PLMS strings students to be featured in KSHB Channel 41 holiday broadcast

The Tiger Travelers from Pleasant Lea Middle School were recently videotaped for the “Sounds of the Holiday” broadcast to be aired Christmas Day on KSHB Channel 41 and Channel 38 the Spot.

The students were videotaped on the stage of Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College during November, performing several holiday numbers. Broadcast schedule for holiday show is 8 p.m. Christmas Eve on Channel 38, 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas Day of Channel 41 and 2 p.m. Dec. 30 on Channel 38.

LS CARES granted more than $15,000 by Truman Heartland

Two Lee’s Summit CARES initiatives were recently granted a major boost by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. At its Nov. 17 annual grants luncheon, the Foundation granted more than $261,000 to area nonprofits to help further their community-oriented programming and missions.

Lee’s Summit CARES received a pair of grants, including $5,000 for its Bridges initiative and $10,250 for Bully Prevention programming.

“Truman Heartland Community Foundation achieves community excellence by connecting local philanthropic families and individuals with area non-profits,” said Rachel Segobia,  Lee’s Summit CARES executive director.  “Small organizations like Lee’s Summit CARES would struggle to make ends meet without the targeted, localized funding provided by THCF through its donors.”  

Bridges is an innovative parenting program that combines the long-running Love and Logic courses, academic involvement and community bonding to reduce neighborhood violence. Qualifying families receive year-round parenting education and access to a parent liaison who helps families navigate school and community resources.

Lee’s Summit CARES I Count Bully Prevention for elementary school students provides in-classroom training for youth in kindergarten, fifth and sixth grades. I CARE Bully Prevention for middle- and high-school students includes a school assessment of policies, procedures and school culture with youth-led curriculum and an awareness campaign.

The secondary educational program is being piloted at Summit Lakes Middle School. The additional funding provided by THFC will go toward expanding the innovative new program into Lee’s Summit middle and high schools.

Mrs. Segobia emphasizes the impact this funding will have on the community. “During the 2016-2017 school year, nearly 3500 elementary students received education on how to identify and respond to bullying and cyber bullying,” she said. “This grant funding will allow Lee’s Summit CARES to follow young people as they move into middle school, where we know cases of physical bullying reach their peak.”

For more information about Lee’s Summit CARES, visit

Rachel Segobia, center, accepts two grant checks from Truman Heartland Community Foundation President Phil Hanson and Chairman of the Board Cliff Jones.





ABOUT LEE’S SUMMIT CARES: Lee’s Summit Cares is a non-profit community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, empowering positive parenting and promoting exemplary character.

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 students featured in Missouri Youth In Government opening ceremony

Gov. Eric Greitens addresses Missouri Youth in Government members during the organization’s opening ceremony, held Nov. 30 in the Jefferson City Capitol Building. On the stage with the governor are (from left) Sabra Hasek of Lee’s Summit North High School, Youth In Government attorney general; Erica O’Dell of LSNHS, Youth In Government speaker of the house; and Maggie O’Connor of Lee’s Summit West High School, Youth In Government governor.

Artwork by LSHS students selected for company’s holiday cards

Lily Smith, Afton Lin, Sage Morgan, Courtney Lillard and Vy Nguyen were recently recognized for their outstanding artwork by High Tech Solutions. The Lee’s Summit High School art students’ holiday card designs were selected by the company and will be sent to their customers throughout the world.

The students made individual presentations to Dan Phillips, company president, and his staff, explaining their inspirations and research for the cards. The company donated $500 to the LSHS National Art Honor Society. The funding will help sponsor the Lee’s Summit Art Olympics.

A number of art students from LSHS also toured High Tech Solutions on Nov. 21 as part of the project.

Recognized students (from left) are Courtney Lillard, Vy Nguyen, Sage Morgan, Lily Smith and Afton Lin.




R-7 middle schools recognize Students of the Month for November

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their November 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 Natalie Allen and Adonnis Delgado. At BCMS, Natalie is involved in cross country, basketball, WEB, student council and Mustang Smart. Away from school, Natalie enjoys soccer and basketball. At BCMS, Adonnis is involved in cross country. Away from school, Adonnis enjoys Taekwondo and all sports.

Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Olivia Shackelford and Nathan Wishne. At PLMS, Olivia is involved in cross country, musical, volleyball and Black and Gold Choir. Away from school, Olivia enjoys soccer, community theatre and singing. At PLMS, Nathan is involved in cross country, wrestling, musical and orchestra. Away from school, Nathan enjoys baseball and time with friends.   

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Grace Guard and Tevin Johnson. At SLMS, Grace is involved in cross country, musical, talent show, awards show, jazz band, band, scholar bowl, Lee’s Summit Teacher’s Academy and Summit Lakes Singers. Away from school, Grace enjoys her lacrosse team, percussion and voice lessons and participating in the all-district band. At SLMS, Tevin is involved in musicals, talent show, cross country and awards show. Away from school, Tevin enjoys vocal lessons and participating in the Midwest Boys Choir.

