SM West Newsletter

Issue #5 Thursday, Sept.22, 2022


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Please call the attendance hotline to report absences for your student. If you are planning to pick your student up from school, please allow 30 minutes for your call to be processed and for a pass to be delivered.


Please leave the name of your student and spell the last name. State the time in which you will pick up your student and the reason for the absence. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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Staff Directory

Please use this link to access the Staff Directory on our Webpage.


Athletic Webpage

Please use this link to access the SM West Athletic Webpage.

West Athletic Page

For the most up to date athletic schedule please use the Sunflower League page.

Sunflower League Webpage

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A Note from Mr. Loe

Viking Families:

We need some help from our students and parents.

On Late Start Thursdays, we need for our students to stay on campus after their bus or a parent drops them off in the morning.

We have had some issues with some students leaving campus to go to our neighboring Price Chopper. Many students will make their purchase and leave, but there are some that stay in the store, roam the aisles, and have shown disrespect to the employees. The vast majority of our students make the right choice to stay on our campus and we appreciate that.

If parents could please talk with your students about staying on campus if they plan to be here for late start Thursdays. We have supervision in the cafeteria, on the bridge and in the gymnasium.

Thank you for your help.


Our Shawnee Mission West Tutoring program starts the week of Sept. 26-Sept. 30.

Please review the flier below and other information in this newsletter. This is a great opportunity for students to receive additional help and support for their classes.

A snack is provided for all of those attending. Bus transportation is also provided. The bus is able to make stops along the 87th street corridor.

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West Theatre Announcement

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the November Theatre production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying".

Please watch for future announcements about ticket sales in November.

Complete Cast and Crew list in in the PDF below.

West Reads

SM West is so very excited to introduce our first "West Reads" for the 2022-2023 academic year. This program actually began last year, but there has been such enthusiasm, we wanted to share with our whole community that receives the newsletter.

Each week a different student that might represent one of our clubs/organizations here at West is asked to choose a children's book to read aloud and be recorded. This recording is shared with our elementary feeder schools. This is such a great way to showcase some of the amazing leaders we have in our community and I know the elementary students love seeing the high schoolers sharing literature with them.

We hope you enjoy this first edition and will look forward to future editions.

This week we are highlighting Debate and Forensics! Junior, Creighton Smith Allaire reads “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka. Here is the video!

Please be on the lookout for next week’s video!

Thank you.

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We will take a group picture for the yearbook on Thursday, October 6th at Rising Star Elementary!

Meet at 7:25 a.m. at the Rising Star Front Entrance.

Pictures at 7:30 a.m. SHARP (before the car line gets too crazy!)

Please share this with ALL Class of 2023 Seniors who attended Rising Star Elementary.

We will need to collect donations to cover the cost of the yearbook ad since this is NOT PTA funded. $10 per student is recommended but a donation is not needed to participate. You can send payment via venmo @gwyndill or bring cash the morning of the photo! Please put "RS photo" in payment if sending via venmo.

West Family Engagement Night

Please view the fliers below for information about our second annual West Family Engagement Night.

We are so excited to host this great community event for West and all of the West area feeder schools. We hope to see you there.

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West has many things planned for this year's homecoming.

Congratulations to our Top 12 King and Top 12 Queen Candidates - image below:

The Homecoming parade will occur on Thursday, Sept. 29th. An updated bell schedule for that day will be published here. We hope our student clubs and organizations work to create some fun and engaging floats.

The Homecoming game will be at SM South stadium on Friday, Sept. 30th. Homecoming royalty will be presented at half time and the King, Queen, and the Court will be announced.

The Homecoming dance will occur on Saturday, Oct. 1st at SM West. More details about the dance will come soon from our SM West Student Council. If your student is wanting to invite someone that does not attend West, there is a Guest Contract that needs to be completed. All guests must be at least 9th grade and no older than 20 years of age. Please print the Contract from the PDF below or get a copy from the front office to complete. Read the directions carefully because the guests will need their school administrator to sign the form.


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Student Services News


Shawnee Mission West is hosting an ACT test prep through PowerPrep Friday October 14th.

Register here

Looking for scholarships?

For a list of upcoming scholarships click here.

College Representative Visits

For a list of upcoming college representative visits click here.

Important Event

ACT is hosting a free virtual college and career planning event called My Journey: High School to College and Career on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., CT. To learn more click here.

Is your student interested in a possible military career?

Representatives from the military branches visit our school in order to talk about their programs with students. Interested students can check the SM West Student Services Canvas page for a list of the military representative’s contact information and schedule for when each branch will be at West!

2022 UMKC Saturday Academy Opportunity

Are you:

  • Currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior, in high school?

  • Interested in exploring careers in healthcare?

  • Looking to strengthen your competitiveness for applying to college or health education programs?

  • Eager to experience what it’s like to be a health professional student?

Then apply to join the Saturday Academy Program!

2023 Saga Yearbook SENIOR TRIBUTE

As the parent of a senior, you have the special opportunity to place a congratulatory tribute for your son or daughter in the 2023 yearbook. Even though the book doesn’t come out until May, now is the time to prepare your senior tribute.


