Debbie Sauvé receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for March

Debbie Sauvé was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for March. She is a second-grade teacher at Underwood Elementary.

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

“She cares tremendously about the future of her students,” said a colleague. “She puts her whole heart into teaching, caring and loving her students.”  

LSHS students honored for volunteer service with national award

Paige Maxwell and Linnea Dawley, both students at Lee’s Summit High School, were recently honored for their volunteer service.

Paige received certificate of excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award. Certificates of excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state.

Linnea, who was nominated through the Prudential program by LSHS, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Spirit of Community Awards honor young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

LSNHS students participate in Legislative Shadowing Project

Ally Banks, a junior, and Diana Chamara, a senior, both from Lee’s Summit North High School, participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Legislative Shadowing Project on Feb. 1. Sponsored by the Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state representative, senator, or other public official at the State Capitol. The students observe hearings, meetings, and other public duties.

The Legislative Shadowing Project, now in its 17th year, is conducted by Missouri FCCLA, the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for family consumer sciences and human services education. A dinner banquet, sponsored by The Missouri Bar, was held for participants on Jan. 31. Tours of the State Capitol and Supreme Court Building were also provided.

The Legislative Shadowing Project allows students to connect their interests in law, public service, civic issues and the political process with their education. The event is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the political process and its impact on citizens.

FCCLA attempts to match students with officials from their local school districts whenever possible. The students prepare for the event by becoming familiar with their official’s responsibilities and current issues. If matched with a legislator, the student becomes knowledgeable about the bills introduced and committees on which the legislator serves.

FCCLA is a nonprofit student organization for young men and women, sixth through 12th grade, in family consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA has more than 9,500 members in nearly 330 local chapters, making it the fifth-largest FCCLA state association in the nation.

Lee’s Summit R-7 Academic Systems Review findings shared with staff members

Results from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Academic Systems Review are being shared with all district instructional staff members during late February and March. A comprehensive review of the district’s instructional operations, curriculum and assessment was conducted with the assistance of an outside entity last fall. The goal was to provide feedback to the district for reflection, growth and improvement.

A five-member team from Curriculum Management Solutions Inc. conducted an on-site review during September 2016. During the review, the team visited all R-7 schools, analyzed Lee’s Summit R-7 curriculum and evaluated assessment efforts and planning. In addition, the Curriculum Management Solutions experts gathered stakeholder feedback by interviewing internal and external stakeholders in focus groups and by conducting community surveys. All Lee’s Summit R-7 parents were invited to take the online survey with approximately 3,500 participating.

An overview of findings from the Academic Systems Review were presented to the Board of Education at a Jan. 19 work session. Contracting with the outside entity for the review was recommended by the Lee’s Summit R-7 Instructional Operations Team after a comprehensive review.

“Lee’s Summit R-7 is a high-functioning, successful school district, and this review emphasizes our focus on continuous improvement,” said Dr. Dave Benson, interim superintendent. “We are especially grateful to the many staff members and parents who took the time to provide feedback for this review through the focus groups and surveys.”

The Academic Systems Review final report is designed as an exception report, which does not emphasize all of the aspects going well in a school district. Instead, an exception report highlights opportunities for improvement in an effort to move the entire school district forward with the ultimate goal of improving student learning.

“While the Academic Systems Review final report was an exception report, the review team shared several strengths about the district that included a supportive community, our professionals working in schools and the continued excellent academic results of our students when compared to the highest performing districts in the state,” said Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent of instruction and leadership.

The complete report and recommendations, totaling more than 350 pages, are being integrated and aligned to the district’s Destination 2021 five-year strategic plan. Examining the report’s recommendations and determining implementation is a multi-year process that will involve many staff members from throughout the district.

Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members from several schools participate in the Feb. 22 Academic Systems Review presentation. Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent for instruction and leadership, discusses the review with the group.

PLMS hosts Young Authors Conference

Pleasant Lea Middle School hosted its first Young Authors Conference Feb. 21. The successful event, hosted by the school’s Literacy Team, is being planned as an annual event.

A total of 70 students were honored for their literary or artistic talents with approximately 250 spectators also attending. The event included goody bags for students, a gallery walk and refreshments. Students participating received certificates as well as a bound publication of all nominated work.

Toriano Porter, Kansas City reporter and author, delivered the keynote address.

Toriano Porter talks to participants at the conference.








Students participate in the gallery walk.

Mike McGurk of LSNHS receives NIAAA State Award of Merit

Mike McGurk, Lee’s Summit North High School athletics/activities assistant principal, will receive the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit this spring. The award will be presented during the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association state conference on April 9.

