North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - September 9, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Principal

    • Bell Schedules

    • First Semester Course Fees due 10/1

    • Student Opportunities

    • BVN Parking Pass update

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • Homecoming Week

    • Student Announcements

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Seniors Class of 2023

    • Medical Messages

    • The Mustang Club

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Mustang Community,

    We continue to have a great beginning to the 2022/23 BVN school year! Now that we are well into September, we encourage you to take part in your student’s educational progress with conferences coming at the end of September.

    Our teachers are looking forward to Parent Teacher Conferences on September 26-29. An email will be sent early next week with the schedule and sign-up information. Conferences will be after the school day is over, by appointment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, via Zoom. In-person conferences will be on Wednesday from 4:00-7:30 in the BVN Gym. Due to the after-school conferences the last week of September, there will be no school on Friday, Sept. 30.

    If you are unavailable for Conferences during that week, feel free to email your student's teachers if you have any questions. Teacher emails are found on the BVN website under the cover photo, then select Contact Us, then Staff Directory.

    Please be sure to check you have completed paying your student’s course fees. Remember, course fees are assigned based on your student’s enrollment. Take a moment to log in to ParentVUE to see if any course fees were assigned. More detailed information is below.

    Have a great weekend with your family, and thank you for your continued support!

    Mustang Proud!

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    BVN Bell Schedules

    September 12-23:

    Monday-Wednesday are Odd Hour Days

    Tuesday-Thursday are Even Hour Days (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday-Schedule Change 7-Hour Day with Assembly Schedule (see below)

    September 26-30:

    Monday-Wednesday are Odd Hour Days

    Tuesday-Thursday are Even Hour Days (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday: NO SCHOOL due to after school conferences (Conference Info coming soon)

    October 3-7:

    Monday-Wednesday are Odd Hour Days

    Tuesday-Thursday are Even Hour Days (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Fridays are Traditional 7-Hour Days

    October 10-14:

    Monday is an Odd Hour Day

    Tuesday is an Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Wednesday is Testing Day for Underclassmen/No School for Seniors

    Thursday is an Even Hour Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    Friday: NO SCHOOL/End of Quarter 1/Professional Learning for Teachers

    *On late start Tuesday/Thursdays, Durham buses will run their normal pickup times. Students can eat breakfast in the commons, study in the flex space or in the library.

    Homecoming Assembly Schedule - Friday, September 23

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    First Semester Course Fees due October 1 (new)

    Please be sure to check you have completed paying your student’s course fees. Remember, course fees are assigned based on your student’s enrollment. Take a moment to log in to ParentVUE to see if any course fees were assigned.

    Please note:

    • Not all courses will have associated fees. To check if your student is enrolled in a class with associated course fees, log in to ParentVUE.

    • Course fees are posted for the first semester only.

    • If your student dropped a course after the course drop deadline, August 19, they are responsible for paying any fees associated with that course.

    • The deadline for first semester course fees is October 1, 2022.

    If you have any questions regarding course fees, please contact our BVN Bookkeeper, Lori Freeman, at (913) 239-3007.

    Thank you for your continued support of Blue Valley North High School.

    Student Volunteer and Parent Volunteer Opportunities (new)

    Unified Bowling Student Meeting - September 14 (new)

    There will be an informational meeting for Unified Bowling right after school on Wednesday, September 14th in Room 242. Unified Sports join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. Our Unified Bowling team went to state last year! If you’re interested in being on the Unified Bowling team, be sure to attend the meeting after school on the 14th or see Mrs. Nathan, Mrs. Dockendorf, or Mr. Daigle for more information.

    Valley Park Elementary Student Volunteers Needed - September 18 (new)

    Mustangs! Your Valley Park Elementary Panthers need your help. Our PTO Fall Carnival is Sunday, Sept 18, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.! The carnival will take place outdoors on the VPE grounds. We have lots of volunteering opportunities available to help you complete your Community Service hours. To sign up for a shift, please go to the signup genius below.

    Please email us if you have any questions -

    Thank you for all your help! Valley Park Elementary PTO

    Parent Volunteer Opportunity - October 13 (new)

    BVN Parents, your students need your support. Nurse Collichio has a parent volunteer opportunity on October 13th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to work the Blue Valley North Hearing & Vision Screening. This is a huge undertaking and cannot be completed without the support of at least 10 parent volunteers. Please contact Nurse Amanda Collichio if you are interested in volunteering or you want more information: or 913-239-3013.

    Parking Pass Pickup - Parking Tickets Issued starting 9/12

    Our BVN Security Office still has student parking passes that need to be picked up. Tickets will be issued starting on Monday, September 12. If your student still needs their parking pass, they need to arrive at the BVN Security Office on Monday, at 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Students need to bring their completed parking form and payment. Parking passes can be purchased in ParentVue, or a check can be written to BVN or cash will be accepted. Officer Tony Latas and Office Tina Morse are available if you have questions.

    Please remind your student of the following:

    • Parking tickets are being issued to those students parked in BVN Staff designated parking (behind the school and marked staff parking spots in front of the school).
    • Student cannot park across the street in Calvary Chapel's parking lot.

    As always, thank you for your help!

    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.

    September 19-23 - Homecoming Week (details below)

    September 21 - Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally

    September 23 - Picture Day Re-Takes in the Library, 8:15 - 10:00 a.m.

    September 24 - Homecoming Dance

    September 26 - This week are Parent-Teacher Conferences - details TBA

    September 30 – First semester course fees due; 2 weeks prior to quarter end

    September 30 - No School due to Parent-Teacher Conferences after school Sept. 26-29

    October 1 - 1st Semester Course Fees due; Check ParentVUE > Fees

    October 12 - Testing Day for underclassmen/No School for Seniors

    October 13 - Vision & Hearing Screening for 9th, 11th and new students

    October 14 - No School/End of 1st Quarter

    October 31 - No School/Professional Learning for Teachers

    Counseling, Academics & Testing (updates)

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

    • Counselor alpha assignments for the 2022-23 school year:
      Newman- A-Co (9-11), A-Dau (12);
      Petersen – Cr-He (9-11), Dav–Ho (12);
      Bosch – Hi–Mi (9-11), Hu–Min (12);
      Standefer – Mo–Sh (9-12);
      Levin – Si–Z (9-12).
    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Fall 2022 has passed. Only level changes and drops to a study hall are now permitted. 2nd semester changes will be accepted through December 9th. Students may request these changes any time prior to Dec 9th.
    • Counselors will visit with Seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process on September 14/15. More information can be found here: Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Counselors will visit with Juniors in ELA classes to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance on September 28/29. More information can be found here: Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning
    • College visits are back in person this year! Juniors and seniors are welcome to sign up to meet with visiting admissions representatives on Naviance->Colleges->College Visits. Login here:
    • JCCC and Baker University Concurrent Credit Opportunities: Counseling Canvas Page/Concurrent Credit
    • AP exam registration is open. 1st semester registration deadline is October 28th. See details here: Counseling Canvas Page/AP Testing
      Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities

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

    Homecoming Week - Sept. 19-23 (new)

    Homecoming Week starts September 19th when students will be able to see their hallways decked out like Hollywood! HoCo week is jam-packed with the Homecoming parade, pep rally, football game, royalty crowning, an assembly, and of course – the dance! Below, families and students can see the spirit week themes and a schedule of the events! Happy Homecoming!

    Parents: Action Needed for Donations on September 21

    Looking for an easy way to support our school? Please donate to the Homecoming Parade Pizza Party! The Mustang Club provides free pizza to all BVN students and staff before the parade, but we need you to help make it a complete meal! Sign up to donate water, chips, desserts and the use of your cooler by clicking the link below. Thank you!

