September 25

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

Topics for this edition are as follows:

All school News

Activities News

Athletics News

Counseling News

Important Links

All-school News

Jaguar Community-

We are wrapping another successful week in the Jungle! Our students continue to amaze me with their resiliency and commitment. We have had a few student athletic events this week and I have so much enjoyed seeing our students competing and participating. We are excited to see our students on Oct. 5th--while it may be only half at a time-this will truly be a step towards bringing our JAGUAR family together again.

Dr. Potts

Guidelines for Fan Attendance at Athletic and Activity Events

  • Due to recommendations regarding COVID-19, the Blue Valley School District is limiting our spectators to household family members only in which their student is playing or performing. This would include family members living under the same roof, during this school year. This should not include siblings away at college or otherwise not living at home or other extended family members.

Thank you for respecting the guidelines that have been set to ensure the safety of all athletes and spectators. We can’t wait to see our students performing, participating and playing at games!

Freshmen Preview

  • All in-person 9th grade students are encouraged to attend the BVW 9th Grade Preview on Oct. 1st and Oct 2nd. Students will attend on the date corresponding to their last name (similar to when we utilize the hybrid schedule the week of Oct. 5th) This is an opportunity for BVW Freshman to Ring the VICTORY BELL bell and walk through the schedule. Students are excused from their classes during this time--so they will not need to check in or attend via Zoom.

Details are below:

  • Date-- Thu Oct 1 (students with last names A-L)

Fri Oct 2 (students with last names M-Z)

  • Where--Students will enter through the Front doors of BVW by the Jaguar statue if they are a car rider or by the bus loop if they are a bus rider.

  • Begin Time--The event will begin at 9:45-students should not be dropped off any earlier than 9:35. Bus riders will arrive shortly before 9:45.

  • End Time-- Students will be done no later than 10:45. Parents picking up will line up in their cars in the parent drop-off and pick-up loop in front of the school. Bus riders will board the busses at 10:45

  • What to Bring Students should not bring any items--no computer, books, etc. The only item a student should bring is a pen or pencil. Students should have the ability to view their schedule-so they will need a phone with access to canvas as well

PTO Announcements

  • Help support Blue Valley West High School by joining us at Chipotle at 8301 W 151 St. in Overland Park, on October 7th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Order online or in person.

  • Sports and Activities Directory and purchasing a Congrats ad for your student

Technology Support Options

  • Parents, please note the technology support options available for your students. You may use them as well if you have parent questions! This slide is posted in the Jag Hub if you want to review it later.

Directions to upgrade your MacBook to Catalina - deadline is October 12th

  • Click here for directions.The upgrade will take 2 to 5 hours (or more). Consider doing this overnight or on a weekend day.

  • If you have not upgraded by October 12th, it will not allow you another defer and will take over your device to perform the upgrade. You will not have access to your MacBook for 2 to 5 (or more) hours during this time.

Activity News

Welcome to Your Senior Year, Class of 2021!

  • Though it may seem like graduation is a long way away, preparation for the big day starts now! Herff Jones, our school’s official graduation provider, is requesting the following information from each Senior see flyer:

      • Submit your contact information and sizing for cap and gown

      • Watch this Class of 2021 Virtual Meeting provided by Renne Trimble from Herff Jones

      • Check out their digital catalogs

      • Place your orders

  • Purchase your Senior Ad 20-21 even if you are not prepared to upload photos, it is advised to buy the space you’d like as quickly as possible. The allotted space for senior ads fills up faster each year.

  • A message went out to all seniors on Wednesday 9/23/2020 providing information about the college planning lesson that can be found now in canvas. This lesson talks about applying to colleges, how to request a transcript, how to request a recommendation letter and financial aid.

Athletics News


Counseling Canvas Page

Virtual College Rep Visits

  • Every year admissions representatives from colleges across the country come to Blue Valley West to meet with students and provide information about their institutions. This year these visits will be occurring but they will be held virtually. All college rep visits can be found in Naviance under the colleges tab. At the moment we have 40 visits scheduled and more are added daily. Please sign up in Naviance to attend any session you are interested in.

Student Check-In Survey

  • All students were sent an email on Monday asking them to complete a counseling check in survey. There are questions about academics along with future plans. We are using this information to help guide us in the supports and programming we will offer this school year. At this time we have about 300 responses. Please check with your student to make sure they have completed this survey.

College Planning Lesson for Seniors

  • A message went out to all seniors on Wednesday 9/23/2020 providing information about the college planning lesson that can be found now in canvas. This lesson talks about applying to colleges, how to request a transcript, how to request a recommendation letter and financial aid.

AP Exam Registration Information

  • This is a 2 step process if you plan on taking the exam!!

  1. Register for the course and exam through College Board

  • Make sure you have your join code from your teacher before trying to register

  • Everyone enrolled in the course must register for the course in College Board. Teachers use the instructional materials from College Board in their classrooms

  • Registration for the exam will be marked “yes” for you; if you don’t want to take the exam please change “yes” to “no” or an exam will be ordered for you. Not everyone has to take the exam. If you marked “no” during this step you don’t have to move to step 2

  1. If you marked “yes” you are taking the AP exam in College Board you MUST go to Total Registration to pay for the exam.


  • Registration Deadline: October 30th

  • Exam Fees:

    • $107 per course unless you are taking AP Research or AP Seminar and those exams are $142

    • Any full year exam registered for or paid for after October 30th will be charged a $40 late fee

If you have any questions please reach out to your AP teacher or AP Coordinator (Mrs. Glotzbach).

Blue Valley West Information:


  • If your student is going to be absent from school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office (913)239-3701 to report this absence. We will need to know the student’s name (first and last), date and reason for the absence, and spell the last name. If your student is going to be late to school or needs to leave school early, please include that in your message. If your student is going to be absent due to a school activity, it is not necessary for you to call. Even though we are distance and/or virtual learning, accurate attendance records are required.