Results for Gibbs Magnet's First Reading Bowl!

Gibbs International Magnet School has just concluded its first Reading Bowl of the year! Students in grades 3-5 had an assigned book over the summer. Upon their return to school in August, the children anticipated involvement in a quiz bowl competition around their book. The competition was conducted in each classroom. The winning team in each classroom faced off against the winning team in the opposing grade level homeroom!

Homeroom winners were: Third Grade - Mrs. Jennifer White’s students; 4th Grade - Mrs. Julie Davis’s students; and Fifth Grade - Ms. Jennifer Gillespie’s students! Each student on the winning teams received a certificate with their team photo. A trophy is also displayed outside each classroom! These children exhibited great sportsmanship! They are looking forward to the next Reading Quiz Bowl at Gibbs!
Pictured above are (1) fourth graders and (2) third grade students competing in the first-ever Gibbs Reading Quiz Bowl!

LRCH Students Named Living Heroes of the New South

The students of Little Rock Central High have been selected by a panel of distinguished jurors as new heroes of civil rights by Southern Living for their work on the ongoing experiement, The Memory Project. This year, Southern Living recognized four honorees for representing “the next generation of leaders forging a better future without forsaking a bitter past." We are so proud of all of the students who have participated in the Memory Project over the past nine years. This honor is well deserved!

To read the essay by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, who was the first African-American female student at the University of Georgia, about the Memory Project at Central click here.

Gibbs Educator Participates in Japan Society’s Global Conference in NYC

In May, Ms. Vicki Stroud Gonterman, International Studies Specialist at Gibbs International Magnet School, received a select invitation to participate in the Third Annual Going Global: International Student Social Networking Conference for Educators organized by the Japan Society.  Gonterman, one of only ten US-based educators invited, attended the three day conference, August 7-9 in New York, with educators from Japan and Pakistan. The all-expenses paid conference was sponsored in part by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Toshiba International Foundation.  The U.S.-Japan Foundation submitted Gonterman’s name for inclusion in the conference as she was their 2006 Elgin Heinz Humanities Educator of the Year.   

Gonterman now has a Japanese “Kamishibai” lesson published online with the Japan Society on their educator’s website!  Click here to view the lesson.  Also, as a result of participation in the conference, Gonterman is currently establishing a new partnership with an international elementary school in Japan.
Click here for information about global networking opportunities available through the Japan Society.

Photo: Gonterman is sitting on the far right of the first table with educators from Japan and Pakistan.

Ms. Fleming Goes to Washington

This summer, Pulaski Height Middle School Speech Pathologist Carol Fleming was asked by the Arkansas Education Association to represent  the state at a Republican Capacity Building meeting with the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C. 


The event was designed to bring educators from select states together to discuss the best ways to effectively build working relationships with legislators in order to lobby at the state and local levels on issues important to education.


While in Washington, Fleming had the opportunity to meet the NEA Executive Director and network with other educators from around the country. Fleming also witnessed the historic passing of the bipartisan compromise bill that rolled back student loan interest and ties new rates to U.S. Treasury yields.


22 Parkview Students Receive IT Academy Certifications

Parkview is proud to announce seven students have earned certification in Microsoft Office Word 2007 and fifteen students have earned the Digital Literacy Certificate from the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA). ITA programs provide industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the digital divide. By helping students achieve a greater mastery of productivity and technical skills, students learn skills critical for success in today’s technologically evolving world.


