NORTH NEWS September 19th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

Last week we concluded our 100th Anniversary celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, and a recreation of a photo from 1922 on Tuesday. Our students did a wonderful job during all of the festivities, and we are very proud of them.

Today, we are conducting a "Drill Day" where we are practicing various drills of scenarios that could happen at any time (like last week). We appreciate the students taking these drills, and our safety in general, very seriously.

I also received a question today about our alma mater, and how we point to the sky while it's being played. Shawnee Mission North is the “original” Shawnee Mission high school, so we point our index finger in the air to signify we are the first and original school. This tradition began in 1958, and is one we explain to our incoming freshmen every year!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the office here at Shawnee Mission North. Go Bison!

Traffic updates- Johnson Dr and Metcalf Lane

We have been working with the city of Overland Park to get updates on the ongoing construction project on the North and East sides of the building. In order to complete the entire project in a timely manner, the city has had to allow both sides of Johnson Drive to be under construction at the same time along with simultaneous closures of Metcalf Lane and Frontage Road. We have attached a link to an Overland Park road closure map and an aerial map that shows a pedestrian detour for students to use during the course of the construction project.



Student ID Cards

This year we will be allowing students to take a photo of their student identification card front and back once they are received to use as an acceptable form of identification to enter the building.

The only exception will be the senior students who go to outside lunch, they will still be required to show their actual I.D. card with the lunch sticker on the back of the card.

Students will still be required to purchase a replacement I.D. card after their fourth incident in which they fail to show a card, after that they will be required to see an administrator prior to being allowed into the building.

Safety and Security at SM North

A couple reminders about safety precautions we are taking at Shawnee Mission North moving forward. Violation of these policies can result in consequences from administration so please take this seriously:

  1. We will not prop exterior doors at any time at Shawnee Mission North.
  2. We will not open exterior doors for anyone to enter the building between 7:40 and 2:40. All students MUST enter through the main doors (in the circle drive) between 7:40 and 2:40.
  3. The only students allowed to leave the building without parent approval are SENIORS whose parents have completed the permission form for open lunch. Documentation/Identification must be shown upon return, and students may only return through the main doors (in the circle drive).
  4. Restrooms at Shawnee Mission North are single use only. Students found sharing restroom stalls are in violation of this policy and are subject to consequences from administration.

Please take these policies seriously as they help to keep us safe at the Brickhouse!


We are closing in on our first exclusion date for students who are missing required vaccinations.

Emails were sent at the end of last school year notifying parents/guardians of students who were in need of required vaccinations.

Another email will be sent in the next week to those who are in need of a vaccination.

Once your student receives the required vaccine, please send copy/proof of that to the nurse’s office. You may email the copy to or fax to 913-993-1450.

We do not want to exclude any student from school. However, if they do not have the state required immunization they will not be able to be in attendance on October 13th. They will need to get that vaccine before returning to school after 10/13/22. Thank you all for helping us out! We appreciate your time and dedication to keeping SMN safe and healthy!!


Mary Alice Kelly BSN, RN

Val Snow aide

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Photo Retakes - Wednesday 9/28 in the Auditorium

Students Grades 9 to 11-

If never photographed-no charge

If purchased and the package is returned-no charge

  • Rolland Studios will not print a package at no charge if the original package is NOT returned!

If photographed first time but never purchased-$3.00 charge

The studio has moved to all online ordering.

Here is a site to prepay for students in grades 9-11 that want retakes:

Senior Retakes-

Senior Retakes are $10.00

There is a calendar for Seniors to sign up. The online Senior appointment system will make students pay online

QR code for Seniors Only below

Seniors Only:

How to order your school pictures

For underclassmen:

You have to wait and order when the “second chance to order” proof is delivered with all those that ordered packages in about 2 weeks.

The original forms for underclassmen to order from were only good until photo day – afterward the prices increase.

For seniors:

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

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Celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2023 SM North yearbook.

The first deadline is Sept. 16.

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 .

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The theme for the 2022 Reflections Contest is:

Show your voice!

Students can submit their entries in the following categories:

Dance Choreography Music Composition

Film Production Photography

Literature Visual Arts

*** Specific entry (file) requirements are listed on entry form link below. ***

Important dates!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 – entries due in the SM North office. Just drop the entry off there with the entry form.

No late entries will be accepted, school level judging starts on October 19.

