning activities and career exploration at the biennial Aquatic Sciences Day at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquaculture Research Station.

October Designated as National Principal's Month

Photo of elementary, middle and high school principals at LRSD

A special thank to all the Little Rock School District principals who support students and staff each day!  You help keep our schools running smoothly and your leadership is invaluable.  We hope you know that you are appreciated not only this month, but the entire school year.  Thank you for your service. 

Here's a quote dedicated to principals - author unknown:

Use of Football Field at McClellanTemporarily Suspended While Turf Work is Completed

Photo of Caution Tape

October 5, 2017 - A renovation of the football field at McClellan High School occurred over the summer/early fall and the turf did not grow in as expected, leaving some patches and holes in the field.  As a result no sports activities have occurred on the field this academic school year.  The district has been working with partners to determine an acceptable solution. The safety of our student athletes remains a priority for LRSD, and after further assessment today, it was determined that the field conditions remain unacceptable.  We have, therefore, moved McClellan’s homecoming game against JA Fair on Friday night to Scott Field at Forest Heights STEM Academy, 5901 Evergreen.  We will continue to assess field conditions and determine the location of future games, if needed.

Updates will be posted to the LRSD website and via social media. 

 

Decreasing Absenteeism - Increasing Student Success

Photo of Baseline Principal Jonathan Crossley, other principals and vice principals

October 4, 2017 - Today, a training was held for selected schools for a campaign concerning chronic absenteeism. In short, the audience members— especially the principals—were extremely engaged! A trend emerged: we are all on the same page with the importance of this cause. Decreasing the number of chronically absent students in our buildings will inevitably increase student achievement. We want to do our best to engage all stakeholders—parents, students, community members, media, etc—in order to bring awareness and drive results.
Above Article Contributed by Jonathan Crossley
Baseline Academy Principal

                 

LRSD Moves Forward on Commitment for New High School with Groundbreaking Ceremony

                  photo of man with confetti gun, people with shovels in hard hats tossing dirt, with green glitter buried inside

October 2, 2017 - With 100 shovels in hands, the Little Rock School District (LRSD) and supporters broke ground for a new high school in southwest Little Rock Monday – the first high school built in LRSD in nearly 50 years.  The state-of-the-art high school campus, located at 9715 Mabelvale Pike, will encompass 400,000 square feet of academic and athletic space and is slated to open in the fall of 2020 to combined student populations from JA Fair and McClellan high schools.

Featuring large classrooms, shared collaboration spaces, simulation labs, virtual classroom technology and maker spaces, the school will strive to prepare students for the global stage through project-based learning and unique academic approaches.  The high school will accommodate 2,250 students, 9-12th grades, and will cost approximately $101 million to build, including contingency estimates.

In addition to an advanced 21st century learning environment, the new high school will feature visual and performing arts, along with a 1,200 seat auditorium, and comprehensive athletic facilities to support the student-athlete - that include an arena-sized gym, a combined football and soccer field, track and field facilities, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts, to name a few.

Roberts Elementary Students Earn Coveted Blue Ribbon DistinctionToday

           Children with hands in the air reaching for blue confetti dropping from ceiling 
 
In a school-wide assembly today, students and staff at Don Roberts Elementary School
learned that they had been designated as an Exemplary High Performing School for 2017 by
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - earning a National Blue Ribbon distinction. Roberts is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of 3 schools from Arkansas to be recognized in 2017.
 
The "National Blue Ribbon Schools" program recognizes schools in two areas of performance:  "Exemplary High Performing" - recognized among their state's highest performing schools, measured by state assessments for nationally-normed tests; and "Exemplary Improving" - at least 40% of the schools' disadvantaged students demonstrate the most progress in improving achievement levels, measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Top education officials from each state nominate schools for this distinction.  This coveted recognition has been bestowed on nearly 9,000 of the nation's schools since the program's inception 30-years ago.  

 

Representatives from Roberts will travel to Washington DC to be recognized during an awards ceremony in early November.  Ceremonial events and activities begin the afternoon of Monday, November 6 and culminate in the awards lunch and presentation on Tuesday, November 7.

   
Decked in blue clothing, students were only told that they would be participating in a special assembly today.  The surprise video announcement by Secretary DeVos left them roaring with excitement.  Following the announcement, students were treated to "blue" snow cones.   
 

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