North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - November 4, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • BVN Senior College Signing Day Ceremony - 11/9

    • STUCO Fundraiser -- Chipotle NIght - 11/9

    • Band Fundraiser - Minsky's Pizza - 11/15

    • Kronos and Celebrations

    • Donations Needed for Staff Breakfast - 11/15

    • Blue Valley 2023 Bond

    • Medical Messages

    • Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • Class of 2025 Announcement

    • Student Announcements

    • School Supplies Drive

    • BVN's Closed Lunch/Excusing Students for Appointments

    • Parent Announcements

    • Athletic Announcements

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Durham Bus Information

    • Fall Activity Guide

    BVN College Signing Day Ceremony ~ Wed., November 9

    Attention: BVN Senior student athletes,


    If you are a senior athlete planning to play college athletics next year and want to participate in Blue Valley North’s Signing Day on Wednesday, November 9th, at 3:00 p.m., please email Stevie Gibson, BVN Athletic Administrative Assistant, sgibson@bluevalleyk12.org, and let her know you are interested.


    There will also be a Spring Signing Day as well for those senior student athletes undecided. The date will be determined after winter break.


    Thanks, Mustangs!

    STUCO Chipotle Fundraiser ~ Wednesday, November 9

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    Band Minsky's Pizza Fundraiser ~ Tuesday, November 15

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    Kudos and Celebrations ~ We are Mustang Proud!

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    Scholar's Bowl Team

    The Scholar's Bowl Team swept the WaRu tournament in Topeka last week. The Varsity team was comprised of Devereaux Knight, Luke Chen, Lauren Koptas, Wazeen Hoq, Eddie Mu and Quinten Schafer. Congratulations, Scholars Bowl!


    Kansas Eco-Meet Regionals

    BVN had students do very well at last week's Kansas Eco-Meet Regional competition in Olathe. These folks worked very hard and competed after less than two weeks of preparation time for a competition that students typically get two months to prepare. Let's give a round of applause to these students for their impressive finishes.


    Aiden Juhl

    1st PLACE Kansas Ornithology

    2nd PLACE Kansas Short Grass Prairie Ecosystems


    Sophia McDaniel

    4th PLACE Kansas Ornithology


    Blue Valley North Team finished in 5th place

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    Unified Bowling Team

    Our Unified Bowling Season is coming to an end and we are excited to share a few highlights! On November 2, Calvin Albert's team came in first again with a score of 955 with second place coming in at 777. Nicholas Saadat's team came in second. Mary Burke had 2 strikes in a row! Josiah VanWyne and Hogan Mills had multiple strikes and some great spares!


    We were missing John Gibson and Joe Turke on November 2, but they had a great season. The BVN Unified Team was made up of our 7 athletes and 14 peers. The peers were amazing and are listed below. Let's give a round of applause to these great student-athletes!


    Eli Nathan

    Nikolas Lipscomb

    Ty Wintory

    Anass Alshobaki

    Holden Groebl

    Annabel Finegold

    Sarah Allen

    Tatum Wintory

    Olivia Davis

    Justyna Hayslett

    Sindhura Marella


    Next up is the Boys' and Girls' Bowling season starting in January. If your student is interested in the bowling team, tell them to see Mrs. Nathan in room 242. We are anticipating some really good results!!

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    American Education Week is November 14-18

    Dear BVN Parents & Guardians,


    Let's show our Mustang staff how much we appreciate them!


    The Blue Valley North Mustang Club (our version of PTO) is excited to provide breakfast for our BVN staff on Tuesday, November 15th, at 7:00 a.m., as a big THANK YOU for all that they do for our children. With your help, we plan to celebrate them with a bountiful breakfast buffet! Please consider signing up to bring something for our hard working staff!


    The sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d49aaa622a02-american


    Please drop off items at BVN on Monday or Tuesday, November 14th and 15th. If you are bringing a breakfast casserole, please bring your hot dish by 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, 11/15.


    Our sincere thanks,
    Blue Valley North Mustang Club

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    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 the bond and how it will impact our school.

    • School-specific projects: Learn more about the projects that will impact our school and other schools in our attendance area. School-specific project lists are available on the left-hand side of the Bond 2023 website.

    • Bond 2023 Informational Video: Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

    • What is a bond?: Want to learn a little more about what a bond is? Watch a short video that breaks it down in a easy to understand format.

    • Website: Review the Bond 2023 website for 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.

    Medical Messages

    Rapid COVID Tests

    Nurse Amanda Collichio now has district-supplied rapid COVID tests. She does not administer these tests, but can distribute them to staff and students with parent consent.


    Need to speak with the nurse in person?

    If you need to speak with the BVN nurse, Amanda Collichio, please e-mail her at ajcollichio@bluevalleyk12.org to set up an appointment. She is also available by phone: (913) 239-3013. Thank you!


    Has your student been injured or has a concussion?

    Send your medical orders or documentation to ajcollichio@bluevalleyk12.org and the nurse will communicate this with your student's educational team.


