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Blue Springs Freshman Center Receives National Award for Excellence in STEM Education

clock November 30, 2011 11:26 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello Advisory Partnership Team Members!

Missouri’s Department of Education just released the following announcement on their website - - so we had to share this great news with you!  Our Career Tech programs at the Blue Springs School District are successful because of the part you play in assisting us develop and maintain standards of excellence with current trends in your area of expertise.  Thanks for your time and effort in keeping Blue Springs at the top!

Blue Springs Freshman Center Receives National Award for Excellence in STEM Education

The Blue Springs Freshman Center has received national recognition for its Project Lead The Way biomedical program, state education officials announced today. 

Project Lead The Way recently released its list of 2010-11 Model Schools, the most coveted award the organization hands out annually.  The Blue Springs Freshman Center is one of just 16 schools to receive the award this year out of the 4,200 eligible schools across the country.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality, engaging education programs for middle and high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“The Blue Springs Freshman Center is to be commended for its leadership in science and biomedical education,” said Sharon Hoge, assistant commissioner with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  “This program is providing its students with excellent hands-on learning experiences that will inspire and unlock their potential as they explore and develop skills in bioscience-related fields.”

Model schools were selected based on their strength in several key categories, including a robust program implementation, excellent postsecondary relationships, outstanding communications and outreach, solid professional development and a strong level of student engagement.  Schools with the greatest overall scores were selected as Model Schools.

The Blue Springs School District, a district of 14,300 students located about 20 miles east of Kansas City, was among the first in Missouri to have certified PLTW biomedical programs.  Statewide, participation in PLTW biomedical programs has nearly doubled over the past two years — from 14 schools in the 2009-10 school year to 27 schools this year.

The Blue Springs Freshman Center began its biomedical sciences program in 2008, and enrollment in the program has increased from 111 students last year to 154 this year.  Through such courses as principles of biomedical sciences, students are introduced to fields such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health.

Originally known for its pre-engineering curriculum, Project Lead The Way has been growing in Missouri since 2002.  This year, 148 Missouri schools are offering PLTW programs in pre-engineering, technology and biomedical fields.

Nancy Jorgensen

Secretary to Dr. Norma Anderson

Director of Secondary Education

Secretary to Dr. David Brouse

Director of Elementary Education

Curriculum and Instruction

Blue Springs R-IV School District

1801 NW Vesper

Blue Springs, MO 64015

816-224-1300, ext. 180

816-224-1310, fax

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St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts Free Health Fair at Independence Center

clock November 30, 2011 11:23 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

November 28, 2011 Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

St. Mary’s Medical Center Hosts

Free Health Fair at Independence Center


Blue Springs, Mo. – Take a break from holiday shopping and give yourself a healthy gift. St. Mary’s Medical Center is hosting a free health fair at Independence Center on Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Screenings will include:

Blood pressure

• Blood sugar


• Ankle brachial Index

• TIA risk score

• Bone density screening

• Oxygen saturation level

• Grip and balance testing

St. Mary’s associates will be available to answer your health questions. Plus, St. Mary’s unveils its new Inside Track mall walking program during the health fair. Participants registering at the fair will receive a free pedometer and can earn additional prizes as they progress.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health ( which also includes St. Joseph Medical Center, three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

clock November 30, 2011 10:38 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.795.5307

Truman Heartland Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally

Local Organization Meets Rigorous Standards for Quality and Accountability

HEARTLAND NEWS (November 30, 2011)Truman Heartland Community Foundation recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.

clip_image004[1]“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager, Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that Truman Heartland Community Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsÔ program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Phil Hanson, Truman Heartland Community Foundation president. “When people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund or set up an annuity, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order.”

Truman Heartland Community Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.

“Some say it’s easier to create wealth than to give money away wisely,” said Jim Pryde, Truman Heartland Community Foundation Board Chairman. “There’s some truth in that. Grantmaking is a lot like investing… we need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States.