School level winners announced! ( Between Oct 31st & Nov 4th)

Friday, November 4, 2022 – School level winners move to SMSD level judging

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 – District level winners announced at the Reflections Open House at the CAA

District level winners move to Kansas state level for judging – dates TBD

Questions? Contact the Reflections chair for Shawnee Mission North, Becky Tate,, 913-993-7012 or stop by and see her in room 184.

  • Digital entries can be emailed to You can email the entry form too – or if it is easier, drop that off in the SM North front office.
  • Physical entries (visual art & photography) and ALL completed and signed entry forms due to the North front office by 3:15 p.m. Oct. 19

Entry Form:

SM North Reflections Form.pdf

SM North Reflections form - Spanish.pdf

Fee Payment 2022-23

Please use the link below to pay current and past due school fees – you can sign in as a guest with the students last name & ID number if you don’t want to set up an account.

Fees can also be paid at the school office from 7:30-3:30 M-F or by phone to Shelle Lewis 913-993-6910.

Required fees: Instructional Resource, ID card, Textbook Fee, Apple Repair, Participation & Course Fees. Optional fees: Parking, Pep Club, Class Dues, Yearbook, Literary Magazine

Any unpaid optional fees and dropped class fees will be swept from student accounts later in the semester.

Open Para-Educator Positions

Are you interested in working at the Brickhouse and helping students? Shawnee Mission North has a couple of open para-educator position still available in our specialized ACE program. If you are interested or want to know more about the position, please apply online at or contact our associate principal Mr. Jamison @ 913-993-6900.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Sept 19. Booster Club Meeting, 6:30pm, Library/Learning Commons
  • Sept. 20 & 21 - Drama Production, The ALIBIS, 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Sept 28 - Picture Retakes, Auditorium 7:30-9:30, See sign up above



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Practice ACT on 10/12/22

Sophomores and Juniors will have an opportunity on Wednesday, October 12th to take an ACT Assessment. This assessment will be scored locally and does NOT count as scores for future use with post-secondary opportunities. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the free ACT in the spring, or other ACT testing opportunities this school year. If you would like the opportunity to take the ACT assessment on October 12th, please complete THIS FORM.

AP Testing Information

AP Registration is open! Please follow the link below to register and pay for your AP Exam. If you already have a total registration account, please use your username or password to login.

You can find the AP Exam dates Here.

If you have questions, please reach out to for help.

Shawnee Mission North will be offering the ACT WorkKeys assessment on October 19, 2022. If your student has not taken the WorkKeys assessment before, and you would like them to be considered, please email More information about the ACT WorkKeys can be found below:

The WorkKeys assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace. Individuals who successfully complete all three WorkKeys assessments—Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents—can earn a WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (WorkKeysNCRC®) and/or a Kansas WORKReady! Certificate. These certifications are a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills.

Many employers use the Kansas WORKReady! Certificate as a means for identifying quality applicants. Job seekers can present this certificate to potential employers as documentation of work skill levels.

For more information on the National Career Readiness Certificate or the Kansas WORKReady! Certificate, please visit


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Bilingual Community Resource Night

To celebrate the start of the new school year, Shawnee Mission Public Schools are celebrating with a Spanish Community Resource Night. We realize that schools are a nexus of the community and resources. Please join us in celebrating our SMSD community by sharing this information with our bilingual families.

Bilingual Community Resource Night

September 20, 2022 5:00 - 7:00pm

Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66204

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by the emails listed below or at 913-993-7212.

Bilingual Advocacy Team - Shawnee Mission Public Schools

Dr. John McKinney, Director of Family Services

Connie Springfield, Ed.S., Associate Principal

Dr. Elizabeth Ault, ELL Teacher

Student JOB Postings


YMCA - Before & After School Y Club - See flyer blow

Freddy's -

Amazon - Go to student services for more information.

