January 7, 2022
Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
TENTATIVE Prom date has been announced!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
Blue Valley Career Ready Programs
The Career Ready Programs department is offering several exciting opportunities for Blue Valley students to earn college credit at little to NO cost to families through Johnson County Community College (JCCC). Students can earn an associate degree OR career-ready certification in high-demand, high paying fields. Areas include: Automotive Technology, Culinary & Hospitality, Cybersecurity, Electrician Technology, Electronic Technology, Emergency Management & Fire Science, HVAC, Nail Technology, Plumbing, and Welding/Metal Fabrication.
The information shared at these sessions will be most relevant for current sophomore and junior students and parents/guardians. We invite you to attend one of our community-wide family informational sessions in January:
January 19, 2022: Learn more about the Dual Degree option and how to earn your associate degree AND your Blue Valley diploma at the same time! Join us at the JCCC Student Center lobby at 6:30 P.M.
January 25, 2022: Learn more about the Emergency Management & Fire Science program from our partners at the Overland Park Fire Department (OPFD) at the OPFD Training Center at 12401 Hemlock at 6:30 P.M.
January 27, 2022: Learn more about the career ready certification programs in the JCCC CTEC building lobby at 6:30 P.M. We will hear from JCCC Deans, Department Chairs, and Blue Valley students currently enrolled in these programs.
Questions? Please visit the Blue Valley Career Ready Programs website at https://www.bluevalleyk12.org/domain/5605 or please feel free to reach out to Sarah Beren,
Traveling Out of the Country Information
This important message is for any families or staff that will travel out of the United States during the school year. Please click here to read the restrictions and recommendations for Out of the Country travel. *Canvas, Classlink, and email are not accessible out of the country unless you have a personal device with a VPN on it.
BV Influenza Guidelines
Recommended Influenza Guidelines for Blue Valley Students per the Johnson County Health Department & the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, Public Health Informatics, and the Johnson County Health Depart has made changes to the Requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Infectious or Contagious Diseases in relation to Influenza as of May 2018.
The change to the Requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Infectious or Contagious Diseases in Influenza came about from the determination of the length of the contagiousness being between 5-7 days. The isolation period supports the control of communicable disease. The new regulations state;
• For each person with a confirmed flu diagnosis shall remain in home isolation for five days following onset of illness or for the duration of illness if the case is immune-compromised, except when seeking medical care.
In the school setting a diagnosis of an Influenza, any strain, most commonly strain A or B requires the verification from a MD, DO, NP, or PA. The verified diagnosis would lead to a recommended five-day home isolation beginning from the date reported of the onset of the illness. The date of isolation begins on the onset of illness reported, NOT THE DATE OF DIAGNOSIS. If fever persists for more than 5 days, continue exclusion until 24 hours fever free. The use of antiviral medications/antibiotics does not change the days recommended to be in isolation.
Through the library website, students have access to online journals, magazines and encyclopedias. Go to www.bvwlib.com to click the red box, Databases. Accessing the databases from home requires a password. Send us an email or reach out via our Libchat to request the password.
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.
New Jag Night
Blue Valley West will host New Jag Night on January 25th for all incoming 9th grade students and their parents/guardians.
This evening is designed to help provide necessary information and direction on the BVW enrollment process as well as highlight course offerings and the various ways students can get involved as a BVW student. To accommodate for families’ busy schedules, two presentation sessions are scheduled. Please plan to attend one. Sessions will take place from 5:00 – 6:00 or 7:00 – 8:00.
From 6:00 – 7:00 classrooms and presentation spaces will be set up for students and parents to browse curricular and extracurricular options at BVW.
Attendance at this event is not mandatory but is open to anyone planning to attend BVW as a 9th grader in the fall of 2022.
SENIOR NEWS Class of 2022
Seniors, our 20-year tradition of our Annual Senior Mural continues! Every year our Seniors are given an opportunity to design and paint a 5’ x 5’ mural that is presented to the graduating class at the BVW Class Day in May. Applications are now open, and you can pick up your application in the main office. We are excited to see all the creative possibilities that will grace the halls of Blue Valley West. Application deadline is January 29, 2022.
Click here for more information on Senior Video
Has been tentatively scheduled for April 9, 2022. Details to follow at a later date!
Click here to view deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!
December Counseling Newsletter
CAPS Open House Dates
As we are gearing up for next year’s enrollment, CAPS has scheduled “Open House’s” for prospective students and parents on the following dates:
In-Person Enrollment Open House #2 – 1/11 – 6:00 – 7:00
Virtual Enrollment Open House #3 – 1/26 - 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Virtual Enrollment Open House #4 – 2/8 - 7:00 – 8:00 PM
More information can be found here - https://bvcaps.yourcapsnetwork.org/category/events/
BVW PTO Winter Congrats Ads
Blue Valley West PTO is selling $20 Congrats Ads for Winter Sports Directory. Directories will be full color and feature team rosters, coaches information, schedules, congrats ads, and MORE! This directory will be a great keepsake for students that will each receive one if involved in Winter Sports. Funds received from Congrats Ads pay to produce the directory and provide funds for staff and students grants, scholarships, and activities. Please share with other family and friends that might want to also purchase a Congrats Ad for their favorite Jaguar! The link to purchase is on the BVW PTO website and below:
BVW PTO supports students in every aspect of their BVW school life. This fall your PTO gave over $7,000 in grants to buy easels for the library, books for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club, a robotic kit for the engineering class, and vacuum cleaners for the LIFT classroom. We also supported the bowling team, basketball team, and PE classes with new training equipment. Please visit the PTO website at https://bluevalleywestpto.membershiptoolkit.com/story/20558 to see the other great programs your PTO supports.
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? 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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