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Congratulations to Blue Valley’s newest National Board Certified Teachers

Six Blue Valley teachers have achieved the highest credential available to American educators, National Board Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The district currently employs 69 nationally board certified teachers, the most in the state of Kansas. These teachers successfully completed the certification comprised of submitting a four-part portfolio of their work including student work samples, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their teaching and students' learning. They also completed six written assessment exercises. Blue Valley's newest National Board Certified Teachers are:

  • Stephanie Brachtenbach, third grade teacher at Harmony Elementary
  • Brenda Colwell, math teacher at Blue Valley North
  • Trevor Goertzen, eighth grade social studies teacher at Prairie Star Middle
  • Kristen Leaming, student resource specialist at Morse Elementary
  • Jean Reynolds, math teacher at Blue Valley North
  • Tonya Runnels, reading specialist at Harmony Elementary
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Blue Valley Today Winter 2014

Catch up on the latest Blue Valley news with the Winter 2014 issue of Blue Valley Today, your newsmagazine for Blue Valley Schools! Click here to view the latest issue and read these great stories:

  • Blue Valley Volunteer Shows It Is Far Better to Give Than to Receive
  • Unlocking the code
  • Vision 2020
  • LOB Election to Affect Blue Valley Funding
  • Friends of Education Honored for Contributions in Education
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‘Tis the Season to Spread Winter Cheer

The Overland Trail Elementary Cougar Chorus recently kicked off the winter season with a holiday tour, performing holiday and winter-themed choral selections at various locations in the Blue Valley community. Overland Trail vocal music teacher, Katie Stroud, directs the students. Check out a video of the choir performance here.

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Hoops for Hope Teaches Students the Importance of Giving Back

Blue Valley Schools is committed to the personal growth of each student - the district's Goal 2. Throughout the district, schools and teachers consistently make an effort to find ways to help each individual student grow academically and personally. At Blue Valley Southwest (BVSW), staff members were able to help students develop and learn outside of the classroom at Hoops for Hope, an annual four-on-four charity basketball tournament where students and staff dress up in team costumes and compete in basketball games to raise money to support Children's Mercy Hospital. Through teamwork and collaboration of students and staff alike, BVSW was able to raise approximately $11,000 this year for Children's Mercy Hospital to benefit the Oncology Family Fund.

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