LS R-7 School District launching online registration for all schools by fall 2016

All families are receiving instructions, usernames and passwords the week of July 5

Going back to school will be easier than ever this year thanks to the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s transition to online registration. The online procedures will replace the paper enrollment and registration which previously took place at each school during July and August.

All families — with students from kindergarten through high school — are receiving information in the mail during the week of July 4 regarding the new InfoSnap online registration software. The materials going to each family include instructions, usernames and passwords.

In addition to the time-saving advantages, online registration will improve accuracy of data since parents will enter their children’s information directly into the program. The previous enrollment and registration process required parents to submit paper copies with school staff members entering data from these forms into the database. For convenience sake, families will also have the opportunity to pay any school fees online.

Items that were previously provided as paper copies, such as birth certificates (for new students only), proof of residency and immunization records will now be uploaded by families using the online program. More information about residency and other requirements for enrollment are available on the Lee’s Summit R-7 website at

Summit Technology Academy hosts Air Force Association’s CyberCamp

Summit Technology Academy is among several distinguished schools from throughout the nation selected to host the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program this summer. More than 75 students signed up for the Summit Technology Camp, scheduled June 25 to July 1, and July 25 to 29.

The program is taught by Lisa Oyler and Kevin Schulmeister, cyber security team coaches at Summit Technology Academy, as well as current CyberPatriot team mentors. Assisting with the camp are Teri Curp, Sue McCanless and Carrie Miller-Perry, assistant Lee’s Summit R-7 middle school CyberPatriot coaches for the 2016-17 school year.

As an AFA CyberCamp host, Summit Technology Academy receives software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp concludes with an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its ninth season in October.

“As a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence, we felt compelled to provide cyber security education to a wider range of students,” said Mrs. Oyler. “Using the AFA curriculum students will be learning cyber awareness, ethical responsibility and how to secure networking devices and to develop a security policy. In addition they will be exposed to the rapidly growing and high-demand career field of cyber security.”

In addition to hosting one of the first AFA CyberCamps, Summit Technology Academy will field support 10 high school and eight middle school teams in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition this fall.

During spring 2016, two Lee’s Summit R-7 teams captured top awards in the CyberPatriot national competition. A team from Summit Technology Academy won first place in the open division, and a team from Pleasant Lea Middle School took second place in the middle school division.

Summit Technology Academy was recently designated as a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence by the Air Force Association. Just eight schools in the nation have received this honor.

During the 2016-17 school year, the school is adding a cyber security program as part of its Missouri Innovation Campus. For more information about Summit Tech, the Missouri Innovation Campus and the cyber security program, visit

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has launched an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative designed to introduce young students to online safety. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit

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LS R-7 School District honored in national communications contest

District wins in print newsletter category in National School Public Relations Association competition

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently received an award of merit in the National School Public ju Our Schools Page 1 (1)Relations Association’s annual publications and electronic media contest. The local school district was recognized for the Our Schools publication, which is published five times each year and mailed to all R-7 households and businesses.

The annual communications contest included around 965 entries from throughout the country. Winners were announced in June 2016.

The Our Schools newspaper is produced in partnership with the Lee’s Summit Journal. Advertisements and distribution are managed by the Lee’s Summit Journal, and Lee’s Summit R-7 is responsible for all articles and photographs. Our Schools was first introduced in Lee’s Summit in the early 1950s and was initiated by Dr. Bernard Campbell, long-time superintendent who served the district from 1943 through 1980.

At the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Our Schools is produced by the district’s Communications Department which includes Janice Phelan, executive director, and Janie Rohlfing, administrative assistant. To view copies of the newspaper as well as other district publications, visit

LS R-7 Nutrition Services seeks employees

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is currently accepting applications for employment within the NutritionServicesHelpWanted (2)district’s nationally recognized Nutrition Services Department.

For parents of R-7 students, the job offers several advantages. These include being off work on the same days children are out of school, leaving for work after students go to school and getting off work before children come home from school.

For more information, contact Donita Zehr at (816) 986-2207 or apply online at

Ron Cox of LS R-7 named US Army High School Coach of the Month

Ron Cox was recently named U.S. Army High School Coach of the Month during a June 21 presentation by local service members from the US Army Second Airborne Unit. Mr. Cox is a volunteer coach who also works as the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s director of purchasing and distribution.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Mr. Cox was recognized for his development of high-school players both on and off the field. His team, Sporting Lee’s Summit SC U17, had an outstanding season going 29-2-4 and capturing the USA Cup National Championship.

Mr. Cox and his two assistant coaches, Brian Young and Justin Lee, focus on recruiting and developing exceptional players with “high character” who perform in the classroom as well. The team maintained an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or greater this school year. Many of the players on the U17 team not only won All State, All District or All Conference awards, they were also on the honor roll both semesters.

When asked about the award Mr. Cox said that he was “very humbled and proud to accept this award. This is a team award, not meant for one individual. The boys work extremely hard on and off the field, and they deserve all the credit. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the US Army and all they do for us and my family, especially after losing my nephew in Afghanistan fighting alongside his team of US Army 10th Mountain soldiers.”  

Members of Sporting Lee’s Summit SC pictured are Garet Blankman, Dylan Fox, Kyle Handy, Juan Garcia, Noe Sosa, Dawson Lee, Rhys Harrington, Hunter Hampton, Max Harrington, Israel Rocha, James Wiltfang, Brandon Landaverry, Connor Young, Hayden Manthey, Cole DeRousse, Kameron Cox and coaches Brian Young and Justin Lee. Mr. Cox is on the front row, second from right.


LS R-7 Board of Education approves three new school-community liaison positions

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved the addition of three new school-community liaison positions during its June 16 meeting. These employees will serve students and families from preschool through 12th grade with an emphasis on helping meet the needs of students and families living in poverty.

In recent years, the social and emotional needs of families facing economic challenges have been increasing. Although the Lee’s Summit R-7 community has many organizations designed to help students and families living in poverty, organizations and families often have difficulty connecting.

This challenge has also been identified by the Lee’s Summit Human Services Advisory Board and the organizations this advisory group serves. The school-community liaisons will be a critical component in bridging the gap of services by actively working with community organizations and schools to build relationships in order to promote access to additional assistance.

The three new staff members are being funded by reallocation of funds from the existing R-7 Student Services budget and required no additional school district funds. Individuals interested in applying for these positions may visit the R-7 School District website and select “Employment: Job Openings.”

Lee’s Summit R-7 announces resignation of Dr. David McGehee

The Board of Education for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District announces that it has reached an agreement under which Dr. David McGehee will resign as the District’s Superintendent of Schools effective June 30, 2016. The Board’s vote to approve the agreement was unanimous.

Under the agreement approved by the Board, Dr. McGehee will receive two payments of $225,000 over approximately the next year. Under his most recent contract renewal, Dr. McGehee would have been paid more than $1.1 million from the School District over the next three years.

“The Board thanks Dr. McGehee for his service to the School District, and wishes him well in his future endeavors,” said Board President Bob White.

Beth Bock named LSNHS administrative intern

Beth Bock was named Lee’s Summit North High School administrative intern at the June 16 R-7 Board juLSNinternBethBockof Education meeting. Mrs. Bock, who currently teaches science at Lee’s Summit North High School, will begin her new job in July. This is a new position at the school.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Mrs. Bock has taught science within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District since 2006. She previously worked as an R-7 parent educator and as a chemistry teacher within the Kirkwood School District.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education (emphasis in biology and chemistry) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her master’s degree in education from Baker University. She received the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.

Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools announce 2016-17 theatre schedules

All three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are planning for an exciting theatre season with productions Theatre Drama Masks LS R-7-Snipped-Use (2)
beginning in September and running through next spring. Theatre schedules follow including contact information and websites for each school.

Lee’s Summit High School will kick off their season this year with a children’s show (to be announced) that will take the stage Oct. 7 and 8.

This year’s musical will take the audience “Under The Sea” as the school brings Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to stage on Nov. 11, 12 and 18-20. Join Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula, Flounder and more as the well-loved story comes to life with all the popular songs. This show is a delight for audiences of all ages and promises to sell out fast so you’ll want to get your tickets early.

The LSHS season will continue with a dramatic play that is yet to be announced. Look for the announcement of this show to happen over the summer months. The winter play will take place February 24, 25 and March 3-5.

Next in the LSHS line-up is the student-directed one-acts which take place March 31 and April 1. These shows are selected by upperclass students who then direct the underclassman.

To close out the Lee’s Summit High School season on April 21 and 22, the Repertory Theatre production will be staging a play that they will be selecting in their class.

Tickets for all LSHS shows are available at on the box office web page or you may contact (816) 986-2055 or for more information or group reservations.

Lee’s Summit North High School leads off the season with the children’s musical, “My Son Pinocchio Jr.,” which includes favorite characters from the hit Disney film. Featuring the beloved songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, this classic  tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family, and when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again, Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving his child unconditionally. (Rated – G) Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 16.

North’s season continues with another classic story, “GHOST the Musical.” Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, the film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopie Goldberg. The show follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. Including the timeless song “Unchained Melody” and so many more, this Tony Award-nominated show comes live to the North stage. (Rated – PG)  The show runs at 7 p.m. Nov 4, 5, 11, 12 and Nov. 6 at 2 pm.

LSNHS will conclude its season with the inspirational play, “Up the Down Staircase.” Walking into her classroom for the first time, Sylvia begins to fear she doesn’t even understand the language of the school. Another teacher translates: “Keep on file in numerical order” means throw in wastebasket. “Let it be a challenge” means you’re stuck with it. “Interpersonal relationships” means a fight between students. And “It has come to my attention” means you’re in trouble. Soon Sylvia finds herself the most involved person in the school—involved in dealing with colleagues, secretaries, nurses, librarians, administrators, but, most of all, involved in the unexpected, and sometimes heartbreaking problems of her students. (Rated – PG) This play will be offered at 7 p.m. April 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. April 9.

For tickets and information about any of the three LSNHS shows, visit or call (816) 986-3031.

Lee’s Summit West High School will open its 2016-17 season with two hilarious comedies presented in one evening.  “All the Great Books Ever Written” (Abridged) and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (Abridged) will be shown in one evening. These hilarious productions put the audience in the center of the action as classic literature and ALL of Shakespeare’s plays are produced in one evening of guaranteed laughs. This show will run Sept. 3 at 7 pm and Sept. 4 at 2 pm.

LSWHS continues the year with the classic Disney musical, “Mary Poppins.”  Mary Poppins is a magical nanny who appears one day to help two children who seem to run off every nanny they have. She shows them a magical world that helps them to learn about love, selflessness and the power of change. The production will include a flying Mary Poppins and Bert tap dancing upside down on the proscenium. Mary Poppins runs Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 pm and Nov. 20 at 2 pm.

West’s main-stage season will conclude with two plays in February. The first is the hilarious comedy, “Leading Ladies.” What happens when two con men decide to pass themselves off as an elderly woman’s long-lost nephews only to discover that she is searching for nieces? They are two great actors but can they pass themselves off as WOMEN? “Leading Ladies” runs Feb. 3 and 4 at 7 pm and Feb. 5 at 2 pm. The second production is the Arthur Miller classic, “The Crucible,” produced in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit West English Language Arts Department. Journey to Salem, Mass., at the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Several young girls are accused of doing witchcraft in the woods, but is that the truth or is there something else going on that the community has yet to discover? “The Crucible” runs Feb. 24 and 25 at 7 pm and Feb. 26 at 2 pm.

In addition, LSWHS will present a children’s show on Oct. 8 and 9, “A Christmas Story” Dec. 16 – 18, a Revue on Feb. 17 and 18, a series of student-directed one-act plays April 7 and 8  and a repertory theatre murder mystery dinner theatre on April 21 and 22.  Information about all LSWHS productions is available at Tickets for all plays will be $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Musical tickets will be $8 in advance and $9 at the door.

All three high schools will also present yet-to-be-announced productions at the school district’s One-Act Play Festival to be performed on the LSNHS Stage, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3.

Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center playground has new benches and library thanks to Eagle Scout project

Thanks to the efforts of Tanner Straughn, a student at Lee’s Summit North High School, the Great Beginnings Early Education Center playground has new benches and a new lending library.

Tanner (pictured) completed the benches and library as part of his Eagle Scout project, finishing the addition on June 13. Great Beginnings Early Education staff filled the lending library with books that same day.

The Great Beginnings Early Education Center playground, which offers specialized equipment for students with disabilities, is open to the public on weekends and after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the open hours, area children are invited to use the playground equipment and may now borrow books from the lending library.

Operated by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Great Beginnings is located at 905 NE Bluestem Drive within Legacy Park.


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