Arkansas's First Lady a Big Hit at Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy

Students at Geyer Springs Gifted and Talented Academy(GSGTA) hosted Arkansas's new First Lady Susan Hutchinson Thursday, (March 14) as she took a tour of the campus and saw firsthand the impressive skills on display.  

The mission of GSGTA is" to provide enriching experiences and advanced opportunities to expand students' creative, social, and academic potential."

Students were excited to share their knowledge about "coding" - an area in which Governor Asa Hutchinson has expressed he'd like to see  more students exposed - and to show off their mastery of technology. Students even had the opportunity to  conduct their own interviews of Mrs. Hutchinson.  

More photos of the First Lady's visit can be found on our Facebook page: facebook.com/mylrsd

To learn more about GSGTA, visit their page by clicking on the logo below.

 

 

 

 

Dunbar Destination Imagination (DI) Teams Dominate!

After several months of hard work and planning, four Dunbar Destination Imagination Teams competed in the North Regional for DI in Greenbrier, Arkansas on Saturday, February 21st.  The four teams competed in four different unique challenges but the result was the same, FOUR FIRST PLACE FINISHES. Now it is on to State competition on March 14th in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and for top finishers, a chance to go to Globals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May.

Get out the big broom because Dunbar has swept up all the gold medals and blue ribbons!  Congratulations to the four teams, their parents, the teacher volunteer coaches, and judges.

“Lose to Win” structure challenge team: Peter Mouw, Devin Musselwhite-Branch, Tyler Buchanan, Saul Conception Jr., and Jason DeBoer. Team Managers: Mrs. Christine Mouw, and Mr. Greg Halford

“Creature Feature” challenge team: John Swaim, Gabe Huggins, Jackson Turner and Andrew Nelms (Mann). Team managers: Mrs. Anna Swaim

“Brand Aid-Community Outreach” challenge team: Diamond Shavers, Ellie Beam, Adam Mann, Jay Henry, Ava Horton (Mann), and Dorothy Johnson (Mann). Team Managers: Mrs. Kristin Mann, Mrs. Henry, and Mr. David Mann

“Soundwaves” challenge team: Aaron Beam, Clara Voth, Morgan Hibbard, Beckett O’brien, Milo Thompson, and Sam Triplett. Team Managers: Mrs. Stacy O’brien, Mrs. Jenifer Triplett

 

Important Reminders - Upcoming Town Hall Meeting, PARCC Testing and Computer Power Day

Please be advised that the Town Hall meeting scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m., will take place as planned.  The meeting will be held at the Centre at University Park, 6401 W. 12th Street - formerly the Adult Leisure Center location.

Update Regarding LRSD Civic Advisory Committee

Due to inclement weather during the week of February 23, the meeting of state legislators to select zone representatives for the Little Rock School District Civic Advisory Committee was delayed.  State senators and representatives from LRSD boundaries will now convene Monday, March 16, 2015, 3:30 p.m. to select seven (7) regional representatives consisting of parents and community members who reside in the seven (7) zones within the LRSD.  In addition, the committee of elected representatives and senators from the LRSD boundaries will select (1) philanthropic organization serving the Little Rock School District to serve on the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee.  Legislators will select representatives from among the names that were previously submitted by the deadline of February 20, 2015.

Each principal from the six academically distressed schools in LRSD has also been requested to select two (2) students and two (2) teachers who will represent the six academically distressed schools to serve on the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee.  

The final list of 32 committee members will be posted to the LRSD website:

12 Teachers

12 Students

7 Regional reps

1 Philanthropic organization

Civic Advisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities

LRSD Civic Advisory Committee

The LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Little Rock School District Administration Building, 810 W. Markham, to review the progress of the LRSD in meeting established goals to be removed from state authority.  The LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will make recommendations for communication of data to the general public and stakeholders of the LRSD.   Additional electronic meetings may be held at the discretion of the superintendent.

LRSD Superintendent and LRSD Staff

The superintendent and LRSD staff will make presentations of data to the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee for consideration.  The LRSD will provide staff support to the committee.  A written agenda and minutes of each meeting will be posted monthly on the LRSD website.  Transportation of the student committee members will be provided by the district.  No stipend, salary, fees, membership, or travel reimbursement will be provided to committee members.

 

Worthie Springer Named February Athlete of the Month

 

Worthie Springer, a junior at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was named Athlete of the Month for outstanding achievement on the Parkview Magnet High School Swim Team at this month's Citation Program on February 26, 2015. His plans for the future include training  for Paralympic Games as a swimmer.  He is also a member of the Parkview Debate Team and attended the International Empire Mock Trials in San Francisco. This past summer he worked with the Jump Start program and was placed at the Peter Miller Law Firm. He has been admitted to the Harvard Summer School Program this June.

