SMN News for November 12, 2018

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

SMN Building and Office Closed

Monday, Nov. 19th, 7am to Friday, Nov. 23rd, 3:30pm

7401 Johnson Drive

Overland Park, KS

We will resume normal office hours on Monday, November 26th.

ACT and ACT Workkeys

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Kansas Legislature has appropriated funds for a statewide contract to provide one free ACT assessment and one free WorkKeys suite of assessments to qualifying students.

The ACT and WorkKeys assessments are available to the following groups:

● Any high school junior enrolled in a Shawnee Mission high school

● Any Shawnee Mission high school senior who has not yet taken an ACT or WorkKeys assessment

● Juniors do have the opportunity to opt out of testing; however, if students initially sign up to take the test they then must take the test in February or on the makeup date in April.

ACT- This opportunity is only available on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

ACT WorkKeys- This opportunity is only available on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Additional Information can be accessed through or

How to Sign Up

Juniors and seniors will be able to sign up through a custom form in the Skyward student portal. The form is available now and will close on Friday, November 2nd. (All Juniors already met with counselors to discuss this opportunity on October18th) Please contact Student Services if you have further questions. 913-993-6900.

News from Student Services

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in January. Counselors will talk to their Alpha grade level students during Seminars and give them their Course Request Cards and Course Listing Sheets at this time.

Each Counselor will be in a specific location – listed below:

Students’ last names: A – D w/Holloway will be in the Auditorium

E – K w/Murray will be in the Little Theater

L – Q w/Miller will be in the Cafeteria

R – Z w/Griffey will be in the Learning Commons

The dates for these presentations during Seminar are:

Freshmen – Thursday, January 11

Sophomores – Thursday, January 17

Juniors – Thursday, January 24

Students will have one week to talk to their parents and make their decisions about course choices. Counselors will be sitting at tables in the ELA hallways and will “pull” students from their ELA grade level classes during Wednesday and Thursday block days.

The dates are:

Freshmen – January 16 & 17

Sophomores – January 23 & 24

Juniors – January 30 & 31

8th graders –

We will be at Hocker Grove Middle School on Friday, January 11th (all day) to present the enrollment information and give them their enrollment paperwork.

Northern Exposure will be on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 pm here at North. The 8th grade students and their parents are invited to attend this event to learn about the various high school academics, clubs and athletic opportunities.

Counselors will return to Hocker on Friday, January 18th to meet with each 8th grade student individually and collect their Course Request cards.

Reminder emails will be sent to the grade level Seminar teachers the week of each grade’s presentations.

North Area Parent Information Nights

In an effort to raise awareness of pressing issues that we are facing in our community, give parents/guardians access to knowledge and resources, as well as bring community agencies to the parents/guardians, East Antioch has organized North Area Parent Information Nights. Each quarter there will be a different topic and speaker arranged.

SPEAK UP ( a local non-profit united in breaking the silence and reducing stigma surrounding all mental illness and suicide. They will be presenting on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30pm at Hocker Grove Middle School.

Kansas Assisters Network

Health Insurance Open Enrollment: November 1st- December 15. Click on the below PDF's for additional information.



Each grade level has class shirts for sale November 12-15th! Order forms available at lunch that week


Categories is the longest running locally broadcast quiz show in the area. It pits teams from all 5 high schools in the Shawnee Mission District as well as 5 high schools from Blue Valley against each other in closely contested trivia matches. In the first of 4 games this season, SM North battled SM Northwest on Thursday, October 25th and was victorious with the score 18-13. Team members include Collin Ingram, Brian Blood, Thomas Parnell, Brian Pendleton, and Braeden Dunston. Congrats on your hard-fought win, gentlemen!

Math Team Competes!

The Shawnee Mission North Math Team travelled to Emporia State last Wednesday(10-24-18) to compete in a state-wide math competition. Congratulations to our Math Scramble team – Brian Blood, Logan Setzkorn and Thomas Parnell for their 3rd place finish AND Congrats to Thomas Parnell for his 2nd place finish in the individual Geometry event!

