Diane Wolz receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for November

Diane Wolz was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for November. She is a library media clerk


at Longview Farm Elementary.

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

“She sets a calm positive tone for our building,” said a colleague. “She takes a personal interest in each individual child, helping them find books and making sure they are appropriate for that child.”  

Meadow Lane Elementary hosts annual Veterans Assembly

Meadow Lane Elementary hosted its 24th annual Veterans Assembly Nov. 10. More than 70 veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces were recognized at the event.

Honored veterans were invited to attend by their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives as well as family friends. Also honored were Lee’s Summit Police Department officers who are veterans as well as Meadow Lane staff veterans.

The special event included presentation of the colors by the Lee’s Summit North High School Air Force Junior ROTC.

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recognized at Missouri Project Lead The Way Conference

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District was recognized as a 100-percent student access school district at the Missouri Project Lead The Way annual conference, held Nov. 5-6 in Blue Springs. School districts earning this honor offer Project Lead The Way for elementary, middle and high school students.

Nearly 800 participants attended the annual event including teachers, students, administrators, exhibitors, non-profits officials, industry leaders and dignitaries from state and local government. The goal was to share, collaborate, recognize achievement and increase awareness for Project Lead The Way and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) training throughout Missouri.  

Project Lead The Way is a non-profit organization developed to prepare students for the global economy by providing STEM programs to schools, focusing on project-based curriculum.

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District earns Meritorious Budget Award from national organization

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District was selected to receive the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation by the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the district’s budget for the 2017-18 school year, and the school district also received the award for the previous school year.

According to the national organization, the Meritorious Budget Award promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation while acknowledging school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria. The award is sponsored by Voya Financial, Inc.  

“School business officials are responsible for ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and that the district budget reflects student priorities and needs,” said John Musso, Association of School Business Officials International executive director. “The program helps applicants create an accessible, accurate budget that builds trust with their community.”

The Lee’s Summit R-7 budget is available on the school district’s website at www.lsr7.org.

About ASBO International
ASBO International, founded in 1910, is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources.  For more information about the Meritorious Budget Award or Pathway to the MBA, visit asbointl.org/MBA.

Do you have an R-7 2017 graduate at your house?

Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, and Lee’s Summit West High School 2017 graduates are encouraged to participate in a graduate survey, located at https://www1.lsr7.org/gradsurvey.

The survey takes a couple of minutes to complete, and information gathered through the survey will be used to help R-7 School District officials make school improvements. The percentage of R-7 students attending college or career-technical schools is also reported through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as part of its reporting for all state school districts. These statistics are included on the state’s website which covers a wide range of information about Missouri public school districts.

The graduate survey will be available online through mid-January when the information is required to be sent to the state.

Westview Elementary staff members dress down to benefit veterans

Staff members at Westview Elementary School recently participated in GI Go Fund’s Jeans for Troops Dress Down Day to raise funds that benefit returning military veterans. The Dress Down Day was held the week of Nov 6-10 with staff members exceeding their goal of raising $100 the charitable organization.

Westview employees had the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, access their health care and financial benefits and link to housing. In addition, GI Go Fund helps veterans struggling with financial difficulties, hosts events to get veterans housed and provides emergency financial assistance to those who need it most.

LSWHS hosting sixth annual Holiday Mart on Dec. 9

Lee’s Summit West High School is hosting the sixth annual Holiday Mart from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the school, 2600 SW Ward Road. The event will include an assortment of stylish, eclectic products including holiday decorations, jewelry, fashion and gourmet items.  

For any questions, please visit the Lee’s Summit West Journalism Parent’s Group Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/lswjournalism/ or email lswholidaymart@gmail.com.

PLMS selects November High 5 Award winners

The English Language Arts Department at Pleasant Lea Middle School selected the school’s High 5 winners for November. Winners are (from left) Hanna Franklin (not pictured), Outstanding  Eighth-grader; Sir John Harris, Most Improved  Eighth-grader; Dylan Dean, Outstanding Seventh-grader and Samantha Young, Most Improved Seventh-grader. Janette Miller (center), PLMS principal, presented the students with their awards.

The school’s Partners in Education, Lee’s Summit Medical Center and Mazuma Credit Union, sponsor the award. The High 5 Award was designed to promote academic excellence among students of PLMS. Mazuma Credit Union presents the students with a gift card for Chipotle and Lee’s Summit Medical Center provides a Taco Bell gift card.

R-7 middle schools recognize Students of the Month for September

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their September 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 Logan Turner and Landon Binger. At BCMS, Logan is involved in art contests and is a WEB CARES leader. Away from school, Logan enjoys competitive softball and soccer. At BCMS, Landon is involved in cross country, Mustang SMART, Cyber Patriots, Lee’s Summit Teachers Academy, scholar bowl and is a WEB CARES leader. Away from school, Landon enjoys baseball, basketball, soccer and Boy Scouts.             

Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Maggie Upp and Austin Boyer. At PLMS, Maggie is involved in cheerleading and the talent show. Away from school, Maggie enjoys church youth group and competitive dance, performing in Kansas City and traveling ballets. At PLMS, Austin is involved in Student Advisory Group and cross country.  Away from school, Austin enjoys soccer, baseball, basketball and his swim team.   

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Libby Bastow and Tyler Batliner. At SLMS, Libby is involved in cross country, orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, tech crew, scholar bowl, Ukulele Club, reader selector, science lab assistant and Cyber Patriots. Away from school, Libby enjoys her swim league and Longview Chapel Teens-In-Action. At SLMS, Tyler is involved in Lee’s Summit Teachers Academy and assists with special needs students. Away from school, Tyler enjoys his soccer club team and basketball team.

Peggy Hinzman named Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year

Summit Technology Academy educator praised for her work in STEM

Peggy Hinzman of Summit Technology Academy was named the Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year. She received the award at the Missouri State PLTW conference, held Nov. 5-6 in Blue Springs.

Ms. Hinzman was praised for being a consummate professional who goes the extra mile to serve her students, her profession and her community partners. She was one of the first teachers to develop the Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) course curriculum in 2007-08, piloting the program and becoming a master teacher for this course as well as biomedical innovation.

She initiated a five-minute mentoring event with St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, coordinating the event with the hospital’s outreach educator to allow students to talk to various St. Joseph professionals. Ms. Hinzman is a model of life-long learning and has participated in summer internships to expand her own knowledge. These internships have included six weeks in a research lab as well as participating in emergency medical technical training. In addition, she helps plan Health Science Day at Summit Technology Academy to encourage students to matriculate through the Project Lead the Way courses.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 teacher was praised for collaborating with teacher colleagues, participating in professional development opportunities, initiating a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at Summit Technology Academy and for being an outstanding advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Her students have consistently won awards at the KC STEM Alliance Student Showcase event where they create robust, data-driven authentic projects.

Ms. Hinzman has worked at Summit Technology Academy for 15 years and has 18 years of experience in education.  In 2013-14, she was named a Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching Award.

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