RVES students have been busy this week in the MakerSpace lab. Kindergarten and first graders are learning to code. They are discovering which color combinations mean stop, slow, fast and turn. They will use these commands to program ozobots soon.
Second graders are building boxes out of straws and tape. They will test their boxes on Monday to see how strong they are when weight is added.
Third graders are coding bristlebots. A bristlebot is a small robot made out of a battery and the head of a toothbrush. Once the bristlebots were up and running, the students could add other items to turn them into animals.
Fourth graders are taking their coding skills one step further and coding each other. They have to learn how to give and receive accurate commands that allow them to maneuver around the room to arrive at a location without running into obstacles. Some students discovered that coding computers is easier than coding humans!
Our first graders are now published authors! The authors were excited to show off their stories to their parents and grandparents Thursday before the start of the school day. Everyone gathered in the classrooms to listen to the students read their stories out loud. Thanks to everyone who came to to hear our students read and to share a donut!
Online access: gaschoolstore.com online ID 562793
The RVMS Cheerleaders along with many other RVMS Staff, parents,
and community members are hosting a Community Cancer
Awareness Night on Wednesday, January 31st, from
5:30 - 8pm at the Royal Valley Middle School. The evening will be
full of special events for the Royal Valley Community to participate in.
Doors open at 5:30pm and all attending receive a Cancer Awareness
Passport. Community members may spend time exploring the
various healthcare, cancer information, or demonstration tables as
well as taking part in the soup supper that will feature both chili and
vegetable soups, coffee, tea, or water and pudding or jello for
dessert. A FREE WILL donation will be taken for the supper.
Community members will give their testimony of HOPE beginning
at 6pm to help us begin the evening. There will also be a Zumba
demonstrations performed by the RVMS Cheerleaders with
opportunity for community members to join in the fun and
excitement! Other activities throughout the evening will be a raffle
for a beautiful, handmade quilt, created by the RVMS Cheer Team
and other RVMS staff members. The winner of the quilt raffle will
be announced that evening at 7:55pm, you do not have to be
present to win. Luminaires can be purchased that evening to
honor those family members or friends whose lives have been
touched by cancer. These luminaries will line the commons
area of the RMVS the night of our Cancer Awareness Boys
Basketball Game on Monday, February 5th. Chemo Care
Packages can also be put together that evening by community
members. Once the care packages have been made you
can take the package with you to give to someone you know that is
currently battling cancer, or the RVMS Cheerleaders will be taking these to Stormont-Vail Cancer Center sometime during the
month of February.
Diagnostic Imaging Centers, P.A. will also be available from 1pm until the conclusion of the evening at 8pm, conducting
mammograms. The mobile mammography unit will be located in the middle school’s north parking lot. For more information or
to make an appointment please phone 816-444-9989 or 913-344-9989. Early Detection Works will also be providing FREE
mammograms to qualifying individuals, please call 785-832-1701 to find out more.
Testimonies of Hope will be given by three Jackson County Community members: Barbara Bausch, Gordon Hainey, and Sharon
Bosse. Jackson County community members that are cancer survivors will be honored with a special gift that evening.
All proceeds from this event will be going to the American Cancer Society. Last year $800 was raised and over 40 care packages (valued at $1000) were donated to Stormont-Vail Cancer Center; this was only possible because of so many students, staff, and community members working together for a common goal. This year, we are asking if you would once again come together and help us reach our goal of collecting and donating $1,000 to this organization and let’s join together and donate 50 care packages or more to Stormont-Vail Cancer Center!
We are all looking forward to this 2nd Annual Community Cancer Awareness Night and are excited in partnering with everyone helping to make this possible, as well as your attendance of this event!! We will see you on Wednesday, January 31st starting at 5:30pm!
The seventh grade class, along with two eighth grade students, took a
journey Wednesday to the State Capitol and the Brown vs Board of
Education site. We left the middle school at 8:15 AM and did not
return until 3:00 PM. It was a full day of exciting experiences for our
The Capitol tour guides divided the large class into three
manageable groups. The guides gave each group an amazing tour
full of history and facts. Our tour ended with the opportunity to walk
the up the 296 steps to the dome! We had a few that chose to stay
behind on that adventure.
After a sack lunch surrounded by the limestone of the Capitol lower
level, we once again loaded the buses to continue the day to the Brown
The students were greeted at the door by Ranger Dexter. He and
Ranger Joan spent the next hour and half going through the site with
the kids. The students we introduced to a
way of life that they have not had to experience. Ranger Dexter did a
wonderful job of pulling out of the students why separate but equal is not a good way to live.
Sondra Owings-Priest, 8th grade student, said it was such a great day that she wants to take her Mom and sisters to see both places.
Abby Everts, 7th grade student, said the dome tour was scary but she was glad she went all the way to the top!
Photos by Mrs. Hainey and Debbie Coleman
Congratulations to Shannon Nease, RVHS Senior of the Month for January! Shannon is the daughter of Kevin Nease and Jennifer Taylor. She has been active in student council, band, drumline, NHS, KAY, SADD, and JCYC. Following graduation, Shannon plans to pursue a degree in Radiology at Washburn University. The Royal Valley student council would like to thank Shannon for her continued leadership at RVHS.
RVHS KAY club has their t-shirt quilt ready, thanks to Julie Putnam and Wendy Ehrhart who sewed it all together and Helen Bausch who quilted it! The quilt features t-shirts from basketball, softball, track and field, band and KAY club, just to name a few. It is 78" X 92" with black backing. (See pictures)
KAY club members will be selling tickets at home basketball games starting Monday, January 15. All proceeds will go to a student in the elementary school who is battling leukemia.