Ms. Slimmer's PreK End of the Year Video! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KvJa6N1STr4eURcdxsHfPJXef9VIQv6g *I do not own any rights to the music in the video.
Another shout out to our 8th grade class! Sorry Maddison somehow a "d" was left out of your name. Should be fixed now! https://5il.co/gaxl
Attached is information Senior Leaders across the State developed regarding the Senior Appreciation Day they’re organizing for Wed., May 20. I encourage our seniors to participate. Send us pictures and we will try to post on our site as well! Thank you for your support of this student-led event! https://5il.co/g8sx
Here is a shout out to our 8th grade class! Promotion Ceremonies have been postponed to July 20th at 7 PM in the west gym. At this time I would like to recognize our class of 2024 this week as they finish up their time in MS and begin to think about high school! We know you all have a very bright future! https://5il.co/g6ez
Help me with a collective shout out to our senior class of 2020! WE LOVE YOU SENIORS! The attachment below recognizes each of them and some of their accomplishments! Ms. Grey https://5il.co/fqzj
Mr. Smith's Spring Play Cast has created "The Butler Did It" as a virtual radio broadcast. Watch/listen to it at: https://youtu.be/exNoehQhSlM
Elementary Office Hours for this week (May 11th - 15th): Today: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Tuesday: 8:30 - 11:30 AM (785) 945-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson County has added a COVID-19 Case Counter on the County website - http://jfcountyks.com/865/COVID-19-Case-Summary
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all our Wonderful Teachers!!!
Enjoy a compilation of Continuous Learning from Miss Fialkowski's Pre-K class! (** We do not own the rights to this music.) https://youtu.be/iLmL8BA01h8
Help me with a collective shout out to our senior class of 2020! Seniors are finishing up their senior year with online instruction and many canceled or postponed normal senior year activities. We want them to know that WE LOVE YOU SENIORS! The attachment below recognizes each of them and some of their accomplishments! Ms. Grey https://5il.co/fqzj
Happy May Day! In reflecting on my own childhood, I remember May Day fondly. My poor mother as she had to come to the door acting surprised multiple times throughout the day. We would secretively leave her bouquets of wild flowers from the pasture or pretty yellow dandelions on the door step, knock on the door, and then run and hide. I know now that she could hear us giggling as we watched from behind a tree or around the corner of the the house, loving the surprised reaction she would have for us each time! Here is my Happy May Day Basket to all of you! Have a great day. Ms. Grey
Attention Parents of Future PreSchool and Kindergarten Students: If you will have a PreSchool or Kindergarten child that will attend Valley Falls School this fall, please contact Wendy Gibbens: email@example.com or (785) 945-3221.
Hey Valley Falls, let's join together as a family and go on a “Dragon Pride” Hunt! The Hunt will begin on Monday, April 27th. See details at: https://5il.co/fh5v
Valley Falls USD 338 Special Board Meeting on April 23rd at 6:30 PM. The Board will meet in person at 700 Oak Street, Valley Falls, KS 66088 To keep the number of participants to less than 10, only the board, board clerk, tech support, and superintendent will be physically present. All other participants are welcome to attend the open meeting virtually. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “stay home” orders, this meeting will be live-streamed through Zoom via the link posted on the agenda at: https://5il.co/fdvk. If you have any comments as a patron or guest, please email those to firstname.lastname@example.org, Board Clerk, before Thursday, April 23rd at 1:00 PM, to be read during the comment section of the agenda. Thank you.
Learning Across Kansas by Local Teachers KS PBS stations and KSDE have partnered to support students' continuous learning! First show airs the week of April 20. Thirty min sessions on TV focused on grade level content. Link to complete programming: https://bit.ly/3bEN1xz
The link below contains information for Kindergarten Round Up 2020. Future information should be coming directly to parents. Parents, please confirm your child's information and your contact information with Wendy in the grade school office: 945-3221 or email@example.com. Wendy's office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 8:30-11:30. If you reach our answering machine, please leave a message and Wendy will return your call. https://5il.co/fgap
High School Dance & Cheer Tryouts will be in the near future. The date has not been set yet but we expect both to be held in May 2020. In our current environment they will probably be held virtually. We would like to have names of all that are interested in finding out more information about both squads so we can move forward in the process in the near future. If you are interested in finding out more information on cheer or dance, please let us know. Email your/student name, cell/phone number, parent name and cell/phone number. Danielle Slimmer - dance firstname.lastname@example.org Lorena Burdiek - cheer LLC87@yahoo.com Please include a cc on the email to Brenda Lloyd email@example.com
If you will have a 4-year old child that will attend Valley Falls School this fall, please contact Wendy Gibbens to sign up for PreSchool. firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 945-3221.
There will be a Special Board of Education meeting this Thursday, April 23rd, at 6:30 PM. Public attendance will be via Zoom.
