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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

Photo of Caution Tape

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

                  photo of man with confetti gun, people with shovels in hard hats tossing dirt, with green glitter buried inside

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.

ADH Goes Back To School with Flu Clinics

banner says get ready for back to school 2017 free immunizations
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

Roberts Elementary Students Earn Coveted Blue Ribbon DistinctionToday

           Children with hands in the air reaching for blue confetti dropping from ceiling 
 
In a school-wide assembly today, students and staff at Don Roberts Elementary School
learned that they had been designated as an Exemplary High Performing School for 2017 by
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - earning a National Blue Ribbon distinction. Roberts is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of 3 schools from Arkansas to be recognized in 2017.
 
The "National Blue Ribbon Schools" program recognizes schools in two areas of performance:  "Exemplary High Performing" - recognized among their state's highest performing schools, measured by state assessments for nationally-normed tests; and "Exemplary Improving" - at least 40% of the schools' disadvantaged students demonstrate the most progress in improving achievement levels, measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Top education officials from each state nominate schools for this distinction.  This coveted recognition has been bestowed on nearly 9,000 of the nation's schools since the program's inception 30-years ago.  

 

Representatives from Roberts will travel to Washington DC to be recognized during an awards ceremony in early November.  Ceremonial events and activities begin the afternoon of Monday, November 6 and culminate in the awards lunch and presentation on Tuesday, November 7.

   
Decked in blue clothing, students were only told that they would be participating in a special assembly today.  The surprise video announcement by Secretary DeVos left them roaring with excitement.  Following the announcement, students were treated to "blue" snow cones.   
 

COMPUTER POWER DAY

Little Rock School District Computer Power Day - October 7, 2017 - Henderson Middle School - powered by Internet Essentials from Comcast - Computers for Kids

REGISTRATION for COMPUTER POWER DAY
begins Monday, September 18 and ends Thursday, October 5. 

EVENT DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

VISIT www.LRSD.org/CPD FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS.

 

Central-East Cluster Team Kickoff September 9th, 2017

Central East Cluster Team "Kickoff to a Successful School Year" is Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Stephens Elementary, 3700 West 18th Street 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Click on this PDF link to read the complete flyer

Catch mini-seminars and get your DOOR PRIZE ticket stamped. Participants must attend at least three (3) seminars to be eligible for the GRAND prize drawing.
 

Home Access Center Available for Checking Your Student's Records

Attention LRSD Parents:

This is to advise you that we have been informed by the state that the Home Access Center (HAC) is now available for you to review your student's online records. You should have received a letter in the mail that included your login and password. If you did not receive a letter, please contract your child's school on Tuesday.

Thank you.

College Night – Tuesday September 26th 6-8PM

The 43rd Annual College Night will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017  from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Metroplex Event Center located at IHeart Media (10800 Colonel Glen Road).

Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, military and financial institutions throughout the country will be in attendance.

All High school students and parents are welcome to attend.  Financial aid information will be available.

LRSD Announces Bid Award for Capital Improvement Plan

LRSD Announces Bid Award for Capital Improvements

The Little Rock School District, in conjunction with Stephens, Inc. and the RSI Group, LLC as co-municipal advisors, announced Wednesday that Bank of America Merrill Lynch was awarded the bid for the sale of second-lien bonds to fund $90 million in capital improvement projects. 

The District received qualified bids from four investment firms pertaining to the $92,055,000 Little Rock School District Construction Bonds Series 2017 with the best bid being received from the firm Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a true interest cost of 2.775189%. The bid results are below:

Bid Results issue size 92,055,000 Construction Bonds, dated 09212017 maturity 020133 sale date 08302017 time 10 oclock Bidder and tic fields Bank of America Merrill Lynch tic 2,775189 Robust W baird and co 2.888520 wells fargo bank 2.939999 morgan stanley and co llc 3.300161

Potential Traffic Delays Today, Including Bus Routes, Due to Razorback Game

Attention: LRSD Parents and Community Members
 
Please be advised that due to the Razorback game, there could be some delays in traffic, including school bus routes. The following advisory has been issued by authorities.
 
