R-7 Schools offers My School Bucks program to track school meals


Web-based program provides records of student purchases, account balances and payment options

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District families have the opportunity to track their children’s school lunch and breakfast purchases, check meal account balances, receive low-balance alerts and pay for meals through a web-based program known as My School Bucks. The convenient meal online payment and monitoring program is available on the R-7 Nutrition Services webpage (upper right portion of page.)

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By using My School Bucks, families have a safe and secure option for managing their children’s school breakfast and lunch payments via their digital devices. Parents receive their own secure login and create a password. The option to track accounts, monitor student cafeteria purchases, check balances and receive low-balance e-mail alerts is free. A $1.95 transaction fee is charged for online payments.

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Lee's Summit North teacher Lisa Shepard.

Lee's Summit North teacher Lisa Shepard.

Lisa Shepard of LSNHS featured in podcast focusing on foreign language instruction

Lisa Shepard, a French teacher at Lee’s Summit North High School, was featured in the “We Teach Languages” podcast during August.

Ms. Shepard has been a teacher for 29 years, and this is her second year with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. According to the “We Teach Languages” podcast episode, Ms. Shepard “has successfully transitioned from verb conjugations and traditional tests to authentic resources and performance assessments.” In the 16-minute podcast, the LSNHS teacher shares her own journey as well as practical advice for teachers interested in teaching proficiency.  

Ms. Shepard also shares her insights on her blog, Madame’s Musings. The “We Teach Languages” podcast is available here.  

Lee's Summit Chamber, UCM sponsor annual LS R-7 New Teacher Breakfast

Close to 100 educators were welcomed to the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District during an Aug. 7 special event hosted by the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce and the University of Central Missouri-Lee’s Summit. The Chamber has hosted the annual New Teacher Welcome Breakfast for several decades.

During the event, teachers heard from Tyler Morehead, Chamber chairperson; Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads; Dr. Nicole Nickens of the University of Central Missouri; Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, superintendent; and Seth Moses, Chamber Education Committee chairperson.

Michelle Uptegrove, a teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary and Lee's Summit R-7 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, was the featured speaker at the breakfast.  

Following the breakfast, the new teachers received "goody bags" filled with gifts donated by a number of Chamber member businesses.

Lee’s Summit R-7 ranked among Missouri’s top 10 by national organization

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District was recently ranked in the top 10 among “Best School Districts in Missouri” by Niche. Only two Kansas City metropolitan-area districts were ranked in the state’s top 10.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s overall Niche grade was A+.

According to Niche officials, the rankings are based on statistics such as state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and teacher quality as well as ratings from students and parents. Niche helps families find places to live, work and attend school based on statistics and online ratings.

LS R-7 teachers honored at Missouri Scholars Academy

Sara Witteman and Mindy Haesemeyer, both Lee’s Summit North High School, and Melissa Woody, Lee’s Summit High School, were recognized at Teacher Appreciation Day, held this summer at the Missouri Scholars Academy.

Ms. Witteman was selected by Scholars Academy participant Megan Carlson. Ms. Haesemeyer was selected by participant Kameron Robinson. Ms. Woody was selected by participant Alexandria Mesz.

Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic program for approximately 330 of Missouri gifted students. Close to 330 sophomores statewide are selected from among approximately 65,000 students. Acceptance is based on a student essay, teacher recommendations, PSAT scores and IQ tests. The academy is a residential program held on the University of Missouri-Columbia and funded by the State of Missouri.