This year, perhaps more than ever, we are filled with gratitude for the love of our students, and the consistent support from our parents, patrons and community. Although the challenges of this school year are novel and trying, our spirits are lifted through the grace and understanding that is extended to us. We are #Mustang Proud! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at USD 498!
There will be no meals served next week, November 23rd - 27th. Have a great Thanksgiving break. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 30th.
Good Morning Valley Heights! With the increase of positive COVID-19 cases we need to be more diligent with the the types of mask and proper mask wearing. The proper placement of a mask is to cover both the nose and mouth. We will no longer allow neck gaitors or bandanas to be worn, as for most of those are NOT 2ply. The approved mask are procedural mask, surgical mask, KN95, N95 or mask with 2 layers of washable, breathable fabric. If you do not have one of the approved masks or questions please feel free to email me at: email@example.com Thank you for your compliance!
USD 498 COVID-19 Update: Effective November 16, 2020, the Marshall County Health Department announced Updated Contact Tracing and Exclusion of Contacts in a low risk school setting. What this changes for our district quarantine protocols is summarized here: Wearing of Masks Exclusion Protocol Mask wearing has been shown to be an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who are wearing masks and are in close contact (6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with an infectious individual wearing a mask are considered low risk for contracting COVID-19. Because schools have policies and monitoring capabilities for mask wearing, Marshall County Health Department does not recommend excluding students and staff who are close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual, as long as masks were being worn correctly (covering nose and mouth) and in what is otherwise considered to be a low risk exposure. In those situations, quarantine of close contacts would not be required. Individuals who were unmasked within 6 feet for 10 consecutive minutes or more or participated in a high-risk activity with a COVID-19 positive individual during their infectious period, or who were directly exposed to respiratory droplets/excretions for any amount of time, will be excluded for 14 days from their last interaction with the individual. I have also attached the Health Department Risk Exposure definitions. This means that proper and consistent mask wearing DOES make a difference, and it will significantly reduce the number of students in our district placed in quarantine IF MASKS ARE WORN CORRECTLY AND WITH FIDELITY! If you have any questions about this information, or any other district matters, please feel free to contact me at the district office. Thank you! Melissa Kennedy Superintendent of Schools
Unfortunately we were not able to have our book fair in person this year due to the Covid 19 and guidelines. We are however having an online book fair in its place. Our fair will be running until November 22nd, 2020. Scholastic has come up with a way for you to even visit our "fair" as it would've been, if it were here in our very own gym!! I have included the link below that will take you direct to our online virtual fair. All orders are shipped direct to your homes and offer free shipping for all orders over $25. This is a great time to order books for Christmas or for that car ride if you are going out of town over any of the upcoming holidays!! If you have any questions at all or need assistance with the fair and ordering please let me know: Candice Brooks (785) 363 2530 https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=valleyheightselementary1
USD 498 COVID-19 Update: I have included below an open letter from the Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids. I can assure you that I agree with the message it shares. In analyzing the positive cases in our district, the heart of the outbreak within our school is from positive direct contacts outside of our buildings. Our teachers and staff have done an outstanding job of keeping students safe in our buildings ~ mandatory masks, frequent hand washing, exceptional sanitation and social distancing. We are following the protocols necessary to prevent the spread of this virus from within! We want nothing more than for our students to be with us in our buildings each and every day. We know remote learning is not best for kids, and that segregation from teachers and peers is hard on their social emotional well-being. Quarantines, contact tracing, serving and delivering lunches, staff shortages, remote learning , etc. Our system is being taxed in ways that are unprecedented, and the toll on both our physical and human resources is unparalleled. We need your help. We want our students back on November 30! They need us, and we miss them! Our behaviors over the next two weeks will determine how successfully we can make it through the remainder of the semester. Please take extra precautions for you and your family's health. Stay healthy, stay safe and stay home! Melissa Kennedy Superintendent of Schools
USD 498 COVID-19 Update: In the table below is the most current and specific information for COVID19 within the Valley Heights district. Thank you all for doing your part in supporting our students and staff as we navigate through these challenging times. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Melissa Kennedy Superintendent of Schools
We regret to inform you that we will not be having Colt's Round-Up next week, November 16 - November 19. This decision was not arrived at easily however with recent events we have been limited with staffing and to assure the health and best interests of both our students and staff we will be cancelling Colt's Round-Up and resuming on Monday, November 30 with our normal schedule.
USD 498 COVID-19 Update: This morning, Thursday, November 12, we received word that two Waterville Elementary students have tested positive for COVID-19. Our district health nurse, with assistance from the Marshall County Health Department, did the appropriate contact tracing. All families have been notified and those with direct contact have been placed in quarantine. At this time our district has now had 27 positive cases. We ask that you continue to practice health department protocols of mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing. Our goals remain the same, to keep our elementary schools open and return our middle school and high school students back to on-site learning. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the district office. Melissa Kennedy Superintendent of Schools
USD 498 Students, Parents and Patrons, At their monthly board meeting last night, the USD 498 Board of Education voted to alter the 2020-2021 school calendar as follows: Thanksgiving break has been extended to include Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November, 24th. There will be no school the week of November 22, and all district students will return to on-site learning on Monday, November 30th. Effective January 1, 2021, all PLC early release Wednesday's will be cancelled, and we will instead release every Friday of second semester at 12:30 p.m. We want to give you a heads up on these changes so you have ample time to alter your calendars and make necessary changes in your schedules. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to adjust and adapt through these unprecedented times.
USD 498 COVID-19 Update: As of this evening, Monday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. our district has a total of 25 positive COVID cases. These continue to be VHHS students and staff members. Please avoid social gatherings, wear masks, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and practice social distancing whenever possible. It is also important that quarantined individuals stay at home and adhere to the recommendations of the Marshall County Health Department. We really want our VHHS kids back in school with us, and to keep our elementary students in their classrooms each day. Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and our students learning! Melissa Kennedy Superintendent
USD 498 COVID19 Update: As of this morning, Friday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m., our district has a total of 21 positive COVID cases. These remain to be among students and staff of the VHHS building. Please continue to practice the protocols of mask wearing, social distancing and frequent handwashing. Contact the Marshall County Health Department if you or a family member begin to exhibit COVID symptoms. Have a great weekend, and thank you for putting the safety and continued learning of our students first! Melissa Kenney Superintendent
USD 498 COVID19 Update: As of this morning, Wednesday, November 4 at 9:00 a.m., our district has a total of 20 positive COVID cases. Currently all of these are among the students and staff of the VHHS building. Our elementary buildings, although affected by quarantine due to positive contacts, remain COVID free. Our primary goal at this time is to continue on-site learning for our elementary buildings, as we know remote learning is even more challenging for elementary students and their families. Please help us! We ask that you diligently wear your masks and practice social distancing. If you or a household member exhibits symptoms of COVID19, please contact the Marshall County Health Department and communicate transparently with our school health nurse. Contact tracing is essential at this time in containing the spread in our district and community, and we want to extend a huge thank you to those that are abiding by the isolation and quarantine guidelines. Let's continue to do our part in keeping our students and staff safe! I will continue to update bi-weekly to ensure transparency and that our parents and patrons stay informed.
The USD 498 Special Board meeting to address COVID19 within our district will held in the VHHS Commons tonight, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. Social Distancing will be practiced, and a mask will be mandatory upon entry. We have made this meeting available via Zoom at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/98661962951?pwd=ZkN6aVgvQUxNZENNa0dOSXYwZjhYQT09 Meeting ID: 986 6196 2951 Passcode: 5V7sMH
Reminder - lunches will be served curbside for 7th - 12th grade students from 11:30 - 12:30 at the Waterville Elementary bus stop and Blue Rapids Gym. This will continue throughout their remote learning dates. If delivery arrangements are needed, please contact the High School 785-363-2508.
Due to the increase of our numbers of COVID 19 cases in the community we would like to remind you of some current CDC guidelines. If you or your child are going to, or have been tested please contact the school to let us know. You will need to keep your child or children at home until you receive a negative test result. The only exception would be if you are tested regularly due to you being a health care/essential worker. If your child is sick or showing symptoms you need to keep them home. For more information please click on the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
There will be a Special Board Meeting, Monday, November 2nd at 6PM at the High School in the commons area. Masks will be mandatory.
Class of 2023-Your class ring orders are now due NOVEMBER 6th. The high school office will have a ring sizer here at the beginning of next week. If you need to get your finger sized before ordering, please come out to the high school for this. Mrs D. will be collecting your orders at the office or you may go ahead and order online if you wish. Must have $75 for a down payment to order your ring. Again class ring orders are due NOVEMBER 6th!!!
Class of 2021--We have gotten the order date for Jostens changed. Orders are now due November 6th!!!! You can just bring your orders to the high school. I will collect them and get them all sent off for you. You may order online as well. Your choice!! Again Josten's Senior orders are DUE NOVEMBER 6th!
There has been a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in our junior and senior high school over the course of the past few days, which results in even more students being placed in quarantine. The district administration, along with the Marshall County Health Department, has made the difficult decision to enter into a remote learning environment for our middle school and high school students effective immediately. These students will return to school on-site on Monday, November 30th. It is important to note that this is strictly the VHHS building, and DOES NOT affect the elementary schools, as both the Waterville and Blue Rapids grade schools will continue to operate as usual. Lunches/breakfasts will be available for pick-up between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Rapids gym or the south door of the Waterville Grade School. Please go to the location in the town in which you reside. Delivery is possible if you are quarantined or lack the means for in-person pick-up by calling the high school or district office. All extra curricular activities, including athletics are postponed until further notice. We will continue to keep you informed and appreciate your understanding as we navigate through these challenging decisions.
Lady Mustangs Beat Sacred Heart In three sets And beat Marion in two sets And we're in the Sub-state Championship Go Mustangs
Here is the link to watch the livestream of Sub-State Volleyball tomorrow. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCry0OWR1pyQF_17jHdO4Pew #MustangProud #LadyMustangs
There are 40 tickets available for the FB game at Northern Heights on Friday. If you would like one please call the high school 785-363-2508 to get your name on the list. Once your name is on the list you will be able to purchase a ticket when you get to the game.
