LSWHS coaches honored by KC area association

Michael Schieber and Kevin Harrison, both of Lee’s Summit West High School, were honored by the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association at an April 6 banquet.

Mr. Schieber was one of two coaches to receive the Eddie Ryan Award which honors the top boys and girls coach in the Greater Kansas City area. Mr. Harrison received the Walt Tylicki Memorial which recognizes longtime educators and coaches who have devoted an entire career to helping people become better athletes and students.

Mr. Schieber has served as the LSWHS head boys basketball coach since the school opened in 2004-05. He has led the Titans to six conference titles, five district titles and three final fours. His LSWHS teams have averaged an outstanding 19 wins per season and his overall career record is 249-105. This year, the Titans won second place in Missouri Class 5. Prior to moving to Lee’s Summit West, Mr. Schieber served as an assistant coach at Lee’s Summit High School for four years.

“I am very humbled to have received this award,” Mr. Schieber said. “This is a reflection of the great student athletes we have had here at Lee’s Summit West, my great coaching staff and our parents who have done so much to support us. I accepted on behalf of all of these wonderful people. It is their award.”

A high-school basketball coach for 35 years, Mr. Harrison has coached basketball in Fort Osage, Kirksville and Raytown. Within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, he has served as assistant boys basketball coach at Lee’s Summit High School, as head boys basketball coach at Lee’s Summit North High School and currently as varsity assistant boys basketball coach at Lee’s Summit West High School. His teams have captured several conference championships with Lee’s Summit North winning third place at the state tourney in 2011 and Lee’s Summit West finishing as state runner-up this year. In addition, Mr. Harrison has coached golf throughout his career with his teams winning 11 conference championships.

“I have had the pleasure of coaching basketball in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 26 years,” Mr. Harrison said. “I would like to thank all the coaches I have worked with, the parents who supported our programs and most of all the student athletes who are the reason I enjoyed each and every day in the gym.”


Michael Schieber and Kevin Harrison (right) at the awards banquet.

Summit Tech teams win Project Lead the Way awards

Several teams from Summit Technology Academy recently captured awards in the Project Lead The Way High School Senior Showcase. A total of 379 senior capstone projects were submitted from 33 metro-area schools in the areas of engineering and biomedical sciences.

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Senior Showcase highlights students completing the PLTW courses, engineering design and development or biomedical innovations. These students have completed up to four PLTW courses during high school, culminating in a senior capstone project. This rigorous project enables them to collaborate with their peers, using the skills and knowledge they have gained to look at solutions for real world problems.

Winning in the engineering category, from Dr. Paul Rutherford’s engineering design and development course was Team 360 Storage consisting of Avery Payne, Connie Wentworth, Kenzie Settle and Jake O’Bryan. They created a device on the wheel of a wheelchair for accessible storage to solve the current problem of lack of adequate storage on a wheelchair. The team received a $2,500 scholarship.

Winning in biomedical sciences, from Peggy Hinzman’s Biomedical Innovations class was Lydia Jefferson. Lydia’s project tested the impact of lead on circulation in zebrafish embryos to learn more about the problem of lead in water adversely affecting human body systems. She will receive a $2,500 college scholarship. Amy Yang and Isabel Baughn won second place and will receive a $1,500 dollar scholarship with their project that studied the correlation between school health policies and disease outbreaks in schools. Their instructor was Dr. Kevin McCormick.

Through the Senior Showcase, three Summit Technology Academy teams placed in the top 10 for the engineering projects and 13 of 14 Summit Tech teams placed in the top 10 (which included several ties) for biomedical science projects. Only the top three of the top 10 in each category earn scholarships, and three Summit Tech teams received scholarships.

The Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase also includes the Innovator Award, recognizing innovativeness and marketability of project ideas. Summit Technology Academy had two engineering teams win this award. Team 360 Storage and Empowered Tent (consisting of Jacob Schnitzlein, James Roy, Alex Wood and Christian Greeff) were each honored with this award.

These winners are invited to attend the summer Make it REAL Workshop over the summer, hosted by local entrepreneurs from KCSourceLink and the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of entrepreneurs and product development from these mentors.  

