June 2015 Around Town 4


District to Provide Chromebooks for Students

The Lee’s Summit School District will provide a Dell Chromebook for all students starting in the fall of 2015. The Chromebook rollout, dubbed Connect2Learn, supports district priorities and is an important step toward further developing engaged learners and meeting the district’s mission. Increased access to digital devices is designed to enhance student learning, create opportunities for more personalized and deeper learning experiences and provide students with the tools they use now and will encounter in their future.

Funding for the Chromebook purchases is made possible thanks to the district’s long-range planning, careful stewardship and reallocation of current resources. The district’s existing all-school, general-purpose computer labs as well as stand-alone computer stations in library media centers are being removed beginning in fall 2015, freeing up funding originally earmarked for the labs. In addition, the district has secured a buyer for several thousand existing Chromebooks currently used in schools district-wide.

Bloch Art Collection Will Be on Permanent View

An $11.7 million renovation of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will showcase the internationally celebrated Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art, which will go on permanent view in spring 2017.

The collection was showcased during the 2007 opening of the Bloch Building and bequeathed to the museum under the leadership of Director Emeritus Marc F. Wilson in 2010.

The art will be integrated with the museum’s European collection, a project that is the result of a thoughtful planning process and strategic initiative. The renovation of galleries begins this summer on the plaza level of the Nelson-Atkins Building.

As part of that process, the museum consulted with Mr. Wilson and Philippe de Montebello, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The northeast quadrant of the Plaza level of the original Nelson-Atkins Building will be closed to visitors during the nearly two-year renovation.

Take Your Child to Work Day at LSMC

Lee’s Summit Medical Center (LSMC) hosted its Third Annual Take Your Child to Work Day. Children ages 6 to 18 with a parent working at LSMC or parent of a partnering Fire/EMS department and Lee’s Summit Police Department had the opportunity to learn about careers in healthcare. Hospital employees shared information about their profession in career fields such as cardiovascular care, radiology, rehabilitation services, emergency/trauma care, and laboratory and operating room/surgical services. Various stations throughout the hospital provided the kids with hands-on healthcare education. The Missouri Highway Patrol and Lee’s Summit Fire and EMS demonstrated the features of ambulance and fire trucks and shared information about their career fields.

More than 75 children attended this popular event.

“We are pleased to offer this enlightening and powerful educational experience for not only our hospital employees’ children, but also the children of our community first responder partners,” says LSMC CEO Matt Sogard, FACHE.

Downtown Main Street Receives Accreditation

Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the national list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach® methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning.  These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

Student Wins Smart Kid Essay Contest

Faith McDonough, a seventh-grader at Summit Lakes Middle School, recently won the CommunityAmerica Credit Union Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. The award included a $1,000 prize.

Faith was one of three winners from the Kansas City metropolitan area. Approximately 150 essays were submitted and reviewed by judges.

“All of this year’s applicants demonstrated a strong knowledge of college preparation, highlighting the important role of savings in avoiding the cycle of debt in adulthood,” says Amanda Clark of CommunityAmerica Credit Union.

Alex’s Lemonade Days Returns

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, invites volunteers across the country to take a stand against childhood cancer when Alex’s Lemonade Days returns, June 12-14.

ALSF’s National Lemonade Days began in 2004 when Alex Scott set her sights on raising $1 million to fight childhood cancer, including hers. Alex invited volunteers to join her in hosting lemonade stands to help achieve her goal: one dollar and one lemonade stand at a time. Through the help of these volunteers, Alex would reach her goal before losing her life to cancer in August of that year. Each June, the weekend before Father’s Day, supporters everywhere contribute to a cure.

For more information and to sign up to host a lemonade stand, visit AlexsLemonade.org/LemonadeDays.

LSWHS Librarians Honored

Lee’s Summit West High School librarians Megan Chambers and Amy Taylor are co-chairs for the 2015 Missouri Association of School Librarians conference held in April at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

During the conference, more than 800 school librarians gather from across the state for professional development in the areas of technology, literacy and 21st century learning. While at the conference, both Lee’s Summit West staff members will also be presented with the Bright Idea Award. This award is given each year to a librarian(s) who has initiated innovative ideas for a school library media program.

Drumline Places First at Championships

The Lee’s Summit High School Drumline recently captured first place at the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) Championships. Students in drumline and color guard from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Arkansas compete in the MCCGA competition during the spring semester.

During the MCCGA Championships, the LSHS Drumline won first place in the school’s category – scholastic B – competing with nine drumlines from six states. The students are directed by Mike McBain, associate director of bands/director of percussion at Lee’s Summit High School. Other staff members include Paul Bessitti, Alex Vallar and Marcus Neudigate.

In addition, the students were undefeated for indoor drumline standstill performances during the past fall 2014 marching season.

Art of the Car Concours Benefits KCAI

A presentation of 200 historically significant vehicles, including vintage and antique cars from throughout the country will be displayed at the Kansas City Art Institute for the Ninth Annual Art of the Car Concours. Trucks, motorcycles, sports and luxury cars, race cars, hot rods and pedal cars will be showcased.

This year’s event features concept cars that manufacturers built to gauge public acceptance of new technology and styling ideas, many of which found their way into production. The 50s and 60s became the Golden Age of the dream car.

Prior to the Sunday showcase –Saturday afternoon June 27 – a panel at the Meet the Legends event will discuss the history of dream cars. The panel will include personalities such as Packard collector Ralph Marano and Wayne Carini of Velocity Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars show.

Proceeds benefit the KCAI scholarship fund. For more information about all the events or to purchase tickets, visit ArtOfTheCarconcours.com.

Football History Comes to Union Station

Union Station – in partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs — brings Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition to Kansas City. The exhibit opened May 23 and runs through September 6.

Gridiron Glory is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on America’s favorite sport and will include more than 10,000 square feet of the most iconic pro football artifacts of all time. In total, more than 200 football artifacts, photos and rare documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection will be on display… some for the very first time.

Gridiron Glory tackles everything from football’s cultural impact to the science behind the game. Guests will able to view NFL Films video footage and learn about the sports’ pioneers. This interactive multimedia experience includes rare documents and spectacular NFL Film footage. Additionally, a special gallery of 4,000 square feet – including unique artifacts – will be created to pay tribute to the Kansas City Chiefs.

For more details, visit UnionStation.org/Football.