Congratulations to our seniors who completed the Kansas Scholars Curriculum this year. These seniors are: Jaci Brinker, Diego Cervantez, Chandler Fienhage, Noah Hefty, Tyler Lockhart, Drew Pickerell, and William Willhite.
Congratulations to Chandler Fienhage and William Willhite on being designated as a 2020 Kansas State Scholars by the Kansas Board of Regents! They are among the 2,641 high school students selected from 6,262 Kansas high school seniors who completed the Kansas Scholars Curriculum
Have a super holiday weekend! The district and building offices will reopen on Tuesday morning, April 14. Stay safe. #DragonPRIDE
The USD 338 track has been reopened for those who would like to utilize it for exercise. Please follow social distancing by staying 6 ft. away from other persons on the track. For further KDHE guidelines: https://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/COVID-19_Resource_Center.htm
Valley Falls USD 338 is selling a 1995 International 3800 school bus on Purple Wave. Here is a link to the site: https://www.purplewave.com/auction/200505/item/DG6372/1995-International-3800-Transit_Vehicles-Bus-Kansas The Purple Wave number is DG6372
Board of Education Meeting Tonight at 6:30 PM Board will meet in person but to keep the number of participants to less than 10, only the board, board clerk, tech support, and superintendent will be physically present. All other participants are welcome to attend the open meeting virtually. Time: Apr 6, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/376378710?pwd=MCtyeEI1cHV2ZVdTNFA5bDNIWnFaZz09 Meeting ID: 376 378 710 Password: 419282 Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s “stay home” orders, this meeting will be live-streamed through Zoom via the link posted above. If you have any comments as a patron or guest, please email those to email@example.com, Board Clerk, before Monday, April 6th at 1:00 PM, to be read during the comment section of the agenda. Thank you.
Due to the increased number of lunches, new requests and delivery changes must be made by 8:00 AM for delivery on the current day. Thank you! Also, no meal delivery on scheduled non-school days as posted on the school calendar. (April 10, 13)
April's USD 338 Board of Education Meeting has been moved to April 6th.
Tomorrow is the first day of school! Post your first day pictures on Facebook or Twitter. Teachers and students, we can't wait to celebrate that first day of our new learning system.
New Teacher Pages for Parent Communication Be patient as our teachers learn how to communicate with their parents in new ways! Each teacher will be posting messages for their parents/guardians on his/her page. Click here: https://www.usd338.com/o/valley-falls-usd-338/teacher_pages#/ to see the pages.
A big THANK YOU to those who have been helping with the lunch program, Dee Heinen, Cindy Morrow, Shelly Dollen, Vivian Bickford, Janet Nellis, Becky Nickleson, Tina Robertson, Dallas Clift, Rhonda Troxel, Lisa and David Abromovitz, Melvin Lockhart, Peggy and Gary Meyer, Brenda Lloyd, Cyrena Burghart, Susan Grey, Tabitha Fialkowski and Lorraine Gentry. Hope I didn't miss anyone -- we have had a great crew! Serving an average of 130 meals a day.
It is DragonPRIDE day! Looking forward to starting school on Monday. If you do not currently have internet access, you can access internet in the north parking lot at school and at Kendall State Bank. Please remain in the car while accessing to stay safe. See you on Monday!
Just a reminder that the district property is closed to everyone unless they are considered essential staff. This includes the playground and the football field grounds. Thank you for respecting this request.
“Back to School”parade Friday night at 6:30pm, Valley Falls teachers and staff will be parading around town in our vehicles. We have been looking at our computer screens all week, and we miss seeing our kids! So come wave at us as we drive by. Rural families can park at the 4H grounds or football field parking lot, if you stay in your cars. Please practice social distancing!
Middle School students, when cleaning out your locker please take both math books home and keep them. We will be using them in the next few weeks. Also, please take and keep your planner. It should have log in information in it that you might need. Thank you!
High School students, please bring your iPad with you tomorrow when you collect your belongings. During your visit, you will need to connect with the district network to upload any new apps, such as Zoom, that have been pushed out for your online learning on Monday. Thank you
Thursday March 26th, by appointment only, buildings will be open to retrieve personal things and return district owned items. For details and to sign up for an appointment, visit our Facebook page or district website. Appointments also can be made by calling the district office.
Starting Tuesday morning, there will not be any meal pick-up on school premises. Children who have signed up for a meal that live within the district boundaries will have their meal delivered to their residence. Any child that has signed up for a meal that lives outside of the district boundaries will be contacted for meal pick-up at a designated location.
Please be cautious in believing everything you hear related to schools and COVID-19. Things in the past two weeks in some cases have been communicated incorrectly through media outlets.If you have a question about specific communication from media sources pertaining to schools or school closure, please don't hesitate to reach out to the school or Jefferson County Health Department.
