North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - August 27, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Principal

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • 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,

    As we approach the end of our first full week of school, we continue to celebrate the fact that we have all of our Mustangs back for the 2021/2022 school year. I want to thank all who came to our Back to School Night on Tuesday and as I stated on that night, we cannot be the great school that we are without the support and partnership of our parent community. If you were unable to attend, all BVN teachers have put a Welcome video on their Canvas page to provide you with information about what is in store for your student in their class. As always, we would encourage you to be a member of The Mustang Club which benefits ALL students.

    As you work with your student this year, I would encourage you to have conversations with them 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. Essentially, 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. Please help us by encouraging your student to utilize these times in an effective and productive manner.

    We are also very excited to start our fall athletic season with tonight’s soccer game against BVNW! It's a home game for BVNW so its $5 for students, $7 for adults, CASH ONLY; no passes accepted. We want to encourage our whole community to come out and support our Mustangs. One of our goals this year is to reaffirm sportsmanship within our stands as it relates to our opponents and officials. The number of available officials has gone down dramatically during the last couple of years and it is important that our community treats these individuals with respect- even when a call does not go our way. Bottom line, if we don’t have officials, we can’t have games. Please do your part in creating a positive, fun environment at all of our games.

    Have a great weekend and GO MUSTANGS!

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    BVN Bell Schedules (updated)

    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. A copy of the bell schedule is below. If you want a copy for home, ask your student to stop by the BVN main office. It is 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.

    August 30: Odd Hour Day

    August 31: Even Hour Day

    September 1: Odd Hour Day

    September 2: Even Hour Day

    September 3: Traditional Day with North Time

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

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    Mark Your Calendar (updates)

    August 27 – Opening Sports Night for Football (6:00 at BVN) and Soccer (7:00 away game at SWIDAC)

    August 27 -- Student Mixer at BVN, 8:30-10:00

    September 1 – Course fees for 1st & 2nd semester assigned and opened for payment. Students who drop a course after Aug. 25 deadline will pay fees associated with that course.

    September 6 – Labor Day/No school

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

    September 29/30 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

    October 1 – NO School, First semester course fees due; two weeks prior to quarter end.

    October 6 – Homecoming Parade

    October 9 – Homecoming Dance

    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.

    Kudos and Celebrations

    Support the Volleyball Team on a TV Broadcast! (new)

    Come support the volleyball team Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Metro Slam. The Mustangs face Lee's Summit West at 12:30 p.m. The match will be held at Saint James and will be broadcast live on Spectrum Sports. Come support your hard-working and dedicated Mustangs while getting your face on TV.

    Girls' Varsity Tennis Team (new)

    Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team for winning 1st place Team at the Wichita Collegiate High School Tournament of Champions! Shelby Smith took 4th place and Joy Yan took 9th place in singles. In doubles, Cimone Trysla / Emma Razi took 2nd place, and Mary Crossland / Nancy Di Palo took 4th. Congratulations ladies!

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    Parent Announcements

    Student Mixer – August 27, 8:30–10:00 p.m. – Masks required (new)

    This mixer is a casual event at BVN on Friday night, 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. and is for BVN students only. BVN students will need to show their school schedule on their cell phone or provide some type of ID for entrance and pay $5 (cash) to enter. This is a fundraiser for the STUCO Class of 2023. There will be 5 staff sponsors, a student DJ, no refreshments but a fun time and masks are required. This mixer follows the football Jamboree held at BVN at 6:00 p.m. and the BVN soccer game at 7:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC.

    School Lunches on Fridays (new)

    Lunches on Friday will be a busy time for the kitchen staff and they will have a designated staff member with a clip board that can tally only students that choose a school meal. This will help to expedite getting students in and out as quick as possible. If students choose to select A La Carte options such as second entrees, snacks, and beverages they will need to go through our Point of Sales registers to pay by entering their student ID#. Please talk with your students that just getting a school meal, which is free of charge for all students, will be the quickest way to get be served on Friday’s. Thank you!

    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 .

    Band Fundraiser - August 28 (new)

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    Mustang Family Activity Pass (new)
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    Counseling, Academics & Testing (updated)

    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--early bird deadline is TODAY!
    • Info about your last chance to get your senior portrait for the yearbook
    • A link to let us know how you want your senior's name printed on the diploma, along with authorizing the release of your student's transcript

    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 @ .

    School Store Info:

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    Student Announcements

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (new)

    BVN FCA will kick off the school year on Wednesday September 1 at 7:15 a.m. in the Little Theater! Mr. Rex Hudler will be our guest speaker. Mr. Hudler made his name in professional baseball and is now one of the television analysts for our very own KC Royals! Come enjoy the fellowship!

    Team Up For St. Jude KC

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

    On August 8th, over 80 BVN students participated in the 3rd annual water polo tournament hosted by Pembroke Hill students. Blue Valley North won the award for "most funds raised" and had the most teams in attendance. Mustang Proud!

    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 will be tied in early September 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, Chairperson of the City-Wide Board for Team Up For St. Jude KC,

    Lars Yarkosky, Team Up For St. Jude KC Board Representative,

    Caroline Shewmaker, Team Up For St. Jude KC Board Representative,

    Audrey Fendler, Team Up For St. Jude KC Board Representative,

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    Fall Play: Oct 15-16, 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre
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    Spring Musical Announced -- February 3-5, 2022 (new)
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    National Honor Society Info for 2021-22 School Year

    Are you a current Sophomore or Junior with a 3.5 GPA 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.

    Tentative dates for the initial info meeting are September 28, and 29, times TBA. Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory as membership info will be distributed. Other than community service hours, students are not working on anything else before this meeting. Mandatory induction practice is November 8, at 7:00 a.m. and Mandatory Induction is November 9, at 6:30 p.m. Reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with questions.

    Student Technology Help

    On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.

    • If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
    • If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
    • If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.

    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 Friday, August 27, the office will close at 3:15 p.m.

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