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Shawnee Mission Students Named to 2022 All-State Academic Team
Shawnee Mission School District

Shawnee Mission 2022 graduates Megan Bogner, Shawnee Mission South, and Aidan Hall, Shawnee Mission West are state academic honorees. They are among 40 students from across the state named to the Gannett Kansas All-State Academic Team.

The Gannett Kansas All-State Academic Team honors and recognizes students they have identified as the state's highest performing and most promising graduating high school seniors.

The honorees are chosen from nominations by their high school principals and counselors. One senior is nominated from their respective schools, and those nominees then apply for the honor by completing two essays. The essays are a major portion of the final decision, along with consideration of ACT score, GPA, leadership experiences and school involvement, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. 

Each student nominee was asked to share a headline that might be written about them one day, and to tell the story of the last day that changed their lives.  More information about the student nominations, including their headline and comments can be found here.

There are also eighty-plus students that received honorable mention recognition. Lincoln Bartelt, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Claire Winston, Shawnee Mission North, and Ryan Ward, Shawnee Mission East High School are among the honorable mentions. 

Community Celebrates SMSD Project HOME
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) marked a successful year of Project HOME (Housing Opportunities Move Everyone), welcoming guests and supporters from throughout the community to a celebration. 

Project HOME provides twice-a-month opportunities to help families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to meet with officials from various agencies. These local agencies collaborate to connect families to resources related to housing, finance, utilities, food, employment, furniture, counseling, healthcare, and anything that can be a barrier to housing. They work with the goal of helping families prevent homelessness and help to permanently house families. 

David Aramovich, SMSD McKinney-Vento liaison, welcomed and thanked the group, including Project Home partners, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, and Kim Hinkle, executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, for their diligence, kindness and acts of generosity throughout the year.  

“Project Home is a collaborative effort between service providers, faith leaders, and the Shawnee Mission School District,” Aramovich shared.  “It is people coming together for a common cause, which is to work toward eradicating homelessness.”

Since formation in 2016, Project HOME has prevented 722 SMSD students and families from houselessness.  They have permanently secured housing for 243 SMSD students and families.

“Your efforts are making the difference, as we work together to ensure every family and child have housing,” Dr. Michelle Hubbard, SMSD superintendent expressed to the attendees. 

Project Home includes Vineyard Church, Johnson County Mental Health, Catholic Charities, El Centro, Johnson County MultiService Center, Workforce Partnership, Redeemer Presbyterian, New City Church, Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA, and Evergy.

“Together we are so much stronger in understanding the complexities that people are dealing with on a regular basis,” said Aramovich.

For more details and contact information related to Family and Student services and McKinney-Vento Homeless Service in the Shawnee Mission School District, click here.

 

Spots Available in SMSD Parents as Teachers!
Shawnee Mission School District

Shawnee Mission Parents as Teachers serves families from 0 to 36 months.  Click here to learn more or to enroll. Parents are their child’s first and most important teachers, and we want to make sure you have the resources and support you need to thrive.

Did you know that 80% of brain development occurs before age three?

These early years provide critical windows of opportunity that will help build the foundation for your child’s life.

Let us help you maximize efforts by providing information that will help you understand the meaning behind your child’s behaviors, how to build your parent-child connection, and walk with you through parenting challenges along the way.

The Shawnee Mission Parents as Teachers program is a universal, FREE home visiting program for families residing in the Shawnee Mission School District with children prenatal through three years of age. Through Parents as Teachers, families receive monthly home visits, screenings, group connections and resource connections.

Outstanding Season for the Shawnee Mission East Boys Tennis Team
Shawnee Mission School District

It was another outstanding season for the Shawnee Mission East boys tennis team.

The team earned its third consecutive Kansas State Activities Association (KSHSAA) team championship.

The Lancer team also found success in singles and doubles competition including:

Gregor Wiedeman, sophomore, State Champion in Singles

Graham Faris, junior, Third Place in Singles

The Doubles team of Henry Bair and Jordan Jenkins, seniors, placed seventh.

