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The Story Project features personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. If StorySpencerLSHSPhotoyou would like to submit a story about your child, visit www.lsr7.org/static/projects/story/.

LSHS counselor’s suggestion is turning point in student’s life

I have a daughter who is now in college, but who went all the way through R-7. Sally Sabata was her counselor all through Lee’s Summit High School. She has been an invaluable resource for both my girls, including my older daughter and the youngest, now a junior.

When our oldest was enrolling for her senior year, she only needed three classes to graduate. We were unsure what to do with the rest of her day, so we sat down with Sally. She knew Julie enjoyed art and suggested we look

at Herndon. Herndon had a graphic design program she may be interested in trying. This is not something we would have ever considered, as we were unaware of the program.

It was a turning point in her life. She loved it and excelled at it. She is currently a sophomore in the graphic technologies program at Pittsburg State University. This was a school Sally suggested she look into because of its excellent program. Our daughter is working on the campus paper as a graphic designer. She is also the newest employee to be invited to attend the National Collegiate Media Conference in Texas at the end of October.

Without Sally’s ideas and help, I’m not sure where she’d be today. I’d venture to guess she wouldn’t be as happy as she is today.

Submitted by Don and Barb Spencer


Judy Noland honored for serving 44 years on LS R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee

Judy Noland receives a certificate from Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, in recognition of her 44 years on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC). A retired Lee’s Summit R-7 staff member, Mrs. Noland joined the CAC in 1971 when she was asked by Dr. Bernard Campbell, long-time superintendent, to serve on the team. She has represented parents, students, staff members and citizens over her 44 years and  frequently shares her expertise in the early-childhood area with the group. She will continue to serve on the group, which formed in 1952. The mission of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee is to facilitate communication and partner with the R-7 Board of Education, superintendent and community to ensure a successful and innovative school system that maximizes each student’s potential.ocCAC-JudyNoland

LSHS celebrates homecoming

Students, staff and families celebrated homecoming with the annual Lee’s Summit High School parade Oct. 2 in downtown Lee’s Summit. The LSHS Homecoming football game is Oct. 2 with the dance on Oct. 3. ocLSHSparadeFloat2 ocLSHSparadeFloat1 ocLSHSparadeBobWhite ocLSHSparadeBand

LSNHS celebrates homecoming

Students, staff and families celebrated homecoming with the annual Lee’s Summit North High School parade Oct. 1 in downtown Lee’s Summit. The LSNHS Homecoming football game is Oct. 2 with the dance on Oct. 3.  osLSNhomecomingFloat ocLSNhomecomingStars ocLSNhomecomingROTC ocLSNhomecomingBand

BCMS students selected for Be the Change Award

Allen Guardado and Megan Snyder were selected for the Bernard Campbell Middle School Be the Change Award for September. To receive this recognition, the students demonstrated high standards of behavior and have been involved with school in a positive way.ocBCMS-BeTheChange

The criteria used for the award includes demonstrating exemplary behavior and displaying a positive attitude in the classroom and hallways, displaying a positive attitude toward teachers and other students, and exhibiting outstanding character at BCMS. The students also received a token of thanks from the school’s business partner, Summit Bank of Kansas City. Pictured are (from left) Bob Glaser of Summit Bank, Allen Guardado, Megan Snyder and Rosa Milazzo of Summit Bank.

Schools teaching additional lessons about LS history as part of Truly 150 celebration

Historical curriculum to be used in all grade levels this year and in the futureTruly 150

Students throughout the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District are learning more about our community’s history thanks to the efforts of district staff members, community leaders and a local historian. In recognition of the community’s Oct. 18 Founder’s Day event, the R-7 Social Studies Department created grade-level lessons for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. These lessons are being taught during October throughout the district’s 28 schools.

As part of the Truly 150 Lee’s Summit Sesquicentennial celebrations, the community is invited to Founder’s Day Party on the Patio, scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green St. The event celebrates Lee’s Summit’s official founding on Oct. 28, 1865. Among several performers at the event are a combo including members of the Lee’s Summit R7 high school jazz bands. A special program will begin at 4:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.truly150.com.

Social studies teachers worked closely with Kathy Smith, executive director of the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit, to develop lessons focusing on Lee’s Summit’s history. Introducing the lessons this year is especially appropriate since Lee’s Summit is celebrating its 150th birthday.

“Beginning in fall 2015, teachers will share either one of the general lessons or grade-level lessons with students. This is an exciting step forward for R-7 social studies and the Lee’s Summit community,” said Paula Keltner, R-7 department chairperson for secondary social studies and curriculum specialist for grades 7 through 12.

Two lessons were created including an overview of Lee’s Summit’s last 150 years, which includes history and images for classroom instruction and discussion. The second lesson, called “Digging into History: Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery,” was developed for middle-school and high-school students and includes inquiry-based learning using the historical cemetery.

The lessons connect to specific content included in the various grade levels.

