Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

We had a great week last week! Kids are really engaging and performing well. Let's keep it up for the rest of the year!

Good news and Upcoming events:

Schedule Update:

4/7 and 4/10 we do not have school. We will utilize block schedules exclusively for the next two weeks.

NJROTC Nationals:

This past weekend, our NJROTC team competed in Nationals for the 18th consecutive year! Here is the breakdown of Top 10 Finishes:

1st Place - Armed Regulation Drill

2nd Place - Sit-Ups

3rd Place - Overall Athletics

6th Place - Push-Ups

6th Place - Unarmed Regulation

8th Place - Overall Drill

9th Place - OVERALL



5th Place - John Long (320)

6th Place - Cash Olberding (318)

6th Place - Gage Barron (318)

8th Place - James Clements (317)

9th Place - Lucas McGriff (315)


9th Place - Samantha Herron (305)


6th Place - Lucas McGriff (91)


3rd Place - Kayte Acosta (69)

5th Place - Sofia Porraz (63)

Seminar Success Incentive

Last week's seminar success initiative was a great success! We look forward to another successful one this week!

Performing Arts Updates:

  • Orchestra
    • SMN Orchestra performed for at the Kansas Teacher of The Year Banquet on March 26th
  • Band
    • 3 concerts in a row this week
      • 3/28 Symphonic Band Festival
      • 3/29 6th Grade Honor Band Festival
      • 3/30 Concert Band District Festival
  • Choir
    • 3/8 Pre-Contest Choral Concert
  • Theatre
    • Double Feature Show
      • 4/5 and 4/6 7pm Actors Studio and Repertory Theatre combined show
      • Actors Studio: Scenes From Shakespeare
      • Repertory Theatre: Cut
    • 4/12, 4/13, 4/14 A.R.T. Presents Game Show




Dear SMSD Families,

We are coming to the end of another successful year in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD). This time of year is full of celebration for all that has been accomplished, along with feelings of nostalgia over what will be missed as students and staff move on to what comes next.

I am writing to share the dates for the end of the 2022-23 school year in the Shawnee Mission School District:

  • The last day of school for Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) students will be Monday, May 22, 2023.
  • The last day of school for K-11 students will be Tuesday, May 23, 2022 (early dismissal)

We are close to the finish line, but there is still important work to be done. Let’s dig deep and finish the year strong. Thank you for all you do to support the education of your children. Together, we are One Shawnee Mission!


Dr. Michelle Hubbard

Transportation Update

Beginning April 11, DS Bus Lines will implement roster checks to verify registered riders. Any student at the bus stop that isn’t registered will be transported to school and will be noted in a written communication by the bus driver for the school office. The official stop ride date will be April 14th.

Please contact Dana Gulick, Transportation Coordinator with any questions.


Due to limited capacity at Arrowhead, we wanted to share how ticket sales for Prom will be handled.

During the first week of sales, April 11-14: Only North students in grades 11th and 12th can buy tickets. They will sell both online and in the cafeteria. Online ticket sales have a service charge, and students must show emailed confirmation in the cafeteria to pick up their physical tickets.

Starting April 17-21, the second week of ticket sales, Juniors and Seniors may purchase tickets for their guests from the other grades or an outside guest. Should someone want to bring an outside guest, they must be pre-approved by the front office. You can do this by picking up an Out of School Guest Form in the front office, starting on April 3rd. The guest must be on the approved list at the time of ticket purchase.


Questions can be answered by Monica Morris, the Junior Class sponsor at

If you plan on bringing an out of school guest to prom this year, the Out of School Guest Form can now be picked up from the front office. Out of school guest forms have to be turned in and pre-approved BEFORE purchasing tickets. Tickets begin to be sold next week April 11-21. Though, students wishing to bring an out of school guest or an underclassman can only purchase their ticket beginning the second week of ticket sales, April 17.

February ACT

We have received scores for the free junior ACT given at North in February. If you were able to set up your MyACT account in February, you can log in to view your complete score report. You can also access your Composite and sub scores under Test Scores in your Skyward account on Wednesday, April 5.

Graduation Information

Announcements NOT picked up last week are available in the main office.

(Cap and Gown are handed out at graduation practice on the Seniors last day)

All Seniors should have ordered a cap and gown from Jostens. If you have not done that, please click on the link below and get that taken care of ASAP.

