NORTH NEWS April 4th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

Welcome back to another busy week at the Brickhouse! This week we have math Kansas State Assessments along with a multitude of concerts and athletic activities. We encourage our community to continue to stress the importance of performance and effort on the assessments, and to also get out and enjoy some of these events! As always, thank you so much for your continued support. Go Bison!

Spring Testing updates

  • Kansas State Assessments- State Assessments will begin shortly after returning from spring break. Please take note of the following student grade levels and courses that will participate this spring:
    • 10th Grade Math Assessment: April 5- April 8
    • 11th Grade Science Assessment: April 11-April 14



Seniors and Senior Parents/Guardians,

The year is flying by and we want to remind all of you about some important dates and information pertaining to Seniors.

Dates to highlight and remember:

April 28th, 2022 (7 am) Senior Honors and Awards

    • This will be an invite only event for the seniors and a set number of family. Please mark your calendars if you applied for a SMN based scholarship. We will invite those being recognized and more details will follow when those Honors and Awards are finalized.

May 13th, 2022 Seniors’ Last Day

May 18th, 2022 (7:00PM) Graduation

    • Graduation is planned to take place outdoors at the SM North District Stadium. A move indoors or a makeup will be determined if inclement weather causes a change to the original schedule.

There will be more communication coming as graduation approaches. When we send these emails we will use the subject line of SMN Senior Email #1,2,3 etc. so you can be sure to know the order of communication. Until then, please be aware of a few items that could be road blocks for graduating.

Academic Achievement: It is extremely important that every Senior knows where they stand academically and the classes they must complete to satisfy all graduation requirements. Check with your counselor if you have concerns.

  1. Financial Accounts must be in good standing: Please know that the current year fees must be paid in full to be able to participate in the graduation. Previous years and/or outstanding fees must be paid in full to receive your diploma. To avoid any issues please make sure you pay all current year fees no later than Thursday, May 6th.
    • SM North has been and will continue to send email notices to those with unpaid balances at the beginning of each month.
    • You can reference your fees and payment history on your Skyward account.

The Senior Finals Schedule has not yet been finalized. We will share that schedule at a later date.

We are in the first week of the final quarter here at the Brick House ……. FINISH STRONG!!!

SM North Administrators

Honor your SMN Senior with a Legacy Brick!

Celebrate the tradition of Shawnee Mission North! Legacy Bricks are a great way to honor students, alumni, and staff!

For a tax deductible donation of $45, an engraved brick will be added to the Legacy Brick Courtyard, located just outside the SMN stadium/pool entrance.

Please complete a separate form for each brick ordered. If you have questions, or need additional information, please email or

North Fathers Club - providing breakfast 4/14

The Fathers Club will be providing Chik-Fil-A sandwiches and donuts while supplies last on Thursday 4/14 before school. Come early and get breakfast from the Fathers club. This is our first Thursday on regular start time of 7:40, no late start.

4th Quarter After School Tutoring

Students are invited to stay after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Learning Commons for after school tutoring. Five staff members are available for support, including one teacher from each of the core subjects- math, ELA, science, and social studies. Free meals are available for all students at 3:00pm in the cafeteria and free rides home within the North area boundaries at 4:30pm. 4th quarter dates begin on March 23rd.

No Parking on Foster

The Overland Park Police Department has received many complaints about several cars violating the "No parking" signs on Foster. The no parking signs apply to both sides of the street on Foster at Johnson Drive. While we understand construction near the fieldhouse makes dismissal meet ups difficult, there are plenty of legal parking spaces in the lower lot just east of the tennis courts. Our community residents who live in the area are having a difficult time getting to their driveways safely at dismissal time. OPMC 12.04.096 parking in violation of a sign is a $60 citation. Please pass this information along to anyone who picks up your student as we would like to avoid unnecessary tickets to our school community.

Thanks, SRO Covington


SMSD COVID-19 Testing – By appointment only


6701 W 83rd St.

Drive- thru testing site is located behind the building

Monday – Thursday 8am - 6pm, Friday – 8am – 3:30pm, Sunday – 10am – 2pm

To schedule a COVID-19 test please go to:


  1. Go to Note: Do not put www in front, the site will not load.
  2. Once the appointment is made you will receive:
  • Confirmation text of your appointment date/time.
  • Email with instructions and the link to complete required pre-registration paperwork.
  • Location of the site and a reminder 1 hour before the appointment.

