NEW Lee’s Summit R-7 students benefit from events designed to help them make successful transition to new school year
NEW Lee’s Summit R-7 students benefit from events designed to help them make successful transition to new school year
NEW Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education visits Missouri Innovation Campus
Ann Beebe named Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for August
LSWHS running backs help create raised garden beds at Hazel Grove Elementary
Lee’s Summit Chamber, UCM sponsor annual LS R-7 New Teacher Breakfast
R-7 website helps families determine school assignments, bus stops and school bus pick-up times
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.
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.”
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.
New teachers receive goody bags from Chamber members.
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.
Dr. David McGehee, R-7 School District superintendent, and Elaine Metcalf, director of R-7’s Summit Technology Academy, were among approximately 65 education leaders from throughout the United States invited to attend the White House College Opportunity Summit. The summit, held July 31, was a working session with the U.S. Department of Education for leaders involved in successful kindergarten through 12th-grade/higher-education partnerships.
Dr. McGehee and Mrs. Metcalf were among a delegation from the Lee’s Summit area that also included representatives from the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Metropolitan Community College (MCC) and Kansas City Public Schools. Travel and lodging expenses for Lee’s Summit R-7 officials were sponsored by UCM.
The education leaders met with White House and U.S. Department of Education officials including Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell to share successful strategies and brainstorm new ideas during the White House College Opportunity Summit. The R-7, UCM and MCC representatives joined teams from 11 other communities across the country to collaborate on ways to increase college access and success. States represented were New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Colorado, Missouri, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Texas, California and South Carolina.
The local officials from R-7, UCM and MCC were selected based on the three organizations’ collaborative one-of-a-kind program that dramatically reduces the time required to receive a college degree while also significantly decreasing the cost of a bachelor’s degree for students and their families. Known as The Missouri Innovation Campus, the program began in 2012 and has been recognized at the regional and national level. During summer 2013, President Barack Obama highlighted The Missouri Innovation Campus during a visit to Missouri, calling the unique program “a recipe for success over the long term.”
“We are grateful for the invitation to participate in the national summit and the opportunity to share information about this extraordinary program,” said Dr. McGehee. “It has been especially rewarding for our district to help launch The Missouri Innovation Campus and to be a part of the visionary collaboration involving our school district, UCM and MCC as well as our business partners.”
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 in high-tech, high-demand fields just two years later. Remarkably, students participating in the program will also complete their associate and bachelor’s degree at almost no cost to the students or their families.
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 partnership has been recognized 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.
“Bold action is needed to develop innovative commitments that will promote real progress toward college completion and help us again lead the world in college graduation,” said Secretary Duncan. “The vision and actions shared during this session will help move us in that direction and help open the doors of college to every American.”
Earlier this year, the White House and the Department of Education convened a College Opportunity Summit with leaders from more than 140 colleges, nonprofits, foundations and other organizations, which collectively made more than 100 commitments to take new action in one of the following areas crucial to college opportunity:
The July 31 meeting culled some of the best ideas from around the country as the White House and U.S. Department of Education continue to collaborate on how to make college more affordable and within reach of every American.
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.
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.
The R-7 Transportation Department offers a website designed to help families determine their school attendance 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 www.lsr7.org and select “Bus Transportation” under the “Schools” tab or go directly to http://www.transfinderi.com/?cid=LSRS13J5TQSE7. 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.
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 http://sites.lsr7.org/beforeandafter/.
Lee’s Summit West High School Titan Smart and Lee’s Summit High School Tiger Smart are sponsoring a Marrow Donor Registry Drive, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at Hertzog Auction, 502 Main Street in Greenwood.
The drive is being conducted through Be The Match and is in honor of Rebecca Hertzog, a graduate of Lee’s Summit West High School. Ms. Hertzog has been diagnosed for the second time with acute myeloid leukemia after being in remission for more than four years. She is currently employed by the University of Arkansas in the athletic department and is undergoing chemotherapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Ms. Hertzog is in need of a bone marrow transplant and is still searching for her “miracle match.”
For thousands of individuals with blood cancers such as leukemia or diseases such as sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is the only hope for life. If you have diverse ancestry, patients especially need you because they are most likely to match someone who shares their heritage.
To participate in the marrow donor registry drive takes just a simple swab of the mouth. For more information about the Aug. 10 drive, contact Kristi Olson, (816) 807-4437 or LaGail Chism, (816) 645-3560. To learn more about Be the Match, visit BeTheMatch.org.