Lee’s Summit R-7 Before- and After-School Services announces 2013-14 award winners

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Before- and After-School Services (BASS) hosted its BASS Logo OFFICIAL 2013annual awards celebration April 14 at the Stansberry Leadership Center. The event honors the accomplishments of individual employees as well as school site programs.

Staff members receiving awards at the event included Marissa Kubicsko of Richardson Elementary, Rookie of the Year; Sheila Berkstresser of KC Cubbies, Overachiever of the Year; Jesse Hamilton of Longview Farm Elementary, Energizer of the Year; Stephanie Davis, 3LYNX, Associate of the Year; Jessica Shaw of Longview Farm Elementary, Assistant Site Coordinator of the Year; Juanita Choplin of Mason Elementary, Site Coordinator of the Year; Gerry Fenton of Summit Pointe Elementary, Mr. BASS; and Alyssa Twaddell of Hawthorn Hill, Ms. BASS.

BASS Site of the Year Award went to Cedar Creek Elementary. Combo Site of the Year went to Summit Pointe Elementary, which also serves Hawthorn Hill Elementary and Trailridge Elementary Schools.

The school district’s recognized program includes Kids Country, providing before- and after-school care for elementary-age children; KC Cubbies, which serves pre-school children; 3LYNX, a program for middle-school students; and SummitRise, a no-cost program providing structured student supervision at R-7 elementary schools on late-start Wednesdays.

For more information about BASS, visit http://sites.lsr7.org/beforeandafter/.

Stephanie Mennemeyer installs permanent student art exhibit at Missouri Capitol

Stephanie Mennemeyer, an art teacher at Lee’s Summit Elementary, has installed a permanent student art exhibit in the Missouri State Capitol. Supported by the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA) and Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), the Inaugural Senate Exhibit was recently hung at the Missouri State Capitol.

Through the approval of the Capitol Commission, MAEA and MAAE were able to install a permanent Art Gallery in the hallway that connects the Senate parking garage and the Capitol Building. “The senators were ecstatic for the opportunity to be involved in the selection of art to represent their district and are overjoyed with the first installation!” said Ms. Mennemeyer.

Teachers had the opportunity to digitally submit up to four pieces each in their school’s Senate district through Artsonia. Senators then selected their top four pieces to represent their district for the 2014 year. The Inaugural Exhibit was hung in March and will be on display through May. The second exhibit will be displayed May through July. The third exhibit will hang July through September. The final exhibit will be displayed September through November.

Artsonia hosted the contest and donated prints, The Capitol Commission donated the book “The Art of the Missouri State Capitol” by Bob Priddy for the inaugural winning students, and MAAE for donated Artsonia gift cards for the inaugural winning Teachers.

For the 2015 Exhibit, MAEA will send a call for entries in fall 2014. Teachers will submit artwork through Artsonia until Oct. 15. Senators will have until Dec. 1 to choose their winners. Finally, the winning pieces will be printed and displayed during the 2015 year, with the exhibit rotating quarterly.


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LSNHS, LSWHS families host students from Argentina and Chile

Families from Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School apLSN-Argentina-ChilePhotorecently hosted students and adult mentor/teachers from Argentina and Chile. A total of 13 students and two adults from South America visited the Lee’s Summit area March 28 through April 8.

This exchange was coordinated in association with the Kansas City International Visitors Council and is sponsored by the United States State Department. Students from Argentina and Chile developed leadership skills by meeting with local nonprofit organizations, participating in workshops and volunteering during their stay. The Chilean and Argentinean group also interacted and presented to Spanish students at Lee’s Summit North High School.

The following LSN students hosted students: Kristofer and Ethan Frostestad hosting Inaki Salcedo, Lindsey Graham hosting Andres Ramirez, Zachary Hitchcock hosting Facundo Rebullida, Masie and Makenna Taylor hosting Tamara Oksztajn, Julia and Jenna Lord hosting Nara Ricardes, Claire Neighbors hosting Constanza Garrido, Abby and Stephen Pierce hosting Karin Gonzalez, Kyle and Alexis Rampetsreiter hosting Jose (Nacho) Diaz, Logan Tootle hosting Leonardo Calbuyahue, Mayson Truman hosting Cristina Tada, and Jesse Dinkins hosting Martin Espinoza.

The following LSW students hosted students: Kiersten and Kourtney West hosting Soledad Rodriguez, and Mason Fender hosting Yoscelyn Fernandez.

The following teachers hosted the adult teacher/mentors: Vince and Robin Villa hosting Carmen Gloria Astudillo, and Kendall and James Mellem hosting Ana Laura Escalante.

The visit was coordinated by Robin Villa, LSNHS Spanish teacher.

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