Jennifer Kevern named Trailridge Elementary assistant principal for 2015-16

Jennifer Kevern, currently a teacher at Trailridge Elementary, was named assistant principal of myTREasstPrinKevernPhotoTrailridge at the May 21 Board of Education meeting. She will begin her new job in July 2015. This is a new position at the school.

A Lee’s Summit R-7 teacher since 1997, Mrs. Kevern recently completed the district’s Leadership Academy. At Trailridge, she is the Student Council sponsor and serves on a number of school teams including Emergency Operations Team, Partners In Education, Character Education, Student Safety Advisory and Site-Based Leadership Team.

She has presented several district workshops on literature circles and also served as a mentor for a cadet teacher and a student teacher.

Mrs. Kevern received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Avila University and her master’s degree in school leadership from Baker University.

Andy Campbell named assistant principal of Summit Ridge Academy

Andy Campbell was named 2015-16 assistant principal of Summit Ridge Academy at the Lee’s myAndyCampbellSummit R-7 May 21 Board of Education meeting. Mr. Campbell, currently principal at Harrisonville High School, will begin his new job in July. He will replace Mitch Pycior who is moving to the Springfield area this summer.

At Harrisonville High School, Mr. Campbell has served as principal for six years and as assistant principal for two years. He previously worked as a special-education teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School, Pleasant Lea Middle School and Ozanam School in Grandview. In all, he has worked in education for 17 years and has eight years of experience as a school administrator.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Mr. Campbell was named the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association Exemplary New Principal in 2012. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in history/political science from Culver-Stockton College, a special-education teaching certificate and a master’s degree in secondary education/school administration, both from the University of Central Missouri.

LSHS journalism students celebrate successful year

Students in the Lee’s Summit High School journalism program recently celebrated a successful year that included a number of awards at the national, state and regional level.

The students captured awards for best news production and first place in broadcast newswriting in the national Student Television Network program.

At the state Journalism Day competition, the students won All-Missouri awards for sports feature story, sports news and commercial; superior honors for commercial and human interest feature story; excellent honors for newsmagazine (show) and coverage of a sports event; and honorable mention for coverage of a sports event and news story short.

At the Reel Spirit Kansas City Film Fest Awards, LSHS students won first in both documentary and commercial categories; second place in narrative, news feature and commercial; and third in narrative. The students also received the Exceptional Cinematic Achievement Award at the regional festival.

At the Journalism Educators of Metropolitan Kansas City contest, the students won first in broadcast newscast (show), third in sports feature story and fourth in broadcast feature story.

Program adviser is Elaine McDonald.

myLSHSjournalismAdvancedFilmClassStudents in the LSHS advanced film class.







myLSHSjournalismAdvancedBroadcastStudents in the LSHS advanced broadcast class.

LS R-7 assisting with free CPR training sessions June 6

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is among a number of partners providing myCity-CPRlogosupport for free CPR training, offered during three sessions June 6.

Knowing how and when to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency. In an effort to train 1,000 local residents in this life-saving procedure, the Lee’s Summit Health Education Advisory Board is offering a free, Hands-Only™ CPR training from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. June 6 at Harris Park Community Center, 110 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit.

Participants (ages 12 and up) may choose from three, 45-minute sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Registration is preferred and is available online for Hands-Only™ CPR training at or by calling (816) 969-1540.

R-7 gifted students use Popsicle sticks to study bridge efficiency

Students in the ASPIRE gifted program from Hazel Grove and Lee’s Summit Elementary met with myASPIRE-HGEandLSEphotoMark Huck,  structural engineer from Burns and McDonnell, to conduct testing on the students’ popsicle stick bridges on May 18.

Mr. Huck commented on the design and construction of fourth-grader Riley DeShay’s bridge before testing. Students calculated bridge efficiency ratings by dividing the mass the bridge held by the mass of the bridge.

The top rated bridge was created by sixth-grader Madison Goff. Her bridge weighed 0.142 pounds, yet held an amazing 59.4 pounds for a bridge efficiency rating of 418. This activity was a culminating event of a semester long study of invention, discovery and engineering.

LS R-7 elementary schools win Smarter Lunchroom Awards from Healthier US School Challenge

A number of Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools earned the Bronze Award in the Smarter Lunchroom Program through Healthier US School Challenge. Nationally, approximately 4,743 schools received the Bronze Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The awards are based on the schools’ exemplary steps, leadership and team work employed to make changes to the schools’ nutrition environment; improve the quality of the foods served; provide students with more nutritious, healthy choices; and enhance physical activity programs.

To acknowledge their achievement, each R-7 school will receive an award plaque, a banner to display and a $500 monetary award. R-7 schools recognized are Cedar Creek Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Hawthorne Hill Elementary, Hazel Grove Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Lee’s Summit Elementary, Longview Farm Elementary, Meadow Lane Elementary, Pleasant Lea Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Richardson Elementary, Summit Pointe Elementary, Sunset Valley Elementary, Trailridge Elementary, Underwood Elementary, Westview Elementary and Woodland Elementary.

LSNHS students capture awards in Heart of America Shakespeare Sonnet Contest

Two Lee’s Summit North High School sophomores recently won awards in the Heart of America myLSNsonnetWinnersPhotoShakespeare Sonnet Contest. Coleman Crosby won first place, and June Somsanith won honorable mention in the high school division (ninth through 12th grade). The students are pictured with Shakespeare bobbleheads and will receive additional prize packages through the contest. Their winning sonnets are at:

Hawthorn Hill Missouri Readers Club Members Celebrate Achievement

The Hawthorn Hill Elementary Missouri Readers Club celebrated reading achievement with a myHHEreadersClubPhotopizza lunch on April 27.

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students who join the club are challenged to read from the list of Mark Twain and Truman Award nominees. This year 54 students reached their reading goal and earned an invite to the lunch, an activity pass to Paradise Park and a free copy of one of next year’s nominees.

Pleasant Lea Middle School student earns Grand Recognition through Duke University Talent Search

Alyssa Harmon, a seventh-grader at Pleasant Lea Middle School, recently earned grand myDukeTalent-AlyssaHarmonrecognition in the Duke University Talent Search.

Students recognized through this program represent the most academically talented seventh-graders in the United States.

The Duke Talent Search program identifies students who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the national program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (SAT or ACT) to learn more about their abilities. Approximately 60,000 students take these exams.

Duke University hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh-graders who score highest on these exams. The state recognition ceremonies honor seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors taking the same tests. The grand recognition ceremony honors seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors taking the tests.

In addition to the above-level testing experience, Duke Talent Search participants receive educational materials and resources through 10th grade to help them develop to their full academic potential. Based on SAT or ACT scores, students may qualify to participate in Duke’s summer studies or e-studies programs.

Bev Cornell named Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for May

Bev Cornell was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Learning for Life Award winner for myLFLBevCornellMay. She is the district’s Human Resources Department manager.

The award is presented to one employee each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee.

“Her kindness and helpfulness make us strive to be and do better every day,” said a colleague. “Bev is an employee who puts others before self.”

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