North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - January 20, 2023

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from Your Principal
    • Buckaroo Bash ~ 1/28
    • 2nd Semester Course Fee Payment Due
    • Staff Appreciation Donations Needed
    • Kudos
    • ACT Testing Day for Juniors ~ 2/28
    • National Honor Society Info
    • Athletic Announcements

    • Bell Schedules

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Counseling Updates

    • 2023-24 Enrollment Dates

    • Senior Info ~ Class of 2023

    • Student Announcements

    • Medical Messages

    • Parent Announcements

    • Blue Valley 2023 Bond

    • Winter Activity Guide

    • Durham Bus Information

    A Letter from Your Principal

    Hello Mustang Parents,

    Blue Valley North is a special place and the partnerships we have with our parent community allow us to reach so many great achievements. I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you to consider supporting BVN's Mustang Club, BVN’s version of traditional PTA/PTO. Essentially, the Mustang Club helps us become one of the very best high schools in the nation.

    The Mustang Club is dedicated to supporting and promoting art and music organizations, athletic teams and many other extracurricular activities at BVN through volunteerism and financial support. Over the last few years, the Mustang Club has gifted over $500,000 to support BVN's extracurricular opportunities.

    The Mustang Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the Buckaroo Bash on January 28th. We appreciate you for supporting this important fundraising event. Supporting the Mustang Club is supporting your students.

    Thank you for your support.


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    Buckaroo Bash-Mustang Club Fundraiser for BVN Students!

    Check in begins at 6:00. Dinner and auctions open at 6:30. Please feel free to come as you are and as your schedule allows. We'll be living it up from 6:00 to 10:30.

    When: Saturday, January 28 - 6:00 p.m. -10:30.p.m.

    Where: Ironhorse Golf Course - 15400 Mission Road

    Dress: Come as you are!

    Advance tickets for the event are $75.00 per person. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR as well.

    All proceeds will benefit BVN extracurricular sports and activities.

    Thank you for your support of the Mustangs!

    High School Course Fee Payment for 2nd Semester Due

    High school course fee payment for second semester is open and online now. Your ParentVUE login and password are required to pay course fees online. Please use a desktop or laptop when paying online. You may pay in person with cash, check or money order with Mrs. Freeman in the BVN main office.

    • Course fees are assigned based on the master schedule and your student’s enrollment.

    • Course fees are assigned for the second semester only.

    • If your student dropped a course after the course drop deadline, 1/12/23, they are responsible for paying any fees associated with that course.

    Questions regarding fee payment should be directed to Lori Freeman, BVN bookkeeper, by email: . Thank you!

    Staff Appreciation--Donations Needed!

    We have two events coming up and we want to provide some goodies for our BVN Staff!! Sign up below to donate items for a build-your-own trail mix bar for all staff during conference week (February 13-16). Or sign up to donate gift cards that will be used to provide goodies for Student Services during Counseling Appreciation Week (February 6-10).

    TRAIL MIX Donations

    Please bring your donations to the BVN front office before noon on Friday, February 3rd. There will be a cart in the BVN main office for you to drop off your items.

    Thanks so much for your generosity!

    Kudos and Celebrations

    Scholars Bowl Team (new)

    Congratulations to the BVN Scholars Bowl team for winning the Olathe North West Varsity Scholars Bowl Invitational on January 11th. The team went undefeated in their 11 rounds played! Congratulations to Luke Chen, Devereaux Knight, Wazeen Hoq, Matthew Peng, Paritosh Patel, and Matthew Chen for their achievement!

    ACT Testing Day for Juniors --- Tuesday, February 28, 2023 No School for 9th, 10th and 12th graders

    We are excited to share that the Kansas State Department of Education is once again paying for a full ACT for all 11th-grade students.

    This year’s exam is on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. This is an opt-out testing event, meaning that unless you tell us otherwise, we will plan on testing your student on this day. All students test at their home school, and Blue Valley Academy students test at BVA.

    Juniors will start school at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28th, and will be dismissed after testing (roughly until 11:30 or Noon). [Please note that freshmen, sophomores, and seniors will not attend school on February 28th.]

    If you wish to opt your student out of the February 28th ACT, please contact Assistant Principal, Cory Cox, at Mr. Cox can also answer any questions you might have.

    National Honor Society Information - February 9

    Parents and Students of Potential Candidates for Induction into National Honor Society,

    Is your current sophomore or junior a potential candidate for induction for National Honor Society. The four pillars of NHS are Service, Leadership, Character and Scholarship. Do they have a 3.5 or higher GPA? Do they enjoy giving back to the community? Are they in good standing with regards to their character? Do they demonstrate leadership?

    There is a parent AND student meeting on Thursday February 9, 2023 at 6:00pm in the PAC.

