NORTH NEWS December 12th

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

North Community,

We have entered our final full week of school before the end of the semester. Our staff is working hard to provide as many opportunities as possible to help our students achieve. Please help us at home and push your student for one more week! We are looking forward to a great final week of school before the winter break!

Friday, December 16th is the first day of Fall Semester Finals. Students are encouraged to stay during 5th and 7th hour to review for upcoming finals. However, if you need to excuse your student after their 3rd hour final at 10:55, you may complete this form.


Students who do not have a completed excusal form will remain in school until 2:40. Lunch will be served, and buses will be dismissed as normal.




Our final exam schedule for the fall semester can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s teachers or your student’s alpha associate principal for any questions.

Dustin Jamison - A-G

Jon Durham - H-N

Laura Brogdon - O-Z

Notes from the NURSE

Keeping our Students Healthy

You may have recently heard news reports about increases of illness this fall, 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.

After School Tutoring/Meals/Bussing

  • Tutoring will continue Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:20.
  • Remaining dates this semester: 12/12, 12/14
  • The location for tutoring will be in the Learning Commons and students need to sign in using a QR code.
  • Meals will be served in the cafeteria at 2:50 and must be consumed on campus. Any student is welcome to a FREE meal.
  • Bus rides are also FREE for students who stay for tutoring or after school activities. Busses will depart from the circle drive (outside cafeteria doors) at 4:30. Students must have passes from a staff member to get on the bus,.

Calling All Angels!

Each year, we have been blessed enough to have generous folks who come forward to sponsor a Shawnee Mission North yearbook for a child who otherwise wouldn't be getting one.

In the last few weeks, I've had children approach me about how to get a Shawnee Mission North yearbook when they can't afford to get one.

It's for this very purpose that our Shawnee Mission North Yearbook Angel program exists. You can purchase a 2023 yearbook and we will get it into the hands of a deserving student.

To become a yearbook angel simply:

  1. Go Online at
  2. For Yearbook Angel sponsorships, enter “Yearbook” for student first name, “Angel” for last name, and “Staff” for grade. We will make sure it goes to a deserving student.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate at

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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



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Check out the Student Services Website

Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year will begin in January 2023. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 10th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged to take them home and talk with their parent/guardian about classes for next year. Counselors will then collect Students’ enrollment cards the following week during their English class. Please make sure your student’s enrollment card is in their backpack.

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Student JOB Postings


Advance Auto Parts - Click here to apply

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

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

UPS - Lenexa, KS email -

Tidal Wave Auto Spa - Click Here

Go to student services for more information.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

As we wind down the first semester of the school year, we would like to recognize the following student athletes who received post-season honors.


KSHSAA 6A XC State championships: Brenna Murphy (SR) 25th and Brittney Betancourt (FR) - 53rd ; KSHSAA 6A Regional Championships - Brenna Murphy - 9th, Brittney Betancourt - 13th ; Sunflower League Championships -Brenna Murphy - 18th


KSHSAA 6A XC State Championships: Micah Blomker - 2nd

KSHSAA 6A Regional - Boys Team 3rd; Micah Blomker Class 6A Runner-Up; Diego Rojas, 9th, Gage Chapman,15th, and Gavin Montagne, 18th Sunflower League Championships: Micah Blomker - 2nd


KSHSAA State Gymnastics Championships: Meaghan Driever, Alexis Phillips and Aniah Grady. Meaghan Driever, 11th overall.


SFL First Team: Quinn Chambon

SFL Second Team: Avean Lor & Elijah Panjada

SFL Honorable mention: Will Boyd, Jacob Mercado

& Jason Navas


Sunflower league Honorable Mention: Mia Olson and Iliana Garcia


Sunflower league First-team Offensive line : Spencer Davis; Second team: Defensive line Darrius Comeaux; SFL honorable-mention: Chris Andrews, offensive line, Trey Dyer, running back, Jeremiah Looney, running back, Liam Dalley, defensive back and Judah Jones, linebacker.

Winter Sports Update:

Boys basketball team played in the De Soto Hardwood Classic Basketball Tournament and secured a win versus KC Harmon and came up short versus De Soto HS and Olathe Northwest HS.

Girls basketball team played in the Liberty North Basketball Tournament and lost versus Liberty North, Kearney and St. Pius.

