The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - October 13, 2022


Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

Tomorrow marks the end of our first quarter and we have enjoyed so many wonderful moments and learning opportunities with our students so far this year! We look forward to many more exciting events and learning experiences in the upcoming quarter.

We hope you will be able to join us for Parent-Teacher conferences next week, on Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 pm and during the school day on Friday. Conferences are by appointment. Parents or guardians schedule those meetings through Skyward. If you need assistance, please contact our main office and we can connect you with someone to answer your questions. Students have no school on Friday due to the conference schedule.

As we move into 2nd Quarter, please reference this reminder from our Food Services Department: Congress did not extend federal school meal waivers which means school meals are no longer available free to all students. Families must apply for meal benefits and be approved in order to receive meals for free or reduced. Families can apply online at It is the expectation that students will have money on their food service account or cash in hand to purchase meals or ala carte items. Payments for school meals may be made 1) Online through eFunds (subject to transaction fee) – look under optional fees for lunch account, 2) by sending a check or cash payment to the school office – marked for meals, 3) by credit card at most school offices, 4) by calling the Food Service office between 7am and 4pm at 913-993-9710 to make a credit card payment over the phone. On December 1st, any account that is $-75.00 or more will receive one final notification before the balance is submitted to the district collections agency.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Adjusted Bell Schedule October 17 - 21

Monday - Odd Block

Tuesday - Even Block

Wednesday - Odd Block

Thursday - Even Block

Friday - No School

Upcoming Events

October 14 - No School / Teacher Workday

October 19 - PT Evening Conf.

October 21 - PT Day Conf. / No School

From Student Services

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1st!

Go to


Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment begins Monday, October 17

Academic Enrichment is open to ALL students grades 9 - 12 in the Library.

Teachers are available to support students in Math, English, Science and Social Studies from 2:50 - 3:50 pm. The late bus will depart at 4:00pm.

Academic Enrichment Dates 22-23

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences for the Fall Semester will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 5-8pm and Friday, October 21 from 7:30-3:30 and will be in teacher classrooms. You may have a quick check-in with any/all teachers you wish. Counselors will also be on-hand. We hope to see you all there!! Conferences will be scheduled through Skyward (see attachments). If you’d like to meet with the Special Education teachers, please email them directly. Any questions, contact or Stefanie at 913.993.7356.

From PTSA:

As is tradition, we will treat the staff to dinner before they spend their evening working with families to discuss student successes and goals.

Please consider signing up to help us provide this dinner to our well-deserving staff!

All donations can be brought to the office NO LATER THAN 1:30pm 10/19.

From the Nurse

TODAY is Vaccination Exclusion Date (10/13/22)!

The exclusion date for vaccinations is today (10/13/22)! Please email verification of a completed MCV4 vaccine (meningitis ACWY, not meningitis B) for all juniors; this also includes any missing immunizations that you have received an email about. A dose for the meningitis ACWY is required at 16 years of age (regardless of receiving this same vaccine in middle school). Email vaccination records to If you have an appointment for your student to receive their immunizations after the exclusion date & have not already notified the nurse aid of this date then please email your planned appointment time.

Senior Tribute

SENIOR parents interested in purchasing a senior tribute in the 2023 yearbook please go to to secure your spot in our Senior Tribute section. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at

Paying Online with eFunds

2022 - 2023 Online Fee Payment:

*** Fees for first semester elective classes are due along with the Resource, ID and Participation fees. Contact the bookkeeper with questions.

Food Service

Breakfast at Northwest

Regular Days: Breakfast is served from 7:15 – 7:35

Late Start: Thursday breakfast is served from 8:15 – 8:45.

Meal Benefits: Families can apply on

For families who do not qualify for meal benefits, payments for school meals can be made by sending cash or check to the school, online at eFunds or by phone by calling the Food Service office at 913-993-9710.

Food service information is available on the district’s website at


Angelo Giacalone - Athletic Director, Victoria Alvey - Athletic Secretary, Dan Fletcher - Athletic Trainer

Varsity VB @ Home Tonight - Senior Night

Varsity FB vs. SME @ North Stadium Friday Night (Away Game)

Sunflower League

DS Bus Lines


**All bus riders must register to ride the bus:

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.