The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - November 10, 2022


Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

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From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We have enjoyed a great week of learning activities and many classes utilized our outdoor spaces in this warmer weather. We were excited to recognize and celebrate our 72 junior and senior candidates inducted to our Cougar Chapter of the National Honor Society! We are so proud of their outstanding accomplishments.

Below are a couple of reminders for this week:

  • As the weather changes to colder temperatures, please encourage your student to wear layers. Some areas are warmer or colder in our building, so sweatshirts and sweaters make great layers. We cannot support bringing blankets to class as those interfere with the classroom activities.
  • Parents of seniors - please see information below from Student Services regarding graduation. There is an upcoming deadline for purchasing the cap, gown, tassel and stole package from Jostens. Please complete those purchases by the November 30 deadline or reach out to your student's counselor if you have concerns. You will also receive email messages through Skylert with more information and optional packages to purchase.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Mark Your Calendar

StuCo Annual Food Drive October - Wraps up tomorrow!

No School November 21 - 25

From Student Services

Attention all graduating Seniors!

Today Seniors were given information about ordering their cap and gown for graduation. If they did not receive a packet they should stop by the Student Services office to pick one up. Also, if they haven’t checked their name for the diploma, they should see Mrs. Jones in the counseling office.

Check out this Graduation link:

Juniors and Seniors interested in networking, job shadowing, a spring internship or simply exploring local career opportunities are invited to attend SMSD’s December Career Expo.

Date: December 2, 2022

Where: Center for Academic Achievement

Times: Session 1: 9-10am

Session 2: 10:45-11:45am

Busses provided. Students may drive themselves with parent permission.

Students must SIGN-UP from a district device. No permission slip necessary.

FREE ACT for Juniors

Sign-up is NOW OPEN to take the ACT at Northwest on February 28, 2023.

All Juniors (11th Grade) ONLY:

The ACT assessment is available to all SMNW High School Juniors

Students may participate in this ACT assessment for FREE.

How to sign up:
Juniors will be able to sign up through the “Online forms” in the Skyward student portal

- select ACT.

Registration will close on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Date of free test:

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 7:40 AM – 11:45 AM | ACT Testing at SMNW

Don’t let your student miss this opportunity!

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment is open to ALL students grades 9 - 12 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. Encourage your student to take advantage of this great academic support opportunity!

Academic Enrichment Dates 22-23

From the Nurse

Vaccination Still NEEDED! Next Exclusion Date 11/28/22

Please be sure to turn in all your completed vaccination documentation. 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 (regardless of receiving this same vaccine in middle school). Email vaccination records to

Thank you,

Nurse Woods

Senior Tribute

SENIOR PARENTS: If you are interested in purchasing a senior tribute in the 2023 yearbook, please go to to purchase your space and submit the materials for the tribute or bring the photos, message and check made out to SMNW Yearbook to Susan Massy at Shawnee Mission Northwest. This is the final deadline. Information about the tributes can be found here: or scan this QR code:

School Fees

Have your students' school fees been paid for this year? Fees for first semester elective classes are due along with the Resource, ID and Participation fees. If you completed the meal benefit application and have received your approval, please contact the bookkeeper with that information to reduce or waive eligible fees. Check fees in Skyward and contact the bookkeeper with questions.

2022 - 2023 Online Fee Payment:

Food Service

Breakfast at Northwest

Regular Days: Breakfast is served from 7:15 – 7:35

Late Start: Thursday breakfast is served from 8:15 – 8:45.

Meal Benefits: Families can apply on

For families who do not qualify for meal benefits, payments for school meals can be made by sending cash or check to the school, online at eFunds or by phone by calling the Food Service office at 913-993-9710.

Food service information is available on the district’s website at


Angelo Giacalone - Athletic Director, Victoria Alvey - Athletic Secretary, Dan Fletcher - Athletic Trainer

Physicals for Winter Sports: Physicals packets for winter sports need to be completed prior to the opening practice/tryout date. Winter sports are scheduled to start on Monday, November 14th. All aspiring student-athletes must have their completed physical packet turned in by Friday to the athletic office. Those wishing to secure a packet may do so online at and go to the “more” tab and look at “forms.” You may also stop by the athletic office, located inside the main office, and pick up a form between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For questions contact Mrs. Alvey, Athletic Administrative Assistant at 913-993- 7400.

Sunflower League

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.