Lee's Summit R-7 School District
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LSR7 students earn state recognition for biliteracy - Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

LSR7 Students Receive State Recognition for Biliteracy

Across LSR7, 376 students received state recognition for their excellence in learning different languages. 

On the high school level, 126 graduated seniors received the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy from the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. On the elementary and middle school levels, the Pathway Awards program recognized 250 students who either pursued opportunities to learn a second language or worked to maintain the native language spoken in the home.

Missouri Seal of Biliteracy
Graduated seniors from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and Lee’s Summit North High School excelled in their skills assessment, receiving a total of 105 Seals of Biliteracy and 24 Distinguished Seals of Biliteracy. The students demonstrated proficiency in English and languages that included German, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic. They also demonstrated sociocultural competency through writing an essay prompt about using their language skills to connect with and improve their local and global communities. 

LSR7 students and teachers persevered with their assessments, despite facing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pathway Awards
Missouri also honored 250 students in kindergarten, third grade and sixth grade from Cedar Creek, Greenwood, Hawthorn Hill, Hazel Grove, Highland Park, Lee’s Summit, Longview Farm, Mason, Meadow Lane, Pleasant Lea, Prairie View, Richardson, Sunset Valley, Trailridge, Underwood and Woodland elementary schools, and Pleasant Lea, Bernard Campbell and Summit Lakes middle schools. Their languages included American Sign Language, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.