NORTH NEWS January 10th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

Let's have a great first full week of the second semester! Thank you and Go Bison!



Mask Mandate from the District

According to Shawnee Mission COVID-19 Mitigation Measures:

“If a school building reaches 3% or > exclusion and quarantine, the building will return to full mask requirements. The building will remain masked for at least 14 days and until the percentage of recommended exclusions and quarantines is < 3%.”

As of 1/6/2022 Shawnee Mission North High School has exceeded the 3% threshold for exclusion and quarantine. This means that students and staff will be required to wear masks for at least the next two weeks, and until exclusions and quarantines are below the 3% threshold.

While outside of school, we are urging all students and staff to follow all COVID-19 mitigation procedures, including vaccinations for all who are eligible, and mask-wearing in public places.

We appreciate your understanding.

Message for all 10th and 12th grade students/guardians who opted in to the KCTC survey

The Shawnee Mission School District has agreed to help with an important survey being conducted by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Behavioral Health Services Commission called the Kansas Communities That Care Student Survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information needed to plan prevention strategies to address such problems as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, bullying in our schools and community, and to measure the district’s social-emotional strengths and weaknesses. It will also help us judge the effectiveness of our current prevention efforts. Between the dates of November and January 31, students in grades 6, 8, 10 & 12 will participate in the student survey. Additional information about the KCTC survey can be viewed here: and here:

You may also be interested to know the following:

  1. The KCTC survey is completely anonymous. Students will not be asked for their names on the questionnaire, nor will anyone be able to connect any individual student with his/her responses. School staff will not see any one student’s responses, but only summaries of results.
  2. Participation is entirely voluntary. Your child may decline to participate in the survey, or may simply skip any particular question they do not wish to answer.
  3. Annual participation is important. Even if your child has participated in previous surveys, annual data is extremely helpful in determining the effectiveness of previous efforts and changes in program areas.

Shawnee Mission North students who have opted in will take this survey on Tuesday, January 11th during their seminar time.

Father's Club

SMN is joining several other SMSD sister high schools in opening a branch of Father's Club at the school. Our first meeting is on January 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. More detailed information regarding the organization will be included in upcoming emails.


It is not too late to order your cap and gown for graduation. Here is the link to get your cap/gown ordered. Please take care of this as soon as possible.


Thank you to all parents who have turned in updated vaccination records for our SMN students!

We still have quite a few students who are missing at least one vaccine.

Please help us out in the nurse’s office and send any updated vaccine records to .

Our next exclusion date for SMSD is coming up quickly in January.

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contact by phone about a missing vaccine, try to get that done as soon as possible.

Our Johnson County Health Department is a good resource for updating vaccines, as is Walgreens, CVS, Mercy and Truth Clinics.

Vaccines can also be obtained at our Health Partnership Clinic at SMW on Thursdays during clinic hours from 11am to 3pm

If you need help contacting any of these businesses, please call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916.

Stay warm and healthy everyone!!

And, as always, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!!

Nurse Kelly and Ms. Snow.


In order to keep all students and staff safe at school please help us with the following:

  • Report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse.
  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get a PCR test.
  • PCR Testing – SMSD only accepts PCR COVID tests
      • SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • If you or your student have a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school/school-related activity, please contact JCDHE at 913-715-2819 for instructions.

Rock the Street, Wall Street

Get your daughter financially literate, comfortable with financial math, started on career exploration into the M of STEM and on the road to a successful launch into college. This program is free of charge to your student.

SM North is offering a program this Spring, Rock The Street, Wall Street, (RTSWS). RTSWS is a financial and investment literacy program designed to spark the interest of a diverse population of high school girls into careers of finance. The program is facilitated 100% by local female financial professionals who will be joining our students in their classrooms.

We are recruiting now for the RTSWS Spring Mentorship component at SM North High School. This component of the program consists of 5, 1-hour sessions (roughly 1x/month), wherein your child will learn about personal and professional development, goal setting, interview skills, stock market analysis and social media etiquette all while being paired with a mentor in a 2:1 setting.

Mentors will help guide them, establish a professional network and help build their social capital. They will be offered guidance on high school and college course selection. Students will create resumes, build a LinkedIn profile, and apply business skills to real world situations. The goal is to encourage the growth of women to become financially literate, independent and equally represented in the field of finance.

Deadline to sign up for the Spring Mentorship is January 18.

Please contact the RTSWS Team directly by clicking here with any questions. Your child can register directly for the program via the Rock The Street, Wall Street app. Be sure she/they indicate(s) which school she/they attend(s).

Visit our website: for more information

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • January 10 - Booster Club Mtg. 6:30pm, Remote Meeting
  • January 11 - PTSA Meeting, 6:00pm, Remote Meeting
  • January 14 - Hall of Fame, during half time of the Basketball game, 7:30pm

Jan. 10 is last chance to purchase yearbook for $48

The last chance to purchase your 2022 yearbook for $48 is Jan. 10. A check made out to SM North can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 10. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2.25 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 10, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact yearbook adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

Parents and Students,

Food Deliveries from Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are not allowed at SM North. Please encourage your student to refrain from ordering food for delivery. The delivery drivers will be turned away due to not having proper approved identification and this becoming a logistical issue. We appreciate your help in this matter.


STUCO/Pep Club Update

We’re so excited to be back in the swing of things!! We are currently starting on Northman elections by collecting nominations from all clubs and athletics. In the upcoming weeks, the senior class will elect the top 10 Northman nominees.

Follow for more information!!

Instagram - @smnstuco

Twitter- @smnorthstuco

StuCO site -

The Northman Game

When - Feb 4

Time - 7pm

Crowning - during halftime

More details to come!!