COVID Update March 20, 2020 Today teachers and instructional staff began the process of planning for instructional lessons and discussing professional learning needs. Online learning is still scheduled to start on March 30th! Plans are being made to get devices and tools to students and secure opportunities for internet access. Teachers will begin meeting virtually in small groups and as a whole staff on Monday, March 23 on a daily basis and will be communicating to families later next week as things are rolled out. Some parents and students have asked about getting personal items from school. At this time, USD #338 is only allowing essential staff to enter the building. We will continue to assess the risks of letting others into the building and will determine when it is safe to allow students to retrieve personal items. If your child is needing medication left at school or an item that will be utilized during online learning to be successful, please contact one of the district offices and we will get the item and hand it off at a meeting point outside the building. These measures help to keep our essential staff safe and healthy. Have a good weekend! Dr. Hanzlicek #DragonPRIDE
Hello dragon family from Ms. Grey. First of all, I want to say how much I miss all of you. I hope everyone is well and adapting to a new normal for now. The staff is working hard to prepare some guidance for parents and to develop a learning plan for all of our students. Parents, rest assured, we will be here for you every step of the way. Information will be coming out later next week detailing this work. I know many questions have been asked about getting student items from the building. We are working on a plan for that as well. Right now everything is still locked down and safe. As we move forward please, please be safe following all KDHE guidance, find ways to reconnect with family in a whole new light, be patient, and rest assured we are thinking about all of you. These are stressful, uncertain times for all of us, but I truly believe we will all work together coming out on the other side better from the experience. Tell your children we miss them and hope to see them, at least virtually, soon! Ms Grey
Dr. Hanzlicek's COVID-19 Update March 19, 2020. Districts received guidance from the KSDE task force on the new deliverance of instruction today. Our lead teachers, high school counselor, special education teachers, Ms. Grey, and Dr. Hanzlicek met virtually to begin planning for instruction that will begin on March 30th. This group will meet virtually again tomorrow morning to discuss a calendar of events that will structure our planning process. Tomorrow, Dr. Hanzlicek and Ms. Grey will conduct the first virtual faculty meeting. This will be our first step to test connections as we begin to figure out how to connect virtually as a collaborative group. This meeting will allow lead teachers the opportunity to share planning thus far and questions to be answered as we move forward in the planning process. More communication was made today to companies that can help us support online learning as a district along with ways to filter content on devices that are district owned. Plans are moving forward to put an access point for an internet connection in the north parking lot. Students and parents/guardians will be able to connect when sitting in the parking lot. KDHE guidelines of social distancing will have to be followed during the access but this will be an option for those who do not have an internet connection or internet access that is unstable. We will continue to work so that every student has access to a internet connection. Also today, local fire, ambulance, and police met to discuss protocols in the case of emergency uses of the district building. Included in our discussion was the new playground ban enforcement. It is my hope that our Dragon Family is practicing the 6 ft. social distancing and staying safe. Thank you to all those who continue to work hard to support our school family. Talk to you tomorrow! #DragonPRIDE
Thank you Keith Jeffers, Jefferson County Emergency Management for sharing this resource for families. http://bit.ly/COVID19FamilyResource
Due to COVID-19 and guidance provided to the district, we are restricting all children from being on school property at this time unless they are picking up a meal bag. This includes the playground areas. Adults considered essential staff or those approved by Dr. Hanzlicek and/or Tom Brown are allowed on school property with permission. We appreciate your willingness to respect this guidance. Dr. Hanzlicek
Congratulations!! All-League Basketball 2019-2020 Lilly D. - Honorable Mention Avery G. - 1st Team Tyler L. - 2nd Team Nathan H. - 2nd Team Diego C. - Honorable Mention Full List Available at: https://5il.co/dxwp
Our Food & Nutrition Program fed 123 children today! It's not too late to sign up. Fill out the online form to let us know you want to participate. https://forms.gle/JYUb8N7eFRoQKaeC9 #DragonPRIDE
Feeding our Dragons Free!! Free Meal Program solely for the pick-up of lunch and next day breakfast for children- March 18-20, and March 23 - 27! On Wednesday, March 18, USD 338 Food & Nutrition Program will begin free meal service for children ages 1-18. There will be a curbside pick each day at the grade school entrance at 700 Oak from 11:30 to 12:30. The district will also be providing drop-off delivery within the USD 338 boundaries to those signed up for route drop off with a listed address. All children must be present in the vehicle or seen to pick up a meal. Anyone ages 1- 18 can receive the free meal package, no questions asked. This is not an income based program. In an effort to get a count and provide drop-off for delivery, please complete the following survey: https://forms.gle/bYPpYGFaTqtYkXqs5
Middle School Science Teacher, Cheryl Brosa, challenges students to make a Rube Goldberg machine. If you are in middle school, video it so we can watch it in class. Look around your house, you have things to make it. You can make it as long or short as you want. Be creative! Keep trying until it works! Have fun with it! Here is an example if you can’t remember what a Rube Goldberg Machine. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xHrYypDKXTc&feature=youtu.be
Seniors and senior parents, local scholarship information and the common application has been emailed to each student. This information can also be found on the school website: https://5il.co/dtr3. Detailed instructions for completing the application are included in the email sent to students. For questions about the local scholarships, please contact Mark Scherschligt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are due April 14th. Scholarship Application: https://5il.co/dtr2
In Accordance with KDHE rules for Social Distancing, Tonight's Board of Education Meeting will be in the East Gym. 6:30 PM
USD 338 will have their board meeting Monday, March 16. If we have a number of patrons present, we will practice social distancing.
