The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - December 8, 2022

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From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

The winter time is very busy for our students and staff as they work hard to have a strong finish to semester one and open semester two looking ahead to course enrollments for 23-24 school year. Please reach out if you need support or have questions during this time.

Our goal this year is to share updates about enrollment in short chunks through the next several newsletters. Below is the general overview of the enrollment process and upcoming events:

  • Enrollment process begins in January to meet our timelines to finalize staffing allocations by the end of February.
  • Class sections are determined by the number of student course requests for a given class. Staff are then allocated to departments based on sections needed to meet student requests. Students need to select their classes and alternates purposefully as we may not have openings in other classes for schedule changes.
  • Course Exploration Tour - During seminar on January 17th, students will visit six different teachers to learn about courses of interest to them. This is a great time to learn about future electives or a core class and ask questions. Sessions are available for each class we offer in our master schedule.
  • Sophomore Information Session in TCB on Dec. 15th. Sophomores will report to the auditorium during TCB time on Dec. 15th to receive an overview of programs available for their junior and senior enrollment. A panel of their peers in 11th and 12th grades will share their experiences across the wide variety of programs they have selected for their coursework.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Mark Your Calendar

December 13 Festive Winter Concert @ 7pm

Adjusted Schedule:

Monday Dec. 12 / Odd Block (Odd / Even / Odd / Even )

Friday Dec. 16 / Odd Block / Finals 1 & 3

Monday Dec. 19 / Even Block / Finals 2, 4, 6

Tuesday Dec. 20 / Finals 5 & 7 / Early Release

Thank you for supporting our gift card drive

Our Student Services department would like to thank everyone who donated gift cards to benefit our families here at Northwest. We would like to especially thank our PTSA, Secret Samaritans, and Parents in Action groups. This has been such a fun, easy, and respectful way to help families this holiday season.

Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

Semester 2 Course Schedules

Please review semester 2 schedules with your student for accuracy. If there is an error or requested change, please notify the academic counselor prior to the winter break. No changes can be made to semester 2 schedules in January.


Seniors who are graduating in December will need to visit the counseling office to pick up their check out forms. Completed forms will be returned to Mrs. Jones by Tuesday, December 20th.

Senior Cap and Gown

Graduation link:

Josten's Contact: Carla @ 785.843.2967

Josten's is extending the cap and gown order deadline until December 12th. Contact Jostens with questions and to place orders over the phone at 785-843-2967.

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment is open to ALL students grades 9 - 12 on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Library. Teachers are available to support students in Math, English, Science and Social Studies from 2:50 - 3:50 pm. The late bus will depart at 4:00pm.

Academic Enrichment Dates 22-23


The annual cookie exchange is back! Please consider signing up to donate 3 dozen yummy treats for our fantastic teachers and staff to enjoy over the holiday break. As always, thank you for your support.

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Yearbook Senior Tribute

Hey Senior Parents - This is your last chance!

The FINAL deadline for senior tributes is December 20.

You can order your senior tribute online at If you haven't purchased a 2023 yearbook, you can do that while you are there.

Information about the tributes can be found here: or scan this QR code:


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

Home Basketball Friday Night!

Varsity Wrestling Tournament @ NW on Saturday!

Looking for an event? Sunflower League

NW Letter Jacket:

Below is the link for students and/or parents wanting to purchase letter jackets.

Questions? Call Jostens at 785-843-2967

SMNW Letter Jacket through Josten's

DS Bus Lines


**All bus riders must register to ride the bus:

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.