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Message from Supt. Baker Kurrus Regarding LRSD Security Measures for 2016-17

Message from Superintendent Baker Kurrus
April 14, 2016

LRSD Safety and Security Measures for 2016-17 School Year

The Little Rock School District has been a leader in school safety and security for a number of years.  We know that a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment is essential for all of our students.  We also know that parents and guardians need to have peace of mind.  With these things in mind, we are making some noticeable changes in our safety and security program for the 2016-17 school year.   These changes have been studied carefully by our safety and security director and our other team members.  We have also reviewed the incidents which have actually occurred in and around our buildings.  After careful consideration, we are comfortable that we are improving our overall safety and security program by making these changes.  

We already have magnetic security locks which control access into all of our buildings, and utilize monitoring and visibility plans.  We will be doing additional training so that these tools are used more effectively.  We will employ a mix of school-based resource and security officers, new high-definition cameras and technology, and mobile patrols.  These patrols can be dispatched quickly if problems arise, and they will also be present in areas of need when not on a particular call.

LRSD 2016 Sr. High Credit Recovery Opportunities Announced

2016 Senior High Credit Recovery Location (Grades 9-12)

Credit recovery programs for students in grades 9 through 11 will be offered at each high school.
Hamilton high school students will attend at their school of origin.
Students in 12th grade who need one-half to one unit of credit to graduate will attend the ACC program at Metropolitan Career & Technical Center, 7701 Scott Hamilton.

LRSD Celebrates Its Award-Winning Schools

Congratulations to our award-winning elementary and middle schools!!!

Top 5% Performance - Forest Park, Gibbs Magnet, Jefferson, Roberts, and Williams Magnet.
Top 10% Performance-  Forest Heights STEM

Top 5% Growth
Mann Magnet Middle
Mabelvale Middle
Forest Park Elem.
Gibbs Magnet Elem.
Williams Magnet Elem.
Terry Elem.
Roberts Elem.
Forest Heights STEM
Cloverdale Middle
Pulaski Heights Middle

Top 10% Growth
Henderson Middle
Jefferson Elem.

LRSD Celebrates Its Award-Winning Schools

Congratulations to our award-winning elementary and middle schools!!!

Top 5% Performance - Forest Park, Gibbs Magnet, Jefferson, Roberts, and Williams Magnet.
Top 10% Performance-  Forest Heights STEM

Top 5% Growth
Mann Magnet Middle
Mabelvale Middle
Forest Park Elem.
Gibbs Magnet Elem.
Williams Magnet Elem.
Terry Elem.
Roberts Elem.
Forest Heights STEM
Cloverdale Middle
Pulaski Heights Middle

Top 10% Growth
Henderson Middle
Jefferson Elem.

Joint Basketball FUN-raiser Benefits LRCH's Band and Flag Line

April 8, 2016 - Join LRCH's band and the LRSD Communications Department tonight for a joint basketball fundraiser, featuring the Power 92 Jammers Charity Basketball League, to support the band and flag line's upcoming appearance at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the communications team's student, staff, and parent recognition events, including a proposed celebration for student athletes. 

Two Exciting Opportunities to Support LRSD This Week - Including Great Music and Great Basketball

April 4, 2016 - If you are inspired by great musical performances, you don't want to miss a rare appearance by the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants.  They will offer a free concert this Thursday, April 7 at Little Rock Central High's gym, 7-9 p.m.  While admission is free, tickets are required.  You may download your tickets in advance on eventbrite.com by clicking here.
(www.usafband.eventbrite.com)

On Friday, April 8, join LRCH's band and the LRSD Communications Department for a joint basketball fundraiser, featuring the Power 92 Jammers Charity Basketball League, to support the band and flag line's upcoming appearance at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the communications team's student, staff, and parent recognition events, including a proposed celebration for student athletes. 

Parkview Patriots Defeat Pine Bluff Zebras To Claim 6A State Basketball Championship

                    

Congratulations to the Parkview Patriots and Coach Al Flanigan for their 6A State Championship overtime win over the Pine Bluff Zebras Saturday.  In a hard-fought hardwood battle, Khallil Garland and Ryan “Pip” Pippins scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, to help lead the team to victory Saturday.  (A special thanks to Chanslor Watson for providing the awesome championship photos above.)