Here is the Sub-State Volleyball bracket. #MustangProud http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Volleyball/2ASub-State.cfm?Activity=5&Class=5&WeekID=4729
There will be a limited number of tickets available for the football game Friday at Northern Heights. After the players families, we will open up the remaining tickets to the public. Be on the lookout for another post letting you know how you can get them.
UPDATE: Valley Heights USD #498 is pleased to announce that the USDA approved another Waiver that is extending FREE breakfast and lunches for ALL students until the end of the school year!! When kids eat school meals it helps your budget and ours – it’s a Win for all! If you have any questions, please let us know
You can livestream the Championship rounds of the TVL volleyball tournament on www.nfhsnetwork.com. The first game can be found at the following link. https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/washington-county-high-school-washington-ks/gam55f1478920
Valley Heights has had our first positive case of COVID within our schools. A middle school student has tested positive and close contact tracing is currently going on. If you do not receive a call from the VH Administration or the Marshall County Health Dept., you are not considered a direct contact. Contact tracing should hopefully be completed by this evening. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the district office.
There will NOT be a JV football game tonight due to to a lack of players available to participate.
Final score with 11 men only GO MUSTANGS
Today October 16th Valley Heights Schools will have 12:00 pm dismissal. There will be NO lunch served.
The Valley Heights football game at Jackson Heights will be live streamed on YouTuibe at the following link. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJCWBOOD6ilXYucR1KcjK9Q
The Valley Heights athletic director was contacted this morning by the Republic County Health Department instructing our junior high football players to enter quarantine until Friday, October 23rd. The Mustang junior high football team played against Republic County on Thursday, October 8th, two days prior to the onset of symptoms of the two positive cases, which is within the contagious window. We will follow the protocols set forth by our local health departments. Although parents and siblings are not required to quarantine, we do ask that you contact the Marshall County Health Department at (785)562-3485 if you or your child(ren) exhibit any symptoms of COVID19. As always, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please continue to wear masks and social distance whenever possible. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Marshall County and Republic County Health Departments, our athletic director Mr. Tony Trimble, and our school nurse, Jenna Vathauer, for their quick response and ensuring our students stay informed and safe.
10/13/2020- Volleyball for tonight's games versus D-West/Wetmore do not have limited seating. We will have varsity games at the high school and JV games at the elementary so more seating will be available. Please be diligent about wearing your mask!
CORRECTION: Flu clinic at VHHS is Thursday October 15th.
Just a reminder that there will be limited entry into the volleyball games tonight, October 12, here at Valley Heights. If you do not have a voucher, you will not be able to have access to the games.
Reminder of the Flu Shot Clinic tomorrow October 13th! Please send forms back with the student. Blue Rapids 9:45-11:00AM in the gym Waterville 1:30-2:30PM If questions contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Marshall County Health Dept @ 785-562-3485 **VHHS will be on Wednesday October 15th 7:30-9:30AM those forms are located in the office or you can print one the Marshall County Health Department website: www.marshallcohealth.org under the forms tab- vaccination consent
Valley Heights is needing some volunteers to assist with some upcoming extra-curricular activities. If you are interested in helping, please send Tony Trimble an email at the following address: email@example.com Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Valley Heights Jr/Sr High School staff and admin would like to thank the parents and students for their participation in the fall Student Success Meetings. The junior high had participation from 71 of the 74 students and parents. The high school had participation from 93 of the 108 students and parents. This gives our Mustang family a 91% attendance rate! Great job and thank you for your support!
There will be limited attendance for the JH volleyball games tonight. If you do not have a voucher you will not be able to buy a ticket. Masks are required at all indoor activities. The football game will still have no limit on attendance.
Just a reminder, Jr/Sr High Student Success Meetings will be tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 5 and Wednesday, Oct. 7 in the high school gym, starting at 5:30 pm. Your scheduled time was sent in the progress report earlier. Please remember to wear your masks and limit participation to the parents and student, no siblings please, unless absolutely necessary. We look forward to seeing you and sharing the accomplishments of our students!
The JH games that were scheduled at Washington County Thursday 10/1 have been CANCELLED. Valley Heights Jr High will still play but will travel to Clifton instead to play Clifton-Clyde. A team VB will start at 4:30 followed by B team VB. The FB game will start at 6:30.
The volleyball games at Linn tonight have had some changes. Washington County will no longer be playing in the triangular. VH will begin playing JV VB against Linn at 5:00 and Varsity will play following the JV. Games will still be at Linn High School.
Congratulations Mustang cross country team on a great meet last night in Washington. Placings are as follows: Kebeb Zimmerman 13th, Dustin Denton 5th, Hudson Nemechek 2nd, Logan Gray 1st, Kloee Martin 7th and Peyton Woodyard placed 21st! Great job Mustang runners!
Homecoming Parade Information On Friday, October 2nd the Valley Heights Homecoming Parade will be held in Waterville at 2:30pm. Waterville Elementary 1st and 2nd graders will walk up to main street and watch the parade with their class. Blue Rapids Elementary will not be attending the parade this year. We are working on the possibility of students being able to watch the homecoming activities remotely from school. If your child is not scheduled to go to the homecoming parade and you so desire him/her to go then you as a parent will have to make arrangements to pick up your child from school. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school. Waterville Grade School: (785) 363 2530 Blue Rapids Elementary: (785) 363 7693
Due to Covid precautions, Valley Heights Jr/Sr High will only release students that are directly involved in the homecoming parade on Friday. If you wish for your student to attend the parade, you must call in to the high school before 3:30 on Thursday and give permission for them to leave for the parade. Students will not be allowed to leave before 2pm on Friday. Please call sooner than later. Thank you for your cooperation.
