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Hazel Grove Elementary wins free visit from KC Wolf

Jennifer Mead of Lee’s Summit entered a contest sponsored by Frito Lay andagHGE-FritoLayPhoto won a free visit by KC Wolf for her children’s school, Hazel Grove Elementary. KC Wolf, a.k.a. Dan Meers, reminded students to remember their A.B.C.’s: Attitude, Behavior and Character. He said “your attitude is chosen by how you think. People who succeed choose a positive attitude.” Regarding behavior, KC Wolf mentioned that you find what you are looking for as a buzzard finds dead stuff and a bee finds honey. Students learned that it is just as easy to look for good things in people as bad things. He added that successful players are the people who are more concerned with character than reputation. KC Wolf concluded by saying that if you take care of your character your reputation will take care of itself. Pictured with KC Wolf are Jennifer Mead and students Katie Mead and Kylie Mead.

Lee’s Summit R-7 students benefit from events designed to help them make successful transition to new school year

Activities include Elementary Meet Your Teacher and Transition Days for seventh and ninth grades

Thousands of Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students had the opportunity to participate in special activities designed to help students make a successful transition into the new school year. Students beginning seventh grade and ninth grade participated in Transition Days, held Aug. 18, two days before the first day of school on Aug. 20.

Elementary Meet Your Teacher Night provided all elementary students with the opportunity to visit their schools, and it was also held Aug. 18. Students and their families visit their new classrooms, meet their teachers for 2014-15 and tour the school.

During Transition Days, students ride the bus to school, go through their regular school day, eat lunch in the school cafeteria and participate in special transition activities.

agMeetTeacherMLE-Sheets-KlunchNumberMeadow Lane Elementary teacher Terri Sheets explains the lunch number procedure to kindergarten students during Meet Your Teacher.








agMeetTeacherMLE-MrReed6thSixth-grade teacher Jeff Reed greets students at Meadow Lane Elementary’s Meet Your Teacher.







agBCMS-TransitionDayCrowdBernard Campbell Middle School seventh-graders participate in Transition Day activities.









agPLMS-TransitionDayTourPleasant Lea Middle School seventh-graders tour their new school, led by eighth-grade members of WEB Cares, during Transition Day.


Ann Beebe named Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for August

Ann Beebe was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Learning for LifeagLFLAnnBeebe Award winner for August. She is the principal’s secretary at Bernard Campbell Middle School.

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

“Kids are always her primary consideration,” said a colleague. “Her kindness, patience, generosity and sense of humor are well documented by our students and staff.”

Lee’s Summit Chamber, UCM sponsor annual LS R-7 New Teacher Breakfast

Approximately 120 educators were welcomed to the R-7 School District during an Aug. 12 special event hosted by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the University of Central Missouri. The Chamber has hosted the annual New Teacher Welcome Breakfast for several decades.

During the event, teachers heard from Dr. Carolyn McKnight, Chamber chair of the board; Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads; Dr. Terrell

Brown, University of Central Missouri; Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent; and Carrie Mayle, Chamber Education Committee chairperson.

Brian Campbell, a teacher at Summit Lakes Middle School and Lee’s Summit R-7 2013 Teacher of the Year, was the featured speaker at the breakfast.

Following the breakfast, the new teachers received “goody bags” filled with gifts donated by approximately 25 Chamber businesses.

agChamberBreakfastLeavingNew teachers receive goody bags from Chamber members.









agChamberBreakfastBrianCampbellBrian Campbell of SLMS speaks to new teachers.









agChamberBreakfastMcGeheeDr. David McGehee, superintendent, speaks to new teachers.









agChamberBreakfastGreetersJulie Doane, Carmel Daniels and Chrissy Symes (pictured from left) greet new teachers.






agChamberBreakfastChrissyGreetingChrissy Symes of the Chamber greets new teachers.

