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Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - April 22, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • Ability Showcase - 4/29

    • BVN Spring Play Puffs - 4/29-30

    • BVN Shoe Drive Extended to 4/29

    • Athletic Signing Ceremony - 5/4

    • Kudos & Celebrations

    • Guide to 4th Quarter

    • Counseling Center

    • Senior Information

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • The Mustang Club Spirit Wear

    • BVEF Night of Lights - 4/22

    • Parent Announcements

    • Student Announcements

    • Dance Team Tryout

    • Spring Activity Guide

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    BV Ability Showcase - April 29

    You are invited to the Blue Valley Ability Showcase on April 29th at Blue Valley West. This special event showcases individuals with special abilities and features a variety of performers and artists who are turning special needs into special talents! Please click here for details on this free opportunity.

    Spring Play ~ April 29-30

    Please join us for the BVN spring play, Puffs, April 29 – 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Little Theater! Click on this ticket link to purchase tickets: .

    This clever and inventive play never goes more than a minute without a laugh giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along. Their “hilariously heartfelt! and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be. Hope you can join us!

    Shoe Drive ~ extended till April 29

    To help reduce your annual waste and help those in need, consider donating a pair of shoes you don't want to wear anymore. Not only will you be reducing your waste, but you will also help to donate to families in need of shoes so we can continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Please just make sure your shoes are only lightly used! Ask your student to place the shoes in the large bin in the BVN Flex Space through April 29. Thank you!

    Blue Valley North Athletic Signing Ceremony - May 4, 2022

    Does your student plan to play their sport at the collegiate level next year? We would like to congratulate and celebrate them in a signing ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the BVN Commons on Wednesday, May 4. Cake and water will be provided by The Mustang Club. Please contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Athletic Administrative Assistant, by phone: 913-239-3011 or email: Information will be sent to you about the ceremony. Thank you!

    Kudos and Celebrations!

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    The Science Olympiad State Team: (first row) Anna Pearson, Anjali Kambhampati, Maddy Hall, David Stutz, Luke Chen, Barbara Turnbull (coach), Prabhav Pagadala, Caleb Deng. (second row) Tommy Gaffney, Nathan Bronson, Michael Mayo, Rahul Chavali, Aiden Juhl, Justyna Hayslett.
    Science Olympiad Team ~ State Champions! (new)

    The Blue Valley North Science Olympiad Team members are State Champions! The 2022 Kansas Science Olympiad State Tournament was held on April 2nd at Wichita State University. We are so proud of these 15 students which include Luke Chen (captain), Nathan Bronson, Rahul Chavali, Caleb Deng, Tommy Gaffney, Maddy Hall, Justyna Hayslett, Cacia Hunnicutt, Aiden Juhl, Sriram Kalki, Ellie Lam, Michael Mayo, Prabhav Pagadala, Anna Pearson, and David Stutz, and their outstanding accomplishment.

    BVN placed in the top 3 (out of 25 teams) and received medals at the state competition in the following events:

    • Astronomy: Anna Pearson and Nathan Bronson, 3rd place
    • Cell Biology: Luke Chen and Prabhav Pagadala, 1st place
    • Chemistry Lab: Luke Chen and David Stutz, 1st place
    • Code Busters: Ellie Lam, Cacia Hunnicutt and Sriram Kalki, 1st place
    • Environmental Chemistry: Justyna Hayslett and Ellie Lam, 3rd place
    • Experimental Design: Luke Chen, David Stutz and Rahul Chavali, 3rd place
    • Forensics: Luke Chen and David Stutz, 1st place
    • Ornithology: Aiden Juhl and Rahul Chavali, 1st place
    • Ping Pong Parachute: Caleb Deng and Prabhav Pagadala, 2nd place
    • Rocks and Minerals: Justyna Hayslett and David Stutz, 1st place
    • Wife Lab: Maddy Hall and Tommy Gaffney, 3rd place

    Science Olympiad is intended for students that have an interest in science and engineering who may or may not choose a career in one of those fields. The goal of Science Olympiad is to learn about science and have some fun in the process. Events cover biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, engineering, and inquiry. They range from pencil and paper “tests” to performing lab experiments to building a structure or robot. Some of the 23 events include:

    • Designer Genes: Students solve problems using their knowledge of molecular genetics, biotechnology, and population genetics.
    • Remote Sensing: Participants use satellite imagery of Earth and other resources to identify and interpret geologic features, answer questions or solve problems.
    • Bridge Building: Students build the lightest bridge capable of supporting 15 kilograms.
    • Write It Do It: One team member writes a description of a structure built from legos (or some other material) and then another team member tries to construct it from the written description.
    • Chem Lab: Students work in a laboratory setting to answer a series of questions regarding regarding an area of chemistry such as chemical bonding and oxidation/reduction.

