North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - May 14, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Principal

    • Senior Class of 2021

    • May Schedule

    • Special Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Counseling Updates

    • Parent Announcements

    • Girls' Basketball Summer Camps

    • Environmental Club May 2021 Newsletter

    • Student Announcements

    • BVN PBC Spring Activity Guide

    • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for All Ages 12+

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • Auxiliary Gym Construction Info

    • Durham Contact Info

    • Parent Booster Club Spirit Wear Sale

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,

    Next week, we begin the celebration of the Class of 2021! We look forward to seeing the senior families and honoring our graduates.

    Seniors take their finals May 18-20. Class Day is Friday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m. in the BVN Gym and tickets are required. Commencement is Sunday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC. If your senior needs their senior check-out form, to assure they have all their requirements completed to receive their diploma, ask them to go to Student Services, or virtual students can print a copy from your email. More details are in this newsletter and can also be found on the BVN website, under the "School Information" drop down list--click on "Seniors".

    We are happy to announce that our Commencement Ceremony will be live-streamed. The stream link is here: BVN Commencement Ceremony . There will be a 30-minute countdown during which the BVN logo will be displayed before the ceremony begins. This link will also be posted on the BV District website closer to the day of Commencement.

    This is a reminder that Monday, May 17, is a traditional day. Students will have all severn classes. The bell schedule is in this newsletter.

    Underclassmen have two more weeks of school. Please mark your calendars with various schedule changes which you'll find in this newsletter. Finals are May 26–28. May 26 and 27 are full days of school and on May 28th, students are dismissed after finals at 10:41 a.m. No lunch will be served on that day and buses will pick up immediately after finals on May 28. May 28 is the last day of school.

    Have a great weekend, Mustangs!

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    Senior Info for Class of 2021

    We look forward to celebrating our seniors at the Commencement ceremony, which will be held at the District Activity Complex, 13310 Switzer, in Overland Park on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. No tickets are required for graduation, and there is no limit on seating.

    Parents should have received an email on Monday, May 10 for the link to reserve 2 tickets to our Class Day ceremony which will be held on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. here at North. You must sign up for a hometown ticket account in order to log in, and then your Student's ID number is the code to use to reserve two tickets.

    Parents--please make sure your senior's fees are paid prior to midnight on Thursday, May 20. Log in to ParentVue, go to the Fees tab, and look to see if there is a balance due. This must be paid in full in order for your senior to receive their diploma.

    Click here to see if you’ve purchased: PURCHASED 2020-21 YEARBOOKS

    Click SENIOR INFO for links to:

    • A countdown to graduation! Only 8 more days . . .
    • A PDF of the presentation at the Senior Class Meeting from May 12 and a link to the Senior Check-Out sheet (virtual students can download and print this; students in the building can pick up a copy in Student Services)
    • Purchase your Senior Class Photo
    • Order cap & gown from Balfour--less than 15 seniors still need to do this!
    • Authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • An image file of Senior Week events, including the Senior Finals schedule for you to copy and print to put on your fridge
    • and more . . . .

    Yearbook Distribution Day for SENIORS - TODAY! May 14 (new)

    Senior yearbooks will be distributed Friday, May 14, during North Time, which has been moved to the end of the day. If you did not pre-order a yearbook, they will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis for $50. Payment options include cash, or check made payable to BVN. These will be available for purchase starting on May 14. If students cannot attend the distribution on May 14, they may come after school to room 411 or the front office, starting May 19 to pick up their book.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

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    Special Bell Schedules - May 14, 17 & 21

    May 14th – Senior Yearbook Distribution Day

    Below is the bell schedule that we will be using on Friday, May 14th. This will also be the day that we distribute senior yearbooks at the end of the day.

    Bell Schedule

    - 2nd Hour: 8:25-9:53

    - Advisory: 9:53-10:15

    - 4th Hour (Lunch): 10:20-12:20

    - 6th Hour: 12:25-1:52

    - North Time/Senior Yearbook Distribution: 1:52-2:55

    May 17th – Traditional School Day

    Below is the bell schedule we will be using on Monday, May 17th. Flex schedule students who have virtual classes for hours 2-6 can use the library during their virtual hours.

    Bell Schedule

    - Hour 1: 7:40 – 8:30

    - Hour 2: 8:35 – 9:20

    - Hour 3: 9:25 – 10:10

    - Hour 4: 10:15 – 11:00

    - Hour 5 (Lunch): 11:05 – 1:10

    - Hour 6: 1:15 – 2:00

    - Hour 7: 2:05 – 2:55

    May 21st -Class Day

    On Friday, May 21st, our Class Day ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the gym, so we will be utilizing the bell schedule below. After Advisory, students will go to their 4th-hour class for North Time. This change will help us facilitate freshmen, sophomore and juniors taking lunch with the least disruption to Class Day.

