Lee's Summit Journal

Lee’s Summit R-7 families host students from Spain

Students and an English teacher from Colegio Jesus Maria in Madrid, Spain, were hosted by Lee’s Summit R-7 families Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.
Students and an English teacher from Colegio Jesus Maria in Madrid, Spain, were hosted by Lee’s Summit R-7 families Aug. 31 through Sept. 15. Courtesy photo

Families from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently hosted 13 students and one teacher from Colegio Jesus Maria in Madrid, Spain. They visited the Lee’s Summit area Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.

The visitors spent time with Spanish classes at Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools and middle schools, and Spanish teachers led tours and planned daily events for the group.

Metro-area outings included the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum and the Kansas City Zoo. The group visited downtown Lee’s Summit and met with the city manager; toured the Lee’s Summit fire and police headquarters; and volunteered for an afternoon at Harvester’s Food Distribution Center.

This exchange begins a new district school-to-school exchange with Spain. Students from Lee’s Summit R-7 will travel to Madrid, Spain, during spring break in 2019.

LS R-7 National Merit commended scholars

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has four 2019 National Merit Commended Scholars: Megan Carlson from Lee’s Summit North, Sierra Nyquist from Lee’s Summit High, and Lauren Smith and Molly Wooster from Lee’s Summit West.

Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Strong turnout for R-7 planning initiative

More than 500 people attended a series of meetings earlier this month that helped launch the Lee’s Summit School District’s effort to figure out the best way to use its buildings and other facilities.

The district said more than 4,000 people responded to an online survey that asked about current needs in the district.

Boundary changes could be among the recommendations in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan that’s under development. Citizens and administrators are on working on the project with the design firms DLR Group and Gould Evans, which worked together to design the Missouri Innovation campus. A communications firm also is part of the process.

“Finding solutions based on broad input is important to our community, and that includes continued engagement and transparency around potential boundary adjustments to meet capacity needs,” the district said in a news release.

Presentation materials and video streams from each night are posted at lsr7.org/cfmp. Results from the first round of public input should be posted this week.

A second round of community meetings takes place next week as the Lee’s Summit School District proceeds with a planning effort that could lead to school boundary changes.

Informal solutions will be offered and discussed at next week’s meetings, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on these dates:

▪ Oct. 8: Lee’s Summit North High School commons, 901 N.E. Douglas St.

▪ Oct. 9: Lee’s Summit High School performing arts center, 400 S.E. Blue Parkway.

▪ Oct. 10: Lee’s Summit West High School field house, 2600 S.W. Ward Road.

▪ Oct. 11: Missouri Innovation Campus conference center, 1101 N.W. Innovation Parkway, near Tudor and Ward roads.

In addition, patrons will have a chance starting Oct. 5 to take another online survey on facility use, this one focused on recommendations. The questionnaire will be available through Oct. 19.

Get all the details at lsr7.org/cfmp.

Nominations sought for LSHS Hall of Fame

Lee’s Summit High School is looking for outstanding graduates who are worthy of induction into school’s Hall of Fame.

Nominations will be taken through Nov. 8 for the honor, which has been given to roughly five school alumni each year since 1997. Nominees must have graduated from Lee’s Summit High School at least 10 years before induction next spring. Both living and deceased alumni may be considered.

Nomination forms are available in the main office at Lee’s Summit High School and at lshs.lsr7.org, through the Parents/ PTSA/Alumni tab. Completed nominations should be returned by Nov. 8 to Tracy Bertoncin, assistant principal, Lee’s Summit High School, 400 S.E. Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063.They also may be emailed to tracy.bertoncin@lsr7.net.

Senior tour at Lee’s Summit West High School

Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will hold a Senior Citizen Tour at Lee’s Summit West High School from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24. This free tour includes student-led walking tours, lunch and an informational presentation.

Attendees must provide their own transportation to Lee’s Summit West High School, 2600 S.W. Ward Road. Reservations are required. Contact Ariel Andrew at 816-986-1014 or ariel.andrew@lsr7.net.