Have a great week North! Don’t forget, it’s best to be a bison!!



Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in January. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 11th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged take them home and talk with their parent/guardian about classes for next year. Counselors will then collect students’ enrollment cards the following week during their English class. Please make sure your student’s enrollment card is in their backpack.

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College Visits

Hi all-

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We're excited to have some College Representatives visit us (virtually) this Fall.

Each week during seminar we will reserve the Conference room in Student Services to learn more about select colleges! Please keep in mind, this is a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.

College Visits:

If you're interested, please email me to get signed up:

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Homer's Coffee - email resume & availability to

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Quik Trip - Part time clerk - apply here

Topper Pizza - email


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • The varsity girls’ basketball team dropped two games last week to Olathe East and SM South.
  • On Tuesday night the boys team secured their first victory - beating Olathe East, 55-46. It was a great team effort; North was led by Jacob Hines, 14 points and 4 steals, Vincent Rolls 11 points and 11 rebounds and Logan Oberle, 11 points and 9 rebounds. On Friday night, North lost on a last-second shot. Vincent Rolls 16 points, 9 rebounds and Jacob Hines & Jaylen gray each contributed 10 points.
  • Both Wrestling teams had a competition at Shawnee Mission South this past weekend. Medalists on the girls’ team were Alyssa Briner 4th and Aniah Grady 3rd. Medalists on the boys’ team were Samuel Mosciaro 3rd, Aiden Wiegers 4th, and Jack Taylor 2nd. Next Varsity competition is Saturday, Jan. 15 at St. Mary's. The JV will be busy competing at Shawnee Mission East on Wednesday, Tonganoxie on Thursday, and Shawnee Mission Northwest on Saturday.
  • Our Bowling team had practices that started last week and will have their first meet this Tuesday at Mission Bowl in Olathe at 3:00. The Bison Bowlers will compete against SME and Olathe South! Alyssa Williams has also been highlighted as a Top 10 female bowler to watch this season! Alyssa led the girls’ team the last 2 years in making it to the State Tournament where she medaled last year individually!
  • The boys swim and dive team had a great meet this past Friday as we hosted a 5-team meet at the Aquatic Center. We finished 4th as a team, barely missing out on 2nd place overall. Great races were turned in by Cameron Lee, Jack Kramer, Mason Pate, Ethan Blood, Jack Dunker, Junior Lopez, Zak Kohoutek and great diving by Oliver Goering. Lee missed a school record in the 200 IM by only 3 tenths of a second and Kohoutek swam a State Consideration time in the 200 IM. Goering had his highest point total ever as a diver and is nearing a State DD for his event. Lopez also got a State Qualifying time in his 100 Breaststroke. The 200 Free Relay shaved over 2 seconds off our season’s best time and placed 2nd. The Bison compete again today against SM Northwest at 3:30 at the Aquatic Center.
  • NJROTC hosted a Quad Meet this past Saturday. The Bison swept the 10 Event competition and now have their sites set for the Area 9 Midwest Regional Championship in Oklahoma City on the 29th of January. A victory in Oklahoma ensures another trip to the National Championships in Pensacola, FL!

HOF Game is scheduled for Friday, January 14, 2022; mark your calendars to attend the girls’ and boys’ basketball DH vs SM West. This is a great event and an opportunity for our school community to shine.


Student Recognitions



B - ROC Bison Reaching Out to the Community

Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission North PTSA recognize and encourage student and community volunteer efforts in conjunction with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Find more information and a service log sheet below

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


Join us for the SMN All-Activities Booster Club meeting via ZOOM on Monday, January 10 at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 871 1991 0080
Passcode: 833553

NEW BISON GEAR now available in our online store


We will also be selling spirit wear in the Field House Lobby during the basketball games on Jan 7 and Jan 14 (5:30-8:30pm) if you prefer to shop in person!

For SMN Booster Club news & updates find us on...



DONATE Raffle Items for SMN Trivia Night

We are looking for individuals or local businesses (restaurants, hair salons, home improvement/repair, specialty shops, etc) that would be willing to donate an item or a gift card to be used in the raffle at our 8th Annual SMN Trivia Night fundraiser on January 29, 2022.

Individuals/Businesses that donate will be promoted on the event Facebook page as well as during the event in January. Items are needed no later than January 21, 2022. We will also supply you with a letter from Shawnee Mission North for tax purposes.

If you have an item to donate (or can direct us to someone), please email Paula Blood at and we will contact you to work out the details.

Booster Club Update

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 8th Annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT!

The Trivia Night logo may look a little different, but it will be the same great party as we have hosted the last seven years! Join us at St. Pius X on January 29th from 6:30pm to 11:00pm for costumes, competition, and a whole lot of cheer!

Online registration is preferred (click on link below) or you can use the attached form and turn it in to the SMN office with payment.

To allow social distancing, we have limited the number of teams this year, so get those registrations in ASAP!!

The DEADLINE to register is January 12, 2022!!

*We will be following mitigation efforts as provided by the Johnson County Health Department and St. Pius X at the time*

Trivia Team of 8 = $280

Optional Mulligan (1 per team) = $20

Team + Mulligan = $300

As always, $100 of your team fees go directly to the SMN team/group/club of your choice!

Trivia Night is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club and all proceeds will be used to support SMN students, staff, and programs!

For more information contact SMN PTSA at or SMN Booster Club at

Thanks for your continued support of Shawnee Mission North!

Join the Booster Club and check out the SMN BISON spirit wear at our online store -

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


News from SMSD



Canvas Parent App Directions

  • 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.