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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 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.


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

PromOn 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

More Hug-a-Tree photosOn 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

3rd Grade Honor Roll

  • Superintendent's "A" Honor Roll: Charlize Roth and Carter Walters.
  • Principal's "B" Honor Roll: Shane Aldridge, Alivia Boyer, Emily Glore, Daisy Kearns, Coy Lands, Daniel Lands, Keller Loughary, Danny Reeves, Reagan Schrum, Draven Valley, and Ean Bone.

4th Grade Honor Roll

4th Grade Honor Roll

  • Superintendent's "A" Honor Roll: Emma Alley, Aryka Ayers, Tony Boesing, Graci Bowles, Olivia Boyer, Perswaya Brooks, Case Ciskowski, Holland Clyburn, Ryan Cole, Garrett Coleman, Chayse DeClue, Hunter DeClue, Kaiden Dickey, Kyndra Gormley, Brooke Hampton, Lindsey Jackson, Carlie Loughary, Drew McClain, Mia McClain, Haylee Moore, Jaidon Morris, Hunter Northcutt, Brylee Redinger, Ayden Sims, Ocarina Smith, Walter Strother, Hayden Todd, Sylas Vance, Ava Waldrop, Carsyn Yount, and Casey Yount.
  • Principal's "B" Honor Roll: Makenna Jenkins, Hannah Martin, and Westin Thompson.

5th Grade Honor Roll

5th Grade Honor Roll

  • Superintendent's "A" Honor Roll: Bethany Bridgeman, Kenley Missey, and Regan Laramore.
  • Principal's "B" Honor Roll: Harmony Asbridge, Chloe Boyer, Caleb Brakefield, Aliyah Brooks, Payton James, Jazmine Johnson, James Lands, Jera McClain, Landon McClain, Morgan Merlenbach, Kalley Portell, Garrett Redinger, Maggie Stetina, KJ Tiefenauer, Brianna Travis, Braden Williams, and not pictured Maddie Lawson.

6th Grade Honor Roll

6th Grade Honor Roll

  • Superintendent's "A" Honor Roll: Chloe Crase, Danielle Hampton, Cole Kearns, Colby Maxwell, Brooklyn Pulliam, Cody Roth, Molly Stetina, Isaiah Thebeau, Alli Thompson, Carletta West, Chris Illert, and not pictured Bethany Rhyneer.
  • Principal's "B" Honor Roll: Hayden Asbridge, Dylan Conner, Sam Crase, Benji Daniels, Colby Litton, Caleb Scego, Marissa Thee, Ethan Tiefenauer, Heith Walton, and Peyton Watson.

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.

Caeden Nickelson and Hunter Watson


March Student of the Month Assembly

March Student of the Month Assembly PhotosOn Friday, March 24, Valley High School held a student of the month assembly awarding two students for kindness and for organizing a grade-level lip-sync battle and air guitar competition.

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. 

  • 7th grade - Mr. Jackson
  • 8th grade - Mr. Phares 
  • 9th grade - Mr. Price
  • 10th grade - Mrs. Lawson
  • 11th grade - Mr. Randolph
  • 12th grade - Mr. Silvy

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!

Kindergarten-Hayden Francis and Hallie Abney.
Kindergarten-Hayden Francis and Hallie Abney.

1st Grade-Parker Myers, Isabella Palmer, and Chelby Bequette.
1st Grade-Parker Myers, Isabella Palmer, and Chelby Bequette.

2nd Grade-Hayden Caruso, Noah Abney, Ashton Pogue, McKaylynn Medley, and Hunter Moore.
2nd Grade-Hayden Caruso, Noah Abney, Ashton Pogue, McKaylynn Medley, and Hunter Moore.

3rd Grade-Charlize Roth and Emily Glore.
3rd Grade-Charlize Roth and Emily Glore.

4th Grade-Front Row: Haylee Moore, Ryan Cole, Ava Waldrop, and Back Row: Drew McClain, Garrett Coleman, Perswaya Brooks, Makenna Jenkins, Olivia Boyer, and not pictured Walter Strother.
4th Grade-Front Row: Haylee Moore, Ryan Cole, Ava Waldrop, and Back Row: Drew McClain, Garrett Coleman, Perswaya Brooks, Makenna Jenkins, Olivia Boyer, and not pictured Walter Strother.

5th Grade-Jera McClain, KJ Tiefenauer, and Morgan Merlenbach.
5th Grade-Jera McClain, KJ Tiefenauer, and Morgan Merlenbach.

6th Grade-Front Row: Brooklyn Pulliam, Caleb Scego, Cody Roth, Dylan Conner, and Back Row: Isaiah Thebeau, Benji Daniels, Ethan Tiefenauer, Cole Kearns, and Carletta West. 	 Requested: 3/28/17 5:31 PM Priority: Within 2 Business Days Status: In Process Requested By: Jennifer Woods  Mark Graphics Complete Reopen Content More Status Options Content: Complete Graphics: Open Schools related to this request: Client: Valley R-VI School District Site: Valley R-VI School District (Toolbox)     valleyschooldistrict.org
6th Grade-Front Row: Brooklyn Pulliam, Caleb Scego, Cody Roth, Dylan Conner, and Back Row: Isaiah Thebeau, Benji Daniels, Ethan Tiefenauer, Cole Kearns, and Carletta West.


Leadership Day

Leadership Day PhotosValley 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.


MAP Testing

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. 


Basketball Awards

We are proud to present our all-district and all-conference winners.

All-District Winners

  • Logan Lucas
  • Lexie Black
  • Lauryn Gallaher

2nd Team All-Conference

  • Logan Lucas and Lauryn Gallaher

1st Team All-Conference

  • Zach Turner and Lexie Black

Congratulations! We are all very proud of you!

Pictured from left to right: Logan Lucas, Lexie Black, Lauryn Gallaher, and Zach Turner


Creative Writing

Photos of Creative Writing ClassThe 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.

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



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