Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - April 9, 2021
In this Newsletter …
A Letter from BVN Principal
April and May Schedules
Mark Your Calendar
Kudos and Celebrations
Senior Class of 2021
Bone Marrow Donar Registration
National Honor Society Service Projects
BVN Environmental Club Newsletter
Mustang Medical Messages
BVEF Night of Lights
Auxiliary Gym Construction Info
Durham Contact Info
Parent Booster Club Spirit Wear Sale
A Letter from North Administrators
It is hard to believe that we only have 6 weeks left for seniors and 7 weeks left for underclassmen! As we approach the end of the school year, it is very important that students finish strong. Remember that we have time dedicated each day for students to get work done and/or Zoom with their teachers for help that they need.
Earlier today you received important information regarding Blue Valley school updates for the rest of the year. It is very important that you consult that email as it pertains to our day-to-day activities. If you are the parent of a senior you should have also received an email regarding senior events (i.e. Yearbook Distribution, Senior Celebration, Class Day, and Graduation). Specifically, Class Day and Graduation info consisted of:
- Class Day - Friday, May 21st - 10:00 a.m.
- Class day will start at 10:00 am, in the Main Gym at Blue Valley North. Due to COVID-19, each student will only be permitted to have a total of two guardians in attendance at Class Day. Class Day will be live-streamed, and the link will be shared at a later date. Two tickets per senior will be available beginning on May 10th and can be obtained by visiting this link: https://bvnathletics.com/partner/28/event/313 . The passcode for Class Day tickets is your Student's ID number.
- Graduation - Sunday, May 23rd – 4:00 p.m.
- 13310 Switzer Rd, Overland Park, KS 66213
- Gates open for parents at 3 p.m.--There are no tickets required and no limit on seating.
- If our graduation is postponed, it will be rescheduled for Tuesday, May 25th at 8:00 p.m.
- Please be on the lookout for any communication from either the District or BVN related to cancellations.
Please make it a priority to read that information as we want to have a strong finish to our school year. We also want to honor our seniors as they have had to sacrifice a great deal over the last calendar year. As we have stressed throughout the year, it continues to be EXTREMELY important to follow all COVID risk mitigation strategies. If you have a student who experiences any COVID symptoms (especially if you have recently traveled) it is imperative that they stay home and get tested. Remember that the only time students can Zoom into classes will be because of a COVID-related absence. All other absences must be through communication with teachers and Canvas access.
Have a great weekend, Mustangs!
Mark Your Calendar
April 23 - No School/Professional Learning for Teachers
May 23 - Graduation at 4:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC
NEW INFO for the end of the school year:
May 26- ODD Day/Students attend class Hours 1 & 3, then Final Exams Hours in 5 & 7
May 27- EVEN Day/Final Exams in Hours 2, 4 & 6
May 28 - Last day of School/Final Exams in Hours 1 & 3/School dismissed @ 10:41
May 31 - Memorial Day
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 revised 2020-21 Blue Valley School District Calendar.
Kudos and Celebrations
Girls' Swimming and Diving Team (new)
The Girls' Swimming and Diving Team competed against Blue Valley West in a home meet held on April 6. Congratulations to our divers Carolyn Nuss who placed first, and to Ava Sophir who placed third!! And a huge shout out to swimmer Caroline Blake who qualified for state in the 50 free! Way to go Mustangs!!
The Congressional Award (new)
Jordin MacKenzie, BVN Junior, has been awarded the Congressional Award by the United States Congress. The award for young Americans is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. It is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals. Congratulations to Jordin!
Eighty-nine students participated in the FBLA State competition this year. The event was completely virtual, so students had to be even more responsible to submit their projects and presentations on time. The results below are incredible and are a testament to the great students we have and the fantastic teachers in this building who have helped them achieve success in so many areas of competition.
