LSNHS AVID students tour Kansas State University campus

Lee’s Summit North High School students enrolled in the AVID program visited the Kansas State University campus on Feb. 13. The approximately 23 students participating in the visit toured the campus and learned about the university’s academic programs, student services and housing. The visit, aimed at AVID students from Kansas and Missouri, also provided workshops on leadership and integrity.

AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, provides students with skills to prepare them for higher education. Student in this elective course learn study strategies, communication skills and soft skills necessary for success in college and beyond.

Lee’s Summit CARES to present several Parent University events

Sessions focus on technology and children, stress management, youth mental wellness and mindful parenting

Lee’s Summit CARES is presenting several workshops and parenting classes designed to help families learn practical and proven strategies for raising children who are respectful and responsible.

The session topics include technology and safety for children, stress management, youth mental wellness and mindful parenting. In addition, Lee’s Summit CARES will present its popular course, Parenting the Love and Logic Way, during April.

Upcoming parenting sessions follow. For more information, to pre-register or to apply for a scholarship, visit The sessions are offered in collaboration with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and ReDiscover.

  • Technology: Your Children, Their Safety from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Westview Elementary, 200 NW Ward Road. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Stress Management for Busy Families from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Prairie View Elementary, 501 SE Todd George Parkway. Cost is $10.
  • Parents’ Guide to Youth Mental Wellness and Resilience from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Lee’s Summit North High School, 901 NE Douglas St. The session is free thanks to a partnership with the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation.
  • Mindful Parenting 101, an online streaming class offered free through May 30.

Lee’s Summit CARES will present Parenting the Love and Logic Way from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, April 2 through April 30 at Prairie View Elementary School, 501 SE Todd George Parkway. This class is designed for parents of any age child(ren). Cost for the class is $42 per participant. There is no cost for previous participants of the classes. Scholarships are also available for residents of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

Chamber of Commerce to sponsor LS R-7 Board of Education candidate forum March 27

The Lee’s Summit R-7 community will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with Board of Education candidates at a March 27 event hosted by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce. The public event includes a meet and greet from 5 to 6 p.m. with a candidate forum following from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gamber Center, 4 SE Independence Ave.

Candidates for two seats on the Board of Education are (listed in filing order) John R. Schuler, Julie A. Doane, Ryan N. Murdock and Michael W. McMenus. Mrs. Doane is currently serving as the Board of Education’s vice president. Incumbent Board member Adam Rutherford did not file for re-election.

The school district and municipal election will be held April 3 with polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about the R-7 Board of Education, visit Board of Education members are elected to three-year terms during at-large elections. They serve as unpaid volunteers as part of a seven-member governing board.

LS R-7 students recognized in Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

Katelyn Ravasini of BCMS is state winner; Maryn White of LSWHS among finalists

Katelyn Ravasini, a student at Bernard Campbell Middle School, is one of two state winners of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

As state winners, Katelyn and Sophie Bernstein of St. Louis each receive $1,000, an engraved medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in late April to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each state for four days of recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2018.

Katelyn, an eighth-grader and the Prudential middle-level winner for Missouri, organized a bowl-a-thon last year to raise money for multiple sclerosis at an area hospital. When her English teacher challenged each member of her class to do something to make a positive impact on the world, Katelyn thought of her aunt, who had recently been diagnosed with MS.

“I had heard my family talk a lot about her recent diagnosis, but I didn’t really know what it meant,” Katelyn said.

After researching MS, she decided she needed to do something to raise awareness of MS and support the quest for a cure. Katelyn brainstormed fundraising ideas with her parents and decided to hold a bowl-a-thon. She contacted the owner of a local bowling alley who was also enthusiastic and even suggested adding a raffle to the event.

Katelyn set the date and time, arranged to have T-shirts made, got help designing a website where people could make reservations and order shirts, distributed an event flyer throughout the community and spent weeks visiting local businesses to solicit prizes for the raffle.

More than 100 bowlers participated in Katelyn’s bowl-a-thon and another 25 gave cash donations, allowing Katelyn to present $2,200 to the MS Achievement Center at University of Kansas Medical Center, where her aunt is undergoing treatment.

In addition to the two state winners, six Missouri students were recognized as Distinguished Finalists through the program. Maryn White, a junior at Lee’s Summit West High School, is among the six finalists receiving an engraved bronze medallion. Maryn led an initiative to create an “art cart” at her local hospital, collecting more than 600 art supplies to provide patients with a fun distraction during their hospital stay. Maryn spent most of her fourth-grade year in the hospital where she did art projects. After learning that a local hospital didn’t offer art therapy, she secured the support of the hospital CEO, then started a collection for crayons, paints, coloring books and other supplies.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Principals.


