NORTH NEWS September 12, 2023

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.



Message from Principal David Ewers

We are looking forward to a great week this week! We have our first late start of the school year. Classes will begin at 8:40 on Thursday, starting with 2nd block. We also do not have school on Friday due to staff professional development.

This Week's schedule:

There is a slight shift in this week's schedule.

9/11- Odd blocks

9/12- Even blocks

9/13- Odd blocks

9/14- First Late start of the school year; Even blocks.

9/15- No School

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the office if you have any questions or concerns. Let's have a great week and Go Bison!!!

** New Information in this newsletter **

September is Suicide Prevention Month:

September is Suicide Prevention Month and a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception and stigma, this month is also used to spread hope to people affected by suicide. Our goal as a district is to ensure students, staff and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately.

  • If you are uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can chat the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at

  • You can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Other links for Suicide Prevention Month:

National Day of Testing

October 11, 2023- National Testing Day

  • Seniors- 12th-grade students will have the opportunity to explore post-secondary options on this day in lieu of attending school. Look for a Google form in a future North News to complete that will excuse your student from attendance on 10/11/23.
  • Juniors- 11th-grade students will have a couple of options outlined below.
    • PSAT- Students who qualify for this opportunity have already registered.
    • ACT- Any junior can sign up to take a practice ACT using THIS LINK. This needs to be completed by Thursday, September 14th.
    • Students not taking the PSAT or ACT will have normal classes with a shorted schedule for the 1:10pm early dismissal.
  • Sophomores- all 10th-grade students will have normal classes with a shortened schedule for the 1:10 early dismissal.
  • Freshmen- all 9th-grade students will have normal classes with a shortened schedule for the 1:10 dismissal.

After School Tutoring Update

We have submitted our application to get after-school tutoring up and running for the 23-24 school year. We don’t have an official start date quite yet, but we are hoping to start ASAP. Once we have the approval, we will have tutoring for all subjects in the Learning Commons every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-4:20. With this, we will have FREE meals for students who stay. These meals can be picked up in the cafeteria at 2:50 and must be consumed on campus. FREE late busses will also be available to bring students home anywhere in the North attendance area. Busses will leave from the cafeteria doors in the front circle drive at 4:30. Students must have a pass from a staff member to ride the free bus.

SMN Booster Club Meeting

The September meeting of the SMN All-Activities Booster Club is on Monday, 9/18 at 6:30pm in the SMN Learning Commons - all are welcome!

You can earn $$$ for your favorite group at North by attending Booster Club meetings. We offer Attendance Grants to any SMN club, group or team that sends a parent, student, or sponsor/coach to our meetings.

If your team or group has someone attend at least 4 Booster Club meetings a year, we will give your group a $100 grant - attend 6 total meetings and receive a $200 grant!

RENEW or PURCHASE your $10 SMN Booster Club Membership for the 2023-24 school year and receive a FREE t-shirt!!

Volunteers Needed!!

Help sell spirit wear at one of these upcoming events - it's a great way to meet other SMN Parents!

Shifts run from 5:30-7:15pm and 7:15-9:00pm.

Home Football Game - Spirit Wear Sales – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Home Football Game - Spirit Wear Sales – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

Did you know… 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 $250,000 in grants to student organizations & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, memberships, an Annual Trivia Night & Annual Golf Tournament.

Purchase SMN Spirit Wear and BC Memberships at our online store (click on the link or use the QR code below) We have tons of NEW gear in stock!!

Senior Photo Mini Sessions PTSA Fundraiser

Shawnee Mission North PTSA is excited to partner with Wendy Franco Photography for Senior photo mini sessions on Saturday, September 23rd. One day, 20 Seniors, 20 minutes each, 10+ edited photos all for $50 and half goes to PTSA! These are natural light photos and will be taken outside with the backdrop of SMN. Photos will be taken in one of three places at North. In front of the school, in the rose garden or the stadium. Sign up at the link below to get your photos taken and support PTSA!

Scholarship Night Oct 4 @ Shawnee Mission West

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Crestview Carnival -Volunteers needed

The Crestview Elementary School Carnival is coming up!

September 15th 5:30-8pm

We'll have games, rides, food & fun!

If you are interested in volunteering, visit our sign up link:

Previously released information, but still important to know

Join PTSA and the Booster Club

  • The Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA) and the All-School Booster Club are great ways for parents and guardians to get involved with our school!

  • Join PTSA by clicking on this link!

  • Join Booster Club by clicking on this link!

  • All proceeds raised by both organizations directly benefit SMN students!

Character Strong

Shawnee Mission North has been selected to take part in a pilot study for a new curriculum to assist with teaching our students the Cornerstone Standards. The curriculum we will pilot until October 31st is called Character Strong. Our students in grades 10th-12th will have opportunities for these lessons through BRICK times on Tuesday mornings already scheduled Advisory sessions. We invite you to read more details in this Introduction Letter, and reach out if you have additional questions. Surveys will be given to students, staff, and families in early November when the pilot is complete.

Staff Member of the Week

We would like to provide the opportunity for families and students to nominate a staff member for Staff Member of the Week. Please use this form to nominate someone and we will try to honor as many nominations as we can!

Senior Yearbook Ads

Celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2024 yearbook.

The first deadline is Sept. 15

There are three due dates for ads, with prices increasing after each deadline.

After the first deadline on Sept. 16, the prices increase.

You will purchase your Senior Ad online.