Plus, Worthie is a well known inspirational speaker. He has been delivering inspirational messages since the age of 12. You may have heard one of his one-minute messages on Power 92 or Praise 102. His goal as an  speaker is to inspire others to eliminate the word "can't." 

6 LRSD Schools Recognized as Most Improved Schools (2009 to 2014)

The Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas recognized five LRSD schools in its Outstanding Educational Performance Awards: Highlighting High Achieving Arkansas Schools, which recognized the most improved schools from 2009 to 2014 based on Benchmark and End-of-Course (EOC) exams. LRSD is proud to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of students and faculty at the following schools:

1. Wilson Elementary School — Ranked 4th in the state and 3rd in Central Arkansas in Mathematics with an improvement from 40% Proficient/Advanced to 63% and  3rd in the state in Literacy with an improvement from 58% Proficient/Advanced to 87%

2. Terry Elementary School — Ranked 9th in the state and 5th in Central Arkansas in Mathematics with an improvement from 62% Proficient/Advanced to 80%

3. J.A. Fair High School — Ranked 10th in the state and 4th in Central Arkansas for EOC Algebra with an improvement from 20% Proficient/Advanced to 42%

4. Mabelvale Middle School — Ranked 3rd in the state and 2nd in Central Arkansas for EOC Algebra with an improvement from 86% Proficient/Advanced to 100%

5. Henderson Middle School — Ranked 8th in the state and 4th in Central Arkansas for EOC Algebra with an improvement from 79% Proficient/Advanced to 86%

6. Central High School — Ranked 2nd in Central Arkansas for Grade 11 Literacy with an improvement from 64% Proficient/Advanced to 79%

To view the full report, click here.

LRSD Budget Efficiency Advisory Committee Members Announced

In a joint announcement Friday, February 27, 2015,  Interim Little Rock School District Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs and long-time education advocate Baker Kurrus shared the names of members of the newly established LRSD Budget Efficiency Advisory Committee. Under the direction of Kurrus, who was appointed by Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood, these members will be charged with assisting the District in a review of its finances and developing a plan to achieve long-term stability. Members are:

Roger Ball
Baker Kurrus
Bruce Moore
Peggy Nabors
Bobby Roberts
Verma Simmons
Steve Strickland

Committee members will also make recommendations to the Superintendent of the Little Rock School District and the Arkansas Commissioner of Education (acting in the role of school board), which are designed to balance the Little Rock School District budget in support of the District's long-term financial stability.   The committee will endeavor to recommend actions which allow the District to meet its goals as outlined in its Strategic Plan.

LRSD Teacher Named 2014-2015 Milken Educator

Carman McBride was in for a major surprise this morning – a surprise worth $25,000 and the honor of being named one of the best teachers in the country.

An Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) facilitator for grades three through five at Don R. Roberts Elementary School in the Little Rock School District, McBride was named a 2014-2015 Milken Educator at a surprise event today. As a Milken Educator, McBride receives a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation.

"The biggest key to a good education is a dedicated teacher," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. "The right teacher makes a difference in a student’s life every day, long after that student has left the classroom. If you’ve been blessed with a great teacher, and I have, you never forget them. I know that our honoree today will be remembered most by the folks who matter most to her — her students."

“Ms. McBride is honored for her dedication and passion for teaching,” said Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood. “From high student test scores to community projects, Ms. McBride’s achievements are outstanding. She approaches each day with a commitment to ensuring all of her students receive a quality education and positively impact their school and community.”

Prior to serving as an EAST facilitator, McBride was a fourth-grade teacher at Don Roberts from 2010 to 2013. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Pathwise-trained mentor and was named the school’s 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year.

Before joining the staff at Don Roberts, McBride was a fourth-grade teacher at College Hill Elementary School in Texarkana for two years, where she was certified in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University in Texarkana, Texas, in December 2007 and is currently working on a Master of Education at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

“We are proud to join the Milken Foundation in honoring the exceptional work of Don Roberts Elementary School Teacher Carman McBride,” said Little Rock School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs, a 2007 Milken Educator. “Ms. McBride represents the caliber of educator we all want our children to encounter. She works tirelessly to not only challenge her students, but to inspire them to perform at the highest level. We are fortunate to have her as a member of the LRSD family and wish Ms. McBride continued success.”

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