The Blue Springs South Jaguar softball team (23-9) has qualified for the Final Four in Springfield Mo. The Jaguars will play Staley at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 20. Games are played at Killian Sports Complex (MSU softball stadium complex) 2141 E. Pythian St., Springfield Mo. With a loss, the Jaguars would play in the 3rd place game at 5 p.m on that same day. With a victory, the Jags would advance to the State Championship on Saturday, Oct 21, at 2 p.m. Admission to the State semifinal game will be $8.. More information can be found at www.mshsaa.org.
District students and staff held their annual Community Unity drive benefitting local Community Services League this week. Items and funds were donated and will be delivered to CSL. The week culminates in the Blue Springs South vs. Blue Springs High School football game tonight at BSHS. Several local businesses helped with Community Unity efforts, including: MOD Pizza, Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics, Wrisinger Sonic Group, Summit Masonry, Inc., Steve Shipman State Farm Insurance, State Farm Foundation, Summit Family and Sports Medicine, Hy-Vee, Rod’s Sports & Apparel and Jeff Handy Construction.
Eric Groves has been officially appointed and will be sworn in as a member of the Blue Springs School District Board of Education Monday. Eric replaces longtime board member Jennifer Casey who moved outside of district boundaries. His appointment expires in April of 2018. The Board of Education accepted applications and conducted interviews before selecting Mr. Groves. Eric and his wife Tonya are residents of Blue Springs and parents of three Blue Springs High School graduates. Eric is employed by UPS and the Kansas City Chiefs. He is actively involved with the community through the Blue Springs Family YMCA’s Togetherhood Committee and Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Eric was a founding member of the H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Meet Excellence) Team, a parent organization assisting families new to the district. He is the recipient of the United Way Leadership Award, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s Hero of the Heart award and a Ford Freedom Unsung Education award winner. Congratulations, to the Blue Springs School District’s newest board member, Mr. Eric Groves.
The staff at Voy Spears, Jr. Elementary celebrated the school being named a Gold Star School by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. The Gold Star Schools program was established by the Department in 1991 and aligns with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The Gold Star Schools program uses the same criteria for nomination as the National Blue Ribbon Schools program. Recipients of the State’s award were nominated for national Blue Ribbon recognition. Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced this fall by the U.S. Department of Education.