81 LRSD Graduates Honored at Academic Signing Day

 

Eighty-one students from the Little Rock School District's Class of 2013 were honored at the ninth annual Academic Signing Day on May 20th at the Governor's Mansion.  The event was presented by the Public Education Foundation and the Little Rock School District. 

Academic Signing Day mirrors athletic signing days, where top athletes sign letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level. As with athletic signings, high achieving students choosing to study here in Arkansas, out-of-state or even out of the country are equally celebrated!

 

Many members of the Class of 2013 have received significant academic awards and substantial scholarships. While several of this year's honorees have chosen to attend Arkansas colleges and universities, others plan to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities accross the country and abroad, including Harvard University, St. Andrews University in Scotland, UCLA, Sewanee: the University of the South, Middlebury College, Northwestern University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

 

To qualify for Academic Signing Day, graduates were required to achieve at least one of the following: 1) cumulative 4.0 grade point average from ninth through 12th grade; 2) valedictorian, salutatorian, or the third or fourth highest rank in their class; 3) National Achievement Semifinalist; 4) National Hispanic Scholar; and/or 5) National Merit Semi-finalist.  The list of honorees follows this article.

 

LRCH students “Psych” Out the Competition at AP Psychology Quiz Bowl

 

More than 60 students from three LRSD high schools vied for bragging rights at the first annual AP Psychology Quiz Bowl, hosted by McClellan High School on May 4, 2013. Central High School team members Will Richardson, BeiBei Dong, Melinda Liu, and Evan Young emerged as the winning team. The competition, held two days before the AP Psychology exam is administered, served as an excellent review for all the participants.

 

Teachers Katherine Cortinez and Chris Thomas from Central, Carla Jurgensmeyer from Parkview, and Margaret Reed from McClellan worked together to organize the event. District Engagement Specialists Kamesha Lindsey and Laura Beth Arnold also contributed to the event’s success. State Representative Fredrick Love and Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton provided gift cards and breakfast.   

 

All of the district’s AP Psychology teachers are looking forward to making the competition an annual event.

Two LRSD Teachers Win Competitive Study Opportunity at the Truman Library

 

Chris Gonterman, Physical Education Teacher at Hall High School, and Vicki Stroud Gonterman, International Studies Specialist at Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School, have both been selected as winners of the Summer Teachers Seminar entitled, “U.S. Presidents and the Middle East: Truman to Obama,” offered by the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri this July. 

 

The two will attend the weeklong conference, along with teachers selected from across the United States, attend lectures, and utilize the Truman Library’s primary source documents on Presidential Policy Making in the Middle East to create lesson plans. The competitive application process included a personal essay explaining the content and pedagogy that would be utilized in their classroom along with an application and resumé.

Public Notice of Intent

The Little Rock School District intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications for Bale and Rockefeller Elementary schools. The grant applications are due May 15, 2013.  The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for out of school programming (before school, after school, Saturday and summer programs) and provides both academic program and enrichment activities. Community input is invited. Please contact Linda Young at linda.young@lrsd.org to share ideas or volunteer.

 

Holly Brown Named the Marian G. Lacey Teacher of the Year Award Winner

 

The Little Rock School District kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week with its annual Crystal Awards Ceremony held at the Embassy Suites last night, May 6, 2013. The Marian G. Lacey Award Winner is Holly Brown, a third grade teacher at Terry Elementary.  The award is named after Dr. Marian Lacy, a long time LRSD educator and principal. Elementary, middle and high school level winners are: Mary Anne Struthers, Williams Magnet Elementary; Kasey Miller Neal, Mann Magnet Middle School; and Ryan Parson, Parkview Magnet High School.

 

Ms. Brown, as the overall winner, will represent the district at the state level in the Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition. Brown won a crystal trophy, a DELL Latitude 10 Tablet and $1000. Elementary, middle and high school level winners received $500 and crystal trophy. 

 

Each year, LRSD honors outstanding educators with the Crystal Awards Ceremony. Teachers are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a selection committee. The committee selects one outstanding teacher from each elementary school, two from each middle school and three from each high school. The level winners and the overall winner are selected from these groups.

 

ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP)

In an effort to help high school students improve their ACT college entrance exam scores, the Little Rock School District will host the ACT Readiness Program, (formally CPEP) this summer at Parkview Magnet High School, 2501 John Barrow Road, Little Rock, AR. The classes will be held Monday through Friday from June 10th  to July 2nd. The time of the classes will be from 8:30-1:00pm each day.  This program is for rising 10th (who have completed Geometry), rising 11th, and rising 12th grade students.  It is open to students from all schools in the central Arkansas area.

LR Fire Dept. Jr. Cadet Program Seeks Applicants

LRSD is partnering with the Little Rock Fire Department (LRFD) to launch a Junior Cadet Program for rising high school juniors and seniors. The program will provide students with hands-on experience and education in the field of fire safety with introductory firefighter courses and the appropriate facilities and equipment to do live simulation drills.

The Junior Cadet Program will be offered at the Metropolitan Career-Technical Center in the fall and is open to upperclassmen at all five LRSD high schools. The cadet program is now accepting applications, which students can get from their high school guidance counselor, due on May 10, 2013.

LRSD Board Votes to Purchase Land for Two New Schools

Monday night during a special board meeting, the LRSD School Board voted to purchase land in South Little Rock and West Little Rock to build new schools. This decision only included the purchase of land - no determination was made on specific facilities. The vote was 6 in favor of the purchase; 0 against the purchase; and 1 abstention.

  • The South Little Rock site is 56 acres at RichSmith Lane and Mabelvale Pike for cost of $1,372,000.
  • The West Little Rock site is two tracts of land totaling 43.5 acres at the north end of Katillus Road for a cost of $4,200,000.

The next phase of this process includes feasibility and district-wide facilities studies.

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