The Cougar Connection
Weekly Update for Families - February 2, 2023
From Dr. Gruman
Dear Northwest Families,
Thank you for all of your support during our enrollment process! We are excited to start creating our master schedule.
Please see the information below about some upcoming opportunities through our SMSD Research and Development Forum.
Pitch Finals Competition- Info Session on Feb. 2
A pitch competition for student innovators will be offered as part of the district’s annual R&D Forum. Not only can students win cash prizes for their Next Great Idea, but they can also receive additional funding to advance their idea.
An informational session will be held virtually:
• Time, Date, Place: Webex, at 6 p.m. on February 2
• Who can enter: Any interested student, grades K-12
• What: Learn more about the process.
• How to join: A link to the informational session can be found here.
• How to apply: Application information can be found on the R&D webpage. The deadline to apply for the pitch competition is Friday, March 3, 2023. Practice sessions with industry mentors will be scheduled for students who apply to compete.
Final Competition and Prizes:
Applicants chosen as finalists will pitch their Next Great Idea to a panel of judges during the morning of April 29, 2023, at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st St. The pitch competition will be live-streamed so friends and family can participate as well. Top awards are $2,500, of which $1,000 is a cash award to be used by the winner to pursue their passion and education and up to $1,500 will be awarded as "build it" grants to support making the winner's pitch a reality. A People's Choice category, determined by public voters, will be awarded a $500 prize. There will also be an Idea of Promise award with a prize of $500.
The R&D Forum student showcase, with display-only and competitive exhibits will be held in Spring 2023. Students, families, and staff members are encouraged to enter student-created projects, experiments, or art projects to share in this districtwide event. All submissions must be registered and information on how to register can be found online. The deadline to register for the showcase is Friday, March 24, 2023.
About the R&D Forum
The Shawnee Mission Research and Development Forum celebrates its 61st year in 2023. It is one of the SMSD’s biggest showcases of the year!
This annual event has always served as a celebration of student achievement and highlights innovative student projects and talent from across the district.
Sincere appreciation is extended to the Regnier Family for 61 years of generous support for the SMSD R&D Forum.
Have a wonderful week!
All the best,
Dr. Lisa Gruman
Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 5-8pm
12701 West 67th Street
Hello Parents! Our Spring Conferences are upon us, and we would like to welcome you back to Northwest!! The conferences will be held Wednesday evening, February 8 from 5-8pm. Teachers will be assigned to a classroom/designated area and parents can walk-in to see them (no prior appointments required). It is first-come, first-serve, so please be patient if there is a short line. Teachers will have signs indicating if they are in a meeting or if they are ready to see someone. These meetings are meant to be a short check-in of 3-4 minutes so teachers are able to see as many parents as possible. If you require a longer conference, please contact the teacher to schedule a time on a different day. As you enter the building, there will be information posted as to where each teacher can be found. If you require an interpreter other than Spanish speaking, please reach out to Stefanie Forbes as soon as possible so we are able to have someone in place for you. If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Forbes at 913.993.7356 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also located in room 127. We look forward to seeing you on February 8.
Counselors are finishing up with enrollment for the 2023-24 school year. If your student was absent during this process or does not currently have an ELA course they will meet with their academic counselor the week of Feb. 6th to discuss courses for next year.
*Mr. Cash (A-D) email@example.com
*Mrs. Legate (E-J) firstname.lastname@example.org
*Mrs. Cole (K-PE) email@example.com
*Mrs. Andrade (PF-R, ELL) firstname.lastname@example.org
*Mrs. Landis (S-U) email@example.com
*Mrs. Jablonski (V-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Nurse
Vaccination FINAL Exclusion Date 2/6/23
The exclusion date for vaccinations is approaching quickly. Please email verification of a completed MCV4 vaccine (meningitis ACWY, not meningitis B) for all juniors; this also includes any missing immunizations that you have received an email about. A dose for the meningitis ACWY is required at 16 years of age (11th grade) (regardless of receiving this same vaccine in middle school). Email up-to-date vaccination records to email@example.com.
Yearbooks are no longer available to purchase through the office.
However, we can place your student’s name on the wait list. Students on the wait list will be the first called to purchase books on yearbook distribution day for $70 cash.
Questions? Email Susan Massy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Follow this link to purchase items, support fundraisers, volunteer or become a PTSA Member! Please see the link below for JUNIOR families: