May 20, 2022
A reminder that graduations will be held at the district’s Switzer Activities Complex (SWIDAC), 135th & Switzer. This centrally-located complex is well situated to host large-scale events and athletic competitions. If you are a graduate or a graduate’s family and have specific questions about graduation, please contact your school directly.
The district will livestream graduations to provide access to all who want to join in on the celebrations. The livestream link will go live 30 minutes before each scheduled commencement. Click here for the livestream link.
Class of 2022 graduation schedule:
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. – Blue Valley High
6:00 p.m. – Blue Valley Southwest
Sunday, May 22, 2022
1:00 p.m. – Blue Valley West
4:00 p.m. – Blue Valley Northwest
7:00 p.m. – Blue Valley North
Monday, May 23, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 18-21 Program Services Celebration
Ceremonies are subject to change due to weather. This announcement will be made by the school as well as on Blue Valley's social media and website at www.bluevalleyk12.org.
For more information, including alternative rain-out dates, visit the district website.
In Blue Valley, students are learning through a structured literacy approach that utilizes multisensory learning experiences.
Structured literacy concepts are taught in a way that allows students to form lasting connections to sounds, symbols and meaning in the brain. This approach is based on the science of reading, a thorough research body articulating how the brain learns to read and what it does as a person reads.
Structured literacy creates a diagnostic, explicit, systematic and cumulative learning process.
Read more in this week’s Learning Connection story about how students are learning literacy in Blue Valley.
The Learning Connection is a resource for all families, from those with children entering early learning to those with graduating seniors. The resource allows Blue Valley to engage with the community on an ongoing basis to expand families’ knowledge about the district’s learning and teaching initiatives.
Gladys Hernandez, Blue Valley CAPS custodian, was awarded the grand prize in Tennant Company's 3rd annual Custodians Are Key contest. Gladys was one of 12 finalists chosen from nearly 1,000 nominations from the US and Canada. The award includes a $15,000 prize package which includes $10,000 designated for CAPS.
Gladys was nominated by several CAPS colleagues. Tennant selected the nomination from Foundations of Medicine instructor Laura Benscheidt who pointed to Hernandez’s encouraging words for teachers and students and her willingness to give her time to help students as just a few of the many reasons she deserved the award. Congratulations Gladys!
“My first job that I ever applied for in my life was in Blue Valley. It was August and they needed a band director for this new high school they were opening.”
After joining the district in 1971, Suzanne “Sam” Stricklin has called Blue Valley home for the past 51 years.
As she gets ready to officially retire this month, we look back on Stricklin’s five decades of service and the impact she has made on countless BV students, staff members and music programs. Staff like Stricklin are the reason why Blue Valley is still the one!