NORTH NEWS August 9, 2021

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Welcome back to School! We are so excited to welcome back our students to the Brickhouse for another outstanding school year! We have some important updates in this newsletter, including new mitigation plans for SMSD, and a change in our school bus drop-off and pick-up for this year. Please make sure you take a look at this information and don't hesitate to reach out to our office if you have questions! Thank you and Go Bison

The details of the approved plan are included here:

Mitigation Plan, approved by the Board on Aug. 5, 2021

Handout, plan approved on Aug. 5, 2021

Los detalles del plan aprobado se incluyen aquí:

Plan de mitigación, aprobado por la Junta el 5 de Agosto de 2021

Folleto, Plan Aprobado el 5 de Agosto de 2021



Bus Routes

We are beginning construction on the northeast side of the building this year. This will affect our traffic flow for the upcoming school year. Busses will now drop off and pick up students on the east side of the building. Busses will line up in a single file line outside of our construction area to ensure the safe onboarding of students. A map is attached to clarify the new route. The circle drive on the north side of the building will be exclusively utilized for visitors and parent drop off and pick up.

Back to School Night - DATE CHANGE

Back to School Night has been changed to Thursday 8/19/21.

Please join us to meet your students teachers and get more information about SM NORTH.

6:00pm - 9th grade orientation in the Auditorium

6:30pm - Back to School Night - Parent/Guardians come and meet your students teachers.

Fee Payment for the 2021-22 School Year

We are asking all parents to pay fees online this year.

Go to, hover over the "Families " tab, and click the link entitled "Pay Fees Online"

If you need to pay by check, You will need to go to the pay fees online portal to find out your students fees. Please mail your check with your students ID number listed to SM North, attn: Bookkeeper, 7401 Johnson Dr., Overland Park, KS 66204

All payment plans and KanCare can be completed over the phone or email. Please contact our bookkeeper, Shelle Lewis for help with this. or 913-993-6910.

Mandatory Annual Online Verification

Back-to-school forms (Online Verification Forms) are now online, and they need to be reviewed and signed with an electronic signature. They include permission forms, a health history, and a medication permission form. For middle and high school students, there is also an athletic packet. The process should take only about 5 minutes to complete.

Please complete these forms as soon as possible. Parents and Students both need to complete this process.

Steps to fill out forms:

  1. Visit
  2. In the top navigation bar, click on “Skyward” and log in to your account.
  3. Under “Home” you will see “2021-2022 Student Annual Online Verification.”
  4. There will be directions that walk you through the entire process.
  5. If you have any questions, please contact the SM North office at (913) 993-6900.

Thank you for your quick attention to this important step of the annual process.


Some of your students are in need of State of Kansas Required Immunizations.

All who need them have been sent emails with a reminder of which immunization your student needs.

Your student will NOT be able to enroll in the Fall semester here at SMN without providing proof of vaccine(s) received.

Feel free to contact Nurse Kelly at 913-993-6916 or email at

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

Please always check the school calendar for the most up to date schedule SMN Calendar

  • Aug 10: Physical Night (6-8 p.m.)

  • Aug 11: Building tours for new incoming students grades 10-12 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Remote freshman (current sophomores) from last year may attend this session. (current freshmen will tour on 8/12)

  • Aug 12: Freshman First Day

  • Aug 13: Grades 9-12 report, last day to change your student course schedule

  • Aug 16: First day of fall sports

  • Aug 19: Back to School Night (6:00 p.m. Freshman parent orientation; 6:30-8:15 BTSN)

2021 Yearbooks are HERE

If you missed the pick up for the 2021 yearbook, they are available in the Main office. You can pick them up between 7:00-3:00, Mon-Friday.

2022 Senior Yearbook Ad

One thing is for certain with 2022, you will want to celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2022 SM North yearbook.

The first deadline is Sept. 9

There are three due dates for ads, with prices increasing after each deadline.

After the first deadline on Sept. 9, the prices increase.

The only way to purchase a Senior Ad this year is online.

To pay with a credit card and submit all your photos go to Choose SM North. You can upload all of your photos and pay here.

If you need help scanning to make the photos digital, or getting things uploaded, please call Mrs. Tate and she will assist you.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. Not all will be done by then, but a majority will be. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad. Photos will be returned in late April.

Seniors love to see a Senior Ad purchased by their loved ones in the yearbook, so purchase one by the first deadline and lock in the best size and price.

Thanks so much for supporting the SM North yearbook. We look forward to designing your senior’s ad.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .



Student Schedules

Student schedules are viewable in Skyward. Eligible schedule changes are defined below:

  • Your schedule is incomplete, or missing a core course
  • A class is listed twice
  • You have already taken a class that is on your schedule
  • You are a senior and are missing a graduation requirement
  • You are missing a prerequisite for a course
  • Only half of a yearlong class scheduled
  • You have a level change request (Honors/AP to regular or regular to Honors/AP)

Please email your Alpha Counselor if you have one of the issues listed above.

A – D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E – K Leah Murray

L – Q Jennifer Fontaine

R – Z Deanna Griffey

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Toppers Pizza - Mission, 913-262-7849 or

Advance Auto Parts



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SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

We look forward to seeing everyone this year at athletics and activity events. A great opportunity to purchase advance tickets to events is through the North Sports Fast Pass. *Flyer below*

Fall sports season begins on Monday, August 16 please make sure our students have completed the following paperwork prior to try-outs:

Cross-Country - Aaron Davidson

Volleyball - Crystal Foss -

Football - Andy Walter -

Girls Tennis - Andrew Lause -

Boys Soccer - Jaime Velez -

Dance - Tori Hilger -

Cheer - Ashlee Steele -

Unified Bowling - David Langton -

  • SMSD Online verification required by both student and parent
  • Pre-Participation Physical – thoroughly completed (dated after 5/1/21) and signatures

Make sure you visit or reach out to our varsity coaches if you’re interested in try-outs for the following KSHSAA sanctioned fall sports:

SMN Football will host Physical Night tomorrow evening, Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00-8:00pm in the FH. The cost is $20. Dr. Balderston Chiropractic is completing the assessments.

Sports Calendar can be found at

Save the Date:

  • Fall Sports Kick-off on Thursday, August 26

SMN Physical Night 8/10/21

When: Tuesday August 10, 2021

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: SM North , check in to the Field House Lobby

Park in the FH lot

Cost: $20.00

No appointments necessary.

Open the flyer below for more information


Student Recognitions


News from SMSD

New form for 2021-22 - Household Economic Survey

Families are encouraged to complete the Household Economic Survey (HES) as part of the Online Verification available on Skyward. The purpose of the HES form is to assist families and our district in the upcoming year.

All students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. However, the HES form generates additional state funds for our schools.

If your family qualifies, the district will receive funds to help support programs providing additional support for learners with a variety of needs. Additionally, qualifying on the HES provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced transportation fees and Pre-k enrollment. If families do not complete the HES, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Do not complete the HES form if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing the HES form.

Eligibility determination will be made according to the guidelines established by the Kansas Department of Education. Please contact the SMSD Food Service office with any questions.