NORTH NEWS November14th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

We have one more week until the Thanksgiving Break! Please encourage your student to be diligent in their course work so they can achieve at their highest level! When we come back from the break, we only have three weeks left in the semester! Below you will find some information about the Fall semester final exam schedule, American Education Week, and our plans for inclement weather as we enter the colder months. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to the office if you have any questions. Let’s have a great week and Go Bison!



Senior Parents:

Below, please find a link to 3 short “how to” videos with important graduation product ordering information.


Please take 6 minutes, watch the videos, and you will have all the information you need to order your products.



Our final exam schedule for the fall semester can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s teachers or your student’s alpha associate principal for any questions.

Dustin Jamison - A-G

Jon Durham - H-N

Laura Brogdon - O-Z

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness this fall, as is typical with this time of year. In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness; with a few physician diagnosed illnesses and many generalized symptoms.

One of the most important things to help decrease the spread of illness is for those who are not feeling well to stay home. If your child has a temperature of over 100.0 or has vomited or has had diarrhea, they must stay home. Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Your child may also be ill, but without these symptoms. They may have a sore throat, headache, cough, or generally not feel well. If you suspect illness, please keep your child home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.

Junior Sign-up for Free ACT - DEADLINE FRIDAY

On February 28, 2023, SMN will offer a free ACT to juniors only. This is the REAL version and will be sent off to be scored and put in play for college admissions and scholarships. This is for Juniors only and the deadline to sign up is Friday, November 18th. Use THIS LINK to sign up, or copy and paste the following URL:

North Area Vertical Art Show

Come join us here at North on Wednesday November 30 to see artwork from elementary, middle, and high school students. The show will be in the art hallway and the main hallway and will be up from 5pm to 7 pm.

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After School Tutoring Continues!

Two more chances this week for afterschool tutoring in the learning commons. - 11/14 & 11/16. Will resume after Thanksgiving break. Each session runs from 3:00-4:20 in the Learning Commons. FREE meals available at 2:50 in cafeteria and FREE late bus leaves at 4:30 from the front circle drive. Students must have a pass from a staff member to ride the free bus.

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Calling All Angels!

Each year, we have been blessed enough to have generous folks who come forward to sponsor a Shawnee Mission North yearbook for a child who otherwise wouldn't be getting one.

In the last few weeks, I've had children approach me about how to get a Shawnee Mission North yearbook when they can't afford to get one.

It's for this very purpose that our Shawnee Mission North Yearbook Angel program exists. You can purchase a 2023 yearbook and we will get it into the hands of a deserving student.

To become a yearbook angel simply:

  1. Go Online at
  2. For Yearbook Angel sponsorships, enter “Yearbook” for student first name, “Angel” for last name, and “Staff” for grade. We will make sure it goes to a deserving student.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate at

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The FINAL yearbook ad deadline is Nov. 18th, Don't miss out!

To purchase an ad, go to Choose Shawnee Mission North. You can upload all of your photos and pay there.

If you need help scanning to make the photos digital, or getting things uploaded, please call Mrs. Tate and she will assist you.

Thanks so much for supporting the SM North 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 .

How to order your school pictures

For underclassmen:

They can go to and order. Just need to click on K to 11

For seniors:

Go to -- the access code is the student ID number. They can order photos right now.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

Please always check the school calendar for the most up to date schedule SMN Calendar

  • Monday 11/14 - First Day of Winter Sports
  • Monday 11/14 - Booster Club Meeting, 7:00pm, Library/Learning Commons
  • Wed 11/16 & Thur 11/17 - Rep Theatre Shows, 7:00pm, Little Theatre
  • Monday 11/21 to Friday 11/25 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break



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Check out the Student Services Website


For Second Semester

Students may request a schedule change for second semester by emailing their Alpha Counselor. The schedule change deadline is Friday, December 9.

There will be no schedule changes in January.

Schedule changes will be prioritized based on the following criteria.

  • Your schedule is incomplete, or missing a core course
  • A class is listed twice
  • You have already taken a class that is on your schedule
  • You are a senior and are missing a graduation requirement
  • You are missing a prerequisite for a course
  • Only half of a yearlong class scheduled
  • You have a level change request (Honors/AP to regular or regular to Honors/AP)

You are not eligible for a schedule change IF . . . . . .

  • You don’t have friends in your class
  • You want a different teacher

Students qualifying for a schedule change as explained above can email their Alpha Counselor.

