North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - August 13, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Principal

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Center

    • The Father's Club

    • BVN Athletics

    • The Mustang Club (former PBC)

    • Its your Senior Year, Class of 2022

    • BVN Class T-shirts

    • Back to School Fundraiser

    • Welcome Class of 2025

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • BVN Registration & Fee Payment Checklist

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,

    It is hard to believe that the 2021/2022 school year is finally here! We are so excited to welcome all of our Mustangs back to our building and provide them with all of the experiences that the BVN culture can provide. Please remember that per district guidelines, masks are mandated for all individuals in our building. You can refer to the infographic below regarding the bell schedule we will follow this year. It will also be posted on our BVN homepage.

    Freshmen and New Mustang Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 17 from 7:40 to 10:45 a.m. This orientation will allow New Mustangs to get information about BVN, provide them with a tour of the building, allow them to see each of their teachers, and they will receive their district-issued MacBook. Also note that the first 3 days of school (Wednesday, August 18- Friday, August 20) will follow a 7 period schedule. We will have a picnic outside for all of our students during lunch time on the first day of school. This will be a fun way to welcome the Mustang family back with music, prizes, backyard games, and messages from our Student Government.

    Please mark your calendar for Back To School Night, Tuesday, August 24 from 6:00-8:00. All parents will have the opportunity to meet their students’ teachers and learn important information about the upcoming year in each of their classes. Videos from each teacher will be available on Canvas for parents unable to attend.

    Mustang Athletics also start next week on Monday, August 16. Please refer to the BVN Athletic Website for any and all information regarding fall sports.

    As it is every year at this time, we know there is a ton of information regarding the beginning of school. Please know we are available for any questions you have as we embark upon this new year. We can’t wait to see everyone next week!

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    BVN Bell Schedules

    August 18, 19 and 20, students will be following the traditional schedule without North Time. Starting on August 23, Monday and Wednesday will be the odd schedule, Tuesday and Thursday will be the even schedule and Friday will be the traditional schedule with North Time. This will be the weekly schedule.

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

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    Mark Your Calendar (updates)

    July 7-August 17 - High school online registration and fee payment open in ParentVUE (except course fees)

    August 13 - Athletic participation forms and physicals are due for fall sports at 3:00 p.m.

    August 16 - Fall Sports begin

    August 17 – Orientation for 9th graders and students new to North (students only)

    August 18 – First Day of School, 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

    August 20 – Fall Picture Day

    August 23-27 -- JR/SR Parking Pass pickup during lunch at the BVN Security Office

    August 24 – Back to School Night for Parents

    August 27 – Opening Sports Night/School Dance

    August 25 Final day for students to drop a course and not owe fees for that course.

    September 1 – Course fees for 1st & 2nd semester assigned and opened for payment. Students who drop a course after Aug. 25 deadline will pay fees associated with that course.

    September 6 – Labor Day/No school

    September 24 – Picture Re-takes and Senior Last Chance Portraits

    September 29/30 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

    October 1 – NO School, First semester course fees due; two weeks prior to quarter end.

    October 6 – Homecoming Parade

    October 9 – Homecoming Dance

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the 2021-22 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

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

    Blue Valley North Father's Club

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    BVN Athletics

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2021-22

    The athletic physical form has been updated for the 2021-22 season. If your student will be participating in a KSHSAA sponsored sport at Blue Valley North in the upcoming school year, every student-athlete needs a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician. Here is a link to all the forms & physical on the BVN website PHYSICAL2021. We encourage you to get this completed over the summer. The physical is just part of the paperwork required. All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN by August 13 by 3:00 p.m. Please get your paperwork in early so your student doesn't have to wait in a long line.

    Cross Country (new)

    Cross Country season will officially begin this coming Monday, August 16, and we could not be more excited! Below you will find information and important dates that will ensure we start the season off smoothly:

    1. Physicals and paperwork are due to the office by August 13. Friendly reminder: if you do not turn in your physical before the first day of practice, YOU CAN NOT PRACTICE. The correct papers must be turned in before anyone can participate in athletic practices or events. Paperwork needs to be turned into the front office at BVN. Coaches will NOT collect them for you.
    2. The first day of practice is Monday August 16th at 3:15 until 5 p.m. We will be meeting on the track. Look for the cross country tent!
    3. The parent meeting will be Saturday August 21st from 8-9:00 a.m. following our team time trial at Shawnee Mission Park.
    4. The 2nd wave of our Cross Country gear website will be up and running from August 16-22. We highly encourage every athlete to buy the combo pack so we look cohesive at meets. A link will be sent out to the community once the store re-opens.
    5. Make sure to visit our team website, and sign up to be on our email list so that you get all the latest information about BVN cross country. A pop up menu will prompt you to sign up as soon as you visit the website.

