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2020 retirees

2020 retirees

Megan Yates, News Editor

May 26, 2020

Several Northwest staff members will not be returning for the 2020-2021 school year. These include teachers Jim Hale, Marlee Coyne, Carol Cobb, Michaelyn Podany, Steve Landes, Tenny Dewey, Jane Schaumburg and paraprofessionals Sally Rice and Deb O’Halloran.  Teaching for 27 years at BVNW plus two years...

New head baseball coach named

New head baseball coach named

Jonny Isaacson, Jack Nitz, and Megan Yates

May 26, 2020

Previously an assistant coach at Blue Valley Southwest, Sherwood High School in Missouri and Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin, Mike Pangborn said he is looking forward to having his own team and mentoring the players within the baseball program. “I just want to be a part of the culture and the atmosphere...

“We did not receive your response”

“We did not receive your response”

Raabia Qureshi, Writer

May 21, 2020

For the past few weeks leading up to his AP Electricity and Magnetism exam, Senior Samay Shah said he had spent hours studying and felt confident in his abilities to pass the test. The day of the exam, Shah said he had written his answers on a piece of notebook paper and taken a picture of it right before...

Out with the old

Lyricist Charles Anothy Silvestri, composer Kurt Knecht and northwest students and staff discuss the new Alma Mater over a Zoom call.

Kathryn Case, Writer

May 20, 2020

  Due to the lack of widespread knowledge of the Alma Mater among the Northwest community, choir teacher Elizabeth Richey-Sullivan said it was time for a new one to be written and composed. “We never sing the old [Alma Mater] and it’s never sung at games,” Richey-Sullivan said. “It...

Northwest hires new theater director

Sydney Kohart (middle) stands with other SMN theater teachers.

Maddie Oliver, Chief Writer

May 18, 2020

After former drama teacher and theater director Steve Landes announced his retirement at the end of the 2020 school year,  BVNW prepares to welcome a new teacher to the drama department, Sydney Kohart. During a Zoom call to welcome Kohart on May 13, assistant principal Andrew Addington said he was excited...

Student item pick up

Student item pick up

Kathryn Case, Writer

May 17, 2020

The following schedule will start on Tuesday, May 26th for seniors only. 9:00 - 9:30 Acikgor - Breidenthal 9:30 - 10:00 Brewer - Collins 10:00 - 10:30 Conaway - Faye 10:30 - 11:00 Feather - Harris 11:00 - 11:30 Hartwick - Kauth 11:30 - 12:00 Kellogg - Maher 12:30 - 1:00 Mahring - Nicholson 1:00...

John Hilton named new athletic director

John Hilton named new athletic director

Jonny Isaacson and Jack Nitz

May 16, 2020

John Hilton is slated to become the next athletic director at BVNW. Principal Amy Pressly announced the news to the Northwest community via email Friday. Hilton served as the athletic director at Lawrence High School starting in 2018. Prior to his time at LHS, Hilton was an athletic director at Bon...

Graduation date set for Class of 2020

Graduation date set for Class of 2020

Jack Bensing, Writer

May 4, 2020

An email sent by superintendent Todd White announced that Blue Valley Northwest will hold its graduation on July 31 starting at 10:30 a.m at the DAC. “The Class of 2020 has earned a celebratory send-off, just like the seniors who came before them,” White said. White expressed the importance...

SRO Spandle will be transferring from Northwest

SRO Spandle will be transferring from Northwest

Jenna Weyforth, Chief Writer

April 24, 2020

Effective this weekend, SRO Officer Richard Spandle will be leaving BVNW and officially transferring to a detective position in the Overland Park Police Department’s criminal investigations division. In an email to the BVNW staff, Spandle said the position of Cooperative Disability Investigator was a p...

BVNW alumna campaigns for Kansas House

 Lindsay Vaughn, a 2013 Northwest graduate, is running for state representative in the 22nd House District of Kansas.

Megan Yates, Writer

April 23, 2020

Running on the foundations of equality, education and opportunity, 2013 BVNW graduate Lindsay Vaughn said she first knew she wanted to get into politics when she visited the House floor of the Kansas Legislature and saw laws being made.  “It was great, I loved the collaborative environment and it wa...

District to build third activity complex

Juniors Ryan Callahan (12) and Nick Schwarz (22) combine to tackle a BVW player in the game against Blue Valley West on Friday Oct. 5 at the DAC. The Huskies were defeated by the Jaguars, 41-21.

Jenna Weyforth, Chief Writer

April 22, 2020

Blue Valley West’s current activities complex is set to be upgraded in August, and BVNW will soon no longer have to share the DAC with both BVN and BVW.  Executive Director of School Administration David Stubblefield said having a third activity complex in the district, which will be ready in Augus...

Gerke helped create Unified Sports program at BVNW

BVNW student Avery Reid participates in the Unified Sports basketball scrimmage at Late Night in the pound.

Megan Yates, Writer

April 13, 2020

Former Athletic Director Kevin Gerke was instrumental in establishing unified sports at BVNW, which allows students with special needs to play sports as a way to connect and socialize alongside their general education peers.

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