North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - February 11, 2022

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Principal

    • 2nd Semester Elective Course Fees Now Due

    • Parent/Teacher Conference Info

    • NHS Student Blood Drive - 2/24

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Counseling Center

    • BVN Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Athletics

    • New Winter Activity Guide
    • Parent Announcements

    • Senior Information

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Hello Mustang Community,


    We are looking forward to Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week, February 14 - 18. Sign-ups will be open through Feb. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Please mark your calendars when there is no school on Friday, Feb.18, and Monday, Feb.21.


    Given the virtual nature of these conferences and the time available, I would encourage you to talk to your child, check grades on Canvas, and decide if a Parent-Teacher conference is necessary. If you and your child are happy with how things are going and with your student’s progress in class, a conference is not necessary at this time. Feel free to drop the teacher an email with any extra questions that you might have.


    Conference Signup: To sign up for a conference please follow these directions. If you encounter any problems with the Conference Sign-up, please contact the teacher.


    Preparing for your Zoom Conference:

    • If you have never used Zoom on your device--you have 3 options:
      1. Prior to the conference time, download the Zoom Client
      2. When joining the meeting. Use this link https://zoom.us/join and enter the meeting code. The meeting code is in the Zoom link found in your Confirmation email.
      3. Consider using your student’s MacBook. Your student must update Zoom (Directions)


    Thanks to you all and have a great weekend!

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    2nd Semester Course Fees due 2/11- ACTION NEEDED

    High school 2nd Semester course fee payment for the 2021-22 school year is open and online now. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay 2nd semester course fees.


    • Required fees were assigned during Registration in August. Please review your account in ParentVUE for outstanding fees.
    • Course fees are assigned based on your student’s enrollment.
    • Currently, elective course fees are assigned for the second semester only.
    • If your student dropped a course after the January 19th course drop deadline, they are responsible for paying any fees associated with that course.


    Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to Lori Freeman, BVN Bookkeeper, at email: LFreeman@bluevalleyk12.org .


    Please pay your course fees by Friday, February 11.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Sign ups started last Friday at 3:00 p.m.--check your email for the links.

    Conferences will be held the week beginning Monday, February 14. Teachers will be available at varying times to meet with families. The teachers look forward to speaking with as many parents as possible. Given the virtual nature of these conferences and the time available, we encourage you to talk to your child, check grades on Canvas, and decide if a Parent-Teacher conference is necessary. If you and your child are happy with how things are going with your student’s progress in class, a conference is not necessary. Feel free to drop the teacher an email with any extra questions that you might have.


    Attending your Conferences

    The Zoom link and password can be found in your email confirmation. Please do not share. When you arrive to the conference, you will be in a Zoom waiting room until the teacher finishes with the previous parent. Please try to be a minute or so early as our clocks vary and teachers will need to stay on schedule.


    The teachers look forward to the opportunity to visit with you in our “virtual” conference setting.

    BVN Student Blood Drive – 2/24, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    National Honor Society is hosting the Spring Blood Drive on Thursday, February 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a huge shortage of blood at many facilities locally and around the country. BVN Students, take an hour out of your day and help save a life.

    Students can Make an Appointment here:


    https://donate.savealifenow.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/75647


    Parents/guardians, please consider going to one of the local blood centers to donate. Here is a link you can use so that BVN gets credit for your donation:


    https://www.savealifenow.org/donate-blood/high-school-programs/

    Kudos and Celebrations

    Athletic Signing Ceremony Honorees (new)

    On February 1, four Mustang football players signed Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. A signing ceremony and reception were held in the commons after school for the players and their families.


    The players and their universities are:


    Lucas Bullock-Hines ~ Columbia University

    Wayna’ Crofton ~ Mid American Nazarene University

    Myzelle Law ~ Mid American Nazarene University

    Henry Martin ~ Northwest Missouri State University


    Congratulations to these student-athletes, and good luck next year!