USD 338 Foundation Board meeting canceled March 16,2020.
All High School Honor's week activities are postponed. The Blood Drive scheduled for the 16th has been canceled.
Wishing everyone a great Spring Break! Reminder, HS Honors Recognition/Winter Sports Banquet is March 17 when we return. SR/JR: main dish; F/Soph: side dish; SITE Council: Sundae deserts. Thank you PTO for your generous donations of paper products, drinks, and ice cream!
Boys lost a hard fought battle at the buzzer 53-54. Good game boys! Great season! Thanks fans for your support.
Our game will be broadcast on 92.1 KMZA tonight. If you are unable to attend, please tune in! Go Dragons!!
High School Students, Don’t miss the Sub-State game tomorrow night. Stop by the HS office for bus departure times and sign up. Go Dragons!!
School Social Work Week is the week March 1 – 7, 2020 Click on the link for a form to nominate a Social Worker of the Year: https://5il.co/deys
1st VFMS Knowledge Bowl meet
Our combined Academic/Winter Sport Banquet has been moved to Tuesday, March 17 starting at 6:30 PM in the east gym. Seniors/Juniors are asked to bring a main dish, Sophomores/Freshmen a side dish, and SITE Council will provide Ice Cream Sundaes for desert. What a great event to celebrate our awesome students!!!
Sub-State Shirts for Sale. http://store.idntiteez.com/substate Orders are due by noon on Wednesday for Thursday delivery.
True #DragonPRIDE Burlingame only had 1 cheerleaders because they were playing BB, VF jumped in to help. https://www.usd454.net/ working together!
Valley Falls will host Regional Basketball Tonight, Friday and Saturday starting at 6:00 PM. (VF Boys vs. Troy 7:30 PM tonight) Admission: $5.00 students $7.00 adults NO Passes
Fitness Room access will be shut off from 4:00 PM-10:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week due to Regional Basketball at Valley Falls.
Middle School Track Parent Meeting on Monday, March 2nd @ 6:30 PM in the school library.
Middle School Boys Basketball NEK League Tournament Begins Tonight @ Pleasant Ridge 5:45 PM. (Valley Falls vs. Oskaloosa) Bracket: https://5il.co/d79y
Regional Basketball Girls Bracket: http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/1ARegional.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=4561 Boys Bracket: http://www.kshsaa.org/public/ScoreCenter/Brackets/Basketball/1ARegional.cfm?Activity=2&WeekID=4520
Congratulations to all of our high school students who competed at the league tournament today. The team placed 3rd! Individual Tournament Results Include... Catherine Montgomery: 6th in Poetry and 3rd in Prose Chandler Feinhage: 3rd in Humorous Solo and 1st in Impromptu Speaking Noah Hefty: 2nd in Original Oration Jordan Nichols: 2nd in Informative Speaking and 4th in Impromptu Speaking Christine Montgomery: 2nd in Impromptu Speaking and 5th in IDA (with Chandler) Chase Elliot: 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking William Willhite: 6th in Extemporaneous Speaking The Forensics Team has 8 qualified for state tournament so far and only a third of the way through the season! WAY TO GO DRAGONS!!!
Calendar Addition for February 20th: HS C-Team Game @ Maur Hill 7:00 PM
Tuesday's High School Basketball Games vs. Oskaloosa @ HOME Order of Games: West Gym starting at 5:00 PM: C-team boys, Var. Girls, and Var. Boys East Gym following the completion of the C-team boys game will be JV boys Freshman Fundraiser Meal - Potato Bar
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day of the book fair 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
Middle School Boys Basketball Game at Everest Today at 4:30 PM. (This is a make-up game from last Thursday.)
In Memory of Hannah Blick Valley Falls School District will be hosting a bake sale during the high school basketball games Tuesday night against Oskaloosa. Donations of baked goods are welcomed and accepted. It will be a free will donation with the proceeds going to Hannah's family. Thank you for your support.
Today's Middle School Basketball Game @ Everest has been rescheduled to Monday, February 17th, at 4:30 PM.
Due to icy conditions and subzero windchills USD 338 will be closed tomorrow.
Highland's Public Speaking Class at Valley Falls has been canceled for this evening.
