NORTH NEWS October 31st

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

What a great week last week! Trunk or Treat and Familia First night were both huge successes! It was so great to see everyone at the school! This week is not as busy at the school with regard to evening events, so we are hoping our students use this time to focus on academic achievement and have a strong 2-3 week push prior to Thanksgiving break! As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Have a great day and Go Bison!

Previous announcement from Friday:

1. Halloween and costumes: We wanted to take a brief minute to address Halloween and costumes for Monday. We want to balance having fun with the holiday with ensuring a healthy learning environment.

Halloween costumes are allowed on Monday, as long as they follow the guidelines below. Each of these guidelines are subject to staff discretion.

- The costume cannot be a major distraction to the learning environment.

- We need to be able to see students' faces and be able to identify them for safety purposes.

- The costume cannot include any item that could potentially cause harm to another person.

2. Restroom designation: We have made the decision to re-designate several restrooms on our main level. The following restrooms changes will go into effect on 10/31. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

- The gender-neutral restroom in the 100 hallway will be designated as a staff-only restroom. This coincides with the opening of our gender-neutral restroom in the cafeteria and ensures a safer, quieter learning environment outside of room 108, and the 100 hallway in general.

- The male staff restroom in the 100 hallway will now become a boys' restroom. Doing so ensures that we have an equal number of boys' and girls' restrooms on the main level.



Shawnee Mission North High School Senior Parents

Shawnee Mission North High School Senior Parents,

Over the next two weeks, senior families will be ordering graduation products including their cap & gown and the SMN custom graduation announcement. Please follow the link below for a schedule of events and an overview of the process……PLEASE WATCH!!


Please watch the short video below:

Junior Sign-up for Free ACT

On February 28, 2023, SMN will offer a free ACT to juniors only. This is the REAL version and will be sent off to be scored and put in play for college admissions and scholarships. This is for Juniors only and the deadline to sign up is Friday, November 18th. Use THIS LINK to sign up, or copy and paste the following URL:

NO Student Parking in the Front Circle

Just a friendly reminder that students are not to park in the front circle drive. Student parking is in the East or West lots.

After School Tutoring Continues!

Remaining opportunities this semester include: 10/31, 11/2, 11/7, 11/9, 11/14, 11/16, 11/28, 11/30, 12/5, 12/7, 12/12 and 12/14. Each session runs from 3:00-4:20 in the Learning Commons. FREE meals available at 2:50 in cafeteria and FREE late bus leaves at 4:30 from the front circle drive. Students must have a pass from a staff member to ride the free bus.

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The FINAL yearbook ad deadline is Nov. 18th, Don't miss out!

To purchase an ad, go to Choose Shawnee Mission North. You can upload all of your photos and pay there.

If you need help scanning to make the photos digital, or getting things uploaded, please call Mrs. Tate and she will assist you.

Thanks so much for supporting the SM North yearbook. We look forward to designing your senior’s ad.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .

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How to order your school pictures

For underclassmen:

You have to wait and order when the “second chance to order” proof is delivered with all those that ordered packages in about 2 weeks.

The original forms for underclassmen to order from were only good until photo day – afterward the prices increase.

For seniors:

Go to -- the access code is the student ID number. They can order photos right now.

SMN Wrestling Chipotle Night 11/2

Come out and support the SMN Wrestling Program at Chipotle on 11/2/22, 5:00pm-9:00pm

Click on the links below for more information

Chipotle Online Fundraiser

Online Ordering Code is: 2WV4QA6

Chipotle Flyer

Chipotle Flyer (Spanish)

Student ID Cards

This year we will be allowing students to take a photo of their student identification card front and back once they are received to use as an acceptable form of identification to enter the building.

The only exception will be the senior students who go to outside lunch, they will still be required to show their actual I.D. card with the lunch sticker on the back of the card.

Students will still be required to purchase a replacement I.D. card after their fourth incident in which they fail to show a card, after that they will be required to see an administrator prior to being allowed into the building.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 10/31-11/11 - STUCO Can Food Drive
  • 11/1 - Senior Graduation Announcement Meeting, Seminar



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Check out the Student Services Website


For Second Semester

Students may request a schedule change for second semester by emailing their Alpha Counselor. The schedule change deadline is Friday, December 9.

There will be no schedule changes in January.

Schedule changes will be prioritized based on the following criteria.

