We are sorry to inform everyone that the blood drive scheduled with the mobile unit at Valley Heights Central Office in Waterville tomorrow has been canceled.
Tuesday, March 31st will be the final day to pick up books and necessities for distance learning classes. Office staff will also begin working from home and the offices will be closed. Friday packet delivery and pickup from school will still be available. If you do have questions, please call the school phone number and the call will be forwarded to a live person.
Staff. The parade was amazing. I am so proud of the Valley Heights family. Stay strong and good luck as we begin a new way of teaching and learning. It's a Great Day to Be a Mustang.
Valley Heights Families: We miss you and want to see you! VH staff will be driving through the communities to wave and say hi this Sunday, March 29th at 5:00 in Blue Rapids and approximately 5:45 in Waterville. You are invited to wave and shout from your porch, yards and sidewalks, but please do not approach the vehicles or gather in large groups. We must stick to the social distance guidelines. The line of vehicles will be starting at the fairgrounds in Blue Rapids and follow the route shown on the map below. We will then proceed to Waterville. If we are not driving down your street feel free to walk or drive somewhere and wait for us along the route. We hope to see as many of you as possible! Please share and help get the word out! It’s a Great Day to Be a Mustang!
Reminder: Don't forget to pick up instructional packets at our two food service sites, BR Elementary & Waterville Elementary, between 11 & 1 today unless other arrangements have been made. And students don't forget to get a good meal at the same time.
Jr/Sr High School Students and Parents. Here is a picture or you can click on the link for a PDF, but this is the schedule for the E-Learning that will be happening beginning Monday, March 30th, 2020. Teachers will be utilizing Google Classroom through the students' school email. Assignments and activities in the classes are NOT optional. Assignments and activities need to be completed and grades will be given accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact the high school at 363-2508. https://5il.co/e58v
Reminder we will continue to serve breakfast and lunch daily, Monday - Friday from 11am-1pm at both grade schools! Ages 1-18 are FREE!
Don't forget breakfast and lunch will still be served this week from 11am-1pm at both grade schools! Ages 1-18 are FREE!
Regarding elementary school supplies and personal belongings: Starting today and the rest of the week, supplies and belongings will be available for curbside pickup at each elementary building from 11:00am-1:00pm. Call the elementary offices if you have any questions.
Jr/Sr High Students and Parents-please wait till Tuesday or Wednesday to call for appointments to pick up your personal items. Thank you for your patience.
Attention everyone: We still have around 40ish meals left in Waterville and 30ish left in Blue Rapids!! Today’s meal is Lent Friendly! Serving till 1pm! 1-18 if FREE!
Valley Heights community recycling scheduled for the 3rd Saturday or each month has been postponed until further notice.
There have been a few requests by junior/senior high school students wanting to get materials or items from their lockers. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, students can contact Lori in the office to set a time to come to the school and grab the materials they need.
Hello Valley Heights: Today the Governor suspended school as we currently know it until the end of May. We are receiving guidance from the Kansas Department of Education on how we are to proceed with delivering instruction to our students. The Legislature has also approved for districts to apply for waivers that will mandate two things. 1) Continuous Learning Plans are to be developed and delivered to students. 2) All hourly employees will be paid. The following schedule will apply to Valley Heights schools: March 23 - 27 - Staff will develop instructional delivery methods. NO instruction will be provided this week. March 30th. Instructional delivery methods will be implemented. Please stay tuned for more specific instructions on how we will deliver our Continuous Learning Plans.
Additional cancellations at Valley Heights High School: Our Junior High Dance for this Friday night will be postponed to a later date. Also the Twin Valley dance for this Saturday will be postponed at this time. Thank you for your patience.
Just a reminder that the Prom Night Tux/Flower Order session, that was to be at the high commons this evening, has been cancelled.
Parents and Students - Are you looking for some educational online resources to sustain your time at home during the COVID-19 outbreak? Please click on the link to see dozens of resources available to keep your mind stimulated while at home. https://5il.co/du0w
Parents of Drivers Education students: We have extended our online testing for Driver's Ed to go through April 3rd. Students will need to have their 16 online test completed and passed with an 80% by this date. Our written test will be rescheduled upon return to regular classes.
Correction to previous message: Child, not parent or guardian must be present for FREE meals. Sorry for the confusion, please share the message.
Good Morning Valley Heights. Just a reminder that our food service program goes into effect today from 11 to 1 at both elementary schools. All meals are FREE to anyone age 1 to 18. Parents or guardians must be present to pick up the meals. Let us know we can improve the service.
The regular scheduled board meeting for tonight has been moved to the High School at 5:30.
ACT has decided to reschedule the April 4, 2020 National ACT® test date to our June 13 and July 18 test dates in response to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). ACT will be notifying registered students directly in the next few days, informing them of the postponement and providing instructions for next steps.
If you live on a rural route and would like to participate in the FREE meal program during the closure, please contact Central Office, 363-2398 ASAP to make arrangements.
During the current closure, USD 498 will operate a FREE curbside food program sponsored by KSDE. Starting Tuesday, March 17th breakfast & lunch will be served from 11AM-1PM at both elementary schools. All children ages 1-18 are eligible for these meals. Questions call 363-2398.
Based on the recommendation from the State Education Commissioner and the Kansas State Board of Education, the Valley Heights school district will be closed the week of March 16 - 20. There will be no activities during the week and staff is to remain off site unless directed otherwise.
Valley Heights schools will be closed Monday, March 16th. We will send out updated information tomorrow regarding future plans for resuming school. The Kansas State Department of Health and Environment is conducting a statewide meeting that may provide guidance on how public schools should plan for the near future. Please stay tuned for more information.
Valley Heights fitness center will be closed until further notice. There are no exceptions for public, students or staff.
The BVL Scholars Bowl Tournament, scheduled for Monday, has been cancelled.
