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LSWHS to host annual Holiday Mart Dec. 13

Lee’s Summit West High School is hosting the fourth annual Holiday Mart from 9 a.m. ChristmasBoxesto 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the school, 2600 Ward Road.

The Holiday Mart Committee is currently accepting vendor applications. To obtain a vendor application please email Karen Johnson at The fee to rent a booth is $50. The vendor booths have increased from 50 vendors the first year to over 80 vendors the second and third year.

Sponsoring organization for the popular event is the Lee’s Summit West Journalism Parents Group. Proceeds from the event benefit the journalism program including senior scholarships, equipment for the program and program needs.

High school journalism students will be on hand to assist vendors in loading and unloading during set up/take down times. Each vendor is asked to donate an item for a donation/give away during the event. Size of booths are eight feet by 10 feet, and vendors are asked to provide their own table and display or table rentals are available for rent. For additional information please email Karen Johnson at

Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools plan homecoming events

All three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are preparing for homecoming events this fall, FootballAndFieldincluding community parades, football games and dances.

Lee’s Summit North High School’s homecoming parade will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 4. Homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 with the dance at 8 p.m. Sept. 6.

Lee’s Summit High School’s homecoming parade will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 10. Football game will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 with the dance at 8 p.m. Oct. 11.

Lee’s Summit West High School’s homecoming parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and will take place in downtown Lee’s Summit. The homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 with the dance at 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

LSNHS team captures first place in regional mathematics competition

The Lee’s Summit North High School Missouri Math League (MOML) team recently captured first place agLSNmathLeaguePlaquein the regional competition. Each year LSNHS participates in the MOML contest, a statewide mathematics competition that takes place over a six-month period from October to March.

The competition is comprised of six 30-minute tests of math and logic that students complete outside of regular school hours. Approximately 150 and 200 LSNHS students participated during the contest season.

In addition to the regional championship, 2014 LSNHS graduate Luke Stiles was recognized by the league for a perfect score on the March test.

R-7 School District offering free day trip Oct. 16 for senior citizens to tour Summit Technology Academy

Area senior citizens are invited to participate in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s community-wide Senior SrTour2014ClassroomVisitGroupCitizens’ School Tour, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 at Summit Technology Academy, 777 NW Blue Parkway.

Home of the nationally recognized Missouri Innovation Campus, Summit Technology Academy opened in 1999. Director is Elaine Metcalf, and assistant director is Jeremy Bonnesen.

The district’s tour program has earned first place in the American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards program. The school tour is free for all interested senior citizens, although reservations are required. Space is limited, so it is recommended that you make your reservation early. Deadline to sign up for the tour is Oct. 3.

The event includes a tour of Summit Technology Academy, a catered box lunch and the opportunity to see students in action. Tour starts and ends at the school, 777 NW Blue Parkway. Those attending are asked to arrive at the school a few minutes before 11 a.m. Participants must have the ability to do some walking within the school and are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Several rest breaks will be provided.

Please note that this school is located on the north side of the Summit Technology Campus (former AT&T plant). The main entrance to the school is a long covered stairwell. An alternative entrance will be provided to senior visitors who would prefer not to climb up this lengthy outdoor staircase.

The tour for senior citizens is part of the R-7 School District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and was recommended by a community team. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact the R-7 School District Communications Department at (816) 986-1014 or e-mail by Oct. 3.

Race for the Future 5K Run/Walk to be Oct. 11 at LSWHS

Popular event raises money for LS Educational Foundation, Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation will host its popular Race for the agRaceForFutureLogo2014Future 5K Run/Walk, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 11 at Lee’s Summit West High School, 2600 S.W. Ward Road. The event is recognized throughout the metro-area as one of the Midwest’s premier run/walk events with more than 1,000 people participating in 2013.

The 18th annual Race for the Future is a fund-raiser for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Inc. and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund. The 5K race includes hundreds of dollars in prizes. Packet pick-up and late registration will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 at the R-7 School District’s Stansberry Leadership Center, 301 NE Tudor Road (on the northeast corner of the Lee’s Summit North High School campus). Free T-shirts will go to the first 800 5K entrants.

