SMN News for September 24, 2018

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RSchool Calendar

Where can the calendar be accessed? - We will always have a link on our main mage, to access the calendar. - If you would like to bookmark the calendar, this is the main page link.

Download the App

  • From the App Store or Google Play download the free app ‘RSchool Today’
  • Create an account
  • Sign up for Notifications- If you would like to receive notifications of changes in events, sign up through ‘Notify Me’ . You can select the type of notifications you would like to receive, via text and/or email.

Navigating through the calendar

  1. There are two ways to view the calendar: Weekly view and Month view. The weekly view is more user friendly than the month view.
  2. Ability to search- If you are looking for a specific event you can enter it into the search bar, and it will locate this in the entire calendar. You can also choose a date on the calendar and view events.
  3. View by Type- All events in the calendar are listed into three categories: Academic, Activities and Athletics. You can also ‘view all’ which is the default.
  4. View by Schedule- If you have a certain activity that you would like to view, you can select this from the list and then ‘view’. It will open a new tab that shows all events under that activity.

If you are interested in learning more about our new calendar, please watch the Screencast below.

Skyward- Family Access

In Family Access, parents and guardians can

  • keep track of your student's attendance, grades and assignments, and schedule.
  • view messages and updates posted by your student's teacher or principal.
  • update your student's emergency information.
  • use Skylert to choose which alerts you would like to receive and how you want to receive them.

In Student Access, students can

  • view homework assignments
  • view messages and updates posted by your teacher or principal

To login to Skyward web access, click the LOGIN button above.

⇒PARENTS and GUARDIANS: Each year you need to fill out the ONLINE VERIFICATION forms to update information for each of your students. Click here to find instructions to fill out those forms.

Updated MVP Fingerprinting Dates and Times

Good morning. Below, updated MVP fingerprinting dates/times. Please share this information w/ your communities. A reminder that an all-Spanish presentation will take place on October 9 at 6pm at Brookridge Elementary. Everyone is welcome.


Tuesday, September 18: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, September 19: 9:30am-12pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm & 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, September 21: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Monday, September 24: 9:30am-12pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm

Tuesday, September 25: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, September 26: 9:30am-12pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm & 4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, September 28: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

October Evenings:

Tuesday, October 2: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, October 3: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Friday, October 5: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Tuesday, October 9: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, October 10: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Friday, October 12: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Tuesday, October 16: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, October 17: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Friday, October 19: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Tuesday, October 23: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, October 24: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Friday, October 26: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Tuesday, October 30: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)

Wednesday, October 31: 4pm – 6pm (note: no new walk-ins after 5:45pm)


Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Here are a few reminders for new and returning students/parents.

· If the student is more than 10 minutes late from the start of school the student must sign in at the Attendance Office and obtain a pass to class. The first 10 minutes you are considered tardy. After 10 minutes you will be marked absent.

· Parents if your student is ill, needs to leave early for an appointment, etc., you may leave a message on our hotline 24/7 at 913-993-6945. Please leave the students name, grade, reason, your name, your phone number and time to be released if applicable. We pick up calls frequently and ask you call at least 30 minutes prior to you picking up your student.

· Parents are not required to sign their students out in the Attendance Office. The student will sign themselves out and exit the front doors.

· If a student will be gone 3 or more days- they need to come to the Attendance Office prior to the absence and obtain a “Parents Formal Written Request for Extended Absence for More than Two Days” This form will need to completed/signed and returned to your students Associate Principal for approval.

· Shawnee Mission North follows the district attendance policy. We will mail to your home a letter making you aware that your student has missed 7 times in one or more class periods. Once your student has obtained 10 absences in one or more classes- documentation will be required to excuse the absence.

Should you have any question you may call our office.

Mindy O’Connell

Attendance Clerk


Why does my student have late start days every Thursday?

Have you ever wondered what goes on at school that causes your son or daughter to get an extra hour of sleep on Thursday’s and possibly throws a wrench in your scheduling and morning routine? During the time of 7:30am to 8:45am every Thursday morning, the teachers at SMN actively participate in what is called a Professional Learning Community (PLC). This PLC collaborative model offers a systems approach to school improvement. Teachers are organized into course specific, or interdisciplinary collaborative teams in which the teachers work interdependently to achieve common goals to ensure high levels of learning for every student. At the core of each PLC, the teachers discuss and attempt to answer the four following essential questions each week.

