SMN News for February 11, 2019

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Rescheduled for February 20, 2019

Please be aware that winter and spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th from 5:00-8:00PM. Please take note that the conferences will take place in individual teacher classrooms throughout the building. The intent of this format is to provide a more intimate personalized atmosphere for dialogue between parents, students, and teachers. We ask that you keep individual conferences between 5 and 10 minutes with each teacher. If additional time is needed, you can always request another meeting time with the teacher or correspond via phone or email.

NJROTC members will be here to guide and direct parents and patrons to the appropriate rooms, however you will need to know your student’s schedule/teachers as printed schedules will NOT be provided. We will also have Spanish-speaking interpreters available that evening as well.

Lastly, Booster Club will be selling spirit-wear and PTSA will be available to answer your questions about membership. We hope to see you here to help support the learning of your student.

Update- Transfer Policy

The district has recently updated its transfer policy and sent the information to all district patrons. One important update includes a new provision that states:

  • "transfer students will not be required to apply for re-admittance annually. This includes students who are moving from sixth grade to seventh grade and students moving from eighth grade to their freshman year of high school.

In other words, if you are an approved transfer student in good standing, you will not need to fill out a transfer form this year if you plan to stay within the same feeder pattern - even if you are moving on to high school. Only new transfer students will need to apply beginning on March 1, 2019 for the 19-20 school year.

The full transfer policy can be read here.

Information from the Attendance Office

If your student has accumulated over 10 absences in one or more periods this school year documentation is needed to excuse this absence. i.e. Dr. note, college visit, court papers, etc. The student will be marked with an A=Absent. Once documentation is given to the Attendance Office the A=Absent will be changed to an E=Excused. A=Absent will still generate a robo call to the home each evening.


The Kramer 212 – open on 2/1/2019

S.M. Class of 1952 – open on 2/7/2019

Mary L. Jones Bluejacket-Flint – open on 2/8/2019

JoAnn Wooten Memorial – open on 2/14/2019

Harry & Sally Bolton – open on 2/14/2019

Scholarships are available to seniors. Applications are available in student services. Contact Terri Holloway for all questions.

JCCC College Now Spring 2019 Course Schedule for SMN

NHS and Rotary Club

On Wednesday January 30, 2019, Matthew Murphy, president of NHS, presented NHS’ Rose Garden redevelopment project to the Shawnee Rotarians. Matthew, and NHS, were invited by Wayne London to their monthly meeting for this presentation. Part of the presentation was the idea to create an outdoor classroom (pictured behind Matthew).

Matthew did an outstanding job with the presentation and NHS looks forward to working with the Rotary Club as we move forward with the revitalization of Rose Garden.

Indian Update


Monday, February 25 1st for Spring Sports Practice

Deadline and Forms:

The deadline to turn in forms to the athletic office for spring 2019 sports is Friday, February 18, 2019. Any athlete turning in forms on Monday, February 25, 2019 risks their opportunity to participate that day.

Requirements to tryout and participate are:

Ø A completed KSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) Revision of the form; earlier versions of the form will not be accepted.

Ø The physical examination date must be May 1, 2018 or after and signed by a medical professional.

Ø Parent consent must be completed and signed.

Ø For 2018-2019, the concussion form will need to be in paper form and signed. It will not be included in the online forms.

Ø The 2018-19 High School Athletic Packet, completed by both parent or guardian and athlete in Skyward.

NJROTC Area 9 Championship

The Shawnee Mission North NJROTC competed in the NJROTC Area 9 West Academic, Athletic and Drill Regional Championship this past Saturday in Oklahoma City, OK. The 7-teams competing were the finalist in the 60-team Area 9 Regional field coming from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. The Indians dominated the competition taking 1st Place in 10 of the 11 events and a second place in the remaining event. The Indians outdistanced the 2nd place team by over 500 points in the 5,500 point competition. The victory improved their record to 38-0 on the season and secured the Indians 14th consecutive National Championship appearance and their 13th consecutive Regional Championship. It also extended their win streak against Area 9 schools to 140 straight (the Indians have not lost to an Area 9 Regional School since the spring of 2006).

The Indians now set their sights on the Navy JROTC National Championships which will take place at NAS Pensacola, FL on April 5th & 6th. The Indians will compete against the top 25 NJROTC high schools in the country with the goal of securing another Overall National Championship!!

The breakdown of the Regional Championship is provided below:












The Top 5 Individual finishers in sit-ups, push-ups and academics are recognized during the Awards Ceremony and several Indians distinguished themselves in the areas of Athletics and Academics. In fact, in the Sit-Up competition the Indians took the top 5 spots in the male sit-ups and 4 of the top 5 spots on the female side. Additionally, in Push-Ups the males took 4 of the top 5 spots and the ladies had the 1st and 2nd place finishers. Here is a breakdown of the individual performances:


1st Place – Logan Mitchell (296)

2nd Place – Mitchell Cheatham (289)

3rd Place – Julian Cardona (285)

4th Place – Calvin Tran (237)

5th Place – Nguyem Tam (181)


1ST Place – Eleanor McCarthy (211)

2nd Place – Abigail Serling (199)

4th Place – Ingrid Valle (164)

5th Place – Jolina Justus (144)


1st Place – Nguyen Tam (79)

2nd Place – Aron Ruiz (76)

4th Place – Calvin Tran (73)

5th Place – Julian Cardona (63)


1ST Place – Perla Pena (53)

2nd Place – Jolina Justus (50)


5th Place – Marcos Briones

The Indians will travel to Omaha, NE on February 15th for a final tune-up before Nationals and an opportunity to defend their 2018 Omaha Invitational Championship. STAY ON THE ATTACK NJROTC AND FINISH STRONG!!

Dance Team

The Shawnee Mission North Dance Team competed their hip hop, jazz, and lyrical dance routines at three local competitions this past month. At Lee’s Summit North High School Regionals, the dance team brought energy and passion to the dance floor and came home two awards, placing 3rd in Division 4 Jazz and 4th in Division 3 Lyrical! The dance team will be hosting a free pre-tryout clinic for current 8th-11th graders on Tuesday, March 5 from 4:40-6:30pm in the SMN AUX gym. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Boys Swim and Dive:

The Indians had another successful Sunflower League Boys Swim and Dive Championships over the weekend, and added some history to our program along the way. Overall, we finished 7th out of 12 teams; a very respectable finish considering illness and injury that plagued us during the meet.

All three relays earned league medals, with the 200 Medley Relay finishing in 7th, the 200 Freestyle Relay taking 6th, and the 400 Free Relay capturing 5th, and dropping nearly 10 seconds in the process! Harden Boldt, Ryan McMillin and Cameron Lee competed in all three relays; Trey Smith in two, Brett Squires in one, and Caleb Sostarich in one (before his injury). All three relays significantly bested the fastest times of the year for the Indians.

In individual events, freshman Cris Smith started things off for North be snagging a 16th place in the diving event. Only 3 other freshmen in the league finished higher than Cris. Trey Smith, a junior, had the biggest swims for the Indians, as he WON the 200 Freestyle with his second fastest time ever. Smith became the first male swimmer at North in over 25 years to win an individual event at the League Championships! It was quite an accomplishment that the whole team celebrated! Smith came back a bit later and finished 3rd in the 100 Butterfly, to give him 4 league medals on the night.

Next up are the State Championships February 15th and 16th. Wish them well at State as they cap off another very successful season!

Food Service...Did you know...

Did you know that physical activity and nutrition work together for better health? Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of the 60 minutes should be either moderate- or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity. For more information, please visit: or

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