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Senior citizens tour Underwood Elementary as part of R-7 community program

Area senior citizens returned to school March 27 as part of a special program hosted by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Through the district’s Senior Citizens’ School Tour program, the local residents visited Underwood Elementary.

The event included a tour of the facility, a music performance by the school’s fourth-graders and lunch with students. Members of the school’s Student Council conducted the school tours.

Since the district’s Senior Citizens’ School Tours began in 2007, more than 400 local seniors have participated in the program. The opportunities are provided to seniors two times each school year and are free to participants.

The tours for senior citizens are part of the R-7 School District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and were recommended by a community team. Plans call for a fall 2015 tour.

Special guests visit the fourth-grade music classroom.




















Student Council members talk to the special guests.


NASP archery state championship hardware and scholarships brought home to LSWHS

The Lee’s Summit West archery team took second place at the Missouri NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) State Championships March 27-28 with a team record score of 3,347 out of 3,600.

West took three of the 10 available high-school podium spots. Isabelle Smith finished fifth, Christian Durst finished third and Shelby Winslow took first place and overall champion. Christian Durst earned a $250 scholarship for his fifth-place overall performance. Shelby Winslow earned a $1,500 scholarship for her first-place overall performance.

With this team performance, the Titan Archers qualified for NASP Nationals in May where they will compete against over 12,000 other top archers from around the country.

The key to West’s second-place finish was the overall top performance of all West archers. West edged the dominate Jeff City Helias archery team by only two points. After seeing the score Helias posted on March 27, the Titan Archers knew that each archer would have to post near or above all of their personal record scores in order to beat Helias. And that is just what they did. The following eight Titan archers posted new personal records: Christian Durst, Isabelle Smith, Calvin Focht, Sam Lyman, Eli Boland Savannah Fate, Amanda Schilling and George Morasch. In addition West had six other archers who shot within a couple points of their previous personal records.


Lee’s Summit R-7 students selected to attend Missouri Fine Arts Academy

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students recently selected to attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy are Taylor Williams, Lee’s Summit High School; Mia Rickman, Lee’s Summit North High School; and Aubrey Mozingo, Lee’s Summit West High School.

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy is a unique three-week, residential summer program for exceptional Missouri artists who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. Initiated in 1996, the program offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills in such fields as dance, visual arts, theatre and music while participating in a stimulating series of interdisciplinary and co-curricular activities. Students are nominated by their high schools to attend the Academy.

This year’s Missouri Fine Arts Academy will be held this summer on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. It is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships and private donations.

LSWHS band program to host mattress fundraiser sale April 18

The Lee’s Summit West High School band program is hosting a mattress fundraiser sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 at the school. All profits from the fundraiser will benefit the school’s band program.

The sale includes all sizes and types, such as pillow-top, orthopedic, latex, memory foam and GEL beds. All mattresses offered are brand new, come with factory warranties and are name brands. Mattress prices are 30 percent below retail. In addition, delivery and layaway are available.

As part of a special promotion, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District employees will save either 10 percent off any set or $50, whichever is greater.

Last day of school for LS R-7 is Wednesday, May 27

This final day will not be a late-start Wednesday

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s last day of school will be Wednesday, May 27 (pending no further school cancellations). The day will be an early release day for all schools. Unlike other Wednesdays during the regular school year, the last day will not be a late-start day.

This school year included one snow day – Dec. 18 – resulting in the last day being moved back by one day to May 27.

The first day of classes for 2015-16 will be Wednesday, Aug. 19, which will also not be a late-start day. All Wednesdays during the school year, with the exception of the first day, a mid-October parent conference day and the last day (if the last day falls on a Wednesday) will continue to be late-start days.

To view the complete calendar for this school year and the next year, visit


Campbell Middle School students participate in Create Your World

Twenty-four students from Bernard Campbell Middle School participated in the Create Your World event, held March 24 at the Google Fiber Space in Kansas City. The event was designed to inspire students about the power of code and the Internet.

During Create Your World, students learned how code and technology are important components of topics that already interest them by visiting three stations – music, animation and activism.

At the music station, students learned how music and code come together by watching videos, participating in activities and recording their own compositions. They worked in pairs to use a Makey Makey circuit and a Chromebook to transform everyday objects, such as fruit, into musical instruments.

During visits to the animation station, students learned how animation and code come together through video and activities, creating their own stop-motion animated film. In addition, they worked in groups of two to create a set and backdrop out of everyday objects.

At the activism station, the middle-school students learned how young people are leveraging code and the Internet to create global change through a variety of videos. Students used a physical geographical model, a smartphone and basic conditional statements on IFTT.com to create a representation of deforestation.

At the conclusion of the event, the students watched each group’s video. The BCMS students also received a booklet detailing additional code resources.


Megan Pulis and Jack Williams work together at Create Your World.







mrBCMS-GoogleFieldTrip2girlsRachel & Robin Conrad work on their project at Create Your World.

