BCMS students selected for Be the Change Award

Megan Snyder and Tyler Dailey were selected for the Bernard Campbell Middle School Be the Change Award for April and Kyle Forlow and Emma Balmain (not pictured) for May. To receive this recognition, the students demonstrated high standards of behavior and have been involved with school in a positive way.

The criteria used for the award includes demonstrating exemplary behavior and displaying a positive attitude in the classroom and hallways, displaying a positive attitude toward teachers and other students and exhibiting outstanding character at BCMS. The students also received a token of thanks from the school’s business partner, Summit Bank of Kansas City.

IMG_6236Pictured (from left) Dr. Sherri Lewis, Brett Jacobs, Kyle Forlow, Megan Snyder, Tyler Dailey, Bob Glaser of Summit Bank, Rosa Milazzo of Summit Bank and Dr. Tressa Wright.


LS R-7 retiring bus driver recognized by his students and families on last day of school

When students and families learned that long-time Lee’s Summit R-7 school bus driver Mel Carey was retiring at the end of this school year, they wanted to come up with a special way to say thank you. Working together, families in the Greenwood Elementary attendance area created a sign brigade along Mr. Carey’s familiar Lake Winnebago route.

When the 20-year Lee’s Summit R-7 veteran began what would be his last route through Lake Winnebago, he was surprised to see dozens of signs of appreciation in the yards of his many present and past bus riders.  

One of the parents of the children on Mr. Carey’s school bus shared the thoughts of many via a letter to the R-7 School District. Jennifer Talley, mother of two Greenwood Elementary students, wrote the following about the well-respected driver, known as Mr. Mel to his students:

“We have been so fortunate to have experienced life with Mr. Mel, our trusted bus driver, for numerous years. My two children are entering the fifth and third grade next year at Greenwood Elementary and I must tell you, they are sad to see him go. Like so many kids and parents alike, they have grown so fond of the man they see more as a grandfather. They looked forward to his daily, ‘good mornings,’ as well as his jovial smile and kind laugh. If ever I were late getting home, he would make sure my children were accounted for before leaving the bus stop. He has truly become a family member for those of us in Lake Winnebago that relied on him daily to safely transport our kids to and from school.

“I just wanted to extend my appreciation to our district for hiring amazing drivers like him. I wanted to share a picture of what we did for him today, all because of some amazing Lake Winnebago moms who had a great idea to show him how much we appreciate him on his final day. I believe every family, and even former bus riders families, made a sign to display as a token of our appreciation for this amazing man.

“Thank you, Lee’s Summit R-7, for continuing to do what is best for our children. He has been a blessing and will be missed by so many. As an alumni of Lee’s Summit High School and former teacher in the district, I feel it is important to show appreciation where it is do. He deserves so much appreciation!”

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Families show their appreciation for bus driver Mel Carey, who is retiring this school year, on the last day of school.

BCMS students display artwork at Summit Bank of KC

Bernard Campbell Middle School students displayed their artwork at Summit Bank of Kansas City during a show on May 5. The  bank has hosted the annual art show and reception since 2009 and is a generous supporter of the arts program. Summit Bank also provided pizza, refreshments and door prizes for students and their families. The showcase continues to be a wonderful opportunity for the community to see student talent in a great venue, said a spokesperson from BCMS. Students pictured from left are Olivia Fee, Brianna Fee and Halle Fee.


LS R-7 schools recognized through Fuel Up To Play 60 program

Students and staff members from seven Lee’s Summit R-7 schools were recently recognized through the Fuel Up To Play 60 Program, sponsored by the National Football League and National Dairy Council to improve health and fitness.

The following schools were invited to attend the Fuel Up To Play 60 Rewards Summit at Arrowhead Stadium on May 13: Bernard Campbell Middle School, Meadow Lane Elementary, Hawthorn Hill Elementary, Hazel Grove Elementary, Sunset Valley Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary and Underwood Elementary.

Recognized schools had to achieve six steps on the Fuel Up To Play 60 website to obtain “touchdown status” and be eligible for the Rewards Summit. These included joining the team, building teams/drafting players, kicking off, surveying the field and lighting up the scoreboard.

Students and staff members participating toured the stadium, took part in physical-activity drills, learned a dance from the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders, created their own breakfast video, met a dairy farmer and also KC Wolf.

