The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


Beginning second semester, members of Spanish Honors Society began writing to high school orphans in the Domincan Republic.

Spanish Honors Society begins pen pal program to the Dominican Republic

Maddie Oliver, Chief Writer May 4, 2021

Wanting new ways to practice spanish skills and learn about a new culture, Spanish teacher Heather Martens said that the idea of writing pen pal letters to orphans in the Dominican Republic came through...

Kerry Kinkelaar, Honors Pre-calculus, AP calculus and AVID teacher, helps a student during her seventh hour, March 29.

Behind the scenes of teaching

Katelyn Gau, Writer March 31, 2021

Teachers choose to teach for many reasons, whether that is because they feel passionate about their subject, because they want to help students improve themselves, to make an impact on the world through...

Learning from a distance

Learning from a distance

Reagan Kauth, Writer February 2, 2021

Keeping students on task in the classroom is hard enough but keeping kids engaged during distance learning is something many teachers have said they struggle with this year. ELA and AVID teacher Bill Smithyman...

Senior Mallary Schwarz represents students overwhelmed with school work without
the daily accountability and structure of in-person learning.

The mental mixup

Emily Moser, Writer November 19, 2020

Matt Shulman, social studies teacher at BVNW, spends his Sunday mornings preparing meals for his small catering company.

Teacher odd jobs

Rachel Hostetler, Writer October 13, 2020

BVNW teachers have been working in an array of settings over the summer. Some found summer jobs to make some supplement money, while others wanted to take their hobbies and interests to a new level.

Head coach Tim Serbousek talks with senior wrestler Edward Thomas during a dual on Jan. 15 at BVNW. As the head coach for 27
years, Serbousek holds a 426-182-1 record as head coach. Former athletic director Steve Harms said that Serbousek knows what it
takes to be a successful head coach and has the correct priorities for his team.

Last coach standing

Ben Hobbs, Design Editor March 5, 2020

 Head wrestling coach Tim Serbousek remains as the only coach left from 1993, when the school opened. Starting his coaching career in Iowa with a youth league, Serbousek moved on to utilize his coaching...

Drama teacher Steve Landes during practice for the winter musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Northwest Drama teacher retires after over forty-three years of teaching

Tessa Regan , Writer February 10, 2020

After teaching at Northwest for nineteen years, theater teacher Steve Landes plans on retiring at the end of this school year. His final musical director position at Northwest was for the winter musical,...

Potter teaches her third hour honors Pre-Calculus class on Dec. 3.

Baby Bumps

Kathryn Case, Writer January 13, 2020

Teaching while pregnant, business teacher Meghan Trader said requires asking a lot of her body. This drastic change is not made any easier as the teachers in the Blue Valley, Olathe and Shawnee Mission...

Coach Clint Rider posts about his students in his weights classes.

Lifting spirits through social media

Jenna Weyforth, Writer April 9, 2019

A room full of heavy weights can seem intimidating to even the strongest person, but Clint Rider attempts to relieve the pressure of weights by supporting students through social media. Rider uses multiple...

School interventionist Megan Geenens sits at her desk in her new office. My favorite part about being an interventionist is being able to work closely with students who need academic help, Geenens said.

Former math teacher Megan Geenens fills new interventionist position

Dan Edmonds , Writer October 3, 2017

After working at BVNW as a math and AVID teacher for several years, Megan Geenens accepted a position as the school interventionist for the 2017-2018 school year. Geenens said the district worked on...

Stohlmann demonstrates the construction of a miniature solar powered car to a group of engineering students.

Stohlmann’s success

Anna Cowden and Olivia Dowell August 27, 2017

Instead of taking a break from teaching during her summer, math and Principles of Engineering teacher Karen Stohlmann educates future engineering teachers through Project Lead the Way, or PLTW. Stohlmann...

Before they were subs

Before they were subs

Walker Johnson, Writer April 27, 2017

Back to (base)ics From fighting forest fires in the West to teaching at an Air Force base in Puerto Rico, substitute teacher John Condra has worked multiple jobs in between and during subbing stents....

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