REMINDER: We will not have Colt's Round-Up after-school on Monday, September 28th or Wednesday, September 30th because of Pre-K thru 6th grade student success meetings. CRU will operate as normal Tuesday the 29th and Thursday the 1st.
REMINDER: MUSTANG CHEER KIDDIE CLINIC: October 9th If you have not signed your kiddo up for the cheer clinic but would still like to, please click on the link below. Payment must be sent in with your kiddo's to school by Sept 30th. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your building secretary or Katlen Schreiner at firstname.lastname@example.org https://forms.gle/Jnvt1gkGmKaVmMKV9
Congratulations to the JH XC runners at Washington! VH JH boys finished 1st Logan Gray, 2nd Hudson Nemechek, 4th Dustin Denton, and 11th Kebeb Zimmerman. Girls had Kloee Martin finish 7th!
Interested in having a float in the Homecoming Parade? Please click on the link to see the details for having a float in the parade. Community members are encouraged to participate. https://5il.co/l86j
The JV football game on Monday will now start at 5:30 instead of 6:00. #MustangProud
Tonight's football game at Horton will be live streamed. For instructions on how to connect, click the following link. https://5il.co/l5it
To watch tonight's football game live stream: Go to http://rainbow-live if you are a new customer it is free until Oct. 1st. Use the username: rainbowLIVE and the Password: Free2020 Hit login and it will take you to Rainbow LIVE. Click on the "LIVE" tab to watch the game.
REMINDER: Tomorrow Wednesday, 16th is a district wide early dismissal! Kprep - 6th grade parents will need to fill out the below form by clicking on the link, if you have not done so via Bloomz for your child’s dismissal instructions. Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaaAxkdoBXc7iN2CN_nAyi0UO2ivIpr-88bfoBWfP60quJVg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Come join our Mustang Family and cheer on the VH Girls Volleyball teams tonight as they take on Axtell and Troy. Varsity games are at 4,5, and 7 at the high school. Jr Varsity will play at 4 and 6 in Blue Rapids. We will also have a C team game tonight at Blue Rapids at 7. Come join us and celebrate Parents Night too.
High School Volleyball scores at Clay Center. Lost to Great Bend 25-19, 16-25, 17-25. Lost to Clay Center 15-25, 17-25. Won against Chapman 17-25, 28-26, 25-17. Won against Chapman 25-20, 25-15.
Saturday's Riley County VB Tournament will be played at Clay Center High School. You must have a tournament voucher to enter the gymnasiums for the tournament, it is not open to the general public. If you are attending, masks must be worn at the entrance and when unable to social distance. The following will be the VH schedule: 9:00 - VH vs Great Bend (District Gym) Followed by: VH vs Clay Center (HS Gym) Followed by: VH vs Chapman (District Gym) Followed by: Bracket play The game will also be live streamed through the Clay Center YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDt0DuzCHPkG15UnN8c64w
The Cross Country meet at Washington County that was scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to weather. We will let you know when that meet will be rescheduled once we have that information.
Cross country competed in their first meet Thursday in Concordia. The young, inexperienced runners did a great job! Here are the results: JH Girls: Kloee Martin=24th JH Boys: Hudson Nemechek=2nd, Jay Esslinger=15th, Kebeb Zimmerman=18th, Drayton Browning=36th HS Girls: Payton Woodyard=26th, Charity Williams=30th HS Boys= Aiden Nemechek=39th, Torrance Crook=40th Great start to XC!
I forgot to attache the link. https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/marysville-high-school-marysville-ks/gam4d409f88a5
Junior High Football beat Hanover tonight 46-0 in their season opener. #Mustang proud.
Reminder - there will be no food or drinks allowed in the gymnasium for any athletic activity hosted at Valley Heights High School!
Valley Heights USD #498 is thrilled to announce that the USDA approved a Waiver which will allow both breakfast and lunch to be FREE for ALL students starting September 4th! The waiver to serve free meals goes until 12/31/2020 or until USDA funds run out. Your student’s participation is critical! When kids eat school meals it helps your budget and ours – it’s a Win for all! If you have any questions, please let us know.
Go to the following website to get a subscription to watch Valley Heights Jr/Sr High School activities being live streamed. Many of the league schools are also streaming activities when we play at their location. You can search for their school and watch with your subscription as well. Your subscription allows you to watch any activity in the country being live streamed on the NFHS website. https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/valley-heights-high-school-blue-rapids-ks
Football tickets for the football game in Marysville will go on sale to the general public at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd for Valley Heights patrons. Tickets will be limited to maximum 4 tickets per family or number of immediate family members in the household. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per student. Exact change or personal check (made out to VH) will be accepted. Tickets must be purchased at the front doors of the high school and no reserves will be taken.
