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.

Six LRSD DI Teams Advance to Global Finals

After stellar performances at the Destination Imagination (DI) State Tournament, six teams representing five LRSD schools qualified for the Global Finals. Teams from two elementary schools, Carver Magnet and Booker Arts Magnet, will represent LRSD at Global Finals May 25-28 in Knoxville, TN. Teams from three LRSD middle schools, Dunbar Magnet, Pulaski Heights and Horace Mann Magnet, also qualified for the Global Finals.

Two Carver Magnet Elementary School DI teams qualified for the international tournament. The Carver Engineers placed first in Category A: Pace of Change, a technical challenge in which students designed and built a vehicle capable of carrying at least one student across the presentation site multiple times. The challenge also included changing the vehicle propulsion system and movement during the presentation and creating and presenting a story about change. Although Carver Music Squad placed second in the Structural Challenge E: Musical Mashup, in which students design and build a structure that both supports weight and also serves as a musical instrument, the team secured a wild card entry to the Global Finals by winning the Instant Challenge.

Carver Engineers:  Mallory Wilson, Pedro Najera, Madisyn Staton, Ya’mir Campbell, Johsajandi Basilio, Sergio Vasquez, and Pujitha Kaza. Team Managers: Karen and Scott Banks.

Carver Music Squad: Jacob Patton, Dami Jackson, Alexandro Vazquez, Keviyanna Cooper, Taveon Johnson, Lark Dupins and Lucy Triplett. Team Managers: Karen and Scott Banks.

Booker Arts Magnet advanced to the Global Finals by placing second but winning the Instant Challenge in the Scientific Challenge B: In Plain Sight. This challenge included researching and showcasing the many ways in which organisms use camouflage in nature, and creating a story with a plot twist caused by the use of camouflage.

Booker Dancing Dragons: Rebekah Jackson, Emily Ayres, Lily Hagen, Jordyn Jones, Chandler Dean, Phoenix McEntarffer, and Audrey Lowe. Team Managers: Susan Jackson and Laura Reynalds.

Dunbar Magnet Middle School advanced to the Global Finals by placing first in the Scientific Challenge B: In Plain Sight. The team also won the Instant Challenge.

Dunbar “Error 404: Team Name Not Found:” Sam Triplett, John Swaim, Gabe Huggins, Becket O'Brien, and Andrew Helms. Team Managers: Jennifer Triplett and Stacy O’Brien.

Pulaski Heights Middle School (PHMS) qualified for the Global Finals with a first place win in the Improvisational Challenge D: Close Encounters. To prepare the team researched various confined spaces and then created and performed a four-minute improvisational presentation within the researched confined space. The final news flash presentation integrated a mysterious stranger and a team-created prop. The PHMS team also won the Instant Challenge.

PHMS Hogwarts Hedgehogs: Emma Jackson, Emily Childers, Kyndall Jackson, Joanne Liu, and Jack Bryant. Team Managers: Susan Jackson and Lisa Lewis.

Horace Mann Magnet Middle School advanced to the Global Finals by placing first in Project Outreach: The Meme Event. For the service-learning project, students identified, designed, planned and implemented a project that addresses a real community need. The students were required to plan and implement at least one community event, then create a live presentation to highlight the project and its impact on the community. The team also won the Instant Challenge.

Mann’s Best Friend: Josie Eanes, Leah Kline, Olga Lyzogubova, Skylar Nelson and Annaleah Witsell. Team Managers: Lauren Parker, Chris Kline and Kellie Smith.

Congratulations to LRCH's Karina Bao - 2016 National Brain Bee Champion

March 21, 2016 - After three days of intense competition, the 2016 USA Brain Bee Champion is Little Rock Central High junior Karina Bao.

The Brain Bee is a neuroscience competition for teenagers.  A record fifty-six Chapter winners from 35 states around the country competed at the University of Maryland in Baltimore on March 18th, 19th and 20th.

