Lee’s Summit R-7 School District earns Meritorious Budget Award from national organization

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District was selected to receive the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation by the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the district’s budget for the 2017-18 school year, and the school district also received the award for the previous school year.

According to the national organization, the Meritorious Budget Award promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation while acknowledging school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria. The award is sponsored by Voya Financial, Inc.  

“School business officials are responsible for ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and that the district budget reflects student priorities and needs,” said John Musso, Association of School Business Officials International executive director. “The program helps applicants create an accessible, accurate budget that builds trust with their community.”

The Lee’s Summit R-7 budget is available on the school district’s website at www.lsr7.org.

About ASBO International
ASBO International, founded in 1910, is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources.  For more information about the Meritorious Budget Award or Pathway to the MBA, visit asbointl.org/MBA.

Do you have an R-7 2017 graduate at your house?

Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, and Lee’s Summit West High School 2017 graduates are encouraged to participate in a graduate survey, located at https://www1.lsr7.org/gradsurvey.

The survey takes a couple of minutes to complete, and information gathered through the survey will be used to help R-7 School District officials make school improvements. The percentage of R-7 students attending college or career-technical schools is also reported through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as part of its reporting for all state school districts. These statistics are included on the state’s website which covers a wide range of information about Missouri public school districts.

The graduate survey will be available online through mid-January when the information is required to be sent to the state.

Westview Elementary staff members dress down to benefit veterans

Staff members at Westview Elementary School recently participated in GI Go Fund’s Jeans for Troops Dress Down Day to raise funds that benefit returning military veterans. The Dress Down Day was held the week of Nov 6-10 with staff members exceeding their goal of raising $100 the charitable organization.

Westview employees had the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, access their health care and financial benefits and link to housing. In addition, GI Go Fund helps veterans struggling with financial difficulties, hosts events to get veterans housed and provides emergency financial assistance to those who need it most.

PLMS selects November High 5 Award winners

The English Language Arts Department at Pleasant Lea Middle School selected the school’s High 5 winners for November. Winners are (from left) Hanna Franklin (not pictured), Outstanding  Eighth-grader; Sir John Harris, Most Improved  Eighth-grader; Dylan Dean, Outstanding Seventh-grader and Samantha Young, Most Improved Seventh-grader. Janette Miller (center), PLMS principal, presented the students with their awards.

The school’s Partners in Education, Lee’s Summit Medical Center and Mazuma Credit Union, sponsor the award. The High 5 Award was designed to promote academic excellence among students of PLMS. Mazuma Credit Union presents the students with a gift card for Chipotle and Lee’s Summit Medical Center provides a Taco Bell gift card.

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

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their September 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 Logan Turner and Landon Binger. At BCMS, Logan is involved in art contests and is a WEB CARES leader. Away from school, Logan enjoys competitive softball and soccer. At BCMS, Landon is involved in cross country, Mustang SMART, Cyber Patriots, Lee’s Summit Teachers Academy, scholar bowl and is a WEB CARES leader. Away from school, Landon enjoys baseball, basketball, soccer and Boy Scouts.             

Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Maggie Upp and Austin Boyer. At PLMS, Maggie is involved in cheerleading and the talent show. Away from school, Maggie enjoys church youth group and competitive dance, performing in Kansas City and traveling ballets. At PLMS, Austin is involved in Student Advisory Group and cross country.  Away from school, Austin enjoys soccer, baseball, basketball and his swim team.   

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Libby Bastow and Tyler Batliner. At SLMS, Libby is involved in cross country, orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, tech crew, scholar bowl, Ukulele Club, reader selector, science lab assistant and Cyber Patriots. Away from school, Libby enjoys her swim league and Longview Chapel Teens-In-Action. At SLMS, Tyler is involved in Lee’s Summit Teachers Academy and assists with special needs students. Away from school, Tyler enjoys his soccer club team and basketball team.

Peggy Hinzman named Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year

Summit Technology Academy educator praised for her work in STEM

Peggy Hinzman of Summit Technology Academy was named the Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year. She received the award at the Missouri State PLTW conference, held Nov. 5-6 in Blue Springs.

Ms. Hinzman was praised for being a consummate professional who goes the extra mile to serve her students, her profession and her community partners. She was one of the first teachers to develop the Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) course curriculum in 2007-08, piloting the program and becoming a master teacher for this course as well as biomedical innovation.

She initiated a five-minute mentoring event with St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, coordinating the event with the hospital’s outreach educator to allow students to talk to various St. Joseph professionals. Ms. Hinzman is a model of life-long learning and has participated in summer internships to expand her own knowledge. These internships have included six weeks in a research lab as well as participating in emergency medical technical training. In addition, she helps plan Health Science Day at Summit Technology Academy to encourage students to matriculate through the Project Lead the Way courses.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 teacher was praised for collaborating with teacher colleagues, participating in professional development opportunities, initiating a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at Summit Technology Academy and for being an outstanding advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Her students have consistently won awards at the KC STEM Alliance Student Showcase event where they create robust, data-driven authentic projects.

