NORTH NEWS March 7th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

I know that the recent events at Olathe East are on everyone’s mind. We are keeping the Olathe East community in our thoughts. We have daily safety measures in place in Shawnee Mission. I wanted to take a moment to remind you of the measures.

All exterior doors are locked once school starts, and those doors remain locked all day. The doors are monitored throughout the day to make sure they are secure. Once all buses have arrived and school begins, the entrances are secured. Once school starts, anyone wanting to enter the building must enter at the main entrance and use the buzzer system. The individual must show identification and have a specific reason for needing access to the building.

We are so fortunate to have Officer Covington and Officer Whisenhunt as our full-time School Resource Officers. They, and Officer Vega, are vigilant throughout the day to monitor cameras, check doors, be visible in the hall and most importantly, make positive connections with students. I see students having conversations with these two officers on a daily basis.

We routinely have conversations with students about why we keep the building secure. This includes discussing why we don’t prop doors open or why we don’t open doors for our friends. During the school day, every student needs to enter the building through the front secured doors and utilize their school IDs. We also remind them of the importance of letting us know if they hear something that may be concerning that involves our school. We believe that it is important to have ongoing conversations such as this with students and encourage you to have these same conversations with them at home.

Thank you for all of your support. Let's have a great final week of the third quarter!



No Parking on Foster

The Overland Park Police Department has received many complaints about several cars violating the "No parking" signs on Foster. The no parking signs apply to both sides of the street on Foster at Johnson Drive. While we understand construction near the fieldhouse makes dismissal meet ups difficult, there are plenty of legal parking spaces in the lower lot just east of the tennis courts. Our community residents who live in the area are having a difficult time getting to their driveways safely at dismissal time. OPMC 12.04.096 parking in violation of a sign is a $60 citation. Please pass this information along to anyone who picks up your student as we would like to avoid unnecessary tickets to our school community.

Thanks, SRO Covington

4th Quarter After School Tutoring

Students are invited to stay after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Learning Commons for after school tutoring. Five staff members are available for support, including one teacher from each of the core subjects- math, ELA, science, and social studies. Free meals are available for all students at 3:00pm in the cafeteria and free rides home within the North area boundaries at 4:30pm. 4th quarter dates begin on March 23rd.


Jostens will be in the front hall on April 1, from 11am-1pm during lunch, to distribute graduation announcements to seniors who have ordered them. Seniors can stop by during their lunch period to collect their orders.

It is not too late to order your cap and gown for graduation. Here is the new link to get your cap/gown ordered or you can call them directly at 1-785-843-2967 and order it over the phone. Please take care of this as soon as possible.

If you need to check to see if your gown has been ordered, please contact Gayle O'Grady, or 913-993-6903

Monday, March 21, 2022: Xellobration

We will kick off the 4th quarter of the school year coming back from Spring Break on Monday, March 21st with a traditional scheduled day. All 7 blocks of this day will include reminders of safety procedures, building expectations, and classroom expectations. In addition, all students will complete required grade level lessons for our College and Career Readiness Program: Xello. Students will use the data from these lessons throughout the remainder of this school year, and future school years as they move toward high school graduation.

Are you interested in becoming a Youth Court Judge or Attorney?

Well this is your chance!


March 16th, 2022 – (8am-3pm) Lunch will be provided.


This training will prepare you to be an active volunteer in the Youth Court program. If you would like to attend please sign up on the signup genius below:

Spots are very limited so please make sure when you sign up that you are committing to attending the training.

We hold the right in the future to remove you if you do not show up for the scheduled training.

*This training will be held in person and we will maintain all proper safety guidelines per the County. This will also make sure that our volunteers remain healthy and safe. Make sure you wear your masks*

Hope to see you there.

When? - March 16th, 2022

Time? - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where? - Youth and Family Service Center, 920 W. Spruce St., Olathe, KS 66061

If you have question please call or email me. Jayro Rito at 913-715-7489 or


SMSD COVID-19 Testing – By appointment only


6701 W 83rd St.

Drive- thru testing site is located behind the building

Monday – Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday – 8am – 3:30pm, Sunday – 10am – 2pm

To schedule a COVID-19 test please go to:


  1. Go to Note: Do not put www in front, the site will not load.
  2. Once the appointment is made you will receive:
  • Confirmation text of your appointment date/time.
  • Email with instructions and the link to complete required pre-registration paperwork.
  • Location of the site and a reminder 1 hour before the appointment.

Arrive at drive-thru testing location at SMECEC/Broadmoor 6701 W 83rd St. on your designated appointment date/time. Testing site is located behind the building. Remain in your car for testing personnel to assist you.
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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.


Thank you to all parents who have turned in updated vaccination records for our SMN students!

We still have quite a few students who are missing at least one vaccine.

Please help us out in the nurse’s office and send any updated vaccine records to .

Our next exclusion date for SMSD is coming up quickly in January.

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contact by phone about a missing vaccine, try to get that done as soon as possible.

Our Johnson County Health Department is a good resource for updating vaccines, as is Walgreens, CVS, Mercy and Truth Clinics.

Vaccines can also be obtained at our Health Partnership Clinic at SMW on Thursdays during clinic hours from 11am to 3pm

If you need help contacting any of these businesses, please call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916.

Stay warm and healthy everyone!!

And, as always, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!!

Nurse Kelly and Ms. Snow.

