NORTH NEWS December 21, 2020

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Enjoy Winter Break!

It is hard to believe that our winter break is nearly upon us! We would like to take this opportunity to thank our students and parents for all of your support and flexibility this school year. It has been a year unlike any other and has definitely presented all of us with some challenges. With challenges comes the opportunity for growth and I can confidently say that we have all grown this year!

On behalf of the staff at SM North, we all hope that you and your family have a wonderful winter break and holiday season. We look forward to returning in January recharged and ready to end the 1st semester strong!



COVID-19 testing information and information for Winter Break

There will be no testing done by the school district over winter break, if you need a place to get a PCR test for free, please go to to book an appointment. They have hundreds of same day appointments Monday-Saturday available at 3 JOCO locations and more are being added all the time. This website also has listings for other testing sites across the state. These are all approved by KDHE and are PCR tests which is the only test the district accepts.

Another place to be tested is at the JOCO health department in Olathe. To book an appointment there go to

The school nurses and COVID team are not working over winter break, December 23rd to January 3rd. If you have questions about COVID please call the JOCO Health Department COVID hotline at 913-715-2819. If you have been exposed to COVID over winter break or have symptoms or a positive test during winter break notify your school nurse on January 4th so she can give guidance before you return to school.

Weekly Schedule.....

12/22 -

5th hour - 7:40 - 9:10

6th hour - 9:15 - 10:45

7th hour - 10:50 - 12:20

Seminar Check in - 12:25 - 12:40

Lunch - 12:40 - 1:10 (early release)

12/23-1/4 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

1/5-1/22/21 - Remote School Continues

1/22/21 - Last Day of Semester 1

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Purchasing School Pictures

If you have already had your picture taken at school but need to order the pictures, Please visit Rolland Studio’s website, to order Photographs

First click on the Kindergarten – 11 tab

Click on the first button View image on web

Please use your Student’s student ID as the code

You will now have access to view and order your student's images.

Last Chance for school pictures

If you have not had your yearbook picture taken there is a last chance opportunity to be photographed for the 2020 yearbook. Rolland Studios has appointments available at their Raytown location TODAY, December 21 2020. Students will need to make an appointment at They do not offer free yearbook session at their Raytown location.

Session fee - Grade K to 11 is $28.00 and will receive 1-5x7 2 -3x5 4-wall & 8 Exchange. This is a nonrefundable fee. Seniors - $44.95 Payable at the time booking this is 4 to 6 traditional poses for the yearbook and you will receive 1-8x10. This is a nonrefundable fee.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that once you have booked an appointment with Rolland Studio it means that they have reserved time in their schedule exclusively for you. This time is no longer available to their other students. If you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours before it is scheduled to take place, or miss your appointment you will be charged the full amount of your session you will not receive a refund or credit for another appointment.

How to Cancel Your Appointment

If you need to cancel your appointment, please email us at



2nd Semester Schedules

Now that families have made learning selection choices for 2nd semester, counselors will be spending the next several weeks working on 2nd semester schedules for all students. While we will attempt to limit the number of changes to your student's teachers, please understand that some changes could be necessary due to our master schedule changing.

If your student would like to request a change to one of their course for 2nd semester, please have them contact their academic counselor.

Jordan Landis – A - D & ELL

Leah Murray – E – K

Jennifer Fontaine – L – Q

Deanna Griffey – R - Z

Enrollment Timeline

2021-2022 Tentative Enrollment Timeline

  • January 12 and 14: Enrollment process videos to students during seminar Northern Exposure.
  • January 14: “Menu Board” of courses, co-curricular courses, and extra-curricular activities sent to current students and parents via email, posted on our website, and posted on social media.
  • January 18-22: Northern Exposure week (videos to students along with virtual Q&A sessions during the course of the week)
  • February 1-5: Finalize student enrollment remotely through Seminar (we may have to pull kids from classes if we can’t catch them in seminar)

College Scholarship Information

Scholarships (students will need to sign up to access page): Click on the link for more information.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Advent Health - Nutrition Service Worker click here

Advent Health - Dietary Aide - Food Services click here

Lowe's Careers - Seasonal Worker - click here

Johnson County Park & Rec - Before & Afterschool worker click here

Panera Bread - Mission location click here

Rally House - Mission location click here


Student Recognitions

Kansas All-State Choir

Congrats to the SMN Choir members for being selected to the Kansas All-State Choir

