Blue Springs South Project Lead the Way instructor Pattie Balano was recently named a 2014 STEM Educator Innovator award winner by the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition. Balano is one of 10 educators from the state honored with the award, which recognizes teachers developing and delivering innovative educational practices to inspire and engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Balano was credited for a biomedical program that directly links relevant and meaningful career exploration. Balano was recognized by the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition on November 20 with a $2,000 stipend that can be used in her classroom. In addition, her innovative practices will be featured on the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition website and in a quarterly newsletter and blog.
Members of the Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School Student Senates presented a check for $2,500 to the Community Services League. The organizations raised the money during Community Unity Week and also collected canned goods during the week.
Motivational speaker Jeff Yalden visited Blue Springs South High School Monday and delivered his message to students and staff. Mr. Yalden has become the most in-demand youth motivational speaker in North America, having captured the imagination of nearly 4,000 teen audiences around the world. Jeff earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation in 2002. His visit was made possible through an education grant from the Blue Springs Education Foundation.
The Blue Springs Wildcats travel to Raymore-Peculiar to play conference foe Panthers at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of the district playoffs. The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed and Ray-Pec is the No. 2 seed. Blue Springs beat Lee’s Summit High School in the first round of the playoffs. In a separate district, the Blue Springs South Jaguars travel to Francis Howell in St. Louis Friday for a 7 p.m. semifinal game. Francis Howell is 9-0 and seeded No. 1 in the district while South is the No. 5 seed. South defeated No. 4 seed Wentzville Timberland to advance.