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Public Meeting to Discuss LRSD's Facility Master Plan

Attention Parents and Community Members:

A public meeting will be held to discuss the district's Facility Master Plan, Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the Student Center at the LRSD administration building, 810. W. Markham. The discussion will take place in conjunction with the regular meeting of the Community Advisory Board. Both will be televised on LRSD TV (Comcast Channel 4 or U-verse Channel 99) or can be viewed via live stream on lrsdtv.org.  The meeting begins with celebrations at 5:30 p.m.; the facility discussion and CAB meeting  follow immedaitely after.

LRSD’s EXCEL Medical Students Benefit from Blue & You Grant

           

EXCEL Logo(December 6, 2017) - The Little Rock School District is among only 40 recipients out of more than 200 applicants to be awarded a grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.  LRSD’s EXCEL Advanced Medical Sciences Program will receive the $117,460 requested grant to support concurrent credit opportunities for students who are studying careers related to medicine. 

Get Your Student Started Early With LRSD's Pre-K Program

Get Your Student Started Early With LRSD's Pre-K Program
Open Enrollment Underway Until Friday, December 15, 2017

Pre-K Registration Only at Geyer Springs ECC

Jammin' For Jackets Basketball Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 7-9

The best of the best basketball players will be showcased during the Williams Sporting Group's annual "Jammin' for Jackets," tournament, Thursday-Saturday, December 7-9, 2017, Cirks Arena at Hall High School, 6700 "H" Street.

                Jammin' For Jackets Bracket for tournament that shows all teams and times, start 4 p.m. Thursday

Jammin' For Jackets Basketball Tournament Thursday-Friday, Dec. 7-9

The best of the best basketball players will be showcased during the Williams Sporting Group's annual Jammin' for Jackets tournament, Thursday-Saturday, December 7-9, 2017, Cirks Arena at Hall High School, 6700 "H" Street.

                Jammin' For Jackets Bracket for tournament that shows all teams and times, start 4 p.m. Thursday

2nd Annual Kitchen Cabinet to Support LRSD Students

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LOCAL RESTAURANTS KICK OFF ‘RESTAURANTS GIVE BACK’ HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE FOR LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS

Group aims to provide food for students in need while out-of-school for the holidays

(December 1, 2017) - The Little Rock Kitchen Cabinet, a group of local restaurant owners and operators, joined Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore Friday to kick off the “Restaurants Give Back” food drive aimed at ensuring students in the District have plenty to eat while out-of-school for the upcoming holiday break.  Participating restaurants will serve as drop off locations for food items December 1 – December 8.

“Our restaurant, and our other Kitchen Cabinet restaurant members are excited to again partner with the Little Rock School District for ‘Restaurants Give Back,’” said Capi Peck, owner of Trio’s restaurant.  “We have seen that this is a major need in our community, and we greatly appreciate our customers’ generosity in helping to ensure students have food to eat this holiday season.  We collected 1.5 tons of food last year, and we hope to collect even more this year,” said Peck.

“Unfortunately, we know that for many of our students, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school may be the only meals they get during the day,” said Poore.  “We want to make sure that for the two weeks they are out of school, students have relatively nutritious food they can prepare at home.  We are grateful for our Little Rock restaurant partners and to their patrons throughout our community for stepping up to the plate to help with this important effort during such a busy time of year,” said Poore.

Below is a list of needed items, along with participating local restaurants that will serve as drop-off locations December 1 – December 8.

Top Ten Needs List

  • Canned Meats/Fish/Poultry
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned/Packaged Meals
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Cereal
  • Soups
  • 100% Juices
  • MONETARY DONATIONS ALSO WELCOME
  • PLEASE – NO GLASS!!!

 

Participating Restaurants

  • Trio’s
  • Whole Hog North Little Rock
  • Green Leaf Grill
  • Green Leaf Grill Express
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop (both locations)
  • U.S. Pizza (all 9 Central AR locations)
  • Gus’s Fried Chicken
  • Lost 40
  • Heights Taco and Tamale
  • Old Mill Bread
  • UA Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts Institute
  • Bossa Nova
  • Rosalia’s
  • River Market   (inside area)

Little Rock School District Aspiring Leadership Institute - 2017

By Dr. Ericka McCarroll
Bale Elementary Principal/Leadership Facilitator

The purpose of the LRSD Aspiring Leadership Institute is to identify, recruit, and groom school-based leaders to assume leadership positions in the near future within the Little Rock School District.  The institute is framed around the newly adopted professional standards for educational leaders which are:

  1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  2. Ethics and Professional Norms
  3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
  4. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  5. Community of Care and Support for Students
  6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel
  7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff
  8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community
  9. Operations and Management
  10. School Improvement

