Author Judy Young to visit two LS R-7 elementary schools

Children’s author Judy Young will visit two Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary apAuthorVisitDrawingschools with stops planned at Highland Park Elementary April 30 and at Pleasant Lea Elementary May 1.

Ms. Young is the award-winning author of 15 children’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction books. Her book, “A Pet for Miss Wright,” won the 2012 Paterson Prize Honor Book Award. “A Book for Black-Eyes Susan” won the 2011 Society of School Librarians International Honor Award. Her books have also been nominated for numerous state awards, including the Missouri Show Me Readers Award.

During her Lee’s Summit visits, Ms. Young will speak to students in grade-level groups about what it is like to be an author. As she reads from her books, she will also share the writing process and what goes on behind the scenes with the publication of her books. Autographed books will be available for purchase.

Ms. Young lives near Springfield and visits numerous schools and speaks at conferences. Her visit to the two schools is sponsored through their library media programs.

BCMS student recognized at state level for sportsmanship essay

CJ McGurk, an eighth-grader at Bernard Campbell Middle School, was recently recognized for apBCMSsportsmanship-McGurkexcellence in writing for his submission to the Junior High Sportsmanship Essay Contest.

After being selected as the school winner, his essay was submitted to the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) district level where it was ranked best essay in the Greater Kansas City District. At the state level, CJ’s essay was recognized as one of the top five.

“Sportsmanship asks us to focus on respect, because sportsmanship is a way of life,” states McGurk in his essay.

“As a member of the Campbell Middle School cross country and track teams and in his frequent attendance as a fan of other events, CJ exhibits and models the highest level of sportsmanship,” said Brett Jacobs, BCMS assistant principal. “His leadership and attitude set a positive example for all students, athletes and spectators.”

Lee’s Summit R-7 business partners celebrate successful year at Partners In Education banquet

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District hosted its annual Partners In Education banquet April 17 at the John Knox Village Pavilion. The event included recognition of the R-7 school/business partnership program as well as entertainment and presentations by students.

More than 250 businesses and organizations are involved in the Partners In Education program through individual school partnerships, program partnerships and district partnerships. Partners In Education focuses on connecting students, curriculum and the business community. The program provides enriching activities and opportunities to R-7 School District students.

The event included entertainment from the Lee’s Summit North High School Jazz Band and Highland Park Elementary Music Leaders. Students and staff members involved in the Leader In Me at Highland Park Elementary and Pleasant Lea Elementary presented information about the difference this program is making in their schools.

Theme for the event, which was attended by approximately 280 people, was “Adding Relevance to Our Rigor.” Also included was a partnership showcase featuring students from throughout the school district.

For more information about Partners In Education, contact Laura Maxwell, program coordinator, 816-986-1109, or

apPIE-LSNjazzBandLee’s Summit North High School Jazz Band members perform at the Partners In Education banquet.






apPIE-STAdisplayStudents from Summit Technology Academy talk to guests at the R-7 Partners In Education banquet.






apPIE-HPEchoir2The Highland Park Elementary Music Leaders perform at the apPIE-HPEchoirPartners In Education banquet.

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