North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - December 16, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • End of Semester Info

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Thank you, Parents!

    • Dancing with the North Stars Clinic

    • Bell Schedules

    • Finals Schedule

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • 8th Grade Enrollment Night ~ 1/18/23

    • Counseling Updates

    • Class of 2025 Announcement

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Buckaroo Bash ~ 1/28/23

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Blue Valley 2023 Bond

    • Durham Bus Information

    Final Exam & Assignment Scores Can Be Viewed in Canvas/ Semester Grade Reports Published in ParentVUE on Jan. 11

    Mustang Families,

    The end of the first semester is nearly here. Our students have had a great first 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, December 20, 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 concluded 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.

    Final exam scores and other individual assignment grades can be viewed in Canvas. Semester grade reports will be published in ParentVUE on January 11.

    Need some help?

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

    Kudos and Celebrations

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    Notable Navigators' Students

    Let's give a shoutout to the Navigators' Team for their successful service project. They helped to collect and deliver supplies to KC Pet Project, the city animal shelter, this month. Thanks to everyone who donated and a huge thanks to these awesome students and their teachers for their hard work!
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    BVN Model United Nations Team

    On December 10, the Blue Valley North’s Model United Nations team competed at the annual Northland Model UN Conference at Liberty North High School. The team had enormous success with BVN winning 7 of the possible 18 total awards for the conference! They took home a slew of awards ranging from best position papers to best committee delegate. If you see them, please give them a “congratulations”! They were all very impressive!

    Caroline Massman (Switzerland) - Best Delegate

    Landon Nelson (Brazil) - Best Delegate

    Nikos Lipscomb (Malaysia) - Outstanding Delegate & Outstanding Position Paper

    Gavin Nelson (Ukraine) - Honorable Delegate

    Muhammad Nelson (DRC) - Honorable Delegate

    Gavin Rice (Nigeria) - Honorable Delegate

    Huge congrats to BVN Model UN!

    KMEA All State Choir

    Exciting news! We have students who were accepted into the KMEA All State Choir! They will perform at the KMEA Convention in February. Let's give a huge round of applause to the following students:

    All State Mixed Choir

    Maggie Ruckman - A1

    Noah Tarjan - B1

    All State Treble Choir

    Katie Beck - A1

    Eva Girard - A1

    Laci Olberding - S2


    Riley McConnell - S1

    Tess Moeller - A1

    Joslyn Selser - S2

    Bravo Choir Students!

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    Girls' Basketball Team

    Congratulations to the Girls' Basketball Team! They were the Joplin Tournament Champs! The Team improves to 5-0 on the season and are ranked #1 in the state of Kansas and metro area.

    While In Joplin, MO, Coach Ann Fritz received her 600th win! Way to go girls and Coach Fritz!!

    BV Libraries and Librarians featured in a BV Story

    The latest Learning Connection story features Blue Valley libraries and librarians. Brianna Childers had the opportunity to speak with Paula Naden (TCE), Abby Cornelius and Terri Snethen (BVN) about the benefits of our libraries. All librarians are working hard to ensure every student is happy, safe and healthy. Here is the link to the story that describes how great Blue Valley's library program is.

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    Thank you Mustang Families!

    The outpouring of donations to provide gift cards to our needy families was 100% met plus additional gifts were received. We could not help these families without the generosity of so many kind and giving parents. Thank you for being the Unspoken Heroes of North!

    In addition, we were in awe of the beautiful and delicious cookies, candies, breads and treats so many of you provided for the BVN Staff today. We felt your appreciation and kindness. Thank you for taking the time to shop, bake and deliver these amazing treats for the most incredible dessert bar, complete with all kinds of Keurig cups. Elizabeth Tridle, Shannon Mills and Jacki Bliss, The Mustang Club Hospitality Committee, went above and beyond and we can't thank them enough!

    The BVN Students Heart Teachers chapter had fantastic "BVN Holiday Teacher Wishlist Campaign." and thanks to our generous parents again, these students were able to purchase 13 - $50 Amazon gift cards to gift our BVN teachers. They surpassed their goal of gifting 10 teachers! Students Heart Teachers brings together students with a passion to enrich and uplift teachers by inspiring, educating, and mobilizing students and communities to make impactful changes in how teachers are valued. We are thankful for our parents who helped support these outstanding, giving group of students, led by Caroline Massman and student team members, Addison Stout and Elle Razi.

