NORTH NEWS April 18th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

I hope you all had a great weekend and that you and your student are both excited for the upcoming week. We have a few changes and unique announcements this week that I wanted to make everyone aware of:

Schedule Preference Survey:

During the current school year, SMSD High Schools chose to implement a 4X1 block schedule. In this format, students see all of their teachers on Monday and then alternate odd/even hour blocks on Tuesday-Friday. In previous years, SMSD High Schools utilized a 3X2 modified block schedule. In this format, students saw all classes Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Even blocks were on Thursday and odd blocks were on Wednesday.

We are examining a potential return to that schedule but wanted to solicit feedback from students and guardians on their preferences. If you are interested in participating in this survey, please use the appropriate link below. Thank you!

Parent Survey -

Student Survey -

Charity Picnic 4/19/22

Tomorrow we are bringing back the charity picnic! The event will take place at the end of the day during our seminar period. The cost is $1 to enter, and all proceeds go to charity!

Spring Assembly

Finally, we have our Spring activities/Prom assembly on 4/21. Our schedule will stay the same, and the assembly will take place during the morning seminar period.

Thank you for all of your support. Have a wonderful 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:
    • 11th Grade Science Assessment: April 18-21



Notes from Attendance

If you need to call your student in absent or call to have your student released early, Please call the hotline at 913-993-6945.

  • Follow the directions and leave a message for the Attendance office.
  • Please do not call numerous times as this will slow the process down for all.
  • Leaving a message on any other number in the attendance center will not guarantee a timely response.
  • We request you call a minimum of 30 minutes before your student needs to be released in order for us to have time to get your student a pass.
  • They will send an electronic pass through email to your student.

Thank you for your help with this.

Seniors and Senior Parents/Guardians,

Seniors and Senior Parents/Guardians,


Senior ELA teachers have posted, in their classroom, the access directions and information for students who are interested in singing or speaking at graduation.


  • The SMSD will broadcast graduations on the SMSD local cable channel and stream via youtube. We will share the direct link when it becomes available so you can share with family or friends that may be interested in viewing this way.


  • We anticipate an outdoor graduation in the stadium. Currently, tickets will only be needed if the ceremony needs to be moved indoors, however we wanted you to be aware and begin planning for any possibilities. Graduates will have a limited number of guests allowed at the ceremony. Each senior will be provided 6 tickets to share with family or friends for admission to the event. The tickets are for each individual that attends. (Similar to a Royals game if you have a very young child that will sit on your lap, that child will not need a ticket). Please begin thinking about who you will include. We will deliver tickets to the graduating seniors at the graduation practice on May 13th
  • GradImages is the official photographer for our Graduation Ceremony. You can register for the graduation ceremony now and receive a coupon for 20% off. Visit for more details and search “Shawnee Mission North”

Dates to highlights and remember:

  • April 28th, 2022 (8:00 AM-9:00 AM) Senior Breakfast- Each senior may bring two adults for this time (Field House Legacy Patio)
  • April 28th, 2022 (7:00 AM-8:00 AM) Senior Honors and Awards (Field House)
    • Invitations to those being recognized were sent out this week. This is an invite only event. Please RSVP from the email

Senior Finals Schedule

  • The schedule for Seniors Finals will be released soon.
  • May 13th, 2022 Seniors Last Day
    • Senior Activities include

· Senior Check Out, Technology Return, Graduation Practice,

· All graduating seniors need to attend

  • May 18th, 2022 (7:00PM) Graduation
    • Graduation is planned to take place outdoors at the SM North District Stadium.

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 days are flying by at the Brick House ……. FINISH STRONG!!!

SM North Admin

Rushton Senior Reception

1st Annual Senior Reception for students who graduated 6th grade from Rushton Elementary

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

3:45-5:45 in the gym and parking lot by the playground

Rushton Elementary

6001 W 52nd Street

Mission KS. 66202

We will also celebrate Mrs. Brensing’s retirement! In 2011-12 she came to Rushton Elementary to teach 2nd grade with 18 students who are now part of the Senior Class of 2021-22.

Please, come back to see your former teachers and enjoy a light snack

Honor your SMN Senior with a Legacy Brick!

Celebrate the tradition of Shawnee Mission North! Legacy Bricks are a great way to honor students, alumni, and staff!

For a tax deductible donation of $45, an engraved brick will be added to the Legacy Brick Courtyard, located just outside the SMN stadium/pool entrance.

Please complete a separate form for each brick ordered. If you have questions, or need additional information, please email or

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.Remaining dates include Monday and Wednesdays through May 11th.


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.

CAA & CTC Students bus schedule

We no longer have late start Thursdays.

The CAA/CTC buses will be leaving AM at 7:40, PM at 1:00 on Thursdays.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 4/18 - Booster Club Meeting, 6:30, Learning Commons
  • 4/19 - Charity Picnic during Seminar
  • 4/20 - NHS Induction Ceremony, 7:00pm, auditorium
  • 4/21 & 22 & 23 - Musical


STUCO/Pep Club Update

Spring Pep Assembly:

This Thursday we will have our pep assembly to announce our prom court and introduce spring sports! 10 o’clock in the fieldhouse!


