SMN News for October 14, 2019

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New Vaccination Requirement

All 11th graders are required to have at least one meningococcal vaccine this school year.

If you have any questions, please email, or come by the nurse’s office.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please be aware that in conjunction with the end of the 1st Qtr this Friday, Shawnee Mission North is hosting two opportunities to touch base face to face with teacher’s about your student’s progress thus far in their classes. The first available conference time is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd from 5pm to 8pm. The conferences this evening will take place in the Field House and Auxiliary Gym in an open conference format. We ask that you keep individual conferences to 5 to 8 minutes with each teacher.

The second opportunity to conference with teachers is Friday, October 25th. The conferences this day will be by appointment only and will take place in teacher’s individual classrooms from 7:40am to 3:20pm. Parents are encouraged to schedule conferences through Skyward. Directions on how to do this are attached along with the following video link.

The intent of parent teacher conferences is to provide positive dialogue between parents and teachers to help our students succeed here at North. Please make sure you know your students schedule or can access their schedule via Skyward.

NJROTC members will be around SMN to guide and direct parents and patrons to the correct location; Spanish-speaking interpreters will be available both days to assist families. Spanish-speaking parents that need assistance signing up for conference via Skyward, please contact Maria Diaz-Lorenzana at 913-993-0277 or email her at

Lastly, Booster Club will be selling spirit-wear and PTSA will be available to answer your questions about membership. We hope to see you here to help support the learning of your student.

News from Student Services

Wednesday, October 16th is National Day of Testing

Each grade level will be participating in different activities.


ALL Freshmen will be taking the Pre ACT 8/9 (paid by the district) on the 2nd floor.

Students will be testing with their Seminar teacher. They will be given their testing

room location and these locations will also be posted around the building.


ALL sophomores will be taking the PSAT (paid by the district) on the 1st floor.

Students will be testing with their Seminar teacher. They will be given their testing

room location and these locations will also be posted around the building.


Juniors who signed up for the PSAT/NMSQT will test in the Learning Commons.

Juniors who did NOT sign up for the PSAT will take the locally scored practice ACT in the

gyms. They will be notified by their Seminar teacher as to which gym and their location

will be posted outside the gyms.


Seniors who have turned in their Senior Exploration form to their senior ELA teachers

Will participate in their chosen activity OFF campus.

Any seniors who did NOT turn in their form and attends North, will have a study hall for

the duration of the morning testing time in the Little Theater.

AP Exam Registration

The deadline to register and pay for AP exams without additional fees is November 1st. Students need to select “yes” as their exam decision in their College Board course AND pay for the exam at

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Shawnee Mission North is a two-year college preparatory program with a comprehensive academic program designed to address the needs of challenge seeking junior and senior students.

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor


The first Shawnee Mission Mathletics competition was held at Shawnee Mission West last Wednesday Oct 2nd at 3:30pm. Four SMN mathletes: Thomas Parnell, Aaron Souder, Logan Setzkorn and Brian Blood, competed in this district-wide event. (pictured below)

The next Shawnee Mission Mathletics competition will be held at Shawnee Mission North on Wednesday Nov 6th at 3:30pm. Additionally, in 2 weeks, the SMN mathletes will be traveling to Emporia State University for the 2019 Math Day competition. We will be competing against schools across the state and beyond. Any student interested in competing should talk Mrs. Johnson in room 238 for more details.

PEP Club

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Purchase a 2020 Yearbook

2020 Yearbooks can be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 10, 2020. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

If you didn't purchase your book during fee payment, the money ($48) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 10. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 10, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Indian adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

Senior Ads in 2020 Yearbook

Don't miss out on celebrating your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2020 Indian.

The second deadline is October 18.

Seniors love to see a Senior Ad purchased by their loved ones in the yearbook, so don’t miss out on purchasing one to celebrate your child’s graduation.

Prices increase after each ad deadline.

Senior Ad 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 Ad contract online, they can be uploaded and paid for at Choose SM North.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. Not all will be done by then, but a majority will be. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad. Photos will be returned in late April.

Thanks so much for your support of the Indian yearbook and 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 .

Athletics News

Girls Golf

Girls Varsity Golf is in full swing right now. The first leg of the Sunflower League Tournament at Lake Quivera was made up after being rained out and Brianna Hubenett just missed getting a medal. Varsity then played at Heritage Hills where they continued to improve their game. JV golfers were at Painted Hills and posted some nice scores for their first 18 hole tournament.

The Second leg of the Sunflower League Tournament at Eagle Bend the varsity had a few of the JV players moving up to Varsity. Lauryn Moore and Eleanor McCarthy golfed solid rounds. With Eleanor McCarthy leading all SMN Golfers. Regionals are then Monday October 14 to finish the season with a possibility of State on October 21 & 22 at Carey Park.

We now are rolling into the final week of the season with the Varsity competing in the Shawnee Mission Cup at Oakwood County Club on Monday then the final leg of the Sunflower League Tournament at Sycamore Ridge on Wednesday. JV will be at Tomahawk Hills Tuesday afternoon and their season concludes Thursday at the JV Sunflower League Tournament.

PTSA Information

Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

Community Events

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FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that National School Lunch Week is October 14-18, 2019? This year’s theme, “School Lunch: What’s on Your Playlist,” spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up healthy menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization. School lunches offer students fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and milk, and meet federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium. The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has been fueling students for success for more than 70 years. It is dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s children. Please help celebrate NSLW 2019.

Food Service Payment Options

Payments for school meals may be made:

  • Online through efunds ($3 fee per transaction)
  • At the school with check or cash
  • At most schools with a credit card (no fee)
  • Calling food service office with credit card (no fee)

Students will not be permitted to purchase ala carte items if their account is negative. More information on student account guidelines is available at

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