Viking News

There’s always something interesting happening in Valley R-VI School District. On this page, we’ll post details about upcoming events, past activities, school awards, and much more—so bookmark this page and check back often!

District Championship

Congratulations to the Valley R-VI baseball team for winning the district tournament. The Vikings defeated Leopold 6-4 to take the championship. Further congratulations go out to the four all-district recipients: senior Dustin Payne, junior Trent McClain, junior Thaddeus Heifner, and sophomore Keeton Loughary. Congratulations to our team and boys. We are all extremely proud of you!

Baseball Photos

Career Day - When I Grow Up

Career Day PhotosOn Monday, May 8, students in grades K-6 at Valley R-6 Elementary were inspired by local exhibitors. We had several community members take part in this special day for our kids: Gail Dennis and Karen Harbison from Belgrade State Bank; Matthew Turner from Doe Run; Mark Strother representing the Air Force; Jennifer Sadler, Accountant; Cara Sims, Nurse/Washington County Health Dept.; Kevin Todd, Recruiter; Kevin Snow and Amanda Randazzo, Washington County Deputies; Polly Jackson from Washington County Farm Supply; Greg Horton along with Casey and Turtle from Washington County Road and Bridge 2nd District; Larry Heisel, Heisel Equipment; Bob Haworth, Belgrade Fire Department; Joe Carlyon and Phillip Goggin from Washington County Ambulance District; and Cody and Julie Loughary brought the Clydesdales and spoke about marketing. During the When I Grow Up Day, students were able to explore a wide variety of careers and to enjoy hands-on career awareness and exploration activities. The career day went very well and everyone enjoyed it! Valley R-6 Elementary is very thankful to those who were able to make this day a success!

Spring Baseball Senior Night

On Tuesday, May 9, Valley R-6 High School celebrated their last baseball home game, and recognized Senior Dustin Payne on his last game. Dustin was accompanied to the field by his mother and father, and received a gift basket from his coach, Trent Hartley, during the celebration. 

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High School Career Day

click to view moreThe Valley R-6 High School careers class hosted a half-day career day on Wednesday, May 10. Nine guest speakers spent the afternoon sharing their career experiences with students in grades seven through eleven during twenty-five minute presentations. Students enjoyed the speakers and the free giveaways. Valley sophomore Isabelle Hayes said: "The banking speaker, Tricia, was awesome! I asked a question and she gave me some headphones. She interacted with us well and kept it interesting." Tricia LaRue, Belgrade State Bank marketing director, shared about banking careers and the importance of forming good work habits while in school. 

The Missouri Army Guard recruiters, Barnett and Dennison, were funny and talked about the benefits of joining the military. They alsohared personal experiences. Honorable judge Carl Strange captivated students with stories from his career as a soldier, lawyer, and judge. Tim Horton, a Valley graduate, showed a PowerPoint about his work with Monsanto. Wade Statler, Valley junior, was impressed at Mr. Horton's knowledge: "Mr. Horton knew his presentation and didn't just read us the information on the PowerPoint. He didn't look at it once!" Another Valley graduate, Doe Run engineer Justin Province, used a PowerPoint to share his work experience and the importance of science and math in the engineering field. He also provided students notepads, sunglasses, and fun calculators. 

Entrepreneur and Farmers Insurance Agent Lance Mayfield entertained kids with practical applications and lots of fun giveaways, including cash! The students enjoyed visiting with Valley graduate Preston Midgett and hearing about his experience as an Air Evac flight nurse and paramedic. Joe Carolyn and Phillip Goggin represented the Washington County Ambulance District, and students were able to check out the ambulance during their session. 

