SMN News for December 17, 2018
Where tradition began, excellence continues.
Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year Begins in January
Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in January. Counselors will talk to their Alpha grade level students during Seminars and give them their Course Request Cards and Course Listing Sheets at this time.
Each Counselor will be in a specific location – listed below:
Students’ last names:
A – D w/Holloway will be in the Auditorium
E – K w/Murray will be in the Little Theater
L – Q w/Miller will be in the Cafeteria
R – Z w/Griffey will be in the Learning Commons
The dates for these presentations during Seminar are:
Freshmen – Thursday, January 11
Sophomores – Thursday, January 17
Juniors – Thursday, January 24
Students will have one week to talk to their parents and make their decisions about course choices. Counselors will be sitting at tables in the ELA hallways and will “pull” students from their ELA grade level classes during Wednesday and Thursday block days.
The dates are:
Freshmen – January 16 & 17
Sophomores – January 23 & 24
Juniors – January 30 & 31
8th graders –
We will be at Hocker Grove Middle School on Friday, January 11th (all day) to present the enrollment information and give them their enrollment paperwork.
Northern Exposure will be on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 pm here at North. The 8th grade students and their parents are invited to attend this event to learn about the various high school academics, clubs and athletic opportunities.
Counselors will return to Hocker on Friday, January 18th to meet with each 8th grade student individually and collect their Course Request cards.
Parent Information Night
For our next parent information night, on January 15th at 6:30 at North High School, we will be hosting a panel of representatives from Pathways to Hope, Health Partnership Clinic, JCMH , NAMI, Jewish Family Services, and Children’s Mercy. This informational panel will be moderated by Ann Konz, board member of NAMI and local mental health advocate. The goal for this parent night is to not only have the presenters speak on mental health and wellness as it relates to students and families, but also expose parents/families to all the resources available in our community.
Save the Date- Trivia Night for the Tribe
SMN Teachers, Staff, Coaches and Admins,
The 5th Annual SMN "Trivia Night for the Tribe" will be held on Saturday, January 19th, 6:30pm at St. Pius Church in Mission This event is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club. Save the date and start getting your team of eight together today! Or, you can sign up as an individual and we will place you on a team where space is available.
If you haven't heard.... "Trivia Night for the Tribe" is a fun night full of trivia, prizes (Best Table Decorations, Best Team Theme/Costumes) and a huge prize raffle. Cost for this adults-only evening is $30.00 per person/$240 to reserve your table if you sign up prior to the deadline. And, if you sign up as a table, you can designate $100 of your registration to go to the SMN club, group or team of your choice!
Coaches and sponsors, please consider pushing this info out to your parents and ask them to designate YOUR group or team.
Space is limited so get your table reservation in ASAP. Proceeds go to support SMN students!
We are excited for our 5th annual event and really hope to see you and your team there!
*tables will be secured for a team once money is turned in.
New Cadet Teaching Program Starting
PTSA Grant Received
SMEF Grant Received
Erin Rivers, ELA teacher, was recently rewarded with Shawnee Mission Education Foundation’s It Starts With The Arts grant. SMEF will provide funds for Ms. Rivers to take her Writer’s Workshop students to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in April for students to recognize and reflect creatively to the connections between visual arts and writing.
Kansas Youth Government
Teen Trivia Night
SMN will host the first Teen Trivia Night for North students. The event will be held in the Learning Commons on Tuesday, January 22, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. We will have food, games, nostalgic movies, and more. Each student needs a canned food item to enter the event. The canned food items will be used to help families in need. Students can form teams based on clubs/organizations they belong to or form an independent team of four to six players.Team themes are welcome.
In Honors English 9, Natalie Johnson-Berry’s classes completed a unit on analyzing poetry that culminated into students writing original poetry using multiple formats. These poems were presented as slam poetry spoken word pieces, animated poetry, choral performances, duets, and narrative poetry in the SMN library with invited guests.
All-Kansas yearbook by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.
Congratulations to the 2018 Indian yearbook staff for being named an All-Kansas yearbook by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association.
