NORTH NEWS August 23, 2021

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

Message from Principal David Ewers

We have had a great start to the school year, and we appreciate the hard work our students and staff have done to get this year going in the right direction. This week we are kicking off the fall sports and activities by unveiling our teams and participants. We are also taking yearbook photos for grades 9-11. Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in having a successful school year!



Weekly Schedule Reminders....

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

  • Aug 24: Student Photos - 9-11th grade

  • Aug 24: Meet the Instruments Night, 6:00-8:00, Cafeteria

  • Aug 26: Fall Sports Kick off

  • Sept 9: First Thursday Late Start, school starts at 8:50am

  • September 22 :Bilingual Back to School Night Event! 5pm to 7pm at the CAA.

    ¡Evento bilingüe de regreso a clases! De 17:00 a 19:00 horas el 22 de Septiembre en el CAA.

Senior Open Lunch

Seniors and Parents:

An email went out last week to parents to sign their student up for Open Lunch. Once ID cards are distributed your senior will need to come to the office for their Open Lunch sticker. Until then, your senior can use the email they received once you had completed the form as their pass in and out for lunch.

Bus Routes

We are beginning construction on the northeast side of the building this year. This will affect our traffic flow for this school year. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

- Parents picking up and dropping off their student before and after school should utilize the front circle drive, and the west parking lot by the practice baseball field.

- Busses will utilize our east parking lot for bringing students to school, and also taking them home at dismissal.

- Anyone who parks in our east parking lot will not be able to enter or leave that parking lot between 2:30-2:55. We have to keep traffic flow in that parking lot to a minimum to ensure our busses can leave on time.

Student Parking Pass

If you purchased a student parking pass, they can be picked up with Officer Vega at the security office by the Main front door. You will need a copy of your receipt (electronic is okay ) and your drivers license. The parking permit registration form will need to be filled out and signed. You get the form from Officer Vega. He is available 7:00-3:00pm each day.


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Yearbook Picture day for Grades 9-11

Tuesday August 24th is Yearbook Picture day for Grades 9, 10 & 11. You can download and fill out the form below or you can go online to prepay and order your pictures. Click Here for that option.

Listen for your part of the Alphabet and then head down to the East Doors of the Field House. Once there look for the table with your seminar teachers name on it. Find your card Turn in your payment or tell them if you have already pre-paid online, and then get your picture taken.

Picture Packets will be delivered to the school in about 2 weeks.

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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.


COVID Management for the 21-22 school year

  • SMSD COVID Team will notify JCDHE of all positive cases.
  • JCDHE will manage all contact tracing and quarantine related to exposure to a positive case.

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
      • o SMSD offers free PCR testing Monday- Friday 8am-4pm when school is in session by calling 913-993-6218
      • o 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.

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.

Overland Park Police Explorers

Interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice? Join the Overland Park Police Explorers! We meet twice a month on Thursdays and provide young adults a glimpse of what it takes to be in law enforcement. The Explorer program is open to all young adults from high school to college, who are 14 to 20 years of age. Please join us at our open house meeting September 16th at 6:30PM at the Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster Street. Please visit the following link for pre-registration for the open house meeting.

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STUCO/Pep Club update

We’re back!!! STUCO & Pep Club are already busy with plans for the year! The freshman class officers and elections head are working on representative elections, our STUCO VP is planning our upcoming retreat for all of STUCO, and Fall Sports Kickoff is right around the corner on 8/27. The sophomores and juniors are working hard on fundraising for the school year and the seniors had a successful turnout of their back to school activities as well as their assembly.

The committee heads are working on plans for dances and community involvement. Exec board is getting shirts, planning for upcoming months, and adding weekly updates. Pep Club is focusing on football game themes, had their media day for fall sports over this past weekend, and prepping for the Nut Cup game against SME.

Everyone is up and ready to get back into the swing of things!! It's great to be an SMN Bison!

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.

2022 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 .



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Real World Learning is here!

College Now

Concurrent Credit

Dual Enrollment

Career and Technical Training

Internship and Job Shadowing Opportunities

If you are interested in knowing more contact Britt Sherer -

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

Quick Trip - 913-362-3700 or apply online at

Sporting KC - click here to apply


SMN Athletics & Activities

Athletic Update

Check out the Athletic Update flyer below with tryout information for this week!!!

We look forward to seeing everyone this year at athletics and activity events. A great opportunity to purchase advance tickets to events is through the North Sports Fast Pass. *Flyer below*

Sports Calendar can be found at

Save the Date:

  • Fall Sports Kick-off on Thursday, August 26

Unified Bowling

Want to be part of a fun new sport offered at North? Want to earn service hours while having fun and hanging out with some AWESOME individuals??

Check out North’s NEWEST sport. Unified Bowling is a bowling team of individuals with disabilities and non-disabled peers. We are currently recruiting non-disabled peers to join our team. The season is from September 27th til November 18th and practices will be 2 days a week after school at Mission Bowl in Olathe.

Informational meeting will be held in room 109 during Seminar on Tuesday, August 31.

Stop by room 15 to grab a seminar pass.



Did you know that each year the Shawnee Mission North All-Activities Booster Club supports student clubs, groups and teams by funding grant requests from coaches and club sponsors for expenses that are not funded by the school district? Since our organization began, we have given over $150,000 in grants to clubs, groups & teams at North!

Learn more about the SMN All-Activities Booster Club at our first meeting of the 21-22 school year on Monday, Aug 23 at 6:30pm in the SMN Learning Commons.

You can also earn $$$ for your favorite group at North by attending Booster Club meetings. We offer Attendance Grants to any SMN club, group or team that sends a parent or sponsor to our meetings. If your team or group has someone attend at least 4 Booster Club meetings a year, we will give a $100 grant and for attending 6 meetings, we will give a $200 grant!

Join the Booster Club and check out our "NEW" SMN Bison Spirit Wear in our online store

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


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 here."

B-ROC Volunteer opportunities

For SMN PTSA/Booster Club news and updates like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter....


Student Recognitions


News from SMSD

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.



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.