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.








Lee’s Summit R-7 dashboard provides quick-reference, go-to website

Site includes facts about student achievement, finances, human resources, support services and community involvement

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District website features a quick-reference dashboard as part of the district’s efforts to better inform the community about student achievements and district statistical information.

The dashboard, which features interactive numerical displays and graphs, is available at It features six screens – student achievement, student data, human resources, finance, support services and community involvement. Examples of information are ACT college-entrance scores, graduation rates, district enrollment, cost per pupil comparisons and student technology.

The R-7 dashboard was recommended several years ago by the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Team, a broad-based group that helps develop the school district’s five-year strategic plan. School district groups involved in providing feedback for the dashboard included the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Business Roundtable and PTA Council. District staff members from a variety of departments helped provide information for the dashboard.

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

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 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.

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