North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - January 13, 2023

In this Newsletter …

    • A Message from Your Principal
    • Course Fees Due for 2nd Semester
    • ACT Testing Day - February 28
    • Buckaroo Bash ~ 1/28/23
    • Kudos & Celebrations
    • Donations Needed ~ Jan. 16-20
    • Athletic Announcements

    • National Honor Society Info

    • Bell Schedules

    • Finals Schedule

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • 8th Grade Enrollment Night ~ 1/18/23

    • Counseling Updates

    • Class of 2025 Announcement

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Parent Announcements

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Blue Valley 2023 Bond

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Message from Your Principal

    Mustang Community,

    We hope your students have had a great start to 2nd semester! It is important to us that your student has a good beginning to the semester, and we would encourage you to continue to discuss how they can utilize Academic Support Time (Mon-Thurs) to get help from their teachers as well as getting homework completed.

    Again, the new crisis alert system empowers all staff members to initiate a call for help. With a simple push of a button on a specialized badge, building officials are alerted to:

    • Everyday events such as medical or student emergencies
    • Crisis situations which require a campus-wide lockdown

    We want to ensure students and staff know what to do and where to go in an emergency situation. On Monday, January 23, we will have an opportunity to conduct a lockdown lights out drill with students and staff using our new system. During the drill, students will see lights flash in every room and hallway, instructional messages pop-up on their district-provided devices, and messages over the intercom.

    Thank you for your support as we strive to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students. Have a great weekend!

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    High School Course Fee Payment for 2nd Semester Due (new)

    High school course fee payment for second semester is open and online now. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees online. Please use a desktop or laptop when paying online. You may pay in person with cash, check or money order with Mrs. Freeman in the BVN main office.

    • Course fees are assigned based on the master schedule and your student’s enrollment.

    • Course fees are assigned for the second semester only.

    • If your student dropped a course after the course drop deadline, 1/12/23, they are responsible for paying any fees associated with that course.

    Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to Lori Freeman, BVN bookkeeper, by email: . Thank you!

    ACT Testing Day for Juniors --- Tuesday, February 28, 2023 No School for 9th, 10th and 12th graders (new)

    We are excited to share that the Kansas State Department of Education is once again paying for a full ACT for all 11th-grade students.

    This year’s exam is on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. This is an opt-out testing event, meaning that unless you tell us otherwise, we will plan on testing your student on this day. All students test at their home school, and Blue Valley Academy students test at BVA.

    Juniors will start school at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28th, and will be dismissed after testing (roughly until 11:30 or Noon). [Please note that freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will not attend school on February 28th.]

    If you wish to opt your student out of the February 28th ACT, please contact Assistant Principal, Cory Cox, at Mr. Cox can also answer any questions as well.

    Supporting The Mustang Club Supports Your Student(s)

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    Kudos and Celebrations

    BVN Athlete Hall of Fame Ceremony - Tonight, 1/13 (new)

    We have the privilege of having these two outstanding educators at Blue Valley North and tonight we will be honoring them in between the boys' and girls' basketball games (at approximately 6:45). Thank you will never be enough for the skills they taught on and off the court/field. Congratulations to Coach Ann Fritz, Girls' Basketball Coach and Jon Pittenger, former Boys' Basketball Coach. Thank you for helping us celebrate them!

    Business Students Shine in Stock Market Game (new)

    Congratulations to the following students who won 1st and 2nd place in the Stock Market Game! This is a statewide game and there were over 550 teams participating last fall. Another group earned 23rd place overall which put them in the Top 5% in the State.

    1st Place - Carson Wasinger, Gregory Ballard, Caden Wathanacharoen, Andrew Cruzan

    2nd Place – Zach Amsterdam, Alden Mollerus

    23rd Place – Kaelyn Manchion, Katelyn Page, Rachel Bronson

    Bowling Teams Grand Champs (new)

    Shout out to the Boys Varsity Bowling-- First meet on 1/12, they came in FIRST PLACE!! Top over all bowlers Eli Nathan #1 and Anass Alshobaki #2. Top Varsity Girls-- Justyna Hayslett #4 and Lili Sachen #5. Sarah Allen had her PR game with a 177. Way to go Mustangs, Coach Nathan and Coach Smajda!! Congratulate these students and coaches if you see them!

    End of Semester Art Show (new)

    The week of December 12, the BVN Art Department presented an End of the Semester Art Show in the 400 hallway. Staff members and students were able to view these incredible works of art. Congratulations to all art students on their hard work! Below are those students who were honored for their art.

