Voy Spears, Jr. Elementary has been named a Gold Star School by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Voy Spears is one of eight schools in Missouri to receive the honor. 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.
Nationally recognized astronomy educator Dennis Schatz will present a Solar Science night at 6 p.m., May 11 at Cordill-Mason Elementary. The event is free to the public and dinner is provided. The first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years will cross the US on August 21. In Blue Springs, the community will experience a total solar eclipse of the sun. Dennis Schatz will present an interactive presentation to know when the eclipse will occur, how to view it safely, and why it has been so long since we’ve seen a total solar eclipse. His children’s book about the eclipses, When the Sun Goes Dark, will be available for purchase and signing.
The Blue Springs School District honored longtime educator Patty Mohn Friday morning by naming the multipurpose room at Liggett Trail Education Center after her. The new Patty Mohn Multipurpose Room was unveiled Friday morning in a ceremony at the school. Mohn retired in 2010 after a career that included being a first grade teacher, Liggett Trail Principal and director of Parents as Teachers. Congratulations and thanks to Patty Mohn for all she has done for our students and community.
The Blue Springs School District and Miller Theatres (Blue Springs 8 movie complex) have teamed up for the 2017 “Kids’ Show Summer Series” fundraiser partnership to benefit district elementary schools and the Blue Springs Education Foundation. Starting April 28, parents can purchase punch-card movie passes (total of 10 punches) to be used between June 5 and August 10, 2017. Movies are current, family-friendly and a way to spend quality time together. Movie passes are available for purchase through classroom teachers and will be sent home with students through the school’s normal process. Payment for movie passes must be made by CHECK or MONEY ORDER to Miller Theatres. Please contact your school office for further details.
The Blue Springs School District honored its 2017-18 building Teachers of the Year and named the District Teacher of the Year Friday morning at the annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast. Tara Pennington, library media specialist at Moreland Ridge Middle School, was named the 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Pennington has been with the BSSD for three years, two at MRMS. She was honored Friday morning and then returned to MRMS, where students were lined up outside, through the halls and all the way into the Dr. Nancy Stonner Media Center. Pennington is now eligible for the 2017-18 Missouri Teacher of the Year competition. Congratulations to all our building Teachers of the Year and to Tara Pennington.
The Blue Springs Education Foundation held its annual scholarship reception Wednesday night. This year, the BSEF awarded a record $66,000 in scholarships to 84 students. The BSEF thanks the ongoing support of our community for our students.
The Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association recognized two BSSD administrators recently. Blue Springs High School’s Tom Alderman was named the association’s Assistant Principal of the Year and Delta Woods’ Steve Cook was named the Middle School Principal of the Year. Both award winners were recognized at surprise celebrations at their schools.
Delta Woods Gatorvision students and elementary STRETCH students competed in the Kansas City ReelSpirit Film Competition by creating and producing their own videos. At the awards ceremony, the students walked the red carpet, saw their video productions on the big screen at the Plaza Cinemark Theatre as a part of the Kansas City Film Festival, and received their awards.
The Blue Springs School District’s Board of Education was recently named a 2017 Magna Award winner at the NSBA's 2017 Annual Awards. For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards have recognized innovative school district programs supported by board governance. The Blue Springs Board of Education was honored for the Project ZAM (Zoo and Me) Program, which through a partnership with the Kansas City Zoo taught early childhood students about different zoo animals and provided kindergarten readiness skills. Congratulations to our outstanding school board.
The Blue Springs Education Foundation held its annual Spring Into Giving Breakfast on Tuesday. The event celebrates Foundation members, BSEF scholarship recipients and community leaders who make the organization possible. This year, the BSEF has received $105,000 which will go a long way in creating opportunity and making a difference for our students, staff, and schools. Special recognition was given to Julius Oswald of the law firm of Oswald, Roam & Rew. Mr. Oswald and his firm have been a dedicated supporter of the Blue Springs School District and Foundation member since its inception. Entertainment for the breakfast was provided by student speaker Tristan Burns of Valley View High School, Thomas Ultican Elementary’s Guys with Ties club and Blue Springs High School sophomore singer Sam Aubuchon.
Accent on Academics Week celebrates students, freshman through senior, who have excelled academically throughout their high school careers. Students are recognized for maintaining at least a cumulative 3.5 grade point average in high school. Ceremonies are held at the Blue Springs Freshman Center and at Blue Springs and Blue Springs South High Schools. The District will honor 1,636 high school students during Accent on Academics celebrations this week.
Mrs. Alexander’s freshman Principles of Biomedical Science class had the opportunity to use virtual reality headsets to explore the anatomy and blood flow of the human heart. Mrs. Alexander was able to purchase the headsets from the grant she wrote “Healthcare Enhancement using Virtual Reality.” Students really enjoyed exploring the heart. Principal Dr. Brandon Martin stopped by to try them out as well. Freshman Lauren Hendrix said, “I enjoyed using the virtual reality goggles because they really helped me get a better understanding of the anatomy of the heart and how blood flows through it.”
To celebrate National School Breakfast Week, members of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District visited BSSD schools this week to help hand out Grab 'N' Go Breakfast options to students. Offering Grab 'N' Go breakfast from mobile carts allows schools to serve breakfast quickly, efficiently and conveniently to more students and has been very popular with students, staff and parents.
The Blue swimming pool is closed from March 2-19 due to scheduled maintenance. The facility will reopen Monday, March 20.
William Bryant and William Yates Elementary schools welcomed visitors from across the state this week at their annual Leadership Day symposiums highlighting the Leader in Me Program. Visitors were treated to student speakers, performances, videos made by students and activities related to Leader in Me traits and practices. Visitors took tours of classrooms, talked with students about their leadership roles and engaged in question-and-answer panels.
Second grade students at Cordill-Mason got to see Kansas City Royals heroes and hear them tell stories of the impact of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson on the game and history at a recent assembly. Former Royals All-Star first baseman John Mayberry and current Royals historian KayCee visited CME during Black History Month to share tales of baseball history and highlight Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. KayCee read students a book about Jackie Robinson and he and Mayberry answered questions and handed out Royals-themed gifts.
Valley View High School held its annual Career Fair this week, which featured 49 vendors and 200 students from throughout the area. Vendors ranged from Armed Forces to Law Enforcement and Fire Prevention to health care and the service industry.
Members of the Blue Springs Freshman Center Student Senate sorted through letters written by BSFC students to teachers and administrators throughout the district as part of the ThankfulProject. Students thanked BSSD staff for making a positive impact in their lives. Student Senate members sorted the letters and delivered them to their respective schools.
