Blue Valley Northwest

Principal's Newsletter - November 11, 2022

In this Newsletter . . .

  • Message from Dr. David Sharp
  • November block/traditional schedule
  • 2022-2023 Bell Schedule
  • Important upcoming dates | Full online calendar links
  • November 12 - Cheer teams perform at BVNW
  • Academic letter award information
  • Activity pass pickup for families or individuals
  • BV Femineers applications due 11/18/22 - Program opens for new members!
  • BVNW Theatre Presents CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! November17, 18, 19
  • 2nd Semester Schedule Change Requests for Grades 9-12
  • The Pack Dance Team fundraiser - Make a holiday pot
  • 1st Semester Finals Schedule & Final Exam Guidelines
  • Prom 2023! Please donate!
  • Choir fundraiser - Happy Birthday Telegrams!

  • Counseling News - 2nd semester schedule change requests/ College bound seniors with Jan 1 application deadline | CAPS open house dates | BVNW Academic Resources | Senior college application information & senior checklist | ACT/SAT Test Dates | Parent resources from past BV presenters
  • PBC News! Spiritwear - stadium seats, Jock's Nitch orders | Husky Yard Signs update | Volunteers needed

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Message from Dr. David Sharp

Dear BVNW Community,


Happy Veterans Day! On this chilly Friday, let’s pause to celebrate our outstanding staff and students who continue to represent our community in various ways, and we are so proud of all their accomplishments. This week, our Unified Bowling Team placed 2nd in Tuesday’s meet and will be headed to state! Congrats to the athletes & coaches!! Also, we honor the 76 choir, band, and orchestra students who earned placement in this year's East-Central Kansas Music Educators’ all-district choirs, orchestras, or bands last Saturday! A special thank you to BVNW staff Beth Richey-Sullivan, Mike Arbucci, Daniel Kirk, and Kenneth Tysick, who took students on Saturday and helped prepare them.


This week, BVNW DECA competed at Leavenworth High School on Monday, and of the 33 NW students, 24 placed in the top three spots! Thanks to Megan Trader and Erin Izzo, who supported these students. Additionally, we had 621 students who learned that they earned an academic letter this week. Academic letters are awarded by demonstrating exemplary academic performance during both semesters of the 2021-2022 school year. Recognition is received during the following school year.


Furthermore, congratulations to BVNW teachers Jeremy Mohn, Mary McCabe, Heidi Gipple, Amanda Witty, and Jenna Hoing for earning Blue Valley Educational Foundation grants to support student learning! Finally, we sincerely appreciate your partnership and ongoing support of BVNW.


With respect and gratitude,


David


Dr. David Sharp

Principal, BVNW

November Block/Traditional Schedule

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2022 - 2023 Bell Schedule

Upcoming Key Calendar events

Full School and Sports Calendars

BVNW Calendar
View All School Events


  • BVNW Sports Events
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    November 12 - Cheer teams perform at BVNW

    Please join us Saturday, November 12th at BVNW to watch area high school cheer teams perform their competition routines. These teams have worked hard all year and are excited to show their family and friends.


    This event will run from 9am -3pm and admission is $5. Concessions will be available for purchase as well. All proceeds will support the BVNW Cheer team.


    Please enter through the BVNW main entrance. The performances will be held in the new gym.


    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    Academic letter award information

    CONGRATUATIONS to students who earned an Academic Letter during the 2021-2022 school year!


    The letter is earned by demonstrating exemplary academic performance by achieving a 3.9 GPA, weighted or non-weighted, during both semesters of the 2021-2022 school year. Recognition is received during the following school year.


    Students should come to the Student Services office located by the Commons and see Mrs. Fromm or Ms. Maloney from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM to pick up their award.

    Activity pass pickup information for families or individuals

    Reminder about Family or Individual Activity Passes: For anyone who purchased a Family or Individual Activity Pass, please let Betsy Fromm know if you’d like to pick this up or have your student pick up.


    You may contact via phone or email to coordinate:

    Phone: 913.239.3448

    Email: bmfromm@bluevalleyk12.org

    BV Femineers applications due 11/18/22 - Program opens for new members!

    Cal Poly 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 fill out this application, scan it and return it to the Femineer Program advisor Karen Stohlmann at khenderson@bluevalleyk12.org


    Application form also available in .PDF format to download below:

    BVNW Theatre Presents musical comedy CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! November 17, 18, 19

    Mark your calendars and get your tickets today!

