NORTH NEWS November 1

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community!



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.

STUCO/Pep Club Update

Canned Food Drive - November 1-5 & 8-11

Students from all classes please bring in cans for the following two weeks!

Find your class’s box out of the four located in times square and you can begin donating on Monday!

All cans will be donated to the Johnson County Christmas Bureau.

Check out their website for more information about the organization.

Have a great week North, it’s Best to be a Bison!

Paras Needed

SM North has openings for Para positions. If you or anyone you know would be interested in applying please contact Dustin Jamison

Safety and Security

  • Please do not park in the row along the construction fence in the parking lot on the east side.
  • Please avoid parking at buildings close to the high school while waiting to pick up your child from school.
  • Students are not allowed to park in the front circle. We reserve this area for our visitors to the building.
  • Please make sure your student is bringing a mask to school each day. We only have a limited supply of extra masks for students, and we cannot provide masks to every student.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 11/1-11/5 - STUCO Can Drive
  • 11/2 - Cross Country Banquet, Cafeteria, 6:00pm
  • 11/3 - Soccer Banquet, Cafeteria, 6:00pm
  • 11/3 - Jazz Band Concert, Auditorium, 7:00pm
  • 11/4 & 11/5 - A.R.T., Little Theatre

Afterschool Tutoring

SMN will be offering afterschool tutoring starting Monday 10/25. Tutoring will be every Monday and Wednesdays afterschool 2:50-4:20pm. We will be offering an afterschool meal and a late bus for the students participating in tutoring. The tutoring will be in the Learning Commons and we will have teachers from different academic areas to help students. Late bus passes will be distributed and the late bus will be leaving SMN at 4:30. All students are welcome to attend.


In order to keep all students and staff safe at school please help us with the following:

  • Report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse.
  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get a PCR test.
  • PCR Testing – SMSD only accepts PCR COVID tests
      • SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • If you or your student have a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school/school-related activity, please contact JCDHE at 913-715-2819 for instructions.

Jan. 10 is last chance to purchase yearbook for $48

The last chance to purchase your 2022 yearbook for $48 is Jan. 10. 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 $2.25 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 yearbook adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

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Schedule Change Requests for Spring Semester

The last day to request a schedule change for spring semester is Thursday, December 16th.

Students can email or stop by Student Services to make a request.

Schedule changes will ONLY occur in January for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You are missing a graduation requirement.
  • Your schedule is incomplete, or a class is duplicated.
  • You are enrolled in a course that you have already completed and received credit.
  • You are enrolled in a course for which you have not met the prerequisite.
  • Have a physical injury that does not allow participation in the course.
  • You have a signature program error or conflict.


E – K

L – Q

R – Z

The Skyward custom form for the State Funded March 1 ACT sign-up is now open for Juniors.

** Only junior students can see this in Skyward – parents cannot.

  • Juniors can sign up through this form any time between now and December 1.

See the picture below

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From your Real World Learning Counselor:

YouScience – Parents and Students, YouScience is an aptitude and career discovery survey that all students will be completing by Thanksgiving Break. By completing the aptitude questions and career questions, students will be given personalized career matches that can help them when selecting possible high school programs to enroll in, job shadows, or internship programs. The results from YouScience are also used for invites to career expo events, field trips, and internships. With the list of possible career options that YouScience provides, students can also learn the pathway they can take to get into the career of their choice. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Sherer or Mrs. Miner.

College Visits

Hi all-

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

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.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.

College Visits:

Tuesday 11/2/21 - 9:30am U.S. Military - student services conference room

Wednesday 11/3/21 - Fort Hays State - 3:15pm, via zoom

Thursday 11/4/21 - Kansas Wesleyan, 3:15pm, via zoom

If you're interested, please email me to get signed up:

FAFSA for College Bound Seniors

Still need help with your FAFSA? Shawnee Mission West is holding an in-person FAFSA night Wednesday, November 10th. Sign up here:

Nov 10 FAFSA Completion Sign Up - Finalización de la FAFSA

November 10th 3-6pm experts will be available to help you complete the FAFSA. This event will take place at SM West in the LIBRARY. IT WILL NOT TAKE 3 HOURS TO COMPLETE! You can stop by at the most convenient time for you. Allow at least 45 minutes if you have not started the FAFSA. Make sure to bring the following: 1. Student AND Parent/Guardian FSA ID 2. STUDENT Social Security Number or A-number 3. Parent/Guardian Social Security Number (if they have one) 4. Parent/Guardian 2020 Tax Returns (including W-2) 5. Student 2020 Tax Returns including W-2 (if they filed) 6. Parent/Legal Guardian Birth date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Parent/Legal Guardian Marriage and/or Divorce Date (Month/Year) 8. Bank statements/records of investments (if applicable) 9. Records of untaxed income (if applicable) 10. Checking account, cash, and savings balance (for student and parent/guardian) 11. MacBook (preferably the student's to connect to WiFi) El 10 de noviembre 3-6pm, expertos de habla hispana estarán disponibles para ayudarle a

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Amazon - text AMAZON to 77088 to get alerts or apply at

Genesis Health Club - Kids Club Attendants - Click here to apply

Quick Trip - 913-362-3700 or apply online at

Countryside Child Development Center - email Jesse at

JoCo Parks and Rec - appy at or call 913-826-3054

Loft - click here to apply Search 1710 to apply

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Hollisters/Ambercrombie & Fitch - Click here to apply

Steve's Precision Dental Lab - Part time work - 913-432-6951


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • The SMN boys’ varsity football team played Olathe West Owls in the first round game of KSHSAA playoffs at CBAC on Friday evening.
  • The boys soccer team completed their season on Tuesday evening vs Olathe East; the final score was 2-0. Although we came up on the short end of the stick, we’re super proud of both teams, especially the seniors committment to the process/program.
  • The Boys and Girls Cross-Country Teams both placed 7th at KSHSAA XC Championships at Augusta-4 Mile Creek Resort in Augusta, Kansas. Huge congratulations to sophomore Micah Blomker on winning the 6A KSHSAA Inindividual State Cross-country Championship! North runners included: Adam Ducey, 26th, Diego Rojas-Vázquez, 28th, James Barton,49th, Major Ewers, 50th Cage Chapman, 60th and Owen Dooley, 84th. The girls team was led by Brenna Murphy, 25th, Chloe Belgum, 27th, Josie Tyrrell, 37th, Elise Dummermuth, 47th, Olivia Burchstead, 62nd, Krystal Montyoya, 69th and Evelyn Parnell, 76th.

  • For more information, please see sport-specific twitter feeds &/or websites: @NorthBisonFB; @smnorthxc; @SMN_Volleyball; @SMNorthCheer

The NCAA Eligibility Center has published its 2021-22 edition of the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. The guide is designed to assist with understanding the NCAA, NCAA Eligibility Center registration and academic requirements, and how you can help your student-athletes work toward their collegiate dreams. Here’s the link:

Officiating Shortage Reaches Crisis Level –All Groups Must Work Together

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, NFHS Executive Director @KarissaNFHS

Periodically, The NFHS Voice will be presented in the form of video. This week, NFHS Executive Director Karissa Niehoff addresses the ongoing national crisis involving a lack of individuals to officiate high school sports. While the NFHS encourages all interested individuals to consider officiating, there’s several ways administrators, coaches, parents and players can help protect and promote the efforts of current officials.

Officiating shortate:

As we wind down the fall sports season, the winter season is coming upon us. Please note the followin​​g requirements for our winter sports season: All students participating in athletics must have a KSHSAA Physical Form AND Concussion Form on file in the office prior to the first tryout/practice. Per KSHSAA, the annual history and physical examination shall not be taken earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable. Lastly, student athletes must have passed 5/7 classes from the preceding semester to be eligible*** Only exception is incoming freshmen.

Winter Coaching Staff:

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach:


Varsity Girls Basketball Coach:


Varsity Bowling Coach:


Varsity Swimming Coach:


Varsity Wrestling Coach:


Varsity Dance Coach


Varsity Cheerleading Coach


Important Links

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - English [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students]

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - Spanish [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students

2021-2022 Transportation Release Form- HS Only - English (Corrected May


2021-2022 Transportation Release Form - HS Only - Spanish (Corrected May


Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off

Campus for MS and HS Athletes (English)

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off Campus for MS and HS Athletes (Spanish)

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)

SMSD Mitigation Spectator Guidelines - please take time to review the current SMSD mitigation guidelines.

High School Sports Information

High School Sports - Athletic Schedules

SMSD Athletic Stadium and Athletic Complex Locations

2021-2022 High School Athletic Director-AD Secretary Contact List

Kansas State High School Activities Association

Anyone interested in being a part of the bowling team at North should plan to come to a meeting on Thursday, November 4th right after school in room 210, Coach Sherwood’s Room. It will be an informational meeting about tryouts, schedule and transportation. The team takes 12 young men and 12 young ladies. ALL bowlers accepted!! Get all your paperwork and come out to tryouts anyway! If you CANNOT make the meeting, please stop by Coach Monteer’s Room 11 (across from the Aux Gym), Coach Sherwood’s Room 210 or email Coach Monteer at


Student Recognitions

The PBIS team asked teachers and staff to nominate students who have demonstrated positive behavior. We specifically focused on the core value, belief. Please take a moment to congratulate these students for believing in themselves and others. Way to go students!

-PBIS Team



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

B-ROC Volunteer opportunities

  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead - email
  • The Overland Park Arboretum is looking for volunteers for their upcoming events, “Enchanted Faire”, “Terra Luna”, and “Luminary Walk”. Multiple times and activities are available for each of these events. Please contact Liz Hazell at for more information.

JAG - KC Volunteer opportunities

Junior Achievement - KC

  • This week, we have a bunch of boxes to move. We can do anytime during the day but would like it done by end of day on 11/4. Probably 1 hour of work.
  • Next week we have a few opportunities
    • Monday 11/8 – Need a group to move tables and chairs for our event on 11/9 – could be anytime during the day. Probably 1-2 hours.
    • Tuesday 11/9 – Need Parking Attendants (4) and Greeters (3). These will be between 4-7:30pm.
    • Wednesday 11/10 - Need a group to move tables and chairs from our event on 11/9 – could be anytime during the day. Probably 1-2 hours.

People can sign up for Hall of Fame opportunities on our volunteer website: Sign Up for Events (

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


The SMN Booster Club will be hosting our annual Coach/Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, November 11th. This is a small token of appreciation for all that our coaches and sponsors do for the students at Shawnee Mission North.

We are asking for donations of muffins/pastries, fruit, and bottled water. Muffins/Pastries can be homemade but ALL BAKED GOODS MUST BE INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED (ziploc bags or plastic wrap is fine). We will also need a few people to help set up, serve, and clean up. Please click on the link for more info and to sign up. Thank you for helping make a wonderful morning for our coaches and sponsors!

Coach/Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast - Thursday, Nov. 11th

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Booster Club Update

Thanks for your continued support of the SMN Booster Club!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday, January 29 at St. Pius X Church in Mission. More information will be available in the next few weeks.

Did you know that each year the SMN All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Since our organization began, we have given over $150,000 in grants to clubs, groups & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, tailgates/concessions, Trivia Night and annual Golf Tournament. Thanks for your continued support!

Join the Booster Club and check out the SMN BISON spirit wear at our online store -

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


News from SMSD

Food Service information from SMSD

Dear Families,

School Lunches

If you follow our Food Services menus, you know we have posted information about the possibility of menu changes and substitutions, which could happen with little advance notice. This is because of issues along the entire supply chain (how food comes from where it is produced to our cafeterias.) Because of these challenges, Food Services has had difficulty in receiving products - both food and paper supplies. Transportation is also a significant part of the problem, as companies complain about not being able to find staff to load trucks and drive those trucks to deliver products to schools and school districts.

Employment Opportunities

Please understand that we are working hard to ensure students have the support services necessary to focus on their education. We continue to seek qualified and caring applicants to join our district team as well as our partner transportation contractors.

New form for 2021-22 - Household Economic Survey

Families are encouraged to complete the Household Economic Survey (HES) as part of the Online Verification available on Skyward. The purpose of the HES form is to assist families and our district in the upcoming year.

All students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. However, the HES form generates additional state funds for our schools.

If your family qualifies, the district will receive funds to help support programs providing additional support for learners with a variety of needs. Additionally, qualifying on the HES provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced transportation fees and Pre-k enrollment. If families do not complete the HES, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Do not complete the HES form if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing the HES form.

Eligibility determination will be made according to the guidelines established by the Kansas Department of Education. Please contact the SMSD Food Service office with any questions.



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.