The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - April 27, 2023

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Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

***Please direct dial the attendance office and allow 30 minutes processing time from phone call to release when requesting early dismissal for your student.***

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We have enjoyed an exciting week with many events and learning opportunities. We are so proud of the amazing art work, wood design cutting boards, tensegrity table, or cabinet, design projects for drafting, PLTW, Biotech, and animation our students displayed at the SMSD Research and Development Forum. I had the opportunity to view all of our student work at one of the open houses last night. I am so very proud of the exemplary work our talented students shared in this forum. So many students received notable awards that reflect their hard work and growth as an artist, wood crafter, researcher, designer. Their outstanding work reflects the mentoring and dedication of their teachers. We are fortunate to have a talented teaching staff who provide spaces for our students to grow and learn.

While enjoying the open house for the SMSD R&D Forum, I was reminded of the many wonderful opportunities our students have to grow and thrive in their areas of interest. Thank you to our community for supporting our school district. And gratitude for our district leaders and their vision to create programs at the CAA and within each of our buildings that provide exceptional opportunities for our students. Whether scientific research in biotechnology, creating 2-D or 3-D animation short videos, utilizing advanced techniques with clay to create an expressive ceramic sculpture, meticulously crafting a cutting board with layered woods and laser etchings, or one of the many other areas - our students are engaging in their learning at the highest levels as they explore their passions. We are so grateful they have these opportunities!

We were also thrilled to welcome our future Cougar freshmen from Trailridge today! We had a wonderful time with activities lead by our LINK Crew and Student Council leaders, sponsors, counselors and admin, concluding with a fun Spirit Club assembly! So proud of our student leaders ensuring a successful transition for our students. We are fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community.

Have a wonderful week!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Coming Up!

  • May 1 - Honors and Awards @ 7pm
  • May 2 - Spring Band Concert @ 7pm
  • May 4 - NOT A LATE START
  • May 5 - Spring Special
  • May 6 - Spring Carnival / Bike Rodeo 9am - Noon
  • May 10 - Site /PTSA @ 3pm
  • May 12 - Seniors Last Day
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Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

AP Testing

Advanced Placement (AP) testing is from May 1 to May 12. If you have a student that is taking an AP test, they will receive an email with this letter. Please instruct them to read it carefully!

AP Reminder Letter Linked Here

The Rehearsal

Our final theatrical production of the school year will open next week! The Rehearsal- by Don Zolidis is a short comedic play about a high school trying to rehearse Guys and Dolls without enough guys to fill all the roles. Show dates are Thursday April 27th, Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th @7pm. Tickets are $10 or free with a SMNW ID. Friday is also “Incoming Freshmen Night” current 8th graders may get in for free with an ID.

Northwest Media Awards

Northwest Media students traveled to San Francisco last week and came home loaded with national awards.

The Lair received its 26th Pacemaker (the highest national award offered by the National Scholastic Press Association), the Gold Crown (the highest national award offered by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association) and placed 1st in Best of Show.

The Northwest Passage placed 4th in Best of Show, their best ranking in several years.

Congratulations to our Sponsor and Students!

Adviser Susan Massy received the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the Journalism Education Association.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone from the NW Community who donated items, told your friends and family, and shopped the sale! StuCo was able to raise over $5,200 to send students to leadership camps this summer! We appreciate you and your support of our Student Council students and program!


Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the link below for JUNIOR families:

Senior Breakfast

PTSA will be hosting the Senior Breakfast on the morning of May 12th. Please visit the sign up for additional details, we need several volunteers and lots of donations to make this event successful. Thank you in advance.

Class of 2023 Senior Breakfast

Teacher Appreciation May

To celebrate our incredible teachers and staff, PTSA and the Freshman class will host a staff tailgate on Wednesday, May 10th. Please use the sign up to donate and/or volunteer. Thank you in advance!
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Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

NW Athletic Links

DS Bus Lines

TRANSPORTATION : Visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.

CAA/CTC bus schedule

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