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Frau Case Wins Prestigious German Teaching Award

 

Gibbs Magnet School German foreign language teacher Sara Case has been named the 2015 winner of the prestigious Duden Award for Arkansas for her excellence in teaching German.  The American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) gives the Duden Award annually to a teacher in each state K-16! The Duden Award recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. The announcement of Frau Case’s selection came at the spring meeting of the AATG, Friedrich Gerstäcker Chapter, in Fayetteville last weekend. Frau Case has taught German at Gibbs since August 2001. Teaching German to young children is her “dream” job.

Founded in 1926, the AATG is the only national organization representing German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries.  The Duden Publishing Company is the largest German language publisher of dictionaries and other instructional materials.

Photo: Frau Case, center, with 5th Grade German Class

Parkview Drama Teacher Spencer Sutterfield Honored as LRSD’s Top Educator

The Little Rock School District honored its best and brightest teachers with the annual Crystal Awards Gala Monday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School Teacher Spencer Sutterfield was named Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year for 2015, earning the coveted Marian G. Lacey Educator Award, the district’s highest recognition. Sutterfield was also awarded a $1000 cash prize, a gift bag from Knowledge tree that included a $100 gift certificate and will receive a Dell Venue Pro that can be used as a tablet or a laptop.

Teachers representing every campus in the district were recognized during the gala. Level winners were also named and included High School Teacher of the Year Summer Vaught, Central High School, Middle School Teacher of the Year, Michelle Vire, Pulaski Heights Middle School, and Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Nathalie Massenelli. Level winners took home $500 each in cash prizes, Dell Chromebooks and gift bags from Knowledge Tree including $50 gift certificates.

Dunbar Spanish Students Bring Home 16 Medals!

Congratulations are in order for Dunbar Magnet Middle School world language students who attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School earned a 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medals. “Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2015.”

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teacher Robin Kratzke.

PHMS 6th Graders Heading to History Day Nationals

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 Pulaski Heights Middle School 6th graders Ainsley Anderson, Samuel Lu, and Aaron Tran earned the honor of representing the Little Rock School District and the state of Arkansas at the National History Day competition to be held June 13-18 at the University of Maryland.   They placed second in the junior group website division at Saturday's state competition.  They worked tirelessly throughout the 1st semester with their GT Seminar teacher, Ms. Lisa Lewis, on researching their topic for the theme “Leadership and Legacy in History”. Their selected topic was “First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: U.N. Delegate, Leader for Human Rights, and Leaving a Legacy for Future Women to Follow.” Way to go, Panthers!

Rockefeller Students Shine at 2015 AAIM Festival

Rockefeller students represented LRSD well at the 2015 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Student Media Festival on Saturday, April 25, 2015. AAIM is dedicated to the improvement of education through the use of technology and media. The student media festival recognizes original works by students across the state.

Instructional Technology Specialist Shantail Miller and Library Media Specialist Neitasha Tims teamed up to facilitate learning that lead to numerous award winning multimedia projects; reinforcing learning throughout all subject areas. Rockefeller students won 12 awards ranging from 1st to 3rd place.

K-3 Division
Computer Generated Image
1st Place
Gia Mattox-Bourdeaux, “Sunny Day”

2nd Place
Jamesha Hubbard, “Surprise for Mrs. Miller”

Interactive Multimedia Projects
3rd Place
Jacqueline Broadway and Collin Cunningham, “The Four Seasons”

4th – 5th Grade Division
Black and White Photograph- edited
1st Place
Sharvarri Faulkner, LaNiya Thompson and Treyauna Sanders, “Ms. LaNiya”

2nd Place
Harlem Taylor and Robyn Allison, “Harlem Selfie”

Book Trailer
1st Place
Robyn Allison and Treyauna Sanders, “Liberty Porter”

2nd Place
Treyauna Sanders, “The Birthday Storm”

Live Action Video
1st Place
Harlem Taylor, Kaylin Jeffries, Carson Backus, Jayden Armstrong, Marcus Blue, Jesiyah Handy, Brooklyn Welch, Kishaun Pitts, Lyric Anderson, and Jacovee Brown
“Stand Up to Cyberbullying”

2nd Place
Shavarri Faulkner, Harlem Taylor, Kaylin Jeffries, Kyla Gatlin, and Treyauna Sanders
“Wrangler News”