    Co-Sponsors, Abby Cornelius and Sheryl Stein, will discuss the induction process that will take place in the fall, the computer platform that tracks hours, as well as answer any questions that parents and students may have.

    We look forward to seeing both parents and students at this meeting. Students should bring their computer to get set up on the platform.

    Athletic Announcements

    Girls' Softball Team

    Softball will begin winter workouts on 1/10 at 6:30 a.m. in the weight room. We will work out Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 - 7:15 a.m. If you have any questions please contact, Coach Stevie (

    Student-Athletes Action Needed for 2022-2023

    Starting July 1st, the Blue Valley School District is moving to an online format to submit all paperwork, including a new physical completed, signed and dated May 1, 2022 or after, by a physician. This paperwork is required for students involved in athletics and activities at the high school and middle school levels. The online system can be accessed directly through this link: .

    Spring Sports begin on February 27 - complete online paperwork/physical now!

    Is your student participating in a spring sport: Baseball, Boys' Golf, Boys' Tennis, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Swimming and Diving, Softball or Track and Field? If yes, your student must have a current physical examination form and athletic packet submitted for review before the student is authorized to participate in practice or tryouts. We encourage you to get this completed over the winter break, as the deadline is February 24 by 3:00 p.m. If your student has been in another KSHSAA sport this school year, and already has their athletic paperwork on file, your student athlete is ready to participate. This paperwork is all on-line; the link is listed above.

    BVN Athletics' Questions?

    Please contact Stevie Gibson, BVN Athletics Administrative Assistant, at (913) 239-3011 or .

    Blue Valley North Bell Schedules

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    Mark Your Calendar

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the 2022-23 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    January 23 - Monday: Odd Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    January 24 - Tuesday: Even Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    January 25 - Wednesday: Odd Day (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    January 26 - Thursday: Even Day (*School begins at 8:40 a.m.)

    January 27 -Friday: Traditional Day - All 7 classes (School begins at 7:40 a.m.)

    January 28 - Saturday: Buckaroo Bash Parent Fundraising Party

    February 17 - No School / Due to Evening P-T Conferences

    February 20 - No School / Presidents' Holiday

    February 25 - Sweetheart Dance

    February 28 - Tuesday: No School/ACT Testing Day

    Counseling, Academics & Testing

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

    • The deadline to request a schedule change for Spring 2023 classes has passed. There will be no schedule change window in January. Exceptions will be made for level changes and drops to a Study Hall.
    • Test scores from the October testing day were distributed during lunch before winter break. Those who didn’t pick up will receive their score in advisory this week or next, or may pick up in Student Services. In addition, any student who also wants their test booklet may pick it up in Student Services before the end of the school year in May.
    • Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is underway. 8 – 11th grade students have access to the BVN 2023-24 Enrollment Page on Canvas and will submit their course choices electronically from this page.
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    Questions? Contact Sarah King @ (913)239-3016 or .

    Seniors--Info for Class of 2023

    Put Saturday, May 20 on your calendars! Graduation for the Class of 2023 will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the District Activity Center (DAC) at 135th & Switzer.

    Parents should also plan to attend Class Day at BVN

    on Friday, May 19, time TBA.

    • Senior Class Picture will be taken next Tuesday, January 24. All senior advisory classes will go to the gym at 12:15 p.m. A link to purchase the photo print will be posted as soon as it is available. In case of a snow day on 1/24, the photo will be taken during advisory on 1/26.
    • SENIOR TILE WALL: Please order a senior wall tile to commemorate your student’s time at Blue Valley North! Orders will be accepted through January 31st on the Mustang Club website, through this link:

      The cost is $37. We hope you will help us continue this fun Mustang tradition!

    • If you have not done so already, please order your Cap & Gown and any other graduation supplies you need as soon as possible. Seniors can check the list posted at Mrs. Miller's desk to confirm if they have or have not ordered. If not ordered yet, just go to or ORDER HERE!
    • (NEW info) Our Josten's rep will be at BVN to answer any grad product questions during lunch on February 15. He will also have a table set up in the commons for parents on February 21 from 3:45 pm to 7:15 pm. If you are interested in getting info about Class Rings, he will have ring samples to try on and ring sizers to get the perfect fit. For more information go to
    • Our diplomas have been ordered so that we have them in time for May graduation. If you did not complete the diploma form prior to our order, we used the name as written in ParentVue/StudentVue, confirmed by birth certificate on file.
    • If you have not done so already, please click on the link and complete the Senior Transcript Form as soon as possible. This form authorizes the release of senior transcripts for college applications. Click here: Diploma/Transcript Authorization.


    For the most up-to-date info,
    please bookmark our SENIOR INFO page!

    Questions? email Mrs. Miller at

    Student Announcements

    Math Competition (new)

    Inviting all students that are interested! Pittsburg State University is hosting its annual Math Relays competition on April 4th, 2023. There are several individual events as well as team competitions. Students in 9th-12th grades can participate. We want to assemble a team and register soon.

