SM West Newsletter

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 - Issue #10

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Contact Information

8800 W. 85th Street

Overland Park, Kansas 66212

http://smwest.smsd.org/


Phone: (913) 993-7800

Fax: (913) 993-8099

Report an Absence: (913) 993-7845

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Important Numbers

Main Office – 993-7800

Counseling Office – 993-7830

Attendance Hotline – 993-7845 Please call this number to report an absence

Spanish Interpreter – 993-7840



Oficina Principal – 993-7800

Oficina de Los Consejeros – 993-7830

Línea de Asistencia 24 horas al día – 993-7845 Por favor, llame este número para reportar una ausencia

Intérprete de español – 993-7840

Attendance

Thank you those of you who are calling the attendance hotline at 993-7845 to report an absence.

You can leave a message at anytime. Staff listens to messages and processes them in the order that they are received, so it is suggested to allow at least 30 minutes of time before you need your student released.

Students need to stay in their class until the pass is delivered to them.


Thank you for your cooperation.

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SCHEDULE CHANGES

REMINDER:

Friday, Oct. 15 is a Teacher Work Day and NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Oct. 18-22 Schedule

Monday Oct. 18 Odd Classes 1, 3, 5, and 7

Tuesday Oct. 19 Even Classes 2, 8, 4 and 6

Wednesday Oct. 20 Odd Classes 1, 3, 5 and 7

Thursday Oct. 21 LATE START Even classes 2, 8, 4 and 6

Friday Oct. 22 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Parent Teacher Conference Day

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be help both virtually and in person on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 5-8pm and Friday, Oct. 22 7:30-11:30 am and 12pm-3:15 pm.


ALL CONFERENCES ARE APPOINTMENT ONLY


Families have received emails with directions on how to schedule a conference with your students' teachers. See Below:




Thank you for those families who have already went on Skyward to sign up for a conference time for next week. Please make sure to add a note (see attachment step 4 & 5) in Skyward to your scheduled time to let the teachers know your preference of In-Person or WebEx. If you chose WebEx, the teachers will communicate with you directly with the link to connect.

If you are choosing In-Person for your conference, please consider allowing time in between sessions for you to travel from classroom to classroom, instead of back-to-back times. Just a reminder that conferences are in the teacher’s classrooms, instead of the gyms like previous years. We want to be respectful of everyone’s time and we want to stay on track with the scheduled times.

Wednesday, 10/20/21: 5-8PM (Appointment only)

Friday, 10/22/21: 7:30-11:30 & 12-3:15 (Appointment only)

PT Conference How-To Video

We look forward to seeing you in person or online next week!

As always, please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns,

Grant Dreiling
Associate Principal



The attachments with detailed instructions are in a PDF form below - both English and Spanish versions.

Picture Retakes

Oct. 20th has been set aside for Picture Retakes for all 9-12th graders. Please have your student listen carefully for announcements about when to report to the library.



Thank you.

WINTER SPORTS

Winter Sports

Winter sports season kicks off on Monday, November 15. Tryouts will begin right after school. Completed physicals and concussion forms must be on file in the athletic office to be cleared for participation.

For more information, check out the new Shawnee Mission West Athletic Department website. Please visit https://shawneemissionwestvikings.com/ for all things related to Viking Athletics.

You can find sports schedules on the athletic department website. For the most accurate sports schedule information first try: www.sunflowerleague.org

Thanks,

Todd McAtee, CAA

Shawnee Mission West High School

Athletic Director

(913) 993-7843

toddmcatee107@smsd.org

Attention - Seniors that Attended McAuliffe Elementary School

SMWest Class of 2022 Seniors who attended McAuliffe Elementary: Group picture to be taken on Thursday October 21. Meet at 7:30am at the Ad Astra pool parking lot and we will walk together up to the school to take pictures. Please bring $5 per student to help pay for the yearbook ad. Please share with all SMWest Class of 2022 Seniors who attended McAuliffe.

Attention - Seniors that Attended Overland Park Elementary School

SMWest Class of 2022 Seniors who attended Overland Park Elementary: Group picture to be taken on Thursday October 28. Meet at 7:25am in the Overland Park Elementary parking lot. We’ll assemble in front of the building and take pictures at 7:30. Please bring $5 per student to help pay for the yearbook ad. Please share with all SMWest Class of 2022 Seniors who attended Overland Park Elementary.

