News from LS R7 Schools
from Lee's Summit R-7 Schools
Dr. Kevin McCormick published in peer-reviewed journal
Dr. Kevin McCormick, a teacher at Summit Technology Academy, was recently featured in The American Biology Teacher, a peer-reviewed journal. Dr. McCormick’s article is titled “Using Drosophila to Study How Genes Control Cell Migration.”
Written in partnership with Leonard L. Dobens of University of Missouri-Kansas City, the article demonstrates the use of a model organism to teach students about biology, genetics and cancer. Fruit flies share common genes with humans and we show how that is possible to bring that into the classroom to let students see first-hand how to utilize a model organism for learning about disease processes and/or basic cellular functions.
Dr. McCormick teaches Project Lead the Way biomedical science at Summit Technology Academy and has been with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District for five years. He also sponsors STA's Biodesign Club and leads teacher workshops on synthetic biology.
The American Biology Teacher is an award-winning, peer-reviewed professional journal for K-16 biology teachers. Topics covered in the journal include modern biology content, teaching strategies for the classroom and laboratory, field activities, applications, professional development, social and ethical implications of biology and ways to incorporate such concerns into instructional programs, as well as reviews of books and classroom technology products.
Lee's Summit West student captures first place
in University of Missouri's Creating Original Music Project
Cooper Carr, a freshman at Lee’s Summit West High School, won first place in the popular song division of the University of Missouri’s Creating Original Music Project. As a division winner, he receives a $1,000 prize as well as a $1,000 grant that will go to the LSWHS Music Department.
Cooper will perform his song, “I See You,” at a University of Missouri-Columbia concert on April 15. The concert will include approximately 15 student winners from elementary through high school. The University of Missouri contest, which began in 2005, is open to students from throughout Missouri.
Highland Park Elementary earns Lighthouse status through Leader In Me
Highland Park Elementary School recently earned Lighthouse School 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.
To earn this status, a school must meet or exceed standards defined through the program including teach leadership principles, create a leadership culture, align academic systems toward student-led achievement and maintain measurable results.
The Leader In Me is a school transformation process based on Franklin Covey’s “Seven Habits” principles. Through the program, students learn 21st century leadership and life skills. The Leader In Me is based on the idea that each child can be a leader.
Highland Park Elementary is the second Lee’s Summit R-7 school to earn the Lighthouse School status. Pleasant Lea Elementary received this honor in 2016. Prairie View Elementary is currently in its second year implementing the Leader in Me philosophy.