Jaguar Journal

November 19, 2021

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!


Out of the Country Access-2021-22

  1. For security reasons the district blocks all inbound/outbound connections to/from foreign countries. This is due to the high number of cyber security attacks that take place against the District’s network on an hourly basis. For this reason the District cannot provide technical support or assistance to those students or staff that choose to take their Blue Valley device out of the country.

  2. The District does NOT recommend taking any Blue Valley device out of the country:

    1. Students and Staff will not be able to access necessary systems such as canvas, employee online, and/or email.

    2. The District cannot secure, monitor, or keep inventory of the device while it is out of the country.

    3. The District cannot provide remote support or security updates for the device while it is out of the country.

  3. If students or staff feel that they have a critical need to access the District’s Network from outside of the country, they will need to do so on a personal device only, and they would need to install and use a VPN client on their personal device.

    1. The District cannot make recommendations or provide technical assistance with the installation and/or use any VPN client on any personal device.

    2. Students and staff must understand that there is no guarantee of successfully connecting to any of the District’s internal systems while using their personal device in or out of the country.

  4. Parents will still be able to access their Canvas Parent account from outside the country, it is not housed on a BV server it should connect without any issues.

We are taking every precaution we can to ensure that the Blue Valley Network remains saf

BPA Fundraiser

Hey Jags! Join Blue Valley West BPA at Freddy’s on November 30th from 5-9pm for some delicious food. Make sure to visit the Freddy’s on 135th St. and tell the cashier you’re with BVW’s BPA and we will receive some of the profits! Can’t wait to see there!

Family Message - Testing and Thanksgiving Break

COVID-19 Testing and Resources for BV Staff, Students and Families

Throughout this school year, Blue Valley’s priorities have been the safety of our students and keeping students in school and in person as we know this is critical to their long-term success and well-being. MAWD Labs is offering a local COVID-19 testing option that is available for students, staff and their family members. This option is available through a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) grant provided directly to MAWD Labs.

MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic Info

  • Location: 14950 Newton Drive, Overland Park, KS 66223 (Northwest of CAPS on the Blue Valley School District Campus)

  • Hours of Operation:

    • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    • Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    • Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Testing Appointments: Call (913) 239-4371

  • Parent/Guardian Consent: A parent/guardian will complete a consent form and must be with the student at the drive-in clinic to give verbal permission during the first test.

  • Test Type: Nasal self-swab and saliva PCR tests are both offered at the clinic. Individuals should refrain from eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the saliva testing.

  • Test Results: Test results are sent to the provided email/text address and to Blue Valley Health Services generally within 12-16 hours.

Thanksgiving Schedule

  • Closed: Nov. 24 - 27

  • Open: Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Inclement Weather Schedule

  • The MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic will be closed whenever school is cancelled for inclement weather.

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.

Using Your BV Mac Outside the USA

Important Device & BV Site access Info for Anyone Traveling Outside the USA:

Library Reminder

Through the library website, students have access to online journals, magazines and encyclopedias. Go to to click the red box, Databases. Accessing the databases from home requires a password. Send us an email or reach out via our Libchat to request the password.

Kid Safety

Pleasant Ridge Middle School has had three close calls of students walking across the street and the cars are not stopping. If you see the light flashing on Antioch and 165 Street, you need to stop. Students will be crossing the street. Please remind your student driver.

Fostering a Safe 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.

Johnson County Youth Court

Do you like to debate? Are you interested in a law career? Do you need community service hours? Johnson County Youth Court might be a good fit for you! What is youth court? Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the formal juvenile justice system in which juvenile offenders are sentenced by their peers. The goal of Youth Court is to reduce the number of youth entering the court system by providing early intervention to youth who are truant or commit first time minor offenses. Youth volunteers participate in the roles of: prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges, jury members, and bailiffs. If that sounds like a fun thing to do, stop by the Police Office and talk to Officer Stock or Officer Harrison to get signed up!

Creating the best possible Blue Valley high school experience

Blue Valley has a unique opportunity this year to study the high school experience with the goal of creating a comprehensive experience that leads to increased student personalization and ownership of learning.

The High School Study Committee, made up of high school teachers and administrators across the district, will study high school programming and spend time learning more about what we want for our students. Committee members from Blue Valley West include Katie Bonnema, Anna Dunn, Courtney Grimaldi, Paige Lankford and Aimee Price.

The study committee solicited student focus group feedback to help identify the five action teams which will meet regularly over the next two months:

  • Graduation requirements: Investigate what Blue Valley requires of its graduates and make any recommendations related to graduation requirements.

  • Defining high school success: Identify some accountability measures in our redesign process.

  • Real-World Learning Opportunities: Work closely with those leading the BV Edge work and establish a plan to deliver real-world learning opportunities to all students.

  • Strategically Agile High School System: Make recommendations that inject more flexibility and agility into high school programming and the high school experience.

  • Relevant & Authentic Instruction: Make recommendations related to instructional strategies, feedback/assessment policies and grading.

As high school families, your insight and feedback are valuable. Throughout the study, there will be opportunities for all high school students, staff members and families to offer feedback. Stay tuned for more information about the study and feedback opportunities later this semester.

SENIOR NEWS Class of 2022

Prom 2022

Has been tentatively scheduled for April 9, 2022. Details to follow at a later date!

Senior Ad Info

Attention Senior Parents. While the senior ad photo and message deadline of Nov. 20 seemed like a long way away back in September, it is now upon us. All ads must be purchased by Nov. 20. All messages and photos should be submitted to by Nov. 20.
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Senior Tribute Ad

Senior Parents-Purchase your seniors tribute ad before November 20. An email was sent in early June with details; a copy of that communication can be referenced here. Visit this web address to make your purchase.

Photos and questions can be sent to

Class of 2022 Senior Year Events & Checklist HERE

View deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!


Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling Tryouts

Bowling tryouts are being held the week after Thanksgiving. Students interested in trying out for the team need to have all athletic forms turned in to the athletic office prior to trying out. Girls’ tryouts are on Monday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 1 and boys’ tryouts are on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3. We will meet in the wrestling hallway at 3:00 pm to travel in school vans to the lanes and will return to school at approximately 5:30 pm. Students should attend both days of tryouts. Questions? See Mrs. Young in Room 304.

Stadium Blankets

The BVW PTO is introducing our new Stadium Blankets in time for Holiday Gift giving.

There are 2 styles to choose from, and the special pre-order pricing is just $60 each. Please order by December 1st before the price goes up to $70.

Here is the Blanket Online Order Form:

Purchase a BVW Yard Sign for your student

Celebrate your student's sport, club or activity with a BVW Yard Sign! Check out the BVW PTO Website for all of the details to order!

Interested in Open PTO Positions?

Interested in Open PTO Positions? click here

Since the new school year is around the corner, the Blue Valley West PTO is looking ahead and inviting anyone who would like to join our great team to reach out to us . Here is the link for signing up for the Open BVWest PTO Chair Positions.

Join our PTO! / Follow BVW PTO on twitter / Like us on Facebook

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