May 5, 2023
Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
BVW Theatre Presents:The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Musical
In this hilarious musical, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a delightful den of comedic genius. RATED PG for minor use of course language.
Wednesday, May 10—7pm
Friday, May 12—7pm
Saturday, May 13—2pm & 7pm
Tickets: $8.00 general admission
Location: BVW Little Theatre
Purchase Tickets Here.
BVW Follies Show
Come join the BVW Choral Department for Follies, “A Night At The Movies” celebrating the best songs from films!
Thursday May 11th in the PAC at 7pm
All tickets $10 – general admission
Doors open at 6:30pm
Concessions will be sold before the show and during intermission.
2023-2024 Athletics Message
Blue Valley West Students choosing to participate in athletics, dance and cheerleading will be required to upload a completed KSHSAA Physical Form, dated after May 1st, 2023 with a doctor’s signature, and complete all the necessary forms to be able to participate in the 2023-2024 school year. Please click on the links below so you can see all the updated information.
The Blue Valley West Athletic Office will not be uploaded physicals for families this year. There are several ways to upload the completed paperwork. The BVW student has the capability to scan documents and upload them into the system using their school issued laptop. There are also many apps available on the Android and Apple platforms to assist with scanning and uploading documents. The Notes App found on Apple IPhones has the capability of scanning and uploading documents.
2023-24 Athletic/Activity Online Registration Information Letter
NEW KSHSAA Physical Form to be used for 2023-2024 School Year.
Link to the BVSD Online Activity/Athletic System
DECA and BPA Competition Results
DECA Results from Orlando, FL
Aarnav Pemmasani and Aditya Anantharaman were the only two to make finals. This is extremely difficult to do! They finished top 20 in the nation!
BPA Results from Anaheim, CA
Blue Valley West had its first ever national champion, Rishabh Barve!!! Rishabh placed 1st in prepared speech!
We had two 3rd place finishes as well!
Sarah Jiang in Office Systems & Procedures
Neil Agarwal in Python Programming
The following students made top 10 and were finalists in their events!
Cheryl Wang/Sreenidhi Meyoor: Network Design Team
Leena Dudi: SQL Database Fundamentals
Nischay Rawal/Alisha Marakani/Ipsi Bapat/Sanay Pradhan: Presentation Team
Nischay Rawal: Virtual Multimedia & Promotion
Nischay Rawal/Rishabh Anand/Praneeth Gorrepati: Virtual Branding Team
Aaditya Monga: Computer Security
Aileen Ng: Fundamentals of Web Design
Gabby de Lima: Graphic Design Promotion
Misha Raichura: Health Insurance & Medical Billing
Michelle Young: Digital Media Production
A special shout out to teachers Nick MacDonnell, Doug Rossier, & Lauren Garcia who helped chaperone these trips. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Summer Basketball at BVW
Happy to announce summer basketball opportunities! We cannot wait to get back in there to Have Fun & Get Better with current and future Jaguars. You will find all the information needed in the two links below
High School: Grades 9th-12th
Youth: Grades 3rd-8th
Speech and Debate Showcase
BVW Speech & Debate Showcase May 9th, 6:00pm
You’re invited to join us at our annual showcase event in the Blue Valley West Performing Arts Center (PAC) May 9th! Our state forensics competitors will take turns performing their competition pieces, and debaters will share information about our programs. Doors open at 5:30pm, and you are invited to come early and visit with the team. This is also a fundraiser for our students attending nationals in Phoenix this summer—concessions will be available for purchase and a $5 suggested donation will be taken at the door. (Note: performances are PG-13).
Yearbook Distribution Day May 12
All students who have a yearbook purchased for them (as of April 25) will receive a QR code in their email next week. That QR code should be presented to the yearbook staff to pick up their book on May 12. (The QR codes will be resent the week of distribution.) Students who feel they should have received a QR code but did not, should come to Room 233 on or before May 10.
