NORTH NEWS February 13

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

What a great weekend! Our Winter Formal was a huge success! We have another busy week coming up, with the Hall of Fame and Northman crowning taking place during Friday's basketball games! We also have a unique schedule this week and next. Here is the schedule for the next two weeks below:

2/13- Odd blocks

2/14- Traditional day (all 7 classes)

2/15- No School

2/16- Late start even blocks

2/17- Odd blocks

2/20- No School (President's Day)

2/21- Even blocks

2/22- Odd blocks

2/23- Late start even blocks

2/24- Odd blocks

Have a great week and Go Bison!



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.
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ACT Prep class

ACT Prep class in Overland Park at the Blue Valley School District's Hilltop Conference Center on Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th from 6:30pm to 8:55pm. This class is open to students from any high school.

The early-bird price for this two-night workshop is $85.

ACT Test Prep Class - Greater Kansas City Area — Power Prep (

AAPPL Biliteracy Test


Are you fluent in two or more languages? If so, sign up on the link below to gain more information on taking the AAPPL test later in the spring. The AAPPL test will give you the opportunity to prove your language skills in order to earn the Kansas Seal of Biliteracy.

The Seal of Biliteracy has many benefits including the potential to earn more money, college credit at some state universities, and a special recognition at graduation.

Sign up on the following link below if interested. We will check your eligibility and get back to you with next steps soon!

The Seal of Biliteracy has many benefits including the potential to earn more money, college credit at some state universities, and a special recognition at graduation.

Sign up on the following link below if interested. We will check your eligibility and get back to you with next steps soon!

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.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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



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Check out the Student Services Website

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

Lady Bison Basketball were defeated by Olathe West on Tuesday, 52-21. The Bison were led in scoring by Baylee Doolin (8pts) and Jessica Brown (6pts). Lidia Mojica added 3 steals. The Bison play at Olathe North this Friday. Varsity tips off at 5:15pm. On Friday evening the team traveled to Olathe North. Lady Bison came up short Friday evening to the Eagles. The Bison were led by Seniors Lidia Mojica (11pts), Jessica Brown (10pts) and Baylee Doolin (10pts). The Bison are back in action on Tuesday. Tip off is at 5:30 at Olathe Northwest.

Boys Varsity Basketball falls to Olathe West 85 – 57 Olathe West unleashed 19 three pointers to down the Bison Tuesday night in the Fieldhouse. Mike Smallwood and Freshman Alex Casares led the bison in scoring with 13 points apiece. Junior Aziz Jagne added 12 points. The boys played Olathe North, after being tied 11-11 in the first quarter, Olathe North pulled away, winning 61-41.

Boys Varsity Wrestling competed in the district duals on Tuesday evening.

Boys Varsity Wrestling falls to Shawnee Mission West 51 – 21. The following secured wins: Lucas McGriff, Diego Juarez, Jack Taylor and Kejuan Blake

Boys Varsity Wrestling falls to Shawnee Mission East 54 – 18. The following secured wins: Aden Manzaking, Jack Taylor and Kejuan Blake

Boys Varsity Wrestling lost to Shawnee Mission South 42 – 42. The following sedcured wins, Ke’Juan blake, Josiah Blomker, Aden Manzaking, Joey Piasecki, Justin Kiatoukaysi, Jack Taylor and diego Juarez

Boys Varsity Wrestling falls to Shawnee Mission Northwest 69 – 9. Ke’Juan Blake and Josiah Blomker earned victories.

Girls Varsity Wrestling finishes 15th place at Regional @ Blue Valley West High School. Aniah Grady Qualified for the 2023 KSHSAA Girls State Wrestling Championship; she placed 4th and will compete on Wednesday, February 22 in Wichita.

The bowling team was in action at Park Lanes for the Sunflower League Varsity championships on Tuesday. The girls bowled in the morning and finished 13th. The top finishing lady was sophomore Sarah Nielsen with a 358 series. The boys finished 14th overall. The top finishing gentleman was sophomore Aaron Salvino with a 585 series.

