Sara Witteman selected for National Endowment for Humanities summer seminar

Sara Witteman, Lee’s Summit North High School communication arts and social studies teacher, was recently selected to attend a two-week summer seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Through the organization’s seminar programs, teachers are selected based on a rigorous application process that includes an essay and references. Mrs. Witteman will attend a seminar called “The Company Town at Seabrook Farms, NJ: Internment, Migration and Resettlement in the WWII Era,” scheduled for July at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

In addition, the LSNHS teacher was selected to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar in 2004 on the topic of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” In 2017, she was the Lee’s Summit North faculty speaker at graduation after being selected by students.

Seabrook Farms, a frozen-foods and canning agribusiness during its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, employed more than 6,000 laborers at peak production and produced roughly two-thirds of all frozen food consumed in the United States during this time. It was transformed during World War II when it recruited and received around 2,500 Japanese Americans paroled from incarceration and internment camps as well as adding Eastern European refugees to its labor force after the war. Using Seabrook Farms as a case study, teachers participating in the workshop will learn about incorporating the following topics into their classrooms: refugee resettlement, internment and immigration.

Mrs. Witteman has worked at Lee’s Summit North HIgh School for 17 years and currently teaches Advanced Studies English 10, English 12 honors and International Baccalaureate Social and Cultural Anthropology. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in history and humanities from Northwest Missouri State University, her teaching certificate from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and her master’s degree in literacy education K-12 from UCM.

Twelve Lee’s Summit R-7 School District teachers receive Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching Awards

To be recognized at April 11 community reception

Twelve Lee’s Summit R-7 School District educators were recently named Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence In Teaching award winners. Recognized teachers are Matt Buxton, Lee’s Summit High School; Kelly Bailey Eames, Lee’s Summit Elementary School; Nicole Gilbert, Highland Park Elementary School; Jamie Harrel, Hawthorn Hill Elementary School; Shawn Harrel, Summit Technology Academy; Lauren Hollingsworth, Lee’s Summit North High School; Dr. Kevin McCormick, Summit Technology Academy; Sherri Norton, Lee’s Summit North High School; Janelle Pugh, Highland Park Elementary School;  Kristen Shackelford, Sunset Valley Elementary School; Clif Thurmond, Lee’s Summit West High School and Woodland Elementary School; and Kelli Wilson, Lee’s Summit High School.

All 12 recipients will be honored at a reception and program scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 11 at The Stanley in downtown Lee’s Summit, 25 SW 3rd Street. The reception is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the R-7 School District, and all students, parents and community members are invited to attend. At approximately 5 p.m., a brief program highlighting each of the 12 Excellence In Teaching Award winners, as well as three Teachers of Distinction, will begin.

The Excellence In Teaching recipients were selected by a committee composed representatives from the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the business community and R-7 staff.

Matt Buxton is an English teacher at Lee’s Summit High School. He has been teaching for 12 years, with 10 years in the Lee’s Summit School District. Mr. Buxton, a member of the English 9 and 10 curriculum writing team, has also been nominated for the Missouri Scholars Academy Citation of Excellence. He is currently a mentor workshop teacher for the BTAP program, received a $2,500 grant from the Thank a Million Teachers Organization and has worked with the Lee’s Summit R-7 Chinese Exchange program.

Kelly Bailey Eames teaches sixth grade at Lee’s Summit Elementary School. She has been a teacher for 20 years, all in the Lee’s Summit District. She serves on several school and district committees including English Language Arts, Professional Learning Community and Step up to Writing. In 2012, Mrs. Eames was awarded the R-7 Learning for Life award. This award is presented to one employee in the district each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee. She has also received more than a dozen PEAK grants and been awarded the IRA literacy award. Outside of the classroom, Kelly is an active volunteer and supporter of downtown Lee’s Summit.

Nicole Gilbert, a counselor at Highland Park Elementary, has been in the district for 10 years. Mrs. Gilbert successfully implemented a Wellbeing Program at Highland Park with the focus to improve staff morale and physical/mental wellbeing. She also established two successful programs to reinforce positive student behavior, the Point Card System at Pleasant Lea Elementary and the Peer Triage Leader program at Highland Park Elementary. In 2017-18, Nicole was nominated for GKCSCA Elementary School Counselor of the year. As a building leader, Mrs. Gilbert served a three year term as co-facilitator of the staff Lighthouse Team which initiated Leader In Me program at Highland Park. She also oversaw the Lighthouse School Certification process.  