There were over 20 schools in our division and we were the only Shawnee Mission school to place in the Team and Individual events

Future ecologists from Shawnee Mission North participated in the Ecomeet at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Wednesday, October 24th.

We fielded four teams. Participants included Stylee Gray, Audrey Brandt, Natalie Herbison, Alex McGirr, Mickey Barnett, Penny Pepper, Anna Fritz, Lila Brockman, Jayden Zamora, Noah Madden, Ramona Alvarez, Mia Aramovich, Brianna Buckbee, Kaylei Medina, Noel Rivera, and Juan Ruiz.

Teams competed in 4 events: a 100 question Kansas Herps (reptiles and amphibians) test, a 100 question Kansas Woodlands test, a 30 minute scavenger hunt for native plant species, and a 5 minute interpretive skit. We battled against teams from SM South, SM East, Blue Valley, Gardner, and Tonganoxie. 72 students formed 18 teams.

The results: SMN Team C took 2nd place overall and Team D took 5th in the interpretive event. Brianna Buckbee took 16th place on the Herps test while Natalie Herbison and Ramona Alvarez tied for 14th of 72 competitors on the Woodlands test. Our teams placed 7th, 9th, 11th, and 15th. It was quite a good match for North!

Mid-Fall Update from Engineering and Robotics Room 181

North’s engineering and robotics students have been busy this quarter. The Robotics class has just programmed their robots to respond to remotes and been modeling their robots with Inventor (a computer-aided design or CAD) software. The Intro to Engineering Design (IED) classes have been completing instant challenges, making multiview sketches and begun their “Inventor Fun” project where they will create a form they will 3D print to give to a friend to encourage them to take IED. And the honors Principles of Engineering students have both recently visited the Lacygne Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant 50 miles south of KC, and tested fuel cell airboats in our pool. Feel free to swing by room 181 sometime to see what we are creating! - Mr. Fagan

Journalism Students Attend Conference in Chicago, bringing home awards

From Nov. 1-5, eight students from the yearbook and newspaper staff traveled to Chicago for the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall conference.

The conference was the second biggest it’s ever been with 6,366 attendees from 48 states and Europe and China. Students took classes on a on a variety of communication-based topics.

The SMN Yearbook competed and placed third in their Best of Show category.

In the JEA Write-off competition several students placing in individual categories. Awards in the “Excellent” category were awarded to Evan Whitaker for Sports Action Photography and Anna Fritz for Yearbook Cover/Endsheets. Nadia Battle also was awarded an Honorable Mention for her Yearbook Copy/Caption in Student Life.

Along with the convention, the trip included a tour of Facebook’s Chicago office, a trip to a Bulls game, and tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton.

Sports Updates

Athletics Updates

Upcoming Important Dates:

November 12 First day of winter try-outs

November 16 Winter Sports Season Kick-off and Parent meetings

The fall sports season has concluded and we’re very proud of our athletes and coaches; they demonstrated school pride, determination, a fighting spirit and a strong work ethic. The winter sports season officially begins on Monday, November 12. Please pay special attention to the requirements of the pre-participation physical exam packet (PPE), the medical physical examination required by the KSHSAA (we offer “Physical Nights” twice a year – one time in May, and one time in August). Please make sure the PPE is submitted to the Athletic Office NO LATER than the Friday before the sport starts; in particular Friday, November 9.

In anticipation of your sport, please read/listen to the weekly newsletter and daily announcements and check team websites. Pre-Season information, meetings and where to meet for tryouts will be announced.

Deadline and Forms: The deadline to turn in forms to the athletic office for Winter 2018-19 sports is Friday, November 9, 2018. Any athlete turning in forms on Monday, November 12, 2018 risks their opportunity to participate that day.

Requirements to tryout and participate are below.

  1. A completed KSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) Revision of the form is January 2015. Earlier versions of the form will not be accepted. The physical examination date must be May 1, 2018 or after and signed by a medical professional.

  2. Parent consent must be completed and signed.

  3. For 2018-2019, the concussion form will need to be in paper form and signed. It will not be included in the online forms.