    Blue Valley Northwest Theatre’s Production of

    CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!


    Based on the hit film, Catch Me If You Can is a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty Frank is chased across the country and his high- flying life threatens to crash down.


    A big and bright spectacle with high-energy dance numbers and a riveting story -- get your tickets today!

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    2nd Semester Schedule Change Requests for Grades 9-12

    Student schedules for 2nd semester are available now in both Student and Parent Vue.

    Here’s how you can access your 2nd semester schedule:


    1. Go to Student Vue or Parent Vue
    2. Click the “Class Schedule” tab on the left
    3. On the top right, click “Semester 2”


    It is common for student schedules to change slightly, based on 2nd semester elective classes. For example, a student may have English 9 first hour now and it may move to 3rd hour 2nd semester. Students should not submit schedule change requests for this particular issue.

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    If a student requests to drop a class at the start of 2nd semester (after the semester has begun), a “W” (withdrawal) will be recorded on their transcript. Per district policy, students may withdraw from a course no later than the 11th week of the semester. After the 11th week, students are required to remain in the class.


    Students are expected to follow the schedule change request protocol in order to request a 2nd semester schedule change.


    Here’s the link for more information on our schedule change request process.


    BVNW Administration kindly ask you to submit your Google Form to request your schedule change and limit emails to counselors (in addition to submitting the form) so they can address requests in a timely manner! Of course, we always encourage you to reach out if you need help for a different reason outside of this process.


    Thank you for your understanding and support in following the guidelines listed above, to ensure the most efficient process for everyone.


    Sincerely,

    BVNW Administration & Counseling Team


    Counseling Department Contact Information:

    The Pack Dance Team fundraiser - Make a holiday pot

    Looking for a fun and personal gift to give someone special this year? Support the Pack Dance Team by signing up for a Holiday Pot class with Rosehill Blooms! Scan the QR code to reserve your seat.

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    1st Semester Finals Schedule & Final Exam Guidelines

    With the start of 2nd quarter this week, we wanted to share information regarding 1st semester final exams, which occur in December right before Winter Break-December 16th, 19th, & 20th. Please note that students are dismissed from school early these 3 days (please see the finals schedule for details). These are important days for students to be at school to successfully finish 1st semester.

    Here are the final exam guidelines:

    A culminating activity (final exam, unit exam, final paper, final project or reflection of learning) will be given in all classes. Students will be advised of the format to be used in each class by their teacher. No final exams will be given early (before December 16th, 2022) without administrative approval. If a student must miss a final due to illness or a prearranged absence, they will be required to make it up when they return (no later than January 18th).


    There will be additional information sent home later this semester regarding the procedure for prearranged absences and final exams.

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    Prom 2023! Please donate!

    We need your help! Please use this link to donate to our BVNW 2023 Prom. Any amount is appreciated.

    https://bluevalley.hometownticketing.com/embed/event/688?es=h26h3f93pg2tsrq9s4a6a7tgbo&single=0

    Choir fundraiser - Happy Birthday Telegrams!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TELEGRAMS! A quartet of choir members will sing a customized Happy Birthday to each recipient. The $10 fee will support the choir trip to Carnegie Hall in March 2023. The link to order is: https://forms.gle/d7c2g24kDQPpQ7Ns8

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    Counseling News - November 11

    2nd Semester Schedule Change Requests


    Student schedules for 2nd semester are available now in both Student and Parent Vue.


    Here’s how you can access your 2nd semester schedule:

    1. Go to Student Vue or Parent Vue
    2. Click the “Class Schedule” tab on the left
    3. On the top right, click “Semester 2”


    It is common for student schedules to change slightly, based on 2nd semester elective classes. For example, a student may have English 9 first hour now and it may move to 3rd hour 2nd semester. Students should not submit schedule change requests for this particular issue.


    2nd semester schedule change requests begin on Wednesday, December 7th and run through Friday, December 9th. This is a change from past years. No schedule changes for 2nd semester will be made outside of this timeframe (including at the start of 2nd semester in January)! 2nd semester schedule changes include level change requests and must be completed during this time.


    If a student requests to drop a class at the start of 2nd semester (after the semester has begun), a “W” (withdrawal) will be recorded on their transcript. Per district policy, students may withdraw from a course no later than the 11th week of the semester. After the 11th week, students are required to remain in the class.


    Students are expected to follow the schedule change request protocol in order to request a 2nd semester schedule change.


