Free Sports Physicals Nov. 2nd from 8-11 am for any of your athletes that may need one for the winter sports season.
Sept 25, 2020
Dr. Sherman's Email for September 25, 2020
I apologize for the long Friday emails. I have talked to a few parents for feedback. The consensus is that they would rather have all the information in one email instead of receiving multiple emails and trying to figure out where the information is. In addition, when I can I will send grade level specific information to those specific grades. Enjoy your weekend!
Please call the attendance office as early as possible if your student is ill or will be late due to an appointment. The Attendance Line is 993-6645. Please provide student name, spell last name, reason for absence and phone number where you can be reached. All absences need to be reported to the attendance line. The student emailing the teacher that he/she will not attend will not excuse his/her absence.
Keeping our Community Safe
We have asked members of the Shawnee Mission School District community (students and staff) to avoid participating in large gatherings, particularly where mask and social-distancing guidelines are not being followed. If you have participated in a large gathering, either indoors or outdoors, where (either)
- Masks are not worn, or
- Social distancing is not observed
Please quarantine for 14 days after the date of departure from the large gathering. We are seeing cases rise in our community and want to do all we can to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. Thank you for doing your part.
Any questions regarding COVID policies and procedures at SM East can be directed to our school nurse, Stephanie Ptacek, at email@example.com.
Sept 21 - 25 – Week Schedule (Remote):
Monday, September 28 – All students attend classes Hours 1, 2, 3, Seminar, 4
Tuesday, September 29 – All students attend classes Hours 5, 6, 7, Seminar
Wednesday, September 30 – All students attend classes Hours 1, 2, 3, Seminar, 4
Thursday, October 1 – All students attend classes Hours 5, 6, 7, Seminar
Friday, October 2 – All students attend all classes Hours 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Seminar, 6, 7
Although there will be no Homecoming dance this year, Student Council is pleased to announce that there will be a Homecoming Spirit Week and a Homecoming Royalty Court! Seniors will nominate candidates next week, and all East students will vote October 12th & 13th. The Court will be presented to their parents and live streamed for students on October 15th.
SM East Daily Announcements: https://smeast.smsd.org/about/daily-announcements
East Fund website: https://smeast.smsd.org/families/east-fund
PTSA Website: https://smeast.smsd.org/families/pta
Topics: General PTA Business, Approve 2020-2021 Budget, Canvas Informational Meeting -Kristoffer Barikmo.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6352469645
Please join our nationally recognized PTSA. Your support is greatly appreciated. https://smeast.smsd.org/families/pta
National PTA Reflections Art Contest:
Calling all Artisans: Film, Dance, Visual Arts, Music, Literature, Photography
Please compete and represent SME in this National PTA Reflections Arts Contest. Contest is open to all students 9-12
Reflections Arts Contest Theme: I Matter Because...
Contest Deadline: October 21, 2020, Wednesday at 2:45-3:30
Dee Wright will be at SME to log in art, writings and student entry forms.
Drop off location TBD: Either SME Lobby or Drive Up SME parking lot in front of flag pole
Entry form MUST be signed by both Student AND parent/guardian and include parent/guardian cell phone number, email and home address.
Student Entry Form
Questions? Contact Dee Wright. firstname.lastname@example.org SME PTSA Reflections Contest Chair
Good Luck Lancers
PSAT Testing Information
- Wed., Oct 14th, appx 7:30am-11:30am, at SME
- In-person only
- Limited space available: Although the exam is open to all juniors, the top priority for registration will be juniors who may be eligible for National Merit competition. To earn National Merit Semifinalist recognition, students must score in the top ½ of 1% of all students taking the test. Registration will be open to sophomores only after juniors have had the chance to register and there is still space available.
- Fee is $20
- COVID safety protocol includes completing a screening questionnaire, wearing masks during entire exam, physical distancing, and more. Registered students will receive additional details along with their room assignment after registration closes
- Registration opens Friday, Sept 25 on Total Registration
- For students who already have a Total Registration account, sign in.
- For students who don’t yet have an account, create an account first.
- Deadline to register is Fri., Oct 9 at 11:59 pm
- Study Guide: After registering, students may pick up a study guide (which includes a full length practice test) in the main office at SME
- To access the recording from the Sept 24 WebEx PSAT presentation, click here. The password is RgNxsfu2.
Practice ACT: Due to COVID restrictions, no standardized college admissions tests or practice tests will be offered at SME in person during fall 2020, aside from the PSAT. Stay tuned for possible opportunities in spring. For sophomores and juniors who would prefer to focus on ACT test prep or practice (instead of the PSAT) there are many test prep options available:
ACT Academy offers students a chance to take a full ACT practice test. You can also enter a previous ACT score and it will tailor prep for you.
Doorway to College / ZAPS. In-person instruction for ACT and SAT at SME, SMNW and other local sites
Peterson's Comprehensive site that includes college search and financial aid tools, along with test prep for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT.
PowerScore Highly reviewed and one of the fastest-growing test prep companies in the U.S.
Revolution Prep Highly rated professional tutoring.
Virtual college information opportunities:
- College Admissions Representatives – Virtual Visits
SME is now using RepVisits.com to schedule virtual visits with college representatives.
Visit dates and times are included in the daily announcements, along with a link to join the virtual visit on the scheduled date/time.
Only juniors and seniors may participate. Students should inform their teachers they will be missing class and are responsible for making up any work they miss during a visit with a college representative.
- Stanford is hosting a regional information session for students and families in the Kansas City area. Join us on Zoom to learn about academic opportunities, student life, the application process and financial aid from Stanford admission officers.
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CDT
- Registration is required! RSVP for here to save your spot! Zoom links will be sent immediately prior to each event. We welcome interested high school students and their families to join us.
U.S. Senate Youth Program application is now available
- Attention juniors and seniors: USSYP will be held in an online format, March 14-18, 2021
- Two students from each state will be selected and each will receive a $10,000 scholarship
- Eligibility: to apply, a student must hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire academic year:
- Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Student Council representative
- A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
- Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator
- If you are eligible and interested, click here for more information, including official rules and how to apply.
Due to ever-changing conditions regarding the COVID pandemic as well as limited office availability, we encourage all fees to be paid online through the SMSD portal. If you need to pay in person please contact our Bookkeeper to make an appointment @ 993-6610.
Online fee payment will be available September 4th, 2020. Please be sure to pay all mandatory fees as soon as fee payment is available. If there are is a course with a corresponding course fee that your student has dropped please email bookkeeping at email@example.com the student name, number and incorrect course. Bookkeeping will research and correct the entry if applicable.