Hello Blue Valley Families, The summer has gone by so fast. I can't believe we are talking about enrollment already. School starts August 12th! The enrollment portal is now open on our webpage. Please enroll your children in PowerSchool using the instructions at https://www.usd384.org/page/online-enrollment. This year we are requesting that you complete the Household Economic Survey (HES) that the State is using instead of the free and reduced application that was used in the past. By completing this form, it helps the district qualify and receive additional State funding that we otherwise won’t get if the form isn't completed. If you qualify for free or reduced, your school fees may be reduced by half or at no charge with the exception of the school computer technology fee for grades 8-12. (This fee covers the insurance cost for repairs and/or replacement of damaged technology.) Please return the HES form by Friday July 23rd, 2021. No fees will be charged at enrollment. Fees will be determined based on this application. After review, an invoice will be emailed to you for payment through our online payment center.
Message from the Superintendent July 7th , 2021. ***Important - Parent Feedback Requested**** Please take a couple of minutes to read the information and complete the 3 question survey at the bottom of the message. The survey will close on Monday July 12th at 4pm. The District is gathering parent feedback on using a bus location tracking app. Parents would be able to access the information on the app and be able to locate their student(s) bus during the route as well as be able to set alarms for when they get close to their designated bus stop. (Parents would have to set it up to make it work properly.) Depending on the services purchased the cost of the application and initial fees could be approximately $8200 up to $15,500 for the full package. We are looking at the base package of $8200 for cost effectiveness. It would include the tracking portion, hardware to be installed on the buses, and a basic bus safety and maintenance portion. There are annual fees associated with it from that point of approximately $5000 at today's cost. Is this a service that you as a parent of a Blue Valley USD384 student would value and want? Is this service something that you would be willing to pay a $56 per person per year transportation fee for. The fee would help purchase the equipment and maintain the annual costs? The fee would only be incurred by parents that have students who are on a dedicated route. The fee would not include shuttle routes or activity/athletic transportation. https://forms.gle/voViaZCFZtpZLwdy6
UPDATE FROM THE ARCHERY CLUB 6-1-2021 Hi RAM Fam, Here is the Blue Valley summer archery schedule. An email was sent to all club participants. Attend if you can but we also know this is a busy time of the year for all of you. Sat. June 5th 10-12 Matt Williams, John Nuckols Sat June12th 10-12 Matt Williams, John Nuckols Sat July 10th 10-12 John Nuckols, Blake Fronce Wed July 14th 9:30-11:30 John Cox, Kerri Butler Sat July 17th 10-12 John Nuckols , Blake Fronce Wed July 21st 9:30-11:30 John Cox, Kerri Butler
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 5-20-2021 Hello Blue Valley Community, In an effort to look for the best candidates for our open coaching positions available for next year, I am sending this message out to you and asking for help. Blue Valley is looking to fill each coaching position with the best possible candidate. We want to develop our program s and make them as strong as they can be. If you or someone you know has an interest in coaching at Blue Valley and enjoys working with student athletes, has experienced in the related sport/activity, has good communication skills ( written, spoken and social media form), and wants to develop strong character in our student/athletes please apply for one of our open positions at https://www.usd384.org/page/job-openingsThe following Coaching Positions are open for 2021-2022 School Year: Middle School Head and Assistant Volleyball Coach Middle School Head and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach Cheerleading Sponsor High School Assistant Track Coach Middle School Head and Assistant Boys Basketball Coach High School Assistant Girls Basketball Coach If interested in any of the coaching positions please contact Marion Mazouch at firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-293-5255
UPDATE ON THE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT ON MAY 20TH. On Thursday May 20th, BVMS and BVHS will have their Spring Concert at BVHS in the New Gym starting at 7:00 PM. Due to the number of people expected and our need to social distance for safety, we need to limit the number of people who can attend in person. Parents and siblings of BVMS/BVHS students will be allowed to attend. We will also Live Stream it so that those who can't attend won't miss it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqKdd_8bqVck6cY Prior to BVHS/BVMS concert, starting at 5:30 in the BVHS commons, FCCLA will host a meal to include pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans, and ice cream sandwich at a cost of $8.50 per person.