Members of three BSSD elementary school choirs entertained the crowds at the annual Blue Springs Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting this week. Choirs from Cordill-Mason, Franklin Smith and Sunny Pointe elementaries performed a variety of traditional and new holiday songs and set the stage for the annual tree lighting, fireworks display and visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
The 2016 BSSD Boys Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday and features a strong field of local and regional teams. All games will be played at Blue Springs South and the field includes Blue Springs High School, BS South, local squads Lincoln Prep and Ruskin along with out of town squads St. Louis University High, Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside and Wooddale of Memphis (Tenn.).
Students in Eastern Jackson County are reaching for the sky thanks to the new Aviation class offered through the Blue Springs School District and the University of Central Missouri. The dual-enrollment program is year-long and includes content about Private Pilot Ground School, Aeronautics, Aircraft Systems/Components and Propulsion Systems. The class currently includes students from several high schools – Blue Springs, Blue Springs South, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Truman. Participants in the program study the principles of flight, weather, aircraft systems, aircraft performance and the flight environment, the use of airplane performance charts and graphs and various types of airspace and ATC services available to general aviation. This semester, students have visited a local airport to conduct tests identifying airplane parts and instruments and studied airport safety.
Blue Springs School District administration and staff from Lucy Franklin and William Yates Elementary Schools attended the National Blue Ribbon Schools annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC this week. Both LFE and WYE were named Blue Ribbon schools this year, making BSSD the only district in the state of Missouri to have two schools honored.
Blue Springs High School head wrestling coach Mike Hagerty has been named part of the 2017 class of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Hagerty, a three-time All-American wrestler at Northwest Missouri State, has coached the Wildcats for 24 years. He has 25 years of experience as an NCAA Division I official and has worked the Division I championships since 2003. As a coach, Hagerty served for the USA Olympic Team in 2012 and 2016 and the USA World Team. He has been named Missouri Coach of the Year five times and has three state titles with the Wildcats.
The Blue Springs South cheerleading team made history this year with the first state championship in school history. Senior Kira Kreke said, "The legacy this team has left behind will forever be part of the history of Blue Springs South and we will remember the success our teamwork brought us."
Motivational speaker and author Kevin Hines spoke to BSSD middle school and freshmen students last week. Hines delivered a powerful and positive message while sharing his life story.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited William Yates Elementary Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the school being named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. William Yates and Lucy Franklin Elementary were each named Blue Ribbon schools this year, making the Blue Springs School District the only district in Missouri to have two schools chosen this year. Nixon had previously visited LFE and in his visit to WYE spoke with Karin Maybell’s fourth grade class and addressed the entire student body and staff in an assembly.
Students from Mrs. Welch's fourth grade class at William Bryant Elementary took the challenge from Kids Helping Kids to trick or treat for UNICEF on Halloween night. The class still has donations rolling in, but collected nearly $85 on Halloween night alone. Their random act of kindness will help kids in Haiti, Guatemala, and Rwanda. The money they collected will provide 35 malnourished children with lifesaving nutrition for one day; one child with clean, safe water for a year; 13 doses of measles vaccines to kids in need.
Members of the Paul Kinder Middle School National Junior Honor Society helped serve breakfast to members of the Blue Springs Police Department Thursday morning. Students sat and talked with BSPD staff and shared Thank You cards PKMS had created.
The Blue Springs South Jaguars softball team wrapped up a historic season with a second-place finish in the Missouri Class 4 State Championship game. The Jaguars were the first girls team to advance to a Final Four in any sport in school history, ending a 27-5 season with a 4-3 loss to Troy Buchanan in the title game. The 27 wins were a Jaguars team record.
The Blue Springs School District again showed its giving spirit during Community Unity Week. District buildings combined to donate a total of 44,052 items which will benefit the local Community Services League. The total is 3,255 more than last year.
U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced this week that Lucy Franklin Elementary and William Yates Elementary have been named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. LFE and WYE are two among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor. Lucy Franklin Elementary and William Yates Elementary are two of eight schools in the state receiving this honor.
Blue Springs South High School Senior Elizabeth "Betsy" Klausen has been named a National Merit Semifinalist for 2017. She is one of 16,000 semifinalists named as part of the annual academic competition. The students were selected based on scores on a PSAT qualifying test and will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth about $33 million, to be awarded this spring.
Seniors in Blue Springs High School's Personal Finance class took part in interviews with members of the community business world Thursday. Students prepared resumes and interviewed one-on-one with representatives from many different professions - from business and entrepreneurial to education and law enforcement. The class includes a focus on resumes/cover letters/interviewing, banking, credit, insurance, taxes, budgets, etc. The concepts are important for students as they enter the “real world."
John Nowlin Elementary third grade teacher and 2015 Missouri Teacher of the year Linda Glasgow was recently named one of 43 public school educators to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding educators through nomination of their peers in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA). The Missouri NEA nominated Glasgow for the award and JNE was presented a $650 check in Linda’s name.
Students in Advanced Entrepreneurship from Blue Springs and Blue Springs South attended the weekly 1 Million Cups event at the Kauffman Foundation, then toured the Bloch School of Business at UMKC on Wednesday, September 8. The national program is designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. It was developed and hosted by the Kauffman Foundation. Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators, and advisors
William Bryant Elementary counselor Stacy Scalfaro has been named Elementary Level School Counselor of the Year for 2016-17 by the Missouri School Counselor Association. Scalfaro was selected for this recognition based upon the innovation she brings to her position, her leadership and service, and her use of data to provide an excellent school counseling program to the students of William Bryant Elementary School. Jennie Alderman, WBE Principal, said Stacy has been “the rock of many of the things done at William Bryant.” Scalfaro will be honored on November 6 at the fall conference of the Missouri School Counselor Association.
The student media groups at each high school shared their first episodes of the year online. To find viewing links, click on the headline.
Students at Paul Kinder Middle School are committed to stopping bullying in its tracks. Students took part in an assembly Thursday that emphasized positive choices, planning for the future and how to make positive decisions every day.
Delta Woods Middle School hosted the BSSD Department of Public Safety team for a back to school breakfast on August 15. It was a simple way to say thanks for all they do to make BSSD a safe place for our students and staff.
The Blue Springs School District is welcoming 33 first-year teachers during the 2016-17 school year. The Blue Springs Education Foundation, in partnership with Ken and Annette Logan and Meyer Music, recognize the significant personal investment first-year teachers will make to start their classrooms, and granted all 33 teachers $200 for use in their classrooms.
The Jaguar Pride Color Guard spent Saturday, August 6 serving at Harvesters. Each member donated at least three items. Head Coach Elizabeth Keune and assistant Amanda White lead the program.
