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!
Mad Science Assembly
Valley 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 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
Students 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.
The Leader In Me Parent Survey
Please take a moment to complete our online survey as part of an annual assessment to help all members of the school community (students, parents, and the adults who work at the school) understand how everyone feels about your child’s school. As you respond to each item, focus on your thoughts and feelings based on your own personal experience with the school, as well as your perceptions of your child's experience as a student. All of your responses are completely anonymous, and the survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Please try to respond to all items.
Valley Boys Take 2nd Place
On Friday, March 31, the Valley baseball boys participated in the 5th annual Bismarck Invitational. On Friday, the boys won both games against Crystal City (8-5) and Kingston (14-8). On Saturday, Valley played again against St. Paul—winning 11-6. Valley received 2nd place in the tournament due to their hard work, and a home run hit by Blake Boyer.
2017 Junior-Senior Prom
On April 1 Valley High School's juniors and seniors, with their guests, danced the night away at prom. The gym was transformed from a normal everyday gym to an amazing enchanted forest. This years prom committee put everything they had into the three days it took to make prom amazing for their seniors. At 7:00 p.m. beautiful girls with dazzling dresses and handsome boys in neat tuxedos piled into the gym for a fun night of dancing and singing, anxiously waiting to see who would be crowned prom king and queen.
At 9:00 p.m. our prom court made their way into the gym for coronation. First came our retiring queen, Jacklyn McClain, escorted by our retiring king, Logan Rawlins. The first candidates were Lauryn Gallaher, escorted by Logan Lucas. The second candidates were Lacey Yount, escorted by Hunter Ives. The third candidates were Hannah Hammon, escorted by Austin Clark. The fourth candidates were Amber Comfort, escorted by Dustin Payne. The last and final candidates were Kearstin Tuttle, escorted by Zach Turner. Everyone waited impatiently to crown their new king and queen. Mr. Hunter Ives was crowned prom king by our retiring king and Miss Lacey Yount was crowned prom queen by our retiring queen. After coronation there were a few more dances, some of which were very entertaining. We as a school think prom was a success for all who attended.
We would like to thank Ms. Grajek and the prom committee of Madison Schrum, Blake Boyer, Wade Statler, Preston DeClue, Riley Parker, Jamie Ames, Andrea Winingar, Annie Schanda, Erica Phillips, and Abigail Zimmermann for putting together a beautiful prom.
Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, students in grades K-6 at Valley R-6 Elementary took part in a program, Hug-A-Tree and Survive. This program teaches children to survive in the woods should they become lost. The program educates children in a select few of the most basic and vital survival principles. The program is for children between the ages of seven and eleven, but can be effective with slightly younger and older children. The program consists of a trained presenter—usually a search and rescue volunteer, police officer, park ranger, or similar uniformed individual—following a tightly scripted presentation that has three primary parts: an introduction (of the presenter and program), an entertaining video presentation for children, and a few practical suggestions and demonstrations. Many children are alive today because of their experience with the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program.
3rd Quarter Elementary Honor Roll
We are very proud of the students who achieved honor roll for the 3rd quarter!
3rd Grade Honor Roll
4th Grade Honor Roll
5th Grade Honor Roll
6th Grade Honor Roll
Valley R-VI Student To Compete For Skills U.S.A.
Kaitlin Weeks, a student from Valley R-VI High School, is going to state in Jefferson City for Skills U.S.A. Skills U.S.A. is a United States technical student organization. Many high school and college students enroll for training programs, and Kaitlin will be participating in a knowledge bowl competition. The knowledge bowl competition is a test of questions for five competitors that judges their ability to answer questions with the following criteria: academic knowledge, professional development, and current events. Good luck, Kaitlin!
March Student of the Month
Our character word for the month of March was "kindness." Congratulations for our students of the month! The junior high student of the month was Caeden Nickelson and our high school recipient was Hunter Watson. A huge thank you needs to go out to Roy’s Convenience Store for donating pizza to our students of the month.
March Student of the Month Assembly
The seventh grade chose songs featuring boy bands, the eighth grade chose a combination that included happy songs, the ninth grade students performed a mixture that included various songs and dances, the tenth grade preformed songs by Michael Jackson, eleventh grade students opted not to perform, and the twelfth grade chose to do a mixture of songs and dancing.
The first place winners of the lip-sync battle were the seventh graders, second place winners were the ninth graders, and the third place winners were the tenth graders.
A staff member of choice performed the air guitar competition for each grade level.