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

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

  • Congratulations to Cody Fothergill, Boys Swim and Dive Varsity Coach on his nomination for the NAIA, Coach of Character Award. Cody’s passion for the sport, relationships with student-athletes and his ability to elevate swimmer’s performances are second to none. In 2020 Cody was also named the Kansas Coaches Association Boys Swimming Coach of the Year. The Coach of Character Award honors Kansas City Metro area coaches who best demonstrate and intentionally teach the five Champions of Character core values. One overall winner will be chosen from all nominations and will be recognized at the 2022 Champions of Character Foundation Luncheon in November 2022.
  • Congratulations to senior, Mia Olson on her nomination for the NIAI, student-athlete Character Award. Mia’s leadership skills speak for themselves; she is PEP club leader, varsity volleyball and varsity Track and Field. Mia has played varsity VB since her freshman year. Mia is averaging 5 kills and 3 digs a game and is serving 70%. However, it is her positive demeanor and willingness to serve others that epitomizes her time at North. Her plans after high school are to play Volleyball at Mid-America Nazarene University. She also plans to major in Secondary Education and minor in Coaching.

Athletic Update

  • The varsity football team lost a thrilling game to Olathe North. North played staunch defense creating turnovers and playing tough defense. North cut the lead from 21-14 and recovered an onside kick but ON preserved the win with two quick scores in the last 3:40 minutes of the game: ON 35 - SMN 14. We will play SME @ SMN-North on Friday evening at 7:00pm; we will be seated on the visitor side.
  • SM North soccer played a solid game vs SMNW on Thursday evening at SMSDSC. Will Boyd scored the only goal of the match leading North to a 1-0 victory over SMNW. North Soccer went down 1-0 in the first half. Free State made it 2- after a free kick made it past the goalie. With 10 minutes left to play, Tobias Mercado would score Norths only goal as North would fall to Free State 2-1.
  • Cross-Country had a great showing at the Bonner Spring SC meet. Congrats to our individual 1st Place finishers at the Bonner Springs Invitational: Brenna Murphy - Varsity Girls, Micah Blomker - Varsity Boys, James Barton - JV Boys, Ricardo Martinez - C Boys. The Bonner Springs Invite Team Results were just as impressive with the Boys Varsity - 1st place, Girls Varsity - 3rd place, JV Boys - 2nd place, C Team Boys - 1st place, and C Team Girls - 3rd place
  • Girls Golf team results:● Victoria Heath and Rayven Presler competed in their first Varsity tournament event today at Heritage Park Golf course. They got to get a taste of Varsity Golf competition as the season rolls along.● Jocyln Armendariz, Sara Kronawitter and Olivia Torline led the lady Bison golfers to a solid 1st round to start the season. This Thursday they look to make a leap forward at the tournament at Heritage Park. Next Monday is the 2nd Leg of the Sunflower League tournament which SMN will be hosting at Sunflower Hills. ● Senior Sara Kronawitter led the Bison today followed by Jocelyn Armendariz and Olivia Torline. Sara got her first par on the 6th hole to highlight her round.
  • Shawnee Mission North Girls Tennis competed against Shawnee Mission East on Monday against some thought completion, however, prepared them for the SMSD tournament on Saturday where players participated in matches against players from the other Shawnee Mission high schools. Girls’ tennis has a busy week beginning with a tournament at Gardner today, a dual against Shawnee Mission South on Tuesday and JV League on Thursday.

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?

Football Varsity Coach: Andy Walter

Twitter: @NorthBisonFB

VNN Website:

Boys Soccer Varsity Coach: Jaime Velez


Twitter: @SoccerSMN

VNN Website: SM Boys Soccer

Girls Tennis Varsity Coach: Andrew Lause

Assistant coach in building - Amanda Polking

Twitter: @smntennis

VNN Website: SMN tennis

Gymnastics Varsity Coach: Sarah Hink (teacher at SMNW) |

Assistant Coach: Morgan Hoffman (teacher at Mill Creek Elementary)

Twitter: @smngymnastics18


Instagram: gymnastics_smn

Girls Golf Varsity Coach: Walter Mansfield

VNN Website: SMN Girls golf

Girls & Boys Cross-Country Varsity Coach: Aaron Davidson

Twitter: @smnorthxc

VNN Website: SMN Cross-country

Volleyball Varsity Coach: Riann Hill

Instagram: smn_volleyball

Twitter: @SMN_Volleyball

Unified Bowling Coaches: Robyn Barreca and David Langton

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive activities program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics students with intellectual disabilities and students without intellectual disabilities on teams for competition and inclusive activities fostering an environment of social inclusion. Unified Bowling will annually begin in Standard Calendar Week #13 and conclude with a state tournament during Standardized Calendar Week #20. Unified Bowling will operate like any other KSHSAA activity with all participants meeting individual eligibility requirements.