All tribute sales will be online, and you will upload files on the yearbook company website. You can also order a yearbook here, if you haven’t already ordered one.


1. Go to the site for online ordering

2. Follow the directions to order your ad, submit photos and pay online.

  • We will download the files, design your ad, and contact you with a proof.

  • You may also submit your own ad already designed.

  • Yearbook staff members take a great deal of pride in personally designing an ad specifically for your student. They are trained to display your photos and message as professionally as possible and to treat your ad as if it were their own.

  • If we have any questions, we will contact you.


• early bird price Friday, Oct. 14

* In order to receive the early bird price, you must pay in full and have your complete ad (including ALL photos) ready by Oct. 14.

• regular price Friday, Nov. 18

After Nov. 18, we will take ads if space is available.


Size dimensions early bird price regular price

⅛ page (4.1509” x 2.6667”) $75 $95

¼ page (4.1509” x 5.3333”) $105 $125

½ page (8.3175” x 5.3333”) $145 $165

full page (8.3175” x 10.6667”) $225 $245


  • Please submit high quality digital images/scans... a JPEG or PDF in at least 300 ppi.

  • Smaller ads will look better with one great photo. Submit two or more photos for larger ads (five for a 1/2 page ad, no more than 10 for a full page).


Yearbook staff contact:

Yearbook adviser: Amy Morgan or 913-993-7911

Thank you for your support of the 2023 yearbook!

Please open the PDF below for additional hints/visual directions.

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Here is the link to the Band Mum Sale

Booster Club

Parents, don’t forget to join Shawnee Mission West Booster Club. Use your Booster Club pass to get into Shawnee Mission West home football, soccer, basketball and volleyball games while supporting all West athletes, cheer and dance teams.

And - Booster club is now on Facebook:

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SM West Student Collective Commitments

Shawnee Mission West is so very fortunate to have an exceptional staff and some truly amazing students.

We all strive to follow the "West Way" on a daily basis. (See image below).

We also want to continue to focus on our Student Collective Commitments. (Attached in the PDF) - This document outlines our code of conduct and points out the importance of attendance and tips on how to achieve academic success.


Please take a look at the bell schedule above. Please try to refrain from contacting your student on their cell phone during instructional times. Students are able to use their cell phones during passing periods and lunch times. If it is an emergency and you need to contact your student immediately, please call our main number at 993-7800.

Thank you for your support.

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More information about Tutoring : Below

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September is Suicide Awareness Month

Please view the images below for more information about suicide prevention.
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PTSA Reflections

Each year the National PTSA organization sponsors a Reflections contest. Students are able to submit original works in a variety of areas (literature, dance choreography, music composition, film production, photography, and visual arts.

Theme this year is "Show Your Voice".

For information and for an entry form to be sent to you, please email:

Thank you for your interest and participation.

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SMSD Performing Arts Newsletter

So many exciting news from the SMSD Performing Arts Program.

Please use this link for the first edition for this school year. Please open with Google Chrome.

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Notes from Food Service

Food Service was allowed to carryover eligibilities from school year 19-20, 20-21 and 21-22. These carryover meal benefits (free and reduced priced meals) will be expiring on September 23rd. Families have been sent email notices regarding this. As of Wednesday, this affected 987 students in the district. In addition, official enrollment is September 20th. For these two reasons, Families are encouraged to apply for meal benefits on Feel free to use the What's in a Meal graphic to encourage parents to apply.

For families who do not qualify for meal benefits, payments for school meals can be made by sending cash or check to the school, online at eFunds or by phone by calling the Food Service office at 913-993-9710. Low balance and negative balance phones are going out nightly.

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SM West would like to thank one of our community partners for their support of our staff and students.

Thank you Southwind Management Inc.

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Transportation Update - Sign up for Text Notifications

In the event there are times throughout the year when routes are running late and

notification is needed at the school and family level, we want to encourage you to sign up for Textcaster notifications. We have previously pushed a number of communications about this to families via school newsletters (with your assistance) as well as through district communications reminding of the availability to sign up for text notifications when routes are running late or compressed with other buses. We encourage you to also sign up to receive text notifications as it is the fastest way to provide notice of any changes.

Sign up for notifications at the following link: where you can select the route numbers pertaining to your school (you may select multiple bus routes). Additionally, we will do our best to provide you with updates as we receive them.

From our SM West Nurse


If your student is 16 years old, they will need an immunization. A second dose of Meningococcal vaccine—also known as Menactra or Menveo is due.

A word to the wise, don’t wait to have this done. The official due date is October 13th!!

Students who don’t have immunizations done on time will need to be sent home until the immunization is given and documentation given to the Nurse Office.

Email immunization records to:

I wanted to reach out to let you know that this year we have some new guidelines for Covid that are a little different than last year.

This year the CDC no longer recommends that students quarantine or stay home from school due to Covid exposure. However, should your student begin to have symptoms and test positive then they would need to remain home.

