NORTH NEWS December 6

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,


I hope you all had a great weekend! We are in the homestretch of first semester, and we are focusing on doing everything we can to increase student engagement and achievement. Over the next two and a half weeks we are covering our final units of the semester prior to final exams. Please help us at home by stressing to your student the importance of being in class, being engaged, and completing assignments! As always, thank you for your time and support. Go Bison!



Finals Schedule and Procedures: Our bell schedule for final exams is unique and somewhat different from our typical schedule. Please review the schedule with your student, and let us know if you have questions.


Breakfast Reminder: Breakfast is served during the following times in the cafeteria. Once the bell rings for the start of the day, students are expected to be in class.

7:00-7:40 on Monday-Wednesday and Friday

7:00-8:50 on Thursday’s

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NEWS & UPDATES FROM SM NORTH

SENIORS & PARENTS - GRADUATION

Packets were sent out last week to all graduating seniors. If you didn't receive your package in the mail, we have a limited number of extras in the office. Meanwhile, here is the link to get your cap/gown ordered. Please take care of this as soon as possible.

REQUIRED VACCINATIONS

Thank you to all parents who have turned in updated vaccination records for our SMN students!

We still have quite a few students who are missing at least one vaccine.

Please help us out in the nurse’s office and send any updated vaccine records to valsnow@smsd.org .

Our next exclusion date for SMSD is coming up quickly in January.

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contact by phone about a missing vaccine, try to get that done as soon as possible.

If possible, get missing vaccinations over our extended winter break.

Our Johnson County Health Department is a good resource for updating vaccines, as is Walgreens, CVS, Mercy and Truth Clinics.

Vaccines can also be obtained at our Health Partnership Clinic at SMW on Thursdays during clinic hours from 11am to 3pm

If you need help contacting any of these businesses, please call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916.

Stay warm and healthy everyone!!

And, as always, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!!


Nurse Kelly and Ms. Snow.

**NO STUDENT PARKING IN THE FRONT CIRCLE**

Students are not allowed to park in the front circle drive. We do not have many visitors parking spots and we need to have those open for them. Student parking is in the East or West Lots.
Parents and Students,


Food Deliveries from Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are not allowed at SM North. Please encourage your student to refrain from ordering food for delivery. The delivery drivers will be turned away due to not having proper approved identification and this becoming a logistical issue. We appreciate your help in this matter.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM THE NURSE


In order to keep all students and staff safe at school please help us with the following:

  • Report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse.
  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get a PCR test.
  • PCR Testing – SMSD only accepts PCR COVID tests
      • SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as www.gogettested.com/kansas, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • If you or your student have a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school/school-related activity, please contact JCDHE at 913-715-2819 for instructions.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Dec 8 - Choir Concert, 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Dec 9 - PTSA, Gingerbread House Pick up, 3:00-4:15pm, for those who pre-ordered, Front Circle
  • Dec 9 & 10 - Winter Lab Play, "Little Town of Christmas", 7:00pm, Little Theatre
  • Dec 17 - ODD day, Finals 1st & 3rd block
  • Dec 20 - Finals 2nd, 4th & 6th block
  • Dec 21 - Finals 5th & 7th block, Early Release

Jan. 10 is last chance to purchase yearbook for $48

The last chance to purchase your 2022 yearbook for $48 is Jan. 10. A check made out to SM North can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 10. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at www.yearbookforever.com. Choose SM North. There is a $2.25 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 10, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact yearbook adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

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STUCO/Pep Club Update

For the next three weeks, the senior class has created a 12-day spirit event to get students excited for the holiday season and bring some fun before break! The 12 Days of Christmas will involve spirit days, Instagram challenges, and more! We’d love to see lots of participation in all of the activities planned!


Have a great week North, it’s Best to be a Bison!

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NEWS FROM STUDENT SERVICES

Schedule Change Requests for Spring Semester

The last day to request a schedule change for spring semester is Thursday, December 16th.

Students can email or stop by Student Services to make a request.

