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Elementary pods might be addressed in possible no tax bond increase

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:48 am

The Van-Far R-I School Board held a Work Session last Thursday night to discuss Van-Far’s facilities and possible upgrades that could become a reality through a no tax bond increase, followed by a passing vote from voters. The meeting came as a result of a community survey taken last Fall that had 200 responses offering input on the facilities of the district. Jay Berendzen and Jon Berendzen, of Porter, Berendzen

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  • Van-Far FFA members attend Greenhand Conference

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted 19 Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri. MFA Incorporated helped sponsor the conferences. Shown  from the left are: Past President Abrea Mizer, Marshall; Vice President Ally Hultgren, Willard; Vice President Jack Davis, Farmington; Vice President Jaret Holden, Summersville; Vice President Brock Larson, Newtown-Harris; and 1st Vice President Libby Martin, California. Back row: Van-Far FFA members Christian Thurmond, Trey Atkinson, and Cody James.

    Eighteen conferences were held at 13 different locations throughout the state: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff; Missouri State University, West Plains; Lincoln University, Jefferson City;  Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; Waynesville High School, Waynesville; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and

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  • Community R-VI students inducted into NHS

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Community R-VI inducted students into the National Honor Society during their induction ceremony held on Monday, January 12. Current NHS President Brandon Arens gave the welcome followed by Principal Bob Curtis’ opening remarks. There was also a candlelight ceremony, official registration signing, and a presentation of certificates before Vice-President Bryan Allen gave the closing remarks. New members inducted include Courtney Bertels, Danielle Brooks, Mikyla Wagner, Alexandra Cope, Collin Dungan, Anthony

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  • Van-Far announces quarter/semester Honor Roll students

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Community R-VI students who were inducted into the National Honor Society.

    Students named to the Van-Far School “A” Honor Roll for the second quarter are as follows: 7th Grade-Olivia Bybee, Katie Elzea, Alyse Jensen, Colin Wilburn, and Mallory Williams. 8th Grade-Paige Dameron, Jordan Garner, Jayle Jennings, Claire Motley, and Avery Rost. Freshmen-Taryn Adam, Walker Franke, Jacob Garner, Cole Grimes, Joshua Hodde, Colten Jensen, and Mackenzie Kurz. Sophomores-Alexis DeTienne, Andrew Snodgrass, and Jenna Willis. Juniors-Marissa Cox, Renee Nelson, Aaryn Phillips, and Abbegail

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  • Community R-VI names Students of the Month

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Community R-VI Students of the Month for November and December are shown, from left: Danielle Brooks, Adam Hombs, Brandon Arens, and Erika Byrd.

    Community R-VI High School has named the Strive Students of the Month for November and December. When choosing the students to receive this honor, teachers and staff members consider effort in academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, adherence to school rules, and demonstration of school spirit and pride. The November Students of the Month are Adam Hombs and Danielle Brooks. The December Students of the Month are Brandon Arens and

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  • Utterback receives award

    Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm


    Melanie Utterback, High School Physics First and Biology teacher at Community R-VI, was recently selected as one of 10 in the state of Missouri for the 2014 STEM Educator Innovator Awards. These awards recognize educators that develop and deliver innovative educational practices to inspire and engage students in STEM education. Utterback worked with the University of MO-Columbia’s Physics First Program that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation to bring

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  • Van-Far’s 5th-6th graders perform

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Van-Far’s 5th and 6th grade students held their Christmas Concert last week at the elementary school.

    A Christmas Concert, featuring Van-Far’s 5th and 6th grade students, was held at the elementary school on Tuesday, December 16. The event began with the 5th and 6th grade students performing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The 5th grade recorder pieces were played to the “Ukranian Bell Carol” and “Good King Wenceslas.” Trevor Winders followed by performing “Let It Go” on the piano. The 6th grade performed “Still, Still, Still”

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