NORTH NEWS March 15, 2021

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

In-Person Learning

We continue to plan for the return to full in-person learning on Monday, March 22, 2021. We have been able to adjust scheduling (in order to provide the necessary social distancing for lunch) such that high school students in the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) who selected the “In-Person” learning model will attend in-person five days per week, beginning on the March 22, 2021.

The high school plan and the new bell schedule that will be utilized are below. This new bell schedule will be utilized by all students - both in-person and remote.

As a reminder, this plan does not impact students who chose the remote learning model; those students will continue to learn remotely through the end of the school year.

Several important pieces of information were communicated at a recent BOE meeting regarding the return for all secondary students:

  • Maintaining 3-6 feet of space will not be possible in every situation. Staff will be working to arrange spaces throughout the building (including classrooms) to maximize the amount of space between students.
  • Proper masking will become increasingly important when distance can't be maintained. During the BOE meeting, there was a lot of talk from JCDHE and SMSD about double masking. While it is not mandatory, it was recommended.
  • Other mitigating efforts will continue throughout the building - classroom seating charts, classroom cleaning/sanitization, frequent/proper hand hygiene, limiting students in the bathroom, etc.



Attendance Office Tips

  • You can call the Attendance Hotline (913 993-6945) anytime day or night to report an absence, early release, tardy etc.
  • When you need your student to be released from school early, please give us at least 30 minutes notice. There are times that your student’s teacher may not be reachable by phone. Certain classrooms such as weights, choir, orchestra, etc. require a staff member to go to the classroom to excuse your student. This takes time.
  • Students – if you arrive to school late, please stop by the attendance office so we can record your presence and email you a pass for admittance to class. Show this pass to your classroom teacher.
  • The Attendance Office has gone paperless. We no longer use paper passes to be admitted late to class or to leave early. We email the pass to the student and the student then shows it to their teacher. If you expect to leave early, please monitor your email.

A note from the Nurse's Office

Attention all students and parents:

We are beginning the exclusion process for those students who have not had their state required immunizations. We’ve checked all the Missouri and Kansas Databases and that leaves us with several students who are NONCOMPLIANT.

Everyone who needs a vaccine has been emailed 3 times as a gentle reminder to get their immunizations up to date. Please help us update your immunization records, if you’ve received an email. We are not excluding remote learners from class participation from home. But they are not allowed on campus for any reason – sports clinics, computer help etc. They will not be able to attend school on the first day next year until we receive proper documentation of their vaccinations.

If you have any questions about this please call us at 913-993-6916 or 913-993-6907. Thank you all!

Mary Alice Kelly and Val Snow

SMN Tutoring

  • Mon/Wed - 3:20-4:20, ELA, ELL, Science
  • Tue/Thur - 3:20-4:20, Social Studies & Math

Click HERE to sign up

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

See the calendar below for reminders about the upcoming schedule.

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Black History Beyond February Meeting

Will be meeting in the Learning Commons, 2:45-3:15pm on Thursday 3/18. Students who attended previous meetings show be at this meeting. See Mrs. JB or Mr. Durham for more info.

Do you like gift cards to Quiktrip and Chipotle? The Johnson County STOP contest is back with many prizes! Follow us on Twitter @JOCO_STOP or Instagram @JOCOSTOP between March 1st -May 7th. Watch for anti-drug & alcohol facts and WIN by answering questions every week. Grand prizes include a gaming console or an Apple iPad product. High School Seniors could win a $500.00 scholarship! Contest rules will be posted on the social media pages or see Officer Covington.

Seniors interested in applying for the scholarship must have their application in by April 12th, scan the QR code below or on Officer Covington’s door to apply.

City of Mission "If I Were Mayor" Contest

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were elected to the top leadership position in the City of Mission? As Mayor what would you change? What would you do to make our City a better place? What are your “big ideas?”

In honor of the City’s 70th Birthday in 2021, Mission is introducing a “If I Were Mayor” student contest this spring. Mission students (public, private or homeschooled) are invited to submit an entry in one of the three categories listed below based on their age:

  • Elementary School (K-6) - Poster Contest

  • Middle School (grades 7-8) - Essay Contest

  • High School (grades 9-12) - Digital Media Presentations (e.g. video, PowerPoint, Prezi)

The student’s name and a daytime phone number or email address for their parent or guardian must appear all submissions, regardless of type. Contest entries will be judged by the Mayor and other city officials, and the winner in each category will be eligible to receive a $100 prize.

LOCAL CONTEST DEADLINE: Monday, March 22, 2021

Click Here for full contest information



Seniors, interested in learning more about your financial aid award letters?

Join SMSD for March Money Madness! Each day of the week we'll be giving information about financial aid.

