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


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


Roberts Among Top 25 in State for 5th Grade Science Benchmark Exams!

Don Roberts Elementary recently won an Office of Education Policy (OEP) Award for Outstanding Educational Performance. The school was ranked 14th in the state and number two in the Central Region for student performance on the 5th Grade Science Benchmark exam.

Each year, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas. These awards are based on the OEP-created “school GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage of students that perform at a particular level on the Benchmark or End-of-Course exam (advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic). To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the entire report.

16 LRSD Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Sixteen Little Rock Central High School students were among this elite group of academically talented high school seniors who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Please join us in congratulating LRSD’s 2016 National Merit Semifinalists:

Nathaniel R. Abraham
Nikita Das
SooJeong Jung
Casey T. Labbate
Eamon Lauster
Yupeng Liu
Nikhil Nair
Anirudh S. Pidugu
Burhan Sarwar
Brittany E. Seymore
Nivetha Srinivasan
Chuang K. Tang
Angela Wang
Jiaqi Wang
Tony H. Wang
David Xiang

Nathaniel Felan, Sophia Ordaz and Emy Zapata were named National Hispanic Recognition Scholars. Sophia Ordaz also won the NCTE Achievement Award in Writing.

Parkview Drama Teacher Selected as AR Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist

Spencer Sutterfield, Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School, is one of the 15 exceptional teachers selected as 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. Sutterfield teaches Drama and Theater Arts to 11th and 12th grade students.

“To be selected as a regional finalist is an honor,” Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key said. “These outstanding teachers have set the standard of excellence for their schools, districts and the state. I commend them for their dedication, commitment and hard work.”

LRSD Seeking AVID Tutors at 6 Schools

The Little Rock School District needs tutors, who will be paid $10/hour, to assist in the AVID programs at six of our schools. There will be an AVID Tutor Training held at the IRC Building (3001 S. Pulaski Street) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. 

Tutors must be enrolled in college and available to work “during the school day” to tutor students while they are in their classes.

Tutors should possess the following qualifications:

  • Be a college student or have attended college
  • Have good academic standing of 3.0 GPA or better
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Have good written and oral communication
  • Have strong writing and math skills
  • Have a "clean" federal background check

The rate of pay is $10.00 per hour.  Flexible scheduling is available for part-time positions.  If interested, please contact Laureen Isom with Little Rock School District at 501-447-2971 or


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