Attention - Seniors that Attended Pawnee Elementary School

Seeking 2022 SMW Seniors that attended Pawnee Elementary

Attention Pawnee families! Do you know a SMWest 2022 Senior that attended Pawnee? We are organizing a photo for our seniors to have a yearbook ad. Please contact us ASAP so we can gather a headcount & set a date. The more participation we have, the cost could be as few as $10 per family. If your family isn’t comfortable spending the amount, but your student still wants to participate, please ask for help when sending your info. The photo will be taken in front of Pawnee.

Catherine Molloy “Tori’s mom”
(913)568-4938
Mcatmolloy@gmail.com

NOTE FROM OUR NURSE

If your student has symptoms of COVID-like illness, please have them stay home and call the nurse (913-993-7816). Please be aware that our return to school protocol requires ONE of the following:

  1. A negative PCR COVID test (SMSD offers free PCR testing for all students, staff and family members who have symptoms). Please note that rapid, antigen and home test kit results are not accepted for returning to school.
  2. A doctor’s note indicating student is cleared to return to school.
  3. Student stays home for 10 days from the start of symptom (absences will be excused).

Call Marni Bollella, RN at 913-993-7816 for information regarding testing, COVID symptoms or any other concerns.

Students who are vaccinated for COVID and develop symptoms still need to follow this protocol; multiple cases of COVID have been reported here at SM West in vaccinated individuals.

Please be patient if the nurse contacts you with questions or concerns about your student. It is diffiult to have a clear picture of how many students are ill or who may have had an exposure to COVID when families will not share information. Our goal is to keep in-person classes, sports and activities in place and to ensure as safe an environment as possible here at SM West. Thank you for your partnership.

Marni Bollella, BSN, RN, CFRN

School Nurse, Shawnee Mission West

marnibollella@smsd.org

(913)993-7816 (office)

(913)993-1483 (fax)Marni Bollella, BSN, RN, CFRN

School Nurse, Shawnee Mission West

marnibollella@smsd.org

(913)993-7816 (office)

(913)993-1483 (fax)

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SM West PTSA

LAST WEEK TO BE IN THE RUNNING FOR A GIFT CARD!


Teachers and students who sign up for PTSA membership by Sunday, Oct. 17 will be in the running for several gift card prizes. Don’t miss your chance to win!


PTSA MEMBERSHIP LINK


Thank you!Senior Parents Help Plan Mr. Viking and Senior Sizzle

Parents are needed to help plan and organize these two big senior year events. Mr. Viking is a night of fun and talent as seniors compete in the Mr. Viking Pageant! Money fundraised from Mr. Viking is used for Senior Sizzle, our drug and alcohol-free event on seniors’ last day of school. If you would like to volunteer for either, or both, events contact Tracy Johnson at tracykjohn1970@gmail.com.



Your SM West PTSA works to support our students and staff throughout the school year.

5 Reasons to join PTSA

(membership is Annual)

1. Benefit your child!

Research shows that children perform better when parents are involved both at home and at school.

2. Get Connected!

There is no better way to know what’s happening at school.

3. Tap into a network!

PTA connects you to other parents and teachers.

4. Be a Role Model!

By becoming a PTSA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child, the importance you place on education.

5. Witness Improvement!

By getting involved in PTA you’ll be part of the solution – helping to make positive changes.

Please consider joining PTSA by using the following link. You may also download and print an application and return to the Middle office to be put in the PTSA mailbox.



Thank you,



Thank you for joining! We look forward to a great 2020-2021 year.


Contact either Co-President if you have questions or need assistance.


Co-President - Eric Forssberg

eaforssberg@yahoo.com

Co-President - MariaPurviance

zakeox@hotmail.com


¡Gracias por unirse! Esperamos un gran año 2020-2021.


Comuníquese con el Copresidente si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia.

Copresidenta - Eric Forssberg

eaforssberg@yahoo.com


Copresidente - Maria Purviance

zakeox@hotmail.com

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SAIL Tutoring

The SM West after school SAIL Tutoring program is open to all of our SM West Students.

