SM West Newsletter

Wednesday, Sept.15, 2021 - Issue #6

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Contact Information

8800 W. 85th Street

Overland Park, Kansas 66212

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

Spanish Interpreter – 993-7840

Oficina Principal – 993-7800

Oficina de Los Consejeros – 993-7830

Línea de Asistencia 24 horas al día – 993-7845

Intérprete de español – 993-7840

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Message from Principal Loe

Dear Viking Families,

I am writing to make you aware of a problem we are facing here in our school, and to ask for your help. Some of our students have been trying to copy a trend that has become popular on the social media app TikTok, which is a video sharing app. Unfortunately, this trend involves stealing and damaging property, and sharing videos of their actions on TikTok. Over the last few days, we have had damage to our facilities and items stolen from the building.

This is not who we are, and it must stop. Of course, we will investigate every instance that takes place in our school, and anyone found to have participated will face both disciplinary and legal consequences and will be required to pay for any damage. We are better than that kind of behavior, and we have too much pride in our school to tolerate this kind of damage to our building and to our school community.

I have addressed this issue with students at school, and I would urge you to do the same at home. This may not be an easy conversation to have, but it is an important one, and if it keeps your child from making a mistake, it will have been worth it. As I said earlier, this is not who we are, and together, we can turn this around quickly.

As a part of this conversation, please remind your student that “If you see something, say something!” Part of what makes this a great school community is our willingness to speak up when things aren’t as they should be.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Steve Loe

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.


For the week of September 13th-17th:

Friday, Sept. 17 is a Professional Learning Day for Staff. This is a NO SCHOOL Day for SM West students.

Thursday, Sept. 16 will be a LATE START (8:50am) Even Block Schedule - Hours 2, 8, 4, and 6.

All five high schools as well as the Signature Programs at the CAA will follow this same schedule.

Please remember that the busses on Late Start Thursdays run on their REGULAR schedule. Students would still arrive to school at the same time and stay on the bridge, in the cafeteria or the gymnasium during that time until the bell rings to go to their first class of the day.

Another Schedule Update

Next Week is Homecoming Week. Sept. 20-24th

You will find two graphics:

1) The Spirit Week themes for each day of the week

2) The Parade Schedule for Thursday, Sept. 23. - Note students will be released to participate in the parade at 1:30pm and then return by bus departure at 2:40pm.

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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 or with questions.


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American Cancer Society Partners with Shawnee Mission West for the 10th year to host Relay For Life

Calling all Shawnee Mission West students and parents! Join us for the 10th Relay For Life event at Shawnee Mission School West this October 1, 2021! Together we are going to fight to beat our biggest rival – cancer.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer.

Relay For Life is a great way for students to get involved in a fun event and help save the lives of those with cancer. Students who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, are making a commitment to the fight against this disease and letting the community know that you can beat cancer.

Please encourage your student to get involved in this amazing event. Students can start forming teams of 6- 14 people. Each participant will be asked to pay a $15 commitment fee upon registration. Each participant is asked to raise additional funds from donations. All participants, regardless of age, must have a Permission Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. It will be held on the SM West track. For more information about Relay and for students to register teams online please go to

The festivities will get underway at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening and conclude at 11 pm.

Volunteers are needed to organize and recruit teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment, and lend their support in any way. Needless to say, we need your support to make this event successful.

We are also searching for survivors of cancer to participate in the opening ceremony lap. If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and return before October 1st or sign up online at

If you would like to purchase a luminaria in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who passed away due to cancer, please fill out the attached form or purchase online at

For additional information about this year’s event, please contact McKenzie Marshall, ACS Staff Partner, at 816.842.7111 or

Mary Lea Kieffer is the faculty sponsor and can be reached at 913-993-7836 or

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Notes from SM West Student Services

Dates posted by Ashlyn Kirkpatrick - SM West College Advisor

September 14th 6:15pm-7:15pm: College Planning for Seniors & Families (at SMW)

September 15th 6:00-7:00pm:Financial Aid 101 - Funding College (at SMW)

September 16th 6:30-8pm: Step-by-step through the FAFSA (virtual)

September 23rd 4:30-5:30pm: Financial Aid 101 - Funding College (at SMW)

September 28th 6:00-7:00pm: College Planning for Spanish Speaking Families at SMW) - overview of first generation, DACA, and non-citizen resources, FAFSA information, and Q&A

September 29th 6:00-7:30pm: Senior Planning Night - includes information on FAFSA, scholarships, trade programs, Q&A with admission representatives, and more! (at SMW)

September 22, Sept. 29, and October 6th 6-8pm: Virtual Liberal Arts College Fairs

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.

College Visits

The following Colleges/Universities are virtually visiting to share information about their school and answer questions. Click on the College/University name to sign up to attend during seminar.

