North Notes

Blue Valley North's Parent Newsletter - May 21, 2021

In this Newsletter …

    • A Letter from BVN Principal

    • Senior Class of 2021 Info

    • May Schedule

    • Special Bell Schedule Today

    • Mark Your Calendar

    • Kudos and Celebrations

    • Counseling Updates

    • Bone Marrow Drive

    • Parent Support Webinar

    • Parent Announcements

    • Summer Camp Info

    • Environmental Club May 2021 Newsletter

    • Student Announcements

    • BVN PBC Spring Activity Guide

    • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for All Ages 12+

    • Mustang Medical Messages

    • Auxiliary Gym Construction Info

    • Durham Contact Info

    • Parent Booster Club Spirit Wear Sale

    A Letter from North Administrators

    Mustang Community,

    We are very excited to honor the Class of 2021 during this Graduation week. Today we begin to celebrate our seniors with our Class Day ceremony! Class Day is considered the first half of our graduation process. Our Broadcast students will be live-streaming it here:

    Commencement is Sunday, May 23, at 4:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC. More details are in this newsletter or can be found on the BVN website, under the "School Information" drop down list--click on "Seniors". Our Commencement Ceremony will also be live-streamed. The stream link is here: BVN Commencement Ceremony . There will be a 30-minute countdown during which the BVN logo will be displayed before the ceremony begins. This link will also be posted on the BV District website closer to the day of Commencement.

    Next week is our last week of school for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Below is the final exam schedule for next week. Students should stay in their assigned hour for the entire exam period, even if they finish taking an exam early.

    Wednesday, 5/26

    ***Normal odd bell schedule

    Class hours 1 and 3

    Finals hours 5 and 7

    Thursday, 5/27

    ***Normal even bell schedule with Late Arrival

    Finals hour 2, 4, and 6 (with academic support time and lunch attached to hour 4)

    Friday, 5/28

    Hour 1 final – 7:40 – 9:00

    Hour 3 Final – 9:05 – 10:35

    ***Dismissal – 10:35 AM--- NO LUNCH SERVED

    We want all of our students to finish strong and to have a great last week of the school year. As always we appreciate your support as we wrap up the 2020/2021 school year.

    Have a great weekend and congratulations, Mustang Graduates!

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    Senior Info for Class of 2021

    Today is Class Day! Parents should have received an email on Monday, May 10 for the link to reserve 2 tickets to our Class Day ceremony which will be held today, Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the BVN gym. You must sign up for a Hometown ticket account in order to log in, and then your Student's ID number is the code to use to reserve two tickets.

    We look forward to celebrating our seniors at the Commencement ceremony, which will be held at the District Activity Complex, 13310 Switzer, in Overland Park on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. with a rain date of Tuesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. No tickets are required for graduation, and there is no limit on seating.

    Click SENIOR INFO for links to:

    • Purchase your Senior Class Photo
    • Authorize the release of your student's transcript for college applications
    • and more . . . .

    Yearbook Distribution Day for SENIORS

    Senior yearbooks were distributed Friday, May 14. If you didn't pick up your copy, seniors may come after school to room 411 to pick up their book. If you didn't purchase a copy, bring $50 to get one, while supplies last.

    Questions? Contact BVN Activities: Lisa Miller @ .

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    Special Bell Schedule Today - May 21

    May 21st -Class Day

    On Friday, May 21st, our Class Day ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the gym, so we will be utilizing the bell schedule below. After Advisory, students will go to their 4th-hour class for North Time. This change will help us facilitate freshmen, sophomore and juniors taking lunch with the least disruption to Class Day.

    Bell Schedule

    - 2nd hour: 8:25 – 9:53

    - Advisory: 9:53 – 10:15

    - North Time: 10:20 – 11:17

    (in 4th hour class)

    - 4th hour(Lunch): 11:22 – 1:22

    - 6th hour: 1:27 – 2:55

    Thanks to our students for their flexibility with schedules!

    Mark Your Calendar

    May 21 - Schedule Change for Senior Class Day

    May 23 - Graduation at 4:00 p.m. at the SWIDAC

    May 26 - Students attend class Hours 1 & 3; Finals Hours 5 & 7

    May 27- Final Exams Hours 2, 4 & 6

    May 28 - Final Exams Hours 1 & 3/School dismissed @ 10:35

    May 28 - Last Day of School

    May 31 - Memorial Day

    Upcoming All School Events

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

    Click here for the revised 2020-21 Blue Valley School District Calendar.

    Kudos and Celebrations

    Nick & Jake’s Community Service Scholarship

    Congratulations to BVN Seniors Abigail Collins and Olivia Miller, who each won a $500 scholarship from Nick & Jake's for their commitment to community service. Click here to see a congratulatory video from Kevin Timmons: N&J SCHOLARSHIP

    Art Awards

    The Art Department would like to congratulate our students for their outstanding artistic achievement, both in and out of school. Please join us in celebrating our Scholastics and scholarship winners, including senior Angela Frazier, who won a Scholastics National Gold medal for her digital illustration. Additionally, the Art Department recently hosted their semi-annual End of Semester Art Show. Congratulations to all those who won awards, and to senior Maia Richardson for winning Best in Show. See full list of winners below. Congratulations!

