The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - February 17, 2023

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Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

***Please call the attendance line direct and allow 30 minutes processing time from phone call to release when requesting early dismissal for your student.***

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

This has been an exciting and busy week as we have navigated many different activities. We have two more shows for our spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress, at 7 pm tonight and Saturday. We hope you can join us for this wonderful production! So many of our students are sharing their time and talents in the cast, crew, pit orchestra, and stage management.

Next week we will highlight Black History Month with a Spirit Week hosted by our BSU leaders. We are excited for students to participate in the spirit days in a way that celebrates and respects everyone in our community. In our seminar period on Thursday, teachers will share time with students exploring a presentation about prominent historical and contemporary leaders in the African American/Black community. Due to the movement with our daily schedule and days out of school, our student leaders lacked the rehearsal time necessary to adequately prepare for our annual Black History Month Assembly. We value those opportunities and our student leaders are exploring future plans to celebrate diversity with other student groups at NW.

We are excited to cheer our boys' wrestling team to state qualifications this Friday and Saturday as we host the regional competition! We hope to have numerous athletes punch their ticket to state and join the girls' qualifiers in Wichita next week. Our swimmers have been busy in the state competition and their final heats are tomorrow. Our state qualifiers for KMEA are heading to Wichita next week as well. Our Cougar Pride is showing.

Please see additional calendar highlights below. We hope you can join us for the PTSA meeting on Wednesday night at 6 pm in the NW Library.

Have a wonderful week!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

February 17- 18 Once Upon a Mattress

February 20 - Holiday / Office Closed

February 21 - Band Chili Concert @ 6pm

February 22 - SITE Council @ 3pm

February 22 - PTSA Mtg.

Once Upon a Mattress

Don't miss our school-wide musical this week - February 16th, 17th & 18th at 7pm in the NW Greg Parker Auditorium. Admission is $10, or free with SMNW ID.

Band Chili Concert February 22

Come out for a musical evening at Northwest! The Band Chili Concert is next Tuesday evening.

Food service begins at 6pm. Chili / Drink / Dessert for $5. You can take part in the silent auction and enjoy the music of the Elementary honor band, middle school band and high school bands while you dine!

Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

Remind your student to check out upcoming scholarships!

All are available on the student’s Canvas seminar card.”

Ms. Connor Davis

College Adviser | SMNW Cougars

From the Nurse

Vaccination Exclusions ARE Occurring:

If you have received any information stating that your student is missing any immunizations, then please bring us proof of vaccination. This is primarily regarding the Meningitis ACWY that all 11th graders should have received at the age of 16 per KS state law. Please email (, Fax (#913-993-7464), or have your student bring in proof that they have received this immunization IMMEDIATELY!



The senior portraits taken in January are now available for viewing and, if you would like, for purchase. This option will expire March 3rd. Photographer Sarah Ireland has provided the following information regarding accessing the photos: (See the attached flier for order information)

Questions? Email Susan Massy (

Did you forget to purchase a Yearbook?

You can place your student’s name on the wait list. Students on the wait list will be the first called to purchase books on yearbook distribution day for $70 cash.

Questions? Email Susan Massy (


Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the link below for JUNIOR families:


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

NW Athletics

Northwest student athletes – Spring sports begin on Monday, February 27th.

In order to participate all paperwork / physicals must be turned

in to our athletics secretary - Mrs. Alvey in the main office.

Looking for an event? Sunflower League

DS Bus Lines


**All bus riders must register to ride the bus:

To register or pay for busing visit DS Bus Lines website.

Sign up for Textcaster Alerts here to receive text messages.

Contact DS Bus Lines at 913-384-1190 with any questions.

CAA/CTC bus schedule