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 5-13-2021 Hi Blue Valley Families, yesterday, May 12, 2021, I sent an update for our May 18th MES and May 20th BVMS/BVHS music concerts. I needed to clarify that message. The message was discussed with staff and building administration prior to sending it out but was not clear. I apologize for that. On May 18th at 7:00 PM, the MES Spring Music Concert will be held at BVHS in the New Gym. Due to the number of people expected and our need to social distance for safety, we need to limit the number of people who can attend in person. Parents and siblings of MES students will be allowed to attend. We will also Live Stream it so that those who can't attend won't miss it. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqKdd_8bqVck6cYDxlPpZsw Prior to the concert, starting at 5:30 in the BVHS commons, FCCLA will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and a cookie for a free will donation to raise money for their National's trip. On Thursday May 20th, BVMS and BVHS will have their Spring Concert at BVHS in the New Gym starting at 7:00 PM. The same attendance and safety procedures will apply for this concert as listed above including the Live Stream link. Prior to BVHS/BVMS concert, starting at 5:30 in the BVHS commons, a meal will be served. Details will be shared by the sponsor once they have been finalized.
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 5-11-2021. Hello Everyone, I wanted to share a story that was put together by K-MAN 1350 and broadcast on Monday May 10th. Here is the link to the written article. https://1350kman.com/blue-valleys-four-student-class-of-2021-prepare-for-next-chapter/. It is exciting for the Seniors to get recognized. It's a great day to be a RAM!!!
What a great night for the FFA Awards Banquet!! There was an amazing turnout by the community. Mr. Meals and the FFA students did a tremendous job!
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!! Good Afternoon Blue Valley Families, In an effort to have a little fun as we are wrapping up the year, all district schools will be having a theme day tomorrow May 4th. The theme is Star Wars based, "MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU." Students and staff are encouraged to wear Star Wars themed apparel. (T-shirts, hats, etc. ). It is a great day to be a RAM!
***UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 5-3-2021 Hello Blue Valley Families, The Board and I met this morning to discuss Riley County Health Order #22 related to revoking masks. and face coverings. It was decided to make the wearing of masks and face coverings optional for the remainder of the school year. It was also decided that temperatures do not have to be taken upon entering a building or getting on the bus. We will continue social distancing as well as using good sanitizing and washing techniques to keep the spread of any illnesses as low as possible for the remainder of the year. If you would prefer that your student(s) continue to wear a mask for personal protection, please send a note through Class Dojo to your student(s) teacher so we can have direct communication about this from you. Thank you for your support throughout this year as we have navigated the pandemic together. It is a great day to be a RAM!!
UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 4-29-2021 Hi Blue Valley families, I am excited to announce that the Blue Valley Board of Education has made the decision to move the last day of school for the 20-21 school year from Friday, May 28th to Tuesday, May 25th. We wanted to get this information to you, so you are able to plan accordingly. Here are the release times for May 25th: McCormick Elementary will dismiss at 12:45 and BVHS/BVMS will dismiss at 1:00pm. This has been a challenging year full of success! I am very proud of our students and staff for battling through the hard times to make it to the finish line! It is a great day to be a RAM!!
Blue Valley Preschool Open House will be on Friday, May 14th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. See the flyer below for more information.
