Cheerleaders announced for the 2017-18 school year

 

Important Dates for the 2017-2018 Cheer Squads

 High School Cheerleaders will meet with the coaches on Monday, March 27, after school in the VHS gym for fittings.

  • The VFA and VMS cheerleaders will meet on Thursday, March 30th at the VHS gym for fittings.
  • The parent meeting for new members will be Thursday at the VHS gym.
  • 8th/9th parents/cheerleaders meet at 5:00
  • VHS parents/cheerleaders meet at 6:00
  • Each cheerleader will need to bring the camp deposit of $50.00 to the meeting. 
  • We will discuss fundraising, rules and expectations, camp, and do concussion training.

 Thanks to all of those who tried out for the teams, we are looking forward to a great season cheering on the Vilonia Eagles!

 Coach Judy Cox, Coach Kara Wimberly, and Coach Nicole Spiller submit the following list of students who made the 2017-2018 Vilonia Spirit Squads. 

  

Vilonia High School Cheer Squad 2017-2018

Grace Weatherley

Madi Prosser

Randi Park

Hannah Millsap

Marlie Smith

Ashlyn Maynard

Audrey Loyd

Shelby Ellison

Amber Sturtz

Lydia Grace Outlaw

Kaylee O’Lone

Madelyn English

Emma Eastham

Heidi Aldridge

Alternates:

Aly Robertson

Kalissa Campbell

Halleigh Harrod

 

*Alternates can earn their way on the team by fulfilling an obligation.

Junior High Cheer Squad

9th Grade

Madeline Whitfield

Rachel Daniel

Gracie Maness

Haley Cox

Lynlee Smith

Madison Wright

Alexis Rhodes

Alternates:

Brooklyn Knight

Madison Herrington


8th Grade

Alissa Gorden

Aubrey Daniels

Faith Gilchrist

Haven Harrod

Caroline Outlaw

Bailey Garrison

Mallory Reeves

Cheyenne Barton

Ballroom dance to be on tap for this year's VHS prom

 This year the prom committee has decided to have a masquerade ball feel for prom. Along with their theme, the students would like to have some organized ballroom/promenade dances included in the music. The committee has set up some times to practice these dances before prom on April 1. If you would like to learn the dances or help teach please plan to attend on the following dates in the cafeteria.

March 19, 2- to 4 p.m.        March 26, 2 to 4 p.m.       March 29, 3:30-5 p.m.



 

Vilonia Board of Education mulling over options for district

The Vilonia Board of Education, Monday night, was “painted a picture” of what could be done if there was money to purchase land and build an auditorium that would seat about 1,200, a career education facility, add parking as well as make other remodels and improvements on the high school campus.

There are 37 acres of land east of the high school that could be purchased, Dr. David Stephens told the board and improvements could be made. A rendering of the campus and buildings, regarding how it might look, was on a canvas allowing them to picture it. 

“It would take about $28 million to do all of this,” Stephens said, adding that it would result in an increase in millage from five to seven mills. “That could be a significant burden on our stakeholders.”

An increase of five mills, he said, could allow the project to be done in three phases or an increase of seven mills could allow it to be completed in one phase. The three phases would be spread out over at least four years. Phase one would be the auditorium/cafeteria project. Two would be the career education facility and three would include other improvements to the high school.   

In the audience, architect Steve Elliott and Jack Truemper of the financial services group Stephens Inc., also offered input. Truemper shared information on extending and restructuring bond issues as well as predictions regarding interest rates, assessment and growth in the district.  The three predicted factors, Truemper said, are valid concerns. 

It was said the acreage would cost about $190,000.  

This is just the start of a conversation,” Stephens said to the board. “We just want to get a reference out there of what could be done.”

It was said the Vilonia assessment rate is lower than the state average. Stephens said the school is a 5A school in a 2A district, assessment wise.

In other business:

--A salary increase was approved for teachers and staff including: $500 was added to base of 190 day teachers’ salary schedule;  $400 to base of 180 day classified staff salaries;  $200 to the base of bus driver salaries and $1,000 to base of administrative salary schedule

--Approved the transfer of two students to the Conway School District.

--Approved the resignations of Rachel Justice, Carolyn Ballinger, para-professional, Janis Yeager, cafeteria, and Bernice Tackett, cafeteria. Approved hiring teachers Lisa Evans and Mallory Calhoon for the 2017-18 school year. Renewed contracts of teachers and approved some changes to custodians and bus drivers as well as approved some new substitute teachers.

