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Save the Date for 2nd Semester Parent Involvement Conferences

Saturday, January 23, 10am-12noon, Washington Elementary School, 2700 S. Main St. (Central/East) POSTPONED. NEW DATE TO COME.
Thursday, February 4, 5:30-7pm, Southwest Community Center, 6401 Baseline Rd. (Southwest)
Thursday, February 25, 5:30-7pm, Parkview High School, 2501 John Barrow Rd. (West)

Click here to view the flyer. Participating schools for each conference included on the hyperlinked flyer. Haga clic aquí para versión en español.

Plans Underway to Open Two New Schools

January 11, 2016—The Little Rock School District is moving forward with the planning, design and construction of a new middle school in west Little Rock and a new high school in southwest Little Rock. The former board of the Little Rock School District envisioned both projects in the broader context of a millage increase and bond issue. However, LRSD Superintendent Baker Kurrus and administrative staff now believe both projects can be planned, designed, constructed and equipped using existing revenues. Superintendent Kurrus is appointing a committee to choose architects for both projects with their work beginning immediately.

The new west Little Rock middle school will open this fall at the Leisure Arts location for sixth graders with grades 7-8 added in subsequent years. Temporary space for the sixth grade will be provided in the office building while the district begins the process of converting the large warehouse into the permanent middle school facility to accommodate students as they move up. Land and improvements are now under contract for $11,500,000 with a total estimated cost of $15,000,000 to $19,000,000 for the conversion, a new gymnasium, furniture and equipment. The expected enrollment for fall 2016 will be 250-300 sixth graders.

The planning and design phase for the new southwest Little Rock high school will also begin immediately on the $1,372,000 Richsmith Lane property previously purchased with the approval of the former LRSD board of directors. The exact size, scope and cost of the southwest Little Rock high school will be defined through the planning and design process. A large, new, state-of-the-art high school could have a total cost of around $85 million compared to a cost of $19-31 million to refurbish McClellan High School, and will have the capacity to serve the 2,700 students who live in southwest Little Rock.

LRSD to Show Lion Pride at Friday's 5-A Title Game

December 1, 2015 - It’s been more than 40 years since the Crimson Lions of McClellan have brought home a state football championship.  But this hungry pride is hoping to reverse its fortune this Friday night when the 10-2 team takes on Pulaski Academy for the 5-A title.

Western Hills Art Teacher’s Grant Submission Earns State’s only $10K Technology Grant As LRSD Students Go Global with Hour of Code

November 30, 2015 - Sarah Burns had no idea that her creative “outside the box” thinking would pay off in a big way when she submitted a grant request to help improve technology at Western Hills Elementary where she spends part of her instruction time as an art teacher.   Word came just over a week ago that her school had been the only Arkansas campus selected, along with one entry from each of the 50 states and Washington, DC, to win a $10,000 technology grant.  Burns’ submission detailed how she would incorporate the use of technology in art instruction, and demonstrate that effort during the global movement, the “Hour of Code.”  

The Hour of Code is an international initiative that reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, and provides an opportunity for all of us to see what computer science is about.  The Little Rock School District will have hundreds of students from 16 campuses participating in the “Hour of Code” the week of December 7th , including those attending Roberts and Forest Heights STEM Academy.  To show their excitement about and commitment to this year’s event, staff and students at Forest Heights will be donning Star Wars costumes on campus, Tuesday, December 8.  Last year, LRSD’s students were among 120 million nationwide participating.  Additionally, anyone - ages 4-104, anywhere, can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience is needed.

"The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. "Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries."

New, Earlier Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 School Year

New, this year Open Enrollment in the Little Rock School District began October 19 and ends December 18, 2015 with designated enrollment periods. Open Enrollment will NOT be held in January and February.

Please Note: Applications are still being accepted for Early Childhood P3/P4. 

The last day to submit Forest Heights STEM Academy applications will be December 11, 2015. 

LRCH Senior Name One of Only Five National Student Poets

LRSD is proud to recognize Little Rock Central High Senior David Xiang as one of only five students in the country to be awarded the country’s highest honor for student poets.  See information in article from the National Student Poets Program below.

   

“Every year we have great young people who take this pledge and go on to do some wonderful things. This is the beginning of something phenomenal for each and every one of you. And I am so excited for you. And I don’t want you to be nervous about it . . . I want you to feel empowered by it. You all can do this. You made it to this point. There is nothing you can’t do.”
–First Lady Michelle Obama, during her remarks at the National Student Poets Pinning Ceremony at the White House, October 8, 2015.


First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2015 National Student Poets (from left: Anna Lance, David Xiang, De’John Hardges, Chasity Hale, and Eileen Huang) in the Blue Room of the White House, October 8, 2015. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan for the National Student Poets Program.)

