Jaguar Journal

March 12, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

COUNSELING NEWS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for 4th Quarter, begins Mar. 23rd

Adjustment to School Day Start & End Times (high school only)

To put high schools in the best position to meet state requirements and end the school year by Memorial Day, high school instructional minutes will be adjusted for the fourth quarter.


Effective March 23rd, five minutes will be added to the beginning and end of the high school day.

  • Odd days: 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

  • Even days: 8:25 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.


School day start and end times for Blue Valley Academy and the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) will not change.


Durham School Services will share updated pick-up and drop-off times with families by March 22.

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March 2021 Calendar UPDATED for 4th Qtr

Hybrid schedule ended March 12th and In-Person / 4th Qtr schedule begins March 23rd.


Please note a second calendar was created for March to reflect the new bell schedule, shown above, effective March 23rd, start of 4th Quarter.

April and May Calendars are now available

The calendar will automatically open to March. To view a different month, scroll to the bottom of the spreadsheet and select the month (tab) you would like to view.
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Last day of school and High School Finals

The district has determined the last day of school for the 2020-21 school year for students in grades K-11 will be a half-day on Friday, May 28, assuming there are no unforeseen circumstances causing us to cancel school.


High school finals will be full-days on Wednesday, May 26; Thursday, May 27; and a half-day on Friday, May 28. For more information, or to subscribe to the district calendar, visit www.bluevalleyk12.org/calendar.

ALL SCHOOL NEWS

KS ACT Score Reporting Vouchers

ACT’s MyACT platform represents a new online process established by ACT for students to provide the information needed for their scores to be sent to up to four colleges, free of charge. MyACT did not function as it should for Blue Valley West Juniors during the window surrounding our February 23 ACT administration. As a result, ACT is providing an additional opportunity for students to do so in the form of a voucher code that can be used in MyACT.


A voucher code is being provided to students participating in State-sponsored testing who have not selected at least one college for automated score reporting. Students who entered at least one college for score reporting are not eligible for a voucher. The code will be printed on page 1 of the student’s paper score report and is redeemable for the one-time purchase of up to four additional score reports at no cost. Additional college choices may be included for a fee. All voucher codes will expire, so students should be encouraged to use the code within two weeks of receiving their paper score report.

Food and Nutrition update

In preparation for Spring Break, meal kits for all those interested will be available for pick-up on Friday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to noon at the four pick-up locations (Blue Valley High, Blue Valley West, Blue Valley North, and Blue Valley Northwest). Meal kits will include both breakfast and lunch meals for five days. There will be no meal pick-up on March 15 or 17. There is no cost for these meals and welcome all Blue Valley families with students.

Canvas Tip for Students & Parents

You can view the main calendar to see all upcoming assignments. You can select which calendars you would like to view as well as select from various layouts. Please have your student visit the Jag Hub Zoom Helpdesk with questions or reach out to us using the other support options described on this Tech Support slide.

Enrollment for Virtual Summer Courses Opens March 8th

Enrollment for Blue Valley summer programs opens Mar. 8 and closes at 4 p.m. on Mar. 29. General information about the summer explorations programs can be found online at www.bluevalleyk12.org/summerprograms. HS-specific summer information is also available Design Fundamentals and Virtual/Online courses.

Donate to the Future is Female Club HER Drive

Donate to the Future is Female Club HER Drive! The Club is soliciting donations of feminine hygiene and women's personal care products through March, and will donate all collections to Safe Home, an Overland Park women's shelter. Thank you!
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ACTITIVIES

Relay for Life of Blue Valley Youth

We are thrilled to announce that the Relay For Life of Blue Valley Youth will take place in an all-virtual setting on Thursday, April 22nd, and Friday, April 23rd. Following COVID-19 protocols, we are looking forward to introducing an all-new virtual platform to engage with our participants, spread the mission of the American Cancer Society, and fundraise as a community! While we know that Relay For Life is going to look different this year, we can't wait to share what we've been working on... raffles, activities, an all-new Luminaria Ceremony and more! For more information regarding registration, head to Room 306 or direct message us on Instagram @bvwrelayforlife. Be on the lookout for more information regarding our Kick-Off on Thursday, March 25th. We can't wait to see you at Relay!!

Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

The Blue Valley West Science Olympiad team won the Northeast Kansas Regional tournament that took place during the last week of February.


Congratulations to Abi Kothapalli, Aastha Sharma, Alan Abraham, Andy Sun, Chethani Perera, Lisa Ji, Manya Gauba, Naveen Kannan, Puneet Bagga, Rayyan Abid, Rohit Chand, Richa Vallurupalli, Ruhi Chand, Sadiya Abid, Shishir Vargheese, and coach Dr. Hall!


ATHLETIC NEWS

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Spring Sports Spectator Guidelines


The Blue Valley School District has announced that we will be allowing full attendance at all of our outdoor events this spring. For specific details for each sport, please click Spectator Guidelines

Athletics Calendar and Notifications

All athletic schedules can be found on our league website at www.easternkansasleague.org or on the school website, by sport. On the EKL website, you can subscribe to receive notifications of changes, updates or cancellations. It is a great way to find out about any changes as soon as they are made on the site. Questions? Contact Cindy Roach - Athletic Director croach@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-3770.

COUNSELING NEWS

SENIORS Check NAVIANCE for Local Scholarships!

Don’t forget to check the scholarship tab in Naviance for local scholarships. We have a few coming up with Feb. 5th deadlines in case you are interested!