    The goals of Science Olympiad are to increase the interest and proficiency of students in the study of science, promote teamwork, recognize outstanding student and teacher achievements in science and to improve the quality of science education.

    Let's give a HUGE congratulations to these outstanding students!

    Girls' Swimming and Diving Team (new)

    BVN Girls' Swim and Dive have been making some major waves the last two weeks! The team defeated Shawnee Mission East 111-74. The girls achieving new state times included Abi Patterson (100 Butterfly and 100 Breast) and Maddi Stewart (100 Back).

    New state consideration time qualifiers: Katie Rees (100 Butterfly), Charlotte Barton (100 Free), Izzy Hadel (100 Free), and Natalie Patterson (100 Back).

    Sisters Sarah and Caroline Blake continued to dominate the pool in the 50 Free and 100 Free and Margo Hauser improved her already state qualifying times in the 200 IM and the 500 Free- aka “The Beast of the Heat Sheet.”

    Last week the Lady Mustangs competed against BVSW. Congrats to the team with a victory! It was exciting to see people try new dives and swim events and have success. Kuddos to Quinn Mozena and Kate Mannell for jumping in and trying the 100 Fly. And also to Abi Patterson for changing her event of 100 Free into the 500 Free to help pace Sarah Blake in her first 500 Free. There was great sportsmanship and cheering by the team to help support these girls with new endeavors.

    State Standards

    Abi Patterson - 200 IM

    Margo Hauser - 50 Free/100 Free

    Caroline Blake - 100 Fly

    State Consideration

    Sarah Blake - 500 Free

    Siena Masilionis - 50 Free

    Maddi Stewart - 50 Free

    And lastly after a tough few days of training at the end of practice, Natalie Patterson dropped an astonishing 3 seconds off her season best time in the 100 Free that she swam 3x at the same time. She broke a minute for the first time racing to a 58.9 and eclipsing her best time ever by 2 seconds.

    We are Mustang Proud!

    Blue Valley North's Guide to Fourth Quarter 2022

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

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

    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. There are no tickets required and there is no limit on seating.

    Senior Info page: Click HERE to access:

    • A link for seniors to vote for the teachers who will read names at graduation (voting closes on Sunday night!)
    • The schedule of Senior Final Exams
    • Scholarship info
    • Info about ordering your cap & gown--Seniors can check the list at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have/have not ordered yet.
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • Info about the Balfour shipping schedule
    • A downloadable image of Senior Events (shown below)

    One of the most anticipated events, aside from Graduation, is the Senior Celebration to be held on May 13th from 11:45 am to 3:00 pm on the BVN West Turf Field. It is the official Kick-off to Graduation activities, and is supported by the BVN Student Council, the Mustang Club and the Father's Club. There will be a live DJ, complimentary food trucks, inflatables, and snacks. Also, the yearbooks will be distributed at this event! Your Seniors will not want to miss it! We need your help to make it a success though. Please access this SignUpGenius below to support the Senior Celebration:!/showSignUp/10C094CA4AE2DA13-bvnclass

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .


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    Seniors who attended Overland Trail Elementary

    Save the Date! Please join us for our Senior Reunion Open House on Wednesday, May 11th, from 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the OTE library. You can walk through the school, look at yearbooks, and visit with some of your favorite teachers! Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you!

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time has returned on Fridays

    When there are five days in the school week, the Bell Schedule will be Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Traditional Day. 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.

    Thank you for teaming with Blue Valley North and continue to talk with your student and ask them how they spend their time during North Time on Fridays.

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    Mark Your Calendar for Blue Valley North's April and May 2022

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    Upcoming All School Events

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

    The Mustang Club Spring Sports Spirit Wear -- Shop Now!

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    Thank you for supporting our 2022 Night of Lights event on Friday, April 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Blue Valley District Campus. You will enjoy music, art, food trucks and lots of family-fun activities. At sundown, stick around for a great fireworks and glow show. By purchasing a glow stick lanyard, you are helping support the Blue Valley Educational Foundation AND will help us SHINE at the event!

    Parent Announcements

    Fostering A Safe School Environment

    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.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

    Student Announcements

    Mustang Mentor (new)

    Are you a current Sophomore or Junior interested in being a Mustang Mentor in the 22-23 school year? There is a meeting on Tuesday, April 26th, during AST in the PAC. We look forward to seeing you to share information about the program for the upcoming year. See Mrs. Dockendorf, Student Services, or Mrs. Stein, room 247, with questions.

    Join the Red Cross Club Board Today - deadline extended to April 29!

    Are you interested in serving your community by learning how to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief? If so, become a board member for the 2022-2023 school year! Red Cross Club covers topics such as First Aid, disaster preparedness, CPR & AED trainings, and blood drives! We have extended the deadline for board applications until April 29th! If you are interested in applying for the board or joining the club for the upcoming school year, email the school nurse, Amanda Collichio, at or Jacob Spadoni at

    2022-2023 Dance Team Information Meeting

    Any dancer interested in auditioning for next year's dance team should fill out the Google Form at the link below. This is how we will collect emails to distribute information about important dates and more. If there are any questions about tryouts, please contact Coach Thompson at Can't wait to see you there!