A – D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E – K Leah Murray

L – Q Jennifer Fontaine

R – Z Deanna Griffey

Student JOB Postings


Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

Crown Center Ice Terrace - click here to apply

Freddy's -

Amazon - Go to student services for more information.

Overland Park, City of - apply at

Papa Murphy's on Shawnee Mission Parkway - 913-638-4552

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Peppermint Patty's Daycare - 11010 W. 56th Terr - afternoon hours - email

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

As we change seasons from fall to winter, a huge Thank you to our fall coaches for their commitment and dedication to our students; and we wish our winter coaches best of luck as they begin practice on Monday, November 14.

Winter sports tryouts for Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Boys Swim and Dive and Girls and Boys Wrestling will begin today, Monday, November 14, 2022. Girls and boys Bowling tryouts will take place in early December. Student-athletes make sure you have your KSHSAA paperwork on file prior to today.

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: Patrick Denney Email:

Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach: Matt Jacobsen Email:

Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach: Anna Monteer Email:

Varsity Swimming Coach: Cody Fothergill Email:

Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach: Conan McCormack Email:

Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach Victoria Hilger Email:

Varsity Cheerleading Coach Ashley Steele Email:

***Save the Date: Winter sports kick-off is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30. The event will begin at 3:00pm.

SM North HS UA/BSN Spirit Wear Store 2022 is now open!. I hope you find something for yourself or family members. Price includes the costs of embroidery and/or screen printing.

Shop Now: - From: November 11 - 18, 2022

Interested in Umpiring at 3 & 2 Baseball


3 & 2 Baseball Program / JOCO Recreation is recruiting baseball umpires: REGISTER HERE or call 913-401-6000 &/or email

Live Eligibility

  • Reports will be provided to coaches daily from skyward. We use the canvas platform which must be synchronized with Skyward; due to syn issues;

  • Eligibility reports are Bi-weekly process

    • 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

    • If a student shows the AD between reports, he/she improved their grade then he/she is immediately reinstated.

    • If a student does not improve and is on the next report they become ineligible for contests until they can show they are passing 5. They regain eligibility as soon as they can show proof and the process starts all over again.

SM North subscribes to Core Course GPA. If your student is interested in participating in collegiate athletics please visit the website and begin the registration process. SMSD will host a college eligibility informational session in late fall. It’s never too early to begin this process. now makes it easier than ever to educate your student-athletes and families on various aspects of NCAA/NAIA initial-eligibility and recruiting. Just click on the 1-Minute Recruiting Webinars below:

NCAA Core Course GPA vs Cumulative GPA

What are the NCAA D1 Initial-Eligibility Requirements?

Important Athletic Links

  • Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)
    Our school district has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance Group to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don’t have other insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive “gaps' ' caused by deductibles and copays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year.

High School Sports Information


Student Recognition


Student Council Information




PTSA update

Click on the link below to get the most up to date information about PTSA!AshLdvDQc8CUiQhWjdqZCqTqDNl6

  • Join PTSA (optional, but highly encouraged): Parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members: You can now become a PTSA member. Your membership helps support our students and their school!

Check PTSA out on Twitter @SMNorthPTSA or

Check PTSA out on Facebook @SMNorthPTSA or

Check the PTSA Website

Join the PTSA Here -


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CONGRATS to the following groups at North that were awarded a total of $4,620 in grants at the October All-Activities Booster Club meeting...

SMN Boys Wrestling - $2,310 for backpacks and warm-ups

SMN Girls Wrestling - $2,310 for backpacks and warm-ups

THANK YOU to the North Community for supporting SMN Booster Club fundraising efforts to make these grants possible!!

**Funding for the SMN All-Activities Booster Club Grant Program comes from memberships, spirit wear sales, and our annual fundraisers (Trivia Night & Golf Tournament)**

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Nov 10 to support the SMN Booster Club and "Donate While You Dine" at the Mission Culver's from 5-8pm! Drive-thru and take-out are encouraged! A portion of ALL sales will be donated to the Booster Club!

The next SMN Booster Club meeting will be on ZOOM - Monday, Nov 14 at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 7739 8397
Passcode: wmEn4C

Purchase SMN Spirit Wear, Booster Club Memberships, and Sports Fast Passes at our online store (link below) -

Home | Shawnee Mission North Booster Club

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News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website

Inclement Weather Procedures 2022-23

As the winter months approach, it is especially important for our community members to be aware of inclement weather procedures and how they can be alerted if plans for building closures are announced.


If conditions make it necessary for the SMSD to close schools, the district will implement one of three plans: A, B, or C.