ARCHERY UPDATE!! 4-28-21. This message is for parents of Archery Club participants. We will not be having archery on Wednesday's because we don't have sponsors available. With May being such busy month our time is limited for sponsor availability. Our last session of Archery Club will be on Saturday May 22nd from 10:00am until 12:00pm in the Middle School Gym. We have a class of new sponsors going through the class on May 8th so hopefully we can have more opportunities. On a side note, a couple weeks ago at our first meeting, we created a sign in sheet and I asked for parent emails. I have sent a couple emails out to those parents who have students participating. Some of you are not getting the messages I am sending out. If your student participates and you haven't received an email from me please send me an email at email@example.com and I will add you to the list. We would like to have Archery Club over the summer but it depends on availability. A summer schedule will be sent out on or before our last session on May 22nd. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. I know the kids are exited about this opportunity we just need to work around the adult schedules. Thank you for understanding.
Hello Blue Valley Families. Sorry for the short notice. The road construction started today causing 15-20 minute delays for the buses from Olsburg to Randolph and vice versa. We apologize for the inconvenience.
UPDATE ON KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP MAY 4TH, 2021 Hello Blue Valley Families, I wanted to update you on the Kindergarten Round-up being held on May 4th from 5:30 - 6:30 at McCormick Elementary School. As the staff and I initially planned this event, a lot of thought went into how we could make it the safest way to have the “Round-up.'' We made the plans and sent the information out to the community. Since then, we have had some discussion with a variety of stakeholders about the event and we have decided to make some slight changes to the Kindergarten Round-up 2021. The date of the event will be May 4th from 5:30-6:30 @ McCormick Elementary. We will have 2 portions to the event to accommodate as many people as possible: From 5:30-6:00, McCormick Elementary School will be open for an Open House to meet Mrs. Dreith. During the Open House, parents and incoming Kindergarteners are welcome to come in the building, take a tour of the classroom and building. Parents are encouraged to not bring siblings as there will be no child care available and the playground will be closed. From 6:00-6:30, Mrs. Dreith will move outside for the drive through portion of the event so parents who want to drive up can meet her and pick up their Kindergarten enrollment packets. We hope to see all incoming Kindergarten students and family on the 4th.
Message from the Superintendent 4-21-2021. Hi Ram Families, I just wanted to update you on our safety procedures as it relates to masks. As we move towards the end of this school year and look towards next year, we feel it is a good time to look at what we need to do moving forward. After some good discussion(s) and review of what we are currently doing, it was decided to make face masks optional while outside (recess, passing period, etc.) Masks are still required upon entering and while inside the school buildings, classrooms and on buses. We will still maintain appropriate social distancing in all spaces inside and out. If we participate in events outside of our district, we will still follow what ever safety procedures are in place for that event space/district. Thank you for the support you have given us so far. It's a great day to be a RAM!
MESSAGE FROM ARCHERY SPONSORS 4-20-21. I wanted to let the Middle and High School Archers know there will be no archery club on Wednesday the 21st after school. An announcement was made at the end of the day today. There is no sponsor available. We will have it on Saturday the 24th from 10am - 12pm in the Middle School Gym. It was a great turn out last Saturday. Hope to see everyone back this week. I am working on a calendar for the rest of the year with the sponsors. Once completed I will send it out to the parents of the kids participating in the program. Thank you for your patience as we get the program up and running. It is a great day to be a RAM!!
This is a reminder to fill out the 2nd preschool survey. If you have already filled it out, thank you! If not, please fill it out by Friday, April 23rd. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdARArziLA04Lqm8XAMdqs9xE6WBwPjO3IpJaA8HhpjhuS5mA/viewform
Archery Club Reminder 4-16-21. We will have archery club for High School and Middle School students tomorrow Saturday the 17th from 10:30 -12 at the BVMS gym.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 4-14-2021 Hello Everyone! I know you are being sent a lot of surveys to complete. All of them are very important so that we can serve you and your student(s) better. I sent out a survey last week that we are using to develop the USD 384 long term strategic plan with. It is important for us to get community feedback while the BOE makes decisions on many things including infrastructure, transportation, maintenance, technology and curriculum. Your feedback is valuable. Thank you for taking the time to complete it. THIS SURVEY CLOSES ON FRIDAY THE 16TH AT MIDNIGHT. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BVUSD384