SMN News for October 28, 2019

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

New Vaccination Requirement

All 11th graders are required to have at least one meningococcal vaccine this school year.

If you have any questions, please email, or come by the nurse’s office.

News from Student Services

Statewide ACT

Juniors who want to sign up for the State Funded ACT need to sign up through the custom form in your Skyward student portal. You have until Friday, November 8 to get signed up. This ACT will be administered on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and the ACT WorkKeys will be administered on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. See your Academic Counselor for questions.

AP Students

The deadline to register AND pay for your AP exam without additional fees is Friday, November 1st. This year, there are 2 parts that you need to complete to register:

  1. Go into EACH of your online AP course in the College Board website and change your exam decision from “undecided” to either “yes” or “no”.
  2. If you choose “yes”, that you DO want to take the AP exam, you need to to pay for your exam(s).

If you have any questions regarding AP exam registration, please contact Leah Murray at

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Shawnee Mission North is a two-year college preparatory program with a comprehensive academic program designed to address the needs of challenge seeking junior and senior students.

Students in the North IB Program are continuing an exciting semester of learning and creating understandings. The courses allow students to experience the rigors of life after high school and give opportunities to develop a growth mindset as well as the grit necessary for success.

In September, IB Psychology SL students, along with their instructor, Stephanie Gagnebin, dissected sheep brains as they looked at neuroscience. Students enjoyed applying their knowledge as well as the chance to engage psychology through the hands-on experience. Each of the students will be developing an exploration around individual research questions and the exposure to the biology of the brain while maximizing an opportunity to use inquiry skills as was tremendous.

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

World Language Fair

On Saturday, October 19th over 30 students from Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission West attended the first World Language Fair developed by the Open Language Resource center on the KU campus. Students chose from sessions ranging from “Introduction to Wolof” to “Karaoke in Portuguese” that spanned the globe and represented over 20 languages. At lunch an Information Fair gave students contacts with area colleges (KU, K-State, Pitt State, Emporia and Baker) and discussed their scholarships and study abroad opportunities for language studies.

The students from both schools expressed interest in going back next year and I personally heard from several that it truly opened their eyes about the sheer number of languages that are offered during post-secondary education. North students currently studying Spanish and French were excited to see learn about job opportunities that arise from continued study of a world language after high school.

Debate Update

The Shawnee Mission North Debate squad has had a great start to the season. Since the first weekend of competition in September, SMN debaters have earned multiple awards for their debate excellence. In addition to teams earning medals for their win/loss records at tournaments, the entire squad can now add a 3rd Place Sweepstakes plaque from the Shawnee Mission Northwest Tournament to our shelf! Congratulations to Mason Trout, Hananeel Morinville, and Ryan Kirk for becoming earning this season’s first medals!

In addition, The Shawnee Mission North Debate Team will be hosting our annual Debate Invitational Tournament on Saturday, November 16th. We are looking for adult members of the community to judge debate rounds. Debate students have been tasked with recruiting judges for this tournament as part of their debate grade, as judge recruitment meets district curriculum standards. Your help is quite valuable. No debate or judging experience is necessary, and we will host an optional judge clinic on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00PM in room 12 for people who would like more information on how to judge (or judging instructions can be emailed to you). There will be free food, coffee, and soft drinks too!! If you are available, please click the link below to sign up. We truly appreciate your support and would love to have you!

Sign up here:

***NOTE: There will be 5 Debate Rounds, and rounds are each about 90 minutes long. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your judging round to check in.

Schedule of Debate Rounds:

  • Round 1 – 8:00 AM
  • Round 2 – 9:30 AM
  • Round 3 – 11:00 AM
  • Round 4 – 1:00 PM
  • Round 5 – 2:30 PM

We are looking forward to an excellent remainder of the SMN Debate Season. Thank you for supporting SMN Debate!

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Purchase a 2020 Yearbook

2020 Yearbooks can be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at through Jan. 10, 2020. Cost is $48 if purchased at school.

If you didn't purchase your book during fee payment, the money ($48) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 10. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 10, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Indian adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

Final Deadline for Senior Ads is November 15th

This is your last chance to celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2020 yearbook, the Indian.

The third and final deadline is November 15.

Seniors love to see a Senior Ad purchased by their loved ones in the yearbook, so don’t miss out on purchasing one to celebrate your child’s graduation.

Senior Ad forms can be dropped off at the SMN front office or mailed to SM North, attn. Becky Tate.

If you would like to pay with a credit card and/or submit all your photos and Senior Ad contract online, they can be uploaded and paid for at Choose SM North.

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

Thanks so much for your support of the Indian yearbook and 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 .

Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

Community Events

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FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know some ways you can help encourage healthy meals for your student?

  • Explore – Encourage your child to try new foods at home and school.

· Encourage breakfast – Breakfast fuels learning. School Breakfast is available at all schools. No advance registration necessary! All students are welcome every day!

· Know the options – Schools offer a variety of selections at meals. Talk with your child about healthy choices.

· Encourage good nutrition – Encourage your child to take and eat the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat milk offered in school meals.

· Taste for yourself – Take time to visit your child at school and enjoy a nutritious school meal.

· Be a healthy role model – Eat a wide variety of healthy foods with your children.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at