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30+ LRSD Middle Schoolers Were Recognized at Duke TIP

On Thursday, May 5 more than 30 students from five LRSD middle schools were recognized for participating in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) by taking the ACT college readiness test. Close to 60% of participants or 19 students received special recognition for outstanding performance on the ACT exam.

Three middle school students, Lorelai Daniel, Forest Heights STEM Academy; Kathleen Jackson, Pulaski Heights Middle School; and Jane Landrum, Mann Magnet Middle School, received Grand Recognition at a national level, as well as State Recognition for outstanding performance on the ACT. To receive Grand Recognition students must have a composite score greater than or equal to 28 or meet at least one of the following criteria:  ACT English ≥ 29; ACT Math ≥ 28; ACT Reading ≥ 30;
and/or ACT Science ≥ 27.

19 middle school students received State Recognition:
• Dunbar Magnet Middle School: Adain Luckadue and Jorden Moody
• Forest Heights STEM Academy: Lorelai Daniel, Justin Anderson, Carter Collins and Hartley Meyer
• Mann Magnet Middle School: Jane Landrum, Elyse Smith and Sarah Stuckey
• Pulaski Heights Middle School: Kathleen Jackson, Isabel Crawford, Madeleine Gess, Ryan Klapmeyer, Samual Lu, Ian Morris, Kya Novack-Willliams, Howard O’Neil, Mary Ruth Taylor and Anna Cay Vernon.

ADE Commissioner Johnny Key Issues New Statement Regarding LRSD

April 22, 2016 - Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key issued a new statement today regarding the Little Rock School District.  To read the statement, click here.

LRSD Boasts Two of Three 2016 Dell Scholars Named in Arkansas

A proverb says that good luck doesn’t come in pairs, but don't tell that to two lucky LRSD Dell Scholars, named this year. 

Joint Message from Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key and Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus

April 20, 2016 -The Arkansas Department of Education and Little Rock School District remain committed to providing student-focused learning opportunities and achieving academic excellence.

Today, the dedicated employees of the Little Rock School District opened schools, provided transportation, served lunch, and taught students. Plans to open a new middle school in west Little Rock and build a new high school in southwest Little Rock continue to move forward. The new administration will continue building upon the foundation to ensure that students have rich and rewarding educational experiences and are prepared for college and career.

The district is dependent on hardworking staff, committed parents, and steadfast community support. Support from these groups is needed to aid in a successful transition. By working together, we can develop and implement a thoughtful, forward-looking process that prepares the district for sustainability, growth and student success.

 

Message from Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding LRSD Security Measures for 2016-17

Message from Superintendent Baker Kurrus
April 14, 2016

LRSD Safety and Security Measures for 2016-17 School Year

The Little Rock School District has been a leader in school safety and security for a number of years.  We know that a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment is essential for all of our students.  We also know that parents and guardians need to have peace of mind.  With these things in mind, we are making some noticeable changes in our safety and security program for the 2016-17 school year.   These changes have been studied carefully by our safety and security director and our other team members.  We have also reviewed the incidents which have actually occurred in and around our buildings.  After careful consideration, we are comfortable that we are improving our overall safety and security program by making these changes.  

We already have magnetic security locks which control access into all of our buildings, and utilize monitoring and visibility plans.  We will be doing additional training so that these tools are used more effectively.  We will employ a mix of school-based resource and security officers, new high-definition cameras and technology, and mobile patrols.  These patrols can be dispatched quickly if problems arise, and they will also be present in areas of need when not on a particular call.

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.

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