September 16, 2022

BVSW Newsletter

Are you interested in trivia?

Do you want to flex your academic muscle in competition with other Kansas High Schools? If so, come join our first ever Blue Valley Southwest Scholars Bowl team! There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, September 22nd during TIPS in Room 211, or see Mr. Berding in Room 211 for more information.

Overland Park Police Explorers

Students, do you have an interest in the criminal justice system? Have you ever thought of becoming a police officer? Do you love Live PD???? The Overland Park Police Department has an Explorer program that will give you an insight into the world of law enforcement and criminal justice. Please join us at our open house, Thursday, September 22nd at the Overland Park Police Department’s Sanders Justice Center.

The open house will be located at 12400 Foster Street and will begin at 6:30 PM. Please see your School Resource Officer for more details. Click the following link to sign up for notifications about our program.

KAY club

KAY Club will be starting soon. If you are interested in community service, please scan the QR code on the posters in the hall and come to our first meeting in room 706 during TIPS on September 20th.

BVSW theatre

  • Upcoming shows - The first rep show of the year - 'Cry When Baby Cries', will be in the Black Box September 22-24 @ 7pm. Our mainstage musical will be in the fall this year - 'The Little Mermaid', November 17-19th.
  • Advertising/Sponsorship - Do you own a local business? Please consider showing support of our theatre department by becoming a playbill sponsor. There are several opportunities remaining. You can sign up HERE.
  • Social media - give us a follow on social media:

IG - @bvswbbb and @bvswtheatre

Twitter - @bvsw_bbb

business club

Interested in joining a Business Club this year at BVSW? Please join us on Sept. 20 in Rm. 608 during TIPS! Information regarding BPA (Business Professionals of America) and DECA (Marketing Club) will be discussed!
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Boys swim & dive

The Parent Informational Meeting for Boys Swim & Dive is next Wednesday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Fixed Forum Room.

We will be covering all you need to know to join Boys Swim & Dive for the 2022-2023 Season! In the meantime,if you have questions, please



The Den is open!! We have new hours before and after school, during lunch, and during TIPS. Stop by and check out some fun items!
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Thank you to everyone who ordered mums! Please pick them up tomorrow morning (Saturday 9/17) from 8:00am-noon in the Band parking lot (far NE corner), entering off of 175th street. Almost 1,200 mums were sold! Well done BVSW Emerald Regiment band students and families!!

Thank you,

Bridget Ley

Vice President, Fundraising

BVSW Band Boosters

homecoming events


T-wolves, Homecoming is approaching! Grab your friends and come join us Wednesday, October 12th at 5:30pm for the Homecoming Bonfire! There will be games, food trucks, dunk tank, and more fun things for you and your friends to do! The mascot burning and pep rally will take place at 7:45pm!

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Trunk or Treat

Gather your sports, activities, and friends together on October 12th at 5:30 in the Staff parking lot for our annual Trunk or Treat event during the Homecoming Bonfire Night! Decorate your cars, pass candy out to our feeder school kids, and wear your best costumes! There will also be other games and prizes during the event. Make sure to sign up using the QR codes on the posters in the hallways or click the link in WPC’s Instagram bio. Hope to see you all there! Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October. 4th.

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Hey T-wolves! Who's ready for homecoming week? Thursday Oct. 13 this the Annual Homecoming parade that will lead us into our Pep Assembly. All clubs and sports Make sure to sign your group up to make a float by scanning the QR codes on the Parade Posters around school. Deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 30th.

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Update to Monterey by Oct. 10

All sophomores, juniors & seniors need to update their MacBooks to macOS Monterey BEFORE Oct. 10.

Here are directions to upgrade. You can also find these directions in the BVSW Student Canvas course.

Having trouble making enough space? Try these tips first.

Students should upgrade at home (update takes approximately two hours) and will update through Self Service.

Please note: if you do not upgrade on your own by Oct. 10, you will turn in your MacBook to be updated manually, causing you to lose all of your files.

If you need help making space or upgrading, please visit Mr. Satriano in the library during AST or TIPS.

Senior Parents

On Wednesday, October 12th, the Class of 2023 will be given a unique opportunity to prepare for their future. While underclassmen are testing, seniors may be excused from class to participate in one of the following activities:
-job shadow
-college visit
-community service activity
-work time at CAPS if the student is enrolled at CAPS this semester.
-extended study hall at school

Please discuss the above options with your student and complete the Google Form by Monday, October 3rd, 2022.

This information will help us to better track senior attendance on October 12th. If a parent does not complete the Google Form, the default selection will be the "extended study hall" and the student will be expected to be present on October 12th. Failure to report to study hall will be documented as an unexcused absence.

