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LSNHS robotics team to host pancake breakfast fundraiser Jan. 3

The Broncobots from Lee’s Summit North High School will host the team’s Pancakesannual pancake breakfast fundraiser for the 2015 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Kick-Off from 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 3 in the LSNHS commons. All you can eat pancakes are $6 at the door.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the Broncobots and the team’s upcoming season. In addition to the pancake breakfast, the team will have a silent auction through 10:45 a.m. Some of the items in the auction are a wood hutch donated by Profile Cabinet Shops, a handmade quilt, Paradise Park tickets, “Sesame Street Live” tickets and items from Jason’s Deli, Powell Gardens, Bed Bath and Beyond, Next Door Pizza, Houlihan’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Pepperjax Grill and Piano Tuning.

Robotics teams will also demonstrate their creations. The 2015 FRC game will be announced at 9:30 a.m.

Carla Krebs named Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for December

Carla Krebs was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Learning for dcLFLcarlaKrebsLife Award winner for December. She is a physical-education teacher at Hazel Grove elementary.

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

“Everyone – including students, staff and families – has a high level of respect for Coach K, and they rally around her because of her amazing enthusiasm for everything she does,” said a colleague. “Everyone would agree she truly is a role model for Learning for Life.”

LS R-7 staff members participate in annual Resource Fair

Guidance counselors from Lee’s Summit R-7 schools participated in a Resource Fair Dec. 11, held at the district’s Stansberry Leadership Center. During the approximately two-hour event, representatives from a variety of area agencies and organizations provided information to the counselors about resources available to students and their families.

Counselors as well as members of Student Assistance Program teams had the opportunity to talk to the representatives from the organizations in an informal setting. Examples of a few of the 26 organizations participating in the fair are Crittenton’s Children’s Center, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Hope House, Job Corps, Truman Medical Center, Lee’s Summit CARES, Lee’s Summit Social Services, R-7 Parents As Teachers and ReDiscover.

This is the second annual Resource Fair for R-7 guidance counselors and Student Assistance Program teams.

R-7 staff members visit with representatives from a variety of dcResourceFairCAPA-Coldwatercommunity organizations during the Resource Fair.



Greenwood Elementary first-graders work with business partner to prepare gifts for adopted grandparents

In an annual tradition that is part of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Partners In Education dcGWE-PIEphotoprogram, Jessica Steward, senior clerk at Greenwood Quarry, helps Greenwood Elementary first-graders wrap holiday gifts destined for the school’s adopted grandparents at Truman Medical Center-East. Assisting other first-grade classes were Blaine Foster, quality control technician, and Tony Micketti, plant manager. The quarry is operated by Martin Marietta Materials, which has participated in the district’s Partners In Education program for three years.

LS CARES to present Parenting the Love and Logic Way Jan. 27 through Feb. 24

Lee’s Summit CARES will present Parenting the Love and Logic Way Tuesdays, Jan. 27 throughLSCares Logo Feb. 24, at Westview Elementary School, 200 N. Ward Road. The course provides parents with strategies to put an end to arguing, whining and backtalk; help children learn listening skills; and raise children who are respectful, responsible and fun to be around.

The updated class is facilitated by Kerri Gray, M.S., LMFT, or Jan Nelson, M.A., of ReDiscover. It is offered in collaboration with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and area churches.

Cost for the class is $42 per participant, and previous participants will pay only $10 for the new program manual. Scholarships are available to residents who live within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

For more information, contact Bev at ReDiscover, (816) 347-3259 or visit Please register for the course by Jan. 23.

Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools second-semester theatre schedules

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District high schools are offering a number of top-quality productions during this year’s second TheatreMaskssemester. Theatre schedules follow, including contact information and websites for each school.

Lee’s Summit High School will continue its season with a play based on real events, “The Women Of Lockerbie”. After the attack on Pan Am flight 103, the women of Lockerbie begin a movement to wash the recovered clothes of the victims and send them home to their families, hoping to provide some healing for both the families, and themselves. “The Women Of Lockerbie” is a powerful story of converting an act of hate into an act of love.  Don’t miss “The Women Of Lockerbie” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and at 2:30 p.m. March 1.

