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ACT Readiness Program June 7 -27, 2017

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students. The program targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test score Reports must be attached to the application. 

The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 7 -27, 2017. Transportation is not provided with this program. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2017.

Click on this link for more ACT information

LRSD Senior Staff Provide Informational Message to District Parents and Community Members

Attention LRSD Parents:

A Blackboard (ParentLink) message that includes an informational letter from senior LRSD staff members was sent to you this evening.  The contents of that letter can be found  below (the "Word" version of this letter can be found at the end of this email.):

Senior Staff Informational Letter - English

Senior Staff Informational Letter - Spanish

While administration cannot tell you how to vote, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the issue related to the May 9th election to extend the debt on one bond issue for LRSD.  Early voting begins tomorrow, May 2.  If the extension passes, planned capital improvement projects impacting schools across the District would get underway as early as this summer.   Planned Capital Improvement Projects and Estimated Costs

Meantime, two signficant developments occurred last  week related to the May 9 election: early and election day poll sites were announced, and the City Board of Directors voted 7-1 to support the Little Rock School District's request to hold the election.

In addition to the main early voting site in the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham (across the street from Little Rock City Hall), the four new locations are listed below:

• Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester
• Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Road
• Second Presbyterian Church, Youth Center, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive
• West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow

Early voting will be held weekdays at the downtown location May 2-8, 2017; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and at the four other election locations May 2-7, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Election Day is May 9.

Additonally, you will find a list of  Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

Proceeds Details

Time to Check In for the 2017-18 School Year

Attention LRSD Parents:

Please be advised that Check-in for the upcoming school year is earlier this year – May 15-19 for elementary and middle schools.  (High school check-in dates are July 27-28, 2017).

ALL ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOL parents are strongly encouraged to check in May 15-19 at their child's assigned school.  If you have moved please report to the LRSD Student Registration Office located at 501 Sherman Street with two current proofs of residence. To help us better serve you, please keep your phone number, address, and email address updated. In order for students to receive a bus for the first day of school, August 14, 2017, address changes must made by June 15.  Students who move from now until the end of the school year are allowed to complete the school year at their assigned school if the parent can provide transportation.  Additionally, most students who are attending schools outside of their attendance zone (magnet schools, transfers, etc.) will not be reassigned due to an address change.

Check-in days and times are as follows:

Elementary Schools

  • May 15-16            7:40/7:50 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 17-19            7:40/7:50 a.m. – End of school day (Normal school hours)

Middle Schools  

  • May 15-16             9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 17-19             9:00 a.m. – End of school day (Normal school hours)

Forest Heights STEM Academy will hold Student Check-In May 15-19, 2017 in the Media Center.

  • The schedule is as follows:
  • May 15th -Monday – 8:00 -6:00
  • May 16th – Tuesday – 8:00 – 6:00
  • May 17th – Wednesday – 8:00 – 3:00
  • May 18th – Thursday – 8:00 – 3:00
  • May 19th – Friday – 8:00 – 3:00

Checking in now allows the district to prepare for your child’s arrival next year, including scheduling and transportation.

All student registration forms can be found at this link.  In order to expedite the process, you may complete the forms and take them with you to check-in.  However, you will be required to complete a Pupil Information Form on site.

*  Please also note that there may be a slight variation in times for each site, depending on the agenda for your child’s school.  If you have questions, please check with the respective school.

Thanks for choosing LRSD!

LRSD Lemonade War Starts Friday April 28th!

Many of us remember that special feeling of having our parents, older siblings or teachers read to us.  As part of its One District One Book effort, the Little Rock School District is highlighting reading, tying it to a lesson in financial literacy.  Beginning Friday, April 28, all 13,000 plus LRSD K-5 students will be enjoying the same book, The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.  The book focuses on a brother and sister whose sibling rivalry pits them against each other in a little friendly competition to see who can outdo the other in a lemonade war.  To help us launch this district-wide initiative, we have enlisted the help of some celebrity readers.  They are lending their voices to this powerful movement supporting reading.  Click on the links below this article to hear from our celebrity readers.

(A Spanish version of The Lemonade War videos will be uploaded soon.)

The kick-off on Friday will feature simultaneous assemblies at each elementary school with LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore sharing a video message to students and teachers.  Parents are encouraged to join their students during this month-long effort by reading the book with them in the evenings and on weekends.  Research indicates that “children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.”    

Parents are also encouraged to make their own “Lemonade War” videos and take photos, uploading them to Facebook and/or Twitter, using the hashtag #LRSD1District1Book  (with lemon emoji – no space - at the end of the hastag).  Facebook fans and Twitter followers will then be asked to vote on their favorite photo/video.   The winning entry will be recognized from the stage during the closing Lemonade War celebration on the lawn of the Clinton Center, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 20.  More information about the closing celebration will shared in a separate post.

A comment section can also be found to the right of this page where you may ask questions, leave messages, and share stories about your family’s participation in The Lemonade War.  

 

Lemonade War Videos

“The Lemonade War” Introduction with Superintendent Mike Poore from Little Rock School District on Vimeo.

Please click on this link to see all the "Lemonade War" videos.

ACC Graduation and Home-school Graduation

 

Information

ACC Awards Program is May 12th at 10am in the Metro Activity Center

ACC Graduation Ceremony is May 16th at 6:00pm in the Metro Activity Center

**Students within 2 credits may participate in the ACC Graduation Ceremony

*Names of students who are within 1 credit, will be sent to the Home-schools on May 1st

Countdown is On to LRSD's Lemonade War

LRSD's Lemonade War gets underway at elementary campuses across the District Friday, April 28.  Be sure to join the fun and post photos featuring you and your child enjoying The Lemonade War book by Jacqueline Davies.  Your child will be bringing home the book and more information Friday after school. 

