DR. SHERMAN'S WEEKLY EMAIL
November 20, 2020
**Congratulations to the following band students who earned spots in the ECKMEA All-District Honor Orchestra and Choir.
2020-2021 ECKMEA High School Honor Orchestra
Jerald Young (12th) Violin
Alex Daon (12th) Cello
Dylan Sutherland (11th) Cello
Valerie Hsiung (9th) Violin
2020-2021 ECKMEA High School Honor Choir
Annie Elmore (12th)
Iris Hannon (12th)
**Thank you from STUCO: Thank you to all the parents, teachers, and students who donated to this year's Coat and Toy Drive for the Johnson County Christmas Bureau (JCCCB)! All of the donations are greatly appreciated in order to make this holiday season a successful one during these unusual times.
**2nd semester Learning Modes Choice: Now that we have experienced a semester of new instruction during a pandemic, it is now time to choose your learning model for 2nd semester. Please read the attached information if you would like to change your learning model for 2nd semester. Due to class size limits and available classes and staff, it will not be possible to change to a different learning model after second semester begins. Parents who do not want to change their student’s learning model do not need to complete the form.
** 2021 Mail-In Bond Election in the SMSD
Our Shawnee Mission community is looking toward the future. Click here to learn more about the SMSD mail-in bond election coming in Jan. 2021. Residents will soon be asked to consider a bond proposal, designed to provide lasting facilities improvements and to strengthen student learning. View a video overview about the proposed bond here.
The Board of Education, unanimously approved a resolution to place a $264.2 million bond proposal on a mail ballot this January.
The goal is that the Shawnee Mission School District can continue to be ranked among the finest school districts in the nation, employing exceptional educators who work in state-of-the-art facilities, where learners achieve their full potential.
**East Fund: No Auction this year, no problem. Please support the East Fund by choosing this link: East Fund Letter.pdf
**SME Student Store: Shop SME this holiday season! New student-made merchandise at SME student store!
** Senior Shirts Class of 2021: Order your senior shirts for the holidays at: class of 2021.pdf
November 23 – 27 – No School, Thanksgiving Break
Nov 30 – Dec 4 – Week Schedule (Remote):
Monday, November 30 – All students attend classes remotely Hours 1, 2, 3, Seminar, 4
Tuesday, December 17 – All students attend classes remotely Hours 5, 6, 7, Seminar
Wednesday, December 18 – All students attend classes remotely Hours 1, 2, 3, Seminar, 4
Thursday, December 19 – All students attend classes remotely Hours 5, 6, 7, Seminar
Friday, December 20 – All students attend remotely Hours 1-7 and Seminar
SM East Daily Announcements: Click here for the Daily Announcements
SME Counseling Calendar: https://smeast.smsd.org/students/counseling/counseling-calendar
East Fund website: https://smeast.smsd.org/families/east-fund
PTSA website: https://smeast.smsd.org/families/pta
SME Cheer Fundraiser: Support the Lancer cheerleaders and buy an SME sweatshirt or a crop top! Deadline to order is November 30 and all profits will go the SME Cheer Boosters. Just go to the link below to order. Thank you from the Cheer Boosters! Cheer Fundraiser 2020.png
**Clothing Exchange: Clothing Exchange is NOW OPEN --Thursday evenings - 4pm-7pm - Details are in attached flyer with FREE sock/underwear guidelines, shopping guidelines, along with COVID shopping guidelines. The Clothing Exchange is seeking 1-2 volunteers per shift - Thursdays from 4-7pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Clothing Exchange Open.pdf
PTSA Contest: Calling all writers, poets, spoken word creators, we need you to compete and represent SME in:
The 2020-2021 Kansas PTA Citizenship Writing Contest
- Contest Details: Essay or Poem
- Theme: “Caring for my Community Looks Like...”
- Contest Rules: https://1fbe9af7-9ed8-4403-a2a5-f1652837196f.filesusr.com/ugd/ba1111_1884594f7a074b709b279caaf413db38.pdf
- Student Entry: https://1fbe9af7-9ed8-4403-a2a5-f1652837196f.filesusr.com/ugd/ba1111_492150f0956c4363b1d73e698693fcbe.pdf
- Deadline: December 7, 2020 midnight
Submit Writings to: Dee Wright. email@example.com
Subject 2020-2022 SME Citizenship Writing Contest - your name
Please email me if you intend on entering the contest.
Good Luck Lancers!
Beginning in mid-November, students in 7th through 12th grade will be involved in generating their individual YouScience Profile.
