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Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday Highlights 9.27.19




Important Dates
October is: 

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Head Start Awareness Month
National ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

Monday, September 30, Superintendent’s Citation Program,
 LRSD Boardroom, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, School Custodian Appreciation Day
Thursday, October 3, Registration Deadline for November SAT
Saturday, October 5, SAT Test

Monday – Wednesday, October 7-9, LRSD Check Us Out Tours, All Schools
Thursday, October 10, Parent Conference Day 1, After School – 3 hours
Thursday, October 10, End of 1st Quarter
Friday, October 11, Parent Conference Day 2
 (Elementary 8 am – noon, Secondary: 9 am – 1 pm)
Friday, October 11, Grandparents Day Luncheon for Winners
Saturday, October 12, LRSD Magnet Fair at Park Plaza

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or LRSD.org)
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Highlights/Events
This week, we paid homage to the nine courageous students who helped integrate Central High School.  Today, Central is one of the most diverse campuses with students from more than 30 countries, who come from homes where more than 20 languages are spoken.
  Thank you for opening doors, Little Rock Nine!



Great News!
LRSD was named one of the top workplaces in Arkansas for 2018, according to zippia.com.
Zippia officials say the rankings are based on the collection of data, diversity in the workplace, and pay, to name a few.

LRSD placed 10th out of the top 20 in the city and 36th out of 100 in the state.


STUDENTS CHART “PATHS” FOR THE FUTURE


LRSD partnered with the City of Little Rock to pilot a new program aimed at “Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies” (PATHS). This is a new social and emotional learning program which includes developing self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skill, and responsible-decision making.  Three schools are participating:  Meadowcliff, Brady, and Stephens.

LRSD College Night a Big Hit!

 













Hundreds of students, along with parents, counselors and financial aid professionals, participated in the 45th Annual College Night.  This event allowed students to visit with recruiters from nearly 100 colleges/universities. Coordinator Lequieta Grayson said this event provides one-stop shopping for those planning for their future.


Story Time with Pastors


Wakefield Elementary staff and students recently welcomed the Story Time with Pastors group. This was the group's first visit this school year and they were warmly welcomed by Wakefield  Girl Scouts. The Story Time with Pastors effort allows pastors from Central Arkansas to support local schools and children through reading.



Henderson Middle School Mentor/Mentee Mixer



Volunteers from Mt. Zion and Calvary Baptist Churches visited Henderson Middle School to mentor sixth grade young men.  This first visit by the “Zionalvary” group was a meet-and-greet for the members to become acquainted. The group plans to meet weekly during lunch to promote leadership and support success for the students.


Forest Park Elementary Hosts Patriotic Tribute



Forest Park Elementary students and staff hosted an assembly featuring special guests Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, City of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore and Battalion Chief Bryan Adkins.  The fourth and fifth graders performed patriotic songs and LR Central High's Color guard presented the flags.




New Grandparents Day Winners Lunch Date - Friday, October 11th  
(Above Photo from 2018) Reminder - Grandparents' Luncheon has been moved to October 11th!  













In the Community…











DIP, SIP, REPEAT at the 9th Annual World Cheese Dip Championship, Saturday, October 5th from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center (1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201). Make your taste buds heard and vote to help crown the World Cheese Dip Champions.
All proceeds benefit Harmony Health Clinic. HHC provides free medical and dental services to the uninsured in Pulaski County. For more information, visit www.harmonyclinicar.org.
Tickets:
Pre-sale tickets are $10 online ($15 at the gate) and children 5 and under are FREE. Military Veterans, Active Military, Law Enforcement and EMT $8 with valid ID.
Entry fee includes chips provided by On The Border and cheese dip samples from our contestants. Water, beverages and hot dogs will be for sale and will benefit Harmony Health Clinic.








Friday, September 20, 2019

Friday Highlights 9.20.19


Important Dates
September is: 

National School Success Month
Attendance Awareness Month
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


Friday, September 20, Registration deadline for October ACT

Monday, 23, Progress Reports (sent home/available online)
*******Tuesday, September 24, College Night, Metroplex 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25, Grandparents Day Facebook Sweepstakes ends

Monday, September 30, Superintendent’s Citation Program, LRSD Boardroom,
5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, School Custodian Appreciation Day
Thursday, October 3, Registration Deadline for November SAT
Friday, October 11, Grandparents Day Luncheon for Winners

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or LRSD.org)




Save-the-Date…
Magnet Fair – October 12, 2019 at Park Plaza Mall




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Highlights/Events



Souvenir Football Commemorates Last Game



Some lucky fans will be taking home a souvenir football following tonight’s game between McClellan and J.A. Fair.  It's the last time these two teams will meet during the football season.  Don't miss this exciting showcase!  Tonight - 7 p.m. - McClellan Home Field


Future Gryphons Checking out Their New Digs


Students, teachers and LRSD officials got a sneak peek at the newly constructed Southwest High School. A group of incoming students were on hand to see their “new home.” The school is scheduled to open in August 2020. #LRSDPowerofUS


No Debate about Winning LRCH Team Members!


