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LRSD Boasts Two of Three 2016 Dell Scholars Named in Arkansas

A proverb says that good luck doesn’t come in pairs, but don't tell that to two lucky LRSD Dell Scholars, named this year. 

Picture of Erica Braswell and Natalie AmosSenior Erica Braswell is Hall High AVID’s first Dell Scholarship recipient!  Natalie Amos, McClellan High School, is the district’s second recipient. Amazingly, these young ladies are two of only three 2016 Dell recipients in the entire state.

As Dell Scholars, they will each receive a scholarship of $5,000 per year for four years, a Dell laptop, and a Dell mentor.  Braswell will be attending Baylor University in the fall, while Amos plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas. 

Ladies, your LRSD family is extremely proud of you!

Parkview's Youngest Graduate Tapped as One of Two LRSD Gates Millennium Scholars for 2016

Contributed by Judith Murray, Parkview Arts/Sciences Journalism Instructor


Picture of Isha HortonIsha Horton, 16, daughter of Isha Jones and Frank Horton, of North Little Rock, found out in April that she hit the scholarship jackpot.

Chosen from a pool of 53,000 applicants, Horton beat the odds and was chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is not a specific amount, instead, it pays tuition, books and living expenses from her bachelor’s degree all the way through doctoral studies. Horton plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, then move to another college for her post graduate work.

Horton said she was accepted to Harvard, but her parents want her to stay closer to home so she can “grow more” before she goes out into the world.

Horton is Parkview’s youngest graduate, because she skipped both second and 11th grades in school.

” I was ecstatic when I found out that out of 53,000 applicants, I was chosen as a scholar. This scholarship is a life-changing blessing, because I will never have to worry about funding my education. I believe in lifelong learning, and after I complete my doctorate in Computer Science, I will likely venture into another field. I am truly appreciative of all of the adults that helped me get to this point and I will continue to value education and work to improve my community,” Horton said.

Michael Poore Will Succeed Baker Kurrus as LRSD Superintendent in July

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Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key announced today that Michael Poore has been named the Little Rock School District superintendent
effective July 1. 

Poore is currently the superintendent of the Bentonville School District, a position he has held since June 2011.  He will succeed current Superintendent Baker Kurrus, whose contract expires at the end of June.

“A year ago Baker Kurrus was willing to take on an enormous task, and what he has accomplished since taking the reins last May has set a solid foundation for the future,” Key said. “He has restored trust, empowered educators, and improved communication and accountability. Under Baker’s leadership there has been a renewed focus on teaching and learning. He has led the district in preparing for the future in the areas of facilities and finances. He was the right person to lead LRSD during a critical time of uncertainty. Michael Poore is a strong instructional leader who will build on the foundation that Baker has established. As an administrator, Mike has developed initiatives through which educators, administrators and communities have worked collaboratively to impact student achievement. He is the right person to lead LRSD in the next steps toward achieving academic excellence throughout the district.”

LRSD 2016 Sr. High Credit Recovery Opportunities Announced

2016 Senior High Credit Recovery Location (Grades 9-12)

Credit recovery programs for students in grades 9 through 11 will be offered at each high school.
Hamilton high school students will attend at their school of origin.
Students in 12th grade who need one-half to one unit of credit to graduate will attend the ACC program at Metropolitan Career & Technical Center, 7701 Scott Hamilton.

LRSD 2016 Middle School Summer School Session Announced (Grades 6-8)

Middle School Summer School Location
Mabelvale Middle School, 10811 Mabelvale West
Hamilton middle school students will also attend at Mabelvale.

June 15 - July 13, 2016
July 4 (Monday) - Holiday 

LRSD Celebrates Its Award-Winning Schools

Congratulations to our award-winning elementary and middle schools!!!

Top 5% Performance - Forest Park, Gibbs Magnet, Jefferson, Roberts, and Williams Magnet.
Top 10% Performance-  Forest Heights STEM

Top 5% Growth
Mann Magnet Middle
Mabelvale Middle
Forest Park Elem.
Gibbs Magnet Elem.
Williams Magnet Elem.
Terry Elem.
Roberts Elem.
Forest Heights STEM
Cloverdale Middle
Pulaski Heights Middle

Top 10% Growth
Henderson Middle
Jefferson Elem.

Parkview Patriots Defeat Pine Bluff Zebras To Claim 6A State Basketball Championship


Congratulations to the Parkview Patriots and Coach Al Flanigan for their 6A State Championship overtime win over the Pine Bluff Zebras Saturday.  In a hard-fought hardwood battle, Khallil Garland and Ryan “Pip” Pippins scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, to help lead the team to victory Saturday.  (A special thanks to Chanslor Watson for providing the awesome championship photos above.)

ACT Readiness Program June 8 -29, 2016

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP) this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students and targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test scores must be attached to the application. 
The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 8 -29, 2016. Transportation is not provided with this program.


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