SMN News for May 6, 2019

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

New Vaccination Requirement 2019-2020

Dear SMSD Parents, The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued new vaccination requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. The new requirements affect Kindergarten, 1 st grade, 7 th grade, and 11th grade students. Hepatitis A: Kindergarten and first grade students must have one dose to attend school. Second dose must be given 6 months after initial dose. Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): 7 th and 11th grade students must have one dose to attend school. 7 th grade students will receive a second dose in 11th grade. For 11th grade students, only one dose is required. A full listing of immunization requirements can be found here: ent_K-12.pdf Please contact your school nurse if you have questions.

Estimados padres del Distrito Escolar Shawnee Mission, El Departamento de Salud y Medioambiente de Kansas ha metido nuevos requisitos de vacunación para el año escolar 2019-2020. El nuevo requisito afecta a los estudiantes de los siguientes grados, Kínder, 1,7, y 11. Hepatitis A: los estudiantes de Kínder y primer grado deben tener una dosis para asistir a la escuela. La segunda dosis debe administrarse 6 meses después de la dosis inicial. Meningococo (Serogrupo A,C,W,Y): los estudiantes de los grados 7 y 11 deben de tener una dosis para asistir a la escuela. Los estudiantes del grado 7 recibirán una segunda dosis al entrar al grado 11. Para los estudiantes del grado 11, solo se requiere una dosis. Una lista completa de los requisitos de inmunización se puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace: K-12.pdf Por favor, contacte la enfermera de la escuela si usted tiene preguntas.

Dr Sullivant presents Prepped and Ready: Parenting Into the Teen Years

Wednesday, May 8th, 7-9pm

Children's Mercy Hospital Auditorium (2401 Gillham Road Kansas City, MO 64108

Attention Seniors- Important Upcoming Dates

*May 8th-10th, 2019 SENIOR FINALS (Schedule and more info below)

*May 10th, 2019 Graduation Rehearsal, Senior Picnic, Group Photo

May 15th, 2019 (7:00PM) Graduation

*These dates could change based on inclement weather.

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Graduation Class of 2019

Wednesday, May 15th, 7pm

7401 Johnson Drive

Overland Park, KS

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 who are diploma-seeking will participate in fifty hours in each of the three areas of CAS. The service portion is community-oriented service hours that are monitored by, and must be approved by, CAS Coordinator, Stephanie Gagnebin. Stephanie is always interested in opportunities for our students to serve in the community. If you have suggestions for community projects or service opportunities for our diploma students, please contact Stephanie at

IB Current Activities

As noted above about CAS, in March, we informed you of the wonderful endeavor in which two of our students were involved which was a campaign to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and its research and support for those suffering from blood cancers.

In 7 weeks, Brian Blood and Connor Covel (juniors), who are both International Baccalaureate students raised money and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and their mission to cure for blood cancers.

They worked on behalf of patients, survivors and their families but also in honor of Camryn, a freshman at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, KS. Camryn was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in the middle of her 7th grade year.

I am very excited to share with you that they raised $16,699.91 between February 17th and April 7th.

Thank you to those of you who donated for your generosity and support and for Brian and Connor exhibiting the ways that school and community can work together to reinforce learning and provide opportunities for growth.

For further information on the IB program, please contact

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

(913) 993-7138

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

(913) 993-6935

Career Fair/Job Fair 2019

On Thursday morning, April 25th, the junior class teachers partnered with PTSA to bring a combined Career Fair/Job Fair to Shawnee Mission North for the second year. The goal for the junior class teachers was to provide information to their students of careers they might not think about as they begin to think about their futures. It was also wonderful practice in interviewing, gathering information, and appropriately interacting with a prospective employer. Students were asked to visit the Career Fair and ask employers a set of questions. While they were there, the PTSA sponsored Job Fair was also going on, so students could apply for a summer job as well.

For this 2nd Annual Career/Job Fair, the students were enthusiastic about the booths and most thought it was a beneficial and informative activity. They were surprised at how large it was, how many booths were there, and how nice and friendly the employers there were when asked questions. One student stated, “The Career/Job Fair really opened up my eyes to so many opportunities. I got to see multiple professions. I really like the table of Physical Therapy. They did teach you a lot just by stopping by. They sounded really happy and you could see in their face how much they loved their job. I want to be as happy as them. I believe every junior or sophomore should go to the Career/Job Fair because it can really help someone out. In fact, I have a job interview tomorrow because of it.”

There were over 70 employers presents – over 50 of which were there dedicated to representing careers for after high school. The booths most interesting to the students were Cyber Security, Weaver’s Automotive, and SERC Physical Therapy. However, there were careers as diverse as actuarial science to construction, biomedical fields to grocery stores. We excited that this is an annual event for North, benefiting both the students and the local businesses. Next year’s Career/Job Fair is scheduled for April 2, 2020.