    Bell Schedule

    - 2nd hour: 8:25 – 9:53

    - Advisory: 9:53 – 10:15

    - North Time: 10:20 – 11:17

    (in 4th hour class)

    - 4th hour(Lunch): 11:22 – 1:22

    - 6th hour: 1:27 – 2:55

    Thanks to our students for their flexibility with schedules!

    Mark Your Calendar

    May 14 - Schedule Change for Senior Yearbook Distribution

    May 17 - Schedule Change - Traditional School Day - Hours 1-7

    May 21 - Schedule Change for Senior Class Day

    May 23 - Graduation at 4:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC

    May 26 - Students attend class Hours 1 & 3; Finals Hours 5 & 7

    May 27- Final Exams Hours 2, 4 & 6

    May 28 - Final Exams Hours 1 & 3/School dismissed @ 10:41

    May 28 - Last Day of School

    May 31 - Memorial Day

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the revised 2020-21 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Kudos and Celebrations

    Girls' Swimming and Diving

    The Girls' Swimming and Diving Team worked extra hard this past week in preparation for EKL which was held on May 6. BVN placed second overall! The Last Chance Meet was held on May 11th. The following girls earned qualifying and consideration times in both meets: Molly Smith, Abi Patterson, Caroline Blake, Grace Plunkett, Marianna Stewart, Sadie Rosenthal, Izzy Hadel, Sofia Campagnuolo, Emma Gaebler, Kristen Herre, and Sydney Adams. Kristen Herre also considered in the 100 free, and Emma Gaebler considered in the 50 free. The State Championship Meet will be held on Friday, May 21st, in Topeka. Congratulations to both swimmers and divers! We are so proud of you!!

    Student Athletes Honored at Athletic Signing Ceremony

    Congratulations to the following students who will be taking their sport to the next level and playing in college. There were 22 athletes honored in the BVN Gym on May 13th. We are Mustang Proud!

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)

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

    • Seniors are reminded to complete the senior survey when their post-secondary plans are finalized. Click here for more info

    Questions? Contact Theresa Gonzalez @ (913)239-3016 or .

    BVN Bone Marrow Virtual Donor Drive extended (new)

    Good news! The bone marrow drive will continue through July 31st, so we are hopeful that more will sign-up for this important event. Below is the URL to sign up.

    Thank you for your support!

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    Parent Announcements

    Yearbook Distribution Day for JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES & FRESHMEN - May 19 (new)

    For underclassmen, yearbooks will be distributed Wednesday, May 19, during North Time, after fourth hour. If you did not pre-order a yearbook, they will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis for $50, starting May 19. Payment options include cash or check made payable to BVN. If students cannot pick up their book May 19, they may pick theirs up starting the afternoon of May 19 to pick up their book in the front office or after school only in room 411. Click here to see if you’ve purchased: PURCHASED 2020-21 YEARBOOKS

    Transitioning to Adulthood FREE Virtual Conference (new)

    Our school Nurse, Amanda Collichio, would like to inform you of a great opportunity for families who have students turning 18 or graduating this year! You're invited to the 2021 Transition to Adulthood FREE Virtual Conference on June 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn more and register at .

    Activity Programming Fee questions?

    Please check to make sure you have completed paying your student’s Activity Participation Fees (APF) for the 2020-21 school year. Remember, this is a fee charged at the time of registration to all students in grades 6-12 and goes toward the support of activities in middle and high schools. The Activity Participation Fee supports the existence of these programs and allows students the continued opportunity to receive the valuable experiences that these programs offer. The Activity Participation Fee includes all sports, activities, clubs and other supplemental contract items that support student activities. Take a moment to log in to ParentVUE to confirm you have paid your child’s Activity Participation Fee. For information on the fee, including the purpose and use of funds, please see the Participation Fee section on the district’s website.

    BVN Baseball Summer Camps (new)

    Check out this link if you have a student that is interested in baseball summer camps lead by BVN Head Baseball Coach, Mike Dudley.

    Volleyball Team

    Do you have a current 8th grader interested in VOLLEYBALL next fall? Please fill out this interest form.

    Email Coach Allin, , with any questions.

    BVN Girls' Basketball Summer Camps
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    Student Announcements

    NHS Book Drive

    Let's join NHS students, clean out your books at home and donate new or gently used books! The drive starts now through the end of the school year, May 25. Ask your student to drop off the books in Mrs. Stein's classroom #247. There will be a bin labed "NHS Book Drive." Many students in the Kansas City area have not had access to books in over a year due to the pandemic. All the books will be going to elementary school kids in the area so they can continue to read despite the uncertain circumstances due to COVID-19. Contact any NHS officers, or Sheryl Stein if you have questions.

