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INSIDEPRSRT STDU.S. POSTAGE PAIDLee’s Summit, MO 64063Permit Number 71R-7 Board of Education301 N.E. Tudor RoadLee’s Summit, MO 64086816-986-1000! One-to-one Chromebooks 2! Senior citizens tour Pleasant Lea Middle School 4! Taste of Lee’s Summit 6! National CyberPatriot competition 9ECRWSS Postal CustomerOur SchoolsLee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Community NewspaperAPRIL 2016Proudly presented by theFrom the superintendentCOMMENTARYDr. DavidMcGehee isLee’s SummitR-7 SchoolDistrict superintendent anda Lee’s SummitresidentDavid McGeheeCelebratinga new schoolThe March 10 groundbreaking ceremony included officials from Lee’s Summit R-7 and UCM as well as Gov. JayNixon, community leaders and students.Construction kick-off for new Summit TechnologyAcademy/Missouri Innovation CampusNew facility is funded through no-tax-increase bond issue and unique partnership with R-7 and UCMThe Lee’s Summit R-7 communitycelebrated the construction kick-off of a newfacility designed to house several nationallyrecognized programs that are reshapingthe way students experience education.At a March 10 groundbreaking ceremony,representatives from the Lee’s Summit R-7School District and the University of CentralMissouri (UCM) launched construction of anew Summit Technology Academy / MissouriInnovation Campus.The one-of-a-kind school is made possiblethanks to voter approval of a 2015 Lee’sSummit R-7 no-tax-increase bond issue aswell as a trailblazing partnership betweenthe R-7 School District and UCM. Theapproximately 40 million facility will houseLee’s Summit R-7 Summit TechnologyAcademy; the Missouri Innovation Campus,a partnership involving R-7, UCM andMetropolitan Community College (MCC);and programs currently housed in the UCMINNOVATION CAMPUS page 16There’s nothing quite as rewardingas seeing a plan come together, apartnership flourish and a new schoolbegin to take shape. All this happenedin one afternoon earlier this spring atthe groundbreaking of our district’snew Summit Technology Academy /Missouri Innovation Campus. HeldMarch 10, this historic event capturedregional and national attention, placingLee’s Summit R-7 in the spotlight onceagain for these future-focused programsand our unique partnership with highereducation.MCGEHEE page 18

Page 2April 2016One-to-one Chromebooks further engagestudents, raise level of critical thinkingConnect2Learn is helping students be more successful in schoolSince its initiation last fall, the Lee’sSummit R-7 Connect2Learn program isfurther engaging students in school whileleveling the playing field for all studentsregardless of family income. Through thisnew program, students from kindergartenthrough high school received a GoogleChromebook during August 2015 withmore than 17,500 devices distributedduring just a few weeks.“Connect2Learn provides equitableaccess for all students and teachers both atschool and at home,” said Dr. Amy Gates,R-7 executive director of technology.“No longer do teachers have to scheduletechnology into their lesson and waituntil they can reserve a computer lab.The technology device is always there forstudents and teachers to use to broadenthe learning beyond the classroom andsupport the individualized needs of eachstudent.”Dr. Kevin Daniel, R-7 associatesuperintendent of instruction andleadership, added that the district’steachers are constantly seeking to movestudents to think, process information,collaborate and consistently use problemsolving skills.“Connect2Learn is raising the level ofstudent engagement,” Dr. Daniel added,“raising the level of critical s success has beencomprehensive training offered forteachers to help them increase their abilityto design lessons that are empowering andengaging in the one-to-one environment.Misty Beichley, a first-grade teacher atMason Elementary, said Connect2Learnhas helped her students become moreindependent when it comes to extendingtheir learning.“They can take the concepts they arelearning in class and continue to research,explore or practice the skills and ideaswhen they have time outside of theclassroom,” Ms. Beichleysaid. “I am excited to seethe excitement my studentshave when they cannot waitto come to school to showme something that they havefound on their own about ourunit of study.”Ricky Boedeker, PleasantLea Middle School scienceteacher, said that studentsare discovering new apps,resources and educationalinteractives to support theirown learning each day.“However, I feel we areonly beginning to see whatstudents are capable of usingthis technology,” he said.“We could be providingthe intrigue or tools forfuture web programmers,entrepreneurs and scientistswith this experience.”Ginny Blumhorst, CedarCreek Elementary secondgrade teacher, said sheappreciates the ability tomake technology purposefulPleasant Lea Middle School science students work on projects during class.and go deeper into thecurriculum with the one-toone Chromebooks.students created storyboards and scripts to among students, Connect2Learn has“I love many different programs, sites film their ‘infomercial’ as a final product,” been well-received by Lee’s Summit R-7and tech tools that I use on a regular basis,” he said. “The creativity of each group was families.she said. “Some of the things I have done amazing and they were able to record and“I have received wonderfully positivefor the first time with my second-graders edit video as well as voice-overs for their responses to many of the projects weare things that many would be amazed information.”have completed with our Chromebooks,”that they can do. They continue to surpriseUnfortunately one pair of students, added Ms. Beichley, “and are then ableme and themselves!”crippled by illness, missed four of the to instantly share out to our parents soMr. Boedeker shared a recent example five recording days. “During their time students can get instant feedback.”of how Connect2Learn is making a in class, the two students were able toFormoreinformationaboutdifference in his classroom during connect over Google Hangouts and edit Connect2Learn, visit http://connect2learn.a lesson about planets that involved their storyboards, scripts and even video The website includes resourcesstudents working in teams. Students were during the school day,” the PLMS teacher for students and parents including aasked to create a “vacation package” added. “This was just one more example frequently asked questions section.that offered a new and exciting trip to of how students stay connected.”their planet. “Taking this a step further,In addition to building excitement

