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You are Invited to the 2021 Fall Breakfast on Sept. 28
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District community is invited to the 2021 Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Fall Breakfast. Reservations can be made now!

Even as we work continue to work through obstacles and challenges, there are so many inspirational examples of students and staff working to ensure every student can achieve unlimited possibilities. These stories take center stage at the annual breakfast event.

This virtual event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. Click here to make your reservation online or call 913-993-9360.

The Fall Breakfast is always one of Shawnee Mission’s biggest salutes to the new year! Attendees will hear Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard’s vision for the district. Students and staff from across the district will also be sharing how they are reaching new heights and breaking down barriers for an even brighter future.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, and believing it to be the safest decision for the community and students, members of the Shawnee Mission Education Board of Directors and the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education moved the breakfast to an online event.

Keeping schools open and safe continues to be a top priority for the Shawnee Mission School District in the 2021-2022 school year.

“Although we will miss celebrating with our sponsors and community in person, be assured we will continue our tradition of celebrating the new school year and being energized by the stories of Shawnee Mission students and educators,” shared Kim Hinkle, executive director of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation.

Throughout the year, the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation advances scholarship and leadership to enable all Shawnee Mission students to achieve their full potential. Reservations for the Fall Breakfast help support Shawnee Mission students and staff through programs like Scholarship Shawnee Mission, Leadership Shawnee Mission, E2 Teacher Grants, and The Shawnee Mission Cares Fund. Please secure your reservation now!





Thank a Tradesperson on Sept. 17
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District is shining a spotlight on a group of skilled individuals who are #KeepingSMSDStrong. Sept. 17, 2021, is National Tradesperson Day.

Shawnee Mission’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team maintains the district’s 5.4 million square feet of interior building space and more than 800 acres of outdoor space throughout the year. It takes teamwork from the entire O&M Team, including the utilities department, grounds department, painting department, warehouse department, and building crafts department to keep the SMSD operating and maintained.

“Our staff members are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art facilities for the Shawnee Mission School District,” Judd Remmers, assistant director of facilities shared. “Our team works hard to ensure learning environments are safe, functional and appealing for students, staff, and our communities.”

Featured in the photos:

Amanda Odom serves as a pool technician for the SMSD, making sure pools are ready for student practice and competition. She said she enjoys working on pools and the opportunity to work in a job that keeps her active and busy.

Joe Applebury Has served as an electrician for the SMSD for 24 years. One of his favorite aspects of the job, he said, is the variety. Every day brings new problems to resolve across the district. “Each day you don’t know exactly what you are going to be doing,” he shared.

Sydney Gillett has painted buildings across the district for 40 years, saying he loves working in the schools. “We all try to do a good job,” Gillett shared. “If students have a nice, clean environment it helps them.”

Real World Learning Counselors Focus on College and Career Readiness
Shawnee Mission School District

There is one person in particular Kendall Beach is thankful to be working with during senior year: a Real World Learning Counselor.

“I was so excited to have someone who can help me figure all of this out, from a college application to maybe some hands-on experience in one of my interest areas,” Beach, a Shawnee Mission East student shared. “I wish Ms. Merriman was here when I was a freshman.”

Jodee Merriman is the Real World Learning (RWL) counselor for SM East Lancers. She joins four other RWL counselors across the district to support students in preparing for college and careers. This year, the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) added the position of RWL counselor to each high school’s counseling team.

“Our strategic plan focuses on college and career readiness for all students, and these counselors will concentrate on helping students in all aspects of their future,” Dr. Michelle Hubbard, superintendent, noted.

The RWL counselors are focused on college credit and are the internal resource for RWL within each building. While many students are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, there are many additional untapped opportunities for students. They include more than 100 free classes worth credit for high school students at Johnson County Community College (JCCC).

Earning an associate degree along with other certificates and credentials are also options for high school students at JCCC.

The Real World Learning counselors are also expanding work experience opportunities. They have been touring businesses who are offering internships such as Mission Veterinary Emergency Services and Overland Park Auto Clinic.

“Giving students experience in their career field of interest is a huge benefit for both the student and the businesses,” Erica Jablonski, RWL counselor at SM Northwest noted.  “Students have an opportunity to job shadow or do an internship and if they love it, that’s great. But equally valuable, if they find out they really don’t like it, think of the time and money saved on college and they can pivot to another interest area.”

Client-connected projects also provide RWL experiences where a student or teams of students can participate in meaningful, resume-worthy work. Britt Sherer, RWL counselor and former Social Studies teacher at SM North, is working with the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Museum on a “student takeover” of the museum.

“I am excited about including our core classes in RWL opportunities, the ideas and possibilities are limitless,” Sherer said.

“We are a community resource here for the students. If they want to develop an exhibit it can provide experiences in storytelling, design, marketing, event-planning and other valuable learning skills,” Leah Palmer, curator of education at the museum shared.

Recently the RWL counselors visited the Johnson County Community College (JCCC) campus. They toured the new Fine Arts Design Studios and the Welding, Construction, Machining Technology Building. The counselors are working with liaisons at JCCC to connect students with a wide variety of courses available to high school students that support their career interests.

The school district, along with nearly 50 school districts across the greater Kansas City metro are partnering with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on the Real World Learning initiative.

The region-wide goal is by 2030 all high school students will graduate with a diploma and a Market Value Asset (MVA). MVAs are identified as specific work opportunities or accreditations that contribute to student success in work and learning beyond graduation. MVAs include:

1.     Work Experiences

Client-Connected Projects

Internships or Apprenticeships

2.     Dual-College Credit

3.     Industry-Recognized Credentials

4.   Entrepreneurial Experiences

“Having a dedicated college and career counselor is already making an impact on students’ futures,” Dr. Ryan Flurry, CAA and CTE principal and CTE coordinator said. “Students have a better understanding of and equitable opportunities inside and outside the district.”

National Merit Program Honors Shawnee Mission Seniors
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District is proud to recognize the Shawnee Mission seniors named semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

These students took the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists were selected nationwide. These semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, according to a release from the National Merit program.

The following students earned semifinalist distinction and will have an opportunity to advance in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $30 million that will be offered next spring.

Shawnee Mission East

Kurt Cronenwett

Sam Huntley

Kenneth McCullough

Emily Moseley

Ibrahim Sufi

Andrew Ward


Shawnee Mission Northwest

Lincoln Bartelt

Nathaniel Hollman

Alexa Magstadt


Shawnee Mission South

Megan Bogner

Clinton McKenzie


Shawnee Mission West

Benjamin Phillips

Tyler VanDeventer


Apply Now for Paraeducator and Aide Positions in the SMSD
Shawnee Mission School District

Would you like to help students in our community achieve their personal best?

You can do that by joining the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) Special Education Team. The SMSD is currently seeking paraeducators and aides to serve in our schools.

Click here to apply.

These positions offer benefits such as:
School Hours
Paid Holidays
Free Fitness Center
On-Site Health Facility
Health Insurance
Retirement Plan
Paid Sick Leave