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Friday, February 28, 2020

Friday Highlights 2.28.2020

Important Dates
February is: 

Career Technical Education Month
Black History Month
American Heart Month
Great American Pie Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month
National School-Based Health Clinic Awareness Month

Saturday, February 29, Little Rock Kids Marathon
Sunday, March 1, National School Breakfast Week
Sunday, March 8, Daylight Saving

Tuesday, March 3, Moms Matter Facebook Contest Voting Ends
Wednesday, March 4, Bus Evaluation Drills

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or


Congrats to Forest Park Team 1 - 
2020 LRSD Mathletes Champions!

LRSD Salutes in-school Health Services

This week, LRSD celebrated the National School-based Health Clinic Awareness Month at Stephens Elementary. LRSD was joined by Arkansas Children’s Hospital representatives along with other community health partners connected with the clinic. These health services are also offered to Bale and Wakefield Elementary students. #HealthyOutcomes

Clean Sweep for LRCH at Science Olympiad 
LRCH cleaned up at the recent Science Olympiad, claiming first, second and third places.  Expectations are 

high expectations for the Regional Science Fair on March 6.  There are 510 students registered and many of them are from LRSD.  Go Tigers!

Super Opportunity for LRSD SonoSTEM Students

LRSD partner, UAMS,was recently awarded a $25,000 supplement to its $1.27 million  ArkanSONO STEM outreach grant. The purpose of this supplement will be to take 6 LRSD 10th graders who were at summer camp last June and 2 chaperone teachers to the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF 2020) in Washington, DC in late April. The students will be staffing an ArkanSONO booth in the NIH Pavillion at the event. This is a great honor for us since only 7 programs nationally were selected for funding. This is the largest STEM festival in the country with an expected attendance close to 400,000 over 3 days.  Congrats!

Central Student Earns Right to Represent District in 
Reading/Writing Competition

Brooke Elliott will represent Little Rock Central High as one of four statewide finalists in the Argenta Reading Series High School Writing Contest. She will compete in a live reading in North Little Rock on March 14 for $1,000 in scholarships to the winner and $500 for the runners-up.

Excel Students Up to the Challenge!

Excel Careers for Advanced Professional Studies is a high school program which operates multiple career strands for 11th and 12th grade students in the Little Rock School District. These youth were given a challenge by Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority during their annual "Excelathon" for which they must use technology and work in teams to resolve. Congrats to Team 10 for their winning pitch. 

Excel puts students one step closer to reaching their dreams by providing real and relevant learning experiences.

Top Educators Honored with Red Apple!

The WLR Rotary hosted the Red Apple Ball, an educator appreciation event, on February 25th, at the Crown Plaza. Parents and students nominated a faculty/staff member who made an impact on their child(ren). A staff member from the following categories was recognized:
Primary Educator - Pre-K - 2 - Mr. Robert Jones
Intermediate Educator - 3rd - 5th - Mrs. Sheila Fields
Specialist - Coach Coy Boyd
Paraprofessional - Ms. Patrice Bell
Support - Mrs. Shamille Lewis

Shout out to our partners who are supporting LRSD in huge fashion.  Arvest Bank recently made a generous donation to the #LRSD1District1Book effort.

Stephanie Abrao Leads the Charge at Hall to win Agency of the Year Award

Hall 's Social Work Department has been chosen to receive the 2020 NASW Agency of the Year Award. This award honors an agency in the social service realm that exhibits social justice and advocacy activities while recognizing the profession of social work and promoting involvement of social workers in their professional organization. The agency must exemplify the best of the National Association of Social Worker’s mission through specific accomplishments.

NBA HOF Sidney Moncrief Visits Carver’s Young Gents Club

 NBA Hall of Fame Legend Sidney Moncrief visited Carver's Young Gents Club at their weekly meeting. Coach Moncrief shared with the students about how they need to be relentless in all that they do. Coach Moncrief and his consultant team is also working with the Carver Staff this year.