  4. The 2018-19 High School Athletic Packet, completed by both parent or guardian and athlete in Skyward.

Shawnee Mission North High School will host Meet the Indians Night to kick off the winter sports season. The entire community is invited to attend this event. The evening will involve the basketball (B&G), wrestling, swim and dive; drumline and cheer squads. The schedule is also linked on our school website. All students and families who attend the scrimmages please bring a wrapped present for youth), canned food, boxed food, peanut butter, noodles, personal hygiene products, etc so we can donate to the SMN holiday fund for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. This should be a fun and exciting way to kick off the winter sports seasons at North High School.

The following social media sites can assist you in staying current with North athletics and activities:


SMN Cheer will compete in the KSHSAA Game Day Spirit Showcase on Saturday, November 17 in Topeka, KS.

NJROTC Competition Season Opens

NJROTC opened up their 2018-2019 competition season this past Saturday in Springfield, MO and took home top honors in both the Drill and Athletic Competitions! In the 5-Event Drill Competition the Indians finished 1st in three events and 2nd in one event and easily outdistanced Ozarks High School who finished 2nd.

Here is the breakdown:







In the 4-Event Athletic Competition the Indians once again finished 1st in three events and 2nd in one event in destroying the field finishing with a total score of 998 out of a possible 1,000. The 2nd place team was more than 140 points behind the Indians. We swept the top 3 finishers for the ladies in both push-ups and sit-ups, while the men swept the push-ups and took 1st and 2nd in sit-ups.

The breakdown for Athletics:




16 X 100 RELAY


8 X 200 RELAY

Several Indians distinguished themselves in the Athletic portion of the competition:
















Next up for the JROTC will be an Athletic Challenge here at North on Saturday, November 17th!!

November 16th is Final Senior Yearbook Tribute Deadline

There is still time to celebrate your senior with a Senior Tribute in the 2019 Indian, SM North’s award-winning yearbook.

Seniors love to turn to the back of the yearbook and find a note from family members celebrating their upcoming graduation. They also love to see the photos you pick to go with the words of encouragement and celebration.

The first two deadlines have passed and the last deadline has been extended to Nov. 16.

Senior Tribute forms can be dropped off at the SMN front office or mailed to SM North attn. Becky Tate.

If you would like to pay with a credit card and/or submit all your photos and Senior Tribute contract online, they can be uploaded and paid for at Choose Shawnee Mission North. (The website works best from a desktop computer.)

For those who have turned their Tributes in, thanks so much for your support of the Indian yearbook. For those who haven’t, we’d encourage you to and look forward to designing your senior’s Tribute.

Questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .

Retake Photos returned

Retake photo proofs and photo packages were passed out in English classes on Nov. 7 and 8. If you wish to order photos online you can do so at using the code on the photo package.

If your student did not receive his or her retake proof or photo package, please check with your student’s English teacher.

If you have any other questions or problems, please email or call yearbook adviser Becky Tate at or call her at 913-993-7012.

Interested in purchasing a Yearbook?

If you haven’t purchased a 2019 Yearbook, they can still be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 19, 2019. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

The money ($48) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 19. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose Shawnee Mission North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

Food Service: Did You Know...

Did you know all students will receive a full breakfast and a full lunch regardless of the money they have in their account effective November 1, 2018?

 School Café is the parent portal for Shawnee Mission School District food service. The link to instructions for using School Café

Parents can:

o View their children’s account balance and purchases

o Set restrictions for ala carte purchases

o Submit free and reduced meal applications

o Set reminders for low account balances

 If a parent does not want their child to purchase anything from food service, they need to contact the food services office.

 Students will not be permitted to purchase ala carte items if their account is negative.

 Parents or guardians of all students will receive low account notifications via email or phone call if their students account is at $8.00 or less for full price and $2.00 or less for reduced price.

 Negative account notifications will be made to all students via parents or guardians email or phone call.

 All negative account balances will follow the student throughout the year.

 If the debt is not repaid, all negative account balances will be sent to the collection agency at the end of the school year.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at