The Doubles team of Jake Hanson, freshman, and George Kahl, sophomore, placed tenth.

Andy Gibbs, Shawnee Mission East Tennis Coach shared that the team’s approach this year was “one step at a time,” due to having many team members who were new to the game and building their skill.

“The team stepped up and this was especially exciting as they figured it out as the season went along,” Gibbs said.

The championship was the first opportunity for both doubles teams to compete in a state championship.  With doubles teams from last year graduating, it gave several players the opportunity to work as a team and grow. “Bair and Jenkins played their best at the state tournament and contributed to the championship win” Gibbs shared.

Wiedeman and Faris had a combined total of only four losses this season, with two of those being to each other.  They built on that strong record to finish their winning season.

Photos courtesy of Mac Moore/KSHSAA

Thank you SMSD
Shawnee Mission School District

This week brought the final day of school in the Shawnee Mission School District for the 2021-2022 school year.

As we wrap up the year, we thank all of our students, educators, families, and our supportive community for sticking together and for keeping us strong this year.

This year, we stayed committed to our priority: to keep students and staff safe and learning in school. We also remained focused on our strategic plan objective that every student will have a personalized learning plan that prepares them for college and career with the interpersonal skills they need for life success.

There is much to be proud of as we reflect on the 2021-2022 school year.

These are just a few examples:

  • Students in Tiffany Dixon’s class from Shawnee Mission West High School opened a new digital storefront at Oak Park Mall. Shoppers are able to scan a QR code and browse and make purchases in the online store. This is just one example of entrepreneurship and Real World Learning in the Shawnee Mission School District. This partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is helping prepare our students for college and career.
     
  • In partnership with NEA Shawnee Mission, the district launched Read Across SMSD. This district-wide initiative focused on reading celebrates books and honors our district-wide strategic plan belief that a community’s strength is derived from its diversity. Each month focused on a theme that inspired everything from classroom lessons to acts of service and even some dancing. Most of all, it prompted students and staff across the district to take time to read. Anyone looking for titles for a summer reading list can find information here and watch the related videos here
     
  • This year, all Shawnee Mission high schools gave students the chance to join Unified Bowling. This is part of Unified Sports, which brings opportunities for students of all abilities to play together. This year, SMSD Unified Bowlers were able to participate in the first state tournament. This was made possible through Special Olympics Kansas and the Kansas State High School Activities Association. In the spring, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard joined SMSD educators and students in a Polar Plunge to raise funds in support of Special Olympics and programs like Unified Sports.
     
  • During the school year, the Shawnee Mission School District proudly broke ground for the rebuilding of John Diemer Elementary and Pawnee Elementary. Westwood View Elementary is under construction and the school community is expected to move in this fall. These are all a part of the $264 million bond that passed in 2021 thanks to Shawnee Mission voters. Many projects have already been completed and more will be underway this summer. Click here for more information and updates.
     
  • This spring, the Shawnee Mission School District celebrated the 60th year of the Research and Development Forum with a two-week extravaganza. Student art, science, and career and technical education projects were on display for the entire community at the Center for Academic Achievement. This also was the second year of The Next Great Idea competition. Students were able to pitch an idea to judges for a chance to win money to advance their idea. This event was presented with gratitude for the Regnier Family, who has supported the R&D Forum for 60 years.
     
  • This week, the Shawnee Mission School District celebrated the Class of 2022. Nearly 2,000 students walked across the stage. This is a class of many achievements and as they move on to the next step, they do so with $2.1 billion in scholarship offers through the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Scholarship Shawnee Mission program. We invite you to watch the celebrations at each ceremony here.

In schools across this district, from Pre-K through senior year, our students and staff have been holding celebrations and reflecting on how they have grown over the past four quarters. They’ve been ringing bells, making displays in their school buildings to recognize progress, and have been handing out certificates and diplomas to commemorate this year of learning.

These celebrations honor the work all students and staff have done to help every student succeed. Thank you Shawnee Mission School District community for helping our students achieve their personal best.