Students loved hearing about pet grooming from Head N Tails groomers Lisa Harl and Kara Pashia. Students enjoyed loving on Ellen, an Old English sheepdog. The ninth presenter was Valley alumnus Kody Martin and the Department of Corrections K-9 unit. The presenters brought three dogs: Tyla, Pam, and Dixie, and they demonstrated their tracking abilities by tracking a student outside the school. Jessica Hartman, Valley junior, expressed her appreciation for the K-9 unit presenters: "They didn't just tell us about their job, they showed us by using the dog to track one of the students in my group. It was cool!" They also shared stories and dispelled myths about search and rescue operations. 

Speakers enjoyed a hospitality room staffed by the Valley ProStart students. Overall, it was a fantastic day at Valley R-6 High School! Thank you to Melissa Yount for writing this article.

Valley R-6 Elementary's 6th Grade Service Project For Farmington Pet Adoption Center

6th graders at Valley R-6 Elementary collected items for animals at the Farmington Pet Adoption Center. The adoption center constantly takes in animals that are sick, malnourished, ill, injured, or abused. The costs of taking care of these animals are very high, so the 6th graders asked for donations of cleaning supplies, crates/carriers, animal bedding, litter boxes, food bowls, animal toiletries, leashes/collars, pet toys, treats/chews, heaters/fans, office supplies, etc. Several items were brought in and donated to the Farmington Pet Adoption Center.

Pet Adoption Center

4th Graders Raise Money To Purchase New Volleyball Net For Playground

New Volleyball NetsBrylee Redinger and Sylas Vance, 4th graders at Valley R-6 Elementary, wanted to make a difference for their school. They noticed that the playground could use a new volleyball net. They decided to raise money by hosting pajama days where students and staff could pay $1 each Friday for four Fridays to wear pajamas to school. They needed to raise $250 to meet their goal. They went to each class and explained to the students what they would be doing and how they would go about raising the money. They also allowed students to vote on the color of the volleyball net, and the color with the most votes was red. They were successful in raising enough money to purchase the volleyball net! Valley R-6 Elementary is very proud of these students and their contribution to the school!

Belgrade State Bank Visits 2nd Graders At Valley R-6 Elementary

Tricia LaRue from Belgrade State Bank visited with 2nd graders at Valley R-6 Elementary on Monday, May 8. She spoke with them about money management and had fun hands-on activities for them to participate in. Second grade always enjoys when Belgrade State Bank comes to visit!

Belgrade State Bank

Valley R-6 Elementary Participates In Hoops For Heart

Students at Valley R-6 Elementary participated in Hoops for Heart where they took part in a fun-filled spirit week in February. Hoops for Heart ended with an egg-roulette assembly on Friday, March 17. Students who raised the most money got to participate in the egg roulette where they were able to egg staff members. No one knew if the egg was hard-boiled or not until it hit someone's head! Evelyn Brinley, 1st grader, raised the most money of all students with a total of $525. Mrs. Counts' 1st grade class raised the most money of all classes. Drawings also took place for students to be PE teacher for the day. The winners were Hallie Abney, kindergartener, and Sylas Vance, 4th grader. This year's fundraiser was a success as $3,942.40 was raised to support the American Heart Association.

Hoops for Heart

Valley R-6 Elementary Students Awarded With Viking Pride

Viking PrideThirty-one students in grades 3-6 at Valley R-6 Elementary were awarded the Viking Pride award for 3rd quarter. In order to receive this award students have to be on the A or B honor roll, miss no more than two days in the quarter, have no discipline referrals, and have all pluses for conduct on their report card. On Monday, March 27 the Viking Pride award winners were welcomed by the Valley R-6 cheerleaders who led the students in fun activities and various relay races. The students had a great fun-filled time! Valley R-6 Elementary is proud of these students and their achievements!

3rd graders: Emily Glore, Daisy Kearns, Daniel Lands, and Ean Bone.

4th graders: Hunter DeClue, Jaidon Morris, Graci Bowles, Drew McClain, Olivia Boyer, Garrett Coleman, Chayse DeClue, Carlie Loughary, Hannah Martin, Haylee Moore, Walter Strother, and Ava Waldrop.

