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!

Lady Vikings Basketball T-Shirt Fundraiser

Don’t miss the opportunity to own and proudly wear the first ever Lady Vikings basketball t-shirt that actually features a lady viking! She’s not some dainty little thing that lets the men do all the fighting. She’s a fierce warrior queen who’s ready to battle! 

Sizes small through x-large are $15 and sizes 2x-large and up are $17. Contact any Lady Vikings basketball player or the high school office to order. All proceeds go to support Lady Vikings basketball!

Lady Vikings Basketball T-shirt
Principal's Honor Roll

Congratulations to the students who made it onto the first quarter principal's honor roll list!

Seventh Grade: Caleb Brakefield, Ashton Gibson, Jacob Gillam, James Lands, Jera Mcclain, Landon Mcclain, Jamison Politte, Kalley Portell, Nikolas Presley, Garrett Redinger, and Maggie Stetina.

7th Grade Principal's Honor Roll Students

Eighth Grade: Hayden Asbridge, Mackenzy Barnhart, Dylan Conner, Chloe Crase, Samuel Crase, Eli Rawlins, and Heith Walton.

8th Grade Principal's Honor Roll Students

Ninth Grade: Alexander Bridgeman, Alexis Brooks, Trenton Henson, Carter Jackson , Emma Pulliam, and Brant Sanders.

9th Grade Principal's Honor Roll Students

Tenth Grade: Kellen Beck, Keegan Boyer, Caity Campbell, Chasity Dunn ,Joseph Henderson, Rilee Ives, Haley Johnston, Cloe Kearns, Corben Laramore, Trey Moyers, Hayley Rawlins, Felisha Stewart, and Seth Walt.

10th Grade Principal's Honor Roll Students

Eleventh Grade: Elijah Gamble, Taylor Gillam, Riley Goodson, Carleigh Jackson, Jalynn Orrick, Jacob Razor, Jacob Swaringim, Jaimi Tuttle, and Kendall Wynn.

11th Grade Principal's Honor Roll Students

Twelfth Grade: Landon Asbridge, Wyatt Asbridge, Taylor Barton, Ethan Bradley, Seth Bridgeman, Jaya Crites, Samantha Kingery, Sierra Lands , Hailey Lewis, Keeton Loughary, Jordan Moses, and Wilfred Stevens.

12th Grade Principal's Honor Roll Students

If you see these students, make sure to congratulate them for their hard work.

Superintendent's Honor Roll

Congratulations to the students who made it onto the first quarter superintendent's honor roll list!

Seventh Grade: Kalli Boyer, Bethany Brdigeman, Aliyah Brooks, Regan Laramore, Morgan Merlenbach, Kenley Missey, and Paige Thomsen.

7th Grade Superintendent's Honor Roll Students

Eighth Grade: Ashlyn Bedford, Shealy Hamelback, Danielle Hampton, Christopher Illert, Cole Kearns, Colby Litton, Colby Maxwell, Brooklyn Pulliam, Bethany Rhyneer, Cody Roth, Molly Stetina, Isaiah Thebeau, Marissa Thee, Alli Thompson, Ethan Tiefenauer, Peyton Watson, and Carletta West.

8th Grade Superintendent's Honor Roll Students

Ninth Grade: Nancy Brown, Emily Haworth, Mya Illert, Ethan Moses, and Brant Rawlins.

9th Grade Superintendent's Honor Roll Students

Tenth Grade: Tyler Courtway, Jacob Gaston, Thomas Owings, Trevin Rhyneer, and Alex Vollet.

10th Grade Superintendent's Honor Roll Students

Eleventh Grade: Molly Comfort, Skylar Declue, Elizabeth Morris, Conner Payne, Heath Rhyneer, and Jasmine Sorrell.

11th Grade Superintendent's Honor Roll Students

Twelfth Grade: Emma Beers, Taylor Bidner, Katelyn Boyer, Emma Bradley, Andrew Brakefield, Mariah Buxton, Timidel Goodson, Aubrey Hampton, Isabelle Hayes, Abigail Klekamp, Allison Moses, Emily Nipper, Dylan Turner, and Trinaty Warren.

12th Grade Superintendent's Honor Roll Students

We are so proud of the hard-working students we have at our school!

Students of the Month

We are happy to announce our students of the month for October! The character word of the month was "honesty." The junior high recipient was Colby Maxwell, and the high school recipient was Emma Bradley.

A huge thank you to Roy’s Convenience Store for donating pizza for our students of the month.

October Junior High Student of the Month Colby MaxwellOctober High School Student of the Month Emma Bradley

Click to view moreOn October 19, the Valley R-6 science and art clubs hosted their annual Trunk-or-Treat. Due to cold weather and rain, they moved the event into the high school gym and students were able to decorate tables instead of their trunks. 267 kids came and enjoyed the games and trick-or-treating! Each year, students receive prizes for best costume and best table. Isabelle Hayes and Taylor Bidner, dressed as Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Abby Klekamp, dressed as Peter Pan, tied for best table and both won $20. Trinaty Warren, Aubrey Hampton, and Hailey Lewis, dressed as Inside Out characters, won best costume and also won $20.

We would like to thank Conner Payne for this article.

All District Recipients

We would like to congratulate Molly Comfort, Mariah Buxton, and Elizabeth Morris for their recent achievement of "All District Second Team for Class 1A District 4." Congratulations, we are very proud of you and your accomplishments!

Molly Comfort, Mariah Buxton and Elizabeth Morris pose together
Senior Night

Spirit signs with Emily, Mariah and Emma written on themOn Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Valley R-6 varsity volleyball team had their last home game for the 2018 season. The seniors received congratulations on their last game at home. The three Valley R-6 seniors gave roses to the seniors on the West County team as recognition for their dedication for their last year as well. 

Valley senior, Emma Bradley, escorted by her mother April Buckley, was also involved in HOSA for one year, yearbook editor one year and member for four years, science club for three years, and varsity volleyball for four years. 

Emily Nipper, escorted by her mother Stephanie Nipper, is also the vice president of NHS. She was an NHS member for three years, involved in STUCO for four years, science club for three years, FBLA secretary and member for two years, yearbook for four years, and HOSA for one year. 

Mariah Buxton, escorted by her parents Raymond Buxton and Tara Buxton, has been the STUCO president for one year and member for four years, science club president for one year and member for four years, NHS for two years, HOSA for one year, shop club for three years, and academic team for three years. 

The seniors received gifts and applause for their hard work and dedication throughout their high school volleyball career. The coaches were also given presents from the seniors for their dedication for coaching them throughout the years. Coach Caley Cooper said, “The girls showed grit against West County and worked really hard. Our seniors will be missed next season.”

Please take a moment to view pictures from this great night!

We would like to thank Emma Bradley for this article.

National Honor Society Induction

Inductees stand togetherOn Thursday, September 11, 2018, Valley R-6 High School hosted their 50th annual National Honor Society (NHS) induction. The following students received induction: 

  • Taylor Bidner, Elizabeth Morris, Tyler Courtway, Thomas Owings, Trey Moyers, Haley Johnston, Colton Breakfield, Allison Moses, Jacob Razor, Jacob Gaston, Alex Vollet, Cloe Kearns, and Rilee Ives

Emma Beers, NHS president, led the ceremony. Following Emma was Emily Nipper, vice president; Conner Payne, secretary; and Mariah Buxton, treasurer. All NHS inductees were so ecstatic and honored to be part of the organization. John Robinson III joined us as the inductions took place. He gave every new and current NHS member a flower and a special coin to express their appreciation. Phyllis Long received recognition as one of the original officers of the Valley R-6 NHS chapter. She also received a certificate. After the induction ceremony (along with plenty of pictures), we served cake and refreshments. Please take a moment to view pictures from this event. 

We would like to thank Cloe Kearns and Rilee Ives for this article.

Blood Drive

View more photos of the blood driveValley R-6 StuCo recently hosted their annual blood drive, in association with The Red Cross, on Friday, October 6 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Forty-four donors came out to donate blood, twelve of which were first-time donors. A few of the Valley R-6 StuCo members also donated blood on their breaks. The Red Cross collected forty-four pints of blood, which could save approximately 132 lives. Rebecca Lawson, the sponsor for Valley's StuCo, was very happy with the turnout. She would like to thank everyone in the community who came out to donate, and for taking time out of their day to give back to the community. Valley R-6 StuCo plans on having more events like the blood drive for our school and can't wait to give back to the community in many more ways. Please check out the photos!

We would like to thank Corben Laramore for this article.

FCCLA Regional Convention

View more photos of the FCCLA Regional ConventionThe Valley R-6 FCCLA club took a trip to the regional convention at Sullivan High School. The convention included a skit about FCCLA programs, including the Power of One and Financial Fitness programs. A motivational speaker, Brandon Lee White, talked about how kids can own their actions and make their own decisions. There are 27 different schools that region five covers. Three Valley R-6 students are regional officers: Conner Payne, regional president; Jaya Cites, regional secretary; and Jordan Moses, regional reporter. Eleven of our students attended this meeting. Alex Bryan says, “The meeting was very motivational."

We would like to thank Jordan Moses for this article.

Charlie Spirit Week

Six students wearing tutus pose togetherFrom October 8 through 12, the Valley R-6 School District students and staff participated in a spirit week to honor Charlie Harbison and child cancer awareness. Charlie is a resident of the town of Belgrade, and attends Valley R-6 Elementary School in Caledonia. She is six years old and is currently fighting cancer. The spirit week was to show support for Charlie and her family, as well as raise money for her cause. Throughout the week, the students and staff dressed up for each day. 

  • Monday- Wear pink
  • Tuesday- Tutu or tie day
  • Wednesday- Pajama day
  • Thursday- Disney character day
  • Friday- Wear gold or a hat

Student council donated doughnuts and hot chocolate to sell to students and staff at Valley Elementary and High School. Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., doughnuts and hot chocolate sold for a $1.00 each. The fundraiser was from 7:30 until 8:10 a.m., and raised a total of $1,560.20 which will divide between the Harbison family and childhood cancer research.

Hughes Mountain Field Trip

Mr. Phares' seventh grade earth science class recently went on a field trip to Hughes Mountain. The seventh graders were able to observe different kinds of rocks and see the effects of erosion on the environment. Please take a moment to view photos from this great trip!

Students and teachers pose together on the mountain
Manufacturing Trip

Students listen to guide as he speaks in the warehouseOn Thursday, October 4, 2018, Valley R-6, Kingston, and Potosi school districts took their students to manufacturing companies in Potosi. They first visited Buckman Laboratories to learn about chemicals, various types of equipment, and how they are used for us today. They continued their trip by visiting Midwest Textile & Supplies to learn the types of fabrics and how they are used in the making of quilts for hotels. Lastly, they visited Purcell Tire. At Purcell Tire students learned how tires are made and fixed. Overall, students learned that manufacturing companies have hard workers and it takes a lot of time, effort, and manual labor to have a manufacturing job.

A special thank you to Emma Bradley for writing this article.

Valley Caledonia FFA Chapter Hosts a Successful Chartering Ceremony

photos from the chartering ceremony of the Valley Caledonia FFA ChapterOn the evening of October 1, 2018, Valley High School hosted the chartering ceremony of the Valley Caledonia FFA Chapter. FFA members from Potosi, Farmington, Doniphan, Fredericktown, East Prairie, Perryville, and Arcadia Valley school districts, along with community leaders, school personnel, parents, and students attended the ceremony. FFA chapter officers from schools in the region performed opening ceremonies followed by FFA alumni who spoke about the impact of FFA and gave advice to the new chapter members. 