Arrive at drive-thru testing location at SMECEC/Broadmoor 6701 W 83rd St. on your designated appointment date/time. Testing site is located behind the building. Remain in your car for testing personnel to assist you.
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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.


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. It’s crunch time everyone.

We must have updated immunizations for our students on file before the end of the school year!

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

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contacted by phone about a missing vaccine, students must have them done before they may enroll in school in the fall.

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.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 4/7/22 - Last late start Thursday
  • 4/14/22 - Fathers Club providing breakfast while supplies last, before school at 7:15


STUCO/Pep Club Update

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Have a great week North! Don’t forget, it’s best to be a bison!!



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Students must pass their classes with a D (60%) or better in order to receive credit for the class. Students not attaining credits are in danger of not graduating with their classmates. Effective the 21-22 school year, the district will no longer reclassify students. We wanted you to be aware that even though students’ grade levels will progress from 9 to 12, this will not necessarily mean your student has enough credits to meet the graduation requirements. Per the SMSD Program Planning Guide, below is the chart of the minimum number of credits students must earn in order to remain on track to graduate with their classmates.

  • Students will advance forward in grade level based on the number of years they have been in high school. Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, students will no longer be required to meet a minimum credit threshold to advance to the next grade level. However, students must meet all graduation requirements in order to graduate. The following chart should be used as a guide to evaluate whether a student is on track for graduation.


End of Grade 9 - 5.5 credits

End of Grade 10 - 11.5 credits

End of Grade 11 - 16.5 credits

End of Grade 12 - 23.5 credits

You can find your student’s progress with their Graduation Requirements on your Skyward home page under “Graduation Requirements”.

Summer Programs are posted on the SMSD website:

Summer Academy


If you have questions or your student is behind on credits, please reach out to your student’s Academic Counselor by email or phone.

Jeinny Morris - A-D&ELL, 913-993-6932

Leah Murray - E - K, 913-993-6935

Jenny Fontaine - L - Q, 913-993-6934

Deanna Griffey - R - Z, 913-993-6933


As a follow up to the demonstration in November, some North students have been meeting with administration to develop some plans to continue encouraging a positive climate in our school. Along with starting a new club, W.I.N.G.S. (Withstand, Influence, Notice, Gather and Speak), the students have organized an opportunity for 10th graders to learn more about sexual harassment.

During Seminar on one of the following dates, 4/12, 4/14, 4/26, or 4/28, you will have the opportunity to attend a presentation on sexual harassment, presented by professionals from MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault). One 45 minute presentation will take place in your seminar classroom, with your seminar classmates, and will allow you to still have time for schoolwork or related activities. If you do not wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please let your seminar teacher know as soon as possible, and we will have an alternate location for you to report. The partnership with MOCSA will continue next year, and will allow more students to have opportunities to learn more about other subjects.

Please plan to attend one (or more) of the WINGS meetings coming up (4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11)- they will be right after school in Room 186. This is a great opportunity to get involved in a movement to bring about positive impacts on all of us at North. If you have any questions, please contact Gwyn Heidrick, Social Worker, 993-6927 or

College Visits

Hi all-

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

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.

All events will be held in Student Services Conference room. Must sign-up to attend

College Visits: Sign up here

April 12th @ 9:30am University of Nebraska-Lincoln

If you're interested, click on the link above or email

Military Visits

Military visits on Tuesdays during seminar in Times Square.

Click here to sign up to get a pass

  • April 12th - US Navy

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings


Amazon - Apply by click this link

Water One - Summer Internship - Grounds Maintenance Click Here

3&2 Baseball - Concession Crew - email

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Home Depot - Garden Associates - text Jobs to 52270 or visit this link

JCPRD - looking for summer lifeguards, marina workers, swim lesson instructor click here

City of Mission - Lifeguards Needed - email to apply. $250 bonus

City of Mission - Camp Counselors - email to apply

Milburn Country club - Golf shop - email Zack Proffitt or call at 913-432-1224

Family Tree Nursury - visit their website, click on Careers

Glenn Marsee Foundation Repair - Full time or Part time contact Vickie at 913-236-4197

Homewood Suites by KS Speedway - email


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Winter Sports Post-season honors - congratulations to our student-athletes who have earned postseason accolades. We missed swimming last week.


