Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

I hope our students enjoyed the long weekend, and that they are gearing up for a great finish to the school year. Now is the time for students to engage and make a strong push to finish the semester well! As always, we appreciate your support!

Congratulations to North’s Shooting Stars nominees. Rose Bennett was nominated for 2D art and Sage Hawkins was nominated for theater performance. Shooting Stars is a prestigious scholarship program sponsored by the Arts Council of Johnson County. Congratulations to these two talented seniors.

Calendar Updates:

Please review the following calendars for April and May. Key important dates that affect the entire school community are included. Please reach out to the office if you have any questions!




Shawnee Mission North Student Council Receives Top National Award

Overland Park, KS April 6, 2023--For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community, the Shawnee Mission North student council has been recognized as a 2023 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council (NatStuCo). The NatStuCo program is supported by its parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

This is the second year in a row for North to be recognized, but the first with the gold standard. The reward is built on a portfolio of service, community outreach, reflection, and governance.

“Exceptional student councils are a hallmark of exceptional schools,” said NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe. “The SMN council has taken student leadership to the next level, creating a culture promoting scholarship and citizenship that resonates far beyond their team. I’m delighted to recognize their hard work with the National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their commitment to service, leadership and uplifting the voices of their peers.”

A student council must meet a variety of criteria to earn the National Council of Excellence Award. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings and a democratic election process, the councils must have demonstrated successful sponsorship and participation in activities such as leadership development and service to the school and community. Learn more about the award here.

The Junior Class Student Council will be having a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 11 from 4-8 p.m. to support the class with expenses for prom. In store please show the flyer when ordering, or say “I’m here for the SMN fundraiser.” If you are ordering online use promo code: GIVEBACK. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024!

On Friday, May 5, Shawnee Mission North will host North Relays Track and Field competition which is the premier High School track event in this region. To minimize the impact on instructional time, and alleviate traffic congestion, we are adjusting the schedule for Friday, May 5. We would also like to stress that, as it has been all year, students be picked up in the front circle drive that day. Buses will leave at regular time. The schedule for the day is included below.

L1- 11:40-12:05

L2-12:10- 12:35

L3- 12:40-1:05

Seminar 1:10-2:40

And also switched the order of classes just a bit:

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Dear SMSD Families,

We are coming to the end of another successful year in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD). This time of year is full of celebration for all that has been accomplished, along with feelings of nostalgia over what will be missed as students and staff move on to what comes next.

I am writing to share the dates for the end of the 2022-23 school year in the Shawnee Mission School District:

  • The last day of school for Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) students will be Monday, May 22, 2023.
  • The last day of school for K-11 students will be Tuesday, May 23, 2022 (early dismissal)

We are close to the finish line, but there is still important work to be done. Let’s dig deep and finish the year strong. Thank you for all you do to support the education of your children. Together, we are One Shawnee Mission!


Dr. Michelle Hubbard

SMSD Parents of Junior and Senior Students,

As we connect students to Real World Learning experiences, we have an upcoming opportunity for students to directly explore work experiences in businesses throughout our community.

We are hosting a Career Expo. The event will be Thursday, April 13 at the Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Achievement at 8200 W. 71st Street, Overland Park, KS 66204.

  • A session will be held for graduating seniors from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This will be for members of the Class of 2023 who are looking for work opportunities following high school.
  • A session for current juniors will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This will be for juniors looking for internship opportunities in the fall of 2023.

Buses will be available at each high school, or students may drive from their home high school. Students have received information on this event and may sign-up using the link below. Students must use their district laptop and student email to access the sign-up link.

Student Sign-up LINK (no parental access)

Some of the more than 50 participating companies include HCA Healthcare, Honeywell, Garmin, and Quest Diagnostics.

We recommend students wear business casual attire (slacks, collared shirts, skirts, dresses) and bring a resume if they have one, although this is not required for participation.

Through internships, students have the opportunity to earn a Market-Value Asset (MVA). This is a part of Shawnee Mission’s Real World Learning efforts and the goal that by 2030 every Shawnee Mission student will earn an MVA by the time they graduate.

If you have any questions, please contact your Real World Learning counselor at your student’s school:

Britt Sherer, SM North

Transportation Update

Beginning April 11, DS Bus Lines will implement roster checks to verify registered riders. Any student at the bus stop that isn’t registered will be transported to school and will be noted in a written communication by the bus driver for the school office. The official stop ride date will be April 14th.

Please contact Dana Gulick, Transportation Coordinator with any questions.