April 2016Page 3Turn Your Life Inside OutDriving into the Woodland Trails entryAlong the unique trail systemthe interactive playground, while others kick soccer balls on the adjacent,Developer announces Phase 3 at Woodland TrailsWoodland Trails is leading the housing boom just south of Lee’s Summit, and the addition of the new Phase 3lots ensures continued growth for the area. This is good news for home buyers because of the economic benefits:· Woodland Trails is a large scale, multi-year development· The Riffe brand ensures quality and financial stability· It’s within the award-winning Lee’s Summit School District· There are only a handful of lots left in Phases 1 and 2, and“The lots in Phase 3 are some of themost scenic and interesting, nestledDeveloper, Jim Riffe

Page 4April 2016Senior citizens tour Pleasant Lea MiddleSchool as part of R-7 community programArea senior citizens returned to schoolMarch 16 as part of a special program hosted bythe R-7 School District. Through the district’sSenior Citizens’ School Tour program, the localresidents visited Pleasant Lea Middle School.The event included a tour of the facility, lunchwith students and a performance by the school’sBlack and Gold Choir.Since the district’s Senior Citizens’ SchoolTours began in 2007, more than 400 local seniors have participated in the program. The opportunities are provided to seniors two timeseach school year and are free to participants.The tours for senior citizens are part of theR-7 School District’s Comprehensive SchoolImprovement Plan and were recommended by acommunity team. Plans call for a fall 2016 tour.TheBlackandGoldChoirperformsfor thespecialguestsat PLMS.GO GREEN & SAVE BIG!We Refill All Major Printer Brands100% Satisfaction GuaranteedMake Lifelong Friends. Enrich Your Community.Expand Your Knowledge Beyond The Classroom.We’re passionate about sharing cultures and extending families.Hosting a high school exchange student introduces your family,school and the entire community to a new culture and also to anew lifelong friend. Contact Kerri to learn more about hosting!Kerri Craven 816.686.6079 www.ayusa.org816-246-4845SAVE InkRefills1OffLimit one per customer. Not valid withany other offers. Expires 6/30/16Toner Refills 2OffLimit one per customer. Not valid withany other offers. Expires 6/30/16