    BOYS STATE 2022 JUNE 5-11! “Boys State is a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role play civic exercise.” Applications are available for high school sophomores and juniors to attend Boys State 2022. You can find more information at Boys State will take place on the Kansas State University campus. If cost is an issue, please contact the KS Boys State Main Office (see FAQs). Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    GIRLS STATE 2022 JUNE 12-17! “Sunflower Girls State is a non-partisan program that teaches young women citizenship and leadership. High School students, having completed their junior year, spend an intensive week of studying, working together as self-governing citizens. They learn how to participate in the functioning of their city, county, and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible citizens.” You can find more information at Girls State will take place on the University of Kansas campus. Sponsorships may be available at your local American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Questions? Contact Catie Bosch, .

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Spring Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition:

    This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams, activities & 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!

    Medical Messages (updates)

    Attention 10th Grade Parents (new)

    Dear 10th Grade Parents,

    Immunization requirements for school entry in the State of Kansas require 11th grade students over 16 years old to have their 2nd dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine (Serogroup A, C, W, and Y); first does should have been given in 7th grade.

    If your student needs a dose of the MCV4 vaccine, I will send you a letter in the mail with more information. Letters go out on April 15 for students who have not had a dose of Meningococcal and May 1 for students who need their second dose. Of course, you are welcome to call me with any questions at any time.

    Amanda Collichio, BSN, RN


    School Nurse Information and Clinic Hours

    The Nurse's office is open M – F: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It closes for lunch 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. except in the case of an emergency. Nurse Amanda Collichio is available to assist students with their health needs, first-aid and medical conditions. For help, contact Nurse Amanda at (913) 239-3013 or .

    Prescription Meds at BVN

    This is reminder to parents: All prescription medications must be accompanied by this written authorization from a physician or other person licensed to prescribe medications, for the administration of that medication at school. All prescription medications to be administered at school must be in their original containers with the label intact. Students shouldn’t be self-carrying unlabeled prescription medications or any prescription medications. Questions? Email Nurse Amanda Collichio at

    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic Info

    Testing/Drop off location: MAWD labs 14950 Newton Drive Overland Park, KS (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley District Office Campus).

    BV MAWD Regular Hours: * BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop-off already completed test kits

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    New! Online Scheduling and Registration for MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic

    The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic now can accept online appointments and registrations.

    • Step 1: Book an appointment online ( )(up to 6 people per appointment/car)
    • Step 2: If you have not done so already, create an online account ( for parent/guardian. Please note that to login into the account in the future, username is the parent/guardian email address.
    • Complete a form for the child needing COVID-19 testing and submit. Create forms for additional household members by clicking “Add Individual.”
    • Receive a QR code via email for each family member needing testing. Keep this code as it will need to be shown upon arrival for each appointment.
    • Call (913) 239-4371 and leave a message if you have questions. Calls will be returned in the order received.
    • A parent/guardian will need to complete a consent form and must be with the student at the Drive-In Clinic to give verbal permission at the time of testing.
    • Tests: Nasal self-swab and saliva PCR tests are both offered at the clinic. Individuals will need to refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the saliva test.
    • Test results are sent to the provided email/text address and to Blue Valley Health Services generally within 12-16 hours. They are not sent to building nurses.

    Students and families who wish to access PCR testing, may use the MAWD COVID-19 Drive-In Testing Clinic or any other community COVID-19 testing* location.

    • BV MAWD Hours for Last Day of School: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop off already completed test kits
    • Thursday, May 26 - Clinic Open 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

    BV MAWD Regular Hours: *** BY APPOINTMENT ONLY or to drop-off already completed test kits

    • Monday-Thursday: 8am-6pm
    • Friday: 8am-3:30pm
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is canceled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff absences or transportation absences.

    BV MAWD Courier Pickup Times:

    • Monday-Thursday @ 11:30am and 5:45pm
    • Friday @ 11am and 4:15pm
    • Sunday @ 2:15pm

    Normal dropoff hours at the MAWD Labs Headquarters: 11070 Strang Line Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215

    • Monday - Friday: 8am-9pm
    • Inclement Weather Schedule
      • The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is cancelled for inclement weather.
      • MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will operate on regular hours if there is an emergency closing for other reasons, such as high staff or transportation absences.

    Additional information about MAWD’s Drive-In Testing Clinic is available on the district website. General COVID-19 resources from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy can be found on the district website.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Blue Valley families can find a variety of COVID-19 resources on the district website including general COVID-19 information, community testing locations and vaccine information from Children’s Mercy.

    Durham Bus Riders

    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

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