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Blue Valley High library receives national recognition

The American Association of School Librarians recently named Blue Valley High's library as the School Library Program of the Year Award recipient. This award honors libraries that are committed to ensuring students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum. At Blue Valley High, the heartbeat of the school is the library. It is a place where personal and academic growth is the principal focus, where a service-oriented philosophy resides. Read more about this great honor here.

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Harmony Elementary students donate crafts for a cause

Fifth grade students at Harmony Elementary donated crafts for a cause, providing more than 32,000 craft items for children and residents at NewHouse, a local domestic violence shelter. Students hosted a school-wide craft drive inspired by the Seven Days: Make a Ripple, Change the World that took place last month. Items collected ranged from pony beads to yarn to glue sticks, feathers, popsicle sticks, origami paper and more! In addition to collecting craft items, students also created sample craft projects after which NewHouse residents can model their own projects.

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Blue Valley High senior earns prestigious national honor

Luke Conners, Blue Valley High senior, is one of two students in Kansas named a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the most prestigious national awards bestowed upon a graduating senior. The U.S. Presidential Scholars program recognizes and honors the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

"This is an amazing distinction and we are very excited for Luke," said Scott Bacon, Blue Valley High principal. "Sit down and spend 10 minutes with Luke and it will be evident why he received the award. He is an outstanding young man."

Established in 1964, by executive order of the President, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program recognizes and honors scholars on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Ten out of the last 12 years Blue Valley has had a student recognized as a Presidential Scholar.

In April, Luke was named a semifinalist for the honor. Earlier this year, 16 Blue Valley seniors were named candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

  • Blue Valley High: Arjun Prakash and Luke Conners
  • Blue Valley North: Lynn T. Zhu, James J. Bergman, Mary L. Nadeau and Mitchell J. Reinig
  • Blue Valley Northwest: Tammy Ma and Suzanna J. Stephenson
  • Blue Valley Southwest: Wesley Caldwell and Andie K. Divelbiss
  • Blue Valley West: Chandler J. Conn, Billy A. Ferguson, Shyam Narayanan, Alix Noteboom, Abhimanyu Sharma and Gavin Zhu
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Blue Valley community puts safety first

Blue Valley Schools recently partnered with the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP), as well as several police agencies in the area to help parents put safety first when it comes to kids and cars. KHP safety seat specialists and local police officers met with parents to be proactive about child safety and ensure car seats were properly installed and inspected. Blue Valley Schools is grateful for community partnerships and opportunities like this that help create safe and happy environments for Blue Valley students and families.

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