Jaguar Journal

December 11, 2020

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

ALL SCHOOL NEWS

Science Olympiad

Blue Valley West is looking to organize our Science Olympiad team for this year. While we are still awaiting details on how tournaments will work this year, we would like to begin gauging interest for the team. Due to the lack of in-person tournaments, new members must perform well in the following events to secure a spot on the Regional/State team: Designer Genes, Experimental Design, Fossils, Sounds of Music, Water Quality, Write It CAD It. Please fill out this form to indicate your interest in this activity.

Blue Valley Career-Ready Programs

Did you know that Blue Valley offers a variety of career-ready programs for high school students in partnership with Johnson County Community College? Through this partnership high school students have the opportunity to earn college credits at little to no cost, advance toward an associates degree, earn certifications and more!


Watch this video for an overview of current and future opportunities students have to learn real-world skills and practical knowledge with a career focus.


Click on anyone of the following programs being offered to find out more:



This week we would like to highlight the Construction Management Program

With more than 200+ job openings in the metro area and opportunities to earn an associates degree and industry certifications, Blue Valley is proud to offer high school students the opportunity to pursue the Construction Management program in partnership with Johnson County Community College (JCCC). Students in the Construction Management program spend half of their day at their high school and half of their day at JCCC working toward a Construction Management Certificate with additional opportunities for students to continue coursework at JCCC to earn their AAS in Construction Management Technology and to transfer that credit to four-year colleges to ultimately earn a BS. Students can earn a Construction Management Certificate while in high school and will receive dual credit at no cost to the student.


Watch this video for an overview of the Construction Management Program.


If you are interested in Construction Management Program or other Career-Ready opportunities, let your counselor know. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Beren at sberen@bluevalleyk12.org or 239-4141 or visit the district website.

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ACTIVITY NEWS

Graduation Day for Class of 2021 is May 23rd

Mark your calendars!! Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 will take place at 7pm on Sunday, May 23rd at the Municipal Auditorium 301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105. If KCMO announces changes to their event sizes and gatherings guidelines, a backup plan will be communicated at that time.

Virtual Harvesters Fundraiser!

The BVW UNICEF Club recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support Harvesters, our local food bank. Harvesters’ work has become more important than ever during these testing times.


The fundraiser will last through Friday, December 18th. It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause by making your tax-deductible donation online using this link.


Whatever you can give will help - it all adds up! Every $1 can help provide 3 meals.

We greatly appreciate your support!


For any questions, please contact bvwunicef@gmail.com

Senior Checklist UPDATED

Two deadlines in December are:


1.College Application material submission DEADLINE is TODAY - Dec. 11th.

Please read this checklist weekly as it is continuously being updated as information becomes available.


2. Complete Graduation Diploma & Program Form DEADLINE is Tuesday, Dec. 23rd

To be completed by student (email sent to student with link on Dec. 7th)


  • Name to be printed on your diploma
  • Name to appear on Graduation Program & read as you walk across the Platform
  • Record Pronunciation of your name



After Dec. 23rd diplomas will be ordered and we are unable to make any further changes.

Debate Results at Garden City

The Jaguar debaters swept the top three places!

  • Arya Shah/Madison Coyne—1st Place, UNDEFEATED! (Novice)

  • Madeline Kirby/Rudrani Dutta—2nd place

  • Avery Vogel/Rebecca Xue—3rd place

Team placed 3rd overall!

BVW Theatre's Fall Play Available Online for 48 Hours!

BVW Theatre is proud to present the comedic virtual show, HELP DESK by Don Zolidis. The show was produced online, with remote auditions, rehearsals, performances, and recordings. You can view the production BY CLICKING THIS LINK. The show will be available for viewing between 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 11 through 6:59 p.m. Sunday, December 13. Be sure to check out the online playbill/program for information about the cast/crew, a look behind-the-scenes, and much more!

Cast List for BVW Theatre's spring production of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID

BVW Theatre is thrilled to release THE CAST LIST for this year's spring musical Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID. Congratulations to everyone who auditioned. We are hoping to present this show to a live audience on April 2 and 3, following all district and state mitigation protocols. Watch for more details soon!

BVW Ornaments for the Holidays

Commemorate a most unique year for your high school with a special ornament this holiday! Ornaments are $12 each tax included. Orders will be accepted through December 15th. Your order will be processed as soon as the payment has been received and you will be notified by email for pick up location/times. All proceeds from the ornaments will go to the BVW Band Program. Thank you! Click here to order.

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ATHLETIC NEWS

NFHS Livestream Information

The Blue Valley School District has partnered with the NFHS Network to provide a livestream of all district athletic events in the high school main gyms. Our swim/dive meets will be streamed through YouTube, when possible. Links and additional information can be found on the athletic website, www.bvwestjags.com

EKL Calendar and Notifications

All athletic events can be found on our league website at www.easternkansasleague.org or on the school website, by sport. On the EKL website, you can subscribe to receive notifications of changes, updates or cancellations. It is a great way to find out about any changes as soon as they are made on the site.


Questions? Contact Cindy Roach - Athletic Director croach@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-3770.

COUNSELING NEWS

College Application Deadlines

Attention Seniors! This is a busy time of year when it comes to college applications. Please pay close attention to your materials submission deadlines. This includes requests for transcripts and recommendation letters. The Counseling Department is asking that you have ALL requests for December and January materials entered into Naviance by December 11th. This will allow us time to get your materials submitted prior to winter break.

Suicide Prevention Presentation

Hello 9th and 11th grade students and parents. You received an email today with information in regards to our suicide prevention presentation. Please take some time this weekend to review the email and presentation together.