--Approved the purchase of diesel fuel from Mid-South at a cost of $12,481.58.

--Approved the ALE contract with Arch Ford for $118,510 which allows the district to partner and provide additional alternative learning options including participation in the JAG program. 

Announcements:

--Keith Hillman, director of Vilonia Emergency Services, spoke on rules and regulations that will be enforced in the storm shelters, after school hours, when it is under his department’s jurisdiction. No weapons, no animals other than service animals will be allowed in and the shelter at the elementary will only be open in the event of an overflow at the high school. 

--Assistant superintendent Cathy Riggins announced that schools in the district, the high school, the Freshman Academy and the middle school, have achieved status in the top 20 schools in Arkansas. Based on overall ACT Aspire Scores 2016,  Vilonia Middle School (grades 7-8) is ranked 17 in top 20 schools in Arkansas based on overall ACT Inspire(math, ELA and science combined;  number three in top five for math, ELA and science combined in the central region; number four in top five in central region based on Math ACT aspire performance; number five in top five in central region based on ELA ACT Aspire Performance; number 2 in top five (tied with four other schools for top two in central region) based on Science ACT Aspire Performance.

The Freshman Academy is number three in top five in central region based on ELA Act Aspire Performance. Also, the high school is ranked number five in top five in central region based on ELA ACT Aspire Performance.

 

 

Friday happenings at VMS

VILONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, March 17, 2017

        

       

MENU: Beef Stroganoff, Salad, Carrots, Pineapple Tidbits, Juice/Milk

Managers Choice

 STUDENTS:

 Only students purchasing 2nd chance breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria.  If not you will receive a detention.

 Spring Break will be Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24. Have a great week

 If you are interested in the Miss Vilonia Royalty Pageant there are forms in the office. 

 Mrs. Millsap will be here  today for 8th grade GT from 2:20-3:00

Eagles soar at TSA conference

Congratulations to Braden Westby on being elected as Arkansas' TSA president yesterday at the state TSA conference in Little Rock.

Also, congratulations to all the students who medaled in their competitions at the state TSA conference held Wednesday.  

Several now qualified for nationals including:

Lindzie Lunsford & Samantha Biltgen, first place, Children's Stories

Logan Wilbanks, third place, Dragster Design

Daniel Massa, second place, Dragster Design

Braden Westby & Chris Bunn, second place, Video Game Design

Spencer Coffman, Breanna McLaughlin and Chris Bunn, first place, Catapult

Spencer Coffman and  Chris Bunn, second place, Problem Solving

 

 

Potential scholarship information updated by VHS counselor's office

  1. Arkansas Activities Association - Centennial Bank Scholar Program
  2. Deadline: March 28

  3. The AAA and Centennial Bank will provide 10 senior student-athletes with a $1,000 college scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year.

  4. The scholarships will be provided for athletic achievement and community service.

    1. Boys: 5 scholarships

    2. Girls: 5 scholarships

  5. Come by the Counselor’s office for an application

 

  1. Arkansas Activities Association - State Farm Scholar - Athlete

    1. Deadline: March 28

    2. The AAA and State Farm Insurance will provide 10 senior student-athletes with a $1,000 college scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year.

    3. The scholarships will be provided for each of the following sports:

      1. Boys: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Other Sports

      2. Girls: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Track and Field, Other Sports

      3. Other Sports include swimming, bowling, golf, tennis, soccer, wrestling, dance and cheerleading.

        1. Cross Country is placed under Track and Field

    4. Come by the Counselor’s office for an application

Course Fair held Wednesday allows students to get a look at FA offerings

Staff at the Vilonia Freshman Academy held a Course Fair, Wednesday, hoping to ease the anxieties of the 248 students they expect to attend the school, next year, as ninth graders.

The event was held from 8:30 a.m. until about 11:30, Wednesday in the middle school gymnasium. Parents were invited to attend. Several teachers and coaches from the academy were in attendance. The purpose, said Ramona Smith, academy counselor, was to provide students and parents the opportunity to learn more about the school’s offerings and expectations as well as to ease student’s nerves.

Students were served refreshments and encouraged to mill around the gymnasium and visit with their potential teachers.

Principal Ronnie Simmons of the Freshman Academy, addressed the students and parents saying the ninth grade is a pivotal year—one of most importance to make sure students are on the right track. 