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Page 6April 2016LS Educational Foundation hosts ‘Taste of Lee’sSummit’ to benefit R-7 schools and studentsAnnual event raises nearly 115,000The Lee’s Summit EducationalFoundation hosted the 17th annual Taste ofLee’s Summit on March 5 to raise moneyin support of excellence in education inthe Lee’s Summit R-7 community. Heldat The Pavilion at John Knox Village, theevent raised nearly 115,000.The popular, sold-out event includedboth live and silent auctions, a PowerBalloon Game Board, a Dine-AroundPackage, a PLINKO Game and anopportunity to help provide classroomPEAK Grants and technology throughthe Fund-A-Cause portion of the eveningwhich showcased and exceeded amatching 5,000 grant opportunity fromthe H.B. Oppenheimer Foundation. TheFoundation also shared information onhow to become a Legacy Donor throughestate and/or endowment gifts. Themefor this year’s event was “CelebratingChampions: Our Students, Our Staff, OurCommunity.”More than 630 guests and 80 volunteers,including Music Parents from each highschool and from Great Beginnings, alsohad the opportunity to sample cuisinefrom the following businesses: Andy’sFrozen Custard, Bleu Burger, Costa Vida,Edible Arrangements, The Egg & I, FigTree Cafe and Bakery, Jason’s Deli,Longhorn Steakhouse, NeighborhoodCafe, Outback Steakhouse, Summit Grilland Bar, Summit Hickory Pit BBQ, Ted’sCafe Escondido, Waldo Pizza, CountyBeverage Company, Hy-Vee and PostCoffee Company.Volunteer event co-chairs were BillBaird and Chip Moxley, and the liveauction was led by auctioneer ToddHertzog. A number of area individualsand organizations also generously helpedsponsor Taste of Lee’s Summit, includingannual Friends of the FoundationSponsors at five different participationlevels plus Taste of Lee’s Summit EventSponsors.Ambassador Sponsor includes H.B.Oppenheimer Foundation.Superintendent’sCircleSponsorsinclude CCR Roofing, JE Dunn, Larryand Trish Frevert, Bob and MarleseGourley, Guin Mundorf, Major Saver,Meyer Music, Paradise Park, Jane andBob Rutherford, Summit Custom Homes,LLC, and Tingle Flooring.Benefactor Sponsors include GeorgeK. Baum & Co., CBIZ, CEAH Realtors,GEHA, Landers’ Visions, MetcraftIndustries, Saint Luke’s East Hospital,and Steve and Kristy Young.Leader Sponsors include Atcheson Lawnand Landscape, Capital Construction,Central Bank of the Midwest, Carl andJean Chinnery, Commerce Bank, PhyllisQ. Edson, PhD, DLR Group, Great-WestFinancial, Hollis & Miller Architects,Dr. David McGehee, Charles and BethRosemergey Orth, Piper Jaffray andCompany, Stu and Teera Rogers, Adamand Amy Rutherford Family, Diane andVince Seif, Steppin’ Out - The Studio, Jimand Mary Stilley, Summit Bank of KansasCity, UCM-Summit Center, UMB Bank/TASTE OF LEE’S SUMMIT page 7Making TherapyConvenient for YouWe know that your schedule isalready full with plenty of importantthings. It can be difficult to get tophysical therapy during the week.Since 1970 Same Day Repair Sales - Installation - ServiceVisit Our Residential & Commercial Showroom in Lee’s SummitThat’s why we offer Saturdayhours at our Lee’s Summit clinic.Studies show that when physicaltherapy treatment is convenient,patients are more likely to completetheir plan of care, and consequentlyget better results! Get back to doingthe things you love faster withSERC Physical Therapy.816-895-6240CALL US (816) 537-5650OR VISIT serctherapy.comWe are also opened Mondaythrough Friday 7:00am– 6:00pm/ International Door Association Certified Dealer A E F G H H IJKE L M FNOJE PJQG R P @ * % .; !D8C 6B44!"B04 1,5 6B44!: )43 1- &, #89' &&(7 12?C5