Jamie Harrel is a first grade teacher at Hawthorn Hill Elementary School. She has been teaching for 16 years, eight of those in the Lee’s Summit School District. She serves as a representative on a number of building and district committees including curriculum and assessment writing teams. Mrs. Harrel has been awarded two PEAK grants by the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation. Outside of school, Mrs. Harrel and her children volunteer for the Coldwater summer lunch program, which prepares 100 to 150 sack lunches for 10 weeks for children throughout the Lee’s Summit community. She was also selected to be an inaugural member of the Kansas City Zoo Teacher Advisory Board.

Shawn Harrel is a digital media technology teacher at Summit Technology Academy. Mr. Harrel has been teaching for 14 years, initially at Lee’s Summit West High School and now at STA. He founded a summer jazz camp for students and has sought to use gamification to increase student engagement. Shawn oversees the social media presence for Summit Technology Academy and also works as part time video production specialist for the district, creating content to promote community engagement. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Harrel works as an adjunct professor at UMKC, teaching instrumental arranging, and he works as a part-time weekend announcer at KCUR 89.3 FM.  

Lauren Hollingsworth is a social studies teacher at Lee’s Summit North High School. She has been a teacher in Lee’s Summit for 10 years. While at LSN, Mrs. Hollingsworth established an enrichment program implemented during Bronco Time for young ladies who seek to balance school and stress and encourage the making of good life decisions. She is also a National Honor Society sponsor and coordinates and leads the school-wide American Red Cross Blood Drive with average of seventy pints donated annually. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Hollingsworth has been a four-time presenter at Missouri Council of the Social Studies conference on topics such as incorporating music into the social studies classroom and standards based grading strategies.   

Dr. Kevin McCormick is a biomedical science teacher at Summit Technology Academy. Dr. McCormick has been teaching for seven years, six of which have been in Lee’s Summit. He established and sponsors Summit Technology Academy’s bio-design club and develops students for careers in healthcare. He also is the Project Lead the Way biomedical science teacher for medical interventions and biomedical innovations. In his spare time, Dr. McCormick mentors students for Kansas City’s Biomedical Innovations Seniors Showcase Competition, Skills USA, HOSA and Brain Bee competitions. Additionally, he has presented at a number of professional conferences on a variety of STEM-related topics.

Sherri Norton teaches business classes at Lee’s Summit North High School. She has a total 17 years of teaching experience, including 16 years in the Lee’s Summit School District, where she serves as the department chair for the Business, Marketing and Information Technology Department. She is a coordinator of the Supervised Business Experience (SBE) Student Internship program and webmaster for Lee’s Summit North High School. In 2015, Ms. Norton was awarded a PEAK grant from the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation to aid in teaching students how to build mobile-friendly responsive websites. Outside of the classroom, she works with Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and University of Central Missouri to develop and implement a program called Innovate 8 for high school students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Janelle Pugh is a special education teacher at Highland Park Elementary School. She has been teaching for 29 years, 18 of those in the R-7 School District. Mrs. Pugh is active in and out of the classroom as special education building lead teacher and facilitator for Highland Park Elementary. She is also the special education collaboration facilitator for Elementary Special Education. Mrs. Pugh participated in the Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training in preparation of becoming a Leader In Me school at Highland Park, earning the prestigious recognition of a Lighthouse school 2017 and Lighthouse school of Academic Distinction 2018. Mrs. Pugh is also a four-time PEAK grant recipient, awarded in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006 by the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.

Kristen Shackelford teaches fourth grade at Sunset Valley Elementary. She has been teaching for nine years, all in the Lee’s Summit School District. Mrs. Shackelford established a student technology club to promote computer science and coding for students. She serves as a mentor to beginning teachers and was involved in the development of the BTAP website to support new teachers. In 2016, Mrs. Shackelford was a Lee’s Summit Education Foundation PEAK grant recipient and awarded the funds for a K’NEX energy kit and Breakout EDU Box.  She participates in a number of school and district level teams and has attended a number of professional workshops.

