Weekly Announcements

SME News and Events for October 21- 25

Monday, Oct. 21 – East Area Choral Festival in Main Gym at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Evening Conferences in Main and Aux. Gyms from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 25 – No School, Conferences from 7:20am to 3:20pm

SM East Daily Announcements:  https://smeast.smsd.org/about/daily-announcements

SM East Building Calendar:  https://smeast.smsd.org/about/calendar

SFL Sports Calendar:  https://www.sunflowerleague.org/public/genie/403/school/12/

East Fund website:  http://www.theeastfund.org/

PTSA website:  https://smeast.smsd.org/families/pta

**Nov. 1 deadline for Advanced Placement (AP) test registration:  As previously announced, College Board has made important changes to the AP registration and payment timeline for 2019-20. Students must register and pay for exams online no later than November 1st. Any registrations made after Nov. 1st will incur a late fee. (Exams will still be given in May.)  Students register through their AP classrooms in their MyAP account, and then pay online at Total Registration. More info on Testing web page.

**East Fund Auction: SME East Fund Auction Indian Hills Country Club - November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm East Fund Auction 2019.pdf 

**Student Services:

ATTENTION SOPHOMORES:  We are looking for an outstanding SME sophomore to attend the Hugh O’Brien (HOBY) Leadership Seminar from June 4-7, 2020.  This is an application process.  A scholarship committee will select the winner and an alternate from the submitted applications. If the winner is unable to attend, the alternate will attend the seminar. (If space is available, the alternate may also be able to attend and would be required to pay the seminar fee.)

If you are interested in applying please email or schedule an appointment with Traci Ybarra (Counselor)   traciybarra@smsd.org   The application is due Friday, November 22.  See more information at the HOBY

**FROM SHARE, SME's Student Volunteer Service Organization...


With last-minute signups and flexible project hosts, a total of 363 seniors (or 88% or the class) served our community for more than 1300 hours and have a better understanding of the needs that exist, the organizations that meet those needs, and the shoes they'll need to fill someday! See the album here

  • FRESHMEN...Help us "Haunt the Hallways" 4-6pm on Sunday, Oct. 27th! SHARE's Freshmen Connection is hosting an indoor "trunk or treat" in the SME cafeteria for SMSD school kids from schools we mentor. Host a table with a few friends (supply your own candy to hand out, decorate a table and dress up...prize for best decor!) Or just help haunt the hallways around the cafeteria. Fun for everyone! Fill out this form to sign up for either! Contact Piper Benjamin, Emerson Bihuniak, Grace Knoff, Anna Mitchell, Fritz Sullivan or Aidan Winne with questions/ideas!
  • See the SHARE website here for volunteer requests and other opportunities! 

**PTSA Info:

**Membership:  It’s not too late to join!  College Clinic was a huge success largely due to our community joining our fabulous PTSA.  Please join!  IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN.pdf 

**Reflections Contest:  Calling all Student Artisans - National Arts Competition

Represent SME and compete in:  Film, Dance, Visual Arts, 3D, Jewelry, Pottery, Fashion Design, Music Composition, Singing, Literature - Essay, Poem, Spoken Word, Photography, Mixed Media

National PTA Reflections Arts Contest Theme:  Look Within

Contest Deadline - October 30th, 2019 Wednesday - 2:45 - 3:30

Hand-In Location - SME front Lobby by officer check in window

For Student Entry form and Rules - Contact:  Dee Wright at christlwright@aol.com

From PTSA Legislative Chair


Every Year Is An Election Year—VOTE!

Turnout in the last local election in 2017 was only 17%. Let’s be honest…that’s disappointing. Make a plan to vote on November 5! In addition to other important races and a constitutional amendment on the ballot, this year all SMSD families have the opportunity to vote for the at-large Board of Education position (currently held by Brad Stratton who is running unopposed), while families living in the South, North, and Northwest areas will vote for a new Board member to represent their area. PTA does not endorse candidates but encourages everyone to register (by October 15) and to vote with PTA priorities in mind on Nov. 5. 

What’s on My Ballot

You can see your sample ballot on the Johnson County Election Office website. Or, for an interactive experience, check out the voter guide at ksballot.org. Here you can find all of the races/measures on your ballot and access links to candidate Facebook pages, websites, and other helpful research information. You can also select your preferred candidates to create a sample ballot that you can print or email to take with you to the polls. Additionally, the site provides early voting dates, times, and locations, as well as election day information, allowing you to create a calendar event and truly make a plan to vote. It’s simple, easy, and makes voting kind of fun!

Vote Early by Mail or In Person

Don’t let something unexpected prevent you from voting on election day! To vote by mail, fill out your mail ballot request at www.ksvotes.org before 5:00 on October 29. Once you receive your ballot, do your research, fill it out, stamp it and send it in! There’s nothing like voting from the comfort of your own home!

Early in-person voting begins on Monday, Oct 28. During the week most polling locations are open from 10:00-7:00 and on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00-3:00. Early voting locations and exact times can be found here. With so many options, there really is no excuse not to vote! 

Candidate Forums

Both SMAC PTA and the Shawnee Mission Post recently hosted Board of Education Candidate Forums. These forums are a great way to learn about the candidates. You can watch the video of the SMAC PTA event here and the Shawnee Mission Post event here. The Shawnee Mission Post has also been hosting forums for many other races (e.g. city councils, etc.) that will be on our ballots this fall. You can find those by looking at the videos section of the SMP Facebook page.

**Vaping and Health Risks to Youth:  Please read the following link in regard to vaping and youths, very informational:

Resource for Quitting: https://teen.smokefree.gov/quitvaping?utm_source=The%20Real%20Cost&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=ENDS

**Bullying Resources: 

And remember, it's always a great day to be a Lancer!