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Back to Back Science Olympiad Champs

Central High’s Science Olympiad Team is the two time state champion, 2012 and 2013. The Arkansas State Science Olympiad Competition was held at University of Arkansas at Little Rock under the direction of Dr. Eric Kaufmann on February 23, 2013.

Central had three, 15 member teams participate in the event. Our Tiger Team placed sixth, our Black Team Placed fourth and our Gold Team placed first. Abhilasha Gokulan, the captain of the Gold Team, was elected onto the Arkansas Science Olympiad Board of Directors and is the first student in the state to hold this position.

Our team now qualifies to attend the National Science Olympiad competition in Dayton, Ohio May 15-19. We are currently raising funds so that ALL members of our three teams will be able to attend the national event. Our students will be fundraising around the city. More details to come. Please support our teams!

LRSD Names Marvin Burton Interim Superintendent

Little Rock School District Associate Superintendent Marvin Burton has been selected to serve as interim superintendent when Dr. Morris Holmes' resignation goes into effect Friday, March 22.

Burton, who is the associate superintendent for secondary schools, has been with the District since 1989, having served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. His role will be temporary while working as the lead member of a three-person transitional leadership team until superintendent designee Dr. Dexter Suggs arrives this summer.

The remaining members of the leadership team are Associate Superintendent of Accountability Dennis Glasgow and Chief Financial Officer Kelsey Bailey. Board president Diane Curry was given the authority by the Board to work with the team and to name an acting superintendent from among the three members.  The team will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at LRSD with some guidance from Dr. Suggs.


Hall Warriors Visit Gibbs

On Friday, March 11, the Hall High Warriors and Hall High Lady Warriors visited students at Gibbs International Magnet School during the noon hour.

Head Coaches Jon Coleman and Selita Farr brought the teams including McDonald’s All Americans, Bobby Portis and Tyler Scaife, to talk with younger students about the importance of being a STUDENT athlete on any high school sports team. 

LRSD Celebrates “Theatre in our Schools” Month

March is Theatre in Our Schools month! LRSD has a proud history of providing drama opportunities for kindergarten though 12th grade students with drama programs in all five LRSD high schools and specialty programs in several middle and elementary schools. The Little Rock School District also offers more programs, productions, and courses than any surrounding school district.

According to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, “Our children must be allowed to develop their unique skills, interests, and talents. Let’s give them that opportunity.”

Theatre arts are an essential part of every child’s education, encouraging young people to develop greater artistic literacy, inspiring life-long creativity and involvement with the arts. Drama based activities provide an invaluable outlet for self-expression. Studying drama is beneficial for students and increases their capabilities for conflict resolution, social development, community connection, empathy, and self-control, as well as their understanding of other subjects, including English, math, social studies, and physical education.

See more about the benefits of Theatre in Education:

Coming Soon to LRSD:
Central High School: High School Musical March 26th - 28th
Parkview Arts / Science Magnet High School: Hairspray April 5th – 7th
J.A. Fair High School: Bull in a China Shop by C.B. Gilford April11th -12th

LRSD Student Art Selected for Arts Center Exhibition

LRSD students from three elementary schools and one high school were selected as winners at the 52nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. Washington Elementary fourth grader, Jalesa Humphrey and Little Rock Central eleventh grader, Zach Blair, were selected as “Best of Class” for their grade level. Carver Magnet Elementary Kindergartener, Andrew Daniel, and Wakefield Elementary third grader, Ricardo Alvarez, both received Honorable Mention recognition for their grade level.

This year’s awards reception will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 7th, in the Children's Theater, in conjunction with an Arts Center Family Festival.

Image #1 (top): Jalesa Humphrey—Washington Elementary (4th grade)
Image#2 : Zach Blair—Little Rock Central High (11th grade)

Image #3 (bottom left): Andrew Daniel—Carver Magnet Elementary (Kindergarten)
Image#4 (bottom right): Ricardo Alvarez— Wakefield Elementary (3rd grade)


Pulaski Heights Middle School Students Know History

Please congratulate the National History Day District 7 winners from Pulaski Heights. PHMS students won 13 awards and even swept one category, Historical Paper. Ms. Buford received the award for Outstanding Junior Division Teacher. Most of these students will move on to the state level competition on April 20, 2013 at UCA.

Historical Paper 1st – Alex Crawford, 2nd – Lillian Clement, 3rd – Angie Brown

Individual Performance 1st - Owen Kong-McLain

Documentary Honorable Mention – Stevie Wise

Individual Exhibit 1st – Jack Curtis

Group Exhibit 2nd – Makynzi Watson-Williams & Jordan Staggers, Honorable Mention – Tulshi Amin & Meredith Hatfield

Individual Website 1st Hannah Cozart, 2nd – Madeline Wood, Honorable Mention – Sam Griffin

Group Website 1st – Addison Stone, Alex Pickell, Elisabeth Bates; 3rd – Olivia Hope, Megan Sander, Riley Chafin

Double Spotlight for Gibbs Art Program

THEA FOUNDATION GIFT Gibbs Magnet Elementary School artists have been given a wonderful gift of art supplies! Herron Horton Architects founders, Jennifer Herron and Jeff Horton, made a generous donation to the Thea Foundation that was matched by the Foundation. Herron Horton Architects made the stipulation that the art support  go to Gibbs where both of their children attended school.

Hall High Hoops - Boys and Girls Teams Celebrate Wins at State Tourney

LRSD is proud to salute the Hall High Warriors girls and boys teams as they bounce to victory in State Championship play this past weekend.  Evan James, a senior guard, hit a 3-pointer after a nail-biter to secure Hall's 34-33 victory over Jonesboro in the Class 6A final.  The Lady Warriors also proved they could hold their own by defeating Parkview's Lady Patriots 56-45 in the Class 6A girls finals.  Standout senior Tyler Scaife led the Lady Warriors with 23 points.  Scaife and Bobby Portis, who had 10 points and 17 rebounds in Hall's boy's game, will represent the state in the McDonald's All American games next month. 


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