Urging caution regarding young Vilonia cross country runners on the roads

ATTN Drivers in Vilonia: Starting Monday, June 5, between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, you should expect to encounter a herd of cross country runners on Naylor Rd, Shulz Rd, Vilanco Rd.and Vilanco Cutoff. The runners are in 7th through 12th grade. They are taught and told to stay on the left side of the road, facing traffic while running in single file when encountering a car, according to Coach John Allison. However, he encourages everyone to use caution driving these roads during these hours, The runners will be out there all summer, and you are likely to encounter them in smaller groups on these roads and others on other days of the week.

Cheer teams still taking adds for the Vilonia athletic program

Vilonia Athletics Program Ad

The Vilonia Cheer Teams will take program ads until June 15

. If you would like to

purchase an ad for your special athlete, band, or club member or team, please

complete the following information and turn in with your ad and check to the Vilonia

High School Office, attention Coach Cox. All ads received by this date will be in the Fall

Athletic Program. Black and White Only - *Real Pictures do the best, and should not

have too much black.  If you use printed pics they will not be as clear. Pictures are

returned in fall.

Circle ad Size Below

Ads Cost – Full Page $100  (2 pictures, extra pics are $5 each)

1⁄2 page $50  ( 1 picture, extra pics are $5 each)

1⁄4 page $45  (1 Pic)

1/8 page $35 (business card)

Name of Student _____________________________

Circle the Program VFA/VMS or VHS

Contact Person and Phone Number:


_________ I have attached the ad.

___________ I would like for you to make the ad, I have attached the

picture. (Draw, write below what you would like for ad to say!)

Please make checks payable to Vilonia Cheer. Attach this form, any pictures, and

the check and drop off at the VHS office before June 15.

Time to tryout for next year's sports at VHS

Anyone interested in playingbaseball next year

Tryouts will be  May 22, 23 & 25 @ 5:00 pm--Baseball field. MUST  ATTEND AT Least 2 of 3 days.


Anyone interested in playing volleyball next year needs to bring the signed team letter to tryouts.

If you never picked up a letter or need a new one see Coach Johns.

Tryouts will be May 23rd at 2:00 in the middle school gym.


Anyone interest in playing softball  next year

Tryouts will be May 22, 24, 25.  Starting at 3:30 ---Softball field

An opportunity made available to help a couple of students

From the desk of Dr. David Stephens, school superintendent:

I've just been made aware that two of our students lost their mom on Saturday. Mrs. Judy Cox, cheerleading coach, let me know that a fund has been set up for them at First Security, here in Vilonia - the Harrod Family Donation Fund. The two students are Halleigh (will be in 11th grade) and Haven (will be in 8th grade). A gofundme account has also been created. 



May Board of Education meeting includes nod of approval for partnership with UALR

The Vilonia Board of Education, at the May meeting, gave the nod of approval to enter a partnership with the University of Arkansas Little Rock providing incoming ninth graders, entering the Freshman Academy, an opportunity to earn concurrent college credit and ultimately graduate high school with an associate’s degree.

“We are at a point we are ready to pull the trigger on this,” said Dr. David Stephens, addressing the board. “

Board members had several questions including who would be teaching the classes prior to approving the measure. Teachers are in place, Stephens said. Qualified teachers, he said, are already employed by the district. However, Cathy Riggins, assistant superintendent, said there will be some adjustments in teaching roles and student schedules to participate. Yet, she said, it “will not be a big change.”

She estimated there may be around 80 students to begin the program. Students, she explained, must qualify.

“You don’t get in by just signing up,” she said.  It was said the opportunity to earn the concurrent college credits will help families economically as well as help students get on track for college. Several schools across the state, Riggins said, are already participating in concurrent enrollment.

“I think we have to remember this is an opportunity for a student to graduate with an associate’s degree,” she said.  There is no guarantee that every student who begins the process will graduate with an associate’s degree but even if they don’t, she said, they will be ahead with some college courses.

