2020 KSHSAA state basketball tournament canceled following quarterfinal round

Senior guard Markell Hood (25) drives into the paint. He would finish the game with 10 points.
After defeating Lawrence Free State in the quarterfinals, the Huskies advanced to the semifinals to discover their season would be cut short.
March 13, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, KSHSAA has decided to cancel their 2020 state basketball tournaments. Here is what KSHSAA said in a tweet released. "Given the escalating concerns regarding COVID-19,...

Students cancel spring break plans due to COVID-19

Sophomore Ashley Clark poses in Punta De Mita, Mexico while on vacation with family.
Growing health concerns surrounding the coronavirus as well as President Donald Trump placing a ban on travel to Europe prompted students to cancel their spring break plans.
March 12, 2020

In addition to the choir program canceling their trip to perform in Ireland during spring break, other members of the BVNW population weigh in on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted their vacation...

The We the People national competition and the Choir trip to Ireland were canceled due to growing concerns of the coronavirus

The We the People national competition and the Choir trip to Ireland were canceled due to growing concerns of the coronavirus
We the People and the Choir program have both had to cancel their planned trips in recent days due to coronavirus fears.
March 10, 2020

The We the People team will be unable to attend the 2020 National Finals due to the competition's cancelation, according to an email sent out by Principal Amy Pressly on March 11. The national...

The verdict is still out

Having school-issued Macbooks for a year, students and staff react to the change.
Although reviews over the MacBooks are generally positive, is District oversight too much?
February 27, 2020

Staying on course with the changing tide in education, the Blue Valley School District pivoted in the summer of 2018 to provide all students, sixth grade and above, with their own laptop. Each high school...

Northwest’s reaction to using the ACT’s online format

Kansas is offering a free ACT for all juniors Feb. 26.
Juniors who took advantage of the state’s opportunity for a free ACT test had some complaints about the district’s decision to use the online format of the standardized test.
February 26, 2020

An online format was used for juniors taking the free ACT Tuesday, which was a decision made by the district. Last year when the opportunity arose for high school juniors to take the standardized test...

Johnson County has first confirmed case of the Coronavirus; BVNW reacts

Above is a global map, with all the shaded countries having a confirmed case of coronavirus.
The global virus affecting those in six continents is now in Johnson County.
February 25, 2020
Johnson County has first confirmed case of the Coronavirus; BVNW reacts

What’s Under the Ink

Senior Watchman Whitworth displays his tattoo on his forearm. “I wanted the ‘love you’ sign on my
left tricep because that’s where my sister has it, and my sister and my mom both have that tattoo,” Whitworth said.
Using tattoos and stick and pokes in order to better express themselves, three students explain their reasoning behind getting body art.
February 25, 2020

As an 18th birthday present from his parents, senior Watchman Whitworth said he got two tattoos that allow him to remind himself who he is and feel closer to his family.  Whitworth said he got...

Cash-strapped in the valley

Despite the Blue Valley district’s reputation as an affluent district, roughly one out of every 10 of its students are economically disadvantaged and have the choice of participating in the various aid programs provided by the district.
Despite Blue Valley’s reputation as an affluent district, roughly one out of every 10 of its students are economically disadvantaged.
February 20, 2020

Look around. Within the halls of BVNW, a considerable number of students sport $98 Lululemon leggings, $180 Adidas Ultra Boosts or simply drown out their surroundings with $165 Apple AirPods. This image...

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

Drama teacher Steve Landes during practice for the winter musical,
Drama and acting teacher Steve Landes is set to retire at the end of this school year after teaching for forty-three years, causing present and former students to reflect on how Landes impacted their lives.
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,...

Controversy hits Pro-life Club at Blue Valley Northwest

Laura Benteman (Left) and Emily Yohon (Right) hold up signs at the Rally for Life event in Topeka Kan. Jan. 22.
A new club at BVNW sparks debate.
January 31, 2020

As a result of the BVNW pro-life club posting about their attendance at the Topeka Rally for Life on their Instagram, students took to social media to voice their opinions about the club.  Despite...

New tardy system causes frustration for several students

Junior Liam Alon takes a tardy tracker slip from the machine on Jan. 22.
Going into the second semester of the school year, BVNW introduced a new tardy system, Student Conductor, to the students that has left many students frustrated.
January 30, 2020

After going all first semester with no system in place for tracking student tardies and HHT assignments, Blue Valley Northwest introduced Student Conductor to the student body at the start of the second...

Increased police presence due to shots being fired Wednesday night

OP Police Officers and SRO Officer Anthony Garcia stand outside the school Thursday morning during arrival.
There was an increased police presence Thursday at BVNW following gunfire in the DAC parking lot Wednesday night.
January 30, 2020

Due to an non-injury shooting in the DAC parking lot around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, there was an increased police presence at the school Thursday, according to an email sent to the BVNW community by...

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