North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - November 12, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Blue Valley North Principal

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Performing Arts Feature

    • Scholars Bowl Fundraiser ~ 11/17

    • Mental Health Awareness 5K ~ 11/28

    • Counseling Center

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletics ~ Winter Sports Paperwork due TODAY! 11/12

    • Senior Information

    • AP Exam Info

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    • Fall Activity Guide

    • The Mustang Club (former PBC)

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    A Letter from Your Blue Valley North Principal

    Mustang Community,

    On Thursday, November 11, 2021, the Blue Valley Educational Foundation made history with a record-breaking grant giveaway of $479,000! BVEF’s Surprise Squad needed four busses to deliver all 117 teacher and grants across the district to make teacher dreams come true. The Surprise Squad visited Blue Valley North to present our unsuspecting staff with teacher grants and an additional building grant awarded earlier in the year for $5,000!

    This year’s 2021 BVN teacher grants totaled $9,151.02! The recipients were:

    • John Daigle and Erin Hire in the amount of $1,262.96, was for Navigators Sensory Garden. This grant will be used to create an inclusive and calming environment for the entire student body of BVN. The garden would provide and create a positive climate for the students and allow the students constructing and maintaining the project to develop a sense of purpose and belonging to their school and peers.

    • Terri Snethen in the amount of $1,993.45, was for Something New 2.0. This grant will be used to encourage students to learn something new. A previous grant allowed BVN library to create 10 kits with materials, books, links to instructional videos and a reading list related to the skill. This grant will also help to replenish kit materials that have been used.

    • Abby Cornelius in the amount of $1,992.87, was for Career Ready Components. This grant will provide students with resources and study materials to help prepare for career certificate exams available to all students through their school library.

    • Terri Newman and Sarah Dockendorf in the amount of $800, was for Sources of Strength. The BVN Sources of Strength (SOS) student-led organization helps peers focus on positives in their lives to develop resiliency and coping strategies. Following COVID's negative effects on student mental health, the SOS students are working to reimagine school response to mental health. One of the ways they do this is by embedding the conversation about mental health into the school culture.

    • Charlie Huette in the amount of $1,107.78, was for a Collaborative Podcast Studio. This program adds professional audio production onto existing student media. Because this setup is both easy to use and professional-quality, it can be both a collaborative tool for amplifying student voice and an engaging gateway to more technical production skills and audio storytelling. It will also transform and repurpose an unused storage space.

    • Alison Crane in the amount of $1,993.96, was for Beta Expansion: Hammocks for Health. Interest in the Beta has been increasingly related to creating objects and environments that promote wellness among our school. The social and technological fatigue of the pandemic has offered up opportunities to work and play together outside, and to the extent that we can, we plan to take advantage of our environment as much as possible through relaxation, restoration, and creative exploration.

    This is one of the best days in the Blue Valley district. We couldn’t continue to be on the forefront of education without support from BVEF and I’m so proud of BVN faculty for applying for grants this year. BVEF empowers teachers to go beyond traditional classroom limits which enables students to innovate, lead, and learn for a successful future. For more than 30 years, the Foundation has supported Blue Valley schools with nearly $7 million in grants, scholarships, and special programs. To learn more about BVEF, visit them on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn or the website at

    Thank you to all who support BVEF and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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    Kudos and Celebrations (new)

    Athletic Signing Ceremony

    The following student athletes were honored at a ceremony on November 10. These Mustangs will play their sport at the collegiate level! We congratulate and celebrate them in at their future colleges!