Prom ticket-selling week is here! Singles are $30 and $50 for couples, if buying online, tickets will be $32 and $53. This first week April 11-14, tickets will ONLY be sold to SMN Juniors and Seniors ONLY. Next week, April 17-21 those wishing to buy tickets for an underclassmen date or outside of school guest will be able to purchase tickets. First come first serve!!

February ACT

We have received scores for the free junior ACT given at North in February. If you were able to set up your MyACT account in February, you can log in to view your complete score report. You can also access your Composite and sub scores under Test Scores in your Skyward account on Wednesday, April 5.


If you have not picked up your announcements please stop by the main office.

(Cap and Gown are handed out at graduation practice on the Seniors last day)

All Seniors should have ordered a cap and gown from Jostens. If you have not done that, please contact Jostens at 785-843-2967.

Email #3 is being sent on Monday April 10. Please click here

Students school fees for 2022-23 are now past due!

  • Student fee email notifications were sent out on Friday, February 10th.

  • The Online fee payment portal can be found at You can set up an account or pay as a guest using the student’s last name and ID number.
  • Fees not paid by June 1st or graduation for seniors may be sent to the Collections agency.
  • Any questions regarding fees, payments, or to arrange a payment plan should be directed to SMN bookkeeper, Shelle Lewis at or 913-993-6910.
  • Families qualifying for free or reduced lunch can receive a waiver for part of the fees if they provide the bookkeeper with a copy of their Food Service benefits letter.


To those families who are contacted through the remainder of the school year, by the nurse’s office staff.

We will be excluding students we have identified as missing required vaccinations until they receive them. We have exhausted our efforts at getting those done.

To prevent a delay in enrolling in the fall, those students who are missing any vaccinations will be called to the nurse’s office and parent/guardian will be called to pick them up.

If you believe you have a student in need of a required vaccine please feel free to call 913-993-9704 or 913-993-6916.

There are community based supports that we may recommend so that your student may remain in school.

We are here to help!

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness including allergies this spring, as is typical with this time of year. In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness; with a few physician diagnosed illnesses and many generalized symptoms.

One of the most important things to help decrease the spread of illness is for those who are not feeling well to stay home. If your child has a temperature of over 100.0 or has vomited or has had diarrhea, they must stay home. Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Your child may also be ill, but without these symptoms. They may have a sore throat, headache, cough, or generally not feel well. If you suspect illness, please keep your child home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • April 12, 13, 14: Actor's studio: Scenes from Shakespeare
  • April 18: Charity Picnic (modified schedule: seminar in afternoon)
  • April 22: Prom



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Check out the Student Services Website

SMSD Spring Career Fair & Internship Expo

Seniors - are you unsure of your future career or pathway? Are you planning on entering the workforce after graduation in May? If this sounds like you, join us on Thursday, April 13th from 9:30-10:30 am to meet business professionals and kick start your career. Transportation will be provided. Resumes are required to attend, professional dress is highly suggested. Please use the QR code to sign up, this link or reach out to Mrs. Sherer in student services or email with questions.

Juniors - Are you interested in learning more about different careers and pathways? Are you interested in finding an internship for your senior year? If so, please consider attending the SMSD Career and Internship Expo on Thursday, April 13th from 11:00am - 12:00 pm. Transportation will be provided, lunch will not be provided. Please use the QR code to sign up, this link or reach out to Mrs. Sherer in student services or email with questions.

Brick Time

The theme of the month for BRICK time is citizenship, and we are focusing on digital citizenship during our presentations. Here is a resource from our SRO.

Summer Academy and Summer eSchool

Has your student failed a required class? Do they need to make it up this summer to stay on track to graduate? SMSD offers two summer programs: Summer Academy and Summer eSchool. Please refer to the websites for details. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

Registration for summer programs will be at North in Student Services.

If you have questions about what class your student needs to take, please reach out to your child’s Alpha Counselor.

A-D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E-K Leah Murray

L-Q Jennifer Fontaine

R-W Deanna Griffey

X-Z Britt Sherer
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Student JOB Postings


JCPRD Lifeguards Aquatic Jobs | Johnson County Park & Rec, KS (

Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

Charlie's Car Wash - Two Overland Park locations - stop by or go to

Creative Carnivals & Events part time help. Email

Crown Center Ice Terrace - click here to apply

Freddy's -

Jefferson's - Hiring Kitchen staff - call 1-785-727-3000

Overland Park, City of - apply at

Papa Murphy's on Shawnee Mission Parkway - 913-638-4552

Stretch Lab - Leawood and Overland Park locations hiring - Click here

Stanley Steamer - Career opportunies - Email:

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

SMN Softball: Kelsey Hoekstra was perfect on the mound on Thursday against the SMN Raiders. Hoekstra went five innings, allowing zero runs and zero hits, striking out 12.In the first inning, the Bison got their offense started when Brooklyn Bonewits singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. SMN put up four runs in the fifth inning. The offensive onslaught by the Bison was led by Jessica Brown, Tyra Wright, and Hoekstra, all driving in runs in the frame.

