The Mission

Goodbye letters from the editors

Grace Altenhofen and Cale Chapman, Editors-in-Chief

May 9, 2019

Hello everyone, For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of being co-Editor-in-Chief of the Mission, alongside my friend Cale Chapman. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, but I’m grateful to have gone through it all with the best co-editor, newspaper staff and advisor I could’ve asked for....

SMSD Board of Education should better handle requests for data

Staff Editorial

April 25, 2019

During the public comments section of the March 25 SMSD Board of Education meeting, community member Liz Meitl stood up and made a simple request. Concerned with discipline practices in the district, Meitl asked to see data regarding discipline levels by race and disability status. Her goal? To determine ...

Letter to the editors: Freshman’s response to ‘Taking the boy out of Boy Scouts’

Zach Setzkorn, Guest Contributor

April 4, 2019

To whom it may concern,   As a member of the Boy Scouts of America for going on 10 years, I am quite knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the program and the details. Recently in The Mission, an article titled “Taking the ‘boy’ out of Boy Scouts” was published. This is an opinionated...

Privacy is a right, even for high schoolers

This women's restroom in SM North was left propped open with a note signed by 'admin'.

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

November 8, 2018

As high schoolers, we have many responsibilities, and therefore many privileges. Students have the option of driving to school; seniors have open lunch; we get to choose which electives we take. Why can’t we have the privilege of using the restroom with the door closed? A sign on one women’s...

Teachers deserve better

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018

In the days leading up to the start of the 2018-19 school year, teacher contract negotiations were still underway between the Shawnee Mission School District and the National Education Association (NEA). One of the most contentious issues: raises for teachers. The NEA, the labor union that advocates ...

Don’t Even Try It: Netflix Needs to Stop Showing Ads

Mystika Allison-Barnes, Opinion Editor/ Writer

August 25, 2018

We don’t want your ads, Netflix! As you may already, annoyingly know, Netflix is “experimenting” with new video promos for their original content.  And similar to YouTube, these advertisements are only sometimes skippable. So while I’m binge-watching “Orange is The New Black”, waiting an...

The fight for student journalists’ rights

Grace Altenhofen, Writer

May 15, 2018

If you had googled my name a few weeks ago, the only pertinent result would have been a photo from the county spelling bee in 6th grade. Now I’m mentioned by name in a multitude of articles from news outlets across the country and the video of my speech at a board of education meeting has been repo...

College Experience in High School?

College Experience in High School?

Michael Her, Photographer

May 10, 2018

Michael Her Throughout my high school career, I took a total of five and a half Advanced Placement (AP) classes, four College Now classes, and two online classes through Johnson County Community College (JCCC). With those classes, I experienced different levels of teachings. AP, College Now, and JCCC classes eac...

Open Lunch at North

January 30, 2018

This year there is a possibility for Open Lunch ending entirely because the school cannot control all of the underclassmen that are sneaking out of the building.  We think Open Lunch should stay.  Open Lunch provides a break from school and offers more variety than the lunch room. Most...

Nickel Nonsense

November 30, 2017

Last year North’s staff introduced a new form of positive reinforcement, North Nickels. These wooden nickels were given out when a staff member saw a student following T.R.I.B.E. Tennents and they could be used at the North Nest in room 112 or on special event days, like Pie Day or Ice Cream Day. It...

March’s Featured Photos

March's Featured Photos

April 3, 2017

These are what the SMN photographers thought the best photos were taken in March. Help us pick the top photo of the month!!!

February’s Feature Photos

February's Feature Photos

March 7, 2017

These are what the SMN photographers thought the best photos were. Help us pick the top photo of the month.

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