Jaguar Journal

October 1, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

ALL SCHOOL NEWS

Support Requested for Jaguar Alumni in Health Crisis

Luke Zeller, a Blue Valley West baseball alumni, is needing our support. Luke’s mother is also a former teacher at BVW and they continue to be a part of our Jaguar Family. Luke has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Because his disease is extremely rare, there is not a treatment option available and he will need to undergo a double lung transplant. Luke is married to his wife, Caitlyn, and they have three small children at home that would benefit from our community pulling together. There is a Venmo account set up, Golf-Zeller, that is being used for donations to support the Zeller family. If you would like more information, please contact Karley Sandy at (712) 899-4502.

Fostering a Safe Environment

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.

Johnson County Youth Court

Do you like to debate? Are you interested in a law career? Do you need community service hours? Johnson County Youth Court might be a good fit for you! What is youth court? Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the formal juvenile justice system in which juvenile offenders are sentenced by their peers. The goal of Youth Court is to reduce the number of youth entering the court system by providing early intervention to youth who are truant or commit first time minor offenses. Youth volunteers participate in the roles of: prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges, jury members, and bailiffs. If that sounds like a fun thing to do, stop by the Police Office and talk to Officer Stock or Officer Harrison to get signed up!

Volunteers NEEDED! Middle School and High School Age Volunteers.

Lakewood Elementary PTO is hosting a Lakewood Family Movie Night - Under the Stars fundraiser. Please join us Saturday, October 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Duties include set-up concession, package popcorn, pass out wristbands, manage traffic, raffle table management, directional staff and clean up crew. Thank you in advance for your time and for helping make this event a success.


This is an outdoor event and is weather permitting. Please include email and cell phone to receive updates on the event. Thank you.


Please contact Caroline Howard - 913.908.9896 or carolinehoward12@gmail.com with questions. Volunteer hours will be signed for at the completion of the event. Sign Up Link.

Creating the best possible Blue Valley high school experience

Blue Valley has a unique opportunity this year to study the high school experience with the goal of creating a comprehensive experience that leads to increased student personalization and ownership of learning.


The High School Study Committee, made up of high school teachers and administrators across the district, will study high school programming and spend time learning more about what we want for our students. Committee members from Blue Valley West include Katie Bonnema, Anna Dunn, Courtney Grimaldi, Paige Lankford and Aimee Price.

The study committee solicited student focus group feedback to help identify the five action teams which will meet regularly over the next two months:


  • Graduation requirements: Investigate what Blue Valley requires of its graduates and make any recommendations related to graduation requirements.

  • Defining high school success: Identify some accountability measures in our redesign process.

  • Real-World Learning Opportunities: Work closely with those leading the BV Edge work and establish a plan to deliver real-world learning opportunities to all students.

  • Strategically Agile High School System: Make recommendations that inject more flexibility and agility into high school programming and the high school experience.

  • Relevant & Authentic Instruction: Make recommendations related to instructional strategies, feedback/assessment policies and grading.


As high school families, your insight and feedback are valuable. Throughout the study, there will be opportunities for all high school students, staff members and families to offer feedback. Stay tuned for more information about the study and feedback opportunities later this semester.

Missing Meningitis A vaccine records for 11th and 12th graders

Meningitis A vaccine records are due by October 15th for all 11th graders and 12th graders that have not turned theirs in to the nurse. Kansas requires all students 16 and older in 11th or 12th grade to have a second dose of the Meningitis A (MCV4) vaccine. Please send your student’s Meningitis documentation to the nurse, Tammy Yeokum. Email address is : tyeokum@bluevalleyk12.org or fax it to: 913-239-3816.

Welcome to the Jungle Tee-shirts are in!

If you purchased a tee-shirt for the WTTJ event and did not receive one, please stop by the Main Office.

SENIOR NEWS Class of 2022

Prom 2022

Has been tentatively scheduled for April 9, 2022. Details to follow at a later date!
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Senior T-Shirts on sale now!

$15 each and can be purchased through The Spot here until September 30th. Students will be notified when shirts are in and can be picked up at the school store The Spot.

Senior Tribute Ad

Senior Parents-Purchase your seniors tribute ad before November 20. An email was sent in early June with details; a copy of that communication can be referenced here. Visit this web address to make your purchase.


Photos and questions can be sent to bvwyearbook@gmail.com

Class of 2022 Senior Year Events & Checklist HERE

View deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!

ATHLETIC NEWS

PTO

Join the PTO at the Jaguar Tailgate Party

  • September 24, 2021

  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Lawn outside of the commons

We will have a food truck so come on out for dinner. We have games for all ages and prizes too. This community event is sponsored by your PTO.

Volunteers Needed for Tailgate Parties!

We are looking for volunteers for our tailgate parties!

Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student

Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!

Volunteers for Hearing & Vision Checks

Join the PTO at the Jaguar Tailgate Party

  • October 7, 2021

  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Lawn outside of the commons

We will have a food truck so come on out for dinner. We have games for all ages and prizes too. This community event is sponsored by your PTO.


Need Volunteers for Tailgate Parties!

We are looking for volunteers for our tailgate parties!

Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student

Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!

Interested in Open PTO Positions?

Interested in Open PTO Positions? click here


Since the new school year is around the corner, the Blue Valley West PTO is looking ahead and inviting anyone who would like to join our great team to reach out to us . Here is the link for signing up for the Open BVWest PTO Chair Positions.



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