    Spirit Dress-up Days for Students & Staff:

    • Monday: Midnight Premiere (PJ Day)
    • Tuesday: Adam Sandler Day
    • Wednesday: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink
    • Thursday: Maverick + Goose (Top Gun)
    • Friday: Class Colors (Freshmen-grey; Sophomores-navy; Juniors-white; seniors-black)

    Mustang Community Parade, Pep Rally, Bonfire and Fireworks - Sept. 21 @ 6:00 p.m.

    Please join us for a community parade beginning at the BVN main entrance. Students' clubs will decorate their floats before the parade, and there will be special guests riding in the parade. This event would not be possible without the support of the BVN Mustang Club, Father’s Club, and our community Sponsors: Paige’s Food Truck, KC Supply, Advent Health, The Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy KC. We thank you!

    The least crowded viewing area will be on Walmer Street. The rally, bonfire and fireworks will begin immediately after the parade in front of the BVN baseball/soccer fields. Parking is available in the west BVN student lot & at Valley Park Elementary. Come show your Mustang Pride!

    Parade Float Information

    For parents helping coordinate a team/club float, here's the info and links needed.

    The Mustang Club will be awarding the best BVN Organization Float with Cash Prizes:
    1st Place $500, 2nd Place $300, and 3rd Place $200.

    • Monday, September 12th – Deadline to Submit Parade Entry form for Team/Group (Google Form Submission) Parade Entry Form (Due Sept. 12th)
    • Wednesday, September 14th- Mandatory Parade Meeting for faculty sponsor or adult representative- 3 pm via Zoom
    • Wednesday, September 21st – All student participation Waivers are due to the faculty sponsors by 3:30 pm. Parade Packet Faculty sponsor will collect from all participating students and be able to present them at Parade Check-in.

    Dance Ticket Advance Sales - September 19-23

    Dance tickets go on sale starting Monday, Sept. 19th and will be $15/student, in advance, $20/student at the door. Students can purchase tickets with cash or checks payable to BVN during lunch the week of Homecoming or with a credit card on the BVN Athletic website under Tickets. Ticket sales the night of the dance will be cash or check to BVN only at $20/student. The BVN main office is unable to allow parents to drop-off cash or checks for their student to purchase tickets. Thank you for making sure they have their cash/check in their back-pack before they leave for school.

    Dance Outside Guest Form due Sept. 21 by 3:30 p.m.

    If a BVN student wants to take an outside guest to the HoCo Dance, they must complete and return the Outside Guest Request Form for Dances to Mrs. Miller, Student Services, by Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m. Forms can be found in the BVN Main Office, Student Services Office or on this link: DANCEGUESTFORM . All guests must be under the age of 21, be at minimum a freshman in high school, only one guest per BVN student is allowed, the guest must present a valid photo ID (school ID or driver's license at the time of admittance to the dance and the guest must be in good standing at his/her school.

    Dance Details -September 24, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    The 2022 Homecoming Dance will be in the BVN Commons area. The dance will take place between 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy a fun night of music and socializing. The BVN STuCo is excited to celebrate the 2022 Homecoming events with the entire school!

    Student Announcements

    Unified Bowling Student Meeting - September 14

    There will be an informational meeting for Unified Bowling right after school on Wednesday, September 14th in Room 242. Unified Sports join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. Our Unified Bowling team went to state last year! If you’re interested in being on the Unified Bowling team, be sure to attend the meeting after school on the 14th or see Mrs. Nathan, Mrs. Dockendorf, or Mr. Daigle for more information.

    National Honor Society Info for 2022-23 School Year

    Are you a student who is in the class of 2023 or class of 2024 and have 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, 2022 through September 30, 2022. These hours must come from non-profit 501c3 organizations.

    We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, volunteering at country clubs, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online site. 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 count as community service, please contact Ms. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.

    Updated info: The Candidate Information meetings will be on Tuesday, September 20, at 3:00 pm in the PAC and Thursday, September 22, at 8:00 am in the PAC. Attendance at one of these two meetings is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting. Other than community service hours, students do not need to work on anything else prior to this meeting.

    Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 7, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. and the mandatory Induction Ceremony is Monday, November 7, 2022, at 6:30 p.m.

    Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with any questions.

    Calling all Mustangs with an interest in Music!

    Have you had an interest in taking a music class but don’t know how to get started/where you might fit in? The world of music is huge, ever-expanding, and welcoming to many different talents and interests. This fall – Mr. Freeman (band director) is offering a chance for you to explore your musical path in a non-traditional music class (not a band/choir/orchestra class). If you are interested, please email Mr. Freeman: Bring your big musical ideas!

    Parent Announcements

    World Language Credit Transfer --- 9th grade parents ACTION NEEDED by October 3 (new)

    The purpose of this email is to inform you of the option that your high school students have to transfer 2 middle school world language credits to the high school transcript. According to board policy 4340, only students who completed the entire world language sequence (6th-8th grades) in a Blue Valley middle school are eligible.

    If you would like to transfer 2 middle school world language credits to your child’s high school transcript, please fill out this credit transfer form. This form will be open until October 3, 2022, and credit will not be applied to the HS transcript until after this time frame. Please allow at least two weeks for processing after the close of the form.

    There are some important considerations for you to consider in making this decision:

    • Students will be able to transcript only the full 2 credits offered. They may not transfer only a single credit.

    • The middle school world language grades are factored into the student’s high school GPA.

    • Once the family decides to transcript these grades, they cannot be changed or removed.

    • The HS transcript will indicate that the credit was earned in middle school.

    • There is no foreign language requirement for high school graduation, although many colleges require at least 2 years. Please confirm with colleges directly on their entrance requirements and if they would accept transferred middle school language credits.

    In order to confirm which grades will transfer, please access the quarterly grade reports in ParentVue by clicking on “Documents.” World language courses are transcripted by semester. Quarter 2 and quarter 4 represent the end-of-semester grades; therefore, the grade reports relevant to the world language credits are:

    • 7th grade, quarter 2 = Language level 1b, semester 1 = ½ credit

    • 7th grade, quarter 4 = Language level 1b, semester 2 = ½ credit

    • 8th grade, quarter 2 = Language level 2, semester 1 = ½ credit

    • 8th grade, quarter 4 = Language level 2, semester 2 = ½ credit

    Please note that any pluses and minuses do not transfer.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your building registrar or counselor. You may also reach out to Rachel Benson, World Language Coordinator (

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    Over the summer the URL for ParentVUE changed. Click here for the new 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 the 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. Here are instructions:

    • Download the ParentVUE app on your device (only if you haven't already)
    • Click the gear icon on the bottom left
    • Click Add another district URL
    • In Zip Code, type 66223
    • Click on Blue Valley School District
    • Click OK
    • After reading notice for login, select: No - if you do not have a key
    • Please go to this URL to set up your ParentVUE account: URL
    • Then click Create a New Account
    • Already Activated -- if you already have an account. You will be taken to the login screen
    • Yes -- if you have the key and continue with those instructions

    Student Digital ID Cards (update)

    Students have a new 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.

    School Photo Orders

    Picture Day was Friday, Aug. 19 at BVN. If your student’s picture was taken and you placed a pre-order for photos, the picture package was delivered to your student in their Advisory class on Thursday, September 8. If you did not pre-purchase a packet, your student was given a proof sheet with information about purchasing prints from their website,

    Student Photo Retakes ~ September 23 (new)

    If your student was absent for Picture Day or would like a re-take, Rolland Studios will be at BVN on September 23, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Photos will be taken in the library, and underclass students should bring their photo packet to trade in OR bring their proof sheet plus $3.

