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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.   
 

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

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.”

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