NORTH NEWS August 14, 2023

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.



Message from Principal David Ewers

Our teachers have been working hard over the past week in preparation for a great school year and we are so excited to get the school year started! Please make sure to read our newsletter below, as it contains pertinent information to ensure a safe, successful start to the school year! Also, attached to this newsletter is a “First Day” issue created for 9th graders by The Mission, our school newspaper. The issue contains valuable information for both returning and new students. Let’s have a great start to the year and Go Bison!

9th grade/12th grade First Day information

As many of you know, the SMSD Calendar shows that freshmen and seniors have school on August 15th and that all students will be in school on August 16. Below you will find a description of the different activities for each grade level on this date.


Freshmen will start that day at 7:40 in the Field House gym. They will want to report to North by 7:30 and should bring a bag so they can carry their computer which will be issued that day. Freshmen activities will be conducted with our Freshman Mentor Program. Buses will be running at regular times this day.


Senior class members who are not part of the FMP program on August 15th will have the opportunity to participate in an exploration activity of their choosing and may choose an experience that aligns with their Individual Plan of Study (IPS) required by the state of Kansas. Seniors may choose to participate in a college visit, community service, job shadow, or other IPS-related experience. Seniors participating in such an experience will need to provide their own transportation. Seniors are encouraged to identify an experience in which they may participate on the afternoon of August 15.

Senior students choosing this option, must have a parent/guardian fill out the August 15th Attendance Form to document their plan and excuse them from reporting to North on August 15th. FMP Leaders and other seniors participating in Freshman First Day activities do not need a parent/guardian to fill out the Attendance Form.

Seniors who report to North on August 15th, and are not part of Freshman First Day, will need to report to the front office for other assigned options. Senior students who are not excused to participate in an experience will be afforded real-world and hands-on learning opportunities by working with the various groups to support the incoming 9th graders and new school year. Some examples of these opportunities include assisting with freshman computer deployment, room and building organization, space configurations (LC, FH, etc), and equipment transfer/transitions.

All grades, 9-12, will be at school on Wednesday, August 16, for a full day of classes.

** New Information in this newsletter **

MacBook Rollout Information + Device Management

Every high school student will be issued a MacBook at the beginning of the school year. The MacBook is a powerful learning tool, but for high school students, it automatically incurs a major responsibility to take care of the device, and to appropriately use the device in all situations. Pertinent details regarding MacBooks can be found below:

  1. MacBook deployment dates will be on August 15th for 9th grade and August 21st for 10-12th grade.
  2. All students and parents are required to complete the Skyward online verification. If student and parent online verification has not been completed by their deployment date, it could potentially jeopardize your student receiving their MacBook until the online verification process has been completed by both student and parent.
  3. All students will “login” to all of their school accounts at school.
  4. Expectations of care for the MacBook
    • Case will stay on the MacBook at all times
    • No food of drink by the MacBook
    • Do not shut the MacBook top with anything in between the screen and the keyboard. (Papers w/staples and paperclips will damage the screen bevel)
  5. MacBooks should be charged to 100% at home each evening. (Leave the charger at home)
  6. Replacement/damage costs for MacBooks are as follows:

1. 1st damaged device: $100.00

2. 2nd damaged device: $150.00

3. 3rd and subsequent device damage: Actual cost of repair/replacement.

4. Accessories and parts that do not carry a warranty are charged at actual replacement cost.

1. A damaged/lost/stolen charger incurs a $58.00 fee.

      1. Charging block- $39.00 fee
      2. Charging cord- $19.00 fee

5. Stolen device: Proof of theft, 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.

6. Lost device: A lost device will incur the replacement cost of the device.

How can we manage our student’s MacBook at home?