Cameron Lee – 1st Team All-League

Junior Lopez – 2nd Team All-League

Top 10 Individual Finishes:

Cameron Lee – 2nd Place – 200 I.M.

Cameron Lee – 2nd Place – 100 Breast

Junior Lopez – 4th Place – 100 Fly

Junior Lopez – 5th Place – 100 Breast

Jonathan Guild – 10th Place – 100 Back


Cameron Lee – 2nd Team All-State

Junior Lopez – 2nd Team All-State

Top 20 Individual Finishes:

Junior Lopez – 4th Place – 500 Free

Junior Lopez – 5th Place – 200 Free

Cameron Lee – 4th Place – 100 Breast

Cameron Lee – 6th Place – 100 Fly

Jack Nely – 17 Place – 100 Back

Jakob Rooney – 18th Place – 50 Free

Zak Kohoutek – 18th Place – 200 I.M.

Top 8 Relays:

200 Medley Relay – 5th

200 Free Relay – 5th

Spring Sports Update


  • 3/26 - vs. SMNW - 3-8, L
  • 3/26 vs. Gardner-Edgerton 1-16, L
  • 3/31 vs. Lawrence Free State 5-8, L
  • 4/1 vs. Turner 14-6, W
  • 4/2 vs. Maranatha 11-7, W

Spring sports are often played at the mercy of the weather. Please check the following for updates on any schedule changes:

Spring sports schedules

North Twitter handle

Spring Coaching Staff

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones -

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Andrew Lause -

Varsity Golf Coach

Walter Mansfield -

Varsity Track and Field Coach

Aaron Davidson

Twitter: @SMNTrack

Varsity Girls Swim and Dive Coach

Kailey Morash -

Twitter: @SMNGirlsSwim

Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Jaime Velez -

Twitter: @smngirlssoccer


Summer Camps - we hope your family will participate in our summer camp programs. To register please click on the links below:

Boys Camps

Girls Camps


Student Recognitions

This past weekend North FIRST Robotics Team 937, now affectionately known as the “Nerd Herd”, competed at the Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Our final rank belies the actual success and performance of our robot. All of this was possible not because of some over-involved engineer or programming adult volunteers helping our club – as is the case for so many clubs – but because of our tireless, industrious, ingenious, persevering and go-getting North students.

Maya Routh (senior, president)

Robin Whitlock (junior, safety officer)

Damaris Shobe (senior, build team lead)

Gabriel Kendle (sophomore, build team lead)

Gabe Schmitz (sophomore, programming team lead)

Carver Simonelli (senior, marketing team lead)

Braden Reighard (sophomore, programming)

Jonah Clements (sophomore, build)

Brayden Bond (freshman, build)

Ollie Weismiller (freshman, build)

Phoebe Shobe (freshman, marketing)

Jerryka Lara (junior, marketing)

Silas Shobe (freshman, build)



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....


Join us for our next Booster Club meeting on Monday, April 18 at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons at North – we will be discussing upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and our grant program for SMN clubs, groups, and teams. This is our last meeting for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Donations Needed for SMN Trivia Night Raffle (NEW DATE: April 9)

    • We are looking for individuals or local businesses (restaurants, hair salons, home improvement/repair, specialty shops, etc) that would be willing to donate an item or a gift card to be used in the raffle at our 8th Annual SMN Trivia Night fundraiser.
    • Individuals/Businesses that donate will be promoted on the event Facebook page as well as during the event in January. Items are needed no later than March 31, 2022. We will also supply you with a letter from Shawnee Mission North for tax purposes.
    • If you have an item to donate (or can direct us to someone), please email Paula Blood at and we will contact you to work out the details.

NEW Bison Spirit Wear now available in our online store!!


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


News from SMSD



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.