    New Round of Printed Family Activity Passes (update)

    If you paid for your Family Activity Pass but haven't received it yet, the cards will be at Mrs. Miller's desk in Student Services--your student can come by and pick up for you.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

    Athletic Announcements

    Baseball New Family Informational Meeting (new)

    Who: New families to BVN who are interested in the baseball program

    When: 6:00-6:45 p.m. on 10/4

    Where: Blue Valley North Library

    If a family is unable to attend, email Coach Dudley directly for information ( )

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    Starting July 1st, the Blue Valley School District is moving 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: .

    Winter Sports start on November 14 (new)

    Is your student participating in a Winter Sport: Boys' Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Boys' Swim and Dive, Bowling or Wrestling? Physicals and all completed athletic paperwork must be completed and uploaded by Friday, November 11. Get your students' physicals scheduled now! If your student participated in a 2022 fall sport, their physical and paperwork is already on file. Thank you!

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

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

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    The Graduation date for the Class of 2023 has been announced. Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Commencement will be held at 5:00 p.m.

    Hopefully your senior had their portrait taken in June or July by Rolland Studios for our BVN yearbook. IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR PICTURE TAKEN YET, please plan to have your portrait taken on Friday, September 23 at Blue Valley North--this is your LAST CHANCE to have this done! Sign up for an appointment time at Mrs. Miller's desk in Student Services. 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.

    Cap, Gown & Tassel for Graduation: It's time to order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need. Just go to or ORDER HERE!

    Senior Tribute Ads: Oct. 6 is the regular deadline to purchase and submit materials for senior tributes for the class of 2023! See below for informational images that explain pricing, deadlines, and frequently asked questions about submitting materials for senior tribute ads in the 2022-23 Yearbook. Start planning yours now!

    ACTION NEEDED: Our diplomas will be ordered at the end of the first semester in order to have them for May graduation. Please click on the link below and complete the Senior Diploma/Transcript Form. Please complete as soon as possible. This form also 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! You can also find info about picking up your parking pass and download the parking permit application.

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

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    Senior Horseshoe Painting--Round 2!

    We will extend the horseshoe sales until Thursday, Sept. 15. The painting day for new orders and those who weren't able to paint today will be Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9am until noon. Purchase on the Senior tab of before 9/15!

    Senior Yearbook Ads - Deadline is October 6

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    Medical Messages

    BVN Prescription Medications August 2022 (updated)

    Parents who have students who require prescription medication while in school should contact the nurse to schedule a medication drop off. The medication must be in the current labeled prescription pill bottle with a signed medical order from the physician.

    Please e-mail Nurse Collichio to schedule a medication drop off and e-mail the signed medical order to . Thank you!

    Parents of 11th Graders

    Per the state of Kansas Immunization guidelines, your current 11th grade student needs to have their 16-year meningococcal (MCV4) immunization for entry into the 11th grade. E-mail Nurse Collichio, , your 11th grader's updated MCV4 immunization record. All non-compliant 11th-grade immunization parents will be receiving a final exclusion letter if the updated immunization record is not received by September 6th.

    Parent Volunteer Opportunity - October 13

    BVN Parents, your students need your support. Nurse Collichio has a parent volunteer opportunity on October 13th, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to work the Blue Valley North Hearing & Vision Screening. This is a huge undertaking and cannot be completed without the support of at least 10 parent volunteers. Please contact Nurse Amanda Collichio if you are interested in volunteering or you want more information: or 913-239-3013.

    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

    Please Join The Mustang Club during 2022-23!

    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 (previously known as BVN Parent Booster Club). The Mustang Club financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (as our version of a traditional PTO/PTA), and over the last 7 years, The Mustang Club 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 that are available without your participation through membership 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 one of the many sponsorship opportunities available for those of you affiliated with companies that want to support BVN financially.

    You can find everything you need to know about The Mustang Club & membership at As you know, this organization is completely run by parent volunteers so every dollar donated goes to benefit BVN students. Additionally, the organization is a 501(c)3 so your contributions are tax deductible.

    Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!

    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, September 5th for Labor Day, and on Friday, September 30, due to Parent-Teacher Conferences after school Sept. 26-29.

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