NORTH NEWS January 24th

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

It's Kindness Week! Let's have another awesome week at the Brickhouse!



Parent Teacher Conference Information

Parents and Guardians,

Believe it or not, parent teacher conferences are just a few short weeks away! Unlike the fall semester, where evening conferences took place followed immediately by an entire day of conference times, the winter/spring conferences take place only on Thursday evening, February 3, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Conference are only 10 minutes in length and can be scheduled for either an In-Person or Remote Conference (Please inform/email the teacher if you’d prefer a remote conference so they can send you their WebEx link).

Conference signups are now available to sign up on a first come, first serve basis via Skyward with directions below.

Parents will schedule conferences through Skyward. Directions on how to do this are included here.

Directions to Sign Up:

1. Log into your parent account in Skyward.

2. Click on “Conferences” on the left hand navigation

3. Click on “All Conferences”

4. Click on “Select a Time” for the class you would like to schedule a conference for

5. Find the time slot that works for you to have the conference and click “Select” and then “Save”

6. You will repeat this process for each teacher/class that you would like to schedule.

7. You will then receive an email for each time slot you select for your student.

8. WebEx conference can be scheduled by corresponding with your student’s teacher(s).

The intent of parent-teacher-student conference is to provide positive dialogue between parents, students, and teachers to help our students succeed here at North. Please make sure you bring your student with you to conferences. If they absolutely can’t attend, please have a conversation with them beforehand so you have some background information about the class you are having a conference.

NJROTC members will be around SMN to guide and direct parents and patrons to the correct location; Spanish-speaking interpreters will be available both days to assist families. Spanish-speaking parents that need assistance signing up for conference via Skyward, please contact Maria Diaz-Lorenzana at 913-993-0277 or email her at

Thank you,

SMN Administration

Winter Formal postponed

Shawnee Mission North has decided to postpone the winter formal dance until 4/1/22. The event will shift from being a formal dance to a Friday night mixer with hopes of the event being held outdoors. We will have more details on the theme of the event at a later date. We will continue with the crowning of the Northman on 2/4/22. The winter assembly will still be held on 2/1/22 with modified student attendance.

Second Semester Bus Fees Are Past Due

To make your payment visit DS website.

During colder months it is very important to be signed up to receive Textcaster alerts. Textcaster is the texting notification system DS Bus Lines uses to notify families and schools concerning any issues they may be experiencing with a bus (e.g., bus running more than 10 minutes late, route being run in a different bus, bus unable to run its route for the day). You must know your bus number to sign-up, and you will only receive text messages pertaining to the bus you signed up for. All family members may sign up.

Here is the Textcaster sign-up link:

To contact DS Bus Lines please call 913-384-1190.


Shawnee Mission North High School, and SMSD, will be participating in the 11th annual “The Great Kindness Challenge” week, January 24th -28th. We will be joining nearly 17 million youth in 115 countries to help create a kinder world! Some of our student groups will be providing some opportunities for all students to participate in making North a kinder place.

They have created the theme- “Brighten the School with Kindness”!

· Our JAG-K students will be working together with our students in the ACE program to make bags of goodies to say thank you to staff.

· Students will be given the opportunity to “brighten” the school by committing to a kind act.

· Daily announcements will center around kindness.

· Social Media posts.


· We encourage families to join in the Kindness Challenge

Click Here to check out The Great Kindness Challenge website for ideas and history.


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.

Father's Club - Meeting TONIGHT 1/24/22

SMN is joining several other SMSD sister high schools in opening a branch of Father's Club at the school. Our first meeting is on January 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. More detailed information regarding the organization will be included in upcoming emails.


It is not too late to order your cap and gown for graduation. Here is the link to get your cap/gown ordered. Please take care of this as soon as possible.


Thank you to all parents who have turned in updated vaccination records for our SMN students!

We still have quite a few students who are missing at least one vaccine.

Please help us out in the nurse’s office and send any updated vaccine records to .

Our next exclusion date for SMSD is coming up quickly in January.

PLEASE, if you’ve been emailed or contact by phone about a missing vaccine, try to get that done as soon as possible.

Our Johnson County Health Department is a good resource for updating vaccines, as is Walgreens, CVS, Mercy and Truth Clinics.

Vaccines can also be obtained at our Health Partnership Clinic at SMW on Thursdays during clinic hours from 11am to 3pm

If you need help contacting any of these businesses, please call us at 913-993-6907 or 913-993-6916.

Stay warm and healthy everyone!!

