The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - January 26, 2023

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From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We have enjoyed another busy and exciting week of learning and activities with our students. Our sports teams have been working hard at tournaments and competitions. Our cheerleaders returned from National Competition this week and we are very proud of how they represented SMNW! Our band program hosted our area festival and welcomed our elementary and middle school students for a night of awesome music! We encourage you to visit our websites and Twitter for more highlights.

Congratulations to Morgan Tate, an Award of Excellence winner in our PTA Reflections Program in the category of Literature! She will advance to compete at the state level. Morgan is a multi-year award winner. We are excited to celebrate Morgan.

We want to celebrate our musicians that qualified for KMEA All-State band, choir, and orchestra:

Band - Amber Quint – Flute, Justin Stratton – Horn

Jazz Band - Dylan Reed – Alto Saxophone, Asher Trimble – Trombone (Senior)

Choir - Luke Dent - Tenor 2, Ellison Bonge - Alto 2

Orchestra - Wolfgang Sell - Full Orchestra Viola, Andrew Mitchell - String Orchestra Violin

Schedule update - Monday, January 30th will be an Odd Block Day as a make-up for Wednesday. Looking ahead - Sweetheart Dance is on February 4th.

As we finalize enrollment appointments, here are the reminders for this upcoming week:

  • Juniors scheduled for their individual advising appointments on January 25 will meet with their counselors on Monday, January 30.
  • Sophomores have their individual advising appointments on January 26 and 27.
  • We encourage parents to review your student's enrollment card to discuss the courses they have selected for next year.
  • Looking ahead - January 30 is our Future Cougar Orientation Night, starting at 6:30 pm.
  • Freshmen will have their individual advising appointments on January 31st and February 1st.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Monday is an Odd Block Day! (Due to the Snow Day)

January 30 - Future Cougar Night

January 31 - Winter Orchestra

February 3 - Sweetheart Assembly

February 4 - Sweetheart Dance

CAA / CTC Bus Schedule Monday 1.30.22

On Monday, January 30th, the Shawnee Mission high schools will be following an odd block schedule. This means the CAA and CTC will follow what would normally be a Wed or Fri schedule. While morning session is not affected, afternoon busses will depart the high schools at 11:30am and class at CAA and CTC will start at 11:45am.

Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

Future Cougar Night!

For Incoming 9th Grade Students and Parents/Guardians (2023-2024)

When: January 30th

Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Where: Northwest

What: Explore academic offerings for freshmen, research activities, discover electives, you can tour the building, and meet some teachers!

Come and see what the excitement is all about, we are anxious to meet all of you!

Student Services Dept.

*Mr. Cash (A-D)

*Mrs. Legate (E-J)

*Mrs. Cole (K-PE)

*Mrs. Andrade (PF-R, ELL)

*Mrs. Landis (S-U)

*Mrs. Jablonski (V-Z)

From the Nurse

Vaccination FINAL Exclusion Date 2/6/23

The exclusion date for vaccinations is approaching quickly. Please email verification of a completed MCV4 vaccine (meningitis ACWY, not meningitis B) for all juniors; this also includes any missing immunizations that you have received an email about. A dose for the meningitis ACWY is required at 16 years of age (11th grade) (regardless of receiving this same vaccine in middle school). Email up-to-date vaccination records to

Coming Soon to Greg Parker Auditorium

Once Upon a Mattress, our school-wide musical will be February 16th, 17th & 18th at 7pm in the NW Greg Parker Auditorium. Admission is $10, or free with SMNW ID.



If your senior did not get their photo taken - please contact Susan Massy: or .


Forgot to purchase your child’s senior tribute? Contact Susan Massy ( immediately to reserve one of the spaces remaining. You will need to submit your check, images and message very quickly. These spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Yearbooks are no longer available to purchase through the office.

However, we can place your student’s name on the wait list. Students on the wait list will be the first called to purchase books on yearbook distribution day for $70 cash.

Questions? Email Susan Massy (


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

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

Click here for SMNW PTSA

Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the attached flier for our latest After Prom Fundraiser.

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DS Bus Lines


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

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

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

CAA/CTC bus schedule