SM West Newsletter

Friday, March 5, 2021 - Issue #24

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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

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Return to full time Instruction March 22, for Students grouped as "In Person" Instruction

Recently the Shawnee Mission Board of Education in conjunction with District Administration authorized for all students to return to school full time Monday thru Friday if their family had chosen in person instruction learning model.

If your family chose remote learning, your student will continue with remote learning for the duration of the year.

Please see below for a copy of the email sent by Principal Steve Loe this past week. Two documents are attached below as well: SMSD High School Mitigation Strategies update and revised Student schedule, beginning on Monday, March 22.

Students will continue with:

Mondays and Wednesdays blocks 1-4,

Tuesdays and Thursdays blocks 5-8. and

Friday blocks 1-7.

Some times have been altered as well as lunch schedules to allow for Covid Mitigation.

Dear parents,

We continue to plan for the return to full in-person learning on Monday, March 22, 2021. I am writing to let you know that we have been able to adjust scheduling (in order to provide the necessary social distancing for lunch) such that high school students in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) who selected the “In-Person” learning model will attend in-person five days per week, beginning on the March 22, 2021.

As a reminder, this plan does not impact students who chose the remote learning model; those students will continue to learn remotely through the end of the school year.

Attached please find a copy of the In-Person Mitigation Plans for High School and a copy of the schedule for Shawnee Mission West High School.

We will send a final confirmation about the return to full in-person learning next week. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you,

Steve Loe

Estimados padres,

Continuamos planificando el regreso al aprendizaje en persona empezando el lunes, 22 de marzo de 2021. Le escribo para decirle que hemos sido capaces de ajustar la programación (para mantener el distanciamiento social necesario para el almuerzo) de tal manera que los estudiantes de secundaria en el Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission (SMSD) que seleccionó el modelo de aprendizaje "en persona" asistirá en persona 5 días a la semana, a partir del 22 de marzo de 2021.

Como recordatorio, este plan no afecta a los estudiantes que eligieron el modelo de aprendizaje a distancia; esos estudiantes continuarán aprendiendo a distancia en línea hasta el final del año escolar.

Se adjunta una copia de los Planes Presenciales de Mitigación para la Escuela Secundaria y una copia del calendario de West High School.

Le enviaremos una confirmación final sobre regresando en persona la próxima semana. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamarme.


Steve Loe

Important Notes

Below are a few notes to remember as we continue to navigate through this school year.

  • Viking students and families, please remember that "remoting into" an in-person class via WebEx is reserved for COVID-related issues only.
  • Please remember to contact our nurse with any Covid related concerns and questions.

    (913)993-7816 (office)

    (913)993-1483 (fax)

  • Our Viking Staff understands that the expectation for updating their Skyward grade books is once a week at minimum. Related to this, we need students and families to understand that as teachers give grace with accepting late work during this school year, teachers will not be able to immediately grade that late work when it’s finally turned in. Please allow a week for teachers to grade and enter late work.

School ID's

All students should have a student ID. This is especially true for students placed in "In Person" instruction.

Students should have their ID on their person when they are in the building and especially when they go through the lunch line.

Many students had their picture taken during our picture nights in October and December. An attempt was made to deliver ID's to students during their seminar. All ID's were then returned to the middle office.

If you did not have your picture taken then staff will make an attempt to call you to the counseling office in the next couple of weeks to create your ID card.

If you have lost your ID, you may purchase a new one for $5. Please visit the bookkeeper to make the payment.

Parking Stickers

Students in grades 10-12 with valid driver’s licenses are given the privilege to purchase a parking pass and park on school property in the proper student parking zones.

If you have already purchased a parking pass, your student needs to make sure that they have completed the application to turn into our security guard, Azondie Garlington, along with proof of purchase. Proof of purchase can be found on your skyward account, or our bookkeeper, Erica Kurta, can provide that for students.

Officer Garlington will then give a parking decal for the students to place on the back driver’s side window.

If your student still wishes to purchase a parking pass for the rest of the year the current prorated cost is $15.


To all of our seniors that attended McAuliffe Elementary

A volunteer has coordinated a group picture on March 9 at 1:30 pm.

This time period is during seminar.

If your student would like to be a part of the group picture then a parent or guardian will need to call the attendance line to excuse the student from their seminar class.

Each McAuliffe student should bring $5 to pay for the advertisement in the yearbook, and plan to meet at the Ad Astra pool parking lot.

This is ONLY for McAuliffe students. Other elementary schools may have a volunteer who is coordinating for their group picture. These group pictures are coordinated by volunteers who work with the students to pay for the advertisement. These photos are not coordinated by the high school.

