The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - May 19, 2023

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Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We enjoyed a wonderful evening as we celebrated our graduates from the Class of 2023 last night! We are grateful for everyone who was able to join us to recognize this amazing class.

Our students started their final exams today and will conclude those on Tuesday, May 23rd. Our last day is an early dismissal at 1:10 with buses leaving shortly thereafter. Please contact us if you are finding your student needs any additional supports during this time.

We have had a really great year with our students and are excited to spend time preparing for next school year! We want you to enjoy the summer and the slower pace to rest and recharge. We will have a few Cougar Connect newsletters through Smore this summer with important information for your reference. Our offices will be open until June 16, so please reach out as needs arise.

Have a wonderful week!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

End of Year Dates

  • May 22 - Finals 2,4,6
  • May 23 - Finals 5, 7
  • May 23 - Last Day / Early Release
  • May 29 - Holiday / Office Closed
  • June 19 - Office Closed for Summer Break

Finals Release

Just a reminder that in order to maintain the integrity of our final exams, we will not be taking attendance calls to release students during a scheduled final. All students will remain in class until released by the bell. If students need to leave between finals, please send a dated note with the student name and parent signature. They will leave a note with the administrator when they exit the building. Thank you for your support.
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Doodle For Google Winner

One our our outstanding students, Lauren Snyder, has been selected as the 2023 Kansas winner for this year’s Doodle for Google Contest. She was recognized at the Thespian Awards on Monday night and her artwork has been on display in front of the office this week.

Lauren is now eligible to become a National Finalist – and everyone can vote! Public voting is open from May 18 - 25. Congratulations, Lauren! Vote for Lauren here!

Honors and Awards

Tuesday, May 23rd is the last day for students to pick up any awards. This includes winter sports (basketball, cheerleading, etc.), spring sports (girl’s swim/dive, track, etc.), activities (band, choir, etc.), or packets from the Honors and Awards program from Monday, May 1. Pick-up is in room 127 before 7:35, after 2:40, and during travel time of seminar. Students must pick up only their own hardware. After Tuesday, May 23rd, the packets will be recycled and hardware can only be purchased next school year.

Senior Diploma Distribution

Our 2023 Graduates will be able to pick up their diploma on Monday between 8am - 2pm. The Seniors can pull up to the curb on the EAST side of the building and step into the foyer to a table with staff to assist them. This will be the most convenient time for our staff and students, so please encourage your graduate to come on by during this time!

Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

SMNW Summer Supports for Families

Meals, food and basic needs assistance

Summer meals for kids in SMSD-free for anyone 1-18 years of age

Para obtener información y menús para Summer Lunch Bunch en espanol, haga clic aquí.

Shawnee Community Services

Persons seeking food needs, please call 913-268-7746 for more information. Pantry boxes are available by calling to schedule a day to pick up.

Free bread, desserts and assorted perishables will be available Monday thru Saturday from 10am until 3pm.

Johnson County Utility Assistance

Johnson County Rental Assistance

Catholic Charities Family Support Centers

Health Care Partnership-physicals, vaccines


Crisis and Mental Health Services

Dial 988-National Suicide Hotline

If you or someone in your family requires crisis mental health support, the open access clinic at Johnson County Mental Health is available for walk-ins

Johnson County Mental Health Center

Looking for a therapist check out

(Use the filters to search for a therapist who accepts your insurance and specializes in your needs.)


Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the link below for JUNIOR families:


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

NW Athletic Links

DS Bus Lines

TRANSPORTATION : Visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.

CAA/CTC bus schedule