SMN News for November 11, 2019

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News from Student Services

Schedule Change Requests for Spring Semester

The last day to request a schedule change for spring semester is Friday, December 13th.

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.

Youth and Government

On October 28th and 29th, a delegation of SM North students attended the 2019 Youth and Government event in Topeka. The conference is open for any sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a strong interest in politics.

Students began their preparation with faculty sponsor, Mrs. Kayte Cormack in August, and conducted research in order to write their own bill. During the two day conference, students debated the bills that they had written in the actual chambers of the House and Senate at the Kansas Capitol building.

The eight students in the North delegation represented themselves and our school very well. Several individuals also were recognized by their peers and conference leadership at the conclusion of the event. Senior Mason Trout and junior Hananeel Morinville were among the seven students recognized as “Outstanding Statesmen” at the conference. Miss Morinville and fellow junior, Glory Obi, were both elected for two of the four student leadership positions for the 2020 conference. Miss Morinville will serve as the Speaker of the House, and Miss Obi as the President of the Senate.

The remaining students that completed the North delegation included seniors Kevin Lopez, Brian Pendleton, and Rory Smith, as well as sophomores Samantha Morinville and OreOluwa Oni. A special thank you again to all of these students, they truly did an amazing job.


Categories is the longest running locally broadcast quiz show in the area. It pits teams from all 5 high schools in the Shawnee Mission District as well as 5 high schools from Blue Valley against each other in closely contested trivia matches. In the first of 4 games this season, SM North battled SM East on Thursday, October 31st and was edged out 24-26. Team members included seniors Brian Blood, Thomas Parnell, Brian Pendleton, and freshman Wyatt Boyd. Even though we lost our first match, we're a very strong team this year and look forward to competing in our next matches in November and January.


The Shawnee Mission Math Club travelled to Emporia State University on Wednesday Oct 23rd to compete in the 2019 Math Day State-wide competition. Several North students and teams placed at this event including:

Geometry Individual Event Algebra Individual Event

Thomas Parnell – 8th out of 80 Brian Blood – 17th out of 68

Hallie Amstein – 15th out of 80

Geometry Team Event Algebra Team Event

5th out of 27 teams 4th out of 25 teams

Thomas Parnell Brian Blood

Oreoluwa Oni Logan Setzkorn

Trevor Maxville Christian Hedrick

The SMN mathletes are pictured below: Oreoluwa Oni, Taylor Brown, Jayden Vazzano, Thomas Parnell, Brian Blood, Maya Routh, Christian Hedrick, Hallie Amstein, Miles Duvanel, Trevor Maxville, Aaron Souder, Logan Setzkorn and Aaron Souder.

The next Shawnee Mission Mathletics competition will be held at Shawnee Mission North on Wednesday Nov 6th at 3:30pm. Also, the Math League contest will be held on Tuesday November 12th right after school in room 238. Any student interested in competing should talk Mrs. Johnson in room 238 for more details.

Ecomeet at Erie Miller Nature Center

Future ecologists from Shawnee Mission North participated in the Ecomeet at Ernie Miller Nature Center on Wednesday, October 30th. We fielded four teams. Participants included Phil Anstine, Audrey Brandt, Kiley Kimber, Katie Wilburn, Greta Burg, Therese Bichelmeyer, Daniel Edson, Morgan Kramer, Mya Beets, Jalyn French, Alexia Sabala, Hannah Westermayer, Luis Chavez, Jocelyn Dahn, Dylan Deathe, and Jordyn Kelley.

Teams competed in 4 events: a 100 question Kansas Ornithology test, a 100 question Kansas Woodlands test, a 20 minute indoor scavenger hunt for native plant species, and a 5 minute interpretive skit. We battled against teams from SM South, Blue Valley, Gardner, and Tonganoxie. 50 students formed 13 teams.

The results: SMN Team D took 2nd place in the interpretive event. Team B took 4th place overall, barely missing an opportunity to go to the state competition in Hesson, KS on November 7th. However, for the first time in North history one student took 2nd place on the Woodlands test: Greta Berg! She qualified for state and will be competing against the top 18 students in Kansas for a scholarship. Congrats to Greta!

Trivia Night for the Tribe

Saturday, Jan. 18th 2020 at 6:30pm

5500 Woodson Road

Mission, KS


SMN Teachers, Staff, Coaches and Admins,

The 6th Annual SMN "Trivia Night for the Tribe" will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 6:30pm at St. Pius Church in Mission This event is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club. Save the date and start getting your team of eight together today!

If you haven't heard.... "Trivia Night for the Tribe" is a fun night full of trivia, prizes (Best Table Decorations, Best Team Theme/Costumes) and a huge prize raffle. Cost for this adults-only evening is $240 per team and there is a maximum or 8 players per team. Your team can designate $100 of your registration to go to the SMN club, group or team of your choice!

Coaches and sponsors, please consider pushing this info out to your parents and ask them to designate YOUR group or team.

Space is limited so get your table reservation in ASAP. Proceeds go to support SMN students!

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

This event has sold out for the past 3 years. Do not delay! *tables will be secured for a team once money is turned in.

We are excited for our 6th annual event and really hope to see you and your team there!


Jenny Kempfer

SMN Booster Club Trivia Night Committee

International Baccalaureate

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

PEP Club

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Purchase a 2020 Yearbook

2020 Yearbooks can be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 10, 2020. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

If you didn't purchase your book during fee payment, the money ($48) or 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 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 the Indian adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

Final Deadline for Senior Ads is November 15th

This is your last chance to celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2020 yearbook, the Indian.

The third and final deadline is November 15.

Seniors love to see a Senior Ad purchased by their loved ones in the yearbook, so don’t miss out on purchasing one to celebrate your child’s graduation.

Senior Ad forms can be dropped off at the SMN front office or mailed to SM North, attn. Becky Tate.

If you would like to pay with a credit card and/or submit all your photos and Senior Ad contract online, they can be uploaded and paid for at Choose SM North.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad. Photos will be returned in late April.

Thanks so much for your support of the Indian yearbook and 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 .

Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

Community Events

Health Insurance Marketplace

This year, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is six weeks from November 1 through December 15.

The Kansas Assisters Network helps families complete health insurance and social services applications and provides education about health insurance and how to obtain healthcare. They help families apply for Marketplace and Medicaid as well as connect with services in the community.

The Kansas Assisters Network will be available to assist families with enrollment:

Shawnee Mission North
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Interpreters will be available.

Please bring:

  • Income information
  • Social Security numbers
  • Immigration documents
  • Birthday information
  • Employer phone number
  • Username and password if you are enrolling

If you are unable to attend this event you may apply:

Phone: 1-800-318-2596
Appointment: 913-735-9008

The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people who don’t have health coverage.

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FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know some ways you can help encourage healthy meals for your student?

  • Explore – Encourage your child to try new foods at home and school.

· Encourage breakfast – Breakfast fuels learning. School Breakfast is available at all schools. No advance registration necessary! All students are welcome every day!

· Know the options – Schools offer a variety of selections at meals. Talk with your child about healthy choices.

· Encourage good nutrition – Encourage your child to take and eat the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat milk offered in school meals.

· Taste for yourself – Take time to visit your child at school and enjoy a nutritious school meal.

· Be a healthy role model – Eat a wide variety of healthy foods with your children.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at