The Cougar Connection

Weekly Update for Families - September 2, 2022


Office Hours 7 AM - 3:30 PM



Attendance Hotline 913.993.7245 (All Day)

Attendance Office 913.993.7242 (Partial Day)

From Dr. Gruman

Dear Northwest Families,

As we open the month of September, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday weekend and hope you find some great time together as a family.

We have really enjoyed these opening weeks with our students and so many highlights! We look forward to the many learning opportunities ahead of us.

I will keep my section brief this week. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Dr. Lisa Gruman

Looking to next week:

  • Monday is a holiday. There is no school and the office is closed.
  • Thursday is Late Start with Clubs Day in the Mall area.
  • Visit our Athletics Website for schedules of upcoming events:

Adjusted Schedules

Friday, September 2 - No School

Monday, September 5th / Office Closed - Holiday

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Teacher of the Year

You still have time to nominate a Shawnee Mission teacher for Teacher of the Year! Shawnee Mission is able to nominate one elementary and one secondary educator for Kansas Teacher of the year. Click here for more information .

Form in English

Form In Spanish

Submissions are due by September 6, 2022.

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Yearbook Photos - October 4th

Any students that missed our earlier photo dates or would like a retake, please be ready for your yearbook photo on October 4th!

Grades 9 - 11 can pre-pay at this link:

Senior photos will be taken from 8:30 - 11:00. Please use the linke below to sign up:


College Now

JCCC will be hosting two information sessions to discuss the College Now (and Quick Step+) process of Apply/Placement/Enroll/Pay to high school students and their parents. They will also have representatives from several public universities in Kansas to discuss transferability of coursework. No reservation is necessary. Not sure if this applies to your student? Check out our “Dual Enrollment Course Offerings.”

Not able to come in person? Join JCCC by Zoom at the same time.

  • Sept 8 – JCCC main campus, 6:30-8 pm Welcome Center, Student Center 101


Baker Concurrent Enrollment Guide & Deadline: Sept 9th

College Now Enrollment Guide & Deadline: Sept 16th

College Algebra, Quick Step+ Guide & Deadline: October 7th

From the Nurse

Please see the following link for information regarding current SMSD COVID guidance:

If your student tests positive for COVID, please consider the day symptoms started or day of positive test as “day 0.” Your student may return on day 6 as long as they have been fever-free without the use of medications for 24 hours and other symptoms have resolved. Students should wear a mask on days 6-10 when they return to school.

When calling attendance for a COVID positive student, please leave the date symptoms started, as well as your student’s “day 6.” This will prevent having to call into attendance each day your student is absent.

Once a student is feeling better, but still isolating at home, we recommend they email their teachers regarding any school work they may be able to complete while home.

If you have visited the link above and still have questions, please call the SMNW nurse office. Positive cases do not need to be reported to the nurse office if you have left a message with the attendance office.

Late Start Reminders

  • Route buses follow regular schedule
  • Morning CAA / CTC bus leaves at 8:50am
  • Quiet study area in library with pass from teacher or office
  • Make Up Test Room is available if arranged with teacher
  • Supervised basketball in the gym

Paying Online with eFunds

2022 - 2023 Online Fee Payment:

New this year, fee waiver requests will be based on qualification for free or reduced lunch support. You may complete the application for lunch support after July 1 at the following link:

*** Fees for first semester elective classes are due along with the Resource, ID and Participation fees. Contact the bookkeeper with questions.

Food Service

Breakfast at Northwest

Regular Days: Breakfast is served from 7:15 – 7:35

Late Start: Thursday breakfast is served from 8:15 – 8:45.

The Child Nutrition Meal Program Application is available on Skyward or can be found on School Cafe.

SMSD families can apply for Child Nutrition Meal Benefits on School Café -

Additional food service information is available on the district’s website at

DS Bus Lines


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.


Angelo Giacalone - Athletic Director, Victoria Alvey - Athletic Secretary, Dan Fletcher - Athletic Trainer

September 1 - Cougar Football @ North Stadium 7pm

Sunflower League