NORTH NEWS November 15

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

This week is our final week of school prior to the Thanksgiving break. We are hoping for a great week of academic work before our students and staff receive a much-needed break. If you find that your student needs assistance, please remind them of the academic support we provide (details below). Let's have a great week before the break and Go Bison!

Seminar – Tuesday 9:20 – 10:55

Seminar is a designated academic intervention time for students to check their grades, meet with teachers to catch up on any missing coursework, take and retake tests, and even conference with a teacher to develop an academic plan to get back on track. Students must get a pass to the designated teacher BEFORE seminar.

After School Tutoring- Mon/Wed – See schedule below:

North offers tutoring for students after school in-person on Monday/Wednesday – 3:00- 4:20. Students are provided an after-school meal free of charge, and we also provide a late bus for students who need transportation home.

Security Update:

  • Please assist us in reminding your student that they must enter the school building through the main entrance during school hours. Allowing students in through other doors, or propping doors open for easy entry, creates a security problem for the building.
  • Please do not park in the row along the construction fence in the parking lot on the east side.
  • Please avoid parking at buildings close to the high school while waiting to pick up your child from school.
  • Students are not allowed to park in the front circle. We reserve this area for our visitors to the building.




Communication was sent out on Friday to seniors and their families about Jostens and graduation. If you are a senior student or in their adult Skyward contacts, please check your email to see that important information. If you did not get that, please update your Skyward contact addresses so future communications can reach you. Meanwhile, here is the link the Jostens information that was sent.

Parents/Guardians of Freshmen Students:

Your student will be receiving their Pre-ACT 8/9 test results through their seminar class. They will also receive their test booklets so that they can go back and look at the questions missed. The report can be a good indicator of on level preparation for the ACT and academic progress. This test was administered for these two purposes only and student scores will not be shared or input into Skyward. If you or your student has additional questions, or want to know more about the meaning of the scores, please visit

Parents and Students,

Food Deliveries from Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are not allowed at SM North. Please encourage your student to refrain from ordering food for delivery. The delivery drivers will be turned away due to not having proper approved identification and this becoming a logistical issue. We appreciate your help in this matter.

Paras Needed

SM North has openings for Para positions. If you or anyone you know would be interested in applying please contact Dustin Jamison

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

Please always check the school calendar for the most up to date schedule SMN Calendar

  • Nov 15 - First Day of Winter Sports
  • Nov 17 & 18 - Rep Theatre Performance "Fright Night", Little Theatre, 7:00pm
  • Nov 19 - Winter Sports Season Kick off, 2:50-6:00
  • Nov 22-26 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break


In order to keep all students and staff safe at school please help us with the following:

  • Report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the school nurse.
  • Keep your student home when they are ill and get a PCR test.
  • PCR Testing – SMSD only accepts PCR COVID tests
      • SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • Free PCR testing is also offered at community testing sites such as, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • If you or your student have a known exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school/school-related activity, please contact JCDHE at 913-715-2819 for instructions.

Jan. 10 is last chance to purchase yearbook for $48

The last chance to purchase your 2022 yearbook for $48 is Jan. 10. A check made out to SM North can be taken to the bookkeeper by January 10. If you would like to pay with a credit card, payment can be made at Choose SM North. There is a $2.25 service fee if you choose to pay online.

After Jan. 10, only 65 extra overstock supply of yearbooks will be available for $65. These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Once they are gone, none will be available.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact yearbook adviser, Becky Tate at 913-993-7012.

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STUCO/Pep Club Update

National Education Week:

November 15-19 is National Education Week and Student Council will be seeking the help of all students to recognize the team that it takes to serve North well—our fantastic faculty and staff will be celebrated as the week goes. We have a lot to be thankful for!

Have a great week North, it’s Best to be a Bison!

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The Winter Sports kickoff is an event for all athletes and their parents to kick off winter, but we are encouraging students to come and support their fellow classmates as they begin an exciting winter season. There will be pizza provided by Booster Club to the first who arrive and Student Council will be serving hot chocolate! Come and see what all is going on!

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Information will be shared with all sophomore families through skyward email, so consider purchasing a shirt to support the Class of 2024—they would make a great gift. For students wanting to make the purchase, they may do so on the 17th during lunch. These are preorders with a delivery date before the winter break!