Here is some general information for the state basketball tournament in Bramlage Coliseum. You can also find any information from the KSHSAA.org website. Prices: Adults = $10 Students = $7 No food or outside drinks are allowed in the coliseum. If you are unable to attend the games, there is a 'Watch Live' link on the KSHSAA website. There is a cost to watching the live games. K-State's Clear Bag Policy is in effect. Only clear bags smaller than 12"x6"x12" or "non-clear" clutch bags 5.5"x7.5" are allowed in the Coliseum. More information is provided in the following link: https://5il.co/di4n
“Perseverance” is the name selected for the new Mars Rover. Over 28,000 students, including Mrs. Laughlin’s seventh grade science students, had the chance to write a persuasive essay to try and convince NASA to select their rover name. Perseverance will be launched this year and is designed to look for microbial life on Mars. Here is a link to follow the story. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7612
The Valley Heights Booster Club is looking for donated items for the silent auction at the athletic banquet. If you have something you would like to donate, please visit with Stacy Vermetten.
Sub-State Basketball games at Horton High School: Girls will play Thursday night at 6:00 PM vs Horton. Boys will play Friday night at 6:00 PM vs Winchester-Jefferson County North.
Tonight’s first round sub-state boys basketball game is broadcast live on KNDY FM 95.5, online at sunflower state radio.com, and the KNDY mobile app!
Valley Heights has posted on our website a link to information on the facts and what we need to know about Coronavirus, and how to stop the spread of germs. As always, we ask that anyone experiencing symptoms of a respiratory disease stay home until you are symptom free.
Just a reminder to VH parents: If you are wanting your student to take drivers ed this summer, payment for the class is due by the end of the day today.
Girls Sub-State Bracket: http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/2ASub-State.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=4534
Just a reminder: Students who are wanting to take Driver's Ed this summer, the sign-up ends this Thursday, Feb. 27th. The cost is $150. Please return payment and enrollment sheet by Thursday to the high school office.
Game schedule for tonight @ Blue Valley New gym: 4:45 start- 3 quarters JV girls, 6pm Varsity Girls then Varsity Boys. Old Gym: 4 quarters of JV boys starting AFTER JV girls is done.
The Valley Heights community is invited to Marysville High School for a featured Mental Health speaker, Coach Mark Potter on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 pm. Please click on the link for more information. https://5il.co/d39f
Game schedule for tonight vs. Clifton Clyde. (Parents Night) All games are at the High School. 4:00 half JV girls 4:45 JV boys 6:00 Varsity girls -Parents Night- 7:30 Varsity boys
Regular board meeting scheduled for tonight, 5:30 at the District Office.
HS basketball schedule for Friday at Centralia. 4:45-JV girls (main gym) 4:45-JV boys(secondary gym) 6:00-varsity girls (main gym) 6:00-1/2 c-team boys (secondary gym) 7:30-varsity boys (main gym)
Valley Heights alumni - will you be doing your student teaching block during the 2020-2021 school year? Scholarships are available. Also, available is the Dirk Hargadine Memorial Scholarship for college juniors & seniors enrolled in an environmental or ag related field.
Scholarship Deadlines: VALLEY HEIGHTS - March 5th. Others due before March 1 include Little Black Dress, Southeast Comm College, GPACAC, Evergy/Haines-Weber, Paul Max Service. Check the VH webpage for details.
New game times for high school basketball at Linn on Tuesday 2/11/20. 4:00 JV girls followed by 2 quarters of JV boys followed by varsity girls then varsity boys.
Here is the link for the boys and girls basketball brackets for the 2020 BVL Tournament. https://5il.co/cuqk
Game Schedule for tonight vs. Axtell ALL GAMES IN HS GYM 4:15 JV girls (3 quarters) 5:15 JV boys (2 quarters) 6:00 Varsity girls 7:30 Varsity boys The Wide Awake 4-H club is having a free will donation potato bar at the Valley Heights High School starting at 5:00pm until gone.
The Wide Awake 4-H club is having a free will donation potato bar at the Valley Heights High School, Friday, Feb. 7th. Food will be served starting at 5:00pm until gone. Money will be used for club activities. Thanks for supporting the kids in your local 4-H club!
HS BB Game schedule for tonight at Hanover 4:45- JV Girls in High School Gym JV Boys will play in St John’s Gym after JV girls finish. 6:00- Varsity Girls in High School Gym Followed by Varsity Boys.
Tonight, Jan. 31 FCCLA is hosting a Mac N Cheese bar at the VHHS. Free will donation starting at 4:30. ALL GAMES IN THE HS GYM - NO games in Blue Rapids. 4:00 half JV girls 4:45 JV boys 6:15 Varsity girls 7:45 Varsity boys
King and Queen of Courts will be at halftime of the varsity boys game tomorrow night at Valley Heights High School. Come out to support the basketball teams and watch the crowning. Queen candidates are Rylie Borgerding, Shae Murk, and Kate Wanamaker. King candidates are Wes Denton, Austin House, and Jake Winslow. See you there. Go Mustangs!!🏀
The USD 498 Board of Education has announced the selection of Melissa Kennedy, as the new superintendent. Melissa will take the reins on July 1, 2020 after the retirement of John Bergkamp.
Game schedule for today at Solomon (gyms are in the same location) Game Times and Gyms: High School Gym 6:00 – Girls Varsity Game 7:30 – Boys Varsity Game Middle School 5:00. -- Boys C-Team Game 6:00 -- Boys JV Game 7:15. -- 1/2 Girls JV Game
Robotics Final Update: Sam and Chase ended the tournament in the 5th Alliance place. Freedom and Kris were selected to compete with the 8th Alliance and ended the tournament in 8th Place. This will be our final tournament for the season. All teams showed improvement, learned so much and had lots of fun in the process.
TVL BB time changes for Thursday, January 23rd in Washington: 3:15 West Gym Onaga (Home) vs. Linn 4:45 West Gym Blue Valley (Home) vs. Clifton Clyde 4:45 High School Gym Valley Heights (Home) vs. Frankfort 6:15 West Gym Washington Co. (Home) vs. Centralia 6:15 High School Gym Axtell (Home) vs. Hanover
Valley Heights schools are cancelled today January 22nd. All activities cancelled
Regular board meeting scheduled for tonight, 5:30 at the District Office.
