NORTH NEWS August 15th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community!

We had a great first two days of school to open the 2022-2023 school year. The 1st day for our Class of 2026 was one of the best I have witnessed in my time at North. We followed that up with a great first day for our entire student body.

This newsletter is packed with a ton of information to assist you as we start our first full week of school. Please make sure you take some time to read through the information individually and with your student if possible.

We are so excited for our first full week, and we look forward to a great year with your student at the Brickhouse! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the office here at Shawnee Mission North. Go Bison!



Safety and Security at SM North

Families and students- we feel that it is important to review with you some of our safety and security expectations at Shawnee Mission North. Our goal at the Brickhouse is to keep our campus, inside and outside, a safe learning environment where every student can achieve academic success. To help with this, please review the following items as a family and remember: see something, say something.

  1. Arrival procedures: students may enter the building through doors in both parking lots, performing arts wing, cafeteria, student commons, before school. These doors will be locked promptly at 7:40 and all students will need to enter through the main entry (door 1) for the remainder of the school day (until 2:40).
  2. Breakfast is served: breakfast is available in the cafeteria beginning at 7:00am everyday. For additional details, cost, and menus, please visit the SMSD Food Service website.
  3. Passing periods: students will have five minutes between each class period. Students are encouraged to take this time to use the restroom and walk swiftly to their next class. Taking care of this business during passing periods will ensure that students can stay in class for the entire period, which will help to increase their achievements and not miss out on class time.
  4. Lunch locations and times: we will have three lunches at North this year (schedule below). All students will eat in the cafeteria for the entire lunch time.
  5. Open lunch for seniors: senior students who qualify and whose parents have completed the senior lunch google form will be afforded the opportunity to leave campus during their designated lunch time. Students will return through the main doors.
  6. Propping doors: propping doors at Shawnee Mission North will not be tolerated. Students found violating this will be subject to consequences from administration.

Upcoming Picture Days

Seniors - Tuesday, August 16 (Wear you nicest clothes for your Senior Pictures)

  • We will be calling seniors to the FH during 2nd hour and seminar by alpha.
  • CAA/CTC seniors should go to the FH starting at 7:00am to take their pictures before they leave on the 7:40 bus.

Grades 9-11, Monday , August 22, during ELA classes all day.

MacBook Rollout

MacBook Roll-Out

MacBook deployment will take on Monday, Aug. 15th. The students will be getting brand new devices this year, Apple MacBook Air M1. The two newest features of these devices are the touch ID, which unlocks the MacBook, and the extended battery life. Students need to take the best care of these devices. Please encourage your student to NOT eat or drink next to the MacBook and also be really careful to not break the screen with accidental drops. Students have to keep the MacBook case on the device. If not, the MacBook will be confiscated by SMN staff until a case can be put back on it. Student’s are also encouraged to charge their device to 100% each day.

Damaged device cost to repair:

  1. 1st Incident in HS = $100 charge
  2. 2nd Incident in HS = Additional $150 charge
  3. 3rd Incident in HS = Additional $300 charge
  4. 4th + Incidents in HS = Cost of Device = $1,150.00

Online Verification

It is that time of year to fill out Back to School Forms. Parents and high school students need to complete the Online Verification . Please click on the link to the SMSD website below to get all of the information and to start getting this completed.

SMSD Online Verification

DROP off/pick up Information

Car Drop off/pick up is in the front circle drive

Bus arrival/departure is in the FH parking lot

CAA/CTC bus will depart in the AM in the FH parking lot

CAA/CTC bus will drop off AM and pick up PM students in the front circle.

**CAA/CTC parents and students welcome letter emailed from Ryan Flurry 8/4/22 below.

The beginning and ending of class are important components of classroom learning opportunities. To protect those vital times, we have a 10-10 rule. Students should not be out of class the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes. We will help protect student achievement opportunities by not allowing passes during these times.

Fee Payment 2022-23

At Shawnee Mission North, there is no designated on-site fee payment day. Everything required for the start of school can be done online and at your convenience using this link.

This does not mean that you cannot still pay fees in person. Although fee payment online is highly recommended for its ease, you are still able to pay fees in the school office during summer office hours (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) any day between August 1 and August 10, 2022.

Another option is to mail a check using the following information.

SM North High School

Attn: Shelle Lewis, Bookkeeper

7401 Johnson Drive

Overland Park, KS 66202

New for 2022-2023:

Instructional resource fee and the ID card fees may be waived if one of the following circumstances apply:

If the student meets the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for free meals, then 100% of the fees will be waived. If the student meets the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for reduced meals, then 50% of the fees will be waived. We will need a documented confirmation letter. It takes time for this document to process, so the sooner you apply the better. See links below.