3rd Place
Jaelon Watson, Lyric Washington, Rakayh Muldrow, Treyauna Sander, Harlem Taylor, Robyn Allison and LaNiyah Thompson
“Cyberbullying”

Parkview Blue Team Captures 2015 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships

The Parkview Blue Team, debate students from Parkview Arts/ Science Magnet High School, captured the Arkansas Bar Association’s 2015 Arkansas Mock Trial Championships in Little Rock March 7th,   with preliminary wins over Batesville, eStem Academy, and Springdale High School. They won a rematch with eStem in the semi-finals.  The Parkview Red Team got preliminary wins over Greenwood, Springdale, and Catholic High School for Boys and went on to defeat Springdale Har-Ber High School in the semi-finals.  This set up a championship round between Parkview Blue and Parkview Red.  The Blue Team got a very narrow decision and will represent Arkansas in the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championships, May 13-17 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The teams are coached by teacher/coach, Pat Treadway assisted by Leslie Greer and Eric Weed. Parkview alumnus, Jeremy Lasiter of the ADE serves as attorney/coach.

7 LRSD Destination Imagination Teams Going Global

Seven LRSD Destination Imagination (DI) teams are headed to the Global Finals, May 20-23, 2015, after strong finishes at regional and state competitions.

Two schools, Carver Magnet Elementary School and Dunbar Magnet Middle School, are sending two teams to the world’s largest celebration of creativity where more than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative minds compete in teams to showcase their talents. Other schools with teams headed to Globals are: Booker Magnet Elementary, Gibbs Magnet Elementary and Pulaski Heights Middle School.

Dunbar Destination Imagination (DI) Teams Dominate!

After several months of hard work and planning, four Dunbar Destination Imagination Teams competed in the North Regional for DI in Greenbrier, Arkansas on Saturday, February 21st.  The four teams competed in four different unique challenges but the result was the same, FOUR FIRST PLACE FINISHES. Now it is on to State competition on March 14th in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and for top finishers, a chance to go to Globals in Knoxville, Tennessee in May.

Get out the big broom because Dunbar has swept up all the gold medals and blue ribbons!  Congratulations to the four teams, their parents, the teacher volunteer coaches, and judges.

“Lose to Win” structure challenge team: Peter Mouw, Devin Musselwhite-Branch, Tyler Buchanan, Saul Conception Jr., and Jason DeBoer. Team Managers: Mrs. Christine Mouw, and Mr. Greg Halford

“Creature Feature” challenge team: John Swaim, Gabe Huggins, Jackson Turner and Andrew Nelms (Mann). Team managers: Mrs. Anna Swaim

“Brand Aid-Community Outreach” challenge team: Diamond Shavers, Ellie Beam, Adam Mann, Jay Henry, Ava Horton (Mann), and Dorothy Johnson (Mann). Team Managers: Mrs. Kristin Mann, Mrs. Henry, and Mr. David Mann

“Soundwaves” challenge team: Aaron Beam, Clara Voth, Morgan Hibbard, Beckett O’brien, Milo Thompson, and Sam Triplett. Team Managers: Mrs. Stacy O’brien, Mrs. Jenifer Triplett

 

Worthie Springer Named February Athlete of the Month

 

Worthie Springer, a junior at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was named Athlete of the Month for outstanding achievement on the Parkview Magnet High School Swim Team at this month's Citation Program on February 26, 2015. His plans for the future include training  for Paralympic Games as a swimmer.  He is also a member of the Parkview Debate Team and attended the International Empire Mock Trials in San Francisco. This past summer he worked with the Jump Start program and was placed at the Peter Miller Law Firm. He has been admitted to the Harvard Summer School Program this June.

Plus, Worthie is a well known inspirational speaker. He has been delivering inspirational messages since the age of 12. You may have heard one of his one-minute messages on Power 92 or Praise 102. His goal as an  speaker is to inspire others to eliminate the word "can't." 

LRSD Teacher Named 2014-2015 Milken Educator

Carman McBride was in for a major surprise this morning – a surprise worth $25,000 and the honor of being named one of the best teachers in the country.

An Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) facilitator for grades three through five at Don R. Roberts Elementary School in the Little Rock School District, McBride was named a 2014-2015 Milken Educator at a surprise event today. As a Milken Educator, McBride receives a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation.