To close out the Lee’s Summit High School season on April 24, 25 and 26, the Repertory Theatre production will stage a play that has yet to be announced.

Tickets for all LSHS shows are available at on the box office web page or you may contact (816) 986-2059 or for more information or group reservations.

Lee’s Summit North High School’s second semester begins with a family friendly musical based on the children’s story of the Princess and the Pea, “Once Upon a Mattress.”  This classic will have you rooting for the underdog princess and laughing all the way.  The show runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. March 1.

LSNHS will conclude its season with a ‘yet-to-be-announced’ drama produced by the Repertory Theatre Group. This play will be offered at 7 p.m. April 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. April 12.

For tickets and information about any of the three LSNHS shows, visit or call (816) 986-3031.

The Lee’s Summit West High School season continues with the magical family musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Cinderella wants to attend the Prince’s Ball but her stepmother and stepsisters have other ideas.  What happens when the Fairy Godmother shows up to make all her dreams come true?

In addition, LSWHS will present a series of student-directed one-act plays March 27 and 28  and a repertory theatre production on April 17, 18 and 19. Information about all LSWHS productions is available at Tickets for all plays will be $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Musical tickets will be $8 in advance and $9 at the door.

All three high schools will also present yet-to-be-announced productions at the school district’s One-Act Play Festival to be performed on the LSWHS Stage, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

Prairie View Elementary kindergarten students contribute to Heart to Heart International

Prairie View Elementary kindergarten students recently completed a service project for Heart to Heart International in place of exchanging holiday gifts with their classmates. Students donated supplies to make care kits for people in need during disasters. The kindergartners worked together to fill the bags with towels, washcloths, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs and band aids. In all, students made 75 kits to donate to Heart to Heart International.







LS R-7 Before- and After-School Services announces new preschool

Community open house scheduled for Jan. 5

KC Cubbies will open a second location on Jan. 6 at a facility located in frontdcKC CubbiesPhoto of Underwood Elementary, 1125 NE Colbern Road. The program is offered through Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Before- and After-School Services (BASS) and provides care for children from 3 to 5 years old.

Enroll by Dec. 22 at a significantly reduced rate of $10 per child or $15 per family (regularly $80 / $105).  Children must be Lee’s Summit R-7 School District residents and age 3 by July 31, 2014, to be eligible for enrollment.

The new KC Cubbies facility will host an open house for interested community members, scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5.

KC Cubbies is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with many full- and part-time options. There is a limited enrollment, so act quickly.

The R-7 BASS mission is to provide support to families by caring for their children in a safe, nurturing, fun and educational environment.  The daily schedule at KC Cubbies includes preschool learning activities in the morning, physical fitness options, rest time each afternoon, two snacks with drinks daily, lunch through Lee’s Summit R-7 Nutrition Services and the opportunity for “buddy time” with older students from Underwood Elementary.

For questions, please visit the BASS website at or call (816) 986-3440.

Tracy Sample of LS Elementary named one of 12 Distinguished Principals in Missouri

Tracy Sample, Lee’s Summit Elementary School principal, has beendcTracySamplePhoto named Distinguished Principal by the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principals Association (KCSEPA).

Mrs. Sample was one of several administrators nominated by fellow elementary and middle school principals from Kansas City area districts. She was selected by the organization based on meeting rigorous national criteria for this award and her distinguished performance as a principal at her school, in her district, within her community and beyond, said KCSEPA officials.

In the words of her colleagues:

“Tracy works tirelessly to meet the diverse needs of her special learning community.”

“She has worked to provide one-to-one devices for students in her building in order to help differentiate instruction as well as to provide them with access to technology that they may not have in their homes. She is a strong advocate for seeing that students’ needs are met and works closely with school staff and district personnel to see that there is adequate staffing and programming for students.”

“Tracy is such a humble person, and she would never expect this kind of honor. I don’t think she has any idea how much those around her think of her as an exceptional leader because of the difference she makes with her students, staff, and families as well as those of us who know her.”

Lee’s Summit Elementary serves approximately 300 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Mrs. Sample has partnered with community organizations to support the needs of her students and families in innovative, effective ways. In addition, she has demonstrated an inspiring commitment to supporting her staff in the work they do for their students.