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Notes from SM West Counseling

Next ACT test date is April 17. The deadline to register is Friday, March 12. Register at Students (must be a junior or senior) on free or reduced lunch can see their counselor for a fee waiver.

Summer Academy information is now posted on the district website. Summer academy is where a student can take a class for credit recovery in the core areas as well as PE, health and Intro to Studio Art. Cost is $170.

Summer eSchool information is also available on the district website. eSchool is where a student can take a class for initial credit (credit advancement). Cost is $180.

Course Requests for Next Year: Students and parents can view course requests for next year by following these steps:

Log in to Skyward. Click on Schedule in left-hand column.

In the upper right, click on “Request Courses for 2021-2022 in Shawnee Mission West High”. You will be able to view the courses that are in your course requests for next year. Remember, if a course is listed twice, that means you have it both first and second semester (example – ELA class, or a class you have chosen to take both semesters, example – Weights). If you have any questions about your course requests for next year, please email your counselor. If you plan to do an appeal for a higher level math or ELA class than what you were recommended for by your current teacher, please get that done this weekend so the change can be made in Skyward. Administrators are now looking at how many students are signed up for each class to begin the process of building the master schedule. Any changes need to be made very soon.

Parents: You should be able to follow the same steps to see your student’s course requests. This is your opportunity to review the course requests and reach out to counselors if you have questions.

USE these links for some great information.

Scholarships – Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to look at scholarships

Job Board – Information about area jobs

Summer Academy y eSchool - no tenemos información en este momento sobre Summer Academy (recuperación de crédito y PE) o eSchool (avance de crédito). Tan pronto como tengamos esta información, publicaremos en el boletín.

Inscripción - Si usted no ha entregado su tarjeta de inscripción, por favor traiga a la Oficina de Consejería en su próximo día de asistencia. Los estudiantes remotos deben completar el formulario de Google. Información sobre la inscripción se puede encontrar aqui SMW Counseling Canvas

Visitas de representantes del Colegio Virtual

Las visitas virtuales tendrán lugar durante el seminario los martes y jueves. Si está interesado en asistir a un correo electrónico de visita virtual Sr. Mitchell para el enlace de la reunión.

Martes, 9 de febrero de 2021-2:15 PM -- Missouri Western State University

Becas - Se anima a los estudiantes de 11 y 12 grados a mirar becas aqui scholarships

Job Board - Información de trabajo en área jobs

CIS - Career In Schools Coordinator Appreciation Week

This past week was a nationally recognized appreciation week for Building Coordinators of Communities in Schools programs. We celebrate our CIS Coordinator - Shawntaa Jefferies.

What is a community school?

Using schools as hubs, community schools bring educators, families, and community partners together to offer a range of opportunities, supports, and services to children, youth as well as their families and communities. Community schools:

· Provide expanded learning opportunities that are motivating and engaging during the school day, after school, and in the summer; and

· Offer essential health and social supports and services;

· Engage families and communities as assets in the lives of their children and youth.

Think of community schools as both a strategy and a place. A strategy for bringing together educators, families and community stakeholders to attain collective impact; a place where the community gathers to support the education of its children and youth and a place through which its young people are connected to learning experiences across the community.

School Social Worker Appreciation Week

Please help us celebrate our very own SM West Social Workers this week.

Mary Lea Keiffer and Donna Holmes.

Our building and community are so very fortunate to have such amazing women that work with our students and families each and every day. If you have a moment send them an email to thank them for their hard work.

From your West Social Workers: We have appreciated speaking to so many parents who are working hard to support their kids during this difficult time of remote and hybrid school. 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

Family Support Link

Student Support Request Form

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

Por favor recuerde 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)

Students - Are you looking for Summer Employment?

JCPRD has immediate openings for several positions, including:

  • Lifeguards
  • Adventure Course Facilitators – TimberRidge Adventure Center
  • Sports officials
  • Assistant teachers – Out of School Time programs
  • Concession workers
  • Seasonal Park Workers

Here is the application link:

New Superintendent Announced at the Feb. 22 Board of Education Meeting

Shawnee Mission West invites our students and families to welcome Dr. Michelle Hubbard as Superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District. Visit the links below to learn more about Dr. Hubbard.



Thank you.

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SMW “Pie-in-the-Face” Restaurant Night benefiting Senior Sizzle

Date: Tuesday, March 9th

Time: 11am – 9pm

Location: Culver’s at 15911 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219

How it works:

•The Top 3 contestants with the most votes will be pied in the face! ($1 spent at Restaurant Night under the contestant's name = 1 vote for the contestant)

•SMW Community (staff, students, friends and family) must show the Culver’s flyer (physical or virtual) with their contestant’s name.