Kelsey Hoekstra had all the right stuff on Tuesday night for Shawnee Mission North. The righty had 10 Ks and allowed zero runs, a complete shutout for the Bison. North ran away with the game in the fifth inning after scoring six. Batters contributing to the cause included Haley Gray, Eve Frame, and Hoekstra, who all had RBIs. SMN had three long balls on the day from Jessica Brown, Hoekstra, and Frame. Leading the offensive charge was Tyra Wright. The speedster went 3-3 to lead the team in hits. Wright, Madison Bruson, Hoekstra, and Alyson Worthy all collected multiple hits for the Bison. Final score: SMN 10 - SMNW 0

Shawnee Mission North took home a 6-2 victory over Lawrence Free State on Thursday. In the first inning, SMN got their offense started when Tyra Wright singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.The Bison put up three runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to a single by Jessica Brown and a sacrifice fly by Madison Bruson. Kelsey Hoekstra led things off in the circle for the Bison. The righthander lasted seven innings, striking out 11 and walking zero.SMN racked up 12 hits in the game. Brown, Hoekstra, Reese Waters, and Bruson all had multiple hits on the day. SMN 6 - LFS 2.

SMN Tennis: SMN Boys Varsity competes in Shawnee Mission East-Quad. The boys had a strong showing and competed hard on a windy Friday afternoon. Junior and Captain Porter Lee won his first match in convincing fashion 8-1 against Olathe South and went on to win his second match 8-4 against Lawrence High. He was unable to finish his third match due to inclement weather. Freshmen and Captain Cohen Woller continued his impressive start to the season by winning his first match 8-6 against Olathe South and won his second match against Lawrence High. At 1 doubles Oliver Goering/Grant Nichols dropped their first match to Olathe South but bounced back in typical Bison fashion winning their second match 8-4 against Lawrence High. At 2 doubles, the team of Freshmen Townes Broderick/Evan Keir competed hard at the event dropping their first match 8-2 and unable to finish their second match due to inclement weather. SMN North will be back in action on 4/4/23 for League Districts.

SMN Boys Golf: The Sunflower League Tournaments started today at Sunflower Hills Golf Course. Senior Cole Hageman paced the Bison to a 13th place finish. The Varsity team took a couple of strokes off from their last tournament as they continue to improve. Cole Hageman shot an 81 with 8 pars and 3 birdies. Senior Jason Culp shot a 96 with 3 pars and Juniors Nathan Oberle (99) and Aiden Wiegers (107) rounded out the scoring. Jason Culp teeing off on the par 4 14th hole.

Cole Hageman led the way for North at the Sycamore Ridge Golf Tournament. Shooting an 81 with 9 pars and 1 birdie. Jason Culp and Nathan Oberle both shot a 97, and Robert Wilson shot a 110 to pace the SMN Golf Team. Cole Hageman broke the top twenty golfers by securing the number 14 spot at this tournament as he continues to improve. SMN also posted their best team score of the year by securing a top ten finish. SMN looks to improve upon this next week at the first leg of the Sunflower League Tournaments begin at Sunflower Hills next Monday April 10.

SMN Girls Soccer: The girls team played a strong game vs LFS and pulled out the victory in OT, 2-1; The team followed that up with a game vs SMNW and lost 6-1. Team is back in action this week at Olathe North and Gardner.

SMN Baseball: The baseball team lost to MV, Olathe South and Olathe West this past week. The team is back in action versus Olathe North and SM East this week.

SM North Summer Camp Information and registration information is available on the SMN Bison Website. We’re excited for your student to join us this year.

Physicals for 2023-2024: Just a reminder for those that may be new to this. Any physical and concussion form that is dated after May 1st can be used for the 2023-24 school year. So while these forms are posted on the district website, you will want to wait until after May 1st to schedule a physical exam.

Check out the Sunflower League calendar/schedule to keep up with our events and activities. Our league also has a website you can check-out.

