NORTH NEWS March 29, 2021

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

This Friday 4/2 is a Teacher Workday, NO SCHOOL for students.

Spring Break is next week, April 5-9. Have a safe and happy Spring Break. Come back on Monday 4/12 well rested and ready to finish the school year strong.



Student Parking

Students are allowed to park in the East or West parking lot in open spots. Students are NOT allowed at anytime to park in the front circle drive.

Yearbook Pictures

Please ask your student to check their yearbook photo for accuracy. Photos are posted in front of the office and students are asked to check for accuracy of the photo along with grade and name. If there are any errors, students are to follow the directions and complete a google form with the correct information. Only students who had their photos taken will have photos in the yearbook portrait section. If a photo was not taken, names are listed as not-photographed.

A note from the Nurse's Office

Attention all students and parents:

We are beginning the exclusion process for those students who have not had their state required immunizations. We’ve checked all the Missouri and Kansas Databases and that leaves us with several students who are NONCOMPLIANT.

Everyone who needs a vaccine has been emailed 3 times as a gentle reminder to get their immunizations up to date. Please help us update your immunization records, if you’ve received an email. We are not excluding remote learners from class participation from home. But they are not allowed on campus for any reason – sports clinics, computer help etc. They will not be able to attend school on the first day next year until we receive proper documentation of their vaccinations.

If you have any questions about this please call us at 913-993-6916 or 913-993-6907. Thank you all!

Mary Alice Kelly and Val Snow

Attendance Office Tips

  • You can call the Attendance Hotline (913 993-6945) anytime day or night to report an absence, early release, tardy etc.
  • When you need your student to be released from school early, please give us at least 30 minutes notice. There are times that your student’s teacher may not be reachable by phone. Certain classrooms such as weights, choir, orchestra, etc. require a staff member to go to the classroom to excuse your student. This takes time.
  • Students – if you arrive to school late, please stop by the attendance office so we can record your presence and email you a pass for admittance to class. Show this pass to your classroom teacher.
  • The Attendance Office has gone paperless. We no longer use paper passes to be admitted late to class or to leave early. We email the pass to the student and the student then shows it to their teacher. If you expect to leave early, please monitor your email.

Purchase a Yearbook for 2020-21

Yearbook students are working on wrapping up this year’s yearbook for planned distribution in May. There are still about 60 books available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order yours, either take $65 in cash or check to the bookkeeper or pay online at .

The art department has big plans for the 21-22 school year! We’re looking at hosting a couple of big events (1 in the fall and 1 in the spring) that will help showcase the work of our amazing students and boost community involvement in our program! We are in search of some dedicated volunteers who can help us bring our plans to life! If you are looking for a satisfying and fulfilling volunteer opportunity please contact any of us. We would love the opportunity to tell you more about the special events we’re envisioning for 21-22.

Stephanie Dalley

Alexis Burdick

SMN Tutoring

  • Mon/Wed - 3:20-4:20, ELA, ELL, Science
  • Tue/Thur - 3:20-4:20, Social Studies & Math

Click HERE to sign up

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

See the calendar below for reminders about the upcoming schedule.

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Kansas State Assessment Dates:

11th Grade Science- April 13th and 15th

10th Grade ELA- April 19th-23rd

10th Grade Math- April 26th-30th

10th and 11th Grade Remote Students- April 23rd

(More details to come about student remote testing information)

Do you like gift cards to Quiktrip and Chipotle? The Johnson County STOP contest is back with many prizes! Follow us on Twitter @JOCO_STOP or Instagram @JOCOSTOP between March 1st -May 7th. Watch for anti-drug & alcohol facts and WIN by answering questions every week. Grand prizes include a gaming console or an Apple iPad product. High School Seniors could win a $500.00 scholarship! Contest rules will be posted on the social media pages or see Officer Covington.

Seniors interested in applying for the scholarship must have their application in by April 12th, scan the QR code below or on Officer Covington’s door to apply.

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Seniors, interested in learning more about your financial aid award letters?

Join SMSD for March Money Madness! Each day of the week we'll be giving information about financial aid.

All SMSD schools will be participating.

Watch the video and fill out the quiz each day for your chance to earn a prize from Amazon!

Visit our website: to learn more.


Enrollment for SMSD Summer Academy and eSchool is now available. Information about these programs can be found in the links below

Summer Academy

Summer eSchool

If you are unsure if you need to take a summer program class, please reach out to your Academic Counselor

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Junior February ACT Update

Juniors who completed the ACT test in February may begin receiving communications from ACT about their scores. If you are contacted by ACT and have questions about accessing your scores, please reach out to ACT directly.

SMN has not received any score information or ACT IDs. It takes 6-8 weeks after testing for schools to receive paper score reports.

College Visits

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wednesday, March 31st @ 3pm

Email for more information

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Advent Health - Nutrition Service Worker click here

Countryside Child Development - Child care worker click here

Dandelions and Mud Puddles - Child care - Carrie Carter 913-825-0399

Freddy's Frozen Custard - click here

Genesis Health Club - Summer Camps - contact Kora Arnold

Johnson County Park & Rec - Before & Afterschool worker click here

JCPRD - Lifeguards, sports officials, concessions workers, and more click here

Lowe's Careers - Seasonal Worker - click here

Panera Bread - Mission location click here

Rally House - Mission location click here

Worlds of Fun - click here

YMCA - Lifeguard click here

YMCA - Before & After school care click here


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Spring Sports Update

Girls Soccer first game of the season vs SM South ended in a 7-2. The team won their first game on Saturday in the KC Turner Black and Gold Tournament, 3-0 over KC-Turner

Baseball won 12-7 vs Leavenworth and dropped a game last week to Gardner Edgerton 14-4. The team is in action this week on Tuesday @ Olathe North, Thursday @ LFS and Saturday at 3&2 vs Marantha at 1:00pm.