Applications for Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for free meals (free/reduced meals) will will be located on the district’s food services webpage, link below. In order to apply for a fee waiver, an application for free/reduced meals must be submitted, approved, and documented with the district.

Proof that the student is in the custody of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (foster care program) is provided to the school office, or the student receives services provided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.

Information regarding Free and Reduced:

Information on setting up School Café and apply for Free and Reduced:

Link to set up School Café:


Contact the Food Service at 913-993-9710 with questions.

How to stay informed about NORTH

There are several ways of staying informed and up-to-date on school events. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Canvas is an excellent way to stay up-to-date on your student’s grades. Please follow the directions on the linked site to enroll as an “observer” of your student’s Canvas courses. Click through each collapsible menu on this linked page to set up your Canvas observer account.

  • “North News” emails from the principal’s administrative assistant, Gayle O’Grady, are sent every Monday. Be sure to add/update your email address and preferences in Skyward to receive these email blasts.

  • The school website is an excellent source of school information that includes updated information and links to specific teacher and/or team sites, student services (counseling/social work) site, and the school resource officer’s site. SMN Website Link

  • The homepage of the school website hosts the school calendar. Most 22-23 school events have already been put into that calendar. Families have the ability to click on the event to see a detailed description as well as have the functionality to place that event directly into their own preferred calendar.

  • The SMSD Alert system allows parents to receive emailed information, phone announcements, and reminders throughout the year. Families who have signed up for text alert will receive text message reminders of major school events, school closings, etc.

  • Sunflower League Schedule- In addition to all sports and cross-curricular activities added to this, this site also includes other activities that are happening throughout the school day. This site also includes whether each day will be a Traditional (T), Even (E), or Odd (O) schedule day. There is also an app for this website. To download this app search rschool Activity Scheduler, then select state (Kansas) > scroll down to select school which is grouped by conference (Sunflower) > Click on Shawnee Mission-North. Once downloaded, it shows Calendar, My Teams, and Scores.

SMN Twitter and Instagram

Please follow SM North on Twitter and Instagram. Great way to get information about what is going on at North.

Twitter @SM_NORTH_HS

Instagram at @SM_NORTH_HS


Now is the time to get a jump on senior year parent activities and purchase a senior ad for your student that will appear in the 2023 yearbook. Ads can be purchased at If you have any questions, please contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate at More information can be found in the senior ad form.

Panorama Survey

All SMN students will have the opportunity to complete the Panorama Survey on September 19th. Please take a moment to read this letter from the district that outlines details about the survey and the purpose. We at North review and use this data to plan professional development for teachers, and provide assistance to our students in areas where they may have challenges. While participation is not mandatory, we encourage ALL Bison to complete the questions and provide us with valuable information for the 22-23 school year.

Parent Information Letter in English

Parent Information Letter in Spanish

Para Shortage

Are you interested in working at the Brickhouse? SMN has a number of para-educator position still available. If you are interested, please apply online at or contact Mr. Jamison for more information. 913-993-6900.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

Monday August 15 - First day of Fall Sports

Tuesday August 16 - Meet the Debate/Forensics Coach - 6:00PM

Tuesday August 16 - Senior Picture day - 7:00-12:00 - Field House



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Real World Learning News

Incoming Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend a Career Expo on August 26th at the CAA. Come learn about a variety of Kansas City based businesses and begin building connections to start your future career! There will be a variety of pathways in attendance such as Graphic Design, Construction, Healthcare, Education, Architecture and many more.

See the brochure below. For more information please email

Black & Veatch Explorer Post

You are invited to attend the first meeting of the Black & Veatch Explorer Post on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00PM.Black & Veatch Headquarters Campus 11401 Lamar Ave Overland Park, KS 66211. South side Main entrance.

Please join us at the Kickoff Meeting to learn more about our program.

See the Flyer below for more information.

Student JOB Postings


YMCA - Before & After School Y Club - See flyer blow

Freddy's -

Amazon - Go to student services for more information.

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Today is the first day of Fall Sports. Make sure you have your physical turned in to Mrs. Rettig in the Main office before you go to tryout.

Fall Coaches:

Cross Country - Aaron Davidson -

Girls Tennis - Andrew Lause

Football - Andy Walter -

Volleyball - Riann Hill -

Girls Golf - Walter Mansfield -

Gymnastics - Sarah Hink -

Boys Soccer - Jamie VelezAcosta -

COVID 19 Automatic Waiver 2023-23 Enrollment - NCAA

Given the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the educational environment, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify adjustments to the initial-eligibility certification process for students who initially enroll full time in an NCAA Division I or II school during the 2023-24 academic year. Click here to learn more about these important adjustments. This directly impacts rising seniors. Please share this information with your athletes!



