Category Archives: Academics

Breaking news: Wildcat TV update

By Mya Pearson

“Really it’s the relationships with the students because it’s different than a normal class. It’s a lot of fun to have those relationships with students that are different than a normal class,” sponsor Matt Marble on the rewards of teaching Wildcat TV.

Wildcat TV is back on the scene reporting this year’s news on campus with a fresh new spin on things. Continue reading Breaking news: Wildcat TV update

Education ventures outside the classroom

By Samara Bhatti

“It was a really fun experience. I’ve really improved in archery since last year, and this year I hit a bullseye,”  junior Chase Nettles on his experience at Burr Oak Woods

Physical education teacher Doug McLagan’s outdoor education class recently had an opportunity to go on a field trip to Burr Oak Woods to gain more knowledge about outdoor activities. Burr Oak Woods incorporates hands-on learning opportunities in the outdoors. Continue reading Education ventures outside the classroom

Students, staff tout benefits of PowerSchool

By Mya Pearson

“You don’t always have to leave a class or be late to your next class because you have to talk to that teacher, you can easily just check it from anywhere including at home,”  junior Taysha Taylor said.

PowerSchool, the software used by BSSD to manage student information,  is a way for parents and students to keep up with grades as the year goes by.  It has many features, including showing lunch balances and grades as well as giving teachers access to student demographics. Continue reading Students, staff tout benefits of PowerSchool

College Fair beneficial for all grades

By: Caitlin Ham

“You’re going to have access to reps from over 100 colleges who will be able to answer all of your questions. We will also have reps from tech schools and community colleges,” Counselor Christy Blaney said.

College bound students have multiple pathways to explore, including two year and four year colleges, tech school and the military. The college fair provides students opportunities to get information on their school of choice or decide on the best option for themselves after their high school career. This year’s college fair will debut on Monday, October 9th at Blue Springs South at 6:30 pm. Continue reading College Fair beneficial for all grades

New teachers share their joy for BSHS

By Mya Pearson

“I see myself retiring from here. I love this district and I feel like I’m just gonna fall in love with this building.” – English teacher Rachel Donaldson

Thirteen new teachers joined the Wildcat staff this year, bringing to light the fact that transitioning to a new school can be very difficult, not only for students, but incoming teachers as well. Continue reading New teachers share their joy for BSHS

Summer assignments set the tone for AP courses

By Samantha Johnson

“You can tell that everybody in the class is willing to learn, and they know what they signed up for,” -junior Bridgitte De Ocampo on AP classes

While a majority of students were relaxing at the lake, traveling, or even sleeping, students at Blue Springs High School in Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Credit courses were stuck studying and doing summer homework.

Continue reading Summer assignments set the tone for AP courses

Two free years of college, done by tutoring

By Michaela Fielding

“To be qualified to be a part of the program you must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, have a 95% attendance rate or above, pass the Algebra 1 EOC, and go to a meeting that explains what the A+ program is and what you will be doing in it, so it’s a good idea to start early.” -A+ Coordinator Lauren Carpenter

During Wildcat hour, students can be observed tutoring one another in the library, classrooms and various places around BSHS. Many of these students are earning their tutoring hours towards their A+ certification. The A+ program was designed with hopes of helping more students attend college debt free. Continue reading Two free years of college, done by tutoring

Culinary skills visits JCCC

by Kaylee Largent

“The variety of learning tools were incredible and definitely hooked me in,” -Bennie Holmes on JCCC’s facilitites

BSHS and BSSHS culinary skills and hospitality and tourism classes recently took a field trip to Johnson County Community College to visit their culinary program and the campus. The trip’s intent was to give students an exclusive look into the campus buildings, financial responsibilities required, and what the culinary program had to offer. Continue reading Culinary skills visits JCCC