NEW R-7 middle schools recognize Students of the Month for November
NEW R-7 middle schools recognize Students of the Month for November
NEW Keith Henry of LS R-7 named president of National Association for Pupil Transportation
NEW Chamber and R-7 School District sponsor spring recognition program
Underwood Elementary PTA celebrates grandparents and special guests on Veterans Day
Staff members are champions for elementary student
Lee’s Summit R-7 receives NGV America Achievement Award for school district’s transition to CNG school buses, utility vehicles
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their November Students of the Month. Students of the Month are recognized based on outstanding citizenship, conduct, attitude and school involvement.
Students of the Month from Bernard Campbell Middle School are Megan Pulis and Duncan Crosby. At BCMS, Megan has been involved in student council, Mustang Smart, cheerleading, cross country and concert choir. Away from school she enjoys soccer. At BCMS, Duncan is involved in cross country, track, robotics and concert choir. Away from school he enjoys soccer and youth court.
Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Mary Haileselassie and Jay Snook. At PLMS, Mary is on the principal’s honor roll. Away from school, Mary enjoys swimming. At PLMS, Jay is involved in football. Away from school, Jay enjoys volunteering with the city parks and recreation department.
Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Sydney Brooks and Trenton Brink. At SLMS, Sydney is involved in basketball, Falcon Smart, orchestra and the musical. Away from school, Sydney enjoys soccer, competitive basketball, track, knitting, crocheting and reading. At SLMS, Trenton is involved in scholar bowl, orchestra, football and choir. Away from school, Trenton enjoys baseball, basketball and reading.
When you hear the phrase “outstanding teacher,” who comes to mind? You may want to nominate this person for the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching/R-7 Teacher of the Year Award.
Twelve R-7 teachers will receive the Excellence In Teaching Award. Each award recipient will also become a finalist for the R-7 School District’s annual Teacher of the Year Award. The district’s Teacher of the Year goes on to compete in the Missouri State Teacher of the Year program. Any teacher, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and any guidance counselor or library/media specialist is eligible for the program. Due to the Missouri Teacher of the Year guidelines, guidance counselors and librarians are only eligible for the Excellence In Teaching Awards. They will not be considered for the Teacher of the Year Award since the state program is restricted to classroom teachers only.
Former Excellence In Teaching Award winners are eligible to interview for the R-7 School District Teacher of the Year Award if nominated, although they would not be able to win the Excellence In Teaching Award again.
The recognized teachers will be selected by a committee composed of R-7 staff and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the community. The 12 Excellence In Teaching winners will be announced in March and honored at an April 4 reception, to be held at the historic Longview Mansion. The Teacher of the Year will be announced at the reception.
Nomination forms are being sent home with R-7 students during December. Anyone wanting a form may also visit the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District website at www.lsr7.org and select the Teacher of the Year option under “Trending Topics.” The deadline for nominations is Jan. 16.
The Story Project features personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. If you would like to submit a story about your child, visit www.lsr7.org/static/projects/story/.
Underwood Elementary staff provides compassionate assistance to student
Our daughter, Kaylee, has attended Underwood from kindergarten through sixth grade. During those seven years, Mrs. Jeanie Hank, Mrs. Karen Hudson, Mrs. Robin Mishler and Mrs. Kathie Sloan have been champions for Kaylee in providing compassionate assistance to help Kaylee improve her reading, speech and math skills. Lori and I have seen a huge improvement in Kaylee’s speech, language and math skills, and we sincerely appreciate Mrs. Hank, Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. Mishler and Mrs. Sloan’s efforts to further Kaylee’s educational development. Kaylee loves attending Underwood, and she often speaks fondly of Mrs. Hank, Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. Mishler and Mrs. Sloan. During our parent/teacher conferences all four teachers have met with us through the years, and I have always been touched by their caring attitude for Kaylee. All of the teachers at Underwood have been wonderful to Holly and Kaylee as our daughters have fond memories of their elementary school days. It’s not the building that makes Underwood special it is the teachers’ compassion and dedication to their students. Thank you for this opportunity to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hank, Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. Mishler and Mrs. Sloan and the other wonderful teachers, band and choir leaders, art and physical-education instructors, the librarians, cooks, custodians and Underwood administration. Underwood Elementary has been a wonderful experience for our daughters.
Submitted by John Merrigan (Kaylee’s Dad)
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently completed a transition to Gmail for its approximately 2,600 staff members. Students have had Gmail accounts for around three years, and staff members are making the transition this fall.
Email domains are being shortened from @leesummit.k12.mo.us to @lsr7.net. E-mail messages sent to the old domain name will be forwarded for some time, although the district is encouraging the public to switch to the shorter Gmail domain.
Staff members are notifying school district parents and others about the e-mail address change throughout the fall and the remainder of the school year.
For the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, the transition has several advantages. The district’s long-time e-mail service is through Lotus, a software program that is difficult to obtain support for since it is considered end-of-life. By moving away from Lotus, the school district will no longer have to pay for maintenance, support and archiving through the Lotus service.
Gmail is free for education entities, has unlimited storage and free archiving for users. For the past few years, the district has used the suite of tools in Google Apps for Education, and Gmail is one more tool being added for district staff. The suite of tools may be used for collaboration and communication on numerous electronic devices and from any location with Internet access.
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their October Students of the Month. Students of the Month are recognized based on outstanding citizenship, conduct, attitude and school involvement.
