North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - August 5, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Administrators

    • ParentVUE URL updated

    • Free and Reduced Meals

    • The Mustang Club (BVN's Parent Booster Club)

    • Seniors Class of 2023

    • Senior Yearbook Ads

    • Welcome Class of 2026

    • The Stampede: Gym Class Apparel/Mustang Gear

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • BVN Athletics' Announcements

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,


    We hope you are enjoying your last few days of summer break!


    The Junior/Senior Parking Permit pickup event scheduled for the week of August 8 has been cancelled. Your student can pick up their parking permits during their lunch hour once school begins or after school from 2:45-3:15 p.m. in the BVN campus security office. Please check the BVN School Calendar: www.easternkansasleague.org for all school events, athletic events and activities that have been scheduled. The first day of school for the 2022-23 school year is Wed., August 17, 7:40 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.


    Take good care, and enjoy your weekend!


    MUSTANG PROUD!

    BVN Administration

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed by Parents

    Over the summer the URL for ParentVUE changed. Click here for the new URL: ParentVUE

    Parents will need to have the new URL or they won’t be able to login to ParentVUE or request a password reset. The Blue Valley School District website and the BVN website have both been updated with the new URL so the parents can access the link from Parent>ParentVUE.


    In addition, this also impacts the ParentVUE app. Parents will need to update their device to the correct link. Here are instructions:


    • Download the ParentVUE app on your device (only if you haven't already)
    • Click the gear icon on the bottom left
    • Click Add another district URL
    • In Zip Code, type 66223
    • Click on Blue Valley School District
    • Click OK
    • After reading notice for login, select: No - if you do not have a key
    • Please go to this URL to set up your ParentVUE account: URL
    • Then click Create a New Account
    • Already Activated -- if you already have an account. You will be taken to the login screen
    • Yes -- if you have the key and continue with those instructions

    Free and Reduced Meals

    The USDA ended the nationwide free meals that were available for all students at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. This means that meals will be charged at full price unless your family has been approved for the Free & Reduced Meal Program after July 1 of the current school year.


    APPLY FOR THE FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM
    Blue Valley Food and Nutrition Services is again participating in the Child Nutrition Program which offers Free and Reduced meal benefits to qualifying families. This is an annual program, and a new application is required each school year to qualify for benefits.


    1. Verify your family meets the Free & Reduced Meal income guidelines.
    2. Apply online using the Chrome browser. If your default browser is not Chrome, please copy and paste this URL https://family.titank12.com/application/new?identifier=TGY6RJ into a Chrome browser to begin the application process.
      • Remember to complete the Consent for Disclosure section if you wish to obtain additional discounts for school fees or bus transportation fees based on your application status.
      • If a member of your household receives Food Assistance (FA), or Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF) from the State of Kansas, or you have a Foster student you may not need to apply. Contact Bobbi Valverde at bvalverde@bluevalleyk12.org if you need to verify your status.
      • Need a paper application? Paper applications are available on the district website, at all Blue Valley schools or by contacting Bobbi Valverde at bvalverde@bluevalleyk12.org or (913) 239-4106.
    3. Submit the completed application before August 17 for full meal benefits upon qualifying. All families that apply will receive a letter notifying the determination. Please allow at least 10 days before inquiring about your submission.


    Thank you for your support as we work together to meet the nutritional needs of all Blue Valley students. More information about the Free & Reduced meal program is available online. If you have questions please contact bvalverde@bluevalleyk12.org.


    We look forward to a happy, healthy, and successful 2022-23 school year.

    Please Join The Mustang Club during 2022-23!

    Our parent community has been integral in contributing to our status as one of the best high schools in the state of Kansas and a leading high school across the nation.


    Please support The Mustang Club (previously known as BVN Parent Booster Club). The Mustang Club financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (as our version of a traditional PTO/PTA), and over the last 7 years, The Mustang Club 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 that are available without your participation through membership 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 (www.bvnmustangs.com);

    · Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause; and

    · Take advantage of one of the many sponsorship opportunities available for those of you affiliated with companies that want to support BVN financially.


    You can find everything you need to know about The Mustang Club & membership at www.bvnmustangs.com. As you know, this organization is completely run by parent volunteers so every dollar donated goes to benefit BVN students. Additionally, the organization is a 501(c)3 so your contributions are tax deductible.


    Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    The Graduation date for the Class of 2023 has been announced. Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Commencement will be held at 5:00 p.m.


    Hopefully your senior had their portrait taken in June or July by Rolland Studios for our BVN yearbook. IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR PICTURE TAKEN YET, please plan to have your portrait taken on Friday, September 23 at Blue Valley North--this is your LAST CHANCE to have this done! Sign up for an appointment time at Mrs. Miller's desk in Student Services. You can choose another company for your personal senior photos which can be used in the Senior Tribute Ads, but only a photo from Rolland Studios will be used for the “Senior Section” of the yearbook.


