NORTH NEWS February 23rd

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

The past week has definitely been interesting. I hope the snow days treated everyone well, and that your student is ready to get back to school. I must say we are super excited to get the students back in the building and have some structure for a few weeks before the end of the 3rd quarter. Please help us by reminding your student to continue to work on missing assignments, even when we are not in school. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your support, and Go Bison!



The SMN All-Activities Booster Club will be selling Spirit Wear during lunch on Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th!

Stop by our table and check out the awesome selection of SMN & BISON gear!

We have t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, beanies, lanyards, decals, blankets,


You can ALSO order ahead on our website and we can have your items waiting for you for pick-up

Go to or use the QR code below

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It is not too late to order your cap and gown for graduation. The link that we sent out earlier was not working , Here is the new link to get your cap/gown ordered or you can call them directly at 1-785-843-2967 and order it over the phone. Please take care of this as soon as possible.

Seniors and Parents of the north community, the senior class is having a winter apparel fundraiser. You have the option of ordering a Sherpa, Windbreaker, or a hoodie of your choice. Students can pick up a form to pre-order their merch in room 112. This fundraiser ends Wednesday, March 2nd. Order yours now!

Are you interested in becoming a Youth Court Judge or Attorney?

Well this is your chance!


March 16th, 2022 – (8am-3pm) Lunch will be provided.


This training will prepare you to be an active volunteer in the Youth Court program. If you would like to attend please sign up on the signup genius below:

Spots are very limited so please make sure when you sign up that you are committing to attending the training.

We hold the right in the future to remove you if you do not show up for the scheduled training.

*This training will be held in person and we will maintain all proper safety guidelines per the County. This will also make sure that our volunteers remain healthy and safe. Make sure you wear your masks*

Hope to see you there.

When? - March 16th, 2022

Time? - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where? - Youth and Family Service Center, 920 W. Spruce St., Olathe, KS 66061

If you have question please call or email me. Jayro Rito at 913-715-7489 or


Please click the following link for current Covid-19 guidance: COVIDStaffStudents1-12-22-B (

SMSD COVID-19 Testing – By appointment only


6701 W 83rd St.

Drive- thru testing site is located behind the building

Monday – Thursday 8am - 6pm

Friday – 8am – 3:30pm

Sunday – 10am – 2pm

To schedule a COVID-19 test please go to:


  1. Go to Note: Do not put www in front, the site will not load.
  2. Once the appointment is made you will receive:
  1. Confirmation text of your appointment date/time.
  2. Email with instructions and the link to complete required pre-registration paperwork.
  3. Location of the site and a reminder 1 hour before the appointment.
  1. Arrive at drive-thru testing location at SMECEC/Broadmoor 6701 W 83rd St. on your designated appointment date/time.
  2. Testing site is located behind the building.
  3. Remain in your car for testing personnel to assist you.
Parents and Students,

Food Deliveries from Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are not allowed at SM North. Please encourage your student to refrain from ordering food for delivery. The delivery drivers will be turned away due to not having proper approved identification and this becoming a logistical issue. We appreciate your help in this matter.

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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 2022 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


Thank you to all parents who have turned in updated vaccination records for our SMN students!

We still have quite a few students who are missing at least one vaccine.

Please help us out in the nurse’s office and send any updated vaccine records to .

Our next exclusion date for SMSD is coming up quickly in January.

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contact by phone about a missing vaccine, try to get that done as soon as possible.

Our Johnson County Health Department is a good resource for updating vaccines, as is Walgreens, CVS, Mercy and Truth Clinics.

Vaccines can also be obtained at our Health Partnership Clinic at SMW on Thursdays during clinic hours from 11am to 3pm

If you need help contacting any of these businesses, please call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916.

Stay warm and healthy everyone!!

And, as always, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!!