Ben Jewell receives national debate coaching award

Ben Jewell, debate coach at Lee’s Summit North High School, recently received a Third DiamondmrLSNbBenJewellPhoto Award from the National Speech and Debate Association. The association’s diamond award recognizes a professional career that combines excellence and longevity.

Awards are based on coach points received, and Mr. Jewell had received 10,339 points as of late February. Coaches receive one-tenth the points earned by their students and one-tenth the points earned as a student member of the Association. After a minimum of five years as a National Speech and Debate Association member, a coach who attains 1,500 points is awarded a first diamond with a second diamond for 3,000 points and a third for 6,000. Five years must pass between each diamond award.

On June 18, Mr. Jewell will be recognized at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Each year, the tournament draws more than 5,000 students, coaches and parents from across the nation.

Mr. Jewell has served as debate coach at Lee’s Summit North High School since 2000.


Bernard Campbell Middle School Tennis Club serves up the fun

This spring, a number of students at Bernard Campbell Middle School have been setting their alarms just a little earlier than normal. Last month, BCMS introduced a before-school tennis club.

Over 65 students have been arriving at school at 6:45 a.m. to hit tennis forehands, backhands or just have some fun playing tennis games in the school’s gym.

The new BCMS Tennis Club, led by Lee’s Summit North High School head tennis coach Stu Reece, has far exceeded expectations.

“I was hoping we would have 15 kids show up,” Mr. Reece said. “I had no idea how popular the tennis club would become. We want to make it fun, blast some music in the gym and just introduce kids to a great lifetime sport.”

The Tennis Club recently hosted an open house at Hilltop Racquet Club where BCMS students could experience tennis on a full-sized, regulation tennis court. Many of the BCMS Tennis Club members are competing in a Middle School Tennis League, hosted by Hilltop.

“It is an entirely new experience seeing so many kids carrying around tennis rackets and wearing tennis t-shirts at Campbell”, says Mr. Reece.  “Most of the time, we don’t get a chance to work with athletes until they arrive at Lee’s Summit North as freshmen. Learning some fundamentals now can only help them in the future.”



Summit Technology Academy captures CyberPatriot Awards at national competition

Teams from Summit Technology Academy and Lee’s Summit North High School qualified for the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot national competition, held March 11-15 in Washington, D.C. This was the third year in a row that students from Summit Tech qualified for the competition, and students from the school won several awards.

Summit Technology students compete in the open division of CyberPatriot and had to be in the top 12 out of 978 teams in the United States and Canada to make it to the national level competition. The Summit Tech team spent a year preparing and training in remote competition rounds, hardening operating systems, defensive cyber security and server and network administration.  The national competition is an in-person defensive competition utilizing techniques in cyber security, computer forensics, digital crime scene investigations and Cisco networking.

Summit Tech’s Team Sudo won the Champions of Cisco Networking Award (for the third year in a row), as well as winning third overall in cyber security. All team members received a $1,000 scholarship from Northrup Grumman, the presenting sponsor, and a $1,500 scholarship from the National Security Agency (NSA).

This is Lee’s Summit North’s second year to qualify for nationals, and the team has been the Missouri state champion in the all-service division the last two years. In 2014, the school had one team qualify. Two teams from LSNHS qualified this year, and North was the only Air Force ROTC school district program to have both of its eligible teams represented at nationals. More than 1,000 teams compete to qualify for 13 positions at nationals in the all-service division.

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

For more information, visit CyberPatriot VII (www.uscyberpatriot.org).

mrCyberPatriotSTAphotoPictured are  Bernie Skoch, commissioner, CyberPatriot; Lisa Oyler, instructor/coach, Summit Technology Academy; Henry Londre; Jason  Cain; Dalton Campbell, team captain; Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president Northrup Grumman Information Systems; Cooper Leabo; Cliff Martin; John Madick, mentor, Epiq Systems; and Scott Van Cleef, Air Force Association’s chairman of the Board.



BCMS hosts Family Literacy Night to encourage reading and writing

Close to 90 people attended a Family Literacy Night, hosted by Bernard Campbell Middle School March 12. Held in the school’s library, the event included information and sponsorship assistance from the school’s business partners – Mid-Continent Public Library, Paradise Park and Summit Bank of Kansas City.

During the event, Mid-Continent Public Library staff members signed up families for library cards and helped individuals check out e-books and other digital items. Paradise Park provided information about educational events and family passes, and Summit Bank provided a gift certificate and prize basket. Other prizmrBCMSfamilyLiteracy1es included books, Kansas City Royals tickets and an Amazon Kindle.

BCMS teachers conducted an online book trivia contest, and the school’s Science Department and Robotics Club created an interactive digital maze. Language Arts Department staff discussed books with attendees. Library staff members encouraged families to explore the MakerSpace and Code Lab where students are introduced to computer programming and engineering concepts.

“We appreciate the support of our business partners and teachers as we expand our students understanding of literacy,” said Nathan Miller, BCMS librarian. “We want students to be competent readers and writers; we also want them to be able to create and interact in a digital world.”


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