Change in Times for Volleyball today (at Onaga): VH Volleyball times for this evening have changed. South Gym: 3:45-VH vs Frankfort, 5:00-Onaga vs VH, 6:00 Frankfort vs VH. North Gym: 5:00-Onaga vs VH, 6:00-Frankfort vs VH
Valley Heights will be allowed 150 tickets for the HS FB game in Marysville this week. Once the players families have purchased theirs, the remaining tickets will be available starting Wednesday morning on a first come first serve basis. $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. You can purchase your tickets in the HS office. ALL TICKETS WILL BE PRE-SOLD. NO WALK UP TICKETS. ALL FANS WILL ENTER ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE STADIUM (OFF 12 TH STREET-DUE TO CONSTRUCTION). FANS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW ALL OF THE USD 364 COVID GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS. -Masks must be worn at the gate to gain entry into the stadium. -Spectators are required to follow social distancing guidelines. -Spectators can remove mask if social distancing can be followed. -Masks will be required if needed to enter the school for restrooms or concession stand. - Spectators will not be allowed on the field/track or near teams before, after and during play. - Concessions will be limited to drinks and pre-packaged items.
VH Volleyball Fans. September 1st Volleyball at Onaga. Here is some information for you to follow if attending the games Tuesday night. https://5il.co/kfbd
Live Feed link to the Marysville Volleyball Tournament. VH girls start play at 9am. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=133410240185179&ref=br rs. Hope you all will tune in.
Reminder to parents of Kinder-prep through 6th graders, Wednesday, August 26 is the final day to register for Colt's Round-Up afterschool program. https://forms.gle/NN6YncS317uRjH376
Due to COVID restrictions and minimal opportunities for collaboration, the VHHS Goal Setting Night scheduled for Monday, August 31st, has been cancelled. Information from Goal Setting Night will be included into the Student Success Meetings. Thank you for your understanding!
Due to the football Jamboree being cancelled, the VHHS football team will be having a Gatorade scrimmage this Friday 8/28 at 6:00. Please bring bottles of Gatorade for the team to use throughout the season. #MustangProud #FootballFamily
We are so excited to get students back into the building to kick off our 2020-2021 school year! Many of you are familiar with our after school program known as Colt's Round-Up (CRU). We are getting a little later start this year than normal but we are happy to release our first semester online registration. Students will attend CRU in Blue Rapids or Waterville Elementary based upon their home address. They must be onsite learners and students will ride their normal bus at the end of the school day. There will be no transportation at 5:30 when CRU dismisses. Please fill out a form for each student who will be attending. Registration will close after August 26th. https://forms.gle/hxfu1egcQx6Yf3So9
The VH Community Appreciation Night is going to be postponed from 8/21/2020. When a new date is established, it will be communicated. The volleyball scrimmage for 8/21/2020 does begin at 5:15.
Good morning Valley Heights Junior/Senior High School students and parents. As we begin the 2020 school year, we are in unprecedented times with the COVID virus. These times are requiring safety measures that no student, parent, teacher, or administrator have wished for. With these safety measures, all changes will continue to be re-evaluated and modified to maximize the safety of our students while ensuring students continue to receive the best educational opportunities available. Please review a few of the procedural changes with your child prior to school beginning. Teachers will give more details to the students during the first day of school. Masks will be required at all times when social distancing can not happen. Students are encouraged to enter the building after 7:45 a.m. and must report to their first period classroom. If gym bags or musical instruments are needing to be dropped off in their respective areas, students should drop them off and immediately report to their 1st period class. Breakfast will be available during the 1st period class. Students in grades 7, 8, & 9 should enter through the front main door. Students in grades 10, 11, & 12 should enter through the back door by Mrs. Coon's room. If you are riding with siblings, students should enter the door with the oldest sibling. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer will be required upon entry into the school. Between each class, students need to report directly to their next class period. For a full look at the VH Reopening Plan, please visit the school's website. Finally, the first day of school will be a 'Purple' day. So please report to your P1 class. Friday will be a grey day.
If you are having a hard time finding Lysol/Clorox wipes for the school supply list, please do not worry about bringing them to school!
Just a reminder about the All Fall Sports patent meeting tonight @6:00 at the FB stadium. Individual teams will meet following the group meeting. Please bring a mask in case your group meets in the building. #MustangProud
Thank you Maecyn G., Emma Y., Abigail S., Mr. Kenworthy and Mrs. Haefke for helping at 7th grade orientation tonight! I appreciate you so much. Also, thank you to all the 7th graders and parents that came out for the evening! We are going to make it a great year!! #MustangProud Mrs. M 😊
Reminder that 7th Grade and new student orientation will be at the high school tonight at 6:30 pm. Masks will be required.
We will be hosting an ALL FALL SPORTS parents meeting Thursday August 13th at 6:00 pm at the football stadium. After the all sports meeting, we will break up into individual sports for those parent meetings. Please bring you child's physical form if you have not already turned it into the office. Hope to see you all there! We have lots of new and important items to discuss.
Mrs. Coon is in the process of selecting the All School Play and needs to know how many Freshman through Seniors will be trying out. If you could contact her by email at Lcoon@valleyheights.org to let her know she would really appreciate it. She is leaning towards a western melodrama.
