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‘On the Basis of Sex’ movie does justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 13, 2019

Warning: Contains movie spoilers.   Released nationwide Jan. 11, On the Basis of Sex tells the compelling story of now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she perseveres in the face of adversity to become one of the figureheads of the 1970’s women’s rights movement. The opening...

‘Boy Erased’ movie tackles sensitive subjects with grace and care

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 13, 2019

Warning: Contains movie spoilers and references to sexual assault.   Disturbing and powerful, Boy Erased tells the story of Jared Eamons, played by emerging actor Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), the son of a small-town preacher who is forcibly outed as gay to his parents. At first ...

All SM North activities canceled due to weather Jan. 12

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 12, 2019

All SM North school activities Jan. 12 have been canceled due to inclement weather. This includes sports teams traveling out of town.

SM North marching band performs at Holiday Bowl

The SM North marching band prepares to perform in the Holiday Bowl parade in San Diego, California on Dec. 31.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 1, 2019

SM North Marching Indians performed at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California on Dec. 31. The group, led by North band director Chad Reed, marched in both the parade and during halftime of the football game. The band’s trip lasted from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 and included visits to Disneyland, SeaWorld...

SM North seniors visit Kansas State University

Will Baldwin, Photographer

December 20, 2018

On Oct. 11, several SM North seniors traveled to Kansas State University for a campus visit with Counselor Pedro Miller. The visit featured dining at the famous campus-wide Kramer Dining Hall, a tour around Hale Library which is being renovated to open in 2021 and finally the K-State Student U...

District board meeting recap Dec. 17

Superintendent Fulton gives his remarks about strategic planning during the Dec. 17 board of education meeting.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

December 17, 2018

The following is a summary of the Dec. 17 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from Nov. 26 regular and special meetings, as well as Nov. 13 and Dec. 10 board retreats   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton Roesland Elementary w...

Poetry Slam gives students the chance for self-expression

Anna Miesner, Writer

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 5, SM North freshmen participated in the Slam Poetry event held by Honors English 9 teacher Natalie Johnson-Berry. The students worked alone or in a group to write a poem, which they performed in front of their English class. Johnson-Berry invited anyone in the North community to come to ...

Holiday Drive underway to help residents of Mission

Tags placed on a Christmas tree in the learning commons show the kind of items needed for the Holiday Drive.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2018

The SM North National Honor Society is holding a Holiday Drive Dec. 10-14 to help people in need in the city of Mission. Items needed include hygiene items such as soap, shampoo and toilet paper, as well as white socks, canned goods and toys. "It's important for us to donate because it's important...

SM North chess team places third at tournament

SM North chess team places third at tournament

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

December 8, 2018

The SM North chess team placed third at the Cordley tournament in Lawrence on Dec. 8. Seniors Stone Hobbs, Evan West and Grace Altenhofen represented the North team, accompanied by their coach Dillon Simmons.  “It’s really great to see the hard work these kids put in day in and day out pay o...

SM North junior places second in PTA Reflections Contest

Maggie Cooper's piece entitled 'The Women Around Me' won second place at the annual PTA Reflections Contest.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018

SM North junior Maggie Cooper placed second in the annual PTA Reflections Contest in the category of Visual Art. Her entry, entitled ‘The Women Around Me’, featured photos of people she considers to be ‘strong women’. “When I saw the topic, I just automatically thought about another series I did ca...

Parents voice concerns about technology during board of education meeting

Whitney Davidson was one of 13 parents who raised concerns about the one-to-one digital initiative during the board of education meeting Nov. 26.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2018

13 district parents voiced their concerns about technology use in elementary schools during the public comments section of the SMSD Board of Education meeting Nov. 26. The parents, who have students in several elementary schools across the district, first realized that they shared similar concerns ...

District board meeting recap Nov. 26

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2018

The following is a summary of the Nov. 26 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from Nov. 12 regular meeting   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton Hocker Grove Middle School teacher Kim Gilman was named Kansas Geography Educat...

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