All SMSD schools will be participating.

Watch the video and fill out the quiz each day for your chance to earn a prize from Amazon!

Visit our website: to learn more.


Enrollment for SMSD Summer Academy and eSchool is now available. Information about these programs can be found in the links below

Summer Academy

Summer eSchool

If you are unsure if you need to take a summer program class, please reach out to your Academic Counselor

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Junior February ACT Update

Juniors who completed the ACT test in February may begin receiving communications from ACT about their scores. If you are contacted by ACT and have questions about accessing your scores, please reach out to ACT directly.

SMN has not received any score information or ACT IDs. It takes 6-8 weeks after testing for schools to receive paper score reports.

College Visits

None this week. Check back next week.

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Advent Health - Nutrition Service Worker click here

Countryside Child Development - Child care worker click here

Dandelions and Mud Puddles - Child care - Carrie Carter 913-825-0399

Genesis Health Club - Summer Camps - contact Kora Arnold

Johnson County Park & Rec - Before & Afterschool worker click here

JCPRD - Lifeguards, sports officials, concessions workers, and more click here

Lowe's Careers - Seasonal Worker - click here

Panera Bread - Mission location click here

Rally House - Mission location click here

YMCA - Lifeguard click here

YMCA - Before & After school care click here

ACT Prep Course

SMN Alum Darian Dozier is offering online ACT Workshop for students who may be interested. She is passionate about helping students who otherwise may not have access to materials that could help them with college admissions and has designed ACT Workshop session to help. The workshops will be Monday and Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm. She will be alternating weeks with Mondays being for Math or Reading sections and Wednesdays being for Science or English sections. The workshops cost $10 for each class and the registration link can be found here. A video explaining why the ACT is so important and providing a little more information about these workshops can be found here.


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Boys Basketball: The following North basketball players were selected Honorable Mention All-Sunflower League

Jeremiah Manning, Logan Oberle and James Shepherd

Girls Basketball: the following North basketball players were selected Honorable-mention All-Sunflower League

Summer Wieneke and Kiara Williams.

Congrats to all players and we appreciate your hard work and determination.

Notes from the Athletic Director

Spring sports have begun. Please contact your coach or Annette Gonzales with any questions or concerns.


  • Wednesday, May 5th, NLI Athletic signing for all students. Field House - 3:00pm
  • SMN Sports Foundation Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Senior Awards Program - TBA
  • NORTH Relays - Friday May7th, 9:00am-10:00pm

Live Eligibility - The athletic department practices live eligibility via skyward reports. A friendly reminder our student-athletes must be passing 5 courses in order to participate in competitions.

Dual Participation Athlete (JJ)If your student is interested in participating in two after-school activities please complete the DUAL ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION CONTRACT and schedule a meeting with both coaches and the athletic director.

Spring Sports Coaches

Joe Gliori Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Julie True Varsity Softball Coach

Jon Durham Varsity Boys Tennis Coach

Shane McBride Varsity Baseball Coach

Walter Mansfield Varsity Golf Coach

Aaron Davidson Varsity Track & Field Coach

Kailey Morash Varsity Girls Swimming Coach

Jerry Banks Varsity Girls Dive Coach

Return to Play Update

The district has made the decision to change the doctors allowed to release students from COVID Return to Play to only MD, PO and APRN; DC and PA-C will be removed, as they do not have the ability to perform cardiac assessments.

KSHSAA Guidelines Return to Play

SMSD partners with The Health Partnership, which is a medical practice with family physicians and pediatricians; they also have equipment to perform an EKG. The Health Partnership the only federally funded health clinic in Johnson County. They accept families with no insurance as well as families with health insurance coverage. They have offices on the Shawnee Mission Medical Center campus and in Olathe.

Face coverings for all attending and supporting interscholastic activities. The only exception is for those actively participating in competition.


Student Recognitions

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News from SMSD

SMSD Names New Superintendent - Dr. Michelle Hubbard

Dr. Michelle Hubbard
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SMN Booster Club "IN-PERSON" Spirit Wear Sale

Wednesday, March 24th – 2:30-6:00pm

SMN Fieldhouse Parking Lot

This is your chance to view our spirit wear items IN-PERSON!!

Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.

ALL funds raised directly benefit student clubs, groups and teams at NORTH!!

Want to skip the line???

Place your spirit wear order at our online store for quick and easy pick-up at the sale on March 24th!!

Volunteers Needed!!

We need parent volunteers to assist with the Spirit Wear sale on Wednesday, March 24th. Shifts are from 1:45pm-6:30pm. Please click on the link below for more info and to sign-up. Thanks!!

In-Person Spirit Wear Sale - Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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