The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - April 13, 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 direct dial the attendance office and allow 30 minutes processing time from phone call to release when requesting early dismissal for your student.***

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

We want to celebrate our student leaders, sponsors, and all of our students as we enjoyed a truly Awesome assembly today. I was so proud of our students and the way they engaged with the activities during the assembly. We had class skits, competitions, performances, and recognitions. Our Cougar Pride was strong today and it brought joy to so many of us to see our kids having fun together.

We encourage our parents to volunteer for After-Prom this Saturday night if you have time available that evening. It is such a wonderful event, and our students have an amazing time! Our volunteers always have great fun during their shifts as well. Please see the PTSA link below to find the sign-up and see if there are still spots available. Any time you can share is greatly appreciated. Thank you to our PTSA After-Prom committee chairs and members who make this event possible!

We wish all of our musicians the very best experiences as they participate in KSHSAA Large Group Festival this Thursday! Our bands, choirs, and orchestras will be at various school sites sharing their musical talents as they represent SM Northwest!

April is a very busy month, and it is easy for students to feel a bit more stressed or overwhelmed. Please remember that our social workers, counselors, teachers, and administrators are here to help. Please let us know if we need to touch base with your student for a bit of extra support.

Have a wonderful week!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

April Events

April 13 - 14 "Antigone" @ 7pm

April 15 - Prom / After Prom

April 17 - Pre-Festival Concert @ 7pm

April 22 - Garage Sale 7am - 2pm

"Antigone" starts tonight!

April 13th & 14th in the Little Theatre, enjoy "Antigone", a student directed Greek tragedy performed by the Rep Class. Show starts at 7pm.

Junior College Information Tonight @ SMS

On April 13, from 6PM-8PM at Shawnee Mission South, we are hosting an SMSD College Information Night to help juniors and families prepare for their senior year. We will be discussing the senior timeline and tips for the college exploration process.

Students and families can sign up using this link:

We hope you find these events helpful in your college/future planning!

Student Services Dept.

Lisa Jones 913.993.7230

Senior Announcements

Jostens announcements have been delivered. If your student has not picked them up, they are available in the main office.

Pre-Festival Concert

If you want to catch Band, Orchestra, AND Choir on one night we have our Pre-Festival Concert on Monday 4/17 in the SMNW Auditorium!

6:00 – Band

7:00 – Orchestra

8:00 - Choir

STUCO Garage Sale next Saturday - April 22

You still have time to drop off donations in the main office at SMNW from 7 - 3:30 pm. Contact Mrs. Dent to arrange for students to pickup / unload large donations after school!

Shop the sale on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Help us spread the word to your family and friends!

SMNW Cafeteria on Saturday, April 22, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

SMNW Student Council is trying to fundraise $8,000 to send approximately 20 students to leadership camps across the state and country this summer. Thanks for all of your help!


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


After Prom is coming up on April 15 and we need YOU to help make Beach Bash '23 a huge success for our students! Volunteers are needed for set up on Friday and during the event on Saturday. Pick something that sounds fun - we need help with check-in, ticket sales, casino and carnival games, prizes, and more! Please take a couple minutes to visit our After Prom website where you will find links to volunteer, donate snacks, and make a monetary contribution. Our sign up is only about half full with under 2 weeks to go, so grab a friend or two and spend the evening helping to make After Prom the fun, safe, affordable, and SMART choice for our SMNW upperclassmen on April 15!

Please check the website and newsletter for more details:


Victoria Alvey - 913.993.7400

NW Athletic Links

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

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