The cost for each course is $50, she added.

 In other business, the board:

--Approved the purchase of 7,400 gallons of diesel fuel from Green and Chapman at a cost of $1.7819 per gallon.

--Approved the purchase of 84 chromebooks from White River Services for $22,611.54.

--Approved the special education application regarding funding.

--Gave a thumbs up to student Harley Miflin on his Eagle Scout project to clear brush off the school’s walking trails, replace some boards and nail down rebar. Also, add six loads of gravel and clear trash around the pond and dig a deeper ditch. The work, he estimated, can be done in two weekends.  “Sounds like a good deal,” said Randy Sanders, board president.

--Representatives of the Vilonia Eagle Football Foundation provided information regarding some of their latest projects including a Lift-A-Thon where football players will lift weights to raise money. Last year, it was said the fundraiser raised $13,000. This year’s goal is $30,000. The foundation hopes to purchase a new inflatable tunnel, measuring 30 ft. long and 20 ft. tall, at an estimated cost of $11,000 with a portion of the funding.  It was said the foundation, recently, purchased end zone cameras.  The VEFF representatives said that the foundation recently had a third year anniversary. It was also said since its beginning, the foundation has put more than “six figures” back into the football program.


--Approved School of Choice applications

VES students of the month, for May, announced

2016/2017 May

VES Student of the Month



Peyton Page

Aaliyah McCann

Channing Wade

Preston Dickerson

Joley Knight

Kenzie Smith

Abby Cook

1st Grade

Marisa Whitfield

Maddie Higgins

Emmalee Shaver

Ava Moore

Lily Seiver

Maggie Ussery

2nd Grade

Anthony Homan

Maximus Estrada

Hayden Sowell

Sawyer Grissom

Austin Boyer

3rd Grade

Alayna Wright-Wood

Kayleigh Thomas

Kamdyn Smith

Ollie Lang

Maddie Mannion

Marcus Moore

Rummage sale to help technology students go to nationals

From the desk of Jami Eubanks, VHS pre-engineering teacher

The VHS Technology Student Association will be having a rummage sale from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at 863 Main Street (next door to Beryl Baptist Church).  All proceeds go to the TSA trip to nationals this summer in Orlando.  Stop by and shop or just grab a hot-dog and show your support.

Anyone who has items to donate can drop them off at the high school with Mrs. Eubanks, or at the rummage sale location (863 Main Street)."


SOAR students thank community for support at appreciation dinner

Recycling is held in high regard by the students in the Vilonia High School SOAR Transition program and so is Virco, the Conway business that helps them with that project. 

That is one of the messages that was relayed, Wednesday night, at the Vilonia High School SOAR Transition Appreciation Dinner held in the high school cafeteria. In regard to recycling, Virco was one of many businesses recognized at the dinner and thanked by the SOAR students—students with learning disabilities. 

Daily, SOAR students recycle and on a weekly basis, according to school officials, Virco purchases cardboard and the money earned goes back into the program.  

It was said there are currently 30 to 35 in the transitional program including eight in seventh and eighth grades, five at the Freshman Academy and nine seniors receiving compensation for their work. The jobs include working in restaurants as well as custodial and cafeteria positions.

Several SOAR students spoke at the event as well a thank you certificate was handed out to representatives of each jobsite.

SOAR students helped with the meal preparation as well as served.

Incoming freshman may qualify for concurrent college credit program

Incoming freshman in the Vilonia School District now may earn an associate's degree by the time they graduate high school.

The cafeteria at Frank Mitchell Intermediate School was full, Monday evening, with parents and students interested in a new partnership with the Vilonia School District and the University of Arkansas Little Rock allowing incoming ninth graders, at Vilonia’s Freshman Academy, to begin taking college courses.

The Vilonia Board of Education, last week, gave the nod of approval regarding the concurrent enrollment program.

