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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.

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.

Wakefield Students Raise $4225 in Honor of Classmate with Leukemia

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Wakefield Elementary concluded Childhood Cancer Awareness activities with an assembly to celebrate the results of fundraising efforts for third grade student Channon Dunn, who has been diagnosed and is being treated for Leukemia at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Over a two-week period in September, students had the opportunity to donate a dollar and then color a ribbon orange in support of Channon. The school looked incredible with a virtual sea of orange ribbons lining the walls. The money  raised was donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund in honor of Channon Dunn. The principal, Les Taylor, set a goal of $3000 and by the beginning of the second week it was clear that goal would be met. The goal was then raised to $4000 and once again students exceeded it.  At the end of the two week period, the students and staff at Wakefield raised $4225 for the Cancer Fund at Children’s Hospital. Way to go Wakefield!

LRSD Charts Future for Students With Proposals for New Facilities

Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus shared important announcements Thursday that would significantly expand educational opportunities for students.  His letter to LRSD employees and members of the Civic Advisory Committee outlines his proposal below:

Letter from Baker Kurrus Regarding Facilities

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Honoring the Little Rock Nine

On this day in history……………..On September 25, 1957, with 300 United States Army troops standing guard, nine black children were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, days after unruly crowds had forced them to withdraw. Thank you to the LR Nine who first blazed the trail to change, and forever alter the history of civil rights in our country.

We honor the Little Rock Nine today and everyday at what is now a diverse Little Rock Central High School.

 

 

Thank you.........

  • Melba Patillo Beals
  • Elizabeth Eckford
  • Ernest Green
  • Gloria Ray Karlmark
  • Carlotta Walls Lanier
  • Minnijean Brown Trickey
  • Terrance Roberts
  • Jefferson Thomas
  • Thelma Mothershed Wair

 

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