Washington Students Host Special Black History Speakers

Booker T Washington's Annual Black History Program featured Colonel Erica Ingram  & Major Krystle Browning from Arkansas National Guard. Colonel Ingram is the first African-American female Colonel for Arkansas National Guard. 
Washington Elementary School Have VIP Readers
UAMS medical students and VIPS Volunteers read stories about famous African Americans to Booker T Washington Elementary students in honor of Black History Month.

Future Arkansas Builders Jump Start Career with 
Construction Project!

LRSD continues to seek ways to engage students in real, relevant learning opportunities. This week, 11-12 graders participating in the construction strand got additional hands-on experience thanks to our partners, Baldwin Shell and Home Depot.  Students are putting the finishing touches on their donated construction trailer, which will be used as a lab setting for additional training. 

Newscaster Takes LRCH Students on a "Reading Road Trip!"

Craig O'Neill, Newscaster on KTHV- Channel 11, shares his love of reading with students from an English class and Journalism classes. He challenges the students' knowledge of books with an author trivia game, reads a poem, then listens to student poems.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8!
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Highlights 2.21.20

Important Dates
February is: 

Career Technical Education Month
Black History Month
American Heart Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National School-based Health Clinic Awareness Month

Monday, February, 24, Professional Development (Students Out)
Tuesday, February 25, Moms Matter Contest Begins
Wednesday, Ash Wednesday/Start of Lent
Friday, February 28, March ACT Registration Deadline
Saturday, February 29, Little Rock Kids Marathon

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or

Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday Highlights 2.14.2020

Important Dates
February is: 

Career Technical Education Month

Black History Month

American Heart Month

Great American Pie Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month
National School-Based Health Clinic Awareness Month

Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 17, President’s Day
 Superintendent’s Citation Program

Thursday, February 20, Parent Conference Day 1
Community Advisory Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 21, Parent Conference Day 2 (Students Out)

Monday, February, 24, Professional Development (Students Out)

Tuesday, February 25, Moms Matter Contest Begins

(For Additional Dates - see LRSD Calendar or

Congrats to Supt. Mike Poore who will be recognized in May by Junior Achievement with the "Educator Award".

Central High Singing Sensation
Congrats to LRCH's Tania Kelley, winner of the Miss Heritage Outstanding Teen Award! Tania claimed first place in the talent portion of the contest. Tania, your LRSD family is so proud of you!

LRSD Joins in the Celebration of Two Outstanding
GT Leaders
Gifted and Talented Coordinator Romona Chenevall (R) was recongized with the
  AGATE Challenger Award

Margaret Wang, Otter Creek, was named AGATE Educator Award winner!

2020 LRCH STEM & Humanities Expo
- Huge Success
    Eighty professionals from Central Arkansas and beyond interviewed and evaluated 294 science research students and critiqued over 60 humanities exhibits. Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority – once again – provided our students with terrific prizes. The judging process added an additional 1,176 man hours of volunteer service for our school. Lead PTSA hostess, Britt Runion, arranged for a lovely  breakfast and luncheon for the judges.   We are proud of our students, and very appreciative of the support they received from their teachers, parents and community.

LRSD Goes Red

LRSD staff members supported the annual AR Go Red message recently bringing awareness to heart health month. Staff participated by wearing red and taking part in a potluck featuring “healthy” soups, listening to inspirational health-related messages, having blood pressure checks by LRSD’s Excel students and signing up for fitness classes. Wear Red Day also coincided with the culmination of the Poore Man on the Roof campaign. Superintendent Poore touts raising $50,000 worth of food to help the community.  It was a win-win day at LRSD!

LRSD Talent Showcase Stars Shine!

This week's concert featuring current and past LRSD staff, along with LRSD alums, performed an impressive roster of hits to benefit the Artistry in the Rock scholarship fund. The next concert will showcase the All-City Jazz Band at the Ron Robinson Theater on Friday, March 13. 

