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Friday, October 25, 2019

Friday Highlights 10.25.19

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
Wednesday, October 23 – 31, Red Ribbon Week
Saturday, October 26, ACT Test
Saturday, October 26, Susan G. Komen, Central Arkansas “More Than Pink” Walk

Monday, October 28, Superintendent’s Citation Program
Thursday, October 31, Halloween
Thursday, October 31, Professional Development Day – STUDENTS OUT
Friday, November 1, Professional Development Day - STUDENTS OUT
Saturday, November 1, SAT Test

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or


Big Wins in Texas

LRCH senior debaters Sakshi Garg and Valorie Lam continue to lead the nation in bids to the Tournament of Champions! Garg and Lam earned their FOURTH BID to the TOC this weekend at the Heart of Texas Invitational hosted by St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas. The Heart of Texas is one of the most elite invitation-only tournaments of the season, and is attended by the best debate teams in the country. They finished in the Sweet 16 of the tournament, beating four top-25 teams on their way to elimination rounds. Sakshi was also recognized as 12th speaker out of 184 speakers.

Additionally, Juniors Nicole Doris and Joelle Fahoum finished prelims with an advancing record, but just missed elimination rounds. They are a promising second team this season! 

Congrats on another awesome achievement

The Hartford Brings Mobile Fire Safety House To Little Rock; Deputizes More Than 250 Students
 As Junior Fire Marshals

Insurer to host Junior Fire Marshal Day; donates $20,000 
to Little Rock for fire safety

WHAT:           The Hartford, in partnership with the Little Rock Fire Department and Don R.                           Roberts Elementary School, will host a hands-on fire safety day for children in                       first and second grade. This includes a simulated fire and smoke                                             demonstration in The Hartford’s Fire Safety House, an opportunity to meet                             local firefighters and tour their fire truck.

WHEN            October 29 (Rain date: October      
WHERE:        Media availability: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

                  Don R. Roberts Elementary School
                                       16601 Lamarche Drive, Little Rock

Dunbar Students Have the Library at Their Fingertips
Capstone Interactive eBook Library was 7-th graders in April Moore’s class recently.  These Dunbar students started with a one-day tutorial to help them become familiar with the resources and quickly developed into a two-day lesson as students begged for more reading time. The
students especially enjoyed the many graphic novels available among the collection of eBooks.

Washington Students Host a Celebrity Reader
Local Radio/TV personality Craig O'Neill paid a visit to Washington 1st graders. Students attentively listened as he read "My Teacher is a Monster" by Peter Brown.  We thank Mr. O'Neil for kindly donating the book to the school's library for others to enjoy. After the reading, he filmed the class and it aired on the local THV-11.

Dunbar Scholars Invest in their Future
Dunbar's AVID Scholars have been working with the Little Rock Rotary Club 99 in a nine-week program to improve their knowledge of financial literacy. The students are shown here in class led by Lou Henson, of the Arkansas Federal Credit Union, who will be instructing the eighth graders during their AVID Study Skills class. #ShowMetheMoney

Cloverdale Makes the Grade with Donation 
from Community Partner!
Cloverdale Middle School was presented with a generous donation from Bishop Kenneth Robinson of Robinson Mortuary.  The funds will be used to provide incentives for Cloverdale students who are being recognized for Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance. #CommunityPartnersMatter!

Elementary teams play in the championship tourney tomorrow at Mabelvale Middle -starting at 9 a.m.  Consolation games begin at 11 a.m.

Middle School Football Highlights:

·        -  Dunbar remains undefeated giving up only 7 points all season
·        -  Catholic entertains Dunbar this week with first place on the line
·       -   Pinnacle View travels to Mabelvale (game at JA Fair). Must win to remain playoff  hopeful!
·       -   Pinnacle View’s offense is making tough match-ups for opponents

·        -  Strong competition has six teams still in playoff contention
x  There are two weeks remaining in the regular season. Please go out and enjoy some great games!

Applications Accepted for Gifted Certification
Candidates seeking a Master’s or Program of Study in Gifted Education are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Up to five scholarships will be awarded at the AGATE Spring Conference. The deadline for this application is October 31. For more information contact Jennifer Thomas at or phone her at (501) 447-3393.  Below is the application.

In the Community…

Admission is free, but to savor every morsel of the Cornbread experience, be sure to purchase a Cornbread Tasting Ticket. With a ticket, you can sample each competitor’s recipe then vote for your favorite cornbread contender. Your votes determine who will receive cash-prizes for best cornbread and side item!
A true fan favorite, droves of folks head to SoMa year after year to experience this award-winning festival. With so much fun, food, music and artisan creations, it’s easy to see why. Save the date, Saturday, October 26, 2019, and come discover the magic of Cornbread in Little Rock’s delightfully eclectic SoMa neighborhood - 11 AM

Weekend Family Fun!


