North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - May 13, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Principal
    • Kudos & Celebrations
    • Guide to 4th Quarter

    • Counseling Center

    • Senior Information

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • BVEF BMW Fundraiser

    • Girls' Softball Camp

    • Parent Announcements

    • Girls' Basketball Camp

    • Mustang Club Board Members Needed

    • Spring Activity Guide

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Blue Valley North Family,

    The end of the second semester is nearly here. Our students have had a great semester of learning and we continue to see the positive impacts of our learning management system, Canvas, in our classrooms. As we gear up for the end of the semester, please take note of the important information below regarding grades and courses in Canvas.

    End of Semester Information

    At the end of the day on Tuesday, May 24th, courses in Canvas will conclude and will no longer be visible on the Canvas Parent app. A concluded course is only visible through the Canvas Website. To view Past Enrollment courses, open Canvas in a web browser, log in, and click on the Courses tab. Click View All Courses and scroll down to find the past enrollments. Access Past Enrollment guide (Video tutorial)

    Second-semester Report Cards will be published in ParentVUE on June 9th.

    Need some help?

    Blue Valley has a variety of resources available for parent support on the district’s Canvas web page,

    Have a great weekend, Mustangs, and thank you for your continued support!

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    Kudos and Celebrations

    Newspaper and Yearbook earn state and National honors (new)

    The 2021-2022 newspaper staff was awarded an All-Kansas Award yesterday. This essentially means they scored outstanding on a critique looking at different areas of writing, design, photography, overall coverage, and school leadership.

    Recently, the 2021 yearbook (last year's yearbook) was awarded an All-American Award (this would be the national organization; All-Kansas is the state organization). This critique was performed by H.L. Hall, whose name probably means nothing to you, but in the yearbook world, he is seen as the "father of yearbooks." We were expecting the critique to be pretty harsh (and he definitely is direct), so how exciting that the 2021 yearbook had earned this distinction. This is the first time we've been awarded an All-American Award, at least in the eight years Diana Manglos, Yearbook Sponsor & Teacher, has been at BVN and from what she can glean of our awards archive.

    Let's give a huge round of applause to these students for their State and National Honors!

    2021-2022 Newspaper Staff:

    Emmett Abar, Lauren Austin, Reece Bachta, Ruby Bierman, Caroline Clarke, Adelaide Edwards, Sejin Hahn, Calla Jordan, Alexa Newsom, Paige Novak, Bennett Palmer, Arshiya Pant, Abigail Patterson, Anna Sandage, Ella Shafer, Ella Thomas, Jack Toal, Max Wolf

    Editors-in-Chief: Caroline Clarke, Arshiya Pant

    2020-2021 Yearbook Staff:

    Stefania Alonzo, Reece Bachta, Kelsey Chellberg, Mary Crossland, Tristan Cummings, Alex Doege, Adelaide Edwards, London Faustino, Olivia Fields, Ben Fine, Abby Glenn, Bhavya Gupta, Gabby Gutierrez, Zoey Kay, Jessica Mu, Emily Nelson, Isabella Noll, Lauren Picollo, Lauren Presley, Yasmeen Saadi, Ainsley Skomal, Clara Taylor, Meredith Vaughn

    Editors-in-Chief: Christel de Bruin, Jane Gurley, Anna McCartan

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    Boys' Tennis Team ~ Regional Champs! (new)

    The Blue Valley North Varsity Team captured first place at Regionals. Zachary Amsterdam and Matt Crossland won first place in doubles. CJ Smith won second place in singles. Asher Kort and Aneesh Vasamreddy won third place in doubles. Tanner Summers won seventh place in singles.

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    Girls' Swimming and Diving Team ~ EKL Champs! (new)

    This past the weekend marks the first EKL Championship for BVN Girls Swim and Dive in four years. The coaching staff has been preaching to the girls that if they focus and develop they would bridge the gap and have a chance vs. BV West to regain the title. Well, with a terrific Friday and and a steadfast Saturday that just happened as the team won by nearly 30 pts to claim the title the girls wanted so very badly!

    On behalf of Coach Rob Cole and the other coaches, they could not have been prouder as they stepped up to the plate and met those challenges and made that a reality. Congratulations to Senior Caroline Blake for winning the 100 Free and the relay teams of C. Blake, S. Blake, M. Hauser and C. Barton for winning the 200 and 400 Free Relays. As a whole, everyone contributed and some sacrificed primary races to help out the team. For that the coaching staff is appreciative and commends the teamwork to get the job done.

    Next up, we have two last chance meets for the girls to achieve state times before state at the Shawnee Mission Aquatic Center May 20-21.

    EKL Final Results:

    200 Medley Relay: Maddi Stewart, Katie Rees, Abi Patterson, and Natalie Patterson (3rd ); Reagan Mitchell, Emma Gaebler, Ginger Minderman, and Anna Hamilton (8th)

    200 Free: Margo Hauser (4th); Charlotte Barton (5th); Kirbi Kingsley (9th)

    200 Medley: Abi Patterson (2nd); Maddi Stewart (4th); Sadie Rosenthal (7th); Lily Logan (12th)

    50 Free: Caroline Blake (2nd); Sarah Blake (3rd); Siena Masilionis (5th); Sofia Campagnuolo (14th)

    Diving: Ada Boyd (12th)

    100 Fly: Katie Rees (4th); Sofia Campagnuolo (5th); Emma Gaebler (10th); Quinn Mozena (18th)

    100 Free: Caroline Blake (1st); Sarah Blake (2nd); Charlotte Barton (3rd); Natalie Patterson (8th)

    500 Free: Margo Hauser (4th); Kirbi Kingsley (9th); Izzy Hadel (12th); Claire Zell (15th)

    100 Back: Maddi Stewart (4th); Natalie Patterson (5th); Katie Rees (10th)

    100 Breast: Abi Patterson (4th); Sadie Rosenthal (7th); Lily Logan (10th)

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    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

    Today we kicked off Senior Week! We are looking forward to our 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.

