North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - January 6, 2023

In this Newsletter …

    • Buckaroo Bash ~ 1/28/23
    • A Letter from Your Principal

    • 1st Semester Grades Published 1/11

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Dancing with the North Stars Clinic

    • 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

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    A Letter from Your Principal

    Mustang Community,

    We hope you all had a great holiday season, and we are excited as we move into the second semester of the school year! It is important to us that your student has a good beginning to the semester, and we would encourage you to discuss how they can utilize Academic Support Time (Mon-Thurs) to get help from their teachers as well as getting homework completed.

    As you may be aware, over winter break, we were able to complete installation and training for a new layer of physical security at Blue Valley North. 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!

    Dr. Tyson Ostroski

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    1st Semester Grades Published in ParentVUE on January 11 Final Exam & Assignment Scores Can Be Viewed in Canvas

    Our students had a great first semester of learning, and we continue to see the positive impacts of our learning management system, Canvas, in our classrooms. Please note this important information regarding grades and courses in Canvas.

    End of Semester Information

    On December 20, courses in Canvas concluded and will no longer be visible on the Canvas Parent app. A concluded course is only visible through the Canvas Website. To view concluded courses, open Canvas in a web browser, log in, and click on the Courses tab. Click View All Courses and scroll down to find the past enrollments.

    Final exam scores and other individual assignment grades can be viewed in Canvas. Semester grade reports will be published in ParentVUE on Wednesday, January 11.

    Need some help?

    Blue Valley has a variety of resources available for parent support on the district’s Canvas web page:

    Athletic Announcements

    Boys' and Girls' Basketball Teams

    Let's get out and support our basketball teams this weekend!!

    Saturday: The teams play in the 810 Varsity Shootout at BVNW

    The Girls Varsity play at 3:30 p.m. vs. Blue Springs

    The Boys Varsity play at 8:00 p.m. vs. Center

    Go Mustangs!

    Girls' Softball Team

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

    Girls' Soccer Informational Meeting - January 12

    Our girls' soccer informational meeting will be next Thursday, January 12th at 3:00 p.m. in the BVN Library. Interested girls who can NOT attend should contact Coach Roush at

    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: .

    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. We encourage you to get this completed over the winter break, as 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 .

    Dancing with the North Stars Clinic K-8 ~ January 16, 2023

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    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 9 - Monday: Odd Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    January 10 - Tuesday: Even Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    January 11 - Wednesday: Odd Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    January 12 - Thursday: Even Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    January 13 - Friday: Traditional Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    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.)

    January 28 - Buckaroo Bash Parent Fundraising Party

    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:

    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

    Flu & COVID

    Parents it is that time of year when Flu and COVID cases start to pop up. If your student is not feeling well and has a cough with a sore throat it 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.)

    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 has a concussion?

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

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

    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 ( ).

    Need to update your students immunization records?

    Please E-mail any updates to your students immunization record to Nurse Collichio, Thank you.

    BVN Nurse Page

    For more information about the BVN Clinic, please visit the Nurse Page by clicking on this link:

    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

    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.

    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.

    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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. Not a registered voter? Register online.

    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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