NORTH NEWS December 13

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

This week is our last full week of the semester. We will begin finals this week, and continue those final exams on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Below you will find some pertinent information regarding finals week. Please help us at home by encouraging your student to be on time, turn in any missing assignments, and study for finals so we can finish this semester strong!

Finals Schedule and Procedures: Our bell schedule for final exams is unique and somewhat different from our typical schedule. Please review the schedule with your student, and let us know if you have questions.

Finals Schedule for students who attend the CAA/CTC: The CAA/CTC finals schedule found here can assist you with helping your student navigate the schedule for the next two weeks.

Communicating absences on Friday, December 17th: If you need to excuse your student for 5th and 7th hour on Friday December 17th (after 1st and 3rd block finals), please use this form. This will allow us to handle this process in an efficient manner.

Breakfast Reminder: Breakfast is served during the following times in the cafeteria. Once the bell rings for the start of the day, students are expected to be in class.

7:00-7:40 on Monday-Wednesday and Friday

7:00-8:50 on Thursday’s




Packets were sent out last week to all graduating seniors. If you didn't receive your package in the mail, we have a limited number of extras in the office. Meanwhile, here is the link to get your cap/gown ordered. Please take care of this as soon as possible.

Attention Juniors and Seniors

Do you need a 5th hour class? If so, you might want to be a peer mentor in a Special Education Classroom. Looking for kind and compassionate Juniors and Seniors that would help make a positive impact on others. If interested, please see Mrs. Avalos in Room 9 across from the Aux Gym for an application. Don’t delay as the last day for schedule changes is Thursday, December 16th. Be ready to make friendships for life!

Youth Court

Are you interested in becoming a Youth Court Judge or Attorney?

Well this is your chance!


January 4th, 2022 – (8am-3pm) Lunch will be provided.

* Youths need to be the age of 14 by November 1st to attend*

This training will prepare you to be an active volunteer in the Youth Court program. If you would like to attend please sign up on the signup genius below:

Spots are very limited so please make sure when you sign up that you are committing to attending the training.

We hold the right in the future to remove you if you do not show up for the scheduled training.

*This training will be held in person and we will maintain all proper safety guidelines per the County. This will also make sure that our volunteers remain healthy and safe. Make sure you wear your masks*

When? - January 4th, 2022

Time? - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where? - Youth and Family Service Center, 920 W. Spruce St., Olathe, KS 66061

If you have question please call or email me. Jayro Rito at 913-715-7489 or


Thank you to all parents who have turned in updated vaccination records for our SMN students!

We still have quite a few students who are missing at least one vaccine.

Please help us out in the nurse’s office and send any updated vaccine records to .

Our next exclusion date for SMSD is coming up quickly in January.

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contact by phone about a missing vaccine, try to get that done as soon as possible.

If possible, get missing vaccinations over our extended winter break.

Our Johnson County Health Department is a good resource for updating vaccines, as is Walgreens, CVS, Mercy and Truth Clinics.

Vaccines can also be obtained at our Health Partnership Clinic at SMW on Thursdays during clinic hours from 11am to 3pm

If you need help contacting any of these businesses, please call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916.

Stay warm and healthy everyone!!

And, as always, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!!

Nurse Kelly and Ms. Snow.


Students are not allowed to park in the front circle drive. We do not have many visitors parking spots and we need to have those open for them. Student parking is in the East or West Lots.


In order to keep all students and staff safe at school please help us with the following:

  • Report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse.
  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get a PCR test.
  • PCR Testing – SMSD only accepts PCR COVID tests
      • SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • If you or your student have a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school/school-related activity, please contact JCDHE at 913-715-2819 for instructions.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Dec 17 - ODD day, Finals 1st & 3rd block
  • Dec 20 - Finals 2nd, 4th & 6th block
  • Dec 21 - Finals 5th & 7th block, Early Release

Jan. 10 is last chance to purchase yearbook for $48

The last chance to purchase your 2022 yearbook for $48 is Jan. 10. 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 $2.25 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 yearbook adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

Parents and Students,

Food Deliveries from Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are not allowed at SM North. Please encourage your student to refrain from ordering food for delivery. The delivery drivers will be turned away due to not having proper approved identification and this becoming a logistical issue. We appreciate your help in this matter.


STUCO/Pep Club Update

For the next three weeks, the senior class has created a 12-day spirit event to get students excited for the holiday season and bring some fun before break! The 12 Days of Christmas will involve spirit days, Instagram challenges, and more! We’d love to see lots of participation in all of the activities planned!

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Have a great week North, it’s Best to be a Bison!



Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in January. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 11th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged 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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Schedule Change Requests for Spring Semester

The last day to request a schedule change for spring semester is Thursday, December 16th.

Students can email or stop by Student Services to make a request.

Schedule changes will ONLY occur in January for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You are missing a graduation requirement.
  • Your schedule is incomplete, or a class is duplicated.
  • You are enrolled in a course that you have already completed and received credit.
  • You are enrolled in a course for which you have not met the prerequisite.
  • Have a physical injury that does not allow participation in the course.
  • You have a signature program error or conflict.


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College Visits

Hi all-

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We're excited to have some College Representatives visit us (virtually) this Fall.

Each week during seminar we will reserve the Conference room in Student Services to learn more about select colleges! Please keep in mind, this is a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.

College Visits:

If you're interested, please email me to get signed up:

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Homer's Coffee - email resume & availability to

Topper Pizza - email


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

The winter sports season is in full swing. It’s a blessing to have students and fans attending the games and cheering on their teammates. I know our performing arts programs feel the same. I’m hopeful you can make it to one of our games/events. Our first home basketball games are this Friday.

  • The varsity girls basketball team scored a victory over Junction City on Monday evening; congratulations to Coach Jacobsen on his first varsity win. On Tuesday evening, both the girls and boys varsity dropped games to SMNW. Boy’s basketball will have 3 games this week. Tuesday at Lansing., Friday our first Home Game vs. Lawrence and Saturday we play in the 810 showcase game against Piper at SMNW. The girls basketball team will play at Lansing and at home vs LHS Lions on Friday.
  • Your Wrestling Bison started off the week with a quad at home defeating St. Pius. We lost to Sumner and Center. Over the weekend battling at the Cougar Invitational was Lucas McGriff, Samuel Mosciaro, Rhett Lane, Joey Piasecki, Jason Foust, and both placing 5th were Jack Taylor and Matthew Olendorf. The teams next competition will be next Friday and Saturday at the Johnson County Classic held at Blue Valley High School.
  • Boys Swim and Dive, Cameron Lee and Junior Lopez lead the way for North. Cameron had a victory in the 50 Free and 2 State cuts. Junior also swam 2 State cuts, and finished 1st in the 500 Free and 2nd in his 200 IM. Sophomore Charlie Brooks won the 100 Backstroke with a State Consideration time and a personal record. Two of the three relays also swam State Qualifying cuts, with the 400 Free Relay getting a consideration time. Other swimmers who garnered Top 4 places in events included freshman Zak Kohoutek with a 2nd in the 200 Free and a 4th in the 100 Breaststroke. Jakob Rooney placed 3rd in the 50 Free. Henry Duff placed 4th in diving. Jack Nely placed 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, and Jonathan Guild placed 4th in the Back.

Please note masking is optional for home events and admittance is $7 adult and $5 K-12; we ask spectators to remain 3’ physical distance and fans and parents are not allowed on the floor..

Congratulations to Cameron Lee, son of Sarah and Matthew Lee. He will attend Truman State University, where he has earned a swimming scholarship. He will study pre-med. Cameron’s accolades include: Swim Team Captain for two years

and breaking multiple individual and relay school records for North Swim. He is currently the school record holder in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:00.02, and is a part of all three of the current Relay records at North. At previous League Championships, Cameron has had four Top 10 Individual finishes. At State Championships as a junior, he had two 4th place finishes in individual races (100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke), and was recognized as a 1st Team All-State member. Also, he is a major influence on the team having the best 3-year period for the North Boys Swim and Dive team in the past 40 years. They have finished 10th, 8th and 8th at the State Championships the past three years. Last, but not least, Cameron is also extremely involved in many of the bands at North as a saxophone player and is a member of the Pep Club Officer team this year.

SMSD has endorsed a fundraising opportunity from a company, Giveback2Schools. I know that Olathe has endorsed this company also and their high school groups are currently using it with success. The essence of this opportunity is as follows –

You will use the Giveback2schools free app, which is designed to provide the easiest way to generate funds from everyday living. This costs nothing, is not another fundraiser, and doesn’t add anything to your plate, or that of parents and supporters. I’d suggest you watch the following 90-second video at the link that provides more explanation.

As you might expect, I receive oodles of emails daily offering fundraising opportunities. But this is different – it is very family, individual, and team friendly, and doesn’t require anyone to spend extra money.

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach:


Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach:


Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach:


Varsity Swimming Coach:


Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach:


Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach


Varsity Cheerleading Coach


Important Information and LInks

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - English [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students]

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - Spanish [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students

2021-2022 Transportation Release Form- HS Only - English (Corrected May


2021-2022 Transportation Release Form - HS Only - Spanish (Corrected May


Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off

Campus for MS and HS Athletes (English)

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off Campus for MS and HS Athletes (Spanish)

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)

SMSD Winter Mitigation for Athletics - please take time to review the current SMSD mitigation guidelines.

The NCAA Eligibility Center has published its 2021-22 edition of the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. The guide is designed to assist with understanding the NCAA, NCAA Eligibility Center registration and academic requirements, and how you can help your student-athletes work toward their collegiate dreams. Here’s the link:

High School Sports Information

High School Sports - Athletic Schedules

SMSD Athletic Stadium and Athletic Complex Locations

2021-2022 High School Athletic Director-AD Secretary Contact List

Kansas State High School Activities Association

SMN Bowling Fundraiser

Please join the SMN Bowling Fundraiser on January 7th at Mission Bowl, 1020 S. Weaver St, Olathe, KS from 8:00-9:30. Cost is $15 per person, and $5 goes back to the SMN Bowling program.


Student Recognitions



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B - ROC Bison Reaching Out to the Community

Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission North PTSA recognize and encourage student and community volunteer efforts in conjunction with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Find more information and a service log sheet below

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....



The SMN Booster Club has added some NEW Bison gear to our online store - and more items are coming soon!

SMN spirit wear makes a great gift - place your orders by Dec 15th to guarantee availability for the holidays!

Here’s the link to shop online…

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Booster Club Update

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 8th Annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT!

The Trivia Night logo may look a little different, but it will be the same great party as we have hosted the last seven years! Join us at St. Pius X on January 29th from 6:30pm to 11:00pm for costumes, competition, and a whole lot of cheer!

Online registration is preferred (click on link below) or you can use the attached form and turn it in to the SMN office with payment.

To allow social distancing, we have limited the number of teams this year, so get those registrations in ASAP!!

The DEADLINE to register is January 12, 2022!!

*We will be following mitigation efforts as provided by the Johnson County Health Department and St. Pius X at the time*

Trivia Team of 8 = $280

Optional Mulligan (1 per team) = $20

Team + Mulligan = $300

As always, $100 of your team fees go directly to the SMN team/group/club of your choice!

Trivia Night is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club and all proceeds will be used to support SMN students, staff, and programs!

For more information contact SMN PTSA at or SMN Booster Club at

Thanks for your continued support of Shawnee Mission North!

Join the Booster Club and check out the SMN BISON spirit wear at our online store -

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


News from SMSD

Second Semester Bus Fees Due

Payment for 2nd semester bus fees are due by January 5, 2022.

To make your payment visit DS website.

If you are a bus rider, please sign up to receive Textcaster alerts for late bus notifications. All family members may sign up. Click on this link to sign up



Canvas Parent App Directions

  • 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.