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District board meeting recap May 13

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

May 13, 2019


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The following is a summary of the May 13 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from April 22 regular meeting   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton Many SMSD students won awards at the annual R&D Forum The new Brookwood Eleme...

Seniors attend elementary school class reunions

Rilee Morrow, Sports Editor

May 9, 2019


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As the school year comes to a close, seniors often look back on their elementary school experiences with nostalgia. Several North area elementary schools are having reunions for their seniors to come back and see their old school, friends and teachers. Gathel Giesbrecht, who attended Bluejacket-Flint E...

SM North adapts after CPR becomes required part of high school curriculum

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

May 9, 2019


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This has been the first year that CPR is required for all Kansas high school students, following a unanimous decision by the Kansas State Board of Education in December 2017. According to medical science and health teacher Robert Oliver, SMSD made the decision to fulfill this requirement by adding CPR ...

District board meeting recap April 22

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2019


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The following is a summary of the April 22 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from April 8 regular meeting   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton Melissa Molteni from Corinth Elementary and Natalie Johnson-Berry from SM North...

Shawnee residents voice concerns over plan for proposed community center

Shawnee residents voice concerns over plan for proposed community center

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2019


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The city of Shawnee will hold a vote to decide whether to raise property taxes to fund the construction of a new community center. Residents of Shawnee will receive a mail-in ballot in early May, which must be received by noon on May 21. The proposed community center would include an indoor pool, g...

Junior Karen Rosales wins SevenDays artwork button competition

Junior Karen Rosales wins SevenDays artwork button competition

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2019


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Junior Karen Rosales won Day Six of the SevenDays artwork competition. The SevenDays program was an event that took place April 9-15, which was designed to promote inclusion in the Kansas City area. Each day featured a different button, and students competed to design artwork for each button. ...

Junior Citlalic Gomez to compete at annual FCCLA national competition

Junior Citlalic Gomez to compete at annual FCCLA national competition

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2019


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Junior Citlalic Gomez will be going to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national competition after qualifying at the state level. Gomez earned a silver medal in the Fashion Construction and Design Challenge at the state level. Senior Savannah Denton also earned silver at state...

English teacher Natalie Johnson-Berry wins SMSD Secondary Teacher of the Year

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2019


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SM North English teacher Natalie Johnson-Berry has been named SMSD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Each school across the district had the opportunity to name a building teacher of the year; from there, a committee chose one district-wide elementary teacher of the year and one secondary teacher...

District board meeting recap April 8

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2019


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The following is a summary of the April 8 SMSD Board of Education meeting.   Adoption of agenda; approval of minutes from March 25 regular and special meetings   Report by Superintendent Michael Fulton The Merriam Park health clinic celebrated its one year anniversary A Hocker ...

Zero Reasons Why campaign holds lunchtime event at North

Zero Reasons Why campaign holds lunchtime event at North

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 3, 2019


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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


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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

Special education students earn awards at Job Olympics event

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2019


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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...

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