LRSD Names Marvin Burton Interim Superintendent

Little Rock School District Associate Superintendent Marvin Burton has been selected to serve as interim superintendent when Dr. Morris Holmes' resignation goes into effect Friday, March 22.

Burton, who is the associate superintendent for secondary schools, has been with the District since 1989, having served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. His role will be temporary while working as the lead member of a three-person transitional leadership team until superintendent designee Dr. Dexter Suggs arrives this summer.

The remaining members of the leadership team are Associate Superintendent of Accountability Dennis Glasgow and Chief Financial Officer Kelsey Bailey. Board president Diane Curry was given the authority by the Board to work with the team and to name an acting superintendent from among the three members.  The team will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at LRSD with some guidance from Dr. Suggs.


Hall Warriors Visit Gibbs

On Friday, March 11, the Hall High Warriors and Hall High Lady Warriors visited students at Gibbs International Magnet School during the noon hour.

Head Coaches Jon Coleman and Selita Farr brought the teams including McDonald’s All Americans, Bobby Portis and Tyler Scaife, to talk with younger students about the importance of being a STUDENT athlete on any high school sports team. 

LRSD Celebrates “Theatre in our Schools” Month

March is Theatre in Our Schools month! LRSD has a proud history of providing drama opportunities for kindergarten though 12th grade students with drama programs in all five LRSD high schools and specialty programs in several middle and elementary schools. The Little Rock School District also offers more programs, productions, and courses than any surrounding school district.

According to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “Our children must be allowed to develop their unique skills, interests, and talents. Let’s give them that opportunity.”

Theatre arts are an essential part of every child’s education, encouraging young people to develop greater artistic literacy, inspiring life-long creativity and involvement with the arts. Drama based activities provide an invaluable outlet for self-expression. Studying drama is beneficial for students and increases their capabilities for conflict resolution, social development, community connection, empathy, and self-control, as well as their understanding of other subjects, including English, math, social studies, and physical education.

See more about the benefits of Theatre in Education:

Coming Soon to LRSD:
Central High School: High School Musical March 26th - 28th
Parkview Arts / Science Magnet High School: Hairspray April 5th – 7th
J.A. Fair High School: Bull in a China Shop by C.B. Gilford April11th -12th

Hall High Hoops - Boys and Girls Teams Celebrate Wins at State Tourney

LRSD is proud to salute the Hall High Warriors girls and boys teams as they bounce to victory in State Championship play this past weekend.  Evan James, a senior guard, hit a 3-pointer after a nail-biter to secure Hall's 34-33 victory over Jonesboro in the Class 6A final.  The Lady Warriors also proved they could hold their own by defeating Parkview's Lady Patriots 56-45 in the Class 6A girls finals.  Standout senior Tyler Scaife led the Lady Warriors with 23 points.  Scaife and Bobby Portis, who had 10 points and 17 rebounds in Hall's boy's game, will represent the state in the McDonald's All American games next month. 

Spring 2013 Mini-Conferences for Parents

What to do? Where to go? Who to talk to?
LRSD Parent Involvement is hosting free mini-conferences for LRSD parents, grandparents and guardians on the following Saturdays from 8:30 am-12:00 pm: March 2, March 9 and April 6. Refreshments, translation services and childcare for children ages 3-10 will be provided free of charge. Refreshments will be served during registration at 8:30 am. LRSD will run a special bus route to pick up parents. Click here for transportation schedule and form (pago 2 en español).

Topics and exhibits, presented for all grade levels, will include due process for students and bullying/violence prevention. Parents can also learn about various resources for students and families including counseling services, drug treatment/counseling, birth control, child abuse and neglect and emergency resources for hunger, homelessness and battered women. Click here for the flyer in English. Haga clic aquí para versiones en español.

Mini-conference Schedule
Saturday, April  6 • 8:30 am – 12 pm (Refreshments and Registration: 8:3 0am)
Hall High School • 6700 “H” St.

Training the Trainers to Bully Proof Our Schools

This week training sessions for elementary and secondary school administrators are being held at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The Bully Proofing Series training includes information about how to identify bullying, how to approach students after bullying has taken place and how to prevent bullying. According to Kevin Englande, regional vice president at Sopris Learning, “The goal of this week’s training sessions is to help administrators provide safer environments for learning.”

Specific strategies for training staff and helpful information on scheduling are included in the Administrator’s Guide to Staff Development.  A guide for working with victims and bullies explains the psychology of bullies and their victims and provides intervention strategies aimed at supporting victims of bullying and helping bullies develop the skills to change their behavior. Teachers will receive a manual with a complete classroom curriculum, strategies for fostering parent collaboration and a resource guide.

Freebies at Metropolitan Open House

Mani-pedis, car detailing and cooking demonstrations are among the free services and activities being offered at the Metropolitan Career-Technical Center Open House, 7701 Scott Hamilton Dr., on Tuesday February, 12, 2013 between 9-11am, 1-3 pm and 4-6pm. The event is held in celebration of Career and Technical Education Week, February 11-15. Attendees can register to win a 32" flat screen TV. Walk-ins are welcome.
The following free services from highly skilled students are available:
*          Automobile Inspection
*          Car Detailing
*          Cooking Demonstrations
*          Manicure/Pedicure
*          Personalized Notepads
*          Shampoo & Style
*          Zumba Fitness Classes

Your Stars, Your Tray, Your Way!

