May 6, 2022
Graduation is on the horizon! A reminder that graduations will be held at the district’s Switzer Activities Complex (SWIDAC), 135th & Switzer. This centrally-located complex is well situated to host large-scale events and athletic competitions. The Blue Valley Academy Senior Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Ironwoods Park Amphitheater, 14701 Mission Road. If you are a graduate or a graduate’s family and have specific questions about graduation, please contact your school directly.
Class of 2022 graduation schedule:
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
10:30 a.m. - Blue Valley Academy Celebration
Ironwoods Park Amphitheater
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. – Blue Valley High
6:00 p.m. – Blue Valley Southwest
Sunday, May 22, 2022
1:00 p.m. – Blue Valley West
4:00 p.m. – Blue Valley Northwest
7:00 p.m. – Blue Valley North
The district will live stream graduations to provide access to all who want to join in on the celebrations. The live stream link will be provided and announced closer to graduation dates. For more information, including alternative rain-out dates, visit the district website.
Many school communities enjoyed celebrations led by PTO/PTA members, colleagues, families and community partners. Check out some of the photos below curated from several school celebrations!
To wrap up Educator Appreciation Week, we invite you to send a digital thank you card to a Blue Valley employee you know.
To send a card, fill out the form, include the BV employee’s email address, and a note from you will be sent to their email inbox. If you don't know the email of the BV employee you want to thank, you can find many of them by looking on the staff directory of individual school websites. Use the dropdown menu on the district website under “Our Schools” to navigate to a school’s website.
Three Blue Valley students have been named U.S. Presidential Scholars semifinalists. The program recognizes the nation’s most distinguished high school seniors for their academic success, artistic excellence, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Blue Valley Southwest’s Evanna Dominic, Blue Valley North’s Jordin Mackenzie and Blue Valley Northwest’s Younggi D. Moon join a short list of nine semifinalists in Kansas and 620 semifinalists nationally.
The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to honor the nation’s top high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Scholars will be announced in May.
Earlier this year, 35 Blue Valley students representing every Blue Valley high school across the district were named as candidates for this highly selective program:
Blue Valley High: Cole Mueller, Nathan A. Nguyen and George C. Xue
Blue Valley North: Audrey C. Beckman, Kevin H. Fan, Matthew A. Freeman, Anna C. Hamilton, Lauren A. Jenkins, Prakhya Haarika Kakumanu, Cadence Koffman, Thomas Kywe, Jordin Mackenzie and Hyesoo Song
Blue Valley Northwest: Daniel Cheng, Anusha R. Gampala, Lillian L. Li, Renee A. Liou, Younggi D. Moon, Nihith Ravikanti and Julianne Zheng
Blue Valley Southwest: Evanna Dominic, Samuel B. Grimsley, Nathan Kaestner and Logan D. Garber
Blue Valley West: Puneet S. Bagga, Lauren D'Souza, Ethan Y. Guo, Humphrey Luo, Kushala Madduru, Liam A. Mann, Yaeesh A. Mukadam, Aastha Sharma, Saumil Sharma, Samuel Wang and Amanda J. Zhu
The transition into parenting teenagers is a time of tremendous change for teens and it can be overwhelming as a parent to know how to help. "Prepped and Ready" is a resource from Children’s Mercy Kansas City that seeks to empower families to address the hard topics that can be very uncomfortable and changes each one of us can make within our own homes to make them safer.
Learn more about Prepped and Ready at www.childrensmercy.org/preppedandready.