North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - April 8, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • Athletic Signing Ceremony

    • Kudos & Celebrations

    • Guide to 4th Quarter

    • Counseling Center

    • Senior Information

    • Prom 2022 & Link to Tickets

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • The Mustang Club Spirit Wear

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Cheer Tryout Information

    • Dance Team Tryout

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    Blue Valley North Athletic Signing Ceremony - May 4, 2022

    Does your student plan to play their sport at the collegiate level next year? We would like to congratulate and celebrate them in a signing ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the BVN Commons on Wednesday, May 4. Cake and water will be provided by The Mustang Club. Please contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Athletic Administrative Assistant, by phone: 913-239-3011 or email: Information will be sent to you about the ceremony. Thank you!

    Kudos and Celebrations!

    BVN Student earns NATIONAL Award (new)

    Last Weekend: BVN Junior, Oliver Zhang, WON the High School Level of the International Trumpet Guild’s National Trumpet Competition (NTC). The NTC is recognized as the TOP competition for trumpet performers in the world. Oliver’s win is INCREDIBLE – a first in BVN History – ranking him among the top musicians in the country.

    Congratulations BVN Shooting Stars (new)

    Each year the Arts Council of Johnson County sponsors the Shooting Stars Scholarship Competition. Every high school in Johnson County can nominate one finalist in nine categories: Literature, 2-D Visual Art, 3-D Visual Art, Photography, Production & Design, Theatre Performance, Classical Voice, Strings, Winds and Percussion. Our BVN Finalists completed a competitive audition/application process against the top students from across JOCO. HUGE Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!!

    • John Muldoon, Clarinet: 1st place/top scholarship in the Wind/Percussion Category!!
    • El O’Brien, Runner-up in Literature!!
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    BVN Band/Color Guard Students and Directors at the Winter Park Festival Awards ceremony.

    Front Row L to R: John Muldoon, Emily Nelson, Nash Rosado, Bella Holtorf

    Back Row: Mr. Freeman, Mr. Wagoner, Harry Wang, Quinn Koffman, Kelsey Chellberg, Mrs. Sipes, Madison Dean

    Congrats Band and Color Guard (new)

    HUGE Congratulations to our Band and Color Guard students, who traveled to Colorado to perform in the Winter Park Ski-Music Festival last weekend. The festival featured 19 schools from all over the country, and our BVN Performers had an INCREDIBLE Weekend! Divisions are are based on school size.

    • BVN Jazz Ensemble – “Outstanding” Rating and Best Jazz Ensemble in our Division!!
    • BVN Combined Concert and Symphonic Bands – “Outstanding” Rating and 2nd Best Band in our Division!!
    • BVN Wind Ensemble – “Superior” Performance rating (the highest Possible)!!!
    • BVN Color Guard indoor show – “Superior” Performance Rating AND “Best in Show” award for the Top Overall Color Guard!!
    BVN Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA) Kansas State Results 2022 (new)

    Accounting I ~ 8th place ~ Aryan Virany

    Accounting II ~ 6th place ~ Tate Wichman

    Advertising ~ 6th place ~ Anna Hamilton

    Agribusiness ~ 2nd place ~ Kayoko Thornton

    Broadcast Journalism (team) ~ 2nd place ~ Louise Caron, Molly McCartan

    Business Calculations ~ 4th place ~ Thomas Gaffney

    Business Calculations ~ 6th place ~ Emma Razi

    Business Communications ~ 7th place ~ Emma Razi

    Business Ethics (team) ~ 2nd place ~ Rahul Chavali, David Stutz, Prabhav Pagadala

    Business Law ~ 4th place ~ Lizzie Place

    Business Plan (team) ~ 2nd place ~ Joy Yan, Harris Wilson, Austin Lo

    Coding & Programming (team) ~ 1st place ~ Nathan Bronson, Rahul Chavali

    Cyber Security ~ 6th place ~ Caleb Deng

    Digital Video Production (team) ~ 2nd place ~ Rahul Chavali, Ryan Parisi, Joe Thummel