IT Academy Digital Literacy Certificate

Shantice Bogard

Quanderrius Doss

Richard Duong

Darius Ford

AnaLisa Godinez

Mario Guerra

Araceli Harding

Marcus Hatley

Terrell Henry

Michael Hernandez

Evan Johnson

Jonathan Jones

Luke Kim

Benjamin Lewis


IT Academy Certification in Microsoft Office 2007 Word

Landon Burress

Jordon Chaney

Linzee Jones

Luke Kim

Claire Marratt

Shayconna Miller

Sydnei Miller

Michelle Smith


LRSD Administrator Receives Credentials and Appointment

Dr. Lloyd Sain, Director of Leadership and Secondary Teacher Development, recently received his credentials as an Associate Certified Coach(ACC). After completing 125 hours of coaching training and successfully passing a rigorous written exam and oral coaching assessment at the PCC level, Sain is now among the nation’s emerging professionals to support school leaders as an executive or associate certified coach. Credentialed through the International Coaching Federation, which is the governing body for professional and credential coaches, Dr. Sain completed his intense training with Coaching for Results Global, an accredited training program. As the district’ first certified coach, he will continue to support the work of school and district leaders, academic coaches, teachers, and staff through powerful coaching conversation and training. Many have already witnessed the impact of Dr. Sain’s credentials in his work, in his conversations, and in his ability to inspire others to excel at their professional and personal goals.

In addition, Dr. Sain was recently named as the Director of the Charles D. Moody Research Institute of the National Alliance of Black School Educators(NABSE). NABSE is the nation’s premiere organization that advocates for children of African descent.  An active and dedicated NABSE member, Sain was the first Arkansas educator to be elected and to serve on the NABSE Board of Directors in 2008-2010 as Chair of the Program Development, Research, and Evaluation Commission. In  his new role, he will lead the organization’s research agenda and publications, serve on the National Planning Committee, oversee the research initiatives with NABSE’s partners and districts, and serve again as a National Board Member.


LRCH students “Psych” Out the Competition at AP Psychology Quiz Bowl


More than 60 students from three LRSD high schools vied for bragging rights at the first annual AP Psychology Quiz Bowl, hosted by McClellan High School on May 4, 2013. Central High School team members Will Richardson, BeiBei Dong, Melinda Liu, and Evan Young emerged as the winning team. The competition, held two days before the AP Psychology exam is administered, served as an excellent review for all the participants.


Teachers Katherine Cortinez and Chris Thomas from Central, Carla Jurgensmeyer from Parkview, and Margaret Reed from McClellan worked together to organize the event. District Engagement Specialists Kamesha Lindsey and Laura Beth Arnold also contributed to the event’s success. State Representative Fredrick Love and Interim Superintendent Marvin Burton provided gift cards and breakfast.   


All of the district’s AP Psychology teachers are looking forward to making the competition an annual event.

Two LRSD Teachers Win Competitive Study Opportunity at the Truman Library


Chris Gonterman, Physical Education Teacher at Hall High School, and Vicki Stroud Gonterman, International Studies Specialist at Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School, have both been selected as winners of the Summer Teachers Seminar entitled, “U.S. Presidents and the Middle East: Truman to Obama,” offered by the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri this July. 


The two will attend the weeklong conference, along with teachers selected from across the United States, attend lectures, and utilize the Truman Library’s primary source documents on Presidential Policy Making in the Middle East to create lesson plans. The competitive application process included a personal essay explaining the content and pedagogy that would be utilized in their classroom along with an application and resumé.

Please Help Incoming Parkview Student Win Google Contest

Maddie Robinson just found out that she was accepted to the Parkview Drama Magnet Program (9th grade). If she wins, the $45,000 goes to PV! Please spread the word and vote for her Google doodle. Voting ends May 10th so spread the word quickly.

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LRSD Math Leadership Selected to Head National Organization

Dr. Vanessa Cleaver was recently elected president of the National Benjamin Banneker Association, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and will serve until April of 2015. Marcelline Carr, Lead Math Teacher for grades 9-12, was elected treasurer.

The Benjamin Banneker Association is a national non-profit organization of concerned teachers of mathematics, university-level mathematics educators and other individuals committed to promoting greater mathematical literacy for all members of our society, particularly African American students. The organization, named after African-American scientist, surveyor, astronomer and almanac author Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), has more than 300 members across the United States.

Dr. Sadie Mitchell—The Nation’s One and Only Teacher Leader Award Winner

Dr. Sadie Mitchell, Associate Superintendent of Elementary Education, was the one and only recipient of the Reading Recovery Council of North America’s Teacher Leader Award this year! The Teacher Leader Award is given to nominated individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Reading Recovery through implementation, expanded services to service additional children and advocacy above the local level. The review process is so rigorous that a limited number of awards are given in any given year.

