A partnership with four metro-area school districts, is making it possible for the University of Central Missouri to launch a new program designed to help paraprofessionals obtain a bachelor’s degree in education while continuing to work full time.Read More
Final results for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education election.Read More
A total of six Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students, working with the University of Central Missouri Gigabit Lab, will assist with Internet of Things presentations at the 2019 Microsoft DigiGirlz Day. The April 11 international event is designed to provide teenage girls with a better understanding of technology career opportunities.Read More
High-school students from the Lee’s Summit area are invited to share their opinions about youth mental health and wellness at four community forums.Read More
The last eight weeks or more have proven a challenging time for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. And that doesn’t have a thing to do with the barrage of winter that has stolen a day or more every week since Christmas break.Read More
Lee’s Summit CARES and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District are seeking public input on the subjects of youth safety and youth violence in the community.Read More
Students participating in the Missouri Innovation Campus have more opportunities to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-wage, in-demand field while significantly reducing the time to graduate. The recognized program, located in the state-of-the-art Lee’s Summit campus, added a bioinformatics program this school year and will launch software engineering next year.Read More
Tuesday’s filing deadline left us with eight candidates announcing campaigns to fill two seats on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Board of Education.Read More
After a lengthy process (involving a citizen-led team we should profusely thank, more on that later), lots of headaches, heartaches, heartburn, public gnashing, near-fainting on social media and lots of discussions seeming to ominously foreshadow a mental health crisis if a kiddo is forced to attend a different school than the year before, we finally have our boundary changes.Read More
At it’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve boundary adjustments and move forward with Phase 2 recommendations in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) process.Read More
Volunteers spend a Saturday painting positive messages on restroom walls
Lee’s Summit CARES recently joined forces with local artists, art teachers and students to paint inspirational messages throughout Pleasant Lea Middle School. The group spent approximately four hours on Saturday, Dec. 8, working on the school-wide project.
“We are calling it empowerment art,” said Lindsay Weiss, youth outreach coordinator for Lee’s Summit CARES who assisted with the project. “It was inspirational watching these creative and kind students give their time and efforts for this project.”
A total of 16 students participated in the project with the volunteer young people coming from Pleasant Lea Middle School, Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and Summit Technology Academy.
The volunteers painted messages in one girls restroom, one boys restroom and the school’s staff restroom. Kimberly Alonzo, PLMS assistant principal, and Brooke Linquist and Jennifer Shults, art teachers from the school, spearheaded the project along with Jaime Lyon of In Joy LLC and I Am Noticed.
“We hope the students feel empowered and engaged when they see the new positive messages in their school,” Weiss added.
Transparency. Communication. These have been the assurances coming from Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carpenter, administrators, Board of Education members and candidates for the board during the past three years as the district looks to move on from a series of public relations stumbles related to past decisions from the superintendent on down.Read More
It’s not easy being a teen. Never has been. But are the difficulties facing today’s youth harder than the previous generation’s? Or the one before that? Is it harder today than it was for their parents? What’s it like being a teen in 2018.Read More
The Lee's Summit R-7 School District's Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) team is currently analyzing and logging all of the feedback gathered through its second engagement series.Read More
Summit Technology Academy (STA) is hosting open house events to give high school students the opportunity to explore educational options and career opportunities available through its robust course and program offerings.Read More
Impressive, intrepid investment is happening in all corners of our downtown Lee’s Summit. It’s a byproduct of years of investment, decades (nearly 30 years in fact) of Main Street involvement, support from the city and belief of business owners, volunteers and supporters that downtown Lee’s Summit is absolutely the gem of our now 153-year-old city.Read More
Lee’s Summit CARES will offer a four-week parenting class geared toward parents of young people from 11 to 17 years old. Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 12 through Dec. 3, at Pleasant Lea Middle School, 630 SW Persels Road.Read More
Nonprofit coalition awards close to $3,000 in grant funding to local schools this year
Third-graders at Lee’s Summit Elementary are learning hands-on lessons about kindness and empathy this school year thanks to a grant from Lee’s Summit CARES. The grant, totaling $449, will be used for a program called PAWSitively Spreading Kindness that provides funding for school bus transportation, student T-shirts and materials for a partnership with Wayside Waifs animal shelter of Kansas City.
The grant was submitted by Wendy Hilbert, Lee’s Summit Elementary library media specialist, and Daphne Mack, the school’s counselor. Both educators said the project us tied to the school’s kindness theme for this school year.
“The concept of empathy is sometimes difficult for kids to relate to,” said Mack. “We wanted students to understand empathy and how they can care for others through the animal shelter project. This will also introduce the third-graders to various avenues where they can help out.”
The project will kick off this fall with officials from Wayside Waifs presenting a program focusing on how to care for pets with kindness and compassion. After hearing the presentation at Lee’s Summit Elementary, the school’s approximately 45 third-graders will take two field trips to the animal shelter where they will tour the facility and also do volunteer work.
Between the first and second field trips, each student will write and illustrate a book about what he or she learned at Wayside Waifs. During the second field trip, students will read their books to pets at the shelter as part of a Wayside Waifs program encouraging reading among children while also socializing animals. In addition, the third-graders will share their kindness-focused books with students from other grade levels at Lee’s Summit Elementary so more students can benefit from the project.
“This is an amazing opportunity that our kids wouldn’t have without the grant from Lee’s Summit CARES,” said Hilbert. “We are very passionate about service at our school, and we feel so fortunate to be able to provide this for our students.”
Susan Coffman, Lee’s Summit CARES program coordinator, said the Lee’s Summit Elementary grant is one of several funded through the nonprofit organization’s Community of Character business sector. A second grant, sponsored by Xtreme Gymnastics, was awarded to Prairie View Elementary school first graders, to fund their creative project to show kindness to the men and women of the Lee’s Summit Police Department. The Community of Character consists of approximately 50 business members fund projects totaling $3,000 annually with local schools encouraged to apply for the funds.
“The grants are awarded by a selection committee made up of several business sector members,” Coffman said. “These grants allow our businesses to impact a lot of kids in the community.”
The Lee’s Summit CARES Community of Character business organization is open to any local business. The members work together to promote core ethics and character while supporting young people. For more information about joining the business sector, visit LSCARES.org or call (816) 347-3298.
Lee’s Summit CARES is a community coalition dedicated to preventing youth substance use and violence, promoting exemplary character and empowering positive parenting. For learn more, visit http://www.lscares.org/. You may also follow Lee’s Summit CARES on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Mike Allen could sit in his conference room all day and talk about the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Not that he doesn’t have a million other things to do — or that the depth of his conversational tone is narrowed to just our school district. Allen has chaired, led and worked by example throughout Lee’s Summit in different capacities over the last two decades.Read More
Air Force Junior Reserve Cadets Austin Merit (LSN) and Luke Poudel (LSW) recently graduated from the inaugural Flight Academy class at Liberty University in Virginia.