    Hearing & Vision has been completed

    Parents, if you received a medical referral, please see your provider and return the documentation to the nurse via e-mail ajcollichio@bluevalleyk12.org


    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; click on this link for the form: Authorization For Medication/Procedure to be Administered At School .


    Need to update your student's immunization records?

    Please e-mail updates to your student's immunization record to Nurse Amanda Collichio at ajcollichio@bluevalleyk12.org . Thank you!

    BVN Bell Schedules

    November 7-11 and 14-18

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

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

    Wednesday: Odd Hour Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

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

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


    November 21-25: No School / Thanksgiving Break


    *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.

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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: www.easternkansasleague.org .


    Click here for the 2022-23 Blue Valley School District Calendar.


    November 21-25 - No School/Thanksgiving Break

    Dec. 9 - Last day to make 2nd semester class changes

    Dec. 16 - Finals: Hour 1 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 2 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Dec. 19 - Finals: H3 (7:40-9:00)/H4 (9:10-10:30)/H5 (10:40-12:00)/School Dismissed @ 12:00

    Dec. 20 - Finals: Hour 6 (7:40-9:00)/Hour 7 (9:10-10:30)/School Dismissed @ 10:30

    Note: No lunch served on Dec. 16, 19 & 20; Buses will run their route home early

    Dec. 21-Jan. 3 - No School/Winter Break

    January 4 - School Resumes

    January 16 - No School/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Fall 2022 has passed. Students must stay in their class and take a grade .
    • NEW THIS YEAR: 2nd semester changes will only be accepted December 7-9. There will be no schedule change window in January. Forms will be available in Student Services starting December 5th. Exceptions will be made for level changes and drops to a Study Hall.
    • During the 1st two weeks of November, Counselors are visiting with all 9-11th grade classes for a positive mental health/suicide prevention lesson. We know this topic is challenging for some, particularly those with personal experience with this. If a parent has a concern about their student participating, please reach out to your student’s counselor. Email addresses can be found here - https://bvusd.instructure.com/courses/76177.
    • Counselors visited with Seniors in ELA classes to discuss the college application process last week. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas page/Senior College Planning
    • Counselors have visited with Juniors in ELA classes this week to discuss the college and career exploration process in Naviance. More information can be found here - Counseling Canvas Page/Junior College and Career Planning.
    • Counselors have visited with Sophomores to discuss appropriate tasks in Naviance. More information can be found here - https://bvusd.instructure.com/courses/76177/pages/naviance-10th-grade
    • Counselors have visited with Freshmen in Advisory to discuss their 4-year academic plan. More information can be found here - Freshmen Four Year Academic 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 - https://student.naviance.com/bluevalleynhs
    • Check out School year and Summer Opportunities - Opportunities
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room
    • Visit the Counseling Home Page to find additional resources or contact information for Counselors and other Student Services staff.


    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or SKing@bluevalleyk12.org .

    BV Femineer Program

    California Polytechnic-Pomona College of Engineering is excited to start a new cohort of Femineers this 2022-2023 academic year. The Femineer Program was created to empower K-12 female students to develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue majors and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. It has expanded to include other under-represented individuals in these fields. If you are interested in joining the program and have the qualifications, please complete the application, scan it and return it to the Femineer Program advisor Karen Stohlmann at khenderson@bluevalleyk12.org

    Advanced Repertory Theatre Presents...........

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    Student Announcements

    BVN Musical, UrineTown

    Auditions will be Nov 16-17 in the PAC from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. This show is the winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, environmental collapse, privatization of natural resources, bureaucracy, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.


    In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!


    The performances will be February 2-4. 2023. Contact Mrs. Cain or Mrs. Krulik for more information.



    National Honor Society Info for 2022-23 School Year

    Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 7, at 7:00 a.m. and the mandatory Induction Ceremony is Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. The practice and ceremony are both in the BVN PAC. Reach out to Ms. Cornelius (acornelius@bluevalleyk12.org) or Mrs. Stein (sistein@bluevalleyk12.org) with questions.


    Math Competitions

    Inviting all interested in participating in math competitions: Mathleague has a series of high school online math contests. Top-scoring students in qualifying rounds are invited to compete in the State Championship contest. You need to register and pay for yourself and take the test online. If you are interested, please register online at: https://mathleague.org/hs.php . Upcoming online dates are November 12, 20, December 10 and 18. There are other dates in the new year. Choose a date that works for you. If you have questions, please email Matthew Chen (mwchen@bluevalleyk12.net).


    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 JJones05@bluevalleyk12.org .

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    BVN School Supplies Drive

    Have unwanted school supplies? Please donate to Scraps KC! Blue Valley North is partnering with www.ScrapsKC.org to collect used or new school supplies. The items needed are listed above. Please ask your student to drop off items in the large white bin outside the library or the small buckets in the main office & student services offices. The first pickup will be Tuesday, December 13. If you have questions, please email Sarah King, in the Student Services Office, at sking@bluevalleyk12.org .Thank you!

    BVN's Closed Lunch ~ Excusing Students for Appointments ~ Reporting Absences

    We need your help. Please remind your students that they may not leave BVN during the school day to go out for lunch or go home and return a few minutes later. For your student's protection, Blue Valley North has a closed lunch policy. This is to keep our students safe, and it allows us to know where they are during the school day.


    Secondly, parents are stopping by Blue Valley North to pick up their students early for appointments without notice. With 1600 students, we do not want to interrupt teaching, so we do not call into classrooms. If you plan, we can have your student waiting for you, instead of you waiting on your student.


    If your student has an appointment during the school day, send a note with your student that morning and ask them to drop it off in the attendance office to Rita Mouber on their way into school. Or you can call the attendance office directly, 913-239-3001, with a minimum of two hours’ notice. Please provide:


    Requirements for parents to schedule an early release for your student:

    • Student’s first and last name
    • Student ID number
    • Reason for absence
    • Date and time leaving and returning if applicable
    • Your full name
    • Your cell phone#
    • Your signature


    Procedure for students to be released early from class for appointments:

    • An attendance pass will be delivered to your student’s teacher to release them at the time designated by their parent.
    • Your student is required to sign out at the attendance office before they leave.
    • For family emergencies, call the attendance office directly at (913) 239-3001.


    With these details, we can have your student ready in the office waiting for you. The attendance office is eager to help you and if you plan, you won’t need to come to the door, just drive up and pick up!


    In addition, if your student will be out ALL DAY due to illness, a college visit, etc., please enter the absence in ParentVue attendance tab or email attendanceBVN@bluevalleyk12.org . Please provide the same information listed above.


    If you want to plan around the weekly bell schedule, it can be found in Friday’s BVN North Notes, and it’s also posted on the main page of the BVN website: www.bluevalleyk12.org/bvn > Parent Quick Links. Changes to the bell schedule will be published in North Notes.


    Finally, if you do need to talk with Rita Mouber in the attendance office, call her directly at (913) 239-3001. If she doesn’t answer, please leave a message. We ask that you please do not call the BVN main number. We thank you for your support!

    Parent Announcements

    Historic Boston and Salem Trip - May 2023 (update)

    Thanks to the students and families who attended the informational meeting about the Historic Boston and Salem trip in May 2023. There are about 10 spots left on the trip. To enroll, visit the tour website at www.efexploreamerica.com/2481643mx or call The EF Traveler Support Team at 888-333-9756 (open Monday - Friday, 9-5 PM EST). Please feel free to contact Mrs. Benson (ebenson@bluevalleyk12.org) with any general questions.


    Safe Schools Reporting (new)

    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.


    Need a Job?

    Blue Valley is always looking to grow our teams with talented people. If you are interested in working at BVN or know of anyone that would be a good fit for the Mustang family, please encourage them to apply on our district website.


    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 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.


    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 sdoherty@bluevalleyk12.org .

    Athletic Announcements

    Boys' Swimming and Diving Team (new)

    All boys interested in going out for the Boys' Swim & Dive Team, there will be a Parent-Athlete Informational Meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th, in the BVN Library. Come meet the coaches and find out what our team is all about! In the meantime, please email chrissywichman@me.com to be added to the TeamSnap communication list. Practices will begin on Monday, November 14th, and you must submit physicals and all athletic participation forms online by Friday, November 11th, to be eligible.


    Boys Basketball Tryout Meeting

    • All boys interested in trying out for basketball that missed the October 20 meeting need to see Coach Phifer, BVN Head Basketball Coach and P.E. Teacher.
    • Online physicals and athletic participation paperwork is due by Friday, Nov. 11.
    • Tryouts will start on Monday, November 14.


    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: https://bvnathletics.com/2022/06/30/new-online-physical-and-paperwork/ .


    Winter Sports start on November 14

    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 SGibson@abluevalleykk12.org .

    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. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer.


    Have you purchased a Tribute Ad for your senior to be printed in the 2022-23 yearbook? The final deadline is November 29, and no materials or payments will be accepted after this date. See below for all the details!


    If you have not done so already, please order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need as soon as possible. Just go to www.Jostens.com or ORDER HERE!


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    please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!


    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at lkmiller@bluevalleyk12.org

    Senior Yearbook Ads

    Want to have a tribute for your senior to look back on? Get a yearbook Senior Ad!! FINAL Deadline is November 29th. No photos or payment will be accepted after November 29th. Click HERE to purchase and submit ad materials. See below for FAQ. Email BVNSeniorAds@gmail.com with any additional questions.

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    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 admin6700@durhamschoolservices.com.

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    Fall Activity Guide!

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Fall Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition: https://anyflip.com/qzkqi/pcpe/


    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. Please take time to see 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. Enjoy!

    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 JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org .


    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, November 21-25, 2022.

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