NORTH NEWS July 21, 2023

Where Tradition began, Excellence continues.



Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community!

My name is David Ewers, and I serve as the building principal at Shawnee Mission North High School. This is my 9th year at North, and my third as the building principal. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve my community in this role, and I can't wait for this school year to start!

Below you will find some key action items that will allow you and your student to start the school year off successfully. In addition to these items, we have a list of several key dates during the months of July and August that you will want to put in your family calendar. Online verification must be completed by students and guardians before August 11th.

We are so excited to get this school year started, and we look forward to a great year with your student at the Brickhouse! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the office here at Shawnee Mission North. Go Bison!

Important Dates for the start of the school year

  • July 17: Online verification opens

  • July 25: Schedules are available to view on Skyward.

  • July 26: Office opens; fee payment is available

  • July 31: SMN Offices closed until noon for staff meetings

  • Aug 8: SMN Basics (see below)

  • Aug 10: Physical Night (5-8 p.m.)

  • Aug 10: Freshman parent/guardian orientation (6:00-6:30)

  • Aug 10: Back to School Night (6:30-8:15)

  • Aug 14: First day of fall sports

  • Aug 15: Freshman and Senior First Day of school (more information on these dates will be available in future newsletters).

  • Aug 16: All students report to school

Online verification

  • Visit

  • In the top navigation bar, click on “Skyward” and log in to your account.

  • Under “Home” you will see “2023-2024 Student Annual Online Verification.

  • If you have trouble accessing your Family Skyward account, please contact the computer clerk, Karen Facklam, at 913- 993-6909 or

Fee Payment

  • The Online fee payment portal will be available from mid-July, 2023. Go to, hover over the "Families " tab, and click the link entitled "Pay Fees Online"

  • If you are interested in applying for Free and Reduced lunch, please use this link

  • If you need to pay by check, You will need to go to the pay fees online portal to find out your students fees. Please mail your check with your students ID number listed to SM North, attn: Bookkeeper, 7401 Johnson Dr., Overland Park, KS 66204

  • All payment plans and KanCare can be completed over the phone or email. Please contact our bookkeeper, Shelle Lewis for help with this. or 913-993-6910.

SCHEDULES will be viewable on Skyward beginning July 25

Students should check their schedule prior to the first day of school.

Counselors will accept change requests by email ONLY.

The last day to request a schedule change is Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 pm.

Schedule change requests will be prioritized as follows:

1. You are missing a graduation requirement

2. Your schedule is incomplete, or a class is duplicated

3. You are enrolled in a course that you have already completed and received credit.

4. You are enrolled in a course for which you have NOT met the prerequisite.

5. You have a physical injury that does not allow participation in the course.

6. You wish to increase or decrease rigor of your schedule (assuming space is available).

7. You have decided you do not want to take a class that you originally chose (in January).

Alpha Counselor by student last name:


E – K

L – Q

R – W

Real World Learning and X, Y, Z

SMN Basics: Save the date!! Parent information night

August 8th 6:00 pm at North

All parents are welcome to join our North Student Services staff to gain information about the basics of North and/or helping your student make a plan for after high school. Both sessions will be provided in Spanish and English. This will be a great way for parents to get a jump start on the new school year! Students are welcome, too!

Join PTSA and the Booster Club

  • The Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA) and the All-School Booster Club are great ways for parents and guardians to get involved with our school!

  • Join PTSA by clicking on this link!

  • Join Booster Club by clicking on this link!

  • All proceeds raised by both organizations directly benefit SMN students!

Athletics and Activities

  • The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) is the governing body for a variety of student activities in the state of Kansas. Their website is

  • All forms that need to be completed for participation in a KSHSAA-sanctioned event at SMN can be found here.

  • Please encourage your student to get involved in school activities and/or athletics! We have something for everyone at SMN!

Student Handbook Review

  • Please review our Student Handbook with your student

  • Notify your student’s alpha administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Student last names A-G: Contact Dustin Jamison

  • Student last names H-N: Contact Jon Durham

  • Student last names O-Z: Contact Laura Brogdon

Immunization Update

  • Some of your students are in need of State of Kansas Required Immunizations.

  • All who need them have been sent emails with a reminder of which immunization your student needs.

  • Feel free to contact Nurse Kelly at 913-993-6916 or email at

Bus Information

  • Review DS Bus Company information and/or sign up for transportation service by clicking this link.

  • Please note that eligibility for free bus transportation can be dictated by your home address.

Paraprofessional positions are available

Are you interested in working at the Brickhouse? SMN has a number of para-educator position still available. If you are interested, please apply online at or contact Mr. Jamison for more information. 913-993-6900.

Information from the SMSD

  • - SMSD's Migrant Education Program is hosting a Back-to-School event in the CAA Board Room on Wednesday, August 9 from 4:30pm to 6pm.
    All SMSD Migrant students will be given a backpack filled with age/grade-level appropriate school supplies.
  • - The Department of Student and Family Services will host a MVP training on August 15th from 4pm to 5:30pm in the CAA Board Room. Anyone from any attendance area is welcome to attend.
  • - The first Panorama Social-Emotional Survey will be given in grades 3-12 between October 16 and November 10, 2023. Only those students whose parent/guardian consented during the registration process will be allowed to participate.
  • - The SMSD will host a Bilingual Back-to-School Community Event on Wednesday, September 6 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at the CAA. All students and families are welcome! Flyer here.