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LSHS journalism students celebrate successful year

Students in the Lee’s Summit High School journalism program recently celebrated a successful year that included a number of awards at the national, state and regional level.

The students captured awards for best news production and first place in broadcast newswriting in the national Student Television Network program.

At the state Journalism Day competition, the students won All-Missouri awards for sports feature story, sports news and commercial; superior honors for commercial and human interest feature story; excellent honors for newsmagazine (show) and coverage of a sports event; and honorable mention for coverage of a sports event and news story short.

At the Reel Spirit Kansas City Film Fest Awards, LSHS students won first in both documentary and commercial categories; second place in narrative, news feature and commercial; and third in narrative. The students also received the Exceptional Cinematic Achievement Award at the regional festival.

At the Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City contest, the students won first in broadcast newscast (show), third in sports feature story and fourth in broadcast feature story.

Program adviser is Elaine McDonald.

myLSHSjournalismAdvancedFilmClassStudents in the LSHS advanced film class.







myLSHSjournalismAdvancedBroadcastStudents in the LSHS advanced broadcast class.

R-7 gifted students use Popsicle sticks to study bridge efficiency

Students in the ASPIRE gifted program from Hazel Grove and Lee’s Summit Elementary met with myASPIRE-HGEandLSEphotoMark Huck,  structural engineer from Burns and McDonnell, to conduct testing on the students’ popsicle stick bridges on May 18.

Mr. Huck commented on the design and construction of fourth-grader Riley DeShay’s bridge before testing. Students calculated bridge efficiency ratings by dividing the mass the bridge held by the mass of the bridge.

The top rated bridge was created by sixth-grader Madison Goff. Her bridge weighed 0.142 pounds, yet held an amazing 59.4 pounds for a bridge efficiency rating of 418. This activity was a culminating event of a semester long study of invention, discovery and engineering.

LSNHS students capture awards in Heart of America Shakespeare Sonnet Contest

Two Lee’s Summit North High School sophomores recently won awards in the Heart of America myLSNsonnetWinnersPhotoShakespeare Sonnet Contest. Coleman Crosby won first place, and June Somsanith won honorable mention in the high school division (ninth through 12th grade). The students are pictured with Shakespeare bobbleheads and will receive additional prize packages through the contest. Their winning sonnets are at:

Pleasant Lea Middle School student earns Grand Recognition through Duke University Talent Search

Alyssa Harmon, a seventh-grader at Pleasant Lea Middle School, recently earned grand myDukeTalent-AlyssaHarmonrecognition in the Duke University Talent Search.

Students recognized through this program represent the most academically talented seventh-graders in the United States.

The Duke Talent Search program identifies students who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the national program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (SAT or ACT) to learn more about their abilities. Approximately 60,000 students take these exams.

Duke University hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh-graders who score highest on these exams. The state recognition ceremonies honor seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors taking the same tests. The grand recognition ceremony honors seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors taking the tests.

In addition to the above-level testing experience, Duke Talent Search participants receive educational materials and resources through 10th grade to help them develop to their full academic potential. Based on SAT or ACT scores, students may qualify to participate in Duke’s summer studies or e-studies programs.

Campbell Middle School hosts ‘STEMposium’

Bernard Campbell Middle School hosted a “STEMposium” in early April, providing an opportunity for students to learn about careers involving STEM — science, technology, engineering and math. Representatives from local engineering and technology businesses visited the school to discuss these important fields, which are also emphasized in the new Missouri State Standards.

Businesses participating included Burns & McDonnell Engineering, CenturyLink, Cerner, Google Fiber, Hammerspace, KC STEM Alliance, Legacy Touch, RSC Communication, Honeywell and Sprint. During the collaboration, the business representatives encouraged students to explore many different career paths in middle school and discussed how to get more girls involved in STEM courses.

Additionally, students at Campbell provided tours for the professionals and demonstrated different technology tools available at the middle school. This included a tour of the Maker Space, robotics lab and the Industrial Technology Department areas.

“The teachers who planned the event worked hard to include a variety of businesses and to give the students of Campbell a chance to interact and ask questions about future career options,” said Dr. Sherri Lewis, BCMS principal. “Overall it was a successful event, and the school looks forward to continuing the partnerships that were formed.”

myBCMS-STEM-BurnsAndMcSydney Allen and Abby Bailey talk to Emily Rhoden from Burns & McDonnell engineering about the opportunities they have to explore technology in the Maker Space at Campbell Middle School.





myBCMS-STEM-CernerDoug Schieber from Sprint talks to Cydney Edmonds, Matt Lewis and David Vest about the robotics team.