Contestants: Steve Loe, Cindy Neely, Jan Evans, Sarah Gonzalez, Ryan Darst, Brandon Claypool, Tim Callaghan, Sam Stanturf, Bill Thomas

Print the flier below and fill in the teachers name. Or pull it up on your phone when at Culvers and let them know what teacher for which you are voting.

New Senior Sizzle Fundraiser

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Senior Group Picture from West feeder Elementary Schools


Each school year it is a tradition for the graduating seniors from the elementary schools in our SM West attendance area to get together to put an advertisement into the yearbook. These ads are completely organized by a volunteer from the senior class to showcase a group picture of seniors with their fellow elementary friends. Typically the volunteer would send a group message to classmates. (These can be sent to put in the newsletter as well). Students that participate in the photo would then donate $ to pay for the advertisement and then the picture would be sent to Amy Morgan, our yearbook sponsor.

The deadline for our yearbook staff is QUICKLY approaching and for a picture to be submitted it would need be submitted by March 12. Please see the link below for pricing and directions.

Our feeder schools include: Apache, Comanche, McAuliffe, Overland Park, Pawnee, Rising Star, and Sunflower (Lenexa Hills does not have a group of students that are seniors yet).

Thank you congratulations to our upcoming graduates.

SMSD Food Service Looking for Employees

The Shawnee Mission School District Food Service Program is looking for dedicated food service employees. Food Service employees work on school days and have evenings, weekends and summers off. It is a perfect job as you work when your children are in school. The district offers an excellent benefit package which includes paid holidays, health insurance, retirement plan, uniform reimbursement and paid sick leave.

For more information and a listing of available positions, visit the district website at . Go to the Human Resources tab, select Job Opportunities from the drop down menu, Click on External Candidate Search, click on food services and apply for the position(s) you are interested in.

Questions can be directed to the Food Services Department at 913- 993-9710 or

Parent Training on Mental Health: The Shawnee Mission School District and Johnson County Mental Health are partnering to provide an important training for SMSD parents. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and is a three-step, life-assisting process to learn the warning signs of suicide, ask the tough questions, persuade someone to get further help and assistance, and make appropriate and timely referrals. You don’t have to be an expert in the field of mental health to learn these life-saving skills. If you are a parent in the Shawnee Mission School District, please consider joining us for this free, important training. For more information on QPR, visit:


It is important for the school nurse to know if your child has already had COVID. If your child has already had COVID in the past 90 days, and we have a copy of their positive test result, then they will not be required to quarantine if exposed again. New requirements after returning to full in-person class will include quarantine for anyone in a school environment who has been within 3 feet of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID for 10 minutes or longer, regardless of mask use. The exception to this would be anyone who has a positive documented COVID test in the preceding 90 days. Please e-mail our school nurse with a copy of your child’s positive COVID test result.

Testing update: has now partnered with MAWD laboratory; their turnaround time for PCR COVID tests is fast (results are often available the next day). Their website has several drive-thru sites to choose from, and you can see the wait time at each location and when you can expect to get your results right on the website when you schedule a test. All testing is free.

If your child still needs immunizations required for school you can get vaccines at CVS, Walmart or Walgreens without an appointment. If you do not have insurance you can get vaccines at NO COST at the JCDHE (Johnson County Department of Health and Environment). They have a walk-in clinic Monday – Thursday, from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite #300, Olathe, KS 66061.

Thank you,


Marni Bollella, BSN, RN, CFRN

School Nurse, Shawnee Mission West

(913)993-7816 (office)

(913)993-1483 (fax)

If you are injured and in need of an elevator key, please see Mrs. Watts in the front office. There is a $5 deposit for the key that will be returned once the key is turned back in to Mrs. Watts.

Diane Watts


Shawnee Mission West High School


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Spring Musical "Mamma Mia" Auditions

AUDITIONS for the Spring Musical…

…will be held the week of March 8th – 12th in the West auditorium.

Visit our THESPIAN GOOGLE CLASSROOM at the link below for more information and audition details



Make plans to attend our DANCE WORKSHOP on Tuesday, March 2nd @ 3pm in the auditorium to learn the routine for the dance audition.

QUESTIONS: Email Mr. Magnus at

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Alaina Johnston wraps up her freshman year as the 115lbs 3rd place finisher at the D1 State Tournament. She finished with a record of 30-2 with 21 pins. The future is bright for this one!

Congratulations Alaina and thanks to the team of SM West Wrestling Coaches led by Matt Baker.


YOUTH SUICIDE ART CONTEST Please help us spread the word. Submissions are due by April 4th!

Calling all artists, musicians, painters, writers, sculptors, poets, singers, and photographers in grades 6-12! No matter your favorite medium, we are seeking your talent and creativity.

The Kansas Partners in Empowering Youth for Suicide Prevention believes every young person deserves to be safe from suicide.

The best way to reach youth in Kansas is to provide opportunities for youth to talk to other youth, so the partners are hosting a Youth Suicide Prevention Art Contest. This contest is open to Kansas youth in grades 6th through 12th and will help state agencies shape suicide prevention messages and health promotion campaigns.

The goals of the contest are to raise awareness of the possibility of hope and healing while working to provide enough support to Kansas youth so that no one ever walks alone in crisis. The submissions will reach other youth to reduce stigma around mental health and experiencing thoughts of suicide. Preventing suicide is a community effort and youth are extremely important. So, pull out your pen and paper, reach for your guitar and mic, or grab your favorite art supplies and let your voice be heard!

All submissions are due by April 4, 2021, 10 pm. For more information, please visit


Cheer Tryout Virtual Meeting

Held on my Coach Barrera's Webex on March 10th at 5:30pm.

Attention Senior Boys

Now is the time for PTSA to begin scouting out potential contestants for the Class of '21 Mr. Viking Pageant.

The Mr. Viking Competition has always been the primary fundraiser for the end of the year Senior Sizzle celebration for our seniors. Even in these challenging times, PTSA would like to continue this event in order to #1 Showcase some of the extraordinary and clever talents of some senior men and #2 fundraise for this year's Senior Sizzle. Your PTSA volunteers are definitely trying their best to plan something special for this year's graduates. Last year all graduates were given a goody bag and were able to participate in a raffle. (Lot's of prizes were awarded: TV's, AirPods, Apple Watches, FitBits, Gift Cards, Cash and More). This year volunteers continue to brainstorm how to celebrate this resilient class of 2021.

If you are interested, please read the document embedded below, and sign up on the Google Form Link.


(Girls, once the Contestants are chosen, they will find their escort)


Shawnee Mission West recognizes academic excellence by placing students on honor rolls: a 3.0 Honor Roll, a Principal’s Honor Roll, and there is an All A Honor roll as well. To be named to the 3.0 Honor Roll, a student must have a GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 for a minimum of 2.5 credits per semester. To be named to the Principal’s Honor Roll, a student must have a GPA (grade point average) of 4.0 or above and be enrolled in a minimum of 2.5 credits per semester.

SM West Administration and Staff would like to congratulate the efforts of all of the students who worked hard to achieve this academic accomplishment.

PDF versions of each of these lists are viewable if you download the documents below.

West ya está en WhatsApp - Horas 8-3:30 lunes- viernes

Shawnee Mission West ya tiene la opción de comunicación a través de WhatsApp con nuestra interprete, Linda Hardy. El número es 913 993 7840. Puede mandar mensajes a la escuela de West por WhatsApp. ¡Comuniquen con nosotros!


This past week, Mr. Loe attended the English classrooms for all of our seniors. Both senior families and students were emailed a document with important Graduation dates. Both the English and Spanish versions of this document are embedded below this article for your reference.

Students who plan to participate in the May 25th graduation need to complete some tasks.

- Make sure they have connected with their school counselor and are on track with passing and completing all credits.

- Complete the google form that has been emailed to them by Jennifer Silverstein.

- Order their cap and gown. PDF is attached at the end of this article with screenshots/directions for ordering from the website. Please note the SM West Cap/Gown Unit DOES include the 2021 stole.

Please watch the video link from our Balfour Representative. The only mandatory purchase is for the Cap/Gown/Stole/Tassel package which is $30(includes tax). The due date was Feb. 1, but Balfour has agreed to continue to process orders.

Visit to order the cap and gown.

Graduation Item Ordering Information Video

Please direct any questions you have to

En Español: La semana pasada, el Sr. Loe asistió a las clases de inglés para todos nuestros ancianos. Tanto las familias mayores como los estudiantes recibieron por correo electrónico un documento con importantes fechas de graduación. Las versiones en inglés y español de este documento están incrustadas debajo de este artículo para su referencia.

Los estudiantes que planean participar en la graduación del 2 de junio necesitan completar algunas tareas.

- Asegúrese de que han conectado con su consejero escolar y están en camino de aprobar y completar todos los créditos.

- Complete el formulario de Google que les ha sido enviado por correo electrónico por Jennifer Silverstein.(está en inglés y español)

- Pida su gorra y su vestido... ver abajo:

Por favor, vea el enlace de vídeo de nuestro Representante de Balfour. La única compra obligatoria es para el paquete Cap/Gown/Stole/Tassel que es de $ 30. Complete su pedido antes de la fecha límite del 1 de febrero de 2021.

