Breaking down the ballot

Breaking down the ballot

October 20, 2020

FBI opens civil rights investigation into 2018 police shooting of BVNW student

John Albers was involved in soccer, track and field, wrestling and AVID at BVNW.

Emma Johnson, Editor in Chief

September 26, 2020

The FBI is opening a civil rights investigation into the 2018 police shooting of BVNW student John Albers. John was backing out of his driveway in the family minivan and toward a police officer when the officer fired 13 shots at John inside the vehicle killing him. The police were dispatched to the Alb...

Blue Valley removes four books from course curriculum due to racial concerns

Bella Rinne, Executive Editor

September 25, 2020

Principal Amy Pressly notified the BVNW English Department of the retirement of four books from the school curriculum, “Of Mice and Men,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Sept. 17. She said a committee within the Academic...

Hybrid schedule announced for high schools

Blue Valley School District moves out of the orange zone, allowing for high school students to return to school in a hybrid model on Oct. 5.

Megan Yates, News Editor

September 21, 2020

As Blue Valley schools move out of the orange zone, Superintendent Tonya Merrigan announced that beginning Oct. 5, high school students will go into the hybrid model. “Throughout this pandemic, we have said multiple times we want to bring students back to school in-person in some form as soon as we...

BV district COVID dashboard

 The picture above is of the coronavirus microbe.

September 21, 2020

The Blue Valley School district created a district-wide COVID-19 dashboard, where confirmed positive COVID-19 cases are updated weekly. The district-wide total is provided, along with cases separated by each high school feeder area and individual schools. For more information about the dashboard click...

Choir teacher announces long-term leave of absence

Choir director Beth Richey-Sullivan conducts the choir students during the National Anthem before the Husky Night parade in August of 2019.

Megan Yates, News Editor

September 18, 2020

In her email sent out to choir students and their parents, choir director Beth Richey-Sullivan said her decision to leave Northwest was not an easy one. Richey said it comes after acknowledging that she can not continue to grow the choir program while dealing with personal issues outside of school.  ...

BV parent intends to sue Board of Education

BV parent intends to sue Board of Education

August 29, 2020

Blue Valley parent Laura Rozell posted her intention to sue the district on her Facebook. We contacted both Rozell and her attorney Ryan Kriegshauser and niether responded.

After rescinding the Johnson County gating criteria for reopening school, the Blue Valley District announces changes for the start of the 2020-21 school year

Beginning Sept. 9, high school students will attend school online. Athletics and activities will be suspended Aug. 22 for two weeks.

Tessa Regan and Megan Yates

August 21, 2020

Superintendent Tonya Merrigan announced today the first four weeks of school for high school and middle school will be online only following the Kansas Board of Education’s gating criteria. All elementary students will follow a Hybrid learning plan, allowing for some in-person learning. Merrigan also...

BVNW to move to all block schedule

BVNW to move to all block schedule

Jack Bensing and Megan Yates

August 3, 2020

Since the Blue Valley School District decided to follow Governor Laura Kelly’s plan to start school on Sept. 9, changes have been made to the school year schedule, including shortening winter and spring breaks. Winter break will go from Dec. 23- Jan. 1 and spring break will be March 18-19. These shortened...

Zoom call with BV superintendent urges change for racial equality

As students’ stories of racism surface after Blue Valley’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement, students and alumni discuss ways the district can end racial inequality and bullying with superintendent Tonya Merrigan.

Maddie Oliver, Chief Writer

July 12, 2020

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, BVNWnews was invited to participate in a Zoom Call run by 2019 BVNW alumna Cynthia Dong and Blue Valley Superintendent Tonya Merrigan on Wed. July 8 to discuss the racist actions of faculty and students toward people of color. Many students on the call share...

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