The annual award is provided by the national association for recognition of meritorious dedication to high school and middle school activities. Mr. McGurk is a certified master athletic administrator (CMAA), has served as president of the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, is a Missouri state certification coordinator and has served as vice chair of the national awards committee.

LSNHS National Honor Society receives Hope House’s Young Philanthropist of the Year Award

The Lee’s Summit North High School National Honor Society received the Young Philanthropist of the Year Award from Hope House. The student organization was recognized at Hope House’s Feb. 16 Everyday Hero Luncheon.

National Honor Society was selected for the award based on the group’s ongoing commitment to Hope House, including donating time and collecting donations to help the facility’s residents. Lee’s Summit North National Honor Society has worked closely with Hope House for more than 15 years, said Chuck Stephenson, a long-time faculty advisor for the organization who recently retired.

So far this school year, the LSNHS students have organized a Halloween costume shop, family movie night and Valentine’s Day party for residents of the local Hope House. National Honor Society also collected more than 100 pairs of jeans during a denim drive in November and raised over $300 during a spare change drive in January. The LSNHS students are planning a spa night during March for the women at Hope House.

Pictured at the recognition are (from left) Alex Vest (LSN NHS Hope House Committee chair), Ashley Washington (faculty Adviser), Coleman Crosby (LSN NHS treasurer), Sarah Cline (Hope House volunteer coordinator), Lilly Frevert (LSN NHS Hope House Committee chair), Maleah Ahuja (LSN NHS president), Amy Yang (LSN NHS historian), Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer (LSN principal) and Chuck Stephenson (retired LSN NHS faculty adviser).

Auditions to be held April 20 for metro youth talent competition; winner to receive $5,000 scholarship

Do you have what it takes to compete for a $5,000 scholarship? Got Talent, Kansas City’s premier youth talent competition and a fundraiser for Lee’s Summit CARES, will host auditions on April 20.  Auditions are open to Kansas City metro youth, ages 18 and younger.  All types of talent are welcomed.  

Producers will select the top 20 acts to perform for the $5,000 Grand Prize Scholarship and the $500 Crowd Pleaser Scholarship at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Lee’s Summit High School Performing Arts Center. Audition applications are online at

Currently in its seventh season, Got Talent is proud of its Kansas City area alumni who are busy proving themselves on a national level.  Season 2 Grand Prize Winner Blair Bryant, a member of the jazz band MQ5, has become a nationally recognized bass player with an album considered one of the Top 10 Best Jazz CDs of 2015 by  Season 3 Crowd Pleaser Winner Jordan Haas was selected to perform the National Anthem for the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and Season 4 Grand Prize Winners, State Line Drive, recently released a CD (available on iTunes), are booking live performances all around the country and opened for Tate Stevens in 2016.

Got Talent Chairperson Rachel Segobia said, “Got Talent is a unique competition that celebrates the incredible diversity of talent within our Kansas City area youth. The show encourages young performers to pursue their passion in an affirming and supportive environment. Audience members are blown away year after year by the outstanding quality of talent on display!”

Got Talent is the major fundraiser for Lee’s Summit CARES, a nonprofit community coalition that provides programs for youth substance abuse prevention, parenting and character development. The 30-year old nonprofit agency works to maintain a healthy and safe community for children, youth and families of the Greater Lee’s Summit area. For additional information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or call (816) 347-3298.

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District hosts Community Resource Fair

Annual event helps connect families to local resources

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Guidance Department sponsored its annual Community Resource Fair Feb. 17. The event is sponsored by the school district’s school counselors and school-community liaisons.

The goal of the annual fair is to provide school counselors, social workers, liaisons and principals with comprehensive information about the wide variety of resources available to help students and families. Approximately 30 organizations attended the fair which provided opportunities for school district staff to talk to organization representatives about available services.

Participants included mental-health organizations, employment programs, substance-abuse prevention groups, youth centers, housing programs, health and fitness organizations and groups assisting low-income families — just to name a few.

School district staff members talk to representatives at the Community Resources Fair.

LSNHS Bronco Buddies present to Optimist and Rotary Clubs

Lee’s Summit North High School Bronco Buddies recently made presentations to the Lee’s Summit Optimist Club and the local Rotary Club.

Bronco Buddies is a social club at LSN that encourages students in the life skills program to build friendships with their non-disabled peers, to be active and support LSNHS extracurricular activities and to participate in age-appropriate, typical and fun teen activities.

The Bronco Buddies students were at Optimists Feb. 16 and at Rotary during January.

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