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LSR7 Schools Roundup

LSR7 Schools Roundup

Students & staff at Greenwood Elementary to host Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraisers to fight childhood cancer

Students and staff members from Greenwood Elementary are taking a stand to help fight childhood cancer. The school is hosting five Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) events during late April with all proceeds going to this Foundation.

The stands are planned from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 21 and 9 to noon April 22 at Casey’s in Greenwood, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at the Greenwood Antique Garden Show, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m April 23 at Greenwood Fellowship Church and 5 to 8 p.m. April 25 at Greenwood Elementary’s Fine Arts Night.

from LS R-7 Schools

The school is planning a student assembly that will include brief videos of Alex Scott, founder of the organization; a video about a young girl who benefitted from research funded by ALSF; and a skit by sixth-graders about the benefits of donating to this cause.

Donations may be made by attending any of the Alex’s Lemonade Stands, which accept cash as well as checks made payable to ALSF. You may also donate by texting LEMONADE LS E1312742 to 85944 to make a $10 donation or by visiting

Funds raised through ALSF pay for medical research to find cures for childhood cancer. Through donations to the Foundation, $50 will pay for one hour of research, $400 pays for one day, $2,000 pays for one week and $8,000 pays for one month.

PLMS tech crew students visit local theatres in preparation for school’s Awards Assembly

Sixteen students from Pleasant Lea Middle School had the opportunity to tour several local theaters on April 5 to help them prepare for the school’s Awards Assembly. The students, part of the backstage and tech crew for the annual assembly, toured Digital Sound System's (DSS) warehouse, the Kauffman Center, Midland Theater and Starlight Theater.

At each location, students had the opportunity to meet and talk with professional stage managers, sound mixers, costume designers and other back stage crew about their profession. Students received a first-hand view into the theater profession and learned tips about starting a career in the arts.

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LSHS football players volunteer during deep clean at Hillcrest Thrift Store

Several Lee’s Summit High School football players and coaches spent the afternoon donating their time and their strength at the Hillcrest Thrift Store of Lee’s Summit. Proceeds from the store help support the non-profit Hillcrest Transitional Housing program.

Hillcrest officials contacted LSHS to ask if several student athletes would be willing to volunteer at the charitable organization during a deep clean. The cleaning project involved moving items throughout the store, including everything from racks of clothing to large furniture.

LSHS Coach Eric Thomas organized the community-service project, offering football players not involved in a spring sport the opportunity to volunteer after school on April 6. A total of 14 players spent around two hours moving items from place to place as the store was thoroughly cleaned.

LS R-7 special-education students participate in annual Job Olympics

Students showcase skills for prospective employers

The Lee's Summit R-7 School District sponsored its annual Job Olympics on April 7 at Unity Village. The popular event includes students from Lee's Summit R-7 as well as the several other area school districts.

During the event, 77 students enrolled in special-education courses competed in job-related activities, such as child care, computer skills or food preparation. Volunteers from the community serve as judges for the events, and Lee’s Summit R-7 high-school students also volunteer their time to assist with Job Olympics.

The students are able to practice job-related skills and also demonstrate their own abilities to prospective employers. Job Olympics includes opening ceremonies, a luncheon and awards and closing ceremonies with awards.

In the photos, Robert Abbott of Lee’s Summit North High School is doing data entry event, Morgan Bryan of Lee’s Summit West High School is cleaning a table, Thomas Clapp of Lee’s Summit West is rolling silverware, and Zack Beckwith of Lee’s Summit High School is stocking shelves.   

 The third-place team (from left) Coach John Gray, Cole Perry, Joshua Foster, Alex Wood, Tim Nguyen and Marie.

The third-place team (from left) Coach John Gray, Cole Perry, Joshua Foster, Alex Wood, Tim Nguyen and Marie.

LSW Science Knowledge Bowl captures third place in state contest

The Lee’s Summit West High School Science Knowledge Bowl Team took third place in the state competition on March 4 at Avila University. The team, consisting of senior captain Alex Wood, senior Marie Reuss and juniors Joshua Foster, Tim Nguyen and Cole Perry finished with a 5-1-1 record. Team 2 consisting of sophomores Molly Wooster (captain), Stephanie Richardson, Maryam Khalil, Lauren Smith and Grace Stewart finished pool play with a 2-3 record.

