September 18, 2019


  • Mrs. Jessie Karl built a team to organize a community event for MVR-III students in need of school supplies, clothing, hair cuts, and health screenings. Mrs. Ketina Armstrong, Director of Communications, MVR-III Presenter.
  • Jenna Anding and Emma Parry- Mr. Kyle Walz, Odyssey Coordinator, MVR-III Presenter. The PHS junior gifted students were nominated to attend the Missouri Scholar Academy (MSA). The academy is an annual three-week residential summer program held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri for 330 of Missouri's gifted high school juniors. MSA exists to enrich and expand gifted education for individual students and gifted programs.
  • Riverbend Middle School students and Mrs. Emily Puls, Art Teacher presented the Board with artwork for the September Board Meeting.

Memorandums of Understanding Partnerships with MVR-III School District

The Meramec Valley R-III School District had the opportunity to extend partnerships with the following organizations.

  • Jireh Ministries provides mobile counseling and educational outreach service to students identified as needing additional support either at home or school for their success.
  • The Meramec Valley R-III School District has the opportunity to enter into a memorandum of understanding with St. Louis Community College (STLCC) for an Early College Partnership (ECP). The ECP is an early-entrance-to-college program located on the campus of STLCC-Wildwood. In addition to earning a high school diploma, upon successful completion, students are able to earn an Associate of Arts Degree. This is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to socialize and study in a learning community of peers.

**Access to the MOU's may be found using the link at the bottom of the page.

School District Finances

District revenue and expenditures are on track with projectections for the year. Full access to all financial documents, please access the board packet through the link at the bottom of the page.

District Student Enrollment

The district has seen a growth in enrollment from the previous month. Enrollment went up 60 students from August 2019. Total district enrollment for the MVR-III School District is 2,932. The new Alternative Program for high school students has helped increase the districts overall enrollment.

Curriculum and Student Achievement Update

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has changed the district Annual Performance Report (APR) release date to September 26th and final APR for the public to October 10th. There will be a new appearance with a focus on growth over time and comparing achievement to overall state performance. Overall, this is viewed as a positive change and progress towards Missouri School Improvement Program 6 which aims to include other indicators of success such as: collaborative culture, data-based decision making, instructional alignment, and equity and access. The metrics for measuring these new indicators are still being formulated.

September 16th was our first full Professional Development day for the year. All staff participated in Trauma Awareness Training with Dr. Jeanne Carey from the South Central RPDC.

Program Evaluations

Odyssey Gifted Program

In accordance with the Meramec Valley R-III Mission Statement, all students have the right to an education that is commensurate with their abilities. Gifted education provides a means of addressing specific behavioral characteristics in the cognitive and affective realms that present special learning needs. Odyssey promotes the continual growth of students in an environment that is respectful of individual differences.

Strengths of the district program:

● The inclusion of STEM activities throughout all grade levels.

● Promotion of STEM learning, adding devices to expand activities, such as 3-D pens, allows more varied and deep learning.

● The program had 138 student enrolled during the 2018-19 school year.

MVR-III Summer School Program

The Summer of 2019, the district offered a three part program that served students Pre-K through students entering grade 12 in a variety of offerings.

  • Students in Pre-K through 9th grade were offered enrichment programs available to all MVR-III students.
  • Grades 9-12 students were offered regular academic and Remediation Programs.
  • Extended School Year (ESY) Services were available to qualifying students who met the regression factor determining ESY services. Eligible students receive the services that are mandated in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

School Age Child Care Program

The mission of the School Age Child Care (SACC) Program is to provide a caring and safe before and after care school environment. Each site includes character building, arts, crafts, physical fitness, reading centers, technology activities, math and science games, and drama to meet the needs of a global learning environment. During the summer session, students participate in a variety of field trip opportunities as well. The program is available at all elementary schools and Pacific Intermediate (kdg.-6th grade).

Tuition Fees:

  • $6.00 per morning session for the first child
  • $8.00 per afternoon session for the first child
  • $5.00 per morning session for each additional sibling
  • $7.00 per afternoon session for each additional sibling

Welcome New District Employees

Alyssa Alberti – Special Education Paraprofessional at Pacific Intermediate

Diane McKinney – Parent Educator for Parents as Teachers

Katherine Kneezle – 3rd Grade Long-Term Substitute Teacher at Zitzman Elementary

Allyson Rainey- Substitute Custodian

Anjali Holz – Special Education Paraprofessional at Coleman Elementary School

Brooke Martin – Special Education Paraprofessional at Doris Hoffman

Miranda Wood – Special Education Paraprofessional at Doris Hoffman

Savannah Jones- SACC Substitute

McKinsey Stewart- Substitute at Doris Hoffman

Substitute Teachers

Diana Chamness

Gary Chamness

Barbara Hodges

Karen Kennedy

Katherine Kneezle

Lauren Marcus

Cornetta Mendoza

Robert Price

Lynn Etter

Alyssa Vogelgesang

Jana Schaefer Starwalt

Paul Wittlich

Retirement Announcements (Effective May, 2020)

Ferny Shephard – Lead Custodian at Pacific Intermediate

Mark Shephard – Maintenance Groundskeeper

Thank you for serving the students & staff of MVR-III.

Student Trips

The Board of Education unanimously approved the following overnight trips for PHS students.

  • DECA to attend their Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference in Branson, MO.
  • DECA Regional Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

To view the August 2019 board agenda and all supporting documents use the attached link.

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Upcoming District Activities:

9-21-19 Homecoming Parade

9-25-19 Late Start

10-03-19 Dad of Great Students Recruitment @ Zitzman School

10-09-19 Late Start

10-09-19 Missouri Day at Nike School

10-11-19 End of First Quarter

10-15-19 St. Louis Blues Street Hockey Program @ Coleman School

10-16-19 Bus Driver Appreciation Day

10-14 through 10-17 Parent-Teacher Conference Week

10-29 through 11-2 PHS Presents Cinderella in the High School Auditorium

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