Cap and gown only:

All graduation products:

Greetings Shawnee Mission North!

My name is Coach Fothergill, the head Swim and Dive coach for the boys team here at North. On behalf of our athletic department and the boys and girls swim and dive programs here, we are very happy to be able to once again host a Swim and Dive Clinic for students in the North feeder schools! The clinic will be this coming Saturday, April 8th.

This will be our 6th Clinic, but the first since 2019. We really enjoy having future Bison come for a couple hours and learn a few things in the pool, have a great time, and begin to feel a greater connection to North. The swim and dive teams at North have a long tradition of success and a strong community at North. Neither team ever cuts athletes for the team so we really can be a sport for anyone who has the desire to be a part of it.

I am attaching a flyer along with a link below that has details about the clinic as well as the Clinic Registration QR code and the link to the google form listed here below:


Registration Google Form:

If you have an elementary school or Hocker Grove family member or friend who might be interested in the clinic, please share this information with them.

If a student shows an interest in the clinic, but has a challenge with the Registration fee, PLEASE communicate that to me and we can work to help with their fee for the clinic. It is $25 for elementary students and $15 for Hocker Grove students.

Please let me know what other questions you have. I look forward to having a pool full of future North Bison on April 8th!

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Students school fees for 2022-23 are now past due!

  • Student fee email notifications were sent out on Friday, February 10th.

  • The Online fee payment portal can be found at You can set up an account or pay as a guest using the student’s last name and ID number.
  • Fees not paid by June 1st or graduation for seniors may be sent to the Collections agency.
  • Any questions regarding fees, payments, or to arrange a payment plan should be directed to SMN bookkeeper, Shelle Lewis at or 913-993-6910.
  • Families qualifying for free or reduced lunch can receive a waiver for part of the fees if they provide the bookkeeper with a copy of their Food Service benefits letter.


To those families who are contacted through the remainder of the school year, by the nurse’s office staff.

We will be excluding students we have identified as missing required vaccinations until they receive them. We have exhausted our efforts at getting those done.

To prevent a delay in enrolling in the fall, those students who are missing any vaccinations will be called to the nurse’s office and parent/guardian will be called to pick them up.

If you believe you have a student in need of a required vaccine please feel free to call 913-993-9704 or 913-993-6916.

There are community based supports that we may recommend so that your student may remain in school.

We are here to help!

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness including allergies this spring, as is typical with this time of year. In SMSD, we have begun to see increases in absence due to illness; with a few physician diagnosed illnesses and many generalized symptoms.

One of the most important things to help decrease the spread of illness is for those who are not feeling well to stay home. If your child has a temperature of over 100.0 or has vomited or has had diarrhea, they must stay home. Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Your child may also be ill, but without these symptoms. They may have a sore throat, headache, cough, or generally not feel well. If you suspect illness, please keep your child home. If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child’s doctor.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

Please always check the school calendar for the most up to date schedule SMN Calendar

  • April 12, 13, 14: Actor's studio: Scenes from Shakespeare
  • April 18: Charity Picnic (modified schedule: seminar in afternoon)
  • April 22: Prom



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Check out the Student Services Website

SMSD Spring Career Fair & Internship Expo

Seniors - are you unsure of your future career or pathway? Are you planning on entering the workforce after graduation in May? If this sounds like you, join us on Thursday, April 13th from 9:30-10:30 am to meet business professionals and kick start your career. Transportation will be provided. Resumes are required to attend, professional dress is highly suggested. Please use the QR code to sign up, this link or reach out to Mrs. Sherer in student services or email with questions.

Juniors - Are you interested in learning more about different careers and pathways? Are you interested in finding an internship for your senior year? If so, please consider attending the SMSD Career and Internship Expo on Thursday, April 13th from 11:00am - 12:00 pm. Transportation will be provided, lunch will not be provided. Please use the QR code to sign up, this link or reach out to Mrs. Sherer in student services or email with questions.

Brick Time

The theme of the month for BRICK time is citizenship, and we are focusing on digital citizenship during our presentations. Here is a resource from our SRO.

Summer Academy and Summer eSchool

Has your student failed a required class? Do they need to make it up this summer to stay on track to graduate? SMSD offers two summer programs: Summer Academy and Summer eSchool. Please refer to the websites for details. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

Registration for summer programs will be at North in Student Services.

If you have questions about what class your student needs to take, please reach out to your child’s Alpha Counselor.

A-D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E-K Leah Murray

L-Q Jennifer Fontaine

R-W Deanna Griffey

X-Z Britt Sherer
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Student JOB Postings


JCPRD Lifeguards Aquatic Jobs | Johnson County Park & Rec, KS (

Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

Charlie's Car Wash - Two Overland Park locations - stop by or go to

Creative Carnivals & Events part time help. Email

Crown Center Ice Terrace - click here to apply

Freddy's -

Jefferson's - Hiring Kitchen staff - call 1-785-727-3000

Overland Park, City of - apply at

Papa Murphy's on Shawnee Mission Parkway - 913-638-4552

Stretch Lab - Leawood and Overland Park locations hiring - Click here

Stanley Steamer - Career opportunies - Email:

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

SMN Boys Varsity Tennis competes in Shawnee Mission East-Quad. The boys had a strong showing and competed hard on a windy Friday afternoon. Junior and Captain Porter Lee won his first match in convincing fashion 8-1 against Olathe South and went on to win his second match 8-4 against Lawrence High. He was unable to finish his third match due to inclement weather. Freshmen and Captain Cohen Woller continued his impressive start to the season by winning his first match 8-6 against Olathe South and won his second match against Lawrence High. At 1 doubles Oliver Goering/Grant Nichols dropped their first match to Olathe South but bounced back in typical Bison fashion winning their second match 8-4 against Lawrence High. At 2 doubles, the team of Freshmen Townes Broderick/Evan Keir competed hard at the event dropping their first match 8-2 and unable to finish their second match due to inclement weather. SMN North will be back in action on 4/4/23 for League Districts. The week prior, the Shawnee Mission North Boys tennis team dropped a dual to defending state champions Shawnee Mission East 9-0. Shawnee Mission North boys tennis falls to Shawnee Mission West in their home opener 8-1. Cohen Woller and Porter Lee lost a tight match 8-7(5) at number 1 doubles. In singles freshman Cohen Woller won a very hard fought match 8-7(2) at 2 singles.

The Shawnee Mission North Softball Bison beat Shawnee Mission East 5-1 on Tuesday.Kelsey Hoekstra held things down on the mound for North. She went seven innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out 19. There were two homeruns on the day. Jessica Brown and K. Hoekstra both had long balls in the third inning. In total, the Bison tallied nine hits. Madison Bruson and K. Hoesktra managed multiple hits for North to lead the team to victory.

Boys Varsity Golf: Cole Hageman shot an 85 at the first Varsity tournament this season at Kansas City Country Club. Cole had 6 pars to lead the way leading North to an 11th place finish vs the other Sunflower League schools in this opening tournament of the boys golf season.

The Shawnee Mission North Girls Swim and Dive teams had their first meet of the 2022-2023 season Thursday afternoon against Shawnee Mission West, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Mill Valley, and De Soto high schools.. We had some amazing swims by both returning and new members of our team. This included a State qualification in diving for Meaghan Driever, three individual State consideration times for Serena Clark, and an additional State consideration in the 200 freestyle relay which consisted of Serena Clark, Isobel Asbury, Evelyn Turner, and Naomi Culley. We are looking forward to the rest of the season!

SM North Baseball team lost 6-0 vs Olathe Northwest and and lost 4-1 to LFS. We play Olathe South on Tuesday at 3&2 at 7:00pm.

Physicals for 2023-2024: Just a reminder for those that may be new to this. Any physical and concussion form that is dated after May 1st can be used for the 2023-24 school year. So while these forms are posted on the district website, you will want to wait until after May 1st to schedule a physical exam.

Check out the Sunflower League calendar/schedule to keep up with our events and activities. Our league also has a website you can check-out.

SM North Sports Foundation Legacy Scholarship Celebration - We will celebrate the students and families on Thursday, April 13 at 7:45am in the Little theater. Each of the scholarships is awarded to a graduating senior student athlete based on their excellence in the classroom, athletic participation and involvement in the community. The scholarships are named after former SM North coaches and a memorial in the name of a SMN graduate.