VMS happenings for Thursday

VILONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, March 16, 2017

         

MENU: Soft Taco, Tortilla chips/salsa, Refried Beans, Rice, Fruit, Juice/Milk

BBQ Sandwich, Baked Beans, Salad, Peach Cup, Milk

 

STUDENTS:

 Only students purchasing 2nd chance breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria.  If not you will receive a detention.

 Spring Break will be Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24. Have a great week

 If you are interested in the Miss Vilonia Royalty Pageant there are forms in the office. 

 Cheer tryouts will be today through Friday of this week at the VHS gym. The try out will be from after school until 5:00 p.m. each day. The try out will be closed.  Thank you, Coach Cox.

 There will be no open gym for basketball boys this week due to cheer tryouts.

Mrs. Millsap will be here tomorrow for 8th grade GT from 2:20-3:00

VHS East Lab students showing new technololgy and projects at conference

Vilonia High EAST "leveled up," at national EAST Conference, according to teacher Erin Rappold.

"We showcased many unique projects that we collaborated with our community, used sophisticated technology and worked the clients," she said.

Each student attended breakout sessions to learn about other schools programs, emerging technology, college programs and community resources in Arkansas. This national conference brings elementary to college student from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Louisiana to Hot Springs, each March, to celebrate what they are doing in their communities. With the help of the 2016-2017 EAST Upgrade grant and Vilonia School District,  Rappold said,  the students were able to show new technology to other schools as well as the projects the students have created.

The East students and Rappold are appreciative of all who helped the students make it to the event and the community for support of the program.
 

Vilonia alumni makes a trip back to school to share career tips

Daniel Ellis, a Vilonia alumni from 1992, visited today with AP students in the classroom of Sandy Ragland, VHS art teacher.

“He was an amazing art--everything student,” Ragland said.

Currently, Ellisworks in opera set design and lighting as well as he directs.  He has won several awards, Ragland said. He has worked in Europe and around the United States includingin New York.

Ragland said he talked with the students about sets and math and color.  He is visiting relatives who live in Hot Springs this week.  He flew in from his latest opera, which he directed, in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.  He is heading out, Saturday, to his next opera in San Diego.

March VES Students of the Month

2016/2017 March

VES Student of the Month

 

Kindergarten

Keira Born

Brooklyn Bradley

Raiden Grissom

Aiden Bristor

Weldon Castrodale

Josie Bell

 

1st Grade

Eden Harp

Raiden Thompson

Grant Nickel

Justin Robinson

Ella Phillips

Christie Jo Sanchez

Bella Davidson

2nd Grade

Dylan Keys

Silas Brock

Gabriel Montez

Kayla Jo Oakley

Mack Mannion

3rd Grade

Haven Buck

Emilie Boutault

Luke Halsted

Payton Chivers

Aubrey Howser

Katie Bates



 

Wednesday happenings at VMS

VILONIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

        

MENU: Baked Glazed Ham, Mac/Cheese, Cali Blend Vegetables, Carrot, Pinto Beans, Fruit, Juice/Milk

Chicken Sandwich, Chips, Apple slices, Juice/Milk

 

STUDENTS:

Only students purchasing 2nd chance breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria.  If not you will receive a detention.

 8th grade course fair will be today in the VMS gym from 8:30 – 11:30.

 Spring Break will be Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24. Have a great week

 If you are interested in the Miss Vilonia Royalty Pageant there are forms in the office. 

 Cheer tryouts will be today through Friday of this week at the VHS gym. The try out will be from after school until 5 p.m. each day. The try out will be closed.  Thank you, Coach Cox.

 There will be no open gym for basketball boys this week due to cheer tryouts.

 Congratulations to our newest AR All Stars...Jesse Alexander, Cierra Paul, Meredith West

 Mrs. Millsap will be here Friday for 8th grade GT from 2:20-3:00

Two performances of "I Need a Vacation" set for tonight at FMIS

Some students at FMIS “Need a Vacation.”

Students shared songs, dance and antics regarding possible vacations, this morning, in two rehearsals of the show “I Need a Vacation.” Two performances, this evening, the first is at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 6:45 p.m.

Whether it's a relaxing fishing hole or thrilling to the rides at their favorite theme park, this 30-minute or so all-school revue explores all the possibilities for the vacations in one’s life.

A cardboard car is used for the trip, with the occupants dealing with Little Bobby, who drank water before the road trip, brings smiles from the audience. There is also a couple of solos as well as group singing. Also, the audience becomes involved as the students, nearing the end, make their way around for handshakes.