Jaguar Journal

December 10, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!



December Rep Show Ticketing Information

  • BVW Rep Theatre

  • "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life"--LIVE RADIO PLAYS by Joe Landry

  • Friday and Saturday, December 10-11

  • 7:00 pm

  • All seats $8

  • Tickets available at

Join us as we share these beloved holiday classics in the format of a live vintage radio broadcast. The stories of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the idealistic George Bailey unfold before your eyes and ears with the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to life with their voices while our sound effect artists and musicians set the scene. We hope you'll make our show a part of your holiday plans!

DECA Chipotle Fundraiser

DECA Chipotle Fundraiser is happening on Monday, December 13 4:00-8:00 pm at the 151st and Antioch location. We appreciate any support. If you order online, please use promo code VJHQFKG at checkout so a portion of the sale is donated to us! We'll see you there!

Traveling Out of the Country Information

This important message is for any families or staff that will travel out of the United States during the school year. Please click here to read the restrictions and recommendations for Out of the Country travel. *Canvas, Classlink, and email are not accessible out of the country unless you have a personal device with a VPN on it.

BV Influenza Guidelines

Recommended Influenza Guidelines for Blue Valley Students per the Johnson County Health Department & the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, Public Health Informatics, and the Johnson County Health Depart has made changes to the Requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Infectious or Contagious Diseases in relation to Influenza as of May 2018.

The change to the Requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Infectious or Contagious Diseases in Influenza came about from the determination of the length of the contagiousness being between 5-7 days. The isolation period supports the control of communicable disease. The new regulations state;

• For each person with a confirmed flu diagnosis shall remain in home isolation for five days following onset of illness or for the duration of illness if the case is immune-compromised, except when seeking medical care.

In the school setting a diagnosis of an Influenza, any strain, most commonly strain A or B requires the verification from a MD, DO, NP, or PA. The verified diagnosis would lead to a recommended five-day home isolation beginning from the date reported of the onset of the illness. The date of isolation begins on the onset of illness reported, NOT THE DATE OF DIAGNOSIS. If fever persists for more than 5 days, continue exclusion until 24 hours fever free. The use of antiviral medications/antibiotics does not change the days recommended to be in isolation.

Seal of Biliteracy for Seniors

Seniors received information about the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy via email communication November 29. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please review the Seal of Biliteracy website for detailed information. If you would like to participate, the Seal of Biliteracy Student Intent Form must be submitted by the end of day Friday, Dec 17, 2021.

Library Reminder

Through the library website, students have access to online journals, magazines and encyclopedias. Go to to click the red box, Databases. Accessing the databases from home requires a password. Send us an email or reach out via our Libchat to request the password.

Fostering a Safe Environment

Blue Valley Schools is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around all of our schools. Through the convergence of physical and intellectual security measures, we are continuously working to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a wide range of emergencies. Please check out available ways to report safety concerns.

Johnson County Youth Court

Do you like to debate? Are you interested in a law career? Do you need community service hours? Johnson County Youth Court might be a good fit for you! What is youth court? Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the formal juvenile justice system in which juvenile offenders are sentenced by their peers. The goal of Youth Court is to reduce the number of youth entering the court system by providing early intervention to youth who are truant or commit first time minor offenses. Youth volunteers participate in the roles of: prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges, jury members, and bailiffs. If that sounds like a fun thing to do, stop by the Police Office and talk to Officer Stock or Officer Harrison to get signed up!

Creating the best possible Blue Valley high school experience

Blue Valley has a unique opportunity this year to study the high school experience with the goal of creating a comprehensive experience that leads to increased student personalization and ownership of learning.

The High School Study Committee, made up of high school teachers and administrators across the district, will study high school programming and spend time learning more about what we want for our students. Committee members from Blue Valley West include Katie Bonnema, Anna Dunn, Courtney Grimaldi, Paige Lankford and Aimee Price.

The study committee solicited student focus group feedback to help identify the five action teams which will meet regularly over the next two months:

  • Graduation requirements: Investigate what Blue Valley requires of its graduates and make any recommendations related to graduation requirements.

  • Defining high school success: Identify some accountability measures in our redesign process.

  • Real-World Learning Opportunities: Work closely with those leading the BV Edge work and establish a plan to deliver real-world learning opportunities to all students.

  • Strategically Agile High School System: Make recommendations that inject more flexibility and agility into high school programming and the high school experience.

  • Relevant & Authentic Instruction: Make recommendations related to instructional strategies, feedback/assessment policies and grading.

As high school families, your insight and feedback are valuable. Throughout the study, there will be opportunities for all high school students, staff members and families to offer feedback. Stay tuned for more information about the study and feedback opportunities later this semester.

SENIOR NEWS Class of 2022

Prom 2022

Has been tentatively scheduled for April 9, 2022. Details to follow at a later date!
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Class of 2022 Senior Year Events & Checklist HERE

View deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!


BVW PTO Winter Congrats Ads

Blue Valley West PTO is selling $20 Congrats Ads for Winter Sports Directory. Directories will be full color and feature team rosters, coaches information, schedules, congrats ads, and MORE! This directory will be a great keepsake for students that will each receive one if involved in Winter Sports. Funds received from Congrats Ads pay to produce the directory and provide funds for staff and students grants, scholarships, and activities. Please share with other family and friends that might want to also purchase a Congrats Ad for their favorite Jaguar! The link to purchase is on the BVW PTO website and below:

PTO Grants

BVW PTO supports students in every aspect of their BVW school life. This fall your PTO gave over $7,000 in grants to buy easels for the library, books for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club, a robotic kit for the engineering class, and vacuum cleaners for the LIFT classroom. We also supported the bowling team, basketball team, and PE classes with new training equipment. Please visit the PTO website at to see the other great programs your PTO supports.

Stadium Blankets

The BVW PTO will hold a pick up event on December 15th, 2021 between 3PM to 6PM in the commons at BVW. All the pre ordered stadium blanket can be picked up during that time.

We also accept the new orders in the event or online, and here is the online order form link:

Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student

Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!

Interested in Open PTO Positions?

Interested in Open PTO Positions? click here

Since the new school year is around the corner, the Blue Valley West PTO is looking ahead and inviting anyone who would like to join our great team to reach out to us . Here is the link for signing up for the Open BVWest PTO Chair Positions.

Join our PTO! / Follow BVW PTO on twitter / Like us on Facebook

Amazon Smiles

Donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you! Simply shop at (add Blue Valley West High School PTO as your charity) and AmazonSmile will donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Blue Valley West High School PTO —no fees, no extra cost.