NORTH NEWS February 22, 2021

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Tuesday, Feb. 23 Schedule

On Tuesday, Feb. 23 select Juniors who pre-registered will be participating in the annual ACT testing day. Only those students who signed up for this ACT test will need to come to school that day.

For the rest of our students, we will have a "asynchronous" learning day. Students will begin the day by checking in with their 1st hour teacher via WebEx. Attendance will be taken and students will be provided information/instructions for the rest of the day. After this check-in period, students will work on assignments that have been provided to them by all of their teachers on Canvas. No additional live classes will take place that day as our teaching staff will be helping to supervise the ACT testing.

We will resume our normal hybrid schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 24 (see schedule below).

Parent Teacher Conference

Please be aware that Shawnee Mission North will be hosting an opportunity to touch base with teacher’s about your student’s progress in their classes. The intent of parent-teacher-student conferences is to provide positive dialogue between parents, students, and teachers to help our students succeed here at North. Please make sure you include your student in the conferences if possible. The conferences will take place virtually and by appointment only. . Directions on how to sign up in Skyward will be sent to parent emails on Thursday 2/25/21. Parents are encouraged to schedule conference.

Parent Conference day - Wednesday March 3rd, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Spanish-speaking parents that need assistance signing up for conferences via Skyward, please contact Maria Diaz-Lorenzana at 913-993-0277 or email her at



SMN Top 20 Course

Top 20 Teachers have created a Canvas Top 20 Course for all students at Shawnee Mission North. Top 20 is a great resource for all our student to access. Top 20 is a way to help students and staff reframe their thinking to help identify where they are at socially and emotionally. It provides strategies to help when we are not in our best mindset. We encourage all our students to participate within the Top 20 Course on Canvas. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to any Top 20 Teachers posted on the Canvas page.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

See the calendar below for reminders about the upcoming schedule.

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SMN Tutoring

  • Mon/Wed - 3:20-4:20, ELA, ELL, Science
  • Tue/Thur - 3:20-4:20, Social Studies & Math

Click HERE to sign up



Juniors ACT testing 1/23/21

If you a Junior signed up to take the state issued free ACT test at Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8:00am. Please read the details below to get ALL the information you need for that day.

1. You are testing in individual classrooms throughout SMN. (You must wear a mask and be socially distanced while taking the test) Lists with your name and testing location will be posted throughout the building beginning this week. You will be expected to be at your room location no later than 7:55am to check-in. (No one will be admitted to their rom location after 7:55) You can check-in as early as 7:30.

** Must bring school ID or Driver’s License/Photo ID to verify your identity during the check-in process.

2. Items TO bring with you the day of the ACT

  • School ID/Driver’s License
  • #2 Pencils w/eraser
  • Calculator – There are a few calculators that are prohibited. To see a list click here. (Calculators will NOT be provided. If you need a calculator, talk to your math teacher before testing day to check one out for the day)

3. Items that are NOT allowed into the testing room.
  • Phone (You will be dismissed if you have your phone out during any part of testing)
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Headphones
  • Scratch paper
  • Book

4. Busses will run at normal time in the morning and breakfast will be provided from 7:15 to 7:40 in the cafeteria. (Remember no food or drink in the testing rooms)

5. Lunch will also be provided. If you are interested in eating a school provided lunch that day, please fill out this lunch form, so our lunch team can prepare enough lunches for the day.

6. A small snack and water bottle will be provided during the break between the 2nd and 3rd test.

7. The ACT test takes approximately 3 ½ to 4 hours. Once everyone in your room is finished with the test, you will be dismissed as a classroom. Afternoon Busses will run that day and leave at 1:10pm. If you are a bus rider, you will stay in the cafeteria until it is time to leave.

8. Lastly, you will need to pre-register with MyAct and complete the non-test information either before the test or two days after you take the test. Each of you have a personalized Non-Test Instruction sheet with directions that can be picked up in Student Services THIS WEEK. (You can’t register until Feb. 15th, but remember we don’t have school next Mon. and Tues. and we are full remote Wed, Thurs. and Fri of next week.)

ACT Prep Course

My name is Darian Dozier and I am a first year medical student at Sam Houston State College of Osteopathic Medicine and a former SM North Student and substitute. On February 22nd, 2021, I will begin teaching an online ACT Workshop. I’m passionate about helping students who otherwise may not have access to materials that could help them with college admissions. The workshops will be Monday and Wednesdays 6-8pm CT. I will be alternating weeks with Mondays being for Math or Reading sections and Wednesdays being for Science or English sections. The workshops cost $10 for each class and the registration link can be found here A video explaining why the ACT is so important and providing a little more information about these workshops can be found here.

