NORTH NEWS March 21st

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break! We are coming back to a super busy 4th quarter with multiple changes at SMN.

- Today we are starting the 4th quarter with "Xellobration!" Details on this event are within the newsletter below.

- There are currently lane closures on Johnson Dr due to construction by the city of Overland Park. Please plan accordingly as you drop off your students in the morning.

- Our construction projects are progressing at SMN. The weight room addition on the NE corner of the building is on time, and we are beginning construction of our restrooms by the cafeteria during the 4th quarter. That restroom will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Please let the office know if you have any questions or need clarity on any policy changes or procedures. Let's have a great week and Go Bison!



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

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.


Jostens will be in the front hall on April 1, from 11am-1pm during lunch, to distribute graduation announcements to seniors who have ordered them. Seniors can stop by during their lunch period to collect their orders.

Monday, March 21, 2022: Xellobration

We will kick off the 4th quarter of the school year coming back from Spring Break on Monday, March 21st with a traditional scheduled day. All 7 blocks of this day will include reminders of safety procedures, building expectations, and classroom expectations. In addition, all students will complete required grade level lessons for our College and Career Readiness Program: Xello. Students will use the data from these lessons throughout the remainder of this school year, and future school years as they move toward high school graduation.

NHS Applications for 2022-23

Applications for NHS for the 2022-23 School year are now available. Please go to the Google Classroom (Classroom Code:jdm3n3a) ​for the application. Students need a 3.6 weighted GPA to apply. All applications and references are due by April 1 at 3:00. References can be emailed to Mrs. Pogorek at

Google Classroom code for applications: jdm3n3a

​Due date: April 1, 2022

Who: Any Sophomore or Junior with a 3.6 weighted GPA

Contact: Mrs. Pogorek


Room: 105

Get your PROM Dress

Annual Blessed Dress Prom Boutique

Friday 3/25, 3:00-7:00pm

Saturday - 3/269:00am-12:00pm

Central United Methodist Church

5144 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO

All are welcome!!


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.

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

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.

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.

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Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 3/23/22 - Cheer Tryout Meeting, 6:30pm Cafeteria
  • 3/29/22 - Symphonic Band Festival - SME - 7:00pm
  • 4/1/22 - Stuco Mixer, Rose Garden 7:00pm-10:00pm


STUCO/Pep Club Update

We are bringing back the regatta event! It will happen in the SMN pool and all teams will get a chance to build a boat out of cardboard and race across the pool for the ultimate prize.

The basic rules are that two person teams will build a boat out of just cardboard and duct tape. They will race across the pool to receive the regatta trophy and 10 points towards their charity of choice for the Charity Picnic. Signups will come after spring break.

When - March 31st

Where - SMN Pool

Time - After school

Can’t swim, can’t boat!

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

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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 ELA Assessment: March 29-April 1
    • 10th Grade Math Assessment: April 5- April 8
    • 11th Grade Science Assessment: April 11-April 14

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

March 22nd @ 9:30am Northwest Missouri State

March 29th @ 9:30am Kansas State University

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

  • March 22nd - US Navy
  • March 29th - US Air Force
  • 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

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Papa Murphy - Email or call Steve Woodbury - 913-638-4552

Topper Pizza - email

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

Feeding America - contact

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

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

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


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

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


Student Recognitions



If you have been participating in B-ROC (formerly IROC) this year, please find all of your forms and make sure they are complete with signatures. Additional forms can be found on the B-ROC board in Students Services. All B-ROC forms need to be turned in to Leah Murray in Student Services NO LATER than Tuesday, March 1st. Late forms will not be accepted after that date

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....


Be a part of the SMN All-Activities Booster Club Leadership Team!!

We need a Vice-President for the 2022-23 school year – contact Paula Blood at for more information.

Job Description - SMN All-Activities Booster Club Vice-President:

· Recruit local businesses to buy sponsorships in our Athletics Roster Wrap

· Coordinate Culver's Nights (set dates for November and March, publicize to SMN community.)

· Assist the President as needed and will run the AABC meeting if the President cannot attend.

  • TEAM SPOTS AVAILABLE for SMN Trivia Night - Saturday, April 9 – Be a part of this FUN event!! We have openings for 2 teams - please contact Paula Blood at for more info.

  • 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.