SMN News for January 13, 2020

Where tradition began, excellence continues.

News from Student Services

Spring Assessment Dates

  • 9th Grade ELA – January 8th – 9th

ACT - Feb. 25th (197 Juniors taking it) in both gyms

ACT WorkKeys - Feb 26th (75 Juniors taking it) in one gym

KELPA - No SMN dates yet; window is from Feb. 3rd to March 6th

Kansas Assessment

  • 10th Grade English – March 25th – 27th
  • 10th Grade Math – April 1st - 3rd
  • 11th Grade Science – April 8th, 9th, & 13th

  • 9th Grade ELA – April 22nd – 23rd
  • 9th Grade Math – April 29th – 30th

AP/IB Exams
  • Window is from May 1st – May 22nd


The SMN PTSA invites all parents, teachers, students, and community members to help support the numerous activities occurring at SMN by joining the PTSA. Your support is needed and is much appreciated. You can join online at the following website - Joining is quick, easy, and helps to support the students and staff at SM North!

Trivia Night for the Tribe

Saturday, Jan. 18th, 6:30pm

5500 Woodson Road

Mission, KS


SMN Teachers, Staff, Coaches and Admins,

The 6th Annual SMN "Trivia Night for the Tribe" will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 6:30pm at St. Pius Church in Mission This event is co-sponsored by the SMN PTSA and the SMN Booster Club. Save the date and start getting your team of eight together today!

If you haven't heard.... "Trivia Night for the Tribe" is a fun night full of trivia, prizes (Best Table Decorations, Best Team Theme/Costumes) and a huge prize raffle. Cost for this adults-only evening is $240 per team and there is a maximum or 8 players per team. Your team can designate $100 of your registration to go to the SMN club, group or team of your choice!

Coaches and sponsors, please consider pushing this info out to your parents and ask them to designate YOUR group or team.

Space is limited so get your table reservation in ASAP. Proceeds go to support SMN students!

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

This event has sold out for the past 3 years. Do not delay! *tables will be secured for a team once money is turned in.

We are excited for our 6th annual event and really hope to see you and your team there!


Jenny Kempfer

SMN Booster Club Trivia Night Committee

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) at Shawnee Mission North is a two-year college preparatory program with a comprehensive academic program designed to address the needs of challenge seeking junior and senior students.

Currently there is no admissions process to become an IB Diploma candidate. It is an opt-in program. However, there are a few academic requirements that students must meet due to the IB courses that must be taken:

· Students need to have completed their PE, health, fine arts, and computer competency requirements during their 9th and 10th grade years.

· Students must have completed (at a minimum) Spanish 3, French 3 by the end of their 10th grade year.

· Students must have completed (at a minimum) Algebra 2 by the end of their 10th grade year.

IB Current Activities

Students in the North IB Program continued an exciting semester of learning and creating understandings. The courses allow students to experience the rigors of life after high school and give opportunities to develop a growth mindset as well as the grit necessary for success.


In December, both years of the IB History of the Americas course, in collaboration with the International Relations class visited the White House Decision Center in Independence, Missouri. We were fortunate to be able to visit even though the Truman Library is under renovation. Students engaged in independent inquiry and preparation as well as role-playing the positions of president, cabinet and advisors. The topic under consideration was the 1945 decision by President to utilize the atomic bomb on the Empire of Japan.

Jon Durham, IB Coordinator

Leah Murray, IB Counselor

PEP Club

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NJROTC in Alabama

The NJROTC competed in a NJROTC National Academic, Drill and Athletic competition in Huntsville, AL. The Indians dominated the competition taking home 1st Place in 9 of the 10 events. The Indians outdistanced the 2nd place team by over 1,400 points. North captured 5,985 points out of the possible 6,000 in the competition. Here is a breakdown:

Unit Personnel Inspection – 1st Place

Academics – 2nd Place

Armed Regulation Drill – 1st Place

Unarmed Regulation Drill – 1st Place

Armed Exhibition Drill – 1st Place

Unarmed Exhibition Drill – 1st Place

Color Guard -1st Place

Push-Ups – 1st Place

Sit-Ups – 1st Place

16 x 100 Relay – 1st Place

The Indians improve to 19-0 on the season! Next up will be the Kansas City Qualifier for Nationals on Saturday, January 11th here at Shawnee Mission North.”

Community Events

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Project Finish - SMSD Adult Diploma Completion Program

Clothing Exchange Information

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know what makes a school meal? Students must choose a full portion of at least three of the five components to receive a full school lunch and at least one component must be a 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable. Components include entrée, grain, fruit, vegetable, and milk. There are unlimited (single trip) fruits and vegetables available, except for juice and potatoes. Please help by encouraging your student to take what they want, but eat what they take in order to reduce waste. Remember milk is offered, but not required to be taken.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at