The official name for Blue Valley’s newest elementary school is down to three choices.
What are they? On Monday, the school board reviewed a special committee’s recommended options for naming the new school currently dubbed “Elementary 24,” in the BV Southwest feeder pattern.
Those options each reference either local nature or geography in some way:
- Aspen Grove
- Aspen View
- Woodland Trails
Why it matters: The school’s name and mascot will be the most visible symbols of school pride for the families in that growing southwest corner of the district.
- The school is already built and set to open next school year at 12402 W. 182nd Terrace in Overland Park.
The meanings behind each proposed school name
Aspen Grove: With 39 Prairie Gold Aspens planted across the campus, “Aspen Grove” was a popular option among residents, according to the new school’s principal Gretchen Anderson.
- She said this name would also fit with the nature theme incorporated throughout the new building.
- “A grove of trees with little to no underbrush is an ideal gathering place and is symbolic with families, both of which are a fitting reference for an elementary school,” Anderson said.
Aspen View: This option would also pay homage to the Aspen trees planted on the school’s campus.
- “Every window inside the building has a view of an Aspen tree on campus,” Anderson said.
- Inside the building, pods have green ceiling structures meant to look like tree branches, as well.
Woodland Trails: The final option Anderson presented to the board was “Woodland Trails,” which represents how the campus is surrounded by wooded areas.
- Geographically, the school is located near the historic routes of the three trails west – the Oregon, Santa Fe and California.
- The building’s brick pattern is also designed to look like a forest and there are internal designs, like wooden elements and ceiling beams, meant to evoke trees.
How we got here: In early September, the district selected 12 parents at random to form the Parent Advisory Committee, which selected the proposed names.
- The district asked all community members to submit name proposals, and from a list of 56 names received, the committee narrowed it down to the top three presented Monday.
Another thing: According to the district’s policy, schools in Blue Valley need to have significant reference to their name, schools can not be named after a person or group and should not be similar to other schools in the Johnson County area.
What’s next for Blue Valley elementary name process
The school board is set to make a final name selection for the new elementary school at its next meeting on Dec. 16.
- Anderson said the district is currently putting together proposals for the board’s consideration for furniture selection in classrooms and collaboration areas.
- Hiring for the elementary is set to begin in January and last throughout next semester.
A final thought: “Elementary 24,” under its new official name, is expected to open next August for the start of the 2023-24 school year.