    We send our sincere thanks to the Mustang Club and all our generous parents!

    Dancing with the North Stars Clinic K-8 ~ January 16, 2023

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    KS Communities That Care Student Survey 2023 (update)

    Thank you to everyone who has already responded to the Kansas Communities That Care consent form in ParentVue. If you haven’t done so yet, we kindly ask for a response by Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM, as the permission form will be taken down after this time so that we can create our survey rosters.

    The Kansas Communities That Care student survey will be given in January 2023 and is open to current Blue Valley students in 6th, 8th, 10th, or 12th grade.

    Blue Valley has participated in this survey for many years, and continued participation allows our staff to understand yearly trends, measuring the effect that our prevention and responsive programming has on our students.

    The Kansas Communities That Care student survey is offered by schools across Kansas and is supported by Greenbush Education Service Center and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The survey is built on a framework of prevention to support effective, evidence-based strategies in Kansas communities. The survey is voluntary, and parents or guardians must complete a form granting permission for their student to take the survey.

    Questions for the Kansas Communities That Care Survey (KCTC Survey) can be found on the district website under “useful links.” Questions are related to substance use, school climate, bullying, depression, and suicide. The survey is completely anonymous, and no identifying student personal information is collected. The Blue Valley School District receives data summarized by school and our overall district results.

    Permission for the Kansas Communities That Care survey can be entered in ParentVue until December 16, 2022. For questions related to the Kansas Communities That Cares survey please contact Mindy Wells, Coordinator of Student Support Services at or Adam Wade, Director of Academic Achievement & Accountability at

    Blue Valley North Bell Schedules

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    Mark Your Calendar

    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.

    Dec. 16 - Finals: Hour 1 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 2 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Dec. 19 - Finals: H3 (7:40-9:00)/H4 (9:10-10:30)/H5 (10:40-12:00)/School Dismissed @ 12:00

    Dec. 20 - Finals: Hour 6 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 7 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Note: No lunch served on Dec. 16, 19 & 20; Buses will run their route home early

    Dec. 21-Jan. 3 - No School/Winter Break

    January 4 - School Resumes:
    Jan. 4 - Odd Hours, Jan. 5 - Even Hours, Jan. 6 - Traditional 7-Hour Schedule

    January 16 - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 18 - 8th Grade Enrollment Night (see flyer below)

    January 28 - Buckaroo Bash Parent Fundraising Party

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Fall 2022 has passed. Students must stay in their class and take a grade .
    • Test scores from the October testing day were distributed on Thursday of this week during lunch. Students who missed the distribution may pick up their score report in Student Services. In addition, any student who also wants their test booklet may pick it up in Student Services before the end of the school year in May.
    • Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year will begin in January. Please look for further information at the start of 2nd semester.
    • Seniors requesting transcripts for January 1 deadlines: Please be aware transcripts will not be sent over winter break. If you have a January 1 deadline, please request transcripts by December 16th.
    • Senior college and career planning information - Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Junior college and career planning information - Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning.
    • Sophomores recommended Naviance tasks -
    • Freshmen 4 year academic plan info - Freshmen Four Year Academic Planning
    • College visits are back in person this year! Juniors and seniors are welcome to sign up to meet with visiting admissions representatives on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Login here -
    • Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
    • Visit the Counseling Home Page to find additional resources or contact information for Counselors and other Student Services staff.

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

    Student Announcements

    FCA Meetings

    FCA meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre. Come for fellowship and fun! If you have questions, please email BVN teacher, Jason Jones at .

    Medical Messages

    Flu & COVID

    Parents it is that time of year when Flu and COVID cases start to pop up. If your student is not feeling well and has a cough with a sore throat it may be wise to keep them home and be sure they are not sick with flu or COVID. If your student has a fever with or without symptoms, they must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication (Blue Valley nursing standard is fever =100 °F or above.)

    Need to speak with the nurse?

    If you need to speak with the nurse please e-mail to set up an appointment.

    Has your student been injured or has a concussion?

    Send your medical orders or documentation to and the nurse will communicate this with your students educational team.

    Did your student forget to take a daily morning medication before leaving for school?

    If your student ever forgets to take a daily morning medication before coming to school, the parent may bring the medication to the school’s front office and the parent may dispense and give the student the medication. If the nurse is to give the medication it must be in the original prescription pill bottle accompanied by the signed physician’s medical order ( ).

