MVR-III District News

October 2020

The Board of Education meets on the third Wednesday of each month. To view the October 2020 board agenda and all supporting documents use the attached link.

MVR-III School District & Board of Education News

2020 Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award

Congratulations to the MVR-III Transportation Department for once again earning the Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides an Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award to school districts who have 90% or more of their school buses pass the MO State Highway Patrol spring school bus inspection on the first inspection. The MVR-III Transportation Dept. has earned this award for 13 consecutive years. Pictured are Meramec Valley R-III Transportation Department employees, Mr. John Bardol, Assistant Mechanic; Mr. Scott Roper, Transportation Director; Mr. Scott McCaw, Lead Mechanic; & Mrs. Mary Clasby-Agee, School Board Member.

Substitute Rate Increases

The Board of Education approved a temporary increase of $30 per day to the certified substitute pay rates for the 2020-2021 school year. Rates will be retroactive to the start of the 2020-21 school year in an effort to take care of the substitutes who have been committed to the district. The rates for this year are as follows:

Substitute Teacher Base Rate = $120/day

Sub with Bachelor Degree = $125/day

Sub with Teacher Certification = $130/day

Sub who is a MVR-III Retiree = $140/day

Please share this information with anyone you know of who might be willing to join our sub pool.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education modified the substitute certificate process in September of 2020, along with the Governor’s Office recently announcing an additional allocation from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) intended to support Missourians wishing to serve or currently serving as substitute teachers during the staffing challenges Missouri schools are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals wishing to serve as substitute teachers must meet various requirements to earn their substitute certification. The requirements associated with substitute trainings and certification are now covered by the CRF, which include an application, online training, and for a fingerprint background check.

DESE will use CRF funding to reimburse any individual who has paid the application fee and/or the online training fee from August 18 through November 4, 2020. There is no action required by the substitute teachers to be reimbursed. DESE will begin processing those reimbursements on November 5, 2020.

Become a MVR-III Substitute Teacher by:

  1. Using the following link to access the DESE substitute certification rules:
  2. Apply to be a MVR-III Substitute at: .

Pacific High School

Elf the Musical is being performed by the PHS Theater Department. Tickets are now on sale at There are only 75 seats available for each show. The tickets are sold in pairs for social distancing. There are only 5 single seats available for each show. No ticket needed for the Senior Citizen show.

Tuesday, October 27 @ 4pm – Free Show for Senior Citizens

Thursday – Friday, October 29 – 30 @ 7pm

Saturday – Sunday, October 31 – November 1 @ 3pm

We appreciate the community support of the arts at PHS. Please support our sponsors for 2020-2021 stage production season: A-1 Hedrick Roofing LLC, Art Glass Unlimited, Citizens Bank, Citizens for Veterans, Coleman Florist & Gifts, Dave Sinclair, Deluxe Draperies, Designs of Ambiance, LLC., Dream Time Princess Events, The Dress Room

First State Community Bank, Gallery 66, Gildehaus Comfort Systems, Inc., Graze Catering, Heritage Bookstall, His n Hers Hair Beauty Salon, LLC., Kaleidoscope, Consignment, Kick Print, Lumpkin Chiropractic, Mayor Steve Myers, Meier Shoe Company, Inc., Omer Tax & Accounting Associates, Osage Street Garage, Pacific Lumber Company, Presley’s Glass Company Inc., Reeder Construction, LLC, Show Me Auto Body, and Wayside Rt. 66 Deli.

Riverbend Middle School

This month Riverbend Middle School students and teachers discussed how to be their authentic selves as part of the 'Every Monday Matters' program. Students were asked to think about what makes them unique, whether that be their family, memories, culture, appearance, or interests. Students then designed squares representing those unique attributes after listening to The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy; a short story about creating a family quilt pieced together with old scraps and clothing. Teachers helped their classes organize the personalized squares into patchwork quilts to display throughout the hallways. The quilts hang as a reminder that being your authentic self is important, and though we are all different, we are all deserving of honor and respect.

Pacific Intermediate

Fungi Habitat & Decomposition Lesson

Fifth grade students discovered the role fungi play in decomposing dead materials and in creating soil. Students filled bags with different types of food and changed the environmental conditions to study how different variables affect mold. The experiment included two weeks of data collection before students made their conclusions about decomposers. Students discovered the importance of fungi in our ecosystem.