And, as always, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us!!

Nurse Kelly and Ms. Snow.

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.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Jan 24 - Fathers Club Kick off Meeting, 7:00pm, Learning Commons
  • Feb 4 - Northman Crowning, during halftime of the BBB game
  • Feb 7 - Band Pancake Dinner and Concert, 6:00pm, cafeteria


STUCO/Pep Club Update

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The Northman Assembly

Date - Feb 1

Time - During seminar

Location - Fieldhouse

Similarly to the Hispanic Heritage Program, we will be releasing a Good Form that you MUST fill out to attend the assembly. We are limited to 800 students so once it’s released, don’t forget to fill out a form!!

Have a great week North! Don’t forget, it’s best to be a bison!!

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Winter Formal will be postponed and made into an official mixer!

When - April 1

Time - 8-10pm

We are still in the midst of planning out themes and the location!



Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in January. Academic Counselors will meet with students by grade level in seminar starting January 11th. Each student will receive an Enrollment Card and a Course Listing Sheet and will be encouraged take them home and talk with their parent/guardian about classes for next year. Counselors will then collect students’ enrollment cards the following week during their English class. Please make sure your student’s enrollment card is in their backpack.

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College Visits

Hi all-

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

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:

January 25th @ 9:30am Pittsburg State

February 15th @ 9:30am Johnson County Community College

March 8th @ 9:30am Wichita State University

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

Homer's Coffee - email resume & availability to

Jose Pepper's - Immediate openings

Kansas City YMCA - click here Lifeguards needed

New Wingstop in Mission - click here to apply

Panera - Text PAN to 97211 or visit

Quik Trip - Part time clerk - apply here

Topper Pizza - email


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

  • The varsity boys basketball team won one game & lost two games last week in the Topeka High Invitational Basketball Tournament. The boys secured a victory vs. Topeka Hayden; and lost two tough games to Topeka Highland Park and Lawrence High.
  • The varsity girls’ basketball team dropped one game last week to the number 1 team in 6A, Shawnee Mission West, 39-33. The girls will play in the Glazer Tournament this week at Lawrence Free State. Thursday’s matchup versus Topeka Seaman.
  • The Bison Bowlers had two meets this past week. Tuesday was a Sunflower meet against Gardner. Varsity Girls took 1st led by Senior Alyssa Williams with a 686 series taking 2nd place individually. Senior Alexis Kelly took 3rdindividually with 433 and Freshman Nina Middleton took 5th individually with a 363 series. Varsity Boys took 2ndplace and were led by Sophomore Brandon Foster with a 491 series and taking 6th individually.
  • ​​Boys Swim and Dive - The Bison finished 8th as a team out of 21 teams at the SM Invitational. Henry Duff qualifed for the State Dive Meet!! He finished 12th in diving.One of the other North athletes who really shined was freshman Zak Kohoutek, who swam 4 personal records, and recorded another State Consideration time in his 100 Backstroke. Our 200 Freestyle Relay swam a season best time to finish 4th overall, and the 400 Free Relay swam an incredible race, moving up from 8th place to take 3rd place medals home. Their time was in the top 5 All-Time for North. Cameron Lee placed 4th in the 200 IM and 2nd in the 100 Butterfly. Other competitors with great meets included Jakob Rooney, Gage Chapman, Jonathan Guild, Junior Lopez, Zach Setzkorn, Jack Kramer, Porter Lee, and Jack Dunker.
  • Shawnee Mission North Wrestling team hosts a 16-team wrestling tournament on Saturday, January 29 beginning at 9:00am.


Student Recognitions



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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

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



The SMN Trivia Night planning team wants to host a safe and fun event. Due to the high level of Covid infection rates in the community, we have made the decision to RESCHEDULE our January 29th event. We hope you will be able to join us on our NEW DATE - SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Paula Blood at

DONATE Raffle Items for SMN Trivia Night

We are looking for individuals or local businesses (restaurants, hair salons, home improvement/repair, specialty shops, etc) that would be willing to donate an item or a gift card to be used in the raffle at our 8th Annual SMN Trivia Night fundraiser on January 29, 2022.

Individuals/Businesses that donate will be promoted on the event Facebook page as well as during the event in January. Items are needed no later than January 21, 2022. We will also supply you with a letter from Shawnee Mission North for tax purposes.

If you have an item to donate (or can direct us to someone), please email Paula Blood at and we will contact you to work out the details.

NEW BISON GEAR now available in 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.