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Week of January 7th

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Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominations

The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.

This year the Shawnee Mission School District would love to get parent and community input as we select our candidates. Please utilize the link below to nominate a teacher at our school that deserves recognition. The deadline for nominations is January 11, 2019.

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Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

Staff Shout Out Thank You!

Thank you to those how have given Shout Outs to our staff members. We want you to know that we are making sure to recognize those staff members and that YOUR WORDS MATTER. Please, continue to provide Shout Outs to our wonderful Star Staff!
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From SMSD Health Services:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued new requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Infectious or Contagious Diseases. New this year:

  • Influenza: Physician diagnosed cases of influenza will be excluded from school attendance for 7 days following the onset of illness.
  • Mumps: Students who have not received age appropriate immunization for mumps will be excluded from day 12 to day 25 after exposure to the infectious case. (In the past there was an opportunity for students to be immunized within 24 hours of being notified of exposure, it is now an automatic exclusion.).

El Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Kansas emitió nuevos requisitos para el aislamiento y la cuarentena de enfermedades infecciosas o contagiosas. Es nuevo este año:

  • Influenza: Los casos de influenza diagnosticados por el médico se excluirán de asistir a la escuela durante los 7 días posteriores al inicio de la enfermedad.
  • Paperas(Mumps): los estudiantes que no hayan recibido la inmunización apropiada de su edad para las paperas serán excluidos del día 12 al día 25 después de la exposición al caso infeccioso. (En el pasado, existía la oportunidad de inmunizar a los estudiantes dentro de las 24 horas posteriores a la notificación de la exposición, ahora es una exclusión automática).

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Sign-Up to Volunteer in the Library

Are you interested in helping or volunteering in the Rising Star Library and MakerSpace? If so, please fill out the form below, and Mr. Wilson will contact you to set up your visits! We have lots of fantastic volunteer opportunities available!

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Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Click here for our Breakfast and Lunch menus

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Sign-Up for PTA Here

Click on this button to sign-up for PTA!

Chat & Chew Books & Dates

Books can be found in our Rising Star Library, in most teacher’s classrooms, at the Johnson County Library & of course on Amazon or in brick & mortar stores. If you choose to purchase the books for your student, please consider donating them at the end of the year so that we can have more copies available to lend out each year. Donated books can be given to Mr. Wilson in the library. Thank you!

*Chat & Chew Party: Those students who have read & attended at least 3 Chat & Chew book sessions are invited to bring their lunch & their favorite book to share with their peers.

(Chat & Chew is held in the classroom during the student’s lunch period)

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West is Best Scholarship Fund

West is Best Scholarship Fund was founded in 2012 to provide financial assistance to students to participate in after school sports or scouts. Recipients must live or go to school in the SM West attendance area. Over the years, we have provided over 520 scholarships totaling over $56,000 to area youth in all grades, K-12, at all West-area schools. For more information or our scholarship forms, please visit our website at
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