The book was edited by: Rena Lipari, Lila Brockman and Morgan Vanderbruegge
Each All-Kansas school earns an All-Kansas plaque. Winners will be announced and presented with the plaque at the KSPA State Contest opening ceremony May 4, 2019 at the Memorial Union at the University of Kansas.To read more, https://www.kspaonline.org/news/2018/12/04/unveiling-the-2018-yearbook-all-kansas-winners/
SMN Choirs is proud to announce that sophomore tenor Ryan Russell was named KS All State Choir Alternate!
The choirs performed throughout the SMN community in December, beginning with a trip to Nebraska Furniture Mart to record two holiday pieces for Channel 41 Action News. Look for their performance on Channel 41 between 4-6 am or 10 am to noon on December 25 and on Channel 38 The Spot on December 30 between 7 and 9 pm!
On December 6, SMN Choirs produced Sweet Sounds of the Season, an evening of holiday music and desserts, featuring choirs, soloists, and small groups—including our newly formed Extreme North Singers, a group comprised of SMN staff and alumni.
In addition, groups of singers performed for Mission Lights, caroled for runners at the Jingle Bell Run, the Countryside Christian Church December luncheon, Mission Square Retirement Center, Homestead of Lenexa Retirement Village, and the SMSD Center for Academic Achievement.
In January, SMN Choir Booster Club will host our 3rd annual NORTH’S GOT TALENT, a celebration of talent that includes SMN and it’s feeder schools. Any student who attends, SMN or any SMN feeder school is eligible to come and share their talents in this event!
Prices will be going up, on 2019 yearbooks soon, so purchase yours now.
If you haven’t purchased a 2019 Yearbook, they can still be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at www.yearbookforever.com through Jan. 19, 2019. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.
The money ($48) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 19. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at www.yearbookforever.com. Choose Shawnee Mission North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.
SMN Hall of Fame
Shawnee Mission North’s Hall of Fame will grow by three exceptional inductees. On Friday, February 1st, at halftime of the boys’ basketball game (approximately 7:45 pm), Gene Elstun (posthumously), Jennifer True Roth and Robin Williams-Gray will be introduced as the newest members of the class of 2018-19.
Gene Elstun 1950-1953 (athlete)
- 1951-1952 KSHSAA AA runner-up (2nd) basketball championships
- 1952-1953 KSHSAA AA State champions in basketball
- 1952-1953 Member of 4-man golf team that won state championship
Jennifer True Roth (athlete)
- 9 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball & softball
- All-Sun Country first team softball 1990, 1991, 1992; first team volleyball 1990 1991; basketball first team 1991
- All-Sunflower League first team softball 1991 & 1992; 1st team in volleyball 1990 & 1991; & honorable mention basketball 1991
- all-metro softball 2nd team 1992 and 1st team 1991
- KSHSAA State Softball Champions 1991 and 1992
- Kansas City Scholar-athlete for SMN 1992
- Pitching record 31-5
Robin Williams-Gray (athlete)
- 8 varsity letters in volleyball (2), basketball (3) & track and field (3)
- KSHSAA State Champion in shot-putt and discuss - 1985 & 1986
- High School All-American in Track & Field and Basketball
- Kansas City scholar-athlete 1986
- 1985 SMN Homecoming Queen
Food Service...Did you know....
Did you know ways to keep you and your family healthy during the holiday season? Please follow these 4 basic food safety steps to reduce the risk of foodborne illness: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of foodborne illness. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after handling food.
Wash all kitchen counters, dishes, and utensils with hot soapy water.
Prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs separate from all other foods.
Designate one cutting board for fresh produce and another for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.
Use a food thermometer to ensure your foods have been cooked to the proper minimum internal temperature.
Keep food at 140° F or above after cooking.
Microwave food thoroughly to 165° F.
Refrigerate perishable foods within 2 hours. Remember to store leftovers within 2 hours as well.
Know when to throw food out. When in doubt, throw it out.
Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.
The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/food-service.