North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - January 29, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from North Administrators

    • February Schedule

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Class of 2022 Fundraiser

    • Parent Booster Club Spirit Wear Sale

    • PBC Winter Activity Guide

    • Tips for Students and Parents

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • BV Career-Ready Programs

    • BVN Athletics

    • Senior Class of 2021
    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Dear North Community,

    Thank you to students, teachers, and parents for helping make our transition back to the Hybrid Learning Mode smooth and successful. It is great having students back in our classrooms. Please remember that we have added additional intervention time to each school day for students to receive help from teachers whether they are at home or here in the building. Take note of the “North Time” in each day's schedule shown below and encourage your student to take advantage of this time to get help and to be productive with their daily work.

    ODD Day
    Hour 1 - 7:45-9:10
    Hour 3 - 9:15-10:40
    North Time (stay in 3rd hour) - 10:40-11:10
    Hour 5 - 11:15-1:20 (includes lunch)
    Hour 7 - 1:25-2:50

    EVEN Day
    Hour 2 - 8:30-9:55
    Academic Check Time (stay in 2nd hour) - 9:55-10:15
    Hour 4 - 10:20-12:20 (includes lunch)
    North Time (stay in 4th hour) - 12:25-1:20
    Hour 6 - 1:25-2:50

    Be on the lookout for upcoming enrollment information in the week ahead. Our enrollment window for the 2020/2021 school year will be from February 8-26. Counselors will be made available to assist students and we will be sending videos from our various departments offering information about the incredible programs that we offer. We will also be sending out information on how to schedule a Parent/Teacher Conference soon. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held via Zoom February 22-25. More information to come.

    Thank you again for supporting our school during an unconventional year. Have a great weekend!

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    Kudos and Celebrations (new)

    Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners

    Blue Valley North has several students who’ve earned awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country.

    Students’ entries are blindly adjudicated by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ three core values:

    • ORIGINALITY- Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.
    • TECHNICAL SKILL-Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.
    • EMERGENCE OF A PERSONAL VOICE OR VISION-Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.

    Congratulations to the following students:

    Ryan Linney ~ Honorable Mention ~ Short Story: The Coming Storm: Germany's D-Day

    Alexa Newsom ~ Gold Key ~ Science Fiction & Fantasy: The Last Sunset

    Elizabeth Place ~ Honorable Mention ~ Personal Essay & Memoir:
    The Hike: Five Minutes Longer

    Elizabeth Place ~ Silver Key ~ Critical Essay: The Death Penalty: Who Benefits?

    Caroline Place ~ Silver Key ~ Critical Essay: The Importance of Education
    in The House on Mango Street

    Caroline Place ~ Silver Key ~ Humor: Gamer Girl

    Aarjo Roy ~ Honorable Mention ~ Short Story: This is Not Home

    Maggie Zhang ~ Honorable Mention ~ Journalism: COVID From a March 2020 Perspective

    Garrett Parish ~ Gold Key ~ Drawing & Illustration: Work 1

    Garrett Parish ~ Gold Key ~ Drawing & Illustration: Work 2

    Garrett Parish ~ Silver Key ~ Drawing & Illustration: Work 5

    Lauren Blood ~ Silver Key ~ Painting: Taste

    Angela Frazier ~ Gold Key ~ Digital Art: Aliens Invaded!

    Angela Frazier ~ Honorable Mention ~ Digital Art: Little Plant Witch

    Angela Frazier ~ Silver Key ~ Digital Art: Mixed Messages

    Gabby Geiger ~ Silver Key ~ Drawing & Illustration: Don't Cry over Spilled Milk

    Maia Richardson ~ Silver Key ~ Drawing & Illustration: Back to Body Dysmorphia

    Maia Richardson ~ Honorable Mention ~ Drawing & Illustration: Hold Yourself Together

    Rhea Sadagopan ~ Honorable Mention ~ Drawing & Illustration: Swinging

    Haya Boda ~ Silver Key ~ Drawing & Illustration: My Decision

    Let's give a round of applause to these talented students!

