North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - February 18, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Principal

    • NHS Student Blood Drive - 2/24

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Counseling Center

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Athletics

    • New Winter Activity Guide
    • Parent Announcements

    • Senior Information

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Hello, Mustang Community,

    Since Thursday, February 17, was a Snow Day, we will need to make a change to next week’s calendar so we can keep our ODD/EVENs matched up. Currently the calendar has Friday 2/25 as an ODD Day. Because of the Snow Day, we will need to change Friday to a traditional day.

    Here’s next week’s schedule:

    Monday, 2/21: No school due to Presidents’ Day
    Tuesday, 2/22: Even day
    Wednesday, 2/23: Odd day
    Thursday, 2/24: Even day
    Friday 2/25: Traditional day

    If your student is participating in a spring sport, their athletic packet and physical is due on Friday, 2/25 by 3:00 p.m. to Teresa Anderson, BVN Athletic Administrative Assistant. There is more information and a link to the packet in this newsletter under "Athletics."

    ACT testing day is on Tuesday, March 1, for juniors only and it is a NO SCHOOL day for everyone else. Juniors should arrive at the normal time, 7:40 a.m., to begin testing.

    Enjoy your long weekend, and thanks for your support of Blue Valley North!

    Dr. Tyson Ostroski

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    BVN Student Blood Drive – 2/24, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    National Honor Society is hosting the Spring Blood Drive on Thursday, February 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a huge shortage of blood at many facilities locally and around the country. BVN Students, take an hour out of your day and help save a life.

    Students can Make an Appointment here:

    Parents/guardians, please consider going to one of the local blood centers to donate. Here is a link you can use so that BVN gets credit for your donation:

    Kudos and Celebrations

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    BVN Wind Ensemble to perform at the Kauffman Center! (new)

    Mustang Family, everyone is invited to support our Wind Ensemble (top band) as they perform in the beautiful Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center! The concert is Saturday evening, 2/19, at 7:00 p.m. Our Wind Ensemble is sharing the concert with the BVSW Wind Ensemble and the William Mason (OH) High School Wind Symphony. It will be a spectacular concert, and performing in the Kauffman Center is a once in a lifetime type experience! We hope to see you there. Click this link for tickets:

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    Volleyball Team (new)

    Congratulations to the following volleyball players for earning All-Academic honors from the Kansas Volleyball Association: Logan Parks, Felicia Wu, Mandy Gibbs, Brooke Mayor, Janelle Green and Sophie Munro. In addition, the Varsity Team earned the Team Academic Award for their outstanding overall GPA first semester.

    Bowling Team (new)

    We had another great week of bowling! On February 7, Girls' Varsity took 1st place, Megan Meyer ended in 1st place 433 series, and Justyna Hayslett took 3rd place 413 series. In the February 9 EKL Meet, Justyna Hayslett had a season high 173, Slade Troyer had a personal high 154, and Cade Davis had a personal high 154.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

    Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage for information about:

    • Counselors have met with all students for 2022-23 enrollment. Notify your counselor of any changes to elective choices for next year by February 25th. After this date, the next opportunity will be during the schedule change period the first week of school in August.
      If your incoming Freshman is not a current Blue Valley 8th grade student, please contact Sarah King,
    • The schedule change period for this semester has ended. Only level changes and drops to a study hall are now allowed. Students may pick up a schedule change form in Student Services to request these changes.
    • Senior scholarships can be found on Naviance Home page->College tab->Scholarship Search
    • Juniors and Seniors can sign up to attend college admission rep visits to BVN - Naviance Home page->Colleges tab->College Visits
    • Junior College Planning Information here - College and Career Planning

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    How to Have a Mental Health Check-In with Your Teen

    Is your teen or tween behaving more differently than usual? I know, this probably seems like a trick question. The emphasis is on the word more. It's better to ask a question imperfectly, than not ask at all. Read on by clicking on this link: The Parent Cue

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time cancelled on Fridays

    When there are five days in the school week, the Bell Schedule will be Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Traditional Day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, school begins at 7:40 a.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, school begins at 8:25 a.m. (see below). If you want a copy for home, ask your student to stop by the BVN main office. It's also posted on the BVN website. When there are schedule changes due to a shortened school week, during finals, etc., it will be announced in North Notes and listed on the EKL calendar, BVN’s school calendar.

