June 7, 2022
Blue Valley’s Board of Education members have several updates to share with Blue Valley families.
Board of Education meeting livestream: Beginning June 13, Blue Valley will no longer livestream public comments made during Open Forum. The livestream will begin when the meeting is called to order after recognitions and open forum have concluded. Blue Valley School District’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings are livestreamed to provide patrons a virtual opportunity to stay up-to-date on all board actions.
Board of Education and community engagement: The Board of Education has established a new board advisory Communications Committee to look at additional ways for the board to engage and communicate with the community. Applications for all board advisory committees are available online.
Open Board of Education position: Blue Valley patrons in BOE District 1 (NE) are invited to apply for an open board position due to the resignation of Amy Tysseling. Applications are due by 8 a.m. on June 13. More information is online at www.bluevalleyk12.org/boe.
For many students, the end of the school year is also the end of an era. Our 5th grade and 8th grade students will be moving up to middle school and high school, while our 12th graders will be moving on to new adventures.
In our final episode of the BV unmuted 2021-22 season, Superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan chats with 5th grader Amber Gao, 8th grader Sami Sandler and 12th grader Matt Lancaster about these transitions and asks what advice they have for students who will be starting classes at the schools they are leaving.
Aubry Bend Middle School science teacher Melissa Molde starts off her class by telling her students about the day’s lesson, but instead of standing in front of the classroom and going through a lecture, she allows the students to work with each other. This is an example of blended learning in Blue Valley.
Blended learning, the combination of online tools with in-person learning, elevates learning by leveraging digital tools to enhance traditional instruction. Students are given the tools that empower them to create, collaborate and learn.
“In simplicity, blended learning is teaching with technology, but the focus is still on the learning and not the technology,” said Brad Moser, Blue Valley’s blended learning director. “Today it’s hard to do anything without having some form of technology that impacts our lives and the things that we do. Using technology effectively and efficiently is a crucial skill to prepare students for their future in the workforce or in college.”
Read more about blended learning in this week's Learning Connection story.
The Learning Connection is a resource for all families, from those with children entering early learning to those with graduating seniors. The resource allows Blue Valley to engage with the community on an ongoing basis to expand families’ knowledge about the district’s learning and teaching initiatives.