Blue Springs wins Red Quill award
The Blue Springs School District has been awarded the Red Quill Award for the 2009-10 school year by ACT’s Midwest Regional Office. The award was established in 2006 to recognize schools in the Midwest that are taking an innovative approach to improve their curriculum and have shown consistent growth in student ACT scores over time.
Schools that use EXPLORE and PLAN assessment programs for eighth and 10th grade students were qualified to apply for the Red Quill Award. To earn the award, schools had to demonstrate that they effectively used the results of these programs to improve the education they provide to students through curriculum and/or instruction. They also had to show consistent improvement in ACT scores over the past five years.

Soozie Peery earns Learning for Life title
Soozie Peery was named the Lee’s Summit School District Learning for Life Award winner for January. She is a guidance counselor at Underwood Elementary School.
The award is presented to one employee each month who is nominated by co-workers and selected by a staff committee.
“Soozie is the heart and soul of our school,” said one co-worker. “You can always count on her leadership and role modeling to help lead our school to bigger and better things.”

Lee’s Summit honors Students of the Month
Middle school students in the Lee’s Summit School District were recently recognized as December Students of the Month. Students of the month are recognized based on outstanding citizenship, conduct, attitude and school involvement.
Bernard Campbell Middle School – Madi Faulkenberry and Steven Giangreco.
Pleasant Lea Middle School – Sydney Nyquist and Louie Bertoncin.
Summit Lakes Middle School – Meg Britton-Mehlisch and Aaron Cunningham.

ROTC plans drill meet
The Lee’s Summit High School Air Force Junior ROTC will host its 15th annual Flying Tigers Invitational Drill Meet next month.
The drill begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at the high school. The public is invited to watch precision drill performances, and the event is free.
Teams from the Lee’s Summit School District as well as Blue Springs and Kansas City  will compete.