    Economics ~ 6th place ~ Thomas Gaffney

    Electronic Career Portfolio ~ 2nd place ~ Sanvika Inturi

    Health Care Administration ~ 6th place ~ Anna Hamilton

    Human Resource Management ~ 3rd place ~ Anna Hamilton

    Impromptu Speaking ~ 7th place ~ Anna Hamilton

    International Business (team) ~ 4th place ~ Zachary Amsterdam, Aneesh Vasamreddy

    Intro to Business Communication ~ 10th place ~ Caroline Place

    Intro to Business Concepts ~ 9th place ~ Samuel Lozaw

    Intro to Business Presentation (team) ~ 3rd place ~ Caroline Massman, Adele Van Lieshout

    Intro to Business Procedures ~ 8th place ~ Caleb Deng

    Intro to Event Planning (team) ~ 4th place ~ Julie Jeffries, Addison Stout

    Intro to Financial Math ~ 6th place ~ Joshua Shin

    Intro to Financial Math ~ 7th place ~ Samuel Lozaw

    Intro to Parliamentary Procedure ~ 1st place ~ Adele Van Lieshout

    Intro to Public Speaking ~ 6th place ~ Caroline Massman

    Journalism ~ 2nd place ~ Arshiya Pant

    Journalism ~ 6th place ~ Kayoko Thornton

    Management Information Systems ~ 2nd place ~ Lakin Hobrock, Abbi Patterson

    Marketing (team) ~ 3rd place ~ Eric Garretson, Johnathan Subramanian

    Networking Infrastructures ~ 9th place ~ Adele Van Lieshout

    Organizational Leadership ~ 1st place ~ Sanvika Inturi

    Personal Finance ~ 8th place ~ Julie Jeffries

    Personal Finance ~ 9th place ~ Eric Garretson

    Political Science ~ 1st place ~ Brenna Coleman

    Public Service Announcement (team) ~ 1st place ~ Lizzie Place, Caroline Place

    Securities & Investment ~ 9th place ~ Aryan Virany

    Securities & Investment ~ 10th place ~ Johnathan Subramanian

    Social Media Strategies ~ 1st place ~ Asher Kort, Eli Amsterdam

    Spreadsheet Application ~ 8th place ~ Quentin Schafer

    Supply Chain Management ~ 2nd place ~ Jerry Xia

    Supply Chain Management ~ 3rd place ~ Alana Campbell

    UX Design ~ 2nd place ~ Jerry Xia

    UX Design ~ 9th place ~ Louise Caron

    Blue Valley North's Guide to Fourth Quarter 2022

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing

    Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage for information about:

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Senior Information for the Class of 2022

    Save the date for 2022 Graduation: Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the District Activity Center, 13310 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. Rain date is Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. There are no tickets required and there is no limit on seating.

    TO DO: If you or a guest plan to attend class day or graduation and need an ASL interpreter, please email Lisa Miller at by April 15. Please note that graduation will be livestreamed with live captioning.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • A link to audition to give a Senior Speech at Class Day or Graduation
    • The schedule of Senior Final Exams
    • Scholarship info
    • Info about ordering your cap & gown--Seniors can check the list at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have/have not ordered yet.
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • Info about the Balfour shipping schedule
    • A downloadable image of Senior Events (shown below)

    One of the most anticipated events, aside from Graduation, is the Senior Celebration to be held on May 13th from 11:45 am to 3:00 pm on the BVN West Turf Field. It is the official Kick-off to Graduation activities, and is supported by the BVN Student Council, the Mustang Club and the Father's Club. There will be a live DJ, complimentary food trucks, inflatables, and snacks. Also, the yearbooks will be distributed at this event! Your Seniors will not want to miss it! We need your help to make it a success though. Please access this SignUpGenius below to support the Senior Celebration:!/showSignUp/10C094CA4AE2DA13-bvnclass

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .


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    Seniors who attended Overland Trail Elementary

    Save the Date! Please join us for our Senior Reunion Open House on Wednesday, May 11th, from 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the OTE library. You can walk through the school, look at yearbooks, and visit with some of your favorite teachers! Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you!

