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Week of November 1, 2021

Mask Criteria for the Week of 11/1/21

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Academic Letter Ceremony

The annual Academic Awards Ceremony will be held on November 2nd from 5:15pm to 5:45pm in the PAC. The award is given to students based on meeting the following criteria the previous school year.

  • The student was enrolled in four (4) courses from the areas of Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, CAPS (counts as 1 course), NCC (counts as 1 course), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), &/or Foreign Language (III, IV, or V level) and must be enrolled in a total of six (6) courses each semester.
  • The student must have maintained an A- average (3.667 GPA), based on an average of S1 and S2 GPA for the current school year.

Please use this link to see if your student will be honored: Academic Awards

Fall Parent / Teacher Conferences - Nov. 2nd & 4th

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in person this year. All meetings will be at Smithville High School in the teacher's classroom. If you need a virtual option, please use the staff directory on our website to contact the individual teachers to make arrangements.

Tuesday, November 2nd conferences run from 4-7pm and meetings are on a first come, first served basis. Signup sheets will be posted outside the classroom for each teacher.

For Thursday, November 4th, please use the link below to sign up for a specific time and teacher.


Football, Then and Now

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Northland Career Center Open House - Nov. 11th

Students in the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh grades and their families are invited to NCC's Open House between 4:30 and 7:30 Thursday, Nov. 11! This event will be an opportunity for families to find out more about our 12 programs by speaking with instructors and current students, and touring Northland Career Center.

See link below for more detailed information on NCC programs.

*Per District policy, face coverings must be worn at NCC.

Celebrating Veterans

These links are to sign-up a Veteran in your life to attend the Veterans Day Assembly on November 11th at Smithville High School. Coordinated by the Smithville High School Student Council, we are hoping that a small breakfast and coffee will be provided for ALL veterans that morning starting at 7:00 AM.

The veterans will be honored for their service and may fill out the google form if they are interested in speaking during the assembly or interested in receiving a Veterans Day sign. All veterans are welcome at any age and any branch. Questions? Feel free to email conrada22@smithville.k12.mo.us.

Veterans Day Celebration Sign-Up

MSHSAA Sanctioned Sports and Activities Featured Seniors

Student Fees

Student Fees have been finalized, and available in PowerSchool Fees for payments. Please note, when trying to view fees, they cannot been seen in the PowerSchool Phone app, they can only be viewed from a computer platform.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Sapp in the High School office, sapps@smithville.k12.mo.us

Senior Slide Show

Senior Parents:

Let's start early getting organized for Graduation. Please send digital copies of your Senior's baby picture and a current picture for the Senior Slide Show.

Send all pictures directly to Ms. Stacey Sapp, Senior Sponsor, at sapps@smithville.k12.mo.us

Don't delay, do it today!

Check out the Senior Guide for the Class of 2022

Upcoming College Rep Visits

SHS allows representatives from various colleges to visit during lunch shifts throughout the year for the convenience of our students. Students are encouraged to take some time during their lunch to speak with the representatives about their institutions.

November 2 - Navy Recruiter

November 3 - Missouri Air National Guard

November 9 - Missouri S & T

November 11 - University of Kansas

November 16 - Army Recruiters

November 18 - Baker University

November 30 - Marine Recruiters

December 2 - Navy Recruiter

December 8 -Missouri Air National Guard

December 9 - Donnally College

December 14 - Marine Recruiter

A Night with K-State Engineering

K-State Engineering is hosting events in your area for high school and community college students. Your students can join us at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 18 | Lenexa – Kiewit

Students will learn more about engineering degrees, scholarships, career opportunities and industry partners. We encourage all interested students to register at engg.k-state.edu/engineering-night

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Words of the Week - 'A' and 'An' and the Patterns of Their Use

Which gets used where?

The indefinite articles a and an pop up all over the place, introducing nouns that refer to people, creatures, or things not identified or specified. We see and hear them in phrases like "a dessert" and "an essential." Native speakers of English often give them no thought at all: the little words just slip off the tongue like nearly invisible thread linking more important lexical elements.

In a way, a and an are the same word. They both trace back to the Old English word ān, meaning "one," and they both have had the same indefinite article function since the days of Middle English.

And yet, they appear in slightly different contexts.

The patterns that determine which article, a or an, is conventionally used before a given word are based on phonetics, but the patterns exist in writing as well as speech. When preceding a consonant sound, a is used: "a cake," "a slice of cake." Before a vowel sound, an is usual: "an enormous slice of cake," "an appropriately enormous slice of cake." But sometimes, typically in speech and more frequently in some dialects than others, a is found before a vowel sound: "a ambrosial cake."

The pattern exists for consonant sounds represented by a vowel letter as well: "a one-handed attempt at cake serving," "a united effort to distribute cake equitably." An is sometimes used in such contexts, but less now than it was in the past: "an unique opportunity for equitable ambrosial cake serving."

The letter H has historically inspired its own set of rules. When the word beginning with H has a first syllable that is unstressed or only weakly stressed, both a and an are used: "a hilarious joke used to distract us during an horrific cake theft." This is, however, less true than it used to be; a is now the typical choice before words beginning with H no matter their stress patterns. This is even true for the most famous examples: the word historic and its relations. While "an historic cake theft" and "an historical perspective on the theft of cake" will likely not earn you the opprobrium of your readers/listeners, "a historic" and "a historical" are by significant margins more popular. Do with that what you will.

Also H-related: in the King James Version of the Old Testament, you will find an used before H in a stressed syllable as well: "an huntress," "an hundred." In modern speech and writing this is rarer than even the most ambrosial cake.

From Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/a-and-an-and-the-patterns-of-their-use?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wotd&utm_content=peoplearereading-lowerleft&utm_email=