NORTH NEWS March 28th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

Things are getting busy as we kick off the second week of the fourth quarter. We begin state assessments this week. Please read below to find out when your student is taking the assessment. We ask that you stress to your students the importance of getting good rest prior to the test and trying their best!

Please let the office know if you have any questions on assessments or anything else related to the school. Let's have a great week and Go Bison!

Spring Testing updates

  • Kansas State Assessments- State Assessments will begin shortly after returning from spring break. Please take note of the following student grade levels and courses that will participate this spring:
    • 10th Grade ELA Assessment: March 29-April 1
    • 10th Grade Math Assessment: April 5- April 8
    • 11th Grade Science Assessment: April 11-April 14



Seniors and Senior Parents/Guardians,

The year is flying by and we want to remind all of you about some important dates and information pertaining to Seniors.

Dates to highlight and remember:

April 1st, 2022 (during lunch) Jostens orders will be delivered

  • If you ordered announcements or senior items from Jostens they will be here to deliver those items during lunch (11AM-1PM). This will not include your cap and gown as those will be handed out at graduation practice on the Seniors’ last day.

April 28th, 2022 (7 am) Senior Honors and Awards

    • This will be an invite only event for the seniors and a set number of family. Please mark your calendars if you applied for a SMN based scholarship. We will invite those being recognized and more details will follow when those Honors and Awards are finalized.

May 13th, 2022 Seniors’ Last Day

May 18th, 2022 (7:00PM) Graduation

    • Graduation is planned to take place outdoors at the SM North District Stadium. A move indoors or a makeup will be determined if inclement weather causes a change to the original schedule.

There will be more communication coming as graduation approaches. When we send these emails we will use the subject line of SMN Senior Email #1,2,3 etc. so you can be sure to know the order of communication. Until then, please be aware of a few items that could be road blocks for graduating.

Academic Achievement: It is extremely important that every Senior knows where they stand academically and the classes they must complete to satisfy all graduation requirements. Check with your counselor if you have concerns.

  1. Financial Accounts must be in good standing: Please know that the current year fees must be paid in full to be able to participate in the graduation. Previous years and/or outstanding fees must be paid in full to receive your diploma. To avoid any issues please make sure you pay all current year fees no later than Thursday, May 6th.
    • SM North has been and will continue to send email notices to those with unpaid balances at the beginning of each month.
    • You can reference your fees and payment history on your Skyward account.

The Senior Finals Schedule has not yet been finalized. We will share that schedule at a later date.

We are in the first week of the final quarter here at the Brick House ……. FINISH STRONG!!!

SM North Administrators

North Fathers Club - providing breakfast 4/14

The Fathers Club will be providing Chik-Fil-A sandwiches and donuts while supplies last on Thursday 4/14 before school. Come early and get breakfast from the Fathers club. This is our first Thursday on regular start time of 7:40, no late start.

4th Quarter After School Tutoring

Students are invited to stay after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Learning Commons for after school tutoring. Five staff members are available for support, including one teacher from each of the core subjects- math, ELA, science, and social studies. Free meals are available for all students at 3:00pm in the cafeteria and free rides home within the North area boundaries at 4:30pm. 4th quarter dates begin on March 23rd.

NHS Applications for 2022-23

Applications for NHS for the 2022-23 School year are now available. Please go to the Google Classroom (Classroom Code:jdm3n3a) ​for the application. Students need a 3.6 weighted GPA to apply. All applications and references are due by April 1 at 3:00. References can be emailed to Mrs. Pogorek at

Google Classroom code for applications: jdm3n3a

​Due date: April 1, 2022

Who: Any Sophomore or Junior with a 3.6 weighted GPA

Contact: Mrs. Pogorek


Room: 105

No Parking on Foster

The Overland Park Police Department has received many complaints about several cars violating the "No parking" signs on Foster. The no parking signs apply to both sides of the street on Foster at Johnson Drive. While we understand construction near the fieldhouse makes dismissal meet ups difficult, there are plenty of legal parking spaces in the lower lot just east of the tennis courts. Our community residents who live in the area are having a difficult time getting to their driveways safely at dismissal time. OPMC 12.04.096 parking in violation of a sign is a $60 citation. Please pass this information along to anyone who picks up your student as we would like to avoid unnecessary tickets to our school community.

