October 2

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

Topics for this edition are as follows:

All school News

Activities News

Athletics News

Counseling News

Important Links

All-school News

Important information regarding in-person meal service

  • The cafeteria staff is excited to welcome high school students back for in-person learning through the hybrid model. Below are a few modifications the district has made in the cafeteria to help provide a contact-free environment, as well as important updates to the meal service program.

  • In-Person Meal Service: Entrée items will be packaged or will be served to students. Side items will be individually pre-portioned.

  • At the Register: Students will now scan a meal card with a barcode at the register rather than typing in their ID number.

  • Students received an email on their school email account with their meal card attached. Please have your student open the attachment on their cell phone and screen shot it to save the image. Students will use their phones to scan their meal card at the registers. Students will also have an option to use a printed meal card and lanyard when they return to school.

  • Meal Cost: Blue Valley was approved for funding by the USDA for ALL students to receive free* breakfast and lunch meals through Dec. 30, 2020 or until funding runs out. When this special USDA program ends, meals will be charged to your student's meal account according to the student’s eligibility: free, reduced or paid.

  • *Students must make a full meal to receive the free cost, otherwise items will be charged at regular a la carte prices. Signs will be posted in the cafeteria to assist students. A la carte snacks and beverages will be available. (High school: All meals that include a Premium entrée choice, including Pizza Hut, will cost no more than $.40.)

  • Meal Payment: If you have not done so already, please set up your parent account in the Titan Family Portal, the district’s new Point of Sale system. This is where you make meal payments, transfer funds between accounts, monitor meal account transactions, etc.

  • Drive-thru Meal Service: Drive-thru meal service will still be available for pick-up on days when students are learning remotely in the hybrid model.

  • School menus can be viewed online via Nutrislice. If you have questions, please call the Food and Nutrition office at 913-239-4062.

Directions to upgrade your MacBook to Catalina - deadline is October 12th

  • Click here for directions.

Activity News

National Honor Society Applications

National Honor Society applications are now being accepted. Current Juniors and Seniors interested in applying can find eligibility requirements and the application at All applications are due by 4 p.m. on October 23rd. Returning seniors who were members of the organization last year do not need to reapply and are automatically still members in the organization this year.

Senior Ad - photos and messages needed!

As yearbook students return to school, they are ready to work on senior ads. Please send photos and messages, and any questions, to

Purchase your Senior Ad 20-21 even if you are not prepared to upload photos, it is advised to buy the space you’d like as quickly as possible. The allotted space for senior ads fills up faster each year.

Welcome to Your Senior Year, Class of 2021!

  • Class Rings & Jewelry Virtual Class Meeting with Renee Trimble watch here

Though it may seem like graduation is a long ways away, preparation for the big day starts now! Herff Jones, our school’s official graduation provider, is requesting the following information from each Senior see flyer:

      • Submit your contact information and sizing for cap and gown

      • Watch this Class of 2021 Virtual Meeting provided by Renne Trimble from Herff Jones

      • Check out their digital catalogs

      • Place your orders

  • A message went out to all seniors on Wednesday 9/23/2020 providing information about the college planning lesson that can be found now in canvas. This lesson talks about applying to colleges, how to request a transcript, how to request a recommendation letter and financial aid.

Athletics News


Counseling Canvas Page

Virtual College Rep Visits

  • Every year admissions representatives from colleges across the country come to Blue Valley West to meet with students and provide information about their institutions. This year these visits will be occurring but they will be held virtually. All college rep visits can be found in Naviance under the colleges tab. At the moment we have 40 visits scheduled and more are added daily. Please sign up in Naviance to attend any session you are interested in.

Student Check-In Survey

  • All students were sent an email on Monday asking them to complete a counseling check in survey. There are questions about academics along with future plans. We are using this information to help guide us in the supports and programming we will offer this school year. At this time we have about 300 responses. Please check with your student to make sure they have completed this survey.

College Planning Lesson for Seniors

  • A message went out to all seniors on Wednesday 9/23/2020 providing information about the college planning lesson that can be found now in canvas. This lesson talks about applying to colleges, how to request a transcript, how to request a recommendation letter and financial aid.

AP Exam Registration Information

This is a 2 step process if you plan on taking the exam!!

Register for the course and exam through College Board and make sure you have your join code from your teacher before trying to register.

Everyone enrolled in the course must register for the course in College Board. Teachers use the instructional materials from College Board in their classrooms

Step 1. Registration for the exam will be marked “yes” for you; if you don’t want to take the exam please change “yes” to “no” or an exam will be ordered for you. Not everyone has to take the exam. If you marked “no” during this step you don’t have to move to step 2

Step 2. If you marked “yes” you are taking the AP exam in College Board you MUST go to Total Registration to pay for the exam.

Registration Deadline: October 30th
Exam Fees:

  • $107 per course unless you are taking AP Research or AP Seminar and those exams are $142
  • Any full year exam registered for or paid for after October 30th will be charged a $40 late fee

If you have any questions please reach out to your AP teacher or AP Coordinator (Mrs. Glotzbach).

Reminder about Attendance

  • If your student is going to be absent from school for any reason, please call our Attendance Office (913)239-3701 to report this absence. We will need to know the student’s name (first and last), date and reason for the absence, and spell the last name. If your student is going to be late to school or needs to leave school early, please include that in your message. If your student is going to be absent due to a school activity, it is not necessary for you to call. Even though we are distance and/or virtual learning, accurate attendance records are required.