Tutoring is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this academic year and according to the SMSD school calendar.

Students should report to the cafeteria and can partake in a free snack.

See the fliers below for specifics.


Bus Transportation is available and travels along the main corridor of 87th street.

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HELP NEEDED - Meal for Teachers on Parent Teacher Conference Day Oct. 20th

Donate to our Teacher Meal During Conferences on Oct. 20

We are kicking off our first Staff Appreciation with a meal for evening Parent Teacher Conferences WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20th. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. To help the staff in the office, we ask that you please wait to drop off the soups in your well marked/labeled crockpots until 3:15 that day.

Questions, please reach out to Janet Walbert by email, phone or text (cqwmom@gmail.com or 913-530-7858).

Teacher meal for Parent Teacher week

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Notes from SM West Student Services

Every student considering postsecondary education (including 2-year/vocational/trade schools) should file the FAFSA. We have several FAFSA events throughout the month of October or you can contact your College Adviser, Ms. Kirkpatrick for help.


October 14th 6:30pm: Step-by-Step through the FAFSA (virtual by Johnson County Library)

October 18th 6pm: FAFSA Completion at SMW

October 19th during seminar: Virtual College Visits for JUNIORS: Mizzou, University of Chicago, University of Kansas, Wichita State, and Kansas State.

October 19th 7pm: Learn about Saving and Finding Free Money for College (virtual by Sallie Mae)

October 20th 12pm: Learn about Saving and Finding Free Money for College (virtual by Sallie Mae)

October 26th during seminar: College Application Workshop - get help with college applications, FAFSA, or scholarship applications


All sign up forms are available at https://linktr.ee/CollegeSMW


The 2022-2023 FAFSA opens October 1st. Check out our financial aid events below for help filing. The 2022-2023 FAFSA uses 2020 taxes. Both the students and one parent will need to create an FSA ID. See Ms. Kirkpatrick with questions.


For a list of upcoming scholarships click here

Apply to be a college ambassador here - this is a great resume-builder!

Find all upcoming event sign ups here


If you need help applying for scholarships or have any questions, reach out to your College Adviser at ashlynkirkpatrick@smsd.org AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!


Follow @CollegeSMW on Twitter and Instagram for updates, deadlines, and events!


Alpha Breakdown of Counselors:

Laura Raney LAST NAMES A - E lauraeshelman@smsd.org

Kim Urenda LAST NAMES F - K kimurenda@smsd.org

Katy Reda LAST NAMES L- Rh katyreda@smsd.org

Jamie Heller LAST NAMES Ri- Z jamieheller@smsd.org


ACT REGISTRATION: Remember your senior has the opportunity to take the ACT through the National Testing Site at www.act.org three times here in the fall. We highly recommend you register early as these dates and testing centers can fill up quickly. JUNIORS - we recommend you take the “official” ACT in the spring semester. The state of Kansas is paying for all SM West Juniors to take the test this spring on March 1st. We will register your students for that here at school and send out more information closer to the dates.


The fall ACT Test dates are:

October 23, 2021** September 17, 2021 October 1, 2021

*December 11, 2021** November 5, 2021 November 19, 2021

ACT Register online: www.actstudent.org

Cost of tests: ACT $60 and ACT Plus Writing is $85.


Test Date Registration Deadline Late Deadline ($38 fee)



From your West Social Workers: Please remember that if you or your child needs some extra support, there are professionals ready to help. Johnson County Mental Health has services for families and teens.

Children and Family Services Brochure

Children and Family Services Brochure en Español

You are always invited to call one of us as well to discuss how we can support your student.

Mary Lea Kieffer A-K 993-7836

Donna Holmes L-Z 993-7832


Please do not ever be afraid to ask for help! We are here for you!


Por favor recuerda que puede contactar a nuestros trabajadores sociales para obtener apoyo adicional.

Mary Lea Kieffer (Alpha A-K) marykieffer@smsd.org 913-993-7836 o

Donna Holmes (Alpha L-Z) donnaholmes@smsd.org 913-993-7832.