Kids' Night Out Halloween Swim Party at Little Rock Athletic Club: From 5-8 p.m., kids ages 3-12 can splash back into summer with a night at the Little Rock Athletic Club's pool. Participants will get to play pool games and receive goody bags. Registration is $13 for members and $15 for non-members. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Star Wars IncrediBuilds at Barnes & Noble: Calling all Rebels! Hop on the nearest starship and build your very own BB-8 from IncrediBuilds to take home. Quantities are limited so advance sign-up is required. The event starts at 7 p.m. Visit the website for more information. FREE!


Shannon Hills Fall Festival at Shamrock Park: Gather with the community for family-friendly fun! Enjoy food trucks, live music all day from local bands, door prizes, arts and craft activity booths, local business booths, a petting zoo and exotic animals, a dunking booth with local police officers and more. The fest goes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the website for more information. FREE!

Arkansas Cornbread Festival in SoMa: A cornbread competition puts culinary skills to the test for home cooks and professional chefs alike. Enjoy live music and local brews and peruse food trucks and vendors from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Cosmo Kids Zone gives little attendees something to do as well! Admission is free, but purchase a tasting ticket to sample each competitor’s cornbread and vote for your favorite. Visit the event website for details.

Chili Fights in the Heights: Welcome in cool fall weather with this cozy and tasty event. Chili Fights in the Heights is a neighborhood festival with two purposes: to have fun and to raise money for the Arkansas Foodbank. Taste tons of delicious chili and then vote on your favorite from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
Last Kids on Earth Training Camp at Barnes & Noble: See if you have what it takes to fight the monster apocalypse! Try activities, take a survival quiz, test your knowledge at trivia, enter giveaways, and more to celebrate the "Last Kids on Earth" series. The fun starts at 2 p.m. Head to the website for more information.
ARToberfest Fall Family Festival at the Terry House: Enjoy an afternoon of fall activities for the whole family presented by the Arkasnas Arts Center. The fun all takes place on the Terry House Lawn from 4-6 p.m. Visit the website for more information. Admission is free with a canned good donation.
Creep 'N Crawl 10K/5K & Lil Monsters Dash: The Creep ‘N Crawl 10K, 5K & Lil Monsters Dash celebrate the best of Halloween with a healthy dose of physical fitness. Create a new family tradition while enjoying all the fall fun with friends. Grab your costume and head to Two Rivers Park at 5 p.m. Visit the website for more info.
Downtown on the Farm at the River Market Pavilion: This brand new festival will feature live music from country singer Adam Hambrick, Bonnie Montgomery, The Going Jessies and Rodney Block as well as food trucks, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, a beer garden, a rice dig, tractors for kids to see and touch and more! Enjoy it all from noon-6 p.m. Visit the event website for more info. FREE!
Masquerade Princess Tea Party at Castle on Stageoach: Ride onto the grounds at the Castle on Stagecoach in a princess carriage then head inside to meet Beauty, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Sing and dance with them and then enjoy tea complete with sandwiches, scones and mini desserts. Wear your most festive costume and mask to meet the princesses! The party takes place on at 12:30 p.m. Adults tickets are $60, children's tickets are $50. Advance reservations are required; call 501-960-0658 and click here for more information.
Mount St. Mary Academy Open House: Young women in sixth-12th grades and their families can attend Mount St. Mary Academy’s annual open house to learn more about the educational experience available at the Mount – Arkansas’ only all-girls school. Meet teachers and administration, tour the historic school and learn about its college-preparatory curriculum from 2-4 p.m. Register online to save time at check-in. FREE!
Boo at the Zoo at the Little Rock Zoo: Come for trick-or-treating in a safe environment along with live music, a haunted train, family activities, costume contests and of course lots of animals to see! Event is daily from 6-9 p.m. and admission ranges from $8-$15. Visit the Little Rock Zoo website for details.
Great Pumpkin Celebration at Bass Pro Shops: Celebrate with the Peanuts Gang at Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock! The fun includes a pumpkin toss game, photos with the Peanuts gang, Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating and a costume parade. Check the online schedule to see which events take place on each day; some events only happen once or twice. FREE!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday Highlights 10.18.19

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

Saturday, October 19, Computer Power Day
Monday, October 21, Report Cards (Sent home/Available online)
Wednesday, October 23 – 31, Red Ribbon Week
Saturday, October 26, ACT Test
Saturday, October 26, Susan G. Komen, Central Arkansas “More Than Pink” Walk

Monday, October 28, Superintendent’s Citation Program
Thursday, October 31, Halloween
Thursday, October 31, AEA Professional Development – STUDENTS OUT

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or


Crader Cashes In
on Teaching Success

Jason Crader, Carver Magnet Elementary school was named an Amazing Educator by Little Rock Family Magazine, and recipient of a $1,000 award. Congrats, Mr. Crader, we join your Carver family, including Principal Clifton Woodley in celebrating the wonderful accomplishment!