    Please note that Pittsburg is about 2 hours away. You will need transportation there and back.

    Details about the competition and the schedule from last year are at:

    If you are interested in participating, or have questions, please reach out to Matthew Chen in groupme or via email ( Please respond by February 3, 2023.

    FCA Meetings

    FCA meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theatre. Come for fellowship and fun! If you have questions, please email BVN teacher, Jason Jones at .

    Medical Messages

    Need to speak with the nurse?

    If you need to speak with BVN Nurse Amanda, please e-mail her at to set up an appointment.

    Did your student forget to take a daily morning medication before leaving for school?

    If your student ever forgets to take a daily morning medication before coming to school, the parent may bring the medication to the school’s front office and the parent may dispense and give the student the medication. If the nurse is to give the medication it must be in the original prescription pill bottle accompanied by the signed physician’s medical order ( ).

    Need to update your student’s immunization records?

    Please E-mail any updates to your student’s immunization record to Nurse Collichio at, Thank you.

    Disease and Symptom Exclusion Recommendations/Regulations 2023

    Parents, it is that time of year when Flu, COVID & stomach bugs pop up. To keep our school healthy, If your student is not feeling well and has symptoms of illness it may be wise to keep them home and be sure they are not sick with flu or COVID.

    If your student has a fever with or without symptoms, they must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication (Blue Valley nursing standard is fever =100 °F or above.)

    If your student has diarrhea/vomiting/rash they must be symptom-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication to return to school. Thank you so much for keeping your student and our school healthy.

    Has your student been injured or had a concussion?

    Send your medical orders or documentation to and the nurse will communicate this with your student’s educational team.

    BVN Nurse Page

    For more information about the BVN Clinic, please visit the Nurse Page by clicking on this link:

    Parent Announcements

    Student Support After School Program

    Officer Tony Latas, BVN Student Resource Officer, and Sean Birdsong, BVN Student Support Liaison, are running a Student Support After School program. This program is Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in room 602. This time is for students who are routinely waiting a few hours for rides after school, having any failing grades, and/or missing assignments that need to be completed.

    This is also a good opportunity for students needing community service hours. If your student is interested in volunteering or you have questions, have your student see Officer Latas, Mr. Birdsong or any BVN Administrator. Thank you!

    Safe Schools Reporting

    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.

    ParentVUE URL updated -- Action Needed

    Over the summer the URL for ParentVUE changed. Click here for the new URL: ParentVUE

    Parents will need to have the new URL or they won’t be able to login to ParentVUE or request a password reset. The Blue Valley School District website and the BVN website have both been updated with the new URL so the parents can access the link from Parent>ParentVUE.

    In addition, this also impacts the ParentVUE app. Parents will need to update their device to the correct link.

    Student Digital ID Cards

    Students have a digital student ID card on their phones. If you paid for a Student Activity Pass, it should say that on the ID and students will show this to get into games. They can save their ID on their home page on an iPhone, or it can be saved as a favorite page on an android phone. If students were absent on Picture Day or if they have any trouble loading the ID, they can come to Student Services for help.

    Family Activity Passes

    All Family Activity Passes and Adult Individual Passes have been distributed. If you paid for your Family Activity Pass by the end of the day on September 13 but haven't received it yet, the cards were sent home with your student. If you purchase a pass after September 13, you need to contact Lori Freeman, BVN Bookkeeper, to obtain your cards.

    Are you moving? Have you moved?

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

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    Opportunities to learn more about Bond 2023

    All registered Blue Valley voters will have an opportunity to vote in a no tax rate increase bond election in January 2023. Bond projects include investments in facilities, safety and technology that will benefit staff and students for years to come.

    Here are a few ways to learn more about Bond 2023.

    • Listen to a podcast: Take time to listen to two 15-minute podcasts about Bond 2023 & Facilities and Bond 2023 & Safety.

    • Watch a video: Watch a short video that breaks down how bond funds can be used. Want to learn more? Watch an informational video that highlights the opportunity to invest in facilities, safety and technology projects through Bond 2023.

    • Review the Bond 2023 website: The Bond 2023 website includes information about voting, answers to frequently asked questions and more.

    • Register to vote: All registered Blue Valley voters will automatically receive a mail ballot around January 11. Not a registered voter? Register online.

    Check out the Winter Activity Guide

    Click HERE. This is a great way to see photos of the athletic teams & performing arts students, find out more about their coaches and directors, and read a greeting from the BVN Principal & the Mustang Club Presidents.

    Additionally, please take note of 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.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham will continue to transport our bus riders in the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492 or contact them via email at

    We are Mustang Proud!

    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 .

    Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed on Friday, February 17, due to evening conferences, and Monday, February 20, for the Presidents' Day Holiday.

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