April 2016Page 7TASTE OF LEE’S SUMMIT from 6Financial Corp., Greg and Anna Vahrenberg and VALIC FinancialAdvisors.Scholar Sponsors include Tim Accurso, Sharon Ahuna, BairdGroup Real Estate, David Boulden, Steve and Patti Buie, Dr.Katie Collier, Dr. Kevin Daniel, Brian and Sheryl Franke, KimFritchie, Carol Germano, Dr. Judy Hedrick, Keith Henry, Jeromeand Toni Horne, Janette Miller, Janice and Tim Phelan, PhillipsPaving Co. and Bob and Candy White.Event Platinum Sponsors include Brad and Sandy Cox andChris and Audra Storms. Event Gold Sponsors include WellsFargo Advisors, LLC and Hertzog Auction Co. Event SilverSponsors include KonicaMinolta and Event BronzeSponsors include MidwestBus Sales.The Lee’s SummitEducational Foundationis a non-profit, 501c3organization established toraise and manage resources inorder to expand and initiateeducational opportunities forR-7 students and staff. Formore information, visit R-7 LET’S TALK!COMMUNICATIONS TOOL APPROACHESTHE 500 DIALOGUE MARKThrough online tool, you are invited to submit questions,comments, suggestions, concerns and compliments 24/7During fall 2015, the Lee’s Summit R-7School District took steps to make it even easier to reach school district leadership with thelaunch of a new, cloud-based communicationstool, known as Let’s Talk! Community members, staff and students are invited to contact thedistrict with questions, comments, suggestions,concerns or compliments via of late March, close to 500 individuals hadused Let’s Talk! to communicate with the Lee’sSummit R-7 School District, and the number ofdialogues submitted is growing each day.With Let’s Talk!, individuals may visit the district’s website 24/7 to communicate with variousdepartments on a wide variety of topics.“Where Learning Is Fun!”Your home is a big investment. Protect it.If you need home coverage, I can help.I live and work right here in our community. I know what the homes are like in the area. SoI can offer advice you can trust to help you get the protection that fits your needs.If you’reready to talk home insurance or need some advice about protecting all that’s important toyou, call me today.Amy and Steve Hankins with children: Emily, Natalie, Ryan, and Colin Hankins“We have been an Appletree family for almost six years now, and we have loved our experience.The teachers genuinely love their students, and the curriculum has been successful in preparingour children for kindergarten. Appletree Academy has helped to foster our children’s love oflearning in a fun, academic, and caring environment.”Allen Walden816-875-49271483 SW Market St.Lee’s Summit, MO 64081allenwalden@allstate.comAcademic Preschool for ages 3-5Jan McDonough, BS. Ed, Owner/Director. Preparing Children For Kindergarten since 1994LLENRO !NOW 2016 Allstate Insurance Co.172886P.S. Call me today. I’ll make you feel right at home.(816) janschool@comcast.net1800 SW 150 Hwy. Lee’s Summit MO 64082

Page 8April 2016R-7 citizens’ groups host legislative breakfastA group of R-7 School District community members recently participated in a legislative forum withstate representatives serving in the Missouri GeneralAssembly. Approximately 35 members of the R-7Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Business Roundtableand Board of Education attended the March 11 event,hosted by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee.All 10 state legislators representing the school district were invited to attend the forum with the following attending: Rep. Mike Cierpiot, Rep. Gary Cross,Sen. Rep. Rebecca Roeber and Rep. Sheila Solon.The discussion focused on education topics such asfunding for public schools, economic development toenhance state revenues, tax-credit reform, re-writingof the state’s foundation formula for public schoolsand local control for Missouri school districts.The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District legislative platform is available at form/. This webpagealso includes contact information for local legislators, a toolkit for advocacy and sign-up opportunities for the R-7 School District’s advocacy electronicnewsletter.Legislators participating included (from left) Rep. Cierpiot, Rep. Cross, Rep. Roeber and Rep. Solon.50% OFFURSA MAJORPREFERREDPEDIATRICSRegular price 5.94 SFSALE PRICE 2.97 SF1707 NE Rice RoadLee’s Summit,MO 64086The toughest, softest,easiest to clean carpet on the planet NOW FEATURINGTHE ONLY CARPET PROTECTION & WARRANTY FOR:ALL PETS. ALL ACCIDENTS. ALL THE TIME.816-524-0255www.FlooringAndMoreKC.comJames K. McEntire, D.O.Noel M. Graham, M.D.Sherri J. Quick, R.N., CPNPCasey Paris, MSN, FNP-C241 NW McNary Ct Lee’s Summit, MO