Arkansas State Troopers are preparing to meet the traffic challenges of a weekday Razorback football game at War Memorial Stadium located in central Little Rock this week.

Jefferson Open House Rescheduled to Tuesday, September 26th

The Jefferson Open House scheduled for September 7th has been rescheduled for September 26th.

LRSD Educator Named a Top 14 Regional Finalist for 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our own Dr. Beth Maris, Little Rock Central High School - In the Running for Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Photo of Dr. Beth Maris(From Arkansas Department of Education - August 23)

LITTLE ROCK — Fourteen outstanding teachers have been named 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recognize the regional finalists at 10 a.m. Aug. 30, 2017, in the Old Supreme Court room at the Capitol. During the ceremony, the four state semi-finalists will be announced. 

“I am excited for the opportunity to recognize these dynamic Arkansas teachers as regional finalists through our Arkansas Teacher of the Year program,” Key said. “As we work to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education, we must recognize and celebrate teachers who have demonstrated educational excellence. I am extremely proud of these regional finalists and for the example they have set for their students, colleagues and future educators.”

Important Message Regarding Monday's Solar Eclipse

Dear LRSD Parents/Guardians:

On Monday, August 21, 2017, our city will be in the path of a partial solar eclipse. This event is predicted to take place during the early afternoon hours—specifically between 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.  The best time for viewing for Little Rock is approximately 1:15 p.m.

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) has created lessons and programming around the partial eclipse.  LRSD has also purchased ISO-Certified (eclipse-safe) viewing glasses for students and school staff.  A copy of the certification is attached here.

                            

This is perhaps a “once-in-a-lifetime” educational opportunity; however, safety during the eclipse is a priority for LRSD.  We will take all precautionary measures to make this experience safe, educational and enjoyable.   Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Students will not be permitted to look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices, with or without glasses. Students will be closely supervised at all times.  Additionally, classroom teachers have discussed safety with students as part of their lesson plans.

Please see the attached safety guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TT39ecOycHyNXebnLBkLVCWSv-D39ucgsze4apuNWYU/edit?usp=sharing

As an alternative to outside viewing, students will have the opportunity to view a live-stream of the eclipse provided by NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.  Students with approved eclipse glasses and signed permission slips from parents/guardians will be allowed to view the eclipse.  Students who do not return the permission slip will remain inside to watch the live-stream and participate in other related activities.  Parents who have signed permissions slips, but wish to change their minds, may indicate to the school on Monday that they do not wish their students to participate in outside viewing.

Thank you as we work together to ensure that our students have a safe and enjoyable learning experience.

ROCK REGION METRO, LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNER TO OFFER UNIVERSAL TRANSIT PASS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Mr Poore stands with members of Rock Region Metro
Fare Agreement Offers Passholders Unlimited Bus Access

(Aug. 15, 2017) — The Little Rock School District and Rock Region METRO have partnered to offer LRSD high school students a fare-free universal transit pass for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program, which provides passholders with unlimited bus rides for one year, launches Friday.

“We’re excited to team with the Little Rock School District to offer this pass,” said Jarod Varner, Rock Region METRO executive director. “The pass lets public high school students, their families and our city’s commuters get more value out of our transit system by reducing traffic and parking congestion, reducing carbon emissions, improving our air quality, and eliminating the need for parents and other caregivers to make additional school drop-off and pick-up trips during peak commuting hours.”

The universal pass program debuts Friday, Aug. 18 with an initial rollout to Excel and Metro students. The school district will supply students with related special identification. Passholders will then be able to show their specially marked IDs to Rock Region METRO bus drivers to use the system, free of charge, during all system operating hours and on all routes. Through the universal pass program, LRSD will pay one monthly flat fee to Rock Region METRO in exchange for the ability for all high school students to have unlimited use of the bus system.

“Transportation can be the difference in whether our students have access to educational enrichment, vocational training and jobs. We are happy to partner with Rock Region METRO to make that access even more attainable by removing the fee barrier for our students,” said Michael Poore, LRSD superintendent. “As we grow LRSD educational offerings, the ability to quickly connect students from school to school and from schools to internships and other employment opportunities is important to our success.”
 

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