E-school - Arena Scheduling

Attention Parents: There is a new feature to help with enrolling and paying for eSchool course(s) for the spring 2022 semester. You will see a new tab in Skyward Family Access called “Arena Scheduling.” This is for those interested in taking an eSchool course this spring. Others may disregard this.

For more eSchool information please refer to our webpage here:

Schedule Change Requests for Spring Semester

The last day to request a schedule change for spring semester is Thursday, December 16th.

Students can email or stop by Student Services to make a request.

Schedule changes will ONLY occur in January for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You are missing a graduation requirement.
  • Your schedule is incomplete, or a class is duplicated.
  • You are enrolled in a course that you have already completed and received credit.
  • You are enrolled in a course for which you have not met the prerequisite.
  • Have a physical injury that does not allow participation in the course.
  • You have a signature program error or conflict.


E – K

L – Q

R – Z

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From your Real World Learning Counselor:

YouScience – Parents and Students, YouScience is an aptitude and career discovery survey that all students will be completing by Thanksgiving Break. By completing the aptitude questions and career questions, students will be given personalized career matches that can help them when selecting possible high school programs to enroll in, job shadows, or internship programs. The results from YouScience are also used for invites to career expo events, field trips, and internships. With the list of possible career options that YouScience provides, students can also learn the pathway they can take to get into the career of their choice. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Sherer or Mrs. Miner.

College Visits

Hi all-

Welcome to the 21-22 school year! We're excited to have some College Representatives visit us (virtually) this Fall.

Each week during seminar we will reserve the Conference room in Student Services to learn more about select colleges! Please keep in mind, this is a first come, first serve basis so be sure to sign up early.

There will also be Rep visits after school starting at 3:15pm, where I will provide a zoom link to join.

College Visits:

If you're interested, please email me to get signed up:

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Amazon - text AMAZON to 77088 to get alerts or apply at

Genesis Health Club - Kids Club Attendants - Click here to apply

Quick Trip - 913-362-3700 or apply online at

Countryside Child Development Center - email Jesse at

JoCo Parks and Rec - appy at or call 913-826-3054

Loft - click here to apply Search 1710 to apply

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

Hollisters/Ambercrombie & Fitch - Click here to apply

Steve's Precision Dental Lab - Part time work - 913-432-6951

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Homer's Coffee - email resume & availability to

Mission Hills Country Club - child care attendant - contact Kelsey Mahlandt


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Post-season honors are rolling in for our fall sports participants. Congratulations to Brittan Lee and Iliana Garcia, varsity volleyball players who were named SFL Honorable-mention. Boys varsity soccer SFL First Team: Nathaneal Getahun; SFL Second Team: Avean Lor; and SFL Honorable-mention: Alan Munoz and Anthony Perez. End of Season Boys Cross-Country Class 6A Best times: First - Micah Blomker, 14:57

We’re super excited for the winter sports season to kick-off today! Please note the following requirements for our winter sports season: All students participating in athletics must have a KSHSAA Physical Form AND Concussion Form on file in the office prior to the first tryout/practice. Per KSHSAA, the annual history and physical examination shall not be taken earlier than May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable. Lastly, student athletes must have passed 5/7 classes from the preceding semester to be eligible*** Only exception is incoming freshmen.

Winter Coaching Staff

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach:


Twitter: @SMNBoysBB

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach:


Twitter: @SMNLadyHoops

Varsity Bowling Coach:


Varsity Swimming Coach:


Twitter: @smnboysswimdive

Varsity Wrestling Coach:


Twitter: @SMNwrestling

Varsity Dance Coach


Varsity Cheerleading Coach


We hope you all can attend the Winter Sports Kick-off on Friday, November 19th after school. The evening will culminate with SMN Faculty vs STUCO / PEP Club Basketball Game!!!! The staff team has always won this premiere event!

North is proud to announce the Class of 2021-22 Hall of Fame Inductees: George Sallas(meritorious service), David Wendt (athlete) and Keith Guinn (athlete). Our intention is to celebrate the HOF class on Friday, January 14 vs SM West at half-time of the boys’ basketball game.

Our state and area are in dire need of Officials. If you have a friend, neighbor, family member, child’s college friend, etc. please encourage them to sign-up to officiate. It can be a lot of fun and you get paid to do something you enjoy!