    ACTION NEEDED: Our diplomas will be ordered at the end of the first semester in order to have them for May graduation. Please click on the link below and complete the Senior Diploma/Transcript Form. Please complete as soon as possible. This form also authorizes the release of senior transcripts for college applications. Click here: Diploma/Transcript Authorization


    Senior Tribute Ads: It's already time to begin thinking about senior tributes for the class of 2023! See below for informational images that explain pricing, deadlines, and frequently asked questions about submitting materials for senior tribute ads in the 2022-23 Yearbook.

    Sept. 1 is the early-bird deadline; Oct. 6 is the regular deadline. Start planning yours now!


    We are making changes to our process for ordering cap, gown, tassel and grad announcements--we'll send an email when details are finalized.


    For the most up-to-date info, please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!


    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at lkmiller@bluevalleyk12.org

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    Class of 2026 ~ Welcome!

    Welcome to the Mustang Family! We can't wait to meet you in August and look forward to seeing our freshmen in the halls of Blue Valley North. Mark your calendar for these dates.


    New Mustang Night - August 10

    On Wednesday, August 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m., 9th graders, students new to North and their parents are invited to New Mustang Night when they will meet BVN Administration and learn about student life at North. A wide range of topics will be covered and students can attend an activity fair to learn about BVN clubs and activities. The Stampede, our school store, will be open and PE gear will be available for pick-up. The Mustang Club (BVN Parent Booster Club) will have spirit wear for sale, information about yard signs and members available to answer questions. The event will start in the gym followed by the Activity Fair in the Commons. We hope you can join us!


    Freshmen and New Student Orientation - August 16

    Orientation is Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. During this "students only" event, 9th graders will tour the building with their mentors, visit classrooms, meet their teachers and receive their district provided laptop. Each student will also spend time with their advisory group and participate in "get-to-know-you" activities with their peers. The morning will conclude with a pep assembly. Students signed up to ride the bus this school year are able to ride their bus to and from school this day since Durham will be running their school routes.


    Do you need to sign your student up to ride the bus? Families can contact Durham directly. Click HERE for information.


    Student Yearbook Photos - August 19

    Rolland Studios is BVN's official yearbook photographer. Picture Day is on Friday, August 19th. Students will go with their English class to have their photo taken. Information will be provided in North Notes about how to purchase school photo packets.


    School Supplies

    Now that your student is in high school, you do not need to purchase school supplies before school begins. On the first day of classes, each teacher will let their students know if items are needed for their class.


    Parent Communication

    North Notes is the weekly parent newsletter for parents and is emailed every Friday, when school is in session. Please read it! It has schedule changes, event information, deadlines and other important information. On Friday mornings during the fall semester, a Freshmen email will be sent to ninth grade parents. It provides more detailed information and helpful tips about high school life at BV North. Once you have completed your on-line registration for this school year, North Notes and the Freshmen email will be sent to your primary email account. If you and your spouse both want to receive email communication, you each will need to establish a ParentVue account. Please contact our registrar at sdoherty@bluevalleyk12.org to request a second ParentVUE account.

    BVN Gym Class Apparel for Freshmen

    If you did not get your PE gym apparel order in by July 25, stop by The Stampede on New Mustang Night, on August 10 (details above). Extra apparel was ordered.

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    Mark Your Calendar

    July 7 - High school online registration and fee payment opened except course fees

    August 10 – New Mustang Night for 9th graders, students new to North and their parents

    August 12 - Athletic participation forms and physicals are due for fall sports at 3:00 p.m.

    August 12 - High School Student Schedules posted in StudentVUE/ParentVUE after 3:00 p.m.

    August 15 - Fall Sports begin

    August 16 – Orientation for 9th graders and students new to North

    August 17 – First Day of School

    August 19 – Fall Picture Day

    August 19 Final day for students to drop a course and not owe fees for that course.

    August 23 – Back to School Night for Parents

    August 26 – Opening Sports Night/School Dance

    September 1 – Course fees for 1st & 2nd semester assigned and opened for payment. Students who drop a course after Aug. 19 deadline will pay fees associated with that course.

    September 5 - No School/Labor Day Holiday

    September 6 - No School/Professional Learning for Teachers

    September 21 - Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally

    September 24 - Homecoming Dance

    September 26 - This week are Parent-Teacher Conferences

    September 30 – First semester course fees due; 2 weeks prior to quarter end.

    September 30 - No School due to Parent-Teacher Conferences after school Sept. 26-29.


    Upcoming All School Events

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


    Click here for the 2022-23 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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


    • Graduates who did not submit a senior survey indicating what college to send their final transcript to should complete BVN Alumni Transcript Request Form found on the front page of the BVN website under Student Quick Links.
    • Reminder that BVN cannot send ACT scores to colleges. They must be requested from www.myact.org .
    • Information on 2022-23 class schedules
    • College planning activities for students who just finished their Junior Year - Junior College Planning
    • High school, college and career planning activities for students who just finished their Sophomore year - Sophomore Naviance Tasks
    • High school, college and career planning activities for students who just finished their Freshmen year - Freshman Naviance Tasks
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room


    Questions? Contact Suzy Doherty @ (913)239-3006 or SDoherty@bluevalleyk12.org .

