Award Year: 2014

Valley Falls Elementary School

700 Oak Street
Valley Falls, KS, 66088-1263

(785) 945-3221

Ms. Susan J. Grey, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

USD 338 Valley Falls

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To promote a positive atmosphere where all stakeholders together, through mutual respect, provide students with opportunities to meet individual needs and build on prior knowledge.

Student Demographics
  • White: 97%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Mrs. Tillery's Kindergarten Learning Centers in Action

Mrs. Tillery's Kindergarten Learning Centers in Action

Valley Falls Elementary is part of the USD 338 Valley Falls School District located in Jefferson County along the rolling hills of the Delaware River in northeast Kansas.
The school staff, through Professional Learning Communities, unite to achieve a common purpose and clear goals, work together in collaborative teams openly sharing successes and failures, seek out promising learning strategies to improve student achievement on a continuing basis, monitor each student’s progress, explore the use of evolving technology to enhance learning opportunities, and demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of all students and staff.

District leaders have provided support for a shared leadership approach which has empowered all staff members, creating a professional atmosphere where all are focused on the "whole" child, promoting collegial dialogue across content areas, and encouraging a willingness to think "out of the box" by trying new and innovative approaches that meets the specific needs of our students and community.

The development of meaningful relationships with students, parents, and community members is a critical component of the school's success, creating a positive school family atmosphere. The staff reach out, involving community members and parents as a part of the local school family through annual events such as Back to School parade/activities, Community Nights, Grandparents’ Day, and a community History Day.

Academic success here at Valley Falls Elementary has become a tradition and is celebrated at every opportunity. Every day is a great day to be a Valley Falls DRAGON!