    Update: On Tuesday & Thursday, North Time is now called Academic Support Time (AST).

    Here is a link to the Bell Schedule which is on the BVN website: BVNBELLSCHEDULE .

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    Note Schedule Change: Due to the February 17 Snow Day, Friday, February 25, is a Traditional Day.

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    Mark Your Calendar

    February 18: NO SCHOOL/due to after school conferences

    February 21: NO SCHOOL/Presidents' Day

    February 25: Traditional Day w/no NT/Schedule Change due to Snow Day on 2/17

    February 25: Spring Sports Athletic Packets w/ Physicals due at 3:00 p.m.

    February 28: Spring Sports begin

    March 1: ACT Testing for Juniors/NO SCHOOL for 9th, 10th and 12th grades

    March 11: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning

    March 14-18: NO SCHOOL/Spring Break

    March 21: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning

    April 18-19: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning

    May 22: Graduation at 7:00 p.m.

    May 24-26: Final Exams for underclassmen

    May 26: Last day of school (tenative)

    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar:

    BVN Athletics

    Girls' Swimming and Diving Team (new)

    An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, February 22, in the BVN Library at 6:15 p.m. for all girls interested in the Girls' Swimming and Diving Team. Parents and student athletes are strongly encouraged to attend. Coach Rob Cole will share important information about the upcoming season which will include important dates, season information, rules, dues, and parent volunteer responsibilities. Please bring your checkbook, we will also accept Venmo for dues this year, and calendars. Be prepared to signup for shifts for home swim meets and other events throughout the season. We have many volunteer opportunities and can’t do the meets or a season without help from our wonderful swim and dive families!

    2022 BVN Soccer Tryout Information

    WHEN: Monday February 28th thru Friday March 4th from 3:15 – 5:30 (Monday thru Friday)

    WHERE: Meet on the West Turf field

    WHAT: Wear appropriate outdoor gear for the weather, remember it is easier to take off layers instead of being underdressed and too cold, wear shin guards and cleats, wear a white t-shirt over your layers with you name on the back. Bring your own water.


    *Information can be found below*

    Any questions contact Coach Terry Hair @ or 913-481-3990

    Greatness Awaits You

    Your BVN Soccer Staff is Looking forward to seeing you at tryouts

    Varsity Coach Terry Hair

    Varsity Assistant Coach Tom Holland

    JV Coach Abby Small

    C team Coach Sara Collins

    Spring Sports Physicals due Friday, 2/25, at 3:00 p.m. (new)

    Spring sports include Boys’ Baseball, Boys’ Golf, Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Swimming and Diving, Girls’ Softball and Boys’ & Girls’ Track and Field. In order to try-out and begin practicing on February 28, physicals and completed, signed paperwork must be turned in. If your student played a fall or winter sport, their physical and all paperwork will already be on file. Forms are available in the main office by the receptionist desk, or can be downloaded from the BVN website>School Information>Activities & Athletics>Athletics>Useful Links>Participation Packet. Here is a link to the packet to print at home: Participation Packet .

    The physical and participation packet has been updated for the 2021-22 season. Every student needs a new physical, every year, completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician (Note: There are TWO places where the doctor has to sign and date the physical. Check this BEFORE you leave the doctor’s office!).

    All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN. Completed forms can also be scanned together (no photographs accepted) and emailed to Teresa Anderson, BVN Athletics, , dropped off to the main office by your student or mailed to: Teresa Anderson, Blue Valley North High School, 12200 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66209.

    If you have questions, please call Teresa Anderson at (913) 239-3011.

    Track and Field Team

    BVN Track and Field pre-season workouts continue at BVN. Please look over the PowerPoint for training info CLICK HERE. The workouts are 100% optional but will be beneficial for the upcoming season.

    Please sign up for the Spond App. Anyone can join this group for track and field info by using the link

    Any questions, students should see Coach Fancher, after school, in Mobile 1.

    Softball Team

    Girls' Softball is a spring sport, and pre-season conditioning has begun. The schedule is Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 a.m., and Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m.! Please reach out to Coach Stevie if you have questions: .

