MVR-III Memo on Learning

CIA & PD Newsletter for Meramec Valley R-III School District

October 14, 2016-15th Edition

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PHS has the homecoming spirit!

Showing what students know at the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear MVR-III Staff~

As you prepare for PTC next week reflect on communicating the following to parents:

  • Their child's strengths related to academic learning factors
  • Their child's strengths related to non-academic factors (team work, citizenship, work completion, attendance, etc.)
  • Goals for their child in school, your classroom, and preparing for the future (next grade, next quarter, next year, college/career, etc.)
  • Growth opportunities...Sometimes it is helpful to think in terms of "Here are the items they haven't learned YET"...the "Not yet" learning needs are great goal drivers for students and parents and shows that the future is full of hope and the expectation that the learning will occur maybe it just hasn't occurred YET!
  • "Not YET" can also help teachers and students as they discuss non-academic factors that need improvement...talking about weaknesses in a "Not YET" climate holds high expectations that students WILL get there with your support and parent support
  • Leading researchers have stated that phrasing conversations around these three questions can set students (and parents) up for success: "Where AM I now?"; "Where AM I going?"; and "How will I get there?"
  • Remember this phrase...."Parents (students) don't care how much you know until they KNOW how much you care." Make PTC start with how much you care about their child!

Form that partnership with your parents and ask for advice about how "best" their child learns.

Check out the videos below if you want/need some additional ideas regarding hosting effective Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Things we should say more often...#9---You are so awesome!

Have a great week during PTC!

Ed, Terri, and Jeremy

Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

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Rick Wormeli: Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs, Part One

3rd Annual Writing on the Walls Week is Coming February 27, 2017

The District Write On Committee is already planning the

3rd Annual Writing on the Walls Week for February 27-March 3, 2017. Mark your calendars now.

Write On Committee Members include:

Lisa Lynn – CE

Jane Knerr – CE

Terrie Eggers – NE

Stephanie Bray – NE/RE

Candee Vogel – TE

Sue Livingstone –TE

Amy Bruns - ZE

Rhonda Lee – ZE

Mary Sweeney – MS

Cassie Stumborg – MS

*Randy Meyer – RB

Ed Kappeler – PHS

Kristen Rogan – PHS

*Photo from the first MVR-III 2015 Writing on the Walls Event

From the desk of Greta Franklin...

Reminder about the work that K-5 Science and Social Studies did on the October 5, 2016, 1/2 PD Day.
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Want to be part of the next learning walk? SIGN UP BELOW

Curriculum Learning Walk

Friday, Oct. 28th, 7:30am

126 North Payne Street

Pacific, MO

Want us to visit your classroom during our next curriculum learning walk? Simply RSVP to this event and we will try to put you and your students on our schedule.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

From the Desk of Quinn Flexsenhar....

Science teachers in grades 6, 7, and 8 are currently piloting a new resource. Ms. Carter, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Riverbend, has students actively engaged in a jigsaw activity using the new pilot resource. The lesson concludes with an exit ticket to check for student understanding. The exit ticket, pictured below, is being administered through Google Docs on student assigned 1:1 devices.

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Teaching Channel Videos on Using Exit Tickets for Assessing Learning

Jigsaw Strategy to Differentiate Learning and Build Content Experts

Quizlet---An online tool for learning anything!


Gretchen Schaffer to learn more or visit a classroom using Quizlet

From the Desk of Dr. Stephanie Bechard

Didja Know?

Did you know Pre-K kids can already read? Here are two students, Brodie & Johnny, from the Red Room who are already practicing their reading skills with Pete the Cat!

From the Desk of Barb Heger...

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Ronald McDonald Eye Van visited MVR-III

and provided services to Middle School, Zitzman, Nike, Robertsville and Riverbend – 38 students were referred for eye services from staff here at MVR-III.

Follow-up on the eye van visit…

37 students received services and exams while 27 students received or will receive glasses.

Second visit will be scheduled soon to provide eye services to students from Truman, PHS, and Coleman – 32 referred students already.

Barb Heger, RN

District Health Coordinator

Pictured below is Zoe Jipson, proud RE student with new glasses after her visit! Photo submitted by Greta Franklin, RE Principal.

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District Academic Achievement Committee Minutes NOW Online

Catch up on the CSIP meeting notes related to the September 22nd meeting:

CSIP Updates and Review of achieved goals based on our evidence of growth

Preliminary MSIP 5 APR data review

Brainstorming next action steps for updating and revising our CSIP Goals

Next Academic Achievement Committee meeting is Thursday, October 20, 2016.

From the Desk of Scott Kovis....

Classroom Tech Visits

Click HERE to schedule a meeting, and we can take a closer look at whatever tech you’d like to incorporate into your class. Tech Visits can be scheduled most any day during your plan, before, or after school. Just let me know how I can help!

Google Certified Educator

It’s still not too late to join the Google Certified Educator Level 1 cohort. Just go to while signed into your Google account, click the "+" in the upper right corner, and use the code 95xkamf to join. That will take you into the Classroom we will use to go through the GCE materials during the year. The first materials have already been posted, but you can follow the agenda to catch up. I’ll use a portion of the monthly Tech meetings to clarify and practice the GCE skills.

Staff Tech Forums

These monthly after-school sessions will be used to network and answer whatever tech questions you may have. info on Google Certification skills will be presented, but you don’t need to be a member of the GCE cohort to benefit. Relevant tips and tricks regarding classroom tech will also be provided, with a focus on Chrome Apps and Extensions this month.







2:45 – 3:30 PM

MVMS Library



4:15 – 5:00 PM

MVMS Library



2:45 – 3:30 PM

PHS Library



2:45 – 3:30 PM

Riverbend Library



2:45 – 3:30 PM

MVMS Library



4:15 – 5:00 PM

MVMS Library

Scott Kovis | Instructional Technology

Meramec Valley R-III School District

136 W. Union St.

Pacific, MO 63069

P: 636.271.1402 | T: @Scott_Kovis

District APR Scores are HERE

The Annual Performance Report scores are now available but are embargoed to the public until Monday, November 7, 2016. Ask you building principal to see building scores.

MVR-III has improved from last year...growth is in the air!

District Updates

CIA Calendar of Upcoming Events

October 17-20, 2016---Parent-Teacher Conferences

Monday, October 24th-District PDC Meeting

Tuesday, October 25th-District Curriculum Review Committee

Friday, October 28th-Curriculum Learning Walks

Curriculum Coordinators Meetings 2x's a month

Twice a month the two curriculum coordinators (Quinn & Greta) meet with Dr. Parks to discuss PreK-12 Curriculum Development. Each month the MVR-III will spotlight this notes and updates from these meeting.

9-12th Math Curriculum planning a curriculum revision date.

8th grade SS & Govt. looking at online teacher resource suite to compliment new student text resources.

PLTW Instructors attending the TSA conference on October 23-24 and the state conference on Friday, October 28-Saturday, October 29, 2016.

CTE Department beginning review of courses to align with a Technical Skills Credential Assessment

Community News and Events


PHS Homecoming Game-Friday, October 14, 2016

Chamber of Commerce Luncheon @ PHS-Friday, November 18, 2016

Sportsclub Banquet-Saturday, November 19, 2016

MVR-III School District

"Together We Make a Difference in Doing What's Best for Kids!"