February 2020

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

Board of Education Recognitions

Department of Natural Resources Grant

Board of Education secretary, Stephanie Schomber, was recognized for her work on the 2019 Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program Grant. Due to Mrs. Schomber's efforts, the district was awarded the grant in the amount of $28,921 and allowed the purchase of 29 tables (including 8 wheelchair accessible tables) and 20 benches to be distributed around the school district.

Pacific Eagles Aerie #3842

Members of the Pacific Eagles Aerie# proudly presented a $1,000 check to support the Pacific High School JROTC Marksmanship Team. The donation is to support the team's travel expenses during their competition season.

Pacific Agape Help House

Meramec Valley R-III employees held a Super Bowl Spirit Week to raise funds to support the Pacific Agape Help House. The District collected several cases of food and $588.00 to present to the Agape Help House Director and Board.

Board of Education Artwork

Students from around the district decorate the Board of Education meeting room each month. This month's artworks was provided by the Nike Elementary students and Art teacher, Mrs. Caryn Patterson.


February 9-15, 2020 was Missouri School Board Appreciation Week. Missourians benefit every day from School Board Members that dedicate their energies and countless hours to promoting public education for the children and educators of the state of Missouri. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their time and effort. Thank you MVR-III Board Members for the service you provide to our community.

Pictured from back left: Sean Brinker, Tim Richardson, Louis Vondera, & Matt Trower

Pictured from front left: Dave Strong, Mary Clasby-Agee, & Dianna Meyer

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The Board of Education approved the sale of a parcel of land, approximately 1.5 acres in size, north of the Nike Base Property. The acreage has been maintained by the District since taking ownership of the Nike Base property. The parcel of land is no longer required for the operation of the school district. Administration requested the Board of Education declare the parcel of property surplus for the purpose of sale.


Pacific Intermediate and Riverbend Middle School Odyssey students took a field trip to Huntsville, Alabama to attend Space Camp. Mr. Kyle Walz, Odyssey Program Coordinator and Teacher, has been providing this hands on experience for his students for many years. The camp provides a unique, hands-on, STEM experience for students to train like an astronaut.

Elementary Odyssey students from across the district have been problem-solving solutions utilizing their new 3D printer in the Odyssey classroom at Truman Elementary. Once Tinkercad tutorials were completed, first-fifth grade Odyssey students began experimenting with the design software to make a three-dimensional creation of their own. Many of the projects were a huge success and a few projects became learning experience for the "3D Fails" wall. Beginning in March, Odyssey students will begin problem-solving solutions to Project Lead the Way learning units and printing their unique solutions to real-world problems. Mrs. Dawn Bristow is the gifted teacher for all elementary Odyssey students.


Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Tom Sauvage, reported to the Board of Education new student enrollment trends. First semester enrollment is up for the first time in three years. The district's kindergarten enrollment has increased per the February 2019 data. Mr. Sauvage reported, "Pacific High School had eight seniors graduate at semester."

National Youth Speaker Comes to MVR-III

An Anti-Bullying message of 'Be the Best Version You' will be the highlight during this year's Writing on the Wall Week. Historically, the district showcases student writing and reading during the last week of February. While most elementary schools in the district will be featuring student reading and writing, the district is bringing Joe Beckman, National Youth Speaker to present to parents and community members. Joe will help parents hold open and honest conversations with their kids. Join us for this FREE parent and community presentation on Monday, February 24th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Pacific High School Auditorium.
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Pacific High School

Pacific High School students perform in the 4-Rivers Conference Choir and Band Festival. Senior, Katelyn Bennett, was a soloist for the Conference Choir and performed in front of Union High School's student body during a special concert.