Schedule for Junior High games tomorrow night. HS Gym: 5:45 A team girls followed by B team girls then 2 quarters of C team girls BR Gym: 5:45 B team boys followed by A team boys
Freedoms and Chris are going into semifinals in the 7th place alliance position!
Robotics Update: Sam, Chase and John are going into semifinals as the second place Alliance!!!
It’s a robotics kind of day. We are at TCALC in Topeka. This is the school district’s facility for students who want to explore careers through pathways in Law, Engineering, Culinary Arts, and more! Today Valley Heights students Freedom Williams, Chase Morris, Sam Caswell, Kris Jamieson and John Heafke are competing.
Valley Heights Community Recycling scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 18th in Blue Rapids is canceled.
Parents - Do you have a child interested in attending the Highland Western Center or would you as a parent like to know more about their offerings in technical education? On Monday, January 27th the Valley Heights sophomore class will be taking a tour of the HWC. Valley Heights would welcome parents to visit the Western Center that day also. If you are interested (not just sophomore parents), please contact Mrs. Buck at the high school for more information. Valley Heights will need to know by Thursday, January 23rd if you plan on attending. Areas of technical education that the HWC offers include: Allied Health, Construction Technology, Diesel Technology, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Graphics, Industrial Welding, Manufacturing Technology, Medical Office Assistant, and Precision Agriculture.
Valley Heights schools will be closed Friday January 17 due to inclement weather predicted for early morning.
We're half way through January! Scholarship applications due February 1 include Noxious Weed Directors, DAR, Jackie Robinson, and ESA. Two new ones were added today. Check them out!
Last Friday's High School Basketball games at Onaga have been re-scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16.
Valley Heights School will be closed Monday, January 13th. All activities are also canceled.
Valley Heights schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. today January 10th, 2020. All activities postponed
The JH B-team tournament scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday 1/11) has been cancelled.
All Valley Heights activities are postponed for Friday January 10th. 2020
Valley Heights School will be closing today, Friday January 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Schedule for Junior High B Team basketball on Saturday at Washington. 9:00 AM VH girls vs Linn (West Gym) Wash. Girls vs CC (HS gym) 10:15 VH boys vs CC (West gym) Wash. Boys vs Centralia (HS gym) 11:30 Girl Winners play (HS Gym) Girl Losers play (West Gym) 12:45 Boy winners play (HS gym) Boy Losers play West gym) Pay attention to any weather updates on this page.
Scholarship Application deadlines next week include Sara Eddy, Kiwanis, Ross Fritz (local), and KSDE AEOP. Due February 1 are DAR, Jackie Robinson, and ESA. There are also four new scholarships this week. Check them all out on the VH web page.
Kiddie Clinic Reminder Practice will be on Friday at 1:00-2:30 at the high school. Performance will be that evening during the boys halftime.
The newest scholarship on the Valley Heights scholarship page is the Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship. A reminder that the upcoming break is a good time for seniors to work on applications - especially those requiring an essay.
Regular board meeting scheduled for tonight, 5:30 at the District Office.
VH KAYs will be hosting Christmas Story hour and a craft with Mrs. Clause on Sat., Dec. 14th from 10:30-11:30 am at the Blue Rapids Public Library for preschool through 6th grade. We will also be serving hot cocoa and cider out of the little cabin on the square during horse/carriage rides from 10 am- 4 pm. Hope to see a lot of you there!!
This is a reminder to parents that Colts Round-up will dismiss at 5pm today.
Reminder: COLTS Booster Club meeting today at 3:00pm for all K-6 parents at the Waterville Grade School Library!
Valley Heights COLTS Booster Club Meeting Sunday, December 8th, 2019 @ 3:00pm at the Waterville Grade School Library. Everyone is Welcome!
There are new scholarships available as of December 1. One, which is only awarded to Valley Heights seniors, is the Ross Fritz Memorial. Check it out. The deadline to apply is January 15th.
Nemaha-Marshall Electric Coop is offering two free trips this summer for two area juniors. One is to Washington DC and the other to Steamboat Springs, CO. For more information, please call the school by December 6th.
Mustang Magic Drill Team is hosting a Kiddie Clinic for K-6th grade. Practice and the performance will be December 20th. The cost is $20 per child which includes a shirt! For more details and to sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Heights Colts Booster Club will have its first meeting tonight at 6pm in the Waterville Grade School library. Any parent of a Pre-K thru 6th grade student is welcome and encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!
The start time for the Junior High basketball games in Linn on Thursday has changed due to gym issues in Linn. the games will start at 4:00pm. The games will be in the following order: B girls / B boys / A girls / A boys all in one gym.
Regular board meeting scheduled for tonight, 5:30 at the District Office.
Reminder: Fall Family Literacy Night tonight at 6:00PM at the Blue Rapids Gym for Preschool-6th Grade!
Mrs. Crowther and Mrs. Koehler’s 5th Grade Classes visited Blue Rapids Senior Living to interview local Veterans and present them with acrostic poems we made. Several kids are bringing home acrostic poems for family members who are veterans. We send our sincere thanks to all Veterans for their service.
Several scholarships have been added to the list - check them out. Upcoming deadlines are Hagen, Nov. 15; K-State and Washburn Leadership, Dec. 1; Rural Voices, Dec 2.
Valley Heights KAYs, students, and staff will be hosting our annual Veteran's Day celebration, Monday, November 11th at 7:45 a.m. in the VHHS commons area. We would like to invite all veterans and their spouses/families to join us in the celebration. Coffee, roll, and juice will be served, followed by a short program. Thank you for your service and allowing us to honor you in this day! Hope to see all of you November 11th!
Notice - Calendar Change: The All School Play will be November 15th, 16th & 17th!
