Kimberly Hassler named principal of Longview Farm Elementary

Kimberly Hassler, currently assistant principal at Richardson Elementary, was named principal for Longview Farm Elementary at the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Hassler will begin her new job in July. She replaces Dr. Ryan Rostine, who is retiring in June.

Mrs. Hassler has served as an R-7 elementary assistant principal since July 2014. She has also served as a teacher at Richardson Elementary, at a Park Hill School District elementary and at schools in Independence and Oklahoma. She has worked for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District since 2004 and has a total of 19 years of experience in education.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Mrs. Hassler earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from William Jewell College, her master’s degree in educational studies from McGill University in Canada and her education specialist degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a 2014 graduate of the Lee’s Summit R-7 Leadership Academy and a recipient of the Missouri PTA Lifetime Membership Award.

Summit Lakes Middle School students advance as finalist in CyberPatriot national championship

A team of students from Summit Lakes Middle School is headed to Baltimore, Md., as a finalist in the national championship round of CyberPatriot IX—the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Team Error 37 from Summit Lakes consists of Tommy Cuezze,  Jonah Ludiker and Mason Sipe, eighth-graders, and Connor Bichsel, Keenan Curp, and Ethan McFarland, seventh-graders.

Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has challenged teams of two to six students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. The competition provides students hands-on experience securing computer networks while exciting, educating and motivating them toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Led by coach Teri Curp, the Summit Lakes Middle School national finalist team is one of just three teams to advance from a pool of roughly 600 middle school division teams. The CyberPatriot competition consists of two high school divisions, with public, private, and home schools competing in the open division and Junior ROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air Patrol squadrons competing in the all-service division, as well as a middle school division.

In all, more than 4,400 teams registered to participate in CyberPatriot IX, marking 30 percent growth to the competition field from last season. Registered teams represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in both Europe and the Pacific, and other teams abroad.

Following three preliminary rounds in November, December and January, only the top 50 percent of middle school teams advanced to the semifinals. From that round, only three teams were chosen for the national finals. The Summit Lakes Middle School team demonstrated the teamwork, critical thinking skills and technical knowledge necessary to distinguish itself from other middle school teams and win its coveted national finalist spot.

In April, the SLMS team will travel all-expenses-paid to the CyberPatriot IX National Finals Competition at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Md. During the competition’s only in-person round, teams will compete to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The finalists will also face off in three additional competition components: the Facebook Challenge, the Cisco Networking Challenge and the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge. These extra challenges will expose competitors to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them.

CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the competition’s founding partner – CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio. AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors Facebook, Riverside Research, Splunk and Symantec; and Cyber Silver sponsors the Air Force Reserve, American Military University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Leidos and University of Maryland University College.

For more information about CyberPatriot, go to

Sue Markley receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for February

Sue Markley was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for February. She is the attendance secretary at Hawthorn Hill Elementary.

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

“Sue has taught me that you should go out of your way to make others feel important and special,” said a colleague. “She is a gift to our parents, students, staff and school community.”  

LSNHS student wins LS R-7 summer reading program logo contest

Fiona Dougan, a senior art student at Lee’s Summit North High School, recently won the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District summer reading program logo contest. The competition was sponsored by the school district’s library media specialists and is designed to promote student literacy and student art.

More than a dozen students submitted artwork for the contest from Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools and middle schools. This is the fourth summer reading program logo contest during the past 12 years.

Fiona’s winning design will be printed on several thousand backpack-style bags. Middle and high school librarians will give a free bag to each student who completes a designated number of books.

Michael Russell, library media specialist at LSNHS, visited Fiona’s art class on Feb. 14 to announce Fiona’s award. She also receives a $100 prize for creating the winning logo.

Five LS R-7 School District students named National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalists

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students recently named National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalists are Paige Maxwell, Lee’s Summit High School; Stacey Edmonsond, Lee’s Summit North High School; and Simone Jacoby, Marie Reuss, Jacob Schnitzlein, Lee’s Summit West High School. The students were named National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists last fall.

Recognized students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,200 National Merit Scholarship Awards, worth close to $33 million, to be offered this spring. There are approximately 15,000 finalists throughout the United States.

Paige Maxwell is the daughter of Dale Maxwell and Laura Maxwell. At Lee’s Summit High School, Paige participates in robotics, student senate, Tiger Smart, tiger mentoring, Lee’s Summit CARES Youth Advisory Board, soccer and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.

Stacey Edmonsond is the daughter of Steve Edmonsond and Brenda Edmonsond. At Lee’s Summit North High School, Stacey participates in math club, National Honor Society, robotics, science knowledge bowl, National German Honor Society, medical club, German club, medical explorers, co-founder of Young Aspiring Student Scientists  and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. She has also scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Simone Jacoby is the daughter of Dr. Michael RK Jacoby and Rayma Vinyard Jacoby. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Simone participates in speech and debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, National Honor Society, book club and Anime Club.

