R-7 School District seniors named to Missouri Scholars 100

Six Lee’s Summit R-7 School District high school seniors were recently selected for the 2018 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2018. Students will be recognized at a luncheon in Columbia on April 22.

R-7 students selected are Andrew Mitchell and Amy Tippin of Lee’s Summit High School; Anna Bilton and Emily Gerber of Lee’s Summit North High School; and  Margaret O’Connor and Alexander Geoghegan of Lee’s Summit West High School.

Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for this state-wide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade-point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT college-preparation score. Each nominated student had to first meet criteria of an “academic decathlon,” which included 10 events designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,600, be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class and have taken upper-level courses in mathematics, science, English and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen and be involved in school activities.

Lee’s Summit R-7 citizens’ groups host legislative breakfast

A group of Lee’s Summit R-7 School District community members recently participated in a legislative forum with state representatives serving in the Missouri General Assembly. Approximately 60 members of the Lee’s Summit R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Business Roundtable and Board of Education as well as several PTA presidents attended the March 9 event.

The annual event is hosted by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee and was held at the Missouri Innovation Campus. Kent Kirby, the organization’s chairperson, served as moderator.

All 11 state legislators representing the school district were invited to participate in the forum with the following attending: Sen. Mike Cierpiot, Rep. Donna Pfautsch, Rep. Rebecca Roeber, Rep. Rory Rowland and Rep. Dan Stacy.

The meeting began with the elected officials presenting opening statements. During a question-and-answer session, the legislators discussed concerns about a charter expansion bill as well as a voucher tax credit bill, school safety, proposed tax reductions and the need to compensate for possible reductions to ensure adequate funding for public schools, the opioid drug epidemic, full funding of the Foundation Formula which supports public schools, mental-health care and local control of public schools.

The meeting concluded with closing remarks from Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District legislative platform is available at http://www.lsr7.org/district/2012-legislative-platform/. This webpage also includes contact information for local legislators, a toolkit for advocacy and sign-up opportunities for the R-7 School District’s advocacy electronic newsletter.

Pictured at the legislative forum are (from left) Kent Kirby (moderator), Sen. Mike Cierpiot, Rep. Donna Pfautsch, Rep. Rebecca Roeber, Rep. Rory Rowland and Rep. Dan Stacy.

Area road closings impacting bus routes

Due to road construction, the Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Jefferson Street north of Highway 50 as well as the Jefferson Street ramp from Highway 50. In addition, City of Lee’s Summit road crews are working on Jefferson Street, from Second Street to Sixth Street, with this work causing traffic delays. All closings and road work begins on March 9.

Due to the road construction and road work, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Transportation Department has made changes to some school bus routes. Some of these changes will impact pick-up and drop-off schedules for bus riders. Families affected by these changes are being notified by the Transportation Department.

All residents should also be aware that this road construction could impact other areas as traffic shifts to various streets causing congestion and delays in areas otherwise not associated with the construction.


Anne Mathews receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for March

Anne Mathews was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for March. She is a first-grade teacher at Richardson Elementary.

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

“Anne has served to inspire me to be more proactive and patient with my own students,” said a colleague. “Knowing her willingness to go above and beyond for the sake of one student, I try to channel that into my own practice.”  

LSWHS students wins national DECA honor

Baylie Andersen, a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School, received the 2018 DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award. The national award recognizes students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management for being an academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader through participation in DECA.

The award recipient must be a DECA member, a senior in high school and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or above. DECA chapter advisor at Lee’s Summit West is Susan Howard.

DECA is a career and technical student organization including more than 210,000 students who are interested in careers in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or management.

Lee’s Summit High School Golden 50 Reunion to be June 10

The Lee’s Summit High School biannual Golden 50 Reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10 at the LSHS Fieldhouse, 400 SE Blue Parkway. The last Golden 50 Reunion was held in June 2016 with more than 300 attending.

All LSHS classes graduating at least 50 years ago are encouraged to attend. The alumni are also invited to bring guests. Classes includes this year are 1967 and 1968 and any years prior to this. Dinner will be at 1 p.m. with a program to follow. Cost is $16 per person for a buffet catered by HyVee. Attendees are traditionally seated by class to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Announcements are being mailed during March. If you have any questions, if your address has changed or to make sure you are on the invitation list, please contact Mary Kate Childers Williams at (816) 524-1000 or omamarykate@yahoo.com. You may also contact Mrs. Williams to provide information about other graduates’ current records.