Coleman Elementary

Mrs. O'Halloran and Mrs. Schimsa's kindergarten classes learned the value of community helpers. With the help of Mrs. O'Halloran's brother, kindergarten was able to have an engaging socially distanced learning opportunity from a firefighter. Jacob Boedy is a firefighter from High Ridge and a former Coleman Elementary student. He was kind enough to show off his fire gear, discuss the tasks of a fire fighter, and the importance of fire safety.

Mrs. Schimsa’s kindergarten class created their community by using small paper bags to make buildings and construction paper to make roads, trees, and lakes in their park. They also wrote about what they would like to be when they grow up.

Second graders found their inner Mary Shelly; author of Frankenstein, and took their creativity to a whole new level when asked to write a story on ‘What if your Teacher was Frankenstein!

Nike Elementary

Fourth graders in Mrs. Shoemaker’s class had a chance to Zoom with the winning contestant from the reality show, Tough as Nails. Tough as Nails is a competition series that highlights everyday citizens who don’t give a second thought to working long hours. The show tests their strength, life skills, and mental toughness in challenges that take place at real-world job sites. Students had a chance to ask the winner, Kelly Murphy, questions about his experience. They had thoughtful questions for Mr. Murphy and learned a lot about things that the team endured during their time on the show. Mr. Murphy talked about the importance of working as a team, focusing on the task you are given, and overcoming challenges and fears. To sum up the interview, his message to the 4th graders emphasized that no matter how difficult it is to work together, with a little kindness, patience, and learning to listen to others, you can get along and accomplish anything.

Robertsville Elementary

Social Studies Curriculum Spot Light

Third grade students in Mrs. Holtz's classroom made 3D salt dough maps to learn and explore Missouri regions. Kids love hands-on projects! Families can incorporate this fun tactile activity at home by following this simple recipe.


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and salt.
  2. Gradually add water while stirring and mixing to form a dough with a Play-Doh like consistency.
  3. Form the dough into a ball and knead for approximately 5 minutes, adding a bit more flour if the dough is too sticky or a bit more water if it’s too dry.

Truman Elementary

Annual Pumpkin Patch Visit Continues

Every October, the kindergarteners at Truman Elementary take a field trip to the pumpkin patch. With everything being a little different this year, teachers decided to bring the pumpkin patch to Truman Elementary, thanks to the HUGE heart of Farmer Engelhart for visiting and delivering pumpkins to Truman Elementary. Student ambassadors set small pumpkins out for every student throughout the school yard. Kindergarteners were the first to pick their very own pumpkin. It was a fun filled day that consisted of a pumpkin craft, a pumpkin snack, a special pumpkin movie, and of course the “Pumpkin Patch”! Look at those smiles- we don’t think they missed out on a thing!

Zitzman Elementary

Several Zitzman teachers attended the Powerful Learning Conference in January of 2020 and one of the breakout sessions was about a STEAM club at a school in the Kansas City area. The teachers were instantly inspired to bring it back to the Zitzman Elementary community and the planning began! Ms. Thate, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Brunjes, and Mrs. Savin started brainstorming ideas and possible funding for the club. We sent out a letter for interest in the club and had over 50 students respond on the first day. Mrs. Holycross & Mrs. Miriani joined the team facilitating the after school club and we had our first session on Tuesday, October 20th.

At the same time, Zitzman started designing the STEAM lab to give students the opportunity to experience Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math using a variety of hands-on discovery activities. Classroom teachers have the opportunity to use the lab during the normal school days.

Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center

Johnny Appleseed at Doris Hoffman

Students at Doris Hoffman have been learning about all things fall. They recently learned about Johnny Appleseed and did some fun things with apples. Some activities included STEM projects including building apple trees and apple pot hats. Another group of students made apple scented playdough and tasted different kinds of apples to see which apples tasted best. Ms. Tina even dressed up as Johnny Appleseed and read to the students, which made for an apple-tastic day!

Virtual Learning Information

Our virtual learning team is here to support students and their families as we learn together. An end of quarter survey was sent to all virtual students. We appreciate parent support in completing the survey to identify areas of growth and to manage student placement for second semester.

We request the help of our grade 7-12 parents to review the learner expectations to assist your child(ren) in being successful as a virtual learner.