This four-session institute will provide participants with rigorous and thought-provoking activities to extend thinking and practices around the leadership standards.  All participants are expected to be fully engaged, arrive on time, and attend each themed session from 4:30-8:00 p.m.:

October 24 - Exploring the Leader Within
December 12 - Cultivating a Culture of Excellence
February 27 - Cultural Responsive Leaderishp
May 8 -  Culminating Activities

Participants

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Kelly Chaney
UALR - Instructor

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Jerica Moore Jones
Watson - Teacher 

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Eric Bunting
Parkview - Math Teacher

Picture of Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson 
Mabelvale Middle
School Improvement Specialist

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Khamilla "Gina" Khoury 
Elementary
Literacy Facilitator
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Jasmine Geter
Parkview
Literacy Facilitator
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Juliana Reynolds      
Fulbright - 4th Grade Teacher
  pICTURE OF jILL HOLLOMONJill Holomon
Pinnacle View - SPED Teacher
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Angela Saine
Williams - 4th Grade Teacher
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Tammy Bullock
Rockefeller - Reading Teacher
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Charlotte Cook
Carver - Young Astronaut Specialist
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Nathalie Coulter
Jefferson - 1st Grade Teacher
Picture of Amanda SwiftAmanda Swift
Western Hills - Reading Teacher
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Carletta Burchett
Dodd - Instructional Tech Specialist
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Stacie Breshears
Wakefield - Academic Intervention Spec.
Picture of Tyronza Thames-WalkerTyronza Thames-Walker
Elementary - Math Facilitator
Picture of Jherrithan DukesJherrithan Dukes
Meadowcliff - Music Teacher

 
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Hazel Harris   
Bale-Instructional Technology Specialist
Picture of Roxie BrowningRoxie Browning
Hall - School Improvement Specialist
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Crystal McMullen
NLRSD - Teacher Leader

                     
                       

                                                                            
         

Open Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year: December 4-15, 2017

Open Enrollment in the Little Rock School District 2018-19 school year takes place December 4 - 15, 2017 for all LRSD students, including pre-K. Take advantage of unique and innovative educational opportunities by enrolling in one of LRSD’s schools. You can enroll your child in pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, and sign up for a magnet/specialty school during this period.

If you have a returning K-12 student and you are not applying for a specialty/magnet school, you do not have to do anything, your student will automatically roll up to his/her attendance zone school.  P-4 students will also automatically roll up to kindergarten at their attendance zone.  However, parents of students who are new to the district or wish to apply for a specialty/magnet school, will need to register at the Student Registration Office, 501 Sherman St., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Forest Heights STEM applications and magnet/specialty school applications will also be accepted at this time.  This year, all magnet/specialty school applications will be logged in at the Student Registration Office.   

Parents of pre-K students should register at the Early Childhood Center at Geyer Springs, 5240 Mabelvale Pike, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

If you have changed your address, this is also a good time to make sure that information is updated with  Student Registration.   To avoid potential lines, you may make those changes this week, before Open Enrollment starts.  This will assist in planning for the 2018-19 school year, including transportation.  

LRSD Student Registration Office
501 Sherman St. (at Capitol Ave.)
Little Rock, AR 72202
501-447-2950

Important Pre-K Enrollment Information
Early Childhood Centers (ECC)

Families of pre-K students CANNOT register at their schools - they must register with the ECC program.

To register for the 3-and-4-year-old program, children must be 3 or 4 on or before August 1

ECC Registration Location: Geyer Springs ECC Cafeteria
                                         5240 Mabelvale Pike
                                         Little Rock, AR 72209

Dates:                               December 4-15
Time:                                 8:30-5:30 daily

Spanish interpreters and free notary services will be on site. 
For list of required documents, click here.

Questions about ECC, call (501)447-7360.

Thank you for choosing LRSD!

 

 

Meet LRSD Athletes of the Month for September and October

October 2017
Congratulations to Parkview Senior Zachery L. Smith, named LRSD Athlete of the Month for October 2017.  He is a standout running back and strong safety. Zach as he is affectionately called, had  836 rushing yards on 36 carries for 8 rushing touchdowns at the time of his selection. He also had 6 receptions for 86 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown.  All this while being active in his community and church.  He’s a member of Arkansas Commitment and maintains a 3.025 GPA.  

 

September 2017

A three-year starter from McClellan High School earns the distinction as Athlete of the Month in Photo of Bennie Kemp of McClellanSeptember.  Bennie L. Kemp III is the team captain and has racked up quite a few accolades in his time at the school. At the time he was selected, he'd scored five touchdowns in the Crimson Lions' game against Sheridan.  He's only lost eight games since arriving at McClellan. He was second in tackles on the team during his sophomore year.  In addition to being an outstanding athlete, he understands the importance of academics, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

 

Don't Forget Recruitment Open House Events Start This Week

Attention Little Rock School District Community:

Recruitment Open House events begin tomorrow for middle and high schools.  You are encouraged to drop in to see to check out the options and opportunities offered by Little Rock School District.  