LSHS Hall of Fame honors four new inductees

Four Lee’s Summit High School alumni were inducted to the LSHS Hall of Fame April 8 at Lee’s Summit High School.  They included Nelson “Nikk” Thompson (deceased), Class of 1969, represented by his wife, Cher (far left); Lois Rygaard Brayfield, Class of 1978; Bob Hartnett, Class of 1974; and Laurence Pressly (far right), Class of 1949.  Each new member received a Hall of Fame medallion and an engraved pewter platter. Their accomplishments will be placed on a bronze plaque placed on the “Wall of Fame” at LSHS. For more information about the honorees or about how to nominate an individual for this honor, visit the R-7 School District webpage.

Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer named Principal of Year by Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association

Dr. Jeff Meisenheimer, Lee’s Summit North High School principal, was named Principal of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association. He learned of the award during a surprise announcement at LSNHS on April 7. Dr. Meisenheimer will be officially honored at the organization’s awards banquet, scheduled for April 27.

As the Greater Kansas City honoree, Dr. Meisenheimer will go on to compete in the Missouri Principal of the Year program.

Tim Collins, LSNHS assistant principal, nominated Dr. Meisenheimer for the award. “We have three new assistant principals this year and he coaches and supports them unconditionally,” Mr. Collins said. “The staff responds well to his leadership style and he is constantly pushing them to improve as educators.”

Dr. Meisenheimer has served as principal at Lee’s Summit North High School for four years. He previously served as assistant principal at Lee’s Summit High School and Ruskin High School. In 2010, he was named the Assistant Principal of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association and by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Dr. Meisenheimer earned his bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of Missouri-Columbia; his master’s degree in educational administration and his specialist degree in educational administration, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and his executive doctor of education from Saint Louis University.

Elementary students capture awards at Reel Spirit Student Film Festival

Students from nine Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools captured awards on April 8 at  Reel Spirit: Young Filmmaker Showcase - youth division of Kansas City FilmFest -, held at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. The nine schools won a record number of film awards for the school district this year.  

Lindsey Shively, morning anchor at Channel 41 KSHB, and John Mertz, radio and TV personality, were the MCs at the showcases that morning.  Young filmmakers were given the "red carpet" treatment, had opportunities to interact with a special effects make-up artist, a caricature artist and dog trainer who has worked with animals on movie sets during the morning.

Students earning awards attend the following schools: Mason Elementary, Richardson Elementary, Hawthorn Hill Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Underwood Elementary, Longview Farm Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary and Pleasant Lea Elementary.

Through the metro-area film competition, students in second grade through high school enter films into one of the following categories: narrative, commercial, public service announcement, news broadcast, animation, science-technology-engineering-math (STEM) or documentary. Students with films that place first, second or third are invited to the Reel Spirit Showcase where they watch their films on the big screen and receive Oscar-style trophies. At this special event, students dress up to walk the red carpet and be interviewed about their films.

“My Hawthorn Hill Elementary students loved participating in the Reel Spirit Film Festival!” said Lisa Cohen, teacher. “From coming up with the film idea, storyboarding, writing the script, filming and editing to finding out we had finished in the top three in our age division and category was an exhilarating experience. The students were all dressed up and looked amazing as they entered the Cinemark  Palace on the Plaza movie theater and walked the red carpet.”

Kris Jenkins receives LS R-7 Learning for Life Award for April

Kris Jenkins was named the Lee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award winner for April. She is a mathematics teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School.

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

“Kris has touched many students’ lives in our school district and many, many of these students come back to see her and thank her for her help with their ‘math world’ as well as to thank her for caring about them,” said a colleague. “That is a true testament to a marvelous teacher and a person who has made learning a lifetime event.”  

Several LS R-7 schools to change start/end times for 2017-18 school year

Several LS R-7 schools to change start/end times for 2017-18 school year

Lee's Summit Town Hall Episode 6: How to handle a conflict of interest... & a lesson in the power of volunteerism

Lee's Summit Town Hall Episode 6: How to handle a conflict of interest... & a lesson in the power of volunteerism