LS R-7 middle school teams excel in CyberPatriot competition

Students from all three Lee’s Summit middle schools recently concluded three rounds of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot — the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, other nations and from Department of Defense Directive schools abroad to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds earn an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore, Md., for the in-person national finals where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

Teams from all three middle schools  excelled in the CyberPatriot IX Middle School Division qualification rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The teams’ performances earned them a spot in the Middle School Division Semifinals, scheduled Feb. 3-5.

Lee’s Summit R-7 teams dominated the top 10 in Missouri with Bernard Campbell Middle School’s CyberParrots placing first, Summit Lakes Middle School’s Error 37 placing second and Summit Lakes Middle School’s PowerOut placing third. Other R-7 teams in the state’s top 10 were PLMS fourth place,  Tempo Storm; SLMS fifth place,  Backspace; BCMS  sixth place,  Error 404; PLMS seventh place, System 32; BCMS ninth place, CyberSpiders; and PLMS 10th place, Scorplings.

Lee’s Summit R-7 team coaches are Lisa Oyler and Kevin Schulmeister, Lee’s Summit R-7 CyberPatriot program coaches and trainers; Carrie Miller-Perry, BCMS; Teri Curp, SLMS; and Sue McCanless, PLMS.

Following the Regional/Category Round and Middle School Division Semifinals, top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot IX Finals Competition in Baltimore, Md., in April. More information is available at www.uscyberpatriot.org.

Julie Hume of LSWHS releases first record ‘Late Bloomer’

Julie Hume, a German teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School, was recently featured on a Kansas City radio station for her newly released album, “Late Bloomer.” The five-minute story was broadcast in early February on KCUR FM-89.3.

The story, which is also available on the radio station’s website, is headlined: “With her first record, a longtime Kansas City musician finally raises her own voice.” On the radio, Mrs. Hume talked about her early singing career in the 1980s performing a variety of music in the Kansas City and Lawrence, Kan., areas. She also shares her many years of experiences as a song writer and back-up singer.

The songs on “Late Bloomer” were all written by Mrs. Hume over the last few decades. She officially released the album on Feb. 4 with a performance at the Westport Flea Market.

Mrs. Hume will be retiring from Lee’s Summit West in May after a 29-year career in teaching. After her retirement, she plans to focus on her music career including touring to promote her record.

LS CARES to present Parenting the Love and Logic Way April 6 through May 11

Lee’s Summit CARES will present Parenting the Love and Logic Way from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 6 through May 11 (no class April 27), at Woodland Elementary School, 12709 Smart Road. 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 www.lscares.org 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.

Campbell Middle School welcomes visitors from China

Students and staff members at Bernard Campbell Middle School recently welcomed visitors from Chang’An No. 1 School in China. Fourteen students and four adult leaders spent the week of Jan. 30 through Feb. 4 touring sites in Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, visiting classrooms and attending the BCMS dodgeball tournament.

BCMS students participate in Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Bernard Campbell Middle School students raised more than $1,200 for Special Olympics through the Polar Plunge, held Jan. 28 at Longview Lake. Students braved the 35-degree water to raise money to help athletes with disabilities participate in year-round sports.

Students participating in the Polar Plunge from BCMS included Sydni Wantland, Logan Turner, Natalie Allen, Aubrey Montford and Landon Binger. Raising money but unable to Plunge was Skylee Narron.

LSHS ceramics students donate artwork to Empty Bowls Project

Lee’s Summit High School advanced ceramics students donated 10 bowls to the 2017 Empty Bowls Project, sponsored by Rotary Club. The event was held Feb. 4. LSHS worked on the donation with Amanda Crocker through the Rotary Club. This is the fifth year for the Lee’s Summit High School Art Department to contribute artwork to the Empty Bowls Project. Pictured is Lexy Hawkins, a senior in ceramics II.

BCMS basketball teams donate time to Harvesters Food Bank

The Bernard Campbell Middle School boys and girls basketball teams made an after-school visit to the Harvesters Community Food Network on Feb. 1.

The teams donated 68 pounds of items before receiving a tour of the food bank. During their tour, the BCMS Mustangs learned what it means to be “food insecure” and how Harvesters and other agencies provide necessary food items to meet community needs.   

The players then teamed up to sort donated goods, break down boxes and package bread items for distribution.

Allison Hoffman of Westview Elementary Recognized as Community Hero

106.5 The Wolf and the City of Lee’s Summit team up to recognize people with outstanding achievement

Allison Hoffman, a teacher at Westview Elementary School, has been recognized as the first recipient of the Community Heroes Program – a campaign recognizing individuals with outstanding character and achievement sponsored by 106.5 The Wolf and the City of Lee’s Summit.

The announcement was made live on The Wolf on Jan. 26 by morning show personalities Roger & Codie who summarized the nomination emailed to the radio station by Laura Hoffman, Allison’s sister.

The following is an excerpt of the email sent to the radio station: “Allison is an amazing teacher as she knows that all children do not learn the same way. This year she changed the seating in her classroom to include alternative seating options like wobble stools, stand up desks and tables instead (of) desks. She also cares passionately about the success of her students … and has an amazing way of getting to know each child as (an) individual. Knowing them as people helps her to understand where they are coming from and what could potentially cause struggles at school. Her biggest asset is that she considers the kids to be her kids and she pours her heart and soul into their education,” said Laura Hoffman.

Allison’ Hoffman’s response to being honored, “I was and am completely surprised by the nomination. As a person, it’s nice to be recognized any time somebody thinks what you do is important or meaningful.  As an educator, this award is particularly special. I love my kids and am passionate about helping each student find his/her own success.”   

She has been helping students reach their academic potential as a sixth-grade teacher at Westview Elementary in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 14 years. In fact, her entire teaching career has been at this school in the community she has lived and called home her entire life.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Community Hero recognition, visit  Visit Community Heroes! | 106.5 The Wolf.

Hazel Grove Elementary first-graders learn about science, technology, engineering and math through after-school club

First-grade teachers at Hazel Grove Elementary recently launched an after-school program designed to help engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The students meet twice each month and conduct STEM activities.

During January, the students learned about the chemical reactions of bases and acids as they “melted a snowman” (pictured). Teacher sponsors are Maggie Hosfield, Kristen Cordes, and Stephanie Coleman.

 

Lee’s Summit R-7 students capture awards in Western Missouri and Kansas Aspirations in Computing Award

Two students at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Summit Technology Academy recently captured awards in a regional essay contest focusing on computing and technology. Vale Gibson was a winner, and Dorian Gray received honorable mention in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Western Missouri and Kansas Regional Award for Aspirations in Computing competition.

Vale is a 2016 senior at William Chrisman High School involved in the Missouri Innovation Campus and an intern at Federal Reserve Bank. Dorian is a junior from Lee’s Summit North High School.

They are joining other high-school winners at a recognition ceremony on Feb. 3 in Kansas City. The contest honors young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Each of the 17 winners receives a glass trophy, a prize donated by Commerce Bank, a NCWIT messenger bag and other items. The 18 honorable-mention winners receive gift certificates, a glass trophy and other items.

“With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s
imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and co-founder of NCWIT. “This award allows us to recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women’s participation in technology fields. Winners are acknowledged for their outstanding aptitude and interest in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of over 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women’s participation in IT. NCWIT’s work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

 

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