The first place winner of the air guitar battle was Mr. Silvy for the twelfth grade, second place winner was Mr. Phares for the eighth grade, and the third place winner was Mrs. Lawson for tenth grade. The winners of the student of the month assembly for kindness were senior Hunter Watson and eighth grader Caeden Nickelson.
3rd Quarter Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to our 3rd quarter perfect attendance students!
Valley R-6 Elementary had its 4th annual leadership day on Monday, March 13, 2017. The theme was Dr. Seuss. The day began with visitors being greeted by welcome wagon leaders Baylie Williams, Logan Jackson, Ryland Eggers, Ashley Coffey, Allan Brooks, Harley Carlyon, and Colby Maxwell dressed as the Cat in the Hat. Four 3rd grade students Eli Nipper, Daniel Reeves, Reagan Schrum, and Eli Nipper ran the registration table, checked in guests, and provided information to them.
Several booths showcasing leadership roles and service projects were set up around the gym. Students running those booths spoke to visitors about what they do in each leadership role and spoke of their service projects. Students also displayed and spoke about their science fair projects from parent night, and there were also student art displays set up.
The leadership event began with 1st and 2nd grade students singing "Be Proactive." Morgan Merlenbach, 5th grader, was the MC for the event. Student testimonials were given by Maddie Lawson, Ella Sims, Allan Brooks, Regan Laramore, Chloe Boyer, Peyton Watson, and Olivia Boyer. Tour guides for the classroom tours were Maddie Lawson and Keeley Province, Ashton Gibson and Ryder Yount, Daisy Kearns and Carter Walters, and Charlize Roth and Shane Aldridge. Kaiden Dickey, 4th grader, kept the tours moving by making the intercom announcements. Each tour consisted of visiting classrooms and learning about leadership notebooks, service projects, listening to student testimonials, mission statements, lessons on the seven habits, bucket filling, and leadership roles.
Guests were also introduced to a video showcasing our school and the students. The student lighthouse team of Regan Laramore, Maggie Stetina, Aliyah Brooks, Peyton Watson, Isaiah Thebeau, Brooklyn Pulliam, Molly Stetina, Alli Thompson, Cole Kearns, Colby Maxwell, and Danielle Hampton joined guests and answered any questions they had. The event ended with our spirit leaders singing the Viking song along with the student lighthouse team.
This day was about students showcasing their leadership skills and showing what they can do. It was a proud day for the students, staff, and parents at Valley R-6 Elementary.
In a few weeks, your child will participate in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) Grade-Level Assessments. Check out these documents for more information!
Please make every attempt to ensure that your child is present during anticipated testing times/dates and that he/she is prepared for testing.
We are proud to present our all-district and all-conference winners.
2nd Team All-Conference
1st Team All-Conference
Congratulations! We are all very proud of you!
Pictured from left to right: Logan Lucas, Lexie Black, Lauryn Gallaher, and Zach Turner
The Creative Writing class at Valley R-6 High school, taught by Melissa Yount, spent two weeks reviewing popular children's books, followed by designing, creating, and writing their own children's books. The students created imaginative stories, and several students nervously shared their books with Valley R-6 Elementary students in grade K-3 on Friday, March 3.
Ben Milan, Aubrey Hampton, Alex James, Cameryn Yount, Emily Nipper, Hailey Lewis, Hannah Hammon, Mariah Buxton, Emma Beers. Heaven Barton, and Jessica Hartman read books to the students. Ben's book featured Sammy the Sloth, who found her lost family. Students liked his illustrations. Aubrey's book was about a prince who didn't know how to swim, but with the help of his friends he learned how fun it could be. Several books featured animals. Cameryn wrote about a misunderstood shark, while Emily's butterflies explored the world on fun adventures. Hailey and Alex's books highlighted animals who overcame obstacles or had special talents. Hannah, Mariah, and Heaven's books included little girls. Hannah's book was inspired by her own family adventures making the most of a rainy day by building a fort. Mariah created a interactive book to help her character find her lost shoe. Heaven's book featured two girls who became friends on the playground. Finally, Jessica's book contained an imaginary friend.
After the readings, the elementary students gave positive feedback to the authors. The elementary students applauded each story and told the authors things they liked, such as the pictures, a particular character or the happy endings to the story.
While the high school students were apprehensive prior to reading to the elementary students, at the end of the experience, they were glad they stepped out of their comfort zone and shared their stories. Many expressed how surprised they were at the young students' enthusiasm and positive feedback. It was a great afternoon for everyone.
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.
2nd Quarter Perfect Attendance
Congratulations to our 2nd quarter perfect attendance students!