Lee’s Summit North High School student named to All-National Concert Band

Alexander Lynn, a student at Lee’s Summit North High School, was selected to perform in the All-ag-LSNAll-NationalBandLynnNational Concert Band. Alexander is a senior at LSNHS and plays clarinet with the school’s band.

All-state musicians from throughout the United States were invited to apply for the All-National Concert Band. Alexander, who has been chosen for the Missouri All-State Band three consecutive times, is among just six Missouri students selected for the national honor.

The All-National Concert Band will perform at the National Association for Music Education’s National In-service Conference, scheduled during October in Nashville, Tenn.

Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation raises more than $7.5 million for local schools over last nine years

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation continues to serve as a valuable partner with the R-7 agLSEFlogoSchool District, raising more than $7.5 million to support many educational programs in the schools.

The Foundation kicks off its annual campaign in late August reaching out to the community through its Friends of the Foundation sponsorship program and to the R-7 employees through the Annual Fund Drive. The Foundation has four areas of focus it will be raising funds for during the 2014-15 school year. The campaign will:

  • help purchase additional Google Chromebooks for students district-wide
  • fund PEAK (Promote Excellence And Knowledge) grants for teachers’ innovative classroom projects
  • provide funding for the Excellence for Education Endowment Fund
  • support scholarships for qualifying students for the ACT and International Baccalaureate testing at high schools.

The Foundation’s 2013-14 Annual Fund Drive raised over $275,000 for R-7 schools and students. In addition, the Foundation awarded an additional $261,728 for student scholarships, classroom projects and program grants.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation has served as the philanthropic arm of the R-7 School District since its formation in 1993. In addition to the Annual Fund Drive, the Foundation manages donor-advised scholarship funds, awarding approximately 60 scholarships to deserving students each spring.

This fall, the Foundation will host its 18th annual Race for the Future 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Dash. The popular event attracts more than 800 area runners and walkers and is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 11 at Lee’s Summit West High School. The 2013 Race for the Future raised nearly $35,000for the Educational Foundation.

Another major Foundation fundraiser is Taste of Lee’s Summit, scheduled for Saturday, March 7. The benefit features food from area restaurants, a silent and live auction and prizes. The spring 2014 Taste of Lee’s Summit raised over $113,000.

If you are interested in donating to or volunteering for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, please contact Sheryl Franke, Foundation director, (816) 986-1015 or

Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education visits Missouri Innovation Campus

Members of the Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education visited The Missouri Innovation Campus Aug. 11 to tour the Lee’s Summit facility and hear from school leaders, students and business partners about this visionary education model.

The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) is a collaborative effort involving the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the University of Central Missouri, Metropolitan Community College and high-tech businesses. MIC began in 2012 and has been recognized at the state and national level. The school was highlighted as a “recipe for success over the long term” in a 2013 speech by President Barack Obama during a stop in Missouri. In addition, MIC representatives were invited to attend this summer’s White House College Opportunity Summit, a working session with U.S. Department of Education officials.

During the Aug. 11 visit by the Joint Committee on Education, which includes members of both the Missouri House and the Missouri Senate, state officials toured the one-of-a-kind program, located within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy.

Following the tour, the state committee members heard presentations from Dr. David McGehee, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent; Dr. Chuck Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri (UCM); Mark James, chancellor of Metropolitan Community College (MCC); and Abigail Ventrillo of DST, one of The MIC’s business partners.

Two MIC students – Brian Green and Trey Hecker – also spoke to the committee about their experiences at the school. Brian is a 2014 graduate of Lee’s Summit North High School who is enrolled in the MIC systems engineering program. Trey will graduate from high school in 2015 and is in The MIC engineering technology program.

Through The Missouri Innovation Campus, students receive their associate degree from MCC soon after earning their high-school diploma and are on track to earn a bachelor’s degree from UCM in high-tech, high-demand fields just two years later. Remarkably, students participating in the program will also complete their associate and bachelor’s degrees at almost no cost to the students or their families.