Both teams are back in action at Emporia HS on Tuesday evening and host their first home game on Friday, Dec. 16 vs Olathe South. Games begin at 3:00pm.

SMN Boys Swim and Dive team first meet of the season was last week; they competed vs SME and OS. This was a good opportunity for novice swimmers and to compete against others. The team travels to Lawrence Free State on Wednesday and SM District Swim & Dive meet on Saturday at the SMSDAC.

SMN Boys and Girls Wrestling teams have been busy. The girls team has competed in a home tri vs. KC Washington and KC Wyandotte, at Olathe West, at Leavenworth and at Eudora. Their next meet is during winter break at SMNW Lady Cougar Holiday Classic on Friday, December 30. The boys team has competed in home tri vs KC Washington and Wyandotte, at Leavenworth and at SMNW. Their next competition is the Blue Valley Varsity Classic this Friday and Saturday.

If you need to reach out to one of our varsity winter coaches please contact:

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: Patrick Denney Email:

Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach: Matt Jacobsen Email:

Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach: Anna Monteer Email:

Varsity Swimming Coach: Cody Fothergill Email:

Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach: Conan McCormack Email:

Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach Victoria Hilger Email:

Varsity Cheerleading Coach Ashley Steele Email:

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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Santa pictures:

During lunches this week, students will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa for $1 to support the Sophomore class


The Junior class will be selling doughnuts this week in Times Square. $1 for a single doughnut and $10 for a dozen.

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Winter sports kick-off-

STUCO had a great time at the kick-off and is very ready for the winter season! Each of the scrimmages and skits were very entertaining and the teachers beat STUCO once again, in the Teachers VS STUCO game.



Be a part of the 9th Annual SMN Trivia Night on Saturday, January 28, 2023 - Scan the attached QR code for more info and to register your 8-person team!

Mark your calendar for the next SMN Booster Club meeting - Monday, January 9, 2023 at 6:30pm on ZOOM

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PTSA update

Click on the link below to get the most up to date information about PTSA!AshLdvDQc8CUiQhWjdqZCqTqDNl6

  • 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.

SMAC PTA Clothing Exchange

The SMAC PTA Clothing Exchange is excited to be back in service to the SMSD community! Please see attached files in English and Spanish with more information about the Schedule for the Clothing Exchange.



Students and Families:

We hope you are enjoying the new MacBooks! Now that 99.9% of our students have been issued a MacBook, it is very important to make sure students are taking the best care possible of the devices. Below are some important reminders to help protect the MacBook and your student.

We want to remind you of a few things now that we are back in the swing of the school year:

1. Your MacBook must have the district issued case on it at all times. (Failure to have the cover in place will result in confiscation of the MacBook.)

2. Please only carry your MacBook with the screen shut and with both hands to keep the machine secure.

3. Do not ever pick up the MacBook by the screen. The LCD screen on these devices are very sensitive and the pressure of your grip will break the screen. (Other schools are already reporting damage from students holding and carrying the MacBook by the screen.)

4. Keyboard covers should not be used since non-Apple keyboard covers might be too large and can put pressure on the screens and cause damage.

5. Do NOT slam the MacBook shut, this causes lines in the LCD screen and also the screen to go “white.”

6. Always open the screen from the center clip on the case. Opening from the sides will cause damage.

7. Carrying the computer from the screen will also damage/loosed/break the hinge.

8. Please don’t leave your MacBook in a car. Extreme temperature (hot and cold) conditions will cause issues for the MacBook. (And provide a target for theft)

9. Needed applications can be found on Manager. You will not be able to download programs from the App Store for use on these devices. If you need access to a program that isn’t in Manager, please submit a Help Desk Ticket ( )

10. Downloading VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) or other programs that mask your device on the network are a violation of the Responsible Use Policy you have agreed to. Use of VPN’s will result in the confiscation of the MacBook and you may lose MacBook access for the semester/school year.

11. If you ever need help or support with your device you can submit a Web Help Desk Ticket and our Tech Analyst assigned to SMN will find you to help with the issue. If there ever is a problem, you should start by submitting a Help Desk Ticket at

12. Keep your charger safe, preferably at home. Charging your device each night to 100% will last all day at school.

13. Do NOT eat or drink near the device, this keeps it clean and away from possible accidents.

Please reach out if there are any questions or issues we can help with as you use your new MacBook. -Mr. Jamison

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.