Nurse Kelly and Ms. Snow.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Wednesday 2/23 - SM District Dance Team Showcase - 6:30, SM East
  • Monday 2/28 - First Day of Spring Sports
  • Tuesday 3/8 - SM Choral Festival, 7:00pm, SM South
  • Wednesday 3/9 - Choir Concert, 7:00pm, SMN Auditorium


STUCO/Pep Club Update

We have rescheduled our leg. meeting to March 3, during late start.

Have a great week North! Don’t forget, it’s best to be a bison!!



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Spring Testing updates

  • KELPA- The Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment is being given during the month of February to those who qualify. The first two tests, reading and writing, were given to students on February 14th and 15th, and the last two tests, speaking and listening, will be given on February 24th and 25th in the Learning Commons. Students will be excused from class and staff made aware so opportunities can be given for missed instruction.

  • ACT- Students who signed up for the March 1st ACT have received an email (2/18/22) from Dr. Brogdon. This email is the confirmation of their registration and gives the time and date of the test. Please check with your student to confirm they have received this email. At this time the sign-up window has closed for students have not already signed up, but students can request to be placed on a waiting list. Addiitonal questions about registration can go to Specific details about the test on March 1st will be emailed by the end of the day on February 25th.

  • Kansas State Assessments- State Assessments will begin shortly after returning from spring break. Please take note of the following student grade levels and courses that will participate this spring:
    • 10th Grade ELA Assessment: March 29-April 1
    • 10th Grade Math Assessment: April 5- April 8
    • 11th Grade Science Assessment: April 11-April 14

College Visits

Hi all-

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We're excited to have some College Representatives visit us this year.

Each week during seminar we will reserve the Conference room in Student Services to learn more about select colleges! Please keep in mind, this is a first-come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early.

All events will be held in Student Services Conference room. Must sign-up to attend

College Visits: Sign up here

March 8th @ 9:30am Wichita State University

March 22nd @ 9:30am Northwest Missouri State

March 29th @ 9:30am Kansas State University

If you're interested, click on the link above or email

Military Visits

Military visits will start this Tuesday, February 1st during seminar in Times Square.

Click here to sign up to get a pass

  • March 1st - Air Force Reserve
  • March 8th - Army National Guard

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

KSHSAA True Blue Scholarship

In partnership with Capital Federal Savings, the KSHSAA will award True Blue Scholarships intended to support Kansas High School graduates in postsecondary efforts. This one-time scholarship is for students graduating during the 2021-22 school year. These funds will be made payable to a two-year or four-year accredited college, university or technical school in the name of the selected student. Awards are non-renewable, one-time scholarships in the amount of $2000 provided for a student in each activity administered by the -KSHSAA. Funds for these scholarships are possible through the partnership between Capitol Federal Savings and the Kansas State High School Activities Association. The application is now open and due March 1, 2022.

Click here for the application

Student JOB Postings

3&2 Baseball - Concession Crew - email

Homer's Coffee - email resume & availability to

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Quik Trip - Part time clerk - apply here

Topper Pizza - email

Home Depot - Garden Associates - text Jobs to 52270 or visit this link


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • Varsity boys basketball team fell to #1 Free State. 66-57 on Tuesday evening. Four Bison scored in double figures, led by: Jacob Hines 17 points and 8 rebounds, Jaylen Gray 16 points and 5 assists, Logan Oberle with 11 and James Shepherd with 10
  • Varsity girls’ basketball team lost to LFS and Sion last week. Summer Wieneke was named Sunflower Smackshow player of the week; Summer broke the single game scoring record; pouring in 35 points vs LFS. Both teams will be in action on Tuesday evening @ Olathe South and @ SM East on Friday evening.
  • The Bowling Bison had Districts and Senior Night this past week! On Monday, February 14th Varsity had Districts held at Park Lanes. The Ladies took the cup last year and were hoping to bring it back home to North. The ladies were in the lead after the 3 regular games, but got behind in Baker taking 2nd place behind SMW. The ladies all received medals! The Lady Bison were led yet again by Senior Alyssa Williams with a 534. The boys team took 5th at Districts led by Sophomore Wyatt Williams with a 374. JV took their turn at Mission Bowl on Tuesday, February 15th. North had Sophomore Abigail Weding take 13th with a 299 series and Josie Yungeberg take 17th with a 264. On the boys side, Dante Williams took 23rd with a 347 series.