Clif Thurmond is the director of bands at Lee’s Summit West High School and Woodland Elementary School. He has a total of 19 years of teaching experience, all in Lee’s Summit. Mr. Thurmond has organized numerous performance opportunities for students locally, regionally and nationally. In 2017 and 2012, he and the Lee’s Summit West Wind Ensemble were accepted by the Missouri Music Educators Association to perform at its annual convention. Mr. Thurmond also helped refine the curriculum for all R-7 secondary bands, with the objective to develop fundamental music skills through daily instruction and provide consistency through each level of the program. Outside of the classroom, he and the Lee’s Summit West Titan Pride Marching Band were instrumental in the success of the Truly 150 Event in Lee’s Summit.

Kelli Wilson is an English/Language Arts teacher at Lee’s Summit High School. She has been teaching for 20 years, 15 of those in the Lee’s Summit School District. Mrs. Wilson is the lead teacher for the English Language Arts department at Lee’s Summit High School and has initiated an independent reading program for students. She also is an active participant in curriculum writing teams. Since 2007, she has served as the ACT prep class teacher at LSHS. Mrs. Wilson was a PEAK grant recipient in 2014, awarded by Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation. She has attended a number of regional and national workshops and is active in the community

Joining the 12 Excellence In Teaching Award winners, other finalists for 2018 Teacher of the Year include three Teachers of Distinction, former Excellence In Teaching recipients who were nominated for the award again this year. The Teachers of Distinction interviewing for Teacher of the Year are Anne Braun, Woodland Elementary School; Christie Brown, Summit Lakes Middle School; and Tammi Krones, Lee’s Summit High School.  

Anne Braun teaches fifth grade at Woodland Elementary School. She has been teaching for 23 years, with 19 years in the district. A math and reading leader at Woodland, Mrs. Braun presents math strategies and research to the school staff to assist them in meeting the needs of each learner. She also leads presentations on how to implement Google Read Write extensions and is the building leader in sharing resources to help teachers with math instruction, technology infusion and writer’s workshop strategies. Mrs. Braun was a PEAK grant recipient in 2011, awarded by the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and has both attended and presented at numerous local, state and regional workshops. She received the Excellence In Teaching award in 2017 and was nominated again this year.

Christie Brown is a library media specialist at Summit Lakes Middle School. She has been teaching 23 years, 17 of those in Lee’s Summit. Mrs. Brown facilitates various school literacy initiatives as co-facilitator of the SLMS Literacy Team and is coordinator of the SSR program, which focuses on reading, research and writing. Mrs. Brown is a leader in local, state and regional library organizations as well, having presented at a number of Missouri Association of School Libraries conferences and workshops. She currently serves as president of the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians and has chaired the state-wide Truman Reader Awards reader-selector team. In 2015, Mrs. Brown was awarded the Librarian of the Year award from the GKCASL. She received the Excellence In Teaching award in 2010 and was nominated again this year.

Tammi S. Krones is a business and marketing teacher at Lee’s Summit High School. She has been teaching for 23 years, with 21 years in R-7. Mrs. Krones is a member of the Charter Principal’s Advisory Team at LSHS, which is designed to develop, carry out and revise the school’s vision, mission and goals. She is also the LSHS Business and Marketing Department lead teacher, where she helped launch the International Baccalaureate business management course. Outside the classroom, she serves as a mentor to LSHS new teachers as well as new business and marketing teachers for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Additionally, Mrs. Krones is a writer on the DESE Business Technology and Computer Applications Model Curriculum Advisory team. She received the Excellence In Teaching award in 2014 and was nominated again this year.

The announcement of the 2018 Teacher of the Year will be made at the April 11 reception.

LSWHS student is grand winner in national essay contest

Joshua Foster, a student at Lee’s Summit West High School, is the grand prize winner in the national We the Students Essay Contest. As grand prize winner, Joshua receives $5,000 and a scholarship to attend the 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.

To compete in the essay contest, students answered the following question: “To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?”

The essay contest is sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute.

Joshua learned about the essay contest in his International Baccalaureate history class at Lee’s Summit West High School with teacher Steve Smith offering extra credit to students submitting an entry.

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

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their February 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 Madi Varnell and Jordan Kruse. At BCMS, Madi is involved in W.E.B. Cares, cross country, track and yearbook. Away from school, Madi enjoys participating in youth camp. At BCMS, Jordan is involved in football, Stuck on Art Contest, holiday window painting, W.E.B. Cares and the scholastic art and writing contest. Away from school, Jordan enjoys baseball, reading and drawing.             

Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Elaina Twenter and Kevin Silva Nuñez. At PLMS, Elaina is involved in Black and Gold Choir, musical, awards show, Reflections Contest music entry and talent show. Away from school, Elaina enjoys piano, voice lessons and her church youth group. At PLMS, Kevin is involved in the musical. Away from school, Jordan enjoys his church youth group.   

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Rita Pham and Mathew Kimaku. At SLMS, Rita is involved in magazine sales as captain. Away from school, Rita enjoys swimming and taekwondo. At SLMS, Mathew is involved in choir, jazz band, band and CyberPatriot competition. Away from school, Mathew enjoys soccer. tennis, church youth group and volunteering with Harvesters.     

Honorees to be inducted into Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame

Five distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame at a banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. April 14 at Lee’s Summit High School. Alumni being honored for the 2017-2018 school year are Terry Sappenfield, Class of 1963; J.R. (James) Hobbs, Class of 1974; Charles Duane Muckey, Class of 1980; Jennifer Elliott, Class of 1990; and Jori Jones Robinson, Class of 1995.

Cost for the banquet is $25 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call (816) 986-2107 or e-mail

Lee’s Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school’s Hall of Fame for 22 years. Plaques featuring the honorees are displayed on the wall of fame at Lee’s Summit High School, which is located just outside the James T. Brockman Lecture Hall.

The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation. Nomination forms for the 2018-2019 school year are available by calling (816) 986-2000. They should be returned to the high school at 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO., 64063.

Terry Sappenfield – Class of 1963
Mr. Sappenfield earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mr. Sappenfield joined Enjay Chemical/Humble Oil & Refining (now Exxon Mobil) where he developed the Appropriation Request and Economic Justification for a Major Olefins Expansion (MOX).  The project provided the basis for further manufacturing and market growth in the decades to come. In 1975, he was transferred to Exxon Mobil Chemical Headquarters in Houston with assignments of increasing responsibility in business planning, supply/demand planning and coordination, technology development and application, and domestic and international sales and marketing. Mr. Sappenfield later represented Exxon Mobil Chemical globally to  customers and suppliers with focus on Carbon Black Feedstock, Normal Paraffins and C4/C5 Olefin products. During the final year of his more than 37-year Exxon Mobil career, he served as a loaned executive to the Houston Gulf Coast United Way where he handled major United Way marketing responsibilities. He retired from Exxon Mobil in 2006, but has remained active and involved in both civic and social organizations. He is a rabid Houston Astros and Mizzou Football fan and also enjoys working out at the Sports Club, hunting, fishing, boating and an occasional round of golf. Terry and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children and four grandchildren.

J.R. Hobbs – Class of 1974
Mr. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He began his career as an investigator with the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office and then as an assistant public defender. Mr. Hobbs later became a shareholder in a major Kansas City law firm where he tried both civil and criminal cases. Since 1991, he has been a shareholder in a boutique litigation firm with emphasis in criminal defense now known as Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C. His caseload is primarily in white-collar criminal cases, state criminal matters and complex commercial litigation. While his practice is focused in the Midwest, he has appeared in courts throughout the country. Mr. Hobbs has earned numerous recognitions including American College of Trial Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Bar, past recipient of the Lon Hocker Award, past recipient of the KCMBA Congenial Counselor Award. He also teaches at UMKC Law School, speaks at countless CLE seminars, serves as a board member and former president of the UMKC Law Foundation and assists with various high school debate and trial teams. Within the community, he has been involved in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Woods Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr. Hobbs and his wife, Dori, raised three sons and adopted three daughters from a Russian orphanage.

Charles Duane Muckey – Class of 1980

Captain Muckey received a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology from the University of Central Missouri and became a certified flight instructor. At Kansas City Aviation Center, he taught flight and ground school to both primary and instrument students. In 1989, Captain Muckey started his 27-year airline career, logging over 17,000 hours while flying domestic and international flights. Throughout his career, Captain Muckey has landed in more than 50 countries around the world, flew college and professional football and basketball teams, transported Kentucky Derby horses and even delivered dolphins to SeaWorld in Florida. He has obtained an Airline Transport Pilot rating in the Boeing 727, B737, B757 and B767. While flying the B767 he had the honor of flying our United States Troops and other allied soldiers around the world. Captain Muckey now flies an air ambulance aircraft for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. This allows him the opportunity to continue his passion and career in aviation and help families and their children seek medical attention. In the local community, Captain Muckey has served on the Lee’s Summit Social Services Board for several years and donates his time to his church. He lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife, Barbara, and they have two grown children, Laura and Nathan.