Graduation Item Ordering Information Video

Por favor dirija cualquier pregunta que tenga a

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Each year the Senior Sizzle committee from PTSA coordinates the ordering of Senior Graduation Banners. You can see a picture of the order form below, and you can also download the order form and print. Directions for ordering and questions are listed on the form. Please contact the volunteer, Kim Morris, with questions about Senior Banners.

En Español: Cada año, el comité de Senior Sizzle de PTSA coordina el pedido de Senior Graduation Banners. Puede ver una imagen del formulario de pedido a continuación, y también puede descargar el formulario de pedido e imprimir. Las instrucciones para ordenar y las preguntas están en el formulario. Por favor contacte al voluntario, Kim Morris, con preguntas sobre Banners Senior.

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This is the second issue of the SMSD Performing Arts newsletter. Dr. Bill Thomas, Preforming Arts Coordinator, goal for this publication is to highlight the exceptional music educators, increase communication, and inform the community of events happening districtwide.

Hope you enjoy it

En Español: Este es el segundo número del boletín de Artes Escénicas de SMSD. Dr. Bill Thomas, Coordinador de Artes Preformadoras, el objetivo de esta publicación es destacar a los educadores de música excepcionales, aumentar la comunicación e informar a la comunidad de los eventos que ocurren en todo el distrito.

Espero que lo disfrutes.

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Whether remote or in person, your student will still benefit from your PTSA membership. Join today!

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 - Jessica Leslie

Co-President - Eric Forssberg

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

Comuníquese con el Copresidente si tiene preguntas o necesita asistencia.

Copresidenta - Jessica Leslie

Copresidente - Eric Forssberg

KSU Study

KSU is doing a study investigating bicultural identity and the decision to pursue higher education after high school

In an upcoming newsletter to parents, could you include the attached recruitment letter?

If interested, please download the attached letter and contact Dr. Francois at KSU directly.

En español: KSU está haciendo un estudio que investiga la identidad bicultural y la decisión de continuar la educación superior después de la escuela secundaria

En el próximo boletín para los padres, ¿podría incluir la carta de reclutamiento adjunta?

Si está interesado, por favor descargue la carta adjunta y comuníquese directamente con el Dr. Francois en KSU.


OUR HYBRID STUDENTS attend school in person 2 days a week, work on Canvas 2 days a week (with seminar teacher check in at 12:55pm) and connect remotely through WebEx one day a week with blocks 1-7 on Fridays.

Students with last names A-Lamb will attend SMW on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays they will work in Canvas and will connect with their seminar teacher in the mandatory TCB time at 12:55pm on both of these days. On Friday, they will work remotely and on WebEx with all of their teachers, blocks 1-7.

Students with last names Lamc-Z will work in Canvas on Mondays and Tuesdays and connect with their seminar teacher for the mandatory TCB time at 12:55pm on both of these days. On Wednesday and Thursday they will report to SMW. On Friday, they will work remotely and on WebEx with all of their teachers, blocks 1-7.

OUR REMOTE ONLY STUDENTS WebEx with their teachers each day. Mondays and Wednesdays are blocks 1-4, Tuesdays and Thursdays are blocks 5-8 and on Friday blocks 1-7.

En Español: NUESTROS ESTUDIANTES HÍBRIDOS asisten a la escuela en persona 2 días a la semana, trabajan en Canvas 2 días a la semana (con el profesor del seminario se registra a las 12:55pm para tomar la asitencia ) y se conectan remotamente a través de WebEx un día a la semana con los bloques 1-7 los viernes.

Los estudiantes con apellidos A-Lamb asistirán a SMW los lunes y martes. Los miércoles y jueves trabajarán en Canvas y se conectarán con su profesor del seminario en la hora obligatoria de TCB a las 12:55pm en ambos días. El viernes, trabajarán a distancia y en WebEx con todos sus profesores, bloques 1-7.

Los estudiantes con apellidos Lamc-Z trabajarán en Canvas los lunes y martes y se conectarán con su profesor del seminario para la hora obligatoria de TCB a las 12:55pm en ambos días. El miércoles y jueves se reportarán a SMW. El viernes, trabajarán remotamente y en WebEx con todos sus maestros, bloques 1-7.

NUESTRO REMOTO SÓLO ESTUDIANTES WebEx con sus profesores cada día. Lunes y miércoles son bloques 1-4, martes y jueves son bloques 5-8 y viernes bloques 1-7.

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The published class schedules are located in the PDF's below. Both the REMOTE only schedule and the HYBRID schedule are accessible.