The Oct. 11 race morning schedule begins with late registration and packet pick-up from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at the Lee’s Summit West High School activity complex. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. with the Kid’s Dash immediately following at approximately 8:45 a.m.

Race fee is $25 for entries postmarked by Sept. 22 and $30 for late registration. The Kid’s Dash is for children up to sixth grade, and the fee is $5. Children will run short distances on the track. Participants will be entertained by B.J. Productions live DJ throughout the race.

Supporters also have the opportunity to become Race for the Future “dream partners.” For a $25 donation to Race for the Future, “dream partner” supporters can receive their own commemorative race T-shirt, but can then “sleep in” on Oct. 11.

Additional Race for the Future information is available at

Since the event began 18 years ago, Race for the Future has raised more than $300,450 for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established in 1993 to raise and manage resources in order to expand and initiate educational opportunities for students at all levels. The Foundation is a way for citizens to invest in today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders, and the future of Lee’s Summit by making tax-deductible donations.

The Carrie Foresee Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Carrie Foresee, a former Lee’s Summit High School student. Carrie died Sept. 3, 1996, as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident. Funds from Race for the Future help support scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.

For more information about volunteering, running or walking, call (816) 986-1015 or register online at

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District meets proposed criteria for state’s top accreditation through MSIP 5 accountability system

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is on track to earn the state’s top designation for academic achievement following the Aug. 29 release of Missouri assessment scores. This is the 14th year in a row that the R-7 School District has qualified for the state’s accredited with distinction status, which has been available for 14 years.

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is implementing a new state report card for public schools, and the state’s board of education has yet to finalize criteria for the top accreditation level, known as accredited with distinction. But based on the Lee’s Summit R-7 score on the 2013-14 Annual Performance Report (APR), the local school district would qualify for the preliminary criteria for this highest recognition. Lee’s Summit R-7 received a total of 129.5 out of a possible 140 points on the APR, earning 92.5 percent.

The Annual Performance Reports (APR) are included in the Missouri School Improvement Program accountability system (MSIP 5). The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education introduced a new state-wide grade card for public school districts during 2013.

The most recent Annual Performance Report, based on the 2013-14 school year, continues a tradition of R-7 School District student success. The local district has met qualifications for the state’s highest recognition for academic achievement for 14 years, which is as long as the top designation has existed.

“Meeting the state’s benchmarks for Missouri’s top recognition year after year is a noteworthy accomplishment, and we are grateful to our district’s educators, our students and their families,” said Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent. “While we are pleased with the results and the strong Annual Performance Report score, we have seen dips in some areas and will be closely examining all results to determine how we can make improvements that will both impact test scores and, more importantly, ensure that our students are successful.”

Although the state assessments are an important component in measuring school districts, Dr. McGehee emphasized that they are one of many methods used to determine success.

“Performance on an annual state test tells you no more about the success of your schools than taking your temperature once a year does about the state of your overall health,” he said.

“The state tests definitely have their value, and our school district and school leaders will continue to analyze the student performance data to evaluate trends, identify areas for growth and opportunities to enhance student learning,” Dr. McGehee said.

“Missouri is known throughout the United States for its high standards for academic performance on state assessments,” the R-7 superintendent added, “and we can be especially proud that our schools are performing well in a state with such rigorous standards.”

MSIP 5 is designed to show how well each public school district is meeting the state’s education standards and is used to review and accredit Missouri school districts. Although Lee’s Summit R-7 scores have placed the district among the state’s top districts for many years, staff members are constantly focused on improvement. R-7 educators use the MSIP 5 information and other accountability measures to enhance learning and academic achievement for each student.

Like all Missouri districts, Lee’s Summit R-7 is in a transition phase as part of the state-wide conversion to the new Missouri Learning Standards. Numerous districts within Missouri, as well as other states, saw declines in test scores during this transition to the new standards.

The MSIP 5 Annual Performance Report includes five major standards – academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career ready, attendance and graduation rates – and R-7 students scored well in all five categories.