    Student Athletes Signing a Letter of Intent include:

    AJ Antonio ~ Track & Field ~ Biola University

    Clara Benskin ~ Volleyball ~ University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

    Caroline Blake ~ Swim ~ University of Kansas

    Morgan DeBow ~ Volleyball ~ University of Nebraska - Omaha

    Maddy Harmon ~ Soccer ~ University of Texas, Tyler

    Natalie Jones ~ Soccer, Track ~ University of Texas, Tyler

    Mekhi Miller ~ Football ~ University of Missouri

    Jordan Rosenberg ~ Baseball ~ Maryville University, St. Louis

    Chelsea Wagner ~ Soccer ~ University of Oklahoma

    Lars Yarkosky ~ Lacrosse ~ Rockhurst University

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    Performing Arts Special Feature (new)

    Band Honors

    ECKMEA All-District Bands

    CONGRATULATIONS BVN MUSICIANS! The students below were named to the ECKMEA All-District Bands. They each completed a competitive audition against the best student musicians from several counties in this corner of the state. Being named to the All-District Band is a phenomenal honor and recognition of outstanding work by each student. The “Gold Band” is a top placement group, and the Red and Blue Bands are even split (still phenomenal) second groups. All of these students are now eligible for the All-State ensembles.

    BVN Band All-District Musicians, Fall 2021 (alphabetical by last name)

    • Logan Amato – Tuba – Gold Band
    • Audrey Beckman – Clarinet – Red Band
    • Nolan Call – Trombone – Blue Band
    • Michael Chong – Percussion – Gold Band
    • Hannah Chong – Piccolo Alternate
    • Louis Cierpiot – Percussion – Red Band
    • Lauren Jenkins – Alto Sax – Red Band
    • Miles Kim – Clarinet – Red Band
    • Devereaux Knight – Trumpet – Gold Band
    • Junie Ko – Alto Sax Alternate
    • Quinn Koffman – Clarinet – Red Band
    • Hannah Kwak – Flute – Blue Band
    • Evan Lynam – Euphonium Alternate
    • Megan Meyer – Clarinet – Blue Band
    • Edward Mu – Euphonium – Blue Band
    • John Muldoon – Clarinet – Gold Band
    • Emily Nelson – Flute – Blue Band
    • Brent Pitts – Clarinet – Blue Band
    • Dakota Raper – Clarinet – Red Band
    • Hyesoo Song – Percussion – Gold Band
    • David Stutz – Euphonium – Blue Band
    • Harry Wang – Alto Sax – Gold Band (top overall Alto Sax!!)
    • Matthew Warner – Trumpet – Red Band
    • Zengtao Xing – Trumpet – Blue Band
    • Max Zhang – Clarinet – Gold Band
    • Oliver Zhang – Trumpet – Gold Band (Top overall Trumpet!!)

    Special Shout out to John Muldoon and Harry Wang, who are both 4-Year Members of our District Honor Ensembles – a HUGE accomplishment to have made it all 4 years (and also the first in our BVN History, as their Freshman year was the first year Freshman were allowed to audition for the group. Congrats John and Harry – you made history!!)

    Marching Mustangs Congratulations

    Congratulations to our MARCHING MUSTANGS! These incredible students wrapped up their Marching Season on October 30th, with two incredible marching festivals!

    On October 23rd, the Marching Mustangs performed at the K-State Marching Festival, and earned top “1” ratings in ALL possible categories: Marching Performance, Music Performance, Overall Effect, Color Guard, and Percussion.

    On October 30th, the Marching Mustangs performed in the Neewollah Marching Festival in Independence, KS, with phenomenal results!

    • “1” ratings in both Parade and Field Show Performances! (the highest possible)
    • Orange Class Field Show Awards (classes based on band size. Orange was for the largest bands):
      • 1st place overall in Orange Class
      • Outstanding Percussion
      • Outstanding Drum Majors!
    • And… the big one - Neewollah Grand Champions!!! Top placing band in all divisions!

    All-National Announcement

    An INCREDIBLE accomplishment! Huge Shout out to BVN Students Logan Amato (Tuba), Harry Wang (Alto Sax), and Oliver Zhang (Trumpet), who have been named All-National Musicians! Earning All-National is as big of a deal as the title suggests. These students were first all-state musicians last year (the highest individual honor given to student musicians in Kansas, which is the equivalent to all-state in a sport). They were then eligible to audition against all-staters from all 50 states, and through that competitive audition, all three have been named to the All-National Honor Band. Wow! In BVN’s history, we have only had 3 all-national musicians prior to this year, total. Having three in one year is a new record!! Big congrats to Logan, Harry, and Oliver!