    Parent-Sponsored Project Grad

    A group of parents are coordinating Project Grad for our seniors following graduation. Please reach out to them if you would like to get involved with Project Grad or if you would like your senior to attend this event. This event will provide a fun and safe celebration for senior students on May 22, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. It will be held at Chicken n Pickle (135th and Lamar) and will include games, food, prizes, and more! To get added to the distribution list please use the sign-up genius: Any questions should be emailed to

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    Blue Valley North Prom ~ Hilltop ~ April 9, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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    Get excited, Mustangs, because Junior/Senior Prom is tomorrow! Prom will be held on April 9th, 2022 at Hilltop from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The theme is "A Night in the Enchanted Forest." Tickets will be sold at the entrance to the dance for $35 per person. Food (mini donuts) and drinks will be provided. REMINDER: Prom is only for upperclassmen, however, underclassmen may be invited as a date by an upperclassman. All students will need a form of ID (driver's license or student ID). We can't wait to see you on this magical night!

    Here is a ticket link to purchase tickets (or scan the QR code above):

    THANK YOU to the Junior families who donated items for the 4 prom raffle baskets! All students attending prom will receive 4 free chances to win the baskets. Winners will be drawn at prom, and winners will receive their baskets at prom!

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time will return on Fridays

    When there are five days in the school week, the Bell Schedule will be Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Traditional Day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, school begins at 7:40 a.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, school begins at 8:25 a.m. (see below). If you want a copy for home, ask your student to stop by the BVN main office.

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    Mark Your Calendar for Blue Valley North's April and May 2022

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    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar: .

    The Mustang Club Spring Sports Spirit Wear -- Shop Now!

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    Parent Announcements

    Fostering A Safe School 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.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Student Announcements

    Color Guard (new)

    Attention BVN Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors! For next year - join one of the most positive, empowering, and inclusive groups at BVN – our Color Guard! The Color Guard performs with our Marching Mustangs in the fall, and is an amazing group to be a part of! It combines dance fundamentals with equipment work (spinning flags, etc) to be the featured visual impact of our overall marching show. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! We train everyone from beginner status on, every year . We would love to have YOU in our Color Guard!

    Email Mrs. Sipes (Color Guard Director) - or Mr. Freeman (band director) –, – for more information and any questions.

    Try-outs for next year’s color guard are next week:

    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4/12 – 4/13 – 4/14 – Audition Prep clinics in the main gym, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday 4/15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Official try-outs in the main gym.

    Join the Red Cross Club Board Today - deadline April 15! (new)

    Are you interested in serving your community by learning how to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief? If so, become a board member for the 2022-2023 school year! Red Cross Club covers topics such as First Aid, disaster preparedness, CPR & AED trainings, and blood drives! We will be accepting board applications until April 15th! If you are interested in applying for the board or joining the club for the upcoming school year, email the school nurse, Amanda Collichio, at or Jacob Spadoni at

    2022-2023 Dance Team Information Meeting

    Any dancer interested in auditioning for next year's dance team should fill out the Google Form at the link below. This is how we will collect emails to distribute information about important dates and more. If there are any questions about tryouts, please contact Coach Thompson at Can't wait to see you there!

    BOYS STATE 2022 JUNE 5-11! “Boys State is a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role play civic exercise.” Applications are available for high school sophomores and juniors to attend Boys State 2022. You can find more information at Boys State will take place on the Kansas State University campus. If cost is an issue, please contact the KS Boys State Main Office (see FAQs). Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    GIRLS STATE 2022 JUNE 12-17! “Sunflower Girls State is a non-partisan program that teaches young women citizenship and leadership. High School students, having completed their junior year, spend an intensive week of studying, working together as self-governing citizens. They learn how to participate in the functioning of their city, county, and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible citizens.” You can find more information at Girls State will take place on the University of Kansas campus. Sponsorships may be available at your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    Medical Messages (updates)

    Attention 10th Grade Parents (new)

    Dear 10th Grade Parents,

    Immunization requirements for school entry in the State of Kansas require 11th grade students over 16 years old to have their 2nd dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine (Serogroup A, C, W, and Y); first does should have been given in 7th grade.

    If your student needs a dose of the MCV4 vaccine, I will send you a letter in the mail with more information. Letters go out on April 15 for students who have not had a dose of Meningococcal and May 1 for students who need their second dose. Of course, you are welcome to call me with any questions at any time.

