Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - September 24, 2021
In this Newsletter …
A Letter from BVN Principal
BVN Conference Info-Sign Up closes today at 3 p.m.
Parent Volunteers Needed
BVN Attendance Office
BV Dress Code Policy
Fall Activity Guide link
BVN Bell Schedules
Mark Your Calendar
Gold Out Game Info/Stampede Hours
Durham Bus Information
The Mustang Club (former PBC)
A Letter from North Administrators
I am very happy to announce that Blue Valley North has been named the #1 public high school in the Kansas City metro area and the entire state of Kansas by Niche.com! If you have not already done so, you can read all about it in the Kansas City Star. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, and community support. Thank you so much for helping us achieve this honor!
Next week we are looking forward to a great week of Parent/Teacher Zoom Conferences. Your partnership is essential as students progress into the 1st quarter. Please remember to talk with your student that Tuesday/Thursday NorthTimes are still available for movement about the building to see teachers and get caught up on assignments.
We also appreciate our parent community for speaking with students about respecting our facilities in light of the recent Tik Tok vandalism trend. Our students are responding very positively and we are looking forward to more days of students treating our facilities with respect and maturity. Blue Valley North is a special school community and I am confident that by working together we can eliminate this issue.
Please mark your calendars for October 1 and 15, when there is no school. As always, thanks for your support, Mustangs!
BVN Conference Sign-up Closes Today at 3
The teachers look forward to speaking with as many parents as possible. Given the virtual nature of these conferences and the time available, I would encourage you to talk to your child and decide if a Parent-Teacher conference is necessary. If you and your child are happy with how things are going and with their progress in class, a conference is not necessary at this time. Feel free to drop the teacher an email with any extra questions that you might have.
If you want to sign up and have not already done so, please do so before Friday, Sep 24 at 2:30pm. Sign-up directions.
Click link above to access the instructions and find the link to sign up for each teacher. If you encounter any problems with the sign-up, please contact the teacher.
Preparing for your Zoom Conference:
If you have never used Zoom on your device-- 3 options:
- Prior to the conference time, download the Zoom Client
- When joining the meeting. Use this link https://zoom.us/join and enter the meeting code. The meeting code is in the Zoom link found in your Confirmation email. It can also be found on the “Zoom Link and Passwords for all Teachers”
- Consider using your student’s MacBook. Your student can update Zoom (Directions)
Attending your Conferences
Zoom Link and passwords for all teachers
Volunteers Needed for Hearing & Vision Screening
On Thursday, October 14, 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the BVN Performing Arts Center, we need your help! Parent volunteers are needed for half-day or full-day shifts. Please call BVN Nurse Amanda Collichio at (913-239-3013) or e-mail her at email@example.com to volunteer. Nurse Collichio looks forward to getting to work with some of our Mustang Parents!
BVN Attendance Office
Do you need to check your student out early for an appointment?
You can no longer send your student a text to get them released from class. Please send a note with your student that morning, and ask them to drop it off at the Attendance Office on their way to their first class. The attendance office window for students is located in the main foyer as you walk into the building. The Attendance Office can also be reached by calling 913-239-3001 or emailing AttendanceBVN@bluevalleyk12.org . We ask for a minimum of two hours’ notice. A pass is delivered to your student’s class and their teacher will give the pass to your student so they can check-out in the Attendance Office before they leave. If you plan ahead, we can have your student waiting on you so you don't need to come into BVN. You can wait in your car.
Attendance Office Information
With over 1500 students, BVN has Rita Mouber, Attendance Manager, solely dedicated to overseeing student absences and early releases from class for appointments. Enter (913) 239-3001 in your phone’s speed dial or email firstname.lastname@example.org if your student will be absent from school. Include student’s first and last name, grade, reason for absence, your name and phone number. Rita checks email and voice mail constantly so please leave the information on her voicemail if she doesn’t answer her phone.
Blue Valley Dress Code Policy
Board of Education Appearance of Students Policy 3513
Student clothing shall be appropriate for students in the business of learning. Clothing or appearance that distracts from the purposes of the school shall not be permitted. Student clothing shall reflect a sense of self-respect and personal dignity.
District staff shall seek parent cooperation in encouraging students to adhere to this policy.
B.O.E. Adopted 25 Aug 1980
B.O.E. Amended 11 Oct 1999
B.O.E. Amended 10 Jul 2000
B.O.E. Reviewed 10 Mar 2014
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOMECOMING!
Homecoming Week starts October 4th where students will be able to see their hallways decked out like the land of Oz! HoCo week is jam-packed with the Homecoming parade, pep rally, football game, royalty crowning, an outdoor assembly, and of course – the dance! Dance tickets go on sale starting Monday, October 4th and will be $15 in advance, $20 at the door. You can purchase tickets during lunch or on the BVN Athletic website under Tickets. Please see the below images for spirit week themes and a schedule of the events! Happy Homecoming!
BVN Fall Activity Guide
Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Fall Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition: https://anyflip.com/qzkqi/mgfd/
This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams & 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!
BVN Bell Schedules (new info)
Unfortunately, we continue to experience vandalism within our bathrooms on a daily basis. These incidents are being investigated in coordination with law enforcement. As a result, we will suspend Friday NorthTime until we have consecutive weeks in which our students treat our facilities in a respectful and mature manner. Students will eat lunch during their 5th Hour on Fridays. Bell schedule is included below, titled "Traditional 7-Hour Days/No North Time"
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. It's also posted on the BVN website. When there are schedule changes due to a shortened school week, during finals, etc., it will be announced in North Notes and listed on the EKL calendar, BVN’s school calendar.
Here is a link to the Bell Schedule which is on the BVN website: BVNBELLSCHEDULE .
Mark Your Calendar
Sept. 27-30: Parent/Teacher Conferences (see details below)
October 1: NO SCHOOL; First semester course fees due; two weeks prior to quarter end.
Oct. 4-9: Homecoming Spirit Week
October 6: Homecoming Parade at 6:00 p.m.
October 9: Homecoming Dance at BVN, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
October 15: NO SCHOOL/End of 1st Quarter
November 1: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning for Teachers
Nov. 24-26: NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 17, 20, 21: Final Exams/Early release (times announced in Oct.)
Dec. 22-Jan 4: Winter Break
January 5: School Resumes
Upcoming All School Events
All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar: www.easternkansasleague.org
Click here for the 2021-22 Blue Valley School District Calendar.
GOLD OUT Game Tonight!
Team Up For St. Jude KC Gold Out Game - Sept. 24/ TODAY!!
BVN's Gold Out Game is September 24th! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, gold is the color, and BVN will participate in Team Up For St. Jude KC, an organization that began with a BVN student back in 2016.
Support this event by purchasing a Gold Out t-shirt at the BVN Stampede and/or tying yellow ribbons around trees at your home. Gold ribbons have been tied and continue to be tied by BVN students for a donation of $10+ in honor of childhood cancer survivors, those children and teens still battling, and those who have tip-toed into heaven too soon. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Hospital, the leader in pediatric cancer treatments. All protocols are shared with hospitals worldwide including in KC. Contact these BVN students to help. Thank you!
Cimone Trysla, email@example.com
Lars Yarkosky, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Shewmaker, email@example.com
Audrey Fendler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations Needed (new)
Looking for an easy way to support our school? Please donate to our Homecoming Parade Pizza Party! The Mustang Club provides free pizza to all BVN students and staff before the parade, but we need you to help make it a complete meal! Sign up to donate water, chips, desserts and coolers by clicking on the link below:
Underclass Testing/Senior Outreach Day– Oct. 13, Noon dismissal (NEW)
On October 13, sophomores and juniors across the nation will take the PSAT, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The scores from the PSAT during the junior year are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Students involved with testing will test during the morning and then be dismissed when their test is completed (approximately at 12 p.m.), then our cafeteria will have a grab & go lunch available. Bus times will be adjusted to accommodate the changes and will leave BVN at or shortly after noon.
Here is the plan for all students:
- Freshman—Pre-ACT at BVN
- Sophomores—Practice ACT or PSAT, both at BVN (To register for the PSAT, pay a $19 fee on ParentVue. Payment deadline is Wednesday, October 6, 2021.)
- Juniors—Practice ACT at BVN or PSAT at KU Edwards (To register for the PSAT, pay a $19 fee on ParentVue. Payment deadline is Wednesday, October 6, 2021.)
* Juniors who have registered to take the PSAT will go directly to the KU Edwards campus, arriving no later than 7:30 a.m. for testing, and they will be dismissed for the day from there. If any junior needs transportation, please email Lisa Stolper: email@example.com by Friday, October 8.
- Seniors--please complete this google form to be excused from attendance: Senior Outreach link . Seniors who have not completed the google form by October 11 will be put on a study hall list and expected to be at school on October 13 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Juniors taking practice ACT, all Sophomores and all Freshmen will test at BVN, and should look for their room assignments posted outside Student Services. Bring No.2 pencils and a calculator. Arrive at school by 7:30 a.m. We will not be able to interrupt testing, so please schedule all doctor appointments and other appointments after 12:00 on October 13. Thank you for helping us provide a great testing environment!
World Language Credit Information (9th grade families only)
This information is only for students who have completed the Middle School world language sequence and will seek to transfer two world language credits to their High School transcript. In July 2020, the Board of Education revised the policy on high school credit for world language courses successfully completed. Students have the option of receiving 2 credits for successful completion of the middle school world language series. To apply for the credit transfer, please fill out the form found here by October 15. This link was also sent to all 9th graders and their parents/guardians via email during the week of September 6, 2021.
School Photo Orders (updated info)
If your student’s picture was taken on Picture Day (August 20) and you placed a pre-order for photos, the picture package was delivered to your student in their English class last week. If you did not pre-purchase a packet, your student was given a proof sheet with instructions for how to purchase from their website, www.rollandkc.com using your student's ID number as the password. Your student may have had their picture taken today (Re-takes and Last Chance) and we should have proof sheets, school IDs and picture packets in approximately 2 weeks. They will be distributed by English teachers.
Student ID Cards and Student Activity Passes
Your student should have received their school ID by now. If a Student Activity Pass was purchased by August 24, it should be printed on his/her Student ID. If you’ve purchased a Student Pass after August 24, just have your student come to Student Services and fill out a form to request a new corrected ID.
Mustang Family Activity Pass
If you purchased a Family Activity Pass or an Adult Individual Activity pass, you may have picked it up at the home football game on September 2. If you did not, you can have your student pick it up from Mrs. Miller in the Student Services office, or if you want to swing by the school, just call ahead and we can have your pass in the front office for you. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
School Nurse Information and Clinic Hours
The Nurse's office is open Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. during school hours. This office closes for lunch 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. each day (except in the case of emergency). Nurse Amanda Collichio is available to assist students with their health needs, first-aid and medical conditions. Please contact Nurse Amanda at (913) 239-3013 or by email at AJCollichio@bluevalleyk12.org .
Are you moving? Have you moved?
Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Counseling, Academics & Testing (updates)
Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage for information about:
- Juniors and Seniors may sign up for BVN-only virtual admissions presentations by college reps on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Visits for next week include Oberlin College, Rockhurst University, St. Louis University, Wake Forest University, Rice University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Miami University – Oxford, The University of the South, Creighton University, Lipscolm University, University of Oklahoma, Texas Christian University, Oklahoma State University, Chapman University, University of Missouri, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Colby College
- Senior college admissions: Counselors visited with seniors in ELA classes last week and offered additional more in-depth college application sessions this week. Seniors who have additional questions are encouraged to see their counselor.
- Testing Day: October 13, 2021 – Freshmen will take Pre-ACT, Sophomores and Juniors take either PSAT or practice ACT (see email sent 9/20 for more information), seniors will have non-testing opportunities.
- For AP test registration, see AP Registration Information
- Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or SKing@bluevalleyk12.org .
EXCITING NEWS! For the first time, Blue Valley North will have a Unified Bowling team, and we are looking for any interested students to join the team!
“Unified Sports join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.”
The season will be from October 4th – November 18th and is a two day a week commitment, with one practice and one meet every week (more specific dates and times will be to come). If your BVN student would be interested in being an Athlete or a Partner on the Unified Bowling team, please reach out to Erin Nathan, Sarah Young, or John Daigle. The student must have a recent physical on file. The deadline to sign up is today, September 24th!
Blue Valley North is excited to announce the addition of Boys' Bowling! Attend the information meeting, Thursday, October 7th, room 242, during NorthTime! Contact Coach Nathan email@example.com with any questions.
Boys' Swimming and Diving Team
If students are interested in being a member of the Boys' Swim and Dive Team, please mark your calendars!
- Student-Athlete Information Meeting was held on Friday, September 17
- Team/Parent Meeting will take place on Monday, November 8, at 6:15 p.m. in the Library.
- All physicals & athletic participation forms are due to Mrs. Anderson, BVN Main Office on Friday, November 12, by 3:00 p.m. in order to begin practice on November 15.
Baseball – New Parent/New Family Meeting (new)
- Who? – New Families to BVN
- When? – 6:30pm Wednesday, October 13th (10/13)
- Where? – BVN Library
** This is an informational meeting for any NEW families to BVN that have students interested in the baseball. Meeting should last about 30 minutes**
Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2021-22
Winter Sports begin on November 15, and physicals and KSHSAA required athletic participation forms are due on November 12 by 3:00 p.m. If your student will be participating in a KSHSAA sponsored sport at BVN, every student-athlete needs a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician. If your student athlete participated in a fall sport, they will already have their packet on file with the BVN Athletic Department. Here is a link to all the forms & physical on the BVN website PHYSICAL2021. The physical is just part of the paperwork required. All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN's Main Office. If you have questions, contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Assistant to the Athletic Director, at 913-239-3011 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Senior Information for the Class of 2022
Save the date for 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. No tickets required and no limit on seating.
