NORTH NEWS January 31st

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

Welcome to another big week at the Brickhouse. This week we have the Winter assembly, parent-teacher conferences, and the crowning of the 2022 Northman! Also, I want to sincerely thank our student body for an outstanding SMSD Kindness week last week! Our kids were great, and it was so nice to see all of the nice notes and acts of kindness. Let's have a great week and Go Bison!



Parent Teacher Conference 2/3/22 5:00pm-8:00pm

Parents and Guardians,

In order to attend conferences on February 3rd, 5:00-8:00PM, you must schedule your conferences in Skyward ahead of time. If you show up to conferences without a scheduled time, we will be unable to accommodate you. We realize that with only certain time slots available, there may not be one that works for you (or perhaps the teacher's schedule has already been filled). In cases such as this, please work directly with the classroom teacher to schedule a time to conference with them outside of the February date.

You can find staff email addresses here.

A few additional details:

  1. Please sign up for only one 10 minute conference per teacher. If you need additional time scheduled, please work with the individual teacher to schedule a time outside of the evening of February 3rd.
  2. Since you once again have a choice between conferencing in person (at SMN) or conferencing via WebEx, please make sure that you notify teachers if you plan to attend on WebEx so they can send you their WebEx link.
  3. Translators can be schedule by emailing Maria Diaz at
  4. Parents will schedule conferences through Skyward. Directions on how to do this are included here.
  • Directions to Sign Up:
  1. Log into your parent account in Skyward.
  2. Click on “Conferences” on the left hand navigation
  3. Click on “All Conferences”
  4. Click on “Select a Time” for the class you would like to schedule a conference for
  5. Find the time slot that works for you to have the conference and click “Select” and then “Save”
  6. You will repeat this process for each teacher/class that you would like to schedule.
  7. You will then receive an email for each time slot you select for your student.
  8. WebEx conference can be scheduled by corresponding with your student’s teacher(s).

Senior Photos


There are revised senior photos for the yearbook posted in front of the office. These photos include all the photos taken on retake day that were missing from the first set of photos. Please take a moment to make sure you have the correct photo and your name is spelled correctly. If there is an error, please use the QR code posted with the photos to let us know what the error is. The photos will be posted through Feb. 2.


The 2022 yearbook staff

Winter Formal postponed

Shawnee Mission North has decided to postpone the winter formal dance until 4/1/22. The event will shift from being a formal dance to a Friday night mixer with hopes of the event being held outdoors. We will have more details on the theme of the event at a later date. We will continue with the crowning of the Northman on 2/4/22. The winter assembly will still be held on 2/1/22 with modified student attendance.


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.


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.


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.

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! See Above

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

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Feb 3 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 5:00-8:00, Sign-up required.
  • Feb 4 - Northman Crowning, during halftime of the BBB game
  • Feb 7 - Band Pancake Dinner and Concert, 6:00pm, cafeteria
  • Feb 10 & 11 - A.R.T. Improve Show, Little Theatre, 7:00pm


STUCO/Pep Club Update

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The Northman Assembly

Date - Feb 1

Time - During seminar

Location - Fieldhouse

There is a google form in our Instagram bio (@smnstuco) or in your student email. You MUST have the email filled out to attend the assembly.

HUG Week:

The freshman, sophomore, and junior class have all organized fundraisers for HUG week! HUG week will take place from February 7th to the 11th, make sure to look out for the activities!!

Soup Drive:

From 2/7-2/11 we will also be having a soup drive. All items collected will be donated to the Mission Food Bank. There will be a designated drop off area located in Times Square for your donations. Going along with HUG Week we are excited to express our generosity and hopefully see lots of participation!

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

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Winter Formal will be postponed and made into an official mixer!

When - April 1

Time - 8-10pm

We are still in the midst of planning out themes and the location!



Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in January. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 11th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged take them home and talk with their parent/guardian about classes for next year. Counselors will then collect students’ enrollment cards the following week during their English class. Please make sure your student’s enrollment card is in their backpack.

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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.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.