As is the case with any device, proper device monitoring is a must. Although you do not have administrative rights on the device to install additional monitoring software, there are some best-practices that we recommend you adopt as a parent:

  1. Apple has integrated iCloud and family sharing permissions through use of the “Screen Time” functionality built into your Apple ID and “family sharing.” This additional layer of control and security is recommended for all families interested in additional controls beyond the district’s Lightspeed content filter. A simple internet search for “Screen Time for Apple” will give you more information.
  2. Remind your student that the device is property of The Shawnee Mission School District. Anything that is searched or done on the device is subject to The Shawnee Mission School District Acceptable Use Policy: IIBF.
  3. Create a common and visible spot at home for schoolwork and MacBook usage at home (not in the student’s room). Do not allow students to have their MacBooks unattended for long periods of time.
  4. Monitor iMessage and any chat usage on the MacBook. Always monitor all social media accounts that your students have.
  5. Do not allow your student to take his/her MacBook into their room at night. Create a common space for devices to be charged each night.
  6. Do not leave backpack and MacBook in vehicles at night. This poses a threat of theft. The MacBook may also become damaged due to extreme temperatures of heat and cold.
  7. Keep track of the device’s wear and tear throughout the year. Ensure that your student is taking proper care of the device. If the device needs cleaned, please report this to Mr. Jamison.
  8. Please visit the district IT student support page for more information.

What does my student do if they have a technical problem with their MacBook?

The majority of student computer issues we see can be solved with a simple device restart. (Click on the Apple (top left) > “Restart”) Students who are unable to resolve their problem can submit a help-desk ticket using the orange life-saver on the MacBook dock, or by accessing the IT Support Website.

Safety and Security - Shawnee Mission North

  • Dropoff/Pickup-

    • Busses in East lot by stadium, FH, weight room side.

    • Car riders in the front circle drive. Please help us keep an open lane for passing through to exit. Unlike elementary and middle schools that pack cars in tight and dismiss through the use of traffic directors, we ask that you stay alert and move along to assist with getting everyone safely out of the building and off campus right after school.

    • Parking for students is in either the East or West lot, but not in the circle drive.

  • Entry Procedures/Security-

    • In the morning, the building will have select doors unlocked for students to enter the building.

    • At 7:40am we move into “restricted access” where all exterior doors will be locked for entry and all students will need to enter through the main doors in the circle drive.

    • Throughout the day, up until 2:40pm, we remain in restricted access and entry will need to be through the main doors.

    • This includes visitors whether coming to pick up a student or attend a meeting- please use circle drive main doors.

  • Opening exterior doors/propping doors-

    • To help us best follow these safety guidelines we need all students to understand- No propped doors or opening doors for others. This is for safety. Please reiterate this at home for your students, even if we know the student, we will not open the doors for them and they need to go around to the main doors to keep our building secure.

Attendance Procedures and Expectations at Shawnee Mission North-

  • School Day hours- Between the hours of 7:40am and 2:40pm students are expected to follow their class schedules in Skyward. Any time a student is in the hallways during designated class time they MUST have an appropriate pass and approval from an SMN staff member.

  • Arrival-

    • Mornings are busy. Please plan to have your student here with enough time to be in the classroom and be prepared when the beginning bell rings at 7:40am.

    • The cafeteria serves breakfast until 7:30am. Please make timing arrangements so students can get breakfast and be in the classroom at 7:40am.

    • If a student arrives at school 10 minutes or more after the bell, they need to stop by the attendance office so we can record their presence and email a pass for admittance to class. Show this pass to the classroom teacher.

  • Throughout the day

    • Lunch is in the middle of the day- 3 different times and will be dismissed from class with teacher direction.

    • Outside lunch is a privilege that we reserve for upperclassmen. Those who do not have the proper forms approved by administration should NOT leave campus during lunch. Violation of this policy can result in disciplinary action.

    • We ask that students returning from appointments or CAA/CTC enjoy their food purchased off site before returning to the school.

    • If a parent/guardian needs to drop off an item for a student, items may be brought to the main office (reception desk).

  • Food delivery services create a disruption to the learning environment and pose a potential security concern. A variety of doors have been utilized and most delivery service providers have been unfamiliar faces which are difficult to verify.

  • We will not accept meals delivered by paid delivery services during the school day for students. These deliveries will be refused.

