New Verizon Security Requirements Detail Purse/Bag Rules

Attention LRSD Stakeholders:

The following information will be particularly important as we approach graduation season.  In the spirit of cooperation, we are requesting that you familiarize yourselves with the security measures in place at Verizon Arena.  Knowing these rules in advance, and following them, will help ensure an enjoyable experience for all who plan to attend LRSD graduation ceremonies.  These requirements apply to everyone who enters the Verizon site.

Latest Edition of Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, April 1, 2016

As the week winds down, I want to stop and thank everyone who works so hard to serve the students in the Little Rock School District.   We have had an interesting couple of weeks. As a buddy of mine sometimes says, after all of the talking is over, somebody still has to get the work done.   

Parkview Patriots Defeat Pine Bluff Zebras To Claim 6A State Basketball Championship

                    

Congratulations to the Parkview Patriots and Coach Al Flanigan for their 6A State Championship overtime win over the Pine Bluff Zebras Saturday.  In a hard-fought hardwood battle, Khallil Garland and Ryan “Pip” Pippins scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, to help lead the team to victory Saturday.  (A special thanks to Chanslor Watson for providing the awesome championship photos above.)

ACT Readiness Program June 8 -29, 2016

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP) this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students and targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test scores must be attached to the application. 
 
The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 8 -29, 2016. Transportation is not provided with this program.

Central Boys & Girls Swim Teams—District Champs

Both the boys and girls swim teams at Little Rock Central High School won the Central District Championship on February 12. The girls led the way from the beginning overcoming 2nd place Conway 510 to 350! The win for the boys came down to the last event. The victorious Central boys team had only 13 swimmers compared to 14 for second place Conway and 18 for 3rd place Catholic.  The following eleven Central swimmers made All-District: Karina Bao, Brianna Hanley, Greer Johnson, Allie Rogers, Arianna Shojaee, Jordan Sweet, McKenzie Tucker, Thomas Heye, Logan Jennings, Levi Lewis, and Carson Traylor. To qualify for All-District swimmers must finish in the top three. Congratulations to BOTH District Champion swim teams!

Parkview's Ryan Pippins Named February Athlete of the Month

February 17, 2016 —Parkview Arts & Science Magnet stand-out boys basketball player, Ryan Pippins, was named the Athlete of the Month for February at the Superintendent's Citation Program on Thursday, February 11. His outstanding performance on the court has helped the team accumulate an impressive 8-1 record in conference and 19-3 record overall. Through 21 games, Ryan "Pip" Pippins has a points per game average of 10.3, 3 assists/game, 3.7 rebounds/game. This season, he has scored over 20 points in three games.  Congratulations, Pip!"

Latest Edition of Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, February 15, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a lovely day.   We extend our love and affection to spouses, significant others, children, parents, good friends and many others.  We send flowers, candy and cards to those we love.  

 While incarcerated with Ralph Abernathy,   Dr. King wrote a beautiful sermon about redemptive and reconciling love directed to those who would try to hurt us.  Dr. King quotes Jesus and Lincoln, who both told us that the best way to defeat our “enemies” is to make them our friends.   From Dr. King’s sermon come the often-quoted words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  We could really use a holiday where reconciliation and cooperation are encouraged.  Loving those we love is not nearly as difficult as loving our detractors.  A “reconciliation” holiday would be a surprising, productive and fruitful celebration of the love that Dr. King somehow managed to summon and personify at the times when such emotion would be impossible for most. 

Last Friday night I read a legal document filed against LRSD which asserts that LRSD plans to close ten elementary schools.  There are no such plans.  In fact, we have already assigned students to our schools for next year, and we have no plans to close any school in 2016-2017.  Our Civic Advisory Committee is planning a series of community meetings to discuss the future of our school district. Our facilities needs will be a big part of the discussion.  We need to decide, as I said last June in a report to the Civic Advisory Committee, whether we want to replace a number of older buildings with new facilities.  I have said that my preference is to afford our students the better opportunities that new facilities provide.   We do not, however, have the financial capability to rebuild all our schools at once.  Just so there is no confusion, we have no plans to close any schools for 2016-2017.  The future will be driven, as it must be, by how we as a community cooperate to confront the issues now before us.  All of us need to work together if we hope to succeed.   

Earlier Registration Dates Help LRSD Prepare for Exciting New School Year

The Little Rock School District will not close any schools in the 2016-17 school year.  In fact, plans for the upcoming year are off to a great start!  Student assignment letters have already been mailed out; and the district continues to enroll students daily

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