    Here’s the link for more information on our schedule change request process.


    BVNW Administration kindly ask you to submit your Google Form to request your schedule change and limit emails to counselors (in addition to submitting the form) so they can address requests in a timely manner! Of course, we always encourage you to reach out if you need help for a different reason outside of this process.


    Thank you for your understanding and support in following the guidelines listed above, to ensure the most efficient process for everyone.


    College Information

    College-Bound Seniors with January 1 application deadline:

    All college document requests for counselors, including letters of recommendations and Common Application requests, for the January 1st college application deadline will need to be submitted to counselors by December 2, 2022, to be processed prior to winter break. Please be aware, staff will not be working over winter break, so any materials requested during winter break, will not be processed until our return in January.


    Transcript requests (non-Common Application) through Naviance can be submitted until 3:00 p.m. on December 16, 2022, for the January 1 deadline.


    CAPS Open Houses! We highly encourage students and parent/guardian to attend an open house if you are interested in enrolling for CAPS during high school. Before considering scheduling 3 hours of your school day for CAPS and make an informed decision before the February 2023 enrollment window opens, it is in your best interest to have talked to instructors and seen the programs in person. It is big commitment to consider in your schedule! Students must wait until junior or senior year to possibly have it fit in their schedule and be eligible with remaining graduation credits.

    For more information regarding specific strands offered, visit CAPS website.


    Location: Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

    7501 W. 149th Terrace

    Overland Park, KS 66223

    913-239-5900


    Dates:

    Enrollment Open House #1 – 11.29.22- 6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Enrollment Open House #2 – 12.6.22 - 6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Enrollment Open House #3 – 1.10.23 6:00 – 7:00 PM

    Virtual Open House – 1.24.23. 7:00 - 8:00 PM

    Link for more open house information


    BVNW Academic Resources

    Please see our comprehensive list of resources for academic help (many are free!).

    Seniors

    • Want to be thoroughly informed on the college application/search process? Subscribe to The College Solution blog and newsletter for helpful information!
    • TranscriptsClick here for instructions on how to request transcripts.
    • Unofficial transcripts- Parent or Student Vue, “Course history”; unofficial transcript option in “graduation status”
    • We have a created “Senior Checklist” to help you get started! Linked and found in Counseling Canvas, – Seniors- College/Career.



    ACT/SAT Test dates
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    If testing on official national test date(s), students must self-register.

    ACT registration SAT registration

    Which test should you take SAT vs. ACT? Here

    How to access your AP Scores


    Parent resources from past BV presenters:

    • BOLD Parenting with Jason Bohn – Free video access and webinar
    • SECURLYHOME PARENT PORTAL APP
      While district devices are filtered 24/7, we understand that what each family thinks their child should be able to access on district devices outside of the school day is different from household to household. Through the SecurlyHome Parent Portal app, families can supervise their child’s technology use on district devices outside of the school day.

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    Parent Booster Club News - November 11

    Spirit wear

    Stadium Seats are now available for $70 If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Bridget Hess at bridget.m.hess@gmail.com or Trish Gau p_gau@yahoo.com to arrange porch pickup.


    For those that ordered Jock’s Nitch Spirit wear in August it is now available. Please head to the Lenexa Jock’s Nitch at 13358 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210. Feel free to call ahead 913-345-2882 to be sure your items are ready.


    Husky Yard Signs

    The website is updated and there are placards available. Unfortunately our sign shipment arrived damaged. As soon as we receive the new shipment the PBC website will be updated. Thank you.


    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Wanting to get involved more with BVNW? The PBC is a great way to help out the Blue Valley Northwest community as a parent volunteer. We are looking for someone to take on the social media platforms of Facebook and Instagram for the PBC as well as someone to chair Fundraising for 2023. If you are interested, please contact Meg Godderz at bvnwboosterclub@gmail.com.

    Thank you to everyone who helps support the students, teachers and staff at BVNW. We are #OneNW!


    GO DAWGS!

    Meg Godderz


    The PBC is the parent organization at BVNW that supports all student sports and activities as well as the teachers/staff at the high school (similar to a middle school PTO). As a not-for-profit booster organization, the mission of the BVNW Parent Booster Club is to raise funds through events and donations and to create opportunities for volunteerism and community building in order to reinforce a positive, winning and productive experience for the Staff, Students, Families and Community of Blue Valley Northwest High School.

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