Students

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!


Kindergartners Show Leadership

Kindergarteners at Valley R-6 Elementary led the leader assembly on Tuesday, May 16. The assembly was about Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind. The assembly began with the Student Lighthouse Team announcing celebrations of our student and class achievements! Then, the kindergarteners began the assembly with a song, “Begin With the End in Mind.”

Habit 2 teaches students to plan ahead and set goals, look for ways to be a good citizen, do things that have meaning and make a difference, and realize they are an important part of their classroom and contribute to the school's mission and vision. The assembly continued with a slideshow of all the ways Kindergarten use Habit 2. The assembly incorporated every grade level and all staff—Kindergarten invited the 1st graders to a celebration dance on the gym floor—the students had a lot of fun with this!

The assembly then turned into a tribute for Mrs. Woods, the elementary principal who is leaving the district. Her husband, Chris Woods, joined her, which was a total surprise. Students and staff had a bucket for her and placed many colorful drops in her bucket. Second graders sang the song, “We’ve Got a Friend in You” and the 3rd graders had a cheer. The 4th graders shared a giant Thank You banner they had created and the 5th and 6th graders were able to dance to “Uptown Funk”. To end the assembly, all students sang a song, “Farewell My Friend” and everyone got to enjoy cupcakes! The staff also had a few additional sentiments and gifts for Mrs. Woods. The assembly was very moving and tearful. Mrs. Woods is very grateful to everyone and says, “Thank you so much for the keepsakes and the wonderful memories! All of you have a special place in my heart and lots of memories to go along! I am forever grateful to have worked with such amazing people and students!” The Kindergarteners, Mrs. Sadler, and Mrs. Heisel did a terrific job of leading and planning the assembly! They definitely “began with the end in mind.”


4th Graders Raise Money for Playground Equipment

Several 4th graders at Valley R-6 Elementary wanted to make a difference for their school. They noticed that the swing set chains were rusty and needed to be replaced. They decided to raise money by working a concession stand during the elementary home basketball and volleyball games. They needed to raise $300 to meet their goal. They worked hard to make posters for their concession stand and stayed after school to work the concession stand. They also enlisted the help of some older students. They were able to purchase new, coated chains with the money they raised. Valley R-6 Elementary is very proud of these students and their contribution to the school!


Perfect and Excellent Attendance Recognition

Valley R-6 Elementary held their awards assembly Thursday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the dome gymnasium. Students with perfect and excellent attendance were recognized. Students with perfect attendance are students who have not missed any time from school--no tardies and no absences. Students with Excellent Attendance are those students who have missed no more than three days in the school year--Kindergarteners: Hallie Abney, Isabella Boyer, Hayden Francis, and Xavier Snow; 1st Graders: Jack Strother, Chelby Bequette, Lydia Brakefield, Chelsi Glore, Joshua Kearns, and Isabella Palmer; 2nd Graders: Noah Abney, McKaylynn Medley, Hunter Moore, Ashton Pogue, and Keeley Province; 3rd Graders: Emily Glore, Maryssa Martin, Charlize Roth, Cameron Harris, and Eli Nipper; 4th Graders: Perswaya Brooks, Ryan Cole, Walter Strother, Garrett Coleman, Makenna Jenkins, Carlie Loughary, Hannah Martin, Haylee Moore, and Ava Waldrop; 5th Graders: Bethany Bridgeman, James Lands, Jera McClain, Morgan Merlenbach, Kalley Portell, Nikolas Presley, and K.J. Tiefenauer; 6th Graders: Dylan Conner, Cole Kearns, Colby Litton, Jason Maxwell, Brooklyn Pulliam, Cody Roth, Isaiah Thebeau, Ethan Tiefenauer, Benji Daniels, and Cole Woods. 

Students with perfect attendance had their names put into a drawing for a Samsung Tablet and received a certificate, trophy, and a $25 Visa gift card compliments of Belgrade State Bank.

Students with excellent attendance (including students with perfect attendance) had their name put into a drawing for a bike and helmet. Valley R-6 is proud of these students!

Perswaya Brooks, 4th grader, won the Samsung tablet!

Students with Perfect Attendance--Ethan Tiefenauer, 6th Grade; Isaiah Thebeau, 6th Grade, Dylan Conner, 6th Grade; Perswaya Brooks, 4th Grade; Ryan Cole, 4th Grade; Noah Abney, 2nd Grade; Hunter Moore, 2nd Grade; McKaylynn Medley, 2nd Grade; and Haylee Moore, 4th Grade.

Morgan Merlenbach, 5th grader, won the bike drawing!


Kindergarten Opera

Valley R-6 kindergartners held their annual kindergarten opera on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Kayla Price, K-12 music and band teacher, led the kindergarten in the production of The Three Little Pigs. Mrs. Cathy Heisel served as narrator for the opera. The students did a wonderful job!

Kindergarten Opera


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. 

click to enlarge


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.


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

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


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!

Kindergarten

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



Landscape Sunset, Quote