There were 67 events at State this year and here are the results:
24 placed 1st
11 placed 2nd
15 placed 3rd
7 placed 4th
The Top 4 in each event may go on to participate in Nationals this summer (still virtually). Please congratulate the following students for representing our school so well in so many different events:
3-D Animation ~ 3rd ~ Rahul Chavali, Joe Thummel, Tate Wichman
Accounting ~ 3rd ~ Prakhya Kakumanu
Advertising ~ 1st ~ Frank Barton
Agribusiness ~ 1st ~ Ariel Iseman, 2nd ~ Prakhya Kakumanu, 5th ~ Kayoko Thornton
Banking & Financial Systems ~ 1st ~ Grant Mao and Firas Batrash
Business Communications ~ 1st ~ Alec Liu, 3rd ~ Anna Hamilton,
8th ~ Caroline Clarke, 9th ~ Molly McCartan
Business Law ~ 3rd ~ Disha Ahuja, 10th ~ Elizabeth Place
Coding & Programming ~ 1st ~ Nathan Bronson, 3rd ~ Nick Reinig
Community Service Project ~ 5th ~ Brenna Coleman and Cimone Trysla
Computer Game & Simulation Programming ~ 2nd ~ Nathan Bronson,
Rahul Chavali and Prabhav Pagadala
Computer Problem Solving ~ 1st ~ Jerry Xia, 5th ~ Alec Liu
Cyber Security ~ 2nd ~ Frank Barton, 6th ~ Benjamin Jordan
E-business ~ 3rd ~ John Sublett
Economics ~ 4th ~ Anna McCartan, 5th ~ Molly Smith,
7th ~ Anna Hamilton, 10th ~ Shishir Vargheese
Entrepreneurship ~ 1st ~ Shishir Vargheese
Graphic Design ~ 8th ~ Rahul Chavali, Caleb Deng and Joy Yan
Health Care Administration ~ 2nd ~ Disha Ahuja,
5th ~ Qasim Chohdry, 7th ~ Sanvika Inturi, 9th ~ Kayoko Thornton
Help Desk ~ 10th ~ Molly McCartan
Hospitality & Event Management ~ 1st ~ Frank Barton and Rishit Chilappa
Impromptu Speaking ~ 5th ~ Edward Mu, 7th ~ Jordin MacKenzie
Insurance & Risk Management ~ 1st ~ Ariel Iseman, 6th ~ Clancy Scott, 9th ~ Haya Boda
International Business ~ 1st ~ Yujin Hahn, Jordin Mackenzie and Anna McCartan
Intro to Business ~ 1st ~ Caleb Deng, 3rd ~ Rima Chavali,
6th ~ Emma Razi, 9th ~ Nathan Bronson
Intro to Business Communication ~ 1st ~ Emma Razi, 2nd ~ Lizzie Place,
3rd ~ Rima Chavalil, 5th ~ Alana Campbell
Intro to Business Communication ~ 7th ~ Disha Ahuja
Intro to Business Presentation ~ 3rd ~ Rima Chavali, Elizabeth Place and Joy Yan
Introduction to Business Procedures ~ 1st ~ Kayoko Thornton,
2nd ~ Joy Yan, 5th ~ Nathan Bronson, 9th ~ Zara Jamshed
Intro to Event Planning ~ 1st ~ Emma Razi and Elle Razi
Intro to FBLA ~ 1st ~ Kayoko Thornton, 4th ~ Caleb Deng, 6th ~ Aarjo Roy,
7th ~ Tate Wichman, 9th ~ David Stutz
Intro to Financial Math ~ 1st ~ Shishir Vargheese, 3rd ~ Nathan Bronson,
6th ~ Prabhav Pagadala, 7th ~ Quinten Schafer, 10th ~ Edward Mu
Intro to Information Technology ~ 1st ~ Benjamin Jordan, 2nd ~ Nathan Bronson,
3rd ~ Tate Wichman, 7th ~ Quinten Schafer
Intro to Parliamentary Procedures ~ 1st ~ Disha Ahuja
Introduction to Public Speaking ~ 4th ~ Rima Chavali,
6th ~ Disha Ahuja, 9th ~ Elizabeth Place
Introduction to Social Media Strategy ~ 2nd ~ Austin Lo, Harris Wilson, Joy Yan
Journalism ~ 1st ~ Caroline Clarke, 4th ~ Kayoko Thornton,
8th ~ Vanessa Gonzalez, 10th ~ Sofia Campagnuolo
Management Decision Making ~ 1st ~ Frank Barton and Rishit Chilappa
Management Information Systems ~ 2nd ~ Zachary Amsterdam,
Ethan Plummer and Eli Amsterdam
Mobile Application Development ~ 1st ~ Nathan Bronson, Shishir Vargheese
Network Design ~ 2nd ~ Frank Barton and Rishit Chilappa
Networking Infrastructures ~ 1st ~ Jerry Xia
Organizational Leadership ~ 10th ~ Sofia Campagnuolo
Personal Finance ~ 3rd ~ Caleb Deng, 10th ~ Eli Amsterdam
Political Science ~ 1st ~ Frank Barton, 2nd ~ Elizabeth Place, 3rd ~ Brenna Coleman,
4th ~ Qasim Chohdry, 8th ~ Nicholas Reinig
Public Service Announcement ~ 6th ~ Sofia Campagnula and Clancy Scott
Publication Design ~ 3rd ~ Brenna Coleman, Selin Ulusarac
Sales Presentation ~ 4th ~ Zara Jamshed
Securities & Investments ~ 4th ~ Anna Hamilton, 9th ~ Cole Mauer
Social Media Strategies ~ 1st ~ Caroline Clark, Aarthi Toniappa
Spreadsheet Applications ~ 6th ~ Quentin Schafer
Supply Chain Management ~ 7th ~ Alana Campbell, 10th ~ Clancy Scott
Web Site Design ~ 5th ~ Srija Vyakaranam
Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)
Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage
for information about:
- The class drop deadline has passed. Students must stay in classes they are enrolled in for the remainder of the semester.