Early Childhood Screening Thursday, August 20th, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm at Waterville Elementary. https://5il.co/j8e4
Clarification on face mask... If your child chooses to wear their own they have be double layered. If they want to wear a gaiter, like the one pictured in earlier post, it has to be doubled layered as well. So basically any mask that they want to wear it has to have 2 layers. Sorry for the confusion. If any further questions feel free to contact to me at email@example.com
Attention Parents and Guardians: The deadline to opt for On-Site or Remote Learning for the start of the 2020 school year was Monday, August 3rd. If you have not yet completed the form, please do so at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV3ZggGkH8yiwQWSmzRD6jHQu55cmVqtTRCdMoSp2lnrjw7w/viewform?usp=sf_link
Looking for Substitute Teachers for the upcoming 2020 school year!! Click on the link below for the credentials needed to apply for the license. https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Teacher-Licensure-and-Accreditation/Licensure/License-Requirements/Emergency-Substitute-License-Requirements
Valley Heights is looking for volunteers with Training and/or background in the medical field (nurse, EMT, etc.) that would be interested in assisting our nursing staff with isolation room coverage at our buildings. If interested please contact Central Office (785)363-2398 or Jenna Vathauer- firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder for the kids that need to get up to date on vaccinations! If you aren’t sure if your child is current on vaccinations feel free to contact me at email@example.com or the Marshall County Health Department at 785-562-3485
Just a reminder that Valley Heights Food Service will not be serving meals until school starts.
Valley Heights will be providing several cloth masks for each student this year, parents will be responsible to wash and make sure your child wears them to school each day. If you choose to send your child with their own mask, it has to be double layered as well as a face gaiter (For the gaiter it has to be two layers, either folded or made with two layers, see image for what a gaiter is).
Class of 2025, this coming year’s 8th graders, don’t forget to watch the upcoming NASA launch of the Mars rover, Perseverance. Remember, your names and boarding passes are onboard! Countdown begins July 30th!!!
Here is the link to view the Reopening Plan: https://5il.co/iotx Here is the link for the Fall 2020 Learning Option form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV3ZggGkH8yiwQWSmzRD6jHQu55cmVqtTRCdMoSp2lnrjw7w/viewform
Valley Heights Graduation 2020 is today at 11:00 AM at the Valley Heights Football Stadium. You can view the Scholarship list and Senior Video at https://www.valleyheights.org/graduation-2020--20 The graduation will be live-streamed on the Valley Heights Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/vhusd498
The day is FINALLY here, Graduation Day 2020! Below are a few of the details for attending the graduation ceremony: Ceremony will be on the VH football field beginning at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 25. Attendees are highly encouraged to wear masks and/or keep social distancing between families. Please remain in your seat for the duration of the ceremony. The VH journalism staff will provide two photographers to take pictures during the ceremony. All pictures will be shared through the VH Facebook page. You are more than welcome to save any pictures that are taken. There will not be a congratulatory processional line following the graduation ceremony. Finally, we will be using Facebook Live to stream the ceremony. We recognize that not all family members and guests feel comfortable traveling or attending larger groups. It will be available through Facebook Live.
There will be NO lunches served July 27th - July 31st. We will start back up on August 3rd - August 28th, serving Monday through Thursday, with double meals on Thursday's. FREE for ages 1-18!
Greetings Valley Heights Families! As many of you may have heard, Laura Kelly, the Governor of Kansas announced yesterday an executive decision to postpone the first day of school until after the Labor Day holiday. Although this does delay our actual return date, we are still planning on getting our enrollment and preparatory work started. Under the current conditions, this planning and preparation for back-to-school looks very different than it has in years past. As our country, state, county and communities continue to navigate the complexities of the COVID19 pandemic, USD 498 is in the process of developing an educational plan that addresses the health and safety of our students, staff and families. Although reopening our schools this fall is not without risk, we also know that prolonged school closure, the loss of access to social/emotional support and connection, and inconsistency of supportive services are significant losses for our students. Therefore, we are excited to share that we will allow options for student learning as the school year begins. The Fall 2020 Learning Options are as follows: Option One: On-Site Learning Safety guidelines that address the health and well being of our students, staff and families will be strictly adhered to and protocols will be in place for day-to-day operations including: Transportation Medical/Health Classrooms Common Spaces Transitions Extra and Co-Curricular Activities Facilities Food Service All district leadership, certified and non-certified staff are working diligently to craft a plan that addresses each of the above components. Included in this planning conversation are the Marshall County Health Department and Marshall County Emergency Management, with adherence to the recommendations put forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as well as the Kansas State Department of Education. This comprehensive plan, once completed and reviewed, will be shared with all parents, students and stakeholders. Option Two: Remote Learning Virtual learning that will be structured under the following mandates: Students and parents will complete a daily log of engagement and activities completed that must be submitted to the school district. Students will be assessed on the same standards and competencies as onsite students. Students must have a daily and/or per class period connection with teachers. Each day/class period that a student does not participate online, they will be marked absent. State and local truancy guidelines will be adhered to. A Remote Learning commitment is a minimum of one academic quarter. Options for remote learning will be reevaluated each quarter. We ask that you consider your options carefully as you make the best decision for the educational and social emotional needs of your child(ren) and family. The deadline for the Fall 2020 Learning Option decision is Monday, August 3rd. Please submit one response per family. You may utilize any of the following options for submission: An embedded link in the email you receive. Fall 2020 Learning Option Form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV3ZggGkH8yiwQWSmzRD6jHQu55cmVqtTRCdMoSp2lnrjw7w/viewform?usp=sf_link) Valley Heights USD #498 website Valley Heights Facebook page Enrollment For the safety and convenience of our parent community, we are offering an online enrollment process this year. Enrollment will officially open on Monday, August 3rd and close on Friday, August 14th. A link will be sent via email and shared on our district website the morning of August 3rd. Should you prefer to enroll in person, our building secretaries will be available in their respective offices on those days to accommodate you. Should you choose online enrollment, invoices for fee payment will be sent out by your building secretary or you can pay online. Students new to the district will need to enroll in person at the appropriate attendance center, or at the District Office at 121 E. Commercial in Waterville. As always, we are here to answer your questions and hear your concerns. Sincerely, Melissa Kennedy Superintendent
MUSTANG MAGIC DRILL TEAM TRYOUTS Just a reminder that practice for Drill Team Tryouts is tonight 7/6/20 at 6PM at the HS Gym!! Tryouts will be this Wednesday 7/8/20 at 6PM at the HS Gym. Questions can be directed to Candice Brooks on (785) 713 2146 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Heights Community Fireworks will be at the High School, July 4th at dusk. Please no alcohol & no personal fireworks.