Trunk or treat at the high school before the football game Thursday night. If you wish to participate, please set up in the west parking lot at 4:45 pm.
As October winds down, scholarship deadlines are approaching. November 1 - Masonic Lodge Essay Contest, Wichita State, KU, November 5th - Elks, November 15th - Hagen. Keep checking with schools and organizations for other deadlines.
For planning purposes, if you are going to excuse your child to attend the state volleyball tournament, please let your child's school know ASAP.
Please click on the link to see information pertaining to the state volleyball tournament. Just scroll down to the class 2A section. Also, there is a 'Live Feed' link on the website for those that can not attend. KNDY will also be covering the contest on the local radio channel. http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Volleyball/State.cfm
Volleyball fans - still waiting on the other semifinal game to finish before the finals will start.......
Sub-State VB in Brookville this Saturday. Be aware that there is road construction to deal with. K-140: road crew is currently paving through Brookville; there will be a pilot car east and west of town for the rest of the week, including Saturday. Plan accordingly.
There will be a JH/HS student pep bus going to sub-state VB Saturday. Leave time is 10:15 am. Students must sign up in the office by Thursday at 3:00 pm. Maximum number taking is 50. Students will have to pay their way in and any food or drink.
The Sub-State Volleyball Bracket has been released. Click on the following link: https://5il.co/ayf2
Regular board meeting scheduled for tonight, 5:30 at the District Office.
Junior high volleyball team will leave after school tomorrow for the BVL tournament.
Junior volleyball plays tonight at Blue Valley. A team plays at 4:30 and 5:30. B team plays at 4:30 and C team plays at 5:30.
Don't forget the flu shot clinic tomorrow October 17th. VHHS 7:30-8:45 AM Blue Rapids 9:45-11:00 AM Waterville 1:30-2:30 PM So parents please check your childs bookbag for the forms. If you need a form go to www.marshallcohealth.org/forms
In case you missed it, here is the 2019-2020 Homecoming King and Queen crowning! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbjCMOOKAY8
Check out our new video of the Valley Heights Homecoming Parade! ----> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_ZO7jkSaAE
The link below is the online store for TVL Volleyball shirts. Orders will be accepted through Tuesday. https://stores.inksoft.com/twinvalleyvb
For all that will be traveling to Doniphan West tonight for volleyball, there is road construction between Marysville and Home City. Alternate route may save time.
Reminder - Several scholarship deadlines are nearing. Keep checking the website. Also, December 1 is the priority deadline for many Kansas schools for the FAFSA. Call the school if we can help.
The cross country meet in Centralia has been cancelled for Saturday, October 5th.
Valley Heights Junior/Senior High School will be on a Blaze Day schedule for Wednesday, October 2nd. HS and JH volleyball and football practices will begin at 3:00 pm. Transportation will be provided as usual, just moved up 30 minutes....activity bus will leave high school at 5:00 pm.
Regional Cross Country and Sub-State VB assignments are out. 2A Regional Cross Country assignment is in Alma. Girls start time will be 10:00 a.m. and Boys will begin at 10:45 a.m. The 2A Volleyball Sub-State assignment will be at Brookville-Ell-Saline High School. Other teams in VH's sub-state include: Republic County, Bennington, Ell-Saline, Canton-Galva, Ellsworth, Herington, and Sacred Heart. Game times have not been established yet.
The Kansas Masonic Lodge Essay Contest is available to all juniors and seniors. Statewide, prizes up to $4000 are awarded. Locally, Sutton Masonic Lodge in Waterville offers cash prizes to Valley Heights essay writers as well. Deadline is Nov 1. See Mrs. Buck for details.
VH will be revealing a dedication to the LEW Whitson Memorial at 6:45 pm tonight before the Homecoming football game.
Homecoming Activities: ALL Valley Heights fans are welcome to join the Homecoming activities this week. Thursday night at 8:00 pm will be the bonfire and pep rally located in the overflow parking lot. Friday afternoon the Homecoming parade will be in Blue Rapids beginning at 2:30 pm. Friday night will include a Booster Club hamburger feed before the football game. The football game will begin at 7:00 pm. Then the Homecoming crowning will take place at halftime. Come out and join the Valley Heights school spirit!
There will be no Colt's Round-Up After school Monday, September 23 & Wednesday, September 25 due to scheduled Student Success Meetings.
USD 498 has a tobacco free policy in force at all times which includes VAPING. Click on the link below to be ALERT and be INFORMED. Talk to your children about the dangers of VAPING: http://www.kdheks.gov/vaping/index.htm
If there are any parents interested in a parent/caregiver presentation on human trafficking and safe internet/phone app use, the Stop Trafficking Project will be having a "caring adult" presentation tonight (Wednesday, September 18) beginning at 7:00 pm at the high school in Frankfort.
The registration deadline for the October 26th ACT is this Friday, September 20th.
Regular board meeting scheduled for tonight, 5:30 at the District Office.
Tomorrow is picture day. Don’t forget your uniforms.
Biology students are learning how to conduct a controlled experiment. The theme of the experiments center around human impact on decomposers and the test subjects are Armadillidae. Topics include the effects of manmade trash, global warming, flooding, use of rubber as a ground cover, and soil compaction. Students will present their finding at the science fair this spring.
Join us Monday, September 16th, at 7:00 pm for a financial aid presentation by Larry Moeder of the financial aid office at Kansas State University. Seniors and parents will benefit most, but any parent interested in sitting in is welcome.
Great News! Meila, from Valley Heights Jr/sr High, has been selected as a finalist for this week's "Artist of the Week" award for the 10th-12th age group. The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday September 14 will be selected as our "Artist of the Week." To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below. Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group! http://www.artsonia.com/aotw/vote/teacher/76483366 The "Artist of the Week" will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia. In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning schools and $50 to the winning artists.
Volleyball at Axtell tonight. If you are traveling to Axtell tonight to cheer on the girls, it's recommended to take Highway 9 to 30th Road just East of Vermillion (County blacktop road), turn North on 30th Road to Axtell. This will bypass the construction on Highway 36.
