Rockefeller Students Shine at 2015 AAIM Festival

Rockefeller students represented LRSD well at the 2015 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Student Media Festival on Saturday, April 25, 2015. AAIM is dedicated to the improvement of education through the use of technology and media. The student media festival recognizes original works by students across the state.

Instructional Technology Specialist Shantail Miller and Library Media Specialist Neitasha Tims teamed up to facilitate learning that lead to numerous award winning multimedia projects; reinforcing learning throughout all subject areas. Rockefeller students won 12 awards ranging from 1st to 3rd place.

K-3 Division
Computer Generated Image
1st Place
Gia Mattox-Bourdeaux, “Sunny Day”

2nd Place
Jamesha Hubbard, “Surprise for Mrs. Miller”

Interactive Multimedia Projects
3rd Place
Jacqueline Broadway and Collin Cunningham, “The Four Seasons”

4th – 5th Grade Division
Black and White Photograph- edited
1st Place
Sharvarri Faulkner, LaNiya Thompson and Treyauna Sanders, “Ms. LaNiya”

2nd Place
Harlem Taylor and Robyn Allison, “Harlem Selfie”

Book Trailer
1st Place
Robyn Allison and Treyauna Sanders, “Liberty Porter”

2nd Place
Treyauna Sanders, “The Birthday Storm”

Live Action Video
1st Place
Harlem Taylor, Kaylin Jeffries, Carson Backus, Jayden Armstrong, Marcus Blue, Jesiyah Handy, Brooklyn Welch, Kishaun Pitts, Lyric Anderson, and Jacovee Brown
“Stand Up to Cyberbullying”

2nd Place
Shavarri Faulkner, Harlem Taylor, Kaylin Jeffries, Kyla Gatlin, and Treyauna Sanders
“Wrangler News”

3rd Place
Jaelon Watson, Lyric Washington, Rakayh Muldrow, Treyauna Sander, Harlem Taylor, Robyn Allison and LaNiyah Thompson
“Cyberbullying”

Arkansas Opportunity School Choice Act Deadline

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Your child is eligible to participate in the Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act for the 2015-16 school year, which begins May 1, 2015. She/he may apply to attend any public school or school district that has not been classified by the ADE as a public school or school district in academic distress. The application period will continue through Thursday, July 30, 2015, on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applications should be delivered to 501 Sherman Street, Little Rock, AR, 72202.

 If your transfer is approved you will be notified by first class mail within 30 days from the day you submitted the application.  If we DO NOT receive an application for your child, she/he will attend their assigned school.

Please note:  Transfer request for assignments within the boundary of the Little Rock School District will be made on first-come, first-serve basis and seat availability. Finally, all assignments for The Arkansas Opportunity Public School Choice Act transfers are only available from the following schools which have a distressed status: 

  •  Baseline Elementary
  • Cloverdale Middle School
  • Henderson Middle School
  • Hall High
  • J. A. Fair High
  • McClellan High

If you have further questions, please call 501-447-2950.

Click here to see registration process

 

Volunteers in Public Schools Announces Volunteer Awards Winners

Little Rock School District Volunteers in Public Schools (ViPS) hosted its district-wide volunteer recognition reception, “An Evening for the Stars,” on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. 

Awards were presented to schools, volunteers and organizations.  The highest award established by ViPS in honor of the program’s founder, Jane Mendel, was presented to Ginny Belotti, a volunteer who has achieved an exceptional level of service. 

 

Ginny Belotti (R), Jane Mendel Award Recipient

Ninety-one individual and business nominees were recognized for their volunteer service.  Thirty-two of those nominees were honored with awards.

Statement Regarding Little Rock School District Superintendent

Today, Commissioner Johnny Key reached an agreement with Dr. Dexter Suggs that resulted in Dr. Suggs’ immediate resignation as superintendent of the Little Rock School District. Mr. Marvin Burton will serve as interim superintendent for the Little Rock School District. 

Commissioner Key offered the following statement:

Transforming the LRSD to Best Serve the Needs of Students

The Little Rock School District reaffirms its commitment to putting children first by creating and supporting an educational culture and climate where each school and each student can be successful.  To accomplish this goal, we must transform our district into a model that will continue to proactively address student achievement, teacher/leader quality, parental involvement, community engagement and financial stability.

"In successful schools, the planning, implementation and evaluation of new approaches focus on enhancing student learning," according to the Center for Education Research. It is our pledge to our community to renew our energy so that our purpose is clear – the best results for our children, our families, and our stakeholders.

The information shared on a dedicated page of the website will help provide insight on the district’s goals, processes and plans.  Among the topics on the page are:  proposed plans for Baseline Elementary, Rockefeller Elementary, and the seven-period day.  To learn more and be redirected to the page, please click here.  We will share regular updates.

Blackboard has Acquired ParentLink - What this Means for LRSD

Over the last 18 months Blackboard has been redoubling its focus on K12 education. A part of this effort has included the acquisition of ParentLink, the provider of the industry leading mobile application, mass notification services, and social media tools.  This purchase took place in November of 2014, and over the last several months Blackboard has been integrating ParentLink products into their portfolio.

A part of this migration has been to re-brand the products that were formerly marked as ParentLink products.   You may have seen this in the mobile app as the “powered by ParentLink” became “powered by Blackboard”.  You will notice this eventual change of branding on the lrsd.org website in the area where you have normally accessed ParentLink.

We recognize that in any time of change there can be uncertainty, but Blackboard has assured us that during this transition they have been highly interested in adopting not only the products, but the service levels and customer success practices established by ParentLink.  In short, they say they will continue to provide the same level of service, and provide the same personal support on which our stakeholders have come to rely.

Over the next several days/weeks/months, your ParentLink App will receive an update which will include changes in branding - the "powered by ParentLink" will be replaced by “powered by Blackboard”. 

 

However, our District icon should remain the same. (This is the one teachers, parents, community members and other stakeholders have been downloading on Google Play and iTunes.)

Please know that it remains our commitment to provide stakeholders with timely, accurate and beneficial information.  We will keep you  posted regarding any additional changes. 

 

Exciting New Microsoft Technology Opportunity Offered to LRSD Students and Staff

The Little Rock School District, in partnership with Microsoft, has purchased the opportunity for students to download and use the current version of Microsoft Office as part of its contract with the software company.  Now students, grades 3-12, have free access to the current version of Microsoft Office for their home computers, laptops, or other mobile devices capable of running Microsoft Office.  Other benefits such as the web version of Office are included.

Parkview Blue Team Captures 2015 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships

The Parkview Blue Team, debate students from Parkview Arts/ Science Magnet High School, captured the Arkansas Bar Association’s 2015 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships in Little Rock March 7th,   with preliminary wins over Batesville, eStem Academy, and Springdale High School. They won a rematch with eStem in the semi-finals.  The Parkview Red Team got preliminary wins over Greenwood, Springdale, and Catholic High School for Boys and went on to defeat Springdale Har-Ber High School in the semi-finals.  This set up a championship round between Parkview Blue and Parkview Red.  The Blue Team got a very narrow decision and will represent Arkansas in the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championships, May 13-17 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The teams are coached by teacher/coach, Pat Treadway assisted by Leslie Greer and Eric Weed. Parkview alumnus, Jeremy Lasiter of the ADE serves as attorney/coach.

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