Please click the link for information concerning graduation plans for the Valley Heights Class of 2020. Graduating seniors, please check your school email for a letter with information concerning graduation practice and preparing for graduation. https://5il.co/hqfy
This is a reminder that meals will continue to be served June 29 thru July 23. Thanks to all that have made our summer food service program a success.
FREE COOKIE DAY!!! To show our appreciation to everyone's participation in Valley Heights Summer Meal Program we are handing out free cookies with your meals today!! Today we are serving Corn Dogs!! Also, it is double meal day!! Reminder to redeem your winning boxes for an extra sweet treat!! See you all for lunch!!
Summer Food Service Program Meal update!! We will continue to distribute meals Monday's -Thursday's through July 23rd!! Thank You All for your participation in our Summer Food Service Meal Distribution!!
Just a reminder about cheerleading tryouts this coming week. Practices will be held Monday and Tuesday from 6-7:30 at the high school and tryouts to be held Thursday beginning at 5:30!
*MUSTANG MAGIC DRILL TEAM TRYOUTS* At this time we are reopening tryouts for those that are interested in being on the Mustang Magic Drill Team. Drill Team Practice will be on Monday July 6th at 6pm. Drill Team Tryouts will be on Wednesday July 8th at 6pm. For more information on Drill Team tryouts and tryout video please contact Candice Brooks on (785) 713 2146 or email@example.com
Valley Heights would like to congratulate Coach White on his 50 years of coaching! With that being said, Coach White has retired from the coaching ranks. Congratulations on your retirement. Moving forward, Valley Heights has hired Titus Staples as the new Cross Country Coach. Mr. Staples is the elementary counselor and has coached cross county at other schools he has worked at. If you are interested in participating in cross country (either summer workouts or next school year), please contact Coach Staples through his school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Heights community recycling will resume on Saturday, June 20. Collection site will be in Waterville at the RV park from 9:30-11:00. Sorted materials only please! Glass, Plastics and Cardboard do not need to be sorted by weight or color. We appreciate cardboard boxes being broken down prior to drop off.
For all who are interested: Cheer tryout practices will be held on June 22 & 23 from 6:00-7:30PM. Cheer tryouts will be conducted on June 25, beginning at 5:30PM. If you have not previously signed up for cheer and would like to try out, please contact Katlen Schreiner at email@example.com
Due to the gyms floors being refinished, and the smell that goes along with it, we will be closing down the office at the high school for the rest of the day. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Registration for KRR and 21st CCLC summer camp will be closing soon. If you haven't registered yet do so soon! Go to the link below to register online. https://forms.gle/wWV39yF43LPFrEie8
Summer Recreation Ball fees need to be submitted today by 3:30 to Valley Heights Central Office in Waterville. For questions contact Tony Yungeberg 785-363-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2020-Your Awards packets are ready to be picked up at the high school office. Please stop by and pick yours up. Monday-Thursday 7:30am-4pm and Friday 7:30am-12pm.
The Kansas Department of Education has dedicated May 20th as the #KSClassof2020 Appreciation Day. Graduating seniors are encouraged to take a picture of throwing your graduation cap into the air at 8:20 pm (20:20 military time) and share it with the hashtag: #KSClassof2020 For more information, click on the link below. https://5il.co/g8p8
Today’s we’re serving Cheeseburgers!! Serving at both grade schools from 11-12:30pm. A couple reminders: today and tomorrow you can return your iPads, chargers, text and library books. Also, don’t forget about the winning meal!! Post it on the Valley Heights Facebook page and you will win a sweet treat!
Reminder to the Valley Heights community: Beginning this week there will not be meals served on Fridays for the remainder of the summer. You will now get your Friday meal with your Thursday meal. Also in observance of Memorial Day, we will not serve a meal Monday, May 25.
