NORTH NEWS January 18th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

Our second semester is off and running. Our students are doing a great job getting back into the swing of school. Our newsletter this week is packed with information related to upcoming events at SMN, second-semester changes, and enrollment information for next year! Thank you for your continued support and Go Bison!



Parent Teacher Conference Information

Parent Teacher Conference Information: One Night Only

2/3/22 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Believe it or not, parent teacher conferences are just a few short weeks away! Unlike the fall semester, where evening conferences took place followed immediately by an entire day of conference times, the winter/spring conferences take place only on Thursday evening, February 3, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Both In-Person and Remote Conferences will be offered)

Conference signups will be available to sign up on a first come, first serve basis via Skyward and will begin on January 24, 2022 and will be sent out in a stand-alone email to the community.

Second Semester Bus Fees Are Past Due

To make your payment visit DS website.

During colder months it is very important to be signed up to receive Textcaster alerts. Textcaster is the texting notification system DS Bus Lines uses to notify families and schools concerning any issues they may be experiencing with a bus (e.g., bus running more than 10 minutes late, route being run in a different bus, bus unable to run its route for the day). You must know your bus number to sign-up, and you will only receive text messages pertaining to the bus you signed up for. All family members may sign up.

Here is the Textcaster sign-up link:


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.

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.

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.

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Please encourage your students to check their photo for the yearbook. The photos are on the pillars in front of the office through Jan. 18th. Students should check the photo, their name spelling and their grade classification.

This will be their only chance to have corrections made before the pages are printed for the yearbook, so please make sure they check on their photos.

Thanks so much,

Becky Tate

Journalism adviser



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.

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. TODAY

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
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.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Jan 19 - Northern Exposure, 8th grade event, 6:00-7:45pm
  • Jan 24 - Fathers Club Kick off Meeting, 7:00pm, Learning Commons
  • Jan 25 - North Area Band Festival, 7:00pm, Field House


STUCO/Pep Club Update

This past week we sent out our list of Northman nominees to the senior class. They will vote for their top 10 and that will be the official Northman nominee list.

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 boys basketball team lost two games last week, Olathe West prevailed 55-44 and on Friday night, lost to SMW, 61-59. The boys team will play in the Topeka High Invitational Basketball Tournament.
  • The varsity girls’ basketball team dropped one game last week to Olathe West.and they will play a makeup game this week on Thursday, January 20 vs SM West.
  • Bowling had their 1st meet on Tuesday, January 11th vs Olathe South and SM East. Varsity Girls took 2nd place behind Olathe South and were led by Senior Alyssa Williams with a 596 series. While Varsity Boys took 3rd place led by Freshman Aaron Salvino with a 490 series. The Bison Bowlers have a meet on Tuesday, January 18th at Olathe Lanes East at 3:30 vs OE and Gardner and a HOME meet on Thursday, January 20th vs Mill Valley and Gardner. Come on out and support your SMN bowlers!
  • Last Monday North defeated SM Northwest by a score of 104 to 68. We took a first place finish in 8 of the 12 events, and had a number of 2nd and 3rd place finishes. Leading the Herd was Junior Lopez, who won both of his individual events, the 200 IM and the 100 Butterfly. Jonathan Guild won the 200 Freestyle. Jakob Rooney had a great 50 Freestyle to outsprint the SMNW boys. Rooney had a season best and state consideration time of :24.03. Henry Duff won the diving, as the Bison swept the first 3 places in diving. Senior Zach Setzkorn won the 500 Free with a season’s best time. North also won two of the three Relays, helping to secure the solid victory. 2nd place finishes were put in by Adam Baker, Jonathan Guild and Jakob Rooney Other guys who had a great meet included freshman Jack Eaton in diving, Porter Lee, Jack Rooney, Gage Chapman, Jack Dunker and Jack Kramer. The next meet for the Bison is the 20 Team Shawnee Mission Invitational, which we will host this Friday (diving only) and Saturday at the Aquatic Center.
  • Wrestling meet at St. Mary’s was canceled due to inclement weather. Save the Date: SMN will host a 16-team wrestling tournament on Saturday, January 29.


Student Recognitions

Shawnee Mission North NJROTC was narrowly defeated by Marion AJROTC 2307.8 to 2136.0 last week in the National Air Rifle League Conference Title Game.

Shawnee Mission North NJROTC finished the season in second place in the Precision Distinguished Division JROTC Conference. This is SM North's first year competing in the Precision Division. Shawnee Mission North NJROTC Team was led by Samantha Herron who shot a 567.8. The remaining contributing members were Zach Wittmeier, Abigail Serling, and Lewis Griffin. Shawnee Mission North NJROTC is from Overland Park, KS, and is coached by Master Chief John Carey.

Final Precision Distinguished Division JROTC Conference Standings:
1. Marion ARJTOC
2. Shawnee Mission North NJROTC
3. Battle Ground AFJROTC
4. Stewarts Creek AJROTC
5. Missouri Military Academy



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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....



The SMN Trivia Night planning team wants to host a safe and fun event. Due to the high level of Covid infection rates in the community, we have made the decision to RESCHEDULE our January 29th event. We hope you will be able to join us on our NEW DATE - SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Paula Blood at

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.

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...



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


News from SMSD

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) invites middle and high school students and their families to the annual Signature Program Open House, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street.

This open house offers an opportunity for students and their families to learn more about the district’s Signature Programs.

Signature Programs provide unique opportunities for students in the areas of:

  • Animation and Game Design
  • Biotechnology
  • Culinary Arts and Commercial Baking
  • Engineering
  • Health Science
  • Project Blue Eagle - Fire Science, EMS, & Law Enforcement (offered at the Career and Technical Campus)

-Project Blue Eagle will have a presence at the Signature Program Open House. Interested individuals are also encouraged to Save the Date for an open house focused on Project Blue Eagle from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Career and Technical Campus, located at 11475 W. 93rd Street.​​​​​​​

Those attending the open house will have the opportunity to tour state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, speak with instructors and current students, and learn about options for creating flexibility in high school schedules to allow time for enrollment in coursework.

In addition to the Signature Program Open House, students and their families can learn more about these opportunities at The website includes short video introductions and information about each program. School counselors also serve as a tremendous resource in helping students develop a dynamic and individualized high school experience to help them explore their areas of interest.



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.