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LS R-7 Roundup: Summit Pointe Elementary donates $3,000 to Hope House

LS R-7 Roundup: Summit Pointe Elementary donates $3,000 to Hope House

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Students and staff collected dimes to celebrate school’s 10th year

Students and staff members at Summit Pointe Elementary raised $3,000 throughout the 2016-17 school year for Hope House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.


from Lee's Summit R-7 Schools

As part of the school’s 10th anniversary, students and staff donated dimes with all funds going to assist Hope House. Jenn Nussbeck, Hope House’s chief development officer, is pictured with Joseph and Sophia Stein, Summit Pointe students.

Lee's Summit R-7 Class of 2017 receives $28 million in scholarship potential

Graduating seniors in the Lee's Summit R-7 Class of 2017 earned approximately $28 million in scholarship potential this spring.

This year's Lee’s Summit R-7 graduating class consisted of 1,428 seniors, including 430 at Lee's Summit High School, 472 at Lee's Summit North High School and 526 at Lee's Summit West High School.

Former Hazel Grove Elementary students return to grade school to inspire children

Haley Hall and Alex Oswald, both Lee’s Summit North High School Class of 2017 graduates, recently received college scholarships from the Hazel Grove Elementary School PTA. The two graduates, who were once students at Hazel Grove Elementary, returned to their former school to speak to the younger children during May.

Haley and Alex shared advice with the Hazel Grove Elementary students, including how to be successful throughout elementary, middle and high schools. Haley is attending the University of Arkansas this fall, and Alex will attend Longview Community College.

Rachel Backes of LSHS named to 2017 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame

Rachel Backes, a biology teacher at Lee’s Summit High School, was recently named to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. She was honored during a May 16 induction ceremony.

Ms. Backes graduated summa cum laude in 2012 from Westminster College and is recognized as one of the school’s most decorated student athletes, receiving All-American Honors in 2011. A four-year starter and three-year captain, she earned the following conference awards: Scholar Athlete of the Year, Senior Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year. Achieving a 67-35 record in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Ms. Backes earned all-Tournament honors three times including the tournament Most Valuable Player award as a senior.

At Westminster, she continues to be at the top of several statistical categories, including fourth in assists, fourth in steals, fourth in field goals made and fifth in points.

After graduating from Westminster, Ms. Backes earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Lee’s Summit High School since 2014 and also currently serves as the school’s assistant girls basketball coach.

Lee’s Summit R-7 students selected to attend Missouri Fine Arts Academy

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students selected to attend the Missouri Fine Arts Academy are Afton Shumate and Lilly Smith of Lee’s Summit High School; Amanda Schilling of Lee’s Summit West High School; and Miranda Chaffin of Lee’s Summit North High School.

The Missouri Fine Arts Academy is a unique three-week, residential summer program for exceptional Missouri artists who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. Initiated in 1996, the program offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills in such fields as dance, visual arts, theatre and music while participating in a stimulating series of interdisciplinary and co-curricular activities. Students are nominated by their high schools to attend the Academy, complete an essay and submit a portfolio.

This year’s Missouri Fine Arts Academy will be held this summer on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. It is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships and private donations.

Hazel Grove Elementary kindergarten students have special guest reader

Dr. Eric Flack, Lee’s Summit R-7 director of curriculum and professional development, was a guest reader at Hazel Grove Elementary on May 19.

During a visit to the kindergarten classroom, Dr. Flack and the students participated in an interactive read aloud activity. Students also learned several new vocabulary words, and Dr. Flack encouraged the students to predict and infer using prior schema. The skills were tied to the kindergarten students’ lessons for the school year.

LS R-7 Board of Education approves reductions in several student fees for 2017-18

LS R-7 Board of Education approves reductions in several student fees for 2017-18

Lee’s Summit R-7 libraries offer summer reading program at Farmers Market

Lee’s Summit R-7 libraries offer summer reading program at Farmers Market