Dr. Mitchell will be recognized at the Teacher Leader Institute and Leadership Academy in Washington DC in June. Congratulations Dr. Mitchell, we think you’re the best, too!


Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention for first graders having extreme difficulty with early reading and writing. Specially trained teachers work individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. After a full series of lessons, about 75% of these formerly lowest-achieving students reach grade-level standard.

Four McClellan Students Win 1st in LR Rotary Club’s Essay Oratorical Contest


The 2013 Rotary Oratorical Essay Contest winners in grades 6-12 were presented with awards at the Rotary Club of Little Rock luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. This year, students from McClellan won in all four of the high school grade-level divisions, competing against applicants from all five LRSD high schools. Maraya Warren won first place in the 9th grade division; Rachel Lewis was the winner in the 10th grade division; William Lemonds was the 11th grade winner; and Brittany Threatt, last year’s 11th grade winner, won first place in the 12th grade division. 

Second place at the grade 12 level was declared a tie with both Sandra Garcia, Little Rock Central, and Kiniya Conley, J.A. Fair, emerging as winners. Mabelvale Magnet Middle School students, 7th grader Jayla King and 8th grader Kevin Nguyen, both won first place in their respective grade levels. Cloverdale Conversion Charter Middle School student, Keyera Boykins, won first place at the 6th grade level.

Two Metro Students Win Tech Institute Scholarships

Jose Martinez and Preston Fore, Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Service Technology students at Metropolitan Career Technical Center received $1,000 scholarships to Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Nashville, Tennessee.  The students were awarded the scholarship for exhibiting exceptional skills in their perspective programs of study.  The award was presented by Richard Deluca, UTI Representative.

Henderson and Rockefeller Win Big at 2013 Student Media Festival


Students from Henderson Middle School and Rockefeller Elementary were big winners at the 2013 Student Media Festival awards ceremony on April 20, 2013. Both schools were selected to receive multiple awards for their creative media works. Click here to see the full results.

Students from Henderson Middle School won first second and third for sequential stills without audio, podcasts and animation; first and second place for web sites; and second and third place for their sequential stills with audio and computer generated photographs for the 6-8 grade level.

Rockefeller’s class projects by Marilou McMahan and Judy Meier’s Second Graders  took first place and Skip Gardner and Evelyn Jones’ Third Graders took second place for class group sequential stills without audio for the K-3 level.  

The Student Media Festival, sponsored by Arkansas Association of Instructional Media, is dedicated to displaying the outstanding media projects of Arkansas students.  The media projects presented at the SMF included individual or group projects such as live action video, sequential stills (such as PowerPoint or Photostory Productions), interactive stills (Flash, Adobe Acrobat, etc.), photographs, animation, web sites and audio podcasts.


Hall High Golfer, Ashtone Dixon, Swings Her Way to Lyon College


Hall High student athlete Ashtone Dixon made history today, April 18, 2013, when she became the first black female golfer to receive an athletic scholarship from Lyon College, a prestigious liberal arts college in Batesville. Her soon-to-be coach, Julie Church, was the first female to receive a golf scholarship from Lyon College and has been the men’s and women’s golf coach for seven years. 


A model student athlete, Dixon was also a 2012 Girl’s State Delegate and the winner of the Wellesley College Book Prize.  Dixon sees golf as a life-long networking opportunity and attributes much of her success to the sport. Her average golf score is 86 for 18 holes. Dixon has played golf for eight years and was introduced to the sport by her father and grandfather. Dixon plans to study Economics and International Business.

Five LRSD Destination Imagination Teams Advance to Global Finals

Imaginations ran wild on Saturday, April 6 at the Arkansas Destination ImagiNation (DI) State Championships in Benton, when five DI teams from three LRSD schools won first place and qualified to advance to the Destination Imagination Global Finals next month at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Three teams from Carver Magnet Elementary School, and one team each from Forest Heights Middle School and Gibbs Magnet Elementary School all had qualifying first place scores to compete against thousands of students from over 25 different countries from around the world at the Global Finals. 