Shelly Harmon receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for February

Shelly Harmon was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for February. She is the principal’s secretary at Summit Technology Academy.

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

“Shelly is one of the most caring, positive, diligent and friendly people I have ever worked with in my 24 years in education,” said a colleague. “She truly cares about kids and strives to find meaningful ways to make a difference in their lives every day.”  

Highland Park Elementary earns Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction through Leader In Me

Highland Park Elementary School recently earned Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction status from Franklin Covey Education for the school’s Leader In Me program. All grade levels at Highland Park have been involved in the Leader In Me program since 2013.

The status recognizes Leader In Me schools that have met rigorous requirements to achieve and maintain Lighthouse School Certification and shown exemplary academic growth or proficiency as measured by state accountability standards. Highland Park’s percentile ranking was 90 in Missouri.

Highland Park earned the Lighthouse School status through Leader In Me in spring 2017. Other R-7 schools participating in the Leader In Me are Pleasant Lea Elementary and Prairie View Elementary.

LS R-7 students capture regional Aspirations in Computing Awards

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 students were selected by the Western Missouri and Kansas affiliate of the National Center for Women in Technology to receive the organization’s Aspirations in Computing Awards. The students are being honored by the Kansas City Center for Women in Technology (KCWIT) on Feb. 9 at the Kauffman Conference Center.

Students named 2018 KCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners are Aamna Khan, Summit Technology Academy; Ruby Rios, Summit Technology Academy; Chayenne Sandoval-Williams, Summit Technology Academy; Emiline Stewart, Lee’s Summit West High School; and Lailah Weatherspoon, Lee’s Summit High School.

Students receiving KCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award Honorable Mention are Samantha Kreisel, Summit Technology Academy, and Shelby Soukup, Lee’s Summit North High School.  

Terry Yoast, a teacher at Summit Technology Academy, was named winner of the affiliate’s 2018 KCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.

The Aspirations in Computing Award honors high-school level young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. Winners are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

LS R-7 teachers, students honored by local Daughters of the American Revolution

Several Lee’s Summit R-7 School District teachers and students were honored Feb. 3 by the Prairie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at a celebration held at John Knox Village.

Tavish Whiting, Lee’s Summit North High School American government teacher, was named the chapter’s Outstanding Teacher of American History. He will now compete for the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Outstanding Teacher.

Reagan Klehr of Lee’s Summit North High School and Catherine Elizabeth Klingsick of Lee’s Summit High School both received the DAR Good Citizen Award.

Kay Rader, a teacher at Sunset Valley Elementary School, was recognized by the chapter for supporting the DAR Coupon Project.

Pictured at the ceremony are (from left) Prairie Chapter Regent Betty Taylor, Catherine Elizabeth Klingsick, Reagan Klehr, Kay Rader and Tavish Whiting.

Students explore the law when judges visit Campbell Middle School

Bernard Campbell Middle School eighth-graders had the opportunity to explore the law when several judges visited their social studies classrooms. Visiting the school on Feb. 1 were Judge Mark Styles, Judge Charles McKenzie and Judge Janette Rodecap.

Judge Styles addressed students’ right to privacy and why it is more limited in the schoolhouse than outside of school. Students role played as judges and the accused as Lee’s Summit Officer Ryan Brownell demonstrated components of a search warrant for a missing ring while explaining protocols for conducting a search.

The students also explored specific cases which dealt with privacy at school. During a discussion of free speech, Judge McKenzie and Judge Rodecap challenged students to think about why free speech is important.

Judge Mark Styles is pictured with eighth-grade students.






Judge Janette Rodecap talks to the students.







Judge Charles McKenzie shares information with the eighth-graders.

Summit Technology Academy hosts Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Seventh-graders learn about high-school engineering classes, interact with women engineers

A total of 63 Lee’s Summit R-7 seventh-graders attended Summit Technology Academy’s first-ever Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day, held Feb. 2 at the school. The students were from Bernard Campbell Middle School, Pleasant Lea Middle School and Summit Lakes Middle School.

During the event, seventh-graders heard about high-school engineering classes from female high-school students. They also had the opportunity to interact with women engineers from Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Henderson Engineering, HNTB, Leigh & O’Kane, Sprint and Ultrax Aerospace.

Through teamwork and innovation, the girls ended the event with a design challenge to create a catapult to launch a mini marshmallow the furthest distance.

Summit Technology Academy staff members are planning to make the day an annual event and hope to expand the activities next year.

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