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    Marching Mustangs Percussion Section Leaders Color Guard Captains (in yellow), and Drum Majors (big hats) with the Neewollah Trophies. Pictured from L to R: Hyesoo Song, Nash Rosado, Michael Chong (Percussion Section Leaders), Drum Major Hammad Javed, Color Guard Captain Madison Dean, Drum Major Lauren Jenkins, Color Guard Captain Kelsey Chellberg, and Drum Major Keaton Lewis

    All-District Mixed Choir or Treble Choir

    Please congratulate the following students who auditioned for and were accepted into either the District Mixed Choir or Treble Choir. The blind auditions consist of singing 12 – 18 measures of two collegiate level choral pieces behind a screen. Three judges sit behind that screen and listen for tone, rhythm, pitch, range, expression, etc. Students then must sight read a 4 measure melody they have never seen before. They have 45 seconds to practice it and then they are assessed on their pitch and rhythmic accuracy. It is quite a site to behold!

    Students have been working with their private voice teachers as well as with our accompanist, Lori Levens. Thank you to all involved!

    Mixed Choir:

    1. Katie Beck
    2. Miguel Cornwell
    3. Ty Eubanks
    4. Andrew Flekier
    5. Eva Girard
    6. Ellie Goldberg
    7. Katherine Goodwin
    8. Jack Hancock
    9. Sydney Kauphusman
    10. Brendan Kelly
    11. Michael Kizhakekara
    12. Riley McConnell
    13. Lauren Novak
    14. Paige Novak
    15. Noah Tarjan

    Treble Choir:

    1. Gabrielle Fulford

    2. Tess Moeller

    3. Kierscha Moon

    4. Laci Olberding

    5. Maggie Ruckman

    All-District Orchestra

    Please help in congratulating the following BVN Orchestra students. They were selected as members of the All-District Orchestra. These are very competitive auditions comprised of students from the other Johnson County schools and surrounding districts. This is always the most competitive district in the state for orchestra. We have an amazing showing this year. These students are putting in a lot of time and effort. This is well deserved!

    Gold Orchestra:

    Aaron Tseng

    Joshua Shin

    Michelle Kim – principal 2nd violin

    Kayoko Thornton

    Irene Oh

    Jerry Xia

    Benjamin Ding

    Hannah Kim

    Kevin Fan

    Sejin Hahn

    Charles Peck

    Gabriel Decker

    Blue Orchestra:
    Annie Kim – concert mistress

    Jameson Sayers

    Niki Singh – principal viola

    Adele Van Lieshout


    Our theatre students have returned to the stage! Clue was a hit in October with the 90 minute play, based on a movie, based on a boardgame. It was so much fun to have our Thespians back on stage in front of a live audience after nearly two years. Next up is Grease The Musical in February! Mark your calendars for February 3, 4 and 5, 7:00 p.m. in the BVN PAC.

    Scholars Bowl Chipotle Fundraiser ~ November 17 (new)

    Running around from practice to evening events? Take a Chipotle break to make the night easier. Tell the cashier you are there for a fundraiser and you will be helping yourself and the BVN Scholars' Bowl at the same time.

    Using the Chipotle App.? Just use the code RVMN24J.

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    Mental Health Awareness 5K Run/Walk - November 28 (new)

    Talk 2 Me, a program of Hope, is sponsoring a 5K walk/run the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This is information on the SIGN UP FOR MOVEMENT IS THE MEDICINE 5K powered by Talk 2 Me and Sharewaves. . Volunteers are needed for the event; sign up here: . At the walk/run, there will be a raffle for two paintings of Patrick Mahomes (see below). Tickets are $10 for the painting and $5 for the print from Mike Savage. To purchase raffle tickets, email Marie DiCarlo, M.D., Executive Director: .Those who signup for the run will get a t-shirt (pictured below) and Bombas socks. Please contact Marie DiCarlo if you have questions @ .

