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Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday Highlights - June 28, 2019

July is:
National Parks Month
National Culinary Arts Month
Social Wellness Month


Important Dates:
Thursday, July 4th - Independence Day - Offices and Schools Closed




Saying Farewell to Longtime LRSD Educator 
Dr. Sadie Mitchell


The LRSD family wishes to thank Dr. Sadie Mitchell for her nearly 40 years of service to the students and families of the District. Dr. Mitchell is retiring after an extensive career in the classroom and administration.
An avid foodie and cook extraordinaire, Dr. Mitchell will now get to explore more fabulous restaurants and travel the country. Best wishes, Dr. Mitchell!

Congratulations to Central High's Valedictorian and Salutatorian!
Congrats to Michelle Xu and Sarah Shirley, named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, in the 2019 graduating class of Little Rock Central High. Michelle plans to study economics at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Sarah hasn’t decided on her major but will attend Harvard. Your LRSD family is proud of both of you ladies!



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Local Firefighters Visit Camp Can Do 2019 
at Terry Elementary


LR firefighters visited #CampCanDo2019 at Terry Elementary to teach students about fire safety. Then, these brave heroes took pics and autographed coloring sheets for students.


Frankly Reading Students get Special Visit from THV 11




THV 11's Craig O'Neill dropped in to visit students participating in the Frankly Reading Series. O'Neill says he was impressed with the progress students are making.  R.I.S.E. trained LRSD teachers are providing students with intensive support in phonics and phonemic awareness.


In the Community
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Movies in the Park is back!


Riverfront Park400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR, 72201
Pricing: Free

Upcoming movies:
July 3 - The Greatest Showman
July 10 - The Sandlot
July 17 - Dodgeball
July 24 - Jumanji
July 31 - The Help




36th Annual Pops on the River

Dr. Mike Schmoker - Teaching and Leading with Focus



Don’t forget this incredible session with Dr. Mike Schmoker on Friday, July 12.  It’s free, but seats are limited.  Register on MikeSchmoker.eventbrite.com







CALS Used Book Sale!

The Friends of CALS summer used book sale taking place July 11-13. The books are really budget friendly ($2 and under) and educators receive a 25% discount with their school ID. 



Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday Highlights - June 21, 2019

June is:
Men's Health Awareness Month
PTSD Awareness Month
Student Safety Month
African-American Music Appreciation Month


Important Dates to Remember:

July 4th, 2019 - Schools and offices will be closed.






Middle School Superstars Honored at LRSD 
CAB Meeting on June 20th

Anu Iyer (Forest Heights STEM) and Imani Carpenter (Mann Magnet Middle School) were recognized at this month's Community Advisory Board Meeting for their continued, outstanding accomplishments, as well as their commitment to being great ambassadors for LRSD.  Lucky we get to keep them a while longer - they're rising freshmen.  Look out high school!  Both aspire to become medical doctors.
Longtime Employee, Janet Rector, set to Retire

The hard-working men and women of LRSD's Facilities Services team pause to fellowship over a tasty catfish lunch and to say farewell to longtime employee, Janet Rector, who is retiring. Thank you for your tireless service to the LRSD family, Ms. Rector!

And, thanks, Facilities Services Team, for all you do to support students and staff!



LRSD Students had a Wonderful Time at SONOCamp 2019!





Thanks to our partners at UAMS - Dr. Kevin Phelan and team, 60 LRSD students had the experience of a lifetime at #SONOCamp2019! You're quite possibly looking at the next great physicians to come out of Arkansas, and they are from LRSD!

Mann Middle School Educator Selected for Prestigious Declaration of Learning Program


Kelli Kamanga, 6-8th grade U.S. history & English language arts teacher at Mann Magnet Middle School has been selected to participate in the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning program during the 2019-20 school year. The committee says of this distinction, Ms. Kamanga's "selection for this program is a positive reflection on your school and indicates the high level of teaching and learning that occurs at Mann Magnet Middle School."  Way to go, Ms. Kamanga!

Literacy Retreat at the LRSD Admin. Building 
Little Rock School District hosted a Literacy Retreat last Saturday morning on June 15th.


Congrats to LRSD's CAB Board Chair, Jeff Wood, for making Little Rock's 40 Under 40!


Congrats to former CAB member, Kandi Chitman Hughes, who was also featured in the Little Rock 40 Under 40!