    Best in Show: Merritt Gregory

    Best 2D: Rhea Sadagopan

    Best 3D: Molly Ramsey

    Best of Ceramics 1: Allie Braun

    Best of Ceramics 2: Grace Caswell

    Best of Digital Imaging: Cameron Wood

    Best of Drawing I: Aaliyah Robison

    Best of Drawing 2: Lauren Kopitas

    Best of Graphic Design 1: Emma Montecino

    Best of Graphic Design 2: Kaitlyn Herman

    Best of Painting 1: Molly Ramsey

    Best of Painting 2: Faye Sanden

    Best of Photo 1: Muskaan Chandarana

    Best of Portfolio: Merritt Gregory

    Most Creative/Unique: Merritt Gregory

    The Piece I Want in My House: Rhea Sadagopan

    Best Figure/Portrait: Leila Furse

    Best Landscape: Abigail Hathaway

    Best Social Statement: Molly Ramsey

    Best Use of Light: Cameron Wood

    Best Use of Color: Merritt Gregory

    Best Use of Movement: Muskaan Chandaranan

    Best Sense of Humor: Kinser Kennedy

    BVN Gender Equality and Feminism Club Donations Needed Jan. 16-20 (new)

    Nearly 1 in 5 American girls have missed school due to lack of period protection. The BVN Gender Equality and Feminism Club is hosting our annual a period product drive the week of 1/16 to keep the BVN bathrooms stocked with free period products. Blue Valley School District plans to start providing period products to students in the near future, so any items from our drive that are unused will be donated to area high schools that need them. You can send donations with your student to school for drop off in the front office or room 408, or purchase items from our Amazon wishlist and they will be sent directly to the school. Thank you for your donations!

    Athletic Announcements

    Mustang Hall of Fame - January 13 (new)

    Join us as we honor Ann Fritz, Girls' Basketball Coach and Jon Pittenger, former Baseball Coach on Friday, January 13. The presentation will be after the girls' game, before the boys' game at about 6:45 p.m. Let's give a huge congrats to Coach Fritz and Coach Pittenger!

    Girls' Softball Team

    Softball began winter workouts on 1/10 at 6:30 a.m. in the weight room. They will continue work outs on Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 - 7:15 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Stevie (

    Girls' Soccer

    Our girls' soccer informational meeting was held on January 12th. If you missed the meeting, contact Coach Roush at

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    On July 1st, 2022, the Blue Valley School District moved 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: .

    Spring Sports begin on February 27

    Is your student participating in a spring sport: Baseball, Boys' Golf, Boys' Tennis, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Swimming and Diving, Softball or Track and Field? If yes, your student must have a current physical examination form and athletic packet submitted for review before the student is authorized to participate in practice or tryouts. The deadline is February 24 by 3:00 p.m. If your student has been in another KSHSAA sport this school year, and already has their athletic paperwork on file, your student athlete is ready to participate. This paperwork is all on-line; the link is listed above.

    BVN Athletics - Questions?

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

    National Honor Society Information - February 9 (new)

    Parents and Students of Potential Candidates for Induction into National Honor Society,

    Is your current sophomore or junior a potential candidate for induction for National Honor Society. The four pillars of NHS are Service, Leadership, Character and Scholarship. Do they have a 3.5 or higher GPA? Do they enjoy giving back to the community? Are they in good standing with regards to their character? Do they demonstrate leadership?

    There is a parent AND student meeting on Thursday February 9, 2023 at 6:00pm in the PAC.

    Co-Sponsors, Abby Cornelius and Sheryl Stein, will discuss the induction process that will take place in the fall, the computer platform that tracks hours, as well as answer any questions that parents and students may have.

    We look forward to seeing both parents and students at this meeting. Students should bring their computer to get set up on the platform.

    Blue Valley North Bell Schedules

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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.

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

    January 17 - Tuesday: Even Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    January 18 - Wednesday: Odd Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    January 18 - 8th Grade Enrollment Night (see info below)

    January 19 - Thursday: Even Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    January 20 - Friday schedule change: Odd Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.) (new)

    January 28 - Buckaroo Bash Parent Fundraising Party

    February 28 - ACT Testing Day for Juniors/No School for 9th, 10th & 12th grades (new)

    8th Grade Enrollment Night--January 18th, 2023

    5:15-6:00 Optional Athletic Fair

    Feel free to arrive anytime between 5:15-6:00 to learn about and speak with the various BVN athletic programs. Teams will have an assigned location in the commons with coaches and players available to speak about each program and distribute information. Please make sure you arrive in time to find a seat before the enrollment portion of the evening commences in the Performing Arts Center at 6:00 PM.

    6:00-6:35 Enrollment Information (Performing Arts Center)

    • 6:00-6:05 Welcome and Evening Overview
    • 6:05-6:25 Core Class Presentations
      (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, & World Language)
    • 6:25-6:35 Counselor Presentations
      Graduation requirements and 4-year planning
      Enrollment in 9th-grade classes

    6:45-7:45 Open House (Commons)

    Departments will give short presentations in the PAC during the times listed below. Parents and students can attend the sessions in which they are interested. Between sessions, families can visit tables and talk to department representatives. When not presenting, department chairs and co-curricular representatives will be available at tables in the commons to visit with parents and answer questions.

