North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - September 3, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Principal

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Parent Announcements

    • Counseling Center

    • Student Services Team

    • Athletics

    • Senior Information

    • The Stampede Hours

    • Student Announcements

    • Durham Bus Information

    • The Mustang Club (former PBC)

    • The BVN Father's Club

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,

    It's been a great week at Blue Valley North. Next week, there is no school on Monday, Labor Day. Tuesday and Thursday are Even Days with school starting at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday and Friday are Odd Days with school starting at 7:40 a.m.

    We encourage you to continue to have conversations with your student regarding how they are utilizing academic intervention times throughout the week- otherwise known as NorthTime. On Tuesdays and Thursdays students have an hour to either use as a study hall or to see a teacher for help. On Fridays, students have 50 minutes in the middle of the day to eat lunch and travel throughout the building to get help from teachers. Students have nearly three hours a week to work on homework, get help from teachers, make up missing assignments, and decompress during the course of the school day.

    Enjoy your long weekend, Mustangs!

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    BVN Bell Schedules (updated)

    Next week, there is no school on Monday, Labor Day. Tuesday and Thursday are Even Days with school starting at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday and Friday are Odd Days with school starting at 7:40 a.m.

    When there are five days in the school week, the Bell Schedule will be Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Traditional Day with North Time. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, school begins at 7:40 a.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, school begins at 8:25 a.m. (see below). If you want a copy for home, ask your student to stop by the BVN main office. It's also posted on the BVN website. When there are schedule changes due to a shortened school week, during finals, etc., it will be announced in North Notes and listed on the EKL calendar, BVN’s school calendar.

    Here is a link to the Bell Schedule which is on the BVN website: BVNBELLSCHEDULE .

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    Mark Your Calendar (new dates added)

    September 6: NO SCHOOL/Labor Day

    September 7: 8:25 a.m. start/Even Day

    September 8: 7:40 a.m. start/Odd Day

    September 9: 8:25 a.m. start/Even Day

    September 10: 7:40 a.m. start/Odd Day

    September 24: Picture Re-takes and Senior Last Chance Portraits

    Sept. 27-30: Parent/Teacher Conferences (details coming next week)

    October 1: NO SCHOOL; First semester course fees due; two weeks prior to quarter end.

    October 6: Homecoming Parade

    October 9: Homecoming Dance

    October 15: NO SCHOOL/End of 1st Quarter

    November 1: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning for Teachers

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the 2021-22 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Parent Announcements

    Panorama Survey (new)

    The Blue Valley School District is excited to partner with Panorama to collect perceptual survey data on students’ social-emotional learning skills. The survey will be administered in October and March and provides helpful information for classroom teachers and other school personnel to help meet the needs of each student.

    The survey includes questions related to the following topics:

    • School safety: perceptions of students’ physical & psychological safety while at school
    • Self-management: students’ ability to manage emotions, thoughts, and behaviors
    • Social awareness: students’ ability to consider the perspectives of others & empathize with them
    • Self-efficacy: students’ belief that they can succeed in achieving academic outcomes
    • Grit: students’ ability to persevere through setbacks toward achieving goals
    • Emotional regulation: how well students regulate their emotions
    • Sense of belonging: how much students feel they are valued members of the school community

    A couple of items to note:

    1. Please log into ParentVue to either opt your student into participating or opt your student out of participating. Participation is entirely voluntary. Upon logging into ParentVue, a screen will pop-up, and families will have the opportunity to record their decision.
    2. Implementation reflects a Kansas State Department of Education requirement for school districts to collect social-emotional learning data.
    3. You can learn more about the survey at

    National Honor Society Info for 2021-22 School Year (updated)

    Dear Parents and Families,

    Do your Class of 2022 or Class of 2023 students have a GPA of 3.5 or higher? Are you interested in being a candidate for National Honor Society induction in the fall? If so, please read on. Students need 40 hours of community service from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. These hours must come from non-profit organizations. We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online platform. An individual from the organization must verify hours with an email that is from a .org email address. Look online for opportunities that are posted on the x2VOL website. If you are questioning if hours work, please contact Mrs. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.

    The initial information meeting is Tuesday, September 28 from 7:50-8:15 or Wednesday, September 29, from 3:00-3:25. Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting.

    Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00am and Mandatory Induction is Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:30pm upon approval of candidacy.

    Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with any questions. Thanks!

    Canvas, Learning Management System

    Do you need a refresher on @CanvasLMS, our learning management system for grades K-12, or looking to set up a new account? Check out how to access or set up your Canvas Observer account as a parent or review this Canvas Parent/Guardian Orientation. Remember, Canvas courses won’t appear until teachers publish them after the school year has started.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

    Please contact the BVN Registrar, Suzy Doherty, by email at .

    School Photo Orders (new)

    If your student’s picture was taken on Picture Day (August 18) and you placed a pre-order for photos, the picture package will be delivered to your student in their English class as soon as they are received from Rolland Studios. If you did not pre-purchase a packet, your student will be given a proof sheet with an order form, which you can mail with payment to Rolland or purchase from their website, following the directions and using the code printed on the proof sheet.

    Student Photo Retakes ~ September 24 (new)

    If your student was absent on Picture Day or would like a re-take, Rolland Studios will be at BVN on September 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Seniors should sign up in Student Services for an appointment, and underclass students should bring their photo packet or last chance packet with them. Photos will be taken in the PAC.

    Mustang Family Activity Pass (new)

    If you purchased a Family Activity Pass or an Adult Individual Activity pass, you may have picked it up at the home football game on September 2. If you did not, you can have your student pick it up from Mrs. Miller in the Student Services office, or if you want to swing by the school, just call ahead and we can have your pass in the front office for you. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed on Labor Day).

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • Schedule change for 1st semester has ended, with the exception of level changes and drops to a Study Hall. Students should contact their counselor for these changes. (new)

    • 2021 graduates who did not submit a senior survey indicating what college to send their final transcript to can request it here - Alumni Transcript Request
    • Visit the Counseling Virtual Calming Room

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

    Student Services Team

    Social/Emotional Support

    The new school year brings excitement and new opportunities for our students! These new possibilities may also bring on some anxiety. The Student Services Team welcomes students who need social/emotional support to stop by our office to meet with your counselor, the social worker or our school psychologist. BVN parents, if you have concerns or questions about your student’s social/emotional well-being, please contact your student’s counselor, (913) 239-3016 or Lisa Summers at or (913) 239-3116.

    McKinney-Vento Act--Help for Homeless Students

    Blue Valley North Student Services Team wants you to know that if you are experiencing homelessness, including temporarily living with friends or relatives, the McKinney-Vento Act ensures your student certain rights to access a free, appropriate public education.

    If your family is currently experiencing this situation, please contact Lisa Summers, Blue Valley North Social Worker, at or (913) 239-3116, or Adam Wade at or (913) 239-4623. We can explore how your student can be supported by the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act. For more information, click on this link: NoticeofRightsHomelessStudents.

    BVN Athletics

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2021-22

    The athletic physical form has been updated for the 2021-22 season. If your student will be participating in a KSHSAA sponsored sport at Blue Valley North in the upcoming school year, every student-athlete needs a new physical completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician. Here is a link to all the forms & physical on the BVN website PHYSICAL2021. The physical is just part of the paperwork required. All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN's Main Office. If you have questions, contact Teresa Anderson, 913-239-3011 or .

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    Senior Information for the Class of 2022

    Save the date for 2022 Graduation: Sunday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the District Activity Center, 13310 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. Rain date is Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. No tickets required and no limit on seating.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access info about:

    • Ordering your Senior Tribute Ad--deadline is quickly approaching. Turn in your ad materials by Sept. 30!
    • Your last chance to get your senior portrait for the yearbook--sign up for an appointment at Mrs. Miller's desk
    • Let us know how you want your senior's name printed on the diploma, along with authorizing the release of your student's transcript
    • Links for the Senior Sidewalk Project
    • And MORE!

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

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

    Student Announcements

    Kay Club -- BVN Community Service Club (new)

    My name is Haya Boda and I'm one of the VPs of KAY Club. Our first meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 8th after school in the library. The link to join our GroupMe is in our Instagram bio @bvnkayclub. Hope you can join us!

    Super Awesome BVN Shirts - School-wide Design Contest! (new)

    BV North received a grant to gift each student and staff member in our school with a t-shirt! The administration decided they want students to design this shirt to empower the student voice. This shirt design should embody our school spirit, culture, and pride. The design will be on a navy short-sleeved shirt. You must incorporate one of the North logos listed in this form: (the logos are in the form!). To save the image, right click and select "Save Image As" and save to your computer.

    Student Council will choose 3-5 top designs, then show to the student body to vote. Designs will remain anonymous during the voting process but will be announced once the final design is chosen. Designs are due Friday, September 10, at 12:00 p.m.

    Questions? Contact Ms. Bosch: or Ms. Yonke:

    The name, username and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form. Any files that are uploaded will be shared. Get crafty, Mustangs!

    Student ID Cards and Student Activity Passes (new)

    Your student should have received their school ID from their English teacher this week. If a Student Activity Pass was purchased by August 24, it should be printed on his/her Student ID. If you’ve purchased a Student Pass after August 24, just have your student come to Student Services and fill out a form to request a new corrected ID.

    Boys' Soccer Team Fundraiser - September 15 (new)

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    Girls' Basketball Team Fundraiser at 135th/Metcalf - September 22 (new)
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    Team Up For St. Jude KC

    BVN is gearing up for its 6th annual Gold Out Game, September 24th! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and BVN will participate in Team Up For St. Jude KC, an organization that began with a BVN student back in 2016. This student-led organization increases awareness, and fundraising in the fight against pediatric cancer. Over 15 KC Metro High Schools are involved, and BVN plans to lead the way!

    Support this event by purchasing a Gold Out t-shirt at the BVN Stampede and/or tying yellow ribbons around trees at your home. Gold ribbons have been tied and continue to be tied by BVN students for a donation of $10+ in honor of childhood cancer survivors, those children and teens still battling, and those who have tip-toed into heaven too soon. Gold is the color for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and proceeds go directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the leader in pediatric cancer treatments. All protocols are shared with hospitals worldwide including in KC. Contact these BVN students to join the effort. Your support is appreciated!

    Cimone Trysla,

    Lars Yarkosky,

    Caroline Shewmaker,

    Audrey Fendler,

    Fall Play: Oct 15-16, 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre
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    Spring Musical Announced -- February 3-5, 2022
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    Durham Bus Riders (updated)

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2021-22 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492. The best time to call is between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when more staff are available to answer questions.

    Durham Bus Services has three helpful tools for families with bus riders. Registration is required each year for families as bus routes and participants change:

    1. Bus Tracker: The Blue Valley Durham location will be using the Bus Tracker mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. To use the app, users will create an account that is tied to an email address of the user’s choice. The tool will allow account users to follow the route of a specific bus. Durham is updating daily when a scheduled backup bus is being used for a planned maintenance activity. If a bus is replaced with a quick turnaround due to an unforeseen event, Durham dispatch will make the switch on Bus Tracker at their next opportunity to update the app.
    2. Text Messaging: Families are still encouraged to sign up for Durham Text Messaging. The system is designed to share the “why” as Bus Tracker is designed to tell the “where”. To sign up for Durham Text Messaging visit
    3. E-Link: Allows for verification of a student’s transportation information (i.e., stop location, bus # and pick-up and drop off times) based on the input of grade and home address. To access E-Link, go to

    Please Join The Mustang Club during 2021-22!

    Our parent community has been integral in contributing to our status as one of the best high schools in the state of Kansas and a leading high school across the nation.

    Please support The Mustang Club (the former BVN Parent Booster Club). It financially supports BVN's extracurricular activities (similar to a PTO/PTA), and over the last 6 years, has granted over a half million dollars to support our school’s extracurricular activities, organizations, and athletic teams. We could not provide the depth and breadth of opportunities without your help through memberships and donations of your time.

    The Mustang Club needs your support! Membership is down and volunteers are in short supply. Here are some options for you to consider:

    · Become a Mustang Club member at one of the five membership levels;

    · Purchase spirit wear from The Mustang Club website (;

    · Volunteer on a Mustang Club committee to support a specific event or cause; and

    · Take advantage of sponsorships for companies wanting to support BVN financially.

    Visit The Mustang Club website at This organization is completely run by parent volunteers so every dollar donated goes to benefit BVN students. It is a 501(c)3 organization so your contributions are tax deductible.

    Thank you for your support and consideration and GO MUSTANGS!

    Blue Valley North Father's Club

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    We are Mustang Proud!

    North Notes is published most Fridays during the school year. 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 .

    BVN Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    On Monday, September 6, Labor Day, the office will be closed.

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