LRSD 15 Seconds of Fame Instagram Contest— March 11-30

March 11, 2016—The LRSD 15 Seconds of Fame Instagram Video Contest is only open to LRSD students and staff members. Videos should be created in Instagram and be no longer than 15 seconds sharing what makes your school or teacher (s) great. Entries can be posted from March 11-30. Voting begins March 11. The video with the most votes wins. Superintendent Baker Kurrus will spend the day at the winning school. Videos containing inappropriate content will be disqualified. Click here to enter and vote.

Don't Forget Tomorrow (Sat. March 12) is Computer Power Day!!!

March 11, 2016— Don't forget tomorrow is Computer Power Day!!!!  Parents who have pre-paid may pick up their computers - already loaded with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Word 2010 - at Henderson Middle School 401 John Barrow Rd, during Computer Power Day + Parent Academy for Student Success on March 12, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. Qualified families may also purchase on site Comcast Essentials for $9.95/month. Plus, Broadway Joe from Power 92 will be broadcasting live from 9-11 am.  Spanish Interpretation will also be available.

Don't need a computer?  You can still take advantage of the free workshops during the Parent Academy for Student Success (P.A.S.S.), running concurrently, and open to all LRSD families. 

CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED and DOOR PRIZES AWARDED AT EACH ORIENTATION SESSION. Remember, you don’t have to purchase a computer to attend workshops. Sessions and information will include:

•    ACT Aspire  
•    Edline    
•    Truancy & Dropout Prevention
•    Neighborhood Safety
•    Digital/Social Media Safety

Click here to register for P.A.S.S. Departments and community organizations will be on hand to provide participants with free information and resources. For more information go to www.lrsd.org/parents, call 447-3357 or email kaye.rainey@lrsd.org(Title I ESEA Parent Involvement).

Let's Celebrate the Arts With Talented LRSD Students and Staff

                        

LRSD's annual Artistry in the Rock exhibition, now in its 6th year, promises to deliver fantastic performances and a visual display of excellence by students, grades PreK-12.  The public is invited to the free three-day showcase Monday-Wednesday, March 14-16, 2016, at the Metroplex Event Center, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road.  A few of the highlights include:

ACT Readiness Program June 8 -29, 2016

The LRSD will offer the ACT Readiness Program (formally CPEP) this summer to help students improve their ACT scores. This free program has helped hundreds of LRSD Students and targets rising 10th and 11th grade students. Rising 9th grade students may also attend if they have completed Geometry.  Test scores must be attached to the application. 
 
The course will be taught at Parkview Magnet High School, located at 2501 John Barrow Road,  June 8 -29, 2016. Transportation is not provided with this program.

Registration Now Open for Dell 2110 Netbooks at all LRSD Schools

February 26, 2016— Registration is now open for $75 Dell 2110 Netbooks and $50 desktop computers, pre-loaded with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Word 2010, at all LRSD schools until Thursday, March 10. Reserve, pre-register and prepay for your computer at your child's school and then pick it up at Computer Power Day + Parent Academy for Student Success on March 12, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, at Henderson Middle School, 401 John Barrow Rd. Qualified families may also purchase Comcast Essentials for $9.95/month. Plus, Broadway Joe from Power 92 will be broadcasting live from 9-11 am.

Download the Computer for Kids Parent Agreement here.
Click here to view the flyer in English (en Espanol).

Parent Academy for Student Success (P.A.S.S.) will run concurrently and is open to all LRSD families. CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED and DOOR PRIZES AWARDED AT EACH ORIENTATION SESSION. PLEASE NOTE: You don’t have to purchase a computer to attend workshops. Sessions and information will include:

March 18, 2016 Will Be a Weather Make-up Day

ATTENTION LRSD PARENTS: You will recall that LRSD offices and schools were closed Friday, January 22, 2016 due to inclement weather.  In order to stay on our original schedule for the last week of school, the Little Rock School District administration has decided that students would best benefit by attending school on Friday, March 18, 2016, using that date as an Inclement Weather Make-up Day.  Students were originally scheduled to be out of school on March 18.   

Click here to view the revised student calendar page for March.

For campuses on A-B Block scheduling, March 18th will be an “A” day and represent the official end of the quarter.