Schedule changes will ONLY occur in January for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You are missing a graduation requirement.
  • Your schedule is incomplete, or a class is duplicated.
  • You are enrolled in a course that you have already completed and received credit.
  • You are enrolled in a course for which you have not met the prerequisite.
  • Have a physical injury that does not allow participation in the course.
  • You have a signature program error or conflict.

A – D/ELL jeinnymorris@smsd.org

E – K leahmurray@smsd.org

L – Q jenniferfontaine@smsd.org

R – Z deannagriffey@smsd.org

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From your Real World Learning Counselor:

YouScience – Parents and Students, YouScience is an aptitude and career discovery survey that all students will be completing by Thanksgiving Break. By completing the aptitude questions and career questions, students will be given personalized career matches that can help them when selecting possible high school programs to enroll in, job shadows, or internship programs. The results from YouScience are also used for invites to career expo events, field trips, and internships. With the list of possible career options that YouScience provides, students can also learn the pathway they can take to get into the career of their choice. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Sherer or Mrs. Miner.

College Visits

Hi all-

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We're excited to have some College Representatives visit us (virtually) this Fall.

Each week during seminar we will reserve the Conference room in Student Services to learn more about select colleges! Please keep in mind, this is a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.


College Visits:


If you're interested, please email me to get signed up: moniquewesley@smsd.org

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

https://studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php


Scholarship Database


Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit panamericanjobs.com

Homer's Coffee - email resume & availability to homerscoffeehouse@gmail.com

Topper Pizza - email sally.topperskc@gmail.com

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SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update


  • The varsity girls basketball team lost to Blue Valley West, 47-52. The team played with a lot of fight and determination. The girls basketball team plays this evening vs Junction City Blue Jays at 4:00 & 5:30.
  • The varsity boys basketball team lost to BVW, 56-70; the team had a solid outing and both teams look to rebound vs SMNW on Tuesday evening at 5:30 & 7:00 @ NW.
  • Our Wrestling team competed in the Leavenworth Invitational and had some good performances. The team’s only home quad (besides our invitational) is tomorrow evening, JV @ 5:00 and Varsity @ 6:00pm. Please note masking is optional for home events and admittance is $7 adult and $5 K-12; we ask spectators to remain 3’ physical distance and fans and parents are not allowed on the floor..
  • Our boys swim and dive travel to Olathe South for their first swimming event today @ Chisholm Trail Middle school vs SME and OS.
  • For sport specific information please follow the team’s twitter, instagram or website.



NJROTC competed this past Saturday at the Lee’s Summit West Inter-Service Drill Meet. Competing against 14 schools from 4 states the Bison took home the Overall Championship!! The breakdown of each event is listed below:

1st Place – Armed Regulation Drill

1st Place – Unarmed Exhibition Drill

1st Place – New Cadet Drill

2nd Place – Armed Exhibition Drill

2nd Place – Unarmed Color Guard

3rd Place – Unarmed Regulation Drill

3rd Place – Armed Color Guard

Next up we will have a scrimmage here at SMN on Saturday, December 18. If you all want to check it out, swing on by that morning. It’s quick and you get to see our amazing kids practice their craft!


Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach:

Email: patrickdenney@smsd.org

Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach:

Email: MatthewJacobsen@smsd.org

Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach:

Email: annamonteer@smsd.org

Varsity Swimming Coach:

Email: codyfothergill@smsd.org

Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach:

Email: petermant@turnerusd202.org

Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach

Email: victoriahilger24@gmail.com

Varsity Cheerleading Coach

Email: asteele1219@gmail.com


Important Information and LInks

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - English [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students]

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - Spanish [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students

2021-2022 Transportation Release Form- HS Only - English (Corrected May

2021).pdf

2021-2022 Transportation Release Form - HS Only - Spanish (Corrected May

2021

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off

Campus for MS and HS Athletes (English)

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off Campus for MS and HS Athletes (Spanish)

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)

SMSD Winter Mitigation for Athletics - please take time to review the current SMSD mitigation guidelines.