    Boys' Swimming and Diving Team (new)

    Congratulations to BVN Swim and Dive for winning top honors at the 2022 EKL Meet.

    It was BVN’s first league title in three years with a strong margin of victory as the team won 6 of the 12 events. Individual first place winners include:


    Spencer Eyen- Diving

    Sam Peterson- 200 and 500 Freestyle

    Alex Houts- 100 Freestyle

    Michael Mayo- 200 IM

    Two BVN relay teams also took first place, including:

    Alex Houts, AK Klaus, Sasha Siomades and Sam Peterson- 200 Free Relay

    Sam Peterson, Alex Houts, AK Klaus, and Michael Mayo- 400 Free Relay


    Congratulations also go out to the following BVN swimmers for state cuts:

    State Qualification:

    Davis Wetmore, 100 Back and 100 Fly

    State Consideration:

    Wilson Riekhof

    Connor Golding

    Alec Lopez

    Tate Wichman

    Athan Tran


    Bowling Team (new)

    On February 3, Eric Silva had a personal high game: 178. Rory Place also had a personal high game: 189. Megan Meyer had a personal high game 194, and placed 3rd overall with a 498 series. On February 4, Miller Brown had a personal high 165, and then in his 3rd game scored 173! Way to go bowlers!


    Art Show Awards - February 2022 (new)

    The Art Department would like to congratulate our students for their outstanding artistic achievement, in both the End of Semester Art Show and the regional Scholastics competition. Congratulations to all those who won awards, and to senior Garrett Parish for winning Best in Show.

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    Scholars' Bowl - January 2022
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    BVN Grease All-School Musical BRAVO! (new)

    After 3 Months of Rehearsal, 72 students came together (42 Cast Members, 23 Crew Members, and 7 Musicians) to put on 3 incredibly successful performances of Grease! They did so amidst the uncertainty of a third COVID wave, snow closures during tech-week and opposite an important basketball game. If you get a chance, please congratulate the following students on their impressive work.


    Cast:

    Olivia Keller ~ Tess Moeller ~ Brenden Kelly

    Ellie Goldberg ~ Sydney Kauphusman ~ Scarlett Jones

    Brady Fisher-York ~ Sebastian Gonzalez-Layton

    Miguel Cornwell ~ Ty Eubanks ~ Jonas Beyer

    Christopher Dennis ~ Lily Canent ~ Isabelle Vansykle

    Andrew Flekier ~ Jack Hancock ~ Eva Girard ~ Gabby Fulford

    Sage Henson ~ Kierscha Moon ~ Claire Henderson ~ Anne Henderson

    Laci Olberding ~ Margaret Wilkinson ~ Katherine Goodwin

    Ardyn West ~ Madi Bishop ~ Charlie Accurso ~ Simone Brown

    Mae Tuschman ~ Allyson DuVall ~ Riley McConnell ~ Ava Moran

    Isabelle Holtorf ~ Greysen Williams ~ Liliana Sachen

    Cassandra Pyle ~ Julia Shumate ~ Katie Beck

    Addison McRae ~ Ella Grant ~ Emma Mindnich


    Crew:

    Tatum Warren ~ Bibi Igbaseimokumo

    Vishnu Bolla ~ Liam Kille ~ Addie Fullwiler

    Lukas Wiggins ~ Daniel Fowler

    Reese Hirschler ~ Hea Sadagopan ~ Valeria Alonzo

    Molly Ramsey ~ Christian Pyle

    Aggie Allen ~ Annika Zmijewski ~ Aubrey Stone

    Gabriella Kern ~ Supriya Bolla

    Will Hadel ~ Joscelyn Gimenez ~ Libby Skid

    Natalie Christensen ~ Leah Candelario

    Carolyn Scott ~ Grade Waldron


    Orchestra Pit:

    Nash Rosado ~ Keaton Lewis

    Gabriel Decker ~ Hary Wang ~ Brennan Bates

    Hyesoo Song ~ Dakota Raper


    Thank you for your support!

