North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - October 21, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Oct. 20-21

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Cheer Fundraiser - Oct. 27-28

    • Medical Messages

    • Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • Class of 2025 Announcement

    • Student Announcements

    • School Supplies Drive

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Durham Bus Information

    • Fall Activity Guide

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    Kudos and Celebrations

    The BVN math team of Luke Chen, Eddie Mu, Sriram Kalki and Matthew Chen competed on October 19 at the "Donald L. Bruyr Mathematics Day" sponsored by the Emporia State University, with 412 students from 37 Kansas schools. All BVN team members placed in the top 5 in all events they competed in!

    They finished 1st place in the Math Scramble Category. Team members were: Luke Chen, Eddie Mu and Matthew Chen, and earned individual medals for:


    1st place ~ Luke Chen

    2nd place ~ Sriram Kalki

    5th place ~ Matthew Chen


    1st place ~ Luke Chen

    4th place ~ Eddie Mu

    5th place ~ Sriram Kalki


    1st place ~ Eddie Mu

    Congratulations to all team members! We are Mustang Proud!

    BVN Cheer Team Fundraiser with Kendra Scott - Oct. 27 & 28

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    Love new jewelry or need to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Head out to Kendra Scott in Town Center Crossing on Thursday, October 27th & Friday, October 28th to support the BVN Cheer Team! Can’t make it out, feel free to order online to support and be use to use the code GIVEBACK-CUBQY ! Thanks for your support!

    Medical Messages

    Need to speak with the nurse in person? (new)

    If you need to speak with the BVN nurse, Amanda Collichio, please e-mail her at to set up an appointment. She is also available by phone: (913) 239-3013. Thank you!

    Has your student been injured or has a concussion?

    Send your medical orders or documentation to and the nurse will communicate this with your students educational team.

    Hearing & Vision has been completed

    Parents, if you received a medical referral, please see your provider and return the documentation to the nurse via e-mail

    Did your student forget to take a daily morning medication before leaving for school?

    If your student ever forgets to take a daily morning medication before coming to school, the parent may bring the medication to the school’s front office and the parent may dispense and give the student the medication. If the nurse is to give the medication, it must be in the original prescription pill bottle accompanied by the signed physician’s medical order; click on this link for the form: Authorization For Medication/Procedure to be Administered At School .

    Need to update your students immunization records?

    Please e-mail updates to your student's immunization record to Nurse Amanda Collichio at . Thank you!

    BVN Bell Schedules

    October 24-28:

    Monday-Wednesday are Odd Hour Days

    Tuesday-Thursday are Even Hour Days (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Fridays are Traditional 7-Hour Days

    October 31 - November 4

    Monday: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning for Teachers

    Tuesday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Wednesday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    Thursday: Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday: SCHEDULE CHANGE: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    *On late start Tuesday/Thursdays, Durham buses will run their normal pickup times. Students can eat breakfast in the commons, study in the flex space or in the library.

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    Mark Your Calendar

    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar: .

    Click here for the 2022-23 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    October 31 - No School/Professional Learning for Teachers

    November 21-25 - No School/Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 9 - Last day to make 2nd semester class changes

    Dec. 16 - Finals: Hour 1 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 2 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Dec. 19 - Finals: H3 (7:40-9:00)/H4 (9:10-10:30)/H5 (10:40-12:00)/School Dismissed @ 12:00

    Dec. 20 - Finals: Hour 6 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 7 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Note: No lunch served on Dec. 16, 19 & 20; Buses will run their route home early

    Dec. 21-Jan. 3 - No School/Winter Break

    January 4 - School Resumes

    January 16 - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Fall 2022 has passed. Level changes are permitted until October 14th. Drops to a study hall are permitted until October 21st. After this time, students must stay in their class and take a grade .
    • NEW THIS YEAR: 2nd semester changes will be accepted December 7-9 ONLY. Forms will be available in Student Services starting December 5th.
    • Counselors have visited with Seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process last week. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Counselors have visited with Juniors in ELA classes this week to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning.
    • Counselors have visited with Juniors in ELA classes to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance. Junior Parent College Planning.
    • Counselors have met with Freshmen in Advisory to discuss their 4 year academic plan. More information can be found here - Freshmen Four Year Academic Planning
    • Counselors have met with Sophomores in Advisory over the next two weeks to discuss appropriate tasks in Naviance.
    • College visits are back in person this year! Juniors and seniors are welcome to sign up to meet with visiting admissions representatives on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Login here -
    • AP exam registration is open. 1st semester registration deadline – October 28th. See details here - Counseling Canvas Page/AP Testing
    • Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
    • Visit the Counseling Home Page to find additional resources or contact information for Counselors and other Student Services staff.

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

    CLASS OF 2025: HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar

    Current sophomores looking for leadership opportunities: the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership provides lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. Their vision is to motivate and empower individuals to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding and action based on effective and compassionate leadership. BVN can send up to three individuals exemplifying a strong desire for leadership.

    Student Announcements

    National Honor Society Info for 2022-23 School Year (new)

    Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 7, at 7:00 a.m. and the mandatory Induction Ceremony is Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. The practice and ceremony are both in the BVN PAC. Reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with questions.

    Math Competitions (new)

    Inviting all interested in participating in math competitions: Mathleague has a series of high school online math contests. Top-scoring students in qualifying rounds are invited to compete in the State Championship contest. You need to register and pay for yourself and take the test online. If you are interested, please register online at: . Upcoming online dates are November 12, 20, December 10 and 18. There are other dates in the new year. Choose a date that works for you. If you have questions, please email Matthew Chen (

    FCA Meetings

    FCA meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre. Come for fellowship and fun! If you have questions, please email BVN teacher, Jason Jones at .