The SMN Bison boys Swim and Dive team is excited to participate in the State Championships this coming weekend at the Shawnee Mission District Aquatic Center after coming off a strong 5th place Sunflower League finish.

Leading the way for the Bison is senior Junior Lopez, who will be competing in two individual events. He broke the 100 Freestyle school record last Thursday night and now owns two individual school records. He finished 2nd in the league in both of his events. Sophomore Zak Kohoutek will also be a force for SMN as he also finished top 5 in both of his individual events at league. He will compete in the 50 Free and 100 Free, where he broke the previous school record at the league meet. Both of these young men will also swim two relays for North.

Jonathan Guild, another sophomore, will also compete in an individual event, the 100 Backstroke, at State. He finished 4th at the league meet and broke the school record in that event. He should be seeded in the 10 ten for that at State. Charlie Brooks, a junior, also hopes to swim in individual events at State, including the 100 Free and 100 Backstroke. He will join the other 3 on our relays as well.

Other North swimmers who will compete at KSHSAA State Championships in relays include senior Jack Nely and juniors Porter Lee and Cash Olberding.

The North divers have had an outstanding season, and 4 of them will compete at State as well. Sophomore Jack Eaton, and juniors Henry Duff, Oliver Goering and Luis Guzman will all represent North on the boards starting Thursday night. Good luck to all the swimmers and divers as North hopes to fight for a 5th state Top 10 finish in a row!!

Save the Date: Hall-of-Fame Induction ceremony is set for Friday, February 17 at half-time of the boys varsity game vs SMNW. The following student-athletes will be recognized: Jim Audley, Cathay “CJ” Mahoney Scherman, Chase Reddick and Keith Guinn

Please check the school calendar so you can continue to support students participating in our athletics and activities programs.

SM North Cheer will host their tryout informational meeting on March 20, 2023 @ 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Tryout clinic 3/27 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Aux Gym and 3/29 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Aux Gym.

Webinar Resource: How to Overcome Failure in Sport

Failure as an athlete is inevitable. But it's hard, especially when you play to win. How you handle failure as an athlete can make or break you. Learning to overcome it and channel positively carries into dealing with failure day-to-day, not to mention separating the good athletes from the great. We talked with Ian Gulbransen, Co-Founder of Restoic, on the topic. He gives student-athletes and their parents invaluable advice on how to learn from failures, and not let them tear you down each time.

Spring Sports: If you need to reach out to one of our varsity winter coaches please contact

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones

Twitter: @SMN_Baseball

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Steven Acala


Varsity Golf Coach

Walter Mansfield

Twitter: TBD

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

Principal's Honor Roll

GPA 4.0 or above

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Honor Roll

GPA 3.0 to 3.9

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If you have questions about honor roll, please reach out to Anne Viera, registrar, at


Student Council Information

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The Winter Formal was a huge success!. 600 students attended and had a great time!


The Northman/Hall of Fame game is on February 17th. The Northman ceremony will happen between the girl's and boys' games. Stick around for the boy's game to see the Hall of Fame halftime.

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Class fundraisers will be put on during lunch February 13-17th.



Join us for the February SMN Booster Club Meeting at 7pm on Monday, February 13th via Zoom...

Join Zoom Meeting (2/13 at 7pm)

Meeting ID: 831 9556 9743
Passcode: 73afk9

The Booster Club is assisting with the 2023 SMN Hall of Fame Reception and will be selling spirit wear during the basketball games on Friday, February 17. We need a couple of volunteers to help with the following (click on the sign-up for more info):

Spirit Wear Sales - 7:00pm-approx 8:30pm (sell and pack-up)

HOF Reception - 5:00-6:15pm – assist with set-up and serving food

2023 Hall of Fame Night Volunteers



  • 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.