COVID 19 Automatic Waiver 2023-23 Enrollment - NCAA

Given the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the educational environment, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify adjustments to the initial-eligibility certification process for students who initially enroll full time in an NCAA Division I or II school during the 2023-24 academic year. Click here to learn more about these important adjustments. This directly impacts rising seniors. Please share this information with your athletes!

Important 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 Council Information


Voter Registration:

For Constitution Day, Student Council and seniors from the AP Government classes helped seniors who will be 18 by Election Day in November get pre-registered. They also gave forms to those students who will be 18 in the next 6 months.

Legislative Meeting:

This upcoming Thursday, Student Council will have its first Leg. meeting of the school year. This means that all of Exec. Board members and Representatives will meet in the Little Theater during Late Start to discuss upcoming events.

Upcoming Events:

  • Bonfire: bonfire in the East parking lot on 10/12

  • Senior Night for football: 10/13

  • Red Ribbon Week: October 24-28



  • 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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Earn $$$$ for your favorite group at North by attending SMN All-Activities Booster Club Meetings!

All are welcome to our next meeting TODAY - Monday, Sept 19 at 6:30pm in the SMN Learning Commons

We offer Attendance Grants to any SMN club, group or team that sends a parent or sponsor/coach to our meetings. If your team or group has someone attend at least 4 Booster Club meetings a year, we will give your group a $100 grant - attend 6 meetings and receive a $200 grant!

Mark your calendars for the 2022-23 SMN Booster Club Meeting Dates: Nov 14, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 17

Did you know… Each year the SMN All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups, and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Since our organization began, we have given over $200,000 in grants to student organizations & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, tailgates/concessions, Annual Trivia Night & Annual Golf Tournament.

Upcoming Events – Volunteers Needed - Click on the sign-up links for more info!

Help Sell Spirit Wear - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - shifts from 5:15-8:45pm in the Stadium
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Check out the SMN Booster club website

Check out the SMN Booster Club news & updates on Facebook

Check out the SMN Booster Club on Twitter


News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website


Food Services has updated the School Meal Information flier for parents. It is available on the main page of the Food Service web page and linked here for your convenience.

Transportation Update - Sign up for Text Notifications

In the event there are times throughout the year when routes are running late and notification is needed at the school and family level, we want to encourage you to sign up for Textcaster notifications. We have previously pushed a number of communications about this to families via school newsletters (with your assistance) as well as through district communications reminding of the availability to sign up for text notifications when routes are running late or compressed with other buses. We encourage you to also sign up to receive text notifications as it is the fastest way to provide notice of any changes.

Sign up for notifications at the following link: where you can select the route numbers pertaining to your school (you may select multiple bus routes). Additionally, we will do our best to provide you with updates as we receive them.

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.

Application Needed for Free or Reduced Meals

To receive FREE or REDUCED cost meals in the 2022-2023 school year, families will need to complete a meal benefit application. Over the past few years, federal school meal waivers made free meals for all students possible. Congress has not extended this waiver for the 2022-2023 school year.

The meal benefit application can be found on School Café. If you are unable to complete the application online, a paper application is available. Click here for more information.

Children may receive free or reduced price meals based on certain Medicaid benefits or if household income is within the limits on Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Benefits of Applying

Applying and qualifying for free and reduced meals can benefit families and the Shawnee Mission School District in multiple ways:

Free or Reduced Meals

Students who qualify through a meal benefit application will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at a free or reduced cost this year.

State Funds for Schools

The application generates additional funds for schools. These funds support staffing and other resources to help student learning. If families do not complete the application, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Potential Fee Reductions

Qualifying for child nutrition meal benefits provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced instructional resource fees, transportation fees, and Pre-k enrollment.

Families are encouraged to complete a Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward which gives SMSD Food Service permission to share a child’s eligibility status information with the programs families designate on the consent form.

If you do not have a Skyward Family Access account, you may contact your child’s school office after July 26 to inquire about setting up account access.

Important Information If You are Directly Certified

Do not complete the application if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance and have not received a notification of eligibility, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing a meal program application.

  • Families who are directly certified are encouraged to complete a Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward which gives SMSD Food Service permission to share a child’s eligibility status information with the programs families designate on the consent form.



Online Verification

It is that time of year to fill out Back to School Forms. Parents and high school students need to complete the Online Verification . Please click on the link to the SMSD website below to get all of the information and to start getting this completed.

SMSD Online Verification

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.