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

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District middle schools recently recognized their December 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 Sydney Burnett and Keaton Mays. At BCMS, Sydney is involved in cross country and cheerleading. Away from school, Sydney enjoys tumbling classes, trap shooting and horseback riding. At BCMS, Keaton is involved in football and basketball. Away from school, Keaton enjoys video games.             
Students of the Month from Pleasant Lea Middle School are Kailee Loffer and Aidan Cronin. At PLMS, Kailee is involved in Tiger Travelers, orchestra, robotics, talent show and Black and Gold Choir. Away from school, Kailee enjoys all types of music. At PLMS, Aidan is involved in cross country and band. Away from school, Aidan enjoys his soccer team.   

Students of the Month from Summit Lakes Middle School are Karis Guilfoyle and Jack Dumler. At SLMS, Karis is involved in cross country, band, basketball, reader selector and the stage crew for the musical and awards assembly. Away from school, Karis enjoys softball and her church youth group. At SLMS, Jack is involved in jazz band, scholar bowl, talent show, musical, student council and the awards show. Away from school, Jack enjoys his swim team, jazz band camp and piano and drum set lessons.  

LSWHS student inducted into National Technical Honor Society at Cass Career Center

Caleb McCommon, a student at Lee’s Summit West High School, was recently inducted into the Cass Career Center chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. Caleb was honored for his work in the Fire Science program at the center. A total of 45 students from nine metro-area high schools were honored Dec. 12.

Criteria for membership into the organization at Cass Career Center are scholarship, character, attendance and leadership. Students must excel in all four areas in order to qualify for membership.

Longview Farm Elementary hosts tour for former resident of historic farm

Bessie Chitwood recalled fond memories of Loula Long Combs from 90 years ago

Kimberly Hassler, principal of Longview Farm Elementary, conducted a memorable tour of the school for Bessie Chitwood, a resident of the historic farm approximately 90 years ago.

Mrs. Chitwood lived on Longview Farm from age 6 to 10. She attended Lee’s Summit R-7 schools and shared her fond memories of Loula Long Combs. Pictured are Mrs. Hassler (left), Mrs. Chitwood (center) and Sara Steward, Mrs. Chitwood’s daughter.

PLMS Tiger Tribe students create holiday messages for hospital patients

Pleasant Lea Middle School recently created a new after-school program — Tiger Tribe — designed to allow students who would like to attend any home game to participate in pre-game supervised activities. Beginning this semester, students are able to stay after school and join Tiger Tribe which offers a number of activities such as team building, learning chants and cheers, making positive posters for athletes, playing games and participating in community service projects.

During December, students created holiday messages for the patients of Lee’s Summit Hospital. They have taken great pride in the fact that they might brighten someone’s day, said a school spokesperson.

“We started this club as a way of involving more students in school activities and we have been impressed with the number of kids who have come out to support our Tiger athletes,” said co-sponsor Marcy Hess.

Students pictured are Kyra Wilburn, Claudia Erps, Christy Distefano, Jackie Shepherd, Abbey Tracy, Bailey Birchfield, Jager Johnson, Matthew Banhart, Izzy Concepcion and Harryson Salcedo.


Richardson Elementary Student Council participates in Angel Tree field trip

Richardson Elementary students recently worked together to make the holidays brighter for others through Student Council’s Angel Tree Project. The school’s Student Council collected money for the project during the holiday season, using the funds collected to shop for families facing financial challenges.

On Dec. 11, the Student Council students and sponsors visited the Lee’s Summit Wal-Mart using the money collected from students and staff members to purchase gifts for families in need. They also participated in bell ringing to raise money for the Salvation Army.

Student Council sponsors assisting the students included Tracy Rasmussen, Brittiny Bernard and Casey Blakemore.

One of the students participating in the field trip shared: “My favorite part was shopping for the families.  It was fun picking out gifts that they would like!”

Another student added, “I really liked ringing the bells and caroling. It was cool to see how people would smile when they saw that we were caroling instead of just ringing the bells.”

LS CARES to present Becoming a Love and Logic Parent classes during January and February

Lee’s Summit CARES will present two parenting courses during January and February.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way, designed for parents of youth from 11 to 18 years old, will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9-30 at Pleasant Lea Middle School, 630 SW Persels Road. Cost for the course is $50 per person. This course will teach parents how to maintain a positive relationship, how brain development impacts behavior, how to help teens handle peer pressure, communication strategies that work, setting limits that can be enforced and reducing parenting stress.

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 14, at Great Beginnings Early Education Center, 908 NE Bluestem. The course is designed for parents of children through 6 years old. Cost is $50 per person. During this course, parents will learn effective ways to establish a positive discipline foundation in the home. In addition, common behavior issues will be addressed such as arguing and whining, bedtime, picky eating and encouraging your child to listen the first time.

The program is offered in collaboration with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and ReDiscover.

Scholarships are also available for qualifying residents of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

For more information, to pre-register or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.lscares.org or contact Bev Hatley at (816) 347-3259. The United Way of Greater Kansas City and the City of Lee’s Summit assist with funding and program scholarships.

Ashley Barton receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for December

Ashley Barton was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for December. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary.

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

“The students in her class are highly engaged and from year to year want to be in her class,” said a colleague. “She is a loving teacher that helps guide students to be productive students and citizens.”  

LS R-7 schools receive KC STEM Alliance grants totaling more than $2,000

Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and Pleasant Lea Middle School recently received grants from the KC STEM Alliance in support of the schools’ science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for students.

KC STEM awarded nearly $100,000 in grants to support FIRST robotics programs and Project Lead the Way programs in schools throughout the Kansas City area. The three Lee’s Summit R-7 schools received more than $2,000 in grants.

The district’s three high-school robotics programs — Team Driven at LSHS, Broncobots at LSNHS and LSWHS Team Titanium — each received $550 to support these nationally recognized programs. Pleasant Lea Middle School’s Tiger_STEAM teams received $200 for the Black Team and $200 for the Gold Team. Lee’s Summit West High School also received a $150 grant for Team Titanium Tech.

International Relations Council Networking Event to be Jan. 9

Partnership includes Summit Technology Academy and UCM

The community is invited to learn more about prestigious international studies programs offered through Summit Technology Academy and the University of Central Missouri at the International Relations Council’s Networking Event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9. The free event will be held at the Missouri Innovation Campus, 1101 NW Innovation Parkway.

Those attending the Networking Event will have the opportunity to:

  • Sample food from authentic ethnic restaurants from around Lee’s Summit.
  • Stroll through the Student Showcase and discuss student projects with high schoolers from Summit Technology Academy (STA).
  • Mingle with college and high school international students and ask them about their home countries and their experiences in the United States.
  • Visit with the faculty of the University of Central Missouri (UCM) Department of Government, International Studies and Languages as well as other faculty from the university.
  • Meet internationally-minded business people who share a global perspective.
  • Get to know the Summit International Studies Academy (SISA) at STA which is open to high school juniors and seniors from around the metropolitan area.
  • Meet representatives from the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, the R-7 School District, the Kansas City World Trade Center, Global Ties of Kansas City, the International Relations Council, as well as area modern language teachers and social studies teachers.
  • Hear how UCM is transforming its International Studies Department curriculum with a prestigious Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Learn about all of the exciting programs at STA, UCM and the Missouri Innovation Campus.
  • Check out the service projects of the STA Interact Club (Rotary International).

For more information, please contact Curtis Cook at curtis.cook@lsr7.net.

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