    Your coaches cannot wait for this season to get underway! If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Riley via email at

    Lady Golfers and Parents

    The summer almost over and any lady golfer should be preparing for our upcoming fall season. Please e-mail Coach Lierz Davis at if you have a daughter who is thinking about coming out for the team so that she can get you added to the group e-mail to communicate information regarding tryouts, etc. Thanks!

    Volleyball Team

    Do you have an incoming 9th grader interested in VOLLEYBALL? Please fill out this interest form. . Email Coach Allin, , with any questions.

    Please Join The Mustang Club during 2021-22!

    Our parent community has been integral in contributing to our status as one of the best high schools in the state of Kansas and a leading high school across the nation.

    Please support The Mustang Club (the former BVN Parent Booster Club). It financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (similar to a PTO/PTA), and over the last 6 years, has granted over a half million dollars to support our school’s extracurricular activities, organizations, and athletic teams. We could not provide the depth and breadth of opportunities without your help through memberships and donations of your time.

    The Mustang Club needs your support! Membership is down and volunteers are in short supply. Here are some options for you to consider:

    · Become a Mustang Club member at one of the five membership levels;

    · Purchase spirit wear from The Mustang Club website (;

    · Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause; and

    · Take advantage of sponsorships for companies wanting to support BVN financially.

    Visit The Mustang Club website at This organization is completely run by parent volunteers so every dollar donated goes to benefit BVN students. It is a 501(c)3 organization so your contributions are tax deductible.

    Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!

    Senior Info

    Action needed by Senior Parents

    Please complete the Senior Diploma and Transcript Authorization form. The form can be found on the BVN website > Counseling > Useful Links > Senior Diploma and Transcript Authorization Form

    Class of 2022--Senior Portraits by Rolland Studios

    Hopefully all seniors had their senior portrait taken by Rolland Studios this summer for the 2021-22 yearbook. Rolland Studios will be back at Blue Valley North for one last chance to get a senior portrait on September 24. You can choose another company for your personal senior photos which can be used in the Senior Tribute Ads, but only a photo from Rolland Studios will be used for the “Senior Section” of the yearbook. For info about packages and proofs, go to

    Senior Tribute Ads

    Early Bird Deadline for senior tributes for the class of 2022 is coming up soon! Below is information that explains pricing, deadlines, and frequently asked questions about submitting materials for senior tribute ads in the 2022 Yearbook. Aug. 27 is the early-bird deadline; Sept. 30 is the regular deadline.

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    BVN Class T-shirts from The Stampede, BVN's School Store

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    Back to School Fundraiser (new)

    Start this school year with a bang! Come out to Chipotle to support your school and eat some great food! All of the proceeds from this fundraiser go towards Prom.

    • 5065 W 119th St. Leawood, KS 66209
    • Wednesday, August 18th
    • Between 5:00pm and 9:00pm
    • Online Order Code: JFF6K2M (NOTE: Online orders must be done through the Chipotle App or Website. Orders from third-party apps like Grubhub or Doordash do not count!)
    • Bring in the flyer below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to BVN Class Of 2023

    Thank you for your support!

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    Class of 2025 ~ Welcome!

    Welcome to the Mustang Family! Mark your calendar for these dates.

    Freshmen and New Student Orientation - August 17

    Orientation is Wednesday, August 17, 2021, from 7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. During this "students only" event, 9th graders will tour the building with their mentors, visit classrooms, meet their teachers and receive their district provided laptop. Each student will also spend time with their Mustang Mentors and participate in "get-to-know-you" activities with their peers. The morning will conclude with a pep assembly. Students signed up to ride the bus this school year are able to ride their bus to and from school this day since Durham will be running their school routes.

    Do you need to sign your student up to ride the bus? Families can contact Durham directly. Click HERE for information.

    Student Yearbook Photos - August 20

    Rolland Studios is BVN's official yearbook photographer. Picture Day is on Friday, August 20th. Students will have their photo taken during the school day. Information will be provided in North Notes about how to purchase school photo packets.

    School Supplies

    Now that your student is in high school, you do not need to purchase school supplies before school begins. On the first day of classes, each teacher will let their students know if items are needed for their class.

    Parent Communication

    North Notes is the weekly parent newsletter for parents and is emailed every Friday, when school is in session. Please read it! It has schedule changes, event information, deadlines and other important information. On Friday mornings during the fall semester, a Freshmen email will be sent to ninth grade parents. It provides more detailed information and helpful tips about high school life at BVNorth. Once you have completed your on-line registration for this school year, North Notes and the Freshmen email will be sent to your primary email account. If you and your spouse both want to receive email communication, you each will need to establish a ParentVue account. Please contact our registrar at to request a second ParentVUE account.

    Mustang PE Uniforms and Spirit Wear

    Support Blue Valley North's school store, The Stampede, and order PE uniforms and Mustang spirit wear! Orders will be fulfilled by New Mustang Night on August 11th. The Stampede is located in the BVN Commons. Thanks for your support!