5th graders: Bethany Bridgeman, Jera McClain, Kenley Missey, Kalley Portell, and Maggie Stetina.

6th graders: Colby Litton, Brooklyn Pulliam, Isaiah Thebeau, Peyton Watson, Carletta West, Molly Stetina, Danielle Hampton, Cole Kearns, Marissa Thee, and Alli Thompson.

District Shop Show

On Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday April 26, Valley attended the district shop show in Poplar Bluff. Students worked hard on their projects all through the school year with the help of Mr. Gray to make sure they were ready for the show. After judging, twelve students qualified to take their projects to state May 8-9. The following students will be taking their projects to state:

  • Dalton Waller - coffee table
  • Dylan Turner - chest of drawers
  • Mariah Buxton – bed
  • Emma Rosener – bed
  • Lacey Yount - wine hutch
  • Blake Boyer – dresser
  • Cameryn Yount - best in class for a picnic table
  • Jalynn Politte - best in class for a china cabinet
  • Hunter Watson - best in class for her pet locker
  • Kaitlin Weeks - best in class and best in show for her china cabinet

District Shop Show Photos 

Scholarships Awarded

Scholarships Awarded PhotosWe awarded the following scholarships to our students on Tuesday, May 2 at Valley R-VI's annual academic banquet. Congratulations to the following deserving students!

  • Roy Brown Memorial Scholarship presented by Connie Sadler awarded to Hunter Ives
  • Caledonia and Valley High School Alumni Association Scholarship presented by John Robinson III and Nancy Yount awarded to Blake Bollinger
  • Belgrade Masonic Lodge Dickey Family Scholarship presented by Mr. Leo Dickey awarded to Hannah Hammon, Kaitlin Weeks, Hunter Ives, and Hunter Watson
  • J. Stephen Yount Memorial Scholarship presented by Mrs. Connie Yount awarded to Lacey Yount
  • Caledonia Community Betterment Valley R-Vi Spirit Scholarship presented by John Robinson III awarded to Hunter Ives
  • John M. and Jane Robinson Family Memorial Scholarship presented by John Robinson III awarded to Hunter Watson
  • Valley Lions Club Scholarship presented by Pat Masson awarded to Hunter Watson
  • Merlyn Turner Memorial Scholarship presented by Julie Loughary awarded to Lacey Yount and Zach Turner
  • L.C. "Calvin" Mason and William "Bill" Shipp Families Memorial Scholarship presented by Mrs. Jarvis awarded to Lacey Yount
  • Potosi Washington County Chamber of Commerce Career/Technical Scholarship presented by Nancy Yount awarded to Blake Bollinger
  • Bismarck Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6947 and Post 6947 Auxiliary Scholarship presented by Jerry McClain awarded to Lacey Yount
  • Matt Peirce Memorial Scholarship Presented by Megan Strange awarded to Hunter Watson

For the following scholarships, a representative was unable to attend.

  • Potosi Elks Lodge Scholarship awarded to Hunter Ives
  • The Mineral Area College Foundation - Bondad Prevalece Scholarship awarded to Amber Comfort
  • The MAC Alumni Buck a Month Scholarship awarded to Lacey Yount
  • Mineral Area Scholastic Award Scholarship awarded to Lacey Yount

Athletic Banquet

Athletic Banquet PhotosOn May 3, of 2017, Valley R-6 High School hosted their annual athletic banquet. Our athletic director, Chad Middleton, opened up the night by thanking Belgrade State Bank for providing food for the athletes and their families. Athletes received awards throughout the night for the accomplishments they have made throughout the year. Sports that were recognized were JV/V volleyball, fall baseball, girls JV/V basketball, boys JV/V basketball, cheerleading, and spring baseball. As the night rolled to an end, we asked all of the seniors to the front and recognized them with a banner for all the work that they have done. Thank you to all who showed up and supported our student athletes.

