NORTH NEWS April 18, 2023

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.



Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

We have a big week this week with the charity picnic today, state music contests on Wednesday, and the Prom on Saturday. We are also getting close to the crunch time for the end of the school year! Please emphasize engagement and attendance with your student as we push strong to the end of year.

Calendar Updates:

Please review the following calendars for April and May. Key important dates that affect the entire school community are included. Please reach out to the office if you have any questions!


Junior ACT Update

We have received all students full score reports from the free junior ACT on February 28th. Counselors will be handing out score reports during all three lunches on April 19th. Please stop by to pick up your report. Your report will include your ACT ID. Having your ACT ID will enable you to set up your ACT account which gives you future access to your scores.

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Charity Picnic

The Charity Picnic is TODAY during seminar, which will be at the end of the day. All of the proceeds will go to Cool Earth so please bring your $1 to get out of seminar and into the picnic, as well as more cash to participate in the picnic games! There are also a few games that will be free to play.

On Friday, May 5, Shawnee Mission North will host North Relays Track and Field competition which is the premier High School track event in this region. To minimize the impact on instructional time, and alleviate traffic congestion, we are adjusting the schedule for Friday, May 5. We would also like to stress that, as it has been all year, students be picked up in the front circle drive that day. Buses will leave at regular time. The schedule for the day is included below.

L1- 11:40-12:05

L2-12:10- 12:35

L3- 12:40-1:05

Seminar 1:10-2:40

And also switched the order of classes just a bit:

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Dear SMSD Families,

We are coming to the end of another successful year in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD). This time of year is full of celebration for all that has been accomplished, along with feelings of nostalgia over what will be missed as students and staff move on to what comes next.

I am writing to share the dates for the end of the 2022-23 school year in the Shawnee Mission School District:

  • The last day of school for Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) students will be Monday, May 22, 2023.
  • The last day of school for K-11 students will be Tuesday, May 23, 2022 (early dismissal)

We are close to the finish line, but there is still important work to be done. Let’s dig deep and finish the year strong. Thank you for all you do to support the education of your children. Together, we are One Shawnee Mission!


Dr. Michelle Hubbard

Transportation Update

Beginning April 11, DS Bus Lines will implement roster checks to verify registered riders. Any student at the bus stop that isn’t registered will be transported to school and will be noted in a written communication by the bus driver for the school office. The official stop ride date will be April 14th.

Please contact Dana Gulick, Transportation Coordinator with any questions.


Prom is this weekend! This week is the second week of ticket sales, Juniors and Seniors may purchase tickets from the other grades or an outside guest for their guests. Should someone want to bring an outside guest, they must be pre-approved by the front office. The guest must be on the approved list at the time of ticket purchase.


Questions can be answered by Monica Morris, the Junior Class sponsor at


If you have not picked up your announcements please stop by the main office.

(Cap and Gown are handed out at graduation practice on the Seniors last day)

All Seniors should have ordered a cap and gown from Jostens. If you have not done that, please contact Jostens at 785-843-2967.

Email #3 is being sent on Monday April 10. Please click here

Students school fees for 2022-23 are now past due!

  • Student fee email notifications were sent out on Friday, February 10th.

  • The Online fee payment portal can be found at You can set up an account or pay as a guest using the student’s last name and ID number.
  • Fees not paid by June 1st or graduation for seniors may be sent to the Collections agency.
  • Any questions regarding fees, payments, or to arrange a payment plan should be directed to SMN bookkeeper, Shelle Lewis at or 913-993-6910.
  • Families qualifying for free or reduced lunch can receive a waiver for part of the fees if they provide the bookkeeper with a copy of their Food Service benefits letter.


To those families who are contacted through the remainder of the school year, by the nurse’s office staff.

We will be excluding students we have identified as missing required vaccinations until they receive them. We have exhausted our efforts at getting those done.

To prevent a delay in enrolling in the fall, those students who are missing any vaccinations will be called to the nurse’s office and parent/guardian will be called to pick them up.

If you believe you have a student in need of a required vaccine please feel free to call 913-993-9704 or 913-993-6916.

There are community based supports that we may recommend so that your student may remain in school.

We are here to help!

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness including allergies this spring, 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.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • April 18: Charity Picnic (modified schedule: seminar in afternoon)
  • April 22: Prom
  • May 5 : North Relays



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Check out the Student Services Website

Brick Time

The theme of the month for BRICK time is citizenship, and we are focusing on digital citizenship during our presentations. Here is a resource from our SRO.

Summer Academy and Summer eSchool

Has your student failed a required class? Do they need to make it up this summer to stay on track to graduate? SMSD offers two summer programs: Summer Academy and Summer eSchool. Please refer to the websites for details. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

Registration for summer programs will be at North in Student Services.

If you have questions about what class your student needs to take, please reach out to your child’s Alpha Counselor.