Team 360 pictured from left with Dr. Paul Rutherford are Jacob O’Bryan, Kenzie Settle, Dr. Paul “Doc” Rutherford, Connie Wentworth and Avery Payne.





Empowered Tent pictured with Senior Showcase sponsors (from left) Martha McCabe, executive director of KC STEM Alliance; Jacob Schnitzlein; James Roy; Alex Wood; Christian Greeff; and Mike Moore, IT director, Commerce Bank.




Lydia Jefferson with her project, which was inspired by the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

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 Kinsey Fiedler and Cody Nunn. At BCMS, Kinsey is involved in basketball, track, orchestra, violin, yearbook and is a science lab assistant. Away from school, Kinsey enjoys competitive softball.  At BCMS, Cody is involved in ukulele club, scholar bowl, the school play and concert choir. Away from school, Cody enjoys CyberPatriot competition.    

Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Kendall Boone and Uzair Malik. At PLMS, Kendall is involved in volleyball and Tiger SMARTS. Away from school, Kendall enjoys competitive volleyball.  At PLMS, Uzair is involved in WEB CARES. Away from school, Uzair enjoys CyberPatriot competition, soccer and cricket.

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Makenzie Powell and Blake Lilly. At SLMS, Makenzie received and award of excellence and was champ of home room. At SLMS, Blake was champ of his homeroom. Away from school, Blake enjoys baseball, fishing and student ministries at his church.     

Pam Brady named KC area Counselor of Year

Pam Brady was recently named the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association’s Elementary Counselor of the Year. A counselor at Hazel Grove Elementary, Mrs. Brady will be honored at an April 27 awards banquet at Stoney Creek Inn.

In nomination forms, Mrs. Brady was praised for her kindness, for her dedication to enriching the lives of others and for serving as an advocate for students. At Hazel Grove, she has coordinated Christmas at the Grove, a celebration that assists needy families in the school; manages the school’s BackSnack program through Harvesters Community Food Network; and coordinates staff volunteers at Coldwater’s No Hungry Kids summer barbeques. She also conducts Chat and Chew sessions for students needing assistance in building peer relationships.

“Pam steps in and assists in meeting the needs of all of our students whenever she is needed,” said a colleague. “Encouraging students to be the best version of themselves is something that Pam dedicates time to each and every day.”

Mrs. Brady has served as counselor at Hazel Grove Elementary for 16 years. She previously worked as a counselor in the Grandview School District and as a teacher and counselor for a district in southwest Missouri. At Hazel Grove, she is co-sponsor of Student Council, coordinates the Optimist Award program and helps organize service activities such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients and Ronald McDonald House’s Tons of Tabs. She previously coordinated the school’s Student Assistance Team. At the district level, Mrs. Brady serves on the R-7 Emergency Response Quality Focus Team.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Lincoln University.

LSNHS Jazz Ensemble to participate in April 29 ‘An Afternoon of Jazz’

The Lee’s Summit North High School Jazz Ensemble is among five metro-area school musical groups participating in “An Afternoon of Jazz,” scheduled from 3:30 to 6 p.m. April 29 at the Grandview Amphitheater, 13501 Byars Road, Grandview.

The concert is presented by the Grandview Arts Council, and admission is free. Other musical groups are from Raymore-Peculiar and Grandview schools.

First-grader honored by Nutrition Council for community service

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Nutrition Council recently honored Levin Moore, a first-grader at Mason Elementary, for going above and beyond during a spring community-service project.

Levin, who is currently not a member of Nutrition Council, was inspired by the organization’s pet-focused charitable drive. He and his mother created a video that they posted on Facebook seeking donations. All items gathered from these efforts were donated to the Furry Kids Refuge and KC Pet Project.

The Mason Elementary first-grader was presented with an honorary Nutrition Council certificate at the April 18 meeting. Lori Danella, R-7 Nutrition Services assistant director, made the presentation before the group and shared information about his giving spirit.

LS R-7 hosts Young Authors Primary Conference at Underwood Elementary

Lee’s Summit R-7 students from kindergarten through third grade were honored for their writing and artwork at the district’s Young Authors Primary Conference. The event was held April 11 at Underwood Elementary.