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    Counseling, Academics & Testing (new)

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

    • Seniors are reminded to complete the senior survey when their post-secondary plans are finalized. Click here for more info

    Questions? Contact Theresa Gonzalez @ (913)239-3016 or .

    BVN Bone Marrow Virtual Donor Drive extended

    Good news! The bone marrow drive will continue through July 31st, so we are hopeful that more will sign up for this important event. Below is more info and the URL to sign up.

    Thank you for your support!

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    Join us for a live webinar on The Academics of Parent Support for College Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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    Learn how to provide support to your college student in ways that strengthen the skills they will need for long-term success. Barb Ziemke, Co-Director of PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment, presents tips from a parent perspective. KU-TPE Academic Advisor, Brenda Aylward, provides information about student expectations and campus resources, and shares writing assignment and test-taking strategies.

    Co-sponsored by KU TPE (KU Transition to Post-Secondary Education) and Pacer Center.

    If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinar, please contact us by Friday June 4th at to make arrangements.

    Parent Announcements

    Yearbook Distribution Day for JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES & FRESHMEN

    For underclassmen, yearbooks were distributed Wednesday, May 19. If you did not pre-order a yearbook, they will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis for $50. Payment options include cash or check made payable to BVN. Remaining yearbooks are available to pick up after school only, in room 411.

    National Honor Society Info for 2021-22 School Year

    Are you a current Sophomore or Junior with a 3.5 GPA or higher? Are you interested in being a candidate for National Honor Society induction in the fall? If so, please read on. Students need 40 hours of community service from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. These hours must come from non-profit organizations. We will not count hours such as walking dogs, babysitting a neighbor, helping someone move, tutoring, etc. Students should already be on x2VOL, the platform that tracks hours, and should be recording and verifying hours on this online platform. An individual from the organization must verify hours with an email that is from a .org email address. Look online for opportunities that are posted on the x2VOL website. If you are questioning if hours work, please contact Mrs. Cornelius and Mrs. Stein to get prior authorization.

    Information will be sent out in the fall. But, tentative dates for the initial information meeting are Tuesday, September 28, and Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (possible times are before school, after school or NT). Attendance at one of these two dates is mandatory! We will hand out all information to students at this meeting. Other than community service hours, students are not working on anything else before this meeting. Mandatory induction practice is Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00am and Mandatory Induction is Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 6:30pm. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Cornelius ( or Mrs. Stein ( with any questions.

    Transitioning to Adulthood FREE Virtual Conference

    Our school nurse, Amanda Collichio, would like to inform you of a great opportunity for families who have students turning 18 or graduating this year! You're invited to the 2021 Transition to Adulthood FREE Virtual Conference on June 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn more and register at .

    Activity Programming Fee questions?

    Please check to make sure you have completed paying your student’s Activity Participation Fees (APF) for the 2020-21 school year. Remember, this is a fee charged at the time of registration to all students in grades 6-12 and goes toward the support of activities in middle and high schools. The Activity Participation Fee supports the existence of these programs and allows students the continued opportunity to receive the valuable experiences that these programs offer. The Activity Participation Fee includes all sports, activities, clubs and other supplemental contract items that support student activities. Take a moment to log in to ParentVUE to confirm you have paid your child’s Activity Participation Fee. For information on the fee, including the purpose and use of funds, please see the Participation Fee section on the district’s website.

    Summer Camp Info

    BVN Baseball Summer Camps

    Check out this link if you have a student that is interested in baseball summer camps lead by BVN Head Baseball Coach, Mike Dudley.

    Volleyball Team

    Do you have a current 8th grader interested in VOLLEYBALL next fall? Please fill out this interest form. Email Coach Allin, , with any questions.

    Mustang Speed Camp (new)

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    BVN Girls' Basketball Summer Camps
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    Environmental Club May 2021 Newsletter

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    Student Announcements

    NHS Book Drive

    Let's join NHS students, clean out your books at home and donate new or gently used books! The drive goes through the end of the school year, May 25. Ask your student to drop off the books in Mrs. Stein's classroom #247. There will be a bin labeled "NHS Book Drive." Many students in the Kansas City area have not had access to books in over a year due to the pandemic. All the books will be going to elementary school kids in the area so they can continue to read despite the uncertain circumstances due to COVID-19. Contact any NHS officers, or Sheryl Stein if you have questions.

    News from the BVN Library

    The library website is now accessible from all Canvas pages. In the navigation list on the left side you should see Library. Or: Click here to visit the BVN Library website . From the library website, students and staff can now chat with the librarians during school hours. Look in the upper right corner. No question is too big or small!

    Student Technology Help

    On the Canvas Course card titled BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 there is student support information. After looking at the information in the BVN Student Hub, if you are struggling with technology, there is help.

    • If your computer is broken please submit a BVCARE ticket and someone from I.T. will reach out to you. A link to BVCARE can be found on the BVN Student Hub or at / I would like to… / BVCARE- Technology help
    • If you are having problems with a specific assignment or course in Canvas, always reach out to your teacher first.
    • If you have questions about instructional tools (Canvas, Google Drive, Zoom…) or something is not working the way it should, there is a daily Student Help Zoom during North Time. To access this Zoom, open Canvas / Click on the BVN Student Hub 2020-2021 Course Card / Click on Zoom / Join anytime between 10:40-11:10am on Odd days, and between 12:25-1:20pm on Even days. If you are in the building and need help, you can bring your laptop to the library during North Time for tech help.

    BVN PBC Spring Activity Guide

    Please take a look through the BVN Parent Booster Club Spring Activity Guide--here is a link to the on-line edition: SPRINGACTIVITYGUIDE .

    This is a great way to see the spring athletic teams, and peruse the advertisements from our business partners. We thank them for their support of our Parent Booster Club and our Blue Valley North students. Enjoy!

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Available for All Ages 12+ (new)

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    Mustang Medical Messages

    New Vaccine Requirement - 2021-2022 School Year

    Dear parents/guardians of incoming 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th students,

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program has implemented a new vaccine requirement for students entering 7th grade, 8th, 11th, and 12th grade in the 2021-22 school year. KDHE now requires two doses of the Meningococcal vaccine to be administered to maintain vaccine compliance.

    • Meningococcal (Serogroup A,C,W,Y): Two doses required. Doses should be given at entry to 7th grade (11-12 years) and 11th grade (16-18 years). For children 16-18 years, only one dose is required.
    • Phasing In Menigococcal (Serogroup A, C,W,Y): For the 2020- 2021 school year: Children entering 7th and 8th grade: one dose of MenACWY at school entry. Children entering 11th and 12th grade having received a previous dose: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series. Children entering 11th and 12th grade with no previous doses: one dose of MenACWY at school entry will complete the series.

    Detailed immunization requirements by age group are listed on the 02/2019 version of the Kansas Certificate of Immunization (KCI).

    Students who have begun, but have not completed the required immunizations, may enroll and remain in school while completing the required immunizations as quickly as permitted by immunization requirements, if a physician or local health department certifies that the student has received the most recent appropriate immunizations in all required series. Kansas law provides the following alternatives to immunizations:

    • An annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would seriously endanger the life or health of the child; or
    • A written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to such inoculations.

    All immunization decisions should be made by the family physician or the Johnson County Health Department. If your child has transferred to Blue Valley, you are responsible for providing records that document the immunizations either have been completed or are in the process of completion. If a student’s immunizations are not current (most recent appropriate inoculation in all series) or current immunization waivers, specifically religious or medical waivers, are not in place; the student will be excluded from school.

    Student health requirements are important as we partner with families to create a safe and effective learning environment. All health forms must be completed and returned to the school nurse prior to the first day of school.

    Your school nurse will be glad to answer any questions. Blue Valley North’s school nurse is Amanda Collichio and she can be reached by email at or by phone at (913) 239-3013.

    Have a trip planned? Check out the KDHE Travel link: Travel & Exposure Related Isolation / Quarantine | KDHE COVID-19 (

    Free COVID Test resource:

    COVID Communication

    The safety of Blue Valley North students and staff continues to be a top priority. In an effort to keep our school community informed when we have a positive case, families can expect the following:

    Families will be contacted directly if through the contact tracing process conducted by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the district's health professionals' team:

    • your child was identified as a low-risk exposure of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • your child was identified as a high-risk exposure/close contact of a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If your child’s proximity to or nature of the interaction with the positive individual did not indicate a low or high-risk exposure, then you will not be contacted.

    NOTE: Positive cases by school are reflected on the BV COVID Dashboard. The dashboard is updated every Friday with information from the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday).

    New Auxiliary Gym Construction: November through July

    We are very excited that construction for our new Auxiliary Gym is under way. This project began in November and should be completed at the end of July. It will take place on the west side of our campus next to our pool entrance. Please note that access from our North and South parking lots will be obstructed due to the construction site. Glenwood will still be accessible from the South parking lot but the parking spots on the west side of the campus will be dedicated for construction parking. Thank you for your patience during this project.

    Durham Bus Riders

    Durham has decided to not use the Hybrid stop times and instead only use the All in School stop times regardless of what learning mode the District is in. If you have questions, please call Durham at 913-681-2492.

    Note that it is best to call outside of route times, between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or email

    PBC Spring Spirit Wear Sale

    Enjoy some new Blue Valley North spiritwear sponsored by the BVN Parent Booster Club. Once you place your order through the PBC website at , you will receive an email that will give you a home address for pickup. Thank you for your support! Go Mustangs!!
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