NORTH NEWS January 10th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

We have had a great start to our second semester last week! Students were excited to be back and it was great seeing them. We are looking forward to a great semester of achievement!

Mission Statement and Building Expectations:

As we transition to the second semester, we will have grade-level presentations from the administration related to achievement data, our mission statement, and a continued emphasis on our building expectations. We had a great first semester where 85% of our students accomplished our achievement goal, and over 85% of our students had zero discipline referrals!

Mission Statement:

SMN fosters achievement and engagement through an equitable, inclusive culture.

Building Commitments:

  • Be where you are supposed to be.

  • Do what you are supposed to do.

  • Do it to the best of your ability.

Tardy Sweeps:

We do have areas where we need to have continued improvement. Our data suggest that we have a significant number of students who are not making it to class when the bell rings and we want to increase students’ opportunities for success.

In an effort to provide structure for additional support and enhance the learning opportunities as well as safety in our building, moving forward we will be implementing periodic “tardy sweeps." We will communicate discipline information related to tardy sweeps, in addition to the start date of our tardy sweeps, within the next few weeks.

If you have specific questions, please reach out to your student’s administrator.

Let's have a great second semester! Go Bison!



Buy your yearbooks now for $48 from by Jan. 10. After Jan. 10, prices increast to $65 and only a limited number of books are available on a first come first served basis. Contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate with any questions

Parents there are a few yearbook ad spaces for your senior left If you would like to purchase an ad for your student the LAST chance is Jan. 10. Purchase your ad on

The attached contracts have more information – contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate with any questions.

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.

Calling All Angels!

Each year, we have been blessed enough to have generous folks who come forward to sponsor a Shawnee Mission North yearbook for a child who otherwise wouldn't be getting one.

In the last few weeks, I've had children approach me about how to get a Shawnee Mission North yearbook when they can't afford to get one.

It's for this very purpose that our Shawnee Mission North Yearbook Angel program exists. You can purchase a 2023 yearbook and we will get it into the hands of a deserving student.

To become a yearbook angel simply:

  1. Go Online at
  2. For Yearbook Angel sponsorships, enter “Yearbook” for student first name, “Angel” for last name, and “Staff” for grade. We will make sure it goes to a deserving student.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate at

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

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Boys basketball team came up on the short end of the stick versus SM East.

Girls basketball team played with a lot of fight and determination but came up short vs SM East, 36-47. Both teams are back in action this week at Mill Valley on Tuesday and SM South on Friday evening.

SMN Boys Swim and Dive team placed 4th at the SM West Meet last Friday, January 6th, 2023. The Bison excelled in many events, winning 3 of them, and garnering top 5 in a number of events as well. Junior Lopez paced the Bison with two fantastic hard fought wins in the 200 Free and 100 Free. His time of :49.74 in the 100 Free puts him in reach of the North school record. The other winning event for the Bison was the 400 Free Relay, where Jonathan Guild took a lead into the anchor leg and held off a tough SME team with a fantastic swim. Charlie Brooks, Zak Kohoutek and Junior Lopez built the lead for Guild. Our time of 3:27.74 was the best effort of the season by almost 4 seconds. Kohoutek placed third in the 50 Free and qualified for State with a personal best time of 23.12. Great swim Zak and congrats!! The other big highlight of the night took place in the diving well, where Luis Guzman placed 6th with a State Qualifying score of 202 points! Congrats on a historic meet, Luis!! All 5 divers placed in the top 12. Porter Lee also had a fantastic meet where he dropped 2 seconds from his all-time best in the 100 Free to capture a top 10 finish. Charlie Brooks had two Top 10 finishes and swam a season best in the 50 Free and an All-Time best in the 100 Free. Jonathan Guild also had two great swims in the 200 Free (personal record 2:03. 26) where he placed 6th and the 100 Backstroke where he nabbed a 3rd place. SM North competes again on Monday, January 9th in a dual against Shawnee Mission Northwest at 3:30 at the Shawnee Mission Aquatic Center.

SMN Boys finish 7th at SM South Joel Rios Wrestling Invitational. Nawaf Alsaleh placed 8th @ 138lbs, Joey Piasecki placed 4th @ 150lbs, Gerardo Ledezma placed 6th @ 165lbs, Jack Taylor placed 1st @ 190lbs, and Ke'Juan Blake placed 1st @ 215lbs. Josiah Blomker placed 7th @ 285lbs.

Girls Varsity Wrestling finishes 4th place at S.M. Northwest Lady Cougar Classic on Friday, December 30. Briner, Alyssa 1st Place @ 105lb. Grady, Aniah 1st Place @ 140lb., Bremenkamp, Danika 3rd Place @ 120lb., Rathsam, Josephine 3rd Place @ 125lb., Bell, Brooke 3rd Place @ 235lb., Bonewits, Brooklyn 4th Place @ 130lb., and Huntley, Kylie 4th Place @ 170lb. The team followed that up with 7th place finish at SMS Joel Rios Invitational. Alyssa Briner placed 4th @ 105lbs., Josephine Rathsam placed 3rd @ 125lbs., Ginessa Gillespie placed 5th @ 145lbs., Aniah Grady placed 2nd @ 145lbs., and Makayla Padilla placed 3rd at 155lbs.

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

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: Patrick Denney Email:

Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach: Matt Jacobsen Email:

Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach: Anna Monteer Email:

Varsity Swimming Coach: Cody Fothergill Email:

Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach: Conan McCormack Email:

Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach Victoria Hilger Email:

Varsity Cheerleading Coach Ashley Steele Email:

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

Save the Date: We look forward to future Bison and their parents visiting athletic and activity programs in the cafeteria on Wednesday, January 18 @ 6:00pm

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



Be a part of the 9th Annual SMN Trivia Night on Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Scan the attached QR code for more info and to register your 8-person team!

Mark your calendar for the next SMN Booster Club meeting - Monday, January 9, 2023 at 6:30pm on ZOOM

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PTSA update

Click on the link below to get the most up to date information about PTSA!AshLdvDQc8CUiQhWjdqZCqTqDNl6

  • 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 -

PTSA Culver's Night
Tuesday January 24th from 5pm-8pm. Come out and support our school!


News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website
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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.