Guided Discovery Update

First Quarter - October 2016

End of the Quarter - First Quarter Progress Reports

The students and I have collaborated to provide a reflective review of their progress towards completing their IEP goal work over the past 9 weeks.

Please follow these directions to access the most recent IEP progress report via ParentVue:

1. Log in to ParentVue as you normally do.

2. Click on the Special Education link on the left side of the screen.

3. You can then click on the date that appears under the IEP progress report area in order to view the PDF document.

8th Grade Gifted High School Transition Night

Mark your calendars!

In order to assist you and your future freshman with the transition from middle school to Blue Valley High School, the BVHS gifted teachers are hosting a BVHS Gifted Education Transition Evening on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM in the Blue Valley High School Library Media Center. Please save the date. They will email you in early November with more details about the transition evening.

PSAT 8/9

A date has not yet been set, but all Blue Valley 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 this school year.

PSAT 8/9 Explanation, resources, and Information:

A Peek Into Guided Discovery


2016 AMC 8 Math Competition

Registration is now open for the 32st annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC8) until Friday, October 14, 2016. The actual AMC8 competition will be after school (2:50) on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in the PSMS library.

Students interested in challenging themselves in math topics such as every day applications, number sense, estimation, percentages, spatial visualization, geometry, probability and reading and interpreting graphs are encouraged to participate.

The problems on the contest are difficult, but designed to be within the reach of students. The contest consists of 25 multiple-choice questions; with no penalty for guessing. Students are not allowed to use calculators. The questions are meant to be more challenging than students routinely encounter in their mathematics courses.

With this competition, there are awards in each school for the student with the highest scores at each grade level, certificates for highest-scoring students in each school, and state-wide awards. The contest can lead to other more selective math contests. But the real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside the box.”

To learn more about the competition and to view past problems and solutions visit the AMC8 websites:

Practice Problems

Practice Problems and Solutions

If you have any questions or want to register your student(s) for this competition, please contact Lisa Cross at

2016-17 Science Pioneer Student Programs

Science Pioneers has announced its schedule for their upcoming Saturday STEM seminars, workshops, and timeline for the 66th Annual Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair. See the attached link for more details.


Neuromodulation: The Future of Medicine

Bringing Natural History to Life

Keeping our Medicines Safe

Inside Atoms: Hunting for the Higgs Boson & Other Subatomic Particles

Using Virtual Reality in Architectural Design

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The History & Future of the Hubble Space Telescope

A Day in the Life of an Orthopedic Surgeon

Move Over Ben Franklin: The Power and Future of Today's Electric Vehicles

Meet the STEM Mentor

Expanding Your Horizons Conference (for girls)

See the link below for dates, times, and fees.

"If I Were Mayor" 7th Grade Essay Contest

The cities of Kansas believe in the mission of encouraging civic engagement and education. Over the last decade, the League of Kansas Municipalities has organized a junior high essay contest to encourage good government and to help satisfy the Kansas Board of Education civic requirements.

The essay asks students to describe what they would do as mayor to improve their community. Our hope is that seventh-grade teachers across Kansas will use the essay to address the state’s 7th Grade Civics-Government Benchmarks. We will select a winner from six regions across the state, and each winning student will receive a $125 cash prize in addition to recognition at Local Government Day in January. One overall winner will also be selected to represent the entire state and will receive a $250 cash prize.

The contest is open to all Kansas students enrolled in the 7th grade during the 2016-2017 school year. Essays must be received at the League office by Friday, November 18, 2016. Winners will be notified by the beginning of January 2017.

Doodle for Google

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2016 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.