Ms. Hinzman has worked at Summit Technology Academy for 15 years and has 18 years of experience in education.  In 2013-14, she was named a Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching Award.

LSHS captures awards at Four-State Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting

Lee’s Summit High School students recently captured awards at the Four-State Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting Competition, held Nov. 4-6 in Springfield. The event included 18 high-school broadcast and film programs competing for recognition.

LSHS student winners included first place, Anchor Team, Jaclyn Berry, Hope Kelsey, Emma Oesterly, Abbigael Follis; first place, Edit the Scene, Jaclyn Berry, Gabby Eyre; second place, 77-Hour Movie Challenge, Jackson Brouillette, Grant Heizer; second place, PSA, Mya Patten, Kendall Reuhling, Jeff Livingston; second place, News Feature-Long, Jaclyn Berry, Erica Milligan; third place, 77-Hour Music Video Challenge, Jaclyn Berry, Taylor Sallis, Hope Kelsey, Kierstin LaRue, Isabel Howayek, Jeremy Souders; third place, Five-Second Film, Alyssa Eyre, Taylor Sallis, Mike Smith.

Seniors attending and earning awards were (from left) Jeff Livingston, Jaclyn Berry, Gabby Eyre and Taylor Sallis.







Lee’s Summit High School broadcast and film students at the competition.

PLMS selects October High 5 Award Winners

The Fine Arts Department at Pleasant Lea Middle School selected the school’s High 5 winners for October. Winners are (from left) Dakota Wrightsman, Most Improved Seventh-grader; Jonathan Crispin, Outstanding Seventh-grader; Kennedy Newell, Outstanding Eighth-grader and Jacque Brown, Most Improved Eighth-grader. Janette Miller (center), PLMS principal, presented the students with their awards.

The school’s Partners in Education, Lee’s Summit Medical Center and Mazuma Credit Union, sponsor the award. The High 5 Award was designed to promote academic excellence among students of PLMS. Mazuma Credit Union presents the students with a gift card for Chipotle.

Frank White talks to LSNHS students enrolled in AVID

Frank White Jr., Jackson County executive and former Kansas City Royals player and coach, spoke to students enrolled in the AVID (Advancement by Individual Determination) program at Lee’s Summit North High School on Nov. 3.

Mr. White’s presentation focused on the importance of education and work ethic. He shared his own story related to his success as a American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player and member of the 1985 World Series winning Royals. Mr. White did not play competitive baseball growing or in high school or college. He learned about the Royals Baseball Academy, which developed players for the team at the time, and went for a tryout. Working his way through the minor league, he switched positions several times while continuing to work through slumps and tough times.

He also talked about passion and a drive to be the best even if it means missing out on some “fun.” In addition, he shared the importance of surrounding yourself with people who challenge them and also want the best.

Race for the Future raises over $54,000 for LS Educational Foundation, Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund

Race for the Future, a 5K run/walk held Oct. 14, raised over $54,000 to benefit the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund. A total of 966 runners and walkers registered for the 5K event. Another 74 registered as Dream Partners, and an additional 70 participated in the Kid’s Dash.

Total proceeds over the race’s 21-year history are nearly $475,000. The popular metro-area event is held at Lee’s Summit West High School. A photo gallery and race results are available at www.lsedfoundation.com.

A competition for student/staff participation (including 5K runners, walkers and Dream Partners) was also held on race day among Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. Westview Elementary School won first place honors with 93 of their staff and students participating in the 5K or Dream Partner categories.  Second place honors went to Woodland Elementary School, third place went to Hazel Grove Elementary and fourth place was awarded to Pleasant Lea Elementary School. The first and second place schools receive traveling trophies. In addition, the first place school receives a $1,000 grant, the second place school receives a $500 grant and the third and fourth place schools each receive a $250 grant from the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.

The event involves more than 80 volunteers and approximately 50 Friends of the Foundation sponsors.  In-kind gifts and concessions for the Race for the Future were provided by Freestyle Graphics, Panera, Hy-Vee, LaMar’s Donuts, Farmer Brothers Coffee and Rockhill Orthopaedics.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established in 1993 to raise and manage resources in order to expand educational opportunities. The Foundation is a way for citizens to invest in today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders and the future of Lee’s Summit by making tax-deductible donations which are utilized for non-recurring expenses. Donations help provide educational experiences above and beyond the core curricula and help initiate programs that challenge and encourage students at all levels. Over the last five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $3,068,000 to Lee’s Summit R-7 students and schools via PEAK Grants, classroom technology, school programs, student assistance and scholarships to graduating seniors.  

The Carrie Foresee Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Carrie Foresee, a former Lee’s Summit High School student. Carrie died Sept. 3, 1996, as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident. Funds from Race for the Future support scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors as well as classroom grants and technology.

For more information about Race for the Future or student scholarships, call Sheryl Franke, Foundation director, (816) 986-1015 or e-mail sheryl.franke@lsr7.net.


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