April 2016Page 9Two teams qualify forNational CyberPatriotcompetitionTwo Lee’s Summit R-7 teams qualified for the CyberPatriot National Competition, including Summit TechnologyAcademy’s Team Sudo and Pleasant LeaMiddle School’s BSOD.The students will compete withstudents from throughout the UnitedStates April 10 through 14 in Baltimore.At this event, they are placed in a redteam blue-team scenario where theyhave to secure their images faster thanthe red-team can hack into them. Allteam expenses to the national contestare paid by the CyberPatriot nationalprogram.Summit Technology Academy alsoplaced in the top third in the State Recognition Rounds. Team Sudo placedfirst, Team eri@l Killer placed second and Kernel Panic placed third.Team Sudo is one of just 12 teams toadvance from a pool of 1,638 open division teams. This is Summit TechnologyAcademy’s fourth straight year to qualify for the CyberPatriot national finals.Four other R-7 middle-school teamsalso competed in the CyberPatriotcompetition with all four earning a spotin the semifinals round.STEPPIN’ OUTTHE STUDIOPhyllis Balagna, Owner/DirectorCommunity Involved Family OrientedThe areas Leader in Dance Education and PerformanceSummer Classes - Enroll Now! Starts 6/14Team Sudo members include (from left) Christian Durst, Zane Brown,Tyler Waits, Justin Nitz, Isaac McGee and Jack Bliss.Broadway Babies ProgramCompetition Teams Year End Recital June 4-5From Preschool to ProfessionalMusical TheaterH DanceHBSODTeammemberspreparefor competition.H VoiceHTumblingDANCE FOR FUN!DANCE FOR LIFE!816-525-7464750 NW Main St. Lee’s

Page 10April 2016Four seniors named toMissouri Scholars 100Four Lee’s Summit R-7 SchoolDistrict high school seniors wererecently selected for the 2016 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewideprogram that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in thegraduating class of 2016. Studentswill be recognized at a luncheon inColumbia on April 24.R-7 students selected are JordanHoffman and A.J. Iversen of Lee’sSummit High School and VanceKelley and Jonghae Lee of Lee’sSummit North High School. In ad-dition, Davis Perry of Lee’s SummitWest High School received the Missouri Scholars 100 honorable mention award.Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Associationof Secondary School Principals.Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for thisstate-wide recognition. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student’s grade-pointaverage (GPA) and ACT or SATcollege-preparation score.Three studentsnamed National MeritScholarship finalistsLee’s Summit R-7 students recently named National Merit ScholarshipCorporation finalists are CameronBrock, Lucas Hall and Jonghae Lee,all Lee’s Summit North High School.The students were named NationalMerit Scholarship Corporation semifinalists last fall.Recognized students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 8,200 National Merit Scholarship Awards, worthclose to 33 million, to be offeredthis spring. There are approximately15,000 finalists throughout the United States.Nearly 1.5 million studentsthroughout the United States enteredthe 2016 Merit Program as juniors bytaking the preliminary SAT/NationalMerit Scholarship Qualifying Test,which serves as an initial screen ofprogram entrants.NOW BOOKING SENIOR SESSIONSTINY TOESPACKAGEAmanda Bears PhotographySPECIALSpecializing in high school SENIORS*with packages starting at only 250!For full details on pricing, please Ballet*Receive 25 OFFany senior photo package816.808.4941RECREATIONAL AND COMPETITIVEFORGYMNASTICSBOYSGIRLSNOW ENROLLINGFOR SUMMER DAY CAMP& CLASSES! Wedding816-313-5328Pruter’s Sport TaekwondoFocus Respect Success!Lee’s Summit’s #1 Kids Martial ArtsProgramEnroll online or call esgymnastics.comwww.pruterstkd.com6 Weeks816-525-4300 69818 SW Blue Parkway(Next to Jumpin’ Catfish)Free Uniform!

