NORTH NEWS January 23rd

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

Please read below for important information for our school as we wrap up January! Let's have a great week at the Brickhouse!



Buy your yearbooks now for $65 from There are only a limited number of books and are available on a first come first served basis. Contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate with any questions.

ACT Prep class

ACT Prep class in Overland Park at the Blue Valley School District's Hilltop Conference Center on Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th from 6:30pm to 8:55pm. This class is open to students from any high school.

The early-bird price for this two-night workshop is $85.

ACT Test Prep Class - Greater Kansas City Area — Power Prep (

AAPPL Biliteracy Test


Are you fluent in two or more languages? If so, sign up on the link below to gain more information on taking the AAPPL test later in the spring. The AAPPL test will give you the opportunity to prove your language skills in order to earn the Kansas Seal of Biliteracy.


Are you fluent in two or more languages? If so, sign up on the link below to gain more information on taking the AAPPL test later in the spring. The AAPPL test will give you the opportunity to prove your language skills in order to earn the Kansas Seal of Biliteracy.

The Seal of Biliteracy has many benefits including the potential to earn more money, college credit at some state universities, and a special recognition at graduation.

Sign up on the following link below if interested. We will check your eligibility and get back to you with next steps soon!

The Seal of Biliteracy has many benefits including the potential to earn more money, college credit at some state universities, and a special recognition at graduation.

Sign up on the following link below if interested. We will check your eligibility and get back to you with next steps soon!

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness this fall, as is typical with this time of year. In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness; with a few physician diagnosed illnesses and many generalized symptoms.

One of the most important things to help decrease the spread of illness is for those who are not feeling well to stay home. If your child has a temperature of over 100.0 or has vomited or has had diarrhea, they must stay home. Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Your child may also be ill, but without these symptoms. They may have a sore throat, headache, cough, or generally not feel well. If you suspect illness, please keep your child home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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



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Check out the Student Services Website

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in January 2023. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 10th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged to take them home and talk with their parent/guardian about classes for next year. Counselors will then collect Students’ enrollment cards the following week during their English class. Please make sure your student’s enrollment card is in their backpack.

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Student JOB Postings


Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

Charlie's Car Wash - Two Overland Park locations - stop by or go to

Creative Carnivals & Events part time help. Email

Crown Center Ice Terrace - click here to apply

Freddy's -

Jefferson's - Hiring Kitchen staff - call 1-785-727-3000

Overland Park, City of - apply at

Papa Murphy's on Shawnee Mission Parkway - 913-638-4552

Stretch Lab - Leawood and Overland Park locations hiring - Click here

Stanley Steamer - Career opportunies - Email:

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update


Varsity, JV, and C Girls Basketball teams pick up wins last night at Lawrence Free State. The Varsity team was led by great team defense. Senior Jessica Brown had a double double (10 rebounds and 11 points). Senior Baylee Doolin added 12 points. Seniors Maya Wallace and Lidia Mojica both had 5 steals each. The Bison are back in action next Thursday at Shawnee Heights to tip off the Thunderbird Classic Women's Basketball Tournament.

The Lady Bison Wrestling team battled hard at the Southside Slam this weekend. Addisyn Manirath placed 4th at 100 lbs. Alyssa Briner placed 10th at 110 lbs. Danika Bremenkamp placed 16th at 120 lbs. Josephine Rathsam placed 11th at 125 lbs. Brooklyn Bonewits placed 11th at 130 lbs. Aniah Grady placed 3rd at 140 lbs.

The SMN Bison Swim and Dive team placed 7th at the Shawnee Mission Invitational over the weekend, led by senior Junior Lopez and sophomores Zak Kohoutek and Jonathan Guild. Each of them finished in the top 16 in both of their individual events, with Lopez placing 3rd in the 200 Freestyle, the top finish for a Bison. 3 of our 4 divers, Jack Eaton, Oliver Goering, and Henry Duff all finished in the top 16 to score points for North. Eaton placed 10th to pace the divers. Two of our relays placed in the Top 8. The 200 Medley Relay of Guild, Lopez, Kohoutek and Jack Nely placed 8th while the 400 Free Relay of Kohoutek, Guild, Lopez and Charlie Brooks placed 6th with a season best time. Other Bison swimmers who swam really well included Cash Olberding, Adam Baker, Porter Lee, Jack Harbert, and Gage Chapman. This was the best overall finish for the Bison at the S.M. Invite, which is the largest meet in the State except for the State Championships. the Bison celebrate Senior Night this Tuesday and have another meet Friday before preparing for the Sunflower League Championships in two weeks.

