Jaguar Journal

December 18, 2020

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


Board of Education Approves Revised 2020-21 School Calendar

The Blue Valley Board of Education approved revisions to the 2020-21 school year calendar thanks to new guidance from the Kansas State Board of Education associated with inclement weather days and new professional learning opportunities in the second semester. The revised calendar includes additional No School days in January and February, as well as a full week for Spring Break. A complete copy of the revised 2020-21 school year calendar can be found here.

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:

This week we would like to highlight the Associates Dual Degree

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 Associates Dual Degree.

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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Check out a Library book before Tuesday, Dec. 22nd

Students can check out books through Tuesday from the library. Requested book will be placed on the cart in the building foyer or call us at 239-3722 when you arrive and we will run the book to you! Click here for directions about placing a book request.

BVW Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Twister on Dec. 22nd

Please help support our first restaurant night fundraiser on Tuesday, December 22nd at Twisters on 135th Street between 5PM and 10PM. Take the family to celebrate a good start to the season with a sweet treat. Be sure to mention BVW Boys Basketball. Twisters Restaurant Night Flyer
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Graduation Day for Class of 2021 is May 23rd

Mark your calendars!! Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place at 7pm on Sunday, May 23rd at the Municipal Auditorium 301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105. If KCMO announces changes to their event sizes and gatherings guidelines, a backup plan will be communicated at that time.
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Virtual Food Drive for Harvesters, our local food bank Fundraiser EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, DEC. 22ND

The BVW UNICEF Club recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support Harvesters, our local food bank. Harvesters’ work has become more important than ever during these testing times. Help feed hungry neighbors!

The fundraiser has been extended through Tuesday, Dec. 22nd. It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause by making your tax-deductible donation online.

Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up! Every $1 can help provide 3 meals.

We greatly appreciate your support!

For any questions, please contact

Senior Checklist UPDATED

December Deadline:

Complete Graduation Diploma & Program Form DEADLINE is Tuesday, Dec. 23rd

To be completed by student (email sent to student with link on Dec. 7th)

  • Name to be printed on your diploma
  • Name to appear on Graduation Program & read as you walk across the Platform
  • Record Pronunciation of your name

After Dec. 23rd diplomas will be ordered and we are unable to make any further changes.


Hometown Ticketing

Beginning in January, the Blue Valley School District will be 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. More information will be sent to winter sports parents soon!

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.


Congrats Ads offered in Sports and Activity Directories

Blue Valley West High School PTO will be offering sports and activity directories each season. It is a great opportunity for parents to let their student athletes know how proud they are of their efforts and to share their accomplishment with others. Please check the details in the attached flyer. Congrats Ads are $20 each. The deadline is December 22nd.
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