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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Friday Highlights - December 14, 2018

Please share your input on the recommendations for the LRSD Community Blueprint.   The link to the  survey is found here:
Please remember that the deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday, December 19th.  Thank you for taking time to share your input.

Open Enrollment Extended Through January 11, 2019

LRSD has implemented a new electronic registration process and  we are aware that some of our patrons may need additional time to apply on the Gateway system. Therefore, we are extending the Open Enrollment period until the close of the business day January 11, 2019. The extension will not impact on the date parents will be notified of the 2019-2020 assignments.

Important Dates

December is:
Universal Human Rights Month

Tuesday, December 18
Semester Exams
LREA Executive Board Meeting 5PM
Community Advisory Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Metro Career Tech, Activity Center
Wednesday, December 19Semester Exams
End of 2nd Quarter (42 Days)

**Winter Vacation - December 20 - January 1**

Tuesday, January 2
Record/Work Day - Students Out
Offices Open



SO Selects Artwork by Carver Student To Be Featured On Their Postcard for Patrons!

Last year, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's (ASO) Quapaw Quartet visited Carver Magnet Elementary and students had an opportunity to create an artistic response to ASO’s “Picturing Music.” It is exciting news to learn that Caiden Ross's artwork will be featured on this year's postcard that the ASO is sending out to its patrons. Congratulations Caiden!

Mann Middle Student, Imani Carpenter, receives 
Youth Leadership Award

Current and former LRSD staffers attended the Stand Foundation Gala in support of Mann Magnet Middle School's Imani Carpenter. Imani was honored with the foundation's Youth Leadership Award for her outstanding academic accomplishments and civic/community/ involvement. Congratulations Imani, and proud Principal Keith McGee.
LRSD also wishes to congratulate long-time community partner Ed Choate, Delta Dental, who was recognized as well.

Booker T. Washington Students Enjoy Educational Magic Show on Electrical Safety 

Scott Davis presented an entertaining and educational magic show, Making Accidents Disappear, to 3rd – 5th grade students at Washington Elementary School. The program is sponsored by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and teaches students about electrical safety.

LRSD’s Stacey McAdoo Honored at ADE Board Meeting December 13, 2018

3rd Annual Carver Magnet Lip Sync Battle was a Success! 

We had a great night with our Lip Sync Battle and raised over $500 to help send students to Space Camp. This was Carver's 3rd annual competition and the talent just keeps getting better and better each year. Thank you to EVERYONE involved in making this event successful!

2019 Winners:

2019 Lip Sync Battle Champion - Mackenzie A. - 4th Grade

1st Place - Brooklyn M. - 5th Grade

2nd Place - Riley J. - 5th Grade

3rd Place - Alynnea W. - 4th Grade

4th Place - Jordan B. - 5th Grade

Inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition at 
LRSD Admin!

Congrats, Cassandra Steele for winning the office contest and Bri Copeland who was the pick of Facebook fans! (Above)

LRSD Has Three Schools Named to Top 25 Y.E.S. Competition (January 25)
A “smart cane” to help the visually impaired better overcome obstacles, designer clothing for
canines, bounce balls shaped like space rocks, aromatherapy slime, and a portable flower garden are among the top 25 business ideas judged this week to be the best in the state for Arkansas Capital Corporation’s 2019 Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas 5th – 8th grade business plan competition, sponsored by Simmons Bank. These 25 finalist teams will be coming to Park Plaza in Little Rock for the 14th annual Y.E.S. for Arkansas Expo Day, Friday, January 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Nearly 130 teams from 31 elementary, middle, and junior high schools in 12 counties submitted business plans and presented to more than 50 judges to make it  to Expo Day. Congrats to our teams from Henderson, Pinnacle View and Pulaski Heights Middle Schools, are still in the running for prizes.  Let's cheer them on Friday, January 25th!  Good luck, teams!