All after school activities are canceled for today. This includes athletic practices and the CLC after school program.
We’re now offering eWallet, a new cash free payment option that makes it easier for students to shop the Scholastic Book Fair! Click on the link to add funds for your child, you only get charged for what they use! https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/valleyfallselementary
Tonight's High School Basketball Games vs. Jackson Heights are at Valley Falls 5:00 PM. Order of Games: East Gym: C-team boys (following completion of JV boys) West Gym: JV boys, Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys
Tonight's Home High School Basketball Games Order of events: East Gym: C-team boys following the completion of the JV boys game West Gym: JV boys @ 5:00 PM, followed by Var. Girls, and then Var. Boys Fundraiser Meal by VF Sophomore Class - Brats, Sides, Dessert, Drink $7
Grandparents Day for Valley Falls Elementary is February 14th! If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the school phone app or by contacting Wendy Gibbens email@example.com (785) 945-3221.
Congratulations to both Grant Meyer and Sheila Sears for qualifying for the County Spelling Bee that was held tonight here in Valley Falls! Great accomplishment to make it to this level!! Congratulations to Sheila Sears for WINNING the County Spelling Bee tonight. She will represent Jefferson County in the State Bee on March 21, 2020 in Wichita, Kansas. Great Job DRAGONS!
Change of Game Order for Tonight's HSBB Games at Horton 4:30 PM: 1/2 C-Team Boys, JV Boys, Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys
February 4th: High School Basketball @ Horton 4:30 PM (note earlier start) All played in Horton Order of Games: JV Girls (two 8" qtrs.), JV Boys (four 6" qtrs.), Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys
School Counseling Week Feb. 3-7 perfect time to recognize Kansas’ 1,299 licensed public school counselors. (Ann Marie Busch, KSDE, 2020) TOPEKA — National School Counseling Week, which takes places Monday, Feb. 3, through Friday, Feb. 7, highlights the tremendous impact the nearly 1,300 licensed public school counselors in Kansas have in helping students achieve success. More than 100,000 school counselors across the country, including 1,299 licensed public school counselors in Kansas, will be participating in the week’s festivities. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) sponsors the week. School counselors provide students with academic, college and career help and social-emotional development. The theme for this year’s celebration is “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans.” The Kansas vision for education, announced in 2015, has placed a greater emphasis on social-emotional growth. School mental health also has been a critical piece. Since the 2017-2018 school year, the number of school counselors has increased 11% (132 counselors) – from 1,167 counselors to 1,299. The American School Counselor Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. It was founded in 1952 and supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development. For more information on ASCA, visit www.schoolcounselor.org. The Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) has been an active organization since 1965. ASCA serves as the parent organization for the KSCA. For more information on the KSCA, visit www.ksca1.org/. For more information on school counseling in Kansas, visit https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standards-and-Assessment-Services/Content-Area-M-Z/School-Counseling/School-Counseling-Resources.
MS Boys Basketball 8th Grade Parent recognition has been moved to Thursday, January 30th. Recognition will be at halftime of the "A" Game.
Still time to order... Valley Falls Elementary/Middle/High Schools are participating in an official Super Bowl Fundraiser. $5 from all Chiefs Super Bowl merchandise purchased through GameTime Fundraisers (www.gametimefundraisers.com) will be donated back to our schools.
Students had a fantastic Forensic's Meet today. Jordan Nichols finished 3rd and Christine Montgomery 4th in Informative Speech. Chandler Fienhage finished 6th in impromptu. Catherine Montgomery finished 2nd in Poetry and 4th in Prose. The Team overall finished 4th - just shy of bringing home a plaque. Great job everyone!!
The Middle School Boys Basketball game @ HOME today has been moved up to 3:30 PM due to expected weather. (B, A)
The High School Girls Basketball Game at JCN has been moved up to 4:00 PM today.
Valley Falls Elementary/Middle/High Schools are participating in an official Super Bowl Fundraiser. $5 from all Chiefs Super Bowl merchandise purchased through GameTime Fundraisers (www.gametimefundraisers.com) will be donated back to our schools. Here's how it works: 1) Go to www.gametimefundraisers.com to purchase your official Chiefs Super Bowl gear. 2) Enter Valley Falls Elementary/Middle/High School in the School/PTA/Booster Club field. 3) Enter your credit card info and check-out! The order/entry deadline is this Sunday, January 26, 2020 (11:59pm, CDT).
Tonight's Games: Middle School Boys Basketball @ Effingham 4:30 PM High School Girls Basketball vs. JCN @ HOME 6:00 PM (1/2 JV girls, V girls)
High School NEK League Scholars Bowl Meet at Valley Falls on Saturday, January 18th. 1:00 PM (note time change)
USD 338 will not be in session tomorrow due to anticipated slick conditions. Stay home and safe tomorrow morning!
