Lee's Summit Journal

R-7 taking it slower on facility planning

Based on feedback from the public, the Lee’s Summit School District is tapping the brakes as it plans on how to best use its facilities, balance enrollment among schools and make sure that school buildings are capable of providing equal learning opportunities across the district.

“We’ve heard throughout this process that it might be appropriate to slow down to continue analyzing the community’s feedback through the fall,” the district said in a news release.

As a result, the next series of community meetings — originally scheduled for Nov. 5-8 — has been delayed until after Thanksgiving and shortened to three days. The dates are Nov. 27, 28 and 29

The district said it was important to release a number of “informal” solutions — including boundary changes and moving sixth-graders out of the elementary schools — before community meetings held earlier this month.

“These informal solutions are starting points, which we will now refine based on our engagement efforts and further analysis,” the district said.

The informal ideas and other information are posted at www.lsr7.org/cfmp. Early survey feedback indicated strong support for school additions, renovations or construction to meet needs. Respondents were more concerned about high-quality learning and minimizing student disruption than limiting the financial cost of decisions.

Dual language seal available to R-7 grads

The Lee’s Summit Board of Education has authorized the adoption of new program in Missouri that recognizes students who are fluent in English and at least one other language.

Graduating seniors will be eligible to attain the Seal of Biliteracy, which will appear on their diplomas and transcripts. The seal will designate to potential employers that the student is bilingual, a highly desired skill for some careers.

As they progress toward biliteracy, students from kindergarten through middle school will receive Pathway Awards if they reach certain benchmarks.

“The program was introduced by the state just last fall,” said Robin Villa, the district’s Modern Language Department chairperson. “This designation will assist our students when applying for college admissions and scholarship, and can provide up to 12 hours of college credit hours at some universities.”

To receive the Seal of Biliteracy or the district’s Distinguished Seal of Biliteracy, graduating seniors must:

▪ Earn a score of proficient or advanced in English language arts on a district-approved standardized test.

▪ Score proficient or advanced on a test aligned with the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency guidelines.

▪ Demonstrate socio-cultural competency relating to both English and another language.

Trick-or-treat at Lee’s Summit North

The Lee’s Summit North High School PTSA will host a free Safe Halloween event from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the school, 901 N.E. Douglas St.

Children are invited to trick-or-treat in the school commons area, which will be decorated for Halloween. Lee’s Summit North students, dressed in costume, will staff 30 to 40 booths and hand out candy to the children.

Safe Halloween is funded by money raised from the PTSA’s fireworks stand.

‘Annie, Jr.’ at Summit Lakes

The Summit Lakes Middle School theater and vocal music departments invite the public to this week’s performances of the musical “Annie, Jr.”

Curtain times are 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 in the “gymnatorium” at the school, 3500 S.W. Windemere Drive. Tickets are $7, and seating is general admission. Tickets will be available at the door but can purchased ahead of time at https://paymentcentral.lsr7.org/?store&storeid=22. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

‘Love and Logic’ for raising teens and tweens

Lee’s Summit CARES will offer a four-week parenting class geared toward families with young people from 11 to 17 years old.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 12 through Dec. 3, at Pleasant Lea Middle School, 630 S.W. Persels Road.

Topics will include maintaining positive relationships, helping children handle peer pressure, developing communication strategies that work with teenagers, setting enforceable limits and reducing parenting stress. Attendees will also receive information on how brain development affects teen behavior.

The fee is $50, and parents should register by Nov. 6 at www.LSCares.org/parenting. The site also has a registration form that can be mailed to ReDiscover, c/o Bev Hatley, 1555 N.E. Rice Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.

ReDiscover and the R-7 School District cooperate with Lee’s Summit CARES to offer the class. For more information about the course and scholarships, R-7 residents may contact Hatley at 816-347-3259. Those living outside the district should call Rachel Segobia at 816-347-3298.