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Facebook Photo Contest Winner Pays It Forward

It was a fierce battle for first place between Carlos Wallace and David Davault in LRSD’s Dads Take Your Child to School Facebook Photo Contest. Both described their participation in the contest as exciting, fun and at times a little stressful. In the end, Carlos Wallace edged out David Davault by a mere 37 votes.

The top 50 winners of the contest enjoyed a special luncheon, provided by Chick-fil-A with Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs. The following businesses donated prizes: ParentLink, Washington Barber College, Cajun’s Wharf, Capers, Copper Grill, Hearne Fine Art, United Way and LRSD Parent Involvement. Each father/male role model received a gift bag full of goodies.

After Wallace collected the grand prize of the iPad mini, he shared with the group that he had big plans for it. He announced that he would offer it to the student at his church with the best grades who also maintained outstanding moral character throughout the year.  

LRSD’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day was a resounding success! Fathers and male role models came out in huge numbers to show their support for student education on the first day of school. We applaud each and every one of you. You all truly are fantastic fathers.

Here are the names, rank and total votes for the top 50 winners:

1 (1658) Carlos Wallace
2 (1621) David Davault
3 (856) Keith McGee, Sr.

Help LRSD Fight Truancy, call 447-SKIP

Truancy or skipping school has ramifications that are costly and far-reaching for the student, the school, the district and the entire community.

Research indicates that school attendance is the single most critical factor in school success and student achievement. Good attendance results in higher standardized test scores, higher student achievement, on-time promotion from one grade to the next, and higher graduation rates.

Holly Brown Named Among 16 Regional Finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Governor Mike Beebe joined Arkansas Department of Education officials this week in recognizing the 16 regional finalists for Arkansas Teacher of the year and Little Rock School District’s own Holly Brown was among them.

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell hosted the salute to the outstanding educators at the capitol, honoring them for work they do on behalf of the state’s students.  “Arkansas teachers are among the best in the country,” said Kimbrell.

Brown, a veteran educator, currently serves as a Literacy Coach at Terry Elementary and was named LRSD’s Teacher of the Year for 2013.  As one of the 16 regional finalists, she was awarded a $1,000 check from the Walton Family Foundation.

Congratulations to all of the honorees but LRSD is especially proud of Holly Brown.

For more information, go to http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/teacher-of-the-year.

Two LRSD Elementary Schools Score High Marks on Benchmark

                       

The Little Rock School District is pleased to have two elementary schools named among High-Achieving “Overall” schools in Arkansas based on the 2013 Benchmark Performance.  Don R. Roberts and Forest Park Elementary Schools were named 5th and 6th respectively.

In a recent Arkansas Education Report, elementary and middle schools with outstanding academic performance on the Arkansas Benchmark exams were highlighted. The exams in math and literacy were administered this past April to 3-8th grade students. 

"We are proud of our students, teachers, staff and parent support for their dedicated work ethic to achieve their very best every day. Ranked among the top 10 schools in the state of Arkansas is definitely, the fruit of our labor," said Theresa Ketcher, principal of Forest Park.

"This honor is a true reflection of the dedication and commitment of our staff working together to ensure success for all children, " added Barbara Anderson, principal at Roberts.

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