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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!

Valley R-VI Baseball Players Awarded All District

Congratulations to Thaddeus Heifner, Trent McClain, Keeton Loughary, and Ethan Matthews for being awarded all district class 1 district 3. Way to go!


On the evening of May 11, 2018, Valley R-6 held their senior graduation in the Steven J. Yount Gymnasium. The night started with speeches from Salutatorian Zach Gamble and Valedictorian Lexie Black. Both graduates gave inspiring speeches. The graduates then gave flowers to their loved ones as a thank you for supporting them throughout their high school career. The graduation continued with a video from the staff congratulating them on their hard work and tips for the beginning of their adult lives. Following this video, a then and now slideshow of the seniors showed how much each graduate changed throughout the years. Next, Mrs. Strange congratulated all the students on all their accomplishments in being the top ten percent of the class, Skills USA, class officers, National Honor Society, yearbook, A+ scholars, student council, and scholarships recipients. Finally, the school board presented the students their diplomas. Afterward, the seniors returned to their seats and, upon the pronouncement of their graduation, threw their caps in the air to celebrate. Everyone clapped in celebration and the graduates said final goodbyes because their high school years are now behind them.

Article written by Emma Bradley

Special Olympics

On Tuesday, May 8, Valley students traveled to Central High School to participate in the annual Special Olympics. Students eligible from each school took part in all categories of the athletics meet. To conclude each meet, students who participated ranked either first, second, third, or fourth place. At the end of the event, sponsors, hosts, and participants of the Special Olympics received honors. Valley participant Kellen Beck received second place in the softball toss and the 100-meter dash, and third place in the long jump. Preston Declue received second place in all events. Lindell Asher received fourth place in the softball toss, third place in the 100-meter dash, and second place in the long jump.

Article written by Emily Nipper

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Science Club Zoo Trip

On May 9, Valley R-6 School District took their biology and science club students to the St. Louis Zoo. The students participated in a scavenger hunt trying to find animals and statues within the zoo. They took pictures with animals and ventured around the zoo observing the many species of animals. The students had a great time and greatly appreciated the trip. Science club sponsor Trina Pritchett: “I love taking students to the zoo. I feel that it really brings relevance to the curriculum we learn about in biology. It gives students a tangible reason to be good stewards and voices for the animals.”

Article written by Emma Bradley

Blood Drive

On Monday May 7, Valley R-6 held their annual blood drive. The student council hosted, led by Rebecca Lawson and the American Red Cross. Students volunteered to help out during the event. These students were Katie Boyer, Cloe Kearns, Conner Payne, Dylan Turner, Rilee Ives, Emily Nipper, Aubrey Hampton, Trinaty Warren, Jordan Moses, Keeton Loughary, and Jasmine Sorrell. There were multiple students who donated to save lives along with other citizens in the community. The blood drive hours were from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. They received forty-one units of blood throughout the day. The blood drive was a great success. Ms. Lawson stated, “The blood drive had a great turn out. We appreciate all of the community support and the students who decided to donate.”

By: Rilee Ives

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Academic Banquet

Valley R-6 held their annual academic banquet on Tuesday, May 8 at the J. Stephen Yount Gymnasium. Dr. Michael Silvy hosted and said, “We are here tonight not only to celebrate our students’ successes in the classroom, but also to honor both the students and their families that give them so much support throughout the year and beyond.” Unico Bank and the Caledonia Community Foundation, Inc. sponsored the meal and Valley’s own culinary team prepared the food for dinner and dessert. After everyone had a full plate of delicious food, the teachers gave awards to the top two students in their classes. Students who won first place received a medal, and second place students received a certificate. Overall, the banquet was a huge success! Article written by Cloe Kearns.

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Baseball Senior Night

Valley R-6 hosted their baseball senior night on Monday, May 7, 2018. Blake Boyer, son of Gilbert and Tara Boyer; Thaddeus Heifner, son of Rob and Tanya Heifner; Trent McClain, son of Brent McClain and Tami McClain; Blake Rawlins, son of Chris and Morgan Rawlins; and manager Madison Schrum, daughter of the late Nathan Schrum and Monica McEntire, were this year’s recognized seniors. Parents brought out their players and gave them gifts. In their winning game against South Iron, Thaddeus Heifner and Trent McClain both hit home runs. Congratulations to our seniors! Article written by Jordan Brakefield

Scholarships Awarded At Academic Banquet

The Valley R-VI annual academic banquet took place on Tuesday, May 8. During the presentation the following scholarships were awarded. 