“Valley Falls USD #338 Board Members Lead the Future” January is School Board Recognition Month, and Valley Falls USD #338 would like to thank to these community leaders who volunteer countless hours to lead the future of our public schools: LaVerne Clark, Kimberly Kirkham, Shannon Meyer, Donny Smith, Aaron Sprang, Sharon Sweeney, and Tom Welsh. They are advocates for our community, our children and our public schools, and are committed to providing an excellent education for every child in our community. We are grateful to have this opportunity to formally say ‘thank you’ to each of them.
Tonight's Basketball Game Schedules: Middle School in East Gym @ 4:30 PM (B, A) High School in West Gym @ 5:00 PM (JV Boys, V Girls, V Boys) Fundraiser Meal by 8th Grade (Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, gr. beans, roll, dessert, & drink $7.00)
We are moving this Friday's HS basketball games to tomorrow, Thursday the 16th due to the possibility of winter weather on Friday. Schedule of MS and HS games... East Gym: MS B 4:30 pm followed by MS A West Gym: HS JV boys 5 pm followed by Girl's Varsity & Boys Varsity
Order of Games for HS Basketball at Jackson Heights this evening: Main Gym: Varsity Girls @ 5:00 PM, followed by Varsity Boys Jr. High Gym: JV Boys @ 5:00 PM, followed by C-Team Boys
Valley Falls Schools will dismiss students @ 2:00 PM today due to impending weather. No afternoon PreSchool.
Tonight's High School Basketball Games have been cancelled due to impending weather. CLC and athletic practices are also cancelled for today.
Order of Games for Friday's HS Basketball @ HOME vs. JCN 5:00 PM All Games in West Gym: 1/2 JV girls, JV boys followed by Var. Girls and then Var. Boys
The MS Boys Basketball game is at Valley Falls tonight vs. Xavier 4:30 PM.
Great dance performance halftime of a great basketball game. VF 21 Maur Hill 25. It should be a great second half. Go Dragons!
Come Eat a Home-Cooked Meal at the HS Basketball Games Tonight! Free Will Donation to benefit the USD 338 Foundation. Menu entree choices are Mushroom Pork Scaloppini or Kung Pao Chicken. Serving begins @ 5:00 PM.
HS Basketball @ Effingham on Friday, January 3rd Order of Games: 5:00 PM - ACC Elem. Gym: JV Boys followed by C-team boys 6:00 PM - ACCHS Gym: Varsity Girls followed by Varsity Boys
Friday's Lunch Menu has been changed to: Hamburger on a Bun Broccoli & Carrots French Fries Frozen Fruit Cup Milk
Seventh and eighth grade students filled and embellished “survivor kits” for our local police/first responder appreciation reception. This middle school community service event is sponsored by VFMS Student Council. Local police/first responders and officers with Jefferson County Sheriff Department have been invited to attend this Friday morning’s event and share hot cocoa and holiday cookies with our middle school students.
FYI: Pleasant Ridge is conducting a toy drive at our ballgames with them tomorrow night.
No changes for Tuesday's Lunch & Breakfast menus: Sausage Biscuit for Breakfast & Riblet on a Bun for lunch.
December 17th HS Basketball @ Pleasant Ridge Order of Games: MS Gym: JV boys @ 5, followed by C boys. HS Gym: 1/2 JV Girls starting at 5, followed by Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys. Pleasant Ridge girls team is taking donations for toys for tots.
Our PK-6 winter program is rescheduled for this Thursday at 6:30 PM. The 7-12 winter program will begin 10 minutes after the completion of the elementary program approximately 7:45 PM. All in the east gym.
USD 338 will be closed tomorrow and all activities canceled due to the weather conditions. Stay safe and warm!
Valley Falls Yearbook Receives Recognition! Josten's Representative, Jeff Jasper, arrived at Valley Falls High School with a surprise for the journalism class from last year. The 2018-2019 Dragon Yearbook with a theme of “Picture This” received recognition from Jostens with a National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award. The 2018-2019 Valley Falls yearbook included: Editor Reagan Kirkwood, Assistant Editor Ashley Wenzl, Photo Editor Caymun Farrell, and staff members Laikyn Hawk, Seth DeLong, Nathan Pickerell, Leir Belinchon Zan, Kyndra McGuire, Chase Elliott, Trenton Kraxner, and Aiden Sieve. Annette Ostmeyer serves as advisor for yearbook.
The JV Scholars Bowl meet at ACCHS (Effingham) tomorrow, December 12th, has been cancelled.
HSBB at McLouth on December 10th: Game's will ALL be played in high school gym(gold gym) and will start at 4:30 instead of 5:00 PM. Order of games will be 1/2 JV girls, JV boys, Var. girls, and then Var. boys
High School Basketball vs. Horton at HOME tonight 5:00 PM Order of Games: East Gym: 1/2 JV girls at 5:00 followed by C team boys West gym: JV boys at 5:00 followed by Var. Girls and then Var. Boys. PEO Soup Supper begins at 5:00 PM (proceeds go to local scholarships)
Happy Thanksgiving from USD # 338. We are sure thankful to have you as a part of our dragon family. Have a wonderful day!