    Amanda Collichio, BSN, RN


    School Nurse Information and Clinic Hours

    The Nurse's office is open M – F: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It closes for lunch 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. except in the case of an emergency. Nurse Amanda Collichio is available to assist students with their health needs, first-aid and medical conditions. For help, contact Nurse Amanda at (913) 239-3013 or .

    Prescription Meds at BVN

    This is reminder to parents: All prescription medications must be accompanied by this written authorization from a physician or other person licensed to prescribe medications, for the administration of that medication at school. All prescription medications to be administered at school must be in their original containers with the label intact. Students shouldn’t be self-carrying unlabeled prescription medications or any prescription medications. Questions? Email Nurse Amanda Collichio at

    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic Info

    Testing/Drop off location: MAWD labs 14950 Newton Drive Overland Park, KS (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley District Office Campus).

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    New! Online Scheduling and Registration for MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic

    The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic now can accept online appointments and registrations.

    • Step 1: Book an appointment online ( )(up to 6 people per appointment/car)
    • Step 2: If you have not done so already, create an online account ( for parent/guardian. Please note that to login into the account in the future, username is the parent/guardian email address.
    • Complete a form for the child needing COVID-19 testing and submit. Create forms for additional household members by clicking “Add Individual.”
    • Receive a QR code via email for each family member needing testing. Keep this code as it will need to be shown upon arrival for each appointment.
    • Call (913) 239-4371 and leave a message if you have questions. Calls will be returned in the order received.
    • A parent/guardian will need to complete a consent form and must be with the student at the Drive-In Clinic to give verbal permission at the time of testing.
    • Tests: Nasal self-swab and saliva PCR tests are both offered at the clinic. Individuals will need to refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the saliva test.
    • Test results are sent to the provided email/text address and to Blue Valley Health Services generally within 12-16 hours. They are not sent to building nurses.

    Students and families who wish to access PCR testing, may use the MAWD COVID-19 Drive-In Testing Clinic or any other community COVID-19 testing* location.

    • BV MAWD Hours for April's Professional Development Days: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits

    • Sunday, April 17 - Clinic Closed
    • Monday, April 18 - Clinic Closed
    • Tuesday, April 19 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    • Wednesday, April 20 - Regular hours resume
    • BV MAWD Hours for Last Day of School: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits
    • Thursday, May 26 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

    BV MAWD Regular Hours: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop-off already completed test kits

    • Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
    • Friday: 8am-3:30pm
    • Sunday: 10am-2pm
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is canceled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff absences or transportation absences.

    BV MAWD Courier Pickup Times:

    • Monday-Thursday @ 11:30am and 5:45pm
    • Friday @ 11am and 4:15pm
    • Sunday @ 2:15pm

    Normal dropoff hours at the MAWD Labs Headquarters: 11070 Strang Line Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

    • Monday - Friday: 8am-9pm
    • Saturday/Sunday & Holiday Hours: 8am-3:30pm
    • Inclement Weather Schedule
      • The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is cancelled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff or transportation absences.

    Additional information about MAWD’s Drive-In Testing Clinic is available on the district website. General COVID-19 resources from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy can be found on the district website.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Blue Valley families can find a variety of COVID-19 resources on the district website including general COVID-19 information, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492. The best time to call is between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when more staff are available to answer questions.

    Durham Bus Services has three helpful tools for families with bus riders. Registration is required each year for families as bus routes and participants change:

    1. Bus Tracker: The Blue Valley Durham location will be using the Bus Tracker mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. To use the app, users will create an account that is tied to an email address of the user’s choice. The tool will allow account users to follow the route of a specific bus. Durham is updating daily when a scheduled backup bus is being used for a planned maintenance activity. If a bus is replaced with a quick turnaround due to an unforeseen event, Durham dispatch will make the switch on Bus Tracker at their next opportunity to update the app.
    2. Text Messaging: Families are still encouraged to sign up for Durham Text Messaging. The system is designed to share the “why” as Bus Tracker is designed to tell the “where”. To sign up for Durham Text Messaging visit
    3. E-Link: Allows for verification of a student’s transportation information (i.e., stop location, bus # and pick-up and drop off times) based on the input of grade and home address. To access E-Link, go to

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    BVN Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

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