Family and Student Services


The Department of Family and Student Services supports the improvement of the quality of life of families that directly supports the educational success of children. By connecting families with necessary school and community resources, we are able to support families as they work toward goals of self-sufficiency and stability.  

Dr. John McKinney
Director of Family & Student Services



SMSD Spotlight on Student Wellness


The Shawnee Mission School District has partnered with area agencies to host the first Spotlight on Student Wellness for parents and caregivers. The Spotlight on Student Wellness event will take place Wednesday, April 10th at SM Northwest High School (12701 West 67th Street Shawnee, KS 66216). 

A printable version of the event flier can be found here: 2019 Spotlight Flyer 

Una versión imprimible del folleto del evento se puede encontrar aquí: 2019 Spanish Spotlight Flyer 

Free childcare is available, please rsvp here: CHILDCARE RSVP 

Spotlight Schedule: 

5:00-5:30pm • Welcome, childcare check in, resource tables 

5:30-6:00pm • Keynote: Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Interventions featuring Tim DeWeese, Johnson County Mental Health 

6:15-6:45pm • Breakout Session 1 

6:50-7:20pm • Breakout Session 2

7:25-7:55 • Breakout Session 3 

Breakout Session Topics: 

  • Talking with Your Child About Sexting presented by Dr. Wes Crenshaw
  • Up in Smoke: The Truth about Vaping presented by Jamie Katz, Regional Prevention Center of Johnson County 
  • My Tummy Hurts: What to Know and When to Worry About Childhood Abdominal Pain presented by Dr. Natasha Burgert, MD, FAAP 
  • Supporting Youth Mental Health presented by Katherine Melton, Johnson County Mental Health 
  • How to Respond to Your Child's Needs presented by Gary Lasley and Cynthia Edmonson, Kids TLC 
  • He Only Plays By Himself presented by Braxton Baker, MS CCC-SLP, BCBA 
  • Communication Before Words: Creating Engagement at Any Level of Language presented by Braxton Baker, MS CCC-SLP, BCBA 
  • Sparking a Deeper Connection: Talking About Substance Use With Your Child presented by Margaux Guignon, First Call
  • Substance Use and the Young Mind presented by Margaux Guignon, First Call
  • Help, My Kid Asked About Sex! presented by Kristen Thomas, Open The Doors Coaching 
  • Eating Disorders 101: A Parent's Guide presented by Dr. Michaela Voss, Children's Mercy Eating Disorder Center