Scholarship Spotlight

DUE September 15th at 7PM - The Gates Scholarship

  • Highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households

DUE September 28th at 1:59AM (yes, AM!) - Atlas Shrugged Scholarship

  • Write an 800-1600 word essay about the book Atlas Shrugged

  • Undocumented students encouraged to apply

DUE September 28th - QuestBridge National Match Scholarship

  • For low-income high school seniors who have excelled academically, but feel that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach

  • Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college

If you need help applying for scholarships or have any questions, reach out to your College Adviser at 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

Kim Urenda LAST NAMES F - K

Katy Reda LAST NAMES L- Rh

Jamie Heller LAST NAMES Ri- Z

ACT REGISTRATION: Remember your senior has the opportunity to take the ACT through the National Testing Site at 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:

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) 913-993-7836 o

Donna Holmes (Alpha L-Z) 913-993-7832.

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

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

Panorama Survey

This school year (2021-2022) the Shawnee Mission School District is once again utilizing the Panorama Social- Emotional Learning survey to assess student’s perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student- teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete and will be administered once each semester. The first survey window is scheduled for September 13 through September 24, 2021. Parents/Guardians would have opted their student(s) in or out of the survey during the 21-22 registration process. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction and/or support is needed. Once survey results are returned, parents/guardians are welcome to see and discuss the results with their students’ teachers, social workers, and counselors. Sample survey questions can be found here and here.

We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment. All data is maintained by SMSD and will remain confidential. Please visit this site for more information about the Panorama SEL survey.

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:


Shawnee Mission West Booster Club Trash Bag Sale

All trash bags are $12 per roll.

Sales start September 12th and will run through September 25th.

Trash bags will be delivered, in the Shawnee Mission West area, to your front door.

To place an order please use the following link:

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PTSA had their first meeting this past Monday. Thank you all for you support of SM West.

Two Things:

1) We need your help to provide support for our Pep Club/StuCo in their planning of the Tailgate celebration before the Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 24.

Help PTSA by donating to the Homecoming Tailgate

PTSA is helping gather donations for the Homecoming Tailgate on September 24. Hot dogs, buns, individual bags of chips, bottled water and cans of soda are needed. Check out the link for sign-up below. Donations can be brought to the school before the 24th. If you have any questions or need help getting your donation to the school, contact Eric Forssberg, Co-PTSA President at Let's make this tailgate a success for our students!

View the sign-up: Homecoming Tailgate - September 24

2) 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

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,

Follow the link on MemberHub and Pay Online:

PAYMENT LINK - choose payment under Parent/Guardian and/or Student category. (Credit Card only)

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

Co-President - MariaPurviance

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

Comuníquese con el Copresidente si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia.

Copresidenta - Eric Forssberg

Copresidente - Maria Purviance

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Class Schedule - UPDATE

SM West will begin to follow a revised schedule beginning TUESDAY, Sept. 7.

Some noticeable differences:

1st- The Late Starts on Thursdays will begin this next week Sept., 7-10.. 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.

2nd - SM West Administration has determined that it is in the best interest of students and staff that we move from a 3 lunch group rotation to a 4 lunch group rotation. We believe that the four rotations will allow for shorter lines and wait times as well as expanded space while students eat. Please have your students look at their Skyward schedule and/or talk to their 4th/5th period teachers to see how their lunch time has been adjusted beginning on Tuesday of next week.

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.

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This year continues to bring our school challenges to sponsor large group events, especially indoors.

Even though we will not be able to host a traditional Homecoming Dance this year, the SM West Staff and StuCo Representatives want to take this opportunity to outline this year's Homecoming activities.

- Thursday, Sept. 23 - Homecoming Parade - Clubs/Activities/Athletic teams who have registered for a space in the homecoming parade lineup will proceed from SM West High School to Thompson Park at 8045 Sante Fe Drive in Overland Park. Students will be invited to attend the pep rally in the park and then return to school in time for dismissal and bus service. Time : 1:00 (Parade Line up) 1:30-2:30 Parade/Rally/Return to School.

- Friday, Sept. 24 - SM West Pre-Game Tailgate at SM South Stadium. Come join your fellow students before the Homecoming Game to cheer on your own SM West Vikings. 5:00pm start with games, music, cheers, and tentatively a pre-game meal for purchase. Plans are still in the works.

- Friday, Sept. 24 - Homecoming game SM West vs. Olathe Northwest 7Pm at SM South Stadium. The Top 12 Homecoming King and Queen candidates will be introduced on the field at half time and then this year's Homecoming Court will be introduced.

We thank everyone for your continued support of our SM West students.

SM West Theatre


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


Thursday, September 16th @3pm - Acting Callbacks on the stage
Saturday, September 18th @9am - Cast List posted in Google Classroom
Monday, September 20th @3pm - First Rehearsal for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

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.

The next meeting of the year is Monday, October 4th at 6:00 PM located in the choir room #153.
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.
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:
- Stephanie Watson -
- Courtney Moffitt -
Membership: Charlotte Wallenburg -
Secretary: Kristie Orme -
Treasurer: Becca Wagner -
VP Programs:
- Jan Good-Bollinger -
- Katy Myers -
VP Publicity: Jennifer Clevenger -

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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 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.)

