McClellan Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

McClellan Senior Darryonna Armstrong was recently named one of 1,000 national winners of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Armstrong was chosen because of her strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and overall academic achievement.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is awarded each year to 1,000 high school seniors who successfully complete the rigorous application process, which includes a series of essays and certain economic stipulations. This year over 52,000 students from across the nation applied for the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Armstrong is able to attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is renewable each year based on the stringent Gates Millennium Scholarship program guidelines. Armstrong plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the fall.
 

For the Second Time This School Year— Another LRSD Student Makes Perfect ACT Score


Chandler Smith, son of Horace and Jennifer Smith, a junior at Little Rock Central High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

 

“It is no surprise to us that Chandler Smith made a 36 on the ACT; we know him to be a very driven student. What his perfect score doesn’t reflect is his amiable personality. His teachers describe him as a wonderful person and a joy to have in class,” said Little Rock Central High Principal Nancy Rousseau.

 

Smith began attending LRSD at age 3 as a student in the Rockefeller Early Childhood Education Program. He then attended Dunbar Middle School, where he was captain of the Quiz Bowl Team. When he was a sophomore he scored a 35 on the ACT. He is currently on the Quiz Bowl at Central High.

 

You may recall Parkview's Debra Rookey also scored a 36 on the ACT in the fall semester. 

 

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

 

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, "While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals."

 

All major U.S. colleges accept ACT test scores, and exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

 

 

Announcement of Important Changes to School Immunizations

 Attention LRSD Parents:

LRSD wants  you to be aware that the Arkansas Department of Health has announced important changes to School Immunizations.  Please see news release from ADH below.

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2014

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year Changes anticipated to be in effect Sept. 1, 2014

Congratulations LRSD National History Day Winners!

The District 7 National History Day Competition was held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  LRSD students competed at the elementary, middle and high school levels. High school and middle school winners progress to the state completion on April 19, 2014. Join us in congratulating the following:

Franklin Elementary Holds Family Literacy Night at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Franklin Elementary invited their students and families to an evening of food, fun and learning at The Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center. The event included a scavenger hunt where participants made nutritional snacks, learned important test-taking tips, were read children's books by Franklin staff members, viewed videos of Franklin students’ past performances in the theatre and enjoyed tours of the greenhouse and gardens. Franklin students and their families were also treated to door prizes and a hot dog dinner to round out the evening. Franklin student artwork was also displayed and will be hanging in the foyer of the library for several weeks for library patrons to enjoy. Many families took advantage of the opportunity to sign-up for library cards and picked up calendars to participate in other activities the library offers. Increasing literacy and math proficiency is a top priority at Franklin and the library is an excellent resource for families to use to assist in reaching that goal.

 

Weather Make-up Days

As a result of missed days due to inclement weather, the last day of school for Little Rock School District students will be Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  Semester exams will be held the last four (4) days that students attend school.

Arkansas and LRSD Lead the Nation in Efforts to End Childhood Hunger

 

Today, Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges saluted LRSD efforts to end childhood hunger while helping to launch “1 Million More: No Kid Hungry National Breakfast Challenge.” 

 

“Eating a healthy breakfast dramatically changes kids’ lives,” said Jeff Bridges, national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign while visiting Stephens Elementary School. “Too many kids are starting the day too hungry to learn. Today we’re challenging the nation to join us in a million more children to breakfast in the classroom in the next two years.”

 

The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes Share Our Strength, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Governor Mike Beebe, launched in October 2010. The campaign is ending childhood hunger in Arkansas by connecting kids with the healthy food they need where they learn, play, and live.

 

LEARN: Success = Breakfast after the Bell
Arkansas and the Little Rock School District are leading the charge to make sure all kids start their day with a healthy school breakfast.

Arkansas is one of the top 10 states in the nation increasing school breakfast participation among low-income students.

737,359: The number of additional school breakfasts Arkansas served to kids who need them in 2013

1.5 million: The number of additional school breakfasts Served in Arkansas since the start of the No Kid Hungry campaign.

 

The Impact: School breakfast in linked to long-term impacts like greater academic achievement, improved health and stronger economic potential. According to 2013 research from the consulting firm Deloitte (“Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis”), connecting 70% of eligible school kids in Arkansas to school breakfast lead to:

38,789 additional days of school attended per year;

25,860 students with better math scores per year;

6,465 additional high school graduates out of the current crop of
elementary school students.

 

Arkansas: Number One in the Nation in Boosting Summer Meals

When school is out, kids are even more vulnerable to hunger.  Arkansas and the Little Rock School District are leading the country in efforts to connect eligible kids to free, healthy meals over the summer. According to preliminary 2013 USDA data, Arkansas had the largest increased in summer meals served of any state in the country.

1.6 million: The number of additional summer meals served to kids who needed them during the summer of 2013. (The total number of meals served was an estimated 4 million.) That increases accounts for nearly a quarter of the overall national increase in summer meals last year.

2.1 million: The number of additional summer meals served to kids who need them in Arkansas since the start of the No Kid Hunger campaign,

 

The Impact: While we’re helping to connect more kids to summer meals, the No Kid Hungry campaign will also work with the USDA to facilitate planning in six other states to translate the success in Arkansas and the Little Rock School District around the nation.

 

LRSD Destination Imagination Students Take Top Honors

Four teams from Dunbar Magnet Middle School (DMMS) placed first in their respective challenges at the Arkansas Destination Imagination (DI) Northern Regional Tournament in Greenbrier on Saturday, March 1. Students from Horace Mann Magnet Middle School participated on two of the Dunbar teams.

The DMMS teams competed in the Technical, Scientific, Structural and Project Outreach challenges. Congratulations to the student teams and their volunteer team managers, who will compete at the state level on April 5 in Little Rock at Forest Heights. Teams placing first at the state tournament qualify for the global finals in May in Knoxville, Tenn.

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