On Tuesday, September 23, the Blue Springs Freshman Center honored Hollis + Miller Architects, a local business partner, with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Learnscape outdoor classroom. Hollis + Miller worked together with students to design and develop the student classroom. Students, teachers, administrators and the Board of Education shared in the celebration. Hollis + Miller received a framed picture of all students and staff who took part in the project as a thank you for their support.
Four Blue Springs South High School and two Blue Springs High School students were recently selected National Merit semifinalists. Dan Eaton, Matthew Tran, Evelyn Layland and Kara Herrmann of BSSHS and Grant Higgins and Lazarina Butkovich of BSHS each scored in the top two percent nationwide on the PSAT test taken their junior year.
Students, parents and staff in the Blue Springs School District came through again for Community Services League during last week’s canned food drive and Papa John’s pizza contests that highlighted Community Unity Week. District schools collected 34,245 items across the district, matching last year’s effort despite being off school on Labor Day.
The Blue Springs School District has been named the top school district in the Kansas City area on the 2014 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Annual Performance Report (APR). The BSSD received a score of 98.6 percent, receiving 138 of 140 points. The scores are provided for all school districts around Missouri. The APR is made up by academic achievement, or MAP scores, college and career readiness and attendance. A percentage of scores from students whose second language is English, use free or reduced lunch and have a disability are also included in the mix. The Blue Springs School District has received accreditation with Distinction from DESE for 14 consecutive years.
Students returned to our district today for the 2014-15 school year. Always a day of new beginnings, the first day of school is a celebration of what our students, staff and community accomplish each day during the school year. Welcome back and have a great start to the year.