Lee’s Summit North High School earned a silver medal and is ranked No. 20 among all Missouri high schools, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best High Schools” ranking this spring.
Lee’s Summit West High School earned a bronze medal and was ranked No. 31 among state high schools.
This is the 10th year that the magazine has ranked the most successful high schools using its own criteria, which were developed in collaboration with the RTI International research firm.
According to the publication, the rankings are based on serving all students well, not just those who are college-bound, as well as producing measurable academic outcomes.
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Back when America was young
Living History Day took Cedar Creek Elementary third-graders back to Colonial times, where they dressed in period garb, gave short speeches about a Colonial trade and played games that were popular when the nation was settled.
Rotating through eight parent-run stations, the children also completed tasks such as dipping candles, playing hopscotch, making butter, creating a yarn doll and writing with a quill.
NAIA honors ‘Student-Athlete of Character’
Baylie Andersen, a student at Lee’s Summit West High School, has been named the High School Student-Athlete of Character by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Anderson, a volleyball player, was nominated by her coach, Jennifer Morgan.
The NAIA’s fifth annual Champions of Character Foundation Luncheon was scheduled for May 15 to honor Andersen and other Kansas City area individuals, including Coach of Character, Company of Character, Collegiate Student-Athletes of Character and Team of Character.
The awards recognize individuals and businesses that embody the NAIA’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
Coasting into kindness at Highland Park
As part of the annual Day of Service at Highland Park Elementary School, kindergarten students worked together to make gifts for mental health therapists who serve the Lee’s Summit School District.
First, kindergartners learned about what therapists can do for children and their families. Providing that information was Barbara Dickerson, a therapist with Empathia, the R-7 district’s Employee Assistance Program. Students then created coasters featuring words encouragement for Empathia counselors to thank them for their work with district staffers and their families.
The students’ service day ended with a return visit from Tim McHenry and his comfort dog, Cheyenne. They are with MO-KAN Pet Partners.
Need a library book this summer? Try the farmers market
Library staffers from the Lee’s Summit School District will bring books for summer reading to the Lee’s Summit Farmers Market one morning a week for most of the summer.
Students are invited to grab a book and talk to a librarian, who will be at the market from 7 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from June 6 through July 25. Books will be suitable for a wide age range.
In addition, students are invited to access free ebooks and audiobooks online.
Teens prepare to get ‘SMART’ about substance abuse
Members of SMART clubs at the three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools have already begun preparing for the school year that begins in August. The SMART clubs focus on providing activities without alcohol, tobacco or other drugs — both for their members and for their fellow students.
SMART clubs also work to educate students, parents and community members about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues.
At an all-day leadership training session on May 14, students heard from Officer Darnell Sims of the Lee’s Summit Police Department. Other presentations focused on building leadership skills by increasing strong character traits such as perseverance, respect, responsibility and cooperation.
The 40 SMART members also heard representatives from all three schools talk about their initiatives, including social events, suicide prevention efforts and research into a local nonprofit that encourages teens to volunteer during the summer.
SMART members also assembled 60 kits for homeless persons that were donated to a local organization called Uplift.
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to the Journal