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Save the Date:

  • Wednesday, April 26 National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing in the FH

  • Friday, May 5 North Relays

If you need to visit with varsity spring coaches please see the information:

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Interested in Umpiring at 3 & 2 Baseball


3 & 2 Baseball Program / JOCO Recreation is recruiting baseball umpires: REGISTER HERE or call 913-401-6000 &/or email

Live Eligibility

  • Reports will be provided to coaches daily from skyward. We use the canvas platform which must be synchronized with Skyward; due to syn issues;

  • Eligibility reports are Bi-weekly process

    • 1st and 3rd Monday of the month

    • If a student shows the AD between reports, he/she improved their grade then he/she is immediately reinstated.

    • If a student does not improve and is on the next report they become ineligible for contests until they can show they are passing 5. They regain eligibility as soon as they can show proof and the process starts all over again.

SM North subscribes to Core Course GPA. If your student is interested in participating in collegiate athletics please visit the website and begin the registration process. SMSD will host a college eligibility informational session in late fall. It’s never too early to begin this process. now makes it easier than ever to educate your student-athletes and families on various aspects of NCAA/NAIA initial-eligibility and recruiting. Just click on the 1-Minute Recruiting Webinars below:

NCAA Core Course GPA vs Cumulative GPA

What are the NCAA D1 Initial-Eligibility Requirements?

Important Athletic Links

  • Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)
    Our school district has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance Group to make reliable coverage available to parents. If you don’t have other insurance, this plan may be a resource to consider. Additionally, even if you have other coverage, this plan can help fill expensive “gaps' ' caused by deductibles and copays. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year.

High School Sports Information

Student Recognition


Student Council Information

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SMN 100th Anniversary Spirit Wear items are now 25% off - use the coupon code 100YEAR when purchasing online!

You can also order your gear through our online store using the link or QR code below…

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It's baaaaaack!!!!

Cappuccino Days: the Sequel, Friday, April 14!! We took notes from the fall and are going for one more sugar boost for students and staff, fruit options available.

This is a fundraiser for PTSA. We would appreciate donations of time and supplies. Please sign up at the link below,
  • Join PTSA (optional, but highly encouraged): Parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members: You can now become a PTSA member. Your membership helps support our students and their school!

Check PTSA out on Twitter @SMNorthPTSA or

Check PTSA out on Facebook @SMNorthPTSA or

Check the PTSA Website

Join the PTSA Here -


News from SMSD

SMSD Website

Click here for the SMSD Website

Inclement Weather Procedures 2022-23

As the winter months approach, it is especially important for our community members to be aware of inclement weather procedures and how they can be alerted if plans for building closures are announced.


If conditions make it necessary for the SMSD to close schools, the district will implement one of three plans: A, B, or C.

Click here to view the plans.

Inclement Weather Announcements

If plan A, B, or C is announced, this information will be shared broadly.

Staff and families can receive direct emails, texts, and voice messages.

Families can sign up to receive alerts in the manner that works best for them.

Click here for details on how to sign up for alerts.

Additional Resources:

The main page of the district website




Local radio and television stations

24-hour information line at (913) 993-7380

No announcement will be made when schools are to remain open.



Canvas and Skyward Parent Accounts

  • ** Please Note- If you have an account from previous years (even Hocker Grove), there is no need to create another account.
    • New users: Download the Canvas Parent App from the App Store or Google Play store.
    • Follow the prompts to create your account. Create a username and password.
    • Search SMSD (Shawnee Mission School District) > Shawnee Mission North > Eventually it will ask you for a “Pairing Code”
    • To find your student’s “Pairing Code”
      1. In your student’s Canvas account have your student click on “Account” (Top Left)
      2. Click on “Settings” > then click on “Pair with Observer” (Right side)
      3. Enter this “Pairing code” when prompted in your Canvas Parent App.
    • Note that each parent needs a different code, therefore repeating this process to generate a different code. If more than one student, you will be prompted to “add student” on the app. Repeat the process to generate their observer code.
    • If your student will not provide the code to you, please reach out to the school to get the Pairing Code. 😊
    • Additional Canvas gradebook information can be found here.
    • Canvas has the most up-to-date grade information for your student, if you have questions about missing assignments, please contact your student’s teacher.


    To get information about your login information for your Skyward parent account please contact Student Services at 913-993-6930. Skyward helps parents keep track of attendance, pay school fees, view national and state test scores, complete the online verification process and much, much more.