Earlier Registration Dates Help LRSD Prepare for Exciting New School Year

The Little Rock School District will not close any schools in the 2016-17 school year.  In fact, plans for the upcoming year are off to a great start!  Student assignment letters have already been mailed out; and the district continues to enroll students daily

Moms Matter Facebook: Enter Feb. 15; Vote Feb. 16-24

Enter February 15 • Vote February 16-24 • Rx Catering Winner's Luncheon Friday, March 1

Calling all moms and female guardians! Don't forget to attend Parent Conference Day, February 15, take a photo and enter the Moms Matter Facebook Contest by midnight for a chance to win great prizes including two (2) technology prizes. Our list of prize donors is growing daily, but here is the current list: zenstudio, Arkansas Burger, Graffiti's, Tease Salon, Catering to You, Maggie Moos, Museum of Discovery, Playtime Pizza, and Big Rock Mini Golf and Fun Park.

Click here to view the flyer in English and Español.

PREFERRED ENTRY METHOD (FACEBOOK): Please use the Moms Matter APP or go to http://woobox.com/mfeh68
    
Or use #LRSDmom2016 on Twitter, Instagram (public profiles only) or the post pinned at the top of our Facebook page. THESE METHODS require an email to communications@lrsd.org with the following information: 1) Mom/Female guardian name 2) Twitter, Instagram or Facebook handle used to enter contest in the subject line 3) mom’s email address to be used to invite winners to luncheon 4) valid phone number 5) school name.

PLEASE NOTE: Facebook and Instagram likes, Twitter re-tweets/favorites are not votes. One vote per Facebook user per day.  To vote or enter you must like the LRSD Facebook page. The top 25 vote getters and 25 randomly selected “wild card” winners will receive an email invitation to a luncheon on Friday, March 4. RSVP in a timely manner to reserve your spot. A special thank you to our luncheon sponsors: Rx Catering and Olive Garden!

Photo should  be of mom and child’s teacher and taken at the child’s school. Photos and/or captions containing inappropriate content will be disqualified.  To be eligible for prizes moms/female guardians must have student(s) enrolled in the LRSD and follow all contest rules including entry method rules for #LRSDmom2016 entries. The administrator reserves the right to remove entries and change entry and voting deadlines.

LRSD Offers Career Day— March 16, 2016

Maybe college is the right choice for you...maybe not. Maybe you’d like to work while you go to college. The LRSD will, once again, offer students an opportunity to meet with two-year colleges, technical schools, employers and representatives from the military to help students make the right post-secondary choice at the LRSD Career Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2016 at Pulaski Technical College-South Campus, located at 13000 Interstate I-30.

High school junior and seniors are encouraged to attend LRSD Career Day, which will be held from 9:30 to 12:00a.m.

For more information, please contact Laureen Isom, Career Day Coordinator at 447-2971 or laureen.isom@lrsd.org.

Two-year colleges, employers, apprenticeship programs and technical schools who would like to attend Career Day are encouraged to inquire.

Former LRSD Administrator Dr. Jason Pickering Selected Principal for New WLR Middle School

(February 5, 2016) Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus announced today the selection of Dr. Jason Pickering, of Little Rock, as principal of the new west Little Rock middle school, located at 5701 Ranch Road. 

Pickering has served as principal of Bryant High School since 2010.  His previous experience includes an extensive administrative career in the Little Rock School District, having served as assistant principal at Central High School (2005-2010) and the former Southwest Middle School (2002-2005). Prior to his administrative roles, he was a teacher and coach at Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School. 

2016 10th Annual Career Day Event— Tuesday, March 16

Maybe college is the right choice for you...maybe not? Maybe you’d like to work while you go to college. The LRSD will, once again, offer students an opportunity to meet with two-year colleges, technical schools, employers and representatives from the military to help students make the right post-secondary choice at the LRSD Career Day on Tuesday, March 16, 2016 at Pulaski Technical College-South Campus, located at 13000 Interstate I-30.

ESL Department’s Name is changing to ESOL

January, 21, 2016—The ESL Department, which provides services for students who speak other languages, will undergo a formal name change to the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Department.  This change is consistent with the name used by the Arkansas Department of Education and national standards. It addresses the fact that many of our students are actually learning two languages simultaneously or come to us with proficiency in more than one language. Referring to these students as “ESL” or “English as a Second Language” learners implies that one language is learned exclusively before English has been introduced.

When our identified ELs (English Learners) are learning English in a native English-speaking country like the United States, where English is used in the classroom to teach them, these students are not necessarily learning a second language. It could, in fact, be a student’s third or even fourth language. Referring to English as a second language is too limiting, and not comprehensive enough in its description. English for Speakers of Other Languages, “ESOL,” is a more accurate description.

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