North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - March 11, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Principal

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Counseling Center

    • Senior Information

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    • Winter Activity Guide

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Hello, Mustang Community,

    We hope everyone has a great Spring Break March 14-18, and remember, there is no school this Friday, March 11 and Monday, March 21, due to Professional Learning. Due to the snow day on Thursday, March 10, there will be a schedule change the week of March 21:

    March 21: NO SCHOOL

    March 22: Even Day

    March 23: Odd Day

    March 24: Even Day

    March 25: Hours 1-7 with North Time (change)

    We look forward to welcoming your students back on Tuesday, March 22!

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    Kudos and Celebrations

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    BVN Student Releases Album (new)

    This Friday, senior Jo Mackenzie will be releasing her new album “Tourist.” You can stream it everywhere and follow Jo on Instagram @thejomackenzie! Mustang Proud!

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    Kansas Business Hall of Fame Essay Contest Winners Announced (new)

    Sriram Srinivasa Kalki and Caroline Place, both freshmen, were congratulated this week for winning the Kansas Business Hall of Fame Essay contest. There were 93 entries in the state of Kansas. The essays were judged in two rounds and were scrubbed so the judges did not know who the students were or where they were from. This process was completely blind. What’s really impressive is that 3 of the 4 winners are freshmen, and 2 are from Blue Valley North! Congratulations to these awesome freshmen. Pictured above: Michele Buche, BVN Gifted Teacher, Dr. Tyson Ostroski, Principal, Sriram and Caroline, essay award winners, Dr. James Leiker, KBHF Board Member and Allison Gossick, BVN Business Teacher.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing (updated)

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

    • The last day to drop a class for this semester is Friday, March 25th at 3:00pm. Students can pick up a schedule change form from Student Services, obtain signatures and bring back by the deadline.
    • 9th - 12th graders: Don’t miss the Blue Valley College Fair on April 5th, 6 - 7:30pm at Hilltop Conference Center. Registration and information can be found here -

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

    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:

    • PROM Info! It will be April 9 from 8-10 p.m. at the Hilltop Conference Center. If you plan to invite a date from another school, you must complete a form--come see Mrs. Miller in Student Services for more info.
    • The schedule of Senior Final Exams
    • 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.
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • Info about the Balfour shipping schedule

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

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .


    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time will return 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.

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

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    Change: Friday, March 25, will be Hours 1-7 with North Time

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    Mark Your Calendar

    March 11: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning

    March 13: Daylight Savings Time Begins (spring forward 1 hour)

    March 14-18: NO SCHOOL/Spring Break

    March 21: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning

    April 5: Blue Valley School District College Fair (see counseling section for info)

    April 18-19: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning for teachers

    May 20: Class Day at 10:00 a.m.

    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:

    Parent Announcements

    Math, ELA & Science State Assessments (new)

    Kansas State testing is coming up for sophomores and juniors after spring break! The following tests will be administered during class times for the following dates/grades:

    • March 22-25: Math Assessments for Sophomores
    • March 28-31: ELA Assessments for Sophomores
    • April 4-5: Science Assessments for Juniors

    Kansas State Assessments measure student mastery of state standards in each subject. Students will take the assessments during their assigned Math, ELA, or Science class hour. We would greatly appreciate if you could please avoid scheduling appointments or pulling your student out of class during these testing days if it is avoidable.

    Feel free to contact Dr. Lisa Stolper, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction, if you have any questions about state testing.

    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 .

    Student Announcements

    2022-2023 Cheer Team Tryouts & Info Meeting (new)

    Interested in trying out for the 2022-2023 BVN Cheer Team? Please complete the following Google Form to receive additional information for our upcoming tryouts on April 8th. Please complete the Google form by Sunday, March 20th to receive information. If you have any questions please contact Coach Shoemaker at or .

    BVN Cheer Tryout - Information Google Form

    2022-2023 Dance Team Information Meeting (new)

    When: Tuesday, March 22nd @ 7:00 p.m.

    Where: Zoom (link​ will be sent at a later date)

    We will be hosting an informational meeting for parents and dancers to learn more about the role of the North Stars, explain the tryout process more in-depth, and cover team expectations, participation, and potential costs.

    Any dancer interested in attending the meeting needs to fill out the Google Form at the link below. This is how we will get emails to distribute Zoom information. Can't wait to see you there! Kylie Thompson, BVN North Stars Head Coach.

    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, .

    Medical Messages

    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.

    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic Info

    Testing/Drop off location: MAWD labs 14950 Newton Drive Overland Park, KS (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley District Office Campus).

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    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.
    • A parent/guardian will need to complete a consent form and must be with the student at the Drive-In Clinic to give verbal permission at the time of testing.
    • Tests: Nasal self-swab and saliva PCR tests are both offered at the clinic. Individuals will need to refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the saliva test.
    • Test results are sent to the provided email/text address and to Blue Valley Health Services generally within 12-16 hours. They are not sent to building nurses.

    Students and families who wish to access PCR testing, may use the MAWD COVID-19 Drive-In Testing Clinic or any other community COVID-19 testing* location.

      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.

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    Prepare For a Safe & Health Spring Break

    • Before you go: prepare a travel health kit with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, insect repellent, sunscreen, alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • During your trip: don’t leave your health habits at home.
    • After you return: if you’re not feeling well call your doctor for follow-up.
    • For more helpful tips check out the following:

    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
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    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!

    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 March 11-21, during spring break.

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