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing (updates)

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

    • The deadline to drop a class for this semester has passed. Students must stay in their current classes for the remainder of the semester and take a grade. Students may see their counselor to make changes for 2nd semester.
    • Juniors and Seniors may sign up for BVN-only virtual admissions presentations by college reps on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. There are no visits next week.
    • Senior college admissions: Counselors have visited with seniors in classrooms to discuss the college application process. More information can be found on the Counseling Canvas page here – College Application Information. Seniors who have additional questions are encouraged to see their counselor.
    • Parents must submit the Diploma and Transcript Authorization Form before the school is able to send transcripts to colleges for your student.
    • Junior College Planning
      • Counselors met with Juniors in English classrooms to discuss using Naviance for Career and College Planning.
      • Counselors offered a parent college planning Zoom presentation on 10/25 and will offer another on 11/16 at 7:45 a.m. Please refer to emails sent on 10/18/21 and 10/25/21 with Zoom link and other details.
      • Information for students and parents can be found on the Counseling Canvas page here - College and Career Planning
    • Counselors met with Freshmen in their ELA classes this week to discuss using Naviance to create a four-year high school academic plan. An email was sent to all Freshmen and their Parent/Guardians on 11/8 with Naviance login information and a list of tasks on Naviance recommended for Freshmen. More information can be found on the Counseling Canvas page here - Freshman Course Planning

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

    How to Have a Mental Health Check-In with Your Teen

    Is your teen or tween behaving more differently than usual? I know, this probably seems like a trick question. The emphasis is on the word more. Its better to ask a question imperfectly, than not ask at all. Read on by clicking on this link: The Parent Cue

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time returns 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. It's also posted on the BVN website. When there are schedule changes due to a shortened school week, during finals, etc., it will be announced in North Notes and listed on the EKL calendar, BVN’s school calendar.

    Update: On Tuesday & Thursday, North Time is now called Academic Support Time (AST).

    Here is a link to the Bell Schedule which is on the BVN website: BVNBELLSCHEDULE .

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    Mark Your Calendar

    November 24-26: NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

    December 17: Finals H1 (7:40-9:00); H2 (9:10-10:30); Early release at 10:30

    December 20: Finals H3 (7:40-9:00); H4 (9:10-10:30); H5 (10:40-12:00); Early release at 12:00

    December 21: Finals H6 (7:40-9:00); H7 (9:10-10:30 am)/Early release at 10:30

    Dec. 22-Jan 4: Winter Break

    January 5: School Resumes

    January 17: NO SCHOOL/Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the 2021-22 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

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    Parent Announcements

    Checking your student out for an appointment? Plan ahead and we will have them ready so you can wait in your car in front of the school

    Note: Parents do not come into the building to check their student out. And you can no longer send a text to your student get them released from class.

    To plan ahead, please send a note with your student that morning, and ask them to drop it off at the Attendance Office on their way to their first class. Rita will write them a pass at the time they need to leave. Your student will give that pass to their teacher. The attendance office window, for students, is located in the main foyer as you walk into the building.

    The Attendance Office can also be reached by calling 913-239-3001 or emailing . We ask for a minimum of two hours’ notice. A pass is delivered to your student’s class and their teacher will give the pass to your student so they can check out in the Attendance Office before they leave. If you plan ahead, we can have your student waiting on you so you.

    Attendance Office Information

    With over 1500 students, BVN has Rita Mouber, Attendance Manager, solely dedicated to overseeing student absences and early releases from class for appointments. Enter (913) 239-3001 in your phone’s speed dial or email if your student will be absent from school. Include student’s first and last name, grade, reason for absence, your name and phone number. Rita checks email and voice mail constantly so please leave the information on her voicemail if she doesn’t answer her phone.

    Blue Valley Dress Code Policy: Board of Education Appearance of Students Policy 3513

    Student clothing shall be appropriate for students in the business of learning. Clothing or appearance that distracts from the purposes of the school shall not be permitted. Student clothing shall reflect a sense of self-respect and personal dignity.