Academic Banquet

Academic Banquet PhotosOn Tuesday May 2, Valley R-6 High School hosted their annual academic banquet. The banquet has the purpose of honoring and celebrating students’ academic success in the classroom. Unico Bank and Community Betterment sponsored this years’ academic banquet. Each teacher selected two students from their class with the top grades; the student with the highest grade received a medal, while the second highest student received a certificate. The banquet provided a lovely meal, which the Valley High Culinary Team prepared. The celebratory occasion allowed each student selected to bring family members or friends with whom to celebrate. Valley R-6 High School shows pride in this annual celebration and the students who make it possible.

2016-2017 Yearbook Sponsors

Valley R-VI yearbook staff would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our yearbook program. Our yearbook would not be possible without their continued support.

  • Chase Insurance Agency
  • Unico Bank
  • Roy's Convenience Store
  • Freedom Fence
  • Belgrade State Bank
  • ZMANN Performance Engines and Automotive
  • Boyer Lumber
  • Washington County Library
  • Paul Villmer, D.D.S
  • Potosi Lumber
  • Dickey Bubs
  • DeClue Funeral Home
  • Ruble's Meat Market

A Night of Scenes

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the Valley Drama Club presented A Night of Scenes. They wowed the crowed with four amazing acts. The school is very proud of drama club and their accomplishments. The drama club would like to thank all who supported them and helped along the journey to A Night of Scenes.

A Night of Scenes Photos

Missouri Assessment Program and End-of-Course Awards

On Thursday, April 27, Valley High School presented the 2015-2016 MAP and EOC testing certificates. Take a look at our list of award-winning students, and please help us congratulate them.

MAP Awards

Mad Science Assembly

Mad Science Assembly PhotosValley R-6 Elementary students enjoyed the Mad Science assembly on Thursday, March 30. Students in grades K-6 at Valley R-6 Elementary enjoyed an assembly titled Sounds Like Science! This event got children excited about science and had a particular focus on the science of sound. Kids were able to tune-in to learning with exciting demonstrations and experiments, including the surprisingly loud dinosaur-in-a-can, the glowing electric pickle, and a kid-created thunderstorm! This assembly focused on the scientific objectives of air pressure, sound waves, corrugation, and resonance. Dangerous Dan performed the experiments and helped students understand the power of sound. Students enjoyed the entertaining assembly and learned a lot too! The student Lighthouse team chose the program from Mad Science's selection, and the Elementary Parents and Teachers (EPAT) organization paid for this fabulous program for us.

Methodist Bishop Bob Farr Visits Valley R-6

The United Methodist Church of Belgrade, as part of their Christ in Community, invited Methodist Bishop Bob Farr to tour the Valley R-6 Elementary School. Bishop Farr visited us on Friday, March 17, and Valley R-6 Elementary students, Carletta West (sixth grade) and Allan Brooks (second grade) led the tour. Several in attendance for the Christ in Community were part of the tour as well. The Valley R-6 School District was included in this day due to the staff's dedicated work with "The Leader in Me," a process that focuses on the elements of adaptive change including leadership, responsibility, accountability, problem solving, adaptability, communication, initiative and self-direction, creativity, cross-cultural skills, and teamwork. The student tour guides did an amazing job and everyone was impressed with their ability to lead the tour!

First Graders Led Leader Assembly

First Graders Led Leader Assembly PhotosFirst graders at Valley R-6 Elementary led the leader assembly on Friday, April 7. The assembly was about Habit 3: Put First Things First. First graders began the assembly by sharing with the audience ways they put first things first. Habit 3 teaches students to spend time on the most important things first, say no to things they should not do, set priorities, make a schedule, follow their plans, and be disciplined and organized. The assembly continued with the first grade students showing the video “One Thousand Steps” and singing along with the song. Next, they led all of the classes in a game of bridge ball. When the ball left the bridge, each class earned a letter, and the first class that spelled L-E-A-D-E-R won the game! All of the students had a lot of fun! The assembly ended with the student lighthouse team announcing celebrations of our student and class achievements! The first graders did a wonderful job leading this assembly!

