Jaguar Journal

October 22, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


Kid Safety

Pleasant Ridge Middle School has had three close calls of students walking across the street and the cars are not stopping. If you see the light flashing on Antioch and 165 Street, you need to stop. Students will be crossing the street. Please remind your student driver.

MacBook Cases

Parents, we need your help. Please offer reminders to your students that their school issued device (MacBook Air) must remain in the provided case. If students have removed the case or it has sustained damage, please tell them to report to the LMC and our building tech will assist with reattaching or replacement. The 9th grade cases in particular are quite difficult to remove, and students are causing damage in their attempts. Thank you for your support.

BV Femineer Information

Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering is excited to start a new cohort of Femineers this 2021-2022 academic year. The Femineer Program was created to empower K-12 female students to develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue majors and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. It has expanded to include other under-represented individuals in these fields. If you are interested in joining the program and have the qualifications, please fill out this application, scan it and return it to the Femineer Program advisor Karen Stohlmann at

Library Reminder

Please turn in any library books that you finished reading and then stop by to check out more books soon! Click here for some great book ideas!

We have access to Peterson’s Test Prep (formally known as TERC) this year. Peterson’s provides AP Practice tests. Students can access this resource from school or home using the password provided on the database password page. They then create their own account to save their tests. There are postcards with this information available in the library.

BVW Repertory Theatre Presents DARK ROAD and FACE FORWARD

The Repertory Theatre classes will perform two one-act plays, DARK ROAD and FACE FORWARD: Growing Up in Nazi Germany, next Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23 at 7:00 pm in the Little Theatre. Both thought-provoking and emotionally moving plays are set in Nazi Germany and focus on the human aspect of living in turbulent times. The audience is invited to stay for a short talk-back discussion with the cast after the performances as well. Tickets are $8, General admission, and can be purchased at

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!

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.

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 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

Class of 2022 Senior Year Events & Checklist HERE

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



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

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.

Join our PTO! / Follow BVW PTO on twitter / Like us on Facebook

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