  • Leaving Early

    • We are committed to learning bell to bell. This is not just for individual class times throughout the day, but also at the end of the day. Please try to schedule appointments outside the school day and keep your students here up until 2:40.

  • Dismissal

    • For safety purposes: Unless connected to an activity, athletic, or event, students will be asked to leave campus by 3:15 p.m.

  • Reporting Absences/Requesting Early Release-

    • A parent or guardian can call the Attendance Hotline (913 993-6945) anytime day or night to report an absence, early release, tardy etc.

    • Our attendance office requests at least 30 minutes notice for an early release due to class locations and communication availability.

  • The Attendance Office has gone paperless. We no longer use paper passes to be admitted late to class or to leave early. We email passes to the student and the student then shows it to their teacher. We want to keep calls into the classroom to a minimum. If your student is expecting to leave early, please have them monitor their email.

Senior Yearbook Ads

Celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2024 yearbook.

The first deadline is Sept. 15

There are three due dates for ads, with prices increasing after each deadline.

After the first deadline on Sept. 16, the prices increase.

You will purchase your Senior Ad online.

To pay with a credit card and/or submit all your photos go to Choose SM North. You can upload all of your photos and pay here.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. Not all will be done by then, but a majority will be. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad..

Thanks so much for supporting the Brickhouse yearbook. We look forward to designing your senior’s ad.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .

Please check out the Class of 2024 webpage:

Previously released information, but still important to know

Parents and Guardians,

Unless you have already done so, all fees - including elective fees - must be paid. Additionally, the Skyward online verification for parents/guardians AND students is live and needs to be completed as soon as possible. Please contact SMN Bookkeeper, Shelle Lewis-Campbell, at 913-993-6910 or you can pay fees online with the link below. Directions on arranging bus services, and food service payments are available with the links below.

Bus Services/Transportation

Food Service- Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Pay Fees/Add School Lunch Money

Transportation guidelines for 2023-2024

We will be utilizing the same drop-off and pick-up procedures from last year to ensure student safety. Please read the guidelines below to assist us with safety:

Bus procedures

- Students that ride the bus will be dropped off on the east side of the building and will enter through the entrance closest to the weight room facility.

- At the end of the day, students that ride the bus will find their bus on the east side.

- Bus departure begins at 2:47, so it is very important for students to find their bus as quickly as possible at the end of the school day.

- Cars will not be able to get into or leave the school parking lot from 2:40-2:47 so we can ensure a safe departure of our busses.

Drop-off/Pick-up procedures

- Students who get rides to school in the morning can be dropped off at either the main entrance or on the east side of the building.

- At the end of the day, students need to be picked up near the main entrance of the school. Please avoid picking up students on the east side so we can ensure a safe bus departure at the end of the day.

Students who drive their own car

- Students can park in any available spot in the east or west parking lot. Students are prohibited from parking in the front circle.

- Students need to make sure they have a parking pass in order to park on school grounds.

Online verification

  • Visit

  • In the top navigation bar, click on “Skyward” and log in to your account.

  • Under “Home” you will see “2023-2024 Student Annual Online Verification.

  • If you have trouble accessing your Family Skyward account, please contact the computer clerk, Karen Facklam, at 913- 993-6909 or

Fee Payment

    • The online fee payment portal is now available for school fees. Go to, hover over the "Families " tab, and click the link entitled "Pay Fees Online".
    • If you are interested in applying for free or reduced lunch, please use this link.
    • The following fees are required: instructional resource Fee, participation fee, ID card and course fees.
    • Optional fees are: parking, class dues, literary magazine, yearbook, pep club. Unpaid optional fees will be swept from your account after 1Q.
    • If you need to pay by check, please mail your check with your student’s ID number in the memo to SM North, Attn: Bookkeeper, 7401 Johnson Dr., Overland Park, KS 66202.
    • If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, email a copy of your food service benefits letter to Free lunch students receive a $105 waiver & reduced receive $52.50.
    • For payment plans and questions, please call 913-993-6910 or email

Panorama Survey

This school year (2023-2024) the Shawnee Mission School District is once again utilizing the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning survey to assess student’s perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student-teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete and will be administered during the first semester. The first survey window is scheduled for October 16 through November 10, 2023. Parents/Guardians must consent for their student(s) to participate in the Panorama survey; this would have been done during the 23-24 registration process. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction and/or support is needed. Once survey results are returned, parents/guardians are welcome to see and discuss the results with their students’ teachers, social workers, and counselors. Sample survey questions can be found here and here.