Thanks, SRO Covington


SMSD COVID-19 Testing – By appointment only


6701 W 83rd St.

Drive- thru testing site is located behind the building

Monday – Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday – 8am – 3:30pm, Sunday – 10am – 2pm

To schedule a COVID-19 test please go to:


  1. Go to Note: Do not put www in front, the site will not load.
  2. Once the appointment is made you will receive:
  • Confirmation text of your appointment date/time.
  • Email with instructions and the link to complete required pre-registration paperwork.
  • Location of the site and a reminder 1 hour before the appointment.

Arrive at drive-thru testing location at SMECEC/Broadmoor 6701 W 83rd St. on your designated appointment date/time. Testing site is located behind the building. Remain in your car for testing personnel to assist you.
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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.


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. It’s crunch time everyone.

We must have updated immunizations for our students on file before the end of the school year!

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

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contacted by phone about a missing vaccine, students must have them done before they may enroll in school in the fall.

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.

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Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 3/29/22 - Symphonic Band Festival - SME - 7:00pm
  • 4/1/22 - Stuco Mixer, Aux Gym, 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • 4/7/22 - Last late start Thursday
  • 4/14/22 - Fathers Club providing breakfast while supplies last, before school at 7:15


STUCO/Pep Club Update


Registration has been extended to Wednesday and we will be at the tables by the doors at ALL LUNCHES. $8 to register for a team of two and you just have to pick up a form and bring it back no later than Wednesday.

The basic rules are that two person teams will build a boat out of just cardboard and duct tape. They will race across the pool to receive the regatta trophy and 10 points towards their charity of choice for the Charity Picnic. Signups will come after spring break.

When - March 31st

Where - SMN Pool

Time - After school

Can’t swim, can’t boat!

Charity Picnic Voting:

Below are the options for our Charity Picnic, the students have nominated 5 different organizations and this upcoming week we will decide on one. Voting will be on Canvas and in our bio on Instagram and goes from Monday 3/28 to Thursday 3/31 right before the regatta! The charity of choice will be officially announced at the Regatta!!

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



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Students must pass their classes with a D (60%) or better in order to receive credit for the class. Students not attaining credits are in danger of not graduating with their classmates. Effective the 21-22 school year, the district will no longer reclassify students. We wanted you to be aware that even though students’ grade levels will progress from 9 to 12, this will not necessarily mean your student has enough credits to meet the graduation requirements. Per the SMSD Program Planning Guide, below is the chart of the minimum number of credits students must earn in order to remain on track to graduate with their classmates.

  • Students will advance forward in grade level based on the number of years they have been in high school. Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, students will no longer be required to meet a minimum credit threshold to advance to the next grade level. However, students must meet all graduation requirements in order to graduate. The following chart should be used as a guide to evaluate whether a student is on track for graduation.


End of Grade 9 - 5.5 credits

End of Grade 10 - 11.5 credits

End of Grade 11 - 16.5 credits

End of Grade 12 - 23.5 credits

You can find your student’s progress with their Graduation Requirements on your Skyward home page under “Graduation Requirements”.

Summer Programs are posted on the SMSD website:

Summer Academy


If you have questions or your student is behind on credits, please reach out to your student’s Academic Counselor by email or phone.

Jeinny Morris - A-D&ELL, 913-993-6932

Leah Murray - E - K, 913-993-6935

Jenny Fontaine - L - Q, 913-993-6934

Deanna Griffey - R - Z, 913-993-6933


As a follow up to the demonstration in November, some North students have been meeting with administration to develop some plans to continue encouraging a positive climate in our school. Along with starting a new club, W.I.N.G.S. (Withstand, Influence, Notice, Gather and Speak), the students have organized an opportunity for 10th graders to learn more about sexual harassment.

During Seminar on one of the following dates, 4/12, 4/14, 4/26, or 4/28, you will have the opportunity to attend a presentation on sexual harassment, presented by professionals from MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault). One 45 minute presentation will take place in your seminar classroom, with your seminar classmates, and will allow you to still have time for schoolwork or related activities. If you do not wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please let your seminar teacher know as soon as possible, and we will have an alternate location for you to report. The partnership with MOCSA will continue next year, and will allow more students to have opportunities to learn more about other subjects.

Please plan to attend one (or more) of the WINGS meetings coming up (4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11)- they will be right after school in Room 186. This is a great opportunity to get involved in a movement to bring about positive impacts on all of us at North. If you have any questions, please contact Gwyn Heidrick, Social Worker, 993-6927 or

College Visits

Hi all-

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

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.

