NORTH NEWS October 24th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

Thank you to everyone that visited us last week at Parent-Teacher Conferences. It was great to see so many parents in our building. We have a busy week this week with Familia First and Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, along with various championship competitions, an orchestra concert, the opening of our fall play, and much more! We would love to see you at these great community events. Thank you for your support, and please contact the office if you have any questions. Go Bison!



Thank you North Families

Thank you to all students and families who participated in parent-teacher conferences last week. North is a highly successful school because of our amazing staff, students, and community. In addition, thank you to our wonderful PTSA for providing our staff with dinner on Wednesday evening. Have a wonderful week!

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 is back!

We will have tutoring after school in the Learning Commons every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-4:20. With this opportunity also comes FREE meals for students who stay. These can be picked up in the cafeteria at 2:50 and must be consumed on campus. FREE late busses will be available to bring students home anywhere in the North attendance area. Busses will leave from the cafeteria doors in the front circle drive at 4:30. 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)

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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

  • Tuesday 10/25 - Orchestra Concert - 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Wednesday 10/26 - STUCO Trunk or Treat, 5:00-7:00, Front Circle Drive & Cafeteria
  • Thursday 10/27 - Fall Play, "Clue", 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Friday 10/28 - Fall Play, "Clue", 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Saturday 10/29 - Fall Play "Clue", 2:00pm & 7:00pm



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Check out the Student Services Website


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

  • NJROTC participated in the Missouri Show Me Shoot-Out conducted on October 20-22. There were 18 schools and 25 teams competing. SMN NJRTOC placed: Precision Team: 3RD Place Overall, Sporter Team: 3rd Place Overall
  • The Varsity Football team played tough throughout the game but lost 24-7 to Olathe Northwest. The team travels to Blue Valley High School for state playoffs this Friday evening at 7:00pm.
  • Boys Soccer: North plays a first-round KSHSAA regional soccer match this evening at 5:00pm at North vs Gardner Edgerton. When they win they will play at MV at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 25.
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball played in the Olathe Northwest sub-state tournament this past weekend. North beat KC Harmon and lost to ONW. This concludes the season for the team. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication by the team members, especially the seniors.
  • The SMN cross country team competed in the east Regional Cross-Country championships at JCCC this past Saturday. The boys team placed 3rd overall and was led by Micah Blomker who took 2nd, Diego Rojas, 9th, Gage Chapman,15th, and Gavin Montagne, 18th. SM North girls team had two individuals qualify: Brenna Murphy and Brittney Betancourt. Congrats to all for outstanding performances on Saturday. The team will compete at KSHSAA 6A Cross-Country championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Rim rock Park.
  • SMN Gymnastics: Meaghan Driever, Alexis Phillips and Aniah Grady competed at the KSHSAA State Gymnastics Championships at Olathe South on Saturday. Alexis Phillips, scored an 8.1 on bars; Aniah Grady scored a 8.35 on beam and Meaghan scored a 9.0 on floor, 8.6 on vault, 8.4 on bars and 8.5 on beam. She finished 11th overall. Congrats to the team for a strong performance.
  • Unified Bowling competed in the KC bowl on Wednesday and placed 8th out of 21 teams. The team is in action this Wednesday at Olathe East Lanes 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.

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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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 -


The next All-Activities Booster Club Meeting is Monday, October 17th at 6:30pm in the SMN Learning Commons - all are welcome!

Earn $$$$ for your favorite group at North - 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!

Mark your calendar for our 2022-23 Meeting Dates: Nov 14, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 17 (all mtgs at 6:30pm – Nov & Jan will be on Zoom)

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

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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.