September 2021

Meramec Valley R-III School District

The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month. To view board agendas and all supporting documents use the attached link.

What's Happening in MVR-III

MVR-III's 8 Pillars of Success

Meramec Valley’s efforts in making a difference for kids includes the 8 Pillars of Success. The district has made a 3-year investment with Characterplus to support the district’s Strategic Plan. Specifically:

  • Target 2 – Enhance Climate & Culture- MVR-III will recruit, attract, develop, and retain highly qualified staff yearly.

  • Target 3 – Differentiate and Expand Resources and Services for Students - All MVR-III students will learn in an environment that is collaborative, engaging, inclusive, innovative, and conducive to learning.

  • Target 4 – Increase Parent and Community Involvement - MVR-III parents, students, and community members will actively participate in school events to support student learning.

Each month one of the eight pillars will be highlighted during classroom lessons and during extra curricular activities. How does this affect you? First, it takes a TRIBE to build a GREAT community. We are asking families to discuss and reinforce the pillars with their child(ren) at home and in the community.

“The question is not, ‘Can you make a difference?’ you already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.”

Julia Butterfly Hill

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New Courses

Meramec Valley School District reviews courses each year to ensure students have the best options to meet their academic goals for college and career readiness. In January of 2021, two seminar courses were approved for the 2021-22 school year; Freshman Seminar and Eighth Grade Seminar.

Freshman Seminar is a one-semester, stand-alone course for entering ninth grade students. The course is to help students better transition from the middle school setting, prepare them for the increased academic rigor of high school, and meet the social and emotional challenges they may encounter over the ensuing four years. Students will explore college and career planning and preparation, while learning time management, and collaboration skills, as well as completing a learning styles inventory and reflection.

The district curriculum committee is made of teachers, administrators, and parents to create robust and diverse learning options for students. If you are interested in joining the district level curriculum committee, please email David Quanz at

Free Student Meals Starting October 4th

The Meramec Valley R-III School District has obtained the United States Department of Agriculture Pandemic Grant that offers free breakfast/lunch to ALL students up to age 18 starting Monday, October 4, 2021 through the end of 2022 school year.

If your child(ren) has a negative balance, please work with the school office to rectify your child(ren)’s account.

Recognitions & Activities

PHS Student Publications

Yearbook students are delving into photography and getting results! The 2022 PHS Warrior Yearbooks are on sale now at using code 17166.

Photo credit: Aubrey Harris

Naval Honor School Award

Pacific High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program was awarded their 13th Naval Honor School Award. The Naval Honor School award is presented annually to the top 10 to 15% of all Marine Corps programs worldwide. Criteria for selection includes cadet community service hours; drill & marksmanship competitions to include rankings; ROTC & Military Academy selections; student leadership positions within the school aside from JROTC; and award presentations to our cadets from local military organizations such as the VFW, the American Legion, the Purple Heart Association, and others.

Riverbend Middle School Activities

Middle School Science Labs

Mrs. Kelm's science classes took part in a fetal pig dissection lab. Learner objectives included learning the anatomy of a pig as an example of a vertebrate mammal, identify structures on the pig and know their functions.

Student Leadership

The Student Council Organization (STUCO) is proud to announce their leadership positions for this school year. STUCO president is Brayden M., Vice President is Ember R., Photographer is Madalin A., Secretary is Trinity M., and Members are Ava M., Brooke M, Sawyer, and Gabriella G.

STUCO is looking forward to sponsoring some school-wide events this year. The group will be walking in the Homecoming Parade on October 9th. STUCO is also responsible for running the River Shack at the girls' basketball games this Fall.

In support of the District's Eight Pillars of Success, STUCO will host a monthly Spirit Day. September 29th will be Citizenship Day and students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to show off their Citizenship. On Wednesday, October 27th will be Collaboration Day for students to wear their favorite team shirt or music group to portray the Collaboration Pillar.