    Co-Curricular Presentations (Performing Arts Center)

    • 6:45-6:55 Journalism (Yearbook, Newspaper, Broadcast)
    • 6:55-7:05 Band/Choir/Orchestra
    • 7:05-7:15 Performing Arts (Theatre, Debate/Forensics)
    • 7:15-7:25 Business and Technology
    • 7:25-7:35 Fine Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, etc.)
    • 7:35-7:45 FACS/Industrial Tech

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Spring 2023 classes has passed. There will be no schedule change window in January. Exceptions will be made for level changes and drops to a Study Hall. Forms for these changes are available in Student Services.
    • Test scores from the October testing day were distributed during lunch before winter break. Those who didn’t pick up will receive their score in advisory within the last week. In addition, any student who also wants their test booklet may pick it up in Student Services before the end of the school year in May.
    • Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is underway. Counselors visited all 10th and 11th grade History classes on 1/13 to discuss the enrollment process, and will visit with all 9th graders in Biology classes on 1/19 and 1/20. Current 8th graders and their parents are invited to Enrollment evening on 1/18, starting at 6:00pm. Students will have access to the BVN Enrollment 23-24 Canvas page and their course choices will be submitted electronically from this page.
    • Senior college and career planning information - Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Junior college and career planning information - Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning.
    • Sophomore recommended Naviance tasks -
    • Freshmen 4 year academic plan information - Freshmen Four Year Academic Planning
    • 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 .

    Student Announcements

    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 .

    Medical Messages (updated)

    Disease and Symptom Exclusion Recommendations/Regulations 2023

    Parents it is that time of year when Flu, COVID & stomach bugs pop up. To keep our school healthy, If your student is not feeling well and has symptoms of illness may be wise to keep them home and be sure they are not sick with flu or COVID.

    If your student has a fever with or without symptoms, they must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication (Blue Valley nursing standard is fever =100 °F or above.)

    If your student has a diarrhea/vomiting/rash they must be symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.

    Thank you so much for keeping your student and our school healthy.

    Need to update your student’s immunization records?

    Please E-mail any updates to your student’s immunization record to Nurse Collichio at, Thank you.

    Need to speak with the nurse?

    If you need to speak with the nurse, please e-mail to set up an appointment.

    Has your student been injured or had a concussion?

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

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

    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 ( ).

    BVN Nurse Page

    Parent Announcements

    Student Support After School Program

    Officer Tony Latas, BVN Student Resource Officer, and Sean Birdsong, BVN Student Support Liaison, are running a Student Support After School program. This program is Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in room 602. This time is for students who are routinely waiting a few hours for rides after school, having any failing grades, and/or missing assignments that need to be completed.

    This is also a good opportunity for students needing community service hours. If your student is interested in volunteering or you have questions, have your student see Officer Latas, Mr. Birdsong or any BVN Administrator. Thank you!

    Safe Schools Reporting

    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.

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    Click here for the new 2022-23 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 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 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.

    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 .

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Graduation for the Class of 2023 will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer. Parents should also plan to attend Class Day at BVN on Friday, May 19, time TBA.

    • Senior Class Picture will be taken on Tuesday, January 24. All senior advisory classes will go to the gym at 12:15 p.m. A link to purchase the photo print will be posted as soon as it is available. In case of a snow day on 1/24, the photo will be taken during advisory on 1/26.
    • SENIOR TILE WALL: Please order a senior wall tile to commemorate your student’s time at Blue Valley North! Orders will be accepted through January 31st on the Mustang Club website, through this link:

      The cost is $37. We hope you will help us continue this fun Mustang tradition!

    • If you have not done so already, please order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need as soon as possible. Seniors can check the list posted at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have or have not ordered. If not, just go to or ORDER HERE!
    • (NEW info) Our Josten's rep will be at BVN to answer any grad product questions during lunch on February 15. He will also have a table set up in the commons for parents on February 21 from 3:45 pm to 7:15 pm. If you are interested in getting info about Class Rings, he will have ring samples to try on and ring sizers to get the perfect fit. For more information go to
    • Our diplomas have been ordered so that we have them in time for May graduation. If you did not complete the diploma form prior to our order, we used the name as written in ParentVue/StudentVue, confirmed by birth certificate on file.
    • If you have not done so already, please click on the link and complete the Senior Transcript Form as soon as possible. This form 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

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    Opportunities to learn more about Bond 2023

    All registered Blue Valley voters will have an opportunity to vote in a no tax rate increase bond election in January 2023. Bond projects include investments in facilities, safety and technology that will benefit staff and students for years to come.

    Here are a few ways to learn more about Bond 2023.

    • Listen to a podcast: Take time to listen to two 15-minute podcasts about Bond 2023 & Facilities and Bond 2023 & Safety.

    • Watch a video: Watch a short video that breaks down how bond funds can be used. Want to learn more? Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

    • Review the Bond 2023 website: The Bond 2023 website includes information about voting, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

    • Register to vote: All registered Blue Valley voters will automatically receive a mail ballot around January 11.

    Check out the Winter Activity Guide

    Click HERE. 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.

    Additionally, please take note of 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.

    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

    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 on Monday, January 16 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

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