NORTH NEWS October 25

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community!

Thank you to everyone who had a chance to attend parent-teacher conferences! I think they were very successful, and our teachers love the opportunity to meet our parents. We have another busy week at the Brickhouse, with our Hispanic Heritage program on Tuesday, Trunk or Treat and FamiliaFIRST on Thursday, and several athletic activities mixed in as well! We would love to see you at any of these events. Thank you so much for your support and Go Bison!



Parents and Students,

Food Deliveries from Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are not allowed at SM North. Please encourage your student to refrain from ordering food for delivery. The delivery drivers will be turned away due to not having proper approved identification and this becoming a logistical issue. We appreciate your help in this matter.

STUCO/Pep Club Update

Have a great week North, it’s Best to be a Bison!

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Paras Needed

SM North has openings for Para positions. If you or anyone you know would be interested in applying please contact Dustin Jamison

Safety and Security

  • Please do not park in the row along the construction fence in the parking lot on the east side.
  • Please avoid parking at buildings close to the high school while waiting to pick up your child from school.
  • Students are not allowed to park in the front circle. We reserve this area for our visitors to the building.
  • Please make sure your student is bringing a mask to school each day. We only have a limited supply of extra masks for students, and we cannot provide masks to every student.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

Please always check the school calendar for the most up to date schedule SMN Calendar

  • 10/26 - Orchestra Concert, 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • 10/28 - Stuco Halloween Carnival 5:00-8:00, Front circle drive
  • 10/28 - Familia First, 5:30-8:00, Learning Commons
  • 10/30 - Harvesters Food Truck, East Parking Lot, 8:00am

Afterschool Tutoring

SMN will be offering afterschool tutoring starting Monday 10/25. Tutoring will be every Monday and Wednesdays afterschool 2:50-4:20pm. We will be offering an afterschool meal and a late bus for the students participating in tutoring. The tutoring will be in the Learning Commons and we will have teachers from different academic areas to help students. Late bus passes will be distributed and the late bus will be leaving SMN at 4:30. All students are welcome to attend.


  1. We have been uber busy in the nurse’s office collecting vaccinations from our SMN students! The year’s first exclusion date is fast approaching. We want to thank everyone who has responded to our emails and phone calls about missing vaccine records.Please send any updated vaccine information to or We do not want to exclude any students from school. Please notify us by email if we can help you with this process. Or call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916 and let us know what we can do to help! Thank you for investing in your children’s and our students’ health here at SMN

2. COVID Management for the 21-22 school year

  • SMSD COVID Team will notify JCDHE of all positive cases.
  • JCDHE will manage all contact tracing and quarantine related to exposure to a positive case.

In order to keep all students and staff safe at school please help us with the following:

  • Report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse.
  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get a PCR test.
  • PCR Testing – SMSD only accepts PCR COVID tests
      • SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • If you or your student have a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school/school-related activity, please contact JCDHE at 913-715-2819 for instructions.
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Jan. 10 is last chance to purchase yearbook for $48

The last chance to purchase your 2022 yearbook for $48 is Jan. 10. A check made out to SM North can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 10. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2.25 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 10, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact yearbook adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

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The Skyward custom form for the State Funded March 1 ACT sign-up is now open for Juniors.

** Only junior students can see this in Skyward – parents cannot.

  • Juniors can sign up through this form any time between now and December 1.

See the picture below

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From your Real World Learning Counselor:

AP Families – Please do not forget that the last day to register for the AP Exam without a late fee is this Friday, October 29th by 11:59 PM. If you or your student have questions about enrolling in their AP Exam, please reach out to Mrs. Sherer, AP Coordinator, or their AP Teacher.

YouScience – Parents and Students, YouScience is an aptitude and career discovery survey that all students will be completing by Thanksgiving Break. By completing the aptitude questions and career questions, students will be given personalized career matches that can help them when selecting possible high school programs to enroll in, job shadows, or internship programs. The results from YouScience are also used for invites to career expo events, field trips, and internships. With the list of possible career options that YouScience provides, students can also learn the pathway they can take to get into the career of their choice. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Sherer or Mrs. Miner.

College Visits

Hi all-

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We're excited to have some College Representatives visit us (virtually) this Fall.

Each week during seminar we will reserve the Conference room in Student Services to learn more about select colleges! Please keep in mind, this is a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.

College Visits:

Wednesday (10/27): University of Oregon @ 3:15pm

Thursday (10/28): Kansas State University @ 3:15pm

If you're interested, please email me to get signed up:

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Genesis Health Club - Kids Club Attendants - Click here to apply

Quick Trip - 913-362-3700 or apply online at

Countryside Child Development Center - email Jesse at

JoCo Parks and Rec - appy at or call 913-826-3054

Loft - click here to apply Search 1710 to apply

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Hollisters/Ambercrombie & Fitch - Click here to apply

Steve's Precision Dental Lab - Part time work - 913-432-6951


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • The SMN boys’ varsity football team faced the number 1 team in 5A, MV Jaguars on Friday evening and lost 55-0. The team prepares this week for the KSHSAA state playoffs; first round game is Friday night vs Olathe West Owls at CBAC @ 7:00pm.
  • The girls Volleyball team played in the first round of KSHSAA 6A sub-state vs defending champion, Olathe Northwest Ravens and lost 25-12, 25-10 to complete their regular season. The team finished with a 10-19 regular season record.
  • The boys’ soccer team lost their regular season game vs Olathe South Falcons and ended the regular season with a 8-7-1 record. The team will play Olathe East at CBAC on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm.
  • Anahi Grady represented SMN at the KSHSAA Gymnastics State Championships at SM West. Anahi competed in the balance beam.
  • The Boys and Girls Cross-Country Teams are KSHSAA 6A Regional Champions. North placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 15; Micah Blomker paced the boys with an individual championship. Adam Ducey, 8th, Diego Rojas-Vázquez, 10th, Major Ewers, 13th and Owen Dooley, 15th. The girls team was led by Josie Tyrrell, 4th, Chloe Belgum, 7th, Brenna Murphy, 8th, Elise Dummermuth, 10th and Krystal Montyoya, 28th. North will compete in the KSHSAA 6A State championship on Saturday at 9:40 for the boys race and 12:00 for the girls race at Augusta-4 Mile Creek Resort, Augusta, Kansas.

For more information, please see sport-specific twitter feeds &/or websites: @NorthBisonFB; @smnorthxc; @SMN_Volleyball; @SMNorthCheer

As we wind down the fall sports season, the winter season is coming upon us. Please note the following requirements for our winter sports season: All students participating in athletics must have a KSHSAA Physical Form AND Concussion Form on file in the office prior to the first tryout/practice. Per KSHSAA, the annual history and physical examination shall not be taken earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable. Lastly, student athletes must have passed 5/7 classes from the preceding semester to be eligible*** Only exception is incoming freshmen.

For many student-athletes signing their national letter of intent (NLI) is an accomplished milestone and should be celebrated as such. Please note SM North celebrates ALL of our signees in the spring. However, if you would like to host an individual signing celebration for your athlete please contact me directly at 913-993-6921. At this time we are following SMSD mitigation protocols.

For more information on NCAA National Signing Day please visit their site. Technically, student-athletes do not need to sign their National Letters of Intent on the first day of the Signing Period, but many do. Please note NJCAA & NAIA NLI dates are

Below are updated signing dates for each sport for student-athletes signing in 2021-2022 for 2022-2023 enrollment:

NLI Signing Dates

Prospective Student-Athletes Signing 2021-22 and Enrolling 2022-23

Sport (s)

Division I Basketball (Early Period)

November 10, 2021 - Initial date

November 17, 2021 - Final date

Division I Basketball (Regular Period)

April 13, 2022 - Initial date

May 18, 2022 - Final date

Division I Football (Early Period)

December 15, 2021 - Initial date

December 17, 2021- Final date

Division I and II Football (Midyear JC Transfer)

December 15, 2021 - Initial date

January 15, 2022 - Final date

Division I and II Football (Regular Period)

February 2, 2022 - Initial date

Division I: April 1, 2022 - Final date

Division II: August 1, 2022 - Final date

All Other Division I and II Sports

November 10, 2021- Initial date

August 1, 2022 - Final date

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach:


Varsity Girls Basketball Coach:


Varsity Bowling Coach:


Varsity Swimming Coach:


Varsity Wrestling Coach:


Varsity Dance Coach


Varsity Cheerleading Coach


Important Links

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - English [Required Athletic Forms for High School


KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - Spanish [Required Athletic Forms for High School


2021-2022 Transportation Release Form- HS Only - English (Corrected May 2021).pdf

2021-2022 Transportation Release Form - HS Only - Spanish (Corrected May 2021

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance Training Off

Campus for MS and HS Athletes (English)

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance Training Off

Campus for MS and HS Athletes (Spanish)

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)

SMSD Mitigation Spectator Guidelines - please take time to review the current SMSD mitigation guidelines.