- Freshmen Pre-ACT score reports have been delivered to students through 4th hour North Time. Students who did not receive their report may pick it up in Student Services. Virtual students may contact Ms. Gonzalez at email@example.com to arrange pick up.
- The BVN senior scholarship list is growing! Our list can be found on Naviance under Colleges->Scholarships and Money ->Scholarship List
- April 15 is the deadline to drop a JCCC College Now class with a W, or to request a P/F.
- Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room!
- Junior College Planning
- Sophomore Naviance Tasks
- Freshman Naviance Tasks
- AP test information and deadlines
- Virtual College Visits
- Virtual Counselor Appointments
Questions? Contact Theresa Gonzalez @ (913)239-3016 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Senior Info for Class of 2021
Save the date for our graduation ceremonies at the District Activity Complex, 13310 Switzer, in Overland Park on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. No tickets are required for graduation, and there is no limit on seating.
Click SENIOR INFO for links to:
- A countdown to graduation! Only 43 more days . . .
- Purchase your Senior Class Photo
- Audition for celebration speeches (deadline to sign up is April 15!)
- Order cap & gown from Balfour--less than 40 seniors still need to do this!
- Authorize the release of your student's transcript when he or she applies to colleges
- Info about Class Day and the link for tickets
- An image file of Senior Week events, including the Senior Finals schedule for you to copy and print to put on your fridge
- and more . . . .
The PTO of Valley Park Elementary is looking for all Seniors that attended Valley Park since Kindergarten. We are putting together a video message for the graduating 5th graders. We need to find these seniors and schedule a time for them to record a message with the video department at BVN. Please email email@example.com if you have a student that is graduating this year and attended Valley Park Elementary.
Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Activity Programming Fee questions? (new)
For information on the fee, including the purpose and use of funds, please see the Participation Fee section on this page of the District’s website: Athletics and Activities / High School Athletics and Activities (bluevalleyk12.org)
Do you have a current 8th grader interested in VOLLEYBALL next fall? Please fill out this interest form. https://forms.gle/6CCBWTaeB6RWXLAp7
Email Coach Allin, MAllin@bluevalleyk12.org , with any questions.
Course Fee Payment is Open
The student elective fees have been posted on the student accounts; check ParentVue for the electives' charges. Payments were due on 2/12/2021 so please make sure this is paid. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees. Here is a link to ParentVue: online now.
Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to our BVN Bookkeeper, Linda Kaphingst, email: email@example.com .
Report Student Absences via ParentVue
Did you know you can report your student's absence in ParentVue? This is an easy, efficient way! Once you sign into ParentVue, you will see your student's name and a blue button titled "Report Absence." It takes you to a screen where you can select the start date and end date and the reason code. There is also a box titled "Note" for additional information. Don't forget to hit the "Save" button. If you have questions, please call Rita Mouber, BVN Attendance Manager, 913-239-3001.
You can still call Rita Mouber, 913-239-3001, to report an absence. If no one answers, she's talking to another parent so please leave a message. Rest assured, Rita will get your student's absence recorded.
National Honor Society Service Projects
Book DriveLet's join NHS students, clean out your books at home and donate new or gently used books! The drive starts now through the end of the school year, May 25. Ask your student to drop off the books in Mrs. Stein's classroom #247. There will be a bin labed "NHS Book Drive." Many students in the Kansas City area have not had access to books in over a year due to the pandemic. All the books will be going to elementary school kids in the area so they can continue to read despite the uncertain circumstances due to COVID-19. Contact any NHS officers, or Sheryl Stein if you have questions.
Happy Bottoms Diaper Drive (new)
BVN NHS is sponsoring a diaper drive for Happy Bottoms from April 12th-23rd which will be run through the students' math classes. Happy Bottoms is an organization that provides diapers to people who cannot afford to buy them, and during COVID the need for their services has gone up. Please bring in either diapers or money and turn them in to your math teacher. The math class with the most diapers and money raised will win an ice cream/popsicle party! If you have any questions, feel free to contact either Abby Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roda Ahmed (email@example.com).