The Blue Springs South Jaguars cheer team competed in the MCCA (Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association) Kansas City Regional July 23 at Lee’s Summit North High School.The Jags varsity squad won the SuperLarge Division and the junior varsity team placed second in its division. Both teams will compete in the MCCA State Championships at the Hearnes Center at Mizzou on November 5-6.
BSSD's Linda Glasgow was a guest on KC Live Monday morning. The 2015-16 Missouri State Teacher of the Year shared tips for preparing children for the upcoming school year.
The District is seeking host families for AFS students for the 2016-17 school year. For more information, click the story headline.
Blue Springs South senior Olivia Bahr was named one of 10 recipients of the Comcast NBCUniversal Leaders and Achievers Award. The award provided $10,000 in scholarships for the 2016-17 school year to 10 students in the Kansas City metro area as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, is a one-time, $1,000 scholarship awarded to the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Since 2001, more than $25 million has been awarded to nearly 25,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers Program.
Blue Springs School District 2016-17 Teacher of the Year Morgan Payton has been named one of six Kansas City Regional Teachers of the Year. Payton is one of 32 Regional winners that will compete for Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. Payton, who is in her seventh year teaching at the Freshman Center, is the first from the school to be named a BSSD District Teacher of the Year. She enjoys working with the freshman age group because it offers a unique challenge. “It’s a fun time in their lives, and they’re trying to figure out how they belong and where they fit in,” she said. “I get to watch them grow and develop into strong leaders.” The Missouri Teacher of the Year will be announced in August and will be honored at a ceremony in Jefferson City in October.
The Blue Springs School District Transportation Staff was recently honored at the Missouri Pupil Transportation Workshop. The BSSD staff was recognized for earning its 25th consecutive annual safety award, the only team in the state to receive the honor 25 straight years.
Video footage of the Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South graduation ceremonies are now online and will be telecast on BSSD TV beginning June 18. For full schedule and links, click the headline
The Blue Springs High School Glitter Girls won 1st place in home routine and received a perfect score in evaluations of the routines at summer camp.
William Yates and Lucy Franklin elementary schools were recently named Missouri Gold Star Schools for 2016. The Gold Star program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students. “We are proud of both William Yates and Lucy Franklin elementary schools,” Blue Springs Superintendent Jim Finley said. “Their staff, students, parents and community partners are to be commended for their academic achievements and commitment to professional development.” The last BSSD Gold Star school was Blue Springs High School in 2008. This year's winners mark 11 total Gold Stars in the district since the program was established, including Lucy Franklin Elementary in 1996.
Blue Springs South High School graduated a senior class of 499 students Sunday. The class of 2015-16 included 102 students with a 4.0 or higher GPA and has earned $6.8 million in college scholarships.
Blue Springs High School celebrated its 2015-16 senior class on Sunday, with 575 students graduating. The Wildcats senior class included 75 students with 4.0 or higher GPAs, has earned a school-record $8.3 million in college scholarships and accounted for 13,989 hours of volunteer service to the community. Congratulations to all our grads.
Valley View High School celebrated 58 graduates of the class of 2015-16 in a ceremony at the school this week. Speakers included seniors Alex Reynolds and Alexandria Sullivan and VVHS 2016-17 Teacher of the Year Nicole Gaulden. Congratulations to all our 2015-16 grads.
The Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association has released the 2016 Academic All-State players and teams. For the 4th consecutive year, Blue Springs South has led the entire state of Missouri (all 5 classes) with a 3.871 Team GPA.
Blue Springs School District Board member Dale Walkup was presented the Pioneer in Agricultural award at the district-wide FFA banquet. This award is the first in the history of the program and symbolizes a person that has devoted themselves to the improvement of agriculture and continues to support the advancements in the industry. Dale Walkup has paved the way for future generations to strive for success through FFA programming and careers.
Students, staff and parents at Liggett Trail Education Center celebrated Family Fun Night Thursday with a Royals-themed carnival. Royals themed games and decorations filled the school and mascot Sluggerrr paid a visit.
A total 25 students from John Nowlin Elementary participated in the Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair, where eight students won awards. Winners were: Megan Staggs, Madison Avalos, John Bellinghausen, Ashton Watson, Bryce Thompson, Koral Richardson, Abree Ingrassia, and Holly Woods. Projects included studying sound waves with oobleck, mini hovercraft experiments, investigating the changes in blood glucose after eating, researching the parietal eye of bearded dragons, and inventing a way for disabled people to hang their clothes on a high bar.
The Blue Springs School District honored its volunteers Thursday at the annual Volunteer Brunch celebration. An essential and celebrated part of our district, 668 volunteers provided 32,823 hours of service for our students and staff this year. Karen Manning of William Yates Elementary was awarded the 2015-16 Goulden-Bain Award recognizing the volunteer with the most hours served. Each school's PTA President was also honored. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for everything you do for us every day.
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.
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.
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.
BSHS student Annabelle Cash won the congressional art award and had her artwork selected to be displayed at Washington D.C. She also received a scholarship and plane tickets to fly out to DC. BSHS had 3 students in the top 10 out of 250 submissions. Amy Teghtmeyer and Alleson Cain each placed in the top 10 for drawing and photography.
On April 7, suicide prevention and wellness speaker Kevin Hines spoke to BSSD students, staff and parents about his struggles with bipolar disorder and his unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 34 to survive the fall, and he speaks of surviving that harrowing experience and actively spreads the message of living mentally healthy.
Two BSSD staff members have been recognized by the Greater Kansas City School Counselor Association. Director of Secondary Education Dr. Norma Anderson was selected as the association's Supervisor of the Year and William Bryant's Stacy Scalfaro was selected as the Elementary School Counselor of the Year. GKCSCA will celebrate the winners at its annual spring banquet on April 28.
The Blue Springs Transportation Department passed its annual state safety inspection with the highest safety rating. This marks the 25th consecutive annual award. Annually, the district’s fleet of school buses goes under intense scrutiny by the Missouri Highway Patrol to ensure that the school buses are safe. This year, the district’s inspections confirmed that 100% of our buses were safe for our children. Since 1991, the Blue Springs Transportation Department has received the highest rating.
BSSD students grades 9-12 competed at the State HOSA Competition over spring break. These students chose to take their own time to study certain events that interested them (outside of what they learn in class). They shadowed professionals, researched information, and practiced the skills of their various occupations. With more than 52 competitive events related to the healthcare field, students practice all year in order to be the best in their event at the state level. BSSD high school biomedical students came home with several honors.
The Closet is now inside the Hall McCarter Education Center/Valley View High School. Look for us on the west side of the building next to The View. 5000 NW Valley View Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 816-874-3345 Spring Hours of Operation Thursdays* (March 17-May 12) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. *Closed March 31 for Spring Break The Closet is an outreach program providing gently used clothing that has been serving families in the Blue Springs School District for five years. Children, birth through grade twelve, may receive three pants, five shirts, a jacket/coat, hat/gloves, new socks, shoes, and new underwear, seasonally each year. Families may visit The Closet in August prior to school starting, during the fall/winter and then again in the spring. Questions may be directed to Carman Duvall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (816) 874-3345.
The Blue Springs School District highlighted its Project Lead the Way Program Thursday morning at the PLTW Day celebration at Delta Woods Middle School. Guests were treated to the entire K-12 story of PLTW in district schools through presentations, hands-on demonstrations and question and answer sessions with students and instructors. Robin Schott, PLTW Vice President of the West Central Region, and former BSSD PLTW instructor David Hosick gave introductory speeches.
The Blue Springs School District honors its students for their academic achievements each year during Accent on Academics Week. This week, students from the Freshman Center and both high schools will be honored in various ceremonies at the schools. Accent on Academics celebrates students with cumulative 3.5 or higher grade point averages in high school.
Linda Glasgow was recently honored at the Missouri House of Representatives with a resolution recognizing her as the Missouri State Teacher of the Year. Members of the Blue Springs School District CEA were also in Jefferson City for CEA Legislative Day at the Capitol.
The Blue Springs Education Foundation held its annual Spring Into Giving breakfast on Tuesday. More than 400 attendees donated over $105,000. Guests heard Blue Springs South student Dani De la Chica speak about her positive experiences and opportunities gained through the district, enjoyed the John Nowlin Elementary Circus Skills Club performance, and were presented the state of the district address by Dr. Finley.
Cordill-Mason Elementary students in Miss Kaelin’s first grade class were challenged to create a realistic way children their age can change the world. Students’ ideas were coordinated and a “Bravery Bookmark” learning project was created. Students decorated each bookmark with a poem and artwork, laminated them and used yarn to tie “warm fuzzies” to the top. Students also thought patients at Children’s Mery Hospital would like to hear the poem read aloud, so they recorded it and put a QR code on each bookmark, allowing anyone with a Smartphone or tablet to hear it. More than 400 bookmarks were printed and will be delivered to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City.
The Blue Springs School District is proud to announce four students have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists. Seniors Carter Tindall, Tristan Trapp and Daniela Delgado of Blue Springs South High School and Zach Eisenreich of Blue Springs High School have been named finalists. This is a top academic recognition nationally and can lead to prestigious scholarships and college admissions. Blue Springs South's Patrick Bever- Chritton, Ashley Brennan, Kirsten Pryde and Caelan Saunders were named Commended Scholars.
Blue Springs South High School held its 13th Annual Modern Language Fair Tuesday night. The event highlights cultures from around the globe through displays, food, music, poetry and dance. Visitors were treated to informational displays of people and places from around the globe and sampled food that included made to order crepes. Students performed multicultural music and poetry selections in the gymnasium.
The annual BSSD Career Fair drew more than 60 vendors and businesses and a large crowd of students Wednesday at Valley View High School. Visitors were able to find information on careers ranging from military to cosmetology. Several local colleges were also on hand to provide guidance and literature. Students from Blue Springs, Blue Springs South and Valley View high schools attended the event along with students from the Independence, Fort Osage, Lee's Summit and Raytown school districts.
William Bryant and William Yates elementary schools held The Leader in Me Day activities Tuesday to coincide with the The Leader in Me Symposium held in Kansas City. Guests from the symposium visited the schools and were treated to presentations and classroom sessions highlighting the Leader in Me program and how students at each school take part on a daily basis. Guests sat in and participated in student leadership meetings and after hearing classroom presentations, engaged with students for questions and examples of The Leader in Me program at work. Students shared stories of how the program has helped them be better students and the various leadership roles they fill. The Leader In Me is an innovative, school wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child’s full potential. Applying the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” teachers and students internalize timeless leadership principles that nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century.
Blue Springs South High School Activities Director Tim Michael was recently chosen the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association's Administrator of the Year. His award will be presented at the MCCA Spring Convention in March. Tim consistently goes out of his way to be supportive of the cheerleaders, coaches, and the program. He has high standards and expectations, but he consistently models what he expects.
Blue Springs South High School held its annual Bowls for Souls event to combat local hunger last Friday night. Student Senate organized the event along with Sophomore Reps and Mud Throwers which sells chili in bowls created by South students at the South vs Blue Springs High School boys basketball game. Students prepared beef and chicken chili from 60 pounds of meat and also provided a vegan option. Desserts were furnished by DECA, Senate, and Sophomore Reps. The effort sold out of its original 250 tickets and sold many more at the door.
Franklin Smith Elementary students took a walk on the wild side last week at “Academic Adventure,” a family learning night. More than 500 students and families came out to explore and engage in hands-on activities across the curriculum. Each area highlighted how reading and writing is all around us - from signs, directions, and labels to journaling observations.
The Blue Springs South Wind Symphony and Blue Springs High School Chamber Choir recently performed at the annual Missouri Music Educators Convention. The band and choir programs at each high school have enjoyed incredible years and the honor of performing for the MMEA is yet another stellar honor.
Eighty-five girls from Delta Woods Middle School enjoyed an evening of team building, fun and hands-on experiences when they participated in the Expanding Your Horizons Science Girl’s Night Out event at Science City last Friday night. Candy mitosis, bridge construction, and building circuits with computers were a few of the many activities students experienced. Female mentors from across the area with careers in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) provided instruction. Aerospace Engineer Emily Arnold, provided an inspiring keynote speech focusing on all the opportunities women have in the field of STEM.
Voy Spears Jr. Elementary Students raised $2,168 for the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart. Students collected donations, learned about the heart, and did lots of rope jumping in physical education class. Since opening in 2002, Voy Spears Students have collected more than $15,000 in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Pictured are the top two 5th grade fundraisers.
Members of the Blue Springs South varsity cheerleading squad competed at the NCA High School National Competition in Dallas. The Jaguars placed in the top 15 in the country for their timeout cheer and fight song and placed16 in dance. The team received special recognition for innovative choreography in one of the elite pyramids and brought skills to Nationals never seen before at the high school level.