If you have questions, please contact me.

Thank you,

Anne Kastelic
Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction

reading lab is now open!

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10th and 11th graders - October testing

There are two test options for sophomore and junior students on October 12th; students may pay for and take the PSAT/NMSQT, or they will default to a (free) Practice ACT option. Information about the two tests and how to select the appropriate choice for your student is below.

Student practice guides for the PSAT are available in the Counseling Office !!

Sophomores: The PSAT serves as a “practice” round when taken in the sophomore year. Although only juniors who take the exam are eligible to be identified as National Merit Scholars, sophomores who take the exam are provided with a rich score report to use in preparation for the test as a junior. This exam mirrors the SAT exam and assists sophomores who want feedback on their current progress toward college readiness. It also provides valuable information about Advanced Placement readiness that can assist students and families in course selection in January.

Juniors: The PSAT serves as the basis for identification into the National Merit Scholarship program. It is important for juniors to take this test if they wish to be considered for this opportunity even if the test was taken as a sophomore. Juniors who took the PSAT as a sophomore can use their score reports as feedback for preparing for this year’s PSAT, the score from sophomore year does not count towards the scholarship competition – only tests taken during a student’s junior year are considered. Students who score in the top 1-3% of this exam have potential to be considered for national recognition. If students who took this test as sophomores did not achieve a score above the 85%ile, they may decide that the Practice ACT is the best way to prepare for the actual ACT test they’ll soon be taking.

Are you interested in joining the GSA Club?

Please contact Mrs. Go for more information.

Counseling Coffee Talk Dates

Please join the Counseling Department Tuesday October 11th at 7:30 am in the library for Coffee Talk with Counselors! This month’s topic is College 101. Super informative for those who are seeking a better understanding of the college application process.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy coffee while connecting with all four of the BVSW school counselors on topics that are critical to student success in the high school setting.

See you there

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Parent/Teacher conference week - We want to help our hard-working Staff get through conference week with snacks/drinks and a meal. We would love your help making this happen. Here is a link to our Amazon wish list:

The PTO store is OPEN!

The PTO has a new website and a store filled with items you want to fill your cart with!

  • Yard Signs & Activity Plates for your student
  • Rally Flags
  • Senior Paw Prints
  • PTO Membership
  • Invest in Southwest

Go check it out so you're ready to display your SW spirit!

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ap testing

For all AP Testings detail students/parents will need to visit the BVSW Counseling Canvas page:

Students taking AP courses/exams at Blue Valley Southwest must enroll/register by 7:00 am, November 1st. There is no cost for enrolling in AP courses, but the 2023 AP Exams cost $108 per exam. Exam registrations opened September 1st.

ATTENTION! Students and guardians should complete this registration/enrollment together.

This is a two-step process and both steps MUST be completed to order the AP Exams. The entire process (both steps) can be completed in a single sitting in approximately 10 minutes. Exam fee is $108 for each exam.

Blue Valley Southwest is excited to offer families the ability to pay their exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration.

1. Complete the registration payment process with Total Registration:

2. Enroll all your AP courses and exams in the College Board's MyAP system with the correct Join Codes.

Step two should be completed directly after step one as exams will not be ordered if both steps are not completed.

Exam Registration Deadline

Deadline to register for a yearlong AP course is November 1st.

Deadline to register for a second semester course (Government, Computer Science A, Computer Principles, and 2D Art) March 1st.

No registrations are accepted after March 1st.

Exam Dates

The 2023 AP Exams will be administered in schools over two weeks in May: May 1-5 and May 8-12.

battle of the bands

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Boys soccer fundraiser

Deadline: end of season in October
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swimming and diving

This is ONLY for boys and girls swimmers and divers and their families!!

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Cheer team fundraiser

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Glitter girls fundraiser

Deadline: 10/14/22
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graduation 2023 dates announced!

Saturday, May 20th

**10:00 a.m. BVSW**

5:00 p.m. BVN

8:00 p.m. BVNW

Sunday, May 21st

1:00 p.m. BVH

4:00 p.m. BVW

Graduations will be held at SWIDAC (135th and Switzer).

Keep up to date with what is happening at BVSW!

All Activities and School Events can be found on the Eastern Kansas League website. Go to BVSW homepage, click on calendar, then click on the Eastern Kansas League website or click on the following:

Newsletters may also be found on our BVSW website - About Us - News

Check out the official student media of BVSW:

Want to include something in our Friday newsletter during the school year?

The deadline for submissions to the Friday weekly newsletter is Thursday noon. Any fundraisers must be pre-approved before they may be added to the newsletter. Fundraiser questions, contact Kim Rich at