Senior Info page: Click HERE to access info about:
- Ordering your Senior Tribute Ad--deadline is quickly approaching. Turn in your ad materials by Sept. 30! See info below as well as the FAQ on the flyer linked on the Senior Canvas page. Still have questions? Email email@example.com.
- Let us know how you want your senior's name printed on the diploma, along with authorizing the release of your student's transcript
- And MORE!
We will update this Canvas page as new info becomes available.
Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Info (new)
For the 2022 AP exams, students at Blue Valley North High School will be registering online. Online Exam registration will begin today and end on Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM. The AP exam registration process is two steps, but both can be completed in one sitting when the student and parent/guardian do this together. Even if you do not plan to take the AP exam, you need to complete both 2-3 steps to access the College Board’s AP resources. Both 2-3 steps must be completed in order to have AP exams ordered:
Step 1: Begin the process at the BVN Counseling Canvas Page to watch the video walking you through how to register for your AP exam as well as how to access your join codes at https://bvusd.instructure.com/courses/76177/pages/ap-testing.
Step 2: After watching the videos, Click on the AP Registration Website link. You will indicate both the AP courses you are taking this year and the exams you wish to take. You will receive your join codes and directions to complete the second required step. Any exam fees will be paid online so be sure to have a debit card or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment. (the video shows the Mail option, but we HIGHLY recommend credit/debit cards for a timely payment)
Step 3: Use the join codes provided at the completion of step one to enroll the student's AP courses and exams in the College Board's system.
This year each AP exam costs $108.00. Blue Valley North High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Catie Bosch, email@example.com, or go to Student Services to learn more.
Here are the important dates for the registration process:
- Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 1:44 PM - Registration Begins
- Fri, Nov 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $40 late fee per exam.
- Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM - Registration Ends
- Mon, Mar 14, 2022 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.
- Thu, Mar 10, 2022 - Last day to cancel an exam and receive a full refund.
Please contact Catie Bosch, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.
American Mathematics Competition (new)
The AMC (American Mathematics Competition) test https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/about-amc will be administered online this year on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The AMC test is being administered in the fall this year instead of January or February. BVN will be administering the AMC 10/12 B test only. The cost of the test is $10, which is an increase in price from previous years. If you are interested in taking the AMC test, please complete the following form by Monday, October 18. In addition, you must bring your payment of $10 Mrs. Colwell in Room 238 on or before Tuesday, October 19 at 3:00 pm.
Kay Club - BVN Community Service Club
My name is Haya Boda and I'm one of the VPs of KAY Club. Our first meeting of the year was September 8. If you missed it and still want to participate, please join the KAY Club GroupMe in our Instagram bio @bvnkayclub. We hope you can join us!
National Honor Society Meetings - Sept. 28 or 29
Do your Class of 2022 or Class of 2023 students have a GPA of 3.5 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, 2021 through September 30, 2021. These hours must come from non-profit organizations. We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online platform. 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 work, please contact Mrs. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.
The initial information meeting is Tuesday, September 28 from 7:50-8:15 or Wednesday, September 29, from 3:00-3:25. Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting.
Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. and Mandatory Induction is Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:30.p.m. upon approval of candidacy.
Drama Department Announcements
CLUE-October 15th and 16th at 7:00pm, in the Little Theatre (new info)
Guest Stars Include:
Joel Goldberg--the voice of the Kansas City Royals and parent of BVN’s own Ellie Goldberg, who is also cast in the show! Joel has spent more than a quarter century on television. Joel has worked in four markets during a 25+ year career, covering two World Series Championship teams and thousands of baseball games—not to mention multiple Super Bowls, NHL playoffs and NCAA March Madness basketball games.
Jason Sickel--Kansas Teacher of the Year, 2017 and BVN’s Director of Choirs. You’re accustomed to enjoying his work through the performances of his students, but in Clue you’ll get to see him in the spotlight too!
Come on out, see if you can spot these two and figure out “Who done it?”.
Tickets will go on sale on September 30th at 7:00 am! To purchase tickets, individuals need to go to https://bvnathletics.com/event-tickets (Links to an external site.).
Durham Bus Riders (updated)
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:
- 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.
- 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 www.bluevalleydurham.com.
- 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 www.bluevalleydurham.com.
Please Join The Mustang Club during 2021-22!
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 (the former BVN Parent Booster Club). It financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (similar to a PTO/PTA), and over the last 6 years, 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 without your help through memberships 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 (www.bvnmustangs.com);
· Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause; and
· Take advantage of sponsorships for companies wanting to support BVN financially.
Visit The Mustang Club website at www.bvnmustangs.com. This organization is completely run by parent volunteers so every dollar donated goes to benefit BVN students. It is a 501(c)3 organization so your contributions are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!
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 JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org .
BVN Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
On Friday, October 1, the office will be closed due to after school conferences Sept. 27-30.