FAQs Regarding Planned Capital Improvement Projects

The list of planned capital improvement projects impacting schools across the District can be found  on the following link:  Planned Capital Improvement Projects and Estimated Costs

Meantime, two signficant developments occurred this week related to the May 9 election: early and election day poll sites were announced, and the City Board of Directors voted 7-1 to support the Little Rock School District's request to hold the election.

In addition to the main early voting site in the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham (across the street from Little Rock City Hall), the four new locations are listed below:

• Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester
• Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Road
• Second Presbyterian Church, Youth Center, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive
• West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow

LRSD Seeks Additional Proposals for Re-purposingTwo Campuses Slated for Closing

April 25, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) has decided to re-open the process for soliciting offers to re-purpose Franklin and Woodruff properties. The decision to extend the opportunity for offers is a result of conversations between community members and LRSD, as well as the administration's knowledge of timelines that allow the District greater flexibility in re-purposing the sites. LRSD will accept new proposals and will continue to consider proposals that have already been submitted.

Parkview High School Ranked #3 and Central High School #6 in Arkansas by US News and World Report

US News and World Report has ranked Parkview High School #3 and Central High School as #6 in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas High School Rankings

See the attached link for Arkansas High School rankings

Parkview Magnet High School

"Parkview Magnet High School is ranked 3rd within Arkansas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Parkview Magnet High School is 95 percent..."

U.S. News and World Report ranking of Parkview High School

Central High School

"Central High School is ranked 6th within Arkansas. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Central High School is 62 percent."

U.S. New and World Report ranking of Central High School

Little Rock Schools – At Risk After School Meal Service Program/Power Snack

Little Rock School District’s Child Nutrition Department is a participant in the After School At Risk Meal Service Program, which offers Supper/Power Snack at all locations listed below and /or PM Snack at some locations. Meals will be provided to all children (18 and under) without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

Click on this link to view Little Rock Schools – At Risk After School Meal Service Program/Power Snack Schedule (PDF)

LRSD Planned Capital Improvement Projects

The list of planned capital improvement projects impacting schools across the District can be found  on the following link:  Planned Capital Improvement Projects and Estimated Costs

Meantime, two signficant developments occurred this week related to the May 9 election: early and election day poll sites were announced, and the City Board of Directors voted 7-1 to support the Little Rock School District's request to hold the election.

In addition to the main early voting site in the Pulaski County Regional Building, 501 W. Markham (across the street from Little Rock City Hall), the four new locations are listed below:

• Sue Cowan Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester
• Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Road
• Second Presbyterian Church, Youth Center, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive
• West Central Community Center, 4521 John Barrow .

Early voting will be held weekdays at the downtown location May 2-8, 2017; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and at the four other election locations May 2-7, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Election Day is May 9.

The link below is a list of planned capital improvement projects.

Planned Capital Improvement Projects and Estimated Costs

Additonally, you will finda list of  Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

Proceeds Details

Additional Pre-K Sites in LRSD!

We are pleased to announce that we will be adding three and four-year old Pre-K classes at the following schools for next year (2017-18):

Booker Arts Magnet
Romine Elementary
Stephens Elementary
Western Hills Elementary

LRSD Sets New Date for Election on Debt Extension

Proposed Capital Improvement Projects Impact Entire District
(See List Below)

February 22, 2017 - The Little Rock School District (LRSD) announced today the date for rescheduling the election to extend its debt. The new date is Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The election, which does not call for a new tax, would generate approximately $160 million to support facilities needs throughout LRSD and would extend the debt for one bond issue by 14-years. 

Proposed Uses for Franklin and Woodruff Discussed Tuesday and Wednesday

Public Meetings
Woodruff ECC - Tuesday, April 11
Franklin Elementary - Wednesday, April 12
 
In keeping with the commitment to make public the process for soliciting proposals for the future use of Franklin Elementary School and Woodruff Early Childhood Center, the Little Rock School District will hold meetings Tuesday-Wednesday, April 11-12, 2017, 6 p.m.  Interested parties who submitted proposals by the deadline will make presentations to the impacted school communities. 

April 11 - Woodruff ECC

Public Meetings Regarding Future Use for Franklin and Woodruff Campuses

Public Meetings
Woodruff ECC - Tuesday, April 11
Franklin Elementary - Wednesday, April 12
 
In keeping with the commitment to make public the process for soliciting proposals for the future use of Franklin Elementary School and Woodruff Early Childhood Center, the Little Rock School District will hold meetings Tuesday-Wednesday, April 11-12, 2017, 6 p.m.  Interested parties who submitted proposals by the deadline will make presentations to the impacted school communities. 

Contract Extension Approved for LRSD Supt. Mike Poore

April 6, 2017 - The employment contract for Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore was renewed on April 3, 2017 for an additional two years by Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key.  The contract extends Poore's role at the state's largest district to June 30, 2019.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and excited to continue our work with the students, parents and staff of LRSD," said Poore.  "The passion and commitment of this community towards our schools and students are evident, and I am proud to be a part of the team."
 

Carlos Fabian Named March "Athlete of the Month"

Carlos Fabian with Mr. PooreFor the month of March, soccer is the sport of choice for our Athlete of the Month. Carlos Fabian is a 16-year-old sophomore at Hall High School, and has been a member of the Hall Soccer team since his freshman year. He has made significant contributions toward the success of the team as its first choice goalkeeper. Fabian's goalkeeping skills coupled with his acrobatic moves help him to make saves that have resulted into conceding only 3 goals in three games – hence the team’s current conference standing of 3-0. Not only is Carlos an outstanding athlete, he is an AVID student!

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