Jaguar Journal

October 14, 2022

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

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Mainstage Play Tickets-Inherit the Wind

BVW Theatre proudly presents this year's main stage play INHERIT THE WIND Oct. 27-29 at 7pm. This American classic play, based on the famous Scope's Monkey Trial of 1925 is not to be missed. In the 1920s, Tennessee school teacher Bertram Cates (Tyler Masterson) is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead of creationism. Drawing intense national attention in the media with writer E. K. Hornbeck (Lillie Barr) reporting, two of the nation's leading lawyers go head to head: Matthew Harrison Brady (William Hunt) for the prosecution, and Henry Drummond (Mihir Apte) for the defense. Tickets are $10 and available here (insert link).

Click for tickets here.

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Sweater Weather at The Spot

As weather temperatures begin to drop, head over to The Spot for your cozy Jaguar gear! It’s officially sweater weather, Jags, so go find your new favorite sweatshirt!

Assessments and Academic Success

How do assessments in Blue Valley lead to student academic success?

BVW Science teacher Heather Hall is highlighted as an example of using a student's formative assessment data to inform instruction in this edition of the district’s Learning Connection story. Blue Valley assessments are divided into two buckets: formative and summative. Formative assessments, described as assessments for learning, provide teachers with information on how they can help a student grow. Summative assessments, characterized as assessments of learning, occur after instruction takes place. Check it out here.

Calling BVW Parents!

Hello BVWest Parents!

Nurse Tammy Yeokum needs help during the Hearing and Vision Testing Day on Friday, October 28. Students in 9th and 11th grade (Freshmen and Juniors) are going to be tested all day. Our job will be to support Nurse Tammy with signing students in and out of testing, collecting their forms, crowd control in both the Vision Lab and the Hearing Test areas. Assignments are flexible to either testing area, you can just commit to a time slot. Especially appreciated are volunteers who can stay for both shifts. Thank you for signing up and supporting our students' wellbeing.

Hearing and Vision Test October 28 Sign-Up Link:

Activities and Athletics Message

Blue Valley Families,

We are excited to have your families come to support our high school activities and athletics this school year. It is great to see the entire community at these events. It is imperative that our parent community partner with us as we work to encourage a positive atmosphere for our high school games or events.

  • Sportsmanship/officials: We want to give our student athletes the opportunity to play as many games as possible and we need officials to make those games happen. With a local and national shortage of officials, we want to make sure officials continue to choose to work Blue Valley events. The number one way we can create a welcoming environment is for spectators, coaches and student athletes to be courteous and respect the official’s decisions.

  • Tailgating: Tailgating before games has become a tradition for many students and families. We love to see our community gathering together to enjoy food and tailgate games in our parking lots. As a reminder, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed on district property including parking lots.

Thank you for your help in making our district events a great experience for all who attend. We hope to see your family cheering for our Blue Valley teams this school year.

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.


Senior Yearbook Tribute Pages Now

Already purchased an ad? Send your photos and messages to on or before Oct. 31.

Still want to get an ad for your senior? Click on this link to purchase an ad:

The link will remain live through Oct. 31. Once your ad is purchased, send photos and messages to on or before Oct. 31.

Time to Order Cap and Gown

Cap and Gowns are now available for purchase from Herff Jones here. Time flies when you’re having fun, so make your purchase early and keep a copy of your receipt for when the end-of-the-year busy season comes.

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Class of 2023 Senior Year Events & Checklist

Click here to view deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!


Social Media Updates

The BVW Counseling Department is now on social media! Please follow us to stay up to date on important information.

Facebook - Blue Valley West Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Instagram - @BVW_Counseling (Links to an external site.) -

Twitter - @BVWCounseling

Parenting Workshop

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Upcoming FAFSA Event!

FAFSA opens October 1st and Johnson County Library is offering two programs this fall on completing the FAFSA.

Step-by-Step through the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the federal application necessary to get free and low-cost money for college.

Join Jason Anderson, CFA, CFP, of Gradmetrics, as he walks line-by-line through the FAFSA form, using it to explain the ins-and-outs of the college admissions and financial aid process.

Tuesday, September 27th, 6:30-8 pm (Online via Zoom)

Tuesday, Oct 18th 6:30-8pm (at the Central Resource Library and online via Zoom)

Registration is required. Go to

Important Dates

Important Dates for 1st Semester to keep on your Radar!


· 10-21-22 Deadline to Withdraw from Class

· 10-26-22 AP Exams Sign Up Deadline

o (For Full Year or 1st Semester)


December 7-9 Time for 2nd Semester Changes

NO CHANGES to the Schedule in Jan. 2023

Baseball Informational Meeting

Interested in trying out for baseball this spring?

Baseball Information Meeting ,Thursday, October 20th

12:45 (P.M. AST), In the Weight Room

Click here


Please consider joining our PTO - we have open positions and will be needing to fill many key leadership roles next year. Get involved now so you are poised to help us in future years!

Join our PTO!

Fall Program Ads

The fall activities and sports program is in the works. Parents of students participating in a Fall Sport or Activity can purchase an ad for printing in the FALL program to recognize your student and cheer them on.

Here is the direct link:

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!

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.