Lee's Summit Journal

Vocal teacher is honored by Summit Christian Academy

Trissa Lucht (left), with Head of School Linda Harrelson, was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year at Summit Christian Academy.
Trissa Lucht (left), with Head of School Linda Harrelson, was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year at Summit Christian Academy. Submitted photo

Trissa Lucht is the 2018 Teacher of the Year at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit. She teaches vocal music at the secondary level.

Parents, students and staff could nominate teachers who have shown excellence in fulfilling SCA’s mission to “inspire students to achieve their God-given potential through excellent academics and Christian training in a compassionate environment.”

The 100 nominations included 34 teachers. Lucht, who has been at SCA for 13 years, was selected from among six finalists.

“Because of her love for music, her concern for her students, and her desire to share the gift of music with them, our secondary music program has increased greatly under her leadership,” said Linda Harrelson, head of school. “The SCA choirs, under Mrs. Lucht’s direction, have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City three times. This is a huge testimony to her musical and educational gifts and talents.

“Especially significant is Mrs. Lucht’s passion and ability to bring student athletes into the music program. She works closely with athletes, coaches and athletic directors to work around athletic schedules as much as possible.”

Lee’s Summit board earns statewide honor

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has won a 2018 Missouri Outstanding Boards of Education Award from the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

The award is in the category of governance, leadership and accountability. This is the second time the R-7 board has earned the award — it did so in 2015 for financial resources.

It’s time to arrange kindergarten screenings

Parents are encouraged to sign up for kindergarten screenings as soon as possible if they have a child starting kindergarten this fall in the Lee’s Summit School District.

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday afternoons, June 4-28. Sign-up links are available at the child’s elementary school website. Visit www.lsr7.org and select the school from the top left drop-down.

For those students who are not attending the Lee’s Summit R-7 Summer Learning Institute, parents should choose the site and the 20-minute time slot that is most convenient. Students in the summer program will be screened during their school day and do not need to sign up for screening in advance.

Questions should be directed to the child’s school office. After May 25, contact the elementary instruction office at 816- 986-1022.

R-7 administrator earns award for adjunct work at university

Eric Flack, executive director of curriculum for the Lee’s Summit School District, has been chosen to receive the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching from Webster University, where Flack has been a part-time adjunct professor since 2003.

The award recognizes two full-time and two-part-time faculty members at Webster.

Flack has worked for the Lee’s Summit district for 22 years, beginning his career as middle-school social studies teacher. He has served as a district-level administrator for 19 years.

At Webster, Flack has taught a mix of face-to-face, blended and online courses in a variety of subjects to more than 1,400 students.

Two chosen for YMCA conference on national affairs

Keegan Pohl and Katie Mead, students at Lee’s Summit North High School, have been accepted to the YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs, scheduled June 30 through July 5 in Black Mountain, N.C.

Representatives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will attend. Pohl and Mead participated in the Youth-in-Government program in December 2017 as part of the Lee’s Summit North legal team in Jefferson City. At the summer event, both will be introducing legislation in the YMCA Congress.

Learning gets a lift at SCA

Summit Christian Academy elementary students recently learned about the history and science of hot air balloons when a RE/MAX balloon came to campus.

Real estate agent and SCA parent Alethea Beasley worked with Elementary Principal Kimberlee Gill to plan the educational opportunity. The balloon was provided by RE/MAX Heritage in Lee’s Summit.

The students also talked about how “love lifts you up,” an idea that was incorporated into the chapel service after the demonstration.