SMN News for December 10, 2018

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year Begins in January

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in January. Counselors will talk to their Alpha grade level students during Seminars and give them their Course Request Cards and Course Listing Sheets at this time.

Each Counselor will be in a specific location – listed below:

Students’ last names:

A – D w/Holloway will be in the Auditorium

E – K w/Murray will be in the Little Theater

L – Q w/Miller will be in the Cafeteria

R – Z w/Griffey will be in the Learning Commons

The dates for these presentations during Seminar are:

Freshmen – Thursday, January 11

Sophomores – Thursday, January 17

Juniors – Thursday, January 24

Students will have one week to talk to their parents and make their decisions about course choices. Counselors will be sitting at tables in the ELA hallways and will “pull” students from their ELA grade level classes during Wednesday and Thursday block days.

The dates are:

Freshmen – January 16 & 17

Sophomores – January 23 & 24

Juniors – January 30 & 31

8th graders –

We will be at Hocker Grove Middle School on Friday, January 11th (all day) to present the enrollment information and give them their enrollment paperwork.

Northern Exposure will be on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 pm here at North. The 8th grade students and their parents are invited to attend this event to learn about the various high school academics, clubs and athletic opportunities.

Counselors will return to Hocker on Friday, January 18th to meet with each 8th grade student individually and collect their Course Request cards.

Save the Date- Trivia Night for the Tribe

SMN Teachers, Staff, Coaches and Admins,

The 5th Annual SMN "Trivia Night for the Tribe" will be held on Saturday, January 19th, 6:30pm at St. Pius Church in Mission This event is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club. Save the date and start getting your team of eight together today! Or, you can sign up as an individual and we will place you on a team where space is available.

If you haven't heard.... "Trivia Night for the Tribe" is a fun night full of trivia, prizes (Best Table Decorations, Best Team Theme/Costumes) and a huge prize raffle. Cost for this adults-only evening is $30.00 per person/$240 to reserve your table if you sign up prior to the deadline. And, if you sign up as a table, you can designate $100 of your registration to go to the SMN club, group or team of your choice!

Coaches and sponsors, please consider pushing this info out to your parents and ask them to designate YOUR group or team.

Space is limited so get your table reservation in ASAP. Proceeds go to support SMN students!

For information, contact SMN PTSA at or SMN Booster Club at

We are excited for our 5th annual event and really hope to see you and your team there!

*tables will be secured for a team once money is turned in.

Winter Sports Kick-off Recap

There was a great turnout at the sports scrimmages, and it was great for the North community to come together! The mixer after went well and we raised money for the Shawnee Mission North Adopt a Family Program!

Stuco wishes everyone a happy holiday season!

International Baccalaureate News

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

For further information on the IB program, please contact Jon or Leah

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

For further information on the IB program, please contact Jon or Leah

NJROTC Athletic Challenge

The Indians of SM North swept the competition this past weekend in the JROTC Athletic Challenge. Competing against schools from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska the Indians finished first in all 3 categories of the competition (Boys, Girls and Co-Ed).

The teams were composed of 6 students each. In the Co-Ed category there had to be at least two girls on the team. The competition consisted of 7 events (Pull-Ups, Sit-Ups, Push-Ups, 1-Mile Run, 6 x 100 Shuttle Relay, 6 x 200 Oval Relay and a modified Combat Fitness Test). The 1st place team in each event would earn 200 points for that event with the remaining teams receiving a percentage of the 200 points based on the percentage they were behind the best team in each event. With a grand total in the competition of 1,400 points.

The Boys & Girls Teams finished 1st in all 7 Events capturing a perfect 1,400 points. With the Co-Ed team finishing first in 6 of the 7 events pulling down 1,386 points out of the possible 1,400. It was a dominating performance for the Indians and improved their record to 14-0 as the 2018-2019 season starts to heat-up.

Next up will be an Inter-Service Drill Meet at Lee’s Summit West high school on Saturday, December 1st.