Sproles Spoiled During Counselor Appreciation Day - 
But Not the Only One

Tonya Sproles, Counselor at Booker T. Washington Elementary, was surprised with an edible arrangement from Principal Aleta Branch and members of the School Instructional Leadership Team.  "We appreciate Ms. Sproles for her daily contributions and dedication to the students and staff, " said Ms. Branch.   

Lead LRSD Counselor LeQuieta Grayson also honored her team with a special luncheon .#LRSDCounselorsRock!

Gibbs Students Grab Geography Awards

Elizabeth Atkins became the first GeoBee Champion in Gibbs' history to win the Geography Bee two years-in-a-row (as a 4th grader and as a 5th grader). Daniel Witsell came in second in the sudden death tie breaker round. Elizabeth went on to take the state test in order to qualify for the Arkansas State GeoBee in March.  Way to go, students!

Hunter and Branch Class
 Lexia Winners

These Booker T. Washington students are beaming as they pose with their classmates for having received the highest units, based on activities in the class. Congratulations to these classes who excel in academics!

Casey Class Winners 
Setting Sights on their Futures
These Excel high school students shared their passion, serving as ambassadors at the 2020 Career Fair.  Thursday, middle school students learned about possible career options and Friday, it was high schoolers' turn.  

LRSD Transition Fair

Little Rock School Districts Division of Special Programs sponsored the Next Steps College and Career Transition Fair on February 7, 2020 at Hall High Cirks Arena.   Over twenty-five statewide vendors from career and college agencies participated by providing information to students and parents regarding job opportunities, post-secondary training, college information and financial resources. Over 300 eighth – twelfth grade students and parents participated in informational breakout sessions, games, drawings, and scavenger hunts, all designed to increase their knowledge of post-secondary opportunities.  Special thanks to the committee, supervisors and sponsors – Sam’s Club Little Rock, Tacos 4 Life, HAD 2 Graduate, and Cheers in the Heights.
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In the Community…

Congrats to Community Pattner, Tendaji 
The program was recently recognized by Foundations, Inc and is invited to share more about the outstanding achievements at a conference later this month..  Here's more from the news release::

The Tendaji Community Development Corporation’s I.M.P.A.C.T., a 21st CCLC-funded afterschool program in Little Rock, Arkansas has been named Foundations’s Spotlight Program. Tendaji will be highlighted at Foundations's signature three-and-half day Beyond School Hours (BSH) Conference at the Caribe Royale hotel in Orlando from February 26-29, 2020.

“When you learn of a site doing exemplary and innovative work with children, their work should be shared with like-minded educators. By highlighting Tendaji, our conference attendees have an opportunity to learn from on the ground programs that are successful,”, says Rhonda Lauer, President and CEO of Foundations. "Foundations, Inc. in conjunction with the Mott Foundation, is honored to spotlight the Tendaji 21st CCLC afterschool program."

Tendaji’s leaders, staff and students will demonstrate how the arts support students’ literacy and math skill acquisition through a series of conference events. This includes a workshop with the lead literacy teacher and Tendaji students on how to integrate literacy and art, and a demonstration of the program’s literary technique, the “Comprehension Flash Mob.” Conference attendees will also have an inside look at the first-of-its-kind Reclaiming Scholars program, an alternative program to out-of-school suspension that Tendaji offers. Prior to the conference, 300 21st CCLC program directors and grantees will experience an exclusive session with Tendaji staff on literacy strategies they can implement in their own afterschool program sites. These incredible learning opportunities culminate in a showcase of the Tendaji students’ skills, including a musical performance accompanied by an Essentially Ellington high school band from Orlando.

Foundations' twenty-third annual Beyond School Hours (BSH) Conference is the largest of its kind. This event brings together 2,000 afterschool program practitioners, policy makers, directors and organization providers to learn from the nation’s best about how to achieve the goals of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs).