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Lee’s Summit Elementary receiving new drop-off lane thanks to no-tax-increase bond issue

Thanks to Lee’s Summit R-7 voter approval of an April bond issue, Lee’s Summit Elementary is receivingProgress As Promised LSE drop-off 2015 (1) a new drop-off and pick-up lane. The new lane, located just north of the school’s main entrance, will improve safety and efficiency during student drop-off and pick-up times.

Each R-7 school is receiving facility improvements through the approximately $40 million no-tax-increase bond issue. In addition to improvements and renovations at all R-7 schools, the bond issue is funding construction of a new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus. Work on the school improvements began in summer 2015 with all school improvement projects being complete by either fall 2015 or fall 2016. Summit Tech / MIC will be complete by summer 2017. For more information about the bond issue, visit the Lee’s Summit R-7 web page. In the photo is ongoing construction at the new drop-off lane site.


Missouri Innovation Campus to add Cyber Security program in 2016

Nationally recognized program reshapes the way students experience education

The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), a progressive collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri has begun work on the initiative’s fourth program, Cyber Security.

During July, more than 20 cyber security professionals from 11 regional companies worked with instructors from Summit Technology Academy, MCC and UCM to identify industry standard cyber security competencies that will drive the MIC new program. The Cyber Security program will begin in June 2016.

Other Missouri Innovation campus programs are System Engineering Technology, Design and Drafting and Software Development/Programming. Through the Missouri Innovation Campus, located within Lee’s Summit R-7’s Summit Technology Academy and UCM, students are able to accelerate the time it takes to graduate from college and participate in high-tech paid internships while dramatically reducing the cost of a four-year program. For more information about the school, visit the website visit or or campus.

Thanks to a no-tax-increase bond issue, Summit Tech / MIC will have a new home by August 2017. The $40 million bond issue, approved by approximately 80 percent of voters, is funding a new school for the programs as well as facility improvements at all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. For more information about the bond issue, visit

jlCyberSecurityAtMICDr. Anshuman Singh, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Missouri who serves as Cyber Security Program coordinator, works with cyber professionals to develop the program curriculum at the UCM-Lee’s Summit campus on July 21.

No-tax-increase bond issue is funding improvements at Westview Elementary including playground and flooring

Positive changes are being completed at Westview Elementary thanks to voter approval of the Lee’s Progress As Promised WVE playground 2015Summit R-7 no-tax-increase bond issue. During summer 2015, the school’s playground was renovated, including safety turf, and flooring and carpet was installed in selected areas inside the school.

Each R-7 school is receiving facility improvements through the approximately $40 million bond issue. At the elementary schools, Lee’s Summit R-7 staff are evaluating each playground to determine a plan of action to remove and replace any outdated equipment. After equipment improvements are complete, artificial grass safety turf is being installed at each playground, replacing wood and rubber mulch. The new surface provides a uniform, clean and easily maintainable area for children to play.

Nearly 80 percent of voters endorsed the no-tax-increase bond issue last spring. In addition to improvements and renovations at all R-7 schools, the bond issue is funding construction of a new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus. Work on the school improvements began in summer 2015 with all school improvement projects being complete by either fall 2015 or fall 2016. Summit Tech / MIC will be complete by summer 2017. For more information about the bond issue, visit the Lee’s Summit R-7 web page. In the photo is a portion of the newly renovated Westview Elementary playground.

Photos include the renovated playground, new flooring on one of the school’s hallways and new carpet in a classroom.

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Lee’s Summit R-7 high school students, families invited to Town Hall event focusing on Healtheathlete program

Special July 23 event to include Brian Harris, Deron Cherry, Neil Smith and Ricky Paulding

Lee’s Summit R-7 high-school student athletes and their families are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting focusing on the school district’s participation in the Healtheathlete program. The special event, scheduled for 7 p.m. July 23 at the Lee’s Summit High School Performing Arts Center will also include brief presentations by well-known athletes Brian Harris, retired player from the Missouri Comets soccer team, Deron Cherry, retired Kansas City Chiefs football player; Neil Smith, retired Kansas City Chiefs player; and Ricky Paulding, former University of Missouri basketball player.

The four athletes will help the three high schools kick off Healtheathlete, a study designed to help prevent injuries and improve athletic performance. Beginning this summer, Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members will be working with an orthopedic doctor, a physical therapy clinic and a computer software company as part of participation in the Healtheathlete study.

Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School are the only schools in this region selected to participate in the study. Participation in the study is being offered to the school district at no cost. Student athletes may participate in the study on a voluntary basis, and there is no cost to the athletes or their families.

At the Town Hall, athletes and their families will hear from the successful athletes and learn more about the study and upcoming screenings for participants. The study’s goal is to determine links to specific injuries and physical condition and to ultimately reduce the number of injuries among athletes nationwide. Students and their families are also receiving more detailed information about the study and the screenings from their schools and coaches. For more information, visit

LS R-7 Extended School Year Program students help train service dogs thanks to special guests

Students in the Lee’s Summit R-7 Extended School Year Program at Sunset Valley recently had the opportunity to assist with training service dogs. When someone hears “service dog,” they usually think of a seeing-eye dog for the blind, and most know that service dogs are not to be touched when they are working. But Kozmo and Boyd are specifically being trained to assist with peer interactions and improved social integration for individuals with autism, and it’s all hands on!

Kaleb, Daniel and Aaron all shared that their favorite part was petting the dogs. Sam stated, “I liked it when they licked me and the soft fur!”

The dogs need to be able to be around individuals who might give an extra tight squeeze or tug and who benefit from being socialized as much as possible during their training.

Terri Wible started the nonprofit and 100-percent volunteer organization,, in an effort to help match service dogs with children and for use in her community outreach program, Canine Assisted Social Skills In Education, after seeing the benefits a service dog made in her own daughter’s life. Service dogs for children with autism act as constant companions to children with autism to help them improve social interactions and relationships, expand verbal and nonverbal communication, teach life skills, increase interest in activities and decrease stress within the family. A Paws dog doesn’t pass judgment, but breaks into the world of autism and becomes a crucial part of the family’s life.

Unfortunately as the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise, there are far more families wanting autism service dogs than there are available dogs. Thanks to Terri Wible’s unending dedication an increasing number of children in the Kansas City Metro area are getting their own autism service dog, added Kay Rader, Lee’s Summit R-7 teacher. However, she cannot do it alone. Paws 4 Autism not only needs our community’s financial support but also that of families willing to foster pups in their home and provide plenty of love and basic training. The only cost is your time, she added.

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Treston Long interacts with Kozmo. Also pictured is Terri Wible.







jl ExtendedYrDogsWithGroupPictured are (starting with the adult and going clockwise) Terri Wible; Adriana’s dog, Grady; Adriana Wible; Jacob Hungerford; Conner Shotwell; Elijah Vaill; Kevin Russell; and Treston Long with Kozmo.






jl ExtendedYrDogWithChildAndAdultLivia Walker interacts with Boyd.

LS R-7 students in Extended School Year program learn about music and movement thanks to volunteer

Karian Hayes of Gymboree recently visited Sunset Valley Elementary to work with the students enrolled in the Extended School Year Program.

During her hour with the students, Ms. Hayes used music, instruments and movement to bring smiles to each face. The children sang songs and played various instruments together. Some songs involved scarf throwing, while some songs involved instrument playing.

Through music, the children experienced the concepts of loud versus soft along with slow versus fast.  Each child was able to participate at his or her own pace while enjoying the music around them. Everyone’s favorite was the parachute activity, which involved children holding a handle while they lifted the large parachute dramatically up and down. In the final moments of class, all of the teachers lifted and dropped the parachute around the children in the middle.