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • Enrollment for 2022-23 is underway. Information has been distributed to students and emailed to parents and guardians. Questions may be directed to your student’s counselor. If your incoming Freshman is not a current Blue Valley 8th grade student, please contact Sarah King, sking@bluevalleyk12.org.
    • The schedule change period for this semester has ended. Only level changes and drops to a study hall are now allowed. Students may pick up a schedule change form in Student Services to request these changes.

    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or SKing@bluevalleyk12.org .

    2022-2023 Enrollment Important Dates

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    How to Have a Mental Health Check-In with Your Teen

    Is your teen or tween behaving more differently than usual? I know, this probably seems like a trick question. The emphasis is on the word more. It's better to ask a question imperfectly, than not ask at all. Read on by clicking on this link: The Parent Cue

    BVN Bell Schedules ~ North Time cancelled 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. It's 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.


    Update: On Tuesday & Thursday, North Time is now called Academic Support Time (AST).


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

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    Mark Your Calendar

    February 14-17: Parent-Teacher Conferences

    February 18: NO SCHOOL/due to after school conferences

    February 21: NO SCHOOL/Presidents' Day

    March 1: ACT Testing for Juniors/NO SCHOOL for 9th, 10th and 12th grades

    March 11: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning

    March 14-18: NO SCHOOL/Spring Break

    March 21: NO SCHOOL/Professional Learning


    Upcoming All School Events

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

    BVN Athletics

    Spring Sports Physicals due Friday, 2/25, at 3:00 p.m. (new)

    Spring sports include Boys’ Baseball, Boys’ Golf, Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Swimming and Diving, Girls’ Softball and Boys’ & Girls’ Track and Field. In order to try-out and begin practicing on February 28, physicals and completed, signed paperwork must be turned in. If your student played a fall or winter sport, their physical and all paperwork will already be on file. Forms are available in the main office by the receptionist desk, or can be downloaded from the BVN website>School Information>Activities & Athletics>Athletics>Useful Links>Participation Packet. Here is a link to the packet to print at home: Participation Packet .


    The physical and participation packet has been updated for the 2021-22 season. Every student needs a new physical, every year, completed, signed and dated (May 1, 2021, or after) by a physician (Note: There are TWO places where the doctor has to sign and date the physical. Check this BEFORE you leave the doctor’s office!).


    All forms need to be printed, read, signed by a parent and student, and returned to BVN. Completed forms can also be scanned together (no photographs accepted) and emailed to Teresa Anderson, BVN Athletics, tanderson@bluevalleyk12.org , dropped off to the main office by your student or mailed to: Teresa Anderson, Blue Valley North High School, 12200 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66209. (Please remember that visitors, including parents, are not allowed in the school building this year.)


    If you have questions, please call Teresa Anderson at (913) 239-3011.


    BVN Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Needed - due 2/11

    The Blue Valley North Athletic Hall of Fame was established in an effort to recognize individual(s) who have significantly contributed to the traditions and reputation of the athletic programs at Blue Valley North High School. Individuals recognized will have exemplified the character and ideals promoted by Blue Valley North through the use of their talents, time, dedication and energy. The establishment of this Hall of Fame will hopefully encourage others to follow their example.


    Blue Valley North High School will be accepting nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame through Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. You, as a community member, are entitled to nominate a former BVN athlete you feel is deserving of this honor.


    The guidelines for selection are as follows:


    • The candidate distinguished him/herself by outstanding achievement in a sport.
    • The candidate displayed good citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership.
    • Candidates should have attended BVN at least their junior and senior years.
    • Candidates should have graduated between 2007 - 2017.
    • Parents and other relatives may not submit nominations.


    Please click on this link, print the form and complete it, BVN Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form , and return to Kelli Kurle at kkurle@bluevalleyk12.org. If you have any questions, please call 239-3011. Thank you!