***Please note there are two date changes for two middle schools:  

  • Mann Magnet Middle School has changed the date for its event to November 9, 6 p.m.
  • Henderson Middle School's event is now November 28, 6 p.m.

                Please see article for all of the text in this flyer

Link to pdf flyer

 

New Partnership - Little Rock School District, New Beginnings and Fox 16 Against Bullying

The Little Rock School District, in partnership with New Beginnings Behavioral Health Services, has teamed up with Fox 16 and Kevin Kelly to promote anti-bullying messages.  Watch Kelly’s reports on Fox 16 and visit the links on this page for important resources. 

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ADH Goes Back To School with Flu Clinics - Updated Schedule!

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Flu is serious and can cause illness in every age group.

All Arkansans (6 months and older) should get flu vaccine each year to prevent the spread of the flu.

Your child will bring home a consent form with more information.

Protect yourself, your family and your community.  Get the flu vaccine!

Click on this PDF link to view the schedule of Vaccine Clinics

2017 Magnet School Fair - October 28

LRSD Magnet School Fair

Back by popular demand - it's the LRSD Magnet Fair, October 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Park Plaza Mall. 
We look forward to seeing you!

LRSD offers a variety of educational opportunities to meet your child’s needs. Each Magnet school emphasizes a specialized theme: Arts, Math and Science; International Studies and Foreign Languages; Gifted & Talented; and Traditional Studies. If you are looking for classrooms that are interesting, innovative and rigorous, be sure to attend our  “Magnet School Fair” event for details on what each location has to offer.

Participating Schools: Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School, Carver Math-Science Magnet Elementary School, Horace Mann Arts & Science Magnet Middle School, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, Central International Studies High School, Dunbar Gifted & Talented/International Studies Magnet Middle School, Gibbs Magnet School of International Studies and Foreign Languages, and Williams Traditional Studies Magnet School Elementary.

Click below for PDF-printable flyers:

Magnet School Pair - Click to download printable flyer in English Click to download printable flyer - Spanish version

 

McClellan's Friday Night Game Moved to Quigley Stadium

October 18, 2017

Attention:  McClellan Parents and Supporters

Please be advised that Friday night's game (October 20) between McClellan and Little Rock Christian Academy has been moved to Quigley Stadium on the campus of Central High.  Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

Use of Football Field at McClellanTemporarily Suspended While Turf Work is Completed

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October 5, 2017 - A renovation of the football field at McClellan High School occurred over the summer/early fall and the turf did not grow in as expected, leaving some patches and holes in the field.  As a result no sports activities have occurred on the field this academic school year.  The district has been working with partners to determine an acceptable solution. The safety of our student athletes remains a priority for LRSD, and after further assessment today, it was determined that the field conditions remain unacceptable.  We have, therefore, moved McClellan’s homecoming game against JA Fair on Friday night to Scott Field at Forest Heights STEM Academy, 5901 Evergreen.  We will continue to assess field conditions and determine the location of future games, if needed.

Updates will be posted to the LRSD website and via social media. 

 

Decreasing Absenteeism - Increasing Student Success

Photo of Baseline Principal Jonathan Crossley, other principals and vice principals

October 4, 2017 - Today, a training was held for selected schools for a campaign concerning chronic absenteeism. In short, the audience members— especially the principals—were extremely engaged! A trend emerged: we are all on the same page with the importance of this cause. Decreasing the number of chronically absent students in our buildings will inevitably increase student achievement. We want to do our best to engage all stakeholders—parents, students, community members, media, etc—in order to bring awareness and drive results.
Above Article Contributed by Jonathan Crossley
Baseline Academy Principal

                 

LRSD Moves Forward on Commitment for New High School with Groundbreaking Ceremony

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October 2, 2017 - With 100 shovels in hands, the Little Rock School District (LRSD) and supporters broke ground for a new high school in southwest Little Rock Monday – the first high school built in LRSD in nearly 50 years.  The state-of-the-art high school campus, located at 9715 Mabelvale Pike, will encompass 400,000 square feet of academic and athletic space and is slated to open in the fall of 2020 to combined student populations from JA Fair and McClellan high schools.

Featuring large classrooms, shared collaboration spaces, simulation labs, virtual classroom technology and maker spaces, the school will strive to prepare students for the global stage through project-based learning and unique academic approaches.  The high school will accommodate 2,250 students, 9-12th grades, and will cost approximately $101 million to build, including contingency estimates.

In addition to an advanced 21st century learning environment, the new high school will feature visual and performing arts, along with a 1,200 seat auditorium, and comprehensive athletic facilities to support the student-athlete - that include an arena-sized gym, a combined football and soccer field, track and field facilities, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts, to name a few.

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