  • Your schedule is incomplete, or missing a core course
  • A class is listed twice
  • You have already taken a class that is on your schedule
  • You are a senior and are missing a graduation requirement
  • You are missing a prerequisite for a course
  • Only half of a yearlong class scheduled
  • You have a level change request (Honors/AP to regular or regular to Honors/AP)

You are not eligible for a schedule change IF . . . . . .

  • You don’t have friends in your class
  • You want a different teacher

Students qualifying for a schedule change as explained above can email their Alpha Counselor.

A – D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E – K Leah Murray

L – Q Jennifer Fontaine

R – Z Deanna Griffey


If you are looking for volunteer hours, Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City has some opportunities for you!

Volunteers must be 16 years old and willing to work 3-4 hours on the evening of Tuesday, November 1st. They are looking for volunteers to help with event check-in and parking attendance. Food will be provided to volunteers.

Please use these links to sign up…

  1. Sign Up for Parking Attendants (3:15PM to 6:30PM)
  2. Sign Up for Greeters/Coat Check (3:15PM to 7:30PM)

Other volunteer opportunities with Junior Achievement can also be found by contacting Sara Swearingen at

AP Testing Information

AP Registration is open! Please follow the link below to register and pay for your AP Exam. If you already have a total registration account, please use your username or password to login. Deadline is Wednesday 11/2/22

You can find the AP Exam dates Here.

If you have questions, please reach out to for help.

Student JOB Postings


Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

Freddy's -

Amazon - Go to student services for more information.

Papa Murphy's on Shawnee Mission Parkway - 913-638-4552

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Peppermint Patty's Daycare - 11010 W. 56th Terr - afternoon hours - email

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • The Varsity Football team played at Blue Valley High School this past Friday evening. North had some solid sustained drives but too many turn-overs plagued the Bison in the long-run. We lost 35-14. Thank you to our seniors for establishing a solid foundation under our coaching staff’s tutelage.
  • Boys Soccer: North played Gardner Edgerton in first-round KSHSAA regional soccer match and won 1-0. They played MV the following evening and took it on the chin, 7-0. Thank you to our seniors who played with a lot of heart and tenacity.
  • The SMN cross country team competed at the KSHSAA Cross-Country Championships on Saturday at Rim Rock Park. The boys team placed 6th overall and were led by Micah Blomker who took 2nd, Diego Rojas, 26th, Gage Chapman,35th, and Gavin Montagne, 69th. Micah ran a season best 15:13. In the girls race, Brenna Murphy finished 25th and Brittney Betancourt finished 53rd. Congrats to all for outstanding performances on Saturday and a big thank you to our seniors who did a great job of leading our program.
  • Unified Bowling competed at Mission Bowl on Wednesday and both teams placed - 4th and 8th out of ten teams. The team is in action this Wednesday at Mission Bowl at 3:30pm.

College Eligibility

The 2022-23 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is now available for download! The guide is designed to assist you with understanding the NCAA, NCAA Eligibility Center registration and academic requirements, and how you can help your student-athletes work toward their collegiate dreams.

Save the Date: Winter sports kick-off is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Winter Sports season is on the horizon. All students participating in athletics must have a KSHSAA Physical Form AND Concussion Form on file in the office prior to the first tryout/practice. Per KSHSAA, the annual history and physical examination shall not be taken earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable. Lastly, student athletes must have passed 5/7 classes from the preceding semester to be eligible*** Only exception is incoming freshmen.

Winter sports tryouts for Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Boys Swim and Dive and Girls and Boys Wrestling will begin on Monday, November 14, 2022. Girls and boys Bowling will take place in early December. Make sure you have your KSHSAA paperwork on file prior to Friday, November 11.

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:

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


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Informational Hunger Games Video:


#1- Athletics (Football, soccer, XC, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Bowling, Cheer)

#2- Service & Academics (FMP, NHS, NJROTC, JAG-K Core, Key Club, World Language)

#3- Performing Arts (Band, Choir, Orchestra, Drama, A.R.T, Dance)

#4- Business & Industrial Tech (DECA, BPA, Robotics, Auto Tech, Woodshop)

#5- Visual Arts (Journalism, Art, Game Club, Anime)

#6- Teachers (By Department)

#7- Regatta (Winners)

#9- Freshmen

#10- Sophomore

#11- Juniors

#12- Seniors

Pep Club Shirts:

Hey North! A lot of you ordered shirts and didn’t fill out the form we sent out, so if you know you ordered a Pep Club t-shirt come pick it up at lunch today, Wednesday, or Friday!



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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 -


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CONGRATS to the following groups at North that were awarded a total of $4,620 in grants at the October All-Activities Booster Club meeting...

