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!

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.

Prayer at the Pole

Woman wraps her arms around a young girl in an embrace as they stand on the grass with other peopleOn Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Valley R-VI Christian club hosted their annual Prayer at the Pole. Prayer at the Pole is a community-wide event, which several surrounding schools participate in. Christian club is a group that gathers and talks about the word of God. Local church pastors come to speak to the students at the meetings they have every year. Members of Hope Church and all students from Valley R-VI are welcome to gather at the front of the school and pray at the pole. At this year's event, Emily Haworth lead with reading scripture, and afterward they sang some worship songs. Everyone gathered in a circle holding hands as the pastor from Hope Church, Dale Stringer, closed in prayer. Emily Haworth said, “The event was very successful, and I hope that it goes this well next year.”

We would like to thank Emma Bradley for this article.

    Perfect Attendance

    Students that attained perfect attendance for the 2017-2018 school year pose togetherValley R-VI School District recently recognized the students that attained perfect attendance for the 2017–2018 school year. These students received a pizza lunch provided by the school. Congratulations students, and keep up the good work!

    The students in the photo are (left to right):
    Front row - Kendra Medley, Cole Kearns, and Cody Roth
    Back row - Alex Vollet, Kendall Wynn, Aaron Henderson, and Jordan Moses

    September Students of the Month

    Our character word for September was respect. We awarded two students who exemplified this character trait during the month. The junior high recipient was Sam Crase and the high school recipient was Thomas Owings. When you see these students be sure and give them a high-five for their accomplishment. 

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

    Sam CraseThomas Owings
    Yearbook Students Attend Conference

    Smiling students sit on a busValley R-VI yearbook students took a trip to the Jostens MJEA workshop on September 18, 2018. The workshop was in the University Center at Southeast Missouri University. The students learned about sports photography, how to conduct interviews, newspaper design, and storytelling through photography. The students enjoyed themselves and learned a lot! Corben L. was especially excited when the bus stopped at Sonic on the way home!

    We would like to thank Jordan Brakefield for this article.

    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.