Experience the Fair! Still a few spots available. Call or email 785-363-2211 email@example.com
VH Booster Club is looking for help gathering things for their tailgate meal at the homecoming football game. If you could click on the link below and signup to assist, it would be much appreciated. https://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=CUXZ7746
Continue to check the Scholarship Page under "counselor" on the Valley Heights website. The newest scholarship is from the Kansas Buffalo Association for students who raise buffalo and/or will major in an ag field.
Who else is looking forward to getting started to Colt's Round-Up tomorrow! Don't forget we go until 5:30 pm!
Sorry! My last post was not very clear. The HS FB scrimmage at Clay Center Friday night will be held at their JH field due to the rain in the forecast. That field is located at 12th and Prospect in Clay Center. There is limited seating so you may want to bring a lawn chair.
Due to the forecast of rain they are going to move our scrimmage to the JH football field/high school track located at 12th and Prospect. This is directly east of the high school up on the hill. There is limited seating so please bring a lawn chair and sit around the track.
Keeping our students safe is our job! Let's all work together to make sure everyone stays safe! https://info.seon.com/e/69072/019-08a-Back-to-School-PSA-mp4/fj42dw/784035774?h=EVFsQJlN4gSGFepJXuTLCLDnkp2AOQaFg3dbXgrG3uI
There will be a high school football parent meeting Thursday evening at 7:00 in commons area of the high school.
Notice: USD 498 budget hearing at the district office at 5:15 followed by regular BOE meeting at 5:30.
The VH football team store is now live. Go to the following link to place your orders. https://stores.inksoft.com/WS20632
Valley Heights USD 498 is hosting a Community Appreciation Night for all the Valley Heights patrons tonight, August 16th beginning at 7:00 pm on the football field. ALL parents, students, staff, and community members are invited to come and celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Hot dogs and chips will be served, games will be played, and a movie will be shown when it is dark enough. So bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy the evening. There may even be s’mores available during the movie (thank you VH Student Council)! *If weather becomes an issue, we will let the community know the plans with our outreach system.
Activity Passes For Sale: If you plan on attending a lot of Valley Heights sports games at home, you may want to consider getting a family pass for your family. Family passes are good for immediate family to get into games hosted by Valley Heights (excluding playoffs). Family passes are $150.00 or you could purchase a single person pass for $100.00. Passes can only be purchased at the high school office, they will not be available at the gates.
Reminder to six grade families . Sixth grade back to school night is tonight, August 13 from 7 to 8. Please enter through the playground door in Mrs. Hardin‘s room. A short meeting followed by kickball and a special welcome back activity. Hope to see you there.
Elementary PreSchool - 6th Grade Back to School Night: Wednesday, August 14th from 5PM - 7PM!
Seniors - If you're female and planning to attend college at least 500 miles away, there's an awesome scholarship opportunity for you. Check it out when school starts or visit the scholarship page on the VH website.
Reminder that tonight, Wednesday, August 7th (7:00 pm), is 7th Grade and new student orientation. Students and parents are invited out to the high school for some general information and to ask questions about coming into a new building. Students will also get to explore the building to look for their classes. And....get to attempt opening lockers.
A CNA course through Highland's Western Center(Baileyville) will be offered 9/4-10/31. Clinicals are in Marysville. Contact Darlene Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Heights USD 498 is hosting a Community Appreciation Night for the entire Valley Heights community. ALL parents, students, staff, and community members are invited to come and celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Hot dogs and chips will be served, games will be played, and a movie will be shown when it is dark enough. So bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy the evening. There may even be s’mores available during the movie (thank you VH Student Council)! Please use the following link to see the flyer: https://5il.co/92ji
Elementary students: The elementary school will be participating in the fair parade this Sunday. All elementary students are invited to walk with the float. Meet at spot 14.5 at 5:45 pm to participate! Hope to see you there! Wear your Lead the Way shirts!
Camp Exploration is canceled today July 10th. Please stay safe!
Due to this mornings weather event Camp Exploration will be delayed until 10 am. If needed we will update to cancel.
Students who attend a KRR afterschool program are 38% more likely to reach reading benchmark than their non-attending peers. View the full report here: http://bit.ly/AfterschoolReport #EarlyLiteracy #Afterschool #RRReport
Funeral services for Lew Whitson will be this Saturday, June 15th. @2:00p.m. in the Valley Heights gymnasium.
The Valley Heights community will be having a candlelight vigil for the Whitson family Saturday night, June 1st, at the VHHS football field. The vigil will begin at 9:00 pm and we ask you to please bring your own candles.
State Track Qualifiers. Emma Yungeberg in the shot put, discus and javelin. Maddy Vermetten in the Discus, 300 hurdles, 4x800. Samantha Vermetten in the 800, 1600, 4x800. Abigail Steinfort and Catherine Toerber in 4x800. Abby Lister and Emma Toerber 4x800 alternates. Jake Yungeburg in the discus.
The Valley Heights Preschool and K-prep enrollment scheduled for May 16th is cancelled. If you have not pre-enrolled please contact the Waterville elementary school @785.363.2530 with questions
Awards Night is Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00 PM. Please come celebrate with our seniors, help recognize other students' achievements, and show appreciation for the wonderful community support. All are welcome - come celebrate our Valley Heights community!
Please come out to Senior Night and Spring Fling. Senior displays start at 6 and Spring Fling at 7. Please come check out the talent of our seniors, art and music students.
Due to continued weather challenges, Elementary Play Day will be rescheduled for Wednesday, May 15. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Rosa Blaske and Haylee Whitson break into finals at State Forensics
Due to the inclement weather forecast play day is posponed to Tuesday May 7th. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Keep checking the scholarship list on the Valley Heights webpage. Although they are slowing down, three more were added today - Bellus, Balanced Man, and IFC.