    District staff shall seek parent cooperation in encouraging students to adhere to this policy.

    B.O.E. Adopted 25 Aug 1980

    B.O.E. Amended 11 Oct 1999

    B.O.E. Amended 10 Jul 2000

    B.O.E. Reviewed 10 Mar 2014

    School Photo Orders

    If your student’s picture was taken on Picture Day (August 20) or on Re-takes/Last Chance Picture Day (Sept. 24) and you placed a pre-order for photos, the picture package was delivered to your student in their English class. If you did not pre-purchase a packet, your student was given a proof sheet with instructions for how to purchase from the photographer's website, using your student's ID number as the password.

    Student ID Cards and Student Activity Passes

    If a Student Activity Pass was purchased by August 24, it should be printed on your student's school ID card. If you’ve purchased a Student Pass after August 24, just have your student come to Student Services and fill out a form to request a new corrected ID.

    Mustang Family Activity Pass

    If you've recently purchased a Family Activity Pass or an Adult Individual Activity pass, you can have your student see Mrs. Miller in the Student Services office to request your cards.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

    BVN Athletics

    Bowling Team (new)

    Bowling Tryouts are right around the corner. Students interested need to contact Coach Nathan by email at: or go to room 242. Physicals must be on file with Mrs. Anderson BEFORE tryouts. Tryouts will be held at Aaron’s Family Fun Center 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the following dates, and transportation will be provided. Boys tryouts are Nov. 29th AND Dec. 1st , Girls tryouts are Dec. 2nd AND Dec. 3rd.

    Softball Team (new)

    Girls' Softball is a spring sport, but the pre-season conditioning starts next week on Tuesday, November 2nd at 7:00 a.m. in the BVN weight room. The schedule will be Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 a.m., and Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m.! Please reach out to Coach Stevie if you have questions: .

    Student-Athletes -- Action Needed for 2021-22

    Winter Sports begin this Monday, November 15, and physicals and KSHSAA required athletic participation forms (packets can be picked up in the main office) are due TODAY, Friday, November 12, by 3:00 p.m. If your student will be participating in a KSHSAA sponsored sport at BVN, every student-athlete needs a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician. If your student athlete participated in a fall sport, they will already have their packet on file with the BVN Athletic Department. Here is a link to all the forms & physical on the BVN website PHYSICAL2021. The physical is just part of the paperwork required. All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN's Main Office. If you have questions, contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Assistant to the Athletic Director, at 913-239-3011 or by email, .

    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.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • Info about ordering your Senior Tribute Ad--the final deadline is November 19. Turn in your ad materials now because no submissions will be accepted after the final deadline. Have questions? Email
    • A link to let us know how you want your senior's name printed on the diploma, along with authorizing the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • A link to order your cap & gown for graduation, plus info about shipping schedule
    • New info about the upcoming Senior Class Meeting on December 2
    • And MUCH MORE!

    We will update the Canvas page as new info becomes available.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

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    Student Announcements

    Class of 2024 Leadership Program Opportunity!

    There is a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program opportunity for the Class of 2024! Please view this document for information on the program, application process, and the contact for questions. Contact Catie Bosch, BVN Counselor with questions:

    Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering Femineer Program Application - due 11/19 (new)

    Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering is excited to start a new cohort of Femineers this 2021-2022 academic year. The Femineer Program was created to empower K-12 female students to develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue majors and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. It has expanded to include other under-represented individuals in these fields.