Gibbs Magnet Elementary dominated overall with first place in three different categories—repeating the achievement of being the only school in the State Finals with three teams advancing to the Global Finals from last year. The categories were: Wind Visible, a scientific challenge; In Disguise, a fine arts challenge; and Real to Reel, a documentary film project meant to address a community need. In the fine arts challenge, Gibbs won the Instant Challenge and the Renaissance Award, a special recognition for exceptional skill in the area of engineering, design or performance. Last year, Gibbs emerged as the Global Winner in the scientific category beating teams from around the world.


For the sixth year in the row Carver Magnet Elementary School won first place at the elementary level for “In the Zone,” the most difficult category requiring a trifecta mastery of engineering, design and mathematical concepts. In fact, LRSD schools won at every level of competition in the highly technical “In the Zone” category with Forest Heights Middle School and J.A. Fair Magnet High School winning first place at their respective levels. Dunbar Magnet Middle School won the category’s Instant Challenge securing third place at the middle school level of “In the Zone.”  Only Forest Heights and Carver advance to Global in this category. 


Teams from Williams Magnet Elementary, Henderson and Mann Magnet Middle Schools also competed. In the scientific challenge, Wind Visible, Williams placed third and Carver placed fourth while Mann placed third and Dunbar placed fourth in the Twist-O-Rama structural challenge. Carver also placed eighth in the improvisational category, Change in Realitee. Hundreds of teams competed in the State Finals at Benton High School.


McDonald All American Stars Shine Brightly

Bobby Portis and Tyler Scaife, Hall High School's historic McDonald's All-Americans, each tasted victory on the boys' (110-99) and girls' (92-64) West teams, respectively, of the 2013 McDonald's All-American Games in Chicago April 3rd. They make Hall and LRSD proud. Their respective wins in the All-American Games continue their winning season, as they each led their Hall teams to 2013 6A Championships. Bobby has signed a letter of commitment with the Arkansas Razorbacks, while Tyler has committed to Rutgers. We wish these basketball superstars much success in their endeavors.

2013 Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair Results

The results are in for the 2013 Arkansas Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Southwest Energy, and the Central High Science Fair team has won 2nd place overall. Team first place honors went to the winning team of Dana Abulez and Devyani Shekawat from Central. Individual first place winners from Central were Ayush Saraswat in the computer science category and Dhruba Dasgupta in the energy and transport category. Osvaldo Cossio of Parkview won first place in the biochemistry category.

Click here to view the complete list of winners (LRSD winners highlighted in yellow). Students won nearly $15,000 in cash prizes and another $15,000 to pay for travel to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona next month.

Parkview Students Sweep Local Optimist Oratory Contest

Congratulations to the Parkview students who dominated in the Optimist Oratory Contest at Rosedale Optimist Club.
The following Parkview 9th girls won medals and monetary awards in the female division:
1st Place Abigail Mansur/9th grade
2nd Place Michelle Mora/9th grade
3rd Place Olivia Rizzardi/9th grade
4th Place Sydney Washington/9th grade

Back to Back Science Olympiad Champs

Central High’s Science Olympiad Team is the two time state champion, 2012 and 2013. The Arkansas State Science Olympiad Competition was held at University of Arkansas at Little Rock under the direction of Dr. Eric Kaufmann on February 23, 2013.

Central had three, 15 member teams participate in the event. Our Tiger Team placed sixth, our Black Team Placed fourth and our Gold Team placed first. Abhilasha Gokulan, the captain of the Gold Team, was elected onto the Arkansas Science Olympiad Board of Directors and is the first student in the state to hold this position.

Our team now qualifies to attend the National Science Olympiad competition in Dayton, Ohio May 15-19. We are currently raising funds so that ALL members of our three teams will be able to attend the national event. Our students will be fundraising around the city. More details to come. Please support our teams!