NJROTC participates in Inter-Service Drill Meet

On December 1st, the NJROTC team competed in an Inter-Service Drill Meet at Lee’s Summit West High School. Competing against 17 high schools from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa in 5-events (Armed Regulation, Armed Exhibition, Unarmed Regulation, Unarmed Exhibition and Color Guard). The Indians performed magnificently and were crowned the Overall Meet Champions. The victory improved the NJROTC’s record on the year to 31-0.

Next up for the team will be the start of the drive for a 14th consecutive appearance in the Navy NJROTC National Championships as they will host an Area 9 Region Qualifying meet on Saturday, January 12th.”

SMAC Reflections Winner

Maggie received an Award of Merit at the SMAC Reflections. Her artwork will be on display with all the other Reflections entries at the CAA until January 14.

All-Kansas yearbook by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.

Congratulations to the 2018 Indian yearbook staff for being named an All-Kansas yearbook by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.

The book was edited by: Rena Lipari, Lila Brockman and Morgan Vanderbruegge

Each All-Kansas school earns an All-Kansas plaque. Winners will be announced and presented with the plaque at the KSPA State Contest opening ceremony May 4, 2019 at the Memorial Union at the University of Kansas.

To read more,

Kansas Scholastic Press Association Monthly Contest

Shawnee Mission North beat out all the other Kansas schools in the October Kansas Scholastic Press Association Monthly Contest winners. The following students earned recognition for North.

Yearbook Copy

  • 1st Place: Nadia Battle

News Writing

  • 1st Place: Grace Altenhofen

  • 2nd Place: Grace Altenhofen

Academics Photography

1st Place: Stephanie Whisler

Sports Photography

1st Place: Will Baldwin

3rd Place: Evan Whitaker

Student Life Photography

3rd Place: Matthew Cuningham

To read more and see the winning entries, go here:


Prices will be going up, on 2019 yearbooks soon, so purchase yours now.

If you haven’t purchased a 2019 Yearbook, they can still be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 19, 2019. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

The money ($48) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 19. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose Shawnee Mission North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

SMN Hall of Fame

Shawnee Mission North’s Hall of Fame will grow by three exceptional inductees. On Friday, February 1st, at halftime of the boys’ basketball game (approximately 7:45 pm), Gene Elstun (posthumously), Jennifer True Roth and Robin Williams-Gray will be introduced as the newest members of the class of 2018-19.

Gene Elstun 1950-1953 (athlete)

  • 1951-1952 KSHSAA AA runner-up (2nd) basketball championships
  • 1952-1953 KSHSAA AA State champions in basketball
  • 1952-1953 Member of 4-man golf team that won state championship

Jennifer True Roth (athlete)

  • 9 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball & softball
  • All-Sun Country first team softball 1990, 1991, 1992; first team volleyball 1990 1991; basketball first team 1991
  • All-Sunflower League first team softball 1991 & 1992; 1st team in volleyball 1990 & 1991; & honorable mention basketball 1991
  • all-metro softball 2nd team 1992 and 1st team 1991
  • KSHSAA State Softball Champions 1991 and 1992
  • Kansas City Scholar-athlete for SMN 1992
  • Pitching record 31-5

Robin Williams-Gray (athlete)

  • 8 varsity letters in volleyball (2), basketball (3) & track and field (3)
  • KSHSAA State Champion in shot-putt and discuss - 1985 & 1986
  • High School All-American in Track & Field and Basketball
  • Kansas City scholar-athlete 1986
  • 1985 SMN Homecoming Queen

Congratulations Fall Athletes

The SMN community can be proud of the following student-athletes who performed and achieved at a high level this past fall season. Congrats on their individual accomplishments and awards.

Asher Molina, SM North, KSHSAA 6A State champion, KSHSAA 6a Regional Champion, KC-All-Metro and Runner of the year finalists, SFL Individual Champion, Cross Country

Logan Jiskra, SM North KSHSAA 6A State Championships -Tenth Place, KSHSAA 6a Regional-5th place, All-Sunflower League First Team, Sunflower League Championships -11th place, All-Metro Honorable-mention, Boys Cross Country;

Tatum Meyer, SM North, KSHSAA 6A State Gymnastics Championships qualifier in uneven bars

Katlyn Killeen, SM North, KSHSAA 6A Regional Golf-4th place, KSHSAA 6A State Golf Championships 33rd place