Ms. Hayes’ visit was appreciated by both staff and students.

jl ExtendedYrGymboree-GirlAbby Traxel participates in the activities.









jl Extended Year Gymboree-BoyDaniel (left) and Noah enjoy the activity.









jl Extended Year Gymboree-GroupPictured from left are R-7 paraprofessional Jeremy Vandeventer, Michael Brima, Aiden Wilson, Treston Long (behind Aiden), teacher Carrie Connatser, Gabriel Whitfield and Chase Trottier.

Happy birthday, Lee’s Summit!

LS R-7 participates in Truly 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration

Lee’s Summit R-7 students and staff members are participating in the City of Lee’s Summit’s recognitionLS Celebrate 150 logo of 150 years during a parade and Celebrate 150! Extravaganza, both scheduled for Aug. 1. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lee’s Summit High School parking lot, traveling to Douglas Street, onto Third Street and back to Green Street before returning to LSHS.

The Extravaganza, planned for the LSHS Bud Hertzog Stadium, will bring together music, melodies and memories. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Concessions will be available at the stadium throughout the festivities. No coolers, alcohol, smoking or lawn chairs will be allowed.

The event will feature several current Lee’s Summit R-7 students including Payton Burlingame of Lee’s Summit West High School, who is carrying the Truly 150 torch, and Air Force Junior ROTC units. The 7 p.m. pre-show will include marching bands and dancers from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School. Dr. David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, will deliver one of the event’s presentations.

In addition, the evening event will feature a variety of local organizations with dance and musical performances. Other featured performers include Matt Lewis, Drew Fenton, Drew Six, dancers from Steppin’ Out-The Studio, the Truly 150 Band and Truly 150 Choir. The evening will end with a fireworks show. Phyllis Balagna, R-7 Board of Education member, is directing the event with Kirby Asplund.

For more information, visit the Truly 150 website at Those attending the parade and evening event are encouraged to share photos via social media by using the hashtag #Truly150.

LS R-7 students visit Germany as part of exchange program

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the exchange between Lee’s Summit R-7 schools and Walram Gymnasium in Menden, Germany. Fifteen students and three teachers spent nine days with host families in Menden before embarking on an adventure through central Europe.

The student travelers consisted of Jake Nippert (Lee’s Summit High School), Kristin Powell (LSHS), Matthew Morawski (LSHS), Matthew Johnson (Lee’s Summit North High School), Geena Conrad (Lee’s Summit West High School), Cale Harms (LSN), Emma Johnson (LSW), Logan Steele (LSHS), Rabin Poudel (LSW), Jesslyn Jakobe (LSW), Alexander Stangohr (LSW), Julia Munsell (LSW), Amy Liu (LSHS), Shayla Smith (LSW) and Jerrica Patterson (LSHS). German teachers Rachel Benson (LSHS) and Julie Hume (LSW) were accompanied by Kendall Mellem, who founded the exchange program 25 years ago.

While in Menden, the group went on many excursion to surrounding cities. In Cologne, students climbed to the top of the famous cathedral and ate lunch at cafes along the Rhine River. The group toured the Borussia Dortmund soccer stadium, home to one of the top national teams in Germany. In Muenster, the bicycle capital of Germany, students quickly learned that pedestrians do not always have the right-of-way. The group wandered through a maze of vendors at a local market and tasted some of the best strawberries and asparagus that can be had in Europe.

Students spent an entire day visiting the “must-sees” of Berlin, including Potsdamer Platz, the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, the Jewish Memorial and the Memory Church. On the way to Prague, the group made a short stop in Dresden, where they walked the city center and soaked in the Baroque style of the royal palace, opera house and the Frauenkirche, a Protestant church. After exploring the city center of Prague, the group crossed the Charles Bridge into the Old Town, Franz Kafka’s home which towers over the city.

Next, students and teachers had the unique chance to visit both Auschwitz I and II, which was both sobering and eye-opening. In Krakow, the group visited Oscar Schindler’s factory, which saved the lives of many who had been sent to the Auschwitz camps. The last stop was in Budapest, and departing the bus, students and teachers were greeted by the warm sun, the serenity of the Danube and the smell of Linden flowers. There is a World War II memorial to the Hungarian Jews, featuring cast iron molds of actual shoes of victims. Half of a day was spent in hustle and bustle of the New Town, Pest, followed by a quick bus ride across the river to the top of Buda, the historical city center. Atop the bluff, a quick visit to the Matthias Church was followed by a scenic stroll to the Liberty Statue, where visitors get a panoramic view of the whole city.

