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Happy Holiday and New Year

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our lives in a most significant way. Each and every student at LISA North has given us the most amazing gift this year by allowing us to watch as they discover something new and take that knowledge and apply it in a meaningful way.
We value the relationships we have built with you and look forward to strengthening those bonds in the year to come.
We wish you all a safe, happy, and blessed Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

LISA Academy North Administration, Teachers, and Staff

School will be closed December 20th thru January 5th. Classes will resume on Tuesday January 6, 2015.


2015-2016 School Year Prospective Student Application and OPEN HOUSE Dates

2015-2016 School Year K thru 12th Grades Prospective Student Application is available now.

You may attend open houses to get more information and have a school tour. Here is the schedule of the open houses;
Saturday Jan 10, 2015 at 2 pm: Open House and visit of students' science fair projects
Friday Jan 23, 2015 at 9 am and 5:30 pm: Open House
Monday January 26, 2015 at 9 am and 5:30 pm: Open House

Lottery will be held on Tuesday Feb 10, 2015 (open to public) at 9 am in the library.

"Please click here to apply for 2015-16 School Year"


Important Science Fair News

Science Fair will be held January 10, 2015. Schedule of the day is as follows:
Judges:
Judges will receive a complimentary lunch at 12:00 p.m, followed by a quick briefing at 12:30 pm. Judging will take place from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Students:
Students are expected to show up at 12:30 pm in order to find their project and stand next to it. Students may leave after they have been judged which can take up from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Parents:
Public Viewing will take place from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm.


Elementary Parent Night Huge Success!

The elementary staff hosted a very informative and interesting curriculum night on Dec. 11, 2014. The annual event includes a chili cook-off with small group stations for parents to select to learn more about. A big congratulations to our chili cook-off winner- Mrs. O'Dell!
If you want to see a short presentation reviewed during the event please click the following link: read more . . .


Atomic Force Microscope


On Wednesday, the physics class was able to zoom with Daniel, a researcher at Penn State University, and learn about the Atomic Force Microscope. The class was able to observe the magnification of a blue butterfly wing, a gecko foot, a Blu-ray disk, and gold particles. Bethany Files, Ryan Mars, and Jacqueline Guy-Okonji were able to control the electron microscope through Dan’s computer and the wonder of modern technology. After observing the particles and measuring distances of particles in nanometers, nerdy science jokes were shared.

LINK:"Click for photos"


Be a Science Fair Judge!

Science Fair is one of the most prestigious competitions that we do every year, and this wonderful tradition is only possible with your support. If you would like to take part in this spectacular event, please fill out the form below. We will be accepting applications for judging until December 21, 2014. If interested, Please fill out the form.

Science Fair will take place at LISA Academy on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. We encourage everyone to attend.


Trip to U of A

Recently, a group of LISA Academy juniors and seniors visited University of Arkansas Fayetteville. The trip included campus visits and tour. The students viewed the campus classrooms, dorm rooms, recreational areas, sports arenas, and more. The institution informed the group about their entrance requirements and scholarship opportunities and answered individual questions about the course offerings in the students' chosen field of study.


LISA Academy Schools Recognized by ADE as top performing Schools

Three LISA Academy schools have been recognized by the Arkansas Department of Education as top performing schools in the state and will receive the following award amounts.

LISA ACADEMY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL - Top 10% - $9,544.92
LISA ACADEMY WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL - Top 20% - $24,084.34
LISA ACADEMY WEST HIGH SCHOOL - Top 20% - $11,571.21

The Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, high graduation rate. Up to $50 per student enrolled is awarded to public schools or public charter schools between the top 11% and top 20% of all public schools in Arkansas in combined student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, graduation rate under criteria set forth by rule of the state board. The top 10% and 20% schools were identified by assigning a percentile rank for the measures of each school’s performance, growth, and graduation rate (if applicable). The average of the assigned percentile ranks was calculated and the top deciles were identified.
LISA Academy students, parents and staff should be very proud of this recognition and the hard work that made it possible. Congratulations!


Annual Public Report for 2013-2014 School Year

LISA Academy is a tuition-free public charter school with a comprehensive college preparatory
program focusing on Science, Mathematics, English and Technology. The school has two campuses:
LISA Academy West in Little Rock, which serves 800 students in 6th through 12th grades since 2004,
and LISA Academy North in Sherwood, which serves 700 students in kindergarten through 12th grade
since 2008. LISA Academy West and LISA Academy North have been accredited by the Department of
Education since they are opened. read more . . .


College Trip To Texas

Recently, a group of LISA Academy juniors and seniors visited several prominent Texas colleges and universities on a field trip. The trip included campus visits and tours of SMU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Rice. The students viewed the campus classrooms, dorm rooms, recreational areas, sports arenas, and more. Each institution informed the group about their entrance requirements and scholarship opportunities and answered individual questions about the course offerings in the students' chosen field of study.

In addition, the group went to an NBA game while in Houston, and saw the Houston Rockets continue their winning streak.

It was a very fun and informative trip and hopefully the first in a tradition of college visits for all high school students at LISA.

Click here to see pictures.