Meet the Class of 2015 National Student Poets

  • The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for young poets (grades 10–11) presenting original work. We are thrilled to introduce the 2015 National Student Poets, who were appointed on October 8, 2015.

David Xiang
Age 17
Little Rock Central High School
Little Rock, AR
Southwest Region


Eileen Huang
Age 15
High Technology High School
Lincroft, NJ
Northeast Region

 


Chasity Hale
Age 16
Miami Arts Charter School
Miami Beach, Florida
Southeast Region


Anna Lance
Age 17
West High School
Anchorage, AK
West Region

 


De’John Hardges
Age 16
Cleveland School of the Arts
Cleveland, OH
Midwest Region
 

 

Former LRSD Teacher of the Year Named 2015 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year

Former Little Rock School District Teacher of the Year, Steven Helmick can now add another distinction to his list of impressive accomplishments - his selection as 2015 Arkansas History Teacher of the Year.  The news about Helmick, now assistant principal at Don Roberts Elementary School, came earlier in the school year, but his school colleagues and officials from the Arkansas Department of Education hosted a surprise reception in his honor Monday at the elementary campus. Helmick was a fifth grade social studies teacher when curriculum specialist Laura Beth Arnold nominated him for the award.  

The local teacher of the year designation is an arm of the National History Teacher of the Year Award program, which supports the teaching of American history in classrooms across the United States. Each year, one K-12 American History teacher is chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, and U.S. Territories. The program is co-sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY® and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America program. 

DJ and Payton - Dynamic Debating Duo - Continues Winning Ways

Not only did Little Rock Central High's DJ Williams and Payton Wood win the University of Michigan Round Robin this weekend, they also won the regular University of Michigan Tournament, placing as the top team in a field of over 100.  And, if that's not awesome enough, Payton and DJ were awarded 2nd and 3rd speaker, respectively!  The two are making quite the impression on the national debate circuit.  See highlighted article. 

Article from HS Impact

Click here to read article on corresponding website - photo and text from article found below.

 

Little Rock WW wins Michigan Tournament and Seniors Round Robin

November 2, 2015 · by Josh Clark

Little Rock Central’s Payton Woods and Darrin Williams had an amazing week.  After already leading the TOC bid count through the first two and a half months of the season, they now have even more accolades to their impressive start.  Payton and Darrin started the week by winning the Seniors Round Robin with a 7-1 record.  Payton was also top speaker and Darrin was 5th.

Public Notice - Discussion of 2014-15 LRSD Annual Report Scheduled for Monday, November 2

 

Public Notice
October 30, 2015

Discussion of 2014-2015 LRSD Annual Report 
Monday, November 2, 2015
LRSD Admin Bldg
810 W. Markham
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    

Parkview Quarterback Named LRSD Athlete of the Month for September 2015

In October of 2014, the Little Rock School District launched a new student-athlete recognition program. Recognizing the importance that athletic competition can have in developing well-rounded, achievement-driven students, the district now recognizes an athlete, or in some cases athletes, to feature as the “LRSD Athlete of the Month.”

September 2015
Parkview Patriots Quarterback Koilon Jackson, a junior, was named Student Athlete of the Month for September. In 5 games he has 34 rushing, 806 passing, 1 rushing TD, 14 passing TD’s and 2 interceptions.
Koilon was instrumental in the recent Parkview Patriot win over rival Little Rock Catholic (35-5). In addition to the important leadership role he plays on the team, Koilon is a solid student who volunteers at his dad’s center, P.A.R.K.  (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids). P.A.R.K. is a non-profit organization which was established in 1993 by Keith Jackson. The mission of P.A.R.K. is to provide "high-risk" students the opportunity to further their education by completing high school so they can attend college.

Click here to read more about other outstanding LRSD student athletes.

Important Message to Parents from ADE Commissioner Johnny Key

Attention LRSD Parents:

Please see an important message below from Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key.

 

October 13, 2015  

Statement and Letter to Parents from Commissioner Johnny Key 

Upon review of the communication regarding the release of scores from the PARCC assessment, it is apparent that we used language that left a misleading impression that Arkansas was backing away from high standards. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the action taken by the State Board of Education on Thursday was adoption of the cut scores for the high school level assessments as recommended by the PARCC states.  

Any assertion that Arkansas has adopted Level 3 as demonstrating proficiency is inaccurate. We fully embrace the higher level of expectations reflected in our standards and our assessment system, as these are critical components of advancing our K-12 education along the path to excellence.

Our description of Level 3 and above as reflecting students being "on track for college and career readiness" was in error. We should have then, as we will from this point forward, used the actual descriptions from PARCC to accurately reflect the performance of students at Level 3 as approaching academic expectations for college and career readiness.