LS R-7 assisting with free CPR training sessions June 6

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is among a number of partners providing myCity-CPRlogosupport for free CPR training, offered during three sessions June 6.

Knowing how and when to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency. In an effort to train 1,000 local residents in this life-saving procedure, the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board is offering a free, Hands-Only™ CPR training from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. June 6 at Harris Park Community Center, 110 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit.

Participants (ages 12 and up) may choose from three, 45-minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Registration is preferred and is available online for Hands-Only™ CPR training at or by calling (816) 969-1540.

LS R-7 elementary schools win Smarter Lunchroom Awards from Healthier US School Challenge

A number of Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools earned the Bronze Award in the Smarter Lunchroom Program through Healthier US School Challenge. Nationally, approximately 4,743 schools received the Bronze Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The awards are based on the schools’ exemplary steps, leadership and team work employed to make changes to the schools’ nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and enhance physical activity programs.

To acknowledge their achievement, each R-7 school will receive an award plaque, a banner to display and a $500 monetary award. R-7 schools recognized are Cedar Creek Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Hawthorne Hill Elementary, Hazel Grove Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Lee’s Summit Elementary, Longview Farm Elementary, Meadow Lane Elementary, Pleasant Lea Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Richardson Elementary, Summit Pointe Elementary, Sunset Valley Elementary, Trailridge Elementary, Underwood Elementary, Westview Elementary and Woodland Elementary.

Hawthorn Hill Missouri Readers Club Members Celebrate Achievement

The Hawthorn Hill Elementary Missouri Readers Club celebrated reading achievement with a myHHEreadersClubPhotopizza lunch on April 27.

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students who join the club are challenged to read from the list of Mark Twain and Truman Award nominees. This year 54 students reached their reading goal and earned an invite to the lunch, an activity pass to Paradise Park and a free copy of one of next year’s nominees.

Bev Cornell named Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for May

Bev Cornell was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Learning for Life Award winner for myLFLBevCornellMay. She is the district’s Human Resources Department manager.

The award is presented to one employee each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee.

“Her kindness and helpfulness make us strive to be and do better every day,” said a colleague. “Bev is an employee who puts others before self.”

Greater KC school library group recognizes SLMS librarian and Trailridge PTA

The Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians recently announced its annual awards, recognizing Christie Brown, librarian at Summit Lakes Middle School, and the Trailridge Elementary PTA.

Mrs. Brown was named the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians (GKCASL) 2015 Librarian of the Year. The award recognizes distinguished service and leadership in the school library as well as individuals who have made a significant impact on students and staff members. In addition, the winner must have demonstrated a commitment to school libraries and serve as a model for others in the profession.

At the organization’s spring banquet, Mrs. Brown received a plaque. The SLMS staff member was nominated by her colleagues who praised her for going above and beyond her job description. “She feeds her staff while giving them professional development, she has a passion for technology, research skills and a love of literacy,” said her colleagues. “She doesn’t just talk about books and check them out, she lives literacy and inspires others.”

Co-workers shared that they appreciated her ability to inspire both students and staff members to read. “This librarian creates a safe environment for kids to wonder without judgment and has created a hub that is truly the heartbeat of her school,” her colleagues shared.

Mrs. Brown has received several additional awards, including the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award, the Missouri Association of School Librarians Progressive School Library Media Program Award and the Lee’s Summit Reading Council Literacy Award.

The Trailridge Elementary PTA received the GKCASL 2015 Outstanding Advocate of the Library Award. The award recognizes a person or persons who support the library media services in an exemplary manner. Trailridge PTA President Amy Blakemore received a plaque from the Kansas City area organization at the annual banquet.

In nominations, the Trailridge PTA was praised for being a long-time supporter of the library program. PTA members have provided support with yearly contributions, allowing the library to expand its selections. The Trailridge PTA funded a seating area for students, promotes reading during the annual Read-a thon and leads a Reading Café, a book club for students in second- through sixth grades. PTA members also fund opportunities for library users and help with the annual book fair.

myLibraryAwardsTREAmy Blakemore (left) is pictured with Jaci Hurley, Trailridge Elementary library media specialist, at the banquet.









apSLMSchristieBrownPhotoChristie Brown

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