NORTH NEWS November 29

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

Hello North Community,

I hope you and your family had a relaxing break. I am excited to see our students again today and hope they are ready for a great final push towards the end of the semester. These final three weeks are incredibly important and we will be working as an admin team and school to communicate with guardians to make sure they know what their student needs to do to be successful. Please assist us in your student's success by stressing the importance of being to class on time, engaging in the lesson, and completing assignments in a timely manner.

Additionally, we are excited about the start of winter activities! Over the course of the next three weeks, our winter sports kick-off. We also have winter concerts and performances in choir, orchestra, band, and theatre. It's a jam-packed three weeks, but we are excited for the month of December!




Communication was sent out before Thanksgiving break 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.

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Just a reminder from the yearbook staff. This is the last call for purchasing senior yearbook ads for the 2022 yearbook. You can purchase your ad at If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact yearbook adviser Becky Tate at 913-993-7012 or

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 30 - Football Banquet - 6:00 - Cafeteria
  • Dec 8 - Choir Concert, 7:00pm, Auditorium
  • Dec 9 & 10, Winter Lab Play, Little Town of Christmas, 7:00pm, Little Theatre


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

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



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.


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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:

Tuesday, November 30th @ 9:30am (Student Services): Kansas City Kansas Community College

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

Hey North! Just a reminder that TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 30th is the first day of Tryouts for Bowling. To be able to tryout, you MUST have a physical and your participation packet turned in with Mrs. Rettig in the office. If you plan to attend tryouts, plan to meet in Room 11 right after school tomorrow. If you have any questions, please talk to Coach Monteer in Room 11 or Coach Sherwood in Room 210.


Student Recognitions



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....


Booster Club Update

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 8th Annual SMN TRIVIA NIGHT!

The Trivia Night logo may look a little different, but it will be the same great party as we have hosted the last seven years! Join us at St. Pius X on January 29th from 6:30pm to 11:00pm for costumes, competition, and a whole lot of cheer!

Online registration is preferred (click on link below) or you can use the attached form and turn it in to the SMN office with payment.

To allow social distancing, we have limited the number of teams this year, so get those registrations in ASAP!!

The DEADLINE to register is January 12, 2022!!

*We will be following mitigation efforts as provided by the Johnson County Health Department and St. Pius X at the time*

Trivia Team of 8 = $280

Optional Mulligan (1 per team) = $20

Team + Mulligan = $300

As always, $100 of your team fees go directly to the SMN team/group/club of your choice!

Trivia Night is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club and all proceeds will be used to support SMN students, staff, and programs!

For more information contact SMN PTSA at or SMN Booster Club at

Thanks for your continued support of Shawnee Mission North!

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

Shawnee Mission School District students in the Medical Health Sciences Signature Program are partnering with researchers at the University of Kansas to study the effects of sports specialization on teens and young adults.

Data collection for this project involves a short anonymous survey that the researchers would like to send to your student-athlete, with your permission. This invitation is for any student-athlete, including athletes who might not be involved in fall sport. If you are willing to allow your student athlete(s) to complete this survey, please click on the link provided at the bottom of the form below.



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.