NORTH NEWS December 14, 2020

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Winter Break Approaching

It is hard to believe that our winter break is nearly upon us! We would like to take this opportunity to thank our students and parents for all of your support and flexibility this school year. It has been a year unlike any other and has definitely presented all of us with some challenges. With challenges comes the opportunity for growth and I can confidently say that we have all grown this year!

On behalf of the staff at SM North, we all hope that you and your family have a wonderful winter break and holiday season. We look forward to returning in January recharged and ready to end the 1st semester strong!



This months Schedule.....

12/22 - Early Release Day (Students are released at 12:20pm)

12/23-1/4 - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

1/5-1/22/21 - Remote School Continues

1/22/21 - Last Day of Semester 1

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2nd Semester Schedules

Now that families have made learning selection choices for 2nd semester, counselors will be spending the next several weeks working on 2nd semester schedules for all students. While we will attempt to limit the number of changes to your student's teachers, please understand that some changes could be necessary due to our master schedule changing.

If your student would like to request a change to one of their course for 2nd semester, please have them contact their academic counselor.

Jordan Landis – A - D & ELL

Leah Murray – E – K

Jennifer Fontaine – L – Q

Deanna Griffey – R - Z


  • Mon/Wed- ELA, ELL, and Science 3:20-4:20
  • Tue/Thur- SS 3:20-4:20.

This weeks Schedule:

Monday 3:20-4:20




Tuesday 3:20-4:20


Wednesday 3:20-4:20




Thursday 3:20-4:20


Click HERE to get the teachers WebEx classroom for tutoring

Purchasing School Pictures

If you have already had your picture taken at school but need to order the pictures, Please visit Rolland Studio’s website, to order Photographs

First click on the Kindergarten – 11 tab

Click on the first button View image on web

Please use your Student’s student ID as the code

You will now have access to view and order your student's images.

Last Chance for school pictures

If you have not had your yearbook picture taken there is a last chance opportunity to be photographed for the 2020 yearbook. Rolland Studios has appointments available at their Raytown location on December 21 2020. Students will need to make an appointment at They do not offer free yearbook session at their Raytown location.

Session fee - Grade K to 11 is $28.00 and will receive 1-5x7 2 -3x5 4-wall & 8 Exchange. This is a nonrefundable fee. Seniors - $44.95 Payable at the time booking this is 4 to 6 traditional poses for the yearbook and you will receive 1-8x10. This is a nonrefundable fee.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that once you have booked an appointment with Rolland Studio it means that they have reserved time in their schedule exclusively for you. This time is no longer available to their other students. If you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours before it is scheduled to take place, or miss your appointment you will be charged the full amount of your session you will not receive a refund or credit for another appointment.

How to Cancel Your Appointment

If you need to cancel your appointment, please email us at



College Scholarship Information

Scholarships (students will need to sign up to access page): Click on the link for more information.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Advent Health - Nutrition Service Worker click here

Advent Health - Dietary Aide - Food Services click here

Lowe's Careers - Seasonal Worker - click here

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

Panera Bread - Mission location click here

Rally House - Mission location click here


Student Recognitions

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Internet Access Support Program

We recognize this school year has been full of challenges. I want to let you know about a community-based program that can lift some of the financial burden our families may be experiencing due to COVID-19.

If your student qualifies for free or reduced cost school lunch, The Internet Access Support Program (IASP) can pay your household’s internet bill for the next six months. If you don’t currently have internet service or want to change providers, the program can help you get service established.

The program is funded by the Federal CARES Act through the Johnson County government. It is administered by KC Digital Drive, a local non-profit. Please note there are a limited number of funds available and applications must be received and processed prior to December 31, 2020. Please direct questions about the program to KC Digital Drive at

To apply you need to complete a short online form. As part of that application, you will need two documents: 1) a copy of your Free/Reduced Cost School Lunch qualification letter and 2) a copy of your latest internet bill (if you currently have service and want to keep that service).

If you don’t have a copy of the qualification letter, please call the District Food Services Department at 913-993-9710 and request a copy. If you have not applied for free/reduced meals this year and would like to do so, you may also call the District Food Services Department to complete the free/reduced meal application.

This link will take you to the IASP form:

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2021 Mail-In Bond Election in the SMSD

Our Shawnee Mission community is looking toward the future. Click here to learn more about the SMSD mail-in bond election coming in Jan. 2021.

Residents will soon be asked to consider a bond proposal, designed to provide lasting facilities improvements and to strengthen student learning. View a video overview about the proposed bond here.

The Board of Education, unanimously approved a resolution to place a $264.2 million bond proposal on a mail ballot this January.

The goal is that the Shawnee Mission School District can continue to be ranked among the finest school districts in the nation, employing exceptional educators who work in state-of-the-art facilities, where learners achieve their full potential.

Food Service - Free Meals

Meals are available for pick up on 12/18. There will not be any pick up available on 12/25 or 1/1. Pick up time is from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at all schools. 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


SMN Athletics & Activities

Board of Directors - KSHSAA

By action by the Board of Directors, the following was approved:

Effective Thursday, December 10 through January 28, 2021, interscholastic activities will allow for attendance of up to two parents/guardians per participant(s) family as allowed by local board of education or health department restrictions.

Accordingly, the KSHSAA is receiving a number of requests for clarification and provides the following consistent interpretations for your use:

1. Participants include:

· Players

· Coaches

· Student Managers

· Cheer squads/coaches

· Dance teams/coaches

· Pep bands/directors

· Student Journalists

2. Coaches may have parents/guardians or spouse/significant other.

3. Children of coaches and administrators do not meet the definition approved by the BOD.

4. School Board members do not meet the criteria established by the BOD unless their child is an active participant.

5. Parents/guardians are there to support their child while in competition; there is no reason for them to attend “all” games in the facility on a given day.

6. Teams playing in that facility as part of a multi-game event may remain in the gym as long as they are socially distant.

7. All spectators must be masked the entire time in facility, even if they are socially distanced.

8. No “substitutes” for parent/guardian if they are unable to attend contest.

9. Event staff are not afforded parent/guardian or spouse attendance.

10. The impacted interscholastic activities include basketball, bowling, debate, forensics/speech, scholars bowl, swimming & diving, and wrestling.

Please remember, the reason restricted attendance is necessary is to minimize exposure opportunities and support school and community health (both CDC and KDHE recommend no mass gatherings).

Athletic Update



Technology Issues

  • Student Support Tech Link: Lastly, if you have not already, please have your student check out the Black SMSD Icon in the dock next to the life preserve (Hep Desk) icon. This Student Technology Support link will direct you to helpful information and be a reference when troubleshooting your MacBook during remote instruction. Student Tech Support Reference

  • Please contact the front office for support 913-993-6900



SMN Spirit Wear makes a great gift!!!

Shop our online store for hoodies, stocking hats, sweats, long-sleeved tees, short-sleeved tees, masks, and so much more!! All of the proceeds benefit teams, clubs, and groups at North through our grant program!


Place your order by NOON on Friday, December 18 to guarantee pick-up availability for Christmas!

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