    Student Council Class of 2022 Fundraiser (new)

    The class of 2022 is planning a fundraiser, for prom, in which students provide services at a price for dog walking and grocery pickups. We hope you will ask us to help you! Put your feet up, and let us do the hard work for you! All proceeds go to Junior and Senior Prom! Here is the link to signup for the fundraiser during the month of February:

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    PBC Happy New Year Mustang Spirit Wear Sale

    Enjoy some new Blue Valley North spiritwear sponsored by the BVN Parent Booster Club. Once you place your order through the PBC website at , you will receive an email that will give you a home address for pickup. Thank you for your support! Go Mustangs!!

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    Tips for Students and Parents

    Report Student Absences via ParentVue

    Did you know you can report your student's absence in ParentVue? This is an easy, efficient way! Once you sign into ParentVue, you will see your student's name and a blue button titled "Report Absence." It takes you to a screen where you can select the start date and end date and the reason code. There is also a box titled "Note" for additional information. Don't forget to hit the "Save" button. If you have questions, please call Rita Mouber, BVN Attendance Manager, 913-239-3001.

    You can still call Rita Mouber, 913-239-3001, to report an absence. If no one answers, she's talking to another parent so please leave a message. Rest assured, Rita will get your student's absence recorded.

    Students! Check Your Student Email Daily

    Students, it is important that you get in the habit of checking your school email frequently. We recommend checking it three times a day (morning, lunch, and the end of day). Thank you!

    News from the BVN Library

    The library website is now accessible from all Canvas pages. In the navigation list on the left side you should see Library. Or: Click here to visit the BVN Library website . From the library website, students and staff can now chat with the librarians during school hours. Look in the upper right corner. No question is too big or small!

    Mark Your Calendar

    February - Hybrid Schedule

    Feb. 15 - No School/President's Day

    Feb. 22-25 - Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom

    Feb. 25-26 - No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences

    March 15-19 - No School/Spring Break

    March 22 - No School/Professional Learning

    Upcoming All School Events

    All BVN events, activities, sporting events and additional calendar adjustments are found on the EKL calendar:

    Click here for the revised 2020-21 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)

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

    2nd Semester Schedule Change Requests(level changes and drops to a Study Hall only)

    Seniors with colleges requesting a mid-year transcript, see Request Form here - Senior College Application Information

    Junior College Planning

    Sophomore Naviance Tasks

    Freshman Naviance Tasks

    AP Test Information and Deadlines

    District Mental Health Events

    Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room !

    COVID Anxiety Support

    Virtual Counselor Appointments

    Students who did not receive their October PSAT score during North Time may stop by Student Services to pick it up.

    Questions? Contact Theresa Gonzalez @ (913)239-3016 or

    BV Career-Ready Programs - A Student Perspective (new)

    What is it really like to be a student in one of Blue Valley’s career-ready programs in partnership with Johnson County Community College? The district spoke with students in the Automotive Technology and Dual Degree programs to find out! Learn more about their experience and how these programs are helping prepare them for life beyond high school in the Spring 2020 issue of Blue Valley Today.

    If you are interested in Career-Ready opportunities, let your counselor know. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Beren at or 239-4141 or visit the district website.

    BVN Athletics

    Tennis Conditioning (new)

    Attention Freshman Boys: Are you interested in trying out for the upcoming tennis season? If yes, the tennis team captains are holding conditioning after school.

    Time: 3:15 - 4:45
    When: Every Wednesday after school

    Where: BVN Tennis Courts

    Senior Info for Class of 2021

    Mark your calendars! The Blue Valley North Commencement Ceremony will be Sunday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. If KCMO makes changes to their event sizes and gatherings, we will have a backup plan to host in one of our stadiums at a date to be determined.

