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Central High Debate Students Raise the Bar, Again

Little Rock Central High School won first place in the Arkansas Bar Association's Regional High School Mock Trial Competition held March 2 in Ft. Smith. The tem advances to the state level in Little Rock on March 9, 2013, where they will vie for the opportunity to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Championship later this year in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Last year the Central High team won the State Championship and competed for the national title in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Little Rock Central High participants were Sarthak Garg, Ryan Gauger, Ian Goza, John Harpool, David Xiang, Joseph Hwang, Astha Mittal, Maddison Perry and Drew Ricciardone.Their sponsoring teacher was Kathleen Holladay and attorney coaches were Clarke Tucker and Matt Wells. Mrs. Melinda Bieth and Mr. Bob Goza assisted.

Lynn Lisk of Fort Smith, program director and assistant professor in the Legal Assistance/Paralegal Program at UAFS, said the competition teaches high school students about the legal system and how it works. He called the competition "an invaluable tool."

Hall's Mandy Nguyen Named Poetry Out Loud State Champ

Hall High’s School Champion, tenth grader Mandy Nguyen, won the title of Arkansas State Champion in the statewide Poetry Out Loud Contest held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Pulaski Technical College Auditorium.  Nguyen along with Hall’s poetry coach, Ms. Georgia Walton, will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to represent Arkansas in the national contest. As the State champion, Mandy won a $200.00 first place prize and Hall won a $500.00 award for use on poetry related items. This is the third state level win for Hall High School and Ms. Walton, the only high school and poetry coach to have that distinction in the State. Three wins from a single high school and poetry coach is also believed to be a National distinction throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Hall’s previous winners are the late Roshundalyn Scribner in 2006 and Temple Price in 2008.

Parkview Drama Students take Arkansas History on the Road

The Parkview drama department brings Arkansas history alive with an original children’s touring show about Arkansas’ past.  During the month of February, the Parkview Drama Department tours “Nate and Addie’s Arkansas Adventures,” a fast-paced family friendly show featuring five stories from Arkansas past.  In addition to performances as a part of the Dr. Seuss Birthday week at the Clinton Presidential Center on Feb. 26th and March 1st, the 22 Parkview students toured the show to Romine, Franklin, and Rockefeller Elementary School performing for approximately 750 students. Additionally the show was performed at Horace Mann Middle School for 275 7th grade Arkansas History students.

LRCHS Cheerleaders Take Top Spot at Nationals

Little Rock Central High School cheerleaders, the Little Rock Tigers, received first place in the level 5 high school division of the Cheersport National Cheerleading Competition that took place in Atlanta Feb. 15 to 17. The Little Rock Tigers scored 89.67 for their performance at the competition—the highest score of all the high school divisions in the competition. Over 900 teams compete in the Cheersport National Cheerleading Competitions to show off their cheer skills and advance their status in the cheer world.


Training the Trainers to Bully Proof Our Schools

This week training sessions for elementary and secondary school administrators are being held at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The Bully Proofing Series training includes information about how to identify bullying, how to approach students after bullying has taken place and how to prevent bullying. According to Kevin Englande, regional vice president at Sopris Learning, “The goal of this week’s training sessions is to help administrators provide safer environments for learning.”

Specific strategies for training staff and helpful information on scheduling are included in the Administrator’s Guide to Staff Development.  A guide for working with victims and bullies explains the psychology of bullies and their victims and provides intervention strategies aimed at supporting victims of bullying and helping bullies develop the skills to change their behavior. Teachers will receive a manual with a complete classroom curriculum, strategies for fostering parent collaboration and a resource guide.

Four LRCH AVID Students Named Dell Scholar Semi-finalists

Join us in congratulating Central High AVID students Kinjal Patel, Rozena Stewart, Britney Washington and Trevyon West for being named semi-finalists for the Dell Scholars program. (left to right: Treyvon West, Britney Washington, Rozena Stewart and Kinjal Patel)

Your Stars, Your Tray, Your Way!

An innovative approach to serving school lunch will mean more food choices for students in school meal programs and minimize plate waste in the Little Rock School District. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the District's Child Nutrition Department will begin implementing the National School Lunch Program-Healthy School Meals initiative called "Offer Versus Serve" (OVS) in elementary schools for students in grades 3 through 5.

OVS, also known as the "Your Stars, Your Tray, Your Way," meal plan is designed to help students identify food groups and know what food will be served in each group. There are five colors that represent the different food groups offered: Fruit (red), Vegetable (green), Grain (orange), Meat/Meat Alternative (purple) and Milk (blue). Students must select 3 food groups and 1 must be a fruit or vegetable. All 5 colors are best, but "3-a-day" equal a healthy tray.



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