North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - November 18, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • Thank You Students and Parents!

    • Kronos and Celebrations

    • Doll Drive ~ deadline 12/6

    • Bell Schedules

    • Finals Schedule

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • Class of 2025 Announcement

    • Student Announcements

    • School Supplies Drive

    • Medical Messages

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Blue Valley 2023 Bond

    • Durham Bus Information

    Thank you BVN Parents!

    Dear Blue Valley North Parents and Students,

    Thanks to all of you for making American Education Week such a special week! The balloons and delicious and thoughtful treats on Monday were amazing and such a surprise. The teachers and staff enjoyed it all week long!

    The Mustang Club breakfast on Tuesday was so good and was such a beautiful presentation. Thanks to everyone that brought in food and cooked breakfast casseroles early in the morning. The staff was in awe of all the food. And everyone is still enjoying the beautiful flowers.

    We are grateful for all of our Mustangs, and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week with your family and friends.


    Your Mustang Family

    Kudos and Celebrations ~ We are Mustang Proud!

    Coca-Cola Semifinalist

    Elizabeth Place, BVN Junior, has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2023 Coca-Cola Scholars Program! She was chosen from among more than 91,000 applicants due to her outstanding leadership, academics, and dedication to her community.

    Math Team

    The BVN math team of Luke Chen, Sriram Kalki, Lillian Xia, Quinten Schafer, Max Zhang, Sean Akkulugari and Matthew Chen competed on November 15 at the Math Day sponsored by Washburn University, with 190 students from 25 Kansas schools.

    They finished 1st in the team competition (highest three scorers were Sriram Kalki, Luke Chen and Lillian Xia), and earned individual medals for:

    1st place non-seniors and highest overall scorer (Sriram Kalki),

    2nd place non-seniors (Lillian Xia),

    1st place seniors (Luke Chen),

    Honorable mentions (Matthew Chen and Max Zhang)

    The team placed second in the Mathnificent Race, a scavenger hunt on the Washburn University campus. Team members looked for information required to solve a sequence of math problems as quickly as possible. Congratulations to all team members!

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    Pictured above left to right: Noah Tarjan, Dr. Tyson Ostroski, and Oliver Zhang

    All-National Honor Ensembles

    The weekend of November 4, two of BVN’s finest did an amazing job representing their school by attending the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Washington, DC. Here is a link with more information:

    Oliver Zhang, BVN senior, was a part of the Concert Band Ensemble. This was his third year attending. Here is a link to the nation-wide honorees performing:

    Congratulations to Noah Tarjan for making the National Association for Music Education's National Honor Choir. Noah is one of only two students in the district to achieve acceptance into this choir, and the performance, as part of the Mixed Choir Ensemble, was in Washington D.C. on November 5th. Here is a link to the nation-wide honorees performing: . Noah’s maternal grandparents live in Baltimore, MD, and were able to attend the concert. It was an outstanding performance!

    Congratulations to Laci Olberding and Caroline Massman for their acceptance into the American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choir. This honor is bestowed upon a small number of students from each state and the performance will be in Cincinnati, Ohio, in February 2023!


    Congratulations to our All-District Band Members!! The following band students earned placement the East-Central Kansas All-District Bands through a highly competitive audition. It’s a BIG accomplishment, and the first step towards earning all-state musician status - the highest individual honor given to student musicians in the state. Also, unique to this year, we have three students who made it in on two different instruments, which is truly remarkable. Congrats to all the students who completed the audition, and here are our all district band students! Matt Akridge, Aadhya Bhatia, Madi Bishop, Nolan Call, Louis Cierpiot, Nathan Condon, Garrett Dailey, Ryan Danda, Miles Kim, Hannah Kwak, Amelia Law, Eddie Mu, Ben Nix, Devereaux Knight, David Stutz, Luke Wakeman, Matthew Warner, and Zengtao Xing! Reece Toben, Dakota Raper, and Max Zhang earned placement in TWO instruments! And

    Oliver Zhang was awarded All District for all four years of high school and the overall top trumpet in the district!


    Please congratulate the amazing students who were selected as members of the ECKMEA All-District Orchestras. We had 18 students selected and 1 student will serve as an alternate.

    This is the first step in the process of getting selected as an All-State level musician. This is a rigorous and demanding process that students began preparing for last May. They will perform December 3 at Olathe West, and then attend live auditions in Salina with all other district musicians from across the entire state. Those selected for the state ensembles will then attend the KMEA State Music Educators Conference in February in Wichita. This process requires 9-10 months of practice, talent, and determination. This is only the first step in a long journey for these students. Go Mustangs Performing Arts!!!

    Blue Orchestra

    William Suh

    Josh Shin

    Etina Roelofs

    Katelyn Page

    Brenden Wood

    Charlie Peck

    Nikos Lipscomb

    Hyeseong Song

    Ethan Chan

    Gabriel Decker

    Johnathan Subramanian - Alternate

    Gold Orchestra

    Aaron Tseng

    Michelle Shin

    Ben Ding

    Kayoko Thornton

    Jake Sayers

    Hannah Kim

    Mia Glasow

    Adele Van Lieshout


    ECKMEA All District Honor Choir 2022-2023 Results! This year, all students who auditioned from BVN were accepted into one of two honor choirs. That’s awesome! Congratulations, students!

    Mixed Choir (SATB)

    Emma Carr, Soprano 2 (Senior)
    Miguel Cornwell, Bass 1 (Junior)
    Sebastian Gonzalez Layton, Tenor 1 (Sophomore)

    Jack Hancock, Tenor 2 (Junior)

    Anne Henderson, Alto 2 (Sophomore)

    Brendan Kelly, Tenor 2 (Junior)

    Mackenzie Morse, Alto 2 (Freshman)

    Maggie Ruckman, Alto 1 (Junior)

    Joslyn Selser, Soprano 2 (Freshman)

    Noah Tarjan, Bass 1 (Junior)

    Treble Choir (SSAA)

    Katie Beck, Alto 1 (Junior)

    Eva Girard, Alto 1 (Senior)

    Riley McConnell, Soprano 1 (Senior)

    Tess Moeller, Alto 1 (Junior)

    Laci Olberding, Soprano 2 (Junior)

    The District Honor Choir Festival will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

    Doll Drive ~ Alzheimer's Patients at Garden Terrace ~ by 12/7

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    Blue Valley North Bell Schedules

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    November 21-25: No School / Thanksgiving Break

    November 28-December 2

    Monday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Tuesday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Wednesday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Thursday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday: Traditional Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    December 5-9

    Monday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Tuesday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Wednesday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Thursday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday: Traditional Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    *On late start Tuesday/Thursdays, Durham buses will run their normal pickup times. Students can eat breakfast in the commons, study in the flex space or in the library.

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    Mark Your Calendar

    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar: .

    Click here for the 2022-23 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    November 21-25 - No School/Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 9 - Last day to make 2nd semester class changes

    Dec. 16 - Finals: Hour 1 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 2 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Dec. 19 - Finals: H3 (7:40-9:00)/H4 (9:10-10:30)/H5 (10:40-12:00)/School Dismissed @ 12:00

    Dec. 20 - Finals: Hour 6 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 7 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Note: No lunch served on Dec. 16, 19 & 20; Buses will run their route home early

    Dec. 21-Jan. 3 - No School/Winter Break

    January 4 - School Resumes

    January 16 - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    January 28 - Buckaroo Bash Parent Fundraising Party

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

    Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage for information about:

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Fall 2022 has passed. Students must stay in their class and take a grade .
    • NEW THIS YEAR: 2nd semester changes will only be accepted December 7-9. There will be no schedule change window in January. Forms will be available in Student Services starting December 5th. Exceptions will be made for level changes and drops to a Study Hall.
    • During the 1st two weeks of November, Counselors are visiting with all 9-11th grade classes for a positive mental health/suicide prevention lesson. We know this topic is challenging for some, particularly those with personal experience with this. If a parent has a concern about their student participating, please reach out to your student’s counselor. Email addresses can be found here -
    • Counselors visited with Seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process last week. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Counselors have visited with Juniors in ELA classes this week to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning.
    • Counselors have visited with Sophomores to discuss appropriate tasks in Naviance. More information can be found here -
    • Counselors have visited with Freshmen in Advisory to discuss their 4-year academic plan. More information can be found here - Freshmen Four Year Academic Planning
    • College visits are back in person this year! Juniors and seniors are welcome to sign up to meet with visiting admissions representatives on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Login here -
    • Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
    • Visit the Counseling Home Page to find additional resources or contact information for Counselors and other Student Services staff.

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Advanced Repertory Theatre Presents...........

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    Repertory Theatre Presents........................

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    Student Announcements

    BVN Musical, UrineTown

    The musical performances will be February 2-4. 2023. Contact Mrs. Cain or Mrs. Krulik for more information. The musical setting is in a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

    Math Competitions

    Inviting all interested in participating in math competitions: Mathleague has a series of high school online math contests. Top-scoring students in qualifying rounds are invited to compete in the State Championship contest. You need to register and pay for yourself and take the test online. If you are interested, please register online at: . Upcoming online dates are November 12, 20, December 10 and 18. There are other dates in the new year. Choose a date that works for you. If you have questions, please email Matthew Chen (

    FCA Meetings

    FCA meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre. Come for fellowship and fun! If you have questions, please email BVN teacher, Jason Jones at .

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    BVN School Supplies Drive

    Have unwanted school supplies? Please donate to Scraps KC! Blue Valley North is partnering with to collect used or new school supplies. The items needed are listed above. Please ask your student to drop off items in the large white bin outside the library or the small buckets in the main office & student services offices. The first pickup will be Tuesday, December 13. If you have questions, please email Sarah King, in the Student Services Office, at .Thank you!