Katie Kusinic, SM North, KSHSAA 6A Regional Runner Up, KSHSAA 6A State Champions 5th place overall, Sunflower League Overall Champion, ALL-SFL First Team, KC-Metro First Team Girls Cross Country

Abbie Onnen, SM North, KSHSAA 6A Regionals 11th, KSHSAA 6A State championships 23rd, SFL League Championships -11th place, ALL-SFL First Team, KC-Metro honorable mention

Caroline Colburn – Sunflower League championships 16th place

Sam Cramer, SM North, Soccer, All- SFL 1st team

William Baldwin, SM North, Soccer, All-SFL honorable-mention

Sam Goldman, SM North, Soccer, All-SFL honorable mention

Sergio Barajas SM North, Soccer, All-SFL honorable mention

Aiden Moody, A SM North, Soccer, All-SFL honorable mention

Seville Gate, SM North, Volleyball, All-SFL honorable mention

Billy Conaway, SM North, Football, Wichita Eagle All -State Honorable mention, Topeka Capital Journal 6A All-state first team; SFL 1st team - Wide receiver, SFL 2nd team- Billy Conaway (Kick return)

Brandon Ammons, SM North, Football, SFL honorable mention HL-OL -DF

Zach Bush, SM North, Football SFL honorable mention QB

Alex Taylor, SM North, Football SFL honorable mention HB-LB

Noah Laird, SM North, Football SFL honorable mention HM - DB

Varenzo Henderson, SM North, Football; SFL honorable mention HM-RB/WR

De’Airic Quinn, SM North, Football; SFL honorable mention HB-RB

Rylan Miller, SM North, Football; SFL honorable mention HB-OL / HB-DL

Ja'Ron Byrd, SM North, Football; SFL honorable mention HB-DL

Tremaine Jackson, SM North, Football; SFL honorable mention HB-RB

Michael Harris, SM North, Football SFL honorable mention HB-OL

News from KSHSAA

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(On behalf of the NCAA Eligibility Center)

Happy Holidays from the NCAA Eligibility Center!

The first semester is quickly drawing to a close, so I would like to take this opportunity to provide a few reminders for you to pass along to your member schools. We appreciate all you do to inform and educate student-athletes and their parents about NCAA academic standards. Our outreach and education efforts are ongoing and we have some updated materials to share with you. It’s a great opportunity to keep ADs and coaches apprised on what we need to do to help our college-bound student-athletes follow the right path to achieve their dreams.

Basketball Updates/Information

As you may know, many things have changed regarding recruiting in the boys’ basketball space. For information related to the following topics, please visit :

· Official/unofficial visits

· Recruiting calendars

· Scholastic events

Updated Educational Resources

The following resources are designed to help you and your colleagues as you provide information to students and families and assist them with the initial-eligibility, registration and certification processes. Please refer to our registration website ( or our educational site ( for even more information.

Our updated resources for the 2018-19 school year can be found on our Educational Resources page and include:

Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.

Initial-Eligibility Brochure.

Division I Initial-Eligibility Requirements.

Division II Initial-Eligibility Requirements.

Eligibility Center Newsletter

To receive updates from the Eligibility Center, subscribe to our newsletter! This monthly newsletter contains valuable information for coaches, ADs, and counselors. To subscribe, click here.

Link to the NCAA Eligibility Center

Putting a link to the NCAA Eligibility Center ( on your state association website and your member schools’ websites is a great way to get your student-athletes and coaches on their way to learning more about what it takes to be a successful college student-athlete.

Food Service...Did you know....

Did you know ways to keep you and your family healthy during the holiday season? Please follow these 4 basic food safety steps to reduce the risk of foodborne illness: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.


 Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of foodborne illness. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after handling food.

 Wash all kitchen counters, dishes, and utensils with hot soapy water.


 Prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other foods.

 Designate one cutting board for fresh produce and another for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.


 Use a food thermometer to ensure your foods have been cooked to the proper minimum internal temperature.

 Keep food at 140° F or above after cooking.

 Microwave food thoroughly to 165° F.


 Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours. Remember to store leftovers within 2 hours as well.

 Know when to throw food out. When in doubt, throw it out.

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