We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment. All data is maintained by SMSD and will remain confidential. Please visit this site for more information about the Panorama SEL survey.

Schedule changes-Please read

Students should check their schedule prior to the first day of school.

Counselors will accept change requests by email ONLY.

The last day to request a schedule change is Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 pm.

Schedule change requests will be prioritized as follows:

1. You are missing a graduation requirement

2. Your schedule is incomplete, or a class is duplicated

3. You are enrolled in a course that you have already completed and received credit.

4. You are enrolled in a course for which you have NOT met the prerequisite.

5. You have a physical injury that does not allow participation in the course.

6. You wish to increase or decrease rigor of your schedule (assuming space is available).

7. You have decided you do not want to take a class that you originally chose (in January).

Alpha Counselor by student last name:


E – K

L – Q

R – W

Real World Learning and X, Y, Z

Join PTSA and the Booster Club

  • The Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA) and the All-School Booster Club are great ways for parents and guardians to get involved with our school!

  • Join PTSA by clicking on this link!

  • Join Booster Club by clicking on this link!

  • All proceeds raised by both organizations directly benefit SMN students!

Join us for the first SMN All-Activities Booster Club meeting of the 2023-24 school year on Monday, Aug 21 at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons

Earn $$$ for your favorite group at North by attending Booster Club meetings. We offer Attendance Grants to any SMN club, group or team that sends a student, parent or sponsor/coach to our meetings. If your team or group has someone attend at least 4 Booster Club meetings a year, we will give your group a $100 grant - attend 6 meetings and receive a $200 grant!

Did you know… Each year the SMN All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups, and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Over the past 15 years, we have given over $250,000 in grants to student organizations & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, our Annual Trivia Night & Annual Golf Tournament.

Get your 2023-24 Booster Club Membership and purchase SMN Spirit Wear at our online store - we have lots of NEW Bison gear in stock!! Click on the link below or use the QR code to start shopping!

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Athletics and Activities

  • The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) is the governing body for a variety of student activities in the state of Kansas. Their website is

  • All forms that need to be completed for participation in a KSHSAA-sanctioned event at SMN can be found here.

  • Please encourage your student to get involved in school activities and/or athletics! We have something for everyone at SMN!

Student Handbook Review

  • Please review our Student Handbook with your student

  • Notify your student’s alpha administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Student last names A-G: Contact Dustin Jamison

  • Student last names H-N: Contact Jon Durham

  • Student last names O-Z: Contact Laura Brogdon

Immunization Update

  • Some of your students are in need of State of Kansas Required Immunizations.

  • All who need them have been sent emails with a reminder of which immunization your student needs.

  • Feel free to contact Nurse Kelly at 913-993-6916 or email at

Bus Information

  • Review DS Bus Company information and/or sign up for transportation service by clicking this link.

  • Please note that eligibility for free bus transportation can be dictated by your home address.

Paraprofessional and food service positions are available

Are you interested in working at the Brickhouse? SMN has a number of para-educator position still available. If you are interested, please apply online at or contact Mr. Jamison for more information. 913-993-6900.

If you are interested in food services positions in the SMSD, please see the image below.

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Additional Information from the SMSD

  • - The Department of Student and Family Services will host a MVP training on August 15th from 4pm to 5:30pm in the CAA Board Room. Anyone from any attendance area is welcome to attend.
  • - The first Panorama Social-Emotional Survey will be given in grades 3-12 between October 16 and November 10, 2023. Only those students whose parent/guardian consented during the registration process will be allowed to participate.
  • - The SMSD will host a Bilingual Back-to-School Community Event on Wednesday, September 6 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at the CAA. All students and families are welcome! Flyer here.
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