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MVR-III DISTRICT NEWS

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020

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

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/SB_Meetings/SB_MeetingListing.aspx?S=157

MVR-III School District & Board of Education News

Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center

Preschool students at Nike Elementary were busy this month enjoying holiday activities creating a life-size Gingerbread House, fun with dried oats and cinnamon in the sensory table, and making snowmen in art class. Children may recognize the importance of their senses, but they don't often focus on them individually. December is a great month to bake cookies and highlight taste, smell, and touch for young children.

Coleman Elementary

Ms. Devine, art teacher at Coleman Elementary, taught students all about Pop art. What is Pop art? Pop art is one of the largest art movements that was brought to life in the mid 1950’s – 1960’s. It is when an artist creates work that is inspired by realities of real life. Such artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Richard Hamilton would use saturated colors and bold outlines to create vivid artwork. Their work was a vivid representation of everyday people and objects. Pop art is meant to grab your attention. Ms. Devine has done just that with using a photo of students. Each student’s photo was taken and printed in black and white. Students then took bright bold crayons and colored their portrait. The pop art makes a phenomenal display in the cafeteria.

Nike Elementary

Pre-Kindergarten students at Nike Elementary will be receiving their own Christmas Tree. Students were able to choose their own lights and ornaments. They also made ornaments throughout the holiday season and will take the trees and a Christmas stocking home for the holiday break.

Truman Elementary

Mrs. Livingstone and Mrs. West have created a weekly morning challenge for their second grade students. The challenge is simple..."Think Outside the Box". Students are simply given a blank piece of paper and a pencil to be creative. In a world with many distractions and the internet giving students answers quickly, the "Think Outside the Box" activity helps kids expand their imagination.

Zitzman Elementary

Girls on the Run is an organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Zitzman's own Girls on the Run is sponsored by coaches with a team made up of 3rd and 4th grade girls. Throughout the season, the girls met twice a week focusing on building physical, mental, and emotional strength. The girls began their season in September and finished their season with a virtual 5K race on the Pacific Intermediate track in November. Families lined up along the track to cheer the girls on during their race. (Image was taken at the 2019 5K Girls on the Run St. Louis.)

Pacific Intermediate

Secret Surprise Make-A-Wish Fundraiser

Two Odyssey (gifted) students initiated a research project on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) cancer as their Genius Hour research project. Why did they choose to research DIPG? Their Odyssey teacher, Mrs. Bristow, has a granddaughter battling DIPG.


Their culminating activity was to speak to their principals to approve a Make-A-Wish fundraiser by hosting a school-wide Hat Day for all the 5th and 6th graders. The two students had to prepare a speech and secretly spoke to all of the classes about their project. The girls surprised Mrs. Bristow with a $160 donation in honor of Claire and her journey.

Riverbend Middle School

Eighth grade science "exploded" into their Chemistry unit. Their journey began with the fundamental theory that all students have MATTER and take up SPACE. They learned how the Periodic Table was arranged and that all elements are made up of tiny things called atoms, which cannot be seen with the naked eye.


The real fun began when students started mixing elements together, making compounds and new substances. They observed things explode, learned how different liquids separate, created new substances, and learned that sometimes too much heat causes explosions.

Riverbend Band Concert

The Riverbend 7th & 8th grade band students shined at their concert on December 13th. It was a fabulous performance orchestrated by their teachers; Mrs. Delmain, Mrs. Franzen, and Mr. Sokeland.

Pacific High School

Nancy Pfeiffer's Student Leadership Class was challenged to come up with a community service project that could be done at school. Students came up with the idea to help decorate classrooms for their teachers. The cans were personalized with artwork that showcased the teacher's favorite things.

PHS Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (MCJROTC)

The PHS MCJROTC is at it again! MCJROTC members assist Gretchen Robinson, Chair of the MVR-III Weekend Backpack Program, each month with packing bags to feed children over the weekend. Donations for the Weekend Backpack Program come from the Eureka-Pacific Elks, the Pacific Eagles, First State Community Bank, and many other donors. If you would like to make a contribution to the Weekend Backpack Program, use the following link to donate online. https://mvr3.revtrak.net/donations/#/f/Donation-to-Weekend-Back-Pack-Prg
MVR-III Named Top 30 Campaign Sponsors for United Way

The MVR-III School District raised over $17,000 to support the Franklin County United Way. All funds donated are kept locally to support community resources. Thank you MVR-III community for having such giving hearts. Use the link for more info.

Holidays During the Pandemic

Tips for reducing stress, helping kids cope, and making new traditions.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 22nd: Early Release (Grades 5-12 release at 12 p.m. & Grades K-4 release at 1:10 p.m.)

Dec. 22nd: End of First Semester

Dec. 23-Jan. 5th: Winter Break

Jan. 6th: School Resumes

Jan. 6th-14th: Grades 7-12 will be in Remote Learning Status

Jan. 15th: No School/Professional Development Day

Jan. 18th: No School/MLK Jr. Holiday