Preparing for a long journey home, the final afternoon in Budapest was spent at the world-renowned Gellert Bath House followed by a boat ride down the Danube.

The trip to Germany was paid for by the students’ families.

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Teachers from Lee’s Summit and Germany are pictured (from left) Reinhardt Fringes, Kendall Mellem, Julie Hume, Michael Lein, Rachel Benson and Petra Rohlaender. Reinhard, Michael and Petra are teachers from Menden who often come to Lee’s Summit with their students.


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LSNHS student recognized for outstanding skills in national FCCLA competition

Allison Banks of Lee’s Summit North High School recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2015 National Leadership Conference.

Allison, who will be a sophomore at Lee’s Summit North, received a Gold medal in Junior Division Illustrated Talk, one of 32 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a July 9 recognition session honoring all participants. More than 7,700 members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the nation attended this meeting. Approximately 4,100 students advanced from the local, regional and state level of STAR Events to the national meeting.

Allison participated in the Illustrated Talk event for junior age decision. She spearheaded a community service project with Project Linus, an organization that provides warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill. Allison worked with the other members of her FCCLA chapter to create handmade blankets that would be distributed to area hospitals. Allison then wrote a speech about her efforts and why Project Linus was so important. This speech was given to several classes at Lee’s Summit North, her FCCLA chapter and then to judges during various FCCLA competitions. She received a Gold medal at the regional level, then the state, and lastly at the national competition.

FCCLA’s STAR events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has nearly 155,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.

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FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members.  It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.


LS R-7 students visit Chile as part of Spanish exchange

Ten students and two teachers from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Spanish program spent the first two weeks of their summer vacation south of the equator immersing themselves in the language and culture of Chile.

The group, consisting of Erica Serrone (Lee’s Summit North High School), Josh Hill (Lee’s Summit High School), Eric Hughey (LSN), Alicia Hess (LSHS), Maggie Heine (LSN), Carly Ridnour (LSHS), Alexie Davis (LSN), Abby Fauss (LSHS), Katy Pfefferkorn (LSN), Collin Schlegel and teachers Maria Pabon (LSHS) and Robin Villa (LSN) traveled to Lee’s Summit’s sister school, Colegio Weston Academy in Quilicura, Santiago, Chile from June 3-17.  Colegio Weston Academy welcomed the Lee’s Summit group with excitement and a Chilean-style barbeque called an asado where they were introduced to Chilean choripan.

While in Santiago, Lee’s Summit students lived with host families and attended classes with their Chilean host siblings. In the capital city of Santiago the group visited the Plaza de Armas, main square of Santiago, as well as the Plaza de las Monedas where the Congressional and Presidential buildings, Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and National History Museum, are located.

The group went to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal, the second highest point in the city and toured the National Police History Museum. A bus tour took the group two hours west to the port city of Valparaiso where they took a boat tour in the Pacific Ocean and enjoyed a walk along the beach. Some students also visited sites such as Isla Negra to tour the home of Pablo Neruda, Pomaire to learn how artisans create beautiful pottery with clay, and the restaurants and shops at Patio Bellavista with their host families.

The trip to Chile was paid for by student fundraising and the students’ families.

Colegio Weston Academy students, teachers and the school principal will visit the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Jan. 6-19, 2016.

jl Spanish Boat TourLee’s Summit and Chilean students tour the Pacific by boat in the port city of Valparaiso, Chile.





jl Spanish Downtown SantiagoLee’s Summit and Chilean students learn about the history of Chile in the Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Chile.





jl Spanish Basketball CourtLee’s Summit and Chilean students pose for a photo on the basketball court at Weston Academy, Santiago, Chile.

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