Jaguar Journal

January 8, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!



January 2021 Calendar

Please note two calendars have been created for the month of January. One for each semester. When opening this link to view calendars it will open to the 1st semester calendar, please scroll down to open the 2nd semester calendar tab.

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End of 1st Semester Information

  • Jan.12th:

  • Jan. 13th & 14th

    • FINAL EXAMS or Culminating Activity

  • Jan. 14th

    • End of 1st semester

    • Courses in Canvas will conclude at 11:59pm and will no longer be visible on the Canvas Parent app

    • A concluded course is only visible through the Canvas Website by selecting All Courses from the Courses tab.

    • Grades are visible through the Past Enrollments section in the Canvas Website. Access Past Enrollment (Video tutorial)

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Start of 2nd Semester Information

UPDATE: On January 13th the 2nd Semester Bell Schedule was revised again.

Email from the District Office will go out today, January 8, 2021 with additional information regarding 2nd semester.

  • Jan. 19th

    • 2nd semester begins

    • New Bell schedule begins (revised again on Jan. 13th)

    • Hybrid schedule begins

      • Students whose last names begin with the letters A-L (A Day) will attend school in person following the hybrid schedule.

    • Schedules changes can be made - see Counseling section below for more details
  • Jan. 21st:

    • Students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z (B Day) will attend school in person following the hybrid schedule.

  • Jan. 28th:

    • Final exam scores and other individual assignment grades can be viewed in Canvas

    • Semester grades reports will be published on ParentVUE

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Canvas Support for Parents

Need some help?

Blue Valley has a variety of resources available for parent support on the district’s Canvas web page

We continue to be excited about Canvas and the positive impact this learning management system continues to have on our students. Thank you for your support of Blue Valley Schools.

If you have questions, please contact the main office at 913-239-3700.

Mental Fitness: Practical Applications of Distress Management

This program is offered to all parents in Blue Valley. Parents and teens should attend this event if they would like more information about panic, depression and/or suicidality. Julia Harkleroad will be discussing the basic protocols in case of suicidal ideation and planning as well as managing impulsive emotions, intrusive thoughts and high stress environments She will introduce the biomechanics of stress and the differences between suicidal ideation and suicidal planning. Julia will share insight into breathing, heart-rate variability, pain management, relationships, drugs and alcohol, sleep, social media and mindfulness.

All sessions are open to all BV parents and teens. If a session time does not work and you wish to join live, feel free to register for a session that works for you, even if you are not part of that feeder system. Registration is now open.

Fundraiser January 13th for Blue Valley West Basketball Booster Club

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Blue Valley West Basketball Booster Club. Come to Chipotle at 8301 W 151 St. on January 13th between 4pm-8pm. See flyer for details.

Blue Valley Career-Ready Programs

Did you know that Blue Valley offers a variety of career-ready programs for high school students in partnership with Johnson County Community College? Through this partnership high school students have the opportunity to earn college credits at little to no cost, advance toward an associates degree, earn certifications and more!

Watch this video for an overview of current and future opportunities students have to learn real-world skills and practical knowledge with a career focus.

Click on anyone of the following programs being offered to find out more:

Automotive Technology Program

Construction Management Program

Associates Dual Degree

Welding and Metal Fabrication Programs

Fire Sciences


Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Program (HVAC)

This week we would like to highlight the Welding and Metal Fabrication Programs

This program is for students who are academically very capable, who are highly motivated and who see the benefit in obtaining a dual diploma program because it is cost-effective. They’ll walk away from Blue Valley with a high school diploma and an associates degree at minimal cost or no cost to the student. They are students who have high ambitions for the future and financially see a reason that this benefits them.” - Katie Bonnema, Director of Career-Ready Programs.

Through the Dual Degree partnership with Johnson County Community College (JCCC), high school juniors and seniors can work toward earning their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously. The program provides students the opportunity to attend JCCC full-time, receive dual credit for their coursework and take an average of 15 credit hours each semester at no cost to the student. Careful course selection and ongoing communication with counselors at both JCCC and the student’s home high school is necessary to ensure coursework is aligned to achieving these simultaneous credentials.

Watch this video for an overview of the Welding and Metal Fabrication Programs

Join us for our virtual Zoom information sessions dedicated to sharing details about individual programs. Unable to make a session? Recordings will be available for those who are unable to attend the live event.

If you are interested in the Dual Degree Program or other Career-Ready opportunities, let your counselor know. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Beren at or 239-4141 or visit the district website.

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Senior Checklist for Class of 2021

  • SENIOR MURAL Applications are due to Mr. Brutto on January 29th. Application is linked on checklist.

If you have not already done so, please order your Cap & Gown. These are custom ordered.
  • Every Senior must Submit their contact information and sizing for their cap and gown. This does not place your order. You must make your payment.


Hometown Ticketing

The Blue Valley School District is partnering with Hometown Ticketing to provide digital ticket purchasing for all athletic events. This will allow our schools to be cashless at the gate AND to limit the number of spectators to the KSHSAA guideline of up to two parents/guardians at all events. Please contact the Athletics Office - 913-239-3771 if you have any questions.

NFHS Livestream Information

The Blue Valley School District has partnered with the NFHS Network to provide a livestream of all district athletic events in the high school main gyms. Our swim/dive meets will be streamed through YouTube, when possible. Links and additional information can be found on the athletic website, or go directly to and search “Blue Valley West High School. $11.95 a month will give you unlimited access to any game broadcast

EKL Calendar and Notifications

All athletic events can be found on our league website at or on the school website, by sport. On the EKL website, you can subscribe to receive notifications of changes, updates or cancellations. It is a great way to find out about any changes as soon as they are made on the site.

Questions? Contact Cindy Roach - Athletic Director or 913-239-3770.


Suicide Prevention Presentation

All students and parents have received an email with information in regards to our suicide prevention presentation for this year. Please take some time this weekend to review the email and presentation together.

2nd Semester Schedule Changes

Information about the schedule change process can be found on the counseling canvas page here.

Please note that schedules can be changed beginning on January 19th unless you have one of the following issues:

  • Missing a graduation requirement

  • Duplicate course (courses listed twice in error)

  • Missing a class

  • "See Counselor" listed in schedule

Any other requests will need to wait until January 19th.

Senior Shortened Schedules

If you are senior on track and you would like to shorten your schedule for 2nd semester, information can be found on the counseling canvas page here on how to complete this process.