Mabelvale Middle Sweeps Fall Stock Market Game

Mabelvale Middle School took First and Second Place at the regional Fall Stock Market Game. The two teams were honored at a luncheon hosted by Economics of Arkansas at Verizon Arena January 13th. The two winning teams, comprised of Environmental Investigations students and supervised by teacher Graham Goodloe, swept the regional competition, which is no small feat with more than 200 teams competing. The first place team was awarded a trophy and $100 cash prize, while the second place team was given a certificate and $50 cash prize. The Stock Market Game exposes students to “real time” trading on the stock exchange. Teams are given a mock $100,000 to invest in open trading and the top two teams that make the most money within 10 weeks of trading are honored once the game concludes.  Mabelvale Middle School will be playing in the upcoming Spring Stock Market Game and hope to sweep the awards again.

Hall High Robotics Team Has Impressive Showing at First Ever Competition Appearance

The Hall High School Robotics team placed first at the UAM STEM Center Robotics Challenge Competition with team members Kyarha Meadows-Russell and Ti'shun Advance. Hall also placed second with team members Joshua Estrada and Raphael del Carmen. More importantly, the entire team won Best Sportsmenship for working together with others while solving problems. This was Hall's first competition ever!

Three FHSA VEX IQ Robotics Teams Land on Top

Three VEX IQ Robotics Teams from Forest Heights STEM Academy (FHSA) won awards on February 6th at the University of Arkansas at Monticello VEX Robotics Tournament. This year’s 2015-2016 Vex IQ Challenge is the Bankshot Competition.  Students compete in three areas: teamwork, robot skills and autonomous movement (programming). 

"The Team"  tied for 1st place with  Star City.  Team members include:  Jalen Cole, Jacob Collier-Tenison, Cooper Fisken, Aiden Jones, and Xavier Parker.

"R2D-Dudes" tied for 2nd place with "iCode Pro," both from FHSA.  R2D-Dudes team members include:  Evan Ayres, Brian Jones, Fardeen Kawsar, Dimitri Kittrell, and Xander Parker.  iCode Pro (an all girls robotic team) includes Charlotte Boehme, Surabhee Eswaran, Sanskriti Garg, Savannah Gordon, Deanna Kamanga, and Niya Norfolk.

LRSD Offers Career Day— March 16, 2016

Maybe college is the right choice for you...maybe not. Maybe you’d like to work while you go to college. The LRSD will, once again, offer students an opportunity to meet with two-year colleges, technical schools, employers and representatives from the military to help students make the right post-secondary choice at the LRSD Career Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2016 at Pulaski Technical College-South Campus, located at 13000 Interstate I-30.

High school junior and seniors are encouraged to attend LRSD Career Day, which will be held from 9:30 to 12:00a.m.

For more information, please contact Laureen Isom, Career Day Coordinator at 447-2971 or laureen.isom@lrsd.org.

Two-year colleges, employers, apprenticeship programs and technical schools who would like to attend Career Day are encouraged to inquire.

Former LRSD Administrator Dr. Jason Pickering Selected Principal for New WLR Middle School

(February 5, 2016) Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus announced today the selection of Dr. Jason Pickering, of Little Rock, as principal of the new west Little Rock middle school, located at 5701 Ranch Road. 

Pickering has served as principal of Bryant High School since 2010.  His previous experience includes an extensive administrative career in the Little Rock School District, having served as assistant principal at Central High School (2005-2010) and the former Southwest Middle School (2002-2005). Prior to his administrative roles, he was a teacher and coach at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School. 

ESL Department’s Name is changing to ESOL

January, 21, 2016—The ESL Department, which provides services for students who speak other languages, will undergo a formal name change to the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Department.  This change is consistent with the name used by the Arkansas Department of Education and national standards. It addresses the fact that many of our students are actually learning two languages simultaneously or come to us with proficiency in more than one language. Referring to these students as “ESL” or “English as a Second Language” learners implies that one language is learned exclusively before English has been introduced.

When our identified ELs (English Learners) are learning English in a native English-speaking country like the United States, where English is used in the classroom to teach them, these students are not necessarily learning a second language. It could, in fact, be a student’s third or even fourth language. Referring to English as a second language is too limiting, and not comprehensive enough in its description. English for Speakers of Other Languages, “ESOL,” is a more accurate description.

Central's Ace Debaters, Williams & Woods, Still #1 in the Nation

Another historic weekend for Central's #1 debating team in the nation! DJ Williams and Payton Woods were one of eight teams to compete at the University of Oklahoma (OU) Round Robin in Norman this past weekend. The Round Robin is an elite competition that precedes the high school Tournament of Champions (TOC) Qualifying Tournament at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City. DJ and Payton are the first team in the history of the OU event to finish with a perfect 8-0 record, winning the Round Robin and earning 1st Speaker (Payton) and 2nd Speaker (DJ)!

After a grueling two days and 16 hours of debating at OU, DJ and Payton headed into the TOC qualifier very confident. They earned their historic NINTH bid to the Tournament of Champions--and (again), are the only team in the country with this many bids to the TOC. After 22 hours of debating at the TOC qualifier, DJ and Payton emerged victorious, placing 1st and snagging 1st and 2nd Speaker again!

Save the Date for 2nd Semester Parent Involvement Conferences

Saturday, January 23, 10am-12noon, Washington Elementary School, 2700 S. Main St. (Central/East) POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO COME.
Thursday, February 4, 5:30-7pm, Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Rd. (Southwest)
Thursday, February 25, 5:30-7pm, Parkview High School, 2501 John Barrow Rd. (West)

Click here to view the flyer. Participating schools for each conference included on the hyperlinked flyer. Haga clic aquí para versión en español.

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