“Grade-level lessons that directly connect to curriculum may be used within the context of instruction during the year,” Mrs. Keltner added, “a winning combination for our students to deepen their understanding as to history being both relevant and close to home.”

Mrs. Smith met with the teachers several times to discuss Lee’s Summit history and share information available through the Historical Society records. In addition, Mrs. Smith is available for living history classroom lessons related to World War I.


LSNHS students capture $6,000 first-prize award in Make48 Competition

Three Lee’s Summit North High School students, working with a mechanical engineering mentor, won first place in the Make48 Challenge, held Oct. 2-4 at Union Station in Kansas City. The three students — Connie Wentworth, Stacey Edmonsond and Kenzie Settle — won $6,000 and the opportunity to present their prototype gadget to several international corporations. The top three teams also receive a crowdfunding campaign and licensing consideration.

The three students, working with Joella Sommerhauser, who also serves as an assistant coach of the LSN robotics team, were one of 20 teams selected to participate in the national competition, which is designed to spotlight invention. Teams compete to develop a new commercial product idea in a 48-hour invent-a-thon weekend. Each team had 48 hours to plan, prototype and pitch a new idea within the specifications of the challenge, which is revealed at the start of the 48 hours.

Theme for the recent challenge was barbeque, and the teams visited the barbeque competition at the American Royal on Oct. 2 to begin the process. Make48 provided the teams with a variety of tools, materials, work spaces and expert guidance in a fabrication workshop. After developing their idea, each team presented their idea to the judges on Oct. 3.

The LSNHS students’ team name was Tough Girls, and they said they were competing to empower other girls to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves in science, technology, engineering and math.

Connie, Stacey and Kenzie were the only Lee’s Summit R-7 students participating in the Make48 contest. In addition, the local students competed against a number of teams made up of adults.

Due to the invention nature of the contest, the teams are not allowed to reveal any information about the product they presented beyond that it pertains to the barbeque theme. The LSNHS students, who are all in the top 1 percent of their junior class academically and members of the LSNHS Broncobots robotics team, were encouraged to apply for Make48 by Hillary Griffith, LSNHS math teacher.

“The girls’ presence on stage during the presentation was incredible,” said Ms. Griffith. “There were professional engineers and inventors on the other teams, and these ladies beat out every one of them. Their pitch is being sent Oct. 5 to five major companies internationally, and these companies have 60 days to decide if they are interested. We are excited for them as they move forward through the process and hope to see their design on the shelves of stores someday soon. ”The Make48 area competition was hosted by The Inventors Center of Kansas City, a non-profit organization dedicated to inventor education and connection. For more information about Make48, visit www.make48.com.

In the photo, ocLSN Make48photoLSNHS students (from left) Stacey Edmonsond, Connie Wentworth, and Kenzie Settle are pictured with mentor Joella Sommerhauser at Make48.

Lee’s Summit R-7 now on Instagram

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is now on Instagram, available by searching for “LeesSummitR7.” Instagram is a free online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service.Instagram-Follow LSR7 (1)

If you are not on Instagram, you may download the app from the App Store, Android from Google Play Store or Windows Phone from the Windows Phone Store. Users may sign up via their e-mail address or Facebook accounts.

Lee’s Summit R-7 is also on Facebook, available by searching for “Lee’s Summit R-7 School District,” and on Twitter available @LSR7. The district’s superintendent, Dr. David McGehee, frequently posts about the district and education topics on his Twitter account — @DrDavidMcGehee.

In addition, interested individuals may keep up with the school district by signing up for “R-7 News Update,” a weekly electronic newsletter, at http://tiny.cc/q2ig3x.

LSNHS homecoming parade held Oct. 1 in downtown LS.

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LSNHS PTSA to present Safe Halloween Oct. 31

Safe Halloween -2015 (1)Lee’s Summit North High School PTSA will host Safe Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at LSNHS, 901 NE Douglas. The event is free for all children living within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

Children are invited to trick-or-treat in the school’s commons, which will be decorated for Halloween and will include approximately 30 to 40 booths. LSNHS students, dressed in Halloween costumes, will staff the booths, handing out candy to the children.

Safe Halloween is funded by the LSNHS PTSA fireworks stand, held at the school before the Fourth of July each summer. LSNHS students receive community service for their participation and have the opportunity to interact with the younger children and their families.

The popular event is designed to provide R-7 children with a safe, indoor location for trick-or-treating.

LSHS students participate in Alzheimer’s Poetry Project

Four Lee’s Summit High School students recently participated in a Poetry for Life Event with Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. The LSHS students, along with students from Summit Christian Academy, worked with Mr. Glazner to prepare an intergenerational poetry event for residents at John Knox Village. LSHS students participating were Alexis King, Rachel Nash, Megan Stanton and Natalie Walczak. LSHS librarians Allison Donahay and Jennifer Coleman prepared students for the event and accompanied the students to the event. ocLSHSpoetryForLifePresent ocLSHSpoetryForLifeGroup.jpg

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