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SRO Officer Spandle is back at Northwest

SRO Officer Spandle is back at Northwest
After being reaasigned from his position as an SRO Officer at Blue Valley Northwest in September 2018, Officer Richard Spandle has returned to BVNW and to his old post for the 2019-20 school year.
August 26, 2019

After two years as a BVNW SRO Officer, Spandle said he was moved to Aubry Bend and Harmony middle schools at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year to help out, but is now returning to Northwest. “Over...

Hendricks resigns after one month in charge of dance team, former dance coaches Pearson and Smith brought in to fill vacancy

The logo of the new dance team,
With previously hired head coach Caitin Hendricks resigning midway through June according to Principal Amy Pressly, former Dazzler coaches Erin Pearson and Andrea Smith were appointed to head Purple Pride, with assistant Emily Young to join them.
July 10, 2019

One month into her term as coach of the Purple Pride Dancers, Caitlin Hendricks resigned due to her significant other accepting a promotion in another state, according to principal Amy Pressly. At this...

Overland Park Fire Department announces new fire station on Blue Valley Southwest campus and accompanying fire science CAPS program

Helmets worn by firefighters hang in a locker room.
With construction for a new fire station on the BVSW campus beginning in 2021, Blue Valley School district has initiated a coinciding CAPS program for the 2020-21 school year to educate students about a fire science career.
May 24, 2019

The Overland Park Fire Department announced there will be a new fire station built on the Blue Valley Southwest campus designed to serve the southern portion of Overland Park, according to Fire Chief Bryan...

New coach Hendricks ready to head up Purple Pride

New coach Hendricks ready to head up Purple Pride
For the upcoming 2019-20 school year, new coach Caitlin Hendricks prepares to rebrand the BVNW dance team program.
May 24, 2019

After the BVNW dance team was disbanded earlier this year, the dance team, now called Purple Pride, is being reconstituted with head coach Caitlin Hendricks and assistant Emily Young at the helm. Throughout...

Math teacher and class of 2020 sponsor Sara Doerhoefer announces resignation following end of school year

Sponsor for the class of 2020 Sara Doerhoefer (second from left) poses with teachers Kerry Kinkelaar, Emily Halastik and Sara-Nicole Harper.
Class of 2020 sponsor Sara Doerhoefer announced she will be resigning after the school year. Doerhoefer has been teaching at Northwest for four years.
April 23, 2019

Math teacher and 2020 class sponsor Sara Doerhoefer announced to math classes she will not be returning for the 2019-20 school year. Doerhoefer said she will be moving to Wichita to teach at Maize South...

Principal Amy Pressly announces new name for BVNW dance team to be “Purple Pride”

The logo of the new dance team,
Principal Amy Pressly announced to potential BVNW dance team returners and their family members tonight of the new name for the team: “Purple Pride.”
April 15, 2019

Following a Federal civil rights lawsuit and Blue Valley superintendent suspending the dance team this semester, principal Amy Pressly said the BVNW dance team is undergoing changes for the 2019-20 school...

The Blue Valley School District moves to a new vaping policy

Different types of vapes produce different amounts of vapor.
The Blue Valley School District looks to increase disciplinary action and education about vaping with their new vaping policy.
March 9, 2019

A new vaping policy has been implemented within the Blue Valley District causing the consequence for possession or distribution of vapes or vape related products to be equal to that of marijuana or alcohol....

Inclement weather days creates challenges for Blue Valley District

Senior Abhilash Arnipalli scraps ice off his car on Feb. 6 at BVNW.
Following seven inclement weather days this year, the Blue Valley District altered second semester’s schooling schedule to reach state requirements.
March 7, 2019

The state of Kansas requires students in grades one through eleven to have 66,960 minutes of instructional time and seniors to have 65,160, according to the Education Commission of the States. Seven...

Juniors to take free ACT on Tuesday, April 2

Kansas is offering a free ACT for all juniors Feb. 26.
Due to the new school finance plan of a $500 million increase in April 2018 for K-12 education, every Kansas public school junior student will be offered a free ACT on Wednesday. UPDATE: Test moved to April 2 due to inclement weather. BVNWnews will be updating this story as we gather more information.
February 19, 2019

To give juniors a leg up on the college application process as well as to improve state ACT averages, Associate principal of Curriculum and Instruction Tyler Alexander said a group of state legislators...

Students and staff face concern with the Wi-Fi

Juniors Logan Cully and Grace Coble get their new laptops Tuesday Feb. 5.
With the implementation of laptops into BVNW’s school system, concerns of the quality of Wi-Fi arise between staff and students.
February 17, 2019

During Macbook distribution, an issue with the district-wide network caused a disruption school-wide with Wi-Fi connection, associate principal Tyler Alexander said. As part of Blue Valley’s One-to-Learner...

Blue Valley says action taken with the firing of Fine in answer to lawsuit

Blue Valley Unified School District and principal Amy Pressly filed their response to 2018 BVNW graduate Camille Sturdivant's civil rights lawsuit.
Blue Valley Unified School District and principal Amy Pressly file response after 2018 graduate Camille Sturdivant filed a civil lawsuit, alleging her rights were violated during her time as a Dazzler.
January 25, 2019

Following 2018 graduate Camille Sturdivant's civil lawsuit filed against the Blue Valley Unified School District, principal Amy Pressly, former Dazzler coach Carley Fine and district elementary school...

2018 graduate Camille Sturdivant files civil lawsuit against district, others

Sturdivant performs with The Dazzlers for Husky Night, Aug. 25, 2017.
2018 graduate and former Dazzler Camille Sturdivant filed a civil lawsuit against Blue Valley Unified School District, BVNW principal Amy Pressly, former Dazzler coach Carley Fine and Cottonwood Point teacher and Dazzler mother Katie Porter, citing her civil rights were violated.
January 20, 2019

Stating her civil rights, protected by the the 14th Amendment, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, were violated during her time as a Dazzler dance team member, 2018 graduate Camille Sturdivant...

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