Late Night Time Line 6:15 - 5/6 grade girls scrimmage 6:30- 3rd grade boys scrimmage 6:45- 3rd/4th grade girls scrimmage 7:00- 5/6 grade boys scrimmage 7:15- Little Dance, Dance Team and Players 7:30- MS Cheer and HS Cheer 7:45- National Anthem, Dragon Valley and School Song- HS Band, Cheer, Dance and Alumni. MS and HS Cheer 8:00- HS Girls BB and Alumni 9:00- HS Boys BB and Alumni
All District Football Cade: 2nd Team Running Back & 1st Team Returner Trenton: Honorable Mention Defensive End Lucas: 2nd Team Offensive Line Drew: Honorable Mention Defensive Back Diego: Honorable Mention Linebacker Dylan: Honorable Mention Defensive Back & 2nd Team Punter Denten: Honorable Mention Offensive Line
Reminder: Turkey Bingo is tonight starting at 5 PM in the east gym grade school side of our building! This is a great family event hosted by our PTO. Come join the fun!!
Late Night basket items need to be to the teachers or the office by this Friday. Thanks for your support. All funds raised goes back to support grade level activities.
Calendar Addition - Middle School Girls Basketball game at HOME on Monday, November 25th, at 4:30 PM vs. Maranatha.
Students much more likely to have used an e-cigarette than a tobacco cigarette (48.6 percent to 24.8 percent) --2019 Kansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey of ninth through 12th graders. #DragonPRIDE Are you talking to you children?
E-cigarette use has exploded in young people -2019 Kansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey of ninth through 12th graders. Random survey found nearly half of students used electronic vapor product, up from 34.8 percent in 2017. #DragonPRIDE Are you talking to your children?
The High School Band is Selling Fruit. Contact a Band member or order online. Delivery is the week of December 2nd. http://freshfruitorder.org/VFHSBAND338
Order of Games for Tonight's Middle School Girls Basketball is A-Team followed by B-Team.
VF Band Fruit Fun Fund Raiser -Say that three times fast! Contact a band member or email Mr. Pence firstname.lastname@example.org #DragonPRIDE
Cross Country team placed 9th. To our knowledge, the highest place for a Valley Falls team! Way to go DRAGONS!!! These boys have worked hard!!!👏. We are proud of the whole team.
Our send off for our State Cross Country team is in 15 minutes. Come help us with a great send off for a very hard working group of athletes!
#DragonPRIDE What you have all been waiting for.... episode 1 of “Between 2 Dragons” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kAK2G9DCekk&feature=youtu.be
Great football tonight. Valley Falls is leading Herrington 34-6 at half time! Time to warm those feet up in the car for a minute before we finish this game up! Way to go DRAGONS!!
Support the Dragon Cross Country Team at the State Meet, Wamego, KS at Country Club W. Hwy US 24, on Saturday, Nov. 2. 1A Boys will run at 11:45 a.m. Help us send the team off at 8:15 AM that morning in front of the high school! Let's show them that #DragonPRIDE spirit!
VFHS Leadership Class taking to the air... stay tuned! (Pilot episode), "What is your favorite Candy?" #DragonPride https://youtu.be/pe3d4uZf5mg
The VFHS Trap Team Finished 2nd place in their conference in the Kansas High School Clay Target League. Brooklyn Correll-1st place and Emma Montgomery-2nd place overall conference high score females. Dallas Clark-3rd place and Denten Elias-6th place overall conference high score males. On October 20th the team participated in a day of giving and gathered items for the VF Food Pantry.
Community pep rally for Cross Country team competing at State scheduled for Thursday, October 31st at 3 pm in the west gym. We will conduct a send off at 8:15 am on the west side of the HS on Saturday. Boys will run at 11:45 am at the Wamego Country Club. We hope you will help us support our athletes. To our knowledge, this is our 2nd team to qualify for CC State. The last year was in the late 1990’s. Go Dragons!
Flu Shots Today: Our Nurse, Melissa Erpelding, will be here today from 3:00-7:00 pm administering flu shots in the Elementary Office. Anyone can just show up, complete the paperwork, give her their insurance information, and receive their flu shot.
Girls lost A tough first match. Great season ladies. Dragon family is proud of you.
State Bound!! WooHoo!! Boys CC team qualified for State! Last and only other team to our knowledge who qualified was in 1997. Noah Hefty medaled with a 6th place finish. Way to go Dragons!!!!