"The biggest key to a good education is a dedicated teacher," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. "The right teacher makes a difference in a student’s life every day, long after that student has left the classroom. If you’ve been blessed with a great teacher, and I have, you never forget them. I know that our honoree today will be remembered most by the folks who matter most to her — her students."

“Ms. McBride is honored for her dedication and passion for teaching,” said Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Tony Wood. “From high student test scores to community projects, Ms. McBride’s achievements are outstanding. She approaches each day with a commitment to ensuring all of her students receive a quality education and positively impact their school and community.”

Prior to serving as an EAST facilitator, McBride was a fourth-grade teacher at Don Roberts from 2010 to 2013. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Pathwise-trained mentor and was named the school’s 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year.

Before joining the staff at Don Roberts, McBride was a fourth-grade teacher at College Hill Elementary School in Texarkana for two years, where she was certified in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University in Texarkana, Texas, in December 2007 and is currently working on a Master of Education at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

“We are proud to join the Milken Foundation in honoring the exceptional work of Don Roberts Elementary School Teacher Carman McBride,” said Little Rock School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Dexter Suggs, a 2007 Milken Educator. “Ms. McBride represents the caliber of educator we all want our children to encounter. She works tirelessly to not only challenge her students, but to inspire them to perform at the highest level. We are fortunate to have her as a member of the LRSD family and wish Ms. McBride continued success.”

Congratulations LRCHS Science & Humanities Fair Winners

Nearly 400 science and humanities exhibits were judged on Friday, February 6 by 65 members of the community. Click here to see the full list of winners.

Photo: Rafael Estrella, 9th grade, senior division winner in Mathematical Sciences category.

Exhibits will be open to the public on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from noon - 4 p.m.

The Awards Ceremony will be on Monday, February 9.

LRSD Boasts a Historic Number of Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

The Little Rock School District is proud to announce that 13 of its students have been named candidates for the prestigious 2015 United States Presidential Scholars Program. This is perhaps the largest group of candidates that Little Rock Central High School has ever had and can be confirmed as the largest group within the last 20 years. It is far and above the largest group in the state of Arkansas and may, in fact, be among the largest groups from a single school in the entire recognition program this year. Our search revealed only 11 schools in the U.S. with more candidates. The second largest group of candidates in the state, four, can be found at two Arkansas high schools.

The 13 candidates, selected for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and involvement in the community, are:

Trisha Bhattacharya
Chen-Bo Fang
Sherry T. Gao
Sarthak Garg
Clark M. Kennedy
Rachana Kombathulsa
Ray Li
Jace J. McPhershon
Matthew Ponder
Shruti M. Shah
Chandler J. Smith
Chuang Z. Tang
Jeong-Min Wui

Ultimately, one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be selected. In 2014, both of Presidential Scholars for the state of Arkansas were Central High students: Abhilasha Gokulan and Alexander Zhang.

Parkview Delivers Alzheimer’s Poetry Project to VA Hospital

Nine members of Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School’s creative writing class made the lives of about 15 elderly veterans just a little easier recently when they visited the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in North Little Rock and brought the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project with them to liven up their day.

High Profile Cloverdale Students

Eight Cloverdale Middle School students were chosen as the inaugural class of civilian cadets for Dr. Milton P. Crenchaw’s Training Academy and featured in the High Profile section of Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. (Photos provided by Helaine Williams/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

The students were sworn in by Col. J. Dryjanski, USAF 314th Wing Commander; Col. K. Green, 314th Vice-Wing Commander; and Federal Judge Berlin Jones. Dr. Crenchaw personally spoke to the students during the evening. Cloverdale was also presented with the Milton P. Crenchaw Foundation Aviation Training Academy’s “Community Partnership Award.”

Milton Pitts Crenchaw, of the original Tuskegee Airmen, was one of the first African Americans in the country and the first from Arkansas to be trained by the federal government as a civilian licensed pilot. He trained hundreds of cadet pilots while at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute in the 1940s and was the catalyst in starting the first successful flight program at Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 1947 to 1953. His combined service record extends for over forty years of federal service from 1941 to 1983 with the U.S. Army (in the Army Air Corps) and eventually the U.S. Air Force.