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    Parent Announcements

    Canvas, Learning Management System (new)

    Do you need a refresher on @CanvasLMS, our learning management system for grades K-12, or looking to set up a new account? Check out how to access or set up your Canvas Observer account as a parent or review this Canvas Parent/Guardian Orientation. Remember, Canvas courses won’t appear until teachers publish them after the school year has started.

    BVN 2020-21 Yearbooks

    If your student has not picked up your 2020-21 Yearbook, please stop by the BVN Main Office. BVN Office Hours are Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. We encourage the 2020-21 yearbooks to be picked up by Friday, August 13, please.

    Blue Valley North is Hiring!

    Are you interested in working at Blue Valley North? If you or someone you know is looking to join the #1 School District in Kansas, we are now hiring for various positions for the 2021-22 school year! Get more details and apply online at under employment.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

    Student Announcements

    School Picture Day

    On Friday August 20, 9th-11th grade students will have their picture taken during the school day for the yearbook. Watch your mail for information from Rolland Studios about purchasing photo packets. Seniors will get their photo taken for their student ID, and they have their last chance to take their yearbook portrait on Retake day, September 24.

    LAST Chance to Complete Summer Assignments

    If you haven't completed your summer assignments yet, you've only got a few more days! Click here to see what is expected for any of your specific classes: SUMMER 2021

    National Honor Society Info for 2021-22 School Year

    Are you a current Sophomore or Junior with a 3.5 GPA or higher? Are you interested in being a candidate for National Honor Society induction in the fall? If so, please read on. Students need 40 hours of community service from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. These hours must come from non-profit organizations. We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online platform. An individual from the organization must verify hours with an email that is from a .org email address. Look online for opportunities that are posted on the x2VOL website. If you are questioning if hours work, please contact Mrs. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.

    Information will be sent out in the fall. But, tentative dates for the initial information meeting are Tuesday, September 28, and Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (possible times are before school, after school or NT). Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting. Other than community service hours, students are not working on anything else before this meeting. Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00am and Mandatory Induction is Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 6:30pm. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with any questions.

    Student Technology Help

    On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.

    • If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
    • If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
    • If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.

    Mustang Medical Messages

    New Vaccine Requirement - 2021-2022 School Year

    Dear parents/guardians of incoming 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th students,

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance.

    • Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required.
    • Phasing In Menigococcal (Serogroup A, C,W,Y): For the 2020- 2021 school year: Children entering 7th and 8th grade: one dose of MenACWY at school entry. Children entering 11th and 12th grade having received a previous dose: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series. Children entering 11th and 12th grade with no previous doses: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series.

    Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2019 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI).

    Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations:

    • An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or
    • A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations.

    All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school.

    Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school.

    Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Blue Valley North’s school nurse is Amanda Collichio and she can be reached by email at or by phone at (913) 239-3013.

    Have a trip planned? Check out the KDHE Travel link: Travel & Exposure Related Isolation / Quarantine | KDHE COVID-19 (

    Free COVID Test resource:

    Blue Valley North ~ Back to School Checklist 2021-22

    Step 1: ENROLLMENT - Your student’s course selection was completed in January.

    Step 2: REGISTRATION: Update Information

    • Action is needed by all families every year for health, media, and technology consents, email updates, etc. All parts of registration must be completed even if there are no changes to the information.

    • Jumpstart to begin by clicking here: ParentVue .Your ParentVUE login and password are required. If you've forgotten your password, request a new one in ParentVUE on More Options. If you've forgotten your log-in call BVN: (913) 239-3000.

    Step 3: REGISTRATION: Pay Fees

    • High school fee payment opened July 7.
    • All fees are open for payment with the exception of course fees, which are assigned on Wednesday, September 1.

    • Join "The Mustang Club" the former BVN Parent Booster Club & support our students! Levels, payment and benefits are listed on PBC website: .

    • Parking Permits, for juniors and seniors, can be paid in ParentVUE. Information and required paperwork is found below about this optional payment.

    • Add money to your student's lunch account by visiting the Titan School System website. Click this link for information: lunch .

    • Even though you have already updated your child’s information in ParentVUE, fee payment is required. Click here to pay required and optional fees ParentVue .

    Step 4: REQUIRED FORMS: Complete and return to BVN if applicable

    • Forms are posted on the BVN website: Registration > Back To School > Registration Resources.

    • Juniors/Seniors, here is a link to get information about student parking. The parking permit agreement is on page 3: Parking Permit.

    • Print, complete and return applicable forms to the BVN Main Office. BVN Office hours are found at the bottom of this newsletter.

    • Forms include parking permits, athletic participation packets, PE Uniform order form (optional), Student Directory, etc. A complete list is found here: Back to School


    • Pay course fees when they are posted in ParentVUE on September 1.

    • Course fees for 1st & 2nd semester will be assigned.

    • Students dropping a course after the August 25 deadline will be responsible for paying the course fee.


    Course fees deadline for payment is October 1, two weeks prior to quarter end.

    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 or contact them via email at

    We are Mustang Proud!

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