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Meramec Valley R-III School District News

December 2019

The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Administrative Office. To view the December 2019 board agenda and all supporting documents, use the attached link: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/ViewMeeting.aspx?S=157&MID=7127.

District Recognition

School Board recognizes All-District Band, All-District Jazz Band, and All-State Band members. You can see these outstanding band members at their January performance at Pacific High School.


All-District Band - Quinn Blackburn, Casey Brooks, Noah Noud, Holly Shaw, Sam Wagner
All-District Jazz Band - Gabbie Baker, Noah Carrico, Colin Cowsert, Holly Shaw, Sam Wagner
All-State: Gabbie Baker, Quinn Blackburn, Casey Brooks, Noah Carrico, Noah Noud, Holly Shaw, Sam Wagner


Pictured from left: Sam Wagner, Noah Carrico, Matt Sokeland, Gabbie Baker, Colin Cowsert, Matt Trower, and Casey Brooks

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Financial Report

Student Lunch Accounts

Public Gifts are making a big impact for negative student lunch accounts. The Pacific Eagles Organization, Dr. Green of Eureka Pediatrics, along with other community donors have allowed the school district to pay off all lunch balances. In addition, the school district will no longer serve alternative meals to students that have lunch balances. If your organization or business would like to make a donation to the district student lunch account fund, contact Ketina Armstrong for information on how to make a donation.


School District Audit

The Independent Auditor Report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year was completed by Mueller, Walla & Albertson, P.C. The audit found the school district to be in good financial standing. A special thanks to the Finance & Human Resource Departments for being diligent with district financial affairs.

Board of Education Filing Dates

There are 3 open seats on the Board of Education for the April 2020 ballot. Incumbents, Matt Trower, Board of Education President; Sean Brinker, Board of Education Vice-President; and Dianna Meyer, Board of Education Member have filed for re-election. The filing dates are open from December 17th through January 21st. Candidates must personally sign the declaration of candidacy and other documents necessary for filing that require a signature, and the signatures must be notarized. A candidate's completed declaration of candidacy and other necessary documents must be received by the district during the official candidate filing period in order for the candidate to appear on the ballot. Interested candidates may contact Stephanie Schomber at 636-271-1400 to register. Use the attached link to find information on the Board of Education members: https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/o/mvriii/page/board-of-education--571.

Student Achievement

Dr. Carrie Schweirjohn, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Assessment, presented the 2019 District Report Card. Highlights from the District Report Card include:

  • Remaining above state averages for district English Language Arts and Mathematics achievement.
  • Remaining above the 90/90 attendance target with district attendance at a 91.6% 3-year average.
  • Remaining above state averages for College and Career Readiness Standard.
  • Increasing College and Career Readiness Standard 5-6 for Post Secondary Placement to 96.1% in 2019, which is up from 84.1% in 2018.
  • Increasing district ACT Composite Score to a four-year high at 22.0 average score, which is 1.2 points higher than the state average score and an increase of 2.2 points over the prior year MVR-III score.

The full District Report Card may be found on the Board of Education web-page on the

MVR-III website.


School Board Approves New K-8 Summer School Program for 2020

A cost analysis was conducted comparing the 2019 Summer Journey cost and a district-designed program that follows a similar structure. Keeping all things the same and budgeting on the high-end of expected cost, the projected savings to the district by developing a MVR-III Summer School Program is $121,374.46. It is important to note that this savings is based on the same amount of attendance days and the same pay structure used in 2019. Proposed highlights for the 2020 Summer School includes:

  • Free transportation
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Attendance incentives at each building
  • Department of Conservation grant awarded for weekly field trip experiences
  • Discovery Education STEM Connect Units and Lessons
  • MVR-III Teacher created interdisciplinary high engagement units
  • Remediation options for students during the morning lessons

Summer School Dates: Monday-Friday (Specific dates to be determined in January.)

Times: Same as current school year schedule

○ Elementary: 8:30 am -3:45 pm

○ PI & RB: 7:30 am - 2:45 pm

Homeless Identification Information

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), school districts are responsible for supporting and identifying students whose living situations may qualify them as homeless. Each district has a homeless liaison designated to assist students. The homeless liaison is responsible for ensuring all barriers to student enrollment are removed as well as supporting families by connecting them with school and community resources, informing them of their rights and assisting in resolving disputes. If you know of a family who may qualify, please have them contact the Federal Programs Coordinator, Dr. Stephanie Bechard at 636-271-1464. See the district website for the Homeless Identification Information form under Special Programs.

