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MVR-III BOARD OF EDUCATION NEWS & MORE

October 17, 2019

The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Administrative Office. To view the October 2019 board agenda and all supporting documents use the attached link.

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/ViewMeeting.aspx?S=157&MID=6905

School District Finances

District revenue and expenditures are on track with projections for the year. For full access to all financial documents, please access the board packet through the link at the top of the page. MVR-III would like to acknowledge public gifts to the schools for September and October: Washington University, Pacific Eagles Aerie 3842, Pacific Lions Club, Kristen & Derek Binford, First State Community Bank, Pacific Agape House, Tim & Summer Husereau, and ADB & Keeley Cares.


Per Administrative Procedure Policy DN-2-AP(1) the district may sell or lease personal property for public uses or used tires, scrap tires or tire shred may be given, sold or otherwise transferred to any in-state, private entity to be lawfully disposed of or recycled. If surplus property is not disposed of in accordance with either of these options, the property will be sold or leased to the highest bidder. Check out https://www.govdeals.com/ to purchase MVR-III surplus property.

District Student Enrollment

District enrollment for the 2019 school year is consistent with the ending enrollment from the prior year. Official district enrollment reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the 2019 school year was 2,912.


Preschool programs are presenting higher enrollment than past years. Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center currently has a wait list for their tuition program. However, there are still openings in the Parents as Teachers Program. Contact Gretchen Robinson at 636-271-1464 to register your young child for the PAT Program. MVR-III PAT Program information may be found by using this link: https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/o/dhelc/page/parents-as-teachers--34.

Student Achievement

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released Annual Progress Report (APR) data to the public last week. Differing from years past, districts will no longer receive APR points or a percentage of APR points. The new focus for the APR is to compare school districts to state averages in each reporting category. At this time, the Meramec Valley R-III School District is performing higher than the state in seven out of nine reporting categories.


Likewise, state ACT data released last week confirmed Pacific High School students are graduating with the skills necessary for successful futures. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the ACT board both released findings that measure college and career readiness, in addition to academic achievement.


MVR-III"s composite ACT score for the class of 2019 increased to 22.0, which is up from the previous year and above Missouri's state average of 20.8 composite score. MVR-III exceeds state averages on all four subtests; English, mathematics, reading and science.

Student Health Services

Screening for health conditions in accordance with board policy are used to examine a large population to determine the presence of a health condition or risk factor in order to identify those who need further evaluation. The MVR-III District provides vision, hearing, growth, and scoliosis screenings. Available parent opt-in screenings include dental and vision screenings. Health, Wellness and Student Health Services are led by District Health Coordinator, Barb Heger, RN.


Training staff is necessary to implement the district’s health and safety program. The following trainings are provided to district staff to enable them to act and respond appropriately to health and safety issues:

• Annual Confidentiality Training

• Annual Smarter Adults Safer Children Training

• Annual in-service to all staff on blood borne pathogens and universal precautions

• AED/CPR training available to support / certified staff

• Annual staff training on allergy prevention and response

Board of education filing dates

The opening date for filing a declaration of candidacy for the Meramec Valley R-III School District Board of Education shall be 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, and the closing filing date shall be 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2019. The General Municipal Election will be held on April 7, 2020.

Transportation

MVR-III employs 32 members in the Transportation Department. Bus Drivers are completing their annual safety drills during the month of October at all school sites. MVR-III is highlighting bus safety for the month to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety with parents, students, and community.


The Transportation Department is hosting a poster contest for the remainder of October for students in grades Kdg.-8. There will be 3 scoring categories: k-2, 3-5, 6-8. Posters should be 11x18 in size, labeled with the student's name, school, and grade. Deadline for the posters is Thursday, October 31st. The Transportation Department will vote on the posters the week of November 4th. Winning posters and students will be recognized at the November School Board Meeting. The poster theme is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation”.