As the Valley Heights KAY sponsor I get the opportunity to work with a great bunch of students. We organize a lot of activities in the community and school. I am looking forward to continuing these activities for the next school year. Having said that, I am happy to announce the 2020-21 KAY officers are: Emma Toerber, President, Emma Yungeberg, Vice-President, Maecyn Gunn, Secretary, and Abigail Steinfort, Stuco Rep. Also, as most of you know, Mrs. Oatney will be retiring at the end of the end, and we will miss her as a co-sponsor!
Student and Parents of Valley Heights Elementary. On Tuesday May 29th and Wednesday May 20th are scheduled check in days at Valley Heights Elementary. Textbooks,iPads,library books and other school materials are to be returned between 11:00 and 12:30 on those days.
ATTENTION: Today’s lunch is Chicken Patty!! Also, starting today there will be a SPECIAL marked box going forward everyday and if you get that box, take a picture of it and post it to our Valley Heights Facebook page to redeem a special TREAT the following serving day!! Serving at both grade schools from 11-12:30pm!! 1-18 are FREE!!
JH/HS Students - The school year is quickly coming to an end and materials still need to be returned following the completion of the 2019-2020 school year. Please return all materials to the commons at the high school between the weekdays of May 20th - May 27th. Lori will have the office hours open between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Items that need to be returned include: ipads (including seniors), textbooks, library books, calculators, and any other materials belonging to the school. Also, if you want to reconcile any bills that need paid, that will be available through Lori. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 363-2508.
Here is a link to the Valley Heights June & July Camp Registration Form. June is current grades K-3 and July is current grades K-6. Form will close after May 18th. Form Link: https://forms.gle/vGetmz6e8X7hALx9A
If any 8th-11th grade students are interested in trying out for the Mustang Magic Drill Team please email Mrs. Smith at email@example.com. We will be having virtual tryouts this year so please check your email.
Valley Heights Jr/Sr High School will be hosting a Virtual Activity & Awards Day on May 16, 2020. This is a combination of the traditional Awards Night and Athletic Banquet. Please click the following link for more information. https://5il.co/fpd1
Valley Heights Seniors 2020 - If you have not turned your senior profile into the Marysville Advocate, you need to do so ASAP! If your profile is not turned into the Advocate by 8:00 a.m. on May 1, your profile will not be included in the salute. If you have any questions, please visit with Mrs. Coon.
Starting Monday, May 4th, our lunch serving times will be 11:00 - 12:30!
The 2020 Valley Heights Graduation Ceremony has been rescheduled. Given the restrictions we are currently operating under, there is no possible way to hold graduation ceremonies in May unless it was done virtually. We are cautiously optimistic that by moving graduation for the class of 2020 to Saturday, July 25th, beginning at 11:00 a.m., it will increase the likelihood that some of the social gathering restrictions will be released and we will be able to hold graduation ceremonies. While we hope that those ceremonies are more traditional in nature, we must be prepared to adjust the ceremonies to meet any social distancing requirements and crowd size limitations that we are operating under at the time. Hopefully, with some flexibility, we are able to offer the Class of 2020 a traditional graduation ceremony!
Forensic Science students are studying insects of death, the insects that are attracted to decaying flesh. Below is Gates Carder’s experiment. She put raw chicken into a vented container and has it hanging outside in her yard. She takes daily pictures to determine which insects arrive and in what sequence. The project is due May 1st. It will be interesting to see her results.
Below is a resource shared by the Kansas Department of Education. Especially now with the transition to Distance Learning Plans, things are different. If you are struggling with social-emotional awareness, please reach out to this resource or the school for assistance. Since 1993, Kansas Children's Service League’s Parent Helpline (1-800-CHILDREN) has offered a voice who will listen and empathize with callers’ concerns and provide help with simple questions or complex situations. Information, referrals and support are provided statewide anonymously to parents, relatives, caregivers, youth and professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This line is designed to meet the needs of parents and caregivers who feel isolated and frustrated when trying to meet the challenges of raising children. In calendar year 2019 the Parent Helpline answered 1,648 calls. Inquiries can be made via email or text using 1800CHILDREN@kcsl.org. The Parent Helpline is also available as a mobile phone App. This is a free download that can be found by searching The Parent Helpline in either the Android or Apple stores. The App also contains links for Parent Tip Cards on the KCSL website or has simple one touch dialing if you decide you need additional information. Top reasons for calls to the Parent Helpline include basic parenting, child development, behavior management, questions about reporting child abuse and neglect, mental health, legal concerns and information about programs/services. Call the Parent Helpline at either 1-800-CHILDREN or 1-800-332-6378 for resources, referrals and other information.
An email was sent to families with a link to a registration for summer ball. The form is also located on our website by clicking on forms and registrations under the Community Education tab.
Don’t forget about meals being served today at both grade schools from 11-1pm! Today is a hot meal with instructions how to warm up at home! 1-18 are FREE!
There will be no meal delivery or pickup on Friday, April 10th. There will be 2 meals sent home on Thursday for each student/child to hopefully help with this. Meals will begin again as normal on Monday, April 13th.
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.