To assist parents in understanding the PARCC results, we have prepared the letter below that explains the levels and what they mean for students. It is our hope that this information will generate robust conversations between parents and educators.

 

New, Earlier Open Enrollment for 2016-17 School Year

          

In an effort to make the Open Enrollment process easier and more convenient for parents, the Little Rock School District has moved up the dates for the 2016-17 school year.  New this year, Open Enrollment will be held from October 19 - December 18, 2015 during periods designated in the chart above.

Check Us Out! Find Out What's New and Exciting in the LRSD!!!

The Little Rock School District offers a variety of educational opportunities to meet your child’s needs.  If you are looking for classrooms that are interesting, innovative and rigorous, be sure to take advantage of visiting any of the district’s K-12 campuses during our “Check Us Out” events.  Simply contact the school you’d like to visit by calling to make an appointment for either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to see for yourself.

Check Us Out Tours
All Schools
Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 8

 

National Champion School King Elementary Opens Live Positively™ Fitness Center

Chairman Jake Steinfeld of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Superintendent Baker Kurrus, Principal Karen Carter, and other distinguished guests  visited King Elementary School to cut the ribbon on the school’s brand new, state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center. 

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils recently selected King Elementary to become a National Champion School. King Elementary School is being recognized for its efforts in promoting physical fitness innovation and healthy living standards to their students.  The fitness center was financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Amerigroup Foundation, and Nike, Inc.

Wakefield Students Raise $4225 in Honor of Classmate with Leukemia

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Wakefield Elementary concluded Childhood Cancer Awareness activities with an assembly to celebrate the results of fundraising efforts for third grade student Channon Dunn, who has been diagnosed and is being treated for Leukemia at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Over a two-week period in September, students had the opportunity to donate a dollar and then color a ribbon orange in support of Channon. The school looked incredible with a virtual sea of orange ribbons lining the walls. The money  raised was donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund in honor of Channon Dunn. The principal, Les Taylor, set a goal of $3000 and by the beginning of the second week it was clear that goal would be met. The goal was then raised to $4000 and once again students exceeded it.  At the end of the two week period, the students and staff at Wakefield raised $4225 for the Cancer Fund at Children’s Hospital. Way to go Wakefield!

Let's Help LRCHS Marching Band & Flagline go to Hawaii

The LRCHS Marching Band has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor with students from across the U.S. and Japan but they need your support to fund the trip. Click here to download the flyer.

DONATE TODAY: Cash/Checks to LRCHS Band may be sent to the school at 1500 S. Park, Little Rock, AR 72202 or online at: http://tinyurl.com/pu8q8lj (fee applied to online donation: 4% +.35)

Monday, December 7 (6PM) Pearl Harbor Memorial Concert – Central HS Auditorium – Donations accepted. Swing Reunion Band will also perform.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser
To start shopping go to: https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/store.htm
Group Number: 990029615, Seller ID: Brice61. You may also contact any band student or Brice Evans: 447-1478, brice.evans@lrsd.org.

Sonic Community First Value Cards
For only $5 you can get $15-18 in savings at Sonic Drive In. Contact any band student to purchase. Or, contact Brice Evans 447-1478, brice.evans@lrsd.org.

LRSD Charts Future for Students With Proposals for New Facilities

Little Rock School District Superintendent Baker Kurrus shared important announcements Thursday that would significantly expand educational opportunities for students.  His letter to LRSD employees and members of the Civic Advisory Committee outlines his proposal below:

Letter from Baker Kurrus Regarding Facilities

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Honoring the Little Rock Nine

On this day in history……………..On September 25, 1957, with 300 United States Army troops standing guard, nine black children were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, days after unruly crowds had forced them to withdraw. Thank you to the LR Nine who first blazed the trail to change, and forever alter the history of civil rights in our country.

We honor the Little Rock Nine today and everyday at what is now a diverse Little Rock Central High School.

 

 

Thank you.........

  • Melba Patillo Beals
  • Elizabeth Eckford
  • Ernest Green
  • Gloria Ray Karlmark
  • Carlotta Walls Lanier
  • Minnijean Brown Trickey
  • Terrance Roberts
  • Jefferson Thomas
  • Thelma Mothershed Wair

 

Roberts Among Top 25 in State for 5th Grade Science Benchmark Exams!

Don Roberts Elementary recently won an Office of Education Policy (OEP) Award for Outstanding Educational Performance. The school was ranked 14th in the state and number two in the Central Region for student performance on the 5th Grade Science Benchmark exam.

Each year, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report entitled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas. These awards are based on the OEP-created “school GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage of students that perform at a particular level on the Benchmark or End-of-Course exam (advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic). To learn more about how we determined the OEP award winners and to see the full list of award recipients, you can view the entire report.

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