  • If students test positive—Day 0 is test day and then they are out for 5 days
  • Day 6--may return if no ongoing symptoms and no fever in the previous 24 hours
  • Day 6-10—highly recommended and encouraged to mask

I know there has been a lot of changes around recommendations and Covid the last several years, so wanted to be sure to let you know the current recommendations. For more information please check out the link below:

Questions: call 913-993-7960.

Kim Tennissen, RN, FNP-BC

Shawnee Mission West Nurse

8800 West 85th Street

Overland Park, KS 66212

Phone: 913-993-7816

Fax: 913-993-1483

Picture Retakes

The image below contains information about our picture day that occurred on Monday of this week, as well as how to order pictures.

There is also information about pictures retakes and Senior Picture Day.

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Message from Food Service

We want all of our students at SM West to be able to eat a good breakfast and lunch. Please read the information below from Food Services. Students are free to bring a sack lunch to school, but no fast food items should be brought into the building.

SM West does not have an open lunch policy except for Seniors whose parents have completed the permission form link. (An email was sent to all senior parents from Jennifer Silverstein with the link). Open Lunch for seniors will not begin until after ID cards have been distributed. Tentatively after Labor Day.

22 - 23 School Meals

Food Service will continue to offer healthy and appealing breakfast and lunch options for all students this school year. Unfortunately, the USDA nationwide waivers allowing for free school meals for all students concluded with the end of the 2021 - 22 school year.

The meal prices of 2022 - 23 are below .

Breakfast at the High School $1.65

Lunch at the High School $3.00

Families will be able to complete a child nutrition meal benefit application to see if they qualify for free or reduced priced meals. The information and link regarding the meal benefit application will be a part of the parent online verification process as well as be available on the Food Service web .

Families are encouraged to check their student’s current food service account balance on School Café - . Payments to a student’s food service account can be done by check or cash at the school, credit card online through e Funds ($3 fee) or by calling the Food Service office 993-9710 (no fee). Student account balances (positive or negative) do roll over to the next year – even if the student switches schools within the district.

Food Service will continue to follow the procedure of serving students a full breakfast or a full lunch regardless of the money they have in their account. During the 2022 - 23 school year, when a student’s account is low or in the negative, notifications will be made to parents. When an account is - $75.00, the parent/guardian will receive a notification that if the account is not paid it will be turned over to the collection agency. Students will not be permitted to purchase ala carte items if their account is negative.

Thank you.

Parking Permits

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are able to park on campus at SM West. A parking permit must be purchased and a parking sticker picked up from our Security personnel in the front entrance.

Parking is $50 for the year.

It is extremely important that students only park in assigned areas for students, and not staff parking. Tickets will be assessed by our security staff. All rules and regulations are listed with the parking application. See the PDF below.

Also included is a map of West parking.

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The PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student-Association) is an important support system for our students and staff. Please consider becoming a member of our PTSA. Dues go to support senior scholarships, teacher grants for instructional support in the classroom, teacher appreciation and much more.

We encourage our community to attend any/all of the four scheduled meetings during the year:

Sept. 12, Nov. 14, Feb. 13 and April 10.

Each of the meetings will have reports from staff and PTSA committees and many times guest speakers are invited.

Please consider volunteering to lead a committee. The PTSA needs leaders for the following committees:

  • Nurses Pantry - Help coordinate donations of supplies of feminine hygiene products
  • Royalty - Coordinate the presentation of Top 12 Candidates for Homecoming and Sweetheart Royalty at their respective games.
  • Senior Sizzle - Team members are needed to lead the drug/alcohol free event for seniors and the fundraising efforts to pay for this event - including Mr. Viking
  • Safe Trick or Treat - coordinate an activity for our annual event sponsored by FCCLA
  • SMAC Clothing Center - help gather and work at the Shawnee Mission Clothing Center once or twice during the school year at West's assigned time
  • Staff Appreciation - a team is needed to help coordinate staff appreciation events including conference meals, and teacher appreciation week.
  • Teacher Grants - lead a small group to solicit and review applications for teacher grants in SM West and award small monetary grants
  • Unified Sports - help coordinate the inclusion of unified sports activities with some of our students including Unified basketball and Unified Bowling.

PTSA Officers for 2022-2023 academic year:

Co-Presidents: Jessica Leslie and Sean Campion

VP Membership: Kristy Campion

VP Ways and Means: Angie Guniion

VP Programs: Kate Ampleman

Treasurer: Darci Robinson

Secretary: Christina Middleton

Please view the attachments below so that you and your family can become members.

Thank you for your support.

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Police Explorer

Student Announcement

Students, do you have an interest in the criminal justice system? Have you ever thought of becoming a police officer? Do you love Live PD???? The Overland Park Police Department has an Explorer program that will give you an insight into the world of law enforcement and criminal justice. Please join us at our open house, Thursday, September 22nd at the Overland Park Police Department’s Sanders Justice Center.

The open house will be located at 12400 Foster Street and will begin at 6:30 PM. Please see your School Resource Officer for more details.

Food Service Positions Open at West

West Families

Our Food Service Department has immediate openings for workers. If you are looking for a job, please consider becoming part of the West staff and join our food service team.

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