    If you have questions, contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Assistant to the Athletic Director, at 913-239-3011 or by email, .

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Winter Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition:

    This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams, activities & performing arts students, find out more about their coaches and directors, and read a greeting from the BVN Principal & the Mustang Club Presidents. Please take time to see the advertisements from our corporate partners and give them your business whenever possible. We thank them for their support of the Mustang Club and our Blue Valley North students. Enjoy!

    Parent Announcements

    Fostering A Safe School 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.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Senior Information for the Class of 2022

    Save the date for 2022 Graduation: Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the District Activity Center, 13310 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. Rain date is Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. There are no tickets required and there is no limit on seating.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • Info about ordering your cap & gown--Seniors can check the list at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have/have not ordered yet.
    • Info about the Senior Class Picture to be taken on February 22 between 7-8:30 a.m. Check the schedule on the Senior Info page.
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • Info about the Balfour shipping schedule

    Seniors: Check out these BVEF scholarship opportunities available only to BV students

    Deadline: February 11

    We will update this info page as decisions are made in the new few months.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .


    Student Announcements

    BOYS STATE 2022 JUNE 5-11! “Boys State is a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role play civic exercise.” Applications are available for high school sophomores and juniors to attend Boys State 2022. You can find more information at Boys State will take place on the Kansas State University campus. If cost is an issue, please contact the KS Boys State Main Office (see FAQs). Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    GIRLS STATE 2022 JUNE 12-17! “Sunflower Girls State is a non-partisan program that teaches young women citizenship and leadership. High School students, having completed their junior year, spend an intensive week of studying, working together as self-governing citizens. They learn how to participate in the functioning of their city, county, and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible citizens.” You can find more information at Girls State will take place on the University of Kansas campus. Sponsorships may be available at your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    COVID Close Contact Options updated (new)

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    Medical Messages

    Is Your Child Sick? Please read on....

    Winter, colds, flu, and other viruses often come together. Germs from colds and other illnesses make their way into our workplaces, schools, and homes. If you have a child who is sick, we ask for your support by keeping them at home. District protocol requires students stay home until they are fever free for a period of 24 hours and or at least 24 hours since symptom resolution. If your child has been diagnosed by a physician with Influenza, please keep them home for five days following onset of illness or for the duration of illness if the case is immune compromised.

    As you know, the health of our students is important to us. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our kids healthy and in school.

    School Nurse Information and Clinic Hours

    The Nurse's office is open M – F: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It closes for lunch 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. except in the case of an emergency. Nurse Amanda Collichio is available to assist students with their health needs, first-aid and medical conditions. For help, contact Nurse Amanda at (913) 239-3013 or .

    Prescription Meds at BVN - Action Needed

    This is reminder to parents: All prescription medications must be accompanied by this written authorization from a physician or other person licensed to prescribe medications, for the administration of that medication at school. All prescription medications to be administered at school must be in their original containers with the label intact. Students shouldn’t be self-carrying unlabeled prescription medications or any prescription medications. Questions? Email Nurse Amanda Collichio at

    JOCO COVID-19 Updates

    Please follow this link to the Johnson County COVID-19 website for current information.

    COVID-19 Testing and Resources for BV Staff, Students and Families

    Throughout this school year, Blue Valley’s priorities have been the safety of our students and keeping students in school and in person as we know this is critical to their long-term success and well-being. MAWD Labs is offering a local COVID-19 testing option that is available for students, staff and their family members. This option is available through a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) grant provided directly to MAWD Labs.

    Online scheduling and registration now available for COVID-19 Testing

    Throughout this school year, Blue Valley’s priorities have been the safety of our students and keeping students in school and in-person as we know this is critical to their long-term success and well-being. MAWD Labs offers a local COVID-19 testing option available through a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) grant provided directly to MAWD Labs.

    New! Online Scheduling and Registration for MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic

    The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic now can accept online appointments and registrations.

