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Yearbook distribution scheduled

Yearbook distribution scheduled

Megan Yates, News Editor

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 to distribute. But, Kauth said, the decision to distribute on July 28 means every member of the...

Changes to Summer Conditioning Program

Changes to Summer Conditioning Program

Jack Nitz and Jonny Isaacson

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 as the state is now in Phase 3 of Gov. Laura Kelly’s “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” whi...

District faces backlash for statement on discrimination

District faces backlash for statement on discrimination

Megan Yates, News Editor

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 a statement June 3 to their Instagram and Twitter accounts.  The statement was met with nega...

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

Graphic from the @bsu_nw Instagram

Tessa Regan and Reagan Kauth

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 5 p.m., the group plans to meet in the parking lot of Hope Point Church at 7341 W 133rd Street and...

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

Jack Bensing, National Editor

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 best decision, the department has put together a task force to develop “comprehensive guidance”...

BVNW Students change summer plans due to pool closings

Design by Courtney Krebs

Emily Moser, Writer

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 Ridge Center and Young's Pool. Many neighborhood and country club pools in the area have delayed th...

BVNW students seek justice for George Floyd through protest

Rising senior Georgia Fite protests police brutality on Switzer Rd., May 31.

Bella Rinne, Executive Editor

June 6, 2020

In light of the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, people in other cities across the world, including Kansas City, have protested against police brutality under the Black Lives Matter movement. Beginning May 29, activist groups including some BVNW students have protested around the Plaza...

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...

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