Track and Field team competed in their first meet of the season on Friday @ SM East. Summation of the team’s performance include but are not limited to:

Boys & Girls teams finished 2nd! We had 7 event Champions! Girls 4 x 100m Boys 4 x 100m Boys Sprint Medley Connor Bell - Pole Vault, Audrey Caravello - Pole Vault, Micah Blomker - 1600m & Corey Johnson - High Jump

Boys Golf team played a tough Shoal Creek course last week and will brave the gusty conditions today to play at Canyon Farms.

Boys Tennis team begins their season this week with matches @ Shawnee Mission West and at home vs Shawnee Mission East.

Girls Softball team plays their first games @ SM East on Tuesday at 4:15 & 6:00 @ Mauer Complex. On Thursday, they travel to LFS.

Winter Sports Post-season Honors

The following Girls basketball players were named Sunflower League Honorable mention: Kiarra Williams and Summer Weineke

The following boys’ basketball players were named Sunflower League Honorable mention: Logan Oberle, James Shepherd & Jeremiah Manning

The following girls bowling team members were named to All Sunflower League: Alyssa Williams 1st team and Kayla Anderson and Bree Hubernet for 2nd team

The Dance team competed at the Innovative Dance Classic. The girls earned a Division II rating for our jazz and hip-hop team routines. Our small group contemporary received a Division III rating. Also, at the Lee’s Summit North Competition, the team placed 3rd in our division for our precision jazz routine and 4th in our division for our hip hop routine. The trophies are located in the main office.

Seeking student ambassadors for the Sunflower State Games Ambassador Program. The Sunflower State Games is an annual series of sporting events based in Topeka, KS. We are entering our 32nd year of hosting the games and are always looking for ways to branch out and reach more Kansans! We believe this is an excellent opportunity for students to boost their resume, gain experience in the Sport Management, Communications, Marketing, and Event Planning fields, and add volunteer experience for teams, clubs, projects, and so on.

If you’re interested please click here:

Notes from the Athletic Director

Spring sports have begun. Please contact your coach or Annette Gonzales with any questions or concerns.


  • Wednesday, May 5th, NLI Athletic signing for all students. Any athlete that is signing to play collegiate athletics please see Ms. Gonzales in the main office by Wednesday 3/31. The ceremony will be 5/5 in the Field House - 3:00pm
  • SMN Sports Foundation Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Senior Awards Program - TBA
  • NORTH Relays - Friday May7th, 9:00am-10:00pm

Live Eligibility - The athletic department practices live eligibility via skyward reports. A friendly reminder our student-athletes must be passing 5 courses in order to participate in competitions.

Dual Participation Athlete (JJ)If your student is interested in participating in two after-school activities please complete the DUAL ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION CONTRACT and schedule a meeting with both coaches and the athletic director.

Spring Sports Coaches

Joe Gliori Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Julie True Varsity Softball Coach

Jon Durham Varsity Boys Tennis Coach

Shane McBride Varsity Baseball Coach

Walter Mansfield Varsity Golf Coach

Aaron Davidson Varsity Track & Field Coach

Kailey Morash Varsity Girls Swimming Coach

Jerry Banks Varsity Girls Dive Coach

Return to Play Update

The district has made the decision to change the doctors allowed to release students from COVID Return to Play to only MD, PO and APRN; DC and PA-C will be removed, as they do not have the ability to perform cardiac assessments.

KSHSAA Guidelines Return to Play

SMSD partners with The Health Partnership, which is a medical practice with family physicians and pediatricians; they also have equipment to perform an EKG. The Health Partnership the only federally funded health clinic in Johnson County. They accept families with no insurance as well as families with health insurance coverage. They have offices on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus and in Olathe.

Face coverings for all attending and supporting interscholastic activities. The only exception is for those actively participating in competition.


Student Recognitions

Artwork by Athena Rocha

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News from SMSD

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know there are job openings with SMSD Food Services? The Shawnee Mission School 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.

Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913) 993-9710 or

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





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As we look ahead to the upcoming school year, Shawnee Mission North Parent Teacher Student Association (SMN PTSA) is seeking volunteers to help our non-profit organization support school activities and needs. SMN PTSA hosts fundraisers to purchase supplies and equipment not provided for within the district/school budget, provide staff appreciation meals and snacks, and monetarily support classes, clubs, groups, and teams. We sponsor community events, like the Gingerbread House Party, and offer programs through PTA, like the Reflections and Citizenship National Contests.

At the district level (Shawnee Mission Area Council) and at the national level, PTA is one of the largest lobbying groups that advocates for children. PTA was formed by the integration of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (founded in 1897) and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers (founded in 1926) just over fifty years ago (check out the story of unification here: Every Child. One Voice.).

The Brick House is fortunate to find strength in our diversity and SMN PTSA is seeking to echo that diversity in our leadership. We are currently seeking parents to join our team for all board positions:

President – oversee operations, host meetings, and check signer.

VP of Programs – oversee programs (almost all committees have a chairperson) and sponsor liaison.

VP of Membership – Oversee membership recruiting efforts and maintain database in MemberHub.

Treasurer – bookkeeping in WAVE software and check signer.

Corresponding Secretary – daily management of email and social media with student assistance.

Recording Secretary – attend six meetings (3 per semester) to record notes and check signer.

If a board position is a bit too much to chew, we do have two committees with open chair positions: Staff Appreciation (1 event each quarter) and Legislation (passing on information provided regarding upcoming legislation that concerns children and public schools).

Being active in PTSA is one of the most rewarding ways to help create the best learning environment for North! We sure would love to have you on our team! Reach us at

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