    Track and Field Team

    BVN Track and Field pre-season workouts continue at BVN. Please look over the PowerPoint for training info CLICK HERE. The workouts are 100% optional but will be beneficial for the upcoming season.

    Please sign up for the Spond App. Anyone can join this group for track and field info by using the link https://group.spond.com/UGXMK


    Any questions, students should see Coach Fancher, after school, in Mobile 1.


    Softball Team

    Girls' Softball is a spring sport, and pre-season conditioning has begun. The schedule is Tuesday & Thursday at 7:00 a.m., and Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m.! Please reach out to Coach Stevie if you have questions: stevierayegibson@gmail.com .


    If you have questions, contact Teresa Anderson, BVN Assistant to the Athletic Director, at 913-239-3011 or by email, tanderson@bluevalleyk12.org .

    Please take a look through the BVN Mustang Club's Winter Activity Guide! Here is a link to the on-line edition: https://anyflip.com/qzkqi/xqsn/


    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!

    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 sdoherty@bluevalleyk12.org .

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    Boys Team Charity

    Boys Team Charity is a volunteer service organization open to 7th - 12th grade boys and their parents living in or going to school in zip codes 66206, 66209, 66211, 66224. Please visit www.boysteamcharity.org for more information.

    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:

    • 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.
    • Info about the Senior Class Picture to be taken on February 22 between 7-8:30 a.m. Check the schedule on the Senior Info page.
    • A link to authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • Info about the Balfour shipping schedule


    Seniors: Check out these BVEF scholarship opportunities available only to BV students

    Deadline: February 11



    We will update this info page as decisions are made in the new few months.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ lkmiller@bluevalleyk12.org .

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    Student Announcements

    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 https://ksbstate.org/. 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, cbosch@bluevalleyk12.org .

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    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 http://www.ksgirlsstate.org/. 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, cbosch@bluevalleyk12.org .
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    COVID Close Contact Options updated (new)

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    Medical Messages

    Is Your Child Sick? Please read on....

    Winter, colds, flu, and other viruses often come together. Germs from colds and other illnesses make their way into our workplaces, schools, and homes. If you have a child who is sick, we ask for your support by keeping them at home. District protocol requires students stay home until they are fever free for a period of 24 hours and or at least 24 hours since symptom resolution. If your child has been diagnosed by a physician with Influenza, please keep them home for five days following onset of illness or for the duration of illness if the case is immune compromised.


    As you know, the health of our students is important to us. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our kids healthy and in school.


    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 AJCollichio@bluevalleyk12.org .


    Prescription Meds at BVN - Action Needed

    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 ajcollichio@bluevalleyk12.org.


    JOCO COVID-19 Updates

    Please follow this link to the Johnson County COVID-19 website for current information.

    https://www.jocogov.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update

    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.

    Online scheduling and registration now available for COVID-19 Testing

    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 offers a local COVID-19 testing option available through a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) grant provided directly to MAWD Labs.


    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.
    • Due to the high volume of testing, only current household members of Blue Valley students and staff are eligible to test at the MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic.


    MAWD Drive-In Testing Clinic: 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.
    • 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.

    What are the Symptoms of Depression in Teenagers?

    Teens are often moody. That’s why it’s easy to miss signs that they’re actually depressed and need help. Symptoms of depression in teens include things like avoiding hanging out with friends and family and being sad or angry. Not doing well in school, sleeping a lot and eating more or less than usual can also be signs.


    If you notice that your teen has been down a lot and lost interest in things they used to like doing, they may be depressed. The teen may not even be aware they are depressed.


    To learn more about depression, please click on this link: DEPRESSION .

    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 www.bluevalleydurham.com.
    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 www.bluevalleydurham.com.

    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 JRoush@bluevalleyk12.org .


    BVN Main Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday


    The Office will be closed on February 18, due to evening P-T Conferences during the week, and will be closed on February 21, in honor of Presidents' Day.

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