Nick Steele, specialist, and Mary Elizabeth Woolery, coordinator, representing UA Little Rock, were on hand, Monday night, for an informational meeting regarding the application and enrollment process. Also, in attendance were Cathy Riggins, assistant superintendent, Ronnie Simmons, FA principal, Matt Sewell, high school principal and counselors Ramona Smith (FA) and Jolene Sanders (VHS).

Woolery addressed the program components. Vilonia officials and UA officials, she said, have been working together about nine months to solidify the program. The college classes will be taught by college accredited teachers who are already on the Vilonia staff.

“It is pretty impressive that you have qualified teachers already on staff to teach college credits,” she said.  The college credits, she said, will be transferrable to any college in the state.

The college courses will cost $50 per class, she added. On a college campus, she said, the cost could equal to about $750 per class.

“Don’t you think this is a bargain,” she said. “You have the opportunity to graduate with a lot of college courses behind you.”  

Steele interjected that “concurrent enrollment is the wave of the future.”

However, it is not for all students, Riggins said. Also, she said, there is no pressure for students to take.  Yet, she said, is a great opportunity for those who qualify and “chose to follow the plan.”

Eligibility includes that the student must have a composite score of 21 on the ACT including a score of 21 in reading, 21 in math and 19 in English.

Students were told that college officials will be back in August to help with site registration. Between now and then, students may apply online at apply.ualr.edu/hsc 

Those filling in the application should know four things, officials said, including the student is a part-time student. They will not be taking online classes and they must have their social security number to fill out the application. There is no charge to apply.

Once accepted, students will be receive help in choosing classes. Also, they will be shown how to check their email. No payments are due until Nov. 15. As well, Sept. 15, is the deadline to drop classes.

The classes that will be available to FCA students will include Introduction to music appreciation, introduction to computers and introduction to political science.  A student, completing the four years, will have earned credits for an associate’s degree in general studies which, officials said, will ultimately lead to the students being eligible for additional scholarship opportunities.

Officials also said they “have the students’ best interest at heart,” implementing the program.  Students may drop the college courses but they still must follow through with high school courses to graduate high school.

Chromebooks were made available for those wanting to apply following the informational meeting.

It was also said that upper classmen may take the courses if their are additional slots available. However, the freshmen have priority.

VMS happenings for Thursday


Thursday, May 18, 2017



MENU: Hamburger, French Fries, Fruit Cocktail, Milk

Beef Nachos, Pinto Beans, Fruit, Juice/Milk




"8th Grade Girls: Vilonia Lady Eagles Soccer tryouts are Thursday, May 18th from 4:00-5:30.  You must attend both days.  If you have any questions, contact Coach Riba (michael.riba@viloniaschools.org)."


Lost and found will be cleaned out tomorrow.


VMS 2016/2017

Spring Semester Test Schedule

May 22, 2017 (Monday)

1st period regular class

2nd period regular class

3rd period-Semester Test

4th period-Semester Test

5th period-Semester Test


May 23, 2017 (Tuesday)

1st period-Semester Test

2nd period-Semester Test

3rd period-regular class

4th period-regular class

5th period-regular class

May 24th (Wednesday) is for Semester Test make up.  Only students that are supposed to come on Wednesday are students who have a makeup test to take!


Tryouts for next year's softball team will be held on Monday, May 22 and then again Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25 from 3:30-5:30 at the high school softball field

FMIS students guide others on the Lewis and Clark expedition

Fifth graders in the classroom of teacher Jeff Ashley at FMIS, this week, provided a glimpse into the Lewis and Clark expedition for other students in their school.

Led by students and spread out over several classrooms, several tours were provided. Each included a look at Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon as they completed the Louisiana Purchase, the biography of Louis and Clark, a glimpse at a keelboat and canoe as a mode of transportation, a Native American Village and animals encountered on the expedition. Also, the guests were introduced to Sacagawea and York and learned their importance.