Pacific Intermediate

How is maple syrup made? Do you add sugar? Do you add dye? How long does it take? How much sap do you need? These are just a few questions that sixth grade students asked after watching a video of their teacher, Mrs. Todahl, tapping maple trees.Todahl brought the outdoor lesson into her classroom to give her students a valuable science experience. Students made a hypothesis, made observations of the pure sap out of the tree, observed the sap boiling, and watched the water evaporate. Students weighed the sap each hour and were very surprised how quickly the water evaporates from hour to hour. The experiment started with 6 pounds of sap and ended up with about an ounce of syrup. Mrs. Todahl said, “Students were intrigued by the fact the sap came from a tree on Saturday and by Friday they were eating waffles with the syrup they made in class.”

Coleman Elementary

Teachers at Coleman have been reading the book "Wishtree" to students over the last two months. Each week teachers read the same chapters to stem conversations with students. At the end of the week, students are invited to participate in trivia questions about the chapters read during the week. A winner is selected weekly from each class to get a prize. In May, one of our own trees will be turned into an actual wishtree. Coleman's Writing On the Wall event will feature "Wishtree" themed activities. This book emphasizes many of the District's 8 Pillars of Success. "Wishtree" is a quiet and thoughtful read aloud with the entire family or in the classroom. It has a strong plot with themes that encourage readers to think about diversity, inclusion, acceptance, kindness, and the true nature of friendship.

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Nike Elementary

Students at Nike Elementary and students across the district took time this month to focus on Black History Month. Amy Reed, Nike Library Media Specialist, conducted lessons for her students when they visited the library. Lessons around the district centered on the theme of integrating African-American Culture & History into lessons throughout the month of February.
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Robertsville Elementary

The fourth grade Leadership Team at Robertsville are hosting a citizenship project to serve their community. Students are hosting a coin drive from March 2-6 to collect funds to make a Little Free Pantry. The goal is to place non-perishable food and hygiene products in the pantry for the Robertsville community to access during times of need. Contact Aubrey Holt, Robertsville School Counselor, at 636-271-1448 or if you'd like more information on the Little Free Pantry.

Truman Elementary

Students at Truman Elementary used February 13th to celebrate friendship with their classmates. Volunteers were on hand that day to manage stations for students to participate in hands-on activities to celebrate the lessons they've learned about friendship, collaboration, and communication. A big thanks to all the parent and guardian volunteers that supported the event.
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Zitzman Elementary

Fredbird and Friends paid a visit to Zitzman students. The St. Louis Cardinals team shared a message on why it's important to be active, to be respectful, and to be yourself. Students cheered on Fredbird and retired Cardinals' pitcher, Al Hrabosky as they shared the character education message. Teachers even got in on the fun by dancing and cheering during the presentation. Ask your student why it's important to be active, respectful, and to be yourself.

Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center (DHELC)

Pre-kindergarten classes are getting ready for kindergarten. Students are mastering goals and being great citizens. DHELC students are working on writing their names and using their fine motor skills for cutting. All elementary schools are registering incoming kindergarten students at this time. Contact your home school to get registered.
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Bank Donation & Volunteerism

Citizens Bank presents a check totaling $4,639.35 to MVR-III students. The donation is part of Citizens Bank Card Program that allows bank customers that use the MVR-III Bank Card to give back to schools. Ask your Citizens Bank teller how to enroll in the MVR-III Bank Card Program.

Bank employees were spotted working in a concession stand this month. Citizens Bank takes pride in giving back to the community by volunteering their time each year by covering concession stand duties. To find out how your business can volunteer at a school event, contact Ketina Armstrong at 636-271-1400 or email at

Kindergarten Registration

Elementary Schools are accepting online registrations for incoming kindergarten students. If a parent doesn't have internet access, they may go to their child's home school to get support with online registration. Children must be 5 years of age before August 1st to attend kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year. Parents will need to provide the school with the following documents for an enrollment to be complete.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency (electric bill, lease agreement, or real estate tax statement)

Use the following link for Kindergarten Registration:

**Use the Help Sheet guides to assist with online registration.

Upcoming District Events:

Feb. 26- Late Start

Feb. 28- Java with John at Little Ireland Coffee

March 6- End of Third Quarter

March 11- Late Start

March 16-20- Spring Break (No School)

March 25- Late Start


Ketina Armstrong; Director of Communications