Dunbar Chess Team Playing to Win!

The Bobcat Knights of Dunbar competed in its first Chess Tournament of the season and took second place in the middle school division. In the high school division, the Mosaic Chess Team took the top spot in the division. This high school team is comprised entirely of former Dunbar students. The first tournament of the season had the distinction of having the largest high school student participation in the history of LRSD chess. Also, congrats to the middle school winners of tournament #1, Pinnacle View Middle School. And hats off to the elementary winners of the tournament #1, Roberts Elementary.

Horace Mann Bearcats Claws Championship

The Bearcats volleyball team won the championship, led by coach Krystal Duckery Moore. Captain Sydnei Pippins (10) and Co-Captain Marlee Keck (30) helped lead the team to victory. The team is shown here in their dress up attire and also pictured in uniform proudly displaying their trophy after the win.  after their win. Congratulations team for going in for the “kill!”

Record Setting Debate Duo
LRCH Debate Team Seniors Sakshi Garg and Valorie Lam earned their THIRD bid to the National Tournament of Champions, and emerged as the Champions of the JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall! Garg and Lam won an impressive 10 debates on their way to the title (a policy debate round is 1.5 hours long—15 hours total of debates)! Additionally, Garg was recognized at TOP SPEAKER in the tournament, beating out 152 debaters for the honor.

Magnet Fair Features International Elementary School Talent

LRSD hosted its Annual Magnet School Fair recently and third and fourth graders from Gibb International Magnet Elementary School performed the Pledge of Allegiance in French, German and Spanish. These students receive daily instruction on world language and experience world cultures and international studies. #LRSDMagnet4Success #PowerofUS

Boss's Day "Rolls" Around

Shemeka Montgomery gets the royal treatment as her staff provided her with a ride of a a Rolls Royce! During celebration of the national Boss Appreciation Day, she is pictured here with Brenda Allen.  A Special thanks to all the supervisors who support their teams, ultimately supporting students!

Computers for kids! NEW Location and NEW Procedures

Applications Accepted for Gifted Certification….

Candidates seeking a Master’s or Program of Study in Gifted Education are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Up to five scholarships will be awarded at the AGATE Spring Conference. The deadline for this application is October 31. For more information contact Jennifer Thomas at or phone her at (501) 447-3393.  Below is the application.

Calling All Volleyball Fans - Don't Forget the Championship Next Saturday


In the Community…

The Big Boo!-seum Bash  

This event helps you get a head start on trick-or-treating! This free, family-focused, annual event features 14 participating organizations at nine different downtown attractions. Each venue will be open 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 with trick-or-treating, games, and activities for all ages. Don’t forget your costumes!
The 14 participating local organizations include:
  • Arkansas Arts Center (with Central Arkansas Library System and Central Arkansas Water) at Terry House Mansion, 411 E. 7th St.
  • Heifer International at 1 World Ave.
  • Historic Arkansas Museum at 200 E. 3rd St.
  • Little Rock Visitor Center at Historic Curran Hall at 615 E. Capitol Ave.
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History (with the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum) at 503 E. 9th St.
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site) at 9th St. and Broadway
  • Museum of Discovery (with Central Arkansas Library System) at 500 President Clinton Ave.
  • Old State House Museum (with Arkansas Secretary of State) at 300 W. Markham St.
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center at 602 President Clinton Ave.
Make sure each of of your little ghosts and goblins pick up a game card at any of the stops, and get it stamped at each location. By getting it stamped at all nine locations, you can enter the drawing for a spook-tacular grand prize: a new tablet! If you only make it to seven of the stops, you can enter to win a $100 gift card.
Visit the website for event details or call 501-376-4781 for more information.

Senator Irma Hunter Brown, trail- blazing public servant and educator
Wallace “Wali” Reed Caradine (posthumous), esteemed architect and businessman
John Donley, award-winning television writer and executive
Edward “Coach Ed” Johnson, celebrated youth football coach
Kristin Lewis, noted operatic soprano; and Roscoe Robinson, acclaimed gospel/R&B musical artist. and LRSD Alum!

 “Our 2019 inductees continue the tradition of showcasing the tremendous talent that Arkansas produces,” said Charles Stewart, ABHOF chairman. “The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation is thrilled to honor their achievements and once again put the best that our state has to offer on display.”
Proceeds from the 27th annual induction ceremony will benefit the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation, which, since 2004, has awarded more than $650,000 in grants.