Important Information about Bus Service

For those families enrolled for paid transportation service, it is time to submit payment for 2nd semester to DS Bus Lines. Payment must be received by January 29 for second semester transportation service. If you did not enroll your student to ride the bus 1st semester and you want them to ride 2nd semester, please see the information below.

Enrollment (online) is required for all students that want to receive bus service. This includes those that qualify for free busing.

● For those who qualify for free busing (residing over 2.5 miles from school) Click here to enroll: Shawnee Mission Bus Registration .

● For those enrolling in Parent Pay Busing (in areas with established routes): Click here to enroll:

Bus fees will be prorated for the days that district is in remote attendance per JCDHE gating criteria.

Additional information may be found on the SMSD transportation webpage:

Bus number and information will be available in Skyward 3-5 days after student has completed enrollment for transportation via DS Bus Lines. If you cannot find your bus information in Skyward please call DS Bus Lines 913-384-1190


Para aquellas familias inscritas para el servicio de transporte pagado, asegúrese que tiene que pagar y enviar el pago del segundo semestre a DS Bus Lines. El pago debe recibirse antes del 29 de Enero por el servicio de transporte del segundo semestre. Si no inscribió a su estudiante para viajar en autobús el primer semestre y desea que viaje el segundo semestre, consulte la información a continuación.

Se requiere la inscripción (en línea) de todos los estudiantes que deseen recibir el servicio de bus. Esto incluye aquellos que califican para transporte gratuito.

● Para aquellos que califican para transporte gratuito (que residen a más de 2.5 millas de la escuela)

Haga clic aquí para inscribirse: Shawnee Mission Bus Registration .

● Para aquellos que se inscriben en el servicio de transporte de pago por padres (en áreas con rutas establecidas): Haga clic aquí para inscribirse:

Las tarifas del autobús se prorratearán por los días en que el distrito esté en asistencia remota según los criterios de activación de JCDHE.

Puede encontrar información adicional en la página web de transporte de SMSD:

El número y la información del autobús estarán disponibles en Skyward de 3-5 días después de que el estudiante haya completado la inscripción para el transporte a través de DS Bus Lines. Si no puede encontrar la información de su autobús en Skyward, por favor llame a DS Bus Lines al 913-384-1190


  • Staff/Parents may call the JCDHE COVID-19 Hotline at 913-715-2819 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

  • Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available to anyone in the community at

    SM North High School.

    Staff/Parents may register at .

En Español:

  • El personal/los padres pueden llamar a la línea directa COVID-19 de JCDHE al 913-715-2819 de lunes a viernes de 8am a 5pm.
  • Las pruebas gratuitas de drive-through (manejar) COVID-19 están disponibles para cualquier persona en la comunidad en SM North High School El personal/los padres pueden registrarse en .


Dear Parents,

Shawnee Mission West offers academic support both remotely and in person from 3-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Support is offered in all core subjects and electives. Students will access the support using a Webex code, exactly like they access their remote classes. The Webex code is: smwtutoring.

Students may also report to the cafeteria after school for support; a snack will be available free to all participants.

This program is open to all 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students daily Monday-Thursday regardless of their alpha. Participants must come to tutoring prepared and committed to working hard and following all tutoring expectations and procedures. Student attendance will be recorded daily.

We hope that your student will be able to take advantage of this free tutoring opportunity. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Walter Thompson at

En Español: Estamos emocianados anunciar que su estudiante tiene la oportunidad de recibir tutoría GRATIS y ayuda con la tarea empezando el lunes 16 de noviembre de 2020. La mayoria de las sesiones será los lunes, martes, miércoles y jueves de 2:50 a 4:00 p.m. Los estudiantes se reunirán en la cafetería o en linea en WebEx . Hay un autobús disponsible después de la tutoría que va por la calle 87 sólo para ayudar a los estudiantes en llegar a casa. Los padres pueden recoger a los estudiantes a las 4:00 PM si el estudiante no tomará el autobús o caminará a casa.

El propósito del programa es ayudar a los estudiantes en todas las áreas temáticas con tutorías y tareas. El formato de este programa es el siguiente:

Lunes, martes, miércoles y jueves

2:50-3:00 p.m.- Bolsa de almuerzo (si su hijo tiene necesidades dietéticas especiales por favor avisenos con una llamada a la oficina.)

3:00-4:00 p.m.- Ayuda con la tarea y tutoría académica.

Este programa está abierto a todos los estudiantes de 9º, 10º, 11º y 12º grado diariamente de lunes a jueves, independientemente de su alfa. Los participantes deben venir a tutoría preparadas y comprometidas a trabajar duro y siguiendo todas las expectativas y procedimientos de tutoría. La asistencia de los estudiantes se registrará diariamente.