April 2016Page 11LS R-7 Kids Country preparing for Summer CampPlanning is underway to bring fun, enriching, hands-onactivities to the Lee’s Summit R-7 Kids Country Summer Programs. Children will have the opportunity to explore science,literacy and art in a fun and creative environment. All curriculum is age appropriate and meets the needs of both youngerand older students.Science activities during “Weird Science” will focus on building skills in physical and earth sciences. Children will enjoy avariety of fun and innovative book titles and activities during“Story Builders” designed to delight and extend the learningexperience of each book.Weekly field trips are planned to locations such as CocoKey, Bump City, bowling, Summit Waves, movies and ParadisePark. Children will also enjoy socializing and friendly competition in the program’s traditional I-Games (Intramural Games).Online registration for the summer program is beginning inmid-March. To enroll, visit http://bass.lsr7.orgIndividuals interested in working with children this summermay apply for full- and part-time opportunities. Visit to complete an employment application for school-agecare site associate. You may also call (816) 986-3440 for additional information.A Child’s StruggleIs a Parent’s HeartbreakThere are times when every family needs helpDrugs. Anger. Depression. Alcohol. Whatever is troubling your child,Crittenton Children’s Center can help.Six full-time board-certified psychiatrists lead a team of experts inbehavioral health whose outcomes exceed national norms.You are part of that team. Together we: Increase emotional self-controlCall us Decrease reliance on Improve family strengthHelp is just a short drive away.Call Crittenton today.

Page 12April 2016Board of Education names new administrators for 2016-17The Lee’s Summit R-7 School DistrictBoard of Education approved theemployment of several new districtwide administrators and principals atthe organization’s February and Marchmeetings.The following were approved at theFebruary meeting:Kristen Merrell, currently assistantprincipal at Great Beginnings EarlyEducation Center, was named principalfor Hazel Grove Elementary for the2016-17 school year. She is replacingDr. Chris Troester who is retiring inJune.Aaron Barnett, currently assistantprincipal at Comanche Elementary andRising Star Elementary in the ShawneeMission School District, was namedprincipal for Pleasant Lea Elementaryfor 2016-17. He will replace TrishAlexander, who is retiring in June.Greg Johnson, currently principal atCordill-Mason Elementary in the BlueSprings School District, was namedprincipal for Sunset Valley Elementaryfor the 2016-17 school year. He willreplace Beth Trigg, who is retiring inJune.Andy Campbell, currently assistantprincipal at Summit Ridge Academy,will serve as principal at Summit Ridgein 2016-17. He replaces Burt Whaley,who is retiring in June.Tracy Bertoncin, currently a teacher atLee’s Summit High School, was namedassistant principal for LSHS. She isreplacing Jamie Argotsinger, who isretiring in June.Jereme Hubbard, currently an assistantprincipal at Lee’s Summit West HighSchool, was named athletics/activitiesassistant principal at LSWHS. He willreplace Debbie Katzfey who is retiringin June.The following were approved at theMarch meeting:Dr. Rexanne Hill, currently assistantprincipal at Lee’s Summit North HighSchool, was named director of studentservices for the 2016-17 year. She isreplacing Dr. Matt Miller, who hasresigned to accept a position in anotherschool district.Kayla England, currently an assistantprincipal at Clinton High School, wasnamed assistant principal at Lee’sSummit West High School. She isreplacing Jereme Hubbard, who willserve as the school’s athletics/activitiesassistant principal next year.James Oyler, currently a scienceteacher at Lee’s Summit High School,will serve as administrative intern atLSHS. This is a new position at LSHS.Rhea Moses, currently Lee’s SummitNorth High School lead physicaleducation and health teacher, wasnamed administrative intern for LSNHSfor 2016-17. This is a new position atLSNHS.Jesse Dziurawiec, currently a teacherat Lee’s Summit West High School, willserve as LSWHS administrative intern.This is a new position.Ryan Town, currently a teacher atSummit Ridge Academy, was namedassistant principal for Summit RidgeAcademy. He will replace AndyCampbell, who was recently namedprincipal of the school.Jeanie Cook, currently a teacher atPleasant Lea Elementary, was namedassistant principal for Great BeginningsEarly Education Center. She will replaceKristen Merrell, who will serve asprincipal at Hazel Grove Elementary in2016-17.Rhea MosesKristen MerrellAaron BarnettGreg JohnsonAndy CampbellTracy BertoncinJereme HubbardDr. Rexanne HillKayla EnglandJames OylerJesse DziurawiecRyan TownJeanie Cook

