Jaguar Journal

May 13, 2022

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


Unsung Heroes Project

The ELA 10 students are proud to present their Unsung Hero Projects on the evening of May 23 at 6:00 in the PAC. Join the students, their heroes, Overland Park’s Mayor Skoog and the adults who helped them develop their projects. Come to see the work of our students and discover unknown heroes in our community!


Who did it with what and where????? It was the Advanced Repertory Theatre class in the Little Theatre with a murderous hilarious production of CLUE!!! The show, based on the 1985 movie and the board game Clue, features wickedly funny plot twists and slapstick action that will slay you! Showtimes are 7pm, Friday and Saturday, May 13-14. Tickets are $8 and are available at .

Yearbooks are in!

Students who did not pick up pre-purchased yearbooks should come to Room 233 by the end of the school year for pick up.

Students who would like to purchase a book should bring $50 to Room 233 by the end of the school year. However, there are a limited number of extras; if books a sold out a note will be placed on the door and a note will appear in the Jaguar Journal Friday, May 20. (Cash and checks made out to BV West are acceptable forms of payment.)

Forensics Results

The forensics team had a record-breaking performance at state this weekend, including bringing home two state champions. Our team is overwhelmingly 9th and 10th graders, which makes their performance this weekend pretty unbelievable. In Oratory, we took home first and second place, both 9th graders. (A special thanks to Marie Hoeven for spending her Saturday judging for us!)

If you see these kids this week, please congratulate them!


Arya Vasudevan—Oratory

Rishabh Barve—Oratory

Sarah Antao—Oratory

Quinn Bryant—Dramatic Interpretation

Mahika Meesa—Poetry

Margo Thomas—Humorous Interpretation (she deserves extra congrats for also performing in the rep show this weekend!)

Kevin Xu—Extemporaneous Speaking

Humphrey Luo—Extemporaneous Speaking

Sadiya Abid—Informative Speaking


Rishabh Barve—State champion, Oratory

Arya Vasudevan—Runner-up, Oratory

Mahika Meesa—State champion, Oratory

Sadiya Abid—4th place, Informative Speaking

Free summer memberships for high school students to Planet Fitness

This Summer Planet Fitness is offering free summer passes for high school students! When you sign-up you will be entered into a drawing to win scholarship money! Check out the link below for more information and where to sign up!

Communications Matrix

If you have a question or concerns, we want to help! Many times by starting at the building level, you will work with the person who is closest to the situation and will usually have the most information. If you feel further discussion is warranted, the following chart can be used as a guide for whom to call when questions arise on the most common topics.

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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.

Creating the best possible Blue Valley high school experience

Blue Valley has a unique opportunity this year to study the high school experience with the goal of creating a comprehensive experience that leads to increased student personalization and ownership of learning.

The High School Study Committee, made up of high school teachers and administrators across the district, will study high school programming and spend time learning more about what we want for our students. Committee members from Blue Valley West include Katie Bonnema, Anna Dunn, Courtney Grimaldi, Paige Lankford and Aimee Price.

The study committee solicited student focus group feedback to help identify the five action teams which will meet regularly over the next two months:

  • Graduation requirements: Investigate what Blue Valley requires of its graduates and make any recommendations related to graduation requirements.

  • Defining high school success: Identify some accountability measures in our redesign process.

  • Real-World Learning Opportunities: Work closely with those leading the BV Edge work and establish a plan to deliver real-world learning opportunities to all students.

  • Strategically Agile High School System: Make recommendations that inject more flexibility and agility into high school programming and the high school experience.

  • Relevant & Authentic Instruction: Make recommendations related to instructional strategies, feedback/assessment policies and grading.

As high school families, your insight and feedback are valuable. Throughout the study, there will be opportunities for all high school students, staff members and families to offer feedback. Stay tuned for more information about the study and feedback opportunities later this semester.


Cap and Gown Payments Due

Graduation is Coming!

Thank you to ALL seniors for providing their sizing information to ensure a perfect fit when caps and gowns are delivered at Graduation Rehearsal.

Items can be paid for at or by calling 866-238-5336.

Cap and Gowns will arrive prior to Class Day on May 20, 2022.

All Herff Jones orders, including announcements, will be delivered to Blue Valley West High School.

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Class of 2022 Senior Year Events & Checklist HERE

View deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!


Anxiety and Depression Film Event

Just Like You: Anxiety & Depression Screening Registration, Wed, May 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM | Eventbrite

BVW 2022 AP Exams

Summer School

Summer school enrollment will open on March 23rd in ParentVue/StudentVue. Requests can be entered through the course request button.

Credit Recovery

Enrollment for credit recovery options has now begun if you failed a course and need to retake it over the summer please reach out to your counselor to discuss options.

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!

Interested in Open PTO Positions?

Interested in Open PTO Positions? click here

Since the new school year is around the corner, the Blue Valley West PTO is looking ahead and inviting anyone who would like to join our great team to reach out to us . Here is the link for signing up for the Open BVWest PTO Chair Positions.

Join our PTO! / Follow BVW PTO on twitter / Like us on Facebook

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.