Blackboard has Acquired ParentLink - What this Means for LRSD

Over the last 18 months Blackboard has been redoubling its focus on K12 education. A part of this effort has included the acquisition of ParentLink, the provider of the industry leading mobile application, mass notification services, and social media tools.  This purchase took place in November of 2014, and over the last several months Blackboard has been integrating ParentLink products into their portfolio.

A part of this migration has been to re-brand the products that were formerly marked as ParentLink products.   You may have seen this in the mobile app as the “powered by ParentLink” became “powered by Blackboard”.  You will notice this eventual change of branding on the website in the area where you have normally accessed ParentLink.

We recognize that in any time of change there can be uncertainty, but Blackboard has assured us that during this transition they have been highly interested in adopting not only the products, but the service levels and customer success practices established by ParentLink.  In short, they say they will continue to provide the same level of service, and provide the same personal support on which our stakeholders have come to rely.

Over the next several days/weeks/months, your ParentLink App will receive an update which will include changes in branding - the "powered by ParentLink" will be replaced by “powered by Blackboard”. 


However, our District icon should remain the same. (This is the one teachers, parents, community members and other stakeholders have been downloading on Google Play and iTunes.)

Please know that it remains our commitment to provide stakeholders with timely, accurate and beneficial information.  We will keep you  posted regarding any additional changes. 


Parkview Blue Team Captures 2015 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships

The Parkview Blue Team, debate students from Parkview Arts/ Science Magnet High School, captured the Arkansas Bar Association’s 2015 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships in Little Rock March 7th,   with preliminary wins over Batesville, eStem Academy, and Springdale High School. They won a rematch with eStem in the semi-finals.  The Parkview Red Team got preliminary wins over Greenwood, Springdale, and Catholic High School for Boys and went on to defeat Springdale Har-Ber High School in the semi-finals.  This set up a championship round between Parkview Blue and Parkview Red.  The Blue Team got a very narrow decision and will represent Arkansas in the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championships, May 13-17 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The teams are coached by teacher/coach, Pat Treadway assisted by Leslie Greer and Eric Weed. Parkview alumnus, Jeremy Lasiter of the ADE serves as attorney/coach.

7 LRSD Destination Imagination Teams Going Global

Seven LRSD Destination Imagination (DI) teams are headed to the Global Finals, May 20-23, 2015, after strong finishes at regional and state competitions.

Two schools, Carver Magnet Elementary School and Dunbar Magnet Middle School, are sending two teams to the world’s largest celebration of creativity where more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative minds compete in teams to showcase their talents. Other schools with teams headed to Globals are: Booker Magnet Elementary, Gibbs Magnet Elementary and Pulaski Heights Middle School.

Slate of Members Selected to Serve on LRSD Civic Advisory Committee


Following a selection process Tuesday that included state legislators from Little Rock School District boundaries, seven zone representatives and two philanthropic organizations were identified to serve on the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee. These members will help comprise the 33-member body (legislators selected one additional philanthropic organization from the original applicants) that will also consist of two students and two teachers from each of the six LRSD schools with academic distress designations.


The zone members and philanthropic organizations are:


Zone 1

Joy Springer

Zone 2

Anika Whitfield

Zone 3

Peter Gess

Zone 4

Dionne B. Jackson

Zone 5

John L. Wilkerson

Zone 6

Marq Golden

Zone 7

Brenda "BJ" Wyrick

Philanthropic Organizations

         Little Rock Public Education Foundation - Eugene Levy

         Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance - Kathy Webb


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.


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.


Additional information regarding meetings of the LRSD Civic Advisory Committee will be posted on the district's website. 


McClellan's Crimson Lions Bring Home 5A State Boys Basketball Championship

Congratulations to the McClellan Crimson Lions and their Coach Chris Threatt following their 82-73 victory over Maumelle in the 2015 state basketball finals. 

Former LRSD Athlete of the Month Keith Hayes scored 26 points while teammate Andre Jones added 24 points and  pulled down 16 rebounds during Saturday's game.

McClellan, with its 24-6 record, led the entire game shutting down Maumelle - 22-9.

We are proud of the team for representing McClellan and LRSD so well!  Feel free to leave a congratulatory note on our Facebook page:

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Revised LRSD Student Calendar for Make-up Days

Attention LRSD Parents:
We wanted to inform you of the district’s decision regarding make-up days due to the recent inclement weather. A number of factors were taken into consideration, among them, testing dates, adjusting 3rd and 4th quarters to meet required student-teacher contact days and afterschool activities. Here is a link to the revised Student Calendar
Additionally,  here are a few more important dates:
  • End of 3rd Quarter – April 3, 2015
  • Beginning of 4th Quarter – April 6, 2015
  • End of 4th Quarter – June 15, 2015
  • Last Day for Students – June 15, 2015
  • Semester Exams will be held on the last (4) student contact days:
    • June 10, 2015
    • June 11, 2015
    • June 12, 2015
    • June 15, 2015

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:

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





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.


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