NHS Supply Drive - Can you help?

Shawnee Mission West NHS is doing a supplies drive to collect donations to Safe Home, and we would love for you to contribute!

This drive will be the week of September 20th-24th. We are asking students to bring specific items each day, but we would love your help as well. Please bring any of the supplies below to any of our home games or the front office during the week.

We would much appreciate you and your students’ donations!





Dental floss


Body wash

Shaving cream/razors

Baby diapers/wipes

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.



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.


Fall Sports have begun.

There are two places where a family can look for information about scheduling.

First try: for the most accurate information for the entire Sunflower league.

The Shawnee Mission West Athletic Department now has a new website. Please visit for all things related to Viking Athletics.


Todd McAtee, CAA

Shawnee Mission West High School

Athletic Director

(913) 993-7843

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.


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.


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


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

Performing Arts Newsletter

We are excited to share about the events and resources the Performing Arts has for the new school year. Please welcome our new music teachers and learn about one of SMSD summer music programs. Here is the link for the Preforming Arts August Newsletter.

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Attention - Students interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice.

Overland Park Police Explorers

Interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice? Join the Overland Park Police Explorers! We meet twice a month on Thursdays and provide young adults a glimpse of what it takes to be in law enforcement. The Explorer program is open to all young adults from high school to college, who are 14 to 20 years of age. Please join us at our open house meeting September 16th at 6:30PM at the Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster Street. Please visit the following link for pre-registration for the open house meeting.

Español: ¿Está interesado en una carrera en ser agente de la ley o la justicia penal? ¡Únase a los Exploradores de la Policía de Overland Park! Nos reunimos dos veces al mes los jueves y ofrecemos a los adultos jóvenes una visión de lo que se necesita para estar en la aplicación de la ley. El programa Explorer está abierto a todos los adultos jóvenes desde la escuela secundaria hasta la universidad, que tienen entre 14 y 20 años de edad. Por favor, únase a nosotros en nuestra reunión de puertas abiertas el 16 de septiembre a las 6:30 pm en el Centro de Justicia Sanders, 12400 Foster Street. Por favor visite el siguiente enlace para pre-inscripción para la reunión de puertas abiertas.

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, 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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School Supplies

There is no recommended school supply list for all of our SM West students. Each student's individual schedule of classes and teachers is so varied, therefore we suggest waiting to purchase supplies until after your student has met their teachers and been given recommendations of supplies.

Our recommendation is that all students have a supply of pens and pencils and a spiral or paper for the first days of school.

Your student may also choose to have an individualized organization system.

Maybe your student would like a three ring binder with tabs and folders for each class.

Maybe another student might prefer an accordion file to house handouts and work from each class. Encourage your student to choose a system that fits their needs and personality.

Online Verification

Please remember that all students and families need to complete the Online Verification each year.

Please open the attached document for instructions and links for both English and Spanish versions.


It is recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as opposed to a phone app to complete the forms.

There will be a variety of forms:

  • Emergency Contact Information Update

  • Over the Counter Medication release

  • Household Economic Survey (guides how federal funds might help Shawnee Mission students)

  • Review consent of technology guidelines

  • Athletic packet


Please view the PDF below for instructions once you have logged into your Skyward account.

If you need help logging into Skyward, please email for assistance with your LOGIN or resetting your password.

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

Use this link to access these instructional guides:

Fee Payment


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.


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 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:

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

EFunds Link:

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JoCo Library has free live homework help until 11pm and other nifty live homework assistance at

The ecard registration is at

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!!!


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.


  1. Please notify the nurse (993-7816 or if your child has COVID symptoms, a positive COVID test result or an exposure to COVID.
  2. COVID vaccines are not required for students, however if your student has been vaccinated please forward a copy of their vaccination card to the nurse ( so that we can include this in your student’s vaccination records. Students who are vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if exposed to someone who has COVID.
  3. Free COVID testing is available 7 days a week at
  4. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) will be doing contact tracing for any positive COVID cases that result in exposures at school. JCDHE will notify students who need to remain home due to an exposure.
  5. The school nurse will still exclude students from school who have COVID symptoms, the same as last school year.
  6. If your student has a food allergy and will require meal modifications, please e-mail the nurse ( If they are able to manage their own food choices you do not need to notify the nurse.
  7. If your student will be carrying his/her own medication (inhaler, epi-pen, insulin) please let the nurse know (

• If you or your student have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your school nurse for testing information. Symptoms to watch for:
o New loss of taste or smell
o Sore Throat

o Cough
o Shortness of breath o Fatigue
o Headache
o Runny Nose
o Congestion
o Fever
o Chills
o Body/muscle aches o Nausea
o Vomiting
o Diarrhea

  • Close contacts of positive COVID cases will receive an email with instructions for testing and return dates.

  • SMSD only accepts PCR tests for return to school/activities

Thank you!

Marni Bollella, BSN, RN, CFRN

School Nurse, Shawnee Mission West

(913)993-7816 (office)

(913)993-1483 (fax)