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National Testing Day

National Testing Day

Nathan Judd, Reporter

October 18, 2019

National testing day is on Wednesday October 16th. Freshmen are taking the pre ACT, Sophomores are taking the PSAT, and juniors are either taking the practice ACT or the PSAT to qualify for National Merit Scholarship. “I would recommend that they get a good night's sleep and that they eat breakfast...

Preview of October 14th Board Meeting

Preview of October 14th Board Meeting

Evan Shibel, Asst. Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor

October 14, 2019

With an extremely significant board meeting on the horizon this evening, October 14th, 2019, here is what you need to know. With teachers’ first pay period  that is supposed to be under the new contract negations ending this past Friday at the end of quarter and contract negotiations still under scr...

African Government Officials Shadow French Students

African Government Officials Shadow French Students

Gini Horton and Elias Henderson

September 25, 2019

Walking at a quick pace, students led African government officials through the school. The government officials were anybody from lawyers to law enforcement.There were 25 in all, including four interpreters. Students led four groups on tours of the school, to sit in and watch a government class, a...

New Non-Discrimination Policy Creates Unease Throughout District

New Non-Discrimination Policy Creates Unease Throughout District

Evan Shibel, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

September 18, 2019

On Monday, September 16th, the SMSD Board of Education revised their non discrimination policy to include the LGBTQ+ community. This is an incredibly controversial topic and brought out many protests to the stand. The board passed the new policy 7-0 despite many opponents using strong language to speak...

Homecoming Court 2019

Homecoming Court 2019

Gini Horton and Alma Harrison

September 12, 2019

All nominees are named from left to right. Homecoming King Nominees Julian Duff is a head section leader in marching band, a member of Student Council and a member of the tennis team. Sam Aldeguer is the president of National Honor Society, a Varsity swim and dive captain and a member of In...

Brookwood Beavers United

Brookwood Beavers United

Ansley Chambers and Alma Harrison

September 11, 2019

Brookwood Elementary students entered school through the back the morning of Wed., Sep. 11. They walked over wet grass to meet with their friends while parents stood by, listening to students from Shawnee Mission South’s pep band playing upbeat music like the fight song and “September” by Earth, W...

Construction Chaos

Construction Chaos

Sarah Oldhe, Reporter

August 30, 2019

  Construction over summer tore up the old parking lot and workers paved a new one. The new lot layout has brought major changes to the way traffic flows. There are separate circle drives for buses and parents picking up their students. The goal is to minimize congestion and help students get...

Counseling Conundrum

Counseling Conundrum

Gini Horton, Web Editor

August 28, 2019

The summer started with chaos as students got their schedules and rushed to get them changed through a Google form sent out by the counseling center before the August 2 deadline. Some had incomplete schedules, some had classes they weren’t supposed to be in and some just didn’t like their schedule. “The...

Proposed policy could restrict student journalists’ rights

Proposed policy could restrict student journalists’ rights

The Patriot Editorial Staff

June 24, 2019

The first reading of a new district policy was done at the Shawnee Mission School District board meeting on Monday, June 24. The proposal would give the school and district the opportunity to restrict student publication, including the printing of controversial subjects – an important aspect of jour...

KC Scholars

KC Scholars

Annalie Polen, Reporter

May 2, 2019

On May first, a few hard working students received very big news concerning their future at a ceremony accepting them into the KC Scholars program. KC Scholars is an organization formed from the Kauffman Foundation that  gives college scholarships that create life- changing opportunities to improve the fu...

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