    Note: All fees must be paid by midnight on Wednesday, May 18. After senior check-out on Thursday, any outstanding textbooks, library books, and/or uniforms will be charged to your account, and your diploma will not be given to you until all charges are satisfied.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • A link to the powerpoint presentation if your senior missed today's class meeting
    • Info about the Senior Check-Out Form
    • A link to purchase the Senior Class Picture
    • Info about grad photos at the Commencement ceremony
    • The schedule of Senior Final Exams
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • A downloadable image of Senior Events (shown below)

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .


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    Project Grad for Seniors

    Please see the flyer below for the QR Code to purchase tickets for Project Grad. Note that the deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, May 16th. The parents who are organizing the event have to let Chicken N Pickle know a head count for catering purposes.
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    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time has returned 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.

    Thank you for teaming with Blue Valley North and continue to talk with your student and ask them how they spend their time during North Time on Fridays.

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    Blue Valley North's May 2022 Schedule

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    Upcoming All School Events

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

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    BVEF Fundraiser

    BVEF is thrilled once again to add a raffle for a two-year lease on a brand-new BMW to our mix of fundraisers to put more money back into your schools! The drawing will be held on May 24, and the link to buy raffle tickets is Raffle for a Reason — Blue Valley Educational Foundation (

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

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    BVN Girls' Softball Camp - Grades 3rd - 9th

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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 .

    BVN Girls' Basketball Camp - Grades 4th -8th

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    The Mustang Club Board & Committee Members Needed

    The Mustang Club needs several vital roles filled ASAP for the 2022-23 school year. Please consider helping, or even better, recruit a friend to do a job together! Without your help, it is not possible to continue providing the same level of support to our BVN students.

    We are seeking to fill the following positions:

    • President-Elect
    • VP of Fundraising
    • VP of Activities
    • Advertising Sales Chairperson

    See below for a brief description of the responsibilities for each.

    And remember, The Mustang Club has been in existence supporting BVN for many years – it runs smoothly and efficiently – therefore, none of these positions are super demanding and all would be a great way to get involved!

    Interested? Please contact us at for more information.


    Assist with the coordination of activities of The Mustang Club. President will preside at all PTO meetings. Serve as liaison between PBC and BVN, BVSD, community and other parent organizations. As President Elect, you will have an opportunity to shadow the current President.

    Vice President-Fundraising

    The VP of Fundraising will attend meetings of the Board and membership. They will oversee duties of Sub-Committee Chairpersons and collect periodic committee reports. The VP of Fundraising oversees Concessions, Ad Sales, Spirit Wear & other sales, the annual Parent Fundraising Event.

    Vice President-Activities

    The VP of Activities will attend meetings of the Board and membership. They will oversee duties of Sub-Committee Chairpersons and collect periodic committee reports. The VP of Activities oversees the Activity Guide, Hospitality, Spirit Events, Staff Appreciation and Senior Events.

    Advertising Sales Chairperson

    This is a perfect opportunity for an individual or group of friends who cannot necessarily volunteer onsite for events or activities. Beginning in March of each year, you will contact existing & potentially new advertisers for the upcoming school year using a well-developed database and contact plan. *Most of this position's responsibility is complete by the beginning of August each year.

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

    This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams, activities & 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!

    Medical Messages (updates)

    Message to graduating 12th graders Class of 2022

    Congratulations to all the graduating 12th-grade BVN Class of 2022. Parents and graduating 12th graders, please be aware that a very important document will be enclosed with your diploma. Each 12th grader will have a BVN Immunization Profile with their diploma. This is a complete record of all your required immunizations on file with the school. This record should always be kept in an easily accessible safe place for the future. You may be required to show proof of immunization for college, prospective employment, and traveling abroad.

    Prescription Medications & End of the year at BVN – (REVISION)

    Parents who have students who require prescription medication while in school should contact the nurse to schedule a medication dropped off. The medication must be in the current labeled prescription pill bottle with signed medical order from the physician.

    For parents with students who have prescription medication in the nurse’s office, all prescription medications will need to be scheduled to be picked up by a parent or parental consent must be given for a student to pick up their medication. Please e-mail or call 913-239-3013 to speak with Nurse Collichio about picking up your medication.

    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

    Teen Parent Resources

    Prepped and Ready: Parenting into the Teen Years

    The "Prepped and Ready" presentation provides a brief overview on the following topics, with an emphasis on suicide prevention:

    • Eating disorder prevention
    • Home safety (including storage of firearms, medications, etc.)
    • Self-care
    • Substance use (including vaping)
    • Suicide prevention

    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).

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

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 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 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
      • 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
    • 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

    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. – 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

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