Valley Heights Booster Club would like to invite you all to attend the 2018-2019 athletic banquet. It will be held on Wednesday May 1st at 6:30pm in the high school gym. We are also looking for any donations that we can add to a silent auction to raise money for our students.
Due to weather, the JH league track meet scheduled for today at Valley Heights will be postponed until Thursday at 1:00.
Due to the colder weather, Friday’s Day of Service for the JH/HS has been postponed.
Seniors are starting to hear about scholarships. We have state, national, and local winners already! Come celebrate with our seniors at Awards Night, May 14th at 7:00pm. The public is invited.
The High School track meet scheduled for Tuesday April 16th in Belleville has been changed. The meet will be in Concordia not Belleville. Field events will begin at 10:00am and running events will start at 11:00am.
CHECK THIS OUT: Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force announces Challenge Award recipients!! http://valleyheightsks.apptegy.us/article/102301
In addition to the forensic team taking 1st place at TVL, these folks brought home some individual medals. Seniors - Hannah Musil 2nd in Prose and 2nd in IDA with Rosa Blaske who got 1st in Oration. Angel Hornkohl 3rd in poetry and 5th in Prose. Carter Popejoy 4th in Extemp. Robin Roberson 4th in Oration and 5th in poetry . Juniors - Haylee Whitson 1st in solo serious and informative. Sam Hardin 3rd solo humorous and oration. Sophomores - Jackson O'Toole 3rd prose. Cameron Beardsley 3rd informative. Evan Haines 7th informative. Emma Toerber 5th informative and 4th IDA with Catherine Toerber. Freshman - Emma Yungeberg -2nd poetry. Abigail Steinfort 1st solo humorous and 2nd duet with Meila Crowder. Aiden Nemechek 3rd Extemp. Lots of requalifiers for state with Emma Yungeberg newly qualifying for Champs.
Valley Heights Schools received a possible criminal threat on Social Media. The safety and security of our students and staff is our utmost priority. We take every possible threat seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation. While we don't anticipate or believe there is any threat to students or staff, as a precautionary measure Marshall County Law Enforcement will have extra personnel on hand at each school today.
Anatomy/Physiology students spent 2 hours in the cadaver lab at Emporia State University today. Dr. Dwight Moore used the cadaver to identify structures and to explain how they function. He also had other preserved organs that showed anatomical anomalies. Students were encouraged to have a hands on experience and were allowed to pass organs around to get a closer look at the details. This is an experience students will remember forever.
ALL SUMMER REC. BALL FORMS ARE DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 29! TURN FORMS IN TO YOUR STUDENTS SCHOOL OFFICE! LATE FORMS MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED!!! FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT Adam Schreiner at (785)341-8277 OR EMAIL: email@example.com
The Valley Heights Booster Club is looking for donated items to be used in a silent auction at this years athletic banquet on May 1st. If you would like to donate an item please contact Coach Trimble at the high school or a booster club member. Thank you for your support!
A scholarship is available is for books and tuition at Highland Community College for students interested in athletic training. Similar opportunities are available at many other colleges as well, so be sure to check with the department at your chosen post-secondary institution.
ALL SUMMER REC. BALL FORMS ARE DUE FRIDAY, MARCH 29! TURN FORMS IN TO YOUR STUDENTS SCHOOL OFFICE! LATE FORMS MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED!!! FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT Adam Schreiner at (785)341-8277 OR EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Correction on dates: The shots at VHHS will be the 29th. Below is the corrected information. Reminder for parents-if you received an immunization form, please send form back to school with a copy of your current insurance card. 6th graders will be vaccinated on March 25th and VHHS students on March 29th.
Join us at the high school tonight for the district wide Science Fair. Exhibits will be open from 6:30-8:00. A free sloppy joe meal will be offered.
Reminder for parents-if you received an immunization form, please send form back to school with a copy of your current insurance card. 6th graders will be vaccinated on March 25th and VHHS students on March 28th.
Please join us for the district wide science fair on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30-8:00 pm at VHHS. Free sloppy joe meal offered.
Valley Heights grads! Will you be student teaching next year? Are you an incoming junior or senior in environmental science or an ag field? Have you been accepted into a nursing program? Contact Mrs. Buck at the high school for scholarship opportunities for you.
Scholarship deadlines come and go quickly this time of year. Within the next two weeks, the following are due: OPPA(our food program), KS Seed Industry, Farmers Coop, KS Junior Golf, and Crime Stoppers. Check out "counselor" on the VH web page for more information.
Don't forget the Valley Heights Public Meeting this Wednesday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Commons. All USD 498 patrons are invited. Bring your ideas to share. See you there.
Results from the FFA poultry judging Career Development Event March 5th in Wamego. A-team placed 7th as a team and Sophie Brungardt place 7th individually. B-team (all freshman) placed 2nd as a team. Meila Crowder place 4th individually, Abigail Steinfort 5th, Nate McWilliams 8th and Hallie Mae Borgerding placed 15th. Great day, great kids and thanks to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Obermeyer for doing such a great job prepping both teams for today.
The Valley Heights fitness center will be closed today to allow for snow removal.
Scholarship Reminders - The VH Scholarship Application is due Wednesday, March 6th. Other applications due over spring break are the Pony Express Riders, Kansas Contractors, KACRAO, and Blue Valley Telecommunications.
The start times for Saturday’s Sub-State Basketball games at Valley Heights has been moved earlier. The girls game will begin at 2:00 pm and boys will begin at around 3:30 pm.
The Valley Heights Junior/Senior High School conducted a Crisis Management drill this afternoon. Thank you to the students, staff, and local authorities for your cooperation.
The Valley Heights Fitness Center will be closed now through Monday morning to allow for snow removal in the parking lots.
The Valley Heights Scholarship deadline is approaching soon! Seniors and parents are reminded that applications are due no later than 3:30, Wednesday, March 6th.
Marysville Forensic Tournament is cancelled, tomorrow March 23rd.
Highland Community College is offering a CNA class with clinicals in Marysville this spring. Additional information is available at the high school for those interested.
