Vale Middle School has 110 seventh and eighth grade students. The building was originally constructed in 1936, and served as the Vale Union High School for many years. The Class of 1954 was the last graduating. In 1968, after extensive remodeling, the school was re-opened as a junior high, and has served as Vale’s only junior high/middle school facility since then.
We pride ourselves on having a committed staff who understand the characteristics unique to young adolescents. While small in number, our five full-time and five part-time teachers, along with our principal, are dedicated to guiding our students through what can be one of the most difficult times of their lives. Our goal is to make school an enjoyable experience, where the environment is warm and welcoming, and the students want to come to school. In the transition fr om child to adult, these young people are amazing doers and thinkers. Those of us who work with them take great delight in seeing the world through their eyes. It keeps everything fresh, and no two days are ever the same. Somewhere inside them are the seeds of what they may become, and we take great pleasure in watching them develop and grow.
This policy states that any student that receives an F in any course will not be considered for promotion to the next grade unless he/she meets the promotion requirements. The purpose of this policy is to hold students accountable for their education. We want students to understand that failure should never be an option. This policy prepares students for High School w here a failing grade will result in a loss of credit.
To foster the development of the intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and physical needs of our students, we have several programs that help reinforce the positive aspects of their lives.
PBS: Vale Middle School uses the school-wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) plan. Each expectation at VMS is based upon either Safety, Respect, or Responsibility. It is our goal to provide Vale Middle School students with positive reinforcement. Students are rewarded with Star Rewards, Positive Office Referrals, and Vandal Reward trips. There are weekly Star Reward drawings and Positive Office Referrals are mailed home. Vandal Reward trips are held at least quarterly for students with excellent academic and behavior.
Athletics: Students at VMS also have access to many extra-curricular activities throughout the year. Football, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, wrestling, and track are offered during the year. Students compete in the Western Idaho Conference, (WIC), league. Other activities, including ski club, tennis club, Academic Club, Chess club, and Battle of the Books are also available to students, as well as a variety of community service projects organized by the student council.