Seniors will receive their books in the morning at the Senior Picnic. Seniors who haven't purchased books can buy one on May 12 for $50 cash or check made payable to BV West.
Underclassmen will receive their books in the afternoon. Underclassmen who haven't purchased a book can buy one after 2 p.m. on May 12 for $50 cash or check made payable to BV West. (First come first served.)
BVW Red Zone Golf Tournament
SAVE THE DATE – JULY 21, 2023!
The Blue Valley West Red Zone is excited to host the annual golf tournament and auction, Friday, July 21, 2023, at Ironhorse Golf Club. We hope you can join us for a fun day of golf to benefit the Blue Valley West High School Jaguar football program.
It’s going to be a great day as current, past and future Jaguars as well as members of our community compete for prizes while supporting the football team. All levels of golfers are welcome!
All proceeds of this four-player scramble will go directly to the football program.
This is the Red Zone’s only fundraiser of the year. In the past, funds raised have helped purchase weight room equipment, new helmets and uniforms, stadium signage, team dinners and much more!
Even if you don’t play golf, we welcome anyone to come and take a look and bid on auction items that will be displayed in the Ironhorse Clubhouse the day of the tournament.
To register for golf, dinner, or both, please click on this link: 2023 Golf Tournament – Blue Valley West High School Football (bvwrz.com)
JOCO Resource Numbers
Numbers you need to know
Last July, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK) transitioned to a three-digit dialing code, 988. The three-digit dialing code routes calls to the Lifeline network and provides a connection to local support and services for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Johnson County Mental Health Center began answering Lifeline calls as a part of the national network in August of 2021.
In its first five months, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline received over 1.7 million calls, texts and chats. Federal government data shows a significant increase in calls, texts and chats from December 2021 to December 2022. To learn more about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, check out our Mental Health Moment—a weekly newsletter that opens dialogue, increases understanding, and removes some of the stigmas surrounding mental health issues where we’ve prepared hot, warm and crisis lines for you to add to your contact list. We all need some help sometimes, and it’s okay to reach out.
Sign up for other e-newsletters from Johnson County Mental Health Center!
Activities and Athletics Message
Blue Valley Families,
We are excited to have your families come to support our high school activities and athletics this school year. It is great to see the entire community at these events. It is imperative that our parent community partner with us as we work to encourage a positive atmosphere for our high school games or events.
Sportsmanship/officials: We want to give our student athletes the opportunity to play as many games as possible and we need officials to make those games happen. With a local and national shortage of officials, we want to make sure officials continue to choose to work Blue Valley events. The number one way we can create a welcoming environment is for spectators, coaches and student athletes to be courteous and respect the official’s decisions.
Tailgating: Tailgating before games has become a tradition for many students and families. We love to see our community gathering together to enjoy food and tailgate games in our parking lots. As a reminder, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed on district property including parking lots.
Thank you for your help in making our district events a great experience for all who attend. We hope to see your family cheering for our Blue Valley teams this school year.
Fostering a Safe Environment
As we move into a new semester please share the following message in your upcoming family newsletters:
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.
Cap and Gown Payments Due
Seniors, thank you for your cap and gown sizes. Herff Jones has now placed our order! You can make the payment for your items at the following link.
Once your order is complete, please save your receipt to refer to once Graduation season arrives. Cap and gowns will be distributed at Class Day rehearsal on May 18, 2023.
Library Message for Seniors
Senior Library Books!
Attention Seniors – on May 8th any library book that is not turned in to the library will be billed to your ParentVue account to be paid for before you graduate. Please return your overdue and checked out library materials as soon as possible to avoid any fees! Thank you!
Social Media Updates
The BVW Counseling Department is now on social media! Please follow us to stay up to date on important information.
Instagram - @BVW_Counseling (Links to an external site.) -
Twitter - @BVWCounseling
Please consider joining our PTO - we have open positions and will be needing to fill many key leadership roles next year. Get involved now so you are poised to help us in future years!
Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student
Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!