NORTH NEWS November 8

Where tradition began, excellence continues.



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

North Week:

Freshmen - Stop the Bop

Starting on Monday, during every lunch a song will play on loop until someone pays to change it, the amount has to be more than what was paid before.

Sophomores - Turkey of the Year

Starting next week, November 8th-12th, you can vote for the top five nominated teachers at lunch! You can vote by putting any amount of money into the teacher's jar. At the end of the week, the teacher with the most amount of money raised wins and gets a special prize. And the best part? The teacher gets pied in the face!

Juniors - Cornhole Tournament

Next week, November 8th-11th you can buy a slot in the tournament bracket for you and your partner during your lunch for $3 (partner has to be in your lunch) and the tournament is on Friday. You will compete against other people in your lunch. The winner of each tournament gets a box of donuts from Krispy Kreme!

Seniors - Hit or Miss

The Boys Volleyball Tournament will be taking place next week, November 11th at 3:15. To increase participation and involvement, every team is open to having an optional girl coach/supporter on the sidelines. This event includes prizes and raffles.

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

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Watch Your Email for District School Fee Statements

Emails sent by the district for students who have past due school fees will be sent in early November.


Here is what to look for:

Subject: Fee Management Statement

Your statement for your Shawnee Mission student's fees is attached. You can pay online through the e-funds site, found on the SMSD homepage.

Paras Needed

SM North has openings for Para positions. If you or anyone you know would be interested in applying please contact Dustin Jamison

Safety and Security

  • Please do not park in the row along the construction fence in the parking lot on the east side.
  • Please avoid parking at buildings close to the high school while waiting to pick up your child from school.
  • Students are not allowed to park in the front circle. We reserve this area for our visitors to the building.
  • Please make sure your student is bringing a mask to school each day. We only have a limited supply of extra masks for students, and we cannot provide masks to every student.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • 11/9 - North Area Choral Festival, 11:30am, Fieldhouse
  • 11/9 - PTSA Meeting, 6:00pm, Library
  • 11/3 - Jazz Band Concert, Auditorium, 7:00pm
  • 11/11 & 11/12 - A.R.T., Little Theatre, 7:00pm
  • 11/11 - Booster Club Culvers Night
  • 11/12 - NJROTC - Chili Supper, 4:00-7:00, cafeteria

Afterschool Tutoring

SMN will be offering afterschool tutoring starting Monday 10/25. Tutoring will be every Monday and Wednesdays afterschool 2:50-4:20pm. We will be offering an afterschool meal and a late bus for the students participating in tutoring. The tutoring will be in the Learning Commons and we will have teachers from different academic areas to help students. Late bus passes will be distributed and the late bus will be leaving SMN at 4:30. All students are welcome to attend.


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.

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.

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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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The Skyward custom form for the State Funded March 1 ACT sign-up is now open for Juniors.

** Only junior students can see this in Skyward – parents cannot.

  • Juniors can sign up through this form any time between now and December 1.

See the picture below

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From your Real World Learning Counselor:

YouScience – Parents and Students, YouScience is an aptitude and career discovery survey that all students will be completing by Thanksgiving Break. By completing the aptitude questions and career questions, students will be given personalized career matches that can help them when selecting possible high school programs to enroll in, job shadows, or internship programs. The results from YouScience are also used for invites to career expo events, field trips, and internships. With the list of possible career options that YouScience provides, students can also learn the pathway they can take to get into the career of their choice. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Sherer or Mrs. Miner.

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:

Tuesday, November 9th @ 9:30am Cleveland University (Student Services)

Wednesday, November 10th @ 3:15pm Smith College (via zoom)

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

FAFSA for College Bound Seniors

Still need help with your FAFSA? Shawnee Mission West is holding an in-person FAFSA night Wednesday, November 10th. Sign up here:

Nov 10 FAFSA Completion Sign Up - Finalización de la FAFSA

November 10th 3-6pm experts will be available to help you complete the FAFSA. This event will take place at SM West in the LIBRARY. IT WILL NOT TAKE 3 HOURS TO COMPLETE! You can stop by at the most convenient time for you. Allow at least 45 minutes if you have not started the FAFSA. Make sure to bring the following: 1. Student AND Parent/Guardian FSA ID 2. STUDENT Social Security Number or A-number 3. Parent/Guardian Social Security Number (if they have one) 4. Parent/Guardian 2020 Tax Returns (including W-2) 5. Student 2020 Tax Returns including W-2 (if they filed) 6. Parent/Legal Guardian Birth date (Month/Day/Year) 7. Parent/Legal Guardian Marriage and/or Divorce Date (Month/Year) 8. Bank statements/records of investments (if applicable) 9. Records of untaxed income (if applicable) 10. Checking account, cash, and savings balance (for student and parent/guardian) 11. MacBook (preferably the student's to connect to WiFi) El 10 de noviembre 3-6pm, expertos de habla hispana estarán disponibles para ayudarle a

