Academic journal accepts article by SCA teacher
An article by Summit Christian Academy faculty member Harold Carl will appear in the Africanus Journal, an academic publication of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Carl teaches high school Bible and dual credit world religions at Summit Christian. His article, “Families Are Forever: Why Eternal Families Just Won’t Work,” is being published in Volume 9, No. 2 of the Africanus Journal.
The publication strives to promote academic work that is multi-ethnic, urban-oriented, committed to an inerrant understanding of the Bible and to interpreting it in conversation with the realities of the world in which we live.
The journal is named for Julius Africanus, a Christian historian who lived in the third century.
R-7 district launches app for smart phones
Families and community members have another way to connect with the Lee’s Summit School District, which launched a new mobile app earlier this month.
The app includes a school directory, the school calendar, district news, nutrition services and transportation information, PowerSchool, Board of Education, Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and more.
Within the next few months, plans call for an alert feature to be added, which will allow individuals to customize alerts so that they can receive notifications regarding school closings or other news.
The app was developed by Rusty Richards, Lee’s Summit R-7 web developer, with the assistance of student Missouri Innovation Campus interns Drake Eckles and Zach Burton.
To download the mobile app to your smartphone, search for “LSR7” or “Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.”
The launching of a mobile app was included among goals within the district’s Destination 2021 five-year strategic plan.
Ethan Fields receives intensive leadership training
Ethan Fields, a student at Lee’s Summit North High School, spent part of his summer at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program.
Fields was among more than 120 students — all now entering their sophomore year and selected as future leaders — who learned what it takes to be an effective leader in their schools and communities. The exercise was held June 25-28 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.
With guidance from business leaders, civic leaders and educators, the students learned how to work together as team members and be successful individually as leaders.
“They were immersed in leadership activities that simulated real-life situations,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO.
In small groups, the students developed business plans for a new product or service during the Entrepreneurship Challenge. During a Model UN simulation, students debated nuclear weapons. Participants were also encouraged to set goals to further develop their leadership skills and were challenged to play more active roles leading their peers back home.
Older adults invited to tour Missouri Innovation Campus
The new Missouri Innovation Campus will be the destination for this fall’s Senior Citizens’ School Tour offered by the Lee’s Summit School District.
Older adults in the area are invited to the free tour, scheduled from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5. Space is limited. so reservations are required. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 28.
The event includes breakfast. Those attending are asked to arrive at the school a few minutes before 7:45 a.m. Participants must be able to do some walking within the school and are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
The Missouri Innovation Campus has received national attention for reshaping the way students experience education. It allows students to complete high school and a bachelor’s degree in only six years.
The new facility is the result of a partnership with the University of Central Missouri and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Lee’s Summit R-7 owns the building and is paying about 40 percent of its cost. The university is paying the remaining 60 percent through a lease agreement.
The building houses Summit Technology Academy and Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) programs as well as UCM programs previously located in the UCM-Lee’s Summit facility.
Because rental costs were going up at the previous Summit Tech location, the district will save about $9 million over the next 20 years by constructing the new building.
To make a reservation for the tour or to get more information, call 816-986-1014 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 28.
Preschool enrollment taking place at KC Cubbies
The Lee’s Summit School District is enrolling R-7 children ages 3 to 5 years old in the KC Cubbies Preschool Program, located in a building in front of Underwood Elementary School.
The program offers are two multi-age preschool rooms, Grizzly Bears and Polar Bears, each with a lead teacher, assistant teacher and associates. Before- and after-school care is available to students attending Great Beginnings, including full day care on Fridays when Great Beginnings is closed.
The curriculum is from Frog Street and is combined with Conscious Discipline. KC Cubbies operates from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or to enroll, call 816-986-3440 or visit bass.lsr7.org.