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Zero Reasons Why campaign holds lunchtime event at North

Smiling at students approaching the table, Zero Reasons Why representative Cindy Knudsen helps hold a banner-signing event at North during lunch April 3. “It’s been encouraging to see how many teens really care about this message,

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2019

Representatives from the suicide prevention campaign Zero Reasons Why spoke to students during lunch on April 3. The name Zero Reasons Why was created as a play on the book and Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why, in which a character used 13 reasons to justify her suicide. After the Netflix series becam...

Unnamed incident at SM North leads to parent notification

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2019

SM North parents recieved an email from Principal Jeremy Higgins around 10 a.m. on April 3 notifying them of an incident that took place at school. The email went on to say that the school has been working with district and local police; however, it declined to further comment on what the incident...

Special education students earn awards at Job Olympics event

Senior Katie Saesnick participates in the napkin folding competition at the annual Job Olympics event March 28.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2019

Two SM North students earned awards at the annual special education Job Olympics event at Johnson County Community College March 28. Junior Seth Dujakovich placed second in coin recognition and senior Marco Diaz placed second in advanced job applications in their respective grade levels. "I think...

Sophomore Hananeel Morinville wins Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2019

SM North sophomore Hananeel Morinville has been awarded a Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Morinville, who serves as the president of the Black Student Union, applied for the award on the recommendation of English teacher and Black Student Union sponsor Natalie Johnson-Berry. “Actually, Dr...

District board meeting recap March 25

Associate Superintendent for Organizational Support Rick Atha and Food Services Director Nancy Coughenour give a presentation on negative lunch account balances.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 25, 2019

The following is a summary of the March 25 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from Feb. 25 regular and special meetings and March 5 special meeting   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton Brookwood Elementary opened after spring break Horizons teacher Katie Black ...

Washington Post satirist David Jorgenson speaks at SM North

Washington Post satirist David Jorgenson speaks to a crowd of students as part of the Career Seminar Series March 21.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2019

Washington Post satirist David Jorgenson spoke to a crowd of students in the learning commons March 21 as part of SM North’s Career Seminar Series. Jorgenson, a 2009 North graduate, was contacted by Instructional Coach Kate Miner and asked to give a presentation about his journalism career. ...

Clogged drain leads to flooding in English hallway

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 4, 2019

Part of the 100s hallway was closed the morning of March 4 due to flooding from a clogged drain. "There was a clogged drain in one of the classrooms [and] who knows how long it had been stopped up," SM North Principal Jeremy Higgins said. "It was a little bit of a mess." First hour classes in that...

SM North ROTC holds annual biscuits and gravy breakfast

SM North ROTC holds annual biscuits and gravy breakfast

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2019

The SM North ROTC held its annual biscuits and gravy breakfast the morning of March 2.  The student-run event is held each year as a fundraiser before the national ROTC competition. “It’s mostly just to spread awareness about our program and also to pay for our trips so we can go down to ...

Brian Koon announces run for SM North area board of education seat

SMSD Board of Education candidate Brian Koon (right) with his wife, who is an art teacher in SMSD, and two children, who attend Crestview Elementary.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019

Brian Koon, an SMSD parent who also works as an English Language Learner aide within the district, announced his candidacy for the SM North area board of education seat Feb. 27. Koon, a longtime education advocate, will run against current SMSD board member Sara Goodburn if she chooses to seek reelection....

School canceled Feb. 27 due to ice on roads

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2019

All schools in SMSD are closed Feb. 27 due to icy road conditions, according to an early morning announcement from the district.

District board meeting recap Feb. 25

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2019

The following is a summary of the Feb. 25 SMSD Board of Education meeting. Board member Sara Goodburn was absent.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from Feb. 11 regular meeting   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton SM South won the state academic decathlon competition A team of five SMSD st...

ACT test for juniors rescheduled for April 2

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2019

The ACT test for SM North juniors that was supposed to take place Feb. 20 has been rescheduled for April 2. However, the WorkKeys test scheduled for Feb. 21 is still on. Check in will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the test will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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