Click here to view the plans.

Inclement Weather Announcements

If plan A, B, or C is announced, this information will be shared broadly.

Staff and families can receive direct emails, texts, and voice messages.

Families can sign up to receive alerts in the manner that works best for them.

Click here for details on how to sign up for alerts.

Additional Resources:

The main page of the district website




Local radio and television stations

24-hour information line at (913) 993-7380

No announcement will be made when schools are to remain open.

American Education Week

American Education Week is November 13-19 and we’re asking the community to help us celebrate our educators!

As the students and parents in the classrooms and schools, you know better than anyone how awesome SMSD educators are. Please send us a video, pictures, or a story explaining why your educator is great. (Make sure you give us their name and position!) We want to share your stories across the community and thank our staff for everything they do. You can send these videos to us via email at or share with us any of our SMSD social media accounts. Thanks for helping us show how we are #OneShawneeMission!

SMAC PTA Clothing Exchange

The SMAC PTA Clothing Exchange is excited to be back in service to the SMSD community! Please see attached files in English and Spanish with more information about the Schedule for the Clothing Exchange.



Students and Families:

We hope you are enjoying the new MacBooks! Now that 99.9% of our students have been issued a MacBook, it is very important to make sure students are taking the best care possible of the devices. Below are some important reminders to help protect the MacBook and your student.

We want to remind you of a few things now that we are back in the swing of the school year:

1. Your MacBook must have the district issued case on it at all times. (Failure to have the cover in place will result in confiscation of the MacBook.)

2. Please only carry your MacBook with the screen shut and with both hands to keep the machine secure.

3. Do not ever pick up the MacBook by the screen. The LCD screen on these devices are very sensitive and the pressure of your grip will break the screen. (Other schools are already reporting damage from students holding and carrying the MacBook by the screen.)

4. Keyboard covers should not be used since non-Apple keyboard covers might be too large and can put pressure on the screens and cause damage.

5. Do NOT slam the MacBook shut, this causes lines in the LCD screen and also the screen to go “white.”

6. Always open the screen from the center clip on the case. Opening from the sides will cause damage.

7. Carrying the computer from the screen will also damage/loosed/break the hinge.

8. Please don’t leave your MacBook in a car. Extreme temperature (hot and cold) conditions will cause issues for the MacBook. (And provide a target for theft)

9. Needed applications can be found on Manager. You will not be able to download programs from the App Store for use on these devices. If you need access to a program that isn’t in Manager, please submit a Help Desk Ticket ( )

10. Downloading VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) or other programs that mask your device on the network are a violation of the Responsible Use Policy you have agreed to. Use of VPN’s will result in the confiscation of the MacBook and you may lose MacBook access for the semester/school year.

11. If you ever need help or support with your device you can submit a Web Help Desk Ticket and our Tech Analyst assigned to SMN will find you to help with the issue. If there ever is a problem, you should start by submitting a Help Desk Ticket at

12. Keep your charger safe, preferably at home. Charging your device each night to 100% will last all day at school.

13. Do NOT eat or drink near the device, this keeps it clean and away from possible accidents.

Please reach out if there are any questions or issues we can help with as you use your new MacBook. -Mr. Jamison

Canvas and Skyward Parent Accounts

  • ** Please Note- If you have an account from previous years (even Hocker Grove), there is no need to create another account.
    • New users: Download the Canvas Parent App from the App Store or Google Play store.
    • Follow the prompts to create your account. Create a username and password.
    • Search SMSD (Shawnee Mission School District) > Shawnee Mission North > Eventually it will ask you for a “Pairing Code”
    • To find your student’s “Pairing Code”
      1. In your student’s Canvas account have your student click on “Account” (Top Left)
      2. Click on “Settings” > then click on “Pair with Observer” (Right side)
      3. Enter this “Pairing code” when prompted in your Canvas Parent App.
    • Note that each parent needs a different code, therefore repeating this process to generate a different code. If more than one student, you will be prompted to “add student” on the app. Repeat the process to generate their observer code.
    • If your student will not provide the code to you, please reach out to the school to get the Pairing Code. 😊
    • Additional Canvas gradebook information can be found here.
    • Canvas has the most up-to-date grade information for your student, if you have questions about missing assignments, please contact your student’s teacher.


    To get information about your login information for your Skyward parent account please contact Student Services at 913-993-6930. Skyward helps parents keep track of attendance, pay school fees, view national and state test scores, complete the online verification process and much, much more.