SMN News for February 24, 2020

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Spring Assessment Dates

Spring Testing Dates:

· ACT- Feb. 25th (200 Juniors taking it) in both gyms

· ACT WorkKeys - Feb 26th (75 Juniors taking it) in one gym


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§ Feb. 26th- Listening/Writing (3rd Hour)

§ Feb. 27th- Reading (6th Hour)

· Kansas Assessment

o 10th Grade English – March 25th – 27th

o 10th Grade Math – March 31st, April 1st - 2nd

o 11th Grade Science – April 8th, 9th, & 14th


o 9th Grade ELA – April 22nd – 23rd

o 9th Grade Math – April 29th – 30th

    • AP/IB Exams
      • Window is from May 1st – May 22nd

Panorama Social-Emotional Learning Survey

This school year (2019-2020) the Shawnee Mission School District is utilizing the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning survey to assess student’s perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student-teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete and will be administered once each semester. Parents must opt their student(s) in by signing into Skyward and completing a consent form. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction and/or support is needed. Once survey results are returned, parents/guardians are welcome to see and discuss the results with their students’ teachers, social workers, and counselors. Sample survey questions can be found here and here.

We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment: All data is maintained by SMSD and will remain confidential! For more information about the Panorama SEL survey, visit

Please log in to Skyward and complete the consent form by or before March 6, 2020. For more information about Panorama in SMSD, please contact your student’s school and/or follow this link. Thank you.

Este año escolar (2019-2020) el Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission está utilizando la Encuesta Panorama de Aprendizaje Social y Emocional para evaluar la perseverancia, la determinación, la cultura escolar y las relaciones entre estudiantes y maestros. La encuesta Panorama Social-Emocional tarda aproximadamente 30 a 45 minutos en completarse y se administrará una vez cada semestre. Los padres deben optar por sus estudiantes iniciando sesión en Skyward y completando un formulario de aprobación. Los datos de la encuesta se revisarán a nivel de distrito y salón de clases para determinar las áreas de fortaleza, así como las áreas donde se necesita más instrucción y / o apoyo. Una vez que se devuelven los resultados de la encuesta, los padres / tutores pueden ver y discutir los resultados con los maestros, trabajadores sociales y consejeros de sus estudiantes. Se pueden encontrar ejemplos de preguntas de la encuesta aquí: here y aquí: here.

Le recomendamos que visite el sitio web del Departamento de Educación del Estado de Kansas (KSDE) para obtener más información sobre cómo el Aprendizaje Social Emocional beneficia a su hijo/a y su entorno:

¡Todos los datos son mantenidos en SMSD y serán confidenciales! Para obtener más información sobre la encuesta Panorama SEL, visite:

Inicie sesión en Skyward y complete el formulario de aprobación antes del 6 de marzo de 2020. Para obtener más información sobre Panorama en SMSD, comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo y / o siga este enlace: link. Gracias.

College Update

Please continue to encourage students to complete steps in their college preparation process. Ms. Debes is available in student services to meet with students for help with applications, FAFSA, scholarships, and more.

Upcoming dates:

February 25th: District-Wide FAFSA and Financial Aid event at Shawnee Mission Northwest from 6-8pm

February 28th: KC Scholars applications are due. Scholarships are available to both freshmen and juniors.

March 24th: College tour to JCCC and KCKCC (and their technical campuses). Juniors and Seniors only. Must be in good academic standing. Permission forms are available in student services.

April 9th: JCCC will visit after school to assist students with enrollment for Fall 2020 in the learning commons.


The SMN PTSA invites all parents, teachers, students, and community members to help support the numerous activities occurring at SMN by joining the PTSA. Your support is needed and is much appreciated. You can join online at the following website - Joining is quick, easy, and helps to support the students and staff at SM North!