Family Support Link (Enlace de Pedir Apoyo- para su Familia)

Student Support Request Form (Enlace para Pedir Apoyo- Estudiante)

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SMSD Support

Use these links below to see current information and events offered for our parents.


Updated Parent SMSD Site

  • Tech Tune Up Drive Thru: October 14 - 6-8pm at the CAA Please RSVP
  • Digital Citizenship Week 2021 starts October 18!
  • Students, Screentime & Health with Chris Jenson @ SM South from 7-8pm November 3, 2021 Please RSVP to reserve your tickets!




LIGHTSPEED PARENT REPORT AVAILABLE OCTOBER 4, 2021

This service will provide parents with a live student internet history for the last 7 days. To register click on the “Fill out Online Form” for your Skyward account.

To register parents should go to Skyward. An online form is available to register for this district provided service. Once the form is completed, parents will receive an email to provide access to the parent portal website.


See Screenshots below.

This service is only for students that have been assigned a Shawnee Mission School District Device. Service updates will occur once a week with new enrollments.

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Performing Arts Newsletter

We are excited to share about the events and resources the Performing Arts Here is the link for the Preforming Arts October Newsletter.


https://my.visme.co/view/4dyr97pq-october-pa-newsletter

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

Please download the PDF below if you are interested in participating in an essay contest.


Good luck.

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Latinos of Tomorrow

SM West has started a new student organization: Latinos of Tomorrow. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to join us. The dates of our future meetings are on the attached poster

SM West ha empezado una nueva organización estudiantil: Latinos of Tomorrow. Los estudiantes de todo tipo pueden reunir con nosotros. Las fechas de nuestras reuniones están en el poster apegado.

Questions/Preguntas: Talk to Ms. E or Ms. Urenda

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Survey Request

Shawnee Mission School District students in the Medical Health Sciences Signature Program are partnering with researchers at the University of Kansas to study the effects of sports specialization on teens and young adults.

Data collection for this project involves a short anonymous survey that the researchers would like to send to your student-athlete, with your permission. This invitation is for any student-athlete, including athletes who might not be involved in fall sport. If you are willing to allow your student athlete(s) to complete this survey, please click on the link provided at the bottom of the attached form.

Thank you.

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Message about Tele-Health Appointments

In keeping with the Shawnee Mission School District’s current guidance for Fall events during the 21-22 school year, external building visitors, including outpatient treatment case managers and clinicians, are not allowed in schools during the school day. This also applies to tele-counseling and virtual, web-based appointments. The expectation is that while students are in school they are engaged and in class, lunch and/or seminar. Parents/Guardians scheduling appointments for students during the school day should attempt to do so before or after school hours. Where an appointment must take place during school hours, the parent/guardian should contact the school attendance center so their student can be called out of class/school for the appointment. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this expectation.

SENIOR YEARBOOK ADS

SENIOR PARENTS

You have the opportunity to place a congratulatory tribute in the 2022 yearbook for your student. You can find all the information HERE, including all the details related to sizes, prices and deadlines in addition to the link to order online. The deadline for the early bird rate is Oct. 8 and the deadline for regular price is Nov. 12. We will have yearbook students available to help design your ad and answer questions during parent-teacher conferences Oct. 20.

Please email amymorgan@smsd.org or smwyearbookstaff@gmail.com with questions.

Thanks!

Booster Club

Parents, don’t forget to join Shawnee Mission West Booster Club. Use your Booster Club pass to get into Shawnee Mission West home football, soccer, basketball and volleyball games while supporting all West athletes, cheer and dance teams.


This is a great way to be able to support our SM West athletes and enjoy watching the games at a reduced cost if you were to buy at the door.


Here is the link to join the SM West Booster:

https://smwboosterclub.com/purchase-membership/

Class Schedule

On regularly scheduled days:


Students should arrive at school no later than 7:35am to allow time to get to their first class.

The school day ends at 2:40pm. All students should be off campus shortly thereafter unless they are participating with a coach or a sponsor for an extracurricular activity.


On Late Start Thursdays:


Classes on Thursdays will begin at 8:50am. It is important to know that bus service pick up times WILL NOT CHANGE. Students who need to ride the bus will be invited to sit on the bridge, cafeteria, or gym until classes begin. Students who drive or have access to a ride will not need to arrive until a time reasonable so that they can get to class by 8:50am.