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Amazon - text AMAZON to 77088 to get alerts or apply at

Genesis Health Club - Kids Club Attendants - Click here to apply

Quick Trip - 913-362-3700 or apply online at

Countryside Child Development Center - email Jesse at

JoCo Parks and Rec - appy at or call 913-826-3054

Loft - click here to apply Search 1710 to apply

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Hollisters/Ambercrombie & Fitch - Click here to apply

Steve's Precision Dental Lab - Part time work - 913-432-6951

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

The Shawnee Mission North Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announces the 2021-22 Athletic Hall of Fame. The program honors and recognizes those associated with North athletics who have experienced significant accomplishments in their chosen sport or sports. The 2021-22 Hall of Fame inductees include:

Keith Guinn, student-athlete 1970-73, who earned four letters, 2 in basketball and 2 in track and field.


Track and Field credentials

  • KSHSAA 5A Indoor Team Championship - 1972

  • KSHSAA 6A Indoor Champion - High Jump - 1973

    • Set Indoor Record 6’8” ¼”

  • KSHSAA 5A Indoor Team Championship Runner Up - 1973

  • KU Relays Champion - High Jump - 1973

  • KSHSAA 5A Regional Champion - High Jump - 1973

  • KSHSAA 5A Outdoor Champion - High Jump - 1973

    • Set Outdoor Record 6’10 ¾” - 1973

  • Scholarship to University of Kansas for Track & Field

  • Golden West National Invitational, 4th - 1973

  • AAU National Outdoor Track & Field Meet, 4th - 1973

David Wendt, student-athlete 1971-74, who earned six letters, 3 in basketball, 2 track and field and 1 in baseball.


Baseball credentials

  • Played on the 1974 baseball team; inaugural baseball season

  • Record 8 - 0

  • Pitched 2 - no hitters

  • Pitched 70 innings, gave up 11 hits and struck out 79 = . 68 ERA

    • Gave up 2 runs in those 70 innings

  • Batted .427; 5 home runs

  • All-Sunflower League

  • All-Sun Country Johnson County


  • KSHSAA 6A Baseball Championships - 4th

  • Baseball Scholarship to OU

  • Drafted in 3rd round by Oakland Athletics

  • Who’s Who of American High Schools

  • National Honor Society

  • High School All-American National Baseball player

  • G.P.A. 3.5

George Sallas

Distinguished Service Accomplishments:

1971-74 Student-athlete

  • Earned six Letters – 1 Football, 3 Wrestling, 1 Baseball & 1 Golf

  • KSHSAA state wrestling qualifier (3 years)

1982 - 1985 Assistant Baseball Coach

  • 1982 KSHSAA State Championship

1986- - 2004 Physical Education Teacher and Coach.

  • Assistant Baseball

  • Assistant Football

  • Assistant Basketball

  • Varsity Golf

2005 - 2015 Athletic Director

  • Established Shawnee Mission Hall of Fame

  • Established Legacy patio

  • Established All School Booster Club

  • Established Sports Foundation Scholarships

2020 Philanthropy

  • Established Headed North Scholarship Fund

Congratulations to Sam Cloud, junior who participates in football, baseball and DECA for being recognized as the KSHSAA covered True Blue Student-Athlete of the Week! What a great honor. Check out the feature here:…

FALL ATHLETIC BUFFER WEEK 1: There shall be no athletic practice, off-season conditioning, informal basketball shooting, working out on wrestling mats, etc., in school-owned facilities during the Fall Athletic Buffer Week, commencing on Monday of Standardized Calendar Week (SCW) #19, through Sunday, SCW #20. Athletic activities of this nature may not be held under the supervision of a school staff member in non-school facilities. This means a moratorium on all school-sponsored athletic activities during this week. Gymnasiums shall not be open to the students during the Fall Athletic Buffer Week for the purpose of shooting baskets, working out with weights, etc., outside of school hours. Noon hour and physical education classes are considered part of the school day.

The Fall Athletic Buffer Week does not eliminate football practice for those senior high schools who qualify for football play-offs until such time their football season is over. The same applies to the gymnastics program. EXCEPTION: Players, no more than three boys and three girls from each participating school’s basketball team, will be allowed to participate in clinics designed to promote and improve basketball officiating prior to SCW #20. The following restrictions will apply: a. The clinic must be approved by the Kansas State High School Activities Association b. Students may participate in only one such clinic per year. Section 3: Middle/Junior High School Regulations (See General Regulations

As we wind down the fall sports season, the winter season is coming upon us. Please note the following​ requirements for our winter sports season: 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.