The Blue Springs School District Parents as Teachers Program, in conjunction with the Early Childhood PTA, are co-sponsoring “Ready, Set, Off to Kindergarten” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 23 at Cordill-Mason Elementary School (4001 SW Christiansen Road, Blue Springs, MO). During this adult only event, information related to enrollment procedures, school readiness, and the kindergarten experience will be presented by district staff. Parents/Guardians will also have the opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom to see what the educational setting is like. Registration is not necessary to attend. Kindergarten transition information and required enrollment forms for the 2016-2017 school year will be posted on the district website, www.bssd.net, by February 1, 2016. Click on the headline for more information
Blue Springs Freshman Center’s Pre AP (Advanced Placement) Literature & Composition students hosted community senior citizens for a day of interviews on Wednesday, January. The project is called “Generational Memoirs: Looking Back.” The students read Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations throughout the first semester of school and through this project are exhibiting its present day relevance by connecting this classic novel to their own community through conducting these interviews. Based on these interviews, students will write personal memoirs for the senior citizens and then present the final products at a reception hosted by Vesper Hall Community Center on February 10. More than 60 guests visited BSFC on Wednesday and a total of 247 interviews were conducted during the day.
The Blue Springs South Jaguars football team was recently honored by Max Preps as one of the top 50 high school football teams in the country. The Jaguars captured the Missouri Class 6 state championship during a perfect 14-0 run this year, culminating the career of longtime head coach Greg Oder, who is retiring this year. Max Preps representatives recently visited BS South on the Max Preps Tour, honoring the team before a Jaguars varsity basketball game. Staff Sergeant Matthew Morris of the Missouri National Guard presented Oder and the team with the Minuteman Trophy, signifying their top 50 ranking.
District high school girls and boys basketball games will be broadcast live on KCWJ 1030 AM. Click for the full list.
John Nowlin Elementary teacher Linda Glasgow and Blue Springs South High School football coach Greg Oder were honored at the Kansas City Chiefs’ final home game. Glasgow was honored for her selection as the Missouri Teacher of the Year while Oder was introduced as the Chiefs’ Missouri High School Football Coach of the Year after taking the Jags to the Class 6 title in his final year at the helm. Both Linda and Greg were given plaques by Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and introduced to the crowd.
The Blue Springs South Junior ROTC have raised a total of $3,671 through three charitable campaigns this past semester. The group raised $514 for the local VFW through Veteran’s Day Poppy Sales; raised $1,500 for the Wounded Warrior Foundation in JROTC 5K Hero Run and 1-mile Fun Run and raised $1,656 through ringing bells for the Salvation Army. The senior leadership team established a goal of raising $3,000 this year in support of charities or disaster relief organizations, and South has shattered that goal after only a few short months.
Christmas break is over and the kids are back to school. You may be looking for flexible, part-time employment with the Blue Springs School District.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes students at the Freshman Center have a holiday tradition of adopting local families. This year, 60 students signed up to bring in items and provided all of the presents for a family of a female student that BSFC.
Congratulations to Lucy Franklin Elementary and William Yates Elementary for being two of eight Missouri schools nominated for National Blue Ribbon recognition. Recognition is based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing the achievement gap among student sub-groups. LFE and WYE students and staff are to be commended for their continued hard work and academic excellence. Past recipients: Blue Springs High School 1982-83 Blue Springs Junior High School 1986-87 Brittany Hill Middle School 2004 Chapel Lakes Elementary School 1998-99 James Lewis Elementary School 1991-92 Lucy Franklin Elementary School 1996-97 Moreland Ridge Middle Scholl 2001-2002
National Junior Honor Society, along with the 7th grade students of Moreland Ridge Middle School, adopted Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Agency (MWFCAA) for the holiday season. Students were encouraged to bring food and toiletries for children in foster care. Eight NJHS representatives delivered the items to MWFCAA and received a tour explaining the services provided to area foster children.
A true holiday tradition at Blue Springs South High School rang out loud again this year as members of the Student Senate made the season brighter for many area residents with their Adopt-a-Family program. Through their efforts, nearly 120 people received $15,000 in gifts and essentials from the Blue Springs South community.
Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf visited James Walker Elementary this week, sharing the message, “Be a Buddy, not a Bully.” The Wolf (Dan Meers) answered questions about his 26 years as KC Wolf and discussed anti-bullying steps with students.
Laurence Leavy, aka the “Marlins Man” spoke to James Lewis Elementary students and staff Thursday morning. Leavy stressed the importance of “Paying it Forward” as much as you can in your lifetime. He spoke of his heroes – parents, teachers and first responders. He gave each student a job of telling their parents “you are my hero” and “I love you” and giving them a hug. He also visited every classroom and took a photo with all students
Members of the Blue Springs High School Student Senate take part in a yearly holiday tradition, visiting local assisted living facilities and singing Christmas carols to the residents. These “Senate Santa” visits help brighten the holidays - for audience and performers. The Senate Santas visited Shangi-La Rehab and Living Center, Monterey Park Rehab and St. Mary’s Manor, providing tunes of Santa, Rudolph and all the jingle bells, sleighs and holiday staples. All the while, seeing smiling faces, clapping hands and the occasional sing-a-long.
Fifth Grade students at Voy Spears, Jr. Elementary decided to raise funds for a non-profit organization as part of their Humanitarian unit. The students began a Go Fund Me page and several organized a street hockey tournament. The tourney raised $400 of their $500 goal.
Delta Woods Middle School students saw their holiday images shared with all of Kansas City in the City Lights ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown KC. The images ran across the facade of the Marriott and will display throughout the Holiday season. The event kicked off the Salvation Army’s 2015 Christmas campaign and included performances from the DWMS Jazz Band. Delta Woods was the only school designing images for the ceremony.
Members of the Blue Springs South football team and coaching staff were honored Tuesday in an assembly at South. The team's seniors hoisted the championship trophy and presented it to BSSD Superintendent Jim Finley. It was also announced Jaguars Head Coach Greg Oder was named the Missouri High School Coach of the Year by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Choirs from Cordill-Mason, Daniel Young and Sunny Pointe Elementary schools helped the Blue Springs community usher in the holiday season at the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday night. Each choir performed holiday classics and helped set the stage for the tree lighting, fireworks and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Pete Grigsby of Blue Springs South served as emcee.
The Blue Springs South Jaguars wrapped up a perfect 14-0 season and the Missouri Class 6 state football title with a 37-28 comeback victory over Christian Brothers College Friday night. The Jaguars captured the third state football title in school history and ended CBC's 27-game winning streak. All BS South three state championship wins have come against CBC.
The Blue Springs Wildcats girls swimming and diving team had its 2nd annual “Thanksgiving in a Box” project in which athletes collected food and gift cards for eight Blue Springs families. Each box contained an entire Thanksgiving meal. Six meals were distributed through the counselors at the Freshman Center and two meals were distributed to families at Blue Springs High School. The project was headed up by head coach Maegan Ruport.
On November 21, 47 girls and 10 coaches from Cordill-Mason and Franklin Smith elementary schools braved the cold and participated in the Girls on the Run 5K. The girls and coaches had a 10-week season with curriculum that focused on understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large while integrating running. Each team also created and executed a community service project.
The Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Marching Band made history at Lucas Oil stadium by becoming the first band from Missouri to be named a Grand National finalist. The Golden Regiment finished 10th overall of 105 of the nation’s top marching bands competed at the Grand National Championships. A total of 32 bands made the semifinals and the Golden Regiment bettered its 16th place finish of two years ago. The band’s show this year was an original work titled “Subliminal,” portraying the lure of mass media.
The Blue Springs High School Campus Cadence yearbook staff recently won a marketing contest sponsored by Walsworth in honor of National Yearbook Week. The staff ran a two-week contest in which staff encouraged students to purchase a yearbook to get their names entered in a drawing to be included in the cover design. Out of 527 names, 50 were drawn to be worked into the “Infinite Possibilities” cover theme. Kailie Strom, marketing editor was largely responsible for the project and its submission and all yearbook staffers contributed to the theme and cover idea and worked shifts to sell books. A Walsworth yearbook representative presented the award and $100 gift certificate to the staff this week.
Blue Springs South students shared another in a series of “Lunch with a Professional” meetings this week. This session included local health care professionals. Students were able to ask specific questions about a variety of health care fields, college choices and business strategies. The health care panel included Blue Springs South grads Thomas Sbisa (Athletic Trainer) and Micah Snyder (Dentist) along with Bioengineer Steve Harrington, Physician Bill Andrews and Health Care Administrator Dave Williams.
The district’s STRETCH 4th Graders were runners up in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains Competition, out of 520 schools. The team earned a $5,000 grant for STEM education. The class’ project “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” was a top 20 finalist. Finalists vied for the chance to have their project used in the outdoor science space at Kansas City’s Union Station.
Congratulations to the 4th Grade Stretch Class, whose entry “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” is a top 20 finalist in the Burns & McDonnell “Battle of the Brains.” Finalists vie for the chance to have their project used in the outdoor science space at Kansas City’s Union Station. Voting is done online beginning Saturday, November 7 at www.battleofthebrainskc.com Voting continues through November 14.
UCM is sponsoring a free lunch for all BSSD Staff Alums attending the Professional Development Day, Friday, November 13 at the Freshman Center from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 660-543-8000
To listen to the game visit either of the following links: www.JagNewsOnline.com or go straight to www.BSSDRadio.net.
The KC Symphony is holding a support school music concert for Blue Springs and Blue Springs South High School orchestras at 7 p.m., November 3 at BSHS. Proceeds from this event go directly to our orchestras here in Blue Springs.
Prime Time held its annual Lights On event last week. The celebration is a way for Prime Time to publicize the importance of before- and after-school programming and to thank BSSD families for participating. The program hosted more than 240 children, parents, and staff at John Nowlin Elementary with pumpkin and face painting being the featured activities. Participants were also served a variety of seasonal treats. The highlight of the evening was the drawing for 27 pumpkins that were decorated by staff.
The Blue Springs School District earned 100% on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Annual Performance Report. BSSD attributes this achievement to accomplished students, exceptional staff and a supportive community.
Blue Springs South students have unique opportunities to connect with local professionals through the “Lunch with a Professional” program. Guests from various creative professions and backgrounds speak to students about a variety of topics pertaining to the business and art worlds. Lunch with the Professionals directly relates to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Top 10 by 20 plan, which calls for all students in the state graduating from high school to be career ready.
Cordill-Mason teacher Gina Oles and Blue Springs Police Department officer Charlie “CW” Waites recently received the “Start Right, Stay Right” Award from Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax.) The award is given to individuals and agencies participating in the COMBAT program who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in our communities. Officer Waites has been teaching D.A.R.E. for more than 15 years with Blue Springs and Mrs. Oles has been teaching 5th grade Science at Cordill-Mason for eight years.
James Walker Elementary fourth grader and author Violetta Lamb’s first book “Plants and Animals” is now available on Amazon.com and in a narrated version on http://www.starwalkkids.com. Violetta was part of this summer’s “So You Want to Be an Author” writing program. “Plants and Animals” is illustrated by professional artist Susan L. Roth. Students enrolled in the program spent time outside of the regular summer school curriculum working with selected teaching staff to learn about the writing process, create and develop their own stories, and illustrate these stories over the four-week time frame with the chance of being selected to have their book animated by one of two professional animators/illustrators.
The Blue Springs Wildcats softball team had the help of a standing room-only crowd Wednesday in its 10-0 Sectional victory over Jefferson City. During the game, members of the Cats football and volleyball teams came over following practice to cheer for their fellow BSHS classmates. The added boost helped propel the Cats to a state quarterfinal matchup at Joplin this Saturday.
The Blue Springs South Jaguars softball team ranked third in the nation in the 2014-15 unweighted GPA NFCA Scholar Athlete All-American Team category. The Jaguars had a combined 3.892 GPA.
Daniel Young Elementary’s October third grade music program square danced to a full house of parents Thursday evening. The new DYE music teacher Mrs. Caton showcased the Whacky Whacky West theme with student skits, choreographed dance routines and six songs all of western style. Parents could donate to the PTA by signing up for a raffle to win a quilt of student choir participant handprints.
The Blue Springs School District celebrated student grandparents and special persons on Friday, October 2. Each school determined the day of events for each grade with total district participation from all 13 elementary schools including Liggett Trail at 8,854 guests. Top attended schools were Cordill-Mason, Lucy Franklin, Voy Spears Jr., and James Lewis.
For three consecutive years BSSD has supported health and wellness in an annual “Walk to School Day.” Parents, guardians and students were encouraged to participate in the walk following safe guidelines set by the district and also each school. Safe crossing areas were marked and staff and volunteers worked together to ensure those who choose to walk to school were kept safe.
The Blue Springs High School Class of 1965 toured the Freshman Center as part of their reunion. Granite used to build the wall in the photo came from their class donations.
Mark Krucke’s sculpture “Fortitude III” was dedicated at its permanent home this week in front of The Gale T. Bartow Administrative Center.
Cordill-Mason Elementary had an amazing effort for its walk-a-thon last week.
Linda Glasgow, a third grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary school has been named the 2015-16 Missouri State Teacher of the Year
The Blue Springs School District stepped up in a record way for Community Unity Week. Each year, every BSSD school holds a donation drive along with several community-wide activities – all to benefit Community Services League. This year, BSSD schools gathered a record 40,797 items to be donated.
Four BSSD high school students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
The annual Wildcats vs Jaguars Dig for the Cure volleyball match is just around the corner. The match itself and the fanfare that accompanies it (raffle, serving wars, dance-offs, 50/50 drawing, and much, much more) will be held at BSHS on October 15.
