Mann Students Show Off New Fine Arts Wing

Professional dance floors, dedicated dressing rooms, convenient and secure instrument storage areas, sound-absorbing walls and a 20-person piano lab are a few of the unique amenities students can take advantage of at Horace Mann’s Arts and Science Magnet Middle School’s $4.3 million Fine Arts wing that was dedicated on Tuesday.


The dedication ceremony included remarks from LRSD Board President Dianne Curry, LRSD Board Member Norma Johnson, Assoc. Superintendent Dr. Daniel Whitehorn, and lead architect Steve Grisham of TAGGART Architects. Student participation included the Parkview High School Color Guard, Mann students Cameron Connor who led the Pledge of Allegiance and Rebekah Harpool who sang the National Anthem, and a performance by the Horace Mann Ensemble. Afterwards, dignitaries and members of the media toured the new facilities with student guides and enjoyed a reception with light refreshments.

2013-2014 Student Calendar Approved by Board

During Thursday night's board meeting,  the LRSD Board of Education approved the student calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. We are preparing the 2013-2014 calendar-at-a-glance to go home in backpacks soon. In the meantime, here are some of the key dates for students:

First Day of School  August 19, 2013


Winter Vacation for Students December 23, 2013 – January 6, 2014


Spring Break March 24 – March 28, 2014


Last Day of School for Students June 3, 2014


Inclement Weather Make-up Days June 4 – June 10, 2014

To see the full calendar click here
 

Parkview Students Sweep Local Optimist Oratory Contest

Congratulations to the Parkview students who dominated in the Optimist Oratory Contest at Rosedale Optimist Club.
 
The following Parkview 9th girls won medals and monetary awards in the female division:
1st Place Abigail Mansur/9th grade
2nd Place Michelle Mora/9th grade
3rd Place Olivia Rizzardi/9th grade
4th Place Sydney Washington/9th grade

Back to Back Science Olympiad Champs

Central High’s Science Olympiad Team is the two time state champion, 2012 and 2013. The Arkansas State Science Olympiad Competition was held at University of Arkansas at Little Rock under the direction of Dr. Eric Kaufmann on February 23, 2013.

Central had three, 15 member teams participate in the event. Our Tiger Team placed sixth, our Black Team Placed fourth and our Gold Team placed first. Abhilasha Gokulan, the captain of the Gold Team, was elected onto the Arkansas Science Olympiad Board of Directors and is the first student in the state to hold this position.

Our team now qualifies to attend the National Science Olympiad competition in Dayton, Ohio May 15-19. We are currently raising funds so that ALL members of our three teams will be able to attend the national event. Our students will be fundraising around the city. More details to come. Please support our teams!

LRSD Names Marvin Burton Interim Superintendent

Little Rock School District Associate Superintendent Marvin Burton has been selected to serve as interim superintendent when Dr. Morris Holmes' resignation goes into effect Friday, March 22.

Burton, who is the associate superintendent for secondary schools, has been with the District since 1989, having served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. His role will be temporary while working as the lead member of a three-person transitional leadership team until superintendent designee Dr. Dexter Suggs arrives this summer.

The remaining members of the leadership team are Associate Superintendent of Accountability Dennis Glasgow and Chief Financial Officer Kelsey Bailey. Board president Diane Curry was given the authority by the Board to work with the team and to name an acting superintendent from among the three members.  The team will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at LRSD with some guidance from Dr. Suggs.

 

Hall Warriors Visit Gibbs

On Friday, March 11, the Hall High Warriors and Hall High Lady Warriors visited students at Gibbs International Magnet School during the noon hour.

Head Coaches Jon Coleman and Selita Farr brought the teams including McDonald’s All Americans, Bobby Portis and Tyler Scaife, to talk with younger students about the importance of being a STUDENT athlete on any high school sports team. 

LRSD Celebrates “Theatre in our Schools” Month

March is Theatre in Our Schools month! LRSD has a proud history of providing drama opportunities for kindergarten though 12th grade students with drama programs in all five LRSD high schools and specialty programs in several middle and elementary schools. The Little Rock School District also offers more programs, productions, and courses than any surrounding school district.

According to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “Our children must be allowed to develop their unique skills, interests, and talents. Let’s give them that opportunity.”

Theatre arts are an essential part of every child’s education, encouraging young people to develop greater artistic literacy, inspiring life-long creativity and involvement with the arts. Drama based activities provide an invaluable outlet for self-expression. Studying drama is beneficial for students and increases their capabilities for conflict resolution, social development, community connection, empathy, and self-control, as well as their understanding of other subjects, including English, math, social studies, and physical education.

See more about the benefits of Theatre in Education: http://www.parkviewtheatre.com/why-theatre.html

Coming Soon to LRSD:
Central High School: High School Musical March 26th - 28th
Parkview Arts / Science Magnet High School: Hairspray April 5th – 7th
J.A. Fair High School: Bull in a China Shop by C.B. Gilford April11th -12th

LRSD Student Art Selected for Arts Center Exhibition

LRSD students from three elementary schools and one high school were selected as winners at the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. Washington Elementary fourth grader, Jalesa Humphrey and Little Rock Central eleventh grader, Zach Blair, were selected as “Best of Class” for their grade level. Carver Magnet Elementary Kindergartener, Andrew Daniel, and Wakefield Elementary third grader, Ricardo Alvarez, both received Honorable Mention recognition for their grade level.


This year’s awards reception will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7th, in the Children's Theater, in conjunction with an Arts Center Family Festival.


BEST OF CLASS
Image #1 (top): Jalesa Humphrey—Washington Elementary (4th grade)
Image#2 : Zach Blair—Little Rock Central High (11th grade)

HONORABLE MENTION
Image #3 (bottom left): Andrew Daniel—Carver Magnet Elementary (Kindergarten)
Image#4 (bottom right): Ricardo Alvarez— Wakefield Elementary (3rd grade)

 

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