Basketball Season

Our basketball season has begun! Come out and support our Jaguars at our game this season! Here is a link to the basketball schedule and also directions to our home gym, the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club. We hope to see you at every game!

Our home gym will be at the “Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas Wetherington Unit”

Address: 1212 Jim Wetherington Pl. North Little Rock, 72114



"Basketball Schedule"


LISA Academy North is awarded "High Achieving High School" in the State

Each year, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas creates a report titled the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas based on the Benchmark and End-of-Course exams.

We are pleased to announce that LISA Academy North High School won “High-Achieving High School” OEP award. These awards are based on the OEP-created “school GPA,” calculated on the basis of the percentage of students that perform at a particular level on the End-of-Course examinations in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and Grade 11 Literacy exam (advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic).

Here are the highlights of the report;

1st Place in Central Arkansas based on EOC Literacy
8th Place in Arkansas based on EOC Literacy
2nd Place in Central Arkansas based on EOC Algebra I
10th Place in Arkansas based on EOC Algebra I

We congratulate all our students and staff on this accomplishment.

Thanks to Parents for continous support to LISA Academy. read more . . .


Math Kangaroo in USA contest

LISA Academy math department proud to announce that LISA Academy will host ''Math Kangaroo in USA contest'' for the state of Arkansas

This is a nationwide math contest that all grade level can register. There are 100 seats available on a first come first serve basis. Contest here to go the contest website. Click here to see the competition calender. Click here to access available resources. The contest date is Thursday, March 19, 2015: Math Kangaroo Day at 4:00 pm at LISA Academy West Campus high school building. For more info please see Mr.Bayram or email at abayram@lisaacademy.org


Register Online
In a given year a student can be registered for one participation center/session only.
Applicants who have not previously registered , must first create an account before they can register online.


To create an account CLICK HERE . read more . . .


Special Guests Visit LISA North

Today Congressman Asa Hutchinson and former Governor Jeb Bush stopped by LISA Academy to learn more about what LISA does in the area of STEM education. They were treated to some special STEM demonstrations, discuss government with the AP government class, and watch Mrs. Thomason's class perform God Bless America in sign language. We are very proud of all of our little scholars who work so hard each and everyday to impress such special guests!


LISA Academy District Website

Dear Parents and Students
After the merger of LISA West and LISA North, www.lisaacademy.org has become LISA Academy District's website.
Please go to LISA District website for State Required Information and other district wide news.
You can reach the LISA District website by clicking " LISA District" tab in the menu bar of school webpage.

The web address of LISA Academy District is:

www.lisaacademy.org


LISA Academy Invited to Speak to the Joint House/Senate Committee On Education

LISA Academy representatives were recently invited to speak with the joint House/Senate committee on education in the Arkansas state capital about our best practices. The committee is seeking to define what makes charter schools different from standard public schools. We discussed our successful parent events, hands on learning, and STEM focus.


Research Opportunities for Students

There's a great opportunity for LISA high school students to work in UALR laboratories with the faculty and other researchers. Working in a lab is a chance to gain valuable hands-on skills and build up their resumes when applying for a College.
Please fill the Google Form out by September 7 if interested. This opportunity will be limited to a few students and selection will be done by UALR faculty.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aLep1wFDoIs7ySW0Xl0Ic4xq767j_4Su97wy3WIVGII/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link


Former US Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige Visits LISA

Exciting News!! Dr. Rod Paige, the former US Secretary of Education was able to join us on Monday May 12 for a brief tour of our campus. He was very impressed with the diligent students and rigor of LISA Academy. As a leader in education he has seen education at all levels and was very pleasantly surprised at all the accomplishments of LISA students. Dr. Rod Paige and UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson also joined us for the 10th year anniversary on Monday evening as well. We are very appreciative of both gentlemen for taking time out of their busy schedule to join us and experience our education style.


LISA Academy 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

Dear LISA parents/guardians,

We would like to thank you all who participated in LISA's 10th anniversary reception and the celebration event, or sent their best wishes to us. LISA Academy's 10th anniversary celebration was a wonderful event with about 800 participants from our community, faculty, staff, parents, and students.

You can watch the LISA Academy video that was prepared in recognition of the 10th anniversary, and was shown during the event via our Youtube channel. Here is the link:

LINK:"LISA Academy 10th Anniversary Video"

Thank you for all of your support to education and to LISA Academy schools. We are looking forward to seeing you at our future events.

LISA Academy


LISA North Robotics Team Presents at Arkansas State Capitol

On April 14, 2014, the LISA Academy North Robotics team presented to the Senate and House Interim Committee on Education (Senators and Representatives) at the Arkansas State Capitol.  Students presented the FIRST Robotics program, which detailed an overview of each of the FIRST Robotics programs and the team’s accomplishments. Students answered several legislator’s questions. The committee seemed impressed, and the team was on thestage about 45 minutes.

Special thanks to Chairmen Senator Key and other legislators for  giving us this opportunity to spread the word about FIRST Robotics.

The students representing the LISA North Robotics team were Jon Penn, Ebon Paddock, Rhett Ward, Zeferin Turturro, Ryan Mars.  Mr. Fatih, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Paddock, and Mr. Akdemir also participated.


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