Parkview Student Wins Inaugural Sportsmanship Award

 

Senior Dominique Scott, a visual arts magnet student at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School was presented with the “James Street Award” for outstanding sportsmanship for the 2014-15 football season. The award is presented to only one student, and this is the first time it has been presented.

 

 

Parkview Debaters Win Arkansas Student Congress

 

Parkview Debaters placed first at the Arkansas Student Congress held at the Arkansas State Capitol November 9-11th.  The annual event is sponsored by the Arkansas State Communication and Theatre Association and features high school and college students debating student-authored legislation.  The team placed first in both houses and racked up 251 points to be named Best Overall Delegation.  Har-Ber High School of Springdale was second with 228 points and Bentonville was third at 224.

Sean Anderson (12th) received the coveted Mary Ingalls Award for outstanding use of Parliamentary Procedure, while Hannah Burdette  (12th)  was named Best Delegate.  Josie Efird (12th) received the Best of Delegation Award and was elected House Clerk.  Jordan Borst (12) was a Superior Medalist in all categories as were Anderson, Efird and Burdette.  Melissa Vachon (12th) and Delaney Robertson (10th) both received two Superior Medals and two Medals of Excellence.  Andres Rodriguez (11th) was named Outstanding Senate Page while Michelle O’Neil took the Outstanding House Page Award.  The team brought home 24 medals and seven trophies.  This marks the 16th time in the past 25 years that Parkview has placed first at this state-wide event. 

Parkview coach, Patricia G. Treadway, learned at the event that an award bearing her name has been endowed by the Association.  Sam Kauffman, local attorney and Parkview graduate from the class of 2002, joined by former teammates:  Adam Baldwin, Rosie Valdez, Colton Gilbert,  and Michael Tate made the presentation.  In the future, the Patricia G. Treadway Award will be bestowed to the highest scoring student senator. 

Front row from left to right: Delaney Robertson, Melissa Vachon, Josie Efird; Second row: Michelle O'Neal, Hannah Burdette, Sean Anderson, Andres Rodriguez

Bale GT Specialist Named STEM Champion

Creativity and energy that’s what  Little Rock School District Gifted and Talented Specialist Jennifer Thomas brings to the classroom when inspiring her students at Bale Elementary to appreciate STEM education; and for her efforts she was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2014 ISEA STEM Champion Award.
 
This award honors public and private elementary, middle, high school teachers who have served as champions for integrated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in their school and/or community. The STEM-Champion Award serves as a standard of excellence for individuals who promote integrating STEM with other core subject areas. Each year, the International STEM Education Association seeks out individuals who have implemented STEM programs, provided professional development, encouraged others, and have been instrumental in supporting integrated STEM education.
 
Thomas, who serves students grades K-5, worked to convert a classroom at her school into a STEM lab where she taught STEM lessons. She has also collaborated with other educational professionals to secure grants to help fund STEM-focused curriculum at Bale. In addition, she created lessons for Bale’s afterschool program and delivered professional development about STEM to her colleagues.
 
To be named a STEM-Champion Award recipient is to join an elite group of educational innovators. All recipients of this award share an important quality - they have taken direct action to champion STEM education that impacts all students in the classroom.
 

Dedicated Long-time Parkview Employee Honored By Former Student

Story contributed by Judith Murray, Parkview

He is considered a “Parkview treasure,” and can be seen in the school halls every day, always smiling, always greeting students and staff. He has worked for the district for 47 years – 42 of them for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School.

Mr. Otis Brown is often the subject of affection of the staff and students. Graduation speeches have been written about him – and Brown is considered by all who know him to be living proof that “attitude is everything.”

On October 24, Hezekiah Kilpatrick of the class of 1984 presented Brown with a plaque for his years of dedication and service. Thirty years after high school ended, the class of 1984 still has not forgotten Brown and the indelible mark he had made on their lives and their character.

Brown smiled as he received the glass etched award.

“Oh, for me? Oh, thank you. Thank you so much!” he exclaimed, clutching the award to his chest.

Brown began his career at Booker in 1967 before transferring to Parkview. 

And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to all of our National School Lunch Week Coloring Contest winners!

1st place (70 votes): Bhavana Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

2nd place (33 votes): Savannah Jenkins, Williams Magnet Elementary

3rd place (29 votes): Siddharath Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

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