    Need to update your students immunization records?

    Please E-mail any updates to your students immunization record to Nurse Collichio, Thank you.

    BVN Nurse Page

    For more information about the BVN Clinic, please visit the Nurse Page by clicking on this link:

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    Parent Announcements

    Student Support After School Program

    Officer Tony Latas, BVN Student Resource Officer, and Sean Birdsong, BVN Student Support Liaison, are running a Student Support After School program. This program is Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in room 602. This time is for students who are routinely waiting a few hours for rides after school, having any failing grades, and/or missing assignments that need to be completed.

    This is also a good opportunity for students needing community service hours. If your student is interested in volunteering or you have questions, have your student see Officer Latas, Mr. Birdsong or any BVN Administrator. Thank you!

    Safe Schools Reporting

    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.

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    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.

    Student Digital ID Cards

    Students have a digital student ID card on their phones. If you paid for a Student Activity Pass, it should say that on the ID and students will show this to get into games. They can save their ID on their home page on an iPhone, or it can be saved as a favorite page on an android phone. If students were absent on Picture Day or if they have any trouble loading the ID, they can come to Student Services for help.

    Family Activity Passes

    All Family Activity Passes and Adult Individual Passes have been distributed. If you paid for your Family Activity Pass by the end of the day on September 13 but haven't received it yet, the cards were sent home with your student. If you purchase a pass after September 13, you need to contact Lori Freeman, BVN Bookkeeper, to obtain your cards.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

    Athletic 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: .

    Spring Sports begin on February 27

    Is your student participating in a spring sport: Baseball, Boys' Golf, Boys' Tennis, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Swimming and Diving, Softball or Track and Field? If yes, your student must have a current physical examination form and athletic packet submitted for review before the student is authorized to participate in practice or tryouts. We encourage you to get this completed over the winter break, as the deadline is February 24 by 3:00 p.m. If your student has been in another KSHSAA sport this school year, and already has their athletic paperwork on file, your student athlete is ready to participate. This paperwork is all on-line; the link is listed above.

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

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

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Graduation for the Class of 2023 will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer.

    • Seniors requesting transcripts for January 1 deadlines: Please be aware transcripts will not be sent over winter break. If you have a January 1 deadline, please request transcripts by TODAY!!
    • Seal of Biliteracy for Seniors: Check your email communication that was sent on November 29 if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity. Please review the Seal of Biliteracy website for detailed information. If you would like to participate, the Seal of Biliteracy Student Intent Form must be submitted by the end of day Friday, Dec 16, 2022 (TODAY!).
    • If you have not done so already, please order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need as soon as possible. Seniors can check the list posted at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have or have not ordered. If not, just go to or ORDER HERE!
    • Senior Class Picture will be taken on Tuesday, January 24. All senior advisory classes will go to the gym at 12:15 p.m. A link to purchase the photo print will be posted as soon as it is available. In case of a snow day on 1/24, the photo will be taken during advisory on 1/26.
    • Our diplomas will be ordered soon so that we have them in time for May graduation. Please click on the link and complete the Senior Diploma/Transcript Form as soon as possible. Only 24 seniors still need to have this form completed. This form also authorizes the release of senior transcripts for college applications. Click here: Diploma/Transcript Authorization. If the form is not completed prior to our order, we will use the name as written in ParentVue/StudentVue.


    For the most up-to-date info,
    please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

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    Opportunities to learn more about Bond 2023

    All registered Blue Valley voters will have an opportunity to vote in a no tax rate increase bond election in January 2023. Bond projects include investments in facilities, safety and technology that will benefit staff and students for years to come.

    Here are a few ways to learn more about Bond 2023.

    • Listen to a podcast: Take time to listen to two 15-minute podcasts about Bond 2023 & Facilities and Bond 2023 & Safety.

    • Watch a video: Watch a short video that breaks down how bond funds can be used. Want to learn more? Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

    • Review the Bond 2023 website: The Bond 2023 website includes information about voting, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

    • Register to vote: All registered Blue Valley voters will automatically receive a mail ballot around January 11. Not a registered voter? Register online.

    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

    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 .

    The last North Notes of the year is the December 16, 2022, issue. The next North Notes will be on January 6, 2023. Have a wonderful winter break Mustangs!

    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed during Winter Break, December 21, 2022, through January 3, 2023.

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