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Maumelle High Wrestling Team Takes Back to Back State Title

Maumelle High Wrestling Team Takes Back to Back State Title

Congratulations to the Maumelle High School wrestling team by winning back-to-back state championships on Saturday! The team had a record nine individual champions, placed 13 wrestlers and piled up a record 352.5 team points to win the Class 1A-5A team title at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, becoming the first team in either class in the tournament’s six-year history to repeat as champs!

In this photo: MHS Willie Wright, top, defeated Central Arkansas Christian's Kyler CQ Simmons in the Class 1A-5A 152 weight division of the high school state wrestling tournamnet held this weekend at UALR.

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

In the midst of its thirteenth annual scholarship season, the Thea Foundation is pleased and grateful to announce that the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, has established a $4,000 scholarship to support the first place winner of the Foundation’s annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition for up to four years, a total of $16,000.  The generous gift will be acknowledged during a gala to honor Arkansas native and novelist Charles Portis, recipient of the Porter Fund’s Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014.  Thea Foundation Executive Director Paul Leopoulos and 2014 Creative Writing Scholarship 1st place recipient Annika Miller of Conway High School will be invited to remark on the charitable donation.   

UA professor to headline Pulaski Tech Black History Banquet

UA professor to headline Pulaski Tech Black History Banquet

Dr. Calvin White, Jr., chair of African American Studies at the University of Arkansas, will be the keynote speaker for Pulaski Technical College’s 13th annual Black History Month Banquet on Friday, Feb. 21.

The banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the college’s Campus Center Grand Hall, located on the Main campus at 3000 West Scenic Drive, North Little Rock.

Tickets cost $13 per person and can be purchased in advance by contacting Dianne Butler at (501) 812-2284 or e-mailing her at dbutler@pulaskitech.edu.

The theme of this year’s banquet theme is “Transitions: The Past, Present and Future.” Genine Perez, a Pulaski Tech adjunct instructor for Academic Success, will provide musical entertainment. The program also includes highlights of student support programs and presentations of Outstanding Student Awards and the PTC Diversity Award.

Former PCSSD Students Win "Golden Ticket to Hollywood"

Former PCSSD Students Win "Golden Ticket to Hollywood"

Two Pulaski County Special School District alumni received their “golden ticket to Hollywood” on this season of American Idol!! Malcolm Allen, who attended Mills High School, punched his ticket to Hollywood during the Boston auditions and Kenneth “Woody” Gaddie, a 2003 graduate of Oak Grove High School, was pushed through during the Salt Lake City auditions. Good luck to both men!

Here are links to their “behind the scenes” interviews and Malcolm’s actual live performance.

http://www.ihigh.com/mills/video_924408.html

PCSSD administrators to host Sweet Home community meeting

PCSSD administrators to host Sweet Home community meeting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Special School District is holding a community meeting next week to talk with Sweet Home residents and business owners regarding disposition of a building that was formerly a PCSSD Junior High School.

Derek Scott, executive director of operations, said, “It is important to have input from those who live nearby before decisions about the future of the building and land are determined.”

The building is located at 3924 Neely Road, which is in close proximity to Mills High School and the PCSSD Central Office. It was most recently used as the offices for the district’s Student Nutrition Department, which has moved to another location.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m., at PCSSD Central Office, 925 E. Dixon Road, Little Rock, Ark., in the board room.

PCYS accepting applications for ACT prep program

PCYS accepting applications for ACT prep program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Pulaski County Youth Services is accepting applications for a five-Saturday ACT prep program.

Two PCSSD Elementary Schools Rewarded for Performance on State Testing

Two PCSSD Elementary Schools Rewarded for Performance on State Testing

Pulaski County Special School District is excited to report that two of its elementary schools, Baker Elementary School and Joe T Robinson Elementary School, are receiving monetary awards from the State of Arkansas for their performance in 2013 on state testing. Baker Elementary School will receive $18,493 and Robinson Elementary will receive $7,568.

The schools performed in the top 20 percent of the state in overall test performance as well as student growth. Kim Truslow, principal of Robinson Elementary School, said her school has already worked on a plan for the funds that was written by a teacher representative, a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) representative and herself. “Our plan will allow classroom teachers to purchase materials and supplies to support high quality Common Core instruction and will outfit the media center with additional books to support reading achievement and the Accelerated Reader program,” Truslow said.