What happens when your team GPA is a combined 3.9? You earn the Kansas Volleyball Associations Academic Team Award. Congratulations to the Valley Heights Volleyball team for this recognition. Along with the team recognition, there were several individual student-athletes who earned All-Academic 1st Team: Sam Vermetten, Kennedy Stevenson, Hannah Musil, Andrea Hudson, Catherine Toerber, Emma Toerber, Maddy Vermetten, Emma Yungeberg, Sam Hardin, and Shae Murk! Congratulations to the Lady Mustang Volleyball Team!
Valley Heights schools will be closed Wednesday February 20th. The public meeting scheduled for Wednesday night will be rescheduled for a later date
This is a reminder inviting everyone to the public meeting sceduled for Wednesday, February 20th starting at 6:00 p.m In the High School commons. If the weather does not allow for the meeting to take place, we will reschedule to another date. This meeting is very important and it will take place when it is conducive for maximum attendance to occur. We thank you for your patience.
The junior high scholars bowl meet scheduled for this evening has been postponed to a later date due to weather.
This is a reminder to families that there is no Colts Round-Up afterschool program today or Thursday because of student success meetings!
Part of FFA week is saying thank you to those people that impact our chapter throughout the year. Today we delivered cookies and thank you cards to businesses in Waterville, Blue Rapids and Marysville to show out appreciation for all they do to make our chapter successful. We may be a small community, but we truly appreciate what everyone in our communities do to support our program. Our National FFA theme this year may be JUST ONE, and we know it takes more than just one person or business to make our chapter function.
Thanks to Valley Heights FCCLA and students for helping recycle on this cold day! Also thanks to Jacquie Coggins for hot drinks and doughnuts!!
The National Honor Society volleyball tournament scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to a later date.
As the VH FFA chapter gets ready to kick off National FFA week, be sure keep an ear open for interviews and PSA on local and statewide radio stations by our local members. They can be heard on KNDY, KUTT, KCLY and this interview aired throughout the state on the Kansas Farm and Ranch Radio network from VH FFA member and NED FFA treasurer Wesley Denton. Stay tuned all week while we celebrate. Check out the link below below to hear one of them. https://www.kansasfarmandranchradio.com/district-ffa-officer-and-valley-heights-member/
The junior high scholars bowl meet for tonight at Valley Heights has been cancelled. Our next meet will be Tuesday at Luckey.
Valley Heights status has changed to closing for Friday February 15
Valley Heights Schools will be on a two a two hour delay today February 15th
The Anatomy & Physiology trip to the Emporia State University cadaver lab has been canceled for Friday, 2/15. It will be rescheduled for early April.
The junior high scholars bowl meet has been rescheduled for this Friday at 4:30.
There will be no Colts Round-Up after-school today due to weather conditions.
The JH scholars bowl meet scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.
As an OPPA! school (our school lunch program), Valley Heights seniors interested in pursuing a food service/hospitality career are eligible to apply for a $1000 scholarship. For this and other great scholarship opportunities, check out the VH website.
Valley Heights schools will be on a two hour delay today February 7 2019
Valley Heights Schools early dismissal at 2:05 today will be as scheduled. There will be not Colt Roundup or Methodist Church program. All student after school and evening activities are canceled.
Valley Heights Schools early dismissal at 2:05 today will be as scheduled. In addition, there will be no Colt Roundup as well as no Methodist Church program. All after school and evening activities are canceled
The American Legion Cadet Law Enforcement Academy: The Cadet Law Enforcement Academy, co-sponsored by the Kansas American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Kansas Highway Patrol will be held at the Highway Patrol Training Center in Salina, June 2-7, 2019. The Academy is open to High School Juniors and Seniors. During the week, students participate in firearms instruction and range safety, personal defense tactics, pursuit driving on the driving range, perform vehicle stops, fly in Highway Patrol aircraft if available, and receive generalized law enforcement and legal training, all while staying in a modern air-conditioned dormitory. Qualified instructors from the Highway Patrol, KBI, FBI and other law enforcement agencies are used throughout the week. Deadline for applications is March 31st. The student fee is $50 for the entire session. The application is available at: www.ksamlegion.org or call The Kansas American Legion at 785-232-9315.
Valley Heights grade school kids spent first semester learning how to program robots and this semester they are learning how to design and engineer them. First, they will build the standard clawbot, program it, then work through competitive challenges. Once they master that, kids will design and engineer their robot to meet new challenges. They are off to a great start.
While anticipating the bitter temperatures for Wednesday morning January 30th., Valley Heights Schools are planning to operate on a normal schedule. Parents and Guardians are encouraged to take extra precautions in sending your child to school especially if they are walkers. We do not advise letting your child walk to school tomorrow morning. If the start time for school is delayed or if school is canceled you will be notified as soon as possible.
There has been a change to the schedule for tonight's games. All games will be played at the high school in the following order. 4:15 half JV girls followed by JV boys followed by Varsity girls then Varsity boys.
The Kansas Future Teacher Academy (KFTA) will host its 30th annual academy June 9-13, 2019 on the Emporia State University Campus. Any student completing 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, and interested in teaching as a career, is invited to apply. The link to the application is: https://www.emporia.edu/teach/kfta/documents/2019-application-a.pdf For the cost of $100, accepted participants will: *be exposed to what a teaching career would entail *work with practicing staff members *experience the life of a university student *provided room and board *receive multiple resources and materials. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the high school.
Basketball schedule for tonight's games in Troy. 4:00 JV girls (3 quarters), followed by JV boys (2 quarters) followed by varsity girls then varsity boys.