Elections for prom king & queen, student council exec board, and pep club exec will be starting this Thursday, make sure to check your canvas to vote!

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

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

  • April 26th - US Marines

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings


3&2 Baseball - Concession Crew - email

Amazon - Apply by click this link

The Carriage Club - Lifeguards Needed - email - Michael Wolowicz or call 913-363-1124

Colony Woods HOA - Lifeguard needed -

Dairy Queen - visit our website - CLICK HERE

Family Tree Nursury - visit their website, click on Careers

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

Homewood Suites by KS Speedway - email katie.comer@baywoodhotels.comHome Depot - Garden Associates - text Jobs to 52270 or visit this link

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

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Kansas City YMCA - Summer Camp Counselors - Click here

Lawrence Pest Control - $15 per hour, email

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

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

City of Mission - Camp Counselors - email to apply

Panera in Mission - 913-722-0900 or apply at

Stanley Steemers - Looking for Seniors that want full & Part time jobs. 913-538-8579


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Spring Sports Update

  • Softball - Kelsey Hoekstra shut down Shawnee Heights, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Shawnee Mission North Varsity to a 6-0 victory on Saturday. Game 2 - Brown Strong at the Plate as SM North Varsity Defeats Blue Valley North 16-1. SM North Varsity scattered 16 hits in the game. Brown, Siera Hoekstra, Limback, Hoekstra, and Bruson all collected multiple hits for SM North Varsity. Brown led the team with four hits in four at bats. We didn't commit a single error in the field. Bruson had the most chances in the field with eight. The softball team is now 9-0 for the season.
  • Baseball -The North SMN Bison Varsity ost to Olathe East 8-6 on Monday. SMN Bison Varsity pitcher, Emitt Gates led things off on the pitcher's mound. He surrendered 5 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings, striking out six. Jett Messenger and Brintle entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one inning respectively. We racked up 11 hits on the day.

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

Spring Coaching Staff

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones -

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Eric Sparks

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

National Letter of Intent - April 27th, 3:00pm

National letter of Intent celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00pm in the FH. For many student-athletes signing their national letter of intent (NLI) is an accomplished milestone and should be celebrated as such.

Adam Ducey - XC/Track - Missouri Western

Angelo Batrez - Football - William Jewell

Brittan Lee - Volleyball - Ottawa University

Caden Brintle - Baseball - Fort Scott CC

Emily Hansen - Cheer - Avila University

Faith Woodruff - Softball - Ottawa University

Jacob Hines - Boys Basketball - Coffeyville CC

Jordan Black - Baseball - Johnson County CC

Josie Tyrrell - XC/ Track - University of Saint Mary

Kate Mook - Cheer - Mid-America Nazarene

Kaylee Limback - Softball - Culver Stockton College

Lyllian McKay - Softball - Ottawa University

Rilee Bell - Softball - Benedictine College

Sam Cloud - Baseball - HIghland CC

Siera Hoekstra - Softball - Wichita State University

Summer Weineke - Girls Basketball - Johnson County CC

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!


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

SMN was selected by the National Athletic Trainers Association to receive their Safe Sports School 1st Team Award.


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

Volunteer Opportunities

  • JA BizTown April 20th from 9:15-2pm. Students would work with 5th graders from KCPS at our facility at 2842 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103. Grade schoolers will be working a simulated city. They will have a job for a day in one of the businesses. Volunteers will work with 4-10 students to keep them on track with their tasks. The high school students will be mentors and guides for the day. It is a fun and rewarding experience. Sign Up: JA BizTown 4/20/22 Sign Up (
  • Heavy Lifting Project – we have 60-80 boxes (20lbs each) that need to be moved to our upstairs storage area. We have a small elevator that can be used to move the boxes. They will just need to be lifted on and off and organized upstairs. This is a great opportunity for a small group and can be done after school or on the weekend. Sign Up: Heaving Lifting Project Junior Achievement

BROC Opportunities

If you are looking for volunteer hours and like to work outdoors, one of our North Alums is looking for some help on Saturday, April 23rd, anytime between 8 am and 4 pm. They will be removing a deck and doing various yard work activities. If you are interested, please contact Lori Bueller at 913-449-2918.

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


The SMN Booster Club will be selling spirit wear on Tuesday, April 26 from 2-6pm outside of the North Stadium and from 6-8pm in the Field House Lobby during the North Area Orchestra Festival. This is a great chance to check out our North gear and shop in-person!

All proceeds from spirit wear sales go directly to student clubs, groups and teams at SMN through our grant program!

Want to skip the line?

Shop our online store and we can have your order ready for quick and easy pick-up at the sale on April 26th!

Volunteers Needed!!

Parent volunteers are needed to assist with selling spirit wear at our sale on Tuesday, April 26th Please click on the link below for more info and to sign-up. Thank you!

Click on the link to sign-up...

Join us for the next Booster Club meeting on Monday,

April 18 at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons at North.

This is our last meeting for the 2021-22 school year.

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.