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Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Tuesday 3/8 - SM Choral Festival, 7:00pm, SM South
  • Wednesday 3/9 - Choir Concert, 7:00pm, SMN Auditorium
  • Friday 3/11 - Teacher Work Day, NO SCHOOL
  • 3/14-3/18 - Spring Break, NO SCHOOL


STUCO/Pep Club Update

On March 31st we have some VERY exciting news that we are bringing back the regatta event! It will happen in the SMN pool and all teams will get a chance to build a boat out of cardboard and race across the pool for the ultimate prize.

The basic rules are that two person teams will build a boat out of just cardboard and duct tape. They will race across the pool to receive the regatta trophy and 10 points towards their charity of choice for the Charity Picnic. Signups will come after spring break.

When - March 31st

Where - SMN Pool

Time - After school

Can’t swim, can’t boat!

Have a great week North! Don’t forget, it’s best to be a bison!!



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Spring Testing updates

  • Kansas State Assessments- State Assessments will begin shortly after returning from spring break. Please take note of the following student grade levels and courses that will participate this spring:
    • 10th Grade ELA Assessment: March 29-April 1
    • 10th Grade Math Assessment: April 5- April 8
    • 11th Grade Science Assessment: April 11-April 14

College Visits

Hi all-

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

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.

All events will be held in Student Services Conference room. Must sign-up to attend

College Visits: Sign up here

March 8th @ 9:30am Wichita State University

March 10th @ 10:30am UMKC

March 22nd @ 9:30am Northwest Missouri State

March 29th @ 9:30am Kansas State University

April 12th @ 9:30am University of Nebraska-Lincoln

If you're interested, click on the link above or email

Military Visits

Military visits will start this Tuesday, February 1st during seminar in Times Square.

Click here to sign up to get a pass

  • March 8th - Army National Guard
  • March 22nd - US Navy
  • March 29th - US Air Force
  • April 12th - US Navy

College Scholarship Information

This is a reminder that scholarships available to SMN senior students only have deadlines that are quickly approaching!

March 11, 2022 Deadline:

Shawnee Mission Class of 1952 Scholarship Fund

March 18, 2022 Deadlines:

The Shawnee Mission North Joann Wooten Memorial Scholarship

SMN PTSA Scholarship

The Kiwanis Foundation and Ken Tebow

Mary L. Jones Bluejacket-Flint

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Amazon - Apply by click this link

Water One - Summer Internship - Grounds Maintenance Click Here

3&2 Baseball - Concession Crew - email

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Papa Murphy - Email or call Steve Woodbury - 913-638-4552

Topper Pizza - email

Home Depot - Garden Associates - text Jobs to 52270 or visit this link

Feeding America - contact

JCPRD - looking for summer lifeguards, marina workers, swim lesson instructor click here

City of Mission - Lifeguards Needed - email to apply. $250 bonus


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

The Bowling Bison - Alyssa Williams competed at the KSHSAA 6A State Championships last Thursday. Based on her accomplishments, Alyssa was selected to roll out a ceremonial first ball. Although Alyssa didn’t have the result she desired, she had a great four-year career at North and we wish her the best.

Save the date:

  • National letter of Intent is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27

The spring sports programs had a great turnout for tryouts last week; teams are finalizing their rosters.

Spring Coaching Staff

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones -

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Andrew Lause -

Varsity Golf Coach

Walter Mansfield -

Varsity Track and Field Coach

Aaron Davidson

Twitter: @SMNTrack

Varsity Girls Swim and Dive Coach

Kailey Morash -

Twitter: @SMNGirlsSwim

Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Jaime Velez -

Twitter: @smngirlssoccer


Student Recognitions



If you have been participating in B-ROC (formerly IROC) this year, please find all of your forms and make sure they are complete with signatures. Additional forms can be found on the B-ROC board in Students Services. All B-ROC forms need to be turned in to Leah Murray in Student Services NO LATER than Tuesday, March 1st. Late forms will not be accepted after that date

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

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


Join us for our next meeting on TODAY, Monday, March 7 at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons at North – we will be discussing upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and our grant program for SMN clubs, groups, and teams.

Be a part of the SMN All-Activities Booster Club Leadership Team!!

We need a Vice-President for the 2022-23 school year – contact Paula Blood at for more information.

Job Description - SMN All-Activities Booster Club Vice-President:

· Recruit local businesses to buy sponsorships in our Athletics Roster Wrap

· Coordinate Culver's Nights (set dates for November and March, publicize to SMN community.)

· Assist the President as needed and will run the AABC meeting if the President cannot attend.

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  • TEAM SPOTS AVAILABLE for SMN Trivia Night - Saturday, April 9 – Be a part of this FUN event!! We have openings for 2 teams - please contact Paula Blood at for more info.

  • Donations Needed for SMN Trivia Night Raffle (NEW DATE: April 9)

    • We are looking for individuals or local businesses (restaurants, hair salons, home improvement/repair, specialty shops, etc) that would be willing to donate an item or a gift card to be used in the raffle at our 8th Annual SMN Trivia Night fundraiser.
    • Individuals/Businesses that donate will be promoted on the event Facebook page as well as during the event in January. Items are needed no later than March 31, 2022. We will also supply you with a letter from Shawnee Mission North for tax purposes.
    • If you have an item to donate (or can direct us to someone), please email Paula Blood at and we will contact you to work out the details.

NEW Bison Spirit Wear now available in our online store!!


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


News from SMSD



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.