HPE 4th Grade

February 27th

4th Grade Mission Statement

Empowering students to be leaders, build relationships, and experience academic success.


Pennies for Patients

This is the last week for the Pennies for Patients drive. Students may bring in $1 to buy a foot of duct tape to tape our assistant principal, Mrs. Taylor, to the wall during our March 11th assembly. Thank you for your support of this fundraiser.
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If you missed the book fair or would like to purchase more books, orders can be placed online until March 3rd. Books will be shipped directly to HPE and distributed to the students.



Monday - Snuggle Up with a Good Book

*Bring a stuffed animal to read with and that can fit on your desk

Tuesday - Black and White Day

*Wear black and white like the words in a book

Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday

*Wear mismatched clothes to celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday and

Read Across America

Thursday - Read My Shirt

*Wear shirts that have words on them

Important Dates

February 15-19 Pennies for Patients Drive continues

February 27 - Book fair opened during Pancake Breakfast

February 27 - Pancake Breakfast

March 4 - No school/professional development

March 11th - End of 3rd Quarter

Week in Review

Reading - Figurative Language/inferring

Writing - Opinion Statements and supporting details/writing complete sentences

Math - fractions

Science - Chapter 13, static electricity and circuits

Spelling - test on Monday

Upcoming Week

Reading - Figurative language/inferring

Writing - identifying run-on sentences/fragments

writing complete sentences

Math - comparing fractions

Science - Electricity - circuits

Spelling - test on Monday/No list this week due to short week


Thank you to all the parents that donated and volunteered their time to make this party happen.


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Habit #3 - Put First Things First

Leaders Don't Make Excuses

  • Do you ever feel like you have too much to do and not enough time?

  • What do you do when you have too much to do and not enough time?

  • Is it possible to do it all?

Someone who puts first things first says, "I spend time on things that matter the most and are most important and say no to things I shouldn't do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and make a plan. I am disciplined and organized."

Parent/child Activities

*Create a list of things that your children needs to accomplish though out the week.

*With your child rank them according to importance.

*Rewrite the list in order and post it so that it will be seen throughout the week.

*Set goals as a family

*Plan family time to accomplish a family goal.


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What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom


Please keep encouraging your child to charge their Chromebook overnight. We are seeing an increase in Chromebooks coming to school not charged. Thanks for your support!

Meet the Teachers

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Janie Taylor

Best time for a phone call is between 10:00 - 10:30.

Mrs. Taylor

Mrs. Taylor has been teaching for 23 years in the Lee's Summit R-7 School District. Mrs. Taylor has lived in Lee's Summit since she was in 2nd grade and is a graduate from LSHS. She is married to Dax and has three children. Kylie is a sophomore at K-State, Cole is a junior at Lee's Summit West, and Chase is a 7th grader at Summit Lakes Middle School. Outside of school she loves to spend time with her family at the lake, vacationing, and attending sporting events.

Mrs. Taylor has a passion for teaching kids and inspiring them to be the best they can be academically and as a leader in their life. She loves allowing students to be creative and think outside the box to acheive their learning goals.

Mrs. Taylor is looking forward to Connect2Learn, the changes in the physical enviroment in Studio 4, and getting to know each student and what motivates them.

Ms. Kennedy

Welcome back to a new school year at Highland Park! Ms. Kennedy is looking forward to the beginning of a productive, fun, successful year. She is extremely excited about getting the year started and being able to work together.

This is Ms. Kennedy’s 28th year of teaching in Lee’s Summit and eighth year at Highland Park. Before coming to Highland Park, she’d taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th grades at Pleasant Lea Elementary. Ms. Kennedy grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and went to William Jewell College. She received her Master’s Degree in 1995 from UMKC. Ms. Kennedy lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has a daughter named Lauren and two sons named Brandon and Sam. Lauren is 27 and works in Virginia as a forensic scientist, Brandon is 25 and works in Columbia, MO, and Sam is a 14 year old freshman. She also has a Golden Retriever named Sophie and a tabby cat named Petie. It’s a little chaotic in her home when they get to chasing each other.

She loves to travel, go to movies and READ! This summer she read some really great books, traveled to Virginia Beach, caught some fish and spent quality time with her family.

Mrs. Gallick

My name is Karen Gallick and I have been doing this amazing job of teaching for 22 years and have taught grades K-5. Whatever grade I’m teaching, becomes my favorite grade. Besides teaching,I also love drawing and painting. Over the past 11 years I have enjoyed painting artwork on the walls all over the school, at Richardson, and on the barn at Great Beginnings. I am a mother to 3 grown children, a grandmother to 2 sweet little girls, and I’ve been married for 34 years to my high school sweetheart who is also a teacher and a cross country coach at Blue Springs High School. What I love most about the job, is the students. They become a part of my life, not just for this year, but for years to come. My job is to make them love coming to school every day, and to love learning. I am so excited about adding chromebooks to one of the many ways to get students excited about learning. Teaching to me is a puzzle to figure out every day, and I just LOVE puzzles!


RE: Parent Volunteer Screenings

From: Jodi Mallette – Principal

In accordance with Lee’s Summit School Board Policy, some of our school volunteers must now be screened prior to working with or supervising students. This applies to all volunteers who may be in a situation where they are left alone with a student or group of students, most commonly for Highland Park this would apply to field trips.

If you believe you may offer to attend a field trip this school year, you will need to complete the packet.

This does not guarantee your selection for the trip, it just makes you eligible to attend.

Here are the steps that need followed in order to complete the screening and to be eligible for this volunteer role.

  1. Complete all three pages attached. No payment is needed; the LSR7 School District covers the cost of all screenings.

  2. Come to Highland Park and turn in all papers. At that time we will also need to copy your Drivers License for submission with the paperwork.

  3. We will send the paperwork over to Stansberry Leadership Center and they will complete the process. This can take several weeks.

  4. If there are questions or concerns you will be notified by Vicki Franklin at HPE.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this screening and to volunteer for your school. We so appreciate our many volunteers and appreciate the district for taking this extra step to ensure the safety of all of our students.

If you have any questions, you may contact Marcy Carpenter at 986-1000.


Jodi Mallette