FOHS students elected as NAHS officers

Fort Osage High School students were selected as officers for the National Art Honor Society: Mariah Dowty, president; Kinzie Hemme, vice-president; Hanna Toups, vice-president and Nicole Snider, scretary/treasuer.

Mechanical bull fundraiser for Project Grad

Fort Osage High School’s Project Grad committee is sponsoring a mechanical bull next week.

The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 by the Fort Osage football field. Students 17 and under must have a signed release by a a parent. The cost is $5 per ride. Release forms can be picked up in school offices or printed off the school website prior to the event. For more information, call Kimberly Stick at 816-806-0061 or Carla Rose at 816-808-4032.

ACT deadline approaching

Aug. 23 is the deadline to register for the Sept. 21 ACT college admission and placement exam. The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for first year credit-bearing college courses based on ACT College Readiness Standards. During registration, students can select up to four colleges to receive their score reports. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities across the United States. ACT reports scores only when requested to do so by the student. Additional score reports are available for a small fee. The cost for the ACT test without the optional writing portion is $35. When combined with the ACT Writing Test, the cost is $50.50. Students who qualify can apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor. For more information or to obtain free sample items, visit the ACT website at Students can register for the exam on the website or by picking up registration forms from their high school counseling offices.

American Legion donates school supplies

Members of the American Legion Post 499 Auxiliary recently donated backpacks to the Blue Springs School District’s Community Services Department. The packs were filled with notebooks, pencils, rulers and supplies needed for grades K-5. The backpacks will help provide supplies to students who otherwise would not be able to have them.

Clark to study in Ireland

Madison Clark, Blue Springs, is studying at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. She is a junior at Susquehanna University in Selingsgrove, Pa., and is majoring in creative writing and religion. She is a 2011 graduate of Blue Springs High School. Susquehanna's Global Opportunities program requires all students to spend at least two weeks off campus, immersed in a culture different from their own.

District strategic plan report available

The Lee’s Summit School District Comprehensive School Improvement Plan is available on the district’s website. The five-year strategic plan was developed by a team of community and staff members. The plan focuses on five areas – governance; student performance; highly qualified staff; facilities, support and instructional resources and parent and community involvement. The complete plan is at, under “R-7 School District 5-year plan.” The plan covers 2011 through 2016 with the major emphasis on student achievement. Members of an approximately 40-person community team developed the five focus areas into goals, strategies and action steps for each area.

Love and Logic parenting classes

Lee’s Summit CARES in cooperation with the Lee’s Summit School District is offering the popular Love and Logic parenting classes over the course of the 2013-14 school year. Upcoming classes include:

Parenting the Love and Logic Way, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 10 at Prairie View Elementary School, 501 S.E. Todd George Road. Cost is $42.

Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays Sept. 23 through Oct. 21 at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 N.E. Tudor Road. Cost is $20.

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 9, at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 N.E. Colbern Road. Cost is $42. All classes run for five weeks. Scholarships are available to families who live within the Lee’s Summit School District boundaries. There is no cost to return to the program. For more information visit www.LSCARES.Org or call Bev Hatley at 816-347-3259.

Students win Saint Michael’s Award

Wade Johnson and Melody Kimbrough, who were both students at St. Mary’s High School, received the 2013 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael’s, in Burlington, Vt., was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

New website for Nutrition Services

The Lee’s Summit School District Nutrition Services Department launched a new website, designed to provide comprehensive information about the school breakfast and lunch programs as well as healthy nutrition and fitness tips for families. The site features school menus, payment information, specific educational lesson plans for educators, videos, nutrition calculators and other tools. In addition, the USDA Child Nutrition Nutrient Database is included along with interactive nutrient display options. The site meets the goals and requirements of the district wellness policy and federal requirements. The website, which launched during July, is at

-- Kelly Evenson