To pay with a credit card and/or submit all your photos go to Choose SM North. You can upload all of your photos and pay here.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. Not all will be done by then, but a majority will be. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad..

Thanks so much for supporting the Brickhouse yearbook. We look forward to designing your senior’s ad.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .

Please check out the Class of 2024 webpage:

Panorama Survey

This school year (2023-2024) the Shawnee Mission School District is once again utilizing the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning survey to assess student’s perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student-teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete and will be administered during the first semester. 9th and 10th graders will take the survey on October 17 and 11th and 12th graders will survey on October 24th. Parents/Guardians must consent for their student(s) to participate in the Panorama survey; this would have been done during the 23-24 registration process. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction and/or support is needed. Once survey results are returned, parents/guardians are welcome to see and discuss the results with their students’ teachers, social workers, and counselors. Sample survey questions can be found here and here.

We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment. All data is maintained by SMSD and will remain confidential. Please visit this site for more information about the Panorama SEL survey.

Paraprofessional and food service positions are available

Are you interested in working at the Brickhouse? SMN has a number of para-educator positions and an ELL Aide position available. If you are interested, please apply online at or contact Mr. Dustin Jamison for more information. 913-993-6900.

If you are interested in food services positions in the SMSD, please see the image below.

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Student Council traveled to the CAA last Thursday for the annual Stuco Retreat and collaborated on new ideas, met new leaders, and planned out what the year will look like. This will be a very exciting, fun filled year!

The Voter Registration Drive will be held in the Learning Commons all day on September 18th. This is an amazing, very easy way to register in your own school. If you will be 18 before November 7, 2023, come down to register!


News from Student Services

College Now Enrollment is Open! DEADLINE SEPT 15.

College Now enrollment through Johnson County Community College is now open. College Now is the concurrent enrollment (or dual credit) program at Johnson County Community College. High school students who participate in the College Now program take high school courses that also bear college credit. According to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), concurrent enrollment students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment.

If your student is interested in earning college credit through JCCC, please have your student apply to JCCC where they can earn college credit while attending SM North for the following classes.

AP Chemistry

AP Calc AB

AP Calc BC

AP Literature

AP Government

AP Stats

Spanish 4

AP Bio

AP Environmental Science

For more information, please visit contact Britt Sherer –

Enrollment deadline is September 15th, so enroll today!

My name is Olivia Smith, the new College Adviser at Shawnee Mission North. I am excited to help with college and career post-secondary planning!

Coming up…

University of Kansas Campus Visit 9/20/23

Any seniors interested in attending a campus visit to KU, please email me at

Wichita State University Representative Visit 9/21/23

The College Rep from WSU is coming to visit with students and share information about the college.

If you are a junior or senior who would like to attend, please use this form to sign up:

Job Opportunities

YMCA: Part Time Youth Development Leader Positions Click here for more information

Freddys: Click here for more information

Montessori Asst. teacher


Bison Athletics

Shawnee Mission North Athletics


Shawnee Mission North students will be partnering with our feeder elementary schools to encourage community engagement and support of our athletic and activity programs. The purpose of this program is to build connections and relationships between high school athletes and our feeder school elementary students.

This year we are hosting two feeder elementary schools per home game; where we would love to post your school banner and have a family section designated for your community. Elementary students would be allowed in free and tickets for parents are $5.00 each. In addition, the students will be provided a Brickhouse Bound white t-shirt and face sticker(pending). More excitingly, they would be allowed to help form the tunnel along with the Band, PEP Club, Dance Team and Cheer Squad as the football team runs onto the field.

We look forward to all the “Lil” Santa Fe Trail and East Antioch Elementary students on Friday, September 22nd. We will also be hosting Lil Bison Cheerleaders!

Congratulations to Jim Sherwood, Varsity G/B Bowling Coach. Please take time to wish him the best! We have coaching vacancies to fulfill; the following positions are available: assistant dive, assistant track and field, assistant wrestling coaches, and varsity girls soccer.

Jaime Velez, long-time girls’ soccer coach (two stints) has resigned his position to coach top tier teams in his club soccer program. Thank you for your commitment to our girls program the past few years.

Hall-of-Fame Nominations are due by Monday, October 2, 2023, for this school year. We have already received some quality nominations and we will meet on Friday, October 13 to determine the class of 2023-2024.

NAIA Character of Champions - every year we’ve had the privilege of recognizing a staff member who exemplifies the (Core Values) of coaching. This year’s recipient is Varsity Football Coach, Andy Walter. Andy has established a respectable football program that strives to do what’s in the best interest of the individual, our team, our school, and community. The student that will represent SM North is Ciera “CiCi” Washington! Cici is one of the most genuine, nice, fun loving people you will meet. She is a true friend and teammate. Congrats to both of our nominees.

The boys soccer team went 1-1 last week, securing a 4-2 victory over KC-Turner and losing a tough game at LHS 4-2. North plays at LFS & at SMNW this week.

The varsity boys football team played a barn-burner vs Olathe South. Although we didn’t get the outcome we wanted (48-57) the team played exciting football; and played with strong will power and energy. The team travels to ODAC this week for matchup vs Olathe North.

The XC team competed in the Olathe Twilight Run and came away with a number of personal best! Top performer for North was Micah Blomker who placed 3rd.

The varsity volleyball program competed in two tri’s last week showing a lot of growth and improvement during the week. All four teams will play on Tuesday at Olathe West.

The girls varsity golf and varsity tennis team are improving daily. The teams are putting in great effort at practice and it’s showing at their competitions.