The NCAA Eligibility Center has published its 2021-22 edition of the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. The guide is designed to assist with understanding the NCAA, NCAA Eligibility Center registration and academic requirements, and how you can help your student-athletes work toward their collegiate dreams. Here’s the link: http://on.ncaa.com/CBSA

High School Sports Information

High School Sports - Athletic Schedules

SMSD Athletic Stadium and Athletic Complex Locations

2021-2022 High School Athletic Director-AD Secretary Contact List

Kansas State High School Activities Association

SMN Bowling Fundraiser

Please join the SMN Bowling Fundraiser on January 7th at Mission Bowl, 1020 S. Weaver St, Olathe, KS from 8:00-9:30. Cost is $15 per person, and $5 goes back to the SMN Bowling program.

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Student Recognitions

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SMN PTSA

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B - ROC Bison Reaching Out to the Community

Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission North PTSA recognize and encourage student and community volunteer efforts in conjunction with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Find more information and a service log sheet below

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=403968853023402

https://twitter.com/SMNorthBooster

https://twitter.com/SMNorthPTSA

SMN BOOSTER CLUB

NEW BISON GEAR

The SMN Booster Club has added some NEW Bison gear to our online store - and more items are coming soon!

SMN spirit wear makes a great gift - place your orders by Dec 15th to guarantee availability for the holidays!

Here’s the link to shop online…

https://shawnee-mission-north-booster-club.square.site/

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Booster Club Update

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 8th Annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT!

The Trivia Night logo may look a little different, but it will be the same great party as we have hosted the last seven years! Join us at St. Pius X on January 29th from 6:30pm to 11:00pm for costumes, competition, and a whole lot of cheer!

Online registration is preferred (click on link below) or you can use the attached form and turn it in to the SMN office with payment.

https://smnorthptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/541560

To allow social distancing, we have limited the number of teams this year, so get those registrations in ASAP!!

The DEADLINE to register is January 12, 2022!!

*We will be following mitigation efforts as provided by the Johnson County Health Department and St. Pius X at the time*

Trivia Team of 8 = $280

Optional Mulligan (1 per team) = $20

Team + Mulligan = $300

As always, $100 of your team fees go directly to the SMN team/group/club of your choice!

Trivia Night is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club and all proceeds will be used to support SMN students, staff, and programs!

For more information contact SMN PTSA at smnorthptsa@gmail.com or SMN Booster Club at smnboosterclub@yahoo.com

Thanks for your continued support of Shawnee Mission North!

Join the Booster Club and check out the SMN BISON spirit wear at our online store - https://shawnee-mission-north-booster-club.square.site/

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=403968853023402

https://twitter.com/SMNorthBooster

https://twitter.com/SMNorthPTSA

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News from SMSD

Second Semester Bus Fees Due

Payment for 2nd semester bus fees are due by January 5, 2022.

To make your payment visit DS website.

If you are a bus rider, please sign up to receive Textcaster alerts for late bus notifications. All family members may sign up. Click on this link to sign up

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TECHNOLOGY CORNER

Canvas Parent App Directions

  • Download the Canvas Parent App from the App Store or Google Play store.
  • Follow the prompts to create your account. Create a username and password.
  • Search SMSD (Shawnee Mission School District) > Shawnee Mission North > Eventually it will ask you for a “Pairing Code”
  • To find your student’s “Pairing Code”
    1. In your student’s Canvas account have your student click on “Account” (Top Left)
    2. Click on “Settings” > then click on “Pair with Observer” (Right side)
    3. Enter this “Pairing code” when prompted in your Canvas Parent App.
  • Note that each parent needs a different code, therefore repeating this process to generate a different code. If more than one student, you will be prompted to “add student” on the app. Repeat the process to generate their observer code.
  • If your student will not provide the code to you, please reach out to the school to get the Pairing Code.
  • Additional Canvas gradebook information can be found here.