Central High Junior Earns Prestigious Appearance at 
Carnegie Hall

Kate Kelly a junior at Little Rock Central High School has been selected for the 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Sydney Opera House.
Kate will perform Alto 2 vocals with the Honors Choir in February at Carnegie Hall and in August at the Sydney Opera House. Participation in the Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. This is pretty awesome!  Kate, your LRSD family is so proud of you!

These Lil' Carver Cuties Featured on KARK This Week
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Friday Highlights - December 7, 2018

December is:
Universal Human Rights Month

Saturday, December 8 - ACT Test

Monday, December 10 Hanukkah Ends at Sunset, Superintendent's Citation Program

Tuesday, December 11 - LR PTA Council Meeting (Parkview High School, 11:30AM), LREA Rep. Council Meeting 5PM

Thursday, December 13 - Community Advisory Board Meeting 5:30PM

Friday, December 14 -  Semester Exams

Monday, December 17 - Semester Exams

Tuesday, December 18 - LREA Executive Board Meeting 5PM, Semester Exams

Wednesday, December 19 - End of 2nd Quarter (42 Days), Semester Exams

**Winter Vacation - December 20 - January 1**

Tuesday, January 2 - Record/Work Day - Students Out - Offices Open

Mann Middle T.S.A. Club Compete in UA-Little Rock VEX Robotics Tournament

This past weekend several students in the Mann Middle School Technology Student Association (T.S.A.) Club and Engineering Technology Education course participated and competed in the UA-Little Rock VEX Robotics Tournament. They had to use problem-solving skills, computer science/coding, documentation, and collaborate with other students/schools in order to succeed. The Engineering/Robotics students won several awards -
Tournament Champion (Middle School Division): Winner of the Middle School (6-9th grade) Division Tournament Game play
Tournament Champion (High School Division): Winner of the High School (8-12th grade) Division Tournament Game play
Excellence Award (Middle School Division): The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high quality VEX robotics program. This team is a strong contender in numerous award categories. Excellence winners must have a highly detailed Engineering Notebook.
Key criteria:
• Design Award ranking
• Tournament Qualification Matches ranking
• Robot Skills Challenge ranking
• Other Judged Award rankings
• High quality VEX robotics program
2nd Place Design Award: The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management and team organization. Only teams that submit Engineering Notebooks are eligible for the Design Award
3rd Place Judges Award: is presented to a team that the Judges determine is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the event that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.
Congrats to the following team members:
Emily Rey, Lucy Triplett -7th Grade
Jared Alexander, Joshua Rojas, Sarah Starnes, Ken Starnes, Gustavo Andrade - 8th Grade

Books 4 Kids to Benefit Dodd Elementary Students

Philander Smith Basketball Team sorted books at Goodwill as part of Books 4 Kids! The team sorted 1,370 books to benefit Dodd Elementary students—this means 1,370 books to be given to our students!!

Winners of Jefferson Elementary Spelling Bee

Jefferson Elementary is proud to announce their 2018-2019 Spelling Bee winners!  3rd place is Elizabeth Dyer, 2nd place is Eleanor Tilbury and 1st place is Henry Littlejohn.  Henry will go on to represent Jefferson Elementary in the District Spelling Bee.

Congrats to Parkview's JAG Team for Placing 1st at Nationals in D.C.!

Kameryn Baker, Aumri Duncan, and Jose Santos placed first in the Project Based Learning (PBL) Showcase at the Arkansas Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) Student Leadership Competition in Little Rock in October and as result, they had the opportunity to represent Arkansas at the JAG National Student Leadership Academy and Competition in Washington, DC in November. The team placed first again in DC at JAG Nationals with their project, “Students Against Violence”. Congratulations JAG Team!

LRSD Stephens Elementary Gift-Giving Tree Featured on KARK Channel 4!
This year students from Stephens Elementary made ornaments with a wish-list of their top 3 books instead of toys. Now, anyone can stop by the school, pick an ornament or two from the tree, and then help promote literacy by buying and donating one of the listed books. Students are off for a couple weeks during the holiday season and they can cozy up with their favorite book and it promotes reading. The school will accept books for the students until Dec. 19.