SMN Boys Wrestling - $2,310 for backpacks and warm-ups

SMN Girls Wrestling - $2,310 for backpacks and warm-ups

THANK YOU to the North Community for supporting SMN Booster Club fundraising efforts to make these grants possible!!

**Funding for the SMN All-Activities Booster Club Grant Program comes from memberships, spirit wear sales, and our annual fundraisers (Trivia Night & Golf Tournament)**

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Nov 10 to support the SMN Booster Club and "Donate While You Dine" at the Mission Culver's from 5-8pm! Drive-thru and take-out are encouraged! A portion of ALL sales will be donated to the Booster Club!

The next SMN Booster Club meeting will be on ZOOM - Monday, Nov 14 at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 7739 8397
Passcode: wmEn4C

Purchase SMN Spirit Wear, Booster Club Memberships, and Sports Fast Passes at our online store (link below) -

Home | Shawnee Mission North Booster Club

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News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website


Congress did not extend federal school meal waivers which means school meals are no longer available free to all students. Families must apply for meal benefits and be approved in order to receive meals for free or reduced. Families can apply online at It is the expectation that students will have money on their food service account or cash in hand to purchase meals or ala carte items. Payments for school meals may be made:

1) Online through eFunds (subject to transaction fee) – look under optional fees for lunch account

2) by sending a check or cash payment to the school office – marked for meals

3) by credit card at most school offices

4) by calling the Food Service office between 7am and 4pm at 913-993-9710 to make a credit card payment over the phone.

On December 1st, any account that is $-75.00 or more will receive one final notification before the balance is submitted to the district collections agency.

Transportation Update - Sign up for Text Notifications

In the event there are times throughout the year when routes are running late and notification is needed at the school and family level, we want to encourage you to sign up for Textcaster notifications. We have previously pushed a number of communications about this to families via school newsletters (with your assistance) as well as through district communications reminding of the availability to sign up for text notifications when routes are running late or compressed with other buses. We encourage you to also sign up to receive text notifications as it is the fastest way to provide notice of any changes.

Sign up for notifications at the following link: where you can select the route numbers pertaining to your school (you may select multiple bus routes). Additionally, we will do our best to provide you with updates as we receive them.

SMAC PTA Clothing Exchange

The SMAC PTA Clothing Exchange is excited to be back in service to the SMSD community! Please see attached files in English and Spanish with more information about the Schedule for the Clothing Exchange.



Students and Families:

We hope you are enjoying the new MacBooks! Now that 99.9% of our students have been issued a MacBook, it is very important to make sure students are taking the best care possible of the devices. Below are some important reminders to help protect the MacBook and your student.

We want to remind you of a few things now that we are back in the swing of the school year:

1. Your MacBook must have the district issued case on it at all times. (Failure to have the cover in place will result in confiscation of the MacBook.)

2. Please only carry your MacBook with the screen shut and with both hands to keep the machine secure.

3. Do not ever pick up the MacBook by the screen. The LCD screen on these devices are very sensitive and the pressure of your grip will break the screen. (Other schools are already reporting damage from students holding and carrying the MacBook by the screen.)

4. Keyboard covers should not be used since non-Apple keyboard covers might be too large and can put pressure on the screens and cause damage.

5. Do NOT slam the MacBook shut, this causes lines in the LCD screen and also the screen to go “white.”

6. Always open the screen from the center clip on the case. Opening from the sides will cause damage.

7. Carrying the computer from the screen will also damage/loosed/break the hinge.

8. Please don’t leave your MacBook in a car. Extreme temperature (hot and cold) conditions will cause issues for the MacBook. (And provide a target for theft)

9. Needed applications can be found on Manager. You will not be able to download programs from the App Store for use on these devices. If you need access to a program that isn’t in Manager, please submit a Help Desk Ticket ( )

10. Downloading VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) or other programs that mask your device on the network are a violation of the Responsible Use Policy you have agreed to. Use of VPN’s will result in the confiscation of the MacBook and you may lose MacBook access for the semester/school year.

11. If you ever need help or support with your device you can submit a Web Help Desk Ticket and our Tech Analyst assigned to SMN will find you to help with the issue. If there ever is a problem, you should start by submitting a Help Desk Ticket at

12. Keep your charger safe, preferably at home. Charging your device each night to 100% will last all day at school.

13. Do NOT eat or drink near the device, this keeps it clean and away from possible accidents.

Please reach out if there are any questions or issues we can help with as you use your new MacBook. -Mr. Jamison

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.