Blue Springs School District Activities Director Mark Bubalo has been selected as a 2015-16 recipient of the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s State Distinguished Service Award.
John Nowlin Elementary third grade teacher Linda Glasgow has been named one of six finalists for the 2015-16 Missouri State Teacher of the Year Award. Linda received the news Wednesday in a surprise assembly at JNE. Linda has taught for 30 years and was named the BSSD District Teacher of the Year in April.
Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (CEED) and UMKC School of Business will host MECA Challenge for the Blue Springs School District on September 11.
BSSD PLTW the Way Program Prepares students for work force
The Blue Springs School District is welcoming 22 first-year teachers during the 2015-2016 school year. The Blue Springs Education Foundation, in partnership with Ken and Annette Logan and Meyer Music, recognize the significant personal investment first-year teachers will make to start their classrooms, and granted all 22 teachers $200 for use in their classrooms.
Lola Choplin and Jerry Holder of Liggett Trail Education Center were named the 2015-16 Delvin Chubick Award recipients at the annual convocation ceremony Thursday morning. The award is presented annually to the building that bests exemplifies the qualities and love that Delvin Chubick put into his work. Delvin was a longtime custodian at Blue Springs High School, Georgeff-Baker Junior High and Moreland Ridge Middle School and a selfless servant for BSSD students and staff for 38 years. To establish a long tradition of excellence in building maintenance, the Top Building Award was renamed four years ago to honor Delvin.
Activity fees for both high schools increases $5. Click the heading to see 2015-2016 prices.
Recent BSSD graduates Jordan Martin (BSSHS) and Alex Wallace (BSHS), and Blue Springs South Agri-Science Teacher Staff Craig Zwahlen receive honors along with Blue Springs South High School AFJROTC. Click the heading for more information.
BSSD and the Education Foundation partnered this summer to host So You Want To Be An Author writing program. Over 850 summer school students participated in the program and celebrated the last day with certificates, medals and ice cream. Finalists Ethan Striegel (DYE), Violetta Lamb (DYE), and Shelby Waters (PKMS) won a $500 college scholarship from the Education Foundation and had their books brought to life by a professional animator. Local Business Partner Price Chopper provided the ice cream.
Blue Springs Wildcats 2015 graduate Carlos Davis has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Missouri Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Davis won the discus and shot put at the Missouri State Track and Field Championships, leading the Cats to a second-straight team title. Davis' throw of 214 feet, 4 inches in the discus ranks,as the nation's top prep mark this year. Davis is a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award.
Graduation ceremonies for Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School are now available to watch online. Click for the links.
Blue Springs School District Sports have a new Internet home for news and updates. Debuting this week, both Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South have new activities pages on the web. Blue Springs High School’s site can be found at http://bswildcats.com and Blue Springs South High School is at http://bssjaguars.com. Each site will carry scores, schedules, news and photos.
Blue Springs School District students competed in the Missouri Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Conference in Rolla, Mo. Students from across the state competed in events such as Forensic Medicine, Speaking Events, Nursing Assisting and knowledge tests. The BSSD had several highlights with Blue Springs South taking the team Biomed title, Blue Springs High School had its first HOSA individual state champion and The Blue Springs Freshman Center HOSA won the National Service Project Award for their fundraising that went towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The radio broadcasts of the Blue Springs South boys basketball state semifinal and state championship games are archived and available for play at www.soniclockerroom.com. Just click on the Blue Springs South Jaguar icon and they are available along with archived Sonic Locker Room programs for Blue Springs South.
The Blue Springs South Jaguars captured the first Missouri State Boys Basketball championship in school history, knocking off Park Hill South 71-57 in the Class 5 title game at Mizzou Arena. South finished the year at 29-2 while never trailing in the weekend’s Final Four, beating St. Louis University High in the semifinal round. Senior guard Brandon Kilgore led South with 23 points in the title game. Kevin Puryear and KJ Robinson both scored 15.
The District held ribbon cutting ceremonies for two multipurpose rooms made possible by FEMA grants. The rooms at James Lewis and James Walker Elementary schools were dedicated by students and staff along with special guests Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Representative Jeanie Lauer and Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross. The FEMA rooms also serve as storm shelters for the schools and community.
Spring is just around the corner and that also means the threat of stormy weather conditions. The BSSD will take every precaution possible to protect your child in the event of turbulent weather conditions. In cooperation with local emergency responders, our Department of Public Safety has conducted an audit of our buildings and the best locations have been identified to shelter our students and staff. We drill regularly as required by state law and school board policy and each and every drill is conducted with attention to detail. March 3rd marks the annual statewide Tornado drill and our school will be conducting our own drill as well. In the event of an actual event, our communications system allows for information to be shared internally as needed in a timely manner if other systems have failed and we will do our best to keep you updated when we divert from our normal day. The safety of our students and staff are of the highest priority and this is our focus if the weather sirens are sounded. If we have been directed to take shelter, our office staff will be sent to a safe location as well. This means our secured doors will not be monitored and our phones will not be answered until the “all clear” occurs. We cannot place our staff in peril to keep those items functioning.
The Blue Springs School District was honored with three individual awards at the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference. Blue Springs South's Pattie Balano was named Outstanding Biomedical Teacher for 2015, Blue Springs High School's Kevin Clevenger was named Outstanding Computer Science Teacher and Freshman Center Principal Brandon Martin was named Outstanding School Administrator.
The Winter 2015 issue of the BSSD's BluePrint magazine is online. Visit http://www.bssdblueprint.com to view.
Fred Merrell, Blue Springs High School football coach and athletic director from 1972-1985, was honored at a reception and halftime ceremony of the Wildcats boys basketball game against Blue Springs South Friday night. Merrell was recognized for his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield, Jan. 25. South won the varsity game 67-51.
Blue Springs High School held an Engineering lunch for female students Friday during Wildcat hour. Female students interested in careers in engineering, computer science or related fields were able to meet with several local professional engineers, including BSSD graduates.
Some lucky Freshman Center students had the task of pressing pies into the faces of the school’s administrative team Friday morning. The school earned the right by meeting a HOSA fundraising goal in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma.
The Blue Springs School District’s Spelling Bee was decided in the 16th round Tuesday night when Chapel Lakes Elementary fifth grader Ashley Cooper correctly spelled the word “anklet.” Ashley and runners-up Sophia Zarrillo of Lucy Franklin Elementary and Carter Medina of Cordill-Mason Elementary took the top three spots in the competition that featured the top spellers from our 17 elementary and middle schools. Each building winner will compete in the Mid-Continent Division Spelling Bee on February 7 or 21.
