A Letter to Parents Regarding Safety and Security at LRSD

All parents will have concerns about the safety of their children and about safety and security measures and practices that are in place and are carried out daily.  We wanted you to be aware of the security already in place throughout the Little Rock School District and efforts to reinforce those measures.

Thoughts to Help Your Child after a Tragedy

The following was submitted by Jefferson Elementary School Counselor Melissa Rather Brown and compiled from various sources.

Limit media exposure. Adults often keep looking for answers and new developments in the media and may not realize how much their children are absorbing.  For now, keep the TV and computer off. Remember that the computer home page that pops up often has the latest news and children often have exposure to this without adult supervision.  Seeing repeat images and hearing the news over and again often makes children think it is happening again instead of a repeat of the same story.

Central and McClellan Take Top Three Spots at "Poets for Passion" Poetry Slam

Two Central students and one student from McClellan high school took the top three spots and bragging rights for a year at the 12th annual Little Rock School District “Poets with Passion,”  Poetry Slam sponsored by J.A. Fair High School. Photo from left: Junior Evan Yi, Central High School, took first place in the “Poets for Passion,” district wide poetry slam competition on Dec. 1; senior Donald Price, McClellan High School, placed third, and sophomore Jourdan Lee, Central High School, earned second place.
 
Junior Evan Yi of Central High School took first place and a prize of $350, sophomore Jourdan Lee took second place and a prize of $200, and senior Donald Price, of McClellan High School, took third place and the prize of $100.

Click here to read first place winner's poem.

Jeremiah Williams from Forest Heights Middle School Has You Covered!

In September, Ms. Amy Walker, Gifted and Talented (GT) teacher at Forest Heights, challenged the students in her GT Seminar classes to come up with ideas for service projects.  She asked each student to research various organizations that reach out to those who need a little extra help, select one worthy of a service project to be conducted during the fall semester, and present a project board that explained the intended service project.  Parents and teachers were invited to come in and vote on one winning project per grade.  Jeremiah Williams presented the winning 6th grade project by choosing to assist the Salvation Army with collecting blankets to be used at homeless shelters.  He named his project, “We Have Got You Covered."

Jeremiah’s goal was to convince the Forest Heights community to collect 100 blankets toward  the Salvation Army’s goal of 1300 blankets to be distributed to people who are staying at homeless shelters.  The homeless are allowed to take the blankets with them, which becomes especially important if they are unable to secure shelter in following nights.  So far, Jeremiah’s project has resulted in the donation of 180 blankets, nearly doubling his goal, and his collection is still growing.
He plans to personally distribute blankets and coffee at the Salvation Army Shelter on December 21st. 
 

Joe Johnson's Jammin' for Jackets Basketball Tournament Starts Thursday!

Joe Johnson's Jammin' for Jackets Basketball Tournament showcases Central Arkansas talent in a series of pre-conference match-ups with teams that may not normally meet in conference play. Click here for bracket and schedule. The tournament is held at Hall High School-George Cirks Arena Dec. 6-8. Games will operate under two 16 minute halves and a 35 second shot clock.

Admission is $7/person or $15 for All Tournament Pass; AAA passes will be accepted. Proceeds go toward the purchase of letter jackets for Central Arkansas athletes for all sports, not just basketball. Over the past 15 years, nearly 5500 jackets have been issued, free of charge, to student athletes.

LRSD Makes History with Two Schools Advancing to Mid-West Science Competition

Parkview 's "Real Steel" Engineering Club wins B.E.S.T. Robot Performance Award

Parkview's "Robie the Patriebot" out-performed a large field of 16 competitors to win a spot in the Frontier Trails BEST competition. The event, November 29 through December 1, is hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith and will include schools from eight regions from all over the Midwest United States. Parkview team's robot won their spot by outperforming all others on a 3-dimensional playing field - taking the 2nd Place Performance Award by scoring as many points as the 1st Place Robot from ASMSA.

Tommy D. Branch, Jr. Selected as Newest Board Member

After interviewing four candidates, LRSD Board Members selected Tommy D. Branch, Jr. to succeed Michael "Pete" Peterson.

Branch brings a wealth of hands-on experience with at-risk youth, making him highly qualified to address the unique challenges of educating youth. As a product of the Little Rock School District, beginning at Carver Elementary and graduating from J.A.Fair High, he is a committed advocate for the District.

He attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where he studied in the areas of Music and Political Science, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management. Tommy also participated in the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  
 

Kinderbuddies Program at Wilson Elementary Boosts Literacy Skills

As one of the strategies to improve test scores in third grade, Wilson Elementary has implemented a program called “Kinderbuddies.”  Every Friday afternoon, the third grade children read a story to one of the children in the kindergarten classes. This program is the brain-child of Jannette Torrence and Tianka Sheard, the literacy and math coaches, as well as 3rd grade teachers Laura Ferguson and Melodi Jones.

On Monday morning, the third graders choose a book to practice and read to their own very special kinderbuddy on Friday afternoons. Third grade students are also responsible for formulating questions to ask their little buddy about the story. The program makes kindergarten children feel special, while improving the fluency skills of third graders. More importantly, it is building self-esteem in both kindergarteners and third graders.

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