The event began similar to a play with students dressed in costume and using their best accents.  President Thomas Jefferson, in 1803, guided a splendid piece of foreign diplomacy through the U.S. Senate with the purchase of Louisiana territory for a negotiated price of $15 million from France. The students shared that the cost boiled down to three-cents an acre for the 530 million acres. The reason for the purchase, the young Jefferson told his peers was “they wanted to be richer and they needed a bigger country.”

After the Louisiana Purchase Treaty was made, Jefferson initiated an exploration of the newly purchased land and the territory beyond the "great rock mountains" in the West.

Jefferson chose his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, an intelligent and literate man who also possessed skills as a frontiersman. Lewis in turn solicited the help of William Clark, whose abilities as draftsman and frontiersman were even stronger. Lewis so respected Clark that he made him a co-commanding captain of the expedition. Together they collected a diverse military that would be able to undertake a two-year journey to the great ocean.

Jefferson hoped that Lewis and Clark would find a water route linking the Columbia and Missouri rivers. This water link would connect the Pacific Ocean with the Mississippi River system, thus giving the new western land access to port markets out of the Gulf of Mexico and to eastern cities along the Ohio River and its minor tributaries.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition paddled its way down the Ohio as it prepared the expedition to be launched officially from Camp Wood, just outside St. Louis, in the summer of 1804. That summer and fall the company of explorers paddled and pulled themselves upstream, northwest on the Missouri River to Fort Mandan, a trading post, where they set up camp, wintered, and prepared for the journey to the Pacific.

When the spring of 1805 brought high water and favorable weather, the Lewis and Clark expedition set out on the next leg of its journey. They traveled up the Missouri to present-day Three Forks, Montana, wisely choosing to follow the western-most tributary, the Jefferson River. This route delivered the explorers to the doorstep of the Shoshone Indians. Once over the Bitterroot Mountains, they shaped canoe-like vessels that transported them swiftly downriver to the mouth of the Columbia, where they wintered.

With journals in hand, Lewis, Clark, and the other members of the expedition returned to St. Louis by September 1806 to report their findings to Jefferson. Along the way, they continued to trade what few goods they still had with the Indians and set up diplomatic relations with the Indians. Additionally, they recorded their contact with Indians and described the shape of the landscape and the creatures of this western world—new to the white man. In doing so, they fulfilled many of Jefferson's wishes for the expedition. Along the way, William Clark drew a series of detailed maps, noting and naming rivers and creeks, significant points in the landscape, the shape of river shore, and spots where they spent each night or camped or portaged for longer periods of time. Later explorers used these maps to further probe the western portion of the continent.

The event ended with the students on the tour meeting Sacagawea, a Shoshone Native American woman, who helped explorers William Clark and Meriwether Lewis and their 'Corps of Discovery,' on their way to the Pacific Ocean serving as an interpreter and a guide.

She was sold to her future husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, at 14, as a slave. She gave birth to her son during the trip that covered more than 4,500 miles.

Wednesday happenings at VMS


Wednesday, May 17, 2017




MENU: Chicken Sandwich, Fries, Fruit, Juice/Milk

Chicken/Cheese Crispitos, Salad, Fruit Cocktail, Juice/Milk




"8th Grade Girls: Vilonia Lady Eagles Soccer tryouts are Thursday, May 18th from 4:00-5:30.  You must attend both days.  If you have any questions, contact Coach Riba (michael.riba@viloniaschools.org)."


ONLY 3 yearbooks left! Get yours before they are GONE! $35


Lost and found will be cleaned out Friday.


VMS 2016/2017

Spring Semester Test Schedule

May 22, 2017 (Monday)

1st period regular class

2nd period regular class

3rd period-Semester Test

4th period-Semester Test

5th period-Semester Test


May 23, 2017 (Tuesday)

1st period-Semester Test

2nd period-Semester Test

3rd period-regular class

4th period-regular class

5th period-regular class

May 24th (Wednesday) is for Semester Test make up.  Only students that are supposed to come on Wednesday are students who have a makeup test to take!