Jaguar Journal

October 7, 2022

Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!

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Caps Open House-Oct. 12th

Interested in learning more about CAPS as a future opportunity? On the afternoon of October 12th from 12:00-2:30pm, CAPS will be holding an Open House for any high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the CAPS program’s courses. CAPS instructors will be on hand to answer questions and show examples of student project work in the areas of Medicine, Engineering, Business, Entrepreneurship, Future of Food, Media, Technology, Bioscience, Veterinary Medicine, Law and Teacher Education. CAPS is located at 7501 West 149th Terrace, Overland Park, 66223 on the west side of the district office campus. No problem if this date doesn’t work, other open house dates can be found on our website

BVW Theatre Food Drive

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Assessments and Academic Success

How do assessments in Blue Valley lead to student academic success?

BVW Science teacher Heather Hall is highlighted as an example of using a student's formative assessment data to inform instruction in this edition of the district’s Learning Connection story. Blue Valley assessments are divided into two buckets: formative and summative. Formative assessments, described as assessments for learning, provide teachers with information on how they can help a student grow. Summative assessments, characterized as assessments of learning, occur after instruction takes place. Check it out here.

Volleyball Chipotle Fundraiser

The BVW Volleyball Teams are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4pm to 8pm at the 8301 W. 151st St. location. Please stop by for dinner and they will donate 33% to the volleyball program. You must show the flyer, digitally or printed, or mention the fundraiser at check-out. You can also place an order for pick-up between 4p and 8p and use the code 2ALTNFH. Thanks for your support!

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Hello BVWest Parents!

Nurse Tammy Yeokum needs help during the Hearing and Vision Testing Day on Friday, October 28. Students in 9th and 11th grade (Freshmen and Juniors) are going to be tested all day. Our job will be to support Nurse Tammy with signing students in and out of testing, collecting their forms, crowd control in both the Vision Lab and the Hearing Test areas. Assignments are flexible to either testing area, you can just commit to a time slot. Especially appreciated are volunteers who can stay for both shifts. Thank you for signing up and supporting our students' wellbeing.

Hearing and Vision Test October 28 Sign-Up Link:

Welcome Back-Quarterly News

Welcome to the Blue Valley West 2022-2023 school year.

Please refer to the following link for Dr. Bonnema’s Quarterly News to prepare for a successful start!

Activities and Athletics Message

Blue Valley Families,

We are excited to have your families come to support our high school activities and athletics this school year. It is great to see the entire community at these events. It is imperative that our parent community partner with us as we work to encourage a positive atmosphere for our high school games or events.

  • Sportsmanship/officials: We want to give our student athletes the opportunity to play as many games as possible and we need officials to make those games happen. With a local and national shortage of officials, we want to make sure officials continue to choose to work Blue Valley events. The number one way we can create a welcoming environment is for spectators, coaches and student athletes to be courteous and respect the official’s decisions.

  • Tailgating: Tailgating before games has become a tradition for many students and families. We love to see our community gathering together to enjoy food and tailgate games in our parking lots. As a reminder, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed on district property including parking lots.

Thank you for your help in making our district events a great experience for all who attend. We hope to see your family cheering for our Blue Valley teams this school year.

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.


Senior Yearbook Tribute Pages Now

Already purchased an ad? Send your photos and messages to on or before Oct. 31.

Still want to get an ad for your senior? Click on this link to purchase an ad:

The link will remain live through Oct. 31. Once your ad is purchased, send photos and messages to on or before Oct. 31.

Time to Order Cap and Gown

Cap and Gowns are now available for purchase from Herff Jones here. Time flies when you’re having fun, so make your purchase early and keep a copy of your receipt for when the end-of-the-year busy season comes.

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Class of 2023 Senior Year Events & Checklist

Click here to view deadlines, important information, upcoming events, and your to do list!


Social Media Updates

The BVW Counseling Department is now on social media! Please follow us to stay up to date on important information.

Facebook - Blue Valley West Counseling (Links to an external site.)

Instagram - @BVW_Counseling (Links to an external site.) -

Twitter - @BVWCounseling


Upcoming FAFSA Event!

FAFSA opens October 1st and Johnson County Library is offering two programs this fall on completing the FAFSA.

Step-by-Step through the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the federal application necessary to get free and low-cost money for college.

Join Jason Anderson, CFA, CFP, of Gradmetrics, as he walks line-by-line through the FAFSA form, using it to explain the ins-and-outs of the college admissions and financial aid process.

Tuesday, September 27th, 6:30-8 pm (Online via Zoom)

Tuesday, Oct 18th 6:30-8pm (at the Central Resource Library and online via Zoom)

Registration is required. Go to

Important Dates

Important Dates for 1st Semester to keep on your Radar!


· 10-12-22 Practice ACT/PSAT Test Day

· 10-21-22 Deadline to Withdraw from Class

· 10-26-22 AP Exams Sign Up Deadline

o (For Full Year or 1st Semester)


December 7-9 Time for 2nd Semester Changes

NO CHANGES to the Schedule in Jan. 2023

Volleyball-Community for Kids Service Event

BVW Volleyball is teaming up with Community For Kids to raise money and collect donations for this organization on Oct. 13 at the 5pm JV game and the 6pm Varsity game against Olathe Northwest. Come cheer on our teams at home and bring a donation of peanut butter and jelly (no glass), bid on silent auction baskets and participate in the raffle. For every jar of peanut butter and jelly donated, you'll receive one raffle ticket which can be used for a chance to win one of several great prizes. Community For Kids is a non-profit that provides food packs to families in Blue Valley who are food insecure. Thanks for your support!

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Please consider joining our PTO - we have open positions and will be needing to fill many key leadership roles next year. Get involved now so you are poised to help us in future years!

Join our PTO!

PTO Order Updates

All orders for yard signs, blankets and other spirit store items are still in the process of getting filled. Once we have received the orders we will provide an update with information about where orders can be picked up.

Blanket Sales

The temperatures are changing and warm blankets might come in handy at our football games. We have plenty in stock. Place your order here if you need a blanket.

Fall Program Ads

The fall activities and sports program is in the works. Parents of students participating in a Fall Sport or Activity can purchase an ad for printing in the FALL program to recognize your student and cheer them on.

Here is the direct link:

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!

Amazon Smiles

Donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you! Simply shop at (add Blue Valley West High School PTO as your charity) and AmazonSmile will donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Blue Valley West High School PTO —no fees, no extra cost.