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Jeffrey Scalfaro named Trailridge Elementary principal

Jeffrey Scalfaro, currently principal at Grain Valley South Middle School, was named principal of myTRE-JeffScalfaroTrailridge Elementary at the May 19 Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education meeting. He is replacing Dr. Marcia Sutton who recently resigned to accept a job in Nashville in order to be closer to family.

Mr. Scalfaro has served as principal at Grain Valley Middle School since 2010 and as the school’s assistant principal from 2008-10. He previously worked as Lee’s Summit R-7 School District director and assistant director of secondary summer school as a Lee’s Summit R-7 seventh-grade social studies teacher. He also taught gifted education for seven years.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Mr. Scalfaro earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education social studies and history from State University of New York at Cortland and his master’s in educational administration from the University of Central Missouri. He will begin his new job in July.


High-school robotics programs to offer summer camps for students

Robotics programs at all three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are offering summer camps for children in elementary, middle and high schools. During the hands-on camps, students will have the opportunity to explore and learn about robotics.

Lee’s Summit High School Team Driven’s camps for students entering fourth through eighth grades next year will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LSHS. Level 1 will meet June 6-10 and June 13-17. Level 2 meets June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. Level 3 meets July 11-15 and July 18-22. Cost of the camp is $170.

In addition, LSHS will offer three app camps, all from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. App Camp will be offered June 27-July 1 and July 11-15 at LSHS. An iPad Experience Camp will be July 11-15 and July 18 – 22 at the Cerner Innovation Campus. Web Camp will be July 25-29, also at the Cerner Innovation Campus. Cost for each camp is $160. For more information about the LSHS camps, visit camp.teamdriven.us.

Lee’s Summit North High School Broncobots will offer two elementary summer camps. Engineering Camp for 2015-16 first- through third-graders will be offered from either 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. June 20-24 at LSNHS. Cost is $75. Robotics Camp will be offered for 2015-16 fourth- through sixth-graders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-10 or June 13-17 at LSNHS. Cost is $170. For more information about the LSNHS camps, visit http://teambroncobots.com/camp.

Lee’s Summit West High School Team Titanium will host five camps this summer, all at the school. Scratch Camp (programming) is offered for students who have completed third, fourth, fifth or sixth grades from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 6-10 with camp fee of $100. Go for It! Science and Engineering Camp for students finishing fourth, fifth and sixth grades will be from 2 to 5 p.m. June 6-10 with fee of $100. WeDo Camp, featuring LEGO models with motors and sensors, is for students who have finished kindergarten, first and second grades and is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20-23 with a $100 fee.

LSWHS is offering two Mindstorms Camps including LEGO robots. Rookie Mindstorms Robotics Camp for students who have finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades will be offered 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. June 13-17 with camp fee of $100. Veteran Mindstorms Robotics Camp is for students with prior LEGO programming experience and is offered 2 to 5 p.m. June 20-24 with fee of $100. For more information about the LSWHS camps, visit www.teamtitanium.org.  

All three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are involved in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) national robotics program. Its mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

LS R-7 Board of Education announces leadership transition, elects new Board president

The May 19 Board of Education meeting included the election of a new Board president as well as an announcement regarding a transition of leadership in the superintendent’s office.

Board President Terri Harmon resigned from this office earlier in the day on May 19 and will remain as a member of the Board of Education. During the evening meeting, the Board of Education unanimously elected Bob White to serve as president. Adam Rutherford will continue as vice president.

At the beginning of this Board meeting, it was announced that the Board of Education had voted to place Dr. David McGehee, superintendent, on paid administrative leave during a closed session held before the open meeting. This leave was effective immediately while Board negotiations take place with Dr. McGehee. In addition, the Board of Education announced that Dr. Brent Blevins, who has served as the district’s deputy superintendent of operations, will serve as acting superintendent.

BCMS celebrates Ecology Day

More than 1,000 children from Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools visited Bernard Campbell Middle School May 13 for the BCMS 22nd annual Ecology Day. This day was initiated as a fun way for students to explore science concepts. Students learned about rocket launches, biology and the water cycle through activities created by the students and teachers at BCMS. The middle-school students also led small groups of children through other science-related events and different activities throughout the day. In the photo, BCMS eighth-grade student Jeremy Sanchez helps Able Lusk, a first-grader from Underwood Elementary, launch a rocket.


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