Jennifer Elliott – Class of 1990

Dr. Elliott completed the six-year bachelor’s/MD degree program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After medical school graduation, she completed a residency in anesthesiology, serving as chief resident in her final year of residency and then in a pain management fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard University in Boston. Subsequently, she returned home to Kansas City and began practice at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. She has served in numerous roles during her time at Saint Luke’s, including more than 10 years as a member of the Institutional Review Board. She is presently director of Chronic Pain Management at Saint Luke’s. Dr. Elliott  has mentored many residents at the UMKC School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and has achieved the rank of professor of anesthesiology. She is the author of many published articles and served as the lead editor of a book entitled “Handbook of Acute Pain Management.” She resides in Prairie Village, Kansas, with her husband, Michael, and six-year old son, Elliott.

Jori Jones Robinson – Class of 1995

Colonel Robinson was a distinguished graduate from the  U.S. Air Force ROTC program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications, as well as later earning master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and George Washington University. She is a career military officer with assignments in Texas, Germany, Arkansas, Washington, D.C., the Pentagon and Maryland. Colonel Robinson was a distinguished graduate from Intelligence Officer School and is a highly decorated Cyberspace Warfare officer. She has commanded airmen at the Squadron and Group level and is currently a vice wing commander where she oversees more than 1,400 airmen in the execution of flying and cyberspace combat operations. She has worked directly for the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the secretary of the Air Force, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the U.S. Cyber Command. Colonel Robinson has deployed and supported operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, South China Sea and North Africa. In 2015 she was selected as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University where she completed a yearlong intensive studies program focused on increasing the security of critical infrastructure in cyberspace. Within the community, Colonel Robinson is a former vice president and current member of the PTA and a member and speaker for the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association. She is also a member of Women in Computing and was a mentor to fifth-grade grade students at Meadow Lane Elementary. Colonel Robinson and her husband, Brett, live in Maryland with their three sons.

PLMS students selected for National Middle School Honors Orchestra

Elite group to perform at Carnegie Hall

Four Pleasant Lea Middle School students were recently named to the 2018 National Middle School Honors Orchestra. Students selected are Angel Brock​, viola; Isabel Julo, cello; Kailee Loffer, violin; and Aaliyah Roland, violin.

The elite group will perform on June 23 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The orchestra members were chosen by a selection board after a thorough audition process and include students from 44 states, Canada, Isle of Mann, Mexico and Taiwan.

In addition to the four named to the orchestra, Grace Davis, violin of Pleasant Lea Middle School, is a first runner up for the group.

PLMS students selected for the Carnegie Hall performance at (from left) Angel Brock, Kailee Loffer, Isabel Julo and Aaliyah Roland.

LS R-7 School District, LS Police Department join forces to present A Community Conversation on School Safety

The community is invited to attend A Community Conversation on School Safety from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green St.  The event is co-hosted by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the Lee’s Summit Police Department.

Police and school officials will present information about school and community safety efforts, followed by  a question-and-answer session featuring a panel including leaders from both organizations.

Presenters and panelists at A Community Conversation on School Safety will include Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent; Travis Forbes, Lee’s Summit Police Department chief; Sgt. Chris Depue, Lee’s Summit Police Department public information officer; Dr. Rexanne Hill, Lee’s Summit R-7 director of student services; and Ryan Hall, Lee’s Summit R-7 supervisor of safety and environmental services.

The community event will be videotaped by the City of Lee’s Summit and shared by both organizations following the meeting.

For more information about Lee’s Summit R-7 school safety efforts, you may visit the district’s webpage

Hazel Grove Elementary celebrates exceptional contributions of black Americans

Hazel Grove Elementary students recently celebrated the exceptional contributions made by black Americans. The celebration included an all-school assembly, which was planned, organized and executed by students from all grades.