All events will be held in Student Services Conference room. Must sign-up to attend

College Visits: Sign up here

March 29th @ 9:30am Kansas State University

April 12th @ 9:30am University of Nebraska-Lincoln

If you're interested, click on the link above or email

Military Visits

Military visits on Tuesdays during seminar in Times Square.

Click here to sign up to get a pass

  • March 29th - US Air Force
  • April 12th - US Navy

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings


Amazon - Apply by click this link

Water One - Summer Internship - Grounds Maintenance Click Here

3&2 Baseball - Concession Crew - email

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Home Depot - Garden Associates - text Jobs to 52270 or visit this link

JCPRD - looking for summer lifeguards, marina workers, swim lesson instructor click here

City of Mission - Lifeguards Needed - email to apply. $250 bonus

Milburn Country club - Golf shop - email Zack Proffitt or call at 913-432-1224

Family Tree Nursury - visit their website, click on Careers

Glenn Marsee Foundation Repair - Full time or Part time contact Vickie at 913-236-4197


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Winter Sports Post-season honors - congratulations to our student-athletes who have earned postseason accolades.


  • Alyssa Williams - Districts-1st place

  • Alyssa Williams Sunflower-4th place

  • Alyssa Williams Regional-4th place

  • Alyssa Williams State Qualifier-52nd


  • Jack Taylor - District Champion

  • Lucas McGriff District 3rd Place

  • Ke’Juan Blake - District 3rd Place

  • Alyssa Briner - Champion Girls Sunflower League

  • Jack Taylor 4th Boys Sunflower League

  • Jack Taylor - 5th KSHSAA 6A East Regional; KSHSAA State Qualifier

  • Ke’Juan Blake - 8th KSHSAA 6A East Regional; KSHSAA State Qualifier

Boys Basketball Awards (All Sunflower League)

  • Logan Oberle Honorable mention

  • James Shepherd Honorable mention

  • Jaylen Gray Honorable mention

  • Jacob Hines: Honorable mention

Girls Basketball Awards (All Sunflower League)

  • Summer Wieneke 3rd Team

  • Jessica Brown Honorable Mention

  • Lidia Mojica Honorable Mention

  • Baylee Doolin Honorable Mention

Coaching Update:

Welcome to our recently named varsity coaches:

Volleyball: Riann Hill (Bio)

Boys Tennis: Eric Sparks.

Thank you to Crystal Foss, former varsity volleyball coach - new teaching position in North Kansas City (middle school) and Tom Peterman, former varsity wrestling coach - remaining as teacher at KC-Turner and joining their coaching staff

The SM North Sports Scholarship Foundation was founded in February 2009. The Foundation offers scholarships for 11 men's and women's activities. Each of the scholarships is awarded to a graduating senior student athlete based on their excellence in the classroom, athletic participation and involvement in the community. The scholarships are named after former SM North coaches and a memorial in the name of a SMN graduate. Each of the scholarships provides a living legacy.

Sports Foundation 1,000 Scholarship Recipients for 2021-22

Coach Larry Taylor Football Scholarship - Angelo Batrez

Coach Jim Hanson Baseball Scholarship - Jordan Black

Coach Tim Coker Tennis Scholarship - Effie Campbell

Coach Bob Stauffer Track Scholarship - Josie Tyrell

Coach Bill Cornwell Basketball Scholarship - Logan Oberle

Coach Steve Howard Softball Scholarship - Siera Hoekstra

Coach Don Alpaugh Wrestling Scholarship - Awarded to Softball Player Rilee Bell

Coach Bernie Wagner and Coach Merlin Gish Scholar Athlete - Jake Schneider

Owen Craig Student Trainer/Manager Scholarship - Arlene Sinclair Duff

Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Grayless Cadet NJROTC Scholarship - George Colburn

Coach Cody Fothergill Scholarship Boys Swim Scholarship - Cameron Lee


Spring sports are often played at the mercy of the weather. Please check the following for updates on any schedule changes:

Spring sports schedules

North Twitter handle

Summer Camps - we hope your family will participate in our summer camp programs. To register please click on the links below:

Boys Camps

Girls Camps

Spring Sports Update

  • Dance team - The Dance Team Spring Show has been moved to June 27th.
  • Baseball - We played SMNW in the first of a two game DH Saturday. We came up short in an 8-3 loss to a solid SMNW squad. Jett Messenger started the game on the mound and kept the game within reach. After being down 8-1 we continued to battle and scored two more runs late but fell short. Game two was a make-up game against Gardner. Eric Duarte earned the start in this game which started out looking like we were going to have a better result, however after making a few errors to start off a few innings the baseball gods , as they always do, made us pay. A solid hitting Gardner team didn’t let up and after some more unforced errors, we found ourselves too far behind to catch up and ended up losing 16-1.
  • The North Girls Swim and Dive teams had our first two meets of the season last week. North took second at Tuesday’s meet against Olathe South with a total of 76 points. We had several strong swims from both our relays and our individual events. We took fourth at our meet on Thursday against Mill Valley, Shawnee Mission West, DeSoto, and Shawnee Mission Northwest, with a total of 212.5 points. We had several significant time drops between our meet on Tuesday and our second meet on Thursday. Serena Clark earned her consideration time in the 50 freestyle and Meaghan Driever took first in diving! Our 200 Medley Relay is only .14 seconds away from the State Consideration time thanks to strong swims from Taylor Duckworth, Evelyn Turner, Adele Dummermuth, and Serena Clark. We also dropped almost 3 full seconds in our 400 Freestyle Relay of Adele Dummermuth, Elise Dummermuth, Taylor Duckworth, and Naomi Culley. Our next meet of the season is this coming Thursday, March 31st at Summit Trail against Olathe West and Bishop Miege. The meet will start at 4pm with Diving and host swimming events afterwards.

The spring sports programs had a great turnout for tryouts last week; teams are finalizing their rosters.

Spring Coaching Staff

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones -

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Andrew Lause -

Varsity Golf Coach

Walter Mansfield -

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


Student Recognitions


Earlier this month, we got the final results from the STATE DECA Conference.

9 of our 19 state competitors have qualified for the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA from April 23rd thru April 27th. That really is an incredibly high percentage who made it!! We also had one student who was a 1st Alternates, and 3 more who were 2nd Alternates.

So, here are the 9 North students who are headed to Atlanta with their categories and the State finishes:

Ore Oni, Samantha Morinville and Christine Morinville -- Career Development Project (They took first place, so they are STATE CHAMPIONS!!)

Ben Cloud -- Business Growth Plan (Ben also placed 1st and is a STATE CHAMPION!!)

Lily Smith -- Business Services Marketing (2nd Place)

Zach Setzkorn -- Human Resource Management (3rd Place)

Maggie Bartlett -- Hotel and Lodging Management (3rd Place)

Angie Zumbrunnen -- Apparel and Accessories Marketing (4th Place)

Yahir Fernandez -- Food Marketing (6th Place)

Ore Oni also qualified for ICDC in her Quick Service Restaurant Management, but a student can only compete in one event, so she will compete with her team event.

Our 1st Alternate for ICDC was Carley Miller, who placed 3rd in her Professional Selling category.

Our 2nd Alternates include: Patrick Richardson for Principles of Business Management & Administration; Mallory LaBrasca for Principles of Marketing; Xen Hesse for Restaurant & Food Service Management.

We also had Top 10 State finishes by:

Saygan Trusty (8th in Hotel and Lodging Management and 7th in her Independent Business Plan with Xen Hesse.)

Jack Dunker and Mallory LaBrasca (7th place in their Start-Up Business Plan.)

Zach, Yahir and Angie Z. (6th Place in their Franchise Business Plan).

Angie Fernandez and Alba Sandoval also finished in the top half of their individual categories.

A massive congratulations to all of the SM North DECA participants for their hard work and perseverance this year! We are super excited to represent North and the Shawnee Mission School District at ICDC in April. I couldn’t be more proud of the work they all put in this year!!



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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....


Be a part of the SMN All-Activities Booster Club Leadership Team!!

We need a Vice-President for the 2022-23 school year – contact Paula Blood at for more information.

Job Description - SMN All-Activities Booster Club Vice-President:

· Recruit local businesses to buy sponsorships in our Athletics Roster Wrap

· Coordinate Culver's Nights (set dates for November and March, publicize to SMN community.)

· Assist the President as needed and will run the AABC meeting if the President cannot attend.

  • TEAM SPOTS AVAILABLE for SMN Trivia Night - Saturday, April 9 – Be a part of this FUN event!! We have openings for 2 teams - please contact Paula Blood at for more info.

  • Donations Needed for SMN Trivia Night Raffle (NEW DATE: April 9)

    • 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.
    • 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 March 31, 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.

NEW Bison Spirit Wear now available in 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.