    Senior Night was Friday 2/18/22. Varsity Boys took 4th and were led by 4th place individual and Freshman Aaron Salvino with a 583 series. Varsity Girls took 1st and were led again by 1st place individual and Senior Alyssa Williams with a 565. The Bowling Bison will compete in Regionals on Tuesday, February 22nd at Olathe Lanes East. Boys bowl in the morning and the girls just after lunch! Regionals consists of 3 regular games of bowling added with 4 Baker games. Once the top 3 teams are established, the top 6 individuals from the schools left qualify for a spot to compete as an individual.

  • Boys and Girls Wrestling: The Shawnee Mission North Bison Wrestling Team is sending two wrestlers to the State Championships in Park City at Hartman Arena. Jack Taylor at 170 and Ke'Juan Blake at 220. Congratulate these two as they go compete with the best in Kansas.
  • The North Bison Swim and Dive Congratulations to all of our nine State swim and dive competitors on a great weekend of championships. What a great way for us to enter State, have competitors in ALL 12 of the events!! Oliver Goering and Henry Duff both finished in the top 25 in Diving. Jonathan Guild swam the 100 Backstroke and finished with a sub-one minute time. Zak Kohoutek competed in two events, and in his 200 IM, just missed making the Top 16 by 3 tenths of a second. Jack Nely swam the 100 Backstroke and missed the Top 16 by a mere .17 seconds. Great race for him as he set a personal record. Congrats to the 6 who competed in finals on Saturday! We finished in 7th Place overall as a team, which is the best team finish in over 35 years!! Our two relays took 5th and 5th (with the 200 Medley Relay of Jack Nely, Cameron Lee, Junior Lopez and Jacob Rooney setting another school record on Friday). Cameron Lee finished 6th and the 100 Fly and 4th in the 100 Breaststroke (2nd year in a row)! Junior Lopez finished 5th in the 200 Freestyle and dropped a full second from Friday. He is the second fastest in that event in school history. He then went out and finished 4th in the 500 Freestyle. Finally, both Cameron Lee and Junior Lopez were named to the 2nd Team All-State Swim and Dive Team! Congrats again to everyone for an AWESOME SEASON!!! This is the 4th straight Top 10 team Finish for the Bison. We couldn’t be more PROUD!!!

As we wind down the winter sports season, the spring season is coming upon us. Please note the following requirements for our spring sports season: All students participating in athletics must have a KSHSAA Physical Form AND Concussion Form on file in the office prior to the first tryout/practice. Per KSHSAA, the annual history and physical examination shall not be taken earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable. Lastly, student athletes must have passed 5/7 classes from the preceding semester to be eligible. If your student-athlete is interested in participating in a spring sport please have them contact the varsity coach directly via email. Practices begin on Monday, February 28th and typically range from 3:00-5:30 pm. Spring sports occur outside so make sure your student is dressed for the Kansas weather.


  • Spring Sports Tryouts begin on Monday, February 28, 2022

  • National letter of Intent is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27

Spring Coaching Staff

Varsity Baseball Coach

Rusty Jones -

Varsity Girls Softball Coach

Julie True -

Twitter: @SMNorthSoftball

Varsity Tennis Coach

Andrew Lause -

Varsity Golf Coach

Walter Mansfield -

Varsity Track and Field Coach

Aaron Davidson -

Twitter: @SMNTrack

Varsity Girls Swim and Dive Coach

Kailey Morash -

Twitter: @SMNGirlsSwim

Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Jaime Velez -

Twitter: @smngirlssoccer

2nd semester Covid Mitigation Plan

For many student-athletes signing their national letter of intent (NLI) is an accomplished milestone and should be celebrated as such. Please note SM North celebrates ALL of our signees in the spring. However, if you would like to host an individual signing celebration for your athlete please contact me directly at 913-993-6921.