Students of the Month from Bernard Campbell Middle School are Haylie Rouchka and Jack Graham. At BCMS, Haylie has been involved in WEB. Away from school she enjoys softball. At BCMS, Jack is involved in football, concert choir and basketball. Away from school he enjoys his club basketball team and church youth group.
Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Sierra Nyquist and Michael Cadwell. At PLMS, Sierra is involved in student council, volleyball and WEBCARES. Away from school, Sierra enjoys basketball, volleyball and her church youth group. At PLMS, Michael is involved in cross country, orchestra and WEBCARES. Away from school, Michael enjoys baseball and basketball.
Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Audrey Ahrens and Sunny Kandola. At SLMS, Audrey is involved in Kansas City Science Fair, is a member of the SLMS volleyball team and was the volleyball team manager in seventh grade. Away from school, Audrey enjoys her club volleyball team and has a black belt in martial arts. At SLMS, Sunny is involved in the talent show, awards show and the musical. Away from school, Sunny enjoys piano and piano/singing recitals.
Keith Henry, director of transportation for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, was recently named the new president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). Founded in 1977, the NAPT supports an industry that employs more than 600,000 people who transport more than 25 million children each school day.
Mr. Henry has worked for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District since July 1 and served as director of transportation for the Independence School District from 2010 through 2014. He previously served as executive director of support services in the Mehlville School District, as a school bus safety consultant for the University of Central Missouri, as director of transportation for the Windsor School District and as an aviation electrician/flight crewman for the United States Coast Guard.
In all, Mr. Henry has worked in student transportation for 20 years. He is a former president of the Missouri Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) and was named 2004 Administrator of the Year by the MAPT.
Mr. Henry was president-elect when NAPT President Don Carnahan died on Oct. 3. He will serve as president for the remainder of Mr. Carnahan’s term and begin his own two-year term next year.
“I am honored to be President of NAPT,” said Mr. Henry, “and I am humbled by the opportunity my peers have given me. NAPT has a long, rich history filled with notable, successful leaders; one of my goals is to maintain the standard of excellence they have created.”
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the Underwood Elementary PTA sponsored the school’s annual family event Goodies 4 Grandparents. The open house event allowed students to visit their classrooms with their special guests. It also showcased the art fair prepared by teacher Paula Zimmerschied, a band performance led by teacher Mike Gerhardt and choir performance led by teacher Ryan Morill. The evening closed with a special appearance by Men of Note, a barbershop group based with the First United Methodist Church in Lees Summit. The group performed a vocal rendition of patriotic ballads graciously recognizing all branches of our United States Armed Forces.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s transition to school buses and light-duty utility vehicles powered by compressed natural gas was recently recognized at the national level. The local school district received one of 12 Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) Achievement Awards Nov. 12 during the organization’s North American Conference and Expo, held in Kansas City.
The NGVAchievement Awards recognize national innovators and early adopters for their outstanding leadership and vision in advancing natural gas as a vehicular fuel, said NVGAmerica officials. Each year, NGVAmerica members submit nominations recognizing their customers, partners and industry advocates for their contributions to further grow the CNG- vehicle industry. Award winners are selected by NGVAmerica after a thorough review of members’ submissions.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 Achievement Award was based on “Outstanding CNG Fleet and Station Program,” and highlights of the R-7 program were featured during the awards program.
During the 2013-14 school year, the R-7 School District launched an initiative transitioning the district’s bus fleet as well as utility vehicles to compressed natural gas. Buses powered by compressed natural gas are much quieter and cleaner than the traditional diesel-powered buses in addition to being less expensive to operate in terms of fuel costs.
“Our school district projects that over the course of the next decade, we will cut transportation costs by about $10.5 million, with a portion of the fuel savings paying for new technology infrastructure in our school system,” said Dr. McGehee, R-7 superintendent. “This infrastructure is especially vital as teachers and students use more and more digital devices in day-to-day classroom lessons, school-wide projects and extracurricular activities.”
Lee’s Summit R-7 transports 12,000 students each day, translating into more than 4.1 million rides annually on 151 school buses. As of this fall, 106 buses – or approximately 71 percent of the district’s bus fleet – have been replaced with CNG-powered vehicles.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 initiative is the largest school bus transition to CNG in the nation. Over the next few years, the district is acquiring nearly 150 new CNG school buses and more than 46 CNG-powered light-duty vehicles. In addition, the district’s program includes a new public CNG fill station, located at 505 NE Transport Drive in Lee’s Summit. Sales at the fill station, which opened in spring 2014, provide the district with a royalty on fuel sold and is attracting numerous private-vehicle operators as well as national and regional commercial transportation fleets.
“Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is being recognized today because they did their homework when choosing a predictably priced fuel that significantly reduces costs, allowing them to put these savings back to where it matters most, in the classroom,” said officials at NGVAmerica.
Lee’s Summit West High School will host the fourth annual Holiday Mart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the school, 2600 Ward Road.
In 2013, the event included more than 80 venders, and organizers expect even more this year. The sponsoring organization for this 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.
Meadow Lane Elementary School hosted its 20th annual Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11, recognizing more than 60 United States veterans at the special event. Students were encouraged to invite family members who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
One Meadow Lane family included three generations of veterans serving in three different branches. The all-school assembly featured a musical performance, the Lee’s Summit North High School Air Force Junior ROTC squad and presentations to the veterans and current members of the Armed Forces.