Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Another amazingly successful year in LS R-7

It’s May already and unlike most years we find ourselves preparing for the last day of school a little earlier due to the fact that we didn’t have a single day missed due to inclement weather.  We even managed to dodge the “Royal Blue Out” with great foresight to plan professional development on parade day.  With the school year quickly coming to an end, I wanted to take a brief moment to thank everyone for their contributions to another amazingly successful year in the R-7 School District.  Whether you are a student, parent, staff member or other member of our community, each one of you has the ability to make a positive contribution to the success of our school district.

Our students have again put in the difficult work of meeting the high expectations placed upon them by their teachers this year.  We will soon graduate over 1,300 seniors and set them on their journey toward success in their next phase of life.  I know it is not easy being a student in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Every one of our students can be proud of their accomplishments this year as they successfully navigated an even more rigorous curriculum and adapted to the changing world of education in R-7 that our Chromebook launch required.  Congratulations to each of you, and especially to our graduating seniors.

Of course it is only through a partnership with our families that we can successfully ensure each student progresses and receives what he/she needs to meet expectations.  Thanks to all of the parents in our community that let us play such an important role in the lives of your children.  And thanks for all you do for them to prepare them for success at home.

Appreciation is owed to our entire community regardless of whether or not they have a direct connection with us through a student or staff member.  The way our business community and others came together to support the district’s efforts to ensure relevant educational experiences, providing students with opportunities to work along industry professionals and the opportunity to lower the time and costs to a college degree is reaping great dividends for our Missouri Innovation Campus students.  The first cohort of MIC students graduates from college this spring, two years after receiving their high school diplomas.  Many have already been employed by their internship-related business such as Cerner and DST.  The community’s 80-percent approval of our bond issue in April 2015 made this and many projects impacting every school site a reality.  Thanks so much for your support that makes it possible for us to ensure state-of-the-art facilities that emphasize learning in a safe physical environment.

Finally, thank you to our amazing staff.  Whether a teacher, administrator or in a position of support, each of you is responsible for the success of our students and schools.  I know that every school year comes with its own set of unique challenges and opportunities.  I hope that you have found the district to be supportive and encouraging in your efforts to make more opportunities for students that might, at first, seem a challenge.  Every staff member is vital to our mission, but without question it is our teachers who make or break the success of our students in the classroom and beyond.  This is something I always try to emphasize whether it is with TEAM Lee’s Summit, our PTA or other groups with which we work closely to inform and be advised. Thanks so much for all you do for the children of R-7!

Have a great close to another school year, find time to relax and re-energize, and let’s seize our amazing responsibility to accomplish more miracles in 2016-17.