Jaguar Journal

November 13, 2020

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


All K-12 students are required to select a 2nd semester learning mode by Nov.16th

Make your selection for second-semester learning mode by Nov. 16.

Second-semester learning mode selection is open through Nov. 16. Before making a selection, families are encouraged to learn more about the two learning modes, the process to make a selection and the adjustments to the VirtualED option.

  • There continue to be two choices of learning mode--in-person and all-virtual. How students attend school in the in-person mode depends on the activity of the COVID-19 virus and may include the full in-person, hybrid or distance learning formats. More information about in-person and all-virtual learning is available online.

  • ALL kindergarten through 12th grade students will need to select a learning mode for the second semester, regardless of the desire to change modes.

  • Families will have one window to make their second-semester selection. This window ends Monday, Nov. 16. Make your selection online today!

  • There will be some adjustments made to the all-virtual option, VirtualED. These changes are based on feedback from various stakeholder groups from the first semester. Review a description of VirtualED and changes for the second semester on the VirtualED web page.

  • Check out the latest episode of BV unmuted, where Superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan joins Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Innovation Kelly Ott to inform families about the learning mode choices available, changes being made for the second semester, and why the Nov. 16 deadline for selection is important.

  • For more detailed information, go to the Second Semester Learning Mode Selection web page.

Hybrid Calendar for November 2020

November 2020 Hybrid Calendar use the link for live updates.
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School Photos are in!

Students who had their school photos taken in October should have received them in their Advisory class this week, along with their Student ID. If a student does not have an Advisory class, they can pick up their photos at the reception desk with Mrs. Miller.

Picture Day for Virtual Students, Senior Last Chance, and retakes

  • November 19, 2020
  • Time: 3-7pm
  • Location: Hilltop Campus in the Burr Ridge and Lone Star rooms
  • Click here to schedule your appointment.



Interested in being part of a high-energy competitive group here at West? Looking for a group to belong to? Check out the 2020 BVW Winter guard! NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! Informational rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in November, in the BVW Commons from 5-8 PM. Want more information? Check with Mr. Love in the Band Room (648.)

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The Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society is accepting applications!

Mu Alpha Theta members must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed Algebra 2 OR currently enrolled in Algebra 2 or higher

  • Have a 3.5 minimum weighted GPA in their math courses

To apply, fill out this form. All applications are due on Saturday, November 28th by 11:59 pm. you have any questions, please email or

Applications for Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honors Society) are now open!

Click here Rho Kappa Application to apply. Applications will close at the end of the day November 25th. Contact t or with questions

Leo Club

Do you enjoy helping others in the community? Do you want to meet and volunteer with new people? If so, please plan on attending an informational meeting for Leo Club on Monday, November 16th at 3:30pm over Zoom.

Click this link to join the GroupMe where more information will be provided. New and returning members must attend this meeting in order to join Leo Club this school year.

Debate Shout Outs

Debate Results: KCKCC

  • Supta Das/Zakariya Ahmed—2nd place (now fully qualified to the Tournament of Champions!)

  • Samuel Wang/Puneet Bagga—2:3

Debate Results: Blue Valley High

  • Avery Vogel/Josh Tran—1st place, 4:0 and perfect speaker points!

  • Madeline Kirby and Rudrani Dutta—2nd place, 4:0 and perfect speaker points!

  • Arya Shah/Madison Coyne—3rd place, 3:1

  • Rebecca Xue/Cheryl Wang—7th place, 3:1

BV Femineer Information

Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering is excited to start a new cohort of Femineers this 2020-2021 academic year. The Femineer Program empowers K-12 female students to develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue majors and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. If you are interested in joining the program and have the qualifications, please fill out this application, scan it and return it to the Femineer Program advisor Karen Stohlmann at . The application due date November 20, 2020.

Senior Checklist

Here is your Senior Checklist Class of 2021! Please review this checklist weekly as it is continuously being updated as information becomes available.

Email material to if you are having difficulty with the Herff Jones site

Senior Goodie Bags

This is your last call to pick up your goodie bags!! Please do so by November 20th in the reception office with Mrs. Miller. Courtesy of our awesome PTO!
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Yearbook TO-DO List


Winter Sports Begin November 16th

Winter Sports Begin November 16th

Winter Sports start Monday! November 16th is the first day for boys and girls basketball, wrestling and boys swim and dive. If you are interested in participating and did not compete in a fall sport, you must complete and return the required Participation Packet prior to the 16th. The packet can be picked up in the office at West or downloaded from the BV West athletic website -


Please check our Counseling Canvas page weekly!

Counseling Canvas page is continuously being updated.

ACT Prep Program

The Princeton Review

Virtual College Rep Visits

Every year admissions representatives from colleges across the country come to Blue Valley West to meet with students and provide information about their institutions. This year these visits will be occurring but they will be held virtually. All college rep visits can be found in added daily. Please sign up in Naviance to attend any session you are interested in.

Naviance under the colleges tab. At the moment we have 40 visits scheduled.



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