Interested in Substitute Teaching for Valley Falls? Applicants must have a current Emergency Substitute License, Substitute License, or Teaching License. Application is available at: https://forms.gle/Wv7DKUiYPfEP3Z3y6 If you have 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university you may apply for an Emergency Sub License through www.ksde.org
Thank you USD 338 board candidates for attending our student led forum this evening. It was a great learning experience for our students! #DragonPRIDE
The Valley Falls Leadership class will be hosting a Board of Education forum Tonight at 6:30 at the Delaware Township Hall (upstairs). Questions will be posed from the students as well as from the public.
Today is Bus Driver Appreciation Day!
Great meet for Dragon CC at Jackson Heights. The boys varsity team placed 2nd overall with several runners earning individual medals. Noah Hefty got 3rd, Dawson Branam got 6th, Thayer Coleman got 12th, Cameron Yates got 15th, and Brennen Miller got 20th. On the girls side Serena Toll earned a varsity metal placing 15th, Caitlyn Thomas also medaled in the JV division placing 4th. The varsity teams now look forward to regionals on Saturday where they will try to qualify for state.
VF High School Volleyball girls just won their first match against Onaga in Regional play! Girls will get a rest this match and then back at it!! Go DRAGONS!
The Valley Falls Leadership class will be hosting a Board of Education forum on Wednesday, October 23rd, at 6:30 PM at Delaware Township Hall (upstairs). Questions will be posed from the students as well as from the public.
Valley Falls USD #338 is accepting applications for Head & Assistant Softball Coaching Positions for the 2020 Spring Season Interested persons may apply online at: https://5il.co/aql4 or obtain an application at the District Office, (785) 945-3214.
The "Lil Dancers" performance has been rescheduled to 6:30 PM this Friday, October 18th, prior to the home football game. "Lil Dancers" will meet at the football field at 6:10pm next to concession stand to warmup/practice.
The Cross Country meet at Horton for tonight has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
The Cross Country meet scheduled for October 3rd is canceled. They will have normal practice @ 3:30 PM.
Congratulations to Drew Pickerell! MSCSports Athlete of the Week. https://www.mscsports.net/featuredAthlete/?aowk=560
Today's Middle School Volleyball Game is at Winchester 4:30 PM (9/30/19)
Reminder: Please RSVP for Muffins with Mom by this Friday. Call (785) 945-3221 or email email@example.com
Friday Night's HS Football Game Start Time has been moved up to 5:30 PM. Homecoming Crowning will be at halftime. Kindergarten Escorts please meet by the concession stand at 6:00 PM.
Congratulations Jaci Brinker. At the end of last season Jaci recorded her 1,000th Kill for her HS volleyball career. She was recognized this evening for this accomplishment! We know she has already added many more to this number this senior year! For those of you that may not know what a kill is; it can start with a good pass, followed by a great set, and then a NON-RETURNABLE SPIKE (a kill) all adding up to a point for the Dragons! Way to go Jaci!
County-Wide FAFSA Night (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Oskaloosa Middle School October 7th @ 7:00 pm Get information on how to get money for college! The FAFSA is a federal application that can award you money to go to school!
Middle School A team played at the McLouth Tournament today. It ended with a 3 way tie for 1st, but we came home with 3rd place.
Middle School A team played at the McLouth Tournament today. It ended with a 3 way tie for 1st, but we came home with 3rd place.
6th Grade is learning about cells and are looking at different slides (heart muscle, skeletal muscle, spinal cord, small intestine, onion skin, & root hairs) under microscopes.
Parents and Adult Fans: The Biggest Challenge Facing High School Sports Today: https://www.ncktoday.com/sports/parents-and-adult-fans-biggest-challenge-facing-high-school-sports-today
The DragonCare closet is restocking for the new year. It is in need of deodorant, shampoo/body wash and teen size feminine hygiene products. Please deliver the items to the elementary school office. Thank You.
Valley Falls School is taking applications for an Assistant High School Boys Basketball Coach. Application available at: https://5il.co/82os
Want to alert parents to new immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. The following link provides a break out of all required immunizations highlighting the new requirements. If you have any additional questions please contact the building secretaries. Grade School: 945-3221; High School 945-3229 https://5il.co/81ee
The Valley Falls Trap Team Finished 1st in their Conference! Individual standings in the conference include Dallas Clark - 2nd, Carter Allen - 5th, Denton Elias - 8th, Nate Hawk - 16th, Thayer Coleman - 18th, Garrett Steinlicht - 23rd; Brooklyn Correll - 1st, Emma Montgomery - 6th, and Haley Nellis - 12th. Overall State rankings - Dallas Clark - 35th and Carter Allen 90th out of approximately 1,700 competitors. Dallas and Carter made the All-State Team.
Congratulations NEK All League Athletes! Softball: Regan Kirkwood (Honorable Mention) Baseball: Diego Cervantez (Pitcher), Tyler Lockhart (Infield), Lucas Welborn (Outfield), Drew Pickerell (Honorable Mention)