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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.
In an email sent to choir families on Sept. 18, choir director Beth Richey-Sullivan said she will be taking a leave of absence from teaching beginning Oct. 2.
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...

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

BVNW to move to all block schedule

Students express their frustrations concerning the increase of teachers in quarantine, resulting in a heightened need for subs.
BVNW Principal Amy Pressly discusses how the 2020-21 school year will look different, including staggered arrival and dismissal, moving classes to an all block schedule and an 11 shift lunch schedule
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...

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.
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.
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...

Yearbook distribution scheduled

Students express their frustrations concerning the increase of teachers in quarantine, resulting in a heightened need for subs.
Students can pick up their yearbooks on July 28 in a drive-by format, according to Principal Amy Pressly In a decision made by the district, students will receive the yearbooks before the start of the school year.
June 30, 2020

Lauren Kauth, co-editor-in-chief of the 2020 yearbook, said that a decision to distribute the yearbook during the upcoming school year would mean this past school year’s senior editors would not be able...

Changes to Summer Conditioning Program

Changes to Summer Conditioning Program
Coaches and student athletes begin summer conditioning differently due to restrictions based on Covid-19
June 16, 2020

Blue Valley Northwest began voluntary, outdoor athletics and activities conditioning on June 15. According to an email sent out by Assistant Principal Andrew Addington on June 1, the date was selected...

District faces backlash for statement on discrimination

District faces backlash for statement on discrimination
Students react to the district’s post on Instagram and Twitter regarding its stance on discrimination.
June 14, 2020

In light of the recent events involving the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement all over the nation, the Blue Valley School District released...

Black Student Union organizes protest in conjunction with the Overland Park Police Department

Graphic from the @bsu_nw Instagram
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Black Student Union plans a peaceful protest for students and families to attend.
June 12, 2020

Former Black Student Union President and 2020 graduate Makenzie Iszard helped organize the protest, hoping to create a safe way for students to voice their opinions. Scheduled to take place June 12, at...

Kansas Department of Education “remains optimistic” that school buildings will reopen in the fall

Kansas Department of Education “remains optimistic” that school buildings will reopen in the fall
In an update released on June 5, the department gave its update on the status of school in the fall.
June 10, 2020

The update by the Kansas Department of Education acknowledged that the lasting impacts of COVID-19 will still affect how the state’s schools will reopen. In an effort to be well prepared to make the...

BVNW Students change summer plans due to pool closings

Design by Courtney Krebs
With the county decision to close city pools students have lost or had to adjust arrangements for summer jobs.
June 7, 2020

In an effort to lessen the spread of the Coronavirus, the City of Overland Park decided to close city-operated pools for the summer, which includes Bluejacket Pool, Marty Pool, Stonegate Pool, Tomahawk...

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