Board Approves the 2020-2021 School Calendar

Use the following link to find the School Board approved academic school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/550326/2020-2021_MVR3_School_Calendar_-_Final.pdf

DORIS HOFFMAN EARLY LEARNING CENTER

The students at Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center had a special visitor on Thursday, December 19th. Santa visited every classroom to see children and share holiday cheer. The Early Learning Center is a tuition based program that is open year round for our youngest students. Doris Hoffman Early Learning Programs include:
  • Tuition-Based services for children ages 3-5
  • Title-I services for children ages 3-5 (students must qualify to attend)
  • Early Childhood Special Education for children ages 3-5 (students must qualify to attend)
  • Parents as Teachers Program for families with children from birth-age 5

COLEMAN ELEMENTARY

School Based Counselor, Monica Moore, organized lessons on giving and setting goals to students during the month of December. Students read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein to participate in a school-wide service learning project. Students learned how to set individual goals and to set goals collaboratively as a class. During the five day project, Coleman students donated 248 toys and achieved many of their individual goals. Key learning objectives included: listening, communicating, serving others, and responsibility.

NIKE ELEMENTARY

Third grade students in Mrs. Burt's class had the opportunity to learn about weather and instruments that measure weather. Mike Munier taught students how to read and understand the school's weather station. The weather station is connected to a computer in the cafeteria where students can view the weather live each day during their lunch.

ROBERTSVILLE ELEMENTARY

Robertsville Elementary PTO hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14th. Ellie Kay tells Santa what she wants for Christmas.
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TRUMAN ELEMENTARY

Parents of students at Truman Elementary had the opportunity to get some holiday shopping done or just relax while their kids enjoyed an evening at school. Truman SACC Program organized, Night with the Grinch on Friday, December 13th. The 3 hour event ran up until 9:30 p.m. allowing students to play games, make crafts, and enjoy a movie.

ZITZMAN ELEMENTARY

Zitzman Elementary celebrated the holiday season by showing off their 1st and 2nd grade students' music, dancing, and artistic talents at their December 12th event. The performance included music led by Mr. Johnson, Music Teacher; dancing choreographed by Mrs. Haberkorn, Physical Education Teacher; and an art show was led by Mrs. Johnson, Art Teacher. Students and teachers did an amazing job!
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PACIFIC INTERMEDIATE

Pacific Intermediate is getting a Christmas gift thanks to the citizens of the MVR-III School District. The school's original bleachers were removed and new bleachers are set to go in before Spring Break. Capital improvement funds are being used to purchase new bleachers for Pacific Intermediate's main gym. We appreciate the citizens of the MVR-III School District and your support of our schools.
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RIVERBEND MIDDLE SCHOOL

On Friday, December 6, 2019, Riverbend Middle School students and staff participated in their annual Day of Service, an event organized by Beta Club students, along with Mrs. Schultz and Mrs. Miles -- and fueled by an inspirational talk by Mayor Steve Myers, students were reminded of the importance of giving back to our community. This year's Day of Service marked 10 years for the annual event. Students and staff volunteered throughout the community including the Pacific Agape House, Care Center, Senior Center, Pacific Park's Department, Meramec Ambulance, Adopt-A-Family, and so many more places. Citizenship is one of the MVR-III pillars of success. The Day of Service provides students with a real-world experience on volunteering for the betterment of a community.

PACIFIC HIGH SCHOOL

Pacific High School JAG students will be hosting a series of technology trainings for area senior citizens during the second semester. Classes will begin in January and conclude in April of 2020. Students will teach seniors how to better use their phones, tablets, kindles, and laptop computers. The technology sessions will be held at First State Community Bank in cooperation with the Jefferson-Franklin County Community Action Corporation. First State Community Bank is located at 302 W St Louis Street in Pacific. Area seniors wanting to participate in the technology classes should contact Jean Sotomayor, Community Programs Specialist, at 636-207-0847 extension 127.

Photo Credit: Dean Penberthy; JAG Teacher


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January Events

  • 3rd- Boy's Basketball Alumni Game at Pacific High School at 7 p.m.
  • 6th- School Resumes
  • 8th- Late Start Day
  • 17th- No School/Professional Development Day
  • 20th- No School/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday