2018-19 Activities Brochure


Tryouts are during the spring semester of your eighth-grade year prior to the upcoming ninth-grade fall/winter seasons.  A mandatory tryout meeting is usually held the week before spring break, and tryouts are usually the week following spring break.

There are 10 teams you can try out for:

  • JV or Varsity Football
  • JV or Varsity Basketball
  • JV or Varsity Wrestling
  • Competition Squad (must be on Varsity Football squad)
  • JV Football Practice Squad, JV Basketball Practice Squad, JV Wrestling Practice squads (the practice squads do not cheer at games)

Things to note:

  • Practices are held after school at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church or at Valley High School
  • Season length depends on the squad
  • There are practice and camp requirements in the summer preceding your ninth-grade year.
  • Game schedules vary with sport and squad; calendars are made available to cheerleaders months in advance.
  • Attendance is mandatory for practices and games.
  • There are out-of-pocket costs.
  • There is mandatory fundraising, since cheerleading is not funded by the district.

Dates: Summer before ninth-grade year and spring of ninth-grade year | Contact: Beth Ferguson – 515-633-4103

Silver Cord

This is a  graduation-incentive program to promote a lifetime of community service. Learn More about Silver Cord

Dates: June 1 – May 31 | Contact: Cyndi Bonus – 515-633-4365

Dance Team

Tryouts for the Valley High School Dance Team are held at the end of the school year. Incoming Freshman have the opportunity to audition for the dance team. Dancers will attend a dance camp in Ames in July, and perform routines at football games, basketball games, and assemblies. The team will also participate in the Fourth of July parade and homecoming parade. Practices are several times a week starting in summer and continuing through the school year. Team socials are generally scheduled once a month

Dates: June-February | Contact: Nicole Barreca – 563-271-2995


The VSW Forensics Class and Team includes many activities such as policy, Lincoln Douglas, Legislative and Public Forum Debate. It also includes speech activities like Original Oratory, Prose/Poetry, and Acting . This is a perfect opportunity for someone who would like to develop their critical thinking, research, writing and speaking skills. Forensics (debate) is cocurricular. You must be enrolled in the class to be on the team. The team participates in local tournaments with some travel opportunities out of the state for Freshmen who excel and qualify in their area of competition. Students will have travel expenses for out of town and out of state tournaments, but fees are subsidized by the school. The freshman will work closely with the varsity team members at Valley. It is an excellent way to develop skills for upper level high school classes and good preparation for college and standardized testing. Performances are throughout the year and students may select from among a list of competition opportunities to fit your schedule. Listen to announcements for initial meeting times and practice times. Regular meetings and practices are coordinated with the VHS Forensics teams.

Dates: September-May | Contact: Leah Shapiro – 612-805-8051

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Students have an opportunity to talk about their faith and how it applies to their everyday life and activities. Guest speakers, retreats and huddle groups highlight the schedule during the year. Meetings and events usually occur every other Monday night throughout the school year. For updates, follow us on twitter @Valley_FCA. A calendar of meeting and events will be handed out at the end of the first meeting and is available electronically. Students can join at any time during the year.

Dates: September-May | Contact: Kevin Kellner – 515-577-7735