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SM West Theatre

JOIN THESPIANS / DRAMA CLUB

Click on the link below and join our GOOGLE CLASSROOM page at…

https://classroom.google.com/c/Mzc2ODAxOTU4NDcx?cjc=m6tkiyk



HEY PARENTS! JOIN SPOTLIGHTERS
Did you know there is a parent group at Shawnee Mission West dedicated to fostering the performing arts known as Spotlighters? If the adults in your life are interested in learning more, please share the following information.

We meet the first Monday of each month.
Come and check it out to learn more about all we do to support these great programs!
We have a website that will share events and upcoming dates.
https://smwspotlighters.com/
We're also on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the following board members:
Co-Presidents:
- Stephanie Watson - sjwatson60@gmail.com
- Courtney Moffitt - moffitt5some@gmail.com
Membership: Charlotte Wallenburg - mwallenburg@yahoo.com
Secretary: Kristie Orme - kristieremsterorme@gmail.com
Treasurer: Becca Wagner - becca.wagner@yahoo.com
VP Programs:
- Jan Good-Bollinger - jgoodbollinger@gmail.com
- Katy Myers - katy.myers@yahoo.com
VP Publicity: Jennifer Clevenger - jeninote@clevengerfamily.net

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Starving Artists Club

Mrs. Amanda Courtney would like to invite interested students to:


Starving Artists - a collective of students interested in the creation and interpretation of art, literature, & media - will begin meeting in Room 128 w/ Courtney starting September 9th; we will meet each Thursday thereafter. Join us or email amandacourtney@smsd.org for more details!


Health Partnership Clinic Open at SM West








A school-based health clinic for all Shawnee Mission School District students and their siblings (3 to 20 years old) SM West High School, 8800 W. 85th St.

The clinic will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, except when school is not in session.

Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) and the Shawnee Mission School District are partnering to provide access to primary and preventative health care, chronic disease management, mental health services, and dental care to district students and their siblings.

For more information about the Health Partnership Clinic, or to schedule a medical appointment, Shawnee Mission School District parents should call 913-648-2266.More information also is available here.

Services will include:

Physical exams

Sports physicals

Immunizations, including vaccines for COVID-19

COVID testing

Age-appropriate health screenings

Preventative education

Referrals to specialty services

Sick visits

Management of acute and chronic problems and mental health services

Dental Care including screenings, fluorides, and restorative care

Most insurance plans are accepted, including KanCare/Medicaid. As a community health center, HPC offers a sliding-fee discount program which is based on income and household size. Fees are waived for students experiencing homelessness. Free medicaid and Marketplace insurance enrollment will also be available.

“The idea is to break down barriers to health care,” Shelby Rebeck, health services director for the Shawnee Mission School District shared. “Barriers for many of our students include low income, lack of knowledge, lack of transportation and parents’/guardians’ inability to take time away from hourly jobs. Health Partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for our students to receive critical health care so they can be successful in school.”

The clinic offers pediatric-focused care to treat most health conditions that affect children and adolescents, Amy Falk, HPC’s chief executive officer shared.

“We basically function as a doctor’s office, but in a school building,” Falk noted. “Services are available in person or virtual, and walk-ins will be accommodated if the schedule permits. The primary goal is to provide easy, immediate access to quality and affordable health care.”

The goal is to serve as a medical home for students and offer an additional access point to primary care, Wael S. Mourad, MD, MHCM, FAAFP, and HPC’s chief health officer, shared.

“Beyond a focus on primary health care, it is important we meet the social and emotional needs of children and adolescents to help them reach their individual potential,” Mourad added.

The clinic will open across from the nurse’s office at SM West.

"The Shawnee Mission School District and Health Partnership Clinic are an example of how two organizations can come together to help improve the lives of children,” says Steve Loe, principal of Shawnee Mission West High School. “The school-based health clinic will greatly expand the resources of our school nurse and social worker and help support our goal to have every student succeed.”




Please take a moment to download the press release/fliers for more information. (The PDF attachments are larger images of the pictures below.)

