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!
The Valley R-VI second grade Patriot Team, who is a group of service leaders that honor active military men and women, honored a serviceman on Wednesday, May 22. These kids sent letters to different family members that were actively in the military. The group also sent a Christmas package that was put together by the students and staff of Valley. SSG Robert Gardner came and presented the Patriot Team with a flag that has been flown in five different countries. Robert is the father of Bobby Gardner of the Patriot Team. Valley was very grateful for his attendance and hopes to have many more experiences in the future.
Ethan Matthews was awarded second team all-district for baseball. Congratulations, Ethan!
Valley R-VI High School and Elementary Art Teacher, Ms. Grajek, competed in the Missouri Art Educators Association Art Show. She got second place for her drawing in the state art teacher competition in Kansas City on April 12, 2019. The district is thankful for everything that Ms. Grajek does for the school and her students.
The Valley R-VI School District graduation ceremonies took place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the J. Stephen Yount Gymnasium. Principal Chad Middleton delivered the opening remarks and congratulated the graduates on all of their hard work, dedication, and successes. Class salutatorian, Timidel Goodson, delivered a heartwarming speech that thanked all of her classmates, teachers, parents, and supporters for guiding and encouraging her throughout her high school career. Mariah Buxton, valedictorian, commemorated her once in a lifetime moment by pulling out her phone and taking a selfie with the crowd. School Counselor Megan Strange congratulated the graduates and then announced all awards and scholarships that were awarded to each. The board of education then presented all graduates with their diplomas. Ceremonies were concluded by Mr. Middleton delivering a few final few words and then asking the graduates to move their tassels over from left to right. The graduates were then dismissed as they lined the gym for a final congratulations from the board of education, administration, teachers, parents, and guests.
Mrs. Jones received the Teacher Appreciation Best Teacher award from the Dockins Radio Group in Farmington, Missouri on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Community members nominated their favorite teacher by submitting their name, along with why they felt the teacher was deserving. Mrs. Jones received the award and a check for one-hundred dollars. Congratulations, Mrs. Jones!
Valley R-VI High School hosted senior night to recognize the senior athletes who have shown dedication and hard work over the past four years during their high school baseball careers. Each athlete has displayed leadership, hard work, and determination both on and off the field. Being a student athlete can be tough, but these young men have handled it with ease. Keeton Loughary is the son of Corey and Shanna Loughary of Caledonia, Missouri. Keeton has played baseball for four years. After graduation, Keeton plans to attend Mineral Area College. Andy Brakefield is the son of Wayne and Dee Brakefield. Andy has played baseball for four years and plans to attend Mineral Area College. Jordan Moses is the nephew of Billy and Tracy Moses of Belgrade, Missouri. He has played baseball all four years and plans to join the Air Force.
Valley R-VI High School hosted their annual athletics banquet on May 9, 2019. Dinner was provided and served by Belgrade State Bank. Students were recognized for their hard work and dedication over the many seasons. Parents were also thanked for the hours that they spent getting athletes to and from games and practices and for always encouraging them to work hard and do their best. Coach Viehland also recognized the Special Olympics athletes for their hard work on Tuesday, May 7 while competing and placing in the Special Olympics. Prior to the conclusion of the banquet, Coach Caley Yount and Coach Connie Yount were both recognized for their long-term dedication and commitment to coaching volleyball over the last sixteen years.
A special thank you to Molly Comfort for writing this article.
The annual Valley R-VI academic banquet took place on Tuesday, May 7 in the dome gym. First was dinner followed by the awards presentation. The dinner was sponsored by Unico Bank and John Robinson III and presented by the Valley R-VI culinary team. Members of the team include Katie Boyer, Becca Williams, Keeton Loughary, Emily Bryan, Jake Gaston, Conner Payne, Kensie Rawlins, Nancy Brown, Jamison Politte, and Jera McClain. A special thank you to Brad and Stephanie Nipper for smoking the pork.
Congratulations to all of our academic award winners!
The Mineral Area Council art show was on Saturday, May 4. Valley R-6 School District would like to congratulate all the MAC art show winners from our school. Congratulations for a job well done! You make us proud! Valley received 13 ribbons this year.
- Jimmy Politte: Photography - 1st, 3rd, and 4th Place
- Daisy Kearns: Painting - 3rd Place, Black and White Drawing - 4th Place
- Grace Bowles: Black and White Drawing - 3rd Place
- Brooke Hampton: Open Media 3D - 3rd Place
- Kyndra Gormley: Open Media 2D - 4th Place
- Olivia Boyer: Sculpture - 2nd Place
- Bethany Bridgeman: Colored Drawing - 2nd Place, Sculpture - 3rd Place
- Eli Bone: Sculpture - 1st Place
- Timidel Goodson: Painting - 4th Place
We announced the recipients of college scholarships on May 7 at the Valley R-VI academic banquet. These students have worked hard throughout their high school career, and we are proud of their accomplishments!
The scholarship recipients are:
- Roy Brown Memorial Scholarship: Emma Beers
- Belgrade Masonic Lodge Dickey Family Scholarship: Emily Nipper, Emma Beers, and Mariah Buxton
- Caledonia and Valley High School Alumni Association Scholarship: Emily Nipper
- Caledonia Community Betterment Valley R-VI Spirit Scholarship: Emma Beers
- John M. and Jane Robinson Family Memorial Scholarship: Mariah Buxton
- Valley Lions Club Scholarship: Timidel Goodson
- Merlyn Turner Memorial Scholarship: Emily Nipper and Timidel Goodson
- L.C. "Calvin" Mason and Wiliam "Bill" Shipp Families Memorial Scholarship: Emily Nipper
- Bismarck Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6947 and Post 6947 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship: Emily Nipper
- Matt Peirce Memorial Scholarship: Dylan Turner
- Potosi Elks Lodge Scholarship: Trinaty Warren
- The Mineral Area College Foundation-Bondad Prevalece Scholarship: Trinaty Warren
We are happy to announce our students of the month for April!
The character word of the month for April was trustworthiness. The junior-high recipient was Danielle Hampton and the high-school recipient was Jordan Moses. A huge thank you to Roy's Convenience Store for donating pizza for our students of the month!
Three Valley R-VI School District students placed in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards contest sponsored by the Bismarck VFW. Students competing submitted patriotic art work and an essay about patriotism.
Congratulations to the following students:
- 1st place - Hailey Lewis
- 2nd place - Trinity Warren
- 3rd place - Timidel Goodson