    We have a new Canvas page for all Senior information!
    Check here regularly through the year: SENIOR INFO

    This canvas page currently has links to:

    • A countdown to graduation! Only 113 more days . . .
    • Order a senior tile from the PBC--deadline is coming up soon on Jan. 31!
    • An info video from Balfour about how to order your cap & gown and announcements
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript when he or she applies to colleges
    • Info about the new Seal of Bi-Literacy: Seniors received information about the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy via email communication January 20. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please review the Seal of Biliteracy slides for an overview. If you would like to participate, the Seal of Biliteracy Student Intent Form must be submitted by the end of day Sunday, February 7, 2021.

    We will update this Canvas page as new info becomes available. You no longer have to wait for Friday to get updates from North Notes--you can check the Canvas page any time.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

    Parent Announcements

    CAPS Program (new)

    The CAPS program will be holding a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 3, at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There will be 3 identical sessions during each open house to allow the opportunity to visit multiple classes. For information on CAPS and instructions on how to register for the Open House, visit the website under the enrollment tab.

    Virtual 8th Grade Enrollment Night (update)

    In February, BVN will have a virtual 8th grade enrollment night available for parents and students. Information on how to enroll as well as explanations of all BVN programs will be provided via video. We don't have an exact date of availability, but it will be in February. Updates and the video link will be in North Notes.

    Course Fee Payment is Open

    High school in-person/VirtualED course fee payment for the 2020-21 school year is open and online now. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees.

    • Course fees are assigned based on your student’s enrollment.

    • Course fees are assigned for the first semester only.

    Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to our BVN Bookkeeper, Linda Kaphingst, email: .

    Student Announcements

    FCA (new)

    FCA will be meeting on Wednesdays during North Time for 15 minutes via Zoom. Please email Jason Jones, FAC Sponsor, at if you have questions.

    BVN Class T-shirts Pickup at The Stampede

    All Class Shirts are available for pick-up in The BVN Stampede School Store during hybrid business hours: Monday – Friday when school is in session for 15 minutes before school starts and 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.. The store is also open during 5th hour on Odd days.

    T-shirts are for all grades including Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

    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 Wednesday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Co-Sponsors, Abby Cornelius and Sheryl Stein, will discuss the induction process that will take place in the fall, the computer program that tracks hours, and will answer 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 in the program.

    Students need to log onto Zoom through their BV accounts.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 340 101 2228

    See you in February!

    Abby Cornelius

    Sheryl Stein.

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    GSA meets virtually every Wednesday during North Time. Please contact Ms. Moran at if you would like to join the meeting.

    KAY-Mustang Community Service Club

    Join KAY- Mustang Community Service Club! We have an exciting community service project you can do from home. We are creating BVN Storytime, a read aloud library for K-2 students. We also have a couple of other service possibilities. Click this link to join the club. Click this link , then “enroll in Course” to see the Club’s Canvas page where club news and information is posted. Questions? Contact Club president Tanu @

    Student Technology Help

    On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.

    • If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
    • If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
    • If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.

    Meal Pick-up

    Drive-thru meal pick-up service for students in distance learning and VirtualED is available on Mondays and Wednesdays at four locations across the district, including Blue Valley North High School. This service has started back up again in 2021. You can find more information on this link Drive-Thru Meal Pick-Up web page .

    Mustang Medical Messages

    Planning any travel for Spring Break?

    Consider looking over Kansas Travel Exposure Related Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines:

    1. KS Travel Guidelines / Quarantine Guidelines

    • Attended/traveled to mass gathering events out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals do not socially distance (6 feet) and wear masks.
    • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
    • Others needing to continue quarantining: Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

    International Travel: Please note that the CDC may have testing or quarantine requirements for individuals traveling back into the United States. Visit their web page for more information.

    Authorization for Meds/Procedure to be Administered at School (new)

    If your student needs to take prescription medication at school, the parent/guardian needs to complete an authorization form before this can be done. Here is a link to the AUTHORIZATION. Please call Amanda Collichio at 913-239-3013 once you have the form completed. She will set up a time for you to drop off the signed, completed form with the prescription in the original prescription bottle. Thanks!

