Eleven file for three seats on LS R-7 Board of Education

Eleven candidates have filed for three positions on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education. Filing closed for R-7 Board of Education candidates on Jan. 17.

Candidates (listed in filing order) are Jacqueline (Jackie McEntire) Clark, Dennis D. Smith, Susan D. Coffman, Kim Fritchie, Carl J. Quijas, Mark Dziedzic, Ryan N. Murdock, Diego Gutierrez, Michael W. McMenus, Jill Worstell and Mark S. Augustin.

Jill Dannaldson initially filed but withdrew her name on Jan. 20. Her name will not be on the ballot because she withdrew before the certification deadline for elections.

The annual municipal and school election will be held on April 4.  Incumbent Board members Bill Baird, Terri Harmon and Chris Storms did not file as candidates.

For more information about the R-7 Board of Education, visit http://www.lsr7.org/school-board/board-members/. Board of Education members are elected to three-year terms during at-large elections.

‘Survivor’ television show winner visits Prairie View second-graders

Danni Boatwright, winner of the “Survivor Guatemala” television show (season 11), visited with second-graders at Prairie View Elementary on Jan. 18. She spoke to students about perseverance, not giving up and the fact that it is OK to fail the first time.

During her visit she also talked about her experience both on “Survivor” and as a pageant participant. Her visit complimented the school’s Leader In Me vision. Ms. Boatwright spoke to all second-graders at Prairie View. She is pictured with Jennifer Abernathey’s class.

R-7 School District offering free day trip March 1 for senior citizens to tour Lee’s Summit High School

Deadline to make reservations is Feb. 21

Area senior citizens are invited to participate in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s community-wide Senior Citizens’ School Tour, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 1 at Lee’s Summit High School.

The event includes a tour of the high school, a student performance and school lunch. Those attending are asked to arrive at the school a few minutes before 10:30 a.m. Participants must have the ability to do some walking within the school and are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Several rest breaks will be provided.

The district’s tour program for seniors has earned first place in the American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards program. The school tour is free for all interested senior citizens, although reservations are required. Space is limited, so it is recommended that you make your reservation early. Deadline to sign up for the tour is Feb. 21.

The tour for senior citizens is part of the R-7 School District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and was recommended by a community team. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact the R-7 School District Communications Department at (816) 986-1014 or e-mail janie.rohlfing@lsr7.net by Feb. 21.

Senior citizens at a previous tour at Prairie View Elementary.

Hazel Grove Elementary students learn about braille thanks to visit from former student

Hunter Hall, a senior at Lee’s Summit North High school and former Hazel Grove Elementary student, recently visited Hazel Grove kindergarten classes to read a book in braille and talk to students.  

Students had been studying the five senses. Hunter, who has been blind since birth, explained how he uses his senses differently to gather information. Kristina Rains, a Lee’s Summit R-7 teacher for the visually impaired, accompanied Hunter to Hazel Grove.  

Hunter and Ms. Rains shared how his phone and iPad are adapted for him. Hunter also explained how his cane helps him navigate safely. The students were excited about the papers Hunter gave to each child. One showed the braille alphabet, and the other was each child’s name in braille.

Campbell Middle School girls basketball team celebrates 25 years

The Bernard Campbell Middle School girls basketball team celebrated 25 years by inviting former coaches and players to attend their final home game of the season on Jan. 17. A tribute to the school’s outstanding traditions, the turnout included approximately 50 former Mustangs reuniting, reminiscing and celebrating the accomplishments and growth of the program.  

In attendance were the original coaching staff, John Gross and Andrea Allen, as well as several of the original 1992-1993 Lady Mustangs. Mr. Gross, coach from 1992-2000, said, “Teaching and coaching is all about relationships, and to see all of those girls again was very special.”

Dr. Sherri Lewis named Missouri Middle Level Principal of the Year

Dr. Sherri Lewis, principal at Bernard Campbell Middle School, was named the 2017 Missouri Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. She will receive the award at the organization’s spring conference, scheduled for March 27.

The local principal was selected for this award based on her impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and her personalization of the learning environment.

“Dr. Lewis is excellent in gathering staff feedback and involving staff in school decisions,” said Nathan Miller, a BCMS teacher. “Dr. Lewis leads the Site-Based Team and our Lead Teacher Team where many school-wide programs and instructional decisions are made. This program has had a huge effect on school culture and academic performance.”

Dr. Tessa Wright, assistant principal at BCMS, praised Dr. Lewis’ efforts to provide community resources to better offer learning opportunities that connect school to work and careers. “In her short tenure as building principal she has strengthened our community partnerships offering BCMS students engineering experiences with a local engineering firm,” Dr. Wright added.

Dennis Smith, a community member, said Dr. Lewis blends all aspects of the school educational experience into connected learning experiences. “She has encouraged staff to provide extracurricular activities that encourage students to explore areas of interest that they have above and beyond their everyday classroom studies,” Mr. Smith said. “Not only do the students get hands-on learning but also get to work with others to accomplish the tasks at hand.”

The selection for the state recognition was made from more than 600 middle-level school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Lewis is in her fourth year as the principal at Campbell Middle School and her ninth year as an administrator. She also has worked as an assistant principal, school improvement coordinator and language arts teacher at Campbell Middle School.

She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Missouri and her doctorate of educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In 2015, she received the Missouri Association of School Librarians Service Award for School Administrators.

MOASSP sponsors the High School and Middle Level Principal of the Year Programs. Dr. Lewis will be in the running to represent Missouri in the 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year program.

Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation to host Taste of Lee’s Summit March 4

Popular event includes hundreds of auction items and more than a dozen local restaurants

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation will host the 18th annual Taste of Lee’s Summit on Saturday, March 4 to raise money in support of excellence in education in our community. This year’s theme is “A Festive Evening of Generosity.” This event will begin at 6 p.m. and is located at The Pavilion at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit (adults 21 and over only). Advance tickets are required.

Taste of Lee’s Summit draws strong support from area businesses and corporations, and a sellout crowd of more than 600 is anticipated again this year. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $100,000. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Educational Foundation in cooperation with the Lee’s Summit R-7 Music Parents and Great Beginnings Early Education Center.

Donations for live and silent auction items are needed by Feb. 8. In addition, sponsorship and table host opportunities are available. For more information about donating or purchasing tickets, contact the Educational Foundation office at (816) 986-1088. Tickets are $75 per person, and attire is business casual.

The event will include both live and silent auctions, special entertainment, game board excitement and cuisine from local restaurants.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established in 1993 to raise and manage funds in support of educational opportunities for students at all levels in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.lsedfoundation.com.

Shannon Springer receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for January

Shannon Springer was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for January. She teaches students with special needs at Sunset Valley Elementary.

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

“She is a very special person, very patient, kind, understanding and empathetic,” said a colleague. “She doesn’t stop until she finds a way to help each student.”

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