SMN News for September 30, 2019

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

New Vaccination Requirement

All 11th graders are required to have at least one meningococcal vaccine this school year.

If you have any questions, please email, or come by the nurse’s office.

News from Student Services

AP Exam Registration

If your student is enrolled in an AP class, he/she has the opportunity to take an AP Exam for that class at the beginning of May. This year, College Board has made some changes to how you can register for those exams so please make note of the following steps and deadlines.

Steps to Register:

  1. ALL students enrolled in an AP class at North have to enroll in their AP course through College Board using the Join Code that each teacher will give them for their course (even those that are NOT interested in taking the AP test).

    1. Your student needs to use the College Board account that they already have or create an account if they’ve never taken an exam through College Board in the past. (Do NOT create multiple accounts)

  1. Student will need to go into their online classroom (for each AP class they are enrolled in) and change their exam decision from “undecided” to either “yes” or “no”. This is the only way exams will be ordered through College Board this year.

  1. Go to to pay for your exams. The cost is $100 per exam. Registration is now open.

    1. If you need Financial Assistance, please have your student come see Leah Murray, in Student Services.


  • November 1st – Last day for students to pay for AND mark “yes” or “no” in their College Board courses

  • November 2nd - $40 late fee (PER TEST) begins to order exam or cancel an exam.

  • February 28th – Last day to order a late exam or cancel for a partial refund. No exams will be ordered or changed after this date and there are no refunds at all for cancelled exams after this date.

Students taking IB and AP exams:

  • Both IB and AP will be taking their exams the first 2 weeks of May. Testing schedules are out for both IB and AP. It is the student’s responsibility to check for any testing conflicts and contact Leah Murray, in Student Services, to change their AP test to an alternate date. This HAS to happen before the February 28th deadline or they will have to cancel one of the exams without a refund.

PSAT/NMSQT Exam for Juniors

The National Day of Testing is coming up on October 16th. Juniors will be taking a practice ACT on that day. If your student scores well on standardized tests (around the 99th percentile) and is enrolled in rigorous coursework (AP, IB, Honors, etc.) we would like to encourage you to have him/her take the PSAT/NMSQT on that day instead of the practice ACT.

Although your student would have taken the PSAT/NMSQT last year as a Sophomore, as a Junior, the PSAT/NMSQT becomes the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The cost is $20 and we are using Total Registration to handle your payment. You can register your students at Once your student registers, he/she can pick up a Student Guide in Student Services that includes more information as well as a practice test.

Total Registration is now open to accept registrations for the PSAT/NMSQT. Please make note of the following deadlines for registering…

Tuesday, October 1st – Last day to register without a $5 late fee.

Friday, October 11th – Registration Ends

Monday, October 14th – All registrations that have not been paid will be canceled and exams will not be ordered.

Wednesday, October 16th – Exam Day

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Shawnee Mission North is a two-year college preparatory program with a comprehensive academic program designed to address the needs of challenge seeking junior and senior students.

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

Guest Speakers Present to Global Issues Classes

Guest speakers involved with city planning from Roeland Park, Overland Park, and Mission, as well as from the Johnson Country Parks & Recreation Department and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment spoke to students in Global Issues. Topics included city planning, zoning ordinances, eminent domain, waste management, urbanization, and need for parks in a community. The guest speakers provided ideas for the student’s upcoming “My Community Project.”


Congratulations to the 27 DECA members who competed at the first DECA competition of the year last week at Johnson County Community College. There were over 800 students competing, and many of the Indians were experiencing their first competition ever in DECA. North had a number of excellent finishes, including Top 10 finishes in testing, role plays, and Overall category finishes.

Top Ten Test finishers included two impressive 1st place finishes by Mysti Allison-Barnes and Brian Blood, 6th places by Trevor Maxville, Dallas Drakulich, and Harden Boldt, 7th places by Zoei Heyd, Mason Trout, D’Angilo Allen, a 9th place by Ashleigh Spencer, and a 10th by Christian Solorio.

Top Ten Role Play finishers included 4th places by Casey Manis and the team of Brian Blood and Harden Boldt, a 5th place finish by Dallas Drakulich, a 7th place by Mason Trout, a 9th place by the team of Samantha Morinville and Ore Oni, and 10th places by Christian Solorio and Petra Thiessen-Scott.

For the Overall category rankings, North had many top ten finishers, including a 4th place by Dallas Drakulich in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, a 4th place by the team of Blood and Boldt in Business Law and Ethics, a 6th place by Mason Trout in Business Finance and Casey Manis in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, a 9th place by the team of Samantha Morinville and Ore Oni in Hospitality, and 10th place finishes for Christian Solorio in Automotive Services and D’Angilo Allen in Human Resource Management.

Congratulations to all the North DECA students for a great first competition. The next competitions include Atchison on October 8th, Leavenworth on November 5th, and Blue Valley North on November 14th.

