Jaguar Journal

October 28, 2022

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

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Quarter 2 News

Welcome to Quarter 2, Jags! Click here for your quarterly news.

Blue Valley 2023 Bond

We are hosting a parent information meeting about our new bond for January 2023. This will be for Blue Valley West, Lakewood Middle School, Pleasant Ridge Middle School and Cedar Hill’s parents! Please think about joining us!

In January 2023, our community will have an opportunity to invest in facilities, safety, and technology through Bond 2023. Mark your calendars and plan to attend a presentation to learn more.

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Time. 6:00 PM-6:30 PM

Place: Blue Valley West, PAC (Performing Arts Center)

The presentation will highlight details of the $251,250,000 no-tax rate increase bond that will be a mail-ballot election in January 2023, as well as projects specific to our school community.

Mainstage Play Tickets-Inherit the Wind

BVW Theatre proudly presents this year's main stage play INHERIT THE WIND Oct. 27-29 at 7pm. This American classic play, based on the famous Scope's Monkey Trial of 1925 is not to be missed. In the 1920s, Tennessee school teacher Bertram Cates (Tyler Masterson) is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck (Lillie Barr) reporting, two of the nation's leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady (William Hunt) for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond (Mihir Apte) for the defense. Tickets are $10 and available here (insert link).

Click for tickets here.

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Business Professionals of America Fundraiser

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 2nd! Blue Valley West’s BPA (Business Professionals of America) club is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle from 5-9 p.m. Take a break from cooking and grab dinner between 5-9 p.m. Be sure to use the code J3LCQD2 for online/app orders or show the flyer below! Thanks so much for your support!

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Debate Recap from Lansing

Team takes first in sweeps!


Iman Suleman/Sarah Jiang – UNDEFEATED (7:0) division champs!

Rishabh Barve/Abigail Wyrick– 3:2, division champs!

(**Iman/Sarah and Rishabh/Abigail made it into the bracket, then won quarters and semis, flooding finals and ending the tournament early and earning DCI bids! It is difficult to overstate what a big deal it is for SOPHOMORES to flood DCI finals. Really record-breaking performance from all four).

Arnesh Sharma/Arya Vasudevan – Quarterfinalists (walked-over by Sarah/Iman)

Krrish Madduru/Nashwan Osman– Quarterfinalists

Sarah Jiang – 1st place speaker

Iman Suleman – 2nd place speaker

Rishabh Barve – 3rd place speaker

Abigail Wyrick– 5th place speaker


Kripa Gauba/Nischay Rawal– UNDEFEATED (8:0) division champs!

Aarya Telang/Zeeshan Ahmad– 5:0, Semifinalists (narrowly lost semis on a 2-1 decision)

Ipsi Bapat/Alisha Marakani– Quarterfinalists

Nischay Rawal– 2nd place speaker

Ipsi Bapat– 3rd place speaker

Kripa Gauba– 4th place speaker

Aarya Telang – 6th place speaker

Alisha Marakani– 8th place speaker


Aiden Koudele/Josh Tran– 4:1, Quarterfinalists

Neha Shankar/Sarah Antao – 3:2

Cheryl Wang/Arya Shah – 3:2

Cheryl Wang– 9th place speaker


Grace Wang/Ria Jaiswal– 4:1, 3rd place

Rhythm Goyal/Aarya Anjankar – 4:1, 4th place

Anvita Rayabarapu/Niha Chimpula– 3:2

Nithin Dheepak– 3:2 (debating solo!), 10th place

Grace Wang– 2nd place speaker

Ria Jaiswal– 4th place speaker

Nithin Dheepak– 7th place speaker

BV Femineer Program Applications Open

The Blue Valley Femineers Program is excited to announce the start of their new cohort for the 2022-2023 academic year. This program uses a curriculum created by Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering and designed for young women who are interested in pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their education and future careers.

Click here for application

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Research Medical Center is committed to improving lives and the community by partnering with the Kansas City Metro Police squad in support of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in the fight against opioid misuse. For more information, please call 833-582-1790.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 29th

Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Location: Research Medical Center

Brookside Campus-Lot B

6675 Holmes Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64131

Assessments and Academic Success

BVW Science teacher Heather Hall is highlighted as an example of using a student's formative assessment data to inform instruction in this edition of the district’s Learning Connection story. Blue Valley assessments are divided into two buckets: formative and summative. Formative assessments, described as assessments for learning, provide teachers with information on how they can help a student grow. Summative assessments, characterized as assessments of learning, occur after instruction takes place. Check it out here.

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

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.


Senior Yearbook Tribute Pages Now

Seniors-Last Chance to Buy a Senior Ad!

The Senior Ad purchase window will close at midnight on Oct. 31. Families are urged to buy their ads this weekend and then reach out to with their photos, messages, questions or concerns at a later date.

Site to purchase:

Time to Order Cap and Gown

Cap and Gowns are now available for purchase from Herff Jones here. Time flies when you’re having fun, so make your purchase early and keep a copy of your receipt for when the end-of-the-year busy season comes.

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Class of 2023 Senior Year Events & Checklist

Click here to view deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!


Social Media Updates

The BVW Counseling Department is now on social media! Please follow us to stay up to date on important information.

Facebook - Blue Valley West Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Instagram - @BVW_Counseling (Links to an external site.) -

Twitter - @BVWCounseling

Important Dates


December 7-9 Time for 2nd Semester Changes

NO CHANGES to the Schedule will be made in Jan. 2023

Baseball Informational Meeting

BBB Tryout Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Afternoon AST

12:45PM Room 273

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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!

Join our PTO!

Fall Program Ads

The fall activities and sports program is in the works. Parents of students participating in a Fall Sport or Activity can purchase an ad for printing in the FALL program to recognize your student and cheer them on.

Here is the direct link:

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!

Amazon Smiles

Donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you! Simply shop at (add Blue Valley West High School PTO as your charity) and AmazonSmile will donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Blue Valley West High School PTO —no fees, no extra cost.