The ceremony highlighted Leon Busidieker, Missouri Director of Agriculture Education, who presented the chapter with a national FFA charter. Those present to sign the charter included Valley Caledonia FFA Members: Angelica Aldridge, Victoria Aldridge, Elijah Blacker, Seth Bridgeman, Alexis Brooks, Trenton Brooks, Caity Campbell, Bradley Dennis, Matthew Graham, Haley Johnston, Dedrick Ketcherside, Carson Loughary, Trey Moyers, Tanner Newhouse, Jalynn Orrick, Thomas Owings, Emma Pulliam, Makensie Rawlins, Brant Sanders, Jaimi Tuttle, and Kendall Wynn; School Board Members: Trina Kirby, Steven Jones, and Pat Yount; School Administrators: Superintendent, Dr. Michael Silvy, High School Principal, Chad Middleton, and Chapter Advisor, Marty Yount. 

Following the charter signing, the Doniphan FFA Chapter presented the Valley FFA Chapter with a metal FFA emblem. The Doniphan chapter president spoke briefly about the important features of the emblem and their significance. After the gift presentation, the guest speaker Quentin Carlyle, state FFA officer, spoke about the impact of FFA in his own life and growing as a public speaker throughout his high school career in FFA. The ceremony ended with the installation of the Valley Caledonia FFA Officers. Each officer became installed by an officer from another FFA chapter. Trent Deppe, Area 15 and Perryville FFA Chapter President installed president, Thomas Owings; Brittany Ladd, Farmington FFA Chapter Vice President installed vice president, Kendall Wynn; Chelsie Rice, Arcadia Valley FFA Chapter Secretary, installed secretary, Caity Campbell; Maddy Saunders, Potosi FFA Chapter President installed treasurer, Angelica Aldridge; Dezeray Everett, East Prairie Chapter Reporter, installed reporter, Jalynn Orrice; Bailey Schroeder, Doniphan FFA Chapter Sentinel, installed sentinel, Carson Loughary; Jessika Matthews, Fredericktown FFA Chapter Historian, installed Valley Caledonia Historians, Mackenzie Rawlins and Haley Johnston.

After the ceremony, FFA members and Prostart student Katie Boyer served desserts and refreshments. We had a cake made by Laine Cottrell of the Steelville FFA Chapter, donated by Joel and Peggy Alexander. There were a variety of cupcakes made the Valley High School Prostart class. Valley Caledonia FFA members would like to thank Tad and Angela Owings for donating decorations, along with Julie Loughary with Belgrade State Bank who gifted a fall plant arrangement for the ceremony. Many people came together to help make the Valley FFA Chapter’s chartering ceremony a success.

We would like to thank Jalynn Orrick for this article. 

Valley R-VI Celebrate 8th Grade Night

Volleyball player holds up a gift basket as she stands next to two adults, one holding balloons and a gift bag8th grade night for junior high volleyball was Tuesday, October 2 at Valley High School. Five girls were recognized for their dedication; Alli Thompson, Carletta West, Danielle Hampton, Marissa Thee, and Shealy Hamelback. Coach Lawson joined the girls and their parents on the court and presented them with a gift.

Ms. McGinness gave a short speech about the girls. “Danielle Hampton is the daughter of Tammy and Chuckie Hampton, and has played volleyball for three years. Carletta West is the daughter of Bobbie and Chris West, and has played for three years. Marissa Thee is the daughter of Bobbi and Mark Govro, and has played for one year. Alli Thompson is the daughter of Tara Buxton and Jason Thompson and has played for two years. Shealy Hamelback is the daughter of Stacy Laramore, and has played for one year. We would like to recognize these girls for their dedication and hard work over the past volleyball seasons. Each athlete has displayed leadership, hard work, and determination, both on and off the floor. Being a student athlete can be tough, but these young ladies have handled it with ease. Parents, thank you for your dedication to these young athletes. Without your help, none of this would be possible. Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in congratulating our 8th grade Valley Lady Vikings volleyball athletes."

Harlem Wizards Assembly

Tomahawk helps a female student hold a basketball on her fingerOn Tuesday, October 2, Tomahawk, one of the Harlem Wizards, visited the Valley R-6 High School. He gave a motivational speech and showed off some basketball tricks. It was a great experience for everyone to have, and the students had a great time.

Later that evening, the Harlem Wizards played against a team of Valley R-6 alumni and staff, in an event sponsored by EPAT.

Check out the photos of this fun event.

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.