November 18, 2022
Here is your weekly update from the JUNGLE!
ALL SCHOOL NEWS
BVW Musical Auditions
BVW MUSICAL "THE MUSIC MAN" Auditions November 28-30
Auditions for this year's BVW Theatre Musical THE MUSIC MAN will be held the week after Thanksgiving break--November 28-30. All BVW students are welcome to audition for this production. Follow this link to the information page to learn more and to sign up for an audition time. Please contact the director, Mr. Reed Uthe, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Yearbook Group Photos
Clubs and activity groups will have their group photos taken for the yearbook on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the PAC. Check the Yinstabook on Nov. 26 & 27 for the schedule or wait and check posters at school on Nov. 28. (No make-up photos will be taken unless school is canceled.)
Choir and band performance group photos will be taken in the second semester.
Hope Club Food Drive
The Hope Club is collecting non-perishable food items for needy students at New Chelsea Elementary in KCK. The group has adopted the school and provides academic and personal support. Getting to know these students meant finding out about their home lives and the struggles many have with food insecurity and coming to school hungry. Please bring any donations to Room 233 through Dec. 15.
Debate Tournament Recap
Tournament Recap: De Soto
Team takes first in sweeps!
Avery Vogel/Cheryl Wang – 1st place!, UNDEFEATED
Alisha Marakani/Ipsi Bapat– 4th place
Neha Shankar/Sarah Antao – 3:2
Josh Tran/Aiden Koudele– 3:2
Farhan Rahman/Nour Saeed– 3:2
Rishabh Barve/Abigail Wyrick– Runners-up!
Arya Vasudevan/Arnesh Sharma – Quarterfinalists
Omar Soliman/Alex Collier – 1st place! UNDEFEATED
Tasneem Fatimah/Olivia Sharma – 6th place
Please check your cars, bedrooms, kitchens, etc. for any library books that are overdue and return them to the BVW library before winter break! Thank you!
Blue Valley 2023 Bond
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.
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.
Assessments and 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.
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
Cap and Gown Purchase Link
Seniors, please purchase your Cap and Gowns with the following link.
Once your order is complete, please save your receipt to refer to once spring and Graduation season arrive.
Announcement Order Deadline-Nov. 30th
Graduation planning is in full swing, and if you are interested in ordering your senior’s graduation announcements, please order by Nov. 30th. You can view announcement packages here. Announcements will be delivered and distributed at BVW after Spring Break on March 29-30.
Cap and Gowns will not be distributed until Class Day rehearsal on May 18, 2023.
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
NEW THIS YEAR
December 7-9 Time for 2nd Semester Changes
NO CHANGES to the Schedule will be made in Jan. 2023
Boys Volleyball Informational Meeting
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!
Donate to Blue Valley West High School PTO, at no cost to you! Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/48-1246215 (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.