Gene Williams selected to Teach at Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Gene Williams, K-5 Science Lab Instructor at Carver Magnet Elementary, has been selected to teach Math and Science at the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy for the next three summers. Qatar is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia.  In 2008, Williams participated in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy; the following year, he was invited to join the faculty.  

National Red Ribbon Campaign Celebrated October 23-31, 2012

The 2012 National Red Ribbon Campaign is scheduled for October 23-31, 2012. The Little Rock School District, in partnership with several community-based organizations, is sponsoring our Annual Red Ribbon Week Rally. The Rally has been scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Riverfront Amphitheater from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme is “The Best Me is Drug Free”.

Congratulations to Dianne Curry

Congratulations to Dianne Curry - winner of another term on the Little Rock School District Board. Curry was re-elected to her seat in Zone 7, surviving a runoff challenge by Tanya Dixon. Zone 7 encompasses areas of Southwest Little Rock. The unofficial results were Curry, 333; Dixon, 262.

There are two new board members who were sworn in last week: Zone 6 winner, Michael Peterson and Zone 3 winner, Leslie Fisken. Photos of the swearing-in ceremony can be found in a posting on LRSD's FACEBBOOK page.

Parkview Chess Club Revived by LRSD Employee

Help presented itself from an unlikely source when Fund and Budget Coordinator Leroy Harris offered his assistance in jumpstarting the Chess club for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, but Harris provided the shot in the arm that the club needed to get enthusiastic players to join.

The club, which had dwindled to only a few students – had been waning in recent years. This year, the club has seventeen enthusiastic players – thanks in large part to Harris’ efforts.

For four years, Harris has dedicated his time and expertise to the Chess Club at Gibbs Magnet School for International Studies and at Dunbar Middle School. In addition, Harris has helped to organize city wide chess tournaments for players in grades K-8 for the last two years. 

The decision to assist Parkview was an extension of the work Harris was already doing in the schools and community – and as his students became older, it just made sense to extend the program up.

“It became apparent that a gap existed betweeen LRSD high school students who played chess and opportunities to continue playing in tournament environments. I, along with other volunteers, decided to try to fill that void by volunteering at the high school level with students we’d worked with in K-8 tournaments,” Harris said.

Game! Set! Match! LRCH's Edward Zhao Wins Boys Singles Title at Conference Championship!

Edward Zhao wins the top spot for Little Rock Central's Boys Tennis Team at the District Tournament. He will advance to the state tournament with the following team mates: Sean Corrothers, Ian McVinney, Kiran Chakka, Noah Adams and Kess McSwain. Ninth Grader Becky Sherman from the Central Girls Tennis team will also advance to the state tournament.

 

The Tigers played hard but also with great sportsmanship, as was remarked by several team coaches.  Coach Davenport would like to thank JV Tennis Player/Manager Eric Meincke for all his hard work during the tournament. Join us in cheering these student-athletes on at the State Tournament, Oct. 15-16 at Burns Park in N. Little Rock.

Williams Magnet Recognized as a Higher Performing School

 

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Williams Magnet Elementary School as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School. The Little Rock School District's Williams Magnet Elementary School received Higher Performing (HP) recognition in Math and Literacy.

Two Central High Students Named National Achievement Semifinalists

The Little Rock School District is proud to congratulate its 2013 National Achievement Semifinalists:  Tatenda M. Mukunyadzi and Alexis G. Taylor, both from Central High School.  The students were named this week among 1,600 Black American High School Seniors designated as Semifinalists in the 49th annual National Achievement Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The scholastically talented students now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth more than $2.5 million that will be offered in the spring. We wish Tatenda and Alexis well in their pursuit of the scholarships.

Parkview Debaters Place First in Mock Trials

Parkview debaters went undefeated to capture the First Place Award at the Creekview Invitational Mock Trials in Dallas, Sept. 21-22. Parkview’s Claire Frueauff edged out the current world champion to be named Outstanding Witness.  

Victory, sweet victory:  Parkview Debate Team members from left:  Juniors Colin Boyd, Claire Frueauff, and Ramzee Williams, Senior Captains Wilson Jones and Charles Cohen, Senior Raven Cole and Sophomore Jordan Borst; Mrs. Pat Treadway, debate coach, Junior Luke Kim and Senior Captain Tanner Clements. 

Photo by Senior Tanner Clements

 

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