The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - December 15, 2022

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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)

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

Friday is the first day of our final exams and we are preparing for a great finish to our first semester. Please see the reminder below from our office staff regarding attendance during final exams. We hope our students will take advantage of the additional time with teachers structured in our final exam schedules. If there is a need to excuse your student, please follow instructions in the section below to ensure a quiet testing and learning environment for all of our students.

Today we met with our sophomore students and shared an overview of a variety of programs available during their enrollment. We had a panel of junior and senior students that shared information from a variety of programs they selected for their plans of study. Those programs ranged from automotive technology, wood design, Advanced Placement (AP), College Now, International Baccalaureate (IB), and programs at the Center for Academic Achievement and Career and Technical Campus. Students received a handout with additional details.

We will have multiple opportunities for students to learn more about the courses available to them throughout the month of January. During seminar on January 17th, we host our Course Exploration Rotations. Students attend six sessions to gather information about courses directly from the teacher. Students have an opportunity to ask questions throughout the process.

We are so grateful for our amazing Northwest Community. We hope you all enjoy a wonderful and relaxing break!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Mark Your Calendar

Adjusted Schedule:

Friday Dec. 16 / Odd Block / Finals 1 & 3

Monday Dec. 19 / Even Block / Finals 2, 4, 6

Tuesday Dec. 20 / Finals 5 & 7 / 1:10 Early Release

Optional lunch on Tuesday - Busses leave at 1:17pm

Quarter 3 begins January 5

Attendance During Finals

Just a reminder that we will not be taking parent phone calls or releasing students from class during scheduled finals. If your student needs to leave during the school day, please send a note with your student with their name and dismissal time scheduled between classes.

They will need a note each time they leave the building early during the three final days. The student will give the note to an administrator as they exit the building.

Student Athletes must attend the full day to participate in activites after school.

Students may not return to the building or ride the bus if released early.

We appreciate your support of this process to help us provide the best opportunity for student success!

Semester 2 Course Schedules

Please review semester 2 schedules with your student for accuracy and updates as there have been some minor adjustments. If there is an error or requested change, please notify the academic counselor prior to the winter break. No changes can be made to semester 2 schedules in January.


Seniors who are graduating in December will need to visit the counseling office to pick up their check out forms. Completed forms will be returned to Mrs. Jones by Tuesday, December 20th.

Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

Yearbook Senior Tribute

Hey Senior Parents - This is your last chance!

The FINAL deadline for senior tributes is December 20.

You can order your senior tribute online at If you haven't purchased a 2023 yearbook, you can do that while you are there.

Information about the tributes can be found here: or scan this QR code:


Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member!


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

Looking for an event? Sunflower League

NW Letter Jacket:

Below is the link for students and/or parents wanting to purchase letter jackets.

Questions? Call Jostens at 785-843-2967

SMNW Letter Jacket through Josten's

DS Bus Lines


**All bus riders must register to ride the bus:

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

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Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.