News from the Meramec Valley R-III School District
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Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center
There are some new faces at the Doris Hoffman Early Center this year. We are very excited to see what the future holds for the Little Indians!
Sharon Barker - Secretary
Jessica Graham - Nurse
Jessi Grant - Deaf Hard of Hearing Teacher
Micki Brehe - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Sarah McDonald - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Katie McDonald - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Eyvonne Steinert - Paraprofessional
Kourtney Hess - Paraprofessional
Joan Knight - Teacher Assistant
Kelsey VanderPas - Teacher Assistant
Coleman Warriors are off to a great start! Students and staff are acclimating to the new school year and still finding ways to share a loving and powerful learning environment, from a safe distance. New staff added to the Coleman team are making a big impact in a short time. They have all quickly attached to our beautiful kids and find joy in working with them each day, just like the rest of our team.
Mrs. Terri Eggers and Mrs. LeAnn Pechman have joined the office and have quickly made themselves a friend to all. We want all families, staff, and students to feel welcome and cared for, every day and all day. When we are made to feel good, we can pay it forward all day!
First Grade quote to start the year: After the teacher had spent some time going over safety protocols, Madison, a first-grade student in Mrs. Peirick’s class said, “You know at some point we are going to have to do some work.” You have to love these kids and their desire to learn!
We are also loving our virtual students from a distance. The Jones family shared a picture of their first day of learning at home on August 26 and are keeping us posted on their progress. Way to go, Conner, Kyleigh, and Chloe! We are so proud of all our Virtual Learning students.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 was officially proclaimed as "Love Our School Day" for Truman Elementary. What does a “Love Our School Day” entail? A "Love Our School Day" is a dedicated day where staff volunteers their time and talents to beautify their school or focus on a big project. The school's big project was to focus on enriching the playground. PTO purchased two pavilions to be installed in the next month and old equipment was removed to allow room for games. The Pacific Jaycee’s donated funds to support the purchase of playground supplies.
"Love Our School Day" completed projects included: updated basketball hoops, new soccer nets, new obstacle asphalt art, deep cleaning of the equipment, and new items for the recess cart.
Truman could not be more excited and confident in the preparation to have the student Tribe back on campus. Virtual or seated, Truman values the time given to make connections and continues pushing forward.
Riverbend Middle School
Students at Riverbend are beginning each day in a Tribe class, where students learn to work collaboratively with their peers. The emphasis of the class is based on the Every Monday Matters curriculum that highlights the District's 8 pillars of success. The engaging activities in the curriculum include hands-on social and emotional learning to help students internalize great habits while building positive relationships. Principals have already noticed the positive impact the Tribe class is making on the school.
Pacific High School
Over the spring and summer, PHS had some building renovations that will improve the flow of services to students. This month the spotlight is on the new weight room. The old commons, also known as the old cafeteria, was transformed into an amazing new weight room/training facility.
One of our new physical education teachers at the high school, Mr. Paul Day had this to say, “The weight room has everything we could ever need to become stronger, more athletic students & athletes. The weight room itself is incredible and the turf area allows us an area to work change of direction as well as core no matter what kind of weather we are having. We are very fortunate to have such a great facility.”
With the ever-increasing focus on the health and fitness of all students, the new weight/training room is a great addition. The reaction from students has been extremely positive. The new facility is bright and sophomore Izach Reeder says, “It is a much more inviting place to come work out.” Photos submitted by Kim Fleming
Food Service Announcements
The District was granted a waiver to offer FREE breakfast to all students for the 2020-2021 school year. Grab and Go breakfast bags are available at the start of each school day.
Free & Reduced Applications
We encourage each family to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application to qualify for Free/Reduced meals for the school year. Accurate reporting of these applications will help us continue to offer free breakfast for the future. Families that qualified in the past need to complete a new form each year. Paper copies of the application will be sent home with all students. Parents that have questions regarding their meal status may contact Michelle Dawson at (636) 271-1428 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents may use the following link to download the application form.
PHS Activity Spectator Guidelines
As the District prepares for 2020 Fall Sports and Activities, we want to inform our families and community of the Activity Spectator Guidelines. The Four Rivers Conference as a whole has made the following guidelines and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that all 8 schools will follow regarding athletics for the 2020 Fall Sports season.
- Practices/Scrimmages/Jamborees are closed to the general public.
- Masks are required for all athletes and coaches or as determined by sport-specific guidelines.
- Masks are required for spectators attending all indoor events.
- Spectators are asked to sit in family/household clusters and keep 6 feet distance from any other groups.
- The wearing of masks by spectators is highly recommended at outdoor sports, especially in times when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
- We ask for cooperation in maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.
- Face coverings will be required by spectators indoors at MVR-III.
- Students 8th grade and under will not be admitted without being accompanied by a parent.
***Any tickets not spoken for will be available to the public at the gate.
***Capacity of each venue is to be determined by each local school district and city fire codes.
***Vouchers reserve your ability to purchase a ticket to enter the event.
At any time these recommendations may change as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schools of the Four Rivers Conference ask that you respect these guidelines and recommendations which we feel will provide our student-athletes with the safest environment possible. Our goal is to protect the structure of our season and allow our athletes the best opportunity to reach the natural conclusion to the fall sports season. Use the following link to access sport-specific guidelines: https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/article/292484?org=phs
Virtual Learning Tips
- Set up a routine
- Make space for learning
- Charge your device
- Maintain motivation and focus
- Take a digital recess when you have a break
- Your effort will impact your grade & progress
- Communicate with teachers regularly
- Students in grades 7-12, email your teacher for assistance
- When joining via Zoom, students must use their real name (no nicknames)
Rember that you're not alone in this journey. Check-in with your teacher(s) if you need assistance. It is important that we all work together as a community to help each student succeed.
We are proud of Ms. Robin and the entire Transportation Department for their commitment to our students and families.
Little League Boys Basketball
The PHS Basketball Program is once again sponsoring the boy's basketball league for students in grades 4-6 starting on Wednesday, September 9th at Pacific High School. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the league starting at 6 p.m. Please bring the attached registration paperwork to the Sept. 9th sign up event held in the Pacific High School gym.
Items to Bring:
- Completed Entry Form & Payment
- Signed Waiver Form
- Basketball Gear (Shoes, etc.)
- Water Bottle
- Towel (If desired)
- Please DO NOT bring your own ball, one will be provided while we play.
*****Cost: $40 which includes a reversible jersey. Please make checks payable to PHS Basketball.*****
** If you are playing another sport we would like to see you still come and play as much as possible. Just let us know when you sign up so we can make sure we have enough players on each team.**
******* We select our 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade Traveling Teams from this league!!!!!!*******
*****If you have any questions, please contact Coach Bradfisch via email at email@example.com or via phone at (314) 626-4479.*****
Registration paperwork found here: