LSWHS baseball to host Strike Out Cancer event May 4

The Lee’s Summit West High School baseball team will host a Strikeout Cancer game against Raymore-fbLSW-BaseballStrikeOutCancer (1)Peculiar High School on May 4. The C Team and junior-varsity team will play at 3 p.m. A special tribute will begin at 4 p.m. with the varsity game following. Adult admission is $5, and students are $3. The event will include baseball games, concessions, silent auction and raffle.   

Sam Nou and Sam Smith, both LSWHS students, will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch along with other childhood cancer warriors. Close to 100 baseball players from the two schools will escort their special someone touched by cancer onto the field for a balloon tribute. Also included will be a brief presentation from Laurence Leavy, known as the Marlins Man.

Proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand for childhood cancer. To make a donation online, go to and choose “donate.”  Enter in the fundraiser’s number (1216146) and  choose the amount to donate. Goal for the two team’s combined efforts is $9,000 to go toward Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Prior to the event in May, both teams sold lemonade at local HyVee stores with all proceeds from the lemonade sales going to the cause.

Hilltop School receives new books and library equipment thanks to Rotary Club and LS Educational Foundation

Hilltop School, located within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, is home to an improved library thanks to the local community’s generosity.

Hilltop is a residential facility operated by the Jackson County Court System. Since the facility is located within the boundaries of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, all educational services are provided by the R-7 School District.

During the 2014-15 school year, the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation awarded Hilltop School a PEAK (Promote Excellence and Knowledge) Grant to fund additional library books for students. In addition to lacking books, the library area was lacking in shelves and other equipment.

Fortunately, members of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club heard about the situation and stepped forward to donate shelving and other materials. The additions have created a more usable and inviting library space.

For more information about the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, visit


LS CARES to present Parenting the Love and Logic Way May 31 through June 28

Lee’s Summit CARES will present Parenting the Love and Logic Way from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, MayLS CARES LOGO 2015 (3) 31 through June 28, at Lee’s Summit Community Church, 1440 SW Jefferson. This class is designed for parents of any age child(ren). Parents will learn how to end arguing, whining and backtalk as well as how to raise children who are respectful, responsible and fun to be around.

The program is offered in collaboration with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and ReDiscover.

Cost for the is $42 per participant. There is no cost for previous participants of the classes. Scholarships are also available for residents of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

For more information, to pre-register or to apply for a scholarship, visit or contact Bev Hatley at (816) 347-3259. The United Way of Greater Kansas City and the City of Lee’s Summit assist with funding and program scholarships.

Greenwood Elementary Student Council helps others by creating ‘sweet cases’ for foster children

Greenwood Elementary Student Council recently completed a service project designed to help children in foster care. The students created 18 “sweet cases” through a non-profit organization known as Together We Rise, which assistance and support for children in the foster care system.

The Greenwood Elementary students worked together April 26 to paint duffel bags and fill them with special items. The cases are being donated to the Cass County Division of Family Services and will be distributed to children in foster care. The project also included donations from Blair’s Socks.

According to Together We Rise, when children enter foster care they typically receive two trash bags to serve as traveling equipment. The sweet cases — each consisting of a duffel bag, hygiene kit, blanket, coloring book, toys and pillow pet — replace these trash bags. For more information about Together We Rise’s , visit  

In the photos, Student Council members are pictured with the sweet cases.

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Lee’s Summit Kiwanis donates $250 to Head Start program

The Lee’s Summit Kiwanis Club recently donated $250 to benefit local preschool children in Head Start. The funds will be used to purchase books for students enrolled in the Head Start program, operated by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

In addition to the donation, Kiwanis members frequently visit the Head Start classrooms to read books to the preschool students. Each child also takes a book home on a monthly basis, helping bridge literacy between home and school.

Richard Daily of the Lee’s Summit Kiwanis group visited Great Beginnings Early Education Center to present the check to staff members. To thank the Kiwanis Club, students in Tiffany Johnson’s Head Start class created a mural for Mr. Daily to share with his group members.

“We are very appreciative for the donated monies, time and friendship they offer to these Head Start students as they read with them and visit on a monthly basis,” said Jennifer Allen, Lee’s Summit R-7 Head Start family advocate/coordinator. “They are truly making a difference in the life of a young child.”

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BCMS Jazz Band performs at 18th and Vine

The Bernard Campbell Middle School Jazz Band traveled to downtown Kansas City April 16 to perform at the annual 18th and Vine Jazz Festival. The band performed for a panel of three judges and earned a superior rating in the group’s first-ever evaluative festival appearance.

Two students, CJ Gilbert (trumpet) and Keegan Pohl (trombone), earned certificates of outstanding musicianship for their improvised solos.

Following the performance, the band participated in a clinic presented by a professional jazz musician who offered the band several suggestions for improving performances. After watching other schools perform, the band visited the American Jazz Museum and had lunch at Arthur Bryant’s BBQ.

Since November, the Mustang Jazz Band has been meeting after school two nights a week and occasionally during advisory.

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Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools recognized in ‘U.S. News and World Report’ Best High Schools rankings

Lee’s Summit West High School and Lee’s Summit High School were recognized through U.S. News andUS News and World Report World Report’s annual “Best High Schools” ranking this spring.

LSWHS earned a silver ranking and was ranked No. 16 among all Missouri high schools. LSHS earned a bronze ranking.

This is the eighth year that the magazine has developed this ranking to determine which high schools are most successful. U.S. News and World Report teamed with the RTI International research firm to develop the rankings. High schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college work.

The magazine initially analyzed more than 21,000 public high schools from 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information, visit U.S. News and World Report’s website at  

Campbell Middle School PTSA students collaborate to show their appreciation

During the first week of May, Bernard Campbell Middle School students and staff members will celebrate Teacher Appreciation week. To prepare for the week, student PTSA members met on April 21 to create small tokens of thanks to give their teachers. Each quarter student PTSA members gather for leadership lunch or activities to continue to get connected at BCMS.

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LS R-7 students capture awards at Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students captured awards at the Greater Kansas City Science Engineering Fair, held in March.

Local students recognized were Noah Middaugh, Alexander Zelk, Benjamin Zelk, Summit Pointe Elementary, first place in Intermediate Chemical Energy Team, Broadcom MASTERS Award and Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology Award; Katie Phillips, Paige Bruce, Olivia Vella, Hazel Grove Elementary, first place in Intermediate Inventions Team, Broadcom MASTERS award and Science City MAKER Award; Logan Neal, Cedar Creek Elementary, second place in Intermediate Plant Science and Broadcom MASTERS award; Eli Block, Hazel Grove Elementary, Kansas City Garden Club; Lena Baker, Raina Baker, Hazel Grove Elementary, Science City Spark!Lab SPARK AWARD; Simone Jacoby, Summit Technology Academy, Stockholm Jr. Water Prize; and Annika Tsay, Cedar Creek Elementary, Western Chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Projects earning gold or silver ribbons from Summit Technology Academy were Stephanie Echeverry and Alyssa Jones, gold ribbon for planarian project; Kevin McMilian, Brittany Wagner, Christian Greff, gold ribbon for DIY home automation project; Fatma Talib, silver ribbon for computer screen viewing project; and Samena Talib, silver ribbon for five-second rule project.

Cedar Creek Elementary gold ribbon winners were Skylar Lautzenhiser and Hayden Odell for physics and astronomy. Silver ribbon winners were Emery Drake for chemistry, Madison Bellamy for physics and astronomy and Nate Moore for physics and astronomy.

Summit Pointe Elementary gold ribbon winners were Abby Morrison for chemistry, Arnav Gannavaram for molecular biology and Natalie Wiencek for plant science. Silver ribbon winners were Alana Garrison for chemistry, Sophia Stein and Mindy Evans for plant science.

Summit Technology Academy students shine while presenting Senior Capstone Projects in Engineering and Biomedical Science at Fifth Annual Senior Showcase


Students from Summit Technology Academy recently captured honors at KC STEM Alliance’s fifth annual Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Senior Showcase, held April 19 at Union Station. More than 300 students participated in the event highlighting students’ senior capstone projects from the engineering design and development and biomedical innovations PLTW courses within the Kansas City metropolitan area.  

The showcase is designed to celebrate students ingenuity and creativity while connecting them with college and business partners.

In the biomedical innovation online contest, Summit Tech’s Allison Renner won first place for her Mouse Bone Density project, which examined the effect gender and age have on bone density and risk of fracture. She received a $2,500 scholarship from KC STEM Alliance. The second place prize and a $1,500 scholarship went to Elise Collins and Priscilla Jones, also from Summit Tech, for their work on broadening the host range of bacteriophages. Sarah Alley of STA took third place and a $1,000 scholarship with “The Prevalence of MRSA in Schools.” Nine additional projects received honors for being ranked as top 10 projects from Summit Technology Academy.  

In the engineering design competition, Summit Tech’s Garrett Ewens and Sarah Wolff placed in the top 10 for their Clever Belt Technology Project.  

Through the innovator competition, 25 “guest investors” from the business, academic and entrepreneurial fields heard students pitch their innovations and determined the winners by investing $1,000 in “Commerce bucks” in the projects they deemed to have the most innovation and market potential. Brooke Welle and Justin Carlsen of Summit Tech won Innovator Awards recognizing innovation and marketability for their UVGC Baby Changing Station project.  This team along with the top 10 finishers in each of the online design contests are invited to attend the Make It REAL Workshop hosted by mentors from KC SourceLink and the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (C.E.E.D.) on June 3 at the Kansas City Engineering Zone. Top teams from this event may apply for scholarships to complete the Kauffman FastTrac entrepreneurial program.

Dave Dimmett, Project Lead The Way’s senior vice president of school engagement, addressed the group of aspiring engineers and scientists during the ceremony, noting that with 330 students from 30 schools, “this event is the largest of its kind in the United States.”

The PLTW engineering and biomedical science design competitions highlight the importance of design thinking and problem solving. Students build an online portfolio around their senior capstone projects and submit them online through Project Lead The Way’s Innovation Portal. Practicing professionals review and judge the portfolios online. Senior showcase scholarships are made possible by KC STEM Alliance’s major financial supporters, including founding partner Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and sustaining partners Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Cerner, DST, Garmin, Google fiber and Honeywell.

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Elise Collins and Priscilla Jones won for
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