NORTH NEWS August 2, 2021

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 7th year at North, but my first as the building principal. I served the previous five years as an associate principal, and my first year in the building as the athletic director. 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.

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 North!

Letter from Mr. Ewers - English

Letter from Mr. Ewers - Spanish

Student/Guardian Back to School To-Do list



Summer Reading help for AP and Honors 10 ELA

Students: Do you need help with the summer reading assignment for AP Language or Honors 10 English? Come to the voluntary Summer Reading Help Session at Shawnee Mission North.

When: August 4

Time: AP Language and Composition: 8:00-10:00AM and 12:00-2:00PM

Honors 10 English: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Where: SM North: Rooms 105, 102 and 101

REMINDER: MASKS must be worn when you are in the building.

Can’t make it in person, but have questions: Log on to Mrs. Pogorek’s WebEx between 8:00AM and 2:00PM to get your questions answered.

Mrs. Pogorek’s WebEx:

You may also email Ms. Sullivan, Mrs. Wright or Mrs. Pogorek with your questions.

Ms. Sullivan’s email:

Mrs. Wright’s email:

Mrs. Pogorek’s email:

Back to School Night 8/9/21

Back to School Night is Monday August 9th

6:00pm - 9th grade orientation in the Auditorium

6:30pm - Back to School Night - Parent/Guardians come and meet your students teachers.

Fee Payment for the 2021-22 School Year

We are asking all parents to pay fees online this year.

Go to, hover over the "Families " tab, and click the link entitled "Pay Fees Online"

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.

Mandatory Annual Online Verification

Back-to-school forms (Online Verification Forms) are now online, and they need to be reviewed and signed with an electronic signature. They include permission forms, a health history, and a medication permission form. For middle and high school students, there is also an athletic packet. The process should take only about 5 minutes to complete.

Please complete these forms as soon as possible. Parents and Students both need to complete this process.

Steps to fill out forms:

  1. Visit
  2. In the top navigation bar, click on “Skyward” and log in to your account.
  3. Under “Home” you will see “2021-2022 Student Annual Online Verification.”
  4. There will be directions that walk you through the entire process.
  5. If you have any questions, please contact the SM North office at (913) 993-6900.

Thank you for your quick attention to this important step of the annual process.


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.

Your student will NOT be able to enroll in the Fall semester here at SMN without providing proof of vaccine(s) received.

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

2021 Yearbooks are HERE

If you missed the pick up for the 2021 yearbook, they are available in the Main office. You can pick them up between 7:00-3:00, Mon-Friday.

Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Aug 9: Back to School Night (6:00 p.m. Freshman parent orientation; 6:30-8:15 BTSN)

  • Aug 10: Physical Night (6-8 p.m.)

  • Aug 11: Building tours for new incoming students grades 10-12 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Remote freshman (current sophomores) from last year may attend this session. (current freshmen will tour on 8/12)

  • Aug 12: Freshman First Day

  • Aug 13: Grades 9-12 report, last day to change your student course schedule

  • Aug 16: First day of fall sports

Senior Yearbook Ad

One thing is for certain with 2022, you will want to celebrate your senior's graduation with a Senior Ad in the 2022 SM North yearbook.

The first deadline is Sept. 9

There are three due dates for ads, with prices increasing after each deadline.

After the first deadline on Sept. 9, the prices increase.

The only way to purchase a Senior Ad this year is online.

To pay with a credit card and submit all your photos go to Choose SM North. You can upload all of your photos and pay here.

If you need help scanning to make the photos digital, or getting things uploaded, please call Mrs. Tate and she will assist you.

After you send your Senior Ad in, you will receive a proof via email by Feb. 9. Not all will be done by then, but a majority will be. If you haven't seen yours by then, please call 913-993-7012 or email and check on the ad. Photos will be returned in late April.

Seniors love to see a Senior Ad purchased by their loved ones in the yearbook, so purchase one by the first deadline and lock in the best size and price.

Thanks so much for supporting the SM North yearbook. We look forward to designing your senior’s ad.

If you have any questions, please contact yearbook advisor Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or at .



Student Schedules

Student schedules are viewable in Skyward. Eligible schedule changes are defined below:

  • Your schedule is incomplete, or missing a core course
  • A class is listed twice
  • You have already taken a class that is on your schedule
  • You are a senior and are missing a graduation requirement
  • You are missing a prerequisite for a course
  • Only half of a yearlong class scheduled
  • You have a level change request (Honors/AP to regular or regular to Honors/AP)

Please email your Alpha Counselor if you have one of the issues listed above.

A – D & ELL Jeinny Morris

E – K Leah Murray

L – Q Jennifer Fontaine

R – Z Deanna Griffey

College Scholarship Information

Click on the link for more information about Scholarships.

Scholarship Database

Student Scholarships

Student JOB Postings

Toppers Pizza - Mission, 913-262-7849 or

Advance Auto Parts


SMN Athletics & Activities

SMN Physical Night 8/10/21

When: Tuesday August 10, 2021

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: SM North , check in to the Field House Lobby

Park in the FH lot

Cost: $20.00

No appointments necessary.

Open the flyer below for more information

Athletic Update

The first day Fall Sports is August 16, 2021. Please make sure your physical has been turned in to Mrs. Rettig in the office.

Fall Coaches:

Boys Soccer: Jaime VelezAcosta

Cross Country - Aaron Davidson

Football - Andy Walter

Girls Golf - Walter Mansfield

Girls Tennis - Andrew Lause

Gymnastics - Sarah Gregg

Volleyball - Crystal Foss

Notes from the Athletic Director


Student Recognitions


News from SMSD

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SMSD Vaccination Clinics

SMSD is offering Covid Vaccine Clinics for students age 12 & up, parents, community members.

Wednesday August 4th at SM WEST High School, 3:30-6:30 (at the job fair)

Thursday August 5th at SM SOUTH High School, 1:15-3:15pm

See brochures below for more information

New form for 2021-22 - Household Economic Survey

Families are encouraged to complete the Household Economic Survey (HES) as part of the Online Verification available on Skyward. The purpose of the HES form is to assist families and our district in the upcoming year.

All students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost this year. However, the HES form generates additional state funds for our schools.

If your family qualifies, the district will receive funds to help support programs providing additional support for learners with a variety of needs. Additionally, qualifying on the HES provides other benefits to eligible families, which may include free/reduced transportation fees and Pre-k enrollment. If families do not complete the HES, the district will not be able to receive state funding for which it is eligible.

Do not complete the HES form if you are Directly Certified to receive free meals. If you receive state assistance, call the SMSD Food Service office before completing the HES form.

Eligibility determination will be made according to the guidelines established by the Kansas Department of Education. Please contact the SMSD Food Service office with any questions.





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