LSHS art students tour High Tech Solutions

Art students from Lee’s Summit High School toured High Tech Solutions with President Dan Phillips on Nov. 21. Students were conducting research to design a holiday card for the business.

The following students were chosen by art faculty to tour, design and then later to propose their holiday card ideas: Daniella Archdekin, Ben Snell, Zoe Shields, Sarah Sherman, Tierney Brailsford, Brandon Harlow, Jerrica Patterson, Elizabeth Marszalek, Afton Shumatae, Adrianna Kidwell, Sara Fletcher, Emily Williams, Haley Christie, Shaniya Jordan, Ainsley Nelson, Xylan Campbell, Jonathan Crance, Gavin Curless, Spencer Donelson, Cameron Kuwata, Zackary Scott, Valeri Scott, Sage Morgan, Vy Nguyen, Emily Pfeifer, Lily Smith, Courtney Lillard and Skyler Shumway.

“It was an honor to be chosen and to be treated as professional artists by a local company,” said Angela Hays, LSHS art teacher. “This real world experience was an amazing opportunity for Lee’s Summit High School art students.”

Shelly Shumate of Transportation Department pays it forward by helping others

Shelly Shumate’s pay-it-forward philosophy has made a difference in the lives families throughout the school district. Mrs. Shumate, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Transportation Department training coordinator, volunteers her time to help organize a number of charitable activities among the school district’s transportation staff members while also reaching out to others in the community.

“I get a lot out of helping others,” she said. “I believe what you give comes back to you. Every day I pray that I can be a blessing to someone else.”

Within the Transportation Department, Mrs. Shumate organizes approximately 40 transportation staff members to walk together in Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation’s Race for the Future 5K run/walk. “It is really important for us to step up and do our part to raise money for kids,” she said.

She also organizes several charitable activities among the Transportation staff members including an annual food drive for Lee’s Summit Social Services as well as Christmas gifts for the organization’s families in need. In previous years, she helped with the department’s Toys for Tots drive.

During the fall, Mrs. Shumate has assisted with Transportation’s community outreach efforts at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Oktoberfest. Transportation staff members volunteer to work at an Oktoberfest booth where children learn safety tips from Buster the Bus, a mini talking school bus.

“We really get close to our kids and the parents — they become our family,” she said about the bus drivers and the families on their routes.

Mrs. Shumate has worked for the Transportation Department for 16 years including 11 years as a bus driver before becoming a trainer and now the training coordinator. She is a fourth generation Lee’s Summit resident.

Encouraging a team atmosphere within the Transportation family is important to Mrs. Shumate. She helps organize the annual outing to a Missouri Mavericks hockey game, which traditionally has around 100 employees and family members attending.

During her years as a bus driver, she enjoyed decorating her own school bus for holidays and now helps others with bus decorations to encourage a positive environment. She has been a frequent volunteer when the Transportation Department assists with Lee’s Summit North High School’s annual Safe Halloween event and volunteered at this fall’s Halloween event at Longview Farm Elementary. She has also been a volunteer for the Transportation Department’s Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary.

Away from her job, she keeps her community service low-key but shared that she enjoys informally adopting a family during the holidays or paying it forward by purchasing someone’s drive-through meal or paying for a stranger’s Christmas layaway gift.

“I enjoy working for the school district,” Mrs. Shumate said. “I’ve been on the receiving end of someone helping me and whenever I can, I want to help others.”

Mrs. Shumate is pictured at the Transportation Department and during Halloween.

Rachel McBride featured in LS R7 ‘Equity Minute’ video

Videos highlight staff members for outstanding work in area of equity

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently launched a new video series known as “Equity Minute.” The 60-second videos are available on the district’s YouTube channel.   

Rachel McBride, Westview Elementary reading specialist, is highlighted in the latest video, posted during November.

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.

Greenwood Elementary students participate in Feed My Starving Children service activity

Greenwood Elementary sixth-graders learned lessons of generosity by participating in a community-service field trip Nov. 3. The students traveled to Fellowship of Greenwood Church, a school business partner, to participate in the Feed My Starving Children project.

Students worked with adults from Greenwood Elementary as well as business partners from the church to pack meals to send to children in Nicaragua. The project will feed 13,176 children.

Cedar Creek Elementary Kids Country competing in Made by Milk Contest

Cedar Creek Elementary Kids Country is among schools competing in the Made by Milk Contest, which challenges students to use milk cartons to create artwork or structures. The Cedar Creek team name is ROC. Anyone interested in voting for the Cedar Creek Elementary entry may visit and vote one time per day. Winners of the contest may win up to $5,000. Voting is open Nov. 29 through Dec. 8.

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