The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - April 6, 2023

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Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

***Please direct dial the attendance office and allow 30 minutes processing time from phone call to release when requesting early dismissal for your student.***

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We hope you enjoy the upcoming long weekend with your students. We are excited to engage in professional learning with our staff on Monday, April 10.

Below are some quick highlights for the upcoming week:

  • Sophomores will complete their Kansas Math Assessment between April 11 and 14 in their scheduled math classes. Students have been working on the standards throughout the school year and are ready to share their learning. We encourage a good night of sleep and breakfast as with a typical school day.
  • Juniors will complete their Kansas Science Assessment on April 11 or 12 in their regularly scheduled science class.
  • Prom Assembly is on Thursday, April 13. We are excited to show our Cougar Pride and highlight our court candidates.
  • Prom and After-Prom are on Saturday, April 15. We are so excited for these events. We are grateful to have such wonderful PTSA support for the After-Prom event and so many parents involved as volunteers, committee members and chairs, and those making donations. These are wonderful memories for our juniors and seniors!

Have a wonderful week!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

April Dates

April 7 - No School

April 10 - No School

April 12 - Talent Show @ 7pm

April 13 - 14 "Antigone" @ 7pm

April 13 - Prom Assembly @ 10:15

April 15 - Prom / After Prom

Senior Announcements

Jostens delivered senior announcement orders last week. If your student has not picked them up, they are available in the main office.
Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

Opportunities for your College Bound Student

GPACAC is hosting a Kansas City Area College Fair at Blue Valley Schools’ Hilltop Learning Center on Thursday, April 6, 2023. All high school students and families are encouraged to attend to meet admission representatives from up to 100 colleges and universities from across the country! The full list can be found here.

Electronic student scanning will be available at the fair. Students should register for a barcode at A barcode will be sent immediately via text and email. Admission reps will scan the student’s barcode directly from their phones.

On April 13, from 6PM-8PM at Shawnee Mission South, we are hosting an SMSD College Information Night to help juniors and families prepare for their senior year. We will be discussing the senior timeline and tips for the college exploration process.

Students and families can sign up using this link:

We hope you find these events helpful in your college/future planning!

Prom Dresses are available!

We will be hosting prom on Saturday, April 15th. If your budget is tight and your student could use a dress or suit, we have a fashionable selection in our SMNW clothing closet. Please have your student come to the counseling office to make an appointment.

Upcoming Theatre Events

Antigone- April 13th & 14th in the Little Theatre, student directed Greek tragedy performed by the Rep Class. Show starts at 7pm.

STUCO Garage Sale April 22

Taking Donations until Fri. April 21 in the main office at SMNW from 7 - 3:30 pm. Call the office at (913) 993-7200 and Mrs. Dent can arrange for students to pickup / unload large donations after school!

Shop the sale on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Help us spread the word to your family and friends!

SMNW Cafeteria on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

SMNW Student Council is trying to fundraise $8,000 to send approximately 20 students to leadership camps across the state and country this summer. Thanks for all of your help!


Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the link below for JUNIOR families:


After Prom is coming up on April 15 and we need YOU to help make Beach Bash '23 a huge success for our students! Volunteers are needed for set up on Friday and during the event on Saturday. Pick something that sounds fun - we need help with check-in, ticket sales, casino and carnival games, prizes, and more! Please take a couple minutes to visit our After Prom website where you will find links to volunteer, donate snacks, and make a monetary contribution. Our sign up is only about half full with under 2 weeks to go, so grab a friend or two and spend the evening helping to make After Prom the fun, safe, affordable, and SMART choice for our SMNW upperclassmen on April 15!

Please check the website and newsletter for more details:


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

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