SMN News for January 27, 2020

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences February 5, 2020

Please be aware that winter and spring Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th from 5:00-8:00PM. Please take note that the conferences will take place in individual teacher classrooms throughout the building. The intent of this format is to provide a more intimate personalized atmosphere for dialogue between parents, students, and teachers. We ask that you keep individual conferences between 5 and 10 minutes with each teacher. If additional time is needed, you can always request another meeting time with the teacher or correspond via phone or email. Bringing your student is highly encouraged, however, if you are attending by yourself you will need to know your student’s teacher/schedule as printed schedules will not be provided. We will also have Spanish-speaking interpreters available that evening as well. NJROTC members will be here to guide and direct parents and patrons to the appropriate rooms.

Lastly, Booster Club will be selling spirit-wear and PTSA will be available to answer your questions about membership. We hope to see you here to help support the learning of your student.

SMN Cadet Teacher Courses

Current sophomores and juniors can apply to be an SMN Cadet Teacher in one of three courses for the 2020-2021 school year. Cadets are needed in the following classes:

Social Skills


Integrated Algebra/Geometry.

Cadet teachers help students in the class in a variety of ways, and they assist the teacher beyond filing papers and stacking books. Cadets serve as tutors, peer models, and assistant teachers for individuals and small groups.

An application and interview process is required for students to participate in the program, and upon successful completion of cadet teaching, students will earn .5 elective credit and a certificate for their portfolio.

If interested the program or if ready to apply, students should go to the SMN Cadet Teaching Program website here:

For additional information or questions about the program, please contact Kate Miner, instructional coach, or call at 913-993-6954.

News from Student Services

Spring Assessment Dates

ACT - Feb. 25th (197 Juniors taking it) in both gyms

ACT WorkKeys - Feb 26th (75 Juniors taking it) in one gym

KELPA - No SMN dates yet; window is from Feb. 3rd to March 6th

Kansas Assessment

  • 10th Grade English – March 25th – 27th
  • 10th Grade Math – April 1st - 3rd
  • 11th Grade Science – April 8th, 9th, & 13th

  • 9th Grade ELA – April 22nd – 23rd
  • 9th Grade Math – April 29th – 30th

AP/IB Exams
  • Window is from May 1st – May 22nd


The SMN PTSA invites all parents, teachers, students, and community members to help support the numerous activities occurring at SMN by joining the PTSA. Your support is needed and is much appreciated. You can join online at the following website - Joining is quick, easy, and helps to support the students and staff at SM North!

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. These rigorous courses facilitate productive struggle as an element of a growth mindset and students seek to demonstrate risk-taking, reflective involvement and resiliency through coursework and personal development. In IB courses, students formulate experiments, conduct their own studies, examine perspectives, and research independent papers.

Enrollment is currently underway for IB class selection for next year. Course offerings include English, Spanish, French, History of the Americas, Psychology, Math, Chemistry, and Film.

IB is an opt-in program. However, there are a few academic requirements that students must meet due to the IB courses that must be taken:

· Students need to have completed their PE, health, fine arts, and computer competency requirements during their 9th and 10th grade years.

· Students should have completed (at a minimum) Spanish 3, French 3 by the end of their 10th grade year.

· Students should have completed (at a minimum) Algebra 2 by the end of their 10th grade year.

Some of the benefits of the teaching and learning offered by IB courses are:

  • Rigorous curriculum assists students in preparation for college success
  • Provides a broad, general education while allowing study in specific areas of interest
  • Develops a strong sense of identity within a global context
  • Educates the whole person
  • Encourages and develops critical thinking skills
  • Synthesizes courses emphasizing the interdependence of the nature of learning IB

IB Learner Profile Focus-Attribute of Knowledgeable:

This attribute highlights how students explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

INFORMADOS E INSTRUIDOS : Exploran conceptos, ideas y cuestiones de importancia local y mundial y, al hacerlo, adquieren conocimientos y profundizan su comprensión de una amplia y equilibrada gama de disciplinas.

Students may be interested in seeking the full diploma, which requires a class in each of the six areas (English, World Language, Individuals and Society, Science, Math, and an elective), a course in Theory of Knowledge, as well as completion of Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) and an Extended Essay.

Students who are diploma-seeking will participate in fifty hours in each of the three areas of CAS. The service portion is community-oriented service hours that are monitored by, and must be approved by, CAS Coordinator, Stephanie Gagnebin. Stephanie is always interested in opportunities for our students to serve in the community. If you have suggestions for community projects or service opportunities for our diploma students, please contact Stephanie at

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

Global Issues

MMNI (SW) Norman, Brandon and Petty Officer Hensley from the US Navy recently spoke to students in Global Issues and Physical Science classes. They covered nuclear energy, including nuclear usage in the country and nuclear safety.

Global Issues is currently covering Energy (types of energy, advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources, renewable and nonrenewable energy, and usage). This is leading up to the students designing and building a model of a passive solar energy efficient house.

PEP Club

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Purchase a 2020 Yearbook

Only 65 extra yearbooks were ordered. These books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The extra 2020 Yearbooks can be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at . Cost is $65 if purchased at school.

New, this year only, students who purchased their books before Jan. 10 will have a cover that represents their grade level. Books purchased after Jan. 10 will be given a book with a cover of the yearbook staff’s choice.

The bookkeeper will accept cash ($65) a check made out to SM North, or she can accept credit cards.

Another way to purchase the yearbook with credit card payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

Once these books are sold, 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 Yearbook Ad Proofs

For those senior parents who purchased a Senior Ad in the 2020 yearbook, the Indian, you should have received a proof via email by now. IF YOU HAVE NOT, RECEIVED YOUR SENIOR’S YEARBOOK AD PROOF, please immediately contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .

Photos you submitted with ads that included self-addressed, stamped envelopes will be returned in late April. All other photos will be thrown away.

Thanks so much for your support of the Indian yearbook.

Community Events

Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

Clothing Exchange Information

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that physical activity and nutrition work together for better health? Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. Children and adolescents ages 6-17 years should do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day. This includes aerobic activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping) and activities that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups). For more information, please visit: or

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