Naomi Hart

Raina Jackson

Olivia Morris
Emily Turner


SMN Athletics & Activities

Sports Updates

The Varsity boys’ basketball team dropped two games last week. On Tuesday a stagnant first half led to a 60-52 win for Lansing High School. Logan Oberle paced the tribe with 15 points and 7 rebounds and James Shepherd added13 points including 3 3-pointers; Miles Cole added 8 points and 10 rebounds.On Friday evening 3rd ranked Lawrence in 6A handed North a 60-47 loss. Johnny Macan led us in scoring with 9 scoring all 9 in the 4th quarter. Juniors James Shepherd and Jacob Hines both had 8 respectively. The week prior we lost 2 games. Against SMNW, Johnny Macan 9 points, Jeremiah Stanton 9 assists, Logan Oberle 15 points, and Miles Cole 9 rebounds led us statistically. In the loss vs state-ranked, Bishop Miege we were paced by Logan Oberle 10 points & 4 rebounds, and Miles Cole 9 points & 6 rebounds

SM North Wrestling team participated in the JOCO classic this past weekend; competing in six matches in two days. On Wednesday evening, SMN grapplers beat SM South 33 – 30. We are super proud of our seniors did their “thing” with Trey Laplant and Marjae Marti securing pins and Jasper Dewey maximizing his effort with a big win at the conclusion of the match when it was all tied up 30 - 30. Nice Work Warriors! The previous week the SMN wrestling competed at a quad at Olathe West. Jasper Dewey concluded his evening with a 3 – 0 record. The other 5 wrestlers went 2 - 1 led by Trey Laplant, Lucas McGriff, Jack Taylor, Marjae Marti, and Aiden Wiegers. If we had a full team competing this, we could be undefeated. We Need more wrestlers! You can still Join this is the last week to begin the challenge of a new YOU!

Girls Basketball team lost two games last week to Lansing and SMNW.

Notes from the Athletic Director

Athletic Signing Recognitions: Shawnee Mission North is proud of the accomplishments of our student athletes and their ability to perform at the next level while earning a post-secondary education on a scholarship. If you are a student-athlete who has, or will, sign an athletic scholarship our intention is host our school athletic signing ceremony in the spring. As time progresses more information will be disseminated.

Game Check-in for Parent/Guardian: A reminder that parent(s)/guardian(s) are limited to two people per essential participant (player, cheerleader, dance team member—when applicable—and other deemed personnel by the athletic director per KSHSAA mitigations). It is reminded those attending events at SMN your point of entry will be through Door 41 and you will check in at the table with game management. Once in the gymnasiums some basic reminders for mitigations are:

  • Only parent(s) or guardian(s) of the person are allowed
  • All those entering must wear masks
  • All those entering should not enter the facility until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled game time per the schedule on
  • Once in the assigned seating location, fans should remain in the stands and keep proper social distance.
  • Upon conclusion of the game fans should exit immediately

KSHSAA updates

The KSHSAA Board of Directors has established a consecutive period from December 23- January 3 where there shall be no school practice of interscholastic contests or activities.

  • Practices may resume on January 4, 2021
  • Competitions may resume on January 8, 2021
  • The Board of Directors limitations on attendance are in place until January 28.



Technology Issues

  • Student Support Tech Link: Lastly, if you have not already, please have your student check out the Black SMSD Icon in the dock next to the life preserve (Hep Desk) icon. This Student Technology Support link will direct you to helpful information and be a reference when troubleshooting your MacBook during remote instruction. Student Tech Support Reference

  • Please contact the front office for support 913-993-6900

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2021 Mail-In Bond Election in the SMSD

Our Shawnee Mission community is looking toward the future. Click here to learn more about the SMSD mail-in bond election coming in Jan. 2021.

Residents will soon be asked to consider a bond proposal, designed to provide lasting facilities improvements and to strengthen student learning. View a video overview about the proposed bond here.

The Board of Education, unanimously approved a resolution to place a $264.2 million bond proposal on a mail ballot this January.

The goal is that the Shawnee Mission School District can continue to be ranked among the finest school districts in the nation, employing exceptional educators who work in state-of-the-art facilities, where learners achieve their full potential.

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know food service provides free pick up meals to students regardless if they are in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning? This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals provided cover the days the student is not in-person learning (including weekend meals).

There will be no meal pick up on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 or Jan. 1, 2021. The next meal pick up date will be Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at all schools.

Meals are funded entirely by USDA as part of their Summer Meals Program extension. These free meals will continue through the end of the school year. We encourage families to continue to apply for free and reduced meals. Qualifying may allow for other support through the district so it is important to continue to apply for free and reduced meals.

  • Meals are available for pick up at all 47 SMSD schools.
  • Pick up on Fridays from 6:30-7:45AM.
  • No advance ordering is needed.
  • Available only for students enrolled in SMSD.
  • May pick up meals for all of your students at your most convenient location.
  • At pick up, the student(s) SMSD ID number(s) will need to be presented. Please have this ready in advance. (Student ID may be found in Skyward.)
  • Pick up at SMN will be in the front circle, outside the cafeteria. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing.

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



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