Bao, who also represents the Arkansas Brain Bee Chapter, will receive a summer internship at a neuroscience lab, trophies for her school and herself, and the right to represent the United States at the Seventeenth World Brain Bee Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark in July.

The Brain Bee tests a student’s knowledge of the human brain, including such topics as intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, addictions, brain research and many others. The USA Championship competition involves a neuroanatomy laboratory practical exam with real human brains, patient diagnosis involving face-to-face interactions with patient actors, MRI brain imaging analysis, brain histology, and a final question and answer component.

Bao will now advance to the World Championship hosted this year by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, where she will compete against about 25 other champions from such countries as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and others.

McClellan's Raymond Ivory is the March Athlete of the Month

March 21, 2016--  High School State Wrestling Champion Raymond Ivory is the LRSD's Athlete of the Month for March. Ivory recently won the Wrestling State Championship in the 220 class. Previously he placed 5th during his sophomore and junior years. He is a three-year Letterman in Football and Wrestling and was named to All-State this year in Football. In addition to excellence on the field and the mat, Ivory boasts a 3.0 GPA , which reflects his commitment to academic excellence. He wants to play Football in college and is currently considering UAPB, Grambling State, SAU and Henderson State.

Latest Edition of Straight Talk by Baker Kurrus, February 15, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a lovely day.   We extend our love and affection to spouses, significant others, children, parents, good friends and many others.  We send flowers, candy and cards to those we love.  

 While incarcerated with Ralph Abernathy,   Dr. King wrote a beautiful sermon about redemptive and reconciling love directed to those who would try to hurt us.  Dr. King quotes Jesus and Lincoln, who both told us that the best way to defeat our “enemies” is to make them our friends.   From Dr. King’s sermon come the often-quoted words, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  We could really use a holiday where reconciliation and cooperation are encouraged.  Loving those we love is not nearly as difficult as loving our detractors.  A “reconciliation” holiday would be a surprising, productive and fruitful celebration of the love that Dr. King somehow managed to summon and personify at the times when such emotion would be impossible for most. 

2016 10th Annual Career Day Event— Tuesday, March 16

Maybe college is the right choice for you...maybe not? Maybe you’d like to work while you go to college. The LRSD will, once again, offer students an opportunity to meet with two-year colleges, technical schools, employers and representatives from the military to help students make the right post-secondary choice at the LRSD Career Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2016 at Pulaski Technical College-South Campus, located at 13000 Interstate I-30.

Parkview Quarterback Named LRSD Athlete of the Month for September 2015

In October of 2014, the Little Rock School District launched a new student-athlete recognition program. Recognizing the importance that athletic competition can have in developing well-rounded, achievement-driven students, the district now recognizes an athlete, or in some cases athletes, to feature as the “LRSD Athlete of the Month.”

September 2015
Parkview Patriots Quarterback Koilon Jackson, a junior, was named Student Athlete of the Month for September. In 5 games he has 34 rushing, 806 passing, 1 rushing TD, 14 passing TD’s and 2 interceptions.
Koilon was instrumental in the recent Parkview Patriot win over rival Little Rock Catholic (35-5). In addition to the important leadership role he plays on the team, Koilon is a solid student who volunteers at his dad’s center, P.A.R.K.  (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids). P.A.R.K. is a non-profit organization which was established in 1993 by Keith Jackson. The mission of P.A.R.K. is to provide "high-risk" students the opportunity to further their education by completing high school so they can attend college.

Click here to read more about other outstanding LRSD student athletes.

National Champion School King Elementary Opens Live Positively™ Fitness Center

Chairman Jake Steinfeld of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Superintendent Baker Kurrus, Principal Karen Carter, and other distinguished guests  visited King Elementary School to cut the ribbon on the school’s brand new, state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center. 

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils recently selected King Elementary to become a National Champion School. King Elementary School is being recognized for its efforts in promoting physical fitness innovation and healthy living standards to their students.  The fitness center was financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Amerigroup Foundation, and Nike, Inc.

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