Important Links

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - English [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students]

KSHSAA Physical Packet- PPE (Rev. 3-20), Concussion Info Release Form,

Transportation Release Form- HS - Spanish [Required Athletic Forms for High

School Students

2021-2022 Transportation Release Form- HS Only - English (Corrected May


2021-2022 Transportation Release Form - HS Only - Spanish (Corrected May


Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off

Campus for MS and HS Athletes (English)

Parent Information and Consent Form- Cross Country Guidelines-Distance

Training Off Campus for MS and HS Athletes (Spanish)

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance (Managed by K&K Insurance)

SMSD Mitigation Spectator Guidelines - please take time to review the current SMSD mitigation guidelines.

The NCAA Eligibility Center has published its 2021-22 edition of the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. The guide is designed to assist with understanding the NCAA, NCAA Eligibility Center registration and academic requirements, and how you can help your student-athletes work toward their collegiate dreams. Here’s the link:

High School Sports Information

High School Sports - Athletic Schedules

SMSD Athletic Stadium and Athletic Complex Locations

2021-2022 High School Athletic Director-AD Secretary Contact List

Kansas State High School Activities Association


Student Recognitions

Congratulations to art students Giselle Garza, Naomi Hart, and Ian Zimmer. Their artwork was accepted into the annual Merriam Community Center High School Art Show. Their work will be on display through December.

Congratulations also to Naomi Hart, Giselle Garza, Noah Panjada, and Rose Bennett for being chosen to complete in the annual Ray Pec art competition. Naomi was given a teacher's choice award for her painting and Giselle won 2nd place for her drawing.

NJROTC - SM North Athletic Challenge

We hosted the SM North Athletic Challenge this past Saturday. Competing against 7 other schools the Bison swept all three Divisions (boys, girls and combined ). The competition consists of 6-person teams and they compete in 6-Events (push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, 1-Mile Run, 6 x 100 Shuttle Relay and modified USMC Combat Fitness Test). Here are the official results:

Boys Division

1st Place – SMN Boys #1

3rd Place – SMN Boys #2

Combined Division (4 Boys & 2 Girls)

1st Place – SMN Combined #1

Girls Division

1st Place – SMN Girls #1

2nd Place – SMN Girls #2



B - ROC Bison Reaching Out to the Community

Shawnee Mission North High School and Shawnee Mission North PTSA recognize and encourage student and community volunteer efforts in conjunction with the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Find more information and a service log sheet below

B-ROC Volunteer opportunities

  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead - email
  • The Overland Park Arboretum is looking for volunteers for their upcoming events, “Enchanted Faire”, “Terra Luna”, and “Luminary Walk”. Multiple times and activities are available for each of these events. Please contact Liz Hazell at for more information.

JAG - KC Volunteer opportunities

Junior Achievement - KC

People can sign up for Hall of Fame opportunities on our volunteer website: Sign Up for Events (

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


Booster Club Update

Thanks for your continued support of the SMN Booster Club!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT - Saturday, January 29 at St. Pius X Church in Mission. More information will be available in the next few weeks.

Did you know that each year the SMN All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Since our organization began, we have given over $150,000 in grants to clubs, groups & teams at North! We raise funds for our grants through our spirit wear sales, tailgates/concessions, Trivia Night and annual Golf Tournament. Thanks for your continued support!

Join the Booster Club and check out the SMN BISON spirit wear at our online store -

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


News from SMSD



Canvas Parent App Directions

  • Download the Canvas Parent App from the App Store or Google Play store.
  • Follow the prompts to create your account. Create a username and password.
  • Search SMSD (Shawnee Mission School District) > Shawnee Mission North > Eventually it will ask you for a “Pairing Code”
  • To find your student’s “Pairing Code”
    1. In your student’s Canvas account have your student click on “Account” (Top Left)
    2. Click on “Settings” > then click on “Pair with Observer” (Right side)
    3. Enter this “Pairing code” when prompted in your Canvas Parent App.
  • Note that each parent needs a different code, therefore repeating this process to generate a different code. If more than one student, you will be prompted to “add student” on the app. Repeat the process to generate their observer code.
  • If your student will not provide the code to you, please reach out to the school to get the Pairing Code.
  • Additional Canvas gradebook information can be found here.