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 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


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

SMSD Mitigation Spectator Guidelines - 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


Student Recognitions

The PBIS team asked teachers and staff to nominate students who have demonstrated positive behavior. We specifically focused on the core value, belief. Please take a moment to congratulate these students for believing in themselves and others. Way to go students!

-PBIS Team

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Congrats to the Band, Orchestra and Choir Students.

On Saturday, the East Central District held our annual District Auditions for Choir, Band and Orchestra. The following North students made the following EC District Ensembles:

Band: Henry Duff, Nick Gasser, Anahi Siva

Orchestra: Tayten DeGarmo

Mixed Choir: Remy Broome, Sage Hawkins, Morgan Jahnke, Ryleigh Meade, Finley Murphy, Lawson Noland, Hank Pendergraft, Russell Rose, Eliot Thiessen- Scott

Treble Choir: Bella Dowdy, Nevaeh Dull, Madison Dunham, Naomi Hart, Evie Parnell

Celeste Scapecchi, Haley Wilson, Faith Woodruff, Angie Zumbrunnen

These students will work with esteemed clinicians and perform a live concert on December 4th.


The SM North NJROTC team traveled to Springfield, MO on Saturday . The team competed against 7 schools from Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. The Bison finished 1st Overall taking home nine 1st Place finishes and a 3rd Place finish in the 10 Event competition.

The 1st place events are: Overall, Personnel Inspection, Armed Regulation Drill, Armed Exhibition Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill, Unarmed Exhibition Drill, Color Guard, Overall Athletics, Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, 16x100 Shuttle Relay

3rd Place in Academics.

We also had several Bison be recognized with top 3 finishes in the areas of Academics and Athletics:


1st Place – Angel Arreola


1st Place – Sophia Porraz

2nd Place – Abigail Serling

3rd Place – Kayte Acosta


1st Place – Lucas McGriff

2nd Place – Jacob Needham


1st Place – Abigail Serling

2nd Place – Sabrina Dubois

3rd Place – Samantha Herron


1ST Place – Jacob Needham

2nd Place – Chaise Carrender

3rd Place – Lucas McGriff



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

B-ROC Volunteer opportunities

  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead - email
  • The Overland Park Arboretum is looking for volunteers for their upcoming events, “Enchanted Faire”, “Terra Luna”, and “Luminary Walk”. Multiple times and activities are available for each of these events. Please contact Liz Hazell at for more information.

JAG - KC Volunteer opportunities

Junior Achievement - KC

  • We have a few opportunities this week
    • Monday 11/8 – Need a group to move tables and chairs for our event on 11/9 – could be anytime during the day. Probably 1-2 hours.
    • Tuesday 11/9 – Need Parking Attendants (4) and Greeters (3). These will be between 4-7:30pm.
    • Wednesday 11/10 - Need a group to move tables and chairs from our event on 11/9 – could be anytime during the day. Probably 1-2 hours.

People can sign up for Hall of Fame opportunities on our volunteer website: Sign Up for Events (

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


The SMN Booster Club will be hosting our annual Coach/Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, November 11th. This is a small token of appreciation for all that our coaches and sponsors do for the students at Shawnee Mission North.

We are asking for donations of muffins/pastries, fruit, and bottled water. Muffins/Pastries can be homemade but ALL BAKED GOODS MUST BE INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED (ziploc bags or plastic wrap is fine). We will also need a few people to help set up, serve, and clean up. Please click on the link for more info and to sign up. Thank you for helping make a wonderful morning for our coaches and sponsors!

Coach/Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast - Thursday, Nov. 11th

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Booster Club Update

Thanks for your continued support of the SMN Booster Club!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday, January 29 at St. Pius X Church in Mission. More information will be available in the next few weeks.

Did you know that 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 $150,000 in grants to clubs, groups & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, tailgates/concessions, Trivia Night and annual Golf Tournament. Thanks for your continued support!

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

New form for 2021-22 - Household Economic Survey

Families are encouraged to complete the Household Economic Survey (HES) as part of the Online Verification available on Skyward. The purpose of the HES form is to assist families and our district in the upcoming year.

All students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. However, the HES form generates additional state funds for our schools.

If your family qualifies, the district will receive funds to help support programs providing additional support for learners with a variety of needs. Additionally, qualifying on the HES provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced transportation fees and Pre-k enrollment. If families do not complete the HES, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Do not complete the HES form if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing the HES form.

Eligibility determination will be made according to the guidelines established by the Kansas Department of Education. Please contact the SMSD Food Service office with any questions.



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.