HPE 4th Grade

October 2nd

4th Grade Mission Statement

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


Week in Review

Reading - I can identify my strengths and challenges in reading by completing a reading survey.

Writing - I can develop a piece of writing about a real experience or event.

Math - I can understand the value of digits.

Science - I can conduct an experiment using the scientific method.

Leadership - I can use my voice and inspire others to use their voice.

Spelling - prefixes un- and out -. TEST ON MONDAY.

Upcoming Week

Reading - students will look at their reading data and set W.I.G.'s (wildly important goals)

Writing - continue looking at text that are examples of personal narratives.

Math - students will take a summative assessment over place value.

Science - finish scientific method unit and start Missouri Regions

Spelling - week 5 list that have words that have in- and -im prefixes

Important Dates

October 5th - All three 4th grade teachers will be at Epic Elementary for the day. Please have a converstation with your child about how important it is to make the right choices even when there is a substitute.

October 9th - Leadership Academy

October 10th - Race for the Future

October 15th - Breakfast with Books 7:30 am in Media Center

October 16th - No school for students/Teacher meetings

October 21st/22nd - Student Led Conferences

October 23rd - No school

Why genius hour?

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

Human Growth and Development Information


To: 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Parents/Guardians

Re: Human Growth and Development Instruction

The following date has been scheduled for the preview of videos used in the Human Growth and Development Units. Childcare will not be provided.

January 21, 2016 (Lee’s Summit North High School) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Lee’s Summit West High School) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Lee’s Summit High School) 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

All classroom viewings will be held in January, February, and March. More information, including specific classroom viewing dates will be sent home in January.

January 26, 2016 - make-up date if needed due to inclement weather.


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