The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - November 3, 2022


Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

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From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We are very proud of our fall sports teams and how they represented our school. We are excited to host the Northwest Area Choral Festival this evening in our auditorium. It was so wonderful to see all of the students at Northwest for their rehearsal this morning!

We continue to enjoy creating meaningful and exciting learning opportunities for our students. I would like to take a moment to share an area of need for us. We have two openings at Northwest for educational aides supporting our students in our English Language Learner (ELL) program. These positions may work well for families with elementary age students who may be looking for a role in education that would fit their child’s school schedule. These positions may be of interest to recent graduates or others considering a potential career in education. If you know someone with an interest, please guide them to visit our SMSD website and job opportunities under the Human Resources tab to find these openings or call our main office to speak directly with an administrator.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Mark Your Calendar

StuCo Annual Food Drive October 31 - November 11

No School November 21 - 25

MSFD Dance

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 8-10pm

12701 West 67th Street

Shawnee, KS

Who: Juniors, Seniors, and Their Parents/Guardians/Special Loved Ones ONLY

Where: SMNW Cafeteria

Theme: Time Warp – dress up in your favorite decade

Attractions: Costume Contest, Dance Off, Root Beer Chugging Contest

Cost: $5 per person (additional donations accepted!)

Fundraiser: to benefit the Johnson County Christmas Bureau (

Questions: Email Sarah Dent at

From Student Services

Attention all graduating Seniors!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an announcement about ordering your cap and gown for graduation. We’ll introduce our new vendor and how to get ready for the May 18th ceremony. Also, if you haven’t checked your name for the diploma, please do so as soon as you can.

See Mrs. Jones in the counseling office.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

ACT registration deadline for the December 10th test is Friday, November 4th

FREE ACT for Juniors

Sign-up is NOW OPEN to take the ACT at Northwest on February 28, 2023.

All Juniors (11th Grade) ONLY:

The ACT assessment is available to all SMNW High School Juniors

Students may participate in this ACT assessment for FREE.

How to sign up:
Juniors will be able to sign up through the “Online forms” in the Skyward student portal

- select ACT.

Registration will close on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Date of free test:

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 | 7:40 AM – 11:45 AM | ACT Testing at SMNW

Don’t let your student miss this opportunity!

Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment is open to ALL students grades 9 - 12 in the Library.

Teachers are available to support students in Math, English, Science and Social Studies from 2:50 - 3:50 pm. The late bus will depart at 4:00pm. Encourage your student to take advantage of this great academic support opportunity!

Academic Enrichment Dates 22-23

From the Nurse

Vaccination Still NEEDED! Next Exclusion Date 11/28/22

Please be sure to turn in all your completed vaccination documentation. Please email verification of a completed MCV4 vaccine (meningitis ACWY, not meningitis B) for all juniors; this also includes any missing immunizations that you have received an email about. A dose for the meningitis ACWY is required at 16 years of age (regardless of receiving this same vaccine in middle school). Email vaccination records to

Thank you,

Nurse Woods

Farce Fables

Rep Theatre’s touring production of “Farce Fables” will land in the LT for one night only. Friday, November 4th @7pm. Admission is 2 cans or non-perishables for the STUCO Canned food Drive.

Senior Tribute

SENIOR PARENTS: If you are interested in purchasing a senior tribute in the 2023 yearbook, please go to to purchase your space and submit the materials for the tribute or bring the photos, message and check made out to SMNW Yearbook to Susan Massy at Shawnee Mission Northwest. This is the final deadline. Information about the tributes can be found here: or scan this QR code:

Paying Online with eFunds

2022 - 2023 Online Fee Payment:

*** Fees for first semester elective classes are due along with the Resource, ID and Participation fees. Contact the bookkeeper with questions.

Food Service

Breakfast at Northwest

Regular Days: Breakfast is served from 7:15 – 7:35

Late Start: Thursday breakfast is served from 8:15 – 8:45.

Meal Benefits: Families can apply on

For families who do not qualify for meal benefits, payments for school meals can be made by sending cash or check to the school, online at eFunds or by phone by calling the Food Service office at 913-993-9710.

Food service information is available on the district’s website at


Angelo Giacalone - Athletic Director, Victoria Alvey - Athletic Secretary, Dan Fletcher - Athletic Trainer

Physicals for Winter Sports: Physicals packets for winter sports need to be completed prior to the opening practice/tryout date. Winter sports are scheduled to start on Monday, November 14th. All aspiring student-athletes must have their completed physical packet turned in no later than Friday, November 11th, to the athletic office. Those wishing to secure a packet may do so online at and go to the “more” tab and look at “forms.” You may also stop by the athletic office, located inside the main office, and pick up a form between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. For questions contact Mrs. Alvey, Athletic Administrative Assistant at 913-993- 7400.

Sunflower League

DS Bus Lines


**All bus riders must register to ride the bus:

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.