My teaching background:

I attended the University of Tulsa and graduated with a B.S. in psychology and Spanish minor. During my time there, I worked for the athletic department for 3.5 years tutoring athletes in math, languages, and science classes. In the year before I began medical school, I taught as a substitute, covering curriculums in grades K-12.

AP Exam Deadline

AP Students: The final deadline for AP Exam orders is coming up quickly. If you want to register for an AP exam OR if you need to cancel an AP exam, you will need to do so BEFORE March 1st.

To order an AP exam: Visit, pay for your exam and then Ms. Murray will get your order changed to “yes” in College Board. There is a nonrefundable $40 late fee for each AP exam that is ordered at this time.

To cancel an AP exam: Log into, cancel your exam and then Ms. Murray will get your order changed to “no” in College Board. There is no financial penalty to cancel but late fees are not refundable.

Student JOB Postings

Advent Health - Nutrition Service Worker click here

Advent Health - Dietary Aide - Food Services click here

Lowe's Careers - Seasonal Worker - click here

Johnson County Park & Rec - Before & Afterschool worker click here

Panera Bread - Mission location click here

Rally House - Mission location click here

YMCA - Lifeguard click here

YMCA - Before & After school care click here

Dandelions and Mud Puddles - Child care - Carrie Carter 913-825-0399

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Congratulations To the boy’s swim team for another fantastic state meet on Friday! The Indians tied for 8th place as a team and had a number of top 8 metal finishes including two school records and a first team All-State selection. The 200-medley relay tied the school record with a time of 1:40.45 and finished sixth. The 200-freestyle relay finished in fourth place at state with their best time of the season. Junior Lopez had a great meet with a PR in the 200 Freestyle and also just missed his 100 Fly PR by a tenth of a second to finish 10th in both his events. Caleb Sostarich capped an amazing swimming career at North with a 7th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke and two very strong efforts on his two relays. Cameron Lee was the star of the day for North, finishing 4th in both his 100 Butterfly and his 100 Breaststroke, breaking his own school record in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:00.02, barely missing the sub-one-minute mark. He also broke the magical 22 second mark in the 50 freestyle with a 21.80. Lee was named 1st Team All State by the Kansas Swim Coaches Association for his fine effort. Jakob Rooney, Jorge Coromac, Charlie Brooks, and Jack Nely finished the night by dropping over two seconds from their 400 Freestyle Relay.

This is the 2nd year in a row that the Indians have finished 8th at the State Championships, marking the best team finishes in the past 30+ years. Congratulations to all the Indians Swim and Dive team for a fantastic season and way to represent the Brick House!!

Varsity Girls Bowling had the best week to date! Wednesday, February 17th we bowled against Gardner and had the highest team score of the season with 2103. Kayla Anderson had her personal best game of 246 and personal best high series of 639 to lead the ladies. Brianna Hubenett placed 2nd with 590 and Alyssa Williams placed 3rd with a 515. Then on to the rescheduled District Tournament on Friday where the ladies took 1st! Yes, they WON back the cup! Leading the ladies was Brianna Hubenett 2nd place with 588, followed by Alyssa Williams 3rd place with 556 and 5th place Kayla Anderson with 516. This is exciting leading into Monday, February 22nd where we will honor our seniors and have Regionals Wednesday afternoon, February 24th.

Varsity Boys bowling team continue to improve each week and had their team personal best on Wednesday as well! They took 2ndplace against Gardner led by 4th place individual Christian Hedrick with a 539. At Districts, the boys placed 5th led by Christian Hedrick with a 485.

SM North boys’ basketball closed the regular season with 3 losses. SM North lost a tough battle with #4 ranked team Lawrence Free-State 48-55 on senior night. James Shepherd and Johnny Macan each had 12 points and Juan Jones pulled down 7 rebounds, while Jeremiah Manning added 4 assists.

On Thursday we traveled to East; SM North lost to #6 ranked SM East, 45-63. Individual game stats: James Shepherd 13 points, Miles Cole 10 rebounds, and Jeremiah Manning 6 assists. On Saturday, we battled a scrappy OE team; SM North lost a heartbreaker, 48-50 to Olathe East. Stats include James Shepherd 12 points, Juan Jones 8 rebounds, and Jeremiah Manning 5 assists. North will play at Wyandotte Saturday 2/27 (game time TBD) in the first round of Sub-state. At this time no spectators are allowed but we will update you mid-week if this changes.

