September 14, 2023
K-8 students plus new math resource equals tremendous academic gains for all
When Blue Valley implemented its new K-8 math resource, iReady, at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, it was clear early on that it was a game-changer.
By the end of the school year, teachers were astounded. The impact the math resource had on student learning led to assessment scores that exceeded expectations.
The iReady diagnostic assessments were administered in the fall, winter and spring. From the fall to the spring, students demonstrated substantial growth, far exceeding iReady’s growth benchmarks. Blue Valley students additionally showed tremendous overall scores with students scoring on iReady’s national benchmark 26 percentage points higher than the national population.
Learn more about the iReady math resource in this Learning Connection story.
Blue Valley leads the way in Kansas with 56 National Merit Semifinalists!
With an astonishing 56 high school seniors recognized as National Merit Semifinalists, Blue Valley is not just leading the way but defining educational achievement standards across the state!
Blue Valley's remarkable 56 National Merit Semifinalists make up a whopping 39% of all such honorees in Kansas, a feat unparalleled by any other school district in the state. These exceptional seniors, representing less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide, have earned this prestigious honor through their stellar performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) tests.
Their success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students but also reflects the exceptional quality of instruction and support provided by Blue Valley's educators and administrators. Blue Valley's semifinalists now have the incredible opportunity to compete for approximately 7,140 National Merit Scholarships valued at nearly $28 million.
Check out the complete list of Blue Valley’s National Merit semifinalists online.
Did you miss the September board meeting? Here's a board brief recap.
During the meeting, the Board approved the 2023-24 budget with a decreased mill levy, discussed facility renovations, received an update on the Chinese Immersion Task Force, approved policy changes and appointed members to committees.
Community Connection Point with the BOE set for October 5
Blue Valley community members have an opportunity to engage with the Board of Education from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Lakewood Middle library.
Community Connection Point gives Blue Valley community members an opportunity to talk with Board of Education members in a less formal setting. Hosted at various schools around the district, the round-table conversation format allows for great conversations about topics of interest in the community.
A sign-up is available for patrons who have questions for board members, but no sign-up is required to attend. More information about Community Connection Point with the BOE is available on the district’s website.
Have questions or concerns? Here's how to address them.
Blue Valley Schools strives to create and maintain open, inclusive, two-way communication with families. To assist families and other members of our community in understanding the most effective and efficient means of communicating questions, concerns and comments, we have outlined steps for communication.