    Medical Messages

    Flu & COVID

    Parents it is that time of year when Flu and COVID cases start to pop up. If your student is not feeling well and has a cough with a sore throat it may be wise to keep them home and be sure they are not sick with flu or COVID. If your student has a fever with or without symptoms, they must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. Blue Valley nursing standard is fever =100 °F or above.

    Pink Eye

    Pink Eye is also going around. If your student eye/eyes are red puffy and draining, they need to be seen by a medical provider. Once they have started their prescribed eye drops they may return to school.

    Rapid COVID Tests

    Nurse Amanda Collichio now has district-supplied rapid COVID tests. She does not administer these tests, but can distribute them to staff and students with parent consent.

    Need to speak with the nurse in person?

    If you need to speak with the BVN nurse, Amanda Collichio, please e-mail her at to set up an appointment. Thank you!

    Has your student been injured or has a concussion?

    Send your medical orders or documentation to and the nurse will communicate this with your students educational team.

    Did your student forget to take a daily morning medication before leaving for school?

    If your student ever forgets to take a daily morning medication before coming to school, the parent may bring the medication to the school’s front office and the parent may dispense and give the student the medication. If the nurse is to give the medication, it must be in the original prescription pill bottle accompanied by the signed physician’s medical order; click on this link for the form: Authorization For Medication/Procedure to be Administered At School .

    BVN Nurse Page

    For more information about the BVN Clinic, please visit the Nurse Page by clicking on this link:

    Parent Announcements

    Safe Schools Reporting

    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.

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    Over the summer the URL for ParentVUE changed. Click here for the new URL: ParentVUE

    Parents will need to have the new URL or they won’t be able to login to ParentVUE or request a password reset. The Blue Valley School District website and the BVN website have both been updated with the new URL so the parents can access the link from Parent>ParentVUE.

    In addition, this also impacts the ParentVUE app. Parents will need to update their device to the correct link.

    Student Digital ID Cards

    Students have a new digital student ID card on their phones. If you paid for a Student Activity Pass, it should say that on the ID and students will show this to get into games. They can save their ID on their home page on an iPhone, or it can be saved as a favorite page on an android phone. If students were absent on Picture Day or if they have any trouble loading the ID, they can come to Student Services for help.

    Family Activity Passes

    All Family Activity Passes and Adult Individual Passes have been distributed. If you paid for your Family Activity Pass by the end of the day on September 13 but haven't received it yet, the cards were sent home with your student. If you purchase a pass after September 13, you need to contact Lori Freeman, BVN Bookkeeper, to obtain your cards.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Athletic Announcements


    Tryouts begin the first week of December. You must have a physical online to be eligible to tryout. Vans will leave BVN at 3:00 p.m. to be at Aaron's Bowling Center in Belton. Let Mrs. Nathan or Mr. Smajda know if you are coming or have questions. Boys bowling tryouts: Dec 5th and 7th; Girls Bowling Tryouts Dec 8th and 9th.

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    Starting July 1st, the Blue Valley School District is moving to an online format to submit all paperwork, including a new physical completed, signed and dated May 1, 2022 or after, by a physician. This paperwork is required for students involved in athletics and activities at the high school and middle school levels. The online system can be accessed directly through this link: .

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

    Please contact Stevie Gibson, BVN Athletics Administrative Assistant, at (913) 239-3011 or .

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Graduation for the Class of 2023 will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer.

    Have you purchased a Tribute Ad for your senior to be printed in the 2022-23 yearbook? The final deadline is right after our Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, November 29. No materials or payments will be accepted after this date. See below for all the details!

    If you have not done so already, please order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need as soon as possible. Seniors can check the list posted at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have or have not ordered. If not, just go to or ORDER HERE!


    For the most up-to-date info,
    please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

    Senior Yearbook Ads -- ONLY 10 Days until the FINAL Deadline!

    Want to have a tribute for your senior to look back on? Get a yearbook Senior Ad!! FINAL Deadline is November 29th. No photos or payment will be accepted after November 29th. Click HERE to purchase and submit ad materials. See below for FAQ. Email with any additional questions.

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    Opportunities to learn more about Bond 2023

    All registered Blue Valley voters will have an opportunity to vote in a no tax rate increase bond election in January 2023. Bond projects include investments in facilities, safety and technology that will benefit staff and students for years to come.

    Here are a few ways to learn more about Bond 2023.

    • Listen to a podcast: Take time to listen to two 15-minute podcasts about Bond 2023 & Facilities and Bond 2023 & Safety.

    • Watch a video: Watch a short video that breaks down how bond funds can be used. Want to learn more? Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

    • Review the Bond 2023 website: The Bond 2023 website includes information about voting, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

    • Register to vote: All registered Blue Valley voters will automatically receive a mail ballot around January 11. Not a registered voter? Register online.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492 or contact them via email at

    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 .

    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, November 21-25, 2022.

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