Grade 7-12 Student Expectation Reminders:

  • Students are required to login to ZOOM with their First and Last name and on a District Device.
  • All course content, assignments, and due dates are in Canvas.
  • Students will follow their daily school schedule (and times) and Zoom into the classroom instruction.
  • Students need to be logged into each class period within the first 3-5 minutes of class, so teachers can take attendance and answer any questions
  • Students should remain logged in and on video until the teacher gives permission to leave the class period.
  • If a student is not following the above expectations for logging in appropriately and remaining visible, they may be removed from the class by the teacher.
  • Virtual students will abide by all dress code and behavior expectations as outlined in the school handbook.

  • All assignments and activities will count towards grades.
  • Missing Assignments: An F will be entered for assignments and/or assessments not completed by the due date. Expectations listed in the student handbook for late or missing work apply to virtual students as well.
  • If the student is not ill, just quarantining, then the student Zooms into regularly scheduled classes and all assignments are due by the assigned due dates.
  • If a student is ill, the student/parent needs to notify the office and assignments are then due upon return to school per policy (an additional day for each day missed).

See the full list of expectations by going to the Virtual Learning webpage on the MVR-III website.

We are all growing and learning the new platforms together. Communication and collaboration will help each learner be successful. Parents wanting to choose the virtual learning option for second semester should contact their child(ren)'s school principal.

Little League Basketball

Girls and boys in grades 1st through 4th grade from all elementary buildings are eligible to participate in the Little League Basketball Program. All games will be played on Saturdays at Riverbend School (2085 Highway N in Pacific).


Students in 1st and 2nd grades will form teams to compete against each other. The basketball season for 1st and 2nd grade will start in January after Winter Break and conclude in February.


Students in 3rd and 4th grades will form teams to compete against each other. The basketball season for 3rd and 4th grades will start in late February and finish in March.

Registration is open through December 1, 2020.

There is a one time $25.00 registration fee. Cash will be accepted or checks/money orders can be made out to "Pacific Little League Basketball". Please send payment to your child(ren)'s school office, please make sure your envelope is labeled LITTLE LEAGUE BASEKETBALL ATTENTION: GILCREASE.

Registration Link:

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Phil Gilcrease at 636-393-9155 or

Student Scholarships

The Eureka-Pacific Elks is offering two scholarships for the 2021 Pacific High School graduating seniors. The Most Valuable Student scholarship is available to high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Applications are judged on academics, leadership, service, and financial need. The application is completed online and must be submitted by the November 15, 2020, deadline. The 500 national winners will be announced in April 2021. Learn more about the MVS scholarship here:

The second scholarship being offered is the 2021 Legacy Awards contest that runs from September 1, 2020, to February 5, 2021. Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships available to children and grandchildren of Elks members. Eligibility requirements are outlined here: .

Bus Safety

Safety tips for the children and parents

  • Wait with the little ones at the bus stop. Make sure you and your child are visible.
  • Teach your kids to stand — at a minimum — three giant steps from the curb and board one at a time using the handrail when getting on and off the bus.
  • Teach your kids to wait until the school bus completely stops before getting off, and always walk in front of the bus, not behind.
  • If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, teach them to take these three actions: make sure the bus driver sees them, take five giant steps in front of the bus, and then cross, only when the driver gives them the go-ahead that it’s safe.
  • And of course, teach them to look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Teach your child the importance of behaving on the bus — any disruption can cause the bus driver to become distracted.

Kids Voting Missouri 2020

Every four years, students in the MVR-III School District take part in the General election by participating in Kids Voting. Program goals at Kids Voting Missouri is to empower young people early in life to participate as citizens and let their voices be heard. By participating in Kids Voting, students learn about government, democracy, voting, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The program creates an expectation that they will become lifelong, informed voters at age 18. Here are some ways to teach your chid(ren) about voting and democracy.

  • Talk about why you've chose to vote for particular candidates
  • Write a letter to an elected official as a family
  • Talk about what patriotism means
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Upcoming Events

Nov. 2nd- No School/Professional Development Day

Nov. 2nd- Winter Sports Begin

Nov. 2-6th- Spring (Second Semester) Virtual Learning Sign Ups

Nov. 3rd- Election Day

Nov. 11th- Veteran's Day

Nov. 18th- Custodial, Maintenance, & Technology Recognition Day

Nov. 18th- Mid-Quarter

Nov. 23-27th- Thanksgiving Break (No School)