The Blue Springs School District is proud to present Morgan Payton of the Blue Springs Freshman Center as the 2016-2017 BSSD District Teacher of the Year. Morgan’s honor was announced at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast at the Gale T. Bartow Administrative Center Friday morning. She is the first District Teacher of the Year winner in the Freshman Center’s history. Congratulations to Morgan and to all our Teachers of the Year finalists.
The District will hold a Sport and Transition Night for incoming freshman from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., May 5 at the Blue Springs Freshman Center. The event is an informational meeting for parents and students. It covers high school sports, activities, and includes academic information that all incoming freshman will need to know. The meeting will be in the big gym and parking will be in the west parking lot.
Blue Springs South High School Principal Dr. Charlie Belt was named High School Principal of the year by the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association (GKCMPA). Dr. Belt was given the award during a surprise visit at the school that included his family and several current and former BSSHS staff.
The Blue Springs South High School Wind Symphony was awarded the Grand Champion of the Dallas Windband Festival last weekend. The symphony won the large school division of the festival as well. Two South students were named outstanding soloists of the entire festival – Bethany Rogers (clarinet) and Elise Dryer (piano). This is the first time a Missouri band has been invited to the festival and the first band outside of the state of Texas to win the event. Some 34 bands performed over two days at the festival. Judges comments for the South bands included, “I have heard many major university bands that do not come close to your skill, craft and musical artisty,” said John Whitwell, director of bands emeritus from Michigan State University.
Several BSSD students were recognized for outstanding performances at the 2016 Project Lead the Way High School Showcase at Union Station. In the Innovation Portal competition, the district had two teams in the top 10: Alex Burroughs and Ibrahim Yilla won second place and received a $1,500 scholarship while Cassidy Herman and Nick Mann placed. In the Biomedical field, Katie Hoff was 1 of 5 winners of the Innovation Awards for an innovation of a product.Her product is a slow release Growth Hormone implant. She conducted her research and worked with a biomedical engineer graduate student from University of Delaware to design the implant. In the Commerce Bank contest, the team of Corey Jackson and Nell Sandring Wesemann placed in the top five. Each received $50 gift cards from Commerce and an invitation to attend a product start-up day over the summer.
Last day of school for Seniors at Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School is Wednesday, May 18.