LRSD Joins myON in Support of 24/7 National Reading Challenge

In a joint partnership, the Little Rock School District and representatives of myON, a digital literacy platform, announced local participation in a national reading challenge that promotes convenient opportunities for reading wherever students are. LRSD administrators created a vision to fully integrate technology within the curriculum in the spring of 2013 to ensure all students are reading at or above grade level.  The level of commitment from initial pilot to district wide implementation throughout the 30 plus elementary schools exceeded expectations. With access to thousands of digital titles, Little Rock students are reading more, becoming more engaged and more confident in their ability to read.

Little Rock School District, which serves approximately 25,000 students, in 31 elementary and seven middle schools, is committed to raising academic achievement throughout the district. In order to accomplish this, administrators are providing several technology tools, as well as unlimited access to myON’s books to encourage reading in and out of school to ensure that all students are reading at grade level by the 3rd grade.

Free Summer Meals Program Kick Off

On Thursday, May 26, Patty Barker of the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, LRSD Supt. Baker Kurrus and representatives from the Dept. of Education and Dept. of Human Services gathered at Mabelvale Elementary to kick off the 2015 USDA Summer Food Service Program in Arkansas. The annual event focuses awareness on the importance of providing free meals to children from families who might otherwise not get enough nutritious food during the summer. Of the 250,000 Arkansas children who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch, 85% are NOT getting summer meals.

To find a location near you, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or go to Open to ALL CHILDREN, 18 and younger at no cost; no enrollment required.

Arkansas has one of the highest rates of child hunger in the nation, with more than 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger. In the summer of 2014, Summer Food Service Program sponsors served more than 4 million meals at over 1,200 sites across the state.

Jazz Combo Jiving into the Community

The McClellan High School jazz band is back in full swing, performing at venues throughout the city, thanks to the efforts of a new director of bands, Jose Holloway. Holloway has put the Jazz Combo into drive with about ten members who, through hard work and practice, have become quite the polished ensemble. Earlier this month, the combo performed for over fifty residents and the staff members of Sandalwood Health Care.

“This community service event was a great experience for the students,” said Holloway. “It allowed them to share their talents with the community.”

A resident approached Holloway during the performance and mentioned that she had previously seen McClellan’s jazz band on THV-11. She said she “prayed for an opportunity to hear the jazz band,” and fighting back tears, thanked the director and ensemble for what she referred to as a gratifying experience.

Holloway says the young musicians plan to perform more for the community and at local jazz restaurants while raising funds for McClellan High’s band program.

ARP (ACT Readness Program) offered at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School

ARP (ACT Readiness Program) will be offered again this year from June 19 – July 10, 2015 at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School. Rising 10-12th grades students who have taken the ACT, PLAN or EXPLORE and wish to improve their score are eligible. The program is offered five days per week from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The program reviews subject areas covered on the ACT and gives students extensive test-taking practice. There is no charge for the course.  However, transportation is not provided.

Please fill out the following forms at this link:

Civic Advisory Committee Meeting — May 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

LRSD Civic Advisory Committee Meeting 

May 26, 2015

LRSD Administration Building-Student Center

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Members of the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will hold a meeting today, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at  5 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Student Center at the LRSD Administration Building, 810 W. Markham St.


LRSD and LREA Reach Agreement For One-Time Bonus

 In a joint news conference, Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus and Little Rock Education Association President Cathy Koehler announced an agreement for a one-time bonus that will be allocated to most district personnel.  Under the agreement, eligible employees will receive $350 by June 19.  The negotiation was required under the agreement between the District and The Little Rock Education Association.

Eligible employees include teachers, school staff, assistant principals, principals and administrative staff with pay grade designations of 65 and under.  

Click on this link to read the complete News Release

Frau Case Wins Prestigious German Teaching Award


Gibbs Magnet School German foreign language teacher Sara Case has been named the 2015 winner of the prestigious Duden Award for Arkansas for her excellence in teaching German.  The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) gives the Duden Award annually to a teacher in each state K-16! The Duden Award recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. The announcement of Frau Case’s selection came at the spring meeting of the AATG, Friedrich Gerstäcker Chapter, in Fayetteville last weekend. Frau Case has taught German at Gibbs since August 2001. Teaching German to young children is her “dream” job.

Founded in 1926, the AATG is the only national organization representing German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries.  The Duden Publishing Company is the largest German language publisher of dictionaries and other instructional materials.

Photo: Frau Case, center, with 5th Grade German Class

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Applications

The District intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications for Carver Elementary and Mabelvale Elementary.  The grant applications are due May 28, 2015. The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for out-of-school programming (before school, after school, Saturday, and summer programs) and provides both academic programs and enrichment activities.  Community input is invited.  Please contact Linda Young at to share ideas or to volunteer.


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