Wishes for Waverly

Pacific Intermediate students are demonstrating their understanding of Pillar #1: Citizenship, by helping a school that has gone through tough times. Students are making connections with Waverly Elementary School; a school that faced catastrophic destruction as the result of flooding in Waverly, Tennessee on August 21, 2021. To aid this school in their time of need, students are collecting monetary donations as well as donations of gently used books and school supplies. Additional items being collected are paper towels, baby wipes, tissues, and Ziploc bags. Students were encouraged to write letters to local businesses to solicit support for the Wishes for Waverly project. As a result of our students’ hard work, several businesses have already pledged to help, and many supplies have been already been collected.
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Handwriting in Pre-K

Young learners at Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center (DHELC) are off to a great start by learning how to write and hold instruments correctly. DHELC uses a resource called Handwriting Without Tears to help children learn the stages of writing. The resource is research based to provide developmentally appropriate and multisensory strategies for early writers.

Students practice developmentally appropriate sequence with consistent guided practice to develop handwriting skills. The hands-on manipulatives with Handwriting Without Tears develops fine motor and phonemic skills. The young learners love learning new letters and practicing writing.

Suchland Lands Classroom Grant for Nike Elementary

Kayla Suchland, a kindergarten teacher at Nike Elementary School, was awarded a $500 Grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation in August of 2021. Ms. Suchland was one of nine winners from 30 applicants from across Missouri. The project Developing Courage and Creativity in Aspiring Authors is designed to serve the needs of kindergarten students who have never held a pencil or a book before coming to school. Some students come to the classroom with a limited view on the endless possibilities that arise when learning to read and write. To ensure students have an equal chance to succeed in today’s world, Suchland proposed to an interactive writing experience within the kindergarten classroom.

Ms. Suchland’s goals are to establish a writing center through which kindergarten students apply phonemic skills, gain exposure to various topics through new vocabulary, and develop confidence as authors, as well as increase writing assessment scores among kindergarten students at Nike Elementary.

Congratulations Ms. Suchland! Meramec Valley is excited for you and your kindergarten class to begin using these resources purchased with the grant. A special thanks to the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation for supporting teacher grants.

Coleman Elementary McTeacher Night

McTeacher Night for Coleman Elementary is scheduled for Friday, September 24th in Pacific from 5-7 p.m. McTeacher Night is unlike any other fundraiser. Teachers, students and families are invited to McDonald’s, where teachers will interact with their students outside of the classroom and receive a portion of the proceeds from the evening. Kids love seeing their teachers outside the classroom.

Proposition 1 Playground Progress at Robertsville Elementary

Robertsville Elementary is excited to see the progress being made on the school's new playground. The playground will be ADA accessible and feature multiple slides and surfaces to climb on. A rubberized surface will be set underneath for a soft and safe place for children to play. This project was made possible due to the passage of the Prop 1 no tax increase bond issue that was passed in April of 2021.

Student Leadership at Truman Elementary

Truman Elementary supports student leadership for their third and fourth graders. Third grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador Program while fourth graders have the chance to join the Difference Maker Program. Both programs have an application process where students mark the jobs that interest them, a parent signature is required, and students must follow the 8 Pillars of Success. Once the application process is complete then students are on a scheduled routine for different jobs.

Student Ambassador jobs include recess cart responsibilities to morning mailbox delivery. Difference Makers positions range from teacher helper to Difference Maker Detectives. Pictured above are two Difference Maker Detectives that have spotted a Difference Maker inside Truman and present the student with a Difference Maker card.

Zitzman STEAM Club

Zitzman Elementary has begun their second year of STEAM Club. What is STEAM Club? It's an extra-curricular activity held after school for students in Grades 1-4 to experience Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math using a variety of hands-on discovery activities. The first session is all about storybook STEAM. STEAM Club members will be designing, creating, and solving problems that are correlated with a story. Students and teachers are ready to enjoy weeks of fun with hands on learning experiences.

October Dates to Remember:

October is National Principal's Month

01- No School/Professional Development Day

03- Fire Prevention Week

04- Parent/Teacher Conference Week

09- Homecoming Parade

11- No School-Columbus Day

12- MVR-III Spirit Week

15- Homecoming Football Game

16- PHS Homecoming Dance

18- National School Bus Safety Week & Digital Citizenship Week

20- Missouri Day & Board of Education Meeting

23- Red Ribbon Week

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