High School Sports Information

High School Sports - Athletic Schedules

SMSD Athletic Stadium and Athletic Complex Locations

2021-2022 High School Athletic Director-AD Secretary Contact List

Kansas State High School Activities Association


Student Recognitions

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Luke Rogers (Northwest) and Carlos Alvarado (North) won the University of Kansas’ High School Aerospace Design Competition today! They had to design and construct a glider to complete two tasks, distance and flight time and then accuracy. Their glider beat out 25 other gliders for the win! That win earned them a $2000 scholarship to KU.

The High School Design Competition is an event that gives high school students the opportunity to put their engineering, creativity, and teamwork skills to the ultimate test. Prior to the competition day, students work individually or in small teams designing, building, and testing a project that addresses the proposed design criteria. This year’s event hosted 360 students from 44 schools!

The PBIS team asked teachers and staff to nominate students who have demonstrated positive behavior. We specifically focused on the core value, belief. Please take a moment to congratulate these students for believing in themselves and others. Way to go students!

-PBIS Team



B - ROC Bison Reaching Out to the Community

Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission North PTSA recognize and encourage student and community volunteer efforts in conjunction with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Find more information and a service log sheet below

B-ROC Volunteer opportunities

  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead - email
  • The Overland Park Arboretum is looking for volunteers for their upcoming events, “Enchanted Faire”, “Terra Luna”, and “Luminary Walk”. Multiple times and activities are available for each of these events. Please contact Liz Hazell at for more information.

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


Booster Club Update

Thanks for your continued support of the SMN Booster Club!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday, January 29 at St. Pius X Church in Mission. More information will be available in the next few weeks.

Did you know that each year the SMN All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Since our organization began, we have given over $150,000 in grants to clubs, groups & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, tailgates/concessions, Trivia Night and annual Golf Tournament. Thanks for your continued support!

Join the Booster Club and check out the SMN BISON spirit wear at our online store -

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


News from SMSD

Food Service information from SMSD

Dear Families,

School Lunches

If you follow our Food Services menus, you know we have posted information about the possibility of menu changes and substitutions, which could happen with little advance notice. This is because of issues along the entire supply chain (how food comes from where it is produced to our cafeterias.) Because of these challenges, Food Services has had difficulty in receiving products - both food and paper supplies. Transportation is also a significant part of the problem, as companies complain about not being able to find staff to load trucks and drive those trucks to deliver products to schools and school districts.

Employment Opportunities

Please understand that we are working hard to ensure students have the support services necessary to focus on their education. We continue to seek qualified and caring applicants to join our district team as well as our partner transportation contractors.

New form for 2021-22 - Household Economic Survey

Families are encouraged to complete the Household Economic Survey (HES) as part of the Online Verification available on Skyward. The purpose of the HES form is to assist families and our district in the upcoming year.

All students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. However, the HES form generates additional state funds for our schools.

If your family qualifies, the district will receive funds to help support programs providing additional support for learners with a variety of needs. Additionally, qualifying on the HES provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced transportation fees and Pre-k enrollment. If families do not complete the HES, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Do not complete the HES form if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing the HES form.

Eligibility determination will be made according to the guidelines established by the Kansas Department of Education. Please contact the SMSD Food Service office with any questions.



Canvas Parent App Directions

  • Download the Canvas Parent App from the App Store or Google Play store.
  • Follow the prompts to create your account. Create a username and password.
  • Search SMSD (Shawnee Mission School District) > Shawnee Mission North > Eventually it will ask you for a “Pairing Code”
  • To find your student’s “Pairing Code”
    1. In your student’s Canvas account have your student click on “Account” (Top Left)
    2. Click on “Settings” > then click on “Pair with Observer” (Right side)
    3. Enter this “Pairing code” when prompted in your Canvas Parent App.
  • Note that each parent needs a different code, therefore repeating this process to generate a different code. If more than one student, you will be prompted to “add student” on the app. Repeat the process to generate their observer code.
  • If your student will not provide the code to you, please reach out to the school to get the Pairing Code.
  • Additional Canvas gradebook information can be found here.