The LRCH Debate recently traveled to the University of Kentucky at Lexington for the 2019 National Debate Season Opener where Seniors Sakshi Garg and Valorie Lam earned their first bid to to Tournament of Champions of the 2019-2020 season!  Garg and Lam finished preliminary rounds with a 4-2 record in a pool of 77 teams, and defeated Alpharetta (GA) in the Double-Octafinals round, ADL (International) in the Octafinals round, and Cypress Bay (FL) in the Quarterfinals round. They finished their amazing run at in the Final Four (Semifinals) in a close 2-1 decision to a second Alpharetta team and eventual tournament champions. 

This is the start of what is certain to be a historic season for Garg and Lam, who were vying for  their second bid last weekend at the Greenhill Fall Classic in Addison, TX. 

Additionally, LRCH advanced Sophomore Joe Rhee and Junior Abdullah Ahmed to the Double-Octafinals round, where they faced off with the formidable Montgomery Bell Academy (TN) in a hard fought 2-1 round. 


Junior Nicole Doris earned a speaker award, placing 13th out of 154 individual speakers.  Congrats to these awesome students!


Dunbar Students Hoping to Cash in at Stock Market Games



Dunbar Magnet Middle School is partnered with Rotary Club 99. Recently, Dr. William Delsa’s 6th and 7th grade classes were instructed on playing The Stock Market Game by Rotary member, Mr. Joel Amaro, a stockbroker with Raymond James. He explained the duties of a stockbroker, as well as advised students on investing in the stock market. Other Rotary Club members will be assisting Dunbar in Dr. Delsa’s classroom throughout the year to assist students in managing their stock portfolios.




Students Enjoy Picnic with the Bears!
Photo above depicts Washington PreK 3 and Prek 4 Annual Teddy Bear Picnic, featuring Brian and Terri Kinder. 


Governor Proclaims Corn Month



Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Tonya Sproles-Counselor (right), and Ruby Stewart-Brown-PreK Teacher attending the signing of Governor's Proclamation of October as Arkansas Corn Month.






Join the Feet to the Seat Community Walk/Activities


Remember, tomorrow, all LRSD schools are encouraged to participate in the District-wide Community Walk/School Events to promote school attendance.  That's when we'll be taking our #FeettotheStreet!  Be sure to post photos of your activities using all of these hashtags:  #LRSDPowerofUS, #LRSDFeettotheSeat, #LRSDFeettotheStreet






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Winners not shown here, but these LRSD ladies from Dodd, Central, Admin, and Baseline enjoyed the Educator's Reception hosted by Dillard's last weekend!  A teacher from Brady won a $300 gift card while a teacher from Dodd won a $200 gift card.  We'll keep you posted for the next event.



New Winners Lunch Date - Friday, October 11th   


Don't forget to post your great photos with your fav grandparent poses!
Grandparents could be enjoying lunch with Supt. Mike Poore!  New lunch date, October 11th!
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In the Community...









FREE September Music Series – Jazz in the Park on Wednesdays – 6-8 PM


River Market Area
Next Week Features Rodney Block




All the great information below comes to you from LR Family:


Friday-Sunday

Duck Duck Goose at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds
"Peter Pan" Screenings at Movie Tavern

Saturday

Thea Paves the Way at the Clinton Center Grounds: Groups will donate their creativity to design artwork on sidewalks, using chalk.  8 - noon.  FREE but must register online to reserve a spot. 
Breakfast with the Cheetas at the Little Rock Zoo:  VIP experience up close and personal with cheetahs, Oscar and Boomer  - 8:30 - 10 a.m.  
ACANSA Children's Art Day at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library: Visit the library for crafts and improv workshops hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center, coloring with Jane Hankins, storytime with KTHV's Craig O'Neill, and more!  - 10- 1
Barnaroo at Heifer Village and Urban Farm: Celebration of international transFARMations - hands-on crafts for kids and adults, engage in international activities, 10-2  FREE Admission!
Turkish Food Fest at the Raindrop Foundation: Enjoy Mediterranean and central Asian cuisine 11 - 6FREE admission!
Running of the Bulls Fun Run in East Village: No live animals, the encierro, or bull run.  This event will have horned members of central Arkansas' roller derby league chasing runners down the street with proceeds benefiting Family Promise of Pulaski County. Registration is $15 for kids and $35 for adults. 3 p.m.
Sunday
Main Street Food Truck Festival: Downtown Little Rock. 11-6 , features 50 food trucks with every kind of cuisine imaginable.  
Arkansas Peace Fest at Central High School: From 2-4 p.m. enjoy arts, crafts, food, music and fun aimed at kids ages 1-12.. FREE!




Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Highlights 9.13.19



Important Dates
September is: 

National School Success Month
Attendance Awareness Month
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Saturday, September 14, ACT Test
Sunday, September 15, Hispanic Heritage Month begins

Tuesday, September 17, Open House (ALL High Schools)
Thursday, September 19, Community Advisory Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 20, Registration deadline for October ACT

Monday, 23, Progress Reports (sent home/available online)
Tuesday, September 24, College Night, Metroplex 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25, Grandparents Day Facebook Sweepstakes ends

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or LRSD.org)


Save-the-Date…
Magnet Fair – October 12, 2019 at Park Plaza Mall


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Highlights and Events

Life Changer of the Year Nominee



Hearty congratulations to Nicolas Williams, Mann Magnet Middle School, for his nomination as 2019-20 LifeChanger of the Year! The LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards K-12 school employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students. He is in the running for up to $5,000. Consequently, Mann Magnet is also in the running for a cash prize. Let’s cheer him on to win!  #LCOY #MakingaDifference



National Merit Semifinalists Named and LRSD Has Impressive Showing…

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists! LRSD has 16 students, one of the most in the state, earning the distinction as National Merit Semifinalists. Central High School tied with a northwest Arkansas high school, having the most at 15, while Parkview Magnet High School had one semifinalist named. The District will host a special reception to recognize the students on November 11th. Additional details will be announced. #PreparedforLife #LRSDScholar

CENTRAL H. S.
Baker, Keeling;
Bates, Jessica L.
Garg, Sakshi
Helms, Andrew D.
Kang, Kelvin L.
Li, Anne
Li, Audrey D.
Liu, Jessica
Nischal, Nathania
Patel, Jahnavi M.
Rike, Mason
Vaddavalli, Rishith
Williams, Owen H.
Zhang, Rachel
Zhang, Taylor


PARKVIEW ARTS AND SCIENCE MAGNET H. S.
Schick, Emily G.


Cloverdale Teacher Receives Scholarship

Lisa Sabir, named  recipient of a scholarship for National History Day’s (NHD) Legacies of World War I webinar series. NHD announced that  Sabir, a teacher at Cloverdale Middle School, is engaged in an online course with teachers from around the world to study the Legacies of World War I. This program is marked by live webinars with four World War I experts, and teachers can earn graduate credit or professional development hours for their participation.


Big Things Happenin' in Southwest Little Rock!

Metro Tech Career Constructions Students All About the Business with New Work Tables!




 Little Rock Southwest High School Principal Marvin Burton Updates SWLR Business Alliance on New High School #FollowtheGryphons

Some lucky fans will be taking home a souvenir football following next Friday's game between McClellan and J.A. Fair.  It's the last time these two teams will meet during the football season.  Don't miss this exciting showcase!  7 p.m. - McClellan Home Field



2019ATOY Guest Speaker at 

LRPTA's First Meeting of the Year 


2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Stacey James McAdoo (left) was the guest speaker for the Little Rock PTA Council meeting. She is shown here receiving an award from Dr. FranSha Anderson, Council President. McAdoo captivated the audience with a poetry reading and explained that poetry levels the playing field for her students. “It changes lives of students by increasing their critical thinking and creative skills,” McAdoo stated.




Remember, next Saturday, all LRSD schools are encouraged to participate in the District-wide Community Walk/School Events to promote school attendance.  That's when we'll be taking our #FeettotheStreet!  Be sure to post photos of your activities using all of these hashtags:  #LRSDPowerofUS, #LRSDFeettotheSeat, #LRSDFeettotheStreet









Nurses make it all feel better. Thanks for making a difference for McDermott students, Nurse Annette Shirrell! #LRSDPowerofuS








In the Community…



Visit the LRSD Staff Lounge for a Special Message-
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 For Teacher Breakfast Event Ths Sunday

Free September Music Series – Jazz in the Park on Wednesdays – 6-8 PM
River Market Area