It’s the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and Student Council is wrapping up another successful year! Stuco has had a lot of fun leading the school and providing fun activities for students and staff alike, and we’d like to thank everyone in the North community for your support and excitement around all we do! Some of our bigger events this year were:


Homecoming was super sweet this year, and was themed Candy Land! There was very high participation at this dance as well, everyone had a great time!


This October, there was fun for whole family! Elementary through High school aged kids attended, with lots of candy, prizes, and games for everyone!

Canned Food Drive

The Canned Food Drive this year was Hunger Games themed, with different 1st hours competing against one another to be the best “district”! The canned food benefitted the Johnson County Christmas Bureau


WPA was Disco themed this year, and it was a ton of fun! There was a red carpet leading into the Field House and two disco balls to light up the dance!


Prom this year was themed Starstruck and it was great! The decorations matched the theme well, and our venue the Olathe Conference Center continued to be a great location! The photo booth was super popular, and the DJ had everyone dancing!

Movie Night

This was our first time trying a new event! We showed Madagascar on the Jumbotron in the stadium, and sold concessions to benefit the class of 2020! This was a free community event, as area elementary and middle schools were welcomed to attend as well! We hope to continue improving this event in the future!

Next year’s Top-5 Student Council Executive Board

President: Cale Chapman -> Dallas Drakulich

Vice President: Brittney Garcia -> Madison Merritt
Secretary: Matthew Needham -> Paula Cifuentes
Treasurer: Isabelle McCann -> Aidan Randall

Publicist: Caroline Colburn -> Ava Bustamante

Thanks for another great year SMN!

North Relays

On Friday, May 3rd Shawnee Mission North hosted the 68th running of the SM North Relays. We would have liked the temperature to be a few degrees higher, but it is difficult to complain given the fantastic performances by so many people.

North Relays is the largest high school only track meet in the state outside of the state meet in Wichita at the end of the season. This year 41 schools sent athletes to compete, and represented almost every class in terms of school size, including Riverton and Hiawatha for the first time. No meet records were broken this year, but several athletes contributed top 5 performances in the state.

Aside from the performances by the athletes themselves, the contributions of our volunteer workers was not only necessary for a meet of this magnitude, but also exemplary. Almost all of the 100-plus volunteer staff was made up of North teachers and students. This number does not include all of the students and coaches who assisted Booster Club in running their grill and concessions that provided over 400 meals to our workers and visiting coaches.

Once again we would like to congratulate all of the SM North athletes who competed in the Relays, but all of those in the North community who made it possible.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 PEP Execs

New Pep execs for 2019-2020

President: Austin O’Dwyer

V.P.: Harden Boldt

Secretary: Glory Obi

Treasurer: Alexa Silva

Publicist: Erin Morgan

Recruiter: Summer Squires

Purchase a Yearbook!

Only a limited numbers of yearbooks are still available for purchase. If you haven’t purchased a 2019 Yearbook, they can still be purchased through the bookkeeper in the main office or at Cost is $65 if purchased at school.

The money ($65) or a check made out to SM North, can be taken to the bookkeeper. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose Shawnee Mission North. There is a $2 service fee if you choose to pay online.

Booster News

Seniors and Senior Parents

The All Activities Booster Club has available for you to order Yard Signs and Banners. These are very high quality items. You can print the attachment Grad Banner & Sign Order form and order through the office or order on our website at SPIRIT WEAR STORE

Orders must be turned in no later than April 25th. They will be ready to pickup by May 7.

We also have a Legacy Brick Patio located by the Swimming pool and entrance to the Stadium. You can buy a brick that will be personalized and then placed in the ground for the years to come. We have many new bricks being placed in the next few weeks. LEGACY BRICK ORDER FORM

We have attached order forms for you here and they can also be downloaded on the school website as well.

12th Annual Shawnee Mission North Booster Club Golf Tournament

Tuesday, June 11th, 1pm

12601 Hollingsworth Road

Kansas City, KS

Registration is open now. Invite friends, co workers, family members to come out and enjoy the event.

We hope to see you there.

Food Service...Did you know...

Did you know that money on a student’s meal account will roll over to next year? Whatever money is on their account the last day of school will transfer to next year even if your student changes schools within the district. Negative balances will also transfer so it’s important to clear those up before the end of school.

Seniors – Any money left on a senior’s account can be refunded, transferred to a sibling’s account or donated to help other students pay for their meals. Please contact the food service office.

Free and Reduced meal applications will be available for the 2019-2020 school year on July 15. You will be able to apply for the program online and it will be available at We encourage you to use the online application process, as it will speed up the approval process. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can complete a paper application available in our Food Service office at 6701 W. 83rd St. in the Broadmoor Technical Center / Early Childhood Education Center or at the school. A new application (per family) must be submitted each year. If you receive state assistance, call the food service office at 913-993-9710 before completing an application. Please apply before school starts so you can begin receiving your benefits the first day of school. It can take up to 10 days to process your application and you will be responsible for any meals your student buys before your application is processed.

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