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 29 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets surpassing $28 million and annual grants reaching $2.8 million last year. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


$25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple to Save Our Depot!

clock November 30, 2011 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

Date: November 28, 2011

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot

What: $25,000.00 Matching Donation from anonymous Blue Springs couple

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Blue Springs couple signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a money match of $25,000.00 to save the Blue Springs 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot.  A check will be given to the Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc. ~ Depot as soon as the $25,000.00 donation match is raised.  As president of the Blue Springs Historical Society, Mary Potter said, “I couldn’t believe all of the zeros after the $25.”  Since early August, volunteers and supporters have raised over $5,000.00 through donations, two silent auctions and one fundraiser.   Potter added, “I had no idea there were other individuals who felt as strongly as I do about saving this important piece of our Blue Springs history”.  The Depot represents why Blue Springs moved from the valley of Woods Chapel to the top of the hill when the Chicago & Alton Railroad laid the tracks and built a depot in 1879.   Mary met with the couple in mid-November to sign the document accepting the couples’ generous donation to the Depot.  Greg Grounds, former Blue Springs Mayor and Jackson County Legislator, is donating his time and professional expertise as an attorney to the organizations.   

The couple, with an enthusiasm for trains and depots, wishes to remain anonymous.  When the Blue Springs couple saw the dedication of individuals to save the depot, they decided a money match would encourage the community’s individuals, businesses and civic organizations to donate larger sums of money to save the Depot. 

The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot has agreed upon an amount with Patton, Inc. to move the Depot from its current location on downtown Main Street to a nearby downtown park.  The payment to the mover, Doyle Patton, is $16,000.00.  To replace the concrete slab foundation will cost approximately $4,000.00.  This projected cost includes the foundation forms, rebar, concrete, gravel and grading. Contractor Steve Greer has volunteered to oversee this part of the project.  He is donating his talent and time.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot is asking for construction companies to donate materials or to donate the materials at a discounted cost.  Since the Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit, donations are tax deductible.  

The Save Our Depot group has spoken with the Blue Springs School District about construction students helping with the concrete slab.  This would be overseen by professional concrete layers. 

After the Depot is moved to its new site, Kansas City Southern Railway will donate $5,000.00 toward the restoration.  Their generous donation along with donors to meet the moving cost of $20,000.00 will meet the anonymous donors $25,000.00.  Then the restoration on the outside of the Depot begins with $30,000.00.  The Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot has had Keith Albarelli, a master electrician, volunteer to do the all electric wiring and Zucca Roofers was volunteered to replace the composition roof.  The group needs a skilled plumber, an insulation company, and outside painting company to volunteer their skills and materials at a reduced cost to finish the outside of the Depot.  After these are finished, the stucco will complete the outside. Potter said, the Save Our Depot will begin the inside restoration.  She said the inside of the Depot is described as being in above average condition. 

Matching Donation should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society ~ Depot, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013.

Potter said the Historical Society ~ Save Our Depot is asking supporters to attend the Blue Springs City Council presentation on Monday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1103 S.W. Smith Street, Blue Springs 64015.  This will be the meeting as to whether the Depot gets approval to move the Depot to Central Park.  This park is located in downtown east of the railroad tracks and south of Walnut Street.  Currently the park is undeveloped except for the community garden that began in fall 2011.  Potter would like for supporters to either wear red or white or a Chicago & Alton Blue Springs, MO sweatshirt.

Blue Springs Downtown Alive!

clock November 30, 2011 10:07 by author Jeff Quibell

As you do your holiday shopping and beyond, be certain to patronize our downtown businesses in Blue Springs!

Paper Recycling Challenge a huge success!

clock November 30, 2011 09:50 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W:


DATE: November 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449


Paper Recycling Challenge a huge success!

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission challenged residents to increase their paper recycling between November 2 and November 16 in celebration of America Recycles Day. The goal for the two-week challenge was to recycle 2,800 pounds of cardboard and 4,200 pounds of paper, or a total of 3.5 tons.

Significant participation efforts helped in far surpassing the recycling goals. A total of 16,960 pounds of cardboard and 12,570 pounds of paper were collected at the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center during the two-week challenge.

In comparison, since the recycling center has been open (July 2010) the monthly average weight of cardboard collected is 5,529 pounds and on average 7,773 pounds of paper is collected each month. Cardboard had the highest collection amount to date, exceeding the highest collection month in July 2011 of 11,490 pounds.

Diverting paper and cardboard products from the landfills not only helps the environment, but also provides funding for the operation of the facility. The City earns 50 percent of the income from all paper and cardboard products collected at the center.

“We would like to thank all of those who participated in the recycling challenge and helped divert a tremendous amount of paper and cardboard products from the landfill,” said Alice Fuerst, Solid Waste Management Commission Chair. “While the recycling challenge might be over, I want to encourage residents to continue recycling their waste products.”

The Blue Springs Pink Hill Park Recycling Center located at 2725 NW Park Road is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the winter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Materials accepted at the center include, paper, newspapers and magazines and shredded paper, cardboard, paperboard, plastics (#1-7), aluminum cans, steel/tin food cans, glass jars and bottles and phone books. Please remove food from containers and covers from bottles prior to disposal. Recycling center attendants are located on-site during regular hours of operation if assistance is needed.

For more information contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or visit the City’s website at to learn more about the community recycling center.


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Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 6

clock November 30, 2011 09:43 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W:


DATE: November 29, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449


Annual Lighting of Mayor’s Christmas Tree, December 6

Blue Springs, Mo. – All are invited to a free family holiday event, the City of Blue Springs’ 2011 Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place outside City Hall, 903 W. Main Street, in downtown Blue Springs, Missouri.

“This is a special event that draws hundreds of children and families to downtown Blue Springs for this unique holiday experience. It’s a wonderful tradition in our community, and a great way in which to celebrate the closeness and the sprit of giving that exists within our city” said Mayor Carson Ross.

Pete Grigsby, former meteorologist for KMBC Channel 9 and teacher for the Blue Springs School District will join Mayor Ross as Master of Ceremonies. Countdown to the tree lighting will take place live between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in an Enchanted Sleigh immediately following the tree lighting. There will hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate, cider, popcorn and candy canes provided – refreshments were donated by Price Chopper and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. Craft activities for children to create will be located inside City Hall – crafts donated by the VFW Post #6603.

This year’s concert is sponsored by the Blue Springs Business Association. Scheduled to perform during the program are: student choirs from William Bryant Elementary Choir and Cordill Mason 4th & 5th Grade Extra Curricular Choir; an adult chorus from First Bible Baptist Church Choir; and two local soloists: Michaelah Burns, a junior from Blue Springs High School and Jerry Lewis.

The Blue Springs Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association will be collecting cash donations for their “Shop with a Blue Springs Cop” program and the Community Services League will be collecting non-perishable food donations to be used in their food pantry program.

Calvary 88.5 FM KLJC will be live-broadcasting in the City Hall parking lot from 4-6 p.m. For more information about this year’s lighting event, call (816) 228-0111.


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Blue Springs City Theatre Presents Scrooge: the Musical, opens December 1st!

clock November 27, 2011 14:04 by author Jeff Quibell


Scrooge: the Musical opens December 1st!

Hello My Friends!

2011 is Blue Springs City Theatre's 25th Season and the final installment in our 2011 Season is Scrooge: the Musical! This wonderful family-friendly Christmas musical, based on Charles Dickens' classic tale, will be the perfect holiday event to share with your family and friends.  I have the honor of playing the part of the old miser himself and would love to see you at one of the performances!  

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, all BSCT alumni receive one free concession item at a performance of Scrooge.  Simply bring in something from the show you were in or worked on - a program, a t-shirt, or show us your name in The Company on your smartphone - to get your free item.  We would love to see many familiar faces at BSCT this holiday season!  Think of your favorite BSCT memory to share in a special 25th Anniversary Scrapbook when you attend!

Scrooge run December 1-4 & 8-11. Thursday, Friday & Saturday shows are at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm. You can purchase tickets online now.  Don't miss this heartwarming holiday tradition!

Happy Holidays!

Greg Lane, "Scrooge"