R-7 School District offering free day trip March 12 for senior citizens to tour Longview Farm Elementary

Deadline to make reservations is March 2

Area senior citizens are invited to participate in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Senior Citizens’ School Tour, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 12 at Longview Farm Elementary. The tour is free although space is limited and reservations are required. Deadline to sign up is March 2.

The event includes a tour of the historic school as well as 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.

Longview Farm Elementary opened in fall 2005 and is located in a renovated Longview Show Horse Arena on the historic Longview Farm. The school’s construction process included efforts to preserve and restore historic attributes of the original structure. Also included is a major addition built to resemble the original facility.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Senior Citizens’ School Tour has earned first place in the American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards program.  

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 March 2.

Senior citizens at a previous tour at the Missouri Innovation Campus.

Brooke Morehead honored by KC Suburban Elementary Principals Association

Brooke Morehead, assistant principal at Summit Pointe Elementary, was named Outstanding Assistant Principal by the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principals Association. She will be recognized at the Missouri Association of Elementary Principal’s Conference, scheduled for March 3-6.

In nominations, Mrs. Morehead was praised for being an advocate for students and for always working for students’ best interests. “She has a strong belief in growing others, which is evident in her work with both students and teachers,” stated a colleague. “She is a strong listener and provides creative ideas to those who seek her advice. Brooke is always willing to learn and pushes herself and those around her to improve.  She provides support and consistently asks those in our learning community, ‘What can I do to help?’  When the answer to that question is difficult or undefined, Brooke is not afraid to tackle it with the commitment of someone passionate about student learning and focused on supporting Summit Pointe Elementary in any way possible. She’s persistent, consistent and displays perseverance.”

Mrs. Morehead has served as assistant principal at Summit Pointe for two years and previously worked for 12 years at Richardson Elementary, serving as a first-, fourth- and fifth-grade teacher. Before coming to Lee’s Summit R-7, she worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Mill Creek Upper Elementary in Belton. In all, Mrs. Morehead has 18 years of experience in education.

“I am truly blessed to work with the staff and students at Summit Pointe Elementary. It’s an honor to serve our school community,” she said. “I am so appreciative of this award from the KCSEPA. There are many hard-working members of our team and this is recognition of each one’s dedication to the students at Summit Pointe.”

A Lee’s Summit resident, she is married to Tyler Morehead, and they have a daughter, Paige. Mrs. Morehead earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri State University, her master’s of education from MidAmerica Nazarene University and her specialist degree in school administration from the University of Central Missouri.

Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation to host Taste of Lee’s Summit March 3

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

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation will host the 19th annual Taste of Lee’s Summit on March 3 to raise money in support of excellence in education in our community. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Giving,” a salute to the Foundation’s birthday. The 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 event will include both live and silent auctions, special entertainment, game board excitement and cuisine from more than a dozen local restaurants.

Donations for live and silent auction items are due by Feb. 7. In addition, sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about donating or purchasing tickets, go to www.lsedfoundation.com or contact the Educational Foundation office at (816) 986-1088. Tickets are $75 per person, and attire is business casual.

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.

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

Aimee Fresia named state’s Elementary Art Educator of Year

Aimee Fresia, art teacher at Prairie View Elementary, was recently named the Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA) Elementary Art Educator of the Year.

The winner of the state-wide award is selected by his or her peers as an exemplary educator who displays outstanding leadership, commitment to teaching and accomplishments in the classroom and state organization. Mrs. Fresia will be honored at the MAEA Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 6 in Branson.

An art educator since 2000, she began teaching at Prairie View Elementary in 2007, also serving as a traveling art teacher at Richardson, Meadow Lane and Summit Pointe Elementary Schools. Before coming to Lee’s Summit R-7, Mrs. Fresia taught at Johnson Elementary in the Hickman Mills School District from 2000 through 2007. Within Hickman Mills, she was named the district’s Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Mrs. Fresia has been published nationally on several occasions, including two articles in “Arts and Activities” and one in “Scholastic.” She earned her bachelor’s of fine arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, her bachelor’s degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University and her master’s degree in teaching from Webster University.

Summit Technology Academy to host open house Jan. 11

Prospective students, parents and patrons are invited to attend Summit Technology Academy’s open house Jan. 11.

Students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers in a global environment should stop by between 6:30 to 7:55 p.m. Jan. 11.   Middle school students and parents have the option of attending an early planners session starts at 6:30 p.m.  A separate session from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. is available for visitors interested in learning more about the early college/three-year internship called the Missouri Innovation Campus program.  

STEM-related careers encompass network engineering; software development; cyber security; health science; biomedical science; nursing; digital media; aerospace, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering; teacher preparation; hospitality management; international studies; and executive finance/fintech. Please RSVP to attend the event at http://sta.lsr7.org/rsvp/. RSVPs are welcome but not required to attend. The Academy is located at 1101 NW Innovation Parkway in the new Missouri Innovation Campus building.

The last open house is scheduled for Feb. 1.

Danny Russell featured in LS R-7 ‘Equity Minute’ video

Videos highlight staff members for outstanding work in area of equity

Danny Russell, building manager at Lee’s Summit Elementary, is highlighted in the lastest “R-7 Equity Minute,” a video series available on the district’s YouTube channel.

Mr. Russell’s 60-second video is available at this link. The videos highlight Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members for outstanding work in the area of equity and ensuring that every student is successful.

SLMS students selected for Be the Change Award

Jadyn Steele and Molly Bruno were selected to receive the Summit Lakes Middle School Be the Change Award in December. The students were honored during the school’s winter concert with a certificate and T-shirt.

The award recognizes students who positively influence the school or community through their actions. Students are challenge to personify Mahatma Gandhi’s words, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”   


Pictured are (from left) David Mitchell, SLMS principal; Jadyn Steele; Molly Bruno; and Brenda Madaris of Arvest Bank.

Lee’s Summit CARES to present Parent University session on Feb. 20

Focusing on ‘Technology: Your Children, Their Safety’

Lee’s Summit CARES will present a Parent University session focusing on “Technology: Your Children, Their Safety” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Westview Elementary School, 200 N. Ward Road. The event will be held in the school’s library media center.

Cost for the class is $10 per person, and individuals may register online at www.LSCares.org. For more information, contact Rachel Segobia at (816) 347-3298. Parent University is made possible through a collaborative relationship between Lee’s Summit CARES, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and ReDiscover.

Dr. Gary Boxer, a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at Truman Medical Center Lakewood Counseling, will share information about the risks and challenges children face in the plugged-in, technologically evolving world. He will discuss strategies and tools to help parents learn how to keep children progressing along a safe and healthy development path.

Steve Smith receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for January

Steve Smith was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for January. He is a history teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School.

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

“Steve brings a wealth of knowledge into the classroom,” said a colleague. “He sets expectations high for his students and does all that he can to help others set theirs high and maintain them.”  

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter to present keynote at Jan. 15 Lee’s Summit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

LS R-7 students to perform at community event

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District superintendent, will present the keynote address at the annual Lee’s Summit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The community event will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Road. A pre-show event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 school groups will perform at the celebration, including the Pleasant Lea Elementary Choir, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Faculty Quartet and the Lee’s Summit High School Choir. The event is free and open to the public.

This annual event is planned by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee and is one of the key activities of the City of Lee’s Summit’s Human Relations Commission. For more information about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, contact the City of Lee’s Summit at (816) 969-1010.

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