Esperamos que su estudiante pueda aprovechar esta oportunidad de tutoría gratuita. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto con Walter Thompson en

Community Services

From Food Services – Free Meals for all Students:

  • Food service provides these meals for free to students regardless if they are in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals provided cover the days the student is not in-person learning (including weekend meals). Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913) 993-9710 or
  • The school breakfast and lunch menus, pick up meal information, and other nutrition information is available on the district’s website at:

Need help paying for internet? Does your family need a computer?

If your household has limited financial resources and you need internet access call 816-200-0599 or visit

All families that have not already applied for free or reduced meals this year are encouraged to apply if they feel they may qualify. There is a possibility that additional Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer ( P-EBT) funding may be available later this school year for those who have been approved for free or reduced meals.

Click here for information and applications. If you have questions please call the Food Service Office at 913-993-9710.

En Español: Desde Servicios de Alimentación - Comidas Gratis para todos los Estudiantes:

El servicio de comida proporciona estas comidas de forma gratuita a los estudiantes, independientemente de si están en aprendizaje remoto, híbrido o en persona. Esto incluye el desayuno y el almuerzo. Las comidas previstas cubren los días que el estudiante no está aprendiendo en persona (incluyendo comidas de fin de semana). Por favor, póngase en contacto con la oficina del Servicio de Alimentos con preguntas en (913) 993-9710 o

Los menús de desayuno y almuerzo escolares, la información sobre comidas y otra información nutricional están disponibles en el sitio web del distrito en:

¿Necesita ayuda para pagar por internet? ¿Su familia necesita una computadora?

Si su hogar tiene recursos financieros limitados y necesita acceso a Internet llame al 816-200-0599 o visite

Volunteer Service Award

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Presidential recognition sets you apart from your peers. It is a tremendous honor. Even though you may not seek recognition, your example can deliver a powerful message that encourages others to take action.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.

Please contact Mary Lea Kieffer if additional information is needed.


· Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.

· Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period.

· Our 12 month period is April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021.

· Forms need to be returned to Ms. Kieffer by April 6, 2021.

· Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.

· The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, & gold.

Hours by Award




Teens (11–15)

50 – 74

75 – 99

100 +

Young Adults (16-25)

100 – 174

175 – 249

250 +

PLEASE download and print the PDF below to track your volunteer hours.

Premio al Servicio Voluntario del Presidente

El reconocimiento presidencial los diferencia de sus pares. Es un honor tremendo. Aunque usted no busque reconocimiento, su ejemplo puede entregar un mensaje poderoso que anime a otros a tomar acción.

El Premio al Servicio Voluntario del Presidente reconoce a los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos y a los residentes permanentes de los Estados Unidos legalmente admitidos, que han cumplido el número requerido de horas de servicio durante un período de 12 meses.

Póngase en contacto con Mary Lea Kieffer si necesita información adicional.


Receptor(s) debe ser un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos o un residente permanente legalmente admitido de los Estados Unidos.

Los premios se otorgan por las horas de servicio cumplidas dentro de un período de 12 meses.

Nuestro período de 12 meses es del 1 de abril de 2020 al 1 de abril de 2021.

Los formularios deben ser devueltos a la Sra. Kieffer antes del 6 de abril de 2021.

El servicio comunitario ordenado por la corte no califica para el premio.

· Los premios se ofrecen en múltiples niveles y están diseñados para reconocer cada hito de su logro de servicio. Los niveles incluyen bronce, plata y oro.

Horas por premio



De oro

Adolescentes (11 a 15 años)

50 - 74 20

75 - 99 20

100 +

Adultos jóvenes (16-25)

100 - 174 25

175 - 249 25

250 +

POR FAVOR, descargue e imprima el PDF a continuación para rastrear sus horas de voluntariado.


If your student is still in need of school supplies, please have them stop by the counseling office before or after school. We have some basic supplies available. Please call your student’s social worker with any special needs or concerns. We are here for you.

Mary Lea Kieffer A-K 993-7836

Donna Holmes L-Z 993-7832

Si su estudiante todavía necesita material escolar, por favor haga que pase por la oficina de consejería antes o después de la escuela. Tenemos algunos suministros básicos disponibles. Por favor llame al trabajador social de su estudiante con necesidades o preocupaciones especiales. Estamos aquí para usted.

Mary Lea Kieffer A-K 993-7836

Donna Holmes L-Z 993-7832

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Visitors to the School

Due to social distancing and keeping our community safe, we are asking visitors to call first for an appointment. Many things can be handled over the phone. If not, we will set up an appointment with the appropriate person to meet your needs. Thank you for your cooperation.

