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Day 8

Day 8
A first person perspective of being quarantined due to sports.
December 11, 2020

“The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has identified your child as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual.” These are words no one ever wants to see, but just...

Goodbye letters from the editors

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...

SMSD Board of Education should better handle requests for data

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...

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

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,...

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'.
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...

Teachers deserve better

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)....

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

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...

The fight for student journalists’ rights

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...

College Experience in High School?

College Experience in High School?
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...

Open Lunch at North

Administration considers potential end to open lunch policy
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...

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...

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!!!

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