“Lee’s Summit Elementary focuses on building strong relationships with each student, parent and staff member,” Mrs. Sample added. “This has been crucial, and is the catalyst for success for all of our students.”

Mrs. Sample has served as principal at Lee’s Summit Elementary since 2011. She has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech pathology, both from the University of Central Missouri, and a master’s degree and specialist degree, both in elementary administration from William Woods University.

The Missouri Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that Missouri’s children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. By promoting excellent leadership, quality education and professional growth, this award celebrates principals and exemplifies their outstanding achievements.

Each year, the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals honors 12 Distinguished Principals from around the state. Mrs. Sample and the other 11 finalists will attend the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Spring Leadership Conference March 14-17 in Osage Beach. At the culmination of the conference, one of the 12 Distinguished Principals will be selected to represent Missouri at the national level.

KCSEPA officials added that they are proud to have Tracy Sample represent the outstanding commitment and talents of her fellow elementary and middle school principals in the Kansas City area as the organization’s 2014-15 Distinguished Principal.

LS R-7, UCM, MCC-Longview join commitment to expand college access at White House event

Representatives of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and Metropolitan Community College (MCC)-Longview joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden on Dec. 4 to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. Hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders across the nation are also part of this event.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action supports President Obama’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders and nonprofits to support students across the country to help the nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment. Participating as representatives of The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) in Lee’s Summit are Dr. Charles Ambrose, UCM president; Dr. David McGehee, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent; and Kirk Nooks, MCC-Longview president. The MIC, located in R-7’s Summit Technology Academy, is a joint initiative between UCM, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and numerous business partners.

“We look forward to being part of the national discussion on expanding college access,” Dr. Ambrose said. “We are very proud of the strong partnership that has been created through The MIC, and are excited about taking it to the next level. Expanding the partnership gives us an opportunity to align leadership, talent and economic needs of this region to meet national goals for degree completion.”

Dr. McGehee added, “The Missouri Innovation Campus prepares our students for bright futures through a rigorous, accelerated program that blends classroom instruction with hands-on learning and internships at top businesses. We are grateful to all of our partners – UCM, MCC and the business community – who are working together to ensure that our students succeed, and we appreciate the opportunity to participate in the national dialogue.”

When he visited UCM in July 2013 to speak about the nation’s economy, President Obama cited The MIC as an exemplary example of the type of partnership needed to help meet national goals related to reducing students’ college debt load and to produce more graduates with job-ready skills. Students enroll in The MIC their junior year of high school and take classes at Summit Technology Academy. Upon graduation from high school, these students will have their high school diplomas and associate degrees, then complete their final two years of study at UCM. While doing so, they accelerate the time it takes to earn a four-year degree, graduate with no student debt, obtain applied experience through paid internships with major Kansas City area corporations and obtain highly sought-after skills for high-paying technology careers.

Participants in the Dec. 4 White House event were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high-school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative and increasing the number of college graduates in STEM fields.

The MIC, in collaboration with a host of other local education and community partners, commits to expanding college degree attainment aligned with high-demand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – related fields across the Kansas City region.

Using The MIC as a model, this network will work in cooperation with the Metropolitan Kansas City Higher Education Collaborative (a Lumina-sponsored community mobilization site) to expand the existing K-16 partnership that emphasizes college readiness, competency-based delivery, accelerated pathways and new credentials that lower the cost of college, eliminate skills gaps and reduce and/or eliminate student loan debt to finance a college degree. The MIC model also will serve as a platform to significantly increase partnerships that will expand access opportunities for underserved Hispanic and Black student populations, as well as working adults seeking to obtain gainful employment and/or expanded career opportunities.

“MIC is a shining example of partnerships that prepare students for the success they deserve,” said Dr. Nooks. “Public school districts, higher education and businesses working together in a whole new way can only lead to bright futures for our students. We are excited and energized to be involved in the national discussion and are looking forward to what we can and will accomplish in the future.”

President Obama will announce new steps on how his Administration is helping to support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college. The Dec. 4 event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on Jan. 14, 2014.

Expanding opportunities for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class. According to statistics provided by the White House, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.

dcSTA-MIC-WhiteHousePhotoPictured at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action are (from left) Dr. Charles Ambrose, Dr. Kirk Nooks and Dr. David McGehee.

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