16 LRSD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Sixteen Little Rock Central High School students were among this elite group of academically talented high school seniors who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 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 about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Please join us in congratulating LRSD’s 2016 National Merit Semifinalists:

Nathaniel R. Abraham
Nikita Das
SooJeong Jung
Casey T. Labbate
Eamon Lauster
Yupeng Liu
Nikhil Nair
Anirudh S. Pidugu
Burhan Sarwar
Brittany E. Seymore
Nivetha Srinivasan
Chuang K. Tang
Angela Wang
Jiaqi Wang
Tony H. Wang
David Xiang

Nathaniel Felan and Sophia Ordaz wer named National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Sophia Ordaz also won the NCTE Achievement Award in Writing.

Parkview Drama Teacher Selected as AR Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist

Spencer Sutterfield, Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School, is one of the 15 exceptional teachers selected as 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. Sutterfield teaches Drama and Theater Arts to 11th and 12th grade students.

“To be selected as a regional finalist is an honor,” Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key said. “These outstanding teachers have set the standard of excellence for their schools, districts and the state. I commend them for their dedication, commitment and hard work.”

LRSD Seeking AVID Tutors at 6 Schools

The Little Rock School District needs tutors, who will be paid $10/hour, to assist in the AVID programs at six of our schools. There will be an AVID Tutor Training held at the IRC Building (3001 S. Pulaski Street) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. 

Tutors must be enrolled in college and available to work “during the school day” to tutor students while they are in their classes.

Tutors should possess the following qualifications:

  • Be a college student or have attended college
  • Have good academic standing of 3.0 GPA or better
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Have good written and oral communication
  • Have strong writing and math skills
  • Have a "clean" federal background check

The rate of pay is $10.00 per hour.  Flexible scheduling is available for part-time positions.  If interested, please contact Laureen Isom with Little Rock School District at 501-447-2971 or Laureen.isom@lrsd.org.

Want to Play College Sports? Get Ready.

Student atheles please review the NCAA Eligibility Check List below and take the steps required at your grade level in order to be eligibile for NCAA athletic scholarships. For more information about GPA and ACT/SAT requirements visit: www.2point3.org.

Freshman Ask your counselor for a list of your high school's NCAA core courses and make sure you take them. Study hard and earn good grades.

Sophomores Register at the beginning of the year at  www.eligibilitycenter.org. Make sure you take core courses on your high school's list of NCAA courses.

Juniors Check with your counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate on time. Take the ACT or SAT and submit  your socres to the NCAA using code 9999. At the end of the year, ask your counselor to send your official transcript to the Eligibility Center.

Seniors Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary. Request amateurism certification after April 1. After you graduate, ask your counselor to sumbit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.

LRSD Piloting New Cell Phone Policy at Five High Schools

Effective immediately, the Little Rock School District is piloting a new cell phone policy for the responsible use of cell phones at all five high schools for the 2015-2016 school year. The new pilot policy will allow students to have their phones in their possession, but they cannot use them, and the phones cannot make any noise at all, unless the use is authorized by the classroom teacher. LRSD recognizes the potential of cell phones and other electronic devices to be effective instructional tools and educational classroom resources.

According to the policy, JICJ, ‘Students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that respects the rights of others and minimizes any distractions that occur in the learning environment.’  To view the full policy governing the pilot use of cell phones at Central, Hall, J.A. Fair, McClellan and Parkview, click here.

The same disciplinary procedures currently in place for the possession and use of cell phones will apply to the unauthorized use of cell phones or electronic devices. Click here to view the 2015-2016 Student Handbook. See rule 24 regarding use of cell phones and other electronic devices on page 75.  Unauthorized cell phone use is a category 2 offense (see page 34).

All LRSD High Schools— 8:45 am – 3:50 pm

To accommodate the move from A-B block scheduling to a seven-period day an additional 5 minutes has been added to the school day at all high schools in the district. PLEASE NOTE: There is a typo in the student calendar, which INCORRECTLY lists the secondary school schedule as 8:45-3:55. Also, the schedule for grades 9-12 at Hamilton Learning Academy will be 8:45 am - 3:45 pm while the schedule for grades 6-8 will be 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.

The move to a seven-period day offers many advantages to student learning including more time with instructors. J.A. Fair, Hall and McClellan high schools will move to a seven-period day beginning this school year. Central, Parkview and Hamilton Learning Academy will keep the A-B Block Schedule and use the additional 5 minutes for announcements and to ensure a smooth transition between classes.

All LRSD middle schools except Horace Mann will have the same start and end time as last year— 8:45 am – 3:45 pm. Horace Mann will start five minutes earlier at 8:40 am but will also end at 3:45 pm.

Back to School 2015 Newsletter

Published by jackbgarvey on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:08

                                              Click here to read the Back to School 2015 Newsletter

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FHSA, McDermott and Fulbright Land on Top in myOn Reading Challenge

The results for the 2014-2015 myOn Reading Challenge are in and Forest Heights STEM Academy won the top spot with 23,579 books read. McDermott earned the number two spot with 21,259 books read and Fulbright came in third with 18,952 books read.

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