Trailridge Elementary PTA wins Parent Group of the Year from PTO Today for remodeling school staff lounge

The Trailridge Elementary PTA recently won a $500 prize as one of eight national winners in the Parent Group of the Year from PTO Today news media website. The award was based on the PTA’s remodel of the school’s staff lounge during summer 2013.

In addition, the Trailridge PTA is competing for a second $500 ‘readers’ choice’ prize in the national PTO Today competition. Anyone is eligible to vote, and each individual may vote once a day on Facebook at through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 9. Individuals without Facebook may vote by sending an e-mail to editor@ptotoday.comwith “PTO Today Readers’ Choice Contest” in the subject line, and “Trailridge Elementary PTA” in the message.

To mark Trailridge’s 20th anniversary in 2013, the Trailridge PTA completed a comprehensive remodel of the school’s staff lounge with parents requesting donations of goods and services from vendors within the community. The makeover, valued at more than $20,000, was completed at a cost of just $1,300 and was finished by the first day of the 2013-14 school year.

“The PTA asked for help and received incredible responses,” according to PTO Today. “Parents built a handcrafted buffet table while others tore out the old lounge, stained and lacquered cabinets, installed a mosaic backsplash, painted walls and waxed new flooring.”

“Before the makeover, the lounge was not a place that our staff utilized. It functioned as more of a large storage closet with a refrigerator,” said Shelley Hildreth of the Trailridge PTA. “Teachers would eat alone in their classrooms instead of coming up to the lounge. Now, the staff loves to come together at lunch time, and the table is always full! The lounge has become a place to gather, regroup and connect with other staff. We didn’t anticipate the impact this makeover would have on the sense of community at Trailridge, but of course this has been the best outcome of the entire project!”

Photos show the lounge before the makeover and after.



















LS CARES presents Love and Logic classes

Lee’s Summit CARES, in cooperation with the Lee’s Summit R-7 LSCares LogoSchool District, is presenting two Love and Logic parenting classes this fall.

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 23 through Oct. 21, at the Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Road. Cost is $30 per participant, and there’s no cost for previous participants of this class. Scholarships are available to residents living within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be presented 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 22 through Oct. 20, at Prairie View Elementary School, 501 SE Todd George Road. Cost is $42 per participant with previous participants paying only $10 for the new program manual. Scholarships are available for Lee’s Summit R-7 residents.

For more information, contact Bev at ReDiscover at (816) 347-3259 or visit

LSNHS, LSWHS to sponsor Strike Out Cancer Game Sept. 23

Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School softball teams are sponsoring their second annualspSoftball Strike Out Cancer Game Sept. 23 at the Lee’s Summit North field. A guest speaker will present at 3:45 p.m., followed by the game.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and all proceeds/donations from the game will go to the OverRun Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Donations may also be mailed to the Foundation at 9121 Lee Blvd., Leawood, Kan., 66206, with checks payable to OOCF. You may also donate to the website directly at and select “Strike Out Cancer LSN/LSW.”

LSNHS student captures top award at National Speech and Debate Tournament

Ben Gruenbaum, a Lee’s Summit North High School student, won a national championship title for humorous interpretation at the Speech and Debate National Tournament, held at the Overland Park Convention Center during June.

At the national event, Ben performed a piece entitled “Black Fedora,” competing against 245 other students entered in the humorous interpretation. He earned the national championship by winning 13 rounds of competition.

To qualify for the national tournament, students must place in the top four in their event at the district tournament. The LSNHS Chapter of the National Speech and Debate Association competed in the “Show Me District” tournament during March. At that tournament, Ben advanced through seven rounds of competition to take second place.

LSNHS had a total of seven students qualify for the national tournament in 2014. Vance Kelley and Sam Stockman qualified in extemporaneous speaking. Jasmine Jefferies qualified and was the district champion in original oratory. Jaden Powell qualified in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Kyle Barrett and Justin Moore qualified in student congress.

At the national tournament, Lee’s Summit North had two other students place in the top 50 in addition to Ben Gruenbaum. Vance Kelley placed in the top 40 in extemporaneous debate and Justin Moore placed in the top 50 in student congress.

agLSN-BenGruenbaumAtBOE-NatSpeechBen Gruenbaum is recognized by Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, at the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting.

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