Marie Reuss is the daughter of Janet Reuss and John Reuss. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Marie participates in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, cross country, track, Earth club and is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.

Jacob Schnitzlein is the son of Fay Schnitzlein and Rex Schnitzlein. At Lee’s Summit West High School, Jacob participates in robotics, student mentor-FTC robotics team at LSWHS, mentor to elementary FLL robotics teams, scholar bowl, Missouri Math League and chess club.

Founded in 1955 to conduct the annual Merit Scholarship competition, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a privately financed, not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance. Scholarships awarded through the program are underwritten by nearly 500 independent sponsor organizations and institutions as well as with the corporation’s own funds.

Nearly 1.5 million students throughout the United States entered the 2017 Merit Program as juniors by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.

Ryan Hall of LS R-7 receives Missouri Award for Risk Management Excellence

Ryan Hall, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District safety/environmental services supervisor, recently received the Award for Risk Management Excellence from the Missouri United School Insurance Council. He received the award at the organization’s Jan. 26 annual membership meeting.

In nominations, Mr. Hall was called a “leader in safety management practices” within the district and praised for his efforts to improve safety procedures, enhance employee training and create a comprehensive safety manual for all sites.

A Lee’s Summit R-7 employee since 2012, Mr. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in crisis and disaster management with an emphasis in hazardous materials and a master’s degree in occupational safety management, both from the University of Central Missouri. He previously served as deputy director of the Johnson County (Missouri) Emergency Management Agency.

In addition, Mr. Hall is a certified safety professional through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, a certified school risk manager through  the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research and a certified playground safety inspector through the National Parks and Recreation Association.

The state award is named in honor of Dr. Gary VanMeter, who served for 18 years as the director of the Missouri United School Insurance Council.

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

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their January 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 Devyn Holt and Keegan Marchant. At BCMS, Devyn is involved in cross country and cheerleading. Away from school, Devyn enjoys competitive cheerleading. Away from school, Keegan enjoys soccer and running obstacle course races.     

Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Grace Eason and Kyle Gerding. At PLMS, Grace is involved in cross country, cheerleading, musical, talent show and awards assembly. Away from school, Grace enjoys piano, theatre and her church youth group. At PLMS, Kyle is involved in cross country, awards assembly, football, talent show and the musical. Away from school, Kyle enjoys baseball and football.     

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Brooke Ellis and Mason Ekstrand. At SLMS, Brooke is involved in yearbook committee, Club 121, basketball and KidLead Leadership Program. Away from school, Brooke enjoys competitive basketball, church youth group and choir.  At SLMS, Mason is involved in cross country, musical, awards show, band and honor choir. Away from school, Mason enjoys piano, swim team and competitive soccer.

LS R-7 student captures first place in Society of Neuroscience Brain Bee

Addison Leabo, a student at Lee’s Summit West High School and Summit Technology Academy, recently won first place in the Society for Neuroscience Kansas City Brain Bee.  

The 10th annual Brain Bee was held Feb. 11 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Winners received a cash prize and are eligible to compete at the regional Brain Bee, scheduled for March in Baltimore. The competition includes an oral question-and-answer session based on Brain Facts, the publication of the Society for Neuroscience.

New LS R-7 Summit Tech / MIC facility continues to take shape

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) continues to take shape thanks to the district’s 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue. Approved by close to 80 percent of voters, the $40 million bond issue is funding the new school as well as facility improvements at all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools.

To view a drone video of the progress at the new Summit Tech / MIC, visit The new school is scheduled to open in August 2017.

Summit Technology Academy is an innovative and advanced experience that prepares high-school juniors and seniors for college and career success. The Missouri Innovation Campus is a progressive collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri. The Missouri Innovation Campus, established in 2012 at Summit Technology Academy, is a nationally recognized program that accelerates the time it takes students to complete a four-year degree, significantly reduces college debt and provides job-ready skills that are highly sought after by businesses.

Thanks to a unique partnership with the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit R-7 and the university are constructing and making plans to operate this cost-saving new facility. Under the plan, Lee’s Summit R-7 is paying approximately 40 percent of the new school with UCM paying the remaining 60 percent. The new facility is located near Ward and Tudor Road.

LS R-7 Elementary Souper Bowl contributes 6,500 pounds of food to Community Services

Students from throughout the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District participated in the district’s Elementary Nutrition Council’s Souper Bowl. Thanks to the food drive, close to 6,500 pounds of food were donated to Lee’s Summit Social Services.

The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national effort that involves young people from throughout the country in fighting hunger and poverty in their own communities. In the weeks leading up to the NFL Super Bowl Sunday, young people collect food items that are donated to local hunger-relief charities.

Pictured are students from Greenwood and Underwood Elementary during the drive.








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