April 2016Page 13Dr. David McGehee featuredin Ingram’s magazine2016 ‘Icons of Education’Dr. David McGehee, R-7 SchoolDistrict superintendent, was recentlyfeatured in Ingram’s magazine as oneof 11 “Icons of Education” for 2016.The education leaders are profiledin the February issue of the regionalmagazine. The majority of the honorees work in higher education, and Dr.McGehee is the only individual recognized who is currently working inelementary and secondary education.Within Dr. McGehee’s profile, hediscussed his years in education as wellas his childhood and his motivationfor becoming a teacher and a schooladministrator. The first in his family togo to college, the R-7 superintendentbegan his career as a teacher before be-coming a principal and superintendentin a small district in rural Missouri.He has served as the Lee’s Summit R-7superintendent since 2006 and previously served as the superintendent ofthe Raymore-Peculiar School Districtand Sparta School District.An educator since 1987, Dr. McGehee has earned several other honors during his career, including beingnamed New Superintendent of the Yearby the Missouri Association of SchoolAdministrators (MASA) in 2000, Superintendent of the Year by MASA in2013 and Tech-Savvy SuperintendentAward winner from eSchool News in2011.HABANERO’SIncredible Mexican Food Made Fresh EverydayWE CATER!Catering Availablefor all Events Big or Small!Choose from: Pick-up Delivery Full Service816-554-1008www.EatAtHabaneros.com1008 S.E. Blue Parkway,Lee’s Summit, MO (50 Hwy & 291 N.)FAMILIES ELIGIBLE FOR HEAD STARTPRESCHOOL ENCOURAGED TO CONTACTLEE’S SUMMIT R-7 SCHOOL DISTRICTFamilies with preschool-age childrenwho may qualify for services throughHead Start are encouraged to contact theLee’s Summit R-7 School District. HeadStart is a comprehensive, income-based,early education program. All areas ofdevelopment, including cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional, areaddressed. Head Start also provides support and resources to meet family needs.Preschool services are free with an approved application. For more information, please contact Great BeginningsEarly Education Center at (816) 9862497.Head Start is a half-day program offered for children who are from age 3to age 5, and 2016-17 students must be3 by July 31. Preschool is offered fourdays each week, and breakfast and lunchOR lunch and a snack is provided daily.In addition, transportation (in a limitedservice area) and school supplies are provided at no cost to qualifying families.

Page 14April 2016Nancy Frick and Pam Wining receiveLS R-7 Learning for Life AwardsNancy Frick and Pam Wining each received theLee’s Summit R-7 Learning for Life Award. Mrs. Frickis a secretary at Lee’s Summit High School. Mrs. Wining is a fifth-grade teacher at Trailridge ElementaryThe award is presented to one employee each monthwho is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staffcommittee.“Nancy has a way of making each student feel important and valued,” said a colleague about Mrs. Frick.“I have honestly never met a more sincere, genuineperson in my life. She epitomizes kindness and sincerity.”“She is always happy to share ideas and is the firstone to jump in and help if anyone needs it,” said a colleague about Mrs. Wining. “She is always looking forthe good in others and is always looking to celebrateothers.

The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation hosted the 17th annual Taste of Lee’s Summit on March 5 to raise money in support of excellence in education in the Lee’s Summit R-7 community. Held at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, the event raised nearly 115,000. The popular, sold-out event included

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