NORTH NEWS December 19th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

We hope you all have a wonderful winter break! We look forward to seeing students again on 1/5/23!




Our final exam schedule for the fall semester can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s teachers or your student’s alpha associate principal for any questions.

Dustin Jamison - A-G

Jon Durham - H-N

Laura Brogdon - O-Z

Buy your yearbooks now for $48 from by Jan. 10. After Jan. 10, prices increast to $65 and only a limited number of books are available on a first come first served basis. Contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate with any questions

Parents there are a few yearbook ad spaces for your senior left If you would like to purchase an ad for your student the LAST chance is Jan. 10. Purchase your ad on

The attached contracts have more information – contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate with any questions.

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness this fall, 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.

Calling All Angels!

Each year, we have been blessed enough to have generous folks who come forward to sponsor a Shawnee Mission North yearbook for a child who otherwise wouldn't be getting one.

In the last few weeks, I've had children approach me about how to get a Shawnee Mission North yearbook when they can't afford to get one.

It's for this very purpose that our Shawnee Mission North Yearbook Angel program exists. You can purchase a 2023 yearbook and we will get it into the hands of a deserving student.

To become a yearbook angel simply:

  1. Go Online at
  2. For Yearbook Angel sponsorships, enter “Yearbook” for student first name, “Angel” for last name, and “Staff” for grade. We will make sure it goes to a deserving student.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate at

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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



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Check out the Student Services Website

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in January 2023. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 10th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged to take them home and talk with their parent/guardian about classes for next year. Counselors will then collect Students’ enrollment cards the following week during their English class. Please make sure your student’s enrollment card is in their backpack.

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Student JOB Postings


Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

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

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

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

The KSHSAA high school winter season will enter the Winter Moratorium, December 24th -28th. During this time, no competitions or practices will occur.

Congratulations to Coach Ron Stallard on being named the KCCTFCA (KC Coaches Track & Field Coaches Association) Assistant Coach of the Year! Coach Stallard oversees sprints and horizontal jump events and assists with our strength and conditioning program.

Congratulations to Spencer Davis has been named to the Wichita Eagle All-State First Team for Football - Offensive line. Darrius Comeaux was named Wichita Eagle All-state Honorable mention for defensive line.

Boys basketball team played at Emporia. The game was a see-saw battle until the 4th quarter when Emporia pulled away to secure the victory 59-46; Junior Aziz recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Girls basketball team played Emporia HS and Olathe South this past week. While the girls didn’t secure the win, the team played with great tenacity, energy and passion.

Both teams are back in action at home on Friday, January 6 vs SM East. Games begin at 3:00pm.

SMN Boys Swim and Dive team

The Bison had a great first meet of the season, placing 2nd to defend state champions SM East. North had two State Qualifying cuts in the 200 Medley Relay (Jonathan Guild, Zak Kohoutek, Junior Lopez and Porter Lee) and Junior Lopez in the 500 Freestyle.

The North Bison swim and dive team had a great meet last night at Free State. FS won with 229, LAW was 2nd with 210 and North had 205. An incredibly close meet, where North won 4 events and had 5 State qualifying events. The following swimmers qualified for state - Junior Lopez qualified in the 200 Free and 100 Fly. Zak Kohoutek in the 100 Free, and the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay both qualified in winning fashion. We had tons of other great swims from a lot of guys and the breaststrokers were amazing!! Nearly 4 second drops for most of them! Standout performances also included Jonathan Guild, Jack Nely, Charlie Brooks, Cash Olberding, Seth Culley, Jack Eaton, Asher Hallagin, Henry Duff and Porter Lee.

SMN Boys and Girls Wrestling teams: The boys team competed in the Blue Valley Varsity Classic this past weekend; Jack Taylor placed 4th overall. The girls team next meet is during winter break at SMNW Lady Cougar Holiday Classic on Friday, December 30.

If you need to reach out to one of our varsity winter coaches please contact:

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: Patrick Denney Email:

Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach: Matt Jacobsen Email:

Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach: Anna Monteer Email:

Varsity Swimming Coach: Cody Fothergill Email:

Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach: Conan McCormack Email:

Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach Victoria Hilger Email:

Varsity Cheerleading Coach Ashley Steele Email:

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



Be a part of the 9th Annual SMN Trivia Night on Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Scan the attached QR code for more info and to register your 8-person team!

Mark your calendar for the next SMN Booster Club meeting - Monday, January 9, 2023 at 6:30pm on ZOOM

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PTSA update

Click on the link below to get the most up to date information about PTSA!AshLdvDQc8CUiQhWjdqZCqTqDNl6

  • 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.