Mrs. Brenda Hainey received the Teacher of Distinction Award from the Naval Historical Foundation for all of her teaching, countless hours and support she gave to RVMS students who participated in the Kansas History Day/National History Day during the 2017-18 school year. Mrs. Hainey and her students worked on the three different entries: documentary, exhibit and website before school, after school and some occasional weekends. These projects were not completed during an actual class period during the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations also goes to the students: Morgan Davis, Olivia Flowers, Henry Mitchell, Sondra Owings-Priest, and Alex Cannon for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the duration of each of their competitions and achievements at the various levels.
Congratulations, Mrs. Hainey!
Lindsey Bowden received a big surprise last week when she arrived at RVHS. Over the summer Superintendent Davis shared an application for a student award with Mrs. Litherland who then filled out the application and nominated Lindsey for the Governor's Community Service Award. Only one senior from each Kansas high school may win, and Lindsey is the winner for RVHS!
"We want to thank you as an exceptional student who answers the call to service to make your community a better place, especially your service within your school community at Royal Valley High School," Governor Colyer wrote in the award letter. "Your service and this recognition deliver a powerful message to encourage others to take action."
Bowden had no idea this was happening. "I didn't know about it until last week," she explained.
Litherland nominated Bowden based on the amount of service projects she completed last year. "Lindsey headed up all the work with the Thrive poverty program, which made her a natural choice for this award. She wrote the Disney grant with members of FFA that we used to buy the food for the Thrive program," Litherland explained.
Calderwood's Grocery Store and Holton Meat Processing were partners in the Thrive program, which provided meals to family while FCCLA members worked with the children and families to help them reach their goals of overcoming their financial situations. The club also had to prepare meals and take them to Holton (location of Thrive meetings). It was a lot of work!
The programs that Bowden helped implement impacted people globally, nationally and locally. The FCCLA chapter, of which Bowden is an integral part, raised money to build a well in a third world country, sent aid to hurricane victims and adopted local families during the holidays, in addition to Thrive.
Parents and Students
As we progress into our new school year please remember that our eligibility policy has changed from last year. To participate in school sponsored activities at Royal Valley High School, students must be passing a minimum of 7 classes at all times. The administration will compile a weekly progress report beginning Monday after the first varsity football game. Students failing 2 or more classes may not participate in sporting events, dances, club meetings, plays, etc. Students may return to “Good Standing” as soon as teachers notify administration of an improved grade.
If you get a chance to walk around the buildings that make up USD 337, you will notice lots of improvements! Thanks to Adam Bryan, Jay Diamond, W.D. Montgomery, David Crisp, Gordon Hainey, Mike Mosely, Melissa Pugh, Scott Starkson, Mike Mullins, Tammy Force and Russell Pugh for all their hard work painting, installing lights and overseeing all of the improvements.
Thank you to Mark Haefke and Giant Communications for the new phone system! Everyone is still trying to learn it, so please be understanding if you call a building and get disconnected! Also thanks to Mark Haefke for overseeing the major upgrade to the Internet. It's much faster and more reliable now!
All of these improvements would not be possible without the leadership of our school board. Thanks to Mr. Davis, Superintendent and our school board members: Cindy Broxterman, Pat Tuck, Boone Smith, Ann Kelly, Nathan McAlister, Jim O'Toole and Linda Hegemann.
Below are the school start and release times for all USD 337 schools.
RV Little Panther Preschool: 8:00 am to 11:10 am and 12:20 pm to 3:30 pm
RV Elementary School: 8:05 am to 3:34 pm
RV Middle School: 7:53 am to 3:39 pm
RV High School: 8:13 am to 3:20 pm
Dear RVMS Families,
It is with great excitement and honor that I get to join you as a partner in your child’s education as the Principal of Royal Valley Middle School. Along with the RVMS team, I am committed to our mission of ensuring that each student is actively engaged in the learning process and in developing the citizenship skills necessary to become a responsible, productive member of the global workforce. It is my desire that we work together to instill growth mindset practices in a positive and empowering educational environment at RVMS. I look forward to meeting you and your child and encourage you to reach out to me if you ever have questions, concerns, or suggestions throughout the school year.
All the best,
785.966.2251 or 785.364.5658
The Royal Valley FFA Chapter earned the 3-Star Chapter Award for the first time since the chapter re-establishment. Last year RVHS earned the 2-Star award at nationals and did not compete prior to that. Only the top 10% of the state's ranking (18) get to proceed on and compete at the national level. Prior to last year, RV was not in that top 10%.
To be eligible to compete for these top-level awards, the chapter members must complete a packet of information about the chapter's activities. Some of the activities RV used were the Farmer Dash, Elementary Ag Day, Recycling Program, Canned Good Drive, and National FFA Officer Visit.
"We had to give a detailed description of 9 activities including goals for each and steps to accomplish goals, as well as results and how they relate to the indicator. Blake Chance did an excellent job leading our chapter as president to help us accomplish our goals in the National Chapter Award Program, and all of the officers and members did a lot of hard work to make it happen," explained FFA Advisor Kim Clark.
According to the national FFA website: "The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
"Chapters that receive a gold rating by their state FFA associations are eligible to compete for National FFA 3-star, 2-star or 1-star ratings. Each chapter that competes for these awards will receive a multi-year plaque and a spur designating their 3-star, 2-star or 1-star rating. They will receive additional spurs for each year they compete and receive a rating from the National FFA Organization. Chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the chapters that receive a national 3-star chapter rating will be eligible to compete for the National Premier Chapter Awards, Models of Excellence and Middle School Models of Excellence Awards."
Occasionally during the school year, parents have concerns about locating their child after hours. Royal Valley Middle School, during regular hours (7:30 am to 4:45 pm), serves as the transportation contact point. The RVMS phone number is 785-966-2251. If parents are looking for a student other than those hours, the emergency contact number to call is 785-966-2184.