Sports Foundation Scholarship Legacy Awards presentation is on Thursday, April 13 in the LT. We will host student-athletes, their immediate families and coaches for a continental breakfast at 7:00am. At approximately 7:45 we will begin the awards ceremony in the LT. In the next week if you have the opportunity please congratulate the following student-athletes: Trey Dyer, Jett Messenger, Lizbeth Bahena, Brenna Murphy, Baylee Doolin, Jessica Brown, Aniah Grady, Jalen Juan , Remy Broome, Sofia Porraz & Gerardo “Junior” Lopez

Save the Date:

  • Wednesday, April 26 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing in the FH

  • Friday, May 5 North Relays

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Save the Date:

  • Wednesday, April 26 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing in the FH

  • Friday, May 5 North Relays

If you need to visit with varsity spring coaches please see the information:

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Interested in Umpiring at 3 & 2 Baseball


3 & 2 Baseball Program / JOCO Recreation is recruiting baseball umpires: REGISTER HERE or call 913-401-6000 &/or email

Live Eligibility

  • Reports will be provided to coaches daily from skyward. We use the canvas platform which must be synchronized with Skyward; due to syn issues;

  • Eligibility reports are Bi-weekly process

    • 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

    • If a student shows the AD between reports, he/she improved their grade then he/she is immediately reinstated.

    • If a student does not improve and is on the next report they become ineligible for contests until they can show they are passing 5. They regain eligibility as soon as they can show proof and the process starts all over again.

SM North subscribes to Core Course GPA. If your student is interested in participating in collegiate athletics please visit the website and begin the registration process. SMSD will host a college eligibility informational session in late fall. It’s never too early to begin this process. now makes it easier than ever to educate your student-athletes and families on various aspects of NCAA/NAIA initial-eligibility and recruiting. Just click on the 1-Minute Recruiting Webinars below:

NCAA Core Course GPA vs Cumulative GPA

What are the NCAA D1 Initial-Eligibility Requirements?

Important Athletic Links

  • Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)
    Our school district has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance Group to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don’t have other insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive “gaps' ' caused by deductibles and copays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year.

High School Sports Information

Student Recognition


Student Council Information

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April & May SMN All-Activities Booster Club Events & Volunteer Opportunities -

  • Our last meeting of the school year will be on MONDAY, APRIL 17 at 6:00PM (note the time change!!) - Join us in the SMN Learning Commons!

  • The SMN All-Activities Booster Club will be hosting the concessions at NORTH RELAYS (the largest high school track meet in Kansas) onFRIDAY, MAY 5 from NOON-9PM and we need your help!!
    • Proceeds from this event will go to our grant program which directly benefits student clubs, groups and teams at North!
    • Volunteer opportunities are available for set-up, grilling, serving food, and clean-up. Click on the link below for more info and to sign-up


SMN 100th Anniversary Spirit Wear items are now 25% off - use the coupon code 100YEAR when purchasing online!

You can also order your gear through our online store using the link or QR code below…

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It's baaaaaack!!!!

Cappuccino Days: the Sequel, Friday, April 14!! We took notes from the fall and are going for one more sugar boost for students and staff, fruit options available.

This is a fundraiser for PTSA. We would appreciate donations of time and supplies. Please sign up at the link below,
  • Join PTSA (optional, but highly encouraged): Parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members: You can now become a PTSA member. Your membership helps support our students and their school!

Check PTSA out on Twitter @SMNorthPTSA or

Check PTSA out on Facebook @SMNorthPTSA or

Check the PTSA Website

Join the PTSA Here -


News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website

Inclement Weather Procedures 2022-23

As the winter months approach, it is especially important for our community members to be aware of inclement weather procedures and how they can be alerted if plans for building closures are announced.


If conditions make it necessary for the SMSD to close schools, the district will implement one of three plans: A, B, or C.

Click here to view the plans.

Inclement Weather Announcements

If plan A, B, or C is announced, this information will be shared broadly.

Staff and families can receive direct emails, texts, and voice messages.

Families can sign up to receive alerts in the manner that works best for them.

Click here for details on how to sign up for alerts.

Additional Resources:

The main page of the district website




Local radio and television stations

24-hour information line at (913) 993-7380

No announcement will be made when schools are to remain open.



Canvas and Skyward Parent Accounts

  • ** Please Note- If you have an account from previous years (even Hocker Grove), there is no need to create another account.
    • New users: 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.
    • Canvas has the most up-to-date grade information for your student, if you have questions about missing assignments, please contact your student’s teacher.


    To get information about your login information for your Skyward parent account please contact Student Services at 913-993-6930. Skyward helps parents keep track of attendance, pay school fees, view national and state test scores, complete the online verification process and much, much more.