And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to all of our National School Lunch Week Coloring Contest winners!

1st place (70 votes): Bhavana Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

2nd place (33 votes): Savannah Jenkins, Williams Magnet Elementary

3rd place (29 votes): Siddharath Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness Cancelled

Please be advised that the 5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness, scheduled for November 1, has been cancelled. 

LRSD “Gets Into the Game with School Lunch"

National School Lunch Week Aims to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Foods and Physical Exercise

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Little Rock Schools observed National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The district also hosted a special celebration at Western Hills Elementary Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Special guests included Mr. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe.  Western Hills students, along with Mabelvale Elementary, Mabelvale Middle, and Parkview High schools provided entertainment.  The theme for the event, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” highlighted events and activities that promote the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily in the Little Rock School District (LRSD). Other planned activities for the week included a Facebook coloring contest for elementary students and special menus for the entire week. The deadline for the coloring contest was extended to Friday, October 17, 2014.  See  https://www.facebook.com/mylrsd/app_451684954848385 for details. 

Dunbar’s Math Department Gets New Technology!

Natalie Holliman (Math Coach) opens and distributes new technology to Dunbar Middle School Math Teachers.  As the only Middle School with all 6th-8th grade students using the TI-Inspire Calculators, the math department is excited to offer cutting edge & top notch technology to all of their students this year.
 
Research has proven “Technology can reduce the effort devoted to tedious computations and increase students’ focus on more important mathematics. Equally importantly, technology can represent maths in ways that help students understand concepts. In combination, these features can enable teachers to improve both how and what students learn” (Kaput, 2007).
 
Dunbar Middle School students began using this technology Mid-April of last year, but only at the 8th grade levels.  The excitement among the teachers is EXPLOSIVE and trickles down to our students.  Our Algebra I teacher, Mr. Cain, stated “The TI-Inspire will be very helpful for our students because they  are very hands-on and this TI-Inspire graphing calculator provides that engagement beyond any other calculator on the market today.  Also this technology can be a positive and effective data generating tool to assist me as a teacher with quick and reliable feedback in the classroom in the form of quick assessments.”
 
Dunbar Magnet Middle School is making strides each year to offer the best for students and this is one step in the right direction for meeting students where they are in their technological worlds.  Natalie Holliman stated, “We can’t request the students to muffle their technology advances, we as educators have to offer opportunities to advance our technology efforts.”  
 
Kaput, J. (2007). Technology becoming infrastructural in mathematics education. Models & Modeling as Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
 
 

18 LR Central Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Once again, Little Rock Central dominated the state with the most National Merit® Semi-finalists. Congratulations to Little Rock Central’s 18 National Merit Semifinalists:

 

Trisha Bhattacharyya

Will Bolster

Chen-Bo Fang

Sherry T. Ago

Sarthak Garg

David W. Gilson

Audrey A. Glover

Jolli Khoo

Ian U. Kim

Jacob O. Maris

Hannah R. Oldham

Matthew G. Ponder

Chandler J. Smith

Gee-Yong Sung

Chuang Z. Tang

Manasa Veluvolu

Jeong-Min Wui

Edward H. Zhao

 

Central’s 18 National Merit Semi-finalists are part of an elite group of approximately 16,000 academically talented highs school seniors who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earing the Merit Scholar® title.

 

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test  (PSAT/NMSQ®),  which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

 

 

J.A. Fair Graduate Named Student Conservationist of the Year


The Arkansas Wildlife Federation at the Governor’s 2014 Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet recently named Austin Klais, J.A. Fair 2011Valedictorian, Student Conservationist of the Year.

 

Austin Klais is the current president of the Arkansas Tech University Fisheries and Wildlife Society (ATUFWS). He has also served in the public relations office for the society. During his time as president, Klais has increased the activity of the society both on and off campus.

 

Klais has led the ATUFWS in participating in the Bearcat Hollow restoration efforts. He has also organized clean-up efforts along the society’s adoptive mile stretch in Pottsville as well as organizing a group of student to pick up trash along a stretch of highway for the national clean-up day. 

 

Klasi helped organize the Arkansas Tech University (ATU) Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation bringing a new conservation focus to the ATU campus. He also worked to make the society’s 2nd Annual Beast Feast fundraiser a success feeding over 160 people different types of wild game. He introduced prospective students and their parents to the society and other fisheries and wildlife topics taking place in the State. Klais also helped the Friends of Holla Bend educate the public on topics related to birds and helped install birdhouses at the Holla Benda National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Forest Park Ranked #2 in the State for Literacy

In a report issued by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas two LRSD elementary schools were recognized as high achieving “overall” schools in Arkansas based on performance on the benchmark exams.

Forest Park Elementary earned the number two spot in literacy with 97% of students tested earning proficient or advanced scores on state benchmark exams. Don Roberts Elementary achieved the rank of  24 in mathematics with 91% of students earning proficient or advanced scores on state benchmark exams.

In this report, schools are considered as a whole, as opposed to grade-by-grade basis. To view the full report click here.

School Bus Safety Tips

To view the full list of student school bus safety tips, click here.

  • Arrive at the bus stops 10 minutes before bus time. Remember the driver is NOT PERMITTED to wait for students.
  • Stay 10 feet away from the front or back of the bus so that the bus driver can see you
  • Wait for the driver to signal you to board the bus. Never move towards the bus until it has stopped and the driver opens the door.
  • Before stepping off the curb to board the bus, look left and right to make sure your path to the bus is clear, especially if the bus is stopped.
  • Check that drawstrings, backpack straps, scarves and loose clothing cannot get caught on the bus handrails, door or seats.
  • Keep the aisles clear. Backpacks or books can block the way to the emergency exit.
  • Students should never use the rear emergency exit except upon the direction of the driver or other authority.
  • Do not leave your seat until the bus arrives at your stop.
  • Do not put your head or arms out of the windows when on the bus.

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