Valley R-6 Elementary Students Gear Up For MAP Testing

MAP kick-off assembly photosStudents in grades 3-6 at Valley R-6 Elementary geared up for MAP testing the week of March 27-31 with a spirit week and a MAP kick-off assembly on Friday, March 31. Students were told about what was important to do the weeks of MAP testing. Tips included getting a good night's rest, eating a good breakfast, not being nervous, doing their best, having good attendance, and answering all questions. Each grade played a game of Knockout to "knockout" the MAP test, Tug-O-War to try your hardest on the test, Dribble Relay Race to do your best, and Dodgeball to keep trying and don't get discouraged on the test. MAP testing began on Monday, April 3 and will run through Thursday, May 4. We sent home a letter about MAP testing, the testing schedule, and testing tips with all students in grades 3-6.

Program of Excellence Award

The Valley R6 Yearbook Staff received the program of excellence award for the 2015-2016 school year. This is the third year in a row of them going beyond to make an amazing yearbook for all of our students. Our yearbook staff earned this award by making a yearbook that was meaningful to all students, selling yearbooks to the majority of the school, and showing their effective time management. 

The yearbook staff is very excited about receiving this award! We are very proud of them and can’t wait to see what they do in the future.

Program of Excellence Award

2nd Quarter Perfect Attendance

Congratulations to our 2nd quarter perfect attendance students!


Keith Burns, Gavyn Martin, and Isabella Boyer
Keith Burns, Gavyn Martin, and Isabella Boyer

1st Grade

Chelby Bequette, Eliza Vance, Remington Carlyon, Jack Strother, Joshua Kearns, Parker Myers, and Lydia Brakefield
Chelby Bequette, Eliza Vance, Remington Carlyon, Jack Strother, Joshua Kearns, Parker Myers, and Lydia Brakefield

2nd Grade

Garrett Boyland, Triton Crocker, Hunter Moore, Noah Abney, Ryleigh Maxwell, and McKaylynn Medley
Garrett Boyland, Triton Crocker, Hunter Moore, Noah Abney, Ryleigh Maxwell, and McKaylynn Medley

3rd Grade

Emily Glore, Starr Burton, and Draven Valley
Emily Glore, Starr Burton, and Draven Valley

4th Grade

Aryka Ayers, Haylee Moore, Walter Strother, and Noah Maxwell. Back Row: Ocarina Smith, Perswaya Brooks, Ryan Cole, Garrett Coleman, Hannah Martin, Sylas Vance
Front Row: Aryka Ayers, Haylee Moore, Walter Strother, and Noah Maxwell. Back Row: Ocarina Smith, Perswaya Brooks, Ryan Cole, Garrett Coleman, Hannah Martin, Sylas Vance, and not pictured Tony Boesing

5th Grade

Jason Revelle, Bethany Bridgeman, Caleb Brakefield, K.J. Tiefenauer, Morgan Merlenbach, Hana Dockery, and not pictured Nikolas Presley and Noah Eads
Jason Revelle, Bethany Bridgeman, Caleb Brakefield, K.J. Tiefenauer, Morgan Merlenbach, Hana Dockery, and not pictured Nikolas Presley and Noah Eads

6th Grade

Ethan Tiefenauer, Cole Kearns, Caleb Scego, Cole Woods, and Dylan Conner. Back Row: Brady Ames, Danielle Hampton, Carletta West, Isaiah Thebeau, Tyler Revelle, Benji Daniels, and Angel Dockery
Front Row: Ethan Tiefenauer, Cole Kearns, Caleb Scego, Cole Woods, and Dylan Conner. Back Row: Brady Ames, Danielle Hampton, Carletta West, Isaiah Thebeau, Tyler Revelle, Benji Daniels, and Angel Dockery

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