Main Office – 993-7800

Counseling Office – 993-7830

Attendance Hotline - 993-7845

Spanish Interpreter – 993-7840

En Español: Debido al distanciamiento social y mantener nuestra comunidad segura, estamos pidiendo a los visitantes que llamen primero para una cita. Muchas cosas se pueden hacer por teléfono. Si no, vamos a configurar una cita con la persona adecuada para satisfacer sus necesidades. Gracias por su cooperación.

Oficina Principal - 993-7800

Oficina de Los Consejeros- 993-7830

Línea directa de asistencia - 993-7845

Intérprete de español - 993-7840

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If your student's MacBook is having technical difficulties, one of the first things we would advise is to RESTART the computer. This means clicking the apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and selecting either "restart" or "shut down" from the menu. Just holding down the power button does not work the same as "restart" or "shut down".

A great first resource is to go the our school website: If you find the "Students" Tab, you will see another link to "Technology Rescue". There are many listings of steps you can try to solve tech issues on your own. It is a great resource.

Please call (913) 993-7800 if you continue to have MacBook issues and someone will be able to connect with you to solve the issues.

En Español: Si el MacBook de tu estudiante está teniendo dificultades técnicas, una de las primeras cosas que te aconsejaríamos es REINICIAR el ordenador. Esto significa hacer clic en el icono de Apple en la esquina superior izquierda de la pantalla y seleccionar "reiniciar" o "apagar" desde el menú. Simplemente manteniendo pulsado el botón de encendido no funciona igual que "reiniciar" o "apagar".

Un importante y primer recurso es ir al sitio web de nuestra escuela: Si encuentra la pestaña/ tab "Estudiantes", verá otro enlace a "Rescate de Tecnología". Hay muchos listados de pasos que puede tratar de resolver problemas de tecnología por su cuenta. Es un gran recurso.

Por favor llame al (913) 993-7800 si continúa teniendo problemas con MacBook y alguien podrá conectarse con usted para resolver los problemas.

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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

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If you are picking up from SM West, please go to entrance #43 on the west side of the circle drive

Meal pick up resumes on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 and will continue every Friday from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at all schools. Food service provides free meals to students regardless if they are in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals provided cover the days the student is not in-person learning (including weekend meals).

We will be transitioning to a different pizza soon due to manufacturer challenges. The stuffed crust pizza that is a favorite of our students has been discontinued for the remainder of this school year. We will continue to have pizza on our menus. The new items will be added to SchoolCafé for nutrient and ingredient information. We appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

Free meals are offered to all SMSD students regardless if they are learning remote, hybrid or in person. This includes all breakfast and lunch meals. Meals are funded entirely by USDA. These free meals will continue through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. When students are in person, the students will need to have money on their food service account for any extra ala carte purchases.

Pick up time is from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at all schools. Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913) 993-9710 or

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

En Español:Si usted está recogiendo de SM West, por favor vaya a la entrada 43 en el lado oeste de la unidad circular

La comida está disponible el viernes 8 de enero de 2021 y continuará todos los viernes de 6:30-7:45 a.m. en todas las escuelas. El servicio de comida ofrece comidas gratuitas a los estudiantes, independientemente de que estén aprendiendo en forma remota, híbrida o en persona. Esto incluye el desayuno y el almuerzo. Las comidas proporcionadas cubren los días que el estudiante no está aprendiendo en persona (incluyendo comidas de fin de semana).

Pronto haremos la transición a una pizza diferente debido a los desafíos del fabricante. La pizza rellena que es una de las favoritas de nuestros estudiantes ha sido descontinuada por el resto de este año escolar. Continuaremos teniendo pizza en nuestros menús. Los nuevos artículos serán añadidos a SchoolCafé para información de nutrientes e ingredientes. Agradecemos su apoyo y nos disculpamos por cualquier inconveniente que esto cause.

Las comidas gratuitas se ofrecen a todos los estudiantes de SMSD, independientemente de si están aprendiendo a distancia, híbridos o en persona. Esto incluye todas las comidas de desayuno y almuerzo. Las comidas son financiadas enteramente por el USDA. Estas comidas gratuitas continuarán hasta el final del año escolar 2020-2021. Cuando los estudiantes están en persona, cualquier compra extra ala carte los estudiantes tendrán que tener dinero en su cuenta de servicio de comida.

La hora de recogida es de 6:30-7:45 a.m. en todas las escuelas. Por favor, póngase en contacto con la oficina de Servicio de Alimentos con preguntas en (913) 993-9710 o

Los menús de desayuno y almuerzo de la escuela, la información sobre comidas y otra información nutricional están disponibles en el sitio web del distrito en

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