Thank you for all your help on both events!
BVN Environmental Club Newsletter
Mustang Mentors Applications Being Accepted
Any sophomore or junior interested in being a mentor for 9th grade advisory for the 2021-22 school year should pick up an application in Room 338 or the library before or after school or during North Time. Applications are due by Friday, April 16, 2021, 3:00 p.m. to Mrs. Dalton in 338 or Mrs. Snethen in the library.
STUCO Officers 2021-2022
Application and Election Information for the 2021-2022 Student Council. We are looking for students who are passionate about Mustang Pride and bettering our community! All applications and campaign material are due by Tuesday, April 20th at 3:15 PM. Campaign and election week begins Monday, April 26th and ends on Friday, April 30th. You can find the printed material in Student Services. Questions? Talk with Ms. Bosch in Student Services or Ms. Petty in 516.
FCA will be meeting on Wednesdays during North Time for 15 minutes via Zoom. Please email Jason Jones, FCA Sponsor, at JJones05@bluevalleyk12.org if you have questions.
BVN Class T-shirts Pickup at The Stampede
All Class Shirts are available for pick-up in The BVN Stampede School Store during business hours: Monday – Friday when school is in session for 15 minutes before school starts and 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The store is also open during 5th hour on Odd days.
We have T-shirts for every grade: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
BVN GSA (updated)
GSA will meet on Zoom after school on Wednesdays. For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
KAY-Mustang Community Service Club
Join KAY-Mustang Community Service Club! We have an exciting community service project you can do from home. We are creating BVN Storytime, a read aloud library for K-2 students. We also have a couple of other service possibilities. Click this link to join the club. Click this link , then “enroll in Course” to see the Club’s Canvas page where club news and information is posted. Questions? Contact Club president Tanu @ email@example.com .
News from the BVN Library
The library website is now accessible from all Canvas pages. In the navigation list on the left side you should see Library. Or: Click here to visit the BVN Library website . From the library website, students and staff can now chat with the librarians during school hours. Look in the upper right corner. No question is too big or small!
Student Technology Help
On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.
- If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at www.bluevalleyk12.org / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
- If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
- If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.
Meal Pick-Up Location Change Starting March 22
Starting on March 22 and going forward, we will offer meal pick-up at two locations only (Blue Valley High and Blue Valley Northwest). Meal pick-up will continue to be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays for virtual learners. You can find more information on this link Drive-Thru Meal Pick-Up web page .
Mustang Medical Messages
Have a trip planned? 2-26-21 State Quarantine List.pdf
Consider looking over Kansas Travel Exposure Related Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines:
- Attended/traveled to mass gathering events out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear masks.
- Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
- Others needing to continue quarantining: Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.
- International Travel: Please note that the CDC may have testing or quarantine requirements for individuals traveling back into the United States. Visit their web page for more information.
Free COVID Test resource:
The safety of Blue Valley North students and staff continues to be a top priority. In an effort to keep our school community informed when we have a positive case, families can expect the following:
Families will be contacted directly if through the contact tracing process conducted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the district's health professionals' team:
- your child was identified as a low-risk exposure of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
- your child was identified as a high-risk exposure/close contact of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
- If your child’s proximity to or nature of the interaction with the positive individual did not indicate a low or high-risk exposure, then you will not be contacted.
NOTE: Positive cases by school are reflected on the BV COVID Dashboard. The dashboard is updated every Friday with information from the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday).
BVEF's Nights of Lights Virtual 10K (new)
Looking for a Fun, Family Activity? Join in BVEF’s Nights of Lights Virtual 10K! Grab your walking shoes! Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes the promise of warmer days, longer hours of sunshine, and a fun opportunity to support BV schools.
The Blue Valley Educational Foundation is thrilled to launch the first Night of Lights Virtual 10K, which is open to ALL members of the community, during the month of April 2021. Proceeds raised will support teacher and classroom grants, district wide initiatives, and a BV Cares fund, which helps meet essential needs of school families.
Night of Lights 10K registration is $30/entry + $5 for additional family members and all members of the community- whether or not they have children in BV schools- are invited to participate between April 3 and April 23, 2021. Your entry fee includes a race medal, bib, LED glow wand, link to a Spotify playlist, and suggestions for area walking/running paths.
For more information and to register, visit Night of Lights 10K — Blue Valley Educational Foundation (fundbv.org)
New Auxiliary Gym Construction: November through July
Durham Bus Riders
Durham has decided to not use the Hybrid stop times and instead only use the All in School stop times regardless of what learning mode the District is in. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492.
Note that it is best to call outside of route times, between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBC Spring Spirit Wear Sale
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 JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org . Thank you!