Carver Receives 3M Ingenuity Grant to “Spark” Student Curiosity

Carver Magnet Elementary School was recently awarded a grant from the 3M Corporation in the amount of $9,995.00 to purchase materials to engage the students with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiences. The 3M Corporation has awarded Carver Magnet Elementary School 33 educational grants since 2009 for a total of over $119,000.

This year’s winning grant application, entitled “Engage Me,” is based on the first “E” of the five phases of science education, “Engage.”  The five E's of science education are: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.  A variety of materials will be purchased that will “Engage” and excite students about the subject matter so learning will occur.  

•    To introduce students to electrostatics, the Van De Graaff generator will quite literally "spark" student curiosity with 100,000 - 400,000 volts to provide a "hair raising" experience.  
•    A Laser Theater light show in Carver’s Young Astronaut Lab will inspire and engage students about the scientific properties of light.
•    The ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover will allow students the ability to program a robot to carry an item, feed a pet, or even guard a room.  
•    SmartMax Magnet Sets will be introduce student to magnetism and give them the opportunity to build and engineer designs.
•    K’NEX spatial building sets will be used to build and launch water rockets

Brady Elementary receives Thea's Art Closet Grant

Brady Elementary received $1,500 in art’s supplies from Thea’s Art Closet at a recent press conference. Summit Bank and the Thea Foundation each gifted $750 to create the $1,500 art supply gift.

Brady received supplies from a customized list created by the school’s art teacher varying from essential items such as drawing paper, acrylic paints and colored pencils to more sophisticated items such as modeling clay, India ink and Aphacolor pastels. Brady Elementary is the third LRSD to receive a Thea’s Art Closet grant this school year.


81 LRSD Graduates Honored at Academic Signing Day


Eighty-one students from the Little Rock School District's Class of 2013 were honored at the ninth annual Academic Signing Day on May 20th at the Governor's Mansion.  The event was presented by the Public Education Foundation and the Little Rock School District. 

Academic Signing Day mirrors athletic signing days, where top athletes sign letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level. As with athletic signings, high achieving students choosing to study here in Arkansas, out-of-state or even out of the country are equally celebrated!


Many members of the Class of 2013 have received significant academic awards and substantial scholarships. While several of this year's honorees have chosen to attend Arkansas colleges and universities, others plan to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities accross the country and abroad, including Harvard University, St. Andrews University in Scotland, UCLA, Sewanee: the University of the South, Middlebury College, Northwestern University, and Washington University in St. Louis.


To qualify for Academic Signing Day, graduates were required to achieve at least one of the following: 1) cumulative 4.0 grade point average from ninth through 12th grade; 2) valedictorian, salutatorian, or the third or fourth highest rank in their class; 3) National Achievement Semifinalist; 4) National Hispanic Scholar; and/or 5) National Merit Semi-finalist.  The list of honorees follows this article.


LRCH students “Psych” Out the Competition at AP Psychology Quiz Bowl


More than 60 students from three LRSD high schools vied for bragging rights at the first annual AP Psychology Quiz Bowl, hosted by McClellan High School on May 4, 2013. Central High School team members Will Richardson, BeiBei Dong, Melinda Liu, and Evan Young emerged as the winning team. The competition, held two days before the AP Psychology exam is administered, served as an excellent review for all the participants.


Teachers Katherine Cortinez and Chris Thomas from Central, Carla Jurgensmeyer from Parkview, and Margaret Reed from McClellan worked together to organize the event. District Engagement Specialists Kamesha Lindsey and Laura Beth Arnold also contributed to the event’s success. State Representative Fredrick Love and Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton provided gift cards and breakfast.   


All of the district’s AP Psychology teachers are looking forward to making the competition an annual event.

Two LRSD Teachers Win Competitive Study Opportunity at the Truman Library


Chris Gonterman, Physical Education Teacher at Hall High School, and Vicki Stroud Gonterman, International Studies Specialist at Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School, have both been selected as winners of the Summer Teachers Seminar entitled, “U.S. Presidents and the Middle East: Truman to Obama,” offered by the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri this July. 


The two will attend the weeklong conference, along with teachers selected from across the United States, attend lectures, and utilize the Truman Library’s primary source documents on Presidential Policy Making in the Middle East to create lesson plans. The competitive application process included a personal essay explaining the content and pedagogy that would be utilized in their classroom along with an application and resumé.

Public Notice of Intent

The Little Rock School District intends to submit 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications for Bale and Rockefeller Elementary schools. The grant applications are due May 15, 2013.  The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for out of school programming (before school, after school, Saturday and summer programs) and provides both academic program and enrichment activities. Community input is invited. Please contact Linda Young at to share ideas or volunteer.


Holly Brown Named the Marian G. Lacey Teacher of the Year Award Winner


The Little Rock School District kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week with its annual Crystal Awards Ceremony held at the Embassy Suites last night, May 6, 2013. The Marian G. Lacey Award Winner is Holly Brown, a third grade teacher at Terry Elementary.  The award is named after Dr. Marian Lacy, a long time LRSD educator and principal. Elementary, middle and high school level winners are: Mary Anne Struthers, Williams Magnet Elementary; Kasey Miller Neal, Mann Magnet Middle School; and Ryan Parson, Parkview Magnet High School.


Ms. Brown, as the overall winner, will represent the district at the state level in the Arkansas Teacher of the Year competition. Brown won a crystal trophy, a DELL Latitude 10 Tablet and $1000. Elementary, middle and high school level winners received $500 and crystal trophy. 


Each year, LRSD honors outstanding educators with the Crystal Awards Ceremony. Teachers are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a selection committee. The committee selects one outstanding teacher from each elementary school, two from each middle school and three from each high school. The level winners and the overall winner are selected from these groups.