An innovative approach to serving school lunch will mean more food choices for students in school meal programs and minimize plate waste in the Little Rock School District. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the District's Child Nutrition Department will begin implementing the National School Lunch Program-Healthy School Meals initiative called "Offer Versus Serve" (OVS) in elementary schools for students in grades 3 through 5.

OVS, also known as the "Your Stars, Your Tray, Your Way," meal plan is designed to help students identify food groups and know what food will be served in each group. There are five colors that represent the different food groups offered: Fruit (red), Vegetable (green), Grain (orange), Meat/Meat Alternative (purple) and Milk (blue). Students must select 3 food groups and 1 must be a fruit or vegetable. All 5 colors are best, but "3-a-day" equal a healthy tray.


Black History Month 2013

Established as Negro History Week in the 1920s by Carter G. Woodson, February was chosen for the celebration of Black History because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born in this month. Extended to a month-long celebration in 1976, Black History Month is an opportunity to emphasize the history and achievements of African Americans – part of the American fabric.  LRSD engages its students through curriculum-based lessons about African American contributions to history.  A list of school-related events and lessons is shown below.

The Flu: Directions for Parents

It's that time of the year when the flu is making its rounds.  We have seen some cases of the flu in our area, but thankfully there have been very few.

You may be wondering how do I know when to keep my child home, and when do I need to search out other treatments?

Tthe Arkansas Children's Hospital  and LRSD Health Services department have created this document to help you make the best decisions.

Please also be aware that a few schools have reported several students with a stomach virus.  

Open Enrollment for the 2013-2014 School Year is January 28 – February 8, 2013

Please be reminded that it is NOT first come first served. Forms will not be accepted until January 28th.

For English Click here

Formularios en Español - Oprima Aquí

January 28 – February 1, 2013
Registration will be held at St. Mark Baptist Church -  5722 W. 12th Street from 8:00 – 5:00 – SRO office at 501 Sherman Street will be closed (phone will be answered – 447-2950)
February 2 – February 8
 Registration at SRO office only – 501 Sherman Street 8:00-5:00

Thea’s 11th Annual Scholarship Competitions

Registration and submission dates for Thea’s 11th annual scholarship competitions are quickly approaching, beginning January 16 and continuing through April 5 (Read the press release at this link).  We are currently pushing this information out as feverishly as possible to inform high school seniors across the state of this awesome opportunity to fund their college education.

Nominations For the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science, including computer science, teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awards may be given to mathematics and science teachers in each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year. 

A Letter to Parents Regarding Safety and Security at LRSD

All parents will have concerns about the safety of their children and about safety and security measures and practices that are in place and are carried out daily.  We wanted you to be aware of the security already in place throughout the Little Rock School District and efforts to reinforce those measures.

Thoughts to Help Your Child after a Tragedy

The following was submitted by Jefferson Elementary School Counselor Melissa Rather Brown and compiled from various sources.

Limit media exposure. Adults often keep looking for answers and new developments in the media and may not realize how much their children are absorbing.  For now, keep the TV and computer off. Remember that the computer home page that pops up often has the latest news and children often have exposure to this without adult supervision.  Seeing repeat images and hearing the news over and again often makes children think it is happening again instead of a repeat of the same story.

Learn About Chicot's Anti-bullying Efforts

Chicot Primary Elementary hosts and  ESLcommunity forum, Saturday, December 8, 2012, 9-11 a.m.  Chicot is located at 11100 Chicot Road.  For more information, call 447-7000.

Joe Johnson's Jammin' for Jackets Basketball Tournament Starts Thursday!

Joe Johnson's Jammin' for Jackets Basketball Tournament showcases Central Arkansas talent in a series of pre-conference match-ups with teams that may not normally meet in conference play. Click here for bracket and schedule. The tournament is held at Hall High School-George Cirks Arena Dec. 6-8. Games will operate under two 16 minute halves and a 35 second shot clock.

Admission is $7/person or $15 for All Tournament Pass; AAA passes will be accepted. Proceeds go toward the purchase of letter jackets for Central Arkansas athletes for all sports, not just basketball. Over the past 15 years, nearly 5500 jackets have been issued, free of charge, to student athletes.

LRSD Makes History with Two Schools Advancing to Mid-West Science Competition

Parkview 's "Real Steel" Engineering Club wins B.E.S.T. Robot Performance Award

Parkview's "Robie the Patriebot" out-performed a large field of 16 competitors to win a spot in the Frontier Trails BEST competition. The event, November 29 through December 1, is hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith and will include schools from eight regions from all over the Midwest United States. Parkview team's robot won their spot by outperforming all others on a 3-dimensional playing field - taking the 2nd Place Performance Award by scoring as many points as the 1st Place Robot from ASMSA.