    Blue Valley was the first school district in the state of Kansas to offer the Femineer Program. This program uses curriculum created by Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering. It was designed for young women who are interested in problem solving and engineering. It has expanded to include other under-represented individuals in these fields. The mission of the Femineer program is to inspire and empower students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their education and future careers. Twenty-four freshmen/sophomores will be selected by an application/recommendation process, to join the first year Femineers. This amazing program requires students to commit to all 3 years of the program; each year with a different curriculum. The Femineers will annually meet one or two Saturdays a month or on weekdays when school is not in session. This school year the meetings are scheduled for 12/18, 1/8, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/26, 4/9(potential make-up date in case we have cancelled due to weather), 4/23 & 5/14(our showcase) from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The curriculum is intended to have successful completion of a final project with 30 to 40 hours invested by the participants. Typically, we will meet from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Blue Valley Northwest. There are a couple of potential field trip days, which may extend the day until 4:00, with lunch provided. There is an annual fee to participate in the program. The cost to participate this year is $100 which will cover all hardware, software, consumable supplies and Femineer clothing item(due to the pandemic, no food will be served during half day meetings). Scholarships may be available for students with financial need. That request should be submitted to the program advisor Ms. Stohlmann at .

    If you are interested in joining the program and have the qualifications, please fill out an application (pick up a copy in the BVN main office), scan it and return it to the Femineer Program advisor Karen Stohlmann at . Deadline is Nov. 19.

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    Medical Messages

    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 - Action Needed

    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

    JOCO COVID-19 Updates

    Please follow this link to the Johnson County COVID-19 website for current information.

    COVID-19 Testing and Resources for BV Staff, Students and Families

    Throughout this school year, Blue Valley’s priorities have been the safety of our students and keeping students in school and in person as we know this is critical to their long-term success and well-being. MAWD Labs is offering a local COVID-19 testing option that is available for students, staff and their family members. This option is available through a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) grant provided directly to MAWD Labs.

    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic Info

    • Location: 14950 Newton Drive, Overland Park, KS 66223 (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley School District Campus)

    • Hours of Operation:

      • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

      • Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

      • Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    • Testing Appointments: Call (913) 239-4371

    • Parent/Guardian Consent: A parent/guardian will complete a consent form and must be with the student at the drive-in clinic to give verbal permission during the first test.

    • Test Type: Nasal self-swab and saliva PCR tests are both offered at the clinic. Individuals should refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the saliva testing.

    • Test Results: Test results are sent to the provided email/text address and to Blue Valley Health Services generally within 12-16 hours.

    Thanksgiving Schedule

    • Closed: Nov. 24 - 27

    • Open: Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Inclement Weather Schedule

    • The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is cancelled for inclement weather.

    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 (updated)

    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

    BVN Fall Activity Guide

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Fall Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition:

    This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams & performing arts students, find out more about their coaches and directors, and read a greeting from the BVN Principal & the Mustang Club Presidents. Please take time to see the advertisements from our corporate partners and give them your business whenever possible. We thank them for their support of the Mustang Club and our Blue Valley North students. Enjoy!

    Please Join The Mustang Club 2021-22!

    After looking through the Fall Activity Guide, we hope you will be inspired to join The Mustang Club (the former BVN Parent Booster Club).

    It financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (similar to a PTO/PTA), and over the last 6 years, has granted over a half million dollars to support our school’s extracurricular activities, organizations, and athletic teams. We could not provide the depth and breadth of opportunities without your help through memberships and donations of your time.

    The Mustang Club needs your support! Membership is down and volunteers are in short supply. Here are some options for you to consider:

    · Become a Mustang Club member at one of the five membership levels;

    · Purchase spirit wear from The Mustang Club website (;

    · Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause. We specifically need a VP of Activities and a President Elect; and

    · Take advantage of sponsorships for companies wanting to support BVN financially.

    Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!

    SAVE THE Date - Buckaroo Bash January 29, 2022

    You will not want to miss the biggest and best parent party in the Blue Valley School District! This fundraising event is a massive support for our students, and our hope is that this year’s event is an even bigger success than the last Bash, at which we made almost $28,000 to support our kids’ activities!

    We are Mustang Proud!

    North Notes is published most Fridays during the school year. North Notes is a newsletter for the parents and students of Blue Valley North High School. If you have questions, please contact Janet Roush, Assistant to the Principal, at .

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

    The office will be closed November 24-26, due to Thanksgiving Break.

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