    Bowling Team (new)

    Anyone planning to try-out for girls or boys bowling, there will be an informational meeting in room 242 during AST October 25th. If you are unable to attend, talk to Mrs. Nathan, BVN Math Teacher.

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    BVN School Supplies Drive

    Have unwanted school supplies? Please donate to Scraps KC! Blue Valley North is partnering with to collect used or new school supplies. The items needed are listed above. Please ask your student to drop off items in the large white bin outside the library or the small buckets in the main office & student services offices. The first pickup will be Tuesday, December 13. If you have questions, please email Sarah King, in the Student Services Office, at .Thank you!

    Parent Announcements

    Historic Boston and Salem Trip - May 2023 (update)

    Thanks to the students and families who attended the informational meeting about the Historic Boston and Salem trip in May 2023. There are about 10 spots left on the trip. To enroll, visit the tour website at or call The EF Traveler Support Team at 888-333-9756 (open Monday - Friday, 9-5 PM EST). Please feel free to contact Mrs. Benson ( with any general questions.

    Safe Schools Reporting (new)

    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.

    North Needs Coffee

    The BVNorth coffee shop needs a coffee maker. The machine we have is broken. We also need an espresso machine. No coffee shop, in today's world, is a coffee shop without espresso. Do you have an old coffee maker or espresso machine sitting in the basement, or in the garage, that you would like to get rid of? Can you donate (or purchase) a coffee or espresso machine for the school coffee shop? The mental benefits of coffee are scientifically proven. Grades are at stake! (and teacher sanity!) Please, help! Email Mr. Forker (Ms. Yonke's long-term sub) at: .

    Need a Job?

    Blue Valley is always looking to grow our teams with talented people. If you are interested in working at BVN or know of anyone that would be a good fit for the Mustang family, please encourage them to apply on our district website.

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    Over the summer the URL for ParentVUE changed. Click here for the new URL: ParentVUE

    Parents will need to have the new URL or they won’t be able to login to ParentVUE or request a password reset. The Blue Valley School District website and the BVN website have both been updated with the new URL so the parents can access the link from Parent>ParentVUE.

    In addition, this also impacts the ParentVUE app. Parents will need to update their device to the correct link.

    Student Digital ID Cards

    Students have a new digital student ID card on their phones. If you paid for a Student Activity Pass, it should say that on the ID and students will show this to get into games. They can save their ID on their home page on an iPhone, or it can be saved as a favorite page on an android phone. If students were absent on Picture Day or if they have any trouble loading the ID, they can come to Student Services for help.

    School Photo Orders

    Picture Day was Friday, Aug. 19 at BVN. If your student’s picture was taken and you placed a pre-order for photos, the picture package was delivered to your student in their Advisory class on Thursday, September 8. If you did not pre-purchase a packet, your student was given a proof sheet with information about purchasing prints from their website,

    Family Activity Passes

    All Family Activity Passes and Adult Individual Passes have been distributed. If you paid for your Family Activity Pass by the end of the day on September 13 but haven't received it yet, the cards were sent home with your student. If you purchase a pass after September 13, you need to contact Lori Freeman, BVN Bookkeeper, to obtain your cards.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    Athletic Announcements

    Bowling Team

    Anyone planning to try-out for girls or boys bowling, there will be an informational meeting in room 242 during AST October 25th. If you are unable to make it, come talk to Mrs. Nathan.

    Boys Basketball Tryout Meeting

    • All boys interested in trying out for basketball that missed the October 20 meeting need to see Coach Phifer, BVN Head Basketball Coach and P.E. Teacher.
    • Online physicals and athletic participation paperwork is due by Friday, Nov. 11.
    • Tryouts will start on Monday, November 14.

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    Starting July 1st, the Blue Valley School District is moving to an online format to submit all paperwork, including a new physical completed, signed and dated May 1, 2022 or after, by a physician. This paperwork is required for students involved in athletics and activities at the high school and middle school levels. The online system can be accessed directly through this link: .

    Winter Sports start on November 14

    Is your student participating in a Winter Sport: Boys' Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Boys' Swim and Dive, Bowling or Wrestling? Physicals and all completed athletic paperwork must be completed and uploaded by Friday, November 11. Get your students' physicals scheduled now! If your student participated in a 2022 fall sport, their physical and paperwork is already on file. Thank you!

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

    Please contact Stevie Gibson, BVN Athletics Administrative Assistant, at (913) 239-3011 or .

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    The Graduation date for the Class of 2023 has been announced. Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Commencement will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer.

    Senior BVN devices must be updated to the Monterey operating system by October 28th. Please see your BV student email for instructions or you can stop by the tech table in front of the PAC, Mon – Thurs, during lunch.

    Cap, Gown & Tassel for Graduation: It's time to order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need. Just go to or ORDER HERE!

    ACTION NEEDED: Our diplomas will be ordered at the end of the first semester in order to have them for May graduation. Please click on the link below and complete the Senior Diploma/Transcript Form. Please complete as soon as possible. This form also authorizes the release of senior transcripts for college applications. Click here: Diploma/Transcript Authorization


    For the most up-to-date info, please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

    Senior Yearbook Ads

    Want to have a tribute for your senior to look back on? Get a yearbook Senior Ad!! FINAL Deadline is November 29th. No photos or payment will be accepted after November 29th. Click HERE to purchase and submit ad materials. See below for FAQ. Email with any additional questions.

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    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492 or contact them via email at

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    Fall Activity Guide!

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Fall Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition:

    This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams & 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 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 .

    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, November 21-25, 2022.

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