For more information on NCAA National Signing Day please visit their site. Technically, student-athletes do not need to sign their National Letters of Intent on the first day of the Signing Period, but many do. Please note NJCAA & NAIA NLI dates are

Below are updated signing dates for each sport for student-athletes signing in 2021-2022 for 2022-2023 enrollment:

NLI Signing Dates

Prospective Student-Athletes Signing 2021-22 and Enrolling 2022-23

Sport (s)

Initial Signing Date

Final Signing Date

Division I Basketball (Regular Period)

  • April 13, 2022
  • May 18, 2022

Division I and II Football (Regular Period)

  • February 2, 2022

Division I: April 1, 2022

Division II: August 1, 2022

All Other Division I and II Sports

  • November 10, 2021
  • August 1, 2022

SMN Track & Field will start practice Monday, February 28th.

We will meet out on the track and we will go from 3:05 – 5:15 each day.

We are a non-cut sport. Athletes just need a physical to participate.

Wear athletic clothes and running shoes and be ready to work out on the first day!


Student Recognitions


NJROTC participated in an Inter-Service Drill Meet this past Saturday in Omaha, NE (Bellevue West High School). Competing in a 19 team field with schools coming from Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas the Bison finished 3rd Overall. It was our first setback of the year and moved the kids record to 52-2 on the season. This was a great test for the kids prior to the Navy National competition in April. They were the only Navy school present in a competition which was full of Army and Air Force teams with Army and Air Force judges. They were edged out by a tough army team from Leavenworth, KS and an Air Force team - Abraham Lincoln out of Council Bluff, IA. We did however finish 1st in the Overall Regulation Drill Events and 3rd In Exhibition Drill Events. Here is how we finished in the competition:

1st Place – Overall Regulation Drill

1st Place – Unarmed Regulation Drill (Sabrina Dubois commanded)

1st Place – Regulation Color Guard (Jalen Juan commanded)

1st Place – New Cadet Drill (John Long commanded) – the New Cadet Team went undefeated this season (their season is now over)

2nd Place – Armed Regulation Drill (Sabrina Dubois commanded)

2nd Place – Exhibition Color Guard (Owen Dooley commanded)

3rd Place – Overall Exhibition Drill

3rd Place – Unarmed Exhibition Drill (Jade Morales-Gomez commanded)

4th Place – Armed Exhibition Drill (only event we finished out of the top 3)

Next up for the kids will be a scrimmage for the Navy Nationals on Saturday, March 5th and then we will travel to Pensacola, FL at the end of March for the Navy National Championship



If you have been participating in B-ROC (formerly IROC) this year, please find all of your forms and make sure they are complete with signatures. Additional forms can be found on the B-ROC board in Students Services. All B-ROC forms need to be turned in to Leah Murray in Student Services NO LATER than Tuesday, March 1st. Late forms will not be accepted after that date

B - ROC Bison Reaching Out to the Community

Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission North PTSA recognize and encourage student and community volunteer efforts in conjunction with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Find more information and a service log sheet below

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


  • Donations Needed for SMN Trivia Night Raffle (NEW DATE: April 9)
    • We are looking for individuals or local businesses (restaurants, hair salons, home improvement/repair, specialty shops, etc) that would be willing to donate an item or a gift card to be used in the raffle at our 8th Annual SMN Trivia Night fundraiser.
    • Individuals/Businesses that donate will be promoted on the event Facebook page as well as during the event in January. Items are needed no later than March 31, 2022. We will also supply you with a letter from Shawnee Mission North for tax purposes.
    • If you have an item to donate (or can direct us to someone), please email Paula Blood at and we will contact you to work out the details.

NEW Bison Spirit Wear now available in our online store!!


For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


News from SMSD



Canvas Parent App Directions

  • 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.