NORTH NEWS April 11th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

We have a short week this week with no school on Friday. We will run a full block schedule this week with odd blocks on Monday and Wednesday, and even blocks on Tuesday and Thursday. This week also marks our first week with no late starts on Thursday. This will continue throughout the remainder of the school year.

Activities, performances, and concerts continue this week and into next. Please get out and support our students as they represent our school! They love seeing the community at their events. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office if you have any questions or concerns. 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:
    • 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.

North Fathers Club - providing breakfast 4/14

The Fathers Club will be providing Chik-Fil-A sandwiches and donuts while supplies last this 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.

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:

  • Josten’s orders were delivered and a few remain to be picked up in the office.
  • 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 will be sent this week and these provide more details. This is an invite only event.

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. 4th quarter dates begin on March 23rd.

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It’s almost time for dance team tryouts! Those interested in being on the sidelines for football and basketball, performing on the field with band, and competing all styles of dance are invited to audition! Attached is a flyer with all required dates and times, including a parent meeting which will address many financial, schedule, and other planning aspects of the team. Questions can be directed to


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.

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

CAA & CTC Students bus schedule

This week is the start of no 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

  • Monday - 4/11 - Band Concert, 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Tuesday - 4/12 - PTSA, 6:00pm - Learning Commons
  • Thursday - 4/14 - First Thursday with NO late start, school starts at 7:40am
  • Thursday - 4/14 - Fathers Club providing breakfast while supplies last, before school at 7:15


STUCO/Pep Club Update

We are excited to announce our student body officers for the 22-23 term:

President- Gage Chapman

Vice President - Sofia McGhee

Treasurer- Sofia Porraz

Secretary- Olivia Burchstead

Publicist- Sofia Bustamante

Elections for exec boardand pep club are also coming up, if you are interested in a position check our Instagram (@smnstuco) for descriptions of jobs! If you’re interested there will be a meeting this Tuesday in room 205 during seminar and/or after school

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

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

  • 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

Dairy Queen - visit our website - CLICK HERE

Water One - Summer Internship - Grounds Maintenance Click Here

3&2 Baseball - Concession Crew - email

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Kansas City YMCA - Summer Camp Counselors - Click here

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

City of Mission - Camp Counselors - email to apply

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

Homewood Suites by KS Speedway - email

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

Lawrence Pest Control - $15 per hour, email


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Spring Sports Update

  • Baseball - Varsity watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 9-3 loss to Olathe South on Tuesday. Jett Messenger was on the pitcher's mound for the SMN Bison Varsity. The righthander went three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and striking out four. Jordan Black threw two and a third innings in relief. Shawnee Mission North SMN Bison Varsity launched one home run on the day.
  • Softball - The Varsity Softball team has started the season off 6-0. Congrats Ladies.

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


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.
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Student Recognitions

Congratulations to Giselle Garza for being North's nominee for 2-D art in the Shooting Starts Scholarship through the Johnson County Arts Council.
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Thank you to Trinity Wulf for constructing the beautiful mural to boost morale in the ELA Department



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

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.