The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - August 10, 2022

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We had an outstanding first day with our freshmen students and LINK Crew! We were thrilled to welcome students into the building. We are so grateful to our amazing LINK Leaders, junior and senior students at Northwest serving as mentors and guides for small groups of our freshmen. Our sponsors are exemplary as they prepare this day and share in the first day activities. We are excited to welcome all of our students tomorrow for the opening of our school year!

My reminders are quick this week:

  • Please remind your student to double check their schedules in Skyward. Updates have been made in some areas, so a picture from a prior week may be outdated now. If there are any errors, please reach out to us.
  • Please keep a close eye out for our students in the drop-off and pick-up lanes. It is safest to drop your student by the curb. We encourage pick-up and drop-off in the East circle drive. If you do use the West side, please be mindful and yield to the bus traffic. The buses will close the West circle drive for about 15 minutes after school until they depart.
  • Reach out with any questions or concerns.

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Adjusted Schedules

Friday, August 12th - 7 Period Day

Monday, August 29 - Odd Block Day

No School Friday, September 2nd

Important Dates:

TONIGHT - Sports Physical Night 6 - 8 pm

August 12 - All Students / Full 7 period day

August 12 - Freshman Mixer @ 6:30 - 8:30 / Northwest Track

August 18 - Back to School Night @ 6:30 pm


Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

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Yearbook Photos

School pictures of all underclass students will be taken during their ELA classes either Friday (tomorrow) or Monday, August 15. You can determine when your child’s picture will be taken by first seeing who their ELA teacher is and what hour that class meets. That information is available on Skyward.

Next, look at the schedule attached to this email. Find the hour your child has ELA and then search for your teacher’s name on the Friday (blue) schedule or the Saturday (green) schedule.

If you have questions, you may email Mrs. Massy (, the yearbook adviser.

We look forward to seeing you looking your best.

Freshman Mixer

Friday, Aug. 12th, 6:30pm

12701 West 67th Street

Shawnee, KS

Hosted by STUCO and supported by PTSA! If you'd like to help PTSA with supplies, see this link for Memberships and Information:

College Now

SMNW College Now Yearlong / Fall Courses Enrollment 2022:

· Enrollment Opens – August 22

· DEADLINE Priority Application – August 26

o Last day JCCC guarantees they will be able to process applications so students can enroll on time.

· DEADLINE Accuplacer & Enrollment – September 16

Technology / MacBook Rollout

Remaining student MacBook distribution will be August 16th and 17th. All student and parent Skyward verification forms must be completed in order to check out a MacBook.

Online Verification

Online Verification Forms are now online, and they need to be reviewed and signed with an electronic signature.

Log in to your "Skyward" account.

Under “Home” you will see “2022-2023 Student Annual Online Verification.”

From the Nurse

Yearly Permissions

Remember to complete Skyward Permissions for each student through Family Skyward. We need updated OTC medication permissions each year in order to dispense those medications. Please contact the nurse's office via email ( if your student has had any medical changes.

Thank you,

Wendy Woods-McMahon, APRN/CNM, MSN, BSN, RN

Nurse, Shawnee Mission Northwest

Phone: 913-993-7216

Fax: 913-993-7464


If you have tested positive for COVID and are reporting your case, please complete this form:

What do I do next? SMSD COVID Information:

SMSD 2nd Semester Guidance- Students and Staff

En español:

To schedule a COVID-19 test please go to:

Paying Online with eFunds

2022 - 2023 Online Fee Payment is available:

New this year, fee waiver requests will be based on qualification for free or reduced lunch support. You may complete the application for lunch support after July 1 at the following link:

Food Service

Families are encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced priced meals as part of the Online Verification. The link to the Child Nutrition Meal Program Application is available on Skyward or can be found on School Cafe.

SMSD families can apply for Child Nutrition Meal Benefits on School Café -

Additional food service information is available on the district’s website at

DS Bus Lines


ALL general education students who ride the bus are required to register with DS Bus Lines.

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages when a bus is delayed more than 10 minutes. This is very convenient during times of bad weather. Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.


Angelo Giacalone - Athletic Director, Victoria Alvey - Athletic Secretary, Dan Fletcher - Athletic Trainer

Fall Sports Meeting - August 22nd @ 6:30pm