PEP Club

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Familia First

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 5:30-8pm

7401 Johnson Drive

Overland Park, KS

Library/Learning Commons

for more information, contact Jackie Madrigal at 913-993-7124 or

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Underclass Photos (or previews if you didn’t purchase a packet) and Senior Photo Proofs were sent home with students on Sept. 11.

Those wishing to have a retake can sign up in the office for retake day Oct. 18.

Retakes cost $3 for anyone not purchasing a photo package.

Picture Retake sign up sheets are in the front office, the sign up deadline is Oct. 11 and retakes will be on Oct. 18.

If you did not order a picture package, there is a $3 retake fee that you can pay the photographer from Rolland Studios at the time of retake.

If you have yet to take a photo and are taking a photo for the first time, there is no retake charge as this is a first-time photo. You should also sign up in the office so we can send you a pass.

Passes will be emailed out to students prior to October 18.

Proofs and pre-ordered photo packages were passed out in Seminar on Sept. 11. If you wish to order photos online you can do so at using the code on the photo package.

If you did not receive your proofs or photo package, please check with your Seminar teacher or with the office.

If you have any other questions or problems, please email or call yearbook adviser Becky Tate.


Purchase a 2020 Yearbook

2020 Yearbooks can be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 10, 2020. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

If you didn't purchase your book during fee payment, the money ($48) or 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 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 the Indian adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

Senior Ads in 2020 Yearbook

Don't miss out on celebrating your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2020 Indian.

The first deadline is Sept. 20.

Seniors love to see a Senior Ad purchased by their loved ones in the yearbook, so purchase one by the first deadline and lock in the best size and price.

There are three due dates for ads, with prices increasing after each deadline.

After the first deadline on Sept. 20, the prices increase.

Senior Ad forms can be dropped off at the SMN front office or mailed to SM North, attn. Becky Tate.

If you would like to pay with a credit card and/or submit all your photos and Senior Ad contract online, they can be uploaded and paid for at Choose SM North.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. Not all will be done by then, but a majority will be. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad. Photos will be returned in late April.

Thanks so much for your support of the Indian yearbook and we look forward to designing your senior’s ad.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .

Athletics News

Kansas Safety in Football Campaign

Each year, we hear more and more about injuries in the sport of football in the news. Concerns about concussions, head and neck injuries, and rare fatalities has brought nationwide attention to the safety of the sport. As an athletic trainer and health professional, I am very committed to ensuring student athletes are kept safe and injury free. This year, Shawnee Mission North High School, along with the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society, are sponsoring a “Safety in Football Campaign” in order to share tips and directions on how sports teams can improve safety, lessen the risks of injury, and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.

I work with an amazing group of professionals who provide excellent care in sports medicine healthcare for the student-athletes. We specialize in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. On a daily basis, our staff plays a vital part in keeping your student-athletes healthy and safe.

Studies show that athletes who participate in school-sponsored football have increased self-esteem, lower dropout rates in school, and demonstrate a stronger involvement in their school and community. Our team is excited to take the lead in this effort, along with the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society, to help each and every football team in Kansas identify ways in which they can lessen the risks of injury and keep the focus on the fun and camaraderie of football.

To learn more about the Safety in Football program and how you can help keep your student athletes safe, visit


Jon Vincent, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer I

University of Kansas Hospital-Shawnee Mission North High School

7401 Johnson Dr.

Overland Park, KS 66202

Girls Golf

Girls Varsity Golf team competed at Lawrence Country Club on Monday September 16 and competed in the STA Ryder Cup challenge on Wednesday September 18 with the JV team competing in the morning at Lady Sykes Overland Park Golf Course. The team is showing solid improvement. Both played well at the Ryder Cup. JV golfers Gabrielle Cantrell and Lauryn Moore moved up to the Varsity team for this event and hit the ball well in their first Varsity Tournament.

JV golfers shot a 49 on Thursday with a Par and a few bogeys at Tomahawk Hills. Next Week is the first leg of the Sunflower League at Lake Quivera Country Club on Monday and at Heritage Park Golf Course on Tuesday. JV has a 18 hole tournament Tuesday at Painted Hills Golf Course.

Next Wednesday October 2nd will be the Second Round of Sunflower League action at Eagle Bend in Lawrence. The season is going well with all the Golfers making great strides in their games.

Join us for Bowling Fundraiser

PTSA Information

Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that National School Lunch Week is October 14-18, 2019? This year’s theme, “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist,” spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization. School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium. The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has been fueling students for success for more than 70 years. It is dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s children. Please help celebrate NSLW 2019.

Food Service Payment Options

Payments for school meals may be made:

  • Online through efunds ($3 fee per transaction)
  • At the school with check or cash
  • At most schools with a credit card (no fee)
  • Calling food service office with credit card (no fee)

Students will not be permitted to purchase ala carte items if their account is negative. More information on student account guidelines is available at

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at