Education Spaces Taking Shape at New
 Little Rock Southwest High School



Members of the Southwest Business Alliance and Chamber of Little Rock got to check out the new educational digs at  LRSH!  Most of the brick work is complete at the building and classrooms are taking shape as Nabholz crews and our architect partners at Polk, Stanley, Wilcox work day-in and day-out to ensure an on-time opening for 2020.  #FollowtheGryphons

Our Own Pageant Honoree
Congrats to LRCH grad, Jamee McAdoo (right), Miss Heritage Outstanding Teen 2019, who also won scholarship prizes at last weekend's 82 Miss Arkansas Pageant as part of the teen competition.  Jamee is joined by Miss Heritage 2019, Dana Tisdale. Jamee was also named the overall 3rd Runner-up as Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen. 

In the Community
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Riverfront Park400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR, 72201
Pricing: Free

Upcoming movies:
June 26 - Apollo 13
July 3 - The Greatest Showman
July 10 - The Sandlot
July 17 - Dodgeball
July 24 - Jumanji

July 31 - The Help


Friday-Sunday

"Willy Wonka Jr." at The Rep: A musical treat for generations of candy lovers! Come see a talented cast of local, young actors bring this magical story to life on The Rep stage. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more info. Tickets start at $15.




LRSD Staff Register Through Professional Development Portal
All Other Guests Use:  MikeSchmoker.eventbrite.com 






Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Highlights - June 14, 2019




June is:
Men's Health Awareness Month
PTSD Awareness Month
Student Safety Month
African-American Music Appreciation Month


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Important Dates:

Friday, June 14 - Flag Day

Sunday, June 16 - Father's Day

Wednesday, June 19 - Juneteenth

Thursday, June 20 - Community Advisory Board Meeting - 5:30 p.m. 




Congratulations to LRSD's Newest "Retirement Club"!
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Congrats to LRSD's newest "Retirement Club" members: Patricia Boykin, Beverly Jones, and Katherine Snyder. Lupe Pena and Suzanne Proctor, who have accepted principal's positions near their hometowns, were also applauded.

LR Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., a product of LRSD, joined Supt. Mike Poore and Deputy Supt. Sadie Mitchell in celebrating their leadership and service to the District.

Additionally, principals and assistant principals who have completed their first-year assignments were also honored.

Dr. Sadie Mitchell, who will also be retiring after nearly 40 years with LRSD, will be recognized during a separate celebration. The mayor indicated he would be proclaiming a "Dr, Sadie Mitchell" Day. We will keep you posted.

Thank you all for your dedication to the children and families of our District.



LRSD Literacy Retreat 

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As LRSD continues efforts to enhance delivery of support to students, a retreat focused on literacy is scheduled for this Saturday.


LRSD 10th Grade Students at 2019 SONOcamp
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Talk about a fantastic opportunity! These rising LRSD 10th grade students are participating in the 2019 SONOcamp at UAMS. They’ll have the opportunity to study the cardiovascular system and how it works.


Attention LRSD Teachers!


Camp Can Do
English Language Learners getting lots of support through LRSD summer program, "Camp Can Do." The program is actually underway now at two sites – Terry and Watson Elementary schools.

Camp Can Do students at Terry are working on cardinality, number sense, algebraic thinking and problem solving with @ImagineLearning Blueprint.

LRSD Educators in the Community Spotlight!


Congrats to Emily Harrell, English language arts teacher at Pinnacle View Middle School, who successfully completed the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.  Ms. Harrell was honored during a special program at the Clinton Center Thursday night, with Governor Asa Hutchinson as the keynote speaker.  

The Arkansas Declaration of Learning program is very competitive.  Educators selected for the 2018-19 program began with a week-long intensive training led by state and national partners during June 2018. During the training, participants learned to use historic art and objects in their classroom and school libraries to bring the subjects they teach to life. During the school year, they developed dynamic unit and lesson plans – and launched a civic engagement project – that helped engage students in active learning and illustrated the importance of civic engagement.  




Whitney Mosley, McDermott Elementary School Speech/Language Pathologist (red jacket), recently named the "2019 Taste of Finest" Honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  She will be honored during a special dinner, August 16th at the Statehouse Convention Center.  Way to go, Ms. Mosley!

In the Community...
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From our Friends at the Downtown Partnership:



The 2nd Annual East Village Jam is this Saturday, June 15. Presented by Riceland, spend a beautiful summer evening with great people enjoying great music, great food trucks, great beverages, all in a great neighborhood. It is running from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. on the Clinton Center lawn!

 

 
Movies in the Park


Riverfront Park400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR, 72201
Pricing: Free

Upcoming movies:
June 19 - Dumb and Dumber
June 26 - Apollo 13
July 3 - The Greatest Showman
July 10 - The Sandlot
July 17 - Dodgeball
July 24 - Jumanji
July 31 - The Help
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LRSD Staff Register Through Professional Development Portal
All Other Guests Use:  MikeSchmoker.eventbrite.com