Jaguar Journal

April 30, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


Congratulations to Abihith Kothapalli and Aishani Saxena!

We are pleased to inform you that Blue Valley West high school students, Abihith Kothapalli and Aishani Saxena, were selected to advance to the final round of the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars. From nearly 3.6 million graduating high school seniors, over 6,500 students are identified as candidates in the program, and 625 semifinalists have been selected from across the country from which 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen. The achievements of these outstanding students deserve acknowledgement!

Finals for 9th - 11th grade (full days)

  • Wednesday, May 26 5th and 7th block

  • Thursday, May 27 2nd, 4th, and 6th block

  • Friday, May 28 1st and 3rd block

Finals for Seniors (full days)

  • Wednesday, May 18 5th and 7th block

  • Thursday, May 19 2nd, 4th, and 6th block

  • Friday, May 20 1st and 3rd block (early release)

Parent Canvas Tip

The best way to check on student grades is by accessing the website. This resource shows you how to do this and what you will have access to view. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what you do not have access to as well. NOTE: The Parent Canvas app provides a quick surface-level view.

Free BVW Jaguar shirt

Did you miss out on getting a free BVW Jaguar shirt from SAFE last month? Stop by the police office and say HI and we can give you one! These shirts are red and have “BVW” on the front with a jaguar and the back says Seatbelts Are For Everyone. And as always…. Don’t forget to wear your seatbelt and don’t drive distracted!

S.A.F.E. (Seatbelts Are For Everyone)

Happy almost end of the year students! It is that time again for the S.A.F.E. (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) campaign to come to an end. S.A.F.E is a teen-run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen restraint compliance through education, positive rewards and enforcement. It is designed to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seatbelt, therefore reducing the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Kansas teens.

In place of our standard procedures, an anonymous 3 question survey has been designed by the S.A.F.E. state program for all students to complete. This survey does not ask for your name, nor does it record who is completing the survey. Its sole purpose is to provide us with the data we need.

Please CLICK HERE to complete this anonymous survey by May 1, 2021.

Don’t forget, if you want to join S.A.F.E. to receive cool prizes, hand out cool prizes, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HELP SPREAD AWARENESS AND SAVE LIVES, we are in need of more students for the 2021-2022 school year. Please stop by the Police Office if you are interested or have any questions!

Thank you so much and remember, our door is always open for you to come and see us!

Officer Cara Stock

Blue Valley Campus Police Department


Yearbook Distribution

Yearbook distribution will take place:

  • May 14, for seniors

  • May 21 for grades 9, 10, and 11

Students with an in-person ELA class will receive a ticket in the coming weeks that they’ll redeem for a book on their distribution day. Students with an on-line ELA class will receive email notification. Keep reading the Jaguar Journal and checking social media, @bvwspotlight on Twitter and @bvwillumination on Instagram, for details.

Cricket Club

Please fill out the following google form if you are interested in joining the Cricket Club.

BVW Repertory Theatre

The BVW Repertory Theatre will perform two plays the week of May 5-8.

On May 5 and May 7 at 7:00, we present the play THE TIN WOMAN by Sean Grennan. This play written in 2015 centers around Joy, the young recipient of a heart transplant, and the Borden family, whose loss of their son Jack enabled Joy to receive a new heart. Love, loss, rejection, and acceptance are all themes of this heartwarming play.

On May 6 and May 8 at 7:00, we present the classic comedy THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon. This classic comedy centers around two suddenly single pals — laid-back sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison and uptight, fastidious news writer Felix Ungar— who strain their friendship by becoming roommates and unconsciously repeating the same mistakes they made in the marriages they just left.

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BVW Dance Team Crimson Cats Tryout Information

Complete this INTEREST FORM for 2021-2022 Season. Important Dates to remember:

  • Tuesday, April 13th at 6:30pm, Parent meeting, in the Little Theater

  • Monday, May 10th 3:45-6:00pm, Clinic is being held in the Commons

  • Thursday, May 13th at 6:00pm, Auditions are in the Aux Gym

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2021 Color Guard Clinics and Auditions

We are ready for YOU to join our team! NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Clinics will be held in the BVW GYM on Thursday, May 6th from 7pm-8:30pm AND Thursday, May 13th from 7pm-8:30pm

Auditions will be held in the BVW GYM on Tuesday, May 18th from 7pm-8:30pm

Please be sure to wear a black tank top or t-shirt, black shorts or leggings, socks with tennis shoes and be sure your hair up and out of your face.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR CLINICS AND AUDITIONS PRIOR TO MAY 6TH? Work on your flexibility and be sure to try to jog about 1 mile without stopping. Our fall and spring seasons are FUN though we can work at a fast pace so we don't want you to be too out of breath while performing.

**PARENT MEETING: THURSDAY, MAY 6TH from 7pm-8:30pm to go over team schedule, potential fees, "what is color guard?" and have the opportunity to meet current parents to meet and answer questions.**

What exactly is color guard? Check out the video!

If you have any questions please contact Melissa Mills at

JUNIORS - Class of 2022 Checklist & Timeline


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Senior Signing Ceremony

Our Senior College Signing ceremony for student-athletes will be Friday, April 3oth - 12:30 in the BV West gymnasium. Attendance is limited to immediate family, but we will livestream the event so others can watch. All seniors were sent a link today to complete with their bio, so please remind your senior to check their school email and complete the form. If you have any questions, please email Cindy Roach at

Spring Sports Spectator Guidelines

The Blue Valley School District has announced that we will be allowing full attendance at all of our outdoor events this spring. Blue Valley District guidelines require that ALL spectators be masked up at all times and in all venues - indoors and outdoors. Please be respectful of the mask requirement to help keep everyone as safe as possible. For specific details for each sport, please click Spectator Guidelines

Athletics Calendar and Notifications

All athletic schedules can be found on our league website at or on the school website, by sport. On the EKL website, you can subscribe to receive notifications of changes, updates or cancellations. It is a great way to find out about any changes as soon as they are made on the site. Questions? Contact Cindy Roach - Athletic Director or 913-239-3770.

Summer Camp Information

Our summer camp calendar is almost ready for publication! We will have it online and send you the link no later than the April 30th issue of the JAG Journal.


Counseling Canvas Page Update

The counseling canvas page has been updated and now includes a page for student opportunities. Please check this on occasion as it includes summer opportunities, along with job and volunteer opportunities.

Amazon Smiles

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