  • Roy Brown Memorial Scholarship 
    Presented by Connie Sadler
    Recipient: Blake Boyer
  • Belgrade Masonic Lodge Dickey Family Scholarship
    Presented by Mr. Leo Dickey, Dan Dinger, and Debbie Bay
    Recipients: Blake Boyer presented by Debbie Bay, Andrea Winingar presented by Dan Dinger, Haylee Yount presented by Debbie Bay, Emma Rosener, and Madison Lucas
  • J. Stephen Yount Memorial Scholarship
    Presented by Mrs. Connie Yount
    Recipient: Blake Boyer
  • Caledonia and Valley High School Alumni Association Scholarship
    Presented by John Robinson III
    Recipient: Thaddeus Heifner
  • Caledonia Community Betterment Valley R-VI Spirit Scholarship
    Presented by John Robinson III
    Recipient: Blake Boyer
  • John M. and Jane Robinson Family Memorial Scholarship
    Presented by John Robinson III
    Recipient: Blake Boyer
  • Valley Lions Club Scholarship
    Presented by Mrs. Pat Masson
    Recipient: Blake Boyer
  • Merlyn Turner Memorial Scholarship
    Presented by Julie Loughary
    Recipient: Madison Schrum
  • L.C. “Calvin” Mason and William “Bill” Shipp Families Memorial Scholarship
    Presented by Mrs. Jarvis
    Recipient: Blake Boyer
  • Bismarck Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6947 and Post 6947 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship
    Presented by Jerry McClain
    Recipient: Thaddeus Heifner 
  • Matt Peirce Memorial Scholarship
    Recipient: Thaddeus Heifner
  • Southeast Missouri State University Residence Life Leadership Award
    Recipients: Andrea Winingar and Emma Rosener
  • Southeast Missouri State University Scholarship
    Recipient: Andrea Winingar
  • The Mineral Area College Foundation-Bondad Prevalece Scholarship
    Recipient: Erica Phillips
  • MAC Cheerleading Scholarship
    Recipient: Erica Phillips
  • Presidential Scholarship Blackburn College
    Recipient: Lexie Black
  • Jefferson College Athletics Scholarship
    Recipient: Madison Lucas

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Madison Lucas Signs Letter of Intent

Valley High School senior Madison Lucas signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, to play basketball and pursue a career in elementary education. She will attend Jefferson College, a junior college located in Hillsboro, MO. Madison has secured many all-conference and all-district honors in her basketball career at Valley Caledonia. 

Seated from left to right are her mother Jalayne Robinson, Madison, and her father John Lucas. Standing from left to right are Assistant Coach Eric Phares, girls basketball player Emily Nipper, Jefferson College Assistant Coach Jillian Lipman, girls basketball player Angelica Aldridge, and Head Coach Caleb Tiefenauer. 

    District Shop Show

    On Thursday, April 26, members of the shop program at Valley R-VI competed at the annual Southeast District Industrial Arts Fair and Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. Of the 18 students who attended, 13 received medals and will move on to state competition. The state competition takes place at Tantara Resort in Lake of the Ozarks. The state qualifiers are Emma Rosener, Blake Boyer, Andy Brakefield, Heath Rhyneer, Molly Comfort, Emily Bryan, Aaron Henderson, Keegan Warden Carleigh Jackson, Jaimi Tuttle, Mariah Buxton, Madison Schrum, and Madison Lucas. Congratulations to our state qualifiers!

    For his 31 years of service, sponsor David Gray received recognition and a plaque at the competition and at Valley High School. This is Mr. Gray’s final year. Congratulations to Mr. Gray and thank you for your service! Article written by Conner Payne.

    Welcome to our New School-Board Member

    Valley R-VI recently welcomed new school-board member Steven Jones onto the school board. The board swore Steven in at the special school-board meeting on April 12. Congratulations Steven! We are happy to have you on the board.