Art Department - Front Loading Kiln

10/28/2020 8:17 am

The new front loading kiln had been delivered, hooked up, and fired off successfully....and it is AWESOME!! It not only increases our capacity to meet the increased enrollment in the Art Department but it gives the students the opportunity to work on a larger scale (see the 'Medusa' head below).  It also exposes students to "state of the art" computer controlling. Many schools and artists dream of having this type of kiln and the Art Department thanks the BVW PTO for getting it for the students at Blue Valley West!! THANK YOU

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Blue Valley West Cross Country & Track Team Tents

1/7/2020 2:39 pm

The BVW PTO granted $1,624 to the Blue Valley West Cross Country and Track team for a new tent that will be used for their meets during the fall (cross country) and spring (track) seasons. Between the two sports the tent benefits over 250 athletes each year!!

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Support Materials for Sources of Strength

12/16/2019 4:30 pm

Sources of Strength received a $100 grant from the BVW PTO.

Sources of Strength:

  • Through our PTO grant, we are able to have campaigns that impact the entire school by connecting students to hope and strength. Our most recent campaign focused on symbolizing the BVW family. The red strips of paper have every student’s name on one red strip and Sources of Strength linked all of the strips of paper together. Our idea behind this was to show how all of us are family.
  • The Sources of Strength mission states: We are a group of diverse students and adults from many different corners and cultures of our school and community. We believe that life has ups and downs, that all of us will go through good times and tough times. Our mission is to ensure that during the rough times no one gets so overwhelmed or hopeless that they want to give up. Our mission is to spread Hope, Help, and Strength into every corner of our community. Our mission is to help students and staff turn to their strengths and their supports that are all around. We are Connectors to Help and Strength. We Spread Hope by focusing on stories of strength, rather than on stories of trauma. We know our most powerful impact comes from our personal actions, conversations, and messages that use our music, our art, our writing, our activities, our social media, our culture, and our voice. This gives life to our efforts.
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Yoga Mats For ELA and Yoga Club

12/16/2019 4:26 pm

The PTO granted $268 to BVW to purchase yoga mats to be integrated in to the ELA classrooms, as well as used in Yoga Club.  These photos are from the Yoga Club which is meeting 2 times each month to practice yoga.  There is more than 30 students that attend!  Can you imagine all these students lying in shavasana in absolute silence?  It’s awesome, and really helps with our SEL goals. The kids love it!

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Math Teachers Receive Casio Calculators

12/16/2019 4:07 pm

The math teachers at BVW were granted $650 during the 2019 Fall Grant Cycle to purchase 15 Casio Calculators!!  These have helped the math teachers become more familiar with the Casio interface in order to help the increasing number of students who are using Casios.  In addition these calculators are being loaned to students as needed and are used on a daily basis in the classroom!!

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Dr. Dish Basketball Shooting Machine Grant

12/16/2019 4:03 pm

Thanks for the tweet Mr.Hintz!!!  The PTO granted $6,620 to the basketball program to purchase a Dr. Dish Basketball Shooting Machine that will be used daily by athletes and students!!  It is top notch interactive technology that helps to develop skills that promote our programs here at BVW as well as our athletes!!

https://twitter.com/BVWestBoysBball/status/1199726732095479811?s=20

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2019 Fall Grants Awarded

12/10/2019 8:56 am

Blue Valley West students and staff were just awarded over $12,000 in grants from your PTO.  Recipients are as follows:

  • Black Shield for Chemistry in the amount of $456.50
  • Yoga Mats for ELA in the amount of $267.97
  • GoPros for the Library in the amount of $803.24
  • Rolling Cart with TV for the Library in the amount of $1,363.78
  • Fidget Toys for Social Studies in the amount of $74.05
  • Support Materials for Sources of Strength in the amount of $100.00
  • Shooting Machine for Basketball in the amount of $6,620.00
  • Tent for Cross Country and Track in the amount of $1,624.00

Check back soon for pictures and updates of your grant dollars in action!

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2018 Winter Grants Awarded

2/20/2019 6:12 pm

Blue Valley West students and staff were just awarded over $15,000 in grants from your PTO.  Recipients are as follows:

  • $7800 - PE department for new heart rate monitors
  • $3100 - Basketball - 2 pairs of mobile shot clocks
  • $3600 - Replacement of 20 Hurdles
  • $  550 - Tennis - Training & Conditioning Equipment
  • $  600 - Softball - Replacement hitting cage net

Check back soon for pictures and updates of your grant dollars in action!

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Library receives iPod Touches

2/20/2019 2:39 pm

The BVW Library received a grant to purchase 15 iTouches.  These provide access to half the class, or groups of 2-3 students.  The goal is eventually have a 1:1 ratio.  

These iTouches are used in Virtual Reality lessons in Science, Geography, U.S. History, World History, Spanish, Frechn, Gifted and Emerging Technology.  With VR and AR, students can explore the world from the coral reef to human body systems.  With specific apps like Google Expeditions, teachers guide students through the experience.  

BVW students love using the VR Headsets and iPod Touches.  We receive great feedback from students and teachers about how the VR/AR experiences improve student understanding. In these photo examples, students in Spanish are exploring the Island of the Dolls.  

     

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Students Benefit from 3D Laser Cutter

9/9/2018 12:05 pm

BVW PTO purchases a 3D Laser Cutter for use in the library with a $5,100 grant!!

Glowforge is a type of laser cutter that utilizes the concepts of 3D printing.  Using leather, wood, or acrylic in the machine, it carves out your product using laser light.  Glowforge uses subtractive manufacturing while traditional 3D printers use additive manufacturing.  With the instructional pivots occuring, the library becomes a place for students to investigate and create using many resources.  Like the current 3D printer used by several classes, our library will use the laster cutter to provide additional options for students to demonstrate their learning in all content areas.  The entire building will be able to access and utilize this tool.  Thanks to the PTO for providing this opportunity to our students!

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