The Lee’s Summit High School Jazz Trio, featuring Josh Nazworthy, Justin Henson and Kellen Merrell, also participated in the assembly. Students chose to honor Buck O’Neil, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Simone Biles, Joan Higginbotham and Langston Hughes at the event.

Mia Meyer recognizes Joan Higginbotham during the assembly.









Grayson Groves honors Buck O’Neil.









Caden Rains recognizes Barack Obama.









Dominic Pabon honors Langston Hughes.

Lee’s Summit R-7 PTAs/PTSAs participate in National Arts in Education Program

Students honored for outstanding creative work

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students recently participated in PTA ReflectionsSM, a national arts in education recognition program. Through their schools and PTAs/PTSAs, students submitted creative works inspired by the 2017-2018 Reflections Program theme, “Within Reach.”  

For more than 40 years, the national PTA Reflections Program has encouraged students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. PTA emphasizes that all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in the annual Reflections Program.

Students in preschool through 12th grade are invited to create and submit works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts.

The top three winners at the school level were submitted to Missouri PTA for state judging.

R-7 winners included Addy Reno, third place, dance choreography, intermediate grade, Summit Pointe Elementary; Ella Miller, honorable mention, dance choreography, intermediate grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Sasha Plowman, first place, dance choreography, middle school, Bernard Campbell Middle School; Alexandra Falke, fifth place, dance choreography, middle school, Summit Pointe Elementary; Keaton Bond, fourth place, film production, intermediate grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Camden Bond, honorable mention, film production, intermediate grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Zadon Magee-Simpson, honorable mention, film production, middle school, Hazel Grove Elementary; Hannah Borgstadt, first place, music, primary grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Hailey Laudie, honorable mention, music, primary grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Clara Elizabeth Kueny, honorable mention, music, intermediate grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Emma Stabno, first place, music, middle school, Summit Lakes Middle School; Helton Walker, second place, music, middle school, Cedar Creek Elementary; Jenna Puls, fourth place, music, middle school, Summit Lakes Middle School; Tanner Kenney, fifth place, photography, primary grade, Cedar Creek Elementary; Lauren Sinks, honorable mention, photography, intermediate grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Ellie Hutchin, second place, photography, middle school, Cedar Creek Elementary; Thomas Davis, honorable mention, photography, middle school, Mason Elementary; Kemper Halferty, second place, visual arts, primary grade, Longview Farm Elementary; Knox Spencer, third place, visual arts, primary grade, Mason Elementary; Chloe Smith, honorable mention, visual arts, primary grade, Cedar Creek Elementary; Kaisee Harman, third place, visual arts, intermediate grade, Mason Elementary; William Brown, honorable mention, visual arts, middle school, Summit Lakes Middle School; Myah Frashier, honorable mention, visual arts, middle school, Mason Elementary; Christopher Montgomery, fourth place, visual arts, special artist category, Mason Elementary; Allyson Nichols, honorable mention, visual arts, special artist category, Mason Elementary.

The Theme for 2018-2019 is “Heroes Around Me.”  For more information about the Reflections program next year or to volunteer at your local school, please contact the school’s PTA president. The program is made possible thanks to numerous volunteers throughout the district.

Lee’s Summit R-7 families host students from Chile

Families from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently hosted students and adult mentor/teachers from Chile. A total of eight students and two adults from Colegio Weston Academy in Santiago, Chile visited the Lee’s Summit area March 2-15.

The visitors spent time with Spanish classes at all Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools and middle schools, and Spanish teachers led tours and planned daily events for the group.

Metro-area outings included The Plaza, featuring a scavenger hunt; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; World War I Museum; Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum; Kansas City Market; Royals Stadium; Kansas City Zoo; a historic site in Topeka, Kan.; Kansas state capitol; Downtown Lee’s Summit including a visit with the mayor and a tour of Lee’s Summit Fire Headquarters; and a bowling activity.

The students were hosted by 10 Lee’s Summit R-7 families. This exchange visit culminates the three-year exchange with Chile. A new exchange with a school in Madrid, Spain, will launch in the 2018-19 school year.

The visit was coordinated by Robin Villa, LSNHS Spanish teacher and Lee’s Summit R-7 Modern Language Department chair, and Maria Pabon, Lee’s Summit High School Spanish teacher.

Students visited the Kansas City Zoo.







The visiting students on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.







Students from Chile participated in bowling while visiting Lee’s Summit.


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