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Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 6-10pm, enjoy a night of delicious Latin food, wonderful atmosphere, live salsa music, and even better company!

Featuring food vendors from Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia & Nicaragua. It all happens at the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza, 520 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, downtown NLR.

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

Thea Paves the Way on September 14

Thea Paves the Way on September 14

To kickstart the 2013-2014 school year, the Thea Foundation’s eighth annual sidewalk chalk event Thea Paves the Way will be held Saturday, September 14, on, as tradition dictates, the front lawn of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, a scenic backdrop for the creative energy that pervades the site.  

Thea Paves the Way began in 2005 as one of the Thea Foundation’s first outreach events to engage students, teachers, families, community groups, and more in one of the most collaborative art mediums practiced in the classroom and beyond.  Today, the event draws 500+ participants to also enjoy deejayed music and outdoor recreation on the grounds.  

Teachers who register their students as a school group have the chance to win one of two $250 gift certificates to art supplies distributor, Dick Blick Art Materials, through a drawing at the end of the event.

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will kick off the new school year with the continuation of its Science Café Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Jack Waddell, a physics instructor at the school, will present “Six Degrees of Separation: What the Science of Complex Networks Reveals in our Lives.” The first Science Café of the year will be held in the ASMSA Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 200 Whittington Ave.

The Science Café Lecture Series features a member of the ASMSA science faculty leading a discussion of scientific interest. The speaker will give a 20-minute lecture and then lead a discussion on the subject in a laid-back atmosphere. Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

Maumelle FCCLA Students Bring Home the Gold at Nationals

Maumelle FCCLA Students Bring Home the Gold at Nationals

Eight students from MAUMELLE MIDDLE and MAUMELLE HIGH SCHOOL were among the 7,000 in attendance last month at the 2013 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. They were Abigail Herring, Alexis Crutchfield, Haiden Fender, Maggie Culp, Ashley Turner, Caroline Elliott and Grace Krebs from MMS and Rebecca Aguilera from MHS.

While there, the students competed with 3,600 others from across the nation in the STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition), which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. These outstanding PCSSD students brought home four gold medals and one silver medal!

Gold medal - Focus on Children project - Ashley Turner, Grace Krebs and Caroline Elliott, seventh grade

Gold medal – National Programs in Action event - Maggie Culp, seventh grade and Haiden Fender, eighth grade

PCSSD New Student Registration Begins August 5

PCSSD New Student Registration Begins August 5

Parents of students living within the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) who have not already registered their pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, new and returning students for the 2013-2014 school year may register them Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2013.

Dr. Janice Warren, interim assistant superintendent for the Office of Equity and Pupil Services for the school district, said where a student registers depends on grade level and type of registration.

“Kindergarten and elementary students register or check in at the school they will attend, and secondary students must register or check in at regional hub locations (see below for addresses).

Parents interested in pre-kindergarten programs must call Homer Atkins Pre-Kindergarten at 501-982-3117.

Warren said PCSSD has approximately 18,000 students in 37 schools throughout Little Rock, West Little Rock, Maumelle, Sherwood and Jacksonville that offer an array of programs and opportunities.

PCSSD New Student Registration Begins August 5

PCSSD New Student Registration Begins August 5

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Parents of students living within the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) who have not already registered their pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, new and returning students for the 2013-2014 school year may register them Aug. 5 to Aug. 9, 2013.

Dr. Janice Warren, interim assistant superintendent for the Office of Equity and Pupil Services for the school district, said where a student registers depends on grade level and type of registration.

“Kindergarten and elementary students register or check in at the school they will attend, and secondary students must register or check in at regional hub locations (see below for addresses).

Parents interested in pre-kindergarten programs must call Homer Atkins Pre-Kindergarten at 501-982-3117.