Author Jackson Pearce recently visited with eight elementary schools in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. She talked with students about the writing process, her dogs and chickens and living in Atlanta, Ga. Part of the discussion revolved around encouraging students that there are no “boy” and “girl” things. For example, power tools are thought to be “boy” things, she said. But, Ms. Pearce enjoys power tools and made her own chicken coops. Ms. Pearce holds degrees in both English and philosophy. Her book “Double Cross” is a 2017-2018 Mark Twain Award nominee.
The Bernard Campbell Middle School football team took a day off from practice Oct. 5 to volunteer at Harvesters – The Community Food Network in Kansas City. The BCMS Mustangs, joined by the school’s parent organization — the Mustang Super Fans — participated in loading boxes for Harvesters backpack program. The event provided students and families with a fun and fulfilling way to get involved and help out our community.
The award is presented to one employee each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee.
“She sets a great example of showing patience and treating all kids with kindness,” said a colleague. “Tracy’s attitude, initiative, creativity and tireless dedication benefit students and staff and motivate me to be a better educator.”
Second-graders at Sunset Valley Elementary are focusing on spreading kindness at school and within the community. Over several weeks in late September and early October, students in Krista Hall’s classroom donated items to provide to the residents of Summit Grove Senior Living Apartments in Lee’s Summit.
Students collected candy, nail files, crossword puzzles, lotions, hand sanitizer and other items. On Oct. 6, the students put together gift bags and delivered them to each door in the apartment complex on the next Saturday. Students also visited with the residents as they enjoyed donuts and read them Halloween books following the deliveries on Oct. 7.
Lee’s Summit North High School National Honor Society (NHS) is partnering with Paradise Park to raise money for the group’s charitable activities. The NHS members will be working in several special Halloween events at the park during October including Zombie Laser Tag Hayride, an outdoor event, and Infection, an indoor/outdoor laser tag experience.
Over the past 15 to 20 years, the LSN National Honor Society members have served at Worlds of Fun haunts to raise money for the group’s philanthropic efforts. This year, the students made the decision to partner with the local business.
“Our whole focus at Paradise Park is to continue to help create a community culture of caring, helping, working together to create something that is better than what we can do alone,” says Jon Ellis, Paradise Park founder/CEO. “We saw this as another great opportunity for Paradise Park to partner with a local school and help them while they help us, all in an environment of safe, clean fun. And we’re excited to have such great kids working with our team to make these haunted attractions great for our guests.”
LSNHS NHS students will volunteer their time and talents, build community with each other while serving their hometown, and help a local business provide excellent entertainment. In return, Paradise Park will make a donation to LSN National Honor Society that will help meet the organization’s fundraising goals. The money raised will help National Honor Society host parties at Hope House, serve meals at City Union Mission and provide service projects around school. National Honor Society members are also distributing Zombie Attack coupon cards with the organization receiving a portion of the ticket sales when the coupons are redeemed at Paradise Park.
International Baccalaureate history teacher Sarah Courtney has lead the fundraising committee as a LSN NHS sponsor for about 11 years, and coordinated the logistics between Paradise Park and the students.
“We feel so great about Paradise Park being in our neighborhood and enabling our kids to partner with people right here in our community without having to leave Lee’s Summit,” she said. “It’s such a perfect fit in so many ways. We are really excited about supporting a local business, knowing the people in charge, having such a safe environment and easy drive for our kids, and having more evening service options.”
We are sharing the following information from the Lee’s Summit Police Department regarding a suspicious person and vehicle reported in the Lakewood area within northern Lee’s Summit.
Lee’s Summit Police have stated that they received a report on Oct. 5 of a suspicious person and vehicle that approached an elementary-age student at a bus stop in the area of NW Lake Drive and NW Cimarron Street. The vehicle was described as a small, gray four-door car; the driver was described as a white male in his 30s with short brown hair. The Police Department is asking residents to be alert and report any suspicious activity by calling 816-969-7390 or by dialing 911.
This provides us with a reminder about the importance of discussing safety both at school and at home. When walking to school, a friend’s house or other locations, it is best for children to use the “buddy system” and walk with other friends or family members. Students should avoid strangers at all times, whether they are pedestrians or drivers. In addition, children are urged to follow their own instincts. If they ever feel uncomfortable in any situation or with anyone, it is wise to get away from the person or persons and tell an adult.
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority at all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. You are encouraged to contact the Lee’s Summit Police Department if you see any suspicious activity. Please also feel free to contact your school office.
Logan Turner, a student at Bernard Campbell Middle School, is the eighth-grade winner of the 2017 Missouri Red Ribbon Art Contest. The competition is sponsored by ACT Missouri, the state-wide substance use prevention coalition.
Logan’s art teacher is Jewelee Lukowski at BCMS. Art teachers from throughout the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District work with Lee’s Summit CARES to help provide local students with the opportunity to participate in the contest.
This year’s theme, I Am the Power of Prevention, challenged Missouri students to convey through art the importance of making positive choices to refuse drugs and alcohol. Logan is one of 12 winners chosen among entries submitted from throughout the state. Her artwork will appear with other grade-level winners in the 2018 Year of Prevention Calendar. She also received a $50 gift card and certificate of participation.
Logan’s artwork is included. You can view the artwork from this year’s winners at this link:
Photo is of Logan with her teacher, Mrs. Lukowski.
Area senior citizens returned to school Oct. 5 as part of a special program hosted by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Through the district’s Senior Citizens’ School Tour program, the local residents visited the new Missouri Innovation Campus, home of Summit Technology Academy.
The event included a tour of the new facility, breakfast and a presentation about the Missouri Innovation Campus. Staff and student ambassadors from the Missouri Innovation Campus facilitated the tour. Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, superintendent, welcomed the group.
Since the district’s Senior Citizens’ School Tours began in 2007, more than 475 local seniors have participated in the program. The opportunities are provided to seniors two times each school year and are free to participants.
Lee’s Summit West High School is celebrating homecoming the week of Oct. 2. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in downtown Lee’s Summit. The football game will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 with the dance at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. LSWHS homecoming royalty includes (king/queen candidates on front row from left) Mario Goodrich, Phillip Brooks, Cole Perry, Chris Chatman, Alex Geoghegan, Annie Peterson, Claire Schlicht, Emily Baker and Baylie Andersen (Cayla Vertreese not pictured); (second row, from left) Will Carroll, Shea Scott, Shelby Johnson and Audrey Parson, all sophomores; Hailey Hardin, Jordan Uberroth, Nick Lumbard and Carson Spencer, all juniors; and Max Twogood, Cam Careswell, Kylie Haas and Morgan Pietig, all freshmen.