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School canceled Feb. 20 due to inclement weather

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2019


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All schools and offices in SMSD have been closed Feb. 20 due to inclement weather, including overnight snowfall and freezing rain.

School closed due to inclement weather Feb. 15

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2019


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All schools and offices in SMSD are closed Feb. 15 due to impending snow storms.

Parents call on district to hire diversity officer, recruit more diverse staff

Parents call on district to hire diversity officer, recruit more diverse staff

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2019


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Six parents spoke during the public comments section of the Feb. 11 SMSD Board of Education meeting to advocate for diversity training within the district. These speakers all belong to a diversity and inclusion committee, which began at SM East but now represents parents across the district. ‚...

District board meeting recap Feb. 11

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2019


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The following is a summary of the Feb. 11 SMSD Board of Education meeting. Board member Deb Zila was absent and President Brad Stratton participated by phone. ¬†   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from Jan. 31 regular and special meetings   Report by Superintendent Mi...

SM North chess team places second at home tournament

SM North chess team places second at home tournament

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2019


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The SM North chess team placed second at the tournament held at North on Feb. 9. A total of eight teams participated, with 37 individual competitors. Senior Stone Hobbs placed third, tying with his previous personal best. "Lots of 'rooks' came to play and the team just had fun competing for a lovely...

School remains closed Feb. 8

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2019


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All schools and offices in SMSD will remain closed Feb. 8, according to a message sent to parents. Parking lots and sidewalks were unable to be completely cleared of ice, making a return to school unsafe.  

School canceled due to inclement weather Feb. 7

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2019


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All schools and offices in SMSD will be closed Feb. 7 due to inclement conditions, according to a recorded message from the district. The closing marks the fourth inclement weather day used so far during the 2018-19 school year.

Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick announces retirement

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2019


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SMSD Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick announced his retirement at the Jan. 31 board of education meeting. Southwick has been with the district for five years, serving as interim superintendent during the 2017-18 school year. "This year's gone great, and my work continues with the staff, with...

District board meeting recap Jan. 31

District board meeting recap Jan. 31

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2019


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The following is a summary of the Jan. 31 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from Jan. 14 regular meeting and Jan. 28 special meeting   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton The strategic planning committee begins their work Jan. 5 The members of the...

School canceled due to cold temperatures Jan. 30

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 29, 2019


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The Shawnee Mission School District has canceled school Jan. 30 due to cold temperatures. The decision was announced via phone message to SMSD families, marking the third school cancellation of the year.

Pegah’s restaurant gives discount to furloughed government employees

Anna Miesner, Writer

January 24, 2019


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As the government shutdown continues, many employees have to watch their budget and Pegah's restaurant intends to make that process easier by offering a $10 discount for government employees who are affected by the shutdown. “Pegah's strongly believes in giving back to the community and when the communi...

School canceled Jan. 23 due to inclement weather

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019


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SMSD has canceled school for Jan. 23 due to inclement weather. The closing was announced via a recorded message sent to parents and a notification on the district website.

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