  • 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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Check out the SMN Booster club website

Check out the SMN Booster Club news & updates on Facebook

Check out the SMN Booster Club on Twitter

Join us for the first SMN All-Activities Booster Club meeting of the 2021-22 school year on Monday, Aug 22 at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons - all are welcome!

You can earn $$$ for your favorite group at North by attending Booster Club meetings. We offer Attendance Grants to any SMN club, group or team that sends a parent or sponsor/coach to our meetings. If your team or group has someone attend at least 4 Booster Club meetings a year, we will give your group a $100 grant - attend 6 meetings and receive a $200 grant!

Did you know… Each year the SMN All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups, and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Since our organization began, we have given over $200,000 in grants to student organizations & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, tailgates/concessions, Annual Trivia Night & Annual Golf Tournament.

Upcoming Events – Volunteers Needed - Click on the sign-up links for more info!

Fall Sports Kick-Off - Spirit Wear Sales – THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

Homecoming Game - Spirit Wear Sales – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

100th Anniversary Open House - Spirit Wear Sales – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Do you attend sporting events at North?

Consider buying the 2022-23 SMN SPORTS FAST PASS for quick and easy access to games – Booster Club Membership is INCLUDED, and all funds stay at NORTH! See the attached form for details and then purchase at our online store!

Purchase SMN Spirit Wear, BC Memberships, and Sports Fast Passes at our online store - we have lots of NEW Bison gear and 100th Anniversary items in stock!!


News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website


Food Services has updated the School Meal Information flier for parents. It is available on the main page of the Food Service web page and linked here for your convenience.

SM Teacher of the Year

Once again this year, the process for selecting the Shawnee Mission Teacher of the Year begins early in the school year. Last year, we had an incredible response, with 338 nominations submitted. We would like to top that number this year and have building finalists in every building in Shawnee Mission.

Nominations are open now and will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, September 6. We have so many deserving teachers who should be recognized. See the Nomination form below.

Application Needed for Free or Reduced Meals

To receive FREE or REDUCED cost meals in the 2022-2023 school year, families will need to complete a meal benefit application. Over the past few years, federal school meal waivers made free meals for all students possible. Congress has not extended this waiver for the 2022-2023 school year.

The meal benefit application can be found on School Café. If you are unable to complete the application online, a paper application is available. Click here for more information.

Children may receive free or reduced price meals based on certain Medicaid benefits or if household income is within the limits on Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Benefits of Applying

Applying and qualifying for free and reduced meals can benefit families and the Shawnee Mission School District in multiple ways:

Free or Reduced Meals

Students who qualify through a meal benefit application will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at a free or reduced cost this year.

State Funds for Schools

The application generates additional funds for schools. These funds support staffing and other resources to help student learning. If families do not complete the application, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Potential Fee Reductions

Qualifying for child nutrition meal benefits provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced instructional resource fees, transportation fees, and Pre-k enrollment.

Families are encouraged to complete a Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward which gives SMSD Food Service permission to share a child’s eligibility status information with the programs families designate on the consent form.

If you do not have a Skyward Family Access account, you may contact your child’s school office after July 26 to inquire about setting up account access.

Important Information If You are Directly Certified

Do not complete the application if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance and have not received a notification of eligibility, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing a meal program application.

  • Families who are directly certified are encouraged to complete a Consent for Disclosure form in Skyward which gives SMSD Food Service permission to share a child’s eligibility status information with the programs families designate on the consent form.

Now is the time to secure 2022-23 bus service for your K-12 students

The Shawnee Mission School District provides free bus transportation to students living 2.5 miles or more from the school in their attendance area. To receive free busing you must register with DS Bus Lines.

To register students for transportation visit DS Bus Lines website.

Students who live less than 2.5 miles from the school in their attendance area may pay to ride the bus in areas with established routes. The 2022-23 bus rate is $185.00 per student, per semester or $370.00 per student for the school year. Routes will be established annually based on interest and enrollment numbers. Routes will be built around those who have registered by July 22 for the 2022-23 school year. To pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Families who pay fees by July 22, 2022 will receive a discount:

· $160.00 per student per semester ($320.00 per year)

· Payment must be received or postmarked by July 22, 2022 to receive the discount.

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.



Overland Park Farmers Market

There is a nationwide competition taking place looking for America's Favorite Farmers Market. The OPFM is currently first in the state, region and nation out of more than 7,000 markets! However, Columbia, Mo is right behind us. If they win, we lose not only the nation, but the region. They actually won the whole competition last year with more than 10k votes.

The voting goes until Sept. 19 so we have a LONG time to gain or lose the lead.
The winner gets $5K for marketing and promotions of the market which would really help the farmers.

Here’s the link to competition if you want to learn more:



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.