The MIC has three programs: information technology (IT) essentials, digital electronics and software development. The Missouri Innovation Campus is open to students within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District as well as students who attend any of 19 sending high schools, located within the Kansas City metropolitan area’s Missouri side. Currently, the school includes approximately 60 students from 10 school districts.

The first cohort of students enrolled in The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) received their high-school diplomas last spring and their associate degrees this summer. They will begin their remaining two years in the program at UCM in fall 2014. In addition to the program’s accelerated timeframe and financial advantages, students are able to develop job-ready skills through internships with high-tech companies. The MIC has been commended for both the high level of collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and higher education as well as the valuable partnerships with industry-leading businesses.

agMIC-JointCommissionInEdBrian Green (left) and Trey Hecker prepare to speak to the Missouri Joint Committee on Education.





agMIC-JointComm-AmbroseMcGeheeDr. Chuck Ambrose (center left) and Dr. David McGehee (center right) were among featured speakers.

LSWHS running backs help create raised garden beds at Hazel Grove Elementary

Running backs from the Lee’s Summit West High School football team, along with Coach Don Graham, helped build three raised garden beds at Hazel Grove Elementary. The beds were funded through a project with Kansas City Community Gardens and the Jackson County Health Department. Kindergarten students at Hazel Grove Elementary will help plant, maintain and harvest the gardens in the fall and spring. Children will also be able to take vegetables home to share with their families. LSWHS team members pictured include (from left) Rosanno James-Smith, Kevin Knox, Coach Don Graham, Cole Dunham and Joseph Shapiro-Scavuzzo.


R-7 website helps families determine school assignments, bus stops and school bus pick-up times

The R-7 Transportation Department offers a website designed to help families determine their school agCNGbusPhotoattendance areas and bus stop information. The site does not include information about specific students but will provide school assignments, bus stop location and bus schedules when families submit their street address using the website.

To access the website, visit the R-7 home page at and select “Bus Transportation” under the “Schools” tab or go directly to Please note that inclement weather, traffic congestion or other situations may cause school buses to run later than the time provided through the website. All students are asked to arrive at their assigned bus stop five minutes prior to the bus scheduled pick-up time.

The website also provides an opportunity for those new to the district or families considering a move to the school district to determine school attendance areas for any address. Real-estate agents are also encouraged to use the website when determining school attendance areas for homes they are listing.

Lee’s Summit R-7 BASS students participate in I-Games

Approximately 250 children participated in the Lee’s Summit R-7 Before- and After-School Services (BASS) I-Games, held July 18 at Bernard Campbell Middle School. This was the fifth year that BASS has hosted the popular I-Games, which include Hot Foot, Elimination Nukem, Pin Blast and Battleship.

BASS staff members developed the I-Games to provide students with the opportunity to participate in an intramural event that promotes teamwork, sportsmanship, health and fitness. The games are selected based on activities that allow for a large number of students to compete.

In addition to the competitive aspect of I-Games, students may choose other activities such as helping run the concession stand, where they learn about marketing, take inventory, stock and do customer service. They may also participate in the pep club, allowing them to design and work on their team wear, pom poms, banners, hair accessories and face paint.

The I-Games, based on the Olympics, highlighted the multicultural focus of the summer program. Children studied the people and culture of each country represented. Staff and students had a catered lunch from Hy-Vee featuring a different food from each country.

Schools also decorated lunch tables to reflect the flags, people and cultures of the various countries. The I-Games kicked off with the “Parade of Nations” with students from each school walking around the gym and displaying banners, costumes and flags.

The event concluded with awards, photographs and students singing the “Friendship Song” together while doing sign language.

“It was an impressive, memorable and a day of schools/camps coming together and celebrating the friendships and bonds that had developed over the summer!” said Barbie Wright of BASS.

Before- and After-School Services is available for Lee’s Summit R-7 School District families, providing child care through a variety of programs including KC Cubbies for preschool-age children, Kids Country for elementary students; 3LYNX for middle-school students; and SummitRise, providing structured student supervision for elementary students on late-start Wednesdays. For more information, visit

















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