    News from the BVN Library

    The library website is now accessible from all Canvas pages. In the navigation list on the left side you should see Library. Or: Click here to visit the BVN Library website . From the library website, students and staff can now chat with the librarians during school hours. Look in the upper right corner. No question is too big or small!

    Student Technology Help

    On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.

    • If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
    • If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
    • If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.

    BVEF Partnering with Urban Air for Fundraiser

    Urban Air has added lots of new attractions and this will be a fun opportunity for the FIRST 250 people to RSVP. Click here to sign-up TODAY! Tickets are only $15 and a portion will be donated to the Blue Valley Educational Foundation. Hope to see you Tuesday, May 18, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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    BVN PBC Spring Activity Guide

    Please take a look through the BVN Parent Booster Club Spring Activity Guide--here is a link to the on-line edition: SPRINGACTIVITYGUIDE .

    This is a great way to see the spring athletic teams, and peruse the advertisements from our business partners. We thank them for their support of our Parent Booster Club and our Blue Valley North students. Enjoy!

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available for All Ages 12+ (new)

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    Mustang Medical Messages

    COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for 16-22 years of age (new)

    Children’s Mercy Kansas City and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offering voluntary COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Kansas residents who are 16 to 22 years old. Blue Valley is sharing these voluntary opportunities with our high school families. To sign up, appointments are required. Self-schedule an appointment at Children’s Mercy Patient Portal or call (816) 234-3700 for an appointment or with questions.


    To learn more about the vaccine and for additional opportunities for vaccination for anyone 16+, please visit or see the flier from JCDHE .

    Mustang Senior Parents

    Please ensure the school has the most current immunization record on file before April 29th. In May your students BVSD immunization record will be printed and given to your student with their diploma. It is a very important document to keep for your students future.

    Reasons your student will need their immunization record after high school:

    1. College applications
    2. Occupational opportunities
    3. Passport application/travel
    4. When your student family grows

    Just to name a few. I wish the Seniors all the luck and good fortune in their future endeavors.

    Thank you, Amanda Collichio, RN, BSN, School Nurse

    New Vaccine Requirement - 2021-2022 School Year (new)

    Dear parents/guardians of incoming 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th students,

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance.

    • Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required.
    • Phasing In Menigococcal (Serogroup A, C,W,Y): For the 2020- 2021 school year: Children entering 7th and 8th grade: one dose of MenACWY at school entry. Children entering 11th and 12th grade having received a previous dose: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series. Children entering 11th and 12th grade with no previous doses: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series.

    Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2019 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI).

    Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations:

    • An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or
    • A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations.

    All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school.

    Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school.

    Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Blue Valley North’s school nurse is Amanda Collichio and she can be reached my email at or by phone at (913) 239-3013.

    Have a trip planned? 2-26-21 State Quarantine List.pdf

    Consider looking over Kansas Travel Exposure Related Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines:

    KS Travel Guidelines / Quarantine Guidelines

    • Attended/traveled to mass gathering events out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear masks.
    • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
    • Others needing to continue quarantining: Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • International Travel: Please note that the CDC may have testing or quarantine requirements for individuals traveling back into the United States. Visit their web page for more information.

    Free COVID Test resource:

    COVID Communication

    The safety of Blue Valley North students and staff continues to be a top priority. In an effort to keep our school community informed when we have a positive case, families can expect the following:

    Families will be contacted directly if through the contact tracing process conducted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the district's health professionals' team:

    • your child was identified as a low-risk exposure of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • your child was identified as a high-risk exposure/close contact of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If your child’s proximity to or nature of the interaction with the positive individual did not indicate a low or high-risk exposure, then you will not be contacted.

    NOTE: Positive cases by school are reflected on the BV COVID Dashboard. The dashboard is updated every Friday with information from the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday).

    New Auxiliary Gym Construction: November through July

    We are very excited that construction for our new Auxiliary Gym is under way. This project began in November and should be completed at the end of July. It will take place on the west side of our campus next to our pool entrance. Please note that access from our North and South parking lots will be obstructed due to the construction site. Glenwood will still be accessible from the South parking lot but the parking spots on the west side of the campus will be dedicated for construction parking. Thank you for your patience during this project.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham has decided to not use the Hybrid stop times and instead only use the All in School stop times regardless of what learning mode the District is in. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492.

    Note that it is best to call outside of route times, between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or email

    PBC Spring Spirit Wear Sale

    Enjoy some new Blue Valley North spiritwear sponsored by the BVN Parent Booster Club. Once you place your order through the PBC website at , you will receive an email that will give you a home address for pickup. Thank you for your support! Go Mustangs!!
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    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 . Thank you!

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