The Blue Springs School District and its commitment to classroom technology is featured in the latest issue of EdTech magazine. Read more at http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/01/total-package
Moreland Ridge Middle School eighth grader Isabella Hake chosen the Price Chopper 2014-15 Bag Your Own Book Contest winner for the Kansas City area. The contest is open to grades K-8 and involves students designing their own book covers for a chance at a donation to their school library and a party for their classroom. Isabella’s design of The Beatles’ “Anthology” was the top selection among 9,500 entrants. Representatives from Price Chopper visited the school Wednesday to present Isabella with a framed version of her book cover and a check to the MRMS library.
Students and staff at Blue Springs High School went under the razor for the fifth annual Brave-a-Shave Event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer. Sponsored by the BSHS Student Senate, the event included 28 students, one parent and three staff members having their heads shaved. Students raised $7,600 this year, a new record.
Auditions for the All-State Band were last Saturday and more than 1,400 students auditioned for the 107 spots. The Missouri All-State Band is a comprehensive band with representation from all classes in the MSHSAA system (class 1-6). The students had to play prepared material as well as Major and Minor scales. The students perform individually in a blind audition. The following students were recently honored as Missouri All-State Band selections: Blue Springs High School: Walt Puyear Alto Saxophone 1st Chair Eric Hose Bass Clarinet 1st Chair Shane Vest Bass Clarinet 3rd Chair Ally Marcella Bb Clarinet 3rd Chair Andy Roberts Tenor Saxophone 1st Alternate (3rd overall) Ravenna Fleck Bassoon HM: 3rd Chair Nathan Kim Euphonium HM: 4th Chair Micaela Lindemann Percussion HM: 4th Chair Blue Springs South High School: Patrick Elliot Trumpet 5th Chair Bailey McCulloch Bassoon 3rd Chair All-State Alternate Tristan Trapp Percussion Opt. 2 1st chair All-State Honorable Mention Band Vivian McCormick Alto Sax 4th Chair
The district honored 22 employees named 2014-15 Beyond Distinction award recipients Friday afternoon. The award recognizes support staff that have gone above and beyond for students, parents and staff the past year.
Blue Springs High School senior Mariah Peters was honored Wednesday by being named the 2014-15 Kenneth Smith Award winner recognizing the top female high school golfer in the Kansas City Metro area. The award honors a player that best demonstrates excellence in the areas of performance on the course, academic achievement and leadership on their team and in the community. Mariah capped her senior season by winning the Missouri State Class 2 individual title, leading the Wildcats to their first-ever team championship. She was an all-state finisher each of her four seasons at BSHS and also has a 4.3 grade point average
Fourth grade students at James Lewis Elementary debuted a new interactive poetry bulletin board this week. The board has photos of students along with readings of their works of poetry that can be listened to via QR codes on smartphones and tablets.
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.
The Blue Springs Wildcats football team has been chosen Team of the Week by KMBC. Visit the following link to see the report: http://www.kmbc.com/sports/high-school-sports/blue-springs-wins-team-of-the-week-honors/29568682
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.
The Blue Springs South and Blue Springs High School cross country teams had great showings in the Class 4 District 7 Meet at Lake Jacomo. The Jaguar girls captured their first team district championship in school history while the Wildcat boys and girls teams each took second overall. Blue Springs South had the top three finishers in the girls race with the trio of Ashton Henson, Grace Clausen and Tori Findley. Blue Springs’ Elaina Hubner and Sierra Spinler took fourth and fifth place, respectively. In the boys’ race, Blue Springs’ Stephen Mugeche and Cody Berry placed 1-2 while Mason Smith of South was seventh overall. The Jaguars placed third as a team.
The Jaguars Girls Cross Country Team has been named the Fox4 Team of the Week. See the story at http://fox4kc.com/2014/10/15/so-much-pride-in-the-blue-springs-south-cross-country-team/
The Blue Springs R-IV Board of Education has passed a resolution to officially oppose Amendment 3 on the November ballot, which would take away local control of our schools. To view the resolution, visit https://www.bssd.net/Page/16279
The Blue Springs High School girls golf team had visions of rain wiping out their effort at the Class 2 Missouri State Championship Tournament. Instead, the Wildcats made history. The team captured the first-ever individual and state championships in school history, topping the field with a combined round of 363 in a tournament shortened to a one-day affair due to rain. The Wildcats were leading midway through the first round Monday before inclement weather forced golfers off the course, wiping out that round and shortening the tournament to a one day. The Cats continued the momentum on day two with senior Mariah Peters leading the way with a 3-over-par 75 to pace the field. She finished her career as a four-time state medalist. Sophomore Mady Acres also earned all-state honors with a 12th-place score of 85. Jailyn Marshall shot 92, Jordan Marshall finished at 111 and Cassie Cloninger shot a round of 121. Blue Springs South’s lone entry, Brooke Howe, placed 76th at 109. “We were really bummed when the first day was canceled,” Wildcats coach Jill Courter said. “From what we could tell, Mariah was in the lead being even par after 9 holes and the team was in a great plac,e too. So we regrouped and decided that we had been winning one day tournaments all season, so let’s go do the same at this one. Mariah Peters winning the individual title was icing on the cake. I honestly couldn’t be more thrilled for her. She has worked so hard and has dedicated her life to her golf game. She’s a true leader to this team and each and every girl.”
The Blue Springs School District had a great turnout at its College Fair on October 7. Visitors were able to speak with several local and state college representatives.
Parents, students and staff took to the streets this morning on Walk to School Day. Groups of students joined up in their neighborhoods and took a walk to school.
Students and staff had some very special additions to their classrooms and schools Friday on Grandparents’/Special Persons’ Day. Guests and students participated in various activities and ate lunch together. One of this year’s highlights was Moreland Ridge Middle School holding its first ever Grandparents’ day
The following students were chosen to the 2014-15 Kansas City District Choir: Blue Springs High School: Jordan Bush, Rachel Harris, Harper Palmer, Lexi Poindexter, Chandler Rowley, Catie Josselet, Mackenna Kemp, Max Hill, Chris Vasquez, Alex David, Zach Eisenreich, Stephen Elmore, Blue Springs South High School: Mariam Azimi-Tabrizi, Katy Cooper, Baylor Messey, Rylie Schweitzer, Austin Reed, Connor Uptegrove, Christopher Bueno, Daniel Eaton, Adam Gentry, Jacob Gowan, Jeffrey Leckbee.
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.
Recently graduated Blue Springs High School student Alaina Aylward won a third straight national title at the STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference.
Morgan Payton, Agriculture Science teacher/FFA Advisor at the Blue Springs Freshman Center and Blue Springs High School, has been named Missouri’s Outstanding Young Member for Agriculture Education through the National Association for Agriculture Education (NAAE).