Booker Educator Named One of Four Amazing Educators

Courtesy of Little Rock Family Magazine

Fueled by her deep love for teaching and education, Booker Arts Magnet Elementary teacher Dixie Fair, has been in the classroom for almost 28 years. For her commitment, Fair was recently named an “Amazing Educator” by Little Rock Family Magazine – one of only four to receive the coveted recognition.

Follow These Tips to Prevent the Flu

The Little Rock School District would like to provide you with tips to help keep your family healthy during flu season. While the district is not experiencing any issues related to the flu, in light of recent health developments across the country, you may want to review the following health tips. The best protection against the flu is getting a flu shot every year. Health officials remind us of these four tips, which if practiced daily are the best defense to keep yourself and your family well:

  1. wash your hands frequently
  2. use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing; if a tissue is not available cough/sneeze into your arm not your hands
  3. avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  4. avoid physical contact with anyone who displays symptoms

New Public Education Foundation Members Introduced at Board Meeting

The new board members of the Public Education Foundation (PEF) were introduced at the December 18, 2014 LRSD school board meeting.  Foundation members will work closely with the district to provide support for students and staff. 

In addition to promoting a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the academic performance of our students, the PEF is also responsible for the introduction of an annual signature event known as "Academic Signing Day" - similar to athletic signing days, but focuses on the academic success of the district's students. 

2014-2015 Testing Schedule

Please be advised of the following test dates:

Dates                                                    Assessment
December 15-19                                  Math (grade 2)
January 20-21                                      Mid-Year EOC Biology Exam
January 20-23                                      Math (grades 3- 5)
January 26-30                                      Literacy (grades 3- 5)
TBD                                                        Math and Literacy (grades 6-11)
January 26-March 6                            NAEP Assessment for selected schools
March 3                                                 ACT Exam (grade 11)
March 9-11                                           PARCC Performance Based Assessments (grades 3-8)
March 11-17                                         PARCC Performance Based Assessments (grades 9-10 & EOC)
March 16-May 1                                   English Language Development Assessment
March 5-6                                             Science Alternate Portfolios Due (grades 5, 7, & 10)
March 30-May 15                                 National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
                                                                Alternate Assessment (grades 3-8 & 11)
April 7-9                                                Iowa Test of Basic Skills (grades 1-2)
April 14-15                                            Benchmark Science Exam (grades 5 & 7)
April 28-29                                            EOC Biology Exam
April 29- April 30                                  PARCC End Of Year Assessments (grades 3-8)
April 30-May 6                                      PARCC End Of Year Assessments (grades 9-10 & EOC)

Tips You Can Use to Help Your Child Have a Successful Testing Experience!
Make sure your child . . .

  1. Gets plenty of rest the night before the test.
  2. Eats a good breakfast the day of the test.
  3. Feels confident about taking the test because of constant encouragement from you.
  4. Is present everyday during testing.
  5. Has a pleasant home environment free of unnecessary stressors.
  6. Knows you’re thinking about him/her as you wish him/her good luck as he/she leaves for school.

Six LRSD Elementary Schools Named Reward Schools for 2014

 

LRSD Top 10% Schools
Forest Park Elementary School: $36,783.69
Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages: $23,580
Roberts Elementary School: $81,577.38
Terry Elementary School: $33,239.77
Williams Traditional Magnet Elementary School: $36,630

LRSD Top 20% School
Jefferson Elementary School: $18,382.80

Three LRSD Secondary Schools Lauded for “Beating the Odds”

The Office of Education Policy (OEP) recognized Dunbar Magnet Middle School and J.A. Fair and McClellan High Schools as “High Achieving Schools Serving Low-Income Communities” for student performance on various math and science End-of-Course (EOC) exams.

The Little Rock School District proudly salutes the students and staff at Dunbar, Fair and McClellan for beating the odds and being recognized as “High Achieving Schools Serving Low-Income Communities.”

Parkview Student Wins Inaugural Sportsmanship Award

 

Senior Dominique Scott, a visual arts magnet student at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School was presented with the “James Street Award” for outstanding sportsmanship for the 2014-15 football season. The award is presented to only one student, and this is the first time it has been presented.

 

 

Parkview Debaters Win Arkansas Student Congress

 

Parkview Debaters placed first at the Arkansas Student Congress held at the Arkansas State Capitol November 9-11th.  The annual event is sponsored by the Arkansas State Communication and Theatre Association and features high school and college students debating student-authored legislation.  The team placed first in both houses and racked up 251 points to be named Best Overall Delegation.  Har-Ber High School of Springdale was second with 228 points and Bentonville was third at 224.

Sean Anderson (12th) received the coveted Mary Ingalls Award for outstanding use of Parliamentary Procedure, while Hannah Burdette  (12th)  was named Best Delegate.  Josie Efird (12th) received the Best of Delegation Award and was elected House Clerk.  Jordan Borst (12) was a Superior Medalist in all categories as were Anderson, Efird and Burdette.  Melissa Vachon (12th) and Delaney Robertson (10th) both received two Superior Medals and two Medals of Excellence.  Andres Rodriguez (11th) was named Outstanding Senate Page while Michelle O’Neil took the Outstanding House Page Award.  The team brought home 24 medals and seven trophies.  This marks the 16th time in the past 25 years that Parkview has placed first at this state-wide event. 

Parkview coach, Patricia G. Treadway, learned at the event that an award bearing her name has been endowed by the Association.  Sam Kauffman, local attorney and Parkview graduate from the class of 2002, joined by former teammates:  Adam Baldwin, Rosie Valdez, Colton Gilbert,  and Michael Tate made the presentation.  In the future, the Patricia G. Treadway Award will be bestowed to the highest scoring student senator. 

Front row from left to right: Delaney Robertson, Melissa Vachon, Josie Efird; Second row: Michelle O'Neal, Hannah Burdette, Sean Anderson, Andres Rodriguez

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