May 15, 2023
Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!
Debate and Forensics
State Forensics Results:
Rishabh Barve – 1st Oratory, 1st Informative Speaking
Arya Vasudevan – 2nd Oratory, 8th Informative Speaking
Ananya Agrawal – 8th Oratory
Margo Thomas – 7th Poetry
Nischay Rawal – 13th Extemporaneous Speaking
Special shout-out to Rishabh and Arya, who took the top two places in Oratory for the second year in a row. They finished in 1st and 2ndlast year as 9th graders, and repeating that finish is nothing short of amazing.
Middle School Speech/Drama Workshop: May 17th
The BVW Debate/Forensics program is hosting a speech and drama workshop, taught by West coaches and competitors, May 17th from 3:30-6:00pm. This is open to any student in 5th-8th grades, with an enrollment fee of $50/person. All proceeds help send our students to nationals in Phoenix this summer! See the attached flyer for more info. Sign up here.
Middle School Summer Opportunities:
There are several opportunities for middle schoolers and incoming ninth graders to learn more about speech and debate. If you have middle schoolers at home, please consider these summer camps:
KSU Summer Steam – This summer program offers several virtual STEAM courses, including speech and debate courses which I teach. This is a great opportunity for students who want to explore speech and debate, learn how to build arguments, and strengthen their writing skills.
Sunflower – The Sunflower Debate camp at KSU Olathe also offers summer speech and debate classes, also taught by me. This is a great opportunity for incoming 9th graders who want to meet me and get a jump start on the season, or younger students who want to learn about debate!
2023-2024 Athletics Message
Blue Valley West Students choosing to participate in athletics, dance and cheerleading will be required to upload a completed KSHSAA Physical Form, dated after May 1st, 2023 with a doctor’s signature, and complete all the necessary forms to be able to participate in the 2023-2024 school year. Please click on the links below so you can see all the updated information.
The Blue Valley West Athletic Office will not be uploaded physicals for families this year. There are several ways to upload the completed paperwork. The BVW student has the capability to scan documents and upload them into the system using their school issued laptop. There are also many apps available on the Android and Apple platforms to assist with scanning and uploading documents. The Notes App found on Apple IPhones has the capability of scanning and uploading documents.
2023-24 Athletic/Activity Online Registration Information Letter
NEW KSHSAA Physical Form to be used for 2023-2024 School Year.
Link to the BVSD Online Activity/Athletic System
Summer Basketball at BVW
Happy to announce summer basketball opportunities! We cannot wait to get back in there to Have Fun & Get Better with current and future Jaguars. You will find all the information needed in the two links below
High School: Grades 9th-12th
Youth: Grades 3rd-8th
BVW Red Zone Golf Tournament
SAVE THE DATE – JULY 21, 2023!
The Blue Valley West Red Zone is excited to host the annual golf tournament and auction, Friday, July 21, 2023, at Ironhorse Golf Club. We hope you can join us for a fun day of golf to benefit the Blue Valley West High School Jaguar football program.
It’s going to be a great day as current, past and future Jaguars as well as members of our community compete for prizes while supporting the football team. All levels of golfers are welcome!
All proceeds of this four-player scramble will go directly to the football program.
This is the Red Zone’s only fundraiser of the year. In the past, funds raised have helped purchase weight room equipment, new helmets and uniforms, stadium signage, team dinners and much more!
Even if you don’t play golf, we welcome anyone to come and take a look and bid on auction items that will be displayed in the Ironhorse Clubhouse the day of the tournament.
To register for golf, dinner, or both, please click on this link: 2023 Golf Tournament – Blue Valley West High School Football (bvwrz.com)
JOCO Resource Numbers
Numbers you need to know
Last July, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK) transitioned to a three-digit dialing code, 988. The three-digit dialing code routes calls to the Lifeline network and provides a connection to local support and services for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Johnson County Mental Health Center began answering Lifeline calls as a part of the national network in August of 2021.
In its first five months, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline received over 1.7 million calls, texts and chats. Federal government data shows a significant increase in calls, texts and chats from December 2021 to December 2022. To learn more about the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, check out our Mental Health Moment—a weekly newsletter that opens dialogue, increases understanding, and removes some of the stigmas surrounding mental health issues where we’ve prepared hot, warm and crisis lines for you to add to your contact list. We all need some help sometimes, and it’s okay to reach out.
Sign up for other e-newsletters from Johnson County Mental Health Center!
Fostering a Safe Environment
As we move into a new semester please share the following message in your upcoming family newsletters:
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.
Cap and Gown Payments Due
Seniors, thank you for your cap and gown sizes. Herff Jones has now placed our order! You can make the payment for your items at the following link.
Once your order is complete, please save your receipt to refer to once Graduation season arrives. Cap and gowns will be distributed at Class Day rehearsal on May 18, 2023.
Library Message for Seniors
Senior Library Books!
Attention Seniors – on May 8th any library book that is not turned in to the library will be billed to your ParentVue account to be paid for before you graduate. Please return your overdue and checked out library materials as soon as possible to avoid any fees! Thank you!
Social Media Updates
The BVW Counseling Department is now on social media! Please follow us to stay up to date on important information.
Instagram - @BVW_Counseling (Links to an external site.) -
Twitter - @BVWCounseling
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!
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!