School News

Pacific High School

Pacific High School is hosting a college and career fair on Thursday, October 24th from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Representatives from over 30 colleges and local businesses will be in attendance. The college fair is an important part of the school counseling curriculum and allows PHS students the opportunity to make connections with college representatives, discover new institutions, learn about new career paths, explore entry level positions at local businesses, and learn about what actions should be taken to prepare for post-secondary life. If you are a local business and wish to attend the college and career fair, please contact Michel Brindell at 636-271-1414.


Jobs for America's Graduates

Pacific High School has 35 students participating in the JAG Program. The PHS JAG Program has been involved in several community events. Such activities include: guest speakers, students provided community service at the Iron Horse Rodeo and packing the weekly Weekend Backpacks for the district, along with touring local businesses. PHS JAG students will be working at polling sites on election day.

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Riverbend Middle School

Character Council students attended the C.R.U.S.H (Community Resources to Stop Heroin) Teen Drug Summit in Washington, MO with other area Franklin county schools. Character Council students will promote Drug Free messages in their school and community. School Counselor; Kara Borgsmiller and Teacher Assistant; Shannon Parks sponsor the Riverbend Middle School Character Council group.

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Pacific Intermediate

Pacific Intermediate's JAG Program was adopted by First State Community Bank to complete the Banzai Financial Literacy Program. In Banzai, students will pay rent, work jobs, and pay taxes in a virtual world of decision making that provides real-world connections. For more information on the Banzai Financial Literacy Program, use the following link.

https://teachbanzai.com/

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Coleman Elementary

MVR-III students focus on bully prevention during the month of October. Coleman students held their bully prevention campaign led by school based counselor, Monica Moore. First grade students read the book, Kindness Dot, in their guidance class. The kindness dot is a reminder to do something kind for someone else throughout the day. Students hung kindness dots throughout the school to remind students that kindness is important in all settings; in a school, in a store, at the park, and on social media. Help spread kindness throughout the MVR-III School District by sharing the good in our community.

Nike Elementary

Missouri Day festival has been observed at Nike for 20 plus years. Faculty and volunteers host this special day for students each October. The theme of Missouri Day is to foster love for our state's history. Throughout the day, students rotated to Missouri themed stations. Activities included: quilting, Missouri folk music, Missouri mammals, Missouri mules, and how Beekeepers process honey. Missouri Day is held on the third Wednesday in October.

Robertsville Elementary

Students at Robertsville are recognized for displaying one of the districts 8 Pillars of Success. Robertsville Braves along with all schools in the MVR-III School District promote the 8 Pillars.

Communication~ Critical Thinking~ Creativity~ Collaboration~ Citizenship~ Respectfulness~ Responsibility~ Resilience. Let Mr. Munson, Robertsville Principal, know if you see a student exhibiting any of the 8 Pillars in the community.

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Truman Elementary

Students, staff, and parents celebrated a successful Fall fundraiser with BMX bicycle racers. The Truman parking lot was set up as a BMX track for students to enjoy. The cyclists highlighted bike safety, especially wearing a helmet that fits. Dr. Sladek, Truman principal, reports the students and staff raised $10,000 to help improve the playground. Goal is to purchase a playground canopy.

Zitzman Elementary


Zitzman Elementary held a Ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, October 11th, to dedicate their newly installed playground expansion and pavillions. Community supporters, PTO, David Wells Family, Tim Husereau's Realtor Team, and patrons helped make the playground expansion possible. The new playground and pavillions cost more than $47,000 which was raised through fundraising and charity donations over the 2018 & 2019 school years.

Special Programs

Homelessness is a problem that all communities deal with in our country. The term "homeless children and youths" are students:

  • who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence,
  • including:
    1. children and youths who are sharing the housing of others (known as doubling-up) due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;
    2. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
    3. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, and
    4. migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above.

If the residence is not fixed, regular and adequate, it is considered a homeless situation. Dr. Stephanie Bechard is the district's Homeless Coordinator. If you know of a student in need of resources due to homelessness, please contact Dr. Bechard at 636-271-1464.

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