    • Step 1: Book an appointment online (up to 6 people per appointment/car)
    • Step 2: If you have not done so already, create an online account for parent/guardian. Please note that to login into the account in the future, username is the parent/guardian email address.
    • Complete a form for the child needing COVID-19 testing and submit. Create forms for additional household members by clicking “Add Individual.”
    • Receive a QR code via email for each family member needing testing. Keep this code as it will need to be shown upon arrival for each appointment.
    • Call (913) 239-4371 and leave a message if you have questions. Calls will be returned in the order received.
    • Due to the high volume of testing, only current household members of Blue Valley students and staff are eligible to test at the MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic.

    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic: 14950 Newton Drive, Overland Park, KS 66223 (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley School District Campus)

    • BV MAWD Holiday Hours for Presidents' Day Weekend: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits

      • Thursday, Feb. 17 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
      • Friday, Feb. 18 - Clinic Closed
      • Sunday, Feb. 20 - Clinic Closed
      • Monday, Feb. 21 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
      • Tuesday, Feb. 22 - Regular hours resume

      BV MAWD Hours for Spring Break: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits

      • Sunday, March 13 - Sunday, March 20 - Clinic Closed
      • Monday, March 21 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
      • Tuesday, March 22 - Regular hours resume

      BV MAWD Hours for April's Professional Development Days: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits

      • Sunday, April 17 - Clinic Closed
      • Monday, April 18 - Clinic Closed
      • Tuesday, April 19 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
      • Wednesday, April 20 - Regular hours resume

      BV MAWD Hours for Last Day of School: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits

      • Thursday, May 26 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

      BV MAWD Regular Hours: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop-off already completed test kits

      • Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
      • Friday: 8am-3:30pm
      • Sunday: 10am-2pm
        • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is canceled for inclement weather.
        • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff absences or transportation absences.

      BV MAWD Courier Pickup Times:

      • Monday-Thursday @ 11:30am and 5:45pm
      • Friday @ 11am and 4:15pm
      • Sunday @ 2:15pm

      Normal dropoff hours at the MAWD Labs Headquarters: 11070 Strang Line Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

      • Monday - Friday: 8am-9pm
      • Saturday/Sunday & Holiday Hours: 8am-3:30pm

    • Inclement Weather Schedule
      • The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is cancelled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff or transportation absences.

    Additional information about MAWD’s Drive-In Testing Clinic is available on the district website. General COVID-19 resources from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy can be found on the district website.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Blue Valley families can find a variety of COVID-19 resources on the district website including general COVID-19 information, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy.

    What are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?

    Teens are often moody. That’s why it’s easy to miss signs that they’re actually depressed and need help. Symptoms of depression in teens include things like avoiding hanging out with friends and family and being sad or angry. Not doing well in school, sleeping a lot and eating more or less than usual can also be signs.

    If you notice that your teen has been down a lot and lost interest in things they used to like doing, they may be depressed. The teen may not even be aware they are depressed.

    To learn more about depression, please click on this link: DEPRESSION .

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492. The best time to call is between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when more staff are available to answer questions.

    Durham Bus Services has three helpful tools for families with bus riders. Registration is required each year for families as bus routes and participants change:

    1. Bus Tracker: The Blue Valley Durham location will be using the Bus Tracker mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. To use the app, users will create an account that is tied to an email address of the user’s choice. The tool will allow account users to follow the route of a specific bus. Durham is updating daily when a scheduled backup bus is being used for a planned maintenance activity. If a bus is replaced with a quick turnaround due to an unforeseen event, Durham dispatch will make the switch on Bus Tracker at their next opportunity to update the app.
    2. Text Messaging: Families are still encouraged to sign up for Durham Text Messaging. The system is designed to share the “why” as Bus Tracker is designed to tell the “where”. To sign up for Durham Text Messaging visit
    3. E-Link: Allows for verification of a student’s transportation information (i.e., stop location, bus # and pick-up and drop off times) based on the input of grade and home address. To access E-Link, go to

    We are Mustang Proud!

    North Notes is published most Fridays during the school year. North Notes is a newsletter for the parents and students of Blue Valley North High School. If you have questions, please contact Janet Roush, Assistant to the Principal, at .

    BVN Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

    The Office will be closed on February 18, due to evening P-T Conferences during the week, and will be closed on February 21, in honor of Presidents' Day.

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