North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - August 12, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Administrators

    • NewsChopper 9 coming to North!

    • ParentVUE URL updated

    • Counseling Updates

    • Seniors Class of 2023

    • Senior Yearbook Ads

    • Welcome Class of 2026

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Parent Announcements

    • Free and Reduced Meals

    • Student Announcements

    • BVN Athletics' Announcements

    • The Mustang Club

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Mustang community,

    And so it begins! I can’t tell you how excited we are to begin the 2022/2023 school year. We have had a great summer with athletes, performing arts, and student leadership groups preparing for the year ahead. Our teachers have returned motivated to take their students to new heights. Every new school year brings a ton of information but we have tried to arrange our North Notes newsletter that in an accessible manner that serves as a resource for week to week communication. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.

    Please pay specific attention to our bell schedule and note that school will now be dismissed at 2:45. We are also excited to welcome our New Mustangs from 7:40-10:45 on August 16. School begins for all students on Wednesday, August 17. The first three days of school will be traditional 7 period days with NO late arrival. Late arrival will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting the week of August 22. I would also like you to put our Back to School Night on your calendar for Tuesday, August 23 from 5:45-8:00. This is a great night to go through your students’ schedule and meet their teachers.

    We can’t wait to see everyone next week. Here’s to a GREAT 2022/2023 school year!

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    Johnny Rowlands and NewsChopper 9 are coming to North!

    KMBC 9 News is doing a back-to-school special feature titled “Banding Together” on the morning of August 22. At 7 a.m., all BVN students are invited to join the marching band outside on the softball field to watch the landing and takeoff of the NewsChopper 9 helicopter. Teachers should of course join outside as well, as all of this is to salute them for their hard work. Johnny will make a short presentation to BVN teachers. Students are encouraged to bring large banners and signs thanking their teachers and welcoming KMBC & KCWE to the school for the aerial shots. This presentation is optional and should conclude in time for students to make it to their 1st hour class.

    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

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • Counselor alpha assignments for the 2022-23 school year: Newman- A-Co (9-11), A-Dau (12); Petersen – Cr-He (9-11), Dav–Ho (12); Bosch – Hi–Mi (9-11), Hu–Min (12); Standefer – Mo–Sh (9-12); Levin – Si–Z (9-12).
    • Schedule change requests for the 2022-23 school year will be accepted during the first three days of school. Deadline: August 19, 3:00pm. After this time, only level changes and drops to a study hall are permitted. See email received August 11th for more details.
    • Counselors will visit with Seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process on September 14/15.
    • Counselors will visit with Juniors in ELA classes to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance on September 28/29.
    • Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Picture Day is Friday, August 19

    All students will get their picture taken on Friday, August 19 during their English class. For seniors, this will be for your student ID only. For grades 9-11, this will be used for the yearbook and your student ID and parents can order photo print packets. See below to pre-order.
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    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


    The Mustang Club has organized a fundraiser to celebrate the Class of 2023! Each senior has the opportunity to "buy" a horseshoe print and personalize it for display on the sidewalks leading into the 123rd Street entry of BVN (aka the Bus Loop entrance) during the duration of your senior year. The horseshoe order form can be found on the Mustang Club website:

    • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31st - Deadline to submit proposed artwork and payment
    • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st - Senior Block Party Painting Day during Advisory
    • Paint and 1 paintbrush will be provided--feel free to bring stencils/painter's tape, etc.

    If you have any questions about this Mustang Club Fundraiser, please contact:

    Senior Tribute Ads: The early bird deadline of Sept. 1 to purchase and submit materials for senior tributes for the class of 2023 is quickly aproaching! 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. 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! You can also find info about picking up your parking pass and download the parking permit application.

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

    Senior Yearbook Ads - Early Bird Deadline is September 1

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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.

    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 to request a second ParentVUE account.

    Mark Your Calendar

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

    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 22 - KMBC 9 News at BVN at 7:00 a.m.!

    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:

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

    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.–3:30 p.m.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Free meals for all students ended

    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.

    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 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 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 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

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

    Student Announcements

    Calling all Mustangs with an interest in Music!

    Have you had an interest in taking a music class but don’t know how to get started/where you might fit in? The world of music is huge, ever-expanding, and welcoming to many different talents and interests. This fall – Mr. Freeman (band director) is offering a chance for you to explore your musical path in a non-traditional music class (not a band/choir/orchestra class). If you are interested, please email Mr. Freeman: Bring your big musical ideas!

    BVN Football Program needs Managers!

    Interested in being part of a team?! The football program is looking for a few more football managers for this upcoming season! Whether you are an interested freshman or senior, this is a great way to meet new friends, get some sun, and contribute to an awesome football program! Pleas contact Coach Pummill @ if interested.

    “Our football managers are every bit as important as our players. They are the glue which holds our team together…and we try and make it a really fun experience where they don’t just “feel” part of the team…they know they are a huge part of our team.” -Coach Pummill

    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 ( or Mrs. Stein ( 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: .

    The KSHSAA sponsored fall sports are listed below:


    The deadline for fall sports is Friday, August 13 by 3:00 p.m. Fall sports begin on Monday, August 15, but in order to practice/tryout, please get your paperwork submitted online before Monday.

    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 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

    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 You will be added to the communication list.

    Cross Country Team

    BVNXC starts on Monday, August 15. This program is open to all incoming BVN 9-12 graders interested in coming out for Cross Country. 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. Please visit our companion website “” to see our team calendar and join our email list! Email Coach Riley for any questions:

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

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

    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

    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 (;

    · 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 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!

    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 .

    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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