NORTH NEWS January 4, 2021

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Finish 1st Semester Strong

We hope that you and your families enjoyed a wonderful winter break and holiday season!

As we welcome students back on Tuesday, Jan. 5 remember that 1st semester continues through Friday, Jan. 22. Over the next 3 weeks, teachers will be finishing 1st semester curriculum and priority standards and finalizing 1st semester grades. Additionally, teachers will be preparing and administering 1st semester finals. Teachers are finalizing plans for their 1st semester finals with their professional learning communities and will be communicating plans to students in the coming week(s).



Weekly Schedule.....

1/5-1/22/21 - Remote Learning Continues

1/22/21 - Last Day of Semester 1

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2nd Semester Schedules

Now that families have made learning selection choices for 2nd semester, counselors will be spending the next several weeks working on 2nd semester schedules for all students. While we will attempt to limit the number of changes to your student's teachers, please understand that some changes could be necessary due to our master schedule changing.

If your student would like to request a change to one of their course for 2nd semester, please have them contact their academic counselor.

Jordan Landis – A - D & ELL

Leah Murray – E – K

Jennifer Fontaine – L – Q

Deanna Griffey – R - Z

Enrollment Timeline

2021-2022 Tentative Enrollment Timeline

  • January 12 and 14: Enrollment process videos to students during seminar Northern Exposure.
  • January 14: “Menu Board” of courses, co-curricular courses, and extra-curricular activities sent to current students and parents via email, posted on our website, and posted on social media.
  • January 18-22: Northern Exposure week (videos to students along with virtual Q&A sessions during the course of the week)
  • February 1-5: Finalize student enrollment remotely through Seminar (we may have to pull kids from classes if we can’t catch them in seminar)

College Now Enrollment

Spring is just around the corner, start preparing for spring TODAY! The spring College Now schedule of classes is now available. Students can access the College Now class schedule by going to, selecting the Menu link, then selecting High School College Now Classes.

We have attached the 2020-2021 College Now Enrollment Guide for High School Students to help you get started. Check out the College Now website with FAQ’s to answer all your questions.

Enrollment Reminder Letters –
Each fall semester, we send letters to students who enrolled in a fall course that has a subsequent spring course. (Example: History to 1877 in the fall and History since 1877 in the spring.) These recommendations are to alert the student that a sequential spring course may be available. Students are advised to contact their high school counselor or teacher for more information.

Spring College Now enrollment will begin on Jan 19!

College Scholarship Information

Scholarships (students will need to sign up to access page): Click on the link for more information.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

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


Student Recognitions


SMN Athletics & Activities

Notes from the Athletic Director

Game Check-in for Parent/Guardian: A reminder that parent(s)/guardian(s) are limited to two people per essential participant (player, cheerleader, dance team member—when applicable—and other deemed personnel by the athletic director per KSHSAA mitigations). It is reminded those attending events at SMN your point of entry will be through Door 41 and you will check in at the table with game management. Once in the gymnasiums some basic reminders for mitigations are:

  • Only parent(s) or guardian(s) of the person are allowed
  • All those entering must wear masks
  • All those entering should not enter the facility until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled game time per the schedule on
  • Once in the assigned seating location, fans should remain in the stands and keep proper social distance.
  • Upon conclusion of the game fans should exit immediately

KSHSAA updates

The KSHSAA Board of Directors has established a consecutive period from December 23- January 3 where there shall be no school practice of interscholastic contests or activities.

  • Practices may resume on January 4, 2021
  • Competitions may resume on January 8, 2021
  • The Board of Directors limitations on attendance are in place until January 28.



Technology Issues

  • Student Support Tech Link: Lastly, if you have not already, please have your student check out the Black SMSD Icon in the dock next to the life preserve (Hep Desk) icon. This Student Technology Support link will direct you to helpful information and be a reference when troubleshooting your MacBook during remote instruction. Student Tech Support Reference

  • Please contact the front office for support 913-993-6900

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2021 Mail-In Bond Election in the SMSD

Our Shawnee Mission community is looking toward the future. Click here to learn more about the SMSD mail-in bond election coming in Jan. 2021.

Residents will soon be asked to consider a bond proposal, designed to provide lasting facilities improvements and to strengthen student learning. View a video overview about the proposed bond here.

The Board of Education, unanimously approved a resolution to place a $264.2 million bond proposal on a mail ballot this January.

The goal is that the Shawnee Mission School District can continue to be ranked among the finest school districts in the nation, employing exceptional educators who work in state-of-the-art facilities, where learners achieve their full potential.





Just a reminder to let you know that the registration deadline for the 7th Annual SMN "Trivia Night for the Tribe" is coming up in ONE WEEK - on Monday, January 11.

This year our Trivia Night will be a VIRTUAL EVENT hosted by TriviaHub on Saturday, January 16th at 7:00pm.

Much of the event will be the same as in the past – it will be a fun night full of Trivia, Prizes & Bragging Rights (including awards for Best Team Name/Theme/Costumes), plus our Raffle. The biggest change is that this year, you get to participate from the comfort of your home!

The cost for this adults-only evening is $240 per team with a maximum of 8 players per team - the Registration Form and Info Flyer are attached to this email. Additionally, your team can designate a donation of $100 from your registration fee to benefit the SMN club, group or team of your choice!

Raffle tickets and mulligans will be available for purchase as well (see registration form for details).

Since this is a VIRTUAL EVENT, we will not be limited by room size – so the more the merrier! However, we do need to receive registrations and team payment by Monday, January 11, 2021 to secure your spot!!

Once your registration is received, each team will be assigned a number that will be used by each participant to sign-in to the event. This number is used to group your team together in “Break Out Rooms” to answer the trivia questions. Team members can log in as individuals, or if they are in the same location, they can log in as a couple, or small group. Team members DO NOT need to be at the same location during the event.

Trivia Night for the Tribe 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 or SMN Booster Club at - we will also be posting information, updates and more on our Facebook event page...

Trivia for the Tribe 2021 - Virtual Event!

Hope you will join us for this fun event!

Paula Blood & Jocelyn Bennett

SMN Trivia for the Tribe Committee

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