Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - July 16, 2021
In this Newsletter …
A Letter from BVN Principal
The Mustang Club (former Parent Booster Club)
Mark Your Calendar
Congratulations to the Class of 2021
Its your Senior Year, Class of 2022
Fundraiser for Class of 2023
Welcome Class of 2025
BVN Athletics' Announcements
Mustang Medical Messages
BVN Registration & Fee Payment Checklist
Durham Bus Information
A Letter from North Administrators
We hope you are enjoying your summer and getting to spend time with your family. The halls of Blue Valley North are looking great with fresh paint, deep cleaning of the classrooms, new furniture in the library and the aux gym will be ready for our students in August.
Please take time during July to register and pay fees, with the exception of course fees. This helps us plan for the upcoming school year.
Are you moving or have you moved? We ask that you please contact the Blue Valley North Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!
If you are planning your calendar for the next school year, please check the BVN School Calendar: www.easternkansasleague.org for all school events, athletic events and activities. As more dates become available, we will update the EKL calendar. The first day of school for the 2021-22 school year is Wednesday, August 18, 7:45 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Stay well, stay safe and take good care!
Please Join The Mustang Club during 2021-22! (new)
Our parent community has been integral in contributing to our status as one of the best high schools in the state of Kansas and a leading high school across the nation.
Please support The Mustang Club (the former BVN Parent Booster Club). It financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (similar to a PTO/PTA), and over the last 6 years, has granted over a half million dollars to support our school’s extracurricular activities, organizations, and athletic teams. We could not provide the depth and breadth of opportunities without your help through memberships and donations of your time.
The Mustang Club needs your support! Membership is down and volunteers are in short supply. Here are some options for you to consider:
· Become a Mustang Club member at one of the five membership levels;
· Purchase spirit wear from The Mustang Club website (www.bvnmustangs.com);
· Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause; and
· Take advantage of sponsorships for companies wanting to support BVN financially.
Visit The Mustang Club website at www.bvnmustangs.com. This organization is completely run by parent volunteers so every dollar donated goes to benefit BVN students. It is a 501(c)3 organization so your contributions are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!
We have incredible results from FBLA Nationals to share. Prakhya Kakumanu took 1st place in Agribusiness. Frank Barton placed 6th place in Advertising. Nathan Bronson and Jerry Xia finished 6th in Mobile Application Development. Congratulations to these students on their strong, national finish!
Congrats to our Seniors -- Class of 2021!
Click SENIOR INFO for links to:
- Graduation Ceremony (click on this link)
- Graduation seniors who did not submit a senior survey, please complete the BVN Alumni Transcript Request form to indicate the college to receive your final transcript. The electronic form is on the BVN main page > scroll to the bottom > School Quick Links > Alumni Transcript Request
- Website to purchase photos from Graduation
- Info about picking up or purchasing a yearbook
- Purchase your Senior Class Photo
- and more . . . .
Questions? Contact BVN at (913) 239-3000
Rising Seniors--Info for Class of 2022
Action needed by Senior Parents
Please complete the Senior Diploma and Transcript Authorization form. The form can be found on the BVN website > Counseling > Useful Links > Senior Diploma and Transcript Authorization Form
Class of 2022--Senior Portraits by Rolland Studios
Your junior will need to have their senior portrait taken by Rolland Studios for the 2021-22 yearbook. Rolland Studios will take all the senior portraits this summer at the Hilltop Conference Center on June 22, 23, and 24. Watch your mail for a photo postcard from Rolland with more info. There are also 3 walk-in days available for all of next year’s Blue Valley Seniors on July 19, 20 & 21 at Hilltop. You can choose another company for your personal senior photos which can be used in the Senior Tribute Ads, but only a photo from Rolland Studios will be used for the “Senior Section” of the yearbook. For info about packages and proofs, go to www.rollandkc.com
Senior Tribute Ads
It's time to begin thinking about senior tributes for the class of 2022! Below is information that explains pricing, deadlines, and frequently asked questions about submitting materials for senior tribute ads in the 2022 Yearbook. Aug. 27 is the early-bird deadline; Sept. 30 is the regular deadline.
