Jaguar Journal

August 26, 2022

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


High School Safety Message

Safety and security reminders for the 2022-23 school year

As we look forward to another school year, we know that safety and security is top of mind for students, staff and families. Making sure our school is as safe as possible during the school day is a responsibility we take seriously.

At BVW, and high schools across the district, we have a variety of measures and practices in place to foster a safe and secure learning environment. Three safety measures, while not new, are essential for students and families to understand this year:

1. Paid food delivery services: We do not accept food from paid delivery services during the school day. Food delivery services require a signature. Students leaving class to sign for food disrupts the learning environment and poses potential security concerns. Orders arriving from food delivery services will be refused. Students returning from appointments or CAPS/Career Ready Programs are encouraged to enjoy their food purchased off-site before returning to the school.

2. Learning experience: We know that most students learn best when they are engaging with their peers and teachers in the classroom. When students leave class for excessive amounts of time, this poses not only a safety concern but also the possibility of destructive behavior. We understand that students may need to occasionally miss short amounts of class time to take care of a health need, use the restroom, etc. However, we encourage students to utilize passing periods to take care of these needs when possible. If a teacher notices that a student is missing excessive class time, skips class or is found wandering the school, we will reach out to you.

3. Secured school building: After school starts, all students, families and visitors are asked to show an ID to be buzzed in through the secured front entrance. In order to keep our campus secure, we cannot have doors propped open for anyone during the school day. Students who violate this policy will receive a safety violation. Violations may lead to a series of disciplinary consequences which may include conversations with parents, suspensions and/or $25 tickets issued by Blue Valley SROs.

Thank you for supporting these measures so every student and staff member can feel safe and focus on learning each day when they come to West.

Welcome Back-Quarterly News

Welcome to the Blue Valley West 2022-2023 school year.

Please refer to the following link for Dr. Bonnema’s Quarterly News to prepare for a successful start!

Activities and Athletics Message

Blue Valley Families,

We are excited to have your families come to support our high school activities and athletics this school year. It is great to see the entire community at these events. It is imperative that our parent community partner with us as we work to encourage a positive atmosphere for our high school games or events.

  • Sportsmanship/officials: We want to give our student athletes the opportunity to play as many games as possible and we need officials to make those games happen. With a local and national shortage of officials, we want to make sure officials continue to choose to work Blue Valley events. The number one way we can create a welcoming environment is for spectators, coaches and student athletes to be courteous and respect the official’s decisions.

  • Tailgating: Tailgating before games has become a tradition for many students and families. We love to see our community gathering together to enjoy food and tailgate games in our parking lots. As a reminder, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed on district property including parking lots.

Thank you for your help in making our district events a great experience for all who attend. We hope to see your family cheering for our Blue Valley teams this school year.

BIG THANK YOU to Father's Club!

Father’s Club showed up in a BIG way at WEST with their Jaguar Grill event. Our student body was well fed with burgers and hotdogs, enjoyed an extended lunch, and yard games on the lawn. Not only are they amazing cooks, they also have amazing kids! Shout out to all our student Jags who helped keep West looking great after a fun and busy event.

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Jungle Jam and Pizza Dance Tonight!

Jungle Jam is the first all-school event of the year! We are only selling tickets online! It’s today from 8:30-9:45 in the commons. Attendance is $5 for pizza, soda, and music! All tickets are bought online. Join us for a fun way to celebrate the first full week of school at Blue Valley West, where it’s always a GREAT day to be a Jag.

Tickets are available for $5.00 here.

BV West Band Mattress Sale!

Help support the BV West Band as the trek to London for the New Year’s Day Parade this coming winter!

If you or someone you know is looking to replace a bed, now is the time! Blue Valley West Band is excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday August 28th, from 10am to 5pm at the high school. There will be 25+ different styles of beds on display for customers to try. The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost up to 50% less than suggested retail. In addition to beds, there will also be premium pillows, luxury sheets, and even adjustable power bases!

Visit the event Facebook page to click INTERESTED or GOING, INVITE your friends, and SHARE all of our posts.

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Mainstage Play Auditions

AUDITIONS for this year's BVW Mainstage Play INHERIT THE WIND-- Any BVW student wishing to audition for this year's mainstage play should read this information about BVW production INHERIT THE WIND Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, August 29 and 30 after school, with callbacks on August 31. Sign up for an audition time by clicking this link. All BVW students are eligible to participate. Please contact the director, Reed Uthe, with any questions at .

BVW Store-The Spot hours

Ready to sport that Jag swag gear? Stop by The Spot to purchase your favorite Jaguar gear!

Every day during lunch

Tuesday and Thursdays-8:15 am

Fridays-7:20 am

Back to School Night: open!

Canvas Information

Attn BV families! Do you need a refresher on Canvas, (our learning management system for grades K-12), or are you looking to set up a new account? We’ve got you covered! Check out how to access or set up your Canvas Observer account as a parent, or review this Canvas Parent/Guardian Orientation.