    Parent Announcements

    BVN 2021-22 Yearbooks

    If your student has not picked up their 2021-22 yearbook, please stop by the BVN Main Office. The office is open Monday–Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. We are closed on Monday, July 4.


    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at sdoherty@bluevalleyk12.org .

    Student Announcements

    National Honor Society Info for 2022-23 School Year

    Are you a student who is in the class of 2023 or class of 2024 and have a 3.5 GPA or higher? Are you interested in being a candidate for National Honor Society induction in the fall? If so, please read on. Students need 40 hours of community service from January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022. These hours must come from non-profit 501c3 organizations.


    We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, volunteering at country clubs, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online site. An individual from the organization must verify hours with an email that is from a .org email address. Look online for opportunities that are posted on the x2VOL website. If you are questioning if hours count as community service, please contact Mrs. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.


    Information will be sent out in the fall. Tentative dates for the initial information meeting are Wednesday September 21, at 3:00 p.m. in the PAC and Thursday, September 22, at 8:00 a.m. in the PAC. Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting. Other than community service hours, students do not need to work on anything else prior to this meeting.


    Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 7, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. and the mandatory Induction Ceremony is Monday, November 7, 2022, at 6:30 p.m.


    Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius (acornelius@bluevalleyk12.org) or Mrs. Stein (sistein@bluevalleyk12.org) with any questions.

    BVN Athletics' Announcements

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    Starting July 1st, the Blue Valley School District is moving to an online format to submit all paperwork, including a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2022, or after) by a physician. This paperwork is required for students involved in athletics and activities at the high school and middle school levels. The online system can be accessed directly through this link: https://bvnathletics.com/2022/06/30/new-online-physical-and-paperwork/ .


    The KSHSAA sponsored fall sports are listed below:


    • BOYS' SOCCER
    • CROSS COUNTRY
    • FOOTBALL
    • GIRLS' GOLF
    • GIRLS' TENNIS
    • VOLLEYBALL


    The deadline for fall sports is Friday, August 13 by 12:00 p.m. Fall sports begin on Monday, August 15, but in order to practice/tryout, please get your paperwork submitted early.


    Boys' Soccer Team Tryouts

    Boys Soccer tryouts will take place from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on August 15-17 on the BVN east field (with the track). All boys need to wear a white shirt with their last names across the shoulders and their grade number on the back. All boys MUST wear long socks and shin guards and bring their own water bottles! Contact Coach Roush at skylarroush@gmail.com with any questions.


    Volleyball Team Tryout Schedule

    Monday-Wednesday, August 15-17, All in the Main Gym.

    2021 C-Team, JV, Varsity. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    2021 Freshman Team and incoming Freshmen, 5:00- 7:00 p.m.


    Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 and the rest of the season...

    JV/Varsity, 3:05 - 5:30-ish p.m.

    C-Team, Freshmen A/B, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


    Saturday, August 20

    JV/Varsity, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Team lunch to follow.


    Girls' Golf Team

    Happy Summer everyone! If you have a daughter interested in trying out for BVN Girls Golf in the fall, please have your daughter fill out this Google Form. Also, reach out to Coach Davis at jmdavis@bluevalleyk12.org. You will be added to the communication list for any summer information and tryouts in August.


    Summer Cross Country Training: June 6 ~ August 12

    BVNXC will begin the summer running program on Monday June 6th on the BVN Track. Click HERE to see flyer. Summer running sessions are Monday-Friday from 6:30-8:15 AM. This program is open to all incoming BVN 9-12 graders interested in coming out for Cross Country in the fall. Summer Running workouts will be dictated by an athlete's age and ability level. Staying injury-free is a major goal, so we ask athletes to listen to workout plans and follow accordingly. Another goal is to increase the fitness level of the athletes that attend in order to race the 5K distance during the fall season of competition. We will meet at various locations around Overland Park. Please visit our companion website “bvnxc.com” to see our team calendar and join our email list! No sign-ups required for summer training!


    Email Coach Riley for any questions: mariley@bluevalleyk12.org


    BVN Athletics' Questions?

    Please contact Stevie Gibson, BVN Athletics Administrative Assistant, at (913) 239-3011 or SGibson@abluevalleykk12.org .

    Volleyball Team

    Do you have a new freshman interested in VOLLEYBALL next fall? Please fill out this interest form. https://forms.gle/6CCBWTaeB6RWXLAp7 Email Coach Allin, MAllin@bluevalleyk12.org , with any questions.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492 or contact them via email at admin6700@durhamschoolservices.com.

    We are Mustang Proud!

    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 JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org .


    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

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