Four Essential Questions:

  1. What do we want students to learn? (essential, guaranteed and viable curriculum)
  2. How will we know if each student is learning each of the skills, concepts, and dispositions we have deemed most essential? (administer frequent, team-developed common, formative assessments)
  1. How will we respond when some of our students do not learn? (Timely, Directive, Systematic Intervention)
  2. How will we respond when they do learn? (Timely Enrichment/Extension)

Simply put, you can be assured that during that one hour and fifteen minutes of PLC time to kick off the day each Thursday morning, each and every teacher at SMN is utilizing their time and resources effectively to make sure their focus is on student learning rather than “teaching.” If you have further questions about the PLC process or how it works, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Higgins

North Area Parent Information Nights

In an effort to raise awareness of pressing issues that we are facing in our community, give parents/guardians access to knowledge and resources, as well as bring community agencies to the parents/guardians, East Antioch has organized North Area Parent Information Nights. Each quarter there will be a different topic and speaker arranged.

Fliers for the first two events are attached.

First Call ( a local non-profit that provides clinical, educational and prevention services to individuals and families in Greater Kansas City impacted by substance use disorders, will be presenting at our first night event on September 26th at 6:30pm at East Antioch.

SPEAK UP ( a local non-profit united in breaking the silence and reducing stigma surrounding all mental illness and suicide. They will be presenting on Thursday, November 29th at 6:30pm at Hocker Grove Middle School.

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth aged 11-18? If a friend comes to you for help, remember to ACT:

Acknowledge: Take it seriously and listen attentively. The majority of people who die by suicide gave some indication of their intention to those close to them.

Care: Let the person know that you care and understand.

Tell: Tell a trusted adult. Examples include parents, teachers, counselors, social workers, resource officers, and any other adult you trust. That adult can help your friend find the support he/she needs.

Let’s look out for one another, and together we can prevent suicide. (Sources: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Infographic, Learn to ACT)

Donations Welcome

During lunch, students will be able to access our Rose Garden. We would like to take this opportunity to ask for donations to assist us in fixing up the space. If you have picnic tables to donate, that would be appreciated as well. If you would like to make a donation to help us with this project, please contact Dr. Jeremy Higgins.

New Macbooks


If you haven’t noticed yet, your student has received and is hopefully completing homework on their new shiny MacBook Air to use from the school district. With these new MacBook’s comes added responsibility of the student’s part. To help protect the MacBook and also protect your bank account, we are mandating that each student is to leave on the case that has been provided by the district. If you notice that your son or daughter does not have a case protecting the device, please instruct them to go see Ms. Crawford (in the Learning Commons) or Mr. Jamison (in the office) immediately to get the case put back on or to purchase another one. Our teachers have been instructed to take the MacBook if they see a student device without a case. If you have questions about this policy or specific questions about your student’s MacBook, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Crawford or Mr. Jamison.

Fees associated with damage to the MacBook:

  • MacBook Airs
    • 1st Damaged Device: $100.00
    • 2nd Damaged Device: $150.00
    • 3rd and Subsequent Device Damage: Actual cost of repair/replacement or $300.00 whichever is greater.
    • Accessories and parts that don’t carry a warranty are charged at actual replacement cost.
    • Stolen Device: Proof of being stolen, such as a filed police report, must be provided to prevent being charged the replacement cost of the device. A damaged device fee may still be incurred. If proof of theft cannot be supplied the student will incur the full replacement cost of the device.
    • Lost Device: A lost device will incur the replacement cost of the device.
  • Replacement Costs for Items Not Covered by the new Fee Structure.
    • Apple MacBook Charger Replacement - $79
    • MacBook Case Replacement - $45
    • Apple Duckhead - $10
  • Full Replacement Costs for Devices
    • MacBook - $747.40

Graduation 2018 Ceremonies

To access the commencement videos, on the SMSD main page, hover over “Academics” and click on “Graduation”

Then you can view or download the video.

International Baccalaureate News

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Shawnee Mission North is a two-year college preparatory program with a comprehensive academic program designed to address the needs of challenge seeking junior and senior students.

This fall, in a testament to the challenge-seeking opportunities at Shawnee Mission North, teachers and students have begun their journey in the IB world. In addition to the students who are taking a single class or a few IB courses, four students are seeking the full diploma, which requires a class in each of the six areas (English, World Language, Individuals and Society, Science, Math, and an elective), a course in Theory of Knowledge, as well as completion of Creativity-Action-Service (CAS) and an Extended Essay.