The Girls Softball team is looking to expand their roster this spring. We're looking for coachable players with positive attitudes. Please join us Wednesday, February 1st at 6pm for a cornhole tournament in the aux gym. There will be food and prizes.A great opportunity to meet the coaches and current players and learn what SMN softball is all about. There are two ways you can RSVP for the event.

1) Find a softball player and they will give you the link to sign up.

2) Send an email to

If you need to reach out to one of our varsity winter coaches please contact:

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach:


Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach:


Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach:


Varsity Swimming Coach:


Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach:


Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach


Varsity Cheerleading Coach


Please check the school calendar so you can continue to support students participating in our athletics and activities programs.

Interested in Umpiring at 3 & 2 Baseball


3 & 2 Baseball Program / JOCO Recreation is recruiting baseball umpires: REGISTER HERE or call 913-401-6000 &/or email

Live Eligibility

  • Reports will be provided to coaches daily from skyward. We use the canvas platform which must be synchronized with Skyward; due to syn issues;

  • Eligibility reports are Bi-weekly process

    • 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

    • If a student shows the AD between reports, he/she improved their grade then he/she is immediately reinstated.

    • If a student does not improve and is on the next report they become ineligible for contests until they can show they are passing 5. They regain eligibility as soon as they can show proof and the process starts all over again.

SM North subscribes to Core Course GPA. If your student is interested in participating in collegiate athletics please visit the website and begin the registration process. SMSD will host a college eligibility informational session in late fall. It’s never too early to begin this process. now makes it easier than ever to educate your student-athletes and families on various aspects of NCAA/NAIA initial-eligibility and recruiting. Just click on the 1-Minute Recruiting Webinars below:

NCAA Core Course GPA vs Cumulative GPA

What are the NCAA D1 Initial-Eligibility Requirements?

Important Athletic Links

  • Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)
    Our school district has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance Group to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don’t have other insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive “gaps' ' caused by deductibles and copays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year.

High School Sports Information


Student Recognition


Student Council Information

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Tickets go on sale on February 6th and will be sold through the 10th in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10 for singles and $15 for couples; prices will raise at the door.


Seniors, check your email to vote for the Top 10 Northman candidates. Voting closes Friday, January 27th at 12pm, and the Top 10 will be announced at the end of the day Friday. After this, the rest of the student body may vote for their Northman! The assembly will be on February 11th and the coronation will be on the 17th between the Varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball games.


Class fundraisers will be put on during lunch February 13-17th.




Register A Team!

We have 5 team spots left and the DEADLINE to register an 8-person team has been EXTENDED to Friday 1/20/23. See attachment for more info or click on the memberhub link below top register.

This year, we are excited to announce that we have a JuJu Smith-Schuster autographed KC Chiefs jersey for our "Big Ticket" raffle!! These tickets are $20 each. You do not have to be at Trivia Night to win - ANYONE can purchase these tickets, but don't wait, there are only 100 tickets available!!

Trivia Team registrations, raffle ticket packages & Jersey raffle tickets can be purchased using this link:

Donate An Item For The Trivia Night Raffle!

Gift cards, hand crafted items, gift baskets, etc make great raffle items - or you can sign up to provide a gift card using this link:

Volunteer At The Event!

We need help with set-up, raffle ticket sales, serving food & beverage, and more! Click on the link below for info and to sign up!


Contact Paula Blood at

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  • Join PTSA (optional, but highly encouraged): Parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members: You can now become a PTSA member. Your membership helps support our students and their school!

Check PTSA out on Twitter @SMNorthPTSA or

Check PTSA out on Facebook @SMNorthPTSA or

Check the PTSA Website

Join the PTSA Here -

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News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website

Inclement Weather Procedures 2022-23

As the winter months approach, it is especially important for our community members to be aware of inclement weather procedures and how they can be alerted if plans for building closures are announced.


If conditions make it necessary for the SMSD to close schools, the district will implement one of three plans: A, B, or C.

Click here to view the plans.

Inclement Weather Announcements

If plan A, B, or C is announced, this information will be shared broadly.

Staff and families can receive direct emails, texts, and voice messages.

Families can sign up to receive alerts in the manner that works best for them.

Click here for details on how to sign up for alerts.

Additional Resources:

The main page of the district website




Local radio and television stations

24-hour information line at (913) 993-7380

No announcement will be made when schools are to remain open.



Canvas and Skyward Parent Accounts

  • ** Please Note- If you have an account from previous years (even Hocker Grove), there is no need to create another account.
    • New users: 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.
    • Canvas has the most up-to-date grade information for your student, if you have questions about missing assignments, please contact your student’s teacher.


    To get information about your login information for your Skyward parent account please contact Student Services at 913-993-6930. Skyward helps parents keep track of attendance, pay school fees, view national and state test scores, complete the online verification process and much, much more.