Nurse's Message-11th and 12th Graders

Attention parents of 11th and 12th grade students. All 11th and 12th grade students (16 and older) are required to have obtained their second dose of Meningitis A (Meningococcal A,C,W,Y) vaccine for the start of the school year. Please check your child’s latest vaccine paperwork to see if they are up to date. The first dose is given at 11 years old. The second dose is due at 16 years old. If you are unsure if your child’s vaccine has been turned in, please check with Mrs Yeokum, School Nurse. Phone: 913-239-3719

School Photo Make-Up Date and IDs

October 6, 2022 will be our make-up date for school photos from 11:15-1:15. Please mark your calendars if you have not taken your photo.

Seniors-This date is your last chance to have your photo taken for the yearbook. It won’t be the same without you, so please do not miss it!

Student IDs and activity passes will be electronic this year. Look for upcoming communication about how to access and use a student activity pass.

Back To School Night

Welcome back Jag Family! We are excited for you to join us for our annual Back to School Night!

Monday, August 29, 2022. 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

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Family Activity Passes

If you purchased a Family Activity Pass, they will be distributed during Back to School Night.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you would still like to purchase one, they are available on the Blue Valley Parentvue page.

If you have any questions, please contact assistant for Activities, Laura Lynn Kono at 913-239-3841 or bookkeeper, Emma Chavez, at 913-239-3707.

National Honor Society Applications

Applications are due Sept. 9th

Applications to join the Blue Valley West National Honor Society are now available at this link. Membership is open to juniors and seniors with a 3.500 or above GPA (weighted or unweighted) and 25 hours of community service completed during their high school career. Applying is not a guarantee of acceptance. All NHS members inducted last year who were in good standing at the end of last school year are still considered members for this school year and do not need to reapply.

Pre-Medical Seekers Meeting

Pre-Medical Seekers Club will be holding their first meeting of the school year.

Date: September 1, 2022

Time: AST 12:45 pm-1:15 pm

Location: Fixed Forum

Attendance Information

Every day BVW opens its doors to students for a day filled with learning. When a student does not arrive at school, or unexpectedly misses a portion of the school day, we are concerned and want to make sure you are aware that your child is absent.

Beginning August 18th, BVW will be notifying families of unexpected absences through email, phone, text and optional push notifications. BVW families can expect automated attendance messages by email, phone and text at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. if a student is absent and his/her absence has not already been reported by a parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call the school to report an absence, report the absence online or reply to the automated email or phone message.

Reporting absences can be done by calling 913-239-3701 or by emailing

Families who would also like a push notification can download the ParentVUE app and manage their notifications. If a student has an unreported absence when a teacher submits attendance, then a push notification will immediately be sent to the parent/guardian's mobile device. Push notifications will continue throughout the day until the student’s absence is reported/excused, meaning a family could receive multiple push notifications as attendance is typically taken with each class period.

Interested in push notifications? Simply download the ParentVUE app (iTunes app store or Google Play), enable push notifications in device settings and select attendance notifications through in-app settings.

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Communications Matrix

Do you have a question or concern? We want to help.

If you have a question or concerns, we want to help! Many times by starting at the building level, you will work with the person who is closest to the situation and will usually have the most information. If you feel further discussion is warranted, the following chart can be used as a guide for whom to call when questions arise on the most common topics.

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Fostering a Safe 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.


Senior Yearbook Tribute Pages now on sale!

Seniors and Senior Parents,

Now is your chance to reserve space for a tribute in the yearbook. Enjoy a $50 discount by buying your ad on or before Sept. 5. Last day to order and submit photos is Monday, Oct. 31.

Navigate to this web address to purchase your ad:

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Senior Yearbook Photos-Last Chance Date!

October 6, 2022 is the last chance date for seniors to have their photos taken for the yearbook. Photo location will be in the Commons Faculty room. Please do not miss this opportunity. The yearbook will not be the same without you!

Class of 2023 Senior Year Events & Checklist

Click here to view deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!

BVW Girls Golf Middle School Night

Any Pleasant ridge or Lakewood girl who is interested in the BVW Girls golf team please join us at Top Golf on Wednesday September 21st. Please fill out the attached Google Form. You can also contact Coach Anderson at

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Please consider joining our PTO - we have open positions and will be needing to fill many key leadership roles next year. Get involved now so you are poised to help us in future years!

Join our PTO!

Volunteer: Homecoming Event: October 8, 2022

Hello BVWest Parents!

The 2022 Homecoming Dance is just around the corner! Come join us on Saturday, October 8, 2022 in the BVWest Aux Gym and get a sneak peek of the kids coming to the dance while you check the students' suit coat jackets, shoes, and handbags. Students show their entrance ticket to the BVW administration and then join the dance. Thank you for signing up and supporting a wonderful Homecoming Dance for our students.

HOCO Coat Check Sign-Up Link:

Volunteer: Hearing and Vision Testing: October 28, 2022

Hello BVWest Parents!

Nurse Tammy Yeokum needs our help during the Hearing and Vision Test on Friday, October 28. Students in 9th and 11th grade (Freshmen and Juniors) are going to be tested all day. Our job will be to support Nurse Tammy with crowd control in both the Vision Lab and the Hearing Test area. Assignments are flexible to either testing area, you can just commit to a time slot. Especially appreciated are volunteers who can stay for both shifts. Thank you for signing up and supporting our students' wellbeing.

Hearing and Vision Test October 28 Sign-Up Link:

Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student

Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!

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