Holly Brown Named Among 16 Regional Finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Governor Mike Beebe joined Arkansas Department of Education officials this week in recognizing the 16 regional finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the year and Little Rock School District’s own Holly Brown was among them.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell hosted the salute to the outstanding educators at the capitol, honoring them for work they do on behalf of the state’s students.  “Arkansas teachers are among the best in the country,” said Kimbrell.

Brown, a veteran educator, currently serves as a Literacy Coach at Terry Elementary and was named LRSD’s Teacher of the Year for 2013.  As one of the 16 regional finalists, she was awarded a $1,000 check from the Walton Family Foundation.

Congratulations to all of the honorees but LRSD is especially proud of Holly Brown.

For more information, go to http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/teacher-of-the-year.

Two LRSD Elementary Schools Score High Marks on Benchmark


The Little Rock School District is pleased to have two elementary schools named among High-Achieving “Overall” schools in Arkansas based on the 2013 Benchmark Performance.  Don R. Roberts and Forest Park Elementary Schools were named 5th and 6th respectively.

In a recent Arkansas Education Report, elementary and middle schools with outstanding academic performance on the Arkansas Benchmark exams were highlighted. The exams in math and literacy were administered this past April to 3-8th grade students. 

"We are proud of our students, teachers, staff and parent support for their dedicated work ethic to achieve their very best every day. Ranked among the top 10 schools in the state of Arkansas is definitely, the fruit of our labor," said Theresa Ketcher, principal of Forest Park.

"This honor is a true reflection of the dedication and commitment of our staff working together to ensure success for all children, " added Barbara Anderson, principal at Roberts.

Results for Gibbs Magnet's First Reading Bowl!

Gibbs International Magnet School has just concluded its first Reading Bowl of the year! Students in grades 3-5 had an assigned book over the summer. Upon their return to school in August, the children anticipated involvement in a quiz bowl competition around their book. The competition was conducted in each classroom. The winning team in each classroom faced off against the winning team in the opposing grade level homeroom!

Homeroom winners were: Third Grade - Mrs. Jennifer White’s students; 4th Grade - Mrs. Julie Davis’s students; and Fifth Grade - Ms. Jennifer Gillespie’s students! Each student on the winning teams received a certificate with their team photo. A trophy is also displayed outside each classroom! These children exhibited great sportsmanship! They are looking forward to the next Reading Quiz Bowl at Gibbs!
Pictured above are (1) fourth graders and (2) third grade students competing in the first-ever Gibbs Reading Quiz Bowl!

22 Parkview Students Receive IT Academy Certifications

Parkview is proud to announce seven students have earned certification in Microsoft Office Word 2007 and fifteen students have earned the Digital Literacy Certificate from the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA). ITA programs provide industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the digital divide. By helping students achieve a greater mastery of productivity and technical skills, students learn skills critical for success in today’s technologically evolving world.


IT Academy Digital Literacy Certificate

Shantice Bogard

Quanderrius Doss

Richard Duong

Darius Ford

AnaLisa Godinez

Mario Guerra

Araceli Harding

Marcus Hatley

Terrell Henry

Michael Hernandez

Evan Johnson

Jonathan Jones

Luke Kim

Benjamin Lewis


IT Academy Certification in Microsoft Office 2007 Word

Landon Burress

Jordon Chaney

Linzee Jones

Luke Kim

Claire Marratt

Shayconna Miller

Sydnei Miller

Michelle Smith


2013-14 School Year Kicks Off with New Superintendent's Reminder - Children Come First!

The new superintendent, Dr. Dexter Suggs, ushers in the 2013-2014 school year at the Little Rock School District with a motivational message to District employees reminding them that ‘children come first.’  Dr. Suggs shared his vision for the District during a day-long convocation at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet where he unveiled his ten Cultural Imperatives. The imperatives will serve as guiding principles to support students and promote academic success. The Cultural Imperatives are:

  1. Children come first!
  2. All employees are accountable for student acheivement that meets or exceeds state standards.
  3. All employees will demonstrate professionalism and integrity.
  4. Student success is the only option.
  5. Potential is discovered and nurtured.
  6. An academically rigorous environment is evident in all classrooms.
  7. Communication is clear, open, and timely.
  8. Students, parents, families, and community members are essential partners.
  9. Diversity is valued as demonstrated by culturally competent practices.
  10. Facilities are safe, clean, secure and inviting. 

Carver Receives 3M Ingenuity Grant to “Spark” Student Curiosity

Carver Magnet Elementary School was recently awarded a grant from the 3M Corporation in the amount of $9,995.00 to purchase materials to engage the students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences. The 3M Corporation has awarded Carver Magnet Elementary School 33 educational grants since 2009 for a total of over $119,000.

This year’s winning grant application, entitled “Engage Me,” is based on the first “E” of the five phases of science education, “Engage.”  The five E's of science education are: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.  A variety of materials will be purchased that will “Engage” and excite students about the subject matter so learning will occur.  

•    To introduce students to electrostatics, the Van De Graaff generator will quite literally "spark" student curiosity with 100,000 - 400,000 volts to provide a "hair raising" experience.  
•    A Laser Theater light show in Carver’s Young Astronaut Lab will inspire and engage students about the scientific properties of light.
•    The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover will allow students the ability to program a robot to carry an item, feed a pet, or even guard a room.  
•    SmartMax Magnet Sets will be introduce student to magnetism and give them the opportunity to build and engineer designs.
•    K’NEX spatial building sets will be used to build and launch water rockets

Brady Elementary receives Thea's Art Closet Grant

Brady Elementary received $1,500 in art’s supplies from Thea’s Art Closet at a recent press conference. Summit Bank and the Thea Foundation each gifted $750 to create the $1,500 art supply gift.

Brady received supplies from a customized list created by the school’s art teacher varying from essential items such as drawing paper, acrylic paints and colored pencils to more sophisticated items such as modeling clay, India ink and Aphacolor pastels. Brady Elementary is the third LRSD to receive a Thea’s Art Closet grant this school year.


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.



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