Approximately 150 students were honored for their writing and artwork. A special guest at the event was Jason Sivewright, author, and Kevin and Kristin Howdeshell, illustrators, for “The Night the World Turned Royal Blue” and “The Year a Royal Dream Came True.”

The annual event is coordinated by the Lee’s Summit Reading Council for elementary students in all R-7 School District schools. Underwood Elementary is organizing and hosting the event this year.

LSNHS student receives Missouri Award for Outstanding Citizenship

Maleah Ahuja, A Lee’s Summit North High School student, received the Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship at an April 17 banquet in Jefferson City. The award is presented by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Bar.

Maleah is one of only 15 students within Missouri to receive the award. The criteria for the award is established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

LSNHS to host Senior Citizen Prom April 29

The Lee’s Summit North High School Student Activities Advisory Council will host a Senior Citizen Prom from 6 to 8 p.m. April 29 at the high school, 901 NE Douglas Street.

The event is free for all area senior citizens, and there is no need to RSVP. Beverages and snacks will be provided.  A prom king and queen will be crowned during the event.

Michael Haase, Tavish Whiting and Annie Norris named District 5 VFW Teachers of the Year

Annie Norris, Michael Haase and Tavish Whiting, all Lee’s Summit R-7 teachers, were recently named District 5 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Teachers of the Year. The recognition program is conducted through the VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Mrs. Norris, the VFW Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a second-grade teacher at Westview Elementary. Michael Haase, the Middle School Teacher of the Year, is a social studies teacher at Summit Lakes Middle School. Tavish Whiting, the High School Teacher of the Year, teaches American government at Lee’s Summit North High School. All three were selected by the VFW Post 5789 of Lee’s Summit as local winners, advancing to the regional competition this spring.

As District 5 winners, the three teachers will compete for the state award. The VFW’s District 5 includes all school districts in Jackson County. The Lee’s Summit R-7 teachers received their local and district awards at an April 12 meeting at the Lee’s Summit VFW Post 5678.

Mrs. Norris has worked at Westview Elementary since 2009. Each year, she works with her students on a project to recognize local law enforcement officers and military personnel (both active and veterans) by writing meaningful thank-you letters. Her class also completes a yearly community service project to benefit Heifer International and she serves as her school’s facilitator for Partners In Education. “Annie’s commitment to citizenship and patriotism goes beyond just lessons in class,” stated the nomination form. “She is a dedicated teacher who motivates her students to become involved young citizens.”

“My goal is that every child leaves my room understanding the importance of kindness,” she said. “As a class we discuss and recognize those who serve our communities and our country every day.”

Mr. Haase has served as a social studies teacher at Summit Lakes Middle School since 2004. He also
has served on the School Improvement Team and Site-Based Leadership Team and was a co-sponsor of the SLMS Student Council. Before joining the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Mr. Haase served in the United States Army for three years and taught social studies in the Center School District.

“He has a strong sense of purpose and is very proud to be a veteran of the U.S. Army,” stated the nomination form for Mr. Haase. “Michael takes an active role in our school’s yearly Veterans Day activity that honors fallen soldiers in the War on Terror. He is very passionate about U.S. government and teaching students the importance of being responsible citizens. Michael is truly dedicated to the positive and responsible education of the students in his classes.”

Mr. Whiting has worked for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for 22 years. At LSNHS, he teaches American government, comparative government, contemporary issues and economics. He serves as the coordinator for R-7 Votes, a mock election conducted in all R-7 schools during presidential elections. In addition, Mr. Whiting was  member of the R-7 curriculum writing team for American government, contemporary issues, economics and comparative government; served on the writing team for the state-mandated constitution exams; and has been actively involved in The Missouri Bar Education Program.

Mr. Whiting was praised for his leadership, teaching style, dedication and passion for his subject. “He is willing to continuously work for his students and to set an example for the staff he works alongside,” stated the nomination form. “He is an exceptional role model.”


Group photo is (from left) Tavish Whiting, Annie Norris and Michael Haase.

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