A-D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E-K Leah Murray

L-Q Jennifer Fontaine

R-W Deanna Griffey

X-Z Britt Sherer

Student JOB Postings


JCPRD Lifeguards Aquatic Jobs | Johnson County Park & Rec, KS (

Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

Charlie's Car Wash - Two Overland Park locations - stop by or go to

Creative Carnivals & Events part time help. Email

Crown Center Ice Terrace - click here to apply

Freddy's -

Jefferson's - Hiring Kitchen staff - call 1-785-727-3000

Overland Park, City of - apply at

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

Stretch Lab - Leawood and Overland Park locations hiring - Click here

Stanley Steamer - Career opportunies - Email:

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update 4/17/23

Congratulations to Denton Hays, on being named the varsity boys basketball coach.

SM North Summer Camp Information and registration information is available on the SMN Bison Website. We’re excited for your student to join us this year.

Physicals for 2023-2024: Just a reminder for those that may be new to this. Any physical and concussion form that is dated after May 1st can be used for the 2023-24 school year. So while these forms are posted on the district website, you will want to wait until after May 1st to schedule a physical exam.

Check out the Sunflower League calendar/schedule to keep up with our events and activities. Our league also has a website you can check-out.

Save the Date:

  • Wednesday, April 26 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing in the FH

  • Friday, May 5 North Relays

The SMN Boys Varsity Tennis Team traveled to Bonner Springs High School to take on Piper and Bonner Springs High School in a tri dual match. The Bison started fast with Sammy Shriver and Oliver Goering picking up the first win of the day against Piper 8-1. The new doubles pair would continue their momentum winning their second match 8-3 against Bonner Springs High School and finishing the day a perfect 2-0. Number one player Porter Lee had a strong showing in singles play beating Piper 8-1 and following it up with an 8-0 victory over Bonner Springs High School finishing the day unbeaten. The doubles pair Seth Heying and Grant Nichols picked up a hard fought win against Piper 8-7(7). Going 1-1 on the day. Number two player Cohen Woller dropped his first singles match 8-2 against Piper but bounced back in typical Bison fashion winning his second match 8-4 against Bonner Springs High School. Overall, SMN Boys Varsity finished the day with an overall record of 6-2 which was good enough to finish first in the tri dual. The boys varsity team will be back in action against Olathe North on 4/17/23.

The Shawnee Mission North Boys tennis team traveled to Olathe East and battled hard against an experienced Olathe East team. Junior Porter Lee fought hard at number 1 singles eventually falling in a tiebreaker 8-7(3). The boys varsity team is back in action on 4/14/23 against Bonner Springs and Piper.

SM North Softball: Kelsey Hoekstra threw another gem on Tuesday to lead Shawnee Mission North past Olathe East with the rarest of softball moments: The Perfect Game. Hoekstra struck out Zoey Barron to end the game. The righthander had 11 strikeouts on the night.

SM North Softball: the team participated in the Sunflower Softball Festival and finished the day 1-1. The Bison defeated BVSW, 9-2 and lost to Topeka Washburn Rural, 8-1.

SM North Baseball: Runs at a Premium as Shawnee Mission North Defeats Shawnee Mission East Varsity Lancers. Both teams were strong on the pitcher's mound Friday, but Shawnee Mission North defeated Shawnee Mission East Varsity Lancers 3-1. Shawnee Mission North pitchers allowed just four hits to Shawnee Mission East Varsity Lancers. Emmit Gates led things off on the hill for Shawnee Mission North. The righty lasted four innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out five. Jack Laird started the game for Shawnee Mission East Varsity Lancers. The righty went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one. Colton Sims threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Shawnee Mission North totaled six hits in the game. Jack Taylor and Hunter Calkins each collected multiple hits for Shawnee Mission North. Calkins and Taylor each collected two hits to lead Shawnee Mission North.Scotty Fegen led Shawnee Mission East Varsity Lancers with two hits in four at bats.

SM North varsity Baseball team lost to Olathe North, 1-0 on Tuesday evening.

SM NorthGirls Soccer team lost to Gardner Edgerton, 2-0 and Olathe North, 2-0

Save the Date:

  • Wednesday, April 26 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing in the FH

  • Friday, May 5 North Relays

If you need to visit with varsity spring coaches please see the information:

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones

Twitter: @SMN_Baseball

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Steven Alcala

Twitter: @SMNtennis

Varsity Golf Coach

Walter Mansfield

Twitter: @SMNgolf

Varsity Track and Field Coach

Aaron Davidson

Twitter: @SMNTrack

Varsity Girls Swim and Dive Coach

Kailey Morash

Twitter: @SMNGirlsSwim

Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Jaime Velez

Twitter: @smngirlssoccer

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

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April & May SMN All-Activities Booster Club Events & Volunteer Opportunities -

  • Our last meeting of the school year will be on MONDAY, APRIL 17 at 6:00PM (note the time change!!) - Join us in the SMN Learning Commons!

  • The SMN All-Activities Booster Club will be hosting the concessions at NORTH RELAYS (the largest high school track meet in Kansas) onFRIDAY, MAY 5 from NOON-9PM and we need your help!!
    • Proceeds from this event will go to our grant program which directly benefits student clubs, groups and teams at North!
    • Volunteer opportunities are available for set-up, grilling, serving food, and clean-up. Click on the link below for more info and to sign-up


SMN 100th Anniversary Spirit Wear items are now 25% off - use the coupon code 100YEAR when purchasing online!

You can also order your gear through our online store using the link or QR code below…

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  • 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 -


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.



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.