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!

County Hog

Click to view moreThe annual county hog took place on Monday, September 10 at Kingston. The Valley R-6 Lady Vikings volleyball team battled against the Potosi Trojans and Kingston Cougars. The first set of the night was Kingston vs. Potosi with Potosi taking the win. The second set of the night was Potosi vs. Valley. The Lady Vikings put up a good fight, but sadly Potosi came out on top. The team was very upset, but they knew they still had one more game to play to prove themselves. The third set of the night was Kingston vs. Valley. Kingston and Valley played a very hard game. After playing three sets, Valley energized the crowd defeating the Cougars 28 to 26.

We would like to thank Cloe Kearns for this article. 

Valley Hosts Preseason Jamboree

Girl reaches for volleyballOn Monday, August 20, 2018, Valley R-6 hosted their annual preseason varsity jamboree. The Valley volleyball girls battled against the Kingston Cougars in their first match. In the second game of the night, Potosi came up on top with the win against Kingston. Valley faced Potosi as the night was ending, but sadly lost by five points. Please take a moment to check out photos from the jamboree.

We would like to thank Cloe Kearns and Corben Laramore for this article.

First Day Assembly

Teacher speaks to crowdValley R-6 recently had our first day of school on August 15, 2018. The students started off the day with a back-to-school assembly. Our student council introduced all the teachers. The staff then played a game of "This-or-That." After a few rounds, the students went out to play. Be sure to check out photos from our assembly.  

We would like to thank Molly Comfort for this article.

Bellevue Collegiate Institute Bell

Front view of the Belleview Collegiate Institute bellThe Bellevue Collegiate Institute bell that was on display at the junction of Highway 21 & C was stolen during the latter part of the summer. Valley School District would like to publicly thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for locating and returning the bell to the school. Deputy Ethan Haworth (graduate of Valley High School) returned the bell to the school after someone contacted him about a bell found in the woods. 

We would also like to thank Mayor John Robinson for playing a part by posting a picture in the local paper, as well as helping to identify the bell once returned. Finally, we would like to thank the many citizens that posted on social media and worked to try to help locate the bell. We are currently working on plans to get it back on display, but this may take some time.

Agriculture Education Program Article

The following news article about our district's agriculture education program ran in The Independent-Journal on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

  • "Valley Announces DESE-Approved Agriculture ED Program Beginning this School Year"
    FAA team
    (Picture from left to right: Marty Yount, Advisor; Jalynn Orrick, Reporter; Kendal Wynn, Vice Pres; Caity Campbell, Secretary; Thomas Owings, President)

    Valley is proud to announce that DESE has approved the start of an Agriculture Ed Program this school year and has hired a great teacher to get it started. Marty Yount is coming to Valley with 17 years of teaching experience and 12 of those years teaching Ag Ed classes and running an FFA chapter. Marty says, “I am blessed to be able to combine two of my passions, teaching and agriculture, as a career. I am grateful for the opportunity to start a new FFA and Agriculture program in my home community and school. I am invested in this community and look forward to both the community and school experiencing the benefits of career education and the versatility of FFA to grow student leaders in our community.”

    The students already seem excited to have this new program as well and have already been active this summer. Thomas Owings, President (pictured above) says this, “Opportunity is often overlooked by many, but those who seek opportunity excel. Opportunities through the FFA are endless and I’m extremely excited to see how new doors are opened by the FFA while affecting my peers’ lives.”

    For those that may not be familiar with an Agriculture Education Program, it is not just “sows and plows”. Agriculture education had three overlapping components: classroom instruction, supervised ag experience, and FFA, all of which are essential for program success and used to prepare students for future successes whether in or out of the agriculture business. So along with the classroom education, students also participate in a Supervised Ag Experience where they do hours of “real world” work, volunteer or conduct research alongside professionals in those careers. They also become a member of FFA, which is the largest student organization in America, hosting approximately 650,000 members in 50 states and 2 territories. Through FFA, students have ample opportunities for leadership, service and achievement.

    Agriculture Business boasts some amazing statistics of which you may not be aware, and they may become even more important to our students after they graduate high school to attend college or look to start a career. Agriculture makes up 17% of the entire US workforce. Agriculture Education was established in 1917 with the Smith-Hughes Act and today, over 1 million students participate in Ag programs in grades 7-adult. Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture and the primary type of agriculture in Missouri, as well as in Washington County. MO is the second highest state in beef cattle, only behind Texas. Missouri agriculture is an $88 billion industry with 99,171 farms in the state. Missouri has 60,000 highly skilled positions available in agriculture from crop management to animal sciences to agribusiness, and there are 23 colleges in Missouri with agriculture courses including MU, MO State, SEMO and C of O.

    Valley School District believes that this program will be a great addition to the courses they offer to their students, adding to a list of Valley career and technical education programs offered that now includes Agriculture Education, Pro-Start (a program including culinary techniques and management skills), Hospitality & Tourism, Business and various courses from Project Lead the Way, including a Biomedical track. There are also plans for Ag Ed to offer courses that will make ways for high school students to earn college credit, for which Valley already does with online courses through Mineral Area College and dual credit math courses on campus. With these options, in addition to sending students to Arcadia Valley Career Technical Center for training in even more career possibilities, Valley R-VI is a small rural school that has the goal to create opportunities for their students that will help prepare them for college and careers after high school. Adding Ag Ed to the mix will only strengthen the pursuit of achieving this goal.

We would like to thank The Independent-Journal for their article about our agricultural education program.

Preschool News Article

Be sure to check out the following news article that ran in The Independent-Journal on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

  • "Valley Starts New Preschool Program for 2018"

    Kelly Sadler, Preschool TeacherOn Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Valley R-VI School District will start their very first preschool. This is exciting news both for the community and the school. Valley is also excited to announce their new preschool teacher will be Kelly Sadler (pictured). Kelly has 14 years of experience in education and has been with Valley School District for 13 of those years. Here is what Kelly has to say about the new endeavor:

    “Early childhood education plays such an important role in a child’s development and sets the foundation for a love of learning. Preschool will provide students with the opportunity to better be prepared for kindergarten and guide them on the path for educational success for years to come. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of Valley’s preschool program. As a community member, a mother of two small children, along with my experience as a Kindergarten teacher, a preschool program is something I have hoped and prayed to see in our school district. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity for our students and community.”

    At the writing of this article, the school has 29 students, ages 3 and 4, registered to begin in September. The preschool will serve one group in the morning and one in the afternoon. By going half days, they are able to serve more students and keep the teacher to student ratio down. Kelly will have some help from Erin Williams, the new preschool aide. Valley’s plan is to use the new house purchased this year next to the school as the preschool. However, they will start the school year in their existing elementary building. Dr. Michael Silvy, superintendent of schools, explains, “When the house is complete, it is going to be a great space for our preschool students, but we did not want to start in the house before it was completely ready. We decided earlier in the summer that it would be better to take our time and do it right rather than rush to try to beat the September 4 deadline. This way we can start providing the service to our children and still have time to continue completing the house.”

    Word is, many patrons have wanted to see a preschool at Valley for a long time. It is great to see this turn into a reality this school year.

We would like to thank The Independent-Journal for their article about our new preschool program. 

Welcome New Staff

Superintendent Michael SilvyValley R-VI School District would like to welcome new teachers and staff.

High School

  • Casey Hartley - High School Math
  • Ashley Jones - Junior High/High School English
  • Johnny Viehland - Physical Education/Athletic Director/Boys Basketball Coach
  • Marty Yount - Agriculture Education/FFA

Elementary

  • Taylor Camillo - Third Grade
  • Megan Connor - Fourth Grade
  • Andrea Ellis - Fourth Grade
  • Kristin McCourtney - K-4 Resource
  • Candace Isgrig - 5-6 Resource
  • Hailey Neier - Instructional Aide

Administration

  • New High School Principal Chad Middleton moved from Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and PE Teacher to High School Principal.
  • New Superintendent Dr. Michael Silvy moved from High School Principal to Superintendent.
  • New Administrative Assistant - Tammy Watson