Students who are diploma-seeking will participate in fifty hours in each of the three areas of CAS. The service portion is community-oriented service hours that are monitored by, and must be approved by, CAS Coordinator, Stephanie Gagnebin. Stephanie is always interested in opportunities for our students to serve in the community. If you have suggestions for community projects or service opportunities for our diploma students, please contact Stephanie at

IB Current Activities

Students in the North IB Program are continuing an exciting semester of learning and the creating relevant understandings. The courses allow students to experience the rigors of life after high school and give opportunities to develop a growth mindset as well as the grit necessary for success.

Spotlight on:


The first year IB Psychology students dissected sheep brains as they sought to link the theoretical understanding with practical knowledge. They made observations and comparisons to the human brain and hypothesized why those differences occur. They also sought to see the correlations between physical construction and brain activity.

IB Admissions Process

Currently there is no admissions process to become an IB Diploma candidate. It is an opt-in program. However, there are a few academic requirements that students must meet due to the IB courses that must be taken:

· Students need to have completed their PE, health, fine arts, and computer competency requirements during their 9th and 10th grade years.

· Students must have completed (at a minimum) Spanish 3, French 3 by the end of their 10th grade year.

· Students must have completed (at a minimum) Algebra 2 by the end of their 10th grade year.

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

For further information on the IB program, please contact Jon or Leah

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

For further information on the IB program, please contact Jon or Leah


Candy land Homecoming was a sweet success! There was a huge turnout to the dance! Thank you to all the parent volunteers for helping out!

The 2018-2019 Homecoming Nominees were:

Aya AlSaid

Mia Aramovich

Caroline Colburn

Mia Esquivel

Brittney Garcia

Sita Gupta

Brooke Howard

Katie Kasunic

Cameron Lewis

Leksi Macan

Noel Rivera

Homecoming Queen was Leksi Macan, First Attendant was Sita Gupta, and Second Attendant was Brooke Howard. Congratulations to these deserving winners and all candidates

Pep Club Announcements

Homecoming Parade winners:

Best use of theme: Choir

Most spirit: Volleyball

Best costumes: Cheerleading

The Math department won for their awesome participation in Homecoming Spirit Week.

All Pep Club meeting is Wednesday, September 26th at 2:50 in the cafeteria. Come for pizza and fun!

Social Studies News

A key component of each Social Studies course is to assist in preparing students to be engaged and participatory citizens.

In celebration of Constitution Day, students, here at North, were provided an opportunity to register to vote (and register to vote in advance of their 18th birthday) before the October 16th midterm elections deadline. In our government classes with Tina Keith and Kayte Cormack, over the next month, students are studying the importance of civic engagement and the process of elections.

North was grateful to the non-partisan League of Women Voters for sending volunteers and working in conjunction with the Johnson County Elections Commission to directly ensure that students registering as a part of this process will be fully eligible to vote upon turning 18. We appreciate their efforts to support our students and the vibrant teaching and learning that is happening in our building.

Global Issues

Global Issues classes have been covering Land Use & Land Management. They have been fortunate to have had guest speakers to visit the classes. Brian Scott from the City of Mission and Keith Moody from the City of Roeland Park. Students are currently working on developing their own community.


Congratulations to the 2018 SMN Indian yearbook staff for earning an All-American rating with 4 Marks of Distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association. The staff earned Marks of Distinction in the following areas: Essentials, Coverage, Writing & Editing and Photography.

The yearbook also earned a Gold Medalist rating from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York, City.

The book was edited by Rena Lipari, Morgan Vonderbruegge and Delilah Brockman.

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Want to see what’s going on at SM North?

The SMN Mission’s newsmagazine website posts stories and photo of events happening around school on a weekly basis. In addition, the Mission’s editor will be posting SMSD Board of Education meeting recaps every two weeks.

Head to to check out North news. If you’d like to receive an email reminder when the site is updated (typically once or twice a week), you can sign up on the website. The sign-up is in the lower right corner of the home page right above the SMN Mission Twitter feed.

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Purchase a 2019 Yearbook

2019 Yearbooks can be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 19, 2019. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

If you didn't purchase your book during fee payment, the money ($48) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 19. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 19, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Indian adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.