College Visits:

February 15th @ 9:30am Johnson County Community College

March 8th @ 9:30am Wichita State University

If you're interested, please email me to get signed up:

Military Visits

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

Click here to sign up to get a pass

· February 1st – Air Force Reserve

· February 8th – US Army

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

KSHSAA True Blue Scholarship

n 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

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


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • The varsity boys basketball lost in overtime at Washington on Friday night. 64-68. Bison were led in scoring by Randall Bolderidge with 16, Logan Oberle 13 points 9 rebounds, Jacob Hines 13 points 4 assist, and Jaylen Gray with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
  • The varsity girls’ basketball team played in the Glazer Tournament this past week at Topeka High. The girls lost to Topeka Seaman and Topeka Highland and beat BV Southwest. North plays at Gardner Edgerton on Tuesday and will return to the Fieldhouse Friday to play Olathe North.
  • The Bowling Bison had a busy week with 3 meets last week. Tuesday, we traveled to Royal Crest Lanes in Lawrence and bowled against OE, ONW and ON. We had a bit of a rough day on the lanes as both teams took 4th while the ladies were led by Senior Alyssa Williams with a 509 series and the boys led by Freshman Aaron Salvino with a 550 series. Wednesday, we bowled at Olathe Lanes East bowling against Leavenworth, BV North and Olathe West. Both teams took 3rd place with Senior Alyssa Williams taking 1st individually with a 600 series and 4th place individually for the boys was Freshman Aaron Salvino with his high 628! Thursday had us traveling out to Belton, Missouri to bowl a couple of BV schools. BVNW hosted while BVSW joined in on the meet. After a lot of lane issues and finally a move to another set of lanes for the Varsity Boys team, they rallied to a 2nd place team finish led again by Freshman Aaron Salvino with a 583 series who was 1st individually for the meet. The Lady Bison also took 2nd place for the team and were led again by Senior Alyssa Williams and was 1st individually! Sophomore Lily DeBoe was back and took 1st for the JV girls. This next week, we have a meet on Tuesday, February 1st at Park Lanes starting at 3:00!
  • ​​Boys Swim and Dive - Congrats to the North Bison Swim and Dive team for another great performance Tuesday night against SM South. The highlights include North taking 1st through 5 places in the diving! Henry Duff placed first, followed very closely by Senior Cris Garcia, who finished with over 189 points! Leading the swimmers was Seniors, Cameron Lee and Zach Setzkorn. Lee missed the school record in the 100 Backstroke by only 3 tenths of a second as he destroyed the field in taking first. He also swam a season best time in the 100 Free with another dominant victory. Setzkorn dropped almost three seconds in his 100 Freestyle to smash his personal best time. The most impressive race of the night had to be junior Gage Chapman in the 500 Freestyle. Gage dropped over 20 seconds in his 500 Freestyle, snatching a solid 2nd place. We also had some great drops in the 100 Back and 100 Breaststroke races. Then on Friday Night, North battled to the last second to pull out a hard fought come-from-behind team victory over Olathe West, Piper and Olathe North. Individual winners included Cameron Lee and Junior Lopez. Gage Chapman dropped a lot more time in his 200 IM to place 2nd. Jonathan Guild and Porter Lee also had great meets, as they easily set PR’s in the 100 Freestyle. The winning 400 Free Relay at the end of the night included Lopez, Guild, Jack Nely and Cameron Lee, with the 3rd fastest time of the season. Congrats to all the Bison swimmers and divers on an impressive victory and team effort.

Save the date:

  • Girls and Boys Basketball, Cheer and Dance Senior Night Recognition is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at approximately 6:30pm

  • Northman crowning is Friday, February 4, 2022 during half-time of the boys varsity BB game

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

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


Student Recognitions



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....


NEW BISON GEAR now available in our online store

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News from SMSD

Second Semester Bus Fees Are Past Due

To make your payment visit DS website.

During colder months it is very important to be signed up to receive Textcaster alerts. Textcaster is the texting notification system DS Bus Lines uses to notify families and schools concerning any issues they may be experiencing with a bus (e.g., bus running more than 10 minutes late, route being run in a different bus, bus unable to run its route for the day). You must know your bus number to sign-up, and you will only receive text messages pertaining to the bus you signed up for. All family members may sign up.

Here is the Textcaster sign-up link:

To contact DS Bus Lines please call 913-384-1190.



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.