In addition to the Golden 50 Reunion, several classes are planning additional activities.

Shirley Brown featured in LS R-7 ‘Equity Minute’ video

Videos highlight staff members for outstanding work in area of equity

Shirley Brown, English Language Learners development coordinator, is highlighted in the lastest “R-7 Equity Minute,” a video series available on the district’s YouTube channel.

Mrs. Brown’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.


Got Talent auditions set for April 19, $6,000 in scholarships up for grabs this year

Musicians, entertainers and performers will descend upon Lee’s Summit April 19 for a shot at thousands of dollars in scholarships. And from there – if past winners are any indication – the sky is the limit. Lee’s Summit CARES Presents: Got Talent – now in its eighth season – will again attract the best and brightest from all over the region, all vying for a share of $6,000 in scholarship prizes.

The April 19 auditions will take place at MCC – Longview’s Cultural Arts Center and are open to all Kansas City-area youth, 18 and older. Producers will select the top 20 acts the same day, moving them onto the main event on June 9 at the Lee’s Summit High School Performing Arts Center. Audition applications are online at LSTalent.com.

“Got Talent just keeps getting more and more exciting every year,” said Rachel Segobia, Lee’s Summit CARES executive director. “The event has grown to be one of the most popular in the community each year, and we are thrilled to be able to offer scholarship money and an amazing live performance that all families can come out and enjoy.”

Got Talent is proud of its Kansas City area alumni who are busy proving themselves on a national level.  Season 2 champion Blair Bryant, a member of the jazz band MQ5, has become a nationally recognized bass player with an album considered one of the Top 10 Best Jazz CDs of 2015 by talkingsmoothjazz.com.  Season 3 ‘Crowd Pleaser’ winner Jordan Haas was selected to perform the National Anthem for the Kansas City Royals in 2015 and Season 4’s winning band, State Line Drive, recently released a CD (available on iTunes), are booking live performances all around the country and opened for country superstar Tate Stevens in 2016.

“Got Talent is a unique competition that celebrates the incredible diversity of talent within our Kansas City area youth,” Mrs. Segobia said. “The show encourages young performers to pursue their passion in an affirming and supportive environment. Audience members are blown away year after year by the outstanding quality of talent on display.”

Got Talent is the major fundraiser for Lee’s Summit CARES, a nonprofit community coalition that provides programs for youth substance use prevention, parenting and character development. The 30-year old nonprofit agency works to maintain a healthy and safe community for children, youth and families of the Greater Lee’s Summit area. For additional information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit LSCares.org or call 816-347-3298.

LSWHS freshman/sophomore robotics team captures awards in Missouri State FIRST Tech Challenge

The Lee’s Summit West High School freshman/sophomore robotics team, Team Titanium Tech, captured awards at the Missouri State FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Tournament, held Feb. 24 in Rolla. The team competed with its small robot, known as Flipper.

The LSWHS team seeded first in their division of 24 teams and captained their alliance to win their division, advancing to the tournament finals. Team Titanium Tech won one finals match but lost two, finishing as finalists in the best of three playoffs.

The students overcame tremendous challenges as electrical issues plagued their robot during the tournament, but in the tradition of the FIRST Robotics program, other teams rallied with parts and support to enable them to continue in the competition.

The team also won the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for the most innovative and creative design solution to the game challenge. The Tournament Finalist Award and the Innovate Award are both qualifiers for the next level of competition, the South Super Regional, which will be held March 8-10 in Athens, Ga. Unfortunately this trip will not be possible for the LSWHS team due to scheduling conflicts and funding concerns, but it is a great honor for these team members to qualify, said a team spokesperson.

Eli Cook, who served as a mentor to this team but was not able to make the trip, was one of four Missouri students recognized as a FIRST FTC Dean’s List finalist. He will complete at the South World Championships in April in Houston for the FIRST Dean’s List Award.

Other team members include Logan Dietz, Alex Fitzmauric, Nina Martinez-Alvarez, Garrett Packer, Nikola Radinovic, Laura Rater, John Rose, Ian Shipley, Grace Wetmore and Josh Wood.


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