Tardy Policy

Tardy Action Plan 2021-2022:

  1. 2 tardies = Teacher has a student conference (Teacher Documents in Skyward)
  2. 3 tardies = Teacher 15 min detention + parent contact (Teacher Documents in Skyward)
  3. 5 tardies = Admin sends automatic warning email sent home through Skyward
  4. 10 tardies = Admin assigns 1 hour detention and parent contact (Admin Document in Skyward)
  5. 20 tardies = Admin assigns 2 hour detention and parent contact (Athletes miss 1 game/activities)
  6. 30 tardies = Admin assigns 1 day of ISS and parent contact (Admin Document in Skyward)
  7. 40 tardies = Admin assigns 1 day of ISS and parent conference (Admin Document in Skyward)
  8. 50 tardies = Admin assigns 2 day of ISS and passing privileges removed (Admin Document in Skyward)

*Every 10th tardy = 1 day of Unexcused Absence



Please use the attendance hotline to report an absence or late arrival. Please allow 30 minutes to process an early dismissal.


993-7845

STUDENT PARKING

Student Parking is open to registered drivers that are in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Parking passes are $60 for the academic year and you can pay online through efunds or have your student bring payment to the bookkeeping office.

Please have your student complete the parking pass form, then bring the form and proof of payment to the front security office to Officer Garlington. He will then give your student a parking pass to be placed on the back driver's side window of their car.


Please remind your student that there are designated staff and student parking areas and they need to make sure they follow all rules and procedures. Security staff will administer tickets for failure to follow rules/procedures.

Technology and MacBook Help


If your student has an issue with technology we ask that you FIRST try to do some independent problem solving.


1) Try going to the SM West Website to look at the Technology Rescue Site. This google site has many solutions that students can do at home to problem solve their tech issues.

2) Go to the "Lifesaver" icon on your browser bar. This takes you to the SMSD Help Desk to complete a Help request.

3) BE PATIENT. Please wait for a staff member to call you down to the library for assistance. Please be assured that staff are working very hard to meet the needs of all of our students.


Español:

El 16 de agosto, el personal y los voluntarios distribuyeron MacBooks a los estudiantes. Si su estudiante no recibió un MacBook, por favor sea paciente. Nuestro personal de tecnología está trabajando continuamente para resolver problemas y solucionar problemas técnicos para que todos los estudiantes tengan un MacBook que funcione.



Si su estudiante tiene un problema con la tecnología, le pedimos que PRIMERO intente resolver algunos problemas de forma independiente.




1) Intente ir al sitio web de SM West para ver el sitio de Technology Rescue Site (Rescate de tecnología). Este sitio de Google tiene muchas soluciones que los estudiantes pueden hacer en casa para resolver sus problemas de tecnología.


2) Ve al icono "Salvavidas" en la barra de tu navegador. Esto te llevará al Servicio de ayuda de SMSD para completar una solicitud de ayuda.


3) SEA PACIENTE. Espere a que un miembro del personal lo llame a la biblioteca para pedir ayuda. Tenga la seguridad de que el personal está trabajando muy duro para satisfacer las necesidades de todos nuestros estudiantes.

SENIOR OPEN LUNCH

On Tuesday, Aug. 17th, an email was sent to the Parent's/Guardians of all SM West Seniors in regards to the Senior Open Lunch Opportunity.


Only Seniors are given the privilege to leave campus during their lunch time, but each of them need to have a Parent Permission form on file. Parents were sent a Google Form link via email. Please use this link to complete the form for your senior. The email address MUST come from a Parent email and not a student email.


If you are the parent/guardian of a senior and did not receive the email link, you may email jennifersilverstein@smsd.org.


Español:

El martes, 17 de Agosto, un correo electrónico fue enviado a los padres/ Guardianes de todos los SM West Seniors en lo que respecta a la Senior Open Lunch Opportunity (Comer Afuera de la Escuela durante Almuerzo).


Sólo a las personas de 12 grado se les da el privilegio de salir del campus durante su hora de almuerzo, pero cada uno de ellos necesita tener un formulario de permiso de los padres en el archivo. A los padres se les envió un enlace de formulario de Google por correo electrónico. Utilice este enlace para completar el formulario para su superior. La dirección de correo electrónico DEBE venir de un correo electrónico de los padres y no de un estudiante.


Si usted es el padre/tutor de un anciano y no recibió el enlace de correo electrónico, puede enviar un correo electrónico

jennifersilverstein@smsd.org.

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Covid and Masking Update

Our nation and community continue to deal with the effects and repercussions of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The goal of our SMSD Board of Education is to keep students in school. The School Board recently had an emergency session to vote on the use of masks in school. Here is the announcement from this meeting:



Shawnee Mission Board of Education Approves Updated Mitigation Plan

At the August 5, 2021, special meeting of the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education, the Board approved changes to the COVID-19 mitigation plan.


These changes will require all children and adults in grades PreK-12 to wear masks in all district facilities.


The details of the approved plan are included here:

Mitigation Plan, approved by the Board on Aug. 5, 2021

Handout, plan approved on Aug. 5, 2021

The vote passed with a 6 to 1 vote in favor.

Keeping schools open and safe continues to be a top priority in the SMSD in the 2021-2022 school year.


  • 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

o SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218

o Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as www.gogettested.com/kansas, 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.

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Canvas

Canvas is an educational and information portal that our teachers use to post assignments, curriculum content, calendars...and more. All students will have a Canvas Portal that will house the pages from their teachers. Parents can also sign up as an Observer in Canvas. Observers can link their Canvas account to their student's account so they can see assignment due dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.



The smsd.org website has a tremendous amount of information and guides to help parents learn more about Canvas.

Use this link to access these instructional guides:

https://www.smsd.org/academics/digital-learning-initiative/canvas/parents

Fee Payment

PAYMENT OF FEES

Thank you to those families who were able to come up to school for fee payment or made payments online. Efunds will continue to be active for online payments.

EFUNDS LINK

You may also come to our offices from 7:00am-3:30pm to make payments.

Our Bookkeeper is also available to answer questions via email or phone.

Cristina Seyler cristinaseyler@smsd.org 993-7810

Timely payment of fees as well as the development of payment plans allows for the instructors to have available funds to purchase materials necessary for the beginning of the school year. Sunflower Insurance and KanCare do cover a portion of the fees. Please reach out if you have questions.

Food Service Announcement

Food Service welcomes every student to enjoy FREE school breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year.

Once again, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put into effect nationwide waivers allowing school food service departments to continue to serve healthy school meal options free to all students.

There are no Free & Reduced Meal Applications for 2021-22 school year since meals are FREE for all students.

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

  • Even though all students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost this year, 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 families which may include free/reduced transportation fees and preK enrollment. If families do not complete the HES, State funding for our school district may be reduced.
  • 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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Monitor student meal accounts by visiting SchoolCafé. You’ll need to set up username and password. There are multiple benefits to this new software including the ability to:

  • View your child's account balance anytime.
  • Access direct certification information
  • See exactly what a la carte items are being purchased.
  • Set limits on a la carte purchases.
  • View Menus with nutrient and allergen information.

SchoolCafe Link: https://www.schoolcafe.com/


Add funds to your students' account for a la carte items through EFunds applicaiton.

EFunds Link: https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55790

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION

Dear Parents/Guardians,
During the week of September 20, DS Bus Lines, the district’s transportation service provider, will implement roster checks in order to verify accurate counts of riders enrolled and receiving transportation services. For any student riders not yet registered for transportation, please note that parents will be contacted by school offices to arrange alternative (parent provided) transportation.


To register students for transportation visit DS Bus Lines website. You can contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384- 1190.


For schools that offer regular education transportation, families who may qualify for free transportation should consider completing the online Household Economic survey (HES) located in Skyward (Online Verification

Link). Please contact your child’s school office for assistance in completing this form.
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JoCo Library has free live homework help until 11pm and other nifty live homework assistance at https://www.jocolibrary.org/research/homework-help-teens.

The ecard registration is at https://www.jocolibrary.org/using-the-library/getting-started.


En Español: JoCo Library tiene ayuda en vivo gratis hasta las 11pm y otra asistencia en vivo.


El registro del ecard se encuentra aquí

Thank you to our West community. Your patience and your positive attitude are much appreciated!!!