A number of scholarship applications are due in February. Check the updated list on the Valley Heights webpage. http://www.valleyheights.org/counselor--24
Due to wind and drifting snow Valley Heights schools wil dismiss at 12:30 today January 24th
Valley Heights Schools are closed Wednesday January 23rd
Valley Heights schools will dismiss at 12:30 today. Basketball games with Solomon postponed. All after school activities canceled
The Valley Heights FFA chapter rocked it at the Northeast district FFA speech and employment skills contests. Results of employment skills LDE were A team 1st place Brady Trimble (state qualifier), Wes Denton 3rd place (state qualifier). B team 1st place Rylie Borgerding, Sophie Brungardt 3rd place. Prepared speech senior division 1st place Wes Denton (state qualifier) and Abigail Steinfort 4th place sophomore division.
TVL basketball schedule for Thursday (final day) of TVL: Girls vs Axtell in South gym at 1:00. Boys in south gym at 2:30 vs. Axtell.
TVL basketball update for Wednesday: VH boys play Washington County in Frankfort’s north gym at 4:30. VH girls will play D-West in Frankfort’s north gym at 6:00.
TVL basketball games for Saturday, January 12 have been cancelled. New brackets and game times are not available yet, but will be shared when possible.
Biology students explore photosynthesis by investigating factors that affect the opening and closing of stomata in leaves. Students used fingernail polish to make impressions of the stomata to then view under the microscope. Sophie Brungardt captured a great image using her iPad. How many stomata can you identify?
Expected inclement weather has created some changes to basketball schedules for Saturday, January 12th. The junior high basketball tournament at Centralia has been cancelled. The TVL basketball tournament in Frankfort will have all times pushed back two hours. The boys will now play at 1:30 pm and the girls will play at 3:00 pm.
The USD 498 Board of Education will hold a PUBLIC MEETING on January 16th, 2019 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Commons. The purpose of this meeting to gain public input to assist the board with long range planning. All 498 patrons are invited.
This is the schedule of events for the high school basketball games vs. Onaga. All games will be played at Valley Heights High School. There will be NO games played at the elementary gym. 4:30 pm = half jv girls followed by half jv boys. Around 6:15 pm = Girls Varsity. Around 7:45 pm = Boys Varsity
Due to the basketball games at Troy being postponed, the high school boys and girls basketball teams will have their makeup game at Doniphan West on Friday, December 21st. At this time, there will be a half game for both the jv boys and girls, starting at 4:00 pm.
The high school boys and girls basketball teams will have their makeup game versus Doniphan West on Friday, February 15th. At this time, there will be a half game for both the jv boys and girls, starting at 4:30 pm.
The high school basketball game at Doniphan West on Friday, December 14th is being postponed. D-West is experiencing an unusually high number of influenza cases and has cancelled school for the remainder of the week. When a makeup date is announced we will let our VH community know.
Crisis Drill - VH Jr/Sr HS completed a Lock-In Crisis Drill this afternoon. This was an opportunity for drill practice and also ran the Marshall County drug dog through the building and premises. Thank you to the students and staff for your cooperation in making this drill a success. Special thank you to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department and Officer Harlan!
Planning on going to the high school basketball game on Friday, December 14th at Doniphan West? If so, please take a non-perishable food item to get entry into the game. Each person attending would need to bring a non-perishable item. Also, the order of games will be as follows: 2 quarters jv girls; 2 quarters jv boys; varsity girls, & varsity boys.
The upcoming break is a great time to apply for scholarships. Two I would recommend are the Pony Express Essay and The Ross Fritz Memorial SS. If you are a member of Bluestem Elec Coop, check that one out ASAP as it's due this month. Also, visit with Mrs. Winters about the ESA.
Valley Heights Men’s basketball falls to Riley County 63-23.
The Valley Heights basketball games on Tuesday, December 4th will be covered by News Channel Nebraska and may be viewed online or on your TV. To view the game you must use Blue Valley TV Channel 75 or stream the games on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV or online at ncnsportsnow.com.
The Scholars Bowl team hosted a varsity tournament tonight. As the host, team members, USD 498 faculty and staff and many community members worked to make this a successful event again this year. Washington County placed first. Second place went to Rock Creek and Wetmore placed third. Thanks to all who helped!
Riley County High School will be offering a baked potato bar ($5) or pulled pork sandwiches ($6) at the basketball games on Friday, November 30th if you are interested.
Valley Heights will still host a varsity Scholars Bowl tournament on Tuesday, November 27th. Volunteer Moderators and Judges will need to check in at the host table in the Commons at 3:45 to pick up your tournament folders if you haven't received one prior to Tuesday. Rounds will start at 4:00 and run until 6:00.
USD 498 VALLEY HEIGHTS SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY NOVEMBER 26TH. All Activites cancelled.
Check out the Valley Heights Art this year! Visit www.artsonia.com and search Valley Heights. You can also order merchandise with art work on it if you find one you love, proceeds go to our program! As always thank you for your support and don't hesitate to leave comments on our students artwork, they love hearing from you!
This group cleans up really good! VH FFA officers and greenhands attended the NE District parlaw and ritual Leadership Development Events today. Senior team members placed 4th overall in ritual (opening ceremony) and 6th overall in FFA information in very tough competition. Greenhand Abigail Steinfott placed 10th in greenhand FFA information. Overall the greenhands place 10th as a team.
Valley Heights Junior/Senior High will conduct an Evacuation and Relocation DRILL this morning November 16th. @ 9:40 a.m. The students will be evacuated and transported by bus to the Blue Rapids Gym. THIS IS A DRILL
Valley Heights Junior/Senior High will be conducting an Evacuation and Relocation drill this morning November 16th. at 9:30 a.m. Students will evacuate the building and will be transported to the Blue Rapids Gym. THIS IS ONLY A DRILL.
Items needed for Block out Hunger Day are canned corn, green beans, fruit; tomato, vegetable, or chicken soup; tuna, peanut butter, mac & cheese, cereal, pancake mix, applesauce, cake mix, tomato & spaghetti sauces. Please make sure none are expired. Thank you!
Join the VH students as they Block Out Hunger on Tuesday, Nov 20th. Any community members interested in contributing to the food bank (and helping our students) are invited to bring non-perishable items to the high school on Monday, Nov. 19th.