YouScience is a researched-based tool with a goal to identify your student’s interests and aptitudes and connect them with in-demand careers. Through a series of scientific-based assessments, YouScience uncovers your student’s natural talents, then combines those aptitude measures with interests to generate their specific profile. High school student exercises will take 90 minute and be done in five-15-minute segments over two to three days. The scientific-based assessments will include exercises related to a variety of focus areas such as numerical reasoning, vocabulary, interpersonal style, etc.
An overview of YouScience may be seen on Canvas here: https://smsd.instructure.com/courses/22427
or on the district website here: https://www.smsd.org/academics/stu-rs/youscience
Your student’s profile will provide powerful and actionable insight that can be applied to their academics. There is also practical information, like what they can expect to get paid for a specific profession. The profile includes:
- Your Aptitudes
- Best Career Fits
- Essay & Resume Help
- Find a College
Your student’s YouScience Profile will travel with them throughout their SMSD career. Depending when they begin the process, they may take the tests again, for example a seventh-grade student would retake the assessments in high school. YouScience is funded through a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is part of our strategic plan to prepare every student for college and career. Please direct questions to your school’s counseling office.
NEW! The Student Services and Counseling department now has a calendar that includes important events and deadlines. College representative virtual visits are also posted there. Go to the SME Student Services / Counseling website and click on the first item, “Counseling Department Calendar and Events.”
Attention Juniors: FREE February ACT Registration opens TODAY. DEADLINE is Nov 20.
- This is a REAL ACT and is FREE.
- Exam will be given in person at SME on the morning of Tuesday, February 23rd to all juniors who register. There are no online options for this exam.
- Juniors who are testing will be excused from classes on the morning of Feb. 23rd. More details about testing locations, etc., will be sent in February to students who register.
- Registration is in Skyward (student access only---parents may not register through the Parent skyward access). Click here for more information and directions.
- Juniors who do not wish to take the ACT may take the ACT WorkKeys assessment instead. It is also free and will be offered the next day, Wednesday Feb. 24th. For information about the benefits of each test, click here.
- For general information about the ACT and/or to register and pay for one of the Saturday test sessions offered at other locations, see the ACT website.
KC BIZFEST Applications due December 11th!
The online application is now open for KC BIZFEST, a scholarship competition for Latinx juniors and seniors. This is a four-day competition that is business-focused. Students participate in a virtual conference-style event for three days where they learn how to write a business plan. On the fourth day of the competition, students present their business plans to panels of judges, and the top students receive scholarship money. Students will need one recommendation letter, so plan ahead and ask your recommender now, so they have plenty of time to write your letter. LINK TO APPLICATION: https://www.cognitoforms.com/KCKPS1/KCBizFest2021
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.
- Virtual College Fairs Create an account to access a variety of virtual college fairs through 2020-21, sponsored by NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Essay Contest: John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage
Open to grades 9-12. First place winner receives $10,000. Deadline is Jan 15. For more information, see the Profile in Courage website
Seniors: Counselors want to connect with you and find out about your plans for after high school. In particular, if you have college deadlines coming up soon (in November) and need a transcript or counselor recommendation, we need to know right away!
- Please check out our College FAQ website for valuable information about transcripts, applying to college, recommendations, test scores, and more.
- To find your counselor’s email, see our Contacts page.
Second Semester Schedules
1. In-Person or Remote? Students will be scheduled in 2nd semester in their current learning model (In-Person or Remote). If you want to change from your current learning model for 2nd semester, you must submit the request in Skyward Family Access no later than November 30. Instructions for making the change have been sent to families via email. For more information about the two models, click here.
2. Check your course requests in Skyward now. Students should check Future Scheduling in Skyward to see their requested 2nd semester courses, which counselors will try to schedule for them in December.
3. To request a course change: If students would like to change one of their course requests, they should email their counselor as soon as possible, but no later than Dec. 16. (Please note that schedules have not yet been created or finalized, so some requested changes may not be possible.)
4. Check your email for messages from your counselor in December and January. Due to the need to modify our master schedule to include Remote courses for 2nd semester, many students' schedules will need to be rearranged (for both the In-Person and Remote programs). This will require course substitutions for many students. Students may receive an email from their counselor asking for their input on course options and should respond promptly, for the best chance of getting the electives they want.
5. Student schedules will not be final and available for viewing in Skyward until sometime in January.
6. Enrollment Resources. For lists of courses for each grade level, and complete course descriptions, grade levels, prerequisites, and fees, please consult the SME Enrollment Resources website. IMPORTANT: Some of the courses listed will NOT be available due to staffing and class sizes.
It’s always a GREAT Day to be a Lancer!