Girls basketball team will play on Thursday, Feb. 25 vs Olathe East (rescheduled) at 3:30 (C-team) and 4:00 (varsity). We will celebrate senior night at the conclusion of the varsity game. The TRIBE will host KC-Wyandotte in a regional playoff game on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm. This is a KSHSAA event and will costs $7.00 to attend with limited spectator entry. Details will be provided later this week.

Notes from the Athletic Director

Spring Sports begins on Monday March 1, 2021. Please make sure you have your physical turned in to the office no later than Friday February 26th at Noon. If you have participated in Fall or Winter sports you have completed this requirement. See Mrs. Rettig in the office if you need to check on your paperwork.

If you are interested in tryouts make sure you visit or reach out to our varsity coaches if you’re interested in try-outs. Try-outs for 2021-22 Cheer and Dance are on the horizon as well.

Track - Aaron Davidson

Baseball - Shane McBride

Softball - Julie True

Girls Swim - Kailey Morash

Boys Tennis - Jon Durham

Girls Soccer - Joe Gliori

Dance - Ali Pavlich

Cheer - Ashley Steele

Live Eligibility - The athletic department practices live eligibility via skyward reports. We will run our first report on Monday, Feb 8 for semester II. A friendly reminder our student-athletes must be passing 5 courses in order to participate in competitions.

Spring Off-Season/Open Gym Guidelines

Weight-training Conditioning Hour – check with Coach Carpenter and Coach Walter about work-out dates for North.

Dual Participation Athlete (JJ)If your student is interested in participating in two after-school activities please complete the DUAL ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION CONTRACT and schedule a meeting with both coaches and the athletic director.

Girls Swim & Dive - Open Swim & Dive @ SMSDAC- Tuesdays starting today, 1-26-21, 6:30-7:30PM Feb. 7, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23.

Return to Play Update

The district has made the decision to change the doctors allowed to release students from COVID Return to Play to only MD, PO and APRN; DC and PA-C will be removed, as they do not have the ability to perform cardiac assessments.

KSHSAA Guidelines Return to Play

SMSD partners with The Health Partnership, which is a medical practice with family physicians and pediatricians; they also have equipment to perform an EKG. The Health Partnership the only federally funded health clinic in Johnson County. They accept families with no insurance as well as families with health insurance coverage. They have offices on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus and in Olathe.

Face coverings for all attending and supporting interscholastic activities. The only exception is for those actively participating in competition.

At their recent meeting, the Executive Board approved for staff to take the following actions when a school is found to be non-compliant with covid-19 risk mitigation protocols:

a. First report – notification to school administration detailing violation and identification of corrective action.

b. Second report – correspondence to school and district administration.

c. Third report – school/district administrative appearance before the Executive Board.

d. Fourth – implementation of Executive Board sanctions including, but not limited to:

  • i. Loss of postseason host opportunities
  • ii. Removal from postseason tournament(s)
  • iii. Suspension of KSHSAA membership for all activities
  • iv. Fines/Special assessments

Based upon response of school leaders, they move more rapidly through this sequence.

Athletic Signing Recognitions

Shawnee Mission North is proud of the accomplishments of our student athletes and their ability to perform at the next level while earning a post-secondary education on a scholarship. If you are a student-athlete who has, or will, sign an athletic scholarship our intention is host our school athletic signing ceremony in the spring. As time progresses more information will be disseminated.


Student Recognitions

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KSU Research Study

You and your high school student are invited to participate in a research study investigating bicultural identity and the decision to pursue higher education. Please see the letter below for more information and how to sign up.

FREE Food Service Meals

FREE meals are offered to all SMSD students regardless if they are learning remote, hybrid or in person. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. These free meals will continue through the end of the 2020-21 school year. If you have any questions, please see your cafeteria manager. Meal pick up will be on Fridays from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at all schools.

Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913) 993-9710 or The school breakfast and lunch menus, pick up meal information, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at

Free or Reduced Lunch Applications

All families that have not already applied for free or reduced meals this year are encouraged to apply if they feel they may qualify. There is a possibility that additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer ( P-EBT) funding may be available later this school year for those who have been approved for free or reduced meals. Click here for information and applications. If you have questions please call the Food Service Office at 913-993-9710.





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