Valley R-VI Elementary

At Valley Elementary, we are proud to have some of the best students and teachers in eastern Missouri! We love developing our students’ love of learning and watching them grow into leaders prepared for the challenges of tomorrow!

We invite you to get involved this year by learning more about our Leader in Me process, volunteering in our schools, and finding ways to reinforce at home what we do at school. You’ll find lots of resources on this page and throughout our website to do just that. Remember, when parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit!

A Message from Our Principal

Welcome to Valley R-6 Elementary. We are excited to share the great news that we are nationally recognized as a Leader in Me school! The Leader in Me receives national recognition for its emphasis on developing leadership in young children. The principles of this work are from Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Our emphasis on leadership is facilitated through monthly student-led assemblies, leadership roles for students, students identifying and setting their own personal and academic goals using their Leadership Notebooks, and student-led community service projects.

John Maxwell said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” We are excited to equip our students to become the leader within, and we have been busy working this summer on strategies that will do just that! Becoming a leader means learning to take responsibility for your own actions and realizing that those actions affect everyone around you. We are looking forward to seeing our students develop these (and other) leadership qualities this year - qualities that we know will help prepare them for their future.

When you enter our school, you can see the common theme of leadership all throughout, as well as pictures of students and their work hung in the hallways. Each and every staff member makes the students their first priority and maintains an open line of communication with the parents. Valley R-VI Elementary has a highly qualified staff and offers a quality education to all students. Our goal is improving student achievement and making students lifelong learners and leaders. Stop by and visit us at Valley R-VI Elementary and see our building alive with leadership!


Jennifer Woods
Mrs. Jennifer Woods
Elementary Principal

Leader in Me

Valley Elementary is proud to be a Franklin Covey Leader in Me School. Thanks to a grant from the I am a Leader Foundation, we began implementation of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids throughout our building in 2012.

The Leader in Me concept provides students with activities to help them learn practical character and life skills that lead to positive choices. Common language is used throughout our school, introducing our students to personal leadership by teaching independent skills, such as:

Be Proactive – “You’re in Charge”
Students learn responsibility, initiative, and positive attitudes as they begin taking ownership for their choices.

Begin with the End in Mind – “Have a Plan”
Students plan ahead and set goals. They do things that have meaning and make a difference. They see themselves as integral members of the school community.

Put First Things First – “Work First, then Play”
Students spend time on things that are most important. They set priorities and organize.

During the second “phase” of our program, our students learn how to work well with others by pooling their strengths. They learn that teamwork creates better solutions.

Think Win-Win – “Everyone Can Win”
Students balance what they want with what others want.

Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood – “Listen Before You Talk”
Students learn to listen to understand others’ perspectives, ideas, and feelings and develop confidence in voicing their own ideas.

Synergize – “Together Is Better”
Students value the strengths of others and seek out their classmates’ ideas to solve problems.

And finally, our students learn that good leaders know how to keep things in balance. By thinking long term and seeking support, the leader in us can flourish and thrive, producing lasting results.

Sharpen the Saw – “Balance Feels Best”
Students take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. They spend time with family and friends.

Important Information
Office Hours
  • 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Bell Schedule
  • 7:30 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. Tardy Bell
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Lunch
  • 3:05 p.m. Dismissal Bell

Early Dismissal Times

  • 10:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 12:25 p.m. - Dismissal

Early Dismissal Dates

  • Monday, September 12, 2016
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Monday, November 7, 2016
  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
  • Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Last day of school


We’ve gathered several trusted links to help you reinforce what we’re learning in the classroom. We hope you find these resources helpful in your years at Valley Elementary:

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our teachers, please contact us during office hours.

Phone: 573-779-3332
Fax: 573-779-3562

Valley R-VI Students