    If your student carries their own prescription medication with them, in their backpack, to school, the parent/guardian needs to complete the district self carry form and keep it in their backpack with their meds. Here is a link to the SELFCARRYFORM . The nurse needs to make note of this procedure in their BVN health records. Thank you for helping us keep your students healthy!

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail Amanda Collichio, BVN Nurse, at or call at 913-239-3013.

    Free COVID Test resource:

    COVID-19 Testing for Students (new)

    The district will offer voluntary COVID-19 testing for students so the district can understand the prevalence of the virus in our schools and take another step toward having all students back to school in-person.

    The district has partnered with a local laboratory, MAWD Pathology Group, to conduct voluntary at-home nasal swab COVID-19 testing for elementary students and at-school voluntary saliva testing for middle and high school students.

    Highlights of voluntary COVID-19 testing for students

    • A parent or guardian completes the “Consent to COVID-19 Test” form in ParentVUE. The permission covers all testing until June 2021. Families may withdraw consent, in writing, at any time.
    • Not all middle school and high school students who have signed parent permission will be included in the first round of testing. A portion of those who volunteer will be randomly selected to participate during each testing week. This will allow the district to clearly understand the prevalence of the virus in Blue Valley to maintain a safe learning environment. Take home testing for those not selected and for VirtualED students will be made available at a later date.
    • All elementary students with parent permission will be provided with an “at-home” nasal swab kit. VirtualED families can participate in this testing opportunity.
    • There is no cost to students, families, or the district. The availability of testing is contingent on continued state funding.
    • Testing is tentatively planned for mid-February and early April.
    • At the middle and high schools, saliva testing will be done on-site under the supervision of a Blue Valley and/or Johnson County Department of Health and Environment staff. Students not selected for on-site testing and VirtualED students will be given an opportunity to utilize a “take-home” testing kit at a later date.
    • Nasal swabs kits will be sent home with all elementary students who sign up. The testing is to be completed under parent supervision and returned to school the following day. VirtualED students will have the opportunity to pick up a test kit.
    • Families are encouraged to watch the instructional videos for the saliva test or nasal swab prior to signing the parent/guardian consent.
    • A testing team will collect the PCR tests and send them to the lab the same day.
    • For those students participating, testing results will come via email or text message to the address entered at registration. Results are typically available in 24-48 hours.
    • Results will also be sent to the school district.

    The district remains hopeful that with these student testing opportunities, along with testing and vaccination opportunities for staff, we are one step closer to having students back in-person.

    COVID Communication (new)

    The safety of Blue Valley North students and staff continues to be a top priority. In an effort to keep our school community informed when we have a positive case, families can expect the following:

    • Families will be contacted directly if through the contact tracing process conducted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the district's health professionals' team:
      1. your child was identified as a low-risk exposure of a student or staff member
      who tested positive for COVID-19.
      2. your child was identified as a high-risk exposure/close contact of a student
      or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If your child’s proximity to or nature of the interaction with the positive individual did not indicate a low or high-risk exposure, then you will not be contacted.

    NOTE: Positive cases by school are reflected on the BV COVID Dashboard. The dashboard is updated every Friday with information from the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday).

    Protect yourself from COVID-19

    Wash or sanitize your hands regularly, Avoid touching your face and mask, maintain 6 feet distance from others when possible, wear a CDC recommended mask in public settings. Cover your cough with your elbow, enjoy the great outdoors, keep social contacts limited, if you're sick, stay home and consider getting a test.

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    New Auxiliary Gym Construction: November through July

    We are very excited to announce that construction for our new Auxiliary Gym has begun. This project will last from November until the end of July and will take place on the west side of our campus next to our pool entrance. Please note that access from our North and South parking lots will be obstructed due to the construction site. Glenwood will still be accessible from the South parking lot but the parking spots on the west side of the campus will be dedicated for construction parking. Thank you for your patience during this project.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham has decided to not use the Hybrid stop times and instead only use the All in School stop times regardless of what learning mode the District is in. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492.

    Note that it is best to call outside of route times, between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or email

    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 . Thank you!

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