SMSD se está asociando con Evergy para proporcionar asistencia en llenar las

solicitudes de LIEAP. El 13 de Febrero de 9 am a 12 pm en el Center for Academic

Achievement, 8200 W 71st St, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66204. Para obtener más

información, llame al: 913-993-6200. LAAP Event Flyer - Spanish

Coronavirus Information

SMSD Families and Staff:

Since the Novel Coronavirus has been in the news, I wanted to share some information about this new virus. SMSD currently has no cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus. However, we have received questions about the virus and what we can do to stay healthy.

Coronavirus Information
Symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing


  • History of travel through Wuhan City, China in the last 14 days
  • Or close contact with a person who is diagnosed/under investigation for Coronavirus

Spread of the Coronavirus is thought to occur between those with close contact to an infected person through respiratory droplets that may include:

  • Coughing/sneezing
  • Using same utensils
  • Kissing
  • Shaking infected person’s hand then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands​​​​​​​

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019 Coronavirus infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information about 2019 Novel Coronavirus visit the CDC webpage at:

Shelby Rebeck
Director of Health Services

International Baccalaureate

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

The Shawnee Mission North Boys Swim Team had a historic weekend at the State Swim Meet in Topeka on Friday and Saturday!!

The Indians finished 8th as a team, scoring 108 points, which marks the highest team finish in more than 30 years for our boys! Lots of medals were won and school records were broken.

The 200 Medley Relay of Luke Cramer, Caleb Sostarich, Cameron Lee and Harden Boldt broke the school record by over a second with a 1:42.02 to finish 10th. Trey Smith was next with a 5th place finish in the 200 Freestyle. Junior Lopez also swam the 200 Free on Saturday and finished an impressive 15th place for a freshman. Cameron Lee swam a great 50 Freestyle to capture 10th place. Trey was back in the water next for the 100 Butterfly, finishing 6th place.

The 200 Freestyle Relay of Smith, Boldt, Lee and Lopez finished 7th in the championship race to capture medals. Next on Saturday was Caleb Sostarich with a super 100 Breaststroke to finish 11th. Finally, the 400 Freestyle Relay consisting of Lee, Ryan McMillin, Lopez and Smith smashed the 42 year old school record with a time of 3:19.31 (3:19.15 in prelims) to capture 5th place medals. This was the highest 400 Free Relay North has swam in over 35 years.

Finally, coach Cody Fothergill was voted by his coaching peers as the Kansas 6A Swimming Coach of the Year. It was a great representation of the fantastic season the Indians had! Congrats to all the coaches and especially the swimmers on a job well done throughout the season as well as at the state meet! WAY TO MAKE SMN HISTORY!

Congratulations BPA

BPA Results from State this past weekend:

Ore Oni - State Champion - Interview Skills

Ore Oni & Samantha Morinville - State Champions - Video Production Team

Michael Cauthon - 4th Place - Digital Publishing

Michael Cauthon - 10th Place - Fundamentals Spreadsheet Application

Alivia Southers - Top Ten - Digital Communication & Design

Monisha Biswa - Top Ten - Human Resource Management

Ore, Samantha & Alivia have qualified for Nationals in Washington DC and Michael is 1st Alternate.

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Prepped and Ready- Parenting into the Teen Years

The Shawnee Mission School District and Children’s Mercy Kansas City are proud to present Dr. Shayla Sullivant's Prepped and Ready - Parenting into the Teen Years. Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street. RSVP:
El Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission y Children’s Mercy Kansas City se enorgullecen en presentar a la Dra. Shayla Sullivant, Preparada y lista: Crianza de los hijos en la Adolescencia. Miércoles 11 de marzo a las 6:00 pm en el Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st Street. Reservacionesj aquí:

Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

Clothing Exchange Information

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that physical activity and nutrition work together for better health? Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. Children and adolescents ages 6-17 years should do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day. This includes aerobic activities that strengthen bones (like running or jumping) and activities that build muscles (like climbing or doing push-ups). For more information, please visit: or

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at