Class of 2023 ~ Fundraiser (new)
Start this school year with a bang! Come out to Chipotle to support your school and eat some great food! All of the proceeds from this fundraiser go towards Prom.
- 5065 W 119th St. Leawood, KS 66209
- Wednesday, August 18th
- Between 5:00pm and 9:00pm
- Online Order Code: JFF6K2M (NOTE: Online orders must be done through the Chipotle App or Website. Orders from third-party apps like Grubhub or Doordash do not count!)
- Bring in the flyer below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to BVN Class Of 2023
Thank you for your support!
Class of 2025 ~ Welcome! (new)
Welcome to the Mustang Family! We can't wait to meet you in August and look forward to seeing our freshmen in the halls of Blue Valley North. Mark your calendar for these dates.
New Mustang Night - August 11
On Wednesday, August 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m., 9th graders, students new to North and their parents are invited to New Mustang Night when they will meet BVN Administration and learn about student life at North. A wide range of topics will be covered and students can attend an activity fair to learn about BVN clubs and activities. The Stampede, our school store, will be open and PE gear will be available for pick-up. The Mustang Club (former BVN Parent Booster Club) will have spirit wear for sale, information about yard signs and members available to answer questions. The event will start in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) followed by the Activity Fair in the Commons. We hope you can join us!
Freshmen and New Student Orientation - August 17
Orientation is Wednesday, August 17, 2021, from 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. During this "students only" event, 9th graders will tour the building with their mentors, visit classrooms, meet their teachers and receive their district provided laptop. Each student will also spend time with their advisory group and participate in "get-to-know-you" activities with their peers. The morning will conclude with a pep assembly. Students signed up to ride the bus this school year are able to ride their bus to and from school this day since Durham will be running their school routes.
Do you need to sign your student up to ride the bus? Families can contact Durham directly. Click HERE for information.
Student Yearbook Photos - August 20
Rolland Studios is BVN's official yearbook photographer. Picture Day is on Friday, August 20th. Students will go with their English class to have their photo taken. Information will be provided in North Notes about how to purchase school photo packets.
Now that your student is in high school, you do not need to purchase school supplies before school begins. On the first day of classes, each teacher will let their students know if items are needed for their class.
North Notes is the weekly parent newsletter for parents and is emailed every Friday, when school is in session. Please read it! It has schedule changes, event information, deadlines and other important information. On Friday mornings during the fall semester, a Freshmen email will be sent to ninth grade parents. It provides more detailed information and helpful tips about high school life at BVNorth. Once you have completed your on-line registration for this school year, North Notes and the Freshmen email will be sent to your primary email account. If you and your spouse both want to receive email communication, you each will need to establish a ParentVue account. Please contact our registrar at email@example.com to request a second ParentVUE account.
Mustang PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear
Support Blue Valley North's school store, The Stampede, and order PE uniforms and Mustang spirit wear! Orders will be fulfilled by New Mustang Night on August 11th. The Stampede is located in the BVN Commons. Thanks for your support!
Mark Your Calendar (new dates)
July 7 - High school online registration and fee payment opened except course fees
August 6 – High school student schedules posted online
Aug. 9 & 11 -- JR/SR Parking Pass pickup 8-11 a.m.
Aug. 10 & 12 -- JR/SR Parking Pass pickup 12-3 p.m.
August 11 – New Mustang Night for 9th graders, students new to North and their parents
August 13 - Athletic participation forms and physicals are due for fall sports at 3:00 p.m.
August 16 - Fall Sports begin
August 17 – Orientation for 9th graders and students new to North (students only)
August 18 – First Day of School, 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
August 20 – Fall Picture Day
Aug. 23-27 -- JR/SR Parking Pass pickup during lunch at the BVN Police Office
August 24 – Back to School Night for Parents
August 27 – Opening Sports Night/School Dance
August 25 – Final day for students to drop a course and not owe fees for that course.
September 1 – Course fees for 1st & 2nd semester assigned and opened for payment. Students who drop a course after Aug. 25 deadline will pay fees associated with that course.
October 1 – First semester course fees due; two weeks prior to quarter end.
October 6 – Homecoming Parade
October 9 – Homecoming Dance
Upcoming All School Events
All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar: www.easternkansasleague.org
Click here for the 2021-22 Blue Valley School District Calendar.
Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)
Click Here For BVN's Counseling Webpage for information about:
- Graduating Seniors who did not submit a senior survey indicating what college to send their final transcript to should complete BVN Alumni Transcript Request Form found on the front page of the BVN website under Student Quick Links.
- Reminder that BVN cannot send ACT scores to colleges. They must be requested from www.myact.org .
- Information on 2021-22 class schedules
- College planning activities for students finishing their Junior Year - Junior College Planning
- High school, college and career planning activities for students finishing their Sophomore year - Sophomore Naviance Tasks
- High school, college and career planning activities for students finishing their Freshmen year - Freshman Naviance Tasks
- Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
Questions? Contact Suzy Doherty @ (913)239-3006 or SDoherty@bluevalleyk12.org .
BVN 2020-21 Yearbooks (new)
If your student has not picked up your 2020-21 Yearbook, please stop by the BVN Main Office. Summer hours are Monday–Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. We encourage the yearbooks to be picked up by July 22 please.
Are you moving? Have you moved?
Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
BVN Bone Marrow Virtual Donor Drive extended
Good news! The bone marrow drive will continue through July 31st, so we are hopeful that more will sign up for this important event. Below is more info and the URL to sign up. Must be 18 or older to sign-up. Thank you for your support!
National Honor Society Info for 2021-22 School Year
Are you a current Sophomore or Junior with a 3.5 GPA or higher? Are you interested in being a candidate for National Honor Society induction in the fall? If so, please read on. Students need 40 hours of community service from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. These hours must come from non-profit organizations. We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online platform. An individual from the organization must verify hours with an email that is from a .org email address. Look online for opportunities that are posted on the x2VOL website. If you are questioning if hours work, please contact Mrs. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.
Information will be sent out in the fall. But, tentative dates for the initial information meeting are Tuesday, September 28, and Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (possible times are before school, after school or NT). Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting. Other than community service hours, students are not working on anything else before this meeting. Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00am and Mandatory Induction is Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 6:30pm. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius (email@example.com) or Mrs. Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Student Technology Help
On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.
- If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at www.bluevalleyk12.org / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
- If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
- If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.
BVN Athletics' Announcements
Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2021-22 (new)
The athletic physical form has been updated for the 2021-22 season. If your student will be participating in a KSHSAA sponsored sport at Blue Valley North in the upcoming school year, every student-athlete needs a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician. Here is a link to all the forms & physical on the BVN website PHYSICAL2021. We encourage you to get this completed over the summer. The physical is just part of the paperwork required. All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN by August 13 by 3:00 p.m. Please get your paperwork in early so your student doesn't have to wait in a long line.
Attention Lady Golfers and Parents (new)
The summer is underway and any lady golfer should be preparing for our upcoming fall season. Please e-mail Coach Lierz at email@example.com if you have a daughter who is thinking about coming out for the team so that she can communicate directly with you regarding any possible summer meetings and to give you direction regarding tournaments and places to practice. This will also get you added to the group e-mail to communicate information regarding tryouts, etc. Thanks!
Mustang Medical Messages
New Vaccine Requirement - 2021-2022 School Year
Dear parents/guardians of incoming 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th students,
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance.
- Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required.
- Phasing In Menigococcal (Serogroup A, C,W,Y): For the 2020- 2021 school year: Children entering 7th and 8th grade: one dose of MenACWY at school entry. Children entering 11th and 12th grade having received a previous dose: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series. Children entering 11th and 12th grade with no previous doses: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series.
Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2019 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI).
Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations:
- An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or
- A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations.
All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school.
Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school.
Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Blue Valley North’s school nurse is Amanda Collichio and she can be reached by email at AJCollichio@bluevalleyk12.org or by phone at (913) 239-3013.
Have a trip planned? Check out the KDHE Travel link: Travel & Exposure Related Isolation / Quarantine | KDHE COVID-19 (kdheks.gov)
Free COVID Test resource:
Blue Valley North ~ Back to School Checklist 2021-22 (new)
Step 1: ENROLLMENT - Your student’s course selection was completed in January.
Step 2: REGISTRATION: Update Information
Action is needed by all families every year for health, media, and technology consents, email updates, etc. All parts of registration must be completed even if there are no changes to the information.
Jumpstart to begin by clicking here: ParentVue .Your ParentVUE login and password are required. If you've forgotten your password, request a new one in ParentVUE on More Options. If you've forgotten your log-in call BVN: (913) 239-3000.
Step 3: REGISTRATION: Pay Fees
- High school fee payment opened July 7.
All fees are open for payment with the exception of course fees, which are assigned on Wednesday, September 1.
Join "The Mustang Club" the former BVN Parent Booster Club & support our students! Levels, payment and benefits are listed on PBC website: www.bvnmustangs.com .
Parking Permits, for juniors and seniors, can be paid in ParentVUE. Information and required paperwork is found below about this optional payment.
- Even though you have already updated your child’s information in ParentVUE, fee payment is required. Click here to pay required and optional fees ParentVue .
Step 4: REQUIRED FORMS: Complete and return to BVN if applicable
Forms are posted on the BVN website: Registration > Back To School > Registration Resources.
Juniors/Seniors, here is a link to get information about student parking. The parking permit agreement is on page 3: Parking Permit.
Print, complete and return applicable forms to the BVN Main Office. BVN Office hours are found at the bottom of this newsletter.
Forms include parking permits, athletic participation packets, PE Uniform order form (optional), Student Directory, etc. A complete list is found here: Back to School
Step 5: IMPORTANT DATES: Mark your calendar
July 7 - 31: Registration/Fee Payment opened; action needed by every family
Aug. 6: High School student schedules posted online in ParentVUE & StudentVUE
Aug. 9 & 11, 8:00-11:00 a.m. & August 10 & 12, 12:00-3:00 p.m.: JR/SR Parking Pass pickup. If your student is unable to come during this week, they can stop by the BVN Campus Police Office August 23 - 27 during student lunch time.
Aug. 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: New Mustang Night/Activities Fair for Freshmen, New Students and their parents.
Aug. 13, by 3:00 p.m.: Athletic Participation Packets due for Fall Sports
Aug. 16: Fall Sports begin
Aug. 17 or before: Students review their class schedule & room numbers in StudentVUE before the first day of school. Printed copies will not be distributed on the first day.
Aug. 17, 7:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Freshman/New Student Orientation (students only)
Aug. 18, 7:40 a.m.–2:55 p.m.: First Day of School
Aug. 20: Picture Day is during ELA classes
Aug. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Back To School Night for parents only
Aug. 25: Final day for students to drop a course
Sept. 1: Course Fees Assigned and opened for payment
Sept. 24: Picture Retakes & Senior Portrait Last Chance
Oct. 1: First Semester Course Fees payments due
Step 6: COURSE FEES ASSIGNED AND OPENED FOR PAYMENT
Pay course fees when they are posted in ParentVUE on September 1.
Course fees for 1st & 2nd semester will be assigned.
Students dropping a course after the August 25 deadline will be responsible for paying the course fee.
Step 7: COURSE FEES DUE
Course fees deadline for payment is October 1, two weeks prior to quarter end.
Thank you for your support of Blue Valley North High School!
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 or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are Mustang Proud!
The next North Notes will be published on July 23, 2021. 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 JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org .
Summer Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through July 22.
Have a wonderful summer break, Mustangs! Stay safe and take good care! Thank you!