The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - August 4, 2022


Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM

Office will be closed Wednesday, August 10 from 9:15 - 10:15 for Safety Meeting

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

This week we have had the opportunity to welcome teachers new to Northwest and begin our professional learning together! We have an outstanding group with both new and experienced educators. We are excited to welcome our teachers back tomorrow and continue our work to prepare for an excellent school year! We are all energized to welcome our students back next week!

Updates about student arrival and dismissal:

  • West side is our bus lane and student parking lot.

  • East side circle drive we recommend for parents driving their students. It is safest if you stop at the curb on the inside lane to let your student out.

  • New for our students walking or picking up near Benninghoven Elementary: The gates at Benninghoven will be locked from 8:10 am - 3 pm. NW students will need to walk around the outside of the gate or wait until those are opened to gather their sibling.

Canvas - Canvas is our Learning Management System and is a great tool for parents and guardians to use to check their child's progress in classes. You can see scores on individual assignments and also verify if an assignment has been submitted and is waiting to be graded. You may use the following link to log in to your Canvas account or click on the link for directions to set-up your Canvas observer account:

Skyward - Skyward is our platform to maintain and record grades and transcripts. Parents and guardians may use their Skyward account to check their student's grades as well. Our teachers sync their grades from Canvas to Skyward regularly. Because of the process to export grades from Canvas to Skyward, those grades may vary slightly at times. Canvas often has the most current grade progress with some additional details about a given assignment. Your students' teachers will share additional information on their grading practices. You are always welcome to reach out as questions arise.

Please Save the Date for our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 pm, more details to follow next week.

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman


2022 -2023

Adjusted Schedules

Friday, August 12th - 7 Period Day

Monday, August 29 - Odd Block Day

No School Friday, September 2nd

Important Dates:

August 11 - Classes begin for 9th Grade

August 11 - Sports Physical Night 6 - 8 pm

August 12 - All Students / Full 7 period day

August 12 - Freshman Mixer @ 6:30 pm

August 18 - Back to School Night @ 6:30 pm

Breaking News

Career Expo

Wednesday, Aug. 3rd, 9pm

8200 West 71st Street

Overland Park, KS

  • For junior and senior students who are interested in a job shadow or internship
  • Explore career opportunities
  • See the attached flier for more information!

From the Nurse

Yearly Permissions

Remember to complete Skyward Permissions for each student through Family Skyward. We need updated OTC medication permissions each year in order to dispense those medications. Please contact the nurse's office via email ( if your student has had any medical changes.

Thank you,

Wendy Woods-McMahon, APRN/CNM, MSN, BSN, RN

Nurse, Shawnee Mission Northwest

Phone: 913-993-7216

Fax: 913-993-7464


If you have tested positive for COVID and are reporting your case, please complete this form:

What do I do next? SMSD COVID Information:

SMSD 2nd Semester Guidance- Students and Staff

En español:

To schedule a COVID-19 test please go to:

Technology / MacBook Rollout

All student and parent Skyward verification forms must be completed in order to check out a MacBook. Students may complete their forms in the library during the check-out process.

Current SMSD Students enrolled for this fall can check out MacBooks

Friday, August 5th from 1pm – 3:30pm

Online Verification

Online Verification Forms are now online, and they need to be reviewed and signed with an electronic signature.

Log in to your "Skyward" account.

Under “Home” you will see “2022-2023 Student Annual Online Verification.”

Please try to complete these forms as soon as possible. It is a mandatory step necessary for student materials checkout.

Paying Online with eFunds

2022 - 2023 Online Fee Payment is available:

New this year, fee waiver requests will be based on qualification for free or reduced lunch support. You may complete the application for lunch support after July 1 at the following link:

Yearbook / Senior Photo Update

Senior Photos: If your student missed the Rolland Studios Senior Portrait dates this week, you still have options! We make every effort to include every student photo in our yearbook.

Our on campus photo day is scheduled for October 4th in the Auditorium. Through Rolland, you can choose the Seniors Packet Photo Option #1 with multiple photos ($10 sitting fee and pre-order) or a Basic Yearbook Photo (free). The Yearbook Only option allows online orders after they are photographed - no preorder.

Seniors could also schedule a portrait session at Rolland Studios location in Raytown July 29 & August 5th. Use this link to schedule your appointment:

9 - 11 Yearbook Photos
  • Yearbook Photos will be during school hours on August 12 & 15. Packet fliers are available in the front office.
  • Retakes for all students will be October 4th.

Food Service

Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced priced meals as part of the Online Verification. The link to the Child Nutrition Meal Program Application is available on Skyward or can be found on School Cafe.

For more information, follow the Back-To-School Forms button (above).

SMSD families can apply for Child Nutrition Meal Benefits on School Café -

Additional food service information is available on the district’s website at

DS Bus Lines


ALL general education students who ride the bus are required to register with DS Bus Lines.

Students who live less than 2.5 miles from the school in their attendance area may pay to ride the bus in areas with established routes.

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages when a bus is delayed more than 10 minutes. This is very convenient during times of bad weather.

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


Angelo Giacalone - Athletic Director, Victoria Alvey - Athletic Secretary, Dan Fletcher - Athletic Trainer

Sports Physicals

Fall Sports Physicals - Thursday, August 11th 6 - 8pm

  • Cost / $25 (cash